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Charles Morse
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Birth: Aug. 6, 1835
Death: Jan. 31, 1891

Charles Morse was born in Massachusetts and was listed as a shoe maker in the 1860 census of Plainfield, VT. A search of the internet pulled up an article explaining why it is that he lost most of his children around Christmas of 1878.

Baltimore Daily News, January 11, 1879


The Sad Experience of a Plainfield (Vt.) Family.
The fatality of diphtheria in the family of Mr. Charles Morse, says the Burlington Free Press is one of the severest on record. His family consisted of ten children from 9 months to 19 years old. The three oldest were away from home. Within ten days the seven at home were laid in the grave, two at a time twice. The oldest, a daughter, went home to assist and was taken with the disease in a few days and lingers yet between hope and fear. Mr. Morse is also down with it. The other two children are not permitted to go home. The mother and grandmother are worn and weak, but have not had the diphtheria as yet.
A young man from the village, a medical student of the last class of the U. V. M., went to take care of the family, remaining two or three days, and is now having the disease at his home, with serious doubts of his recovery. Almost a panic reigns in all the vicinity, although he has no neighbors very near. His premises are in the southeastern part of the town, three miles back from the river, well up from in on the hill side, and less than two miles from the top of Spruce Mountain, which is 3,000 feet high and said to be the highest point in the eastern branch of the Green Mountains. The soil is gravelly, covered thickly in all that region with granite boulders. The water is soft and pure, only there is a small hollow, boggy pond, through which a brook runs a half mile or so from Mr. Morse's dwelling. The house is said to have been very neatly kept, and the children to have been very bright, healthy and cleanly.
The story that got into the papers that the grandmother had been nursing diphtheria patients, and carried home their clothing, and thus inoculated the family, was inquired into by their physician, Dr. D. B. Smith, and found to be wholly untrue in every particular. He is unable to fix upon any origin for the disease, and yet its contagious character, in some way, after it entered the house is manifest.

From the stone in Plainfield Center Cemetery

Essie Dec. 16, 1878
Katie Dec. 16, 1878
Lizzie Dec. 22, 1878
Annie Dec. 24, 1878
Bernie Dec. 25, 1878
Myrtie Dec. 28, 1878
Harley Dec. 30, 1878
Family links: 
  Maria Morse (1833 - 1916)*
  Addie M. Morse Ladd (1859 - 1921)*
  Fredie Morse (1864 - 1865)*
  Essie Morse (1866 - 1878)*
  Annie Morse (1868 - 1878)*
  Myrtie Morse (1870 - 1878)*
  Katie Morse (1871 - 1878)*
  Lizzie Morse (1873 - 1878)*
  Harley Morse (1875 - 1878)*
  Bernie Morse (1878 - 1878)*
*Calculated relationship
Plainfield Center Cemetery
Washington County
Vermont, USA
Maintained by: Aron Garceau
Originally Created by: Nareen, et al
Record added: Dec 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45311805
Charles Morse
Added by: Nareen, et al
Charles Morse
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