Biography of Capt. James T. Morse
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James Todd Morse, a retired ship master, was born in Phipsburg, April 17, 1822. His father was Francis Morse, and his mother, Nancy (Todd) Morse. His grandfather was Jonathan Morse, of Small Point. The boyhood of Captain Morse was spent on his father's farm, on the old Lithgow place, and his education was in the district schools. On October 29, 1849, he married Miss Margaret W. Lowell, daughter of Capt. Abner Lowell, of Small Point. She was born August 26, 1827, and they have had six children, of whom four are living.

Mr. Morse commenced going to sea in 1840, when he was eighteen years old, sailing in Bath ships, and rose to be master of a ship, in regular course of promotion, in eight years, and commanded some of the best ships of Bath build, for many years. In 1867 he was in command of the ocean steamer, Tiogo, running between New York and New Orleans, via Havana; she was consumed by spontaneous combustion. Ending his sea faring life, in 1871, he settled in Philadelphia, being employed as Marine Superintendent of the steamer line between Philadelphia and Antwerp, in which he continued until 1884, when he retired from active business life to the old family homestead in Phipsburg.

From:
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
1607-1894
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894


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