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Joshua Morse Papers, 1790-1849
1 box (3 linear inches)
Collection number: MS 276

Abstract:
The Joshua Morse papers contain land deeds for property transactions in Newfane and Rockingham, Vermont between 1790 and 1941. There are bills, receipts, promissory notes and accounting records between 1817 and 1849. The guardianship papers (1831-1843) of Samuel W. Phillips and Mary Phillips are also in the papers.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Mortimer Rare Book Room.

Restrictions on use:

The Joshua Morse Papers are the physical property of the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors of the works or their legal representatives.

Mortimer Rare Book Room
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

There is little information on Joshua Morse, residing in Newfane, Vermont, who is largely responsible for these papers. The historic record is complicated by the fact that the name Joshua Morse of Newfane, Vermont, was used by other individuals who were likely related to the Joshua Morse of these papers.

Joshua Morse was born on November 20, 1777, in Princeton, Worcester, Massachusetts and died at Newfane, Vermont on September 12, 1859. He married Sarah (or Sally) Phillips at Easton, Massachusetts on August 12, 1798. To this union were born another Joshua Morse on September 3, 1801, David (June 18, 1807-1811), and Elijah (January 23, 1823-March 31, 1906).

Joshua Morse was appointed the legal guardian of Samuel W. Phillips and Mary W. Phillips in May 1831 after the death of their father Samuel Phillips. Samuel Phillips was born about 1791 and married Mary Phillips about 1822. Mary Phillips was born about 1801 in Marlboro, Windham County, Vermont. Samuel Wright Phillips was born July 6, 1821; the date of his death is not established. Mary Wright Phillips was born about 1823 in Marlboro, Windham County, Vermont. She married Abel S. Ward in June 1844 and died Feb 16, 1851. Samuel W. Phillips and Mary W. Phillips are likely Joshua Morse's nephew and niece.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Joshua Morse Papers are arranged in 4 series. SERIES I. LAND DEEDS includes deeds for transfer of land titles in Newfane and Rockingham, Vermont between 1790 and 1841. SERIES II. BILLS AND RECEIPTS has bills, receipts, promissory notes and accounting records for transactions between 1817 and 1849. Joshua Morse was appointed guardian for Samuel W. Phillips and Mary Phillips (likely his niece and nephew) and the papers in SERIES III (1831-1843) relate to that arrangement. SERIES IV. MISCELLANEOUS includes a holograph poem of a religious nature, an appeal (printed) of William H. Smith from 1859 and some newspaper clippings.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Mortimer Rare Book Room.

Restrictions on use:

The Joshua Morse Papers are the physical property of the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors of the works or their legal representatives.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

The Joshua Morse Papers, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College, Northampton, MA.

History of the Collection

The Joshua Morse papers were a gift of Mrs. Emma Bailey, Brattleboro, Vermont in 1964 and came to the Mortimer Rare Book Room through Nancy Dingman Watson (Smith College Class of 1964) of Putney, Vermont.

Mrs. Bailey indicated that Joshua Morse was an ancestor of the Bailey family of Vermont.

Processing Information

Processed by Melvin Carlson, Jr., 2007


Additional Information
Contact Information
Mortimer Rare Book Room
William Allan Neilson Library
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2906
Fax: (413) 585-2904

Email: mrbr@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/rarebook
Language
English

Contents List
SERIES I. LAND DEEDS



Deed of Peter Penniman and Jacob White, transferring title of land in Newfane, Vermont to James Morse.

The document is damaged and lacks the bottom portion of the page. The deed is endorse on the verso by the justice of peace 1790 Apr. 27 and by the town clerk of Newfane, Vermont, 1795 Jun. 3

1790, 1795

Box 1: folder 1
Deed 1803 Jan. 19 of Jacob Morse to Joshua Morse, transferring title of land in Windham County, Vermont.

The deed is endorsed on the last page by the justice of peace, 1806 Nov. 23

1803, 1806
1 p.
Box 1: folder 2
Deed 1822 Dec. 16 of John Morse to Joshua Morse, transferring title of land in Newfane, Vermont.

The deed is endorsed on the verso by the town clerk in Newfane, Vermont, 1823 Jan. 2.

1822, 1823
1 p.
Box 1: folder 3
Deed 1830 Jan. 21 of Henry F. Green to Samuel Guild, transferring title of land in Rockingham, county of Windham, Vermont.

The deed is endorsed on the verso by the town clerk in Rockingham, Vermont, 1830 Jan. 29.

1830
1 p.
Box 1: folder 4
Deed 1831 Feb. 22of Henry F. Green to Samuel Guild, transferring title of land in Rockingham, county of Windham, Vermont.

The deed is endorsed on the verso by the town clerk in Rockingham, Vermont, 1831 Feb. 22.

1831
1 p.
Box 1: folder 5
Deed of 1841 Jun. 23 Rasom King, executor of the estate of William King Cate to Josuha Morse, transferring title of land in Newfane, Vermont.

The deed is endorsed on the verso by the town clerk of Newfane, Vermont, 1841 Nov. 9.

1841
1 p.
Box 1: folder 6
SERIES II. BILLS AND RECEIPTS



Nineteen (19) slips of paper containing financial records including bills, receipts, promissory notes and miscellaneous accounting records,
1817-1849.

Box 1: folder 7
SERIES III. GUARDIANSHIP OF SAMUEL W. PHILLIPS AND MARY PHILLIPS BY JOSHUA MORSE



Appointment of Joshua Morse as guardian for Samuel W. Phillips and Mary Phillips, heirs of Samuel Phillips, Malborough, Windham County, Vermont,
1831 May 4.

Box 1: folder 8
Request of Mary Phillips,
1842 Feb. 8.

Box 1: folder 9
Accounting record,
1842.

Box 1: folder 10
Complaint against Joshua Morse, Newfane, Vermont in regards to his neglect of his guardianship of Samuel W. Phillips and Mary Phillips in regards to the estate of Samuel Phillips,

Lemuel Whitney, register, Probate Court, Windham Country, Vermont.

1843 Apr. 28.

Box 1: folder 11
SERIES IV. MISCELLANEOUS



Manuscript of a religious poem and prose. The poem begins: When God shall call my soul to go.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 12
Printed public appeal of Warren H. Smith, Rutland, Vt.,

dealing with pensions and the Kansas question.

1858 Jul. 8

Box 1: folder 13
Two newspaper clippings on the abolitionist John Brown.


Box 1: folder 14
Newspaper clipping on David Wilmot (1814-1868).


Box 1: folder 15
Newspaper clipping on Confederate General James Elwell Brown Stuart (1833-1864), known as "Jeb" Stuart.


Box 1: folder 16

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Subjects
  • Land titles-Registration and transfer-Vermont-Windham County
  • Morse, Joshua, 1777-1859
  • Phillips, Mary Wright, d. 1851
  • Phillips, Samuel Wright, 1821-

Genre terms
  • Deeds
  • Financial records
  • Legal documents


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