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My eighth great-grandfather Nicholas Morris “the Immigrant” was born in England in 1605. He died in St Stephens Parish, Northumberland Co. Virginia on 20 Jan 1663. He was a Justice of the Court by profession. His wife, Martha, was born in England about 1609. She remarried after Nicholas died.
Nicholas Morris owned land on the Great Wicomico River before 1651. His near neighbor and associate was John Mottram, an English Protestant who had frequent visitors among those who had been banished from the colony of Maryland.
Nicholas and his wife, Martha (poss.Mottram) were living in the Virginia Colony by 1641, and first lived on land leased from John Upton. By April 1652, Nicholas was well-established in Northumberland County and was appointed a justice along with John Haynie.
Will probabted, in Virginia, data from familysearch.com per Ancestral File, ver. 4.19. According to Tidewater Virginia Families by Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis, his will was presented in court in Northumberland Co.,VA on 20 Jan 1664, so he had to have died previous to that. He left his son, Anthony Morris, the plantation on which he lived, containing 550 acres and his wife, the land called “ye Island, being 506 acres”. He also bequeathed to his daughter, Jane (Morris) Haynie, one cow and to each of his three grandchildren, Martha, Elizabeth and Richard Haynie, one yearling heifer.
Martha Morris later married Thomas Lane, a wealthy land owner of Northumberland Co.
She signed her Morris inheritance over to her son, Anthony, on 15 July 1665.
Edward Morris b. Bet. 1626 – 1652
Nickolas Morris b. Bet. 1626 – 1652
William Morris b. Bet. 1628 – 1642
Jane Morris b. About. 1630 in VA
Anthony Morris b. 1645 in Northumberland Co., VA m.Dorothy Samford (Wife) Marriage: 1665
Nicholas Morris (1605 – 1664)
John Morris (1633 – 1713)
son of Nicholas Morris
William Morris (1659 – 1727)
son of John Morris
Thomas Morris (1678 – 1741)
son of William Morris
Thomas Morris (1730 – 1791)
son of Thomas Morris
Joanna Morris (1762 – 1839)
daughter of Thomas Morris
John Samuel Taylor (1798 – 1873)
son of Joanna Morris
William Ellison Taylor (1839 – 1918)
son of John Samuel Taylor
George Harvey Taylor (1884 – 1941)
son of William Ellison Taylor
Ruby Lee Taylor (1922 – 2008)
daughter of George Harvey Taylor
I am the daughter of Ruby Lee Taylor
Nicholas Morris served as a Justice of the Northumberland County Court eighteen times between 10 July 1652 and 21 Feb 1658/59 (Northumberland County Order Book 1650-1652, p. 64 and 1652-1665). He also signed the Great Oath (Northumberland County Order Book 1650-1652 p. 139b) VIRGINIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY NOV 1986. When he died, he left and estate of 1000 acres in his 1664 will.
What a great genealogy you have. That they came from England and lived such long time in the colonies and established such a huge farm too-is a real accomplishment
Thank you for the research you have done on what looks like our common ancestor. Are the books/documents still available to be seen? My uncles and I are very interested in this genealogy and would like to share it with other family members.
My line would be:
Edward Morris, Sr.
Edward Morris, Jr.
Elijah Jesse Morris, Sr.
Elijah Jesse Morris, Jr.
William Riley Morris
Harry E. Morris, Sr.
Harry E. Morris, Jr.
Thanks for visiting, dear cousin.
according to my tree he was also my 8th great grandfather. thank you for the compiled info
Thanks Barbara. Pleased to meet you, cousin.
I have recently started tracing my Morris family roots though FamilySearch.org. I am in awe that the Morris family came here during Colonial Virginia times! I am a descendant from Nicholas’s son Anthony Morris. My grandmother was born Veronica Morris in 1908 in Preshoe, S. Dakota. I would like to connect with you and find out any other family information!
It looks like my 8th great grandfather was Nicholas Morris. Going back: Anthony Morris, Edward Morris, Edward Morris,Hammond Morris, Shadrack Morris, Moses Morris, Isaac Wesley Morris, Tabitha Elizabeth Morris and my dad, William E. Stone. Thank you for the information.
Amazing research you have done. I found out that Nicholas Morris is my 11th time great-grandfather and I will be visiting his birthplace in England soon
So I’m in line with nicholas and his son Anthony as my 12th and 13th great grandfather. My question is where did you find your info, and do you know anything about our coat of arms?
I got my information on ancestry.com. I don’t know about the coat of arms.