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Volume 9 Issue 3                                                                                        March 2004


Luther and Alithea (Wiser) Morse had one son and six daughters.  We have found the families of Elizabeth (Betsy) G. Morse (wife of her cousin, David Morse), Sabra S. Morse (wife of James Albro) and Joseph C. Morse, son and youngest child.  We have not found any more information on their four daughters or their families, if any, of Sally, Jemima, Abigail and Anna Morse.  Sally was born 8 Aug 1792, probably in Concord, Essex County, Vermont.  By 1800, the Luther Morse family had moved to Cazenovia Township (in the village of New Woodstock), Madison County, New York, and then eventually moved to Truxton, Cortland County, New York, where Luther passed away in 1823 and Alithea in 1848. 

Recently, I found a Sally Morse, who lived in Virgil, Cortland County, New York in the early 1800s.  She is probably not our Sally Morse, daughter of Luther and Alithea, but I believe we need to do some additional research to definitely prove she is not.

Orrin Wood was the son of Augustus and Anna (Allen) Wood.  Orrin was born 22 May 1787 in Canterbury Twp, Windham County, Connecticut and died 13 Jul 1842 in Virgil, Cortland County, New York, aged 55 years 1 month and 19 days.  He married first, Chloe Ingals, 19 Jun 1816.  There were two infants, names not known, who died early.  They also had one son who lived to maturity:

1.      Warden Allen Wood, was born 24 Jun 1819, in Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania, and died 14 Jul 1865 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He married Julianna O’Cain, 1 Jan 1846, daughter of Nicholas and Almira (Howe) O’Cain.  They had children, Orin Allen Wood, Lois Ann Wood, William Worden Wood, and Warren Augustus Wood.

Chloe died 29 Apr 1820 at Homer, Cortland County, New York.  On 8 Nov 1820 in Homer, Cortland County, New York, Orrin married second Mrs. Sally (Morse) Sweet.  Family records indicate she was born 8 Jul 1791 and died 4 Jul 1852 in Virgil, Cortland County, New York.  One may notice the similarity of this Sally Morse’s birth date, 8 Jul 1791, to our Sally Morse’s birth date, 8 Aug 1792.  Orrin and Sally had the following children:

1.      Warren Augustus (Allen in some records) Wood, was born 16 May 1823 in Virgil and died 7 Nov 1890, also in Virgil.  From the Smith’s History of Cortland County, “Warren A. Wood, post office, Virgil, mason and farmer, born in Virgil in 1823.  Wife Aseneth [Miranda] Griswold, born in Dryden in 1821, married in 1845, died in 1863-children four: Mary E. Sarah M. [Morse], Frank C. and Hattie L. Parents, Orrin and Sally (Morse) Wood, who settled in Virgil in 1822.” Aseneth M., died 14 Sep 1863, aged 41 years 11 months 25 days, daughter of Edward and Mary (Tyler) Griswold.

2.      Wilson A. Wood, born 9 Nov 1825, died 11 Oct 1828.

3.      Wealthy Ann Wood, born 9 May 1829.

4.      Sarah J. Wood, born 6 Jul 1830, died 1906.

5.      Milton Orrin Wood, born 12 Sep 1831.

If any one can determine or knows the parentage of Sally Morse Wood, would they please contact me.


Please accept our condolences to the families who recently lost family members.

Mason City, IA Globe-Gazette, 18 Feb 2004; MASON CITY — Shirley E. Sellon, 72, formerly of 311 S. Rhode Island Ave., died Monday (Feb. 16, 2004) at the Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City.
Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church, 125 E. State St., with the Rev. Ron Stein officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E. in Mason City, is in charge of services. Shirley Elaine Sellon was born June 22, 1931, at Marble Rock, a daughter of Gerald E. (ancestry to Benjamin Wiser, father-Louis Eli Edwin Adams, Byron Sidney Adams, Temperance M. Wiser Adams, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser) and Ena L. (Ackley) Adams. She married Keith J. Sellon on Nov. 5, 1949, at Austin, Minn. Shirley was a graduate of Marble Rock High School. She worked at Mercy Hospital in Mason City for more than 17 years, retiring in 1993. She liked to read and especially enjoyed her grandchildren. Shirley was a member of First Baptist Church, Women of the Moose, VFW Auxiliary, all of Mason City. She is survived by a son, Gerald (Gary) Wayne Sellon and his wife, Jody, of Mason City; a daughter, Gloria Jean Hesley and her husband, Darrel L., of Mason City; grandchildren, Ryan Sellon and friend, Amy Wilke, of Mason City, Larkin Sellon and friend, Jayson Becker, of LaCrosse, Wis., Courtney Sellon, of Mason City, Travis Hesley and wife, Amber, of Mason City; four brothers, Owen W. Adams, of Bishopville, S.C., Lee M. Adams and wife, Eva Marie, of Union, Mo., Larry E. Adams and wife, Mary Lou, of Mesa, Ariz., Jerry R. Adams and wife, Julia, of San Diego, Calif.; three sisters, Faith G. Flaschenriem and husband Louis, of Belle Plaine, Minn., Ruth Marie Newton and husband, Don, of Apache Junction, Ariz., Judi L. Rabideau and husband, Daryl, Scottsdale, Ariz., a sister-in-law, Glenafa Vrchota, of Mason City; brothers-in-law, Gene Sellon and wife, Lois, of Mason City, Duane Sellon and wife, Ruth, of Albany, Ore.; many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two brothers, Dean and Max Adams. Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, (641) 423-2372.


Laconia, NH Citizen, 20 Oct 2003; HEBRON — Ellery Cecil Davis, 81, of Route 3A, East Hebron, died Oct. 19, 2003, at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth. He was born in East Hebron on Oct. 26, 1921, the son of Cecil O. and Lura (Butterfield) Davis, and lived in East Hebron all of his life. Mr. Davis had been employed as a construction worker for many companies in the Hebron area, including Hiltz Construction and Audley Construction. Mr. Davis was married to Elaine B. (Atwood) Davis (ancestry to Benjamin Wiser, mother- Elizabeth Mary Atwood Dow, Ina Maude Wiser Atwood, Elmer P. Wiser, Norman Wiser, Solomon Wiser, Benjamin Wiser Jr., Benjamin Wiser), who died in 2002. Survivors include two daughters, Donna M. Johnson of Chillicothe, Ohio, and Betty C. Hughes of Adams, Mass.; two sons, Harold Davis or Bristol and George Davis of Hebron; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Ackerman of Bristol. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. in the Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St., Plymouth. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Hebron Congregational Church. The Rev. John Fischer, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be held in Hebron Village Cemetery.


Foster's Daily Democrat, Dover, NH, 9 Jun 2002; EAST HEBRON — Elaine Betty Davis (ancestry to Benjamin Wiser, see above), of Route 3A, died Friday, June 7, 2002, at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth. She was born in Bridgewater on July 20, 1937, the daughter of Charles Dow and Elizabeth Atwood. She had lived in East Hebron most of her life. In her earlier years, she was a seamstress and later worked as a cashier for Adams Supermarket in Plymouth for many years. Her last employment was as a bookkeeper and secretary for Dr. Hunter. She loved to knit and crochet and was an avid reader. She was predeceased by a brother, Stanley Torsey. Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Ellery C. Davis of East Hebron; two daughters, Donna M. Johnson of Chillicothe, Ohio, and Betty C. Hughes of Adams, Mass.; her mother, Elizabeth Torsey of Bridgewater; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Guy Torsey and Terry Torsey, both of Bridgewater; three sisters, Mary Smith and Cindy Beard of Bridgewater and Diane Strong of Campton. Calling hours will be held at the Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St. , Plymouth, on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. A funeral service will held at the Union Congregational Church on Monday at 2 p.m. The Rev. John Fischer, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Hebron Village Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, Meredith Center Road, Laconia, NH 03246.



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