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Israel Wistar Morris

Israel Wistar Morris

Male 1778 - 1870

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  • Name  Israel Wistar Morris 
    Born  27 Feb 1778  Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  17 Aug 1870  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I29748  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  17 Dec 2012 

    Father  Samuel Morris,   b. 24 Jun 1734, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1812, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Rebecca Wistar,   b. 25 Mar 1735, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1791, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  11 Dec 1755  Christ Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F9278  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Hollingsworth,   b. 19 Apr 1776, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1820, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1799  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Stephen Paschall Morris,   b. 3 Aug 1800, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1865, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Henry Morris,   b. 27 Jan 1802, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1881, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Samuel Morris,   b. 25 Nov 1803, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1804, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Casper Morris,   b. 2 May 1805, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1884, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Levi Morris,   b. 24 Apr 1807, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1868, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Israel Morris,   b. 22 Oct 1811, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1905, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Jane Morris,   b. 1813, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1897, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Wistar Morris,   b. 6 Sep 1815, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1891
    Photos
    Morris Mansion
    Morris Mansion
    "Morris Mansion", Greenhill Farm, Overbrook, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Last Modified  10 Nov 2010 
    Family ID  F7762  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Feb 1778 - Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1799 - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Aug 1870 - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Israel Wistar Morris
    Israel Wistar Morris
    Israel Wistar Morris 1778-1870

  • Notes 
    • (Research):Green Hill

      Like other Welshmen who were persecuted for their Quaker faith, brothers Charles and Thomas Lloyd were members of a landed aristocratic family, the Lloyds of Dolobran. In 1682, the Lloyd brothers, along with Welsh Quaker leader John ap John, gained ownership of a sizeable portion of the 40,000 acre Welsh Tract. Their rectangular parcel included the southeast corner of Lower Merion, and south and west of the corner of Lancaster Pike and City Avenue.

      Thomas Lloyd, his wife, and their children arrived in Pennsylvania in June 1683 after an eight week journey on the ship America. Lloyd's wife, Mary, died shortly after their arrival. Three of Lloyd's daughters would later marry men who would each serve as mayor of Philadelphia. Educated at Oxford, Lloyd's rare qualities became apparent in the developing city of Philadelphia. William Penn appointed Lloyd, only a year after his arrival, president of the Provincial Council. (When Penn returned to England, he put his wigs in Lloyd's care with the stipulation that he could use them if he wished).

      Upon Lloyd's death at age 54, an unimproved 118 acre tract was sold to David Price, Yoeman, of Merion, who immediately settled on the farmland in 1694. On land, identified from then on as the Greenhill tract, Price built a solid stone house, known for 269 years as the Old Homestead. Over the next dozen years, Price added adjacent land until he owned almost 300 acres.

      In 1731, Price conveyed 207 of those acres to his son Issachar, a carpenter: "...houses, outhouses, Edifices and Buildings." For almost 30 years the property was leased to a succession of farmers: John Hughes, John Evans (who owned land northwest of the Hughes farm), and Ludwig Knoll.

      John Hughes was active in colonial affairs, member of the Pennsylvania Assembly, and friend of Benjamin Franklin (who appointed him Stamp Distributor for the Provinces).

      Upon his death in 1772, Hughes' land was inherited by his son, John, Jr.

      John Hughes, Jr. married Margaret Pashall, the great granddaughter of one of the original Lower Merion settlers, Dr. Thomas Wynne. Both John and Margaret died in their twenties, leaving two daughters. The orphaned sisters were raised at Greenhill by a cousin, Mary Hollingsworth. But the Hughes girls, unmarried, both died in their twenties.

      In 1799 Mary married Israel W. Morris, a well-to-do broker and commission merchant, and son of Captain Samuel Morris of Revolutionary War fame. About 12 years later, the couple moved from Philadelphia to Mary's farm at Greenhill.