Descendants of Mary Morris
Generation No. 1
1. MARY1 MORRIS was born Abt. 1726, and died March 09, 1800 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She married BLAITHWAITE JONES May 25, 1762 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of GIBBS JONES and JANE CRAPP.
Notes for BLAITHWAITE JONES:
In early life Blathwaite Jones followed the sea, and was registered, 25 January, 1759, Master of the ship Somerville, 120 tons, built in Philadelphia and owned by William Grinths and Samuel Morris. At the out break of the revolution he espoused the American cuse, was a delegate to the Provincial Convention Of Pennsylvania, 23 January, 1775, member of the Philadelphia Committee of Safty, 1775, and Chief Engineer of Construction, with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in charge of the works at Bullingsport, by appointment of 15 February, 1776, Captain lieutenant of the Artiller Company fo the United Colonies raised for Canadian service. Among the descendants of the forner were the Late Mrs. Robert Adams, Jr. and the late well-known physican, John B Shober. (Sanuel Shober married at Christ Church, Philadelphia, Sussanah Jones, 14 October, 1784.
More About BLAITHWAITE JONES:
Baptism: July 21, 1726, Christ Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Children of MARY MORRIS and BLAITHWAITE JONES are:
2. i. JAMES MORRIS2 JONES, b. April 12, 1763, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
ii. BLATHWAITE JONES, b. December 08, 1765; d. July 04, 1780.
Notes for BLATHWAITE JONES:
Bible Record- Blathwaite the of Blathwaite and Mary Jones depated this life 7/4/1780 aged 15 years 6 months 12 days. buried inthe Church ground in Burlington the fifth.
iii. ISAAC JONES, b. August 18, 1767; d. February 11, 1786.
Notes for ISAAC JONES:
Bible record- Isaac son of Blathwaite and Mary Jones departed this life 2/11/1786 near Mantua Creek Bridge brought up the city of Burlington and buried by his brother 13, aged 19 yrs. 6mon 24 days.
iv. PHEBE MORRIS JONES, b. July 22, 1769; d. November 26, 1760.
Notes for PHEBE MORRIS JONES:
Bible Record- Phebe Morris Jones and Mary Jones born 7/22/1769 died 11/26/1760 buried in the friends Ground, Phila.
More About PHEBE MORRIS JONES:
Burial: in the Friends Ground, Phila.,Pa.
Generation No. 2
2. JAMES MORRIS2 JONES (MARY1 MORRIS) was born April 12, 1763
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married ARABELLA LEVY June 24,
1784 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Child of JAMES JONES and ARABELLA LEVY is:
3. i. MARTHA LEVY3 JONES, b. May 06, 1786, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; d. December 17, 1849.
Generation No. 3
3. MARTHA LEVY3 JONES (JAMES MORRIS2, MARY1 MORRIS) was born May 06, 1786 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and died December 17, 1849. She married ROBERT (1ST) ADAMS March 28, 1805 in Christ Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Notes for MARTHA LEVY JONES:
From Christ Church records of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"Martha Levy Jones the daughter of James Morris Jones and Arabell Jones, was born May 6 half past ten o'clock at night in the year of our Lord 1786 Philadelphia." (see...Martha Levy Jones Scrapbook)
Notes for ROBERT (1ST) ADAMS:
1870 Eastern PA Federal Census
Adams, Robt Sex : M
Race : W
Age : 75
Born in : IREL
Town : 26-Wd 86-Dist
Microfilm : Roll 1414, Page 351
Record of Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1810
Marriage Record of Christ Church, Philadelphia 1709–1806
1805, March 28, Adams, Robert, and Martha Levy Jones.
Christ Church Burial Ground
A Who's Who of Early America.
In 1719 the burial ground next to Christ Church was becoming full, and the neighboring lands proved too marshy to be useful for burials. (Ducks swam in a nearby pond!) An entry in the minutes of the Christ Church Vestry form May 15, 1719 reads "The Church wardens are desired to agree...for a plot of ground which they have already viewed for a burying place and to collect the money [for it] with all convenient speed." A June 23 record continues in the same vein: "The Vestry being Mett considered the unhappy circumstances of our Church Yard for a burying place & Mr. Trent & Mr. Assheton are desired to find out a convenient purchase of Ground to add to the Church Yard..."
Land was purchased along Fifth Street "in the suburbs" from a Mr. James Steel. In 1719, the city of Philadelphia was only 37 years old and Fifth Street, only about three blocks from Christ Church, was considered the "suburbs" or outskirts of the city.
Funerals in the Revolutionary Era
During the era of the American Revolution, many colonists felt that funerals had become overly pomp-filled ceremonies. Simple solemn ceremonies were more in keeping with the tenor of the times. And as the process of embalming was still not practiced, burials were conducted with all possible celerity. Plain pine coffins were covered with palls, black for adults and white for children. Religious services were held at graveside.
The Burial Ground Today
Many of the gravestones dating from the 18th and early 19th centuries are in an advanced state of deterioration that makes them impossible to read. Acid rain and the high content of lime in the marble are the prime culprits for the damage.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Interred at Christ Church Burial Ground are hundreds of Colonial, Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary notables. The most famous of whom is Benjamin Franklin.
Franklin, the human multitude, was among other things, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, printer, author, scientist, postmaster, inventor, and diplomat. At Franklin's death some 20,000 Philadelphians followed his cortege to his grave. His passing in 1790 symbolically severed the most important link to Colonial Philadelphia and the Revolutionary Era. The City of Brotherly Love would have to face a new century without its Renaissance man. William Smith, a long-time Franklin foe and Provost of the University of Pennsylvania, gave Franklin's eulogy in Christ Church, and the Comte de Mirabeau did the same before the French National Assembly in Paris.
Buried with Franklin is his wife Deborah. Much has been written about their relationship. To get some notion of how he perceived her, he once sent her an English beer jug with this message: "I fell in love with it at first sight for I thought it look'd like a fat jolly Dame, clean and tidy, with a neat blue and white calico gown on, good natur'd and lovely, and put me in mind of - Somebody." That Somebody was her!
Nearby is a tiny marker for Francis Franklin who died of small pox at age four. After "Frankie's" death, his grieving father urged Philadelphians to inoculate their children against this dread disease.
Next to Benjamin and Deborah Franklin, are their daughter and son-in-law,
Sarah ("Sally") Franklin and Richard Bache. The Bache's lived with Benjamin
Franklin in a house that stood where Franklin Court is today. Bache published
the virulently anti-Washington newspaper The Aurora. Franklin's other son,
William, is not buried here. During the Revolution he was a Loyalist. Benjamin
Franklin wrote that nothing in his life had ever hurt him so much as the
defection of his son.
Also Buried Here, a Who's Who of Early America
Commodore William Bainbridge. (1774-1833) Known for "his bravery, chivalry, and generosity." Fought the English, the French, and the Barbary pirates. His most famous ship was the Constitution which was captured by Barbary pirates of Tripoli. Bainbridge was held prisoner for 19 months until ransomed by President Jefferson. Commodore Thomas Truxtun, who you'll meet later trained Commodore Bainbridge who in turned trained Commodore James Biddle.
Charles Biddle. (Vice President of the Pennsylvania Senate and father of Nicholas Biddle, President of the Second Bank of the United States and first editor of the Lewis and Clark journals.
James Biddle. (1783-1848) Another son of Charles, Commodore James Biddle is buried in the family plot. Like his commanding officer, Commodore William Bainbridge, Biddle was imprisoned for 19 months by the Barbary pirates. After his release, Biddle took possession of the Oregon territory for the U.S., negotiated the first U.S. treaty with China, in 1846.
Dr. Thomas Bond. (1712-1784) Founded Pennsylvania Hospital along with Benjamin Franklin. Bond worked there free of charge for 3 years.
Colonel Edward Buncombe. (1742-1777) In 1777, Buncombe was wounded at the Battle of Brandywine and wounded again and captured at the Battle of Germantown. He died of his wounds while being held a prisoner of war in Philadelphia. Some believe he perished while incarcerated in Independence Hall. Buncombe County, North Carolina, is named in his honor. The word Bunk! meaning "nonsense" was coined after a speech was given in the House of Representatives by a Representative from Buncombe County in 1820.
Matthew Clarkson. (d. 1800) Mayor of Philadelphia. Clarkson worked feverishly to help the sick during the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 when 10 percent of the city's population died of the disease. Absalom Jones and Richard Allen, two prominent members of Philadelphia's African-American community were two volunteers who answered his call to aid the ailing.
Tench Coxe. (1755-1824) The fickle Coxe changed his mind twice about independence, but it never seemed to hurt him politically. He resigned from the Pennsylvania militia in 1776 becoming a Loyalist and arrived in Philadelphia with Howe's troops in 1777. He was later arrested and he reaffirmed his allegiance to the Americans who forgave him. He is considered the "Father of the American Cotton Industry."
Edwin Jesse DeHaven. (1816-1865) This naval explorer and Arctic adventurer once had his ship trapped in ice for 9 months, but he and his crew lived to tell about it.
John Dunlap. (1742-1812) Printer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Dunlap was living in the Graff House (where Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence) at the time of the writing of the Constitution. Founder of the Pennsylvania Packet, the first daily newspaper in America.
Benjamin Flower. (d. 1781) As Commissioner of Military Stores of the Flying Camp and a Colonel in the Artillery Artifices Regiment, Flower was responsible for repairing army military equipment.
David Hall. (1714-1772) Printer and business partner of Benjamin Franklin from 1748-1766. He is buried beside Franklin.
Joseph Hewes. (1730-1799) Signer of the Declaration of Independence from North Carolina. Appointed John Paul Jones to the navy and was responsible for having a ship assigned to him.
Francis Hopkinson. (1737-1791) Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Jersey. He was the first graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. The multi-talented Hopkinson was a composer, playwright, poet, and lawyer. He was also organist for Christ Church. Some historians give him credit for designing the flag which Betsy Ross is traditionally credited with sewing. His poem, "The Battle of the Kegs," is a satiric masterpiece lampooning William Howe's ineptitude when confronted with floating kegs of dynamite bobbing in the Delaware River and headed toward British ships in 1777.
Michael Hillegas. (d. 1804) Generous patriot whose money helped pay for the American Revolution. He was the first Treasurer of the United States.
Major William Jackson. (1759-1828) An orphan who prospered. Signed the Constitution as Secretary to the Constitutional Convention. During the Revolution, he served as aide-de-camp in South Carolina where he was taken prisoner.
Dr. John Kearsley. (d. 1772) Supervised construction of Christ Church. He trained Dr. James Derharn, recognized as the first African-American physician.
Elizabeth Willing Powel. Good friend of the Washingtons -- and a good dancer. Once danced with Washington all evening. Wrote a letter to Washington that helped him decide to serve a second term as President. Wife of Philadelphia Mayor Samuel Powel.
Dr. Philip Syng Physick. (1768-1837) "Father of American Surgery." Operated on Chief Justice John Marshall in 1834 and removed almost 1000 bladder stones! Invented many medical instruments and had a VIP-clientele. Grandson of Philip Syng (see below).
George Ross. (1730-1779) Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Friend of the Native Americans. Uncle of Betsy Ross's first husband. Member of the Congressional Committee that Betsy Ross said came to her to have the flag sewn.
John Ross. (d. 1777) John Ross was the first husband of the celebrated Betsy. (She had three husbands and is buried with her third husband just down the street in the garden of the Betsy Ross House.) John Ross was 24 when they wed and by trade an upholsterer. He was the son of Reverend Aeneas Ross, and Episcopal cleric who was once assistant rector of Christ Church. He died in an explosion while guarding a warehouse containing gunpowder and military stores.
Dr. Benjamin Rush. (1745?-1813) Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Rush is known as both "The Father of American Medicine" and "The Father of American Psychiatry." The latter title was bestowed because Dr. Rush showed that mental illness could be treated with kindness. He was one of the few brave Philadelphians who stayed in the city during the dread summer of 1793 to battle Yellow Fever. It was Rush who inoculated Patrick Henry against smallpox as well. The distinguished doctor founded Dickinson College and the Philadelphia Dispensary. He was a supporter of the abolition of slavery prior to the Revolution.
With Dr. Rush is his wife Julia Stockton Rush the Daughter of Richard Stockton who was also a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Also buried with them is the poet Annis Boudinot Stockton.
Philip Syng. (1703-1789) Made the ink stand that was used in signing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Also carved the hand-in-hand firemark for the Philadelphia Contributionship, the nation's oldest fire insurance company. Worked on electricity with Benjamin Franklin. Grandfather of Philip Syng Physick.
Commodore Thomas Truxtun. (d. 1822) Revolutionary privateer (a pirate with governmental authorization). George Washington said he was "worth a regiment." Captured the most valuable cargo brought to Philadelphia during the Revolution. Hero of the 1798 naval war with France. The Constellation was his most famous ship.
Thomas Willing. (1731-1821) Mayor of Philadelphia, delegate to the Continental
Congress and president of the First Bank of the United States.
Five Signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried here.
Visit the Second Bank and Portrait Gallery to see portraits of Benjamin Rush, Francis Hopkinson, James Biddle, William Jackson and statues of Benjamin Franklin.
Mrs. Powel's house on 3rd Street and Dr. Physick's house on 4th Street are open for tours.
The earliest tombstone dates from 1720.
Location: S.E. corner of 5th St. and Arch (Locale of Benjamin Franklin's grave.) (Map)
Commissioned by: Christ Church
Cost to build: 72 pounds
Tourism information: Christ Church Burial Ground is owned by Christ Church and is closed to the public to protect the graves from vandalism. To explore the Burial Ground you will need to call ahead to Christ Church. 215-922-1695
The church's steeple remains to this day a visible landmark.
The church is one of America's most historic shrines and as such Philadelphians have always revered it. Organized in 1695 during the reign of William and Mary, it was built between 1727 and 1754 when George II was king. According to historian John Francis Marion, the bas relief of His Majesty that was on the church in the 18th century was removed in the 1790s in a wave of pro-republican or anti-British sentiment. Today, there is a similar bas relief of George II on the church, outside above the Palladian window on Second Street. It is believed to be the only surviving outdoor depiction of any English royalty on any public building in what were the American colonies. This bas relief was temporarily removed for restoration and replaced in 1994. George Washington, Francis Hopkinson, Robert Morris, Benjamin Franklin, and Betsy Ross all worshipped here. Jefferson also worshipped here on occasion. The "600-year-old font" in which Penn was baptized was sent to the colonies by All Hallow's Church, Barking by-the-Tower, England.
The church's steeple, at 196-feet high is to this day a visible landmark
from many parts of the city. It is referred as the "200-foot steeple" by
their guides. One can only wonder then, at what it meant to those ships
of two centuries past coming up the Delaware river after months at sea.
Another remarkable feature of the church is the wine glass pulpit built
in 1769 by Jon Folwell (who also crafted the Rising Sun chair at Independence
Hall). For 57 years Bishop White preached from this pulpit. In 1790, if
Bishop White looked at Pew 56 he might have seen George Washington and
family. Pew 70 was reserved for Benjamin Franklin. The box pews were all
rented, the balconies were rented with a few free pews there for servants
and slaves of parishioners. free. On July 4, 1788 bells tolled all day
to celebrate the ratification of the Constitution.
Here you can visit the font in which William Penn was baptized
Pew 70 was Ben Franklin's; Washington sat in Pew 56
The Second Continental Congress worshipped here as a body in 1775-76.
Benjamin Franklin organized three lotteries to finance the payment of the church's steeple and bells.
Location: Second and Market Streets (Map)
Built: Between 1727-1744
Architect: Dr. John Kearsley after Christopher Wren; Steeple Robert Smith 1754
Commissioned by: Anglican Congregation
Tourist information: Mo-Sa 9am-5pm; Su 12:30-5 for guided tours; except in Jan. & Feb. when it is closed on Mo and Tu. Open for services. 215-922-1695
Facilities: Guides available, indoor/outdoor benches, wheelchair accessible
Marriage Notes for MARTHA JONES and ROBERT ADAMS:
Record of Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1810
Marriage Record of Christ Church, Philadelphia 1709-1806
1805, March 28, Adams, Robert, and Martha Levy Jones.
Children of MARTHA JONES and ROBERT ADAMS are:
4. i. ROBERT (2ND)4 ADAMS, b. October 23, 1815, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; d. June 21, 1894, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
ii. BUSHROD WASHINGTON ADAMS, b. Abt. 1810; m. SARAH HUTCHINSON.
Notes for BUSHROD WASHINGTON ADAMS:
H. Carlton Adams III has the signet ring of Bushrod Adams.
iii. WILLIAM HORNER ADAMS, b. Abt. 1810, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
iv. MARTHA L ADAMS, b. Abt. 1810, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; m. FRANCIS AMEDEE DEPAU.
v. ARABELLA JONES ADAMS, b. 1811, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; d. 1894; m. CHARLES MORAN, 1841.
vi. MARY MORRIS ADAMS, b. 1810, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; d. 1838; m. JOSEPH B DUNGAN.
vii. JAMES ADAMS, b. 1807; d. 1808.
viii. MARGARET ADAMS, b. 1808; d. 1809.
ix. ARABELLA ADAMS, b. 1806; d. 1807.
Generation No. 4
4. ROBERT (2ND)4 ADAMS (MARTHA LEVY3 JONES, JAMES MORRIS2, MARY1 MORRIS) was born October 23, 1815 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and died June 21, 1894 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married (1) CLARA H. H. MCDONOUGH. He married (2) MATILDA MAYBIN HART May 23, 1854 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Notes for ROBERT (2ND) ADAMS:
1870 Eastern PA Federal Census
Adams, Robert Sex : M
Race : W
Age : 54
Born in : PA
Town : 8-Wd 22-Dist
Microfilm : Roll 1393, Page 30
Child of ROBERT ADAMS and CLARA MCDONOUGH is:
i. ARABELLA M. DEPAU5 ADAMS, b. 1878.
Children of ROBERT ADAMS and MATILDA HART are:
5. ii. HARRY CARLTON5 ADAMS, b. May 21, 1854, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; d. May 29, 1908, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
iii. WILLIAM H. H. ADAMS, b. 1845; d. 1867.
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iv. BLAITHWAITE ADAMS, b. 1848; d. 1848.
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v. ROBERT ADAMS, JR., b. 1849; d. 1906.
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Generation No. 5
5. HARRY CARLTON5 ADAMS (ROBERT (2ND)4, MARTHA LEVY3 JONES, JAMES MORRIS2, MARY1 MORRIS) was born May 21, 1854 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and died May 29, 1908 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married ELIZABETH DAWSON MORRIS February 01, 1883 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Notes for HARRY CARLTON ADAMS:
1890 Philadelphia Directory
Adams Harry printer h 1226 Austin
Adams Harry C. sec 224 S 3d, h 1423 Locust
Children of HARRY ADAMS and ELIZABETH MORRIS are:
6. i. HENRY MORRIS6 ADAMS, b. October 27, 1885, Pennsylvania; d. June 20, 1972, Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
ii. ROBERT ADAMS, b. 1884; m. MARY (WIFE OF ROBERT ADAMS).
More About MARY (WIFE OF ROBERT ADAMS):
Issue: adopted two children, Ohio
Generation No. 6
6. HENRY MORRIS6 ADAMS (HARRY CARLTON5, ROBERT (2ND)4, MARTHA LEVY3 JONES, JAMES MORRIS2, MARY1 MORRIS) was born October 27, 1885 in Pennsylvania, and died June 20, 1972 in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. He married (1) AMELIE C GOUMARD. He married (2) ELIZABETH R. LIPPENCOTT.
More About ELIZABETH R. LIPPENCOTT:
Issue: 1 child died in infancy
Children of HENRY ADAMS and AMELIE GOUMARD are:
7. i. HARRY CARLTON7 ADAMS II.
8. ii. LOUISE J. ADAMS,
iii. DOROTHY M. ADAMS, m. R. PORTER BROOKS.
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