Julia Elizabeth Morse gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. about 1875 in Illinois
D. 1884
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  • Father: Chauncey C. Morse born August 1839 in Painesville, Lake County, OH, son of Enoch Morse, Jr. (1807-1883) and Amy “Mary” (Marble) Morse (1815-1890); Civil War veteran mustered in May 29, 1863 for 3 years; First Lieutenant, Company C, 37 IL US INF, occupation: lawyer, single, resided in Waukegan, Lake County, IL; Captain of Company B; Chauncey died December 30, 1910 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL; buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Waukegan, Lake County, IL;

According to the Lake County Independent (Libertyville IL) Friday, January 6, 2011, page 1:

Colonel Chancey Morse Died
December Thirtieth After
Eventful and Very Use-
ful Career.
   Died, December 30, 1910, at Grayslake, Colonel Chauncey Morse, aged 99

   A son, John, cashier of the bank at Grayslake, and a daughter, Amy White of Grayslake, survive him.  His wife, Mary, nee Lewis, died some two or three years ago.  The colonel was in poor healthy for some years and partial blindness afflicted him for the past year or two.
   At the first call for troops by President Lincoln in 1861, the “colonel” as he was familiarly called by his friends was studying law under the firm of Blodgett, Upton & Williams of this city.  He, with many others, made up a company and was ordered to Springfield.  Some disagreement occurred and the company disbanded.  Morse and Payne then joined the 37th Illinois Infantry Volunteers.  “The Deerhounds” was a sobriquet they gained by the great number of miles the regiment marched.
   The colonel was well liked by his comrades as an efficient officer and as a genial companion.
   After mustering out in May, 1866, after serving his country for fully five years, he settled on a large farm just west of Hainesville, where he lived the Wisconsin Central railroad caused the building of the now thriving village of Grayslake.
   Here he built a fine residence and retired from active life.
   Interment was made at Oakwood cemetery, at 2 oclock yesterday, services being held in the chapel.
   Owing to the extreme cold, the services at the grave were thinly attended; brief, appropriate and affecting services were held ending with the Lord’s prayer.
   A moment or two of deep silence followed,  then Commander  Rankin with his bugle rendered “Taps” most exquisitely, every note full and clear, the last soothing and a restful as the lullaby of a mother over her sleeping babe.”

According to “A History of Lake County, Illinois” John J. Halsey, LL.D. Chicago. 1912, page 398:

“The first inhabitants of the Town of Avon were R. O. Parker, F. C. Wilbur and Frank Fisher, R. O. Parker was the township’s first postmaster; the first store was opened by Bennett & Reynolds.  William Wedge, of Waukegan, claims to be the first white child born in Avon.  Among other early settlers may be mentioned Lawrence Forvor, Abner Fox, Henry Dombski, John Morrill, O. P. Barren, Chauncey C. Morse, George Battershall.”

According to “A History of Lake County, Illinois” John J. Halsey, LL.D. Chicago. 1912, page 399-400:

Col. C. C. Morse was born in Painesville, Ohio, August 15, 1839, and came to Lake county the same year with his parents, Enoch and Mary Morse, who settled on part of Sections 29 and 32 in Avon Township, just south of the present Village of Round Lake, on land obtained from the government and still owned by the Morse family.  In April, 1861, he joined Ellsworth’s Chicago Zouaves, who arrived in Springfield too late to muster and so returned home.  Mr. Morse again enlisted about August 1, 1861, in Co. C, 37th Illinois Infantry and was mustered out May 15, 1865, at Houston, Texas.  The regiment disbanded in Springfield, Illinois, in the following June.  After the war he took up the practice of law, being at one time in partnership with C. T. Heydecker.  Lake County has been his home for seventy years and nearly one-third of his time he has lived at Gray’s Lake, practicing law in the courts of Northern Illinois until a few years ago, when he retired upon the death of his wife.  Col. Morse died December 30, 1910.”

  • Mother: Mary Ann (Lewis) Morse born January 24, 1840 in Keen, Essex County, NY daughter of Wait J. Lewis (1804-1859) and Catherine (Carr) Lewis (1803-1884); married C. C. Morse on December 26, 1866 in Delaware County, IA; Mary died December 5, 1904; buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Waukegan, Lake County, IL

According to the “The Carr Family Records”. Edson I. Carr. Rockton, Illinois. 1894; Ninth Generation, page 390:

“IX. MARY ANN LEWIS (S9SS) born in Keen, Essex Co., N. Y., Jan. 24, 1840, married C. C. Morse Dec. 26, 1866. Their Children are. 6189 1. Charles Morse, 6190 2. John Morse, 6191 3. Amy Morse.”

According to the Lake County Independent (Libertyville IL) Friday, December 9, 1904, page 4:

“Death of Mrs. C. C. Morse.

   On Monday, Dec. 5th occurred the death of Mrs. C. C. Morse, wife of Col. C. C. Morse of this place.  Mrs. Morse was born at Keene, New York, Jan. 24, 1840.  On Dec. 26, 1866 she was married to C. C. Morse at Manchester, Iowa.  In 1874 they moved to Lake County and for many years they made it their home on their farm about three miles west of Grayslake.  About twelve years ago they built their home at Grayslake and have since lived there.
   The funeral which was private by her request, was held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. G. white.  Burial at the Waukegan Cemetery.  Mrs. Morse was a kind, unassuming woman, a worthy friend and neighbor, a kind wife and loving mother.  She leaves a husband, a son John, cashier of the Merchants & Farmers bank, a daughter, Mrs. White wife of  D. G. White and many friends, to mourn her death.  The community extend their sympathy to the bereaved family.”

  • Siblings:
    • Amy (Morse) White born April 26, 1868 in Illinois; married David George White (1872-1938) on January 24, 1895 in Lake County, IL, son of Andrew T. White (1842-1934) and Jane (Hughes) White (1842-1925); David was Avon Township Assessor for ten years; children born were (1) Alice A. White, (2) Mary Jane White; Amy died March 21, 1952 in Chicago, Cook county, IL; Amy and David are buried in Home Oakes Cemetery, Lake Villa, Lake County, IL

According to the “Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Lake County”. Charles A. Partridge. Chicago. 1902. Post Offices and Postmasters, page 665:

“Amy M. Morse, May 19, 1893; Amy M. White, Feb. 5, 1895”

    • Charles Carr Morse born April 4, 1871; Charles died February 13, 1893; buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Valparaiso, Porter County, IN (Gravestone inscription: “Charles Carr Morse; Grayslake Ill.; Apr. 4, 1871; Feb. 13, 1893)

According to the McHenry Plaindealer (McHenry IL) Wednesday, February 15, 1893, page 5:

“We are pained to learn on Tuesday morning that Chas. Morse, son of C. C. Morse, of Gray’s Lake, and a former typo in this office, was dead.  We have not learned further particulars.”

    • John Flavel Morse born about October 2 1872 in Fremont Township, Lake County, IL; married Louise Maria Rich (1876-1957), daughter of Adelbert David Rich (1846-1909) and Mary (Wise) Rich (1852-1936); John died March 24, 1939 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL; buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Waukegan, Lake County, IL.; Louise is buried in Avon Centre Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL

Additional Information:

According to the 1880 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL, the household members were:

“Chancy C. Morse, age 41, occupation: farmer, born in Ohio, parents born in New York; Mary Morse, age 40, Wife, born in New York, parents born in New York; Amy Morse, age 12, Daughter, born in Illinois; Charles Morse, age 9, Son, born in Illinois; John Morse, age 7, Son, born in Illinois; Julia Morse, age 5, Daughter, born in Illinois; David Warren, age 59, single, occupation: laborer, born in New York, parents born in Connecticut”