Samuel Sewall Morse

Male19 December 1817–2 July 1870

Brief Life History of Samuel Sewall

When Samuel Sewall Morse was born on 19 December 1817, in Phippsburg, Sagadahoc, Maine, United States, his father, Francis Morse, was 29 and his mother, Elizabeth Blaisdell, was 35. He married Mary Jane Morse on 26 November 1840, in Phippsburg, Sagadahoc, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 2 July 1870, in Phippsburg, Sagadahoc, Maine, United States, at the age of 52, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Bath, Sagadahoc, Maine, United States.

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Samuel Sewall Morse
Mary Jane Morse
Marriage: 26 November 1840
Emma Jane Morse
Scott Alden Morse
Josephene Morse
Mark Sylvester Morse
Sewall Prescott Morse

Sources (21)

  • Sewall Morse, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Samuel Sewall Morse, "Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900"
  • Sewell Morse, "Maine Marriages, 1771-1907"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    26 November 1840Phippsburg, Sagadahoc, Maine, United States
  • Children (5)

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    Siblings (3)

    World Events (8)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 2

    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 


    Age 3

    Maine is the 23rd state.

    1832 · The Black Hawk War

    Age 15

    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

    Name Meaning

    Welsh and English: variant of Morris .

    Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames, especially Moses . Compare Morris .

    History: Samuel Morse (1791–1872), inventor of the electric telegraph andof Morse code, was a direct descendant of Anthony Morse of Wiltshire,England, who had emigrated to MA in 1635.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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