Lewis  Morris, III

Lewis Morris, III

Male 1726 - 1798  (71 years)    Has 23 ancestors and 53 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Lewis Morris 
    Suffix III 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 8 Apr 1726  Morrisania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • now a part of New York City), N.Y.
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Jan 1798  Morrisania, N.Y. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Bronx, N.Y. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • in vault beneath St. Anne's of Morrisania Church
    Person ID I363483  Geneagraphie
    Links To This person is also Lewis Morris at Wikipedia 
    Last Modified 7 Feb 2003 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Tryntje Staats,   b. Bef 1715,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Siblings 2 siblings 
    Family ID F144004  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Walton,   b. 14 May 1727, Westchester, (Bronx), New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1794, Morrisania, Westchester, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married
    • ten children; thus his estate was divided and his branch included no New York millionaire in 1850.
      Three of his sons served on the American side in the Revolution

      * This Robert Morris, who was not related to the Morrises of Morrisiana, was the most successful merchant-banker in America during the period following the Revolutionary War; but he eventually failed, brought down by large scale real estate speculations and over-extension of his credit, which he also used to raise funds for the Government. Robert Morris spent several years in debtors prison at the end of his life.
    Children 
     1. Benjamin Morris,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Lewis Morris, IV,   b. 1752, Morrisania, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1824, Morrisania, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     3. Jacob Wolcott Morris,   b. 1755,   d. 1844  (Age 89 years)
     4. William Morris,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. James Morris,   b. 1764,   d. 1827  (Age 63 years)
     6. Richard Valentine Morris,   b. 1768,   d. 1815  (Age 47 years)
     7. Catherine Morris,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Mary Morris,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Sarah Morris,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Helena Magdalena Morris,   b. 1762, Morrisania, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1840, Egerton, Bergen, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     11. Staats Morris,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2002 
    Family ID F144163  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Lewis Morris

  • Notes 
    • A Delegate from New York; instructed by private tutors and was graduated from Yale College in 1746; engaged in agricultural pursuits; appointed by the Crown a judge of the Court of Admiralty in 1760 and resigned in 1774; again appointed by the provincial congress in 1776, but declined; elected to the Colonial Assembly of New York in 1769, but was declared disqualified for nonresidence; delegate to the provincial convention of the colony in April 1775; Member of the Continental Congress 1775-1777, and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence; deputy to the State provincial congress in 1776 and 1777; county judge of Westchester County in 1777; member of the committee on detection of conspiracies in 1777; served in the State senate 1777-1781 and 1784-1788, and was a member of the council of appointment in 1786; member of the first board of regents of the University of New York and served from 1784 until his death; delegate to the State convention which adopted the Federal Constitution in 1788

      Three of his sons served on the American side in the Revolution; the youngest Richard Valentine Morris (1768-1815) joined the Navy and became a captain and squadron commander. He was sent to the Mediterranean to negotiate the end of the Tripolitan war, but unsuccessful, he was eventually relieved of his command.

      His estate, Morrisiana was seriously damaged by British troops and the mansion burnt down. After the revolution, he rebuilt it.
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      Fortune : 270,000 $ 1775
      300,000 $ 1800
      Activity : Manor Lord
      Main property: Morrisania
      Politics / Public offices: NJ Provincial Assembly (1769), Continental Congress (1775-77), Commission of Ways and Means to supply army, Commission of Indian Affairs; Brigadier General in charge of Westchester Militia; Signer Declaration of Independence; Judge and NY State Senator


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