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Welcome to the Morse Society

You have arrived at the official Morse Society website, dedicated to families named Morse, Mors, Moss and variant spellings. Here, you’ll find an ever-growing source of genealogical data about your ancestors, their lives and times. Much interesting information about the Morses and related families is available for the casual visitor and a larger and much richer trove of data, dates and genealogical material can be accessed by our members.   

Morse Society Library

A benefit of membership in The Morse society is full access to the society's online library. We are continually adding articles, research tips, finding aids and more, plus we are extracting key articles from over 40 years of producing a quarterly newsletter. Click here for an index listing articles currently available in our library, current as of 30 May 2015.

Become a Member!

Information amassed by our dedicated researchers can be yours - as a member - for the surprisingly low cost of $20.00 per year (slightly more in Canada and overseas). All new members begin by completing a genealogy worksheet to outline the information that they have already identified about their Morse/Moss line. Our Research Team reviews the worksheet and try to connect the new member to one of our identified lines.
If your line can be easily identified, a member of our Research Team will provide your Ancestry Report containing the vital statistics and personal information that we have on each generation of your direct line. If your line cannot be readily established, we will make suggestions for where you might look for additional details, and we will do what we can to help you break through your brick wall.
Members receive access to the members-only area of our website, which includes:
  • An online library containing articles about the first Morses to arrive on our shores, life stores of well-known descendants, military listings of Morses who served in various wars, and more.
  • A surname research index which identifies the individuals, time periods, and geographic locations that other Morse Society members are researching. Perhaps you will find someone else who is working on the same brick wall!
  • A member roster for cross-referencing with the surname research index.
  • A library of rercent Morse/Moss deaths and obituaries.
  • A members-only discussion forum.
  • A photo gallery showing some key Morse/Moss locations and society members in action.
  • Information on society operations and key governance documents.
Because we are a small society, we do not provide extensive online databases like those found on Ancestry and other research websites.

Charles Hosmer Morse (1833-1921)

The life of Charles Hosmer Morse (1833-1921) was a Horatio Alger-style, rags-to-riches story of American success. He began his career in his native stateof Vermont in 1850 as a $50-a-year apprentice for a manufacturer of the weighing scales that were so essential to commerce. Morse went on to found Fairbanks, Morse & Company - a global leader in scales, engine technology, and manufacturing - in 1869.
Under Charles Hosmer Morse's leadership, the Fairbanks-Morse firm grew and diversified almost without an equal throughout the Industrial Age of the late 19th Century and early 20th Century. Starting with a line of weighing scales of all sizes and uses, the firm rapidly expanded into the manufacture of windmill pumps, typewriters, hand trucks, tractors, and a variety of warehouse and bulk shipping tools. The company became an industrial supplier distributing complete turn-key systems: tools, plumbing, gauges, gaskets, parts, valves, and pipe. Its 1910 catalog was over 800 pages in length.
Charles Hosmer Morse was an 8th generation descendant of Samuel Morse. Members can access detailed information by logging into the member portal and searching for Charles Hosmer Morse in our online library.

Charles Fessenden Morse (1839-1926)

Charles Fessenden Morse (1839-1926) was born in Boston and spent his childhood in Jamaica Plan, MA. He was admitted to Harvard University at age 15 adn graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1858. Morse served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War. Following the war, he became an influential businessman and civic leader in Kansas City, MO and participated in the early days of the stockyards, packinghouses, and railroads. Together with Charles Francis Adams, a Boston financier, he build Kansas City's primary industry into the second businest in the nation. He is buried in Falmouth, MA after spending most of his life in the Kansas City area.
Morse was portrayed in the award-winning motion picture, "Glory". Released in December 1989, the film received a number of awards, including an Oscar to Denzel Washington for Best Supporting Actor.
C.F. Morse was an 8th generation descendant of Samuel Morse. Members can access full information by logging into the member portal and searching for Charles Fessenden Morse in our online library.

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The Morse-Bragg cemetery is located in present-day Houston, TX and is threatened by development. This article provides background information about early settlers to the area, including Agur Morse (1801-1865) and his brother, Rev. John Kell Morse (1808-1863), seventh generation descendants of Corporal John Moss. Details about the cemetery are included in the article. Click here for full article

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