Biography of Silas E. Morse
Madison County, NY Biographies





Morse, Silas E., is one of the oldest business men of this section, having conducted a carriage manufactory in New Woodstock over half a century. He was born in Wallingford, Conn., in 1824, and removed to this vicinity with his father, who for many years manufactured shooks and barrels on the farm at the " Four Corners" near the old school house. Street Hall Morse had at one time been a man of considerable means, but met with reverses which led to his removal from Connecticut to Chenango county and later to this town. The family came from England, their advent to this country being about 1635. At Medfield, Mass., a monument has been erected to the seven Morse brothers who were the progenitors of most of the name in America. Silas E. Morse early developed the habits of self reliance, industry, perseverance, and rectitude, which have followed him all his life. He learned the wagon and carriage maker's trade when a young man and for some years was a partner in the business with Ralph Bell, his wife's father. He conducted his business in New Woodstock over half a century as stated above. In politics Mr. Morse has been a Democrat and at different times has held offices of public trust In Buchanan's administration he was postmaster at New Woodstock. For many years he served on the school board and as trustee of the cemetery associations. He has long been a member of the New Woodstock Baptist church, and served the society for a long period as trustee. Of his marriage to Sarah J. Bell, one daughter was born, Hattie, wife of Richard J. Miller of De Ruyter.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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