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|Birth: ||Apr. 7, 1791|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 19, 1870|
Nathaniel Morse, a son of Stephen and Lyda Brown Morse, was born April 7, 1791, at Burlington, N.Y. This community is located a few miles west of the more famous town of Cooperstown.
Nathaniel was the seventh generation of the Morse family in America. His great-great-great-great grandfather, Anthony Morse, came from Marlborough, Wilshire, England. He sailed in the ship "James" on April 3, 1635, from London. He settled at Newbury, Mass.
Nathaniel, the subject of this sketch, was raised at Burlington. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Cooperstown. In stature he was said to be tall. His nickname was simply 'Nat' and he married Elizabeth Cummings who was born in 1795.
Nat and Elizabeth had six children, all born in New York state; Mrs. Mary Pierce, Dr. John Morse, Stephen Morse, Mrs. Jane Teed, Mrs. Amanda Green and Mrs. Judith Morse. Judith married a cousin, Horace Morse. Dr. John was the very first doctor in Chapmanville, before moving to Iowa where he died in 1863.
In May, 1839, Nat, his wife, three daughters and son Stephen moved to Plum Township, settling in present Chapmanville. Nat hired his son-in-law, Dwaine Pierce, to bring Mrs. Morse and the three daughters with Pierce's team and wagon. Nat walked all the way carrying a rifle and young Stephen rode a three-year-old colt. They crossed Cayuga Lake at the old toll bridge. It took two weeks to make the journey. Pierce went back to York state and then brought his family here the next year.
Nat's tract in Chapmanville was 200 acres which he bought from Ezekiel Chapman. Chapman gave to Nat a warranted deed as he did to several others without first having a deed from the state. Years later Nat started proceedings to secure a state deed, but he died before the act was completed. Therefore the state deed was issued to his son, Stephen, who gave quit-claim deeds to the various property owners in Chapmanville.
Nat operated a tavern in the house that he bought from Chapman until 1862, when he sold out to Bill Mix. Mix ran it a few years and then sold it to Ira Crowther who had it when it burned. Crowther then rebuilt about 1872 and this is the present house owned by Mrs. J. N. Holder.
Morse's tavern supplied meals for 20 and 25 cents. Lodging for a man and team overnight was $1.75. Evidently Nat's tavern served as sort of a bank, because bank notes were cashed there for gold and silver.
Nat also operated a store across the road for E. Hyde of Titusville from 1843 until 1846. Most of the settlers in the area traded at the store. Some merchandise prices were as follows: coffee 17 cents; butter 12 1/2 cents; tobacco 16 cents per pound; and a yoke ring 62 cents.
Hyde also had an ashery just north of the store building. Nat operated this for a few years, too. Hundreds of bushels of ashes were hauled in and brought around 10 cents a bushel. This was where soap was made.
In 1848 Mrs. Morse died. Nat later married Parthena Alford who was born in 1791.
Nat took an interest in the welfare of the Chapmanville Baptist Church. He gave help to Rev. Cyrus Shreve who was the church pastor for a period. This, of course, pertained to the original Baptist edifice which sat at the site of the community cemetery.
Nat raised a grandson whose first name was also Nathaniel. Young Nathaniel's mother died when he was a boy and the grandfather took him in. The grandson was to receive the house and lot of his grandfather and step-grandmother after their deaths.
After selling his tavern to Mix, Nat moved into the house now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hares. Sam McClelland had built this house and lived in it a few months before Nat purchased it.
It was here that Nat died on March 19, 1870. He was buried in the Morse family cemetery which is located on the present James Bradley property, but formerly owned by Albert J. Morse, Nat's grandson. Nat's widow, Parthena, died in 1873.
Albert Morse, now 89 and living in Titusville, spent much time and effort many years ago in compiling information regarding the history of the Morse family.
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Originally Created by: Amy Smith
Record added: Dec 20, 2012
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