Gov. Lewis Morris

Gov. Lewis Morris

Male 1671 - 1746  (74 years)    Has 6 ancestors and 80 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Lewis Morris 
    Prefix Gov. 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 15 Oct 1671  Bronxland, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 May 1746  Kingsbury, near Trenton, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I343002  Geneagraphie
    Links To This person is also Lewis Morris at Wikipedia 
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2017 

    Father Capt. Richard Morris,   d. 1672 
    Mother Sarah Pole,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F143795  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Isabella Graham,   b. 3 Jun 1672, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1752, New York City, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 3 Nov 1691 
     1. Lewis Morris, II,   b. 23 Sep 1698, Trenton, Monmouth County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1746, Morrisania, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     2. Mary Morris,   bur. 15 Jan 1747
     3. Sarah Morris,   b. 1695-1697,   d. 29 May 1736  (Age 39 years)
     4. NN Morris
     5. Governor Robert Hunter Morris,   b. 1700,   d. 27 Jan 1764  (Age 64 years)
     6. Isabella Morris,   b. 1705,   d. 25 Apr 1741  (Age 36 years)
     7. Anne Morris,   b. 3 Apr 1706,   d. 1781  (Age 74 years)
     8. Arabella Morris,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Euphemia Morris,   b. 1710,   d. 3 Dec 1756  (Age 46 years)
     10. Margaret Morris,   b. 13 Mar 1711,   d. 1784  (Age 72 years)
     11. Elizabeth Morris,   b. 3 Apr 1712,   d. 1784  (Age 71 years)
     12. John Morris,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2003 
    Family ID F143794  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Governor Lewis Morris
    Governor Lewis Morris

  • Notes 
    • His father and his uncle Lewis, a merchant in Barbados, jointly bought what later became Morrisania in 1670. Upon Richard Morris' death, his son Lewis was left in custody of his uncle. In time Lewis Morris inherited both his father's share of the land he had bought in America and the entire estate of his uncle. In 1697, young Lewis Morris received a patent from the colonial governor, making his land the Manor of Morrisania. Thus was set the stage for another large family estate, which would be handed down through several generations and eventually split in small parts.
      The estate Lewis Morris inherited, when he was just twenty, was one of the largest at this time in New York. It included Morrisiana, the vast domain in New York for which Lewis Morris got the patent in 1697, other large land tracts in New Jersey, sugar plantations in Barbados, a successful rum import business in New York and a controlling interest in the Tinton Falls Iron Works, New Jersey's oldest iron works.
      Lewis Morris was the first of the family to engage in a successful political career. He helped bring down Lord Cornbury who ruled as governor of both New York and New Jersey. He was made Chief Justice of New York in 1715, but his stand against governor Cosby over the Van Dam case eventually cost him this position. He was replaced by James DeLancey. In 1738, New Jersey was separated from New York and Lewis Morris became its first colonial governor, an office he kept until the end of his life.
      Upon his death Morris split the estate, leaving Morrisania and the title of Manor Lord to his eldest son Lewis and his New Jersey properties, also including the Tinton Falls Iron Works, to Robert Hunter.

      Fortune : 12,000 £ 1700
      30,000 £ 1725
      Activity : Manor Lord
      Main property : Morrisania
      Associated properties : rum import business in NYC / sugar plantations in the West Indies / Tinton Falls Iron Foundry
      Politics / Public offices: Governor of New Jersey (1738-46), Vestryman of trinity Church (1797-1700), judge

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