Biography of John J. Morse
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Morse, John J., was born in Walworth, January 9, 1848, a son of Amos and Lucina (Finley) Morse, natives of Walworth. The father of Amos was Jedediah, one of the earliest settlers of Woolworth, who first settled in Connecticut, then came to Walworth, where he died. The father of Lucina was John Finley, son of Charles, a native of Ireland, who was also one of the early settlers who owned at time of his death about 240 acres of land in Walworth, where he died. Amos Morse is a farmer, owning 100 acres in Walworth, where he now lives. Mrs. Morse died in 1867. John J. was educated in the public schools and Walworth Academy and has followed farming chiefly, though he has been engaged in mercantile pursuits both in Michigan and New York and has also acted as traveling salesman for the Buffalo and Syracuse Fertilizing Co's, now the Crackers of Buffalo. He now owns the place known as the Joel Pratt farm, which comprises 125 acres, in which he has a beautiful residence, and the place is considered one of the best in the county. Mr. Morse also owns a fine residence in the village of Ontario, where the family now reside. He has served as assessor and is a member of the Wayne County Lodge No. 416, F. & A. M., of the K. O. T. M., Cyrene Tent No. 203 and is a charter member of the A. O. U. W, of Ontario, also a Granger. February 1, 1871, he married Celia M. Griswold, a native of Afton, Chenango county, and a daughter of Charles and Lydia (Colburn) Griswold, natives of Rose, this county, the father of Charles having been one of the earliest settled of Rose. Mr. Griswold died January 12, 1893, and his widow resides in Palmyra. Mr. and Mrs. Morse have had two children; Nellie L. wife of F. L. Pollock of Geneva, manager of the Singer Sewing Machine Co. and Myrta E., who resides at home.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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