Happy Birthday Edward Morris III

Edward Morris (1688-1769)

Edward Morris was born on 09 Nov 1688 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts as the third child, and only son, of Edward Morris and Elizabeth Bowen. He had six siblings, namely: Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Grace, Abigail, Susanna, and Prudence. As a child, he moved with his family to, what is now, Woodstock, Windham, Connecticut. Back then, it was called Woodstock, Massachusetts. The town was originally within Massachusetts. In 1713, a new survey put the town into Connecticut, but an agreement was made to keep the town under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts.

For this post, I’ve titled him, “Edward … Continue reading

Happy Birthday John Johnson

John Johnson (1698-<1756)

John Johnson was born on 26 Aug 1698 in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut as the second child of Isaac Johnson and Margaret Miller. He was baptized two days later. He had eleven siblings, namely: Sarah, Margaret, Isaac, Thomas, Henry, Content, William, Stephen, Tabitha, Mary, and Hannah.

When he was 23, John Johnson married Mary Bow, daughter of Samuel Bow and Mary Turner, on 07 Feb 1721/22 in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut. Mary was a widow when she married John. She had three daughters with her previous husband, Arthur Davis, namely, Phebe, Hannah, and Martha Davis. These girls were between … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen Morris (1661-1743)

Elizabeth Bowen was born on 26 Jan 1660/61 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts as the second child of Henry Bowen and Elizabeth Johnson. She had nine siblings, namely: Henry, John, Margaret, Maria, Margaret, Abigail, Penuel, Esther, and Isaac. Elizabeth Bowen was baptized on 27 Jan 1660/1, a day after she was born, in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

[Before we really get started, here is a note about place names… the names listed are what the places are called now. When Elizabeth was alive we did not have states or even have thirteen colonies. The New World was just being settled … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Margaret Miller

Margaret Miller (1676-1764)

Today we remember Margaret Miller who was born 340 years ago. She was born on 01 Sep 1676 in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut as the sixth child of Thomas Miller and Sarah Nettleton. She had seven siblings, namely: Thomas, Samuel, Joseph, Benjamin, John, Sarah, and Mehitable. Margaret also had an older half-sister because her father had been married before and had a daughter from that marriage named Ann.

Margaret’s father was almost 67-years old when she was born. He was one of the original settlers of Middletown. He was a carpenter, and built and operated the first grist mill in town. … Continue reading