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  • ID: I103771
  • Name: Lewis MORRIS
  • Given Name: Lewis
  • Surname: MORRIS
  • Prefix: Colonel
  • Suffix: Jr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 25 Sep 1698 in Tinton, Monmouth, NJ 1
  • Death: 3 Jul 1762 in Morrisania, Bronx, NY 1
  • Burial: Morrisania, Bronx, NY; St. Ann's 2
  • Event: No Name 28 Aug 1762 Will Proved 3
  • Occupation: Judge 4
  • _UID: 24D61FBBD6E7424F9575121E7E125967AC6F
  • Change Date: 6 Jan 2006 at 05:35
  • Note:
    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. His will was signed 19 Nov. 1760 and proved Aug. of 1762. Lewis' obituary in The New York Post (8 Jul) says he was Judge of the Vice-Admiralty.
    Shonard and Spooner's History of Westchester County, NY, National Cyclopedia of American Biography
    Much of his career [Lewis Morris, Jr., fourth proprietor, second Lord of the Manor of Morrisania] was contemporary with that of his father, whose political principles he shared. He was one of the foremost men before the Revolution. His principal offices were Judge of the High Court of the Admiralty of New York, with jurisdiction over New Jersey and Connecticut, and Judge of the Court of Ayer and Terminer. He is said to have strongly resembled his grandfather, James Graham, whom Mrs. Lamb in her History of the City of New York calls 'a fair sample of the ancient nobility.'

    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 daughter Catharine 600. If my son, Staats Long Morris, should not survive my wife, or if he refuses to pay the said sum, then that part of my estate is left to my son Richard on the same conditions. If neither son should survive, then to my son, Gouverneur Morris, and if all my said sons die without issue, then to my eldest son, Lewis Morris.
    The two lots which I lately purchased lying in the Broadway in New York, one being part of the estate of Joseph Murray, Esq., and the other part of the estate of Stephen Van Cortlandt, And whereas David Ogden has made a joint purchase with me of a tract of land upon Passaic river, in New Jersey, from Samuel Burge, of Philadelphia, These several parcels I devise to my wife during her life, empowering her to dispose of the same among her children as she thinks proper.
    The pictures of my father and mother I bequeath to my brother, Robert Hunter Morris, Esq. And my own picture and my wife's I leave to my daughter Isabella.
    All the rest of my real estate I direct to be sold by my executors and the proceeds paid to my wife, who is to divide the same among my daughters, Mary Lawrence, Isabella, Sarah, Euphemia, and Catharine, and my sons, Staats Long, Richard, and Gouverneur. After the death of my wife my executors are to sell the personal property and divide the proceeds among my children.
    My wife having signed an Instrument before our marriage, dated November 3, 1746, by which she gave her niece, Johana Hall, 200, and I having received all the money belonging to my wife, I bequeath 200 to the said Johana and also a negro girl." (The will disposes of various negro slaves, 12 being named, and several others, including one "bought of my brother-in-law, James Graham," among his children.) My Coach and the silver tankard given to me by the Colony of Rhode Island I leave to my son, Lewis Morris, Also my Library, agreeable with my father's design of passing it with the estate. But all such books as I have added to it are for my son Richard, and in the catalogue are marked with the letter P. "And of the remainder my son Richard is to have the joint use of them while he continues to practice the Law. But none of the books are to be removed from Morrisania, and none of the books are to be loaned out of the Library to any person."
    Differences arising in families are allways attended with the worst consequences; therefore it is my desire that all my children use their best endeavours to cultivate a good understanding with each other, and be dutiful to their mother, who, although she is a mother-in-law (stepmother) to some of them, has done them equal justice.
    My actions have been so inconsiderable in the World that the most durable monument would but perpetuate my Folly while it lasts. My desire is that nothing be mentioned about me, not so much as a single line in a News Paper to tell the World I am dead." "What is left to my children is honestly acquired, which gives me satisfaction that ill-gotten thousands cannot bestow." "My eldest son may be persuaded not to suffer my wife's bones to be buried in the vault at Old Morrisania, or remove her remains after they have been laid there. In case he should, it is my request that my bones be also removed and laid in some ground in any part of Morrisania east of the Mill Brook.
    It is my desire that my son, Gouverneur Morris, may have the best education that is to be had in Europe or America, but my express will and directions are that he be never sent for that purpose to the Colony of Connecticutt, lest he should imbibe in his youth that low craft and cunning so incident to the People of that Colony, which is so interwoven in their Constitutions that all their art cannot disguise it from the World; though many of them, under the sanctified garb of Religion, have endeavored to impose themselves on the World for honest men.
    I make my wife and my brother, Robert Hunter Morris, my son Richard, and my friend, William Smith, Jr., executors. Dated November 19, 1760.
    Witnesses, Francis Lewis, Samuel Gilford, Stephen Sayre. Proved, August 5, 1762. Confirmed by Governor Monckton, August 28, 1762.
  • Note: (Research):the Morris family of Morrisania and the Livingstons of Livingston Manor. Both families were among the richest landowners in Colonial New York; both were prolific clans with many links to other aristocratic dynasties; Morrises and Livingstons were prominent in both Colonial politics and the Independence movement and both families were pioneers in trade and industry in their respective areas of influence. The Livingstons territory was upstate New York, which they shared with the Van Rensselaer, Van Cortlandt and Philipse families. The Morrises estate lay South of New York in what is now the Bronx and extended through New Jersey.

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

    Marriage 1 Katrintje (Tryntie) STAATS b: 4 Apr 1697 in NY City, NY
    • Married: 17 Mar 1723 in NY City, NY 1
    • Change Date: 5 Jan 2006
    1. Has Children Mary MORRIS b: 1 Nov 1724 in NY
    2. Has Children Lewis MORRIS b: 8 Apr 1726 in Manor Of Morrisania, NY
    3. Has No Children Staats Long MORRIS b: 27 Aug 1728 in Morrisania, Bronx, NY
    4. Has Children Richard MORRIS b: 15 Aug 1730 in Morrisania, Bronx, NY

    Marriage 2 Sarah GOUVERNEUR b: 14 Oct 1726 in NY
    • Married: 3 Nov 1746 in Westchester, NY 1
    • Change Date: 5 Jan 2006
    1. Has No Children Sarah MORRIS
    2. Has Children Isabella MORRIS b: 3 Feb 1748 in NY
    3. Has Children Sarah MORRIS b: 23 Nov 1749 in NY
    4. Has Children Catharine MORRIS b: 1751-1752
    5. Has Children Gouverneur MORRIS b: 31 Jan 1752 in Morrisania, Bronx, NY
    6. Has No Children Euphemia MORRIS b: 30 Sep 1754 in NY
    7. Has No Children Catherina MORRIS b: 30 Jan 1757 in NY

    1. Abbrev: Source
      Title: Source
      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.
    2. Abbrev: Source
      Title: Source
      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.
    3. Abbrev: Source
      Title: Source
      Will of Lewis Morris, Liber 23, p. 426, County Court House, New York, NY.
    4. Abbrev: Source
      Title: Source
      Obituary for Lewis Morris, The New York Post, 8 July 1762.
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