I recently received some ancestry information pertaining to the maternal side of the family. I only had a vague awareness of the Morse family history and was surprised at a few similarities:
· My great-great-great grandparents came to the U.S. from England. I too came to the U.S. from England. I was born in Wimpole Park.
· My great-great –great grandfather was the brother of Jedediah Morse, father to Samuel F.B. Morse (Inventor of the telegraph – Morse Code). No wonder I’m such a chatterbox!
· My great-great grandfather (Ahira) and his wife Ann were Catholic. Through the years, many of the Catholic Morse Clan converted to Protestantism. I was raised Protestant and converted to Catholicism in 2006.
· My great-great grandmother (Ann) smoked a pipe. I smoked a pipe in college – not pot mind you, regular pipe tobacco…always the rebel!
· My great-grandfather (Samuel) married Amanda Jane Dunbar (I was named after her – Patricia Jane). Amanda was the only child of eight that survived into adulthood. I too struggled to survive into adulthood due to a plethora of health issues … made of strong stock!
Some other interesting facts from my mother’s side of the family:
* Our ancestors have been traced back to the Gauls of France.
* My great-great-great grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War under George
* My great-great grandfather (Ahira) fought in the war of 1812.
* My great-grandfather (Samuel) settled in the Washington Territory and became friends
with Chief Joseph, Chief Lawyer and Chief Looking Glass - all of the Nez Perce Tribe.
* My grandmother, Nellie Morse Davis, was a matron at the Washington State Penitentiary.