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Loyalist Directory: Lutheran Morris

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Surname : Morris
Given name : Lutheran
Rank : Private
Where Resettled : Land grant in Parrsborough Township, NS, but one of the first three founders of nearby Advocate where he resided.
Status as Loyalist : Proven
Proof of Loyalty :  
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :  
Regiment : 3rd Battalion of NJ volunteers under Capt David Alston
Enlistment Date :  
Date & Place of Birth : 17 Oct 1737 in Woodbridge, NJ
Settled before war :  
Date & Place of Death : 14 Sep 1839 in Advocate, Nova Scotia
Place of Burial :  
Wife Name : Catherine Ann Swan (born 1739)
Children : 15 children
Biography : A carpenter in the Army Engineer department- Military service Lutheran Morris served as a private in the 3rd Battalion of New Jersey Volunteers, a Loyalist Regiment, under Capt. David Alston and Major Robert Drummond. This Battalion was quartered on Staten Island and was made up of men from Monmouth Co., NJ. He was listed on the roll dated Nov. 19, 1777 as being on Staten Island. He was discharged 11 Nov. 1777 by Dr. Dongean. He returned to Regiment Hospital on Staten Island in May, 1782.

Reference to his service in the War of the American Revolution is from the Officers and Men New Jersey Loyalists, Rev. War, p. 833: “Muster Roll of Capt. David Alston's Company, 3rd Battalion, NJ Volunteers, commanded by Major Robert Drummond; Staten Island 19th Nov 1777; Rank, Private, Name. Lutheran Morris; for what reason absent, 'Prisoner with Rebels'.”

The Kings Loyal Americans (B. Wood-Holt, Canadian Facts, Evacuee List, p. 388) shows Lutheran Morris arrived on the Lord Townsend from New Jersey to River St John, NB May 8, 1783. Also shown at same location are David Morris and Enoch Morris. Catherine Swan Morris' name was not shown on the list of evacuees. In the book Early Loyalist Saint John (D.G. Bel; 1, New Ireland Press, 1984), Luther Morris is listed with Militia Company 16 (John Mersereau's Company), and came to Saint John (July Fleet) on the ship Lord Townsend with 47 other adults associated with that company. The July Fleet departed New York about July 8, 1783. Luther is the only person listed in the “household” upon arrival in Saint John and in a May, 1784 muster. Francis Fraser is not listed in the book. III. Settlement in Nova Scotia Esther Clarke Wright's book Loyalists of New Brunswick states that members of 3rd Battalion of NJ Volunteers landed near St Andrews NB but only stayed there a short time.

One source – Reta Morris Moody, of Wolfville, NS, – said that he came to NS in May 1786. It was told by Aubrey Morris that Lutheran rowed a boat, probably a whaleboat in size, from NB to Apple River, North of West Advocate. According to Ernest Coates' (a local historian and Census taker) interview with Douglas Smith (a descendent of Lutheran) of Nappan, NS, Lutheran, Robert Spicer and another man, all loyalists, were wrecked or came ashore at Refugee Cove, Advocate Harbour, and Luther Morris was from Morristown, Staten Island (really located in N.J). In an article published in The Citizen, an Amherst NS newspaper, in 1982 and again in July 1985, Lutheran was listed as the third English settler in and near Advocate, the first being Robert Spicer of Devonshire, England and the second Daniel Knowlton of Connecticut. This article was based on Sidney Morris reminiscing about what he had heard from Alfred Knowlton (a descendant of Daniel Knowlton) who died in 1904.

Loyalist and Land Settlement in Nova Scotia, a list compiled by Marion Gilroy, Public Archives of Nova Scotia Publication No. 4, pg. 64 shows that Lutheran received a land grant: “1785 Parrsborough Township, 500 acres.” On 25 July 1787, he received a land grant of 500 acres in Township of Parrsborough, Kings Co., NS (now Cumberland Co.). There are many deeds in Cumberland Co. Land Records concerning the purchase of various parcels of land at Advocate Harbour, NS by Lutheran Morris from 1797 on (including land from Nathaniel McIsaac).

(Research compiled by James Welsh.)
Proven Descendants : Col. John Butler 2013.07.29 (Karen Suzanne Danks, Susan Marie Morris, Janet Roberta Hilts);
Military Info : In Nov 1777 he was listed as absent, “Prisoner with Rebels”
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Family History :  
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Sources : Information submitted by Bob Morris.
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