The Morse Families, of Bath, descended from Samuel Morse, a Puritan, who came to this country from England,
to Massachusetts, prior to 1635, and settled at Dedham, which town he was instrumental in incorporating. One of
the descendants of this lineage was Jonathan Morse, who came to Maine and settled at Small Point, Phipsburg, from
whom are descended many of the name in Bath, Phipsburg, and other parts of the state.
Of this branch was J. Parker Morse, who was born in Phipsburg, March 12, 1810. His father was Richard Morse, who,
with his three sons, Parker, Alden, and John, was largely engaged in the lumber business and ship building at Winnegance,
and later built ships at Bath. In December, 1844, he married Miss Mary Foster Henry (one of the large ship builders
of Bath), and had one son and three daughters. The eldest daughter, Isabella, mrrried William F. Hooper, of Fall
River, Mass., where they reside and have one child, Parker Morse Hooper. His second daughter, Clara, married Dr.
F. W. Payne of Boston.
As a Republican Mr. Morse was twice elected to represent Bath in the House of Representatives, in which he served
in the sessions of 1867 and 1868, and in the Senate in 1869 and 1870. While a member of the Legislature, Mr. Morse
was largely instrumental in procuring an act establishing the Soldiers and Sailors Orphans Home at Bath.
The mother of Mr. Morse was Jane Parker Morse, whose parents were Jacob Parker and Isabella McCobb Parker, connected
with the historic Parkers and McCobbs of the Kennebec. He died March 19, 1872, and his wife June 24, 1883.
Benjamin W. Morse
Charles W. Morse
James T. Morse
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894
Sagadahoc County, ME
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