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that time the present crest and motto were
added to the family arms ; he removed to Bar-
bados and later to New York City. 2. Will-
iam, inherited property in Denham, Wales ;
was a parliamentary officer under Cromwell ;
died at sea. 3. Thomas. 4. Richard, mentioned

(II) Captain Richard Morris, son of Will-
iam Morris, of Tintern, was born in Mon-
mouthshire, Wales, died in "Bronck's land"
(Bronx) near New York City, in the autumn
of 1672. He served with distinction in the
parliamentary army under Cromwell. He fol-
lowed his brother Lewis to the Barbados, and
after a short stay there removed to New
York City, where August 10, 1670, he pur-
chased from Samuel Edsall "a certain tract
or parcel of land formerly in the tenure of
Jonas Bronck's, commonly called by the In-
dians by the name of Ranackque, and by the
English Bronck's land, lying and being in the
maine lothe east and over against Harlem
town." He married, in the Barbados, Sarah
Pole, who died about the same time as her

(HI) Hon. Lewis Morris, son of Captain
Richard and Sarah (Pole) Morris, was born
in "Bronx-land," New York, October 15,
1 67 1, died at his country seat, Kingsbury,
near Trenton, New Jersey, May 21, 1746. He
was brought up and educated by his uncle.
Colonel Lewis Morris, whose heir he became.
In 1697 he procured from Governor Fletcher
a royal patent erecting "Bronxland" into a
manor under the title of the "manor of Mor-
risania." and as such it continued until the
revolution. He was first lord of the manor,
and became one of the most distinguished and
influential men of his times in America, hold-
ing among other high offices those of chief


justice of New York and governor of New
Jersey. He married. November 3, 1691, Isa-
bella, daughter of Hon. James Graham, at-
torney-general of New York, and a descend-
ant o'f the Grahams of the isles of the same
family as the earls of She died
April' 6, 1752. Children: Lewis, mentioned
below; Robert Hunter, mentioned below;
Mary, married Captain Vincent Pearse ; Eu-
I)hen'iia, married Captain Matthew, son of Sir
lohn Morris; Anna, married Edward An-
trill, of Ross Hill, Raritan, New Jersey; Ara-
bella, married James Graham ; Margaret, mar-
ried Isaac W'iliets; Elizabeth, married Colonel
Anthony White; Sarah, married Michael
Kearney ; Isabella, married Richard Ashficld ;
John : a child, died young.

(IV) Lewis (2), son of Hon. Lewis (1)
and Isabella (Graham) Morris, was born at
Trenton, New Jersey, September 23, i6g8,
died at ilorrisania manor house, July 3, 1762.
He was the sole heir to and second lord of
the manor of Morrisania. When twenty-four
years of age he became a member of the
council of Governor Burnett, under Governor
Montgomery, Burnett's successor. He ques-
tioned the legality of certain proceedings of
the executive, and in 1730 was suspended for
"Disrespectful" conduct. In 1732 and for the
succeeding eighteen years he was elected and
re-elected to the assembly to represent the
borough of Westchester. He was zealous and
prominent in opposing the government on the
issue of Van Dam's salary, the removal of
Chief Justice Morris, and the course of Zen-
ger's Journal. During his father's absence in
England, 1734 to 1736, he took his place in
the popular leadership, and after Cosby 's
death was a vigorous antagonist of the suc-
ceeding lieutenant. Governor Clark. In 1737
he was speaker of the assembly. He was also
judge of the high court of oyer and terminer,
and of the high court of admiralty. He mar-
ried (first), March 17, 1723, Tryntje, born
in New York City, April 4, 1697. died March
II, 1731, daughter of Dr. Samuel Staats. He
married (second), November 3, 1746. Sarah,
daughter of Nicholas Gouverneur, and niece
of his first wife. Children, four by first mar-
riage: I. Mary, born November i, 1724; mar-
ried. May 9, 1743, Thomas Lawrence Jr., of
Philadelphia. 2. Lewis, born April 8, 1726,
died January 22, 1798; signer of the Declara-
tion of Independence. 3. Staats Long, born

August 27, 1728, died in 1800; married (first)
Lady Catherine, Dow-ager Duchess of Gor-
don, daughter of William, second Earl of
Aberdeen, and widow of Cosmo, the third
Duke of Gordon; married (second) Jane
Urquhart. 4. Richard, mentioned below. 5.
Josabella, or Isabella, born February 3, 1748.
6. Sarah, married V. P. Ashficld. 7. Gouver-
neur, born January 30, 1753. 8. Euphemia.
married Samuel (Jgden. 9. Catherine, born
January 30. 1757.

(IV) Hon. Robert Hunter Morris, son of
Hon. Lewis (i) and Isabella (Graham) Mor-
ris, was born at Trenton, New Jersey, about
1700. died at Shrewsbury, New Jersey, Jan-
uary 27, 1764. He inherited his father's lands
in New Jersey, and his career was identified
with that j)rovince and with Pennsylvania. In
1738 he was appointed by his father, then
governor, a member of the New Jersey coun-
cil, and later became chief justice of the state.
He served as governor of Pennsylvania from
October 3, 1754, ta August 20, 1756, mean-
time retaining his commission as chief justice
of New Jersey, in which latter position he
continued until his death. He was unmar-

(V) Richard (2), son of Lewis (2) and
Tryntje (Staats) Morris, was born at Morris-
ania, August 15, 1730, died at Scarsdale. .\pril
II, 1810. He was appointed high judge of
the court of admiralty, an office which had
previously been held by his father, retaining
this position under the crown until 1776, when
he resigned, for the reason that his political
principles would not permit him to continue
in it. On July 31 of the same year he was
unanimously appointed by the New York
state- convention as judge of the admiralty
court under the provisional government then
existing; and on October 22. 1779, he was
elevated to the chief justiceship of the state
of New York, successor to John Jay, and be-
ing the second to act in that capacity, in
which he served until 1790. He was one of
the nine delegates elected for New York
county in 1788 to the famous Poughkeepsie
convention, which was called for the con-
sideration of the federal constitution, to
whose ratification, under very difficult circum-
stances, he contributed by his abilities and
influence. Judge Morris owned estates in
W'estchester county at Mount Fordham and
in the present town of Scarsdale. His fine


country seat of Mount Fordham was burned
by the British during the revolution. He mar-
ried. June 13. 1759, Sarah, daughter of Henry
Ludlow. Children: i. Lewis Richard, mar-
ried (first), in 1786, Mary Dwight ; (second)
Theodora Olcott; (third), in 1801, Ellen
Herst. 2. Robert, mentioned below. 3. Mary,
married AVilliam Popham. Two other daugh-
ters who died in infancy.

(\T) Robert, son of Richard (2) and Sarah
1 (Ludlow) Morris, was born June 28, 1762,
died at Mount Fordham, February 22, 1851.
He inherited the fine estate of Motmt Ford-
ham in Westchester county, New York, and
was a succ_essful merchant in New York City.
For a time he was resident at Claverack, Co-
lumbia county, New York. He married,
ALarch 11, 1786, Frances, daughter of Isaac
Ludlum, of Goshen, New York. Children :
I. Mary, died young. 2. Julia, born Septem-
ber 13. 1788, died January 16, 1874: married
William B. Ludlow. 3. Mary, born Decem-
ber 25, 1790, died May 24, 1869; married
James A., son of Alexander Hamilton, the
statesman. 4. A daughter, died young. 5.
Richard Robert, born April 22, 1794, died No-
vember 22, 1874; married Martha Lynn Tay-
lor. 6. James L., born August to, 1796, died
January 27, 1878. 7. Frances \\"., born March
24, 1799. 8. A daughter, died young. 9. Rob-
ert Ilunter, born February 15. 1802. 10. Will-
Ham Lewis, born June 13, 1804. 11. Lewis
Ciouverneur, mentioned below.

(\'n) Lewis Gouverneur. youneest" son of
Robert and Frances (Ludlum) Morris, was
born at Claverack, Columbia county. New
\ ork, during a temporary residence of his
parents there, August 19, 1808. died at his
residence. Mount Fordham, Morris Heights.
New York City. September 19, 1900. He was
privately educated and lived at the home of
his parents, inheriting the Mount Fordham
estate. An enthusiastic agriculturist, he cle-
voted his attention particularly to the im-
provement of the breeds of cattle in America,
imnorted many valuable animals, and prob-
ably did as much towards increasing the value
of the live stock of the countrv as anv other
man of his times. At the time of the con'^truc-
tion of the Croton Acqueduct Mr. Morris took
the leadershin in the m"v°ment of the citi-
zens in the lower part of Westchester county
aeainst the proposal of the commission to
carry the acqueduct across the Harlem river

on a low bridge, which would have perma-
nently destroyed the navigation of that stream.
He was appointed in 1840 inspector of the
fourth division of the New York state mil-
itia, with the rank of colonel. At the break-
ing out of the civil war he was active and
prominent in support of the national govern-
ment, serving as a member of the war com-
mittee. He received the appointment of col-
onel of volunteers. August. 1862. and was in-
strumental in recruiting the One Hundred and
Thirty-fifth Regiment (later the Sixth New
York Heavy Artillery), which was com-
manded by Brigadier-General William H.
Morris, son of the poet, George P. Morris, but
not a member of the Morrisania family. He
was president of the New York State Agri-
cultural Society and a member of the Royal
Agricultural Society of England. He married
Emily, daughter of Jacob and Margaretta
( Kuntze) Lorillard. She died in 1850. Chil-
dren: I. Fordham, born July 23. 1842. 2.
Francis, mentioned below.

(VHT) Francis, son of Lewis Gouverneur
and Emily (Lorillard) Morris, was born July
13, 1844. died February 12. 1883. He was
graduated from the United States Naval
Academy at Annapolis ; was in the naval serv-
ice of the L^nited States during the civil war.
rising to the rank of commander; was present
at the attack on Fort Fisher and was subse-
quently executive officer of the "Tennessee".
He married Harriet H.. daughter of Henry
and Josephine (Homer) Bedlow. Children: i.
Alice P.. married Frank S. B. Cheesman. 2.
Lewis Gouverneur, mentioned below.

(IX) Lewis Gouverneur (2) son of Fran-
cis and Harriet H. (Bedlow) Morris, was born
at Newport, Rhode Island, June 4. 1883. He
was graduated from Harvard University in
1906, and after leaving college took up resi-
dence in New York City, engaging in the
brokerage business, being a member of the
New York Stock Exchange. He is a Repub-
lican in politics, and a member of the Epis-
copal church. He is a lieutenant in the Eighth
Regiment C. A. C. and belongs to the Union
Club. Harvard Club, Society of Colonial
Wars and the Badminton Club. He married,
at New York City, April 20, 1908, Alletta
Nathalie Lorillard. daughter of James Muh-
lenberg and Alletta (Remsen) Bailey. There
has been one child. Alletta Nathalie, born
April 2, 1912.


There are two well-known fam-
TAPPAN ilies of long American descent

bearing this name, which is
also used in the form of Tappen. The prob-
ability is that both names have a Dutch origin.
It has been claimed by members of the Mas-
sachusetts family that the surname was origi-
nally written Topham, or De Topham, and
was assumed from a place of that name in
Yorkshire, England. The family of Topham
anciently possessed the greater part, it is said,
of the vale of Coverdale, in Yorkshire, and
Richard Topham, from whom there has been
a continual male succession, held the lordship
and property of Caldburgh, in Coverdale. dur-
ing the time of Henry V., 1420. The earliest
mention of the family in the registry of the
archbishop of York is found in the will of
John Topham, of Yorkshire, dated May i,
1403. In England, it has been claimed, the
name is spelled Tophan, Topham, Toppan and
Tappan ; while in America the three spellings
Tappan. Tappen and Toppan are in common
use. Of this a writer says : "It is, however,
more probable that the English family of Tap-
pan was brought by the family from the
Netherlands rather than that it changed the
Saxon patronymic of Topham into Tappan.
No other branch of the Tophams is known
to have made such an alteration, and it is
difficult to conceive of an English family dis-
carding or modifying their own name to
'Dutchify' it." The name of all the Tappans.
Tappcns and Toppans is therefore very likely
Dutch in origin. To complicate the problem
still further, there was in the New Netherland
a Elemish family from Luxembourg, which
spelled its name Tapin, Tappin or Tappen, and
pronounced it Tappan. and in later years one
of the offshoots spelled it to conform with the
pronunciation. "The Massachusetts race has
been pre-eminent for intellectuality, philan-
thropy and practical Christianity; the Luxem-
bourg for professional attainments ; while the
Knickerbocker stock has gained renown by its
sturdy, manhood, its high character, public
spirit and mental attainments."

It seems probable that a number of the
Tappans crossed over from the Netherlands
to England during the religious troubles of
the seventeenth century, and that those who
came here through Great Britain, and the
others who came direct from Holland were re-
lated. From the time of Henry VIII. to

Charles I. there was a small but constant
migration of Hollanders into England. They
belonged mostly to the artisan class, and had a
considerable reputation as builders and weav-
ers. The New York Tappans were at any rate
artisans of great ability. In the old records
they are referred to as weavers, glazemakers,
shipsmiths and builders. The family came to
New York or New Amsterdam about 1630,
and after remaining a brief time in Manhat-
tan went to Fort Orange, where it settled and
remained for many years. It then broke
asunder, the main line removing to Kingston,
where it became distinguished in matters of
the state and nation. The junior line remained
in the neighborhood of Albany, and sent out
some of its meinbers to the west, so that the
family is now prominent in many states.

(I) Jurian Teunisse Tappan, glasemaecker,
the immigrant ancestor of the Tappan and
Tappen family of New York, was born in
Holland about 1600. died at Albany, New-
York, in 1677. -^ tradition of the family says
that he came here from Wales. Jurian T. Tap-
pan when he came to this country about the
year 1630 must have brought considerable
property with him from the old world, as he
appears to have been in easy circumstances,
if not affluence, from the first. He was pop-
ular with the people and on terms of %varm
friendship with the patroons and leading mer-
chants. A devout member of the Dutch church,
during the inclement winters he devoted a cer-
tain niunber of his hours every week to visit-
ing and caring for the sick poor. The same
kindly spirit actuated him in his dealings with
the Indians, who called him "The Good
Chief." From 1654 to 1677 '^^ ^'^^P'^ '^'^ '""•
In the latter part of his life he seems to
have operated largely in real estate, buying,
selling and exchanging village lots and farms
upon a scale indicating the possession of
large means. In 1670 he exchanged a house
and lot in Albany for the farm of Cornells
Cornclise Viele at Schenectady, which he sold
in 1672. In 1671 he took title to a bouwery
between Wynant's and Poesten Kills, which he
sold the next year for six hundred beaver skins.
He married a daughter of Wybrecht Jacobse,
and they made a joint will in 1661. At that
time they had no children living. Children:
Tunis, mentioned below : Jurian.

(II) Tunis, son of Jurian Teunisse Tap-
pan, was born at Albany, New ^'nrk, about



1635, and appears to have died before 1661.
He probably had sons, Tunis and Christopher.
The Tunis Tappan who settled in Kingston
and there married, in 1695, Sarah Schepmoes,
was undoubtedly a grandson of Jurian Teu-
nisse Tappan, of Albany. Schoonmaker's
"History of Kingston" states that he was the
son of Jurian and the father of Christopher.
The Kingston church records give a very full
account of the family of Tunis Tappan, of
that town, who married Sarah Schepmoes, in
1695. They had children, baptized at Kings-
ton from 1696 to 1707, but there is no Chris-
topher among them, and the Christopher of
the next generation was born long before the
marriage of Tunis Tappan and Sarah Schep-
moes. He was presumably a brother of Tunis,
of Kingston.

(HI) Christopher, said to have been a son
of Tunis Tappan, is said by the family rec-
ords to have been born at Albany in 1661.
He settled at Esopus, where he died August
7, 1740. It is said that he had brothers, Tunis
and Peter. He married, at Esopus, recorded in
Kingston, April 21, 1715, Cornelia Vas, born
in Holland, daughter of Dominie \^as. Only
one child is recorded in the Kingston church
records, Petrus, mentioned below.

(IV) Peter (Petrus), son of Christopher
and Cornelia (Vas) Tappan, was baptized at
Kingston, January 29. 171 6, and resided in
Esopus. He married (recorded in Kingston),
July 2, 1736, Tjatje Wynkoop, the family says,
daughter of Cornelius Wynkoop. The latter
has numerous children recorded at Kingston,
but no daughter of this name. There were
numerous other Wynkoops in Kingston, but
none had a daughter of this name recorded.
She may have been born and baptized at Eso-
pus, but this is improbable, as nearly all the
Esopus people were recorded in Kingston at
that time. Children : Christoffel. baptized 1737,
died young: Peter, 1738, died young: Corne-
lia. 1740, died young; Christoffel, mentioned
below; Cornelia, baptized November 25, 1744:
Petrus. June 24, 1748. Cornelia became the
wife of Governor George Clinton. Peter (Pet-
rus), who was a physician, was first lieutenant
in Captain John Schenck's company, Dutchess
county militia, under Colonel Jacobus Swart-
wald, February 19, 1776, and was surgeon of
the hospital department from 1776 to T780.

(V) Christopher (Christoffel), third son of
Peter (Petrus) and Tjatje (Wynkoop) Tap-

pan, born at Esopus, baptized June 17, 1742,
in Kingston, died at Kingston, August 3, 1826.
He was a member of the New York provincial
congress from 1775 to 1777. He was a man
of marked ability, became prominent in early
life, and during a long career held many of-
fices of honor and importance. Chief among
these was membership in the first, third and
fourth provincial congresses, where he took
strong ground in favor of colonial liberty and
independence. He was a trustee of Kingston,,
being chairman of the board, a magistrate and
president of the board of magistrates. From
1759 to 1812 he was deputy county clerk, and
clerk from 1812 to 1821. His home was de-
stroyed on the burning of Kingston by the
British during the revolutionary war. At this
juncture he displayed a gallantry and patriot-
ism worthy of notice. When the attack be-
gan it was evident that there was no hope of
a successful resistance, and there was barely
enough time for its citizens to save the private
property. Christopher had before him the
alternative of preserving either the public rec-
ords or his own personal belongings, includ-
ing family heirlooms, deeds, and other evi-
dences of wealth. He did not hesitate, but
took his own horses and wagons to the court
house and removed the public records to safe-
ty, leaving his home to the torch of the foe.
Aiter the evacuation he rebuilt the family
home, constructing it with stone and brick,
and making it as nearly fireproof as the re-
sources of that century would permit. Here
he kept open house, as had been the habit of
his father and mother. The mansion was the
favorite resting place of Governor George
Clinton, who was Christopher's brother-in-
law, as well as of the state and national
leaders. In the time of the revolution he was
major of Colonel Charles De Witt's regiment.
Ulster county. New York, minute-men, enter-
ing it December 21, 1775. He married. May
9, 1761. Anatje, daughter of Tobyas and Lea
(Leg) Wynkoop, baptized November 11, 1744,
at Kingston. Children, baptized at Kingston:
Petrus (Peter), mentioned below: John, bap-
tized 1766; Cornelia, March 6. 1770; George,
April 13, 1772; Catharina and Anatje, twins,
August 28, 1774, (the first died in infancy) :
Catharina, December 8. 1776: Christopher,
January i, 1784. John, born 1766, died April
30, 183 1. He received a good education and
studied law, being finally admitted to the bar.



He did not, however, follow the profession his
father had mapped out for him, but took to
literature and journalism. He began to con-
tribute to the press even before he attained
his majority, entered journalism and became
a popular and influential editor. Hi.s best
remembered work was done while he was
editor and proprietor of the Plebeian, which
afterwards became the Ulster Gazette. The
paper was anti-Federalist and throuojh its ei)i-
grammatic and art^umentative force exerted a
great influence upon the political arena in the
early part of the nineteenth century. The
family records also note a daughter Polly.
horn 1762, and another daughter, died in in-
fancy, born 1763.

(VI") Peter (2"), eldest son of Christopher
and Anatje (Wynkoop) Tappan, was bap-
tized November 4, 1764, at Kingston. He
entered the military service when about six-
teen years old, on the staff of his uncle, Ma-
ior-General and Governor George Clinton. .\\.
the age of seventeen, on August 21, 17S1, he
was commissioned a second lieutenant in the
second regiment of the continental artillery,
commanded by Colonel John Lamb, in which
regiment he served with the continental armv
until the end of the war. He settled in New
York City, where he died in i

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