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Elizabeth Morss

Female 1806 - 1896  (89 years)


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  • Name Elizabeth Morss  [1
    Born 3 Feb 1806  Morris County, New Jersey, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Female 
    Died 1 Jan 1896  Monticello, Jones County, Iowa, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Monticello, Jones, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • "Mrs. Elizabeth Mead, the aged wife of the venerable Chauncy Mead, died last night at 7 oclock in her 90th year, after more than 70 years of happy married life.

      Mrs. Mead's maiden name was Morss. She was born in New Jersey 3 Feb. 1806. When young she moved with her parents to New York, thence to Southern Indiana when it was a territory. There was married 3rd Oct 1825 to Mr. Mead and they moved to the Northern part of the state (South Bend) 60 years ago. After living there about 15 years they came to Jones County and in 1853 went onto the farm adjoing Monticello, which has since been their home.

      Mr. and Mrs. Mead celebrated the 70th anniversary of their marriage at their home last October. Mrs. Mead began to fail about a year ago, since then she has been afflicted more or less with dropsy, but her death may be attributed to the wearing out of the human machine. It's seldom indeed that a couple are blessed with such a long life of married happiness. Mrs. Meads mind remained clear up to the very last days of life.

      She was the mother of six children, three of whom survive. They are Simon Mead of Monticello, William Mead of Manchester, and Mrs. Elizabeth Holston of Kansas. The funeral services will be conducted at the family residence tomorrow morning at 11 oclock by Rev. J.Q. Dickensheets of the UB Church."
    Person ID I301  My Family History
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2018 

    Father John Mead Morss,   b. 25 Jan 1780, Warwick, Orange, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1818, Manchester, Dearborn, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Elizabeth Rarick,   b. 7 Dec 1784,   d. 12 Nov 1877, Monticello, Jones, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 1801  [8
    Family ID F101  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Chauncey H. Mead,   b. 19 Jan 1802, Cherry Valley, Otsego, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1896, Monticello, Jones, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 3 Oct 1825  Manchester, Dearborn, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Thomas Ephraim Morse,   b. 17 Aug 1823, Dearborn, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1878, Monticello, Jones, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)  [Natural]
    +2. William B. Mead,   b. 7 Jun 1826, Manchester, Dearborn, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1914, Manchester, Delaware County, Iowa, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  [Natural]
    +3. John Mead,   b. Abt 1828, Manchester, Dearborn, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1854, St Joseph, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years)  [Natural]
     4. Simon Allen Mead,   b. 17 Feb 1830, Manchester, Dearborn, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1896, Monticello, Jones, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)  [Natural]
    +5. Elizabeth Mead,   b. 20 Nov 1832, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1918, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  [Natural]
    +6. Anna Mead,   b. Abt 1837, Manchester, Dearborn, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1876  (Age ~ 39 years)  [Natural]
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F162  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • (Research):From Richard Morse kiliwigl@wbcable.net

      Hi Paul. I am from the Elizabeth Morse line. She was married to Chauncey Mead. Elizabeth had a child out of wedlock named Ephraim Thomas Morse. He lived near the Mead's in Iowa. Do you have any information on who the father of Ephraim is.

      Hi again Paul, I am very excited about finding other people researching the Mead/Holston line. For everyones information Elizabeth Morse/Mead's father was John Morse, Her mother was Elizabeth Rarick. Her grandfather was Samuel Benjamin Morse and her Grandmother was Irena Mead. I am not sure if there is a connection between Chauncey and Irena. When my Morses went to Nebraska in the late 1800's from Iowa there were a bunch of families that went together. The Holston's, Woods, Orcutt's Rarick's, Mead's and other are all related. They all lived in the Monticello, Iowa area.

      Elizabeth's last name is either Mors, Morse, or Morss. Her father is listed as John Mors. This family goes back to Anthony Mors who came here in 1635 on the ship the James. I am hoping somebody, especially relatives of either Anne or Elizabeth Mead may know who the father of Ephraim is. My great aunt Bertha Emerick/Morse knew, but swore she would take it to the grave. She did. The Mead's and Morse's first appear together in upstate New York or New Jersey in the mid 1700's. Samuel Benjamin was born in about 1735, his son John was born in about 1780 in New Jersey. Elizabeth Morse was born in New Jersey in about 1806, they moved to St Joseph in about 1807. John his son Henry and daughter Anne all died before 1813 in St Joseph area. Ephraim was born in 1823, father unknown. Elizabeth Rarick married Benjamin Crouch after the death of John. They had at least three children. Enough for now. Later Richard

      Hi again. I wish to extend my invitation to all others who have information on these families to reply to our queries. I have most of the information on the Morse clan. When Chauncy and Elizabeth moved to Iowa they already had a lot of family near by. Check the census for Jones County, Iowa for 1852 - 1856. Any Rarick, Morse, Woods, Orcutt, Mead and others were all related. Ephraim moved to Monticello in about 1852. By the way Ephraim also was listed as Moss. The original Mors family came here with five brothers and wives. Thanks

  • Sources 
    1. [S247] Iowa Cemetery Records, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2000;), Database online.
      Record for Elizabeth

    2. [S670] U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).
      Record for Elizabeth Mead

    3. [S235] 1860 U. S. Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;), Year: 1860; Census Place: Monticello, Jones, Iowa; Roll: M653_328; Page: 681; Family History Library Film: 803328.
      Record for Elizabeth Mead

    4. [S226] 1870 U. S. Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;), Year: 1870; Census Place: Monticello, Jones, Iowa; Roll: M593_401; Page: 138A; Family History Library Film: 545900.
      Record for Elizabeth Mead

    5. [S234] Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2007;).
      Record for Elizabeth Mead

    6. [S254] Iowa State Census, 1895, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2003;).
      Record for Elizabeth Mead

    7. [S384] Web: Iowa, Find A Grave Index, 1838-2011, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).

    8. [S242] U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;), Source number: 573.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: TML.