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Ancestors of Margaret May Harvey


      1254. John Charles, Sr*^, born 1604 in England; died 1673 in Branford, New Haven County, CT. He was the son of 2508. John~ Charles. He married 1255. Sarah Moss 22 Jun 1636 in New Haven, CT.

      1255. Sarah Moss, born Nov 1620 in of Wallingford, New Haven, CT; died 1677. She was the daughter of 2510. Unknown~ Moss.

Notes for John Charles, Sr*^:
From: THE BACKUS FAMILIES OF EARLY NEW ENGLAND
Author: Reno W. Backus
Call Number: CS71.B12

THE JOHN CHARLES FAMILY: John Charles, first listed as living at Charlestown, Mass., moved to New Haven, Conn., in 1636, and was there one of the signers of the "Fundamental Agreement" in June, 1639. Jacobus notes that he "evidently was licensed early to sell wine", was on one or more occasions a master of a sailing vessel, and seems to have been prone to litigation, suffering from various charges brought by his neighbors. He died at Branford in 1673, his wife, perhaps a sister of John Moss, apparently having died before him. He left an estate of 91 pounds, 2 shillings to his heirs, his children being: Mary, who m. John Tichenor; a daughter who m. John Peat; Delivered, who m. Jonathan Rose; Sarah, who m. William Backus, Jr.; and John, Jr.
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Posted By: B. J. May
Subject: Charles Family
Post Date: December 10, 1997 at 17:46:49
Message URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/charles/messages/3.html
Forum: Charles Family Genealogy Forum
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I am a descendent of Abigail Charles, born 1606 in Hew Haven,
CT. Her father's name was John Charles, probably from England.
She married John Moss, born abt 1604 in Cotteredge, England and
he died 31 Mar 1707 in Wallingford, New Haven Co., CT. If there
is anyone out there with further information please contact me.
I will be glad to share information.
Best wishes for the Holiday season.
B. J. May
1209 Shady Lane
Keller, TX 76248
Phone 1.817.431.6684

Posted By: Dorothy M. Bond-Dittmer
Subject: Re: Charles Family
Post Date: March 04, 1998 at 21:34:51
Message URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/charles/messages/11.html
Forum: Charles Family Genealogy Forum
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Additional infor from prev. msg. You can find the will of John Charles in the book "THE GRANBERRY FAMILY" by E. F. Watermand and D. L. Jacobus, 1945. Some info in 'FAMILIES OF ANCIENT NEW HAVEN" by D. L. Jacobus. Got name of Sarah Moss from IGI so have no proof. Sarah Charles m. William Backus Jr. and left 3 children: William III, John and Sarah Backus, ref in John Charles' will. I descend from Sarah (Backus) Colver. William Jr remarried an Elizabeth Pratt and had abunch more children. I have record of the rest of the children and also the children of Mary (Charles) Tichenor and Deliverance (Charles) Rose if you would like them.

Posted By: Dale Eugene Charles
Subject: Re: Charles Family
Post Date: February 05, 1999 at 20:50:56
Message URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/charles/messages/142.html
Forum: Charles Family Genealogy Forum
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I DESCEND FROM THE SARAH CHARLES LINE, HER FATHER WAS WILLIAM CHARLES AND SARAH ELIZABETH ?. SARAH CHARLES MARRIED WILLIAM
BACKUS JR, 1655 NEW HAVEN CON, THEY HAD A
A DAUGHTER SARAH WHO MARRIED JOHN REYNOLDS.
CAN YOU SUPPLY ANY OTHER INFORMATION.
SARAH'S FATHER, WILLIAM CHARLES, WAS THE SON
TO MY 11TH GGREAT GRANDFATHER AND ABIGAIL
BAILEY.

Posted By: Dorothy M. Bond-Dittmer
Subject: Re: Charles Family
Post Date: March 04, 1998 at 21:16:46
Message URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/charles/messages/10.html
Forum: Charles Family Genealogy Forum
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I doubt if I have any additional info for you on your Charles line but apparently we both descend from John Charles. I have his wife as Sarah Moss and only 3 known children: (1) Mary, b. ---, m. 16 May 1651 Martin Tichenor (2) Deliverance b. 1635 m. Jonathan Rose and (3) my Sarah chr Oct 1640 in New Haven, she d. young ca1664 m. William Backus Jr. I do know that John lived in Branford, CT when he died which was after my Sarah. His will left portion to Sarah's heirs. Will get back to you with reference to the will and where you can find it.

Posted By: Nancy Wach
Subject: Re: Charles Family
Post Date: March 23, 1999 at 05:03:10
Message URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/charles/messages/168.html
Forum: Charles Family Genealogy Forum
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Sarah Charles was the daughter of John and Sarah Moss Geere. John and Sarah also had John II, Ann who married John Peet Sr. and Deliverance who married Johnathan Rose.

Posted By: Olive Hoffman
Subject: Re: Charles Family
Post Date: October 05, 2001 at 15:47:58
Message URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/charles/messages/820.html
Forum: Charles Family Genealogy Forum
Forum URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/charles/

Need a little help in sorting out all these Charles family members and would like a bit of documentation to go along with information: I am descended from immigrant John Moss (1604-1707)who md. Abigail Charles abt 1637/8 in New Haven - who were her parents? How was she connected, if at all, to this John Charles and wife Sarah (Moss) (Geer/Geare/Geary) that I see posted so often, supposedly a sister of my immigrant John Moss? My other Charles "connection" is Sarah Charles, first wife of William Backus, Jr. - she d bef 11 May 1660 when Wm. Backus re-married to Elizabeth Pratt which continues my line of descent from Backus through daughter Hannah who md. Thomas Bingham, Jr.

Posted By: Doug Smith
Subject: John CHARLES of New Haven, CT
Post Date: May 27, 1998 at 23:55:47
Message URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/charles/messages/27.html
Forum: Charles Family Genealogy Forum
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Seek any information my John CHARLES line including the spouses. My CHARLES line is as follows:
John; landed at Boston (Charlestown) 1636. Removed to New Haven 1637. Married a MOSS (Sarah?). Died 1673 in New Haven or Saybrook, CT. children- Sarah, JOHN, Mary.

John; born 1639 New Haven. Removed to Branford in 1666. Married ?. children- Hannah, JOHN

John; b. 1680. moved to Springfield, MA. married there 10 March 1708/09 Elizabeth SWETMAN. children- Elizabeth, John, Abraham, Thomas, Aaron, JONATHAN.

Jonathan; b. 1725 married 8 Aug 1750 Judith SMITH

Elizabeth; b. 15 September 1759 Brimfield, MA, married Bailey BOND

I'd appreciate any information. Doug Smith

Posted By: Luanne Spence Taylor
Subject: Re: John CHARLES of New Haven, CT
Post Date: July 06, 2000 at 14:05:47
Message URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/charles/messages/452.html
Forum: Charles Family Genealogy Forum
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MY husband comes from JOHN CHARLES (c1623?-1673) the immigrant m. SARAH MOSS (-1709) GEARY, a widow in 1633. They moved to New Haven CT. JOHN,JR (1649-1690) m ABIGAIL WELLS (1663-1691) and had JOHN III (1685-) who m, ELIZABETH SWEETMAN (1587-) and their dau ELIZABETH (1711-1745) m BENJAMIN COOLEY (1702-1743) of Springfield MA

Posted By: Olive Hoffman
Subject: Re: John CHARLES of New Haven, CT
Post Date: October 05, 2001 at 15:38:11
Message URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/charles/messages/819.html
Forum: Charles Family Genealogy Forum
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Trying to follow up on my Charles family connections - I think I have the jest of your message posted but do get a bit lost in trying to follow it: if I understand correctly, John Charles, the immigrant ancestor, married Sarah (Moss) Geary, a widow and they were the ones who moved to New Haven and had John, Jr, etc. OK - so - was this Sarah (Moss) Geary, widow, a sister of [my] John Moss who married Abigail Charles and how was this Abigail related to John Charles of New Haven? I also have a Sarah Charles md. to William Backus, Jr - how related to John Charles? What documentation do you have for further research?

Posted By: eleanore hodson
Subject: Re: John CHARLES of New Haven, CT
Post Date: May 14, 1999 at 07:05:27
Message URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/charles/messages/191.html
Forum: Charles Family Genealogy Forum
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John CHARLES I b ca 1595 m Sarah MOSS (
.geare) sister of John MOSS of New Haven, Ct
John MOSS' wife Abigail CHARLES. ch Mary, Ann,Deliverance, Sarah, JOHN II. Notes by my
grandfather, Frederic Abraham CHARLES suggest
first three children born in England, possibly from an earlier marriage.
JOHN II ferryman, m lst a runaway apprentice
from Barbados lch Hannah, b 13 April 1677. m
2nd Abigail WELLES b 1663, dau John WELLES and Sarah CURTIS of Stratford, Ct. ch JOHN III b 28 Sept 1686, Stratford, m 3rd Hannah
ch.Abraham b 8 April 1690, New Haven, Ct
JOHN II d May 1690.
JOHN III M 10 March 1709 Springfield, Ma
Elizabeth Sweetman b. 11 April 1687, dau.
Thomas and JOyce Sweetman. Ch Elizabeth,
JOHN IV, Abraham,Thomas, Aaron, Jonathan.
.I am ggg granddaughter of ABRAHAM CHARLES and SARAH HOLBROOK. I have more information
on CHARLES, WELLES and CURTIS LINES, if wanted

Posted By: Olive Hoffman
Subject: Re: John CHARLES of New Haven, CT
Post Date: October 05, 2001 at 15:30:43
Message URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/charles/messages/818.html
Forum: Charles Family Genealogy Forum
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Trying to get more information on Charles family as it seems I have two connections to them that I have been trying to figure out for some years now - perhaps you can help. You stated in your message: "John CHARLES I b ca 1595 m Sarah MOSS (.geare) sister of John MOSS of New Haven, Ct

John MOSS' wife Abigail CHARLES. " How reliable is this information that you have - was it documented? I have seen before in my search the (geare) thing but have absolutely no idea what it means, do you? I am of the John Moss family who md. Abigail "goody" Charles but have never been able to prove who she was - if she was indeed the daughter of Rev John Charles. My other connection is the Sarah Charles who md. William Backus, Jr. - was she a daughter of John Charles and when did she die?

Posted By: Ivan Benedict
Subject: Re: John CHARLES of New Haven, CT
Post Date: December 12, 1998 at 18:59:31
Message URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/charles/messages/108.html
Forum: Charles Family Genealogy Forum
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No answers, just some info: Abigail Charles marr. John Moss, b. abt. 1604 in England. They were marr. bef. 1639. Their son John was b. 1650 at New Haven. Abigail's husband John d. 1707 at Wallingford CT.

Posted By: Olive Hoffman
Subject: John (1) Moss & "Goody" Moss, wife
Post Date: October 06, 2001 at 17:01:10
Message URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/moss/messages/2655.html
Forum: Moss Family Genealogy Forum
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I am still trying to straighten out this brother in law thing between Moss and Charles - who married whose sister? I posted another query re this earlier todayIt has been accepted by us all that John Moss md. a sister of John Charles, Abigail "goody" (Charles) Moss; then I have found information that says John Charles married a sister of John Moss - Sarah (Moss) Geare, widow - but how do we know that either is true? Now, as I am working on putting together a notebook on Charles and going through information collected over the years, I find something else that has bothered me for years: from a book in Salt Lake, on film: Morse & Clark, The Paternal Lines of Eliza Payne Morse who married James Aparrow in Lower Salem, Ohio 1857 - Part 3 of the book; done by Ruth Varney Held, 1977: Chapter 2: The Morse Family: in speaking of John (1) Morse: "He married, before he left England, JANE CHARLES, mother of his eleven children. Jane was a sister of John Charles (this is underlined) a seafaring man........." I guess what we need are parish records of England but do we know from whence he came. I do not see any particular source listed for the above information - has anyone else run across this - ever?\\

Posted By: Olive Hoffman
Subject: Re: John Moss/Morse 1604-1707
Post Date: October 06, 2001 at 13:13:15
Message URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/moss/messages/2654.html
Forum: Moss Family Genealogy Forum
Forum URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/moss/

I have recently begun again to try to sort out all of the Charles females I keep finding in my research and by this time I am really confused: legend has, has we know, that our immigrant John Moss married Abigail Charles - if so, who was she? A sister to John Charles who supposedly in turn, married a sister of John Moss, a Sarah (Moss) Geare/Geery/Gerre/whatever/ who was a widow? Is there any basis at all for both of these theories - have any records ever been found or anything tangible to go by? Also: at one time I was able to access the Morse Society web site and their message/query board which I had book marked, but a few days ago my AOL went out on me and destroyed all of my sites I had bookmarked and Icould not retrieve them whenI re-loaded AOL - does anyone know the url of these sites?
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More About John Charles, Sr*^:
Founder 1: 1637, New Haven, New Haven County, CT
Founder 2: Wallingford, New Haven County, CT
Immigrant Ancestor: 1636, England to Boston
Migration 1: 1636, England to Boston
Migration 2: 1637, Boston/Charlestown, MA, to New Haven, CT
Occupation: Mariner
Property: 31 Aug 1666, Conveyed land in Saybrook, CT, to "son Martin Tichnor."342
Residence 1: 1636, Charlestown, MA
Residence 2: 1637, New Haven, New Haven County, CT
Residence 3: 1660, Branford, New Haven County, CT
Signer: Jun 1639, Fundamental Agreement of New Haven, CT

  Notes for Sarah Moss:
Morse Genealogy
GenealogyLibrary.com
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JOHN MOSS AND FOUR GENERATIONS

FIRST GENERATION.

1. JOHN1 Moss was with the earliest settlers of the New Haven Colony in Connecticut and signed with the Planters' Associates, 4, 4, 1639. He was a member of the First General Court in February 18, 1639, July, 1648, June, 1649, September, 1649, August, 1664. He was chosen corporal 6, 6, 1642. In 1646 came the entry on the town book: "John Moss being bidd to walk the rounds on a Lord's day, came to the meeting house and stayed there, so the service was neglected; he was fined 10 shillings." From a statement that John Moss of Boston was one of the debtors to the estate of James Hayward, in New Haven records, we might infer that he had some connection with the families of the name Morse (Moss) who were settling in that vicinity. At the age of sixty-seven years he was one of the incorporators of that part of New Haven which was set off as Wallingford, where, on May, 1678, he was chosen Commissioner and to marry people; he was reČlected Commissioner from Wallingford eighteen times, serving as deputy also, and for Meriden as well. The only mention of his wife was at the "seating of the meeting house in New Haven when Goody Moss was assigned a seat." (*)John Moss died in Wallingford in 1707 and is said to have then been one hundred years old; this accords with his own statement of his age in 1670, when he signed as one of the incorporators of Wallingford as being sixty-seven years of age, which makes his birth to have been in 1603-4.

HE HAD CHILDREN,
2. I. JOHN,2 born (???), baptized in New Haven, January 11, 1639,
or when his father was about 36 years of age; John died
young,
3. II. SAMUEL,2 born April 4, 1641,
4. III. ABIGAIL,2 born April 10, 1642, married, as his second wife, in
New Haven, July 2, 1663, Abraham (Abram) Doolittle;

(*) John Moss claimed John Charles as his brother-in-law.
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A Collection of Family Records with Biographical Sketchs and other memoranda of various families and individuals bearing the name Dawson
page 64

2 Eldest son of Elihu (b. July 16, 1774) and Abigail Barber Morse, res. Litchfield,
Ct., Wolf Lake, Ind., and Panaka, Wis.; gr. son of Solomon (b. Feb. 18, 1749,
d. June 4, 1820) and Mary Spellman Morse, m. March 23, 1770, res. Wallingford,
Ct.; gt. gr. son of David (b. May 15, 1716, d. May 16, 1766) and Mindwell
Morse, m. Oct. 7, 1737, res. at Wallingford. The last named was son of Solomon,
(b. July 9, 1690, d. Oct. 10, 1752), and Ruth Peck (d. March 29, 1728) Morse or
Moss, m. June 28, 1714, res. Wallingford; gr. son of John (b. Oct. 12, 1650, d.
March 31, 1717) and Martha Lathrop (d. Sept. 21, 1719) Moss, m. Dec. 12,
1677, res. New Haven and Wallingford; gt. gr. son of John Moss, of New Haven,
b. in England abt. 1619, res. at New Haven 1639-70, Wallingford 1670-1708.
He was a member of the General Court, and a prominent, influential man. See
sketch of him and an account of his descendants:--Memorial of the Morses, p. 144,
appendix, XCVII.
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The Ancestry of William Francis Joseph Boardman

The name of the wife of John Moss has not been determined. In 1648 he was attorney for his "brother-in-law," John Charles, a seafaring man who lived in Branford and Saybrook. Possibly her maiden name was Charles or they married sisters.

The English ancestry of John Moss is unproven, but there is a family tradition that he was connected with that of Charles Moss, Bishop of St. Davids in 1766 and Bishop of Bath and Wells in 1774, whose son, Charles, was Bishop of Oxford, in 1807. He was surely of a former generation. The name was an honorable one in England, and was borne by several other distinguished men. John Moss of New Haven and Wallingford was a "cousin" of John Beach of the latter town and so calls him in a deed in 1689. In 1648, while living in New Haven, he gave land to Richard Beach, and perhaps the same land called that year "Richard Beeches wives lot." The connection between these two families is unknown to us.
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Memoranda Relating to the Ancestry and Family of Sophia Fidelia Hall
GenealogyLibrary.com
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Moss Family.

1. John Moss married (???)
2. Their son, John Moss, married Martha Lothrop.
3. Their son, Solomon Moss, married Ruth Peck.
4. Their son, David Moss, married Mindwell Doolittle.
5. Their daughter, Chloe Moss, married Ephraim Hall.
6. Their son, Comfort Hall, married Jemima Bacon.
7. Their son, Harley Hall, married Martha Cone Hall.
8. Their children were--1. Sophia, 2. Norman, 3. Betsey, 4. Rufus.

Another line from John Moss 1st. of New Haven.

1. John Moss married (???)
2. Their daughter, Mary Moss, married John Peck.
3. Their daughter, Mary Peck, married John Dowlittle.
4. Their son, Samuel Doolittle, married Mehitabel.
5. Their daughter, Mindwell Doolittle, married David Moss.
6. Their daughter, Chloe Moss, married Ephraim Hall.
7. Their son, Comfort Hall, married Jemima Bacon.
8. Their son, Harley Hall, married Martha Cone Hall.
9. Their children were--1. Sophia, 2. Norman, 3. Betsey, 4. Rufus.

JOHN MOSS 1st. OF NEW HAVEN.
"Mosse or Moss is, in England, an ancient and honored name. Its claim to a high antiquity is justified by its early occurrence in History. Right Rev. Charles Moss, D. D. was Bishop of Bath and Wells and had a son who was Bishop of Oxford and a daughter who married the under Secretary of State, and the name has not been rare among the clergy of the established church. Tradition assigns John Moss a place among the relatives of Bishop Moss. He was one of the original signers of the New Haven 'Foundamental agreement' and was an active member of that Colony. He was a Godly Puritan, fraternized by the holiest and wisest men in the community." He resided there thirty years, was enrolled among the "Principal men" of that place and when the Colony undertook the settlement of Wallingford, he, with Abraham Dowlittle and two others, was appointed by the town of New Haven, a committee with power "To manage all plantation affairs in ye said village," proving that he was honored and trusted; and the New Haven records show that he had long been trusted there; as the "Godly Puritans" did trust each other--with a vigilant supervision. Following are extracts from public records, "Feb. 18, 1639 John Moss was admitted member of the Generall Court. April 1640 Itt is ordered that John Moss" and others "shall pay each of them 1s fine for trees which they did fall disorderly. 1642 Bro. Moss is chosen Corporall. July 1, 1644 Att a Generall Court held at New Haven Gov. Theophilus Eaton, received the oath of fidelity and then he gave it to John Moss" and others. "1645 Mr. Browning and John Moss are desired to clear mistakes between them about the defective fences in the oyster shell field, which the viewers have given them warning of 3 times and yet they are not mended. 1646 John Mosse beinge bidd to walke the rownds on the Lord's day, came into the meeting house and stayed there--so that the service was neglected--fined 10s. 1648 John Moss was before the court as attorney for his brother in law, John Charles. 1648 John Moss deeded land--two pieces; and the same year he was chosen fence viewer, as he had been previously. July 4, 1648 John Moss and others were complained of for being absent from the court when their names were read. They made their excuse, that their cows were lost the Saboth day before, and they were faine to go looke them, having no other to do it, and John Moss further saith, that he had loades of goods aboard the lighter, which he apprehended to be in some danger, because the winde was high that morning, and thought it his duty to goe and looke after them. The court considering the case of them all extraordinary and could not be prevented before, past it without a fine for this time. 1664 John Moss was Deputy to the Generall Court for New Haven." In 1670 John Moss and his three associates on the committee appointed for the purpose, laid out a highway six rods wide, corresponding to the present main street of Wallingford with ranges of house lots on each side of the street, containing six acres to each lot. These house lots were distributed to the settlers. In the transfer of land from the committee to individual proprietors no money or consideration was required or paid. The houses were built near together for greater security. The committee having arranged all the preliminaries, surrendered their trust into the hands of the planters, who thereupon became a "Towne;" after which one of their first acts was to set off portions of land for meadow and for woodland to each planter at convenient distances from the village. In 1670 the Branford bounds were in dispute and John Moss was one of a committee to act on the matter. In 1672 he was one of those chosen to make the second distribution of land in Wallingford, and at that time his name had the prefix Mr. In relation to the first tax in that town it is recorded that John Moss and three others "ingage to provide 1500 good marchantable pipe staves and deliver them at the place called logmine wharfe, and it was voted that others pay their proportion in the like manner, in some other good pay." May 9, 1672 the General Court appointed John Moss commissioner for Wallingford and from that time on he was sometimes Deputy and was usually Commissioner, receiving an appointment to that office as late as 1697 when he was 93 years of age. In the words of the General Court record "Mr. John Moss is commissionated by the Court, to joyne people together in marriage, according to law, to administer oaths to persons upon necessary occasions and to grant warrants and take testimonies." The Wallingford town record shows that many people were married by him. In 1675 he was one of those appointed to lay out grants of land, was on the committee to lay the foundation of a church and was appointed by the State Council to sign the bills of soldiers, to be paid out of the public treasury. His home lot in Wallingford was near the south end of Main street, as at first laid out, and another lot was at some time assigned him, on the west side of the same street. He having failed to comply with the conditions of the last mentioned grant the land was taken from him and given to his son John Moss who built his house on it, and he and his wife Martha lived and died there; and there the 1st John Moss ended his long life. His gravestone still stands in the old burial place at Wallingford--a low brown slab, ornamented with an engraved heart on which is inscribed "Mr. John MoSs. Born 1604 Died 1707 A. E. 103."
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MEMORIAL OF THE MORSES; CONTAINING THE HISTORY OF SEVEN PERSONS OF THE NAME
page 1

John of New Haven, and the four first generations of his race, signed their names Moss; and a highly respected part of his descendants have retained this spelling to the present day; while others have exchanged Moss for the more common name of Morse.

It appears then that the families here traced, have derived their cognomen from two distinct names in Europe.

Moss is a very ancient name. Its claim to a high antiquity is justified by the great extent of its range and its early occurrence in History. If any of this name are referred to in Dooms Book, none but his official title is given, which is not improbable: for as early as 1177, at the conclusion of a treaty in the Foedera, between Henry II. and William of Sicily, a Dignitary is introduced, adding "Ego Justus Mazz, Episcopus," and giving his testimony and sanction. Now when it is considered that Henry inherited Normandy, and was only great grandson to the Conqueror; that the fendal system in his reign held the Saxons in vassalage; that the monarch would have been jealous of a foreigner, and that a more efficient instrument of papal policy and ambition might have been found among the king's own countrymen than among foreigners, to sanction or negative his treaties, it is inferred that Bishop Mazz was a Norman. Difference of orthography is not conclusive against the identity of Mazz and Moss; for on our records, if not mistaken, I have found the former spelling substituted for the latter; and the name of Mazz seems not to have been perpetuated unless in the form of Moss. But as this personage was a Bishop, and lower or Sir names had not yet been introduced, the only inference to be drawn is one favorable to the Norman origin and great antiquity of the name.

Camden, who wrote his remains about 250 years ago, has classed "Mosse" with local names. But from what locality on the north side of the channel it was derived, he does not inform us; while he maintains that there was no ancient town, village or hamlet in Normandy which did not give name to some family in England.

If Moss(*) was a local name and originated in Normandy, it was not improbably derived from the Latin, Mos, (fashion) with another s added, after the northern custom, to express the plural and denote a place of fashions: or the Normans might have brought the name from Moss, a seaport of Norway, 60 miles S. of Christiana, as the Norwegians seem to have afterwards done to Moss, a seaport in the north of Ireland, and as the Saxons had previous brought the name of Angle from Denmark to Angland. Moss had doubtless been the natal place of many a Norman. Its situation was admirably secure and central as a rendezvous of the sea kings; and there they might have gathered before their descent upon France and final settlement in Normandy. Here, although they through commerce and intermarriages with their neighbours, soon exchanged their language for the French, yet they retained their Scandinavian words long after the Conquest, and very probably the name of Moss. The towns of Moston, Moss-Fen, and Mossdale in England seem to have taken the names of original proprietors: And who but Norman proprietors or their heirs were ancient enough to have given them their names?

But however derived, the name of Moss has a vast range. It occurs among the Jews, the Celtie Irish, and with circumstantial differences among the Saxon nations upon the Continent. In England it has long been a common and bonored name. "Rt. Rev. Charles Moss, D. D., was Bishop of Bath and Wells in the last century, and had a son who was Bishop of Oxford, and a daughter who married the under secretary of state under Lord Grenville. Bartholomew Moss, M. D., was the founder of the lying-in Hospital at Dublin. John Moss, Esq., Banker of Otterspool, is father-in-law to Walker Ferrand, Esq., of Harden Grauge who was lately M. P. for Tralee," and the name has not been rare among the clergy of the establishment.
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Memorial of the Morses

John Moss's1 Kare.

1 7 John Moss1 settled his own estate, 1704, and d. 1707, aged 103, (see Dana's
Cent. Serm.) "John Moss, agd. 21, [pr. 31,] imbarqed Jan. 6, 1635,
for Virginia, in the Thomas, John Richd. Lambard, master, and being examined
by the minister de Gravesend, concerning his conformitie to the
orders and discipline of the Chh. of Eng., took the oath of allegiance."

Of the time and place of John Moss' birth, and the date of his arrival in New England, we have no certain information. If he had attained his majority when admitted a member of the General Court, 1639-40, he was born as early as 1619, which would have made him 89 years old in 1708, when he, as is alledged, removed from Wallingford. But as his removal at that age is improbable, and as none of his children or grandchildren are known to have attained so great an age, he was not probably born earlier than 1622. That he came unattended by relatives is improbable. Francis "Moss" and Christopher Moss of Boston were not improbably his brothers; and John Moss, who
married into the high family of Robert Kaine of Boston, and owned a house in Shoe Lane, London, might have been of the same race. Hopkins, Eaton, and Davenport, arrived in Boston, June, 1637; too intent on planting at New Haven to listen to proposals from the General Court to settle in Mass. John Moss probably came in that company; and a careful perusal of all the wills of the first planters of New Haven, may enable my correspondents to detect his relatives, and the place in England from whence he came. He was no common youth. Without regard to the tradition which makes him to have been a relative of the father of Bp. Moss, senr., he must either have been of high family, or extraordinary precocity. He doubtless arrived at New Haven, 1638. The first record of him was dated Feb. 18, 1639-40, when he signed a social compact as one of the proprietors and planters, and was admitted a member of the General Court. At this time he was probably a minor.(*) "Upon the formation of the government he took an oath, July 1, 1644, to support the same." He resided in New Haven thirty years. Perceiving that the time had arrived for the enlargement of her settlements, he was one of the foremost to undertake the settlement of Wallingford, as appears from the following record of the action of New Haven, originating the plantation at that place.
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More About Sarah Moss:
Christening: 19 Feb 1620/21, St Giles, London?

More About John Charles and Sarah Moss:
Marriage: 22 Jun 1636, New Haven, CT
     
Children of John Charles and Sarah Moss are:
  627 i.   Sarah Charles, born Oct 1637 in New Haven, New Haven County, CT; died 14 Jun 1663 in Norwich, New London County, CT; married Lt William* Backus III 1659 in Norwich, New London County, CT.
  ii.   Mary Charles, born Oct 1637; died Unknown; married John Or Martin Tichenor 16 May 1651; died Unknown.
  More About John Tichenor and Mary Charles:
Marriage: 16 May 1651

  iii.   John Charles, Jr, born 20 May 1641 in New Haven, CT; died 1690; married Abigail Wells; born 1663 in of Stratford, CT; died Unknown.
  iv.   Delivered Charles, born 1647; died Unknown; married Jonathan Rose; died Unknown.


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