Biography of the Morse Family
Sagadahoc County, Maine Biographies





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.


Also see

Alden Morse
Benjamin W. Morse
Charles Morse
Charles W. Morse
James T. Morse



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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