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  • ID: I07957
  • Name: Lewis MORRIS
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 25 SEP 1698 in Tinton, Monmouth, Nj
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    Name: Lewis MORRIS
    Given Name: Lewis
    Surname: Morris
    Sex: M
    Birth: 25 Sep 1698 in Tinton, Monmouth, NJ 1
    Death: 3 Jul 1762 in Morrisania, Bronx, NY 1
    Change Date: 17 Aug 2005
    Event: Census (Slave) Unknown 1755 Morrisania, Bronx, NY 2
    Will: 19 Nov 1760
    Burial: Morrisania, Bronx, NY; St. Ann's 3
    Event: Will Probated Unknown 28 Aug 1762 4
    Occupation: Judge 5
    Lewis was active member of pre-Revolutionary politics in the Colonies. He was elected a member of NY Council in 1722 by Gov. Burnett (and suspended in 1730 for "disrespectful" conduct). Then he was elected to NY Assembly as Rep. of Westchester from 1732 to 1750, and was chosen Speaker of the Assembly 1737. He was also elected judge of the high court of Admiralty. He lived his life at Morrisania.

    The following is an account from the 1755 Slave Census for Westchester Co., New York:

    "An Account of the Negroes above fourteen years of Age belonging to Lewis Morris, at Morrisania."
    Mens Names Their Ages Womens Names Their Ages
    Samson, Blind 96 Old Hanch 82
    Mulatto Harry 82 Ambo 67
    Mandos Hary 68 Betty 52
    Pawby 65 little Hanch 52
    Robin 63 Hager 42
    Old Peter 59 Long Betty 31
    Joseph 50 Zibia 27
    Yaff 47 Hannah 25
    George 45 Abigail 24
    Long Peter 41
    John 32
    Daniell 29
    Benjamin 28
    Sam Cooper 28
    Simon 27
    Sam 20
    Ando 25
    Peter Short 18
    Ocumah 63
    Demmy 41
    The Slave Census of 1755 was copied by Jean Ann Orser Lupinetti from Vol. III of The Documentary History of the State of New-York by E. B. OCallaghan, M. D. [Albany: Weed, Parsons & Co., Public Printers; 1850].

    His will was signed 19 November 1760 and proved August of 1762.
    Lewis' obituary in The New York Post (8 Jul) says he was Judge of the Vice-Admiralty.

    Abstracts of Wills Vol VI 1760-1766
    -In the name of God, Amen. I, LEWIS MORRIS, of Morrisania, "Considering the Evil Consequences of Dying Intestate, and that the Disposition of an estate by Will is one of the most important Acts of a man's Life, I have therefore thought proper to take the advantage of that season of Health and Serenity of mind which, by God's favour, I now enjoy, to make this my last Will and Testament, Which to obviate all disputes and contentions I have endeavored to express myself in the plainest Language."

    My Body I desire to be laid in the Family Vault at Morrisania, next to those of my father and mother, with as little Pomp and show as my executors may think proper. My debts and funeral charges are to be first paid.

    I devise that part of Morrisania to the westward of the Mill Brook to my son, Lewis Morris, and his heirs and assigns, and that it operate as a confirmation of the Deed or Deeds I have already given him for the same in fee simple.

    The remaining part of Morrisania, being the farm whereon I now live, lying east of the Mill Brook, together with the Mill Brook and stream leading from Broncks Kill to the Grist mill, standing on said Mill Brook, to the head thereof, I devise to my beloved wife, Sarah Morris, during her life. The stock of negroes, Horses and cattle, and farming utensils on said farm, and all my plate, money, household furniture, Coach, Chariot, and Chaise, and all the income of said farm, I leave to my wife during her life, to enable her to bring up and educate those children I have and may have by her.

    That part of Morrisania which I have left to my wife I leave after her decease to my son, Staats Long Morris, if he survives her, and to his heirs and assigns. And he is to pay to my executors 7,000 within fifteen months after the death of my wife. But if he be out of the Province, in England, then to be paid within two years. Immediately after the receipt of the same my executors shall pay to my son, Richard Morris, 2,000, To my son, Gouverneur Morris, 2,000, To my daughter Mary, wife of Thomas Lawrence, 600, To my daughter Isabella 600, To my daughter Sarah 600, To my daughter Euphemia 600, and to my daug

    Father: Lewis MORRIS b: 15 Oct 1671 in Morrisania, Bronx, NY
    Mother: Isabella GRAHAM b: 3 Jun 1673 in Scotland

    Marriage 1 Tryntje STAATS b: 4 Apr 1697 in New York, NY
    Married: 17 Mar 1723 in New York, NY 1
    Mary MORRIS b: 1 Nov 1724 in of New York
    Lewis MORRIS b: 8 Apr 1726 in Morrisania, Bronx, NY
    Staats Long MORRIS b: 27 Aug 1728 in Morrisania, Bronx, NY ?
    Richard MORRIS b: 15 Aug 1730 in Morrisania, Bronx, NY

    Marriage 2 Sarah GOUVERNEUR b: 14 Oct 1726 in of New York
    Married: 3 Nov 1746 in , Westchester, NY 1
    Isabella MORRIS b: 3 Feb 1748 in of New York
    Sarah MORRIS b: 23 Nov 1749 in of New York
    Gouverneur MORRIS b: 31 Jan 1752 in Morrisania, Bronx, NY
    Euphemia MORRIS b: 30 Sep 1754 in of New York
    Catherine MORRIS b: 30 Jan 1757 in of New York

    Family Bible Record of Lewis Morris of Morrisiana, NY (Amsterdam: Pieter Rotterdam, 1714), New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 7 1875- 1876, pp. 16-18.
    Author: E. B. OCallaghan
    Title: The Documentary History of the State of New-York, Vol. III
    Publication: Albany: Weed, Parsons & Co., Public Printers; 1850
    Cppied on the Internet.
    Robert R. Hall, "St. Ann's Church of Morrisania," THE BRONX COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY JOURNAL, XVIII (Fall, 1981), pp. 54-55. A photocopy is in my possession.
    Will of Lewis Morris, Liber 23, p. 426, County Court House, New York, N
    Obituary for Lewis Morris, The New York Post, 8 July 1762.

    Marriage 1 Tryntje STAATS b: 4 APR 1697 in New York
      1. Has Children Richard MORRIS b: 15 AUG 1730 in Morrisania, Bronx, Ny
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