Samuel F. B. Morse

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Samuel F. B. Morse

Painter and Co-Inventor of Morse Code


    Sarah Child

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    • 3rd Generation — Grandmother of Samuel F. B. Morse
    • Ahnentafel No:
    • Birth Date:
    • 12 May 1724 
    • Birth Location:
    • Woodstock, Windham, Connecticut 
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    • Death Date:
    • 5 Apr 1805 
    • Death Location:
    • Woodstock, Windham, Connecticut 
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    • Burial Location:
    • Woodstock Hill Cemetery, Woodstock, Windham, Connecticut 
    • Marriage Date:
    • 19 Feb 1746/1747 
    • Marriage Location:
    • Woodstock, Windham, Connecticut 
    • Notes: 
    • Many sources incorrectly state that the parents of the Sarah Child who married Jedidiah Morse were Benjamin Child and Patience Thayer.

      However as early as 1914, Lyman May Paine got it right in his book My Ancestors: A Memorial of John Paine and Mary Ann May of East Woodstock, Conn. Sarah Child was the 2nd great-grandmother of Lyman. Lyman correctly stated that the parents of Sarah Child, wife of Jedidiah Morse, were in fact John Chiild and Abigail Aspinwall.

      In October 2005, Christopher Callender Child wrote an article in the October 2005 New England Historic and Genealogical Register (pp. 317-318) that gave the proof of this parentage. Although her father John Child died intestate, an estate document gave the names of all his children and his daughters' husbands. Included in this list were Jedidiah and Sarah Morse thus proving that Lyman Paine had it right all along.

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  • Sources for Sarah Child

    • 3 New England Historical and Genealogical Register, (New England Historic and Genealogical Society), 2005, Vol. 159, pp. 317-318, 322.
    • 5 Child, Elias, Genealogy of the Child, Childs and Childe Families, of the Past and Present in the United States and the Canadas, Utica, NY: Curtiss and Childs, Printers (1881), 258, 427.
    • 6 Dexter, Franklin Bowditch, Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of the College History, Volume 4, July 1778-June 1792, New York: Henry Holt and Company (1907), 295.
    • 7 Paine, Lyman May, My Ancestors: A Memorial of John Paine and Mary Ann May of East Woodstock, Conn., Chicago: Printed for Private Circulation (1914), 67, Heritage Quest (Digital Library).
    • 9 Sprague, William B., The Life of Jedidiah Morse, D.D., New York: Anson D. F. Randolph and Company (1874), 1.