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MORSE, Abner, genealogist, born in Medway, Massachusetts, 5 September, 1793; died in Sharon, Massachusetts, 16 May, 1865. He was graduated at Brown in 1816, and at Andover theological seminary in 1819. After being ordained on 16 December, 1819, he was pastor of the Congregational church in Nantucket, Massachusetts, until 1822, and later he filled pastorates in Sennett, New York, Bound Brook, New Jersey, and South Bend, Indiana Here he procured a charter for a college and applied himself to the study of natural history, particularly geology, lecturing on that subject. Subsequently he delivered courses of scientific lectures in various parts of the United States, but finally settled in Sharon, Massachusetts, where he devoted himself entirely to genealogical pursuits. His publications include "Memorial of the Morses" (1850) ; "Descendants of Laurence Litchfield" (1855) ; "Genealogy of Early Planters in Massachusetts" (Boston, 1855); "Genealogical Register of Sherborn, Hollister, and Medway, Massachusetts" (1855); "Descendants of Captain John Grant" (1857); "Descendants of Several Ancient Puritans" (3 vols., 1857-'60); and "A Genealogical Record of Several Families bearing the Name of Cutler in the United States," issued posthumously (1867).
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