Thurtell and Related Families
Thurtell and Related Families


Notes for Daniel MORRISON, JR.

Information received from John Benzie shows Daniel Morrison was born August 1, 1691, in Newbury, Massachusetts, and was married December 15, 1715, in Wells, Maine, to Elinor Littlefield. His records show Daniel and Elinor Morrison had a total of thirteen children, and that Daniel Morrison was later married to Eleanor Duncan but had no children with her. He died in 1757 according to John Benzie's records.

On page 583 of "Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts vol 2" by David W. Hoyt, published by Snow & Farnham, Providence, 1897, and found on the internet in September 2000 in the Genealogy.com library it shows: " [The following from Wells town records:] Elinor Littlefield m. Daniel Morrison, Dec. 15, 1715."

Information found on the web site of D. B. Robinson in October 2000 shows that according to the Littlefield Family Newsletter, Media: Magazine, Page: Vol. 2, No. 2, p. 42, Daniel Morrison was born August 1, 1691, in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, and died either between July 4 and November 19, 1756 or in 1757 in Wells, York County, Maine. His will was written July 4, 1756, and filed for probate November 19, 1756. This web site also shows that a charge of fornication was brought against Daniel Morrison and Eleanor Littlefield in 1716 even though they had "since married". (Provincial and Court Records of Maine, V:187) and that Daniel Morrison was arrested for making "threatening speech," 5 May 1725. (Provincial and Court Records of Maine, VI:198). The email address for D. B. Robinson was haruspex@pobox.com, and this web page was located at http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=haruspex&id=I20750#s1.

This page also notes that the will of Daniel Morrison was signed 4 July 1756 and probated later that year 19 November. It named his wife Eleanor and the following children: Daniel Morrison, Nathan Littlefield Morrison, Joseph Morrison, Hannah Allen, Lydia Kimball, Abigail Max[w]ell, Mary Morrison, Tabitha Stewart, Samuel Morrison. Also named was John Royal Baston, a grandson and son of his deceased daughter Eleanor Baston. The naming of Mary Morrison is significant in that she was the only Mary of an age to have mentioned William Storer a few years after her father's death. Since she was not found in the separate baptismal listings of Morrison children and was unmarried at the time of her father's death she may have been the youngest of the children and therefore born sometime after 4 February 1739 when her sister Tabitha was baptized.

The will of Daniel Morrison appears in the book "Maine Wills 1640-1760" on pages 800-803 found in the internet library of GenealogyLibrary.com in February 2000. It reads: "Probate Office, 9, 201.

"In the Name of God Amen. The twenty fourth Day of July One Thousand Seven Hundred & Fifty Six, I Daniel Morrison of Wells in the County of York in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Yeoman, being aged & infirm in Body, but of perfect Mind & Memory, Thanks be to God for it, Calling to Mind my own Mortality, and knowing that it is appointed to Man once to die Do make & ordain this my last Will & Testamt, that is to Say, principally & first of all, I recommend my Soul into ye Hands of God who gave it, and my Body to ye Earth to be buried in decent Christian Burial at ye Discretion of my Executors hereafter named, nothing doubting but at ye General Resurrection I Shall receive the Same again by the mighty Power of God, And as touching Such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I bequeath & dispose of the Same in ye Form & Manner following Vizt.

Impr. My Will & Desire is, that all my Just & lawful Debts be duly & honestly paid by my Executrs hereafter named, and that they be paid out of my moveable Estate.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my beloved Son Daniel Morrison Ten Shillings lawful Money, besides what I have already given him to be paid by my Execrs within Six Months after my Decease.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my beloved Son Nathan Littlefeild Morrison ten Shillings lawful Money besides what I have already given him to be paid by my Execrs within Six Months after my Decease.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my beloved Son Joseph Morrison too acres of fresh Meadow at ye Elmn Brook so called in Wells besides what I have already given him.

Item I give & bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Hannah Allen ten Shillings lawful Money besides what I have already given her to be paid by my Executrs within Six Months after my Decease.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my beloved Grandson Iohn Royall Baston Son of my beloved Daughter Eleoner Baston late Decd five pounds lawful Money to be paid unto him by my Executrs when he arrives to the Age of twenty one Years.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Lydia Kimball ten Shillings lawful Money besides what I have already given her to be paid by my Executrs within Six Months after my Decease.

I give & bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Abigail Maxwell ten Shillings lawful Money besides what I have already given her to be paid by my Executors within Six Months after my Decease.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Morrison Eight pounds lawful Money to be paid her by my Executors within Six Months after my Decease.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Tabitha Stewart ten Shillings lawful Money besides what I have already given her to be paid by my Executrs within Six Months after my Decease.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my beloved Son Samuel Morrison and his Heirs forever all my Homestead containing Sixty Acres bounded Southeasterly by ye Head of ye old Lots, Northeasterly by Land of Thomas Penny, Northwesterly partly by Land of Joseph Morrison Southwesterly by Land Seperated for a High Way adjoining Land of Daniel Morrison junr with ye Sixteenth part of the Upper Saw Mill & Stream on Maryland River so called with the Common Right belonging to the Homestead, togather with my dwelling House & Barn Buildings & Fences on the Homestead: Only & Specially reserving to my Well beloved Wife Eleoner Morrison during her natural Life ye Improvemt of One half of my House & one half of my Barn, and half of the Improvement of my Homestead, And half ye Improvemt of ye Saw Mill, and half the Improvemt of the fresh Meadow, and after my Said Wife's Decease to be to my Said Son Samuel Morrison, And to Heirs & Assigns forever.

Item I give & bequeath unto my beloved Wife Eleoner Morrison and to her Heirs & Assigns forever One Tract or parcel of Land containing Thirty Acres, be it more or less being thirty Rods in Breadth bounded Northwesterly by ye Country Road Southwesterly by Land of Joseph Gatchel Southeasterly by ye head of ye old Lots Northeasterly by Land of Daniel Morrison junr together with all my Debts & moveable Estate within Doors & without of every Sort excepting what Shall or may be for paying all Legacys and Debts. I also give & bequeath unto my Sd beloved Wife during her natural Life, ye Improvemt of one half of my dwelling House & one half of ye Barn, and one half of the Improvemt of my Homestead, and one half of ye Improvemt of the Saw Mill & fresh Meadow during her Said natural Life.

I do hereby nominate Constitute & appoint my well beloved Wife Elenor Morrison & my beloved Son Saml Morrison of Wells in the County of York Labourer to be the Sole Executrix & Executor of this my last Will & Testamt and I do hereby revoke & disannul all other & former Wills & Testamts by me made, and do hereby Ratify & Confirm this & no other to be my last Will & Testamt In Witness where of I have hereunto Set my Hand & Seal the Day & Year above written.

Daniel Morrison (seal)
Signed Sealed published pronounced & declared by the
above Sd Daniel Morrison to be his last Will & Testamt
his
in presence of us the Subscribers Iohn ?? Penny Sarah
mark
Penny ?? her Mark Iohn Storer.

Probated 2 January 1757."



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