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rine Society of Boston, hangs in their hall.
The mother of Mrs. Gustavus Tuckerman
was before her marriage Hannah Dawes
Eliot, a sister of the Rev. Dr. William
Greenleaf Eliot, an eminent Unitarian min-
ister, who founded and was for many years
chancellor of Washington University in St.
Louis and organized the western sanitary
commission in the civil war. She was a
granddaughter of Hon. Thomas Dawes, for
many years a noted justice of the supreme
judicial court of the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts, and also a great-granddaugh-
ter of the Rev. Dr. Andrew Eliot, a fellow
of Harvard College from 1765 until his



death in 1778, and preacher in the North
Church in Boston during the revolution,
who, "when offered the presidency of Har-
vard College, refused the appointment, be-
lieving it wrong to relinquish his vocation
for any other, however honorable." Chil-
dren of Mr. and Mrs. Tuckerman: i. Jane
Francis, born in Boston, Massachusetts. 2.
Emily Lamb, born in Boston, Massachu-
setts. 3, Eliot, see forward.

(VH) Eliot, son of Gustavus (2) and
Emily G. (Lamb) Tuckerman, was born in
his father's house, No. 50 West Forty-fifth
street. New York City, March 12, 1872. He
received his education at Harvard Univer-
sity, being graduated from the college in
1894 and from the Law School in 1897. He
is a member of the New York bar. He is
also a member of the Association of the Bar
of the City of New York and of the Uni-
versity. Century, Harvard. Down Town and
New York Yacht clubs, fleet captain of the
Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club and a
governor of the Squadron A. Club. He is
a trustee of the Morristown School.



\\'hile tradition is persistent
BISHOP in stating that this Bishop

family is descended from the
pioneers of Ipswich of this surname, and
the location of Dr. John Bishop at Brad-
ford, Massachusetts, in the same county, at
a time when no English settlers were com-
ing to America, supports this ancient be-
lief, it has been established beyond reason-
able doubt that Dr. Bishop himself came
from England. There is reason to think he
was the son of John Bishop, a linen draper
of London, whose wife Elizabeth was a
daughter of Rev. Samuel Lee, whose will
was dated in 1692 and who bequeathed to
his daughters Elizabeth, Ann and Lydia,
certain books of physics, chemistry and
medicine ; Rebecca married John Safifin, and
Lydia, John George of Boston, Massachu-
setts : his daughter Ann married Henry
Wyrly, of New Bristol, Connecticut. As
three of her sisters were in this country, it
is thought that Elizabeth or her children
followed them thither. It should be stated
that the Medford history is wrong in the
statement that Dr. John was a son of Sam-
uel (2), Thomas (i) Bishop, for the record



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of this John, son of Samuel, is given in the
Converse genealogy elsewhere.

It is known that Dr. Bishop married
Sarah Bond, and that about 1717 he located
in Bradford, Massachusetts. He practiced
his profession there and at Medford, Massa-
chusetts, whither he went in 1723. He died
in 1739 and his widow Sarah appears to
have married, at Bradford, April 17, 1740,
William Hall. Children of Dr. John and
Sarah Bishop: Sarah, born at Bradford.
Tune II, 1720, married there April 26, 1738,
Benjamin Lathe; John, mentioned below.

(H) John (2), son of Dr. John (i)
Bishop, was born at Bradford, April 6, 1722,
and died in Medford, December, 1791, aged
about seventy years. He came to Medford
with his parents in 1723 and lived there all
his life, and until 1868 his descendants of
this surname were living there. His home
was on High street. He married, at Med-
ford. December 7, 1752. Abigail, daughter
of Dr. Simon Tufts. She was born at \Ied-
ford, September 22. 1728, died August 30,
1810, of one of the most prominent Charles-
town and Medford families. Her father, Dr.
Simon Tufts, was graduated from Harvard
College in 1724, and died January 31, 1747,
aged forty-seven years ; married, October
28. 1725. Abigail Smith, who died in 1790,
aged ninety years. Abigail Bishop was re-
lated to President John Adams' family.
Children, born at Medford: Abigail, born
October 5, 1753; married, November 12,
1786. Dr. Archelaus Putnam, of Danvers;
and John, mentioned below. Mrs. Bishop
joined President John Adams in a deed of
Charlcstown land in 1707. Washington and
.\dams were both visitors at the Bishop
homestead in Medford.

(HI) John (3), son of John (2) Bishop,
was born at Medford, November 20, 1755.
and died there February 8, 1833. He was a
prominent merchant and real estate owner
in Boston. He married Lydia Holmes, who
died April. 1807. aged forty-eight years,
daughter of Nathaniel and Rebecca ("Good-
will") Holmes. Her father was a prominent
merchant and real estate owner in Boston.
Her sister married William Fowle. Chil-
dren, born at Medford: i. Lydia. born
1784. baptized June 4, 1786. 2. Rebecca
Holmes, born October 20. 1785, died Octo-
ber 2fi, 1807. 3. John, born August 7. 1787,



died September 7, 1830. 4. Nathaniel
Holmes, mentioned below. 5. Eliza, born
January i, 1791. 6. William, baptized May
19, 1793, died November 27, 1812.

(IV) Nathaniel Holmes, son of John (3)
Bishop, was born at Medford, Massachu-
setts, in 1789 and was baptized there July
19, 1789. He inherited a large estate at
Medford and added to it substantially. He
died at Medford, February 22, 1850. He
married, October 21, 1824, Mary Smith Far-
rar, daughter of Dr. Judson Farrar, of Peter-
boro, New Hampshire, Mr. Bishop being
then of Boston. The marriage intention
was dated September 19, the marriage tak-
ing place October 21, 1824. Children, born
at Medford: i. Mary Rebecca, born De-
cember 7, 1829; baptized December 31. 2.
John, born May 24, 1826, baptized in 1831.
3. Lydia, born March 23, 1828, baptized
three days later; married, March 7, 1849,
Samuel Howell Jones, of Philadelphia. 4.
Eliza, born August 10, 1833. 5. Nathaniel
Holmes, born June 30, 1835. died September
II, 1836. 6. Nathaniel Holmes, baptized
May 6, 1837. 7. Harriette (or Henrietta)
Baker, baptized May 6, 1839. 8. Heber
Reginald, baptized May 3, 1840. 9. Maria
Josephine, born April 9, 1841.

(V) Heber Reginald, son of Nathaniel
Holmes Bishop, was born at Medford.
March 11. 1840. and was baptized there May
3, 1840. He attended the Cummings school
at Medford and the academy at North Yar-
mouth, Maine. Early in life he began a
commercial career. In the autumn of 1856
he entered the employ of Benjamin Burgess
& Sons, then prominent merchants in the
West India trade, at India Wharf, Boston,
and in the same year was sent to Remedios,
Cuba, to represent the house. In March,
1881, soon after he came of age, he estab-
lished himself in business in Cuba, export-
ing sugar and carrying on the usual banking
business with the planters. He was suc-
cessful and prospered until the insurrection
broke out in 1868. after which business was
carried on with great difficulty — labor was
scarce, and the sugar crop small for a num-
ber of years. In 1876 he finally left Cuba
and never returned.

He became interested in the rapid transit
problem of New York City and was promi-
nent with Benjamin Brewster and others in



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organizing the company and building the
street railroad in New York. Naturally he
came to be interested in other railroads then
building in the western states. He was a
director of the St. Paul, Minneapolis &
Omaha Railroad Company; of the Chicago,
Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Company,
and the Duluth & Iron Range Railway Com-
pany, of which he was president. In 1887
he was one of the organizers of the Minne-
sota Iron Company, of which he became
president, and he was also a director of the
Chandler Iron Company, of the Lacka-
wanna Iron and Steel Company, and of the
new Lackawanna Steel Company. His in-
terests were very large in the iron properties
about Duluth. For many years he was a
trustee of the Metropolitan Trust Company
of New York City, and his ability, integrity
and business aptitude won for him the
respect and confidence of his associates.

He was active in various charities, and
for some years was vice-president of the
Presbyterian Hospital of New York. He
was a member of the Metropolitan, Unioii.
Union League, Century, Grolier and other
New York clubs, the Restigouche Salmon
Club and the Southside Sportsmen's Club,
and the Civil Service Reform Association,
and a director of the Chamber of Commerce,
the Metropolitan Museum of Natural His-
tory and of the Metropolitan ■Museum of
Art. At one time he was very active in the
reorganization of the Forty-second Street
Presbyterian Church. He was a life mem-
ber of the New York Genealogical and Bio-
graphical Society.

. His leisure was spent largely in travel.
In 1870 he made his first \-isit to the Pacific
coast, and he went again in 1880 and in
1890. In 1881 he spent five months in
Europe, and in 1883 and 1885 he travelled
extensively in France. England, Germany.
Austria, Russia and Spain. His taste for art
developed, and he began as early as 1880
his collection of jades and continued to add
to it at every opportunity. In 1888-89 he
was abroad most of the time and spent many
months in Italy and Turkey. In 1892 he
visited Japan and China and spent three
weeks in Pekin. His reputation as a con-
noisseur and collector had preceded him,
and he had special opportunities to see spec-
imens of jade and to add to his possessions.



In the autumn of 1892 he went to Europe
again, and in 1895 he spent two months in
Egypt and ascended the Nile to the Second
Cataract, and paid visits to the Holy Land,
Greece and Turkey. This was his second
visit to Constantinople. On his way home
he visited Sicily, Naples, Rome, and Paris.
In 1S83 he built the house on upper Fifth
avenue and made his home there until he
died. In 1895 he had constructed in his
house a fireproof room for his jade collec-
tion which had become larger than any
other in the world — larger even than the
famous collection in the British Museum.
Many of the stones were of great beauty
and value, and as a mineralogical and
archaeological collection it was and is in-
valuable. In March, 1902, this collection,
valued at half a million dollars, was pre-
sented by Mr. Bishop to the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, of which he was a
trustee for many years, providing that the
collection should remain in his house until
a similar room had been prepared for it in
the Museum. About the same time he com-
pleted a catalogue, a hundred copies of
which were printed after his death. This
work is an authority on the subject of jade,
and the book as well as the collection is a
memorial of the industry, learning and ar-
tistic spirit of Mr. Bishop.

He never lost his interest in business or
outdoor sports. In 1882, with General
Philip H. Sheridan, he made a trip to the
Rocky Mountains and travelled hundreds of
miles on horseback in hunts for big game,
and made several similar trips with other
friends. He always enjoyed his visits to the
Restigouche Club, and the comforts of
shooting in England and France. In 1899
he rented an estate in Norfolk, England,
and during the shooting season entertained
many from France and the United States.
His last trip abroad was made in 1902, and
he enjoyed visits and shooting in Scotland.
Returning to New York in October, he was
attacked by heart disease in November, and
after an illness of about six weeks died De-
cember 10, 1902. He was sixty-two years
old, but young in feeling and appearance, if
not in years. His generosity, kindness and
attractive personality made for him friends
in all classes and in manv countries.

He married, in 1862. Mary Cunningham,



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second daughter of James Cunningham, who
came to this country from Scotland in 1822.
After his marriage he spent several winters
in Cuba, and the summers at Irvington-on-
Hudson, New York. In 1870 he made his
home at Irvington, and lived there until the
house was burned in 1878. Children: i.
Hcher Reginald, born December 23, 1868.
2. James Cunningham, mentioned below. 3.
Frances Cunningham, born June 20, 1872.
4. Ogden Mills, born June 9, 1878. 5. Mary
Cunningham, born July 13, 1865. 6. Eliza-
beth Templeton, born August 11, 1866; mar-
ried James Low Harriman. 7. Harriet Ar-
nold,' born October 14, 1867; married James
F. D. Lanier. 8. Edith, born July 11, 1874;
married Moses Taylor.

(VI) James Cunningham Bishop, son of
Heber Reginald Bishop, was born at Irving-
ton-on-Hudson. New York, May 13, 1870.
He was educated at St. Paul's School. Con-
cord. New Hampshire, and Harvard Uni-
versity. His office is at 33 Pine street, New
York City. He married, December 14, 1891,
Abigail Adams Hancock, daughter of John
Hancock, and niece of General Winfield
Scott Hancock (see Hancock). Children:
I. Mary Cunningham, born February 4,
1893. 2. Augusta Hancock, May 20, 1894.

3. Nathaniel Holmes, born March 6, 1898.

4. Muriel, born June 9, 1902. 5. Abigail
Hancock, born November 6, 1905.

(The Hancock Line.)
(I) Richard Hancock, a seaman, of Phila-
delphia, was born about 1775. It is not
known that he was related to the New Eng-
land families of the name, and it is not
known where he was born. John Hancock,
the famous governor of Massachusetts, was
a descendant of Nathaniel Hancock, who
settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as
earlv as 1634. Another John Hancock came
with the Scotch-Irish and located in Haver-
hill, Massachusetts, about 1750, removing
thence to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and
finally to Buxton, Maine. Various branches
of the familv in England bear coats-of-arms.
Richard Hancock, of Philadelphia, died of
the ship-fever. He had been, it is said, a
victim of the British policy of searching
American ships and seizing American sail-
ors, and was imprisoned for some time in
England after he was seized by the British.



He married (second) Anna Alaria Nash, born
in Edinburgh, Scotland, June 28, 177 — . After
her husband died the widow apprenticed or
"bound out" her children, and she died
about 1822. Children: Eliza and Ann.
Children of second wife: Benjamin F.,
mentioned below ; Sarah, born 1802, married
II. E. Reynolds.

(II) Benjamin Franklin, son of Richard
Hancock, was born October 19, 1800. He
spent his early years in his native city of
Philadelphia, and was brought up, after his
father died, by Squire John Roberts of
Montgomery, a pious citizen and an excel-
lent business man, inherited the large farm
of his father, Eldad Roberts, near Mont-
gomery Square; was a merchant and justice
of the peace. Mr. Hancock was educated
in the free schools. In 1814 he served a
tour of duty in the war of 1812. He be-
came a teacher in the free school, and re-
sided in the dwelling house in one end of the
school building which is still standing.
General Winfield Scott Hancock and his
twin sister were born in this house. Benja-
min Franklin Hancock was ambitious, and
studied law in the office of John Freedly,
of Morristown, being admitted to the bar
in 1838. He practiced his profession all his
life. He was a man of noble presence, fair,
tall, strong, dignified and courteous; hon-
orable and faithful, alike in private and pro-
fessional life. He died February i, 1867,
and both he and his wife are buried in the
Montgomer\^ cemetery. He married Eliza-
beth Hoxworth (see Hoxworth). He re-
sided in Hatfield. Children: i. General
Winfield Scott, born February 24, 1824. died
February 9, 1886; distinguished in the civil
war; Democratic nominee for president of
the United States. 2. Hilary Baker, twin of
Winfield .Scott. 3. John, mentioned below.
(HI) John Hancock, son of Benjamin
Franklin Hancock, was born March 23. 1830.
His daughter, Abigail Adams, married
James C. Bishop (see Bishop).

(Tlie Hoxworth Line.)
(T) Peter Hoxworth, or Hawksworth, t!i'
immigrant, came from England to Pennsyl-
vania in 1730 and settled in Hatfield. Mont-
gomery county, then a part of Philadelphia.
Tradition .savs he came from Birmingham,
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1767, bequeathing to wile Mary and chil-
dren Edward, John, Peter, Sarah, Ann and
Rachel. His wife died before the will was
proved, March 22, 1769.

(H) John, son of Peter Hoxworth, was
born in 1733, died in February, 1777. In
1761 he owned the homestead. Tradition
savs that he fought in the French and In-
dian war and in the revolution, dying of
disease contracted in the service. He was
a member of the Baptist church of Mont-
pomery. He married Elizabeth, daughter of
Jenkin and Mary (Jenkins) Jenkins. Chil-
dren; Mary, Edward (mentioned below),
John, Elizabeth, Ann, Sarah, Colonel Peter.

(Ill) Edward, son of John Hoxworth, was
born September 22, 1760, at Montgomery,
Pennsylvania, and died January 11, 1847.
He was a member of the Baptist church of
Montgomery. His home was in Hatfield,
on land partly inherited and partly acquired
by purchase. He enlisted at the age of fif-
teen in the revolutionary war, and in his last
years was a pensioner. He was in Lieuten-
ant John Jenkins' company, in charge of
Hessian prisoners taken at the battle of
Trenton. December 26, 1776. He was small,
lithe and active, and it is said of him that
he could leap over a horse. At the age of
seventy he could still do a hard day's work
in the fields. He married Mary Hoxworth,
eldest daughter of Peter (2), granddaughter
of Peter (i). Children: Ann : Ellen ; John ;
Israel; Mary; Margaret; Edward; Eliza-
beth, born December 8, 1801, died January
25, 1879, married Benjamin Franklin Han-
cock (see Hancock) ; Sarah.



There are parishes and places
MORTON in counties Derby, Lincoln,

Yorkshire. Warwick, Dur-
ham. Norfolk, Hereford and Northampton,
in England, bearing the name of Morton.
Lower says that, in the case of the Mortons
of English ori£;in. the name probably comes
from the appellations of these localities.
Others have found a Norman origin for the
name. The name of Morton, Moreton, or
Mortaigne. say they, is earliest found in old
Dauphine, and is still existent in France,
where it is represented by the present
Comtes and Marquises Morton de Chabril-
lon, and where the family has occupied
many important positions.



In the annals of the family there is said
to ])e a statement frequently met with that,
as the result of a quarrel, one of the name
emigrated from Dauphine, first to Brittany
and then to Normandy, where he joined
William the Conqueror at the time of his in-
vasion of England. Certain it is that among
the names of the followers of William,
painted on the chancel ceiling of one of the
churches of Dives in old Normandy, is that
of Robert Comte de Mortaigne. The name
also figures on the Battle Abbey Rolls, the
Domesday Book and the Norman Rolls of
England, and it is conjectured that this
Comte Robert, who was also half brother
to the Conqueror by his mother Charlotte,
was the father of the English family of the
name, or at least of the higher family bear-
ing the name. Count Robert held manors
in nearly every county in England, in all
about eight hundred. Cardinal Morton was
a privy councillor and a faithful adherent of
Flenrv VI. Edward IV. had made him his
lord chancellor and his executor. Richard
III. had thrown him into prison, but he had
escaped in time to plan the enterprise which
proved successful at Bosworth Field, and to
him Henry VII. owed his throne. Promi-
nent among the English Mortons who early
came to America were Thomas Morton, the
Reverend Charles Morton, Landgrave Jos-
eph Morton and George Morton.

(I) John Morton, the progenitor in Ire-
land of the Morton family here dealt with,
was probably born in county Antrim, Ire-
land, and died there in the latter part of the
eighteenth century. He probably belonged
to the Mortons, who had derived their sur-
name in the manner described above, and
his progenitors had probably settled in Ire-
land at the time of the various confiscations
of property in that country. They may
have come direct from England, or by way
of Scotland. The family was Protestant in
religion. John Morton lived at Dawson's
Bridge, county Antrim, Ireland. The names
of his wife and most of his children remain
unknown.

(II) John (2), son of John (i) Morton, of
Dawson's Bridge, county Antrim. Ireland,
w^as probably born at Dawson's Bridge
about 1729, died at Basking Ridge, New Jer-
sey, in the spring of 1781. He came to
America with the British army in 1750, and



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in 1761 settled in New York City. He is
said to have been known among his army
friends as "Handsome Johnny." Later when
he joined the patriotic side in the war of in-
dependence he contributed largely to that
cause as the "rebel banker." When the oc-
cupation of New York by the British was
threatened in 1774, he removed his family
first to Elizabethtown and later to Basking
Ridge, New Jersey. He married, in 1760,
at New York City, Maria Sophia Kemper.
He had eight children, one of whom was
Jacob, of whom further.

(HI) Jacob, son of John (2) and Maria
Sophia (Kemper) Morton, was born in New
York City, in 1762, died suddenly in New
York City, in 1836. Jacob Morton was well
known in New York in his time. He was
the messenger sent to procure the Bible, on
which General Washington took the oath as
president of the United States, when he was
inaugurated in New York. Afterwards in
1778 he was in command of a corps of artil-
lery, and for a number of years was a major-
general of the militia in New York. He was
a clerk in the common council for more than
twenty years, and before holding that posi-
tion held numerous other ofifices. He was a
faithful and capable officer, a pleasant, polite
and well-bred gentleman of the old school,
respected and beloved by all who knew him.
Always ready with a helping hand he helped
his friends whenever they applied to him,
and had a large circle of acquaintances of
varying degrees of intimacy. He presented
a large punch bowl to the city of New York,
which is now in the Metropolitan Museum
of that city. His portrait is in the gover-
nor's room in the City Hall, New York.

He married, in New York, Catherine,
daughter of Carey and Hester (Lansing)
Ludlow. Children : John Ludlow, married
Kmilv Ellison; George William, married
Caroline Denning: Charles Ferdinand, mar-
ried Henrietta Ellison ; Hester Sophia, mar-
ried Dr. Robert S. Bullus; Catherine Mar-
garetta, died young: Edmund, of whom fur-
ther: W^ashington Quincy, remained unmar-
ried : Hamilton, also remained unmarried ;
and Henry Jackson, married Helen Mac-
Farlane.

(W) Edmund, fourth son of Jacob and
Catherine (Ludlow) Morton, was born in
New York City, June i, 1800, died in .Au-



gust, 1881, at New Windsor, Orange coun-
ty. New York. Edmund Morton was sent
to West Point, but did not remain there very
long. Afterwards he entered the Phoenix
Bank in New York as cashier, and when he
was thirty years old married and settled in
New Windsor, Orange county. New York,
living with his brother in Knox's headquar-
ters at Vail's Gate. He lived there six years
and then purchased a house built by Dr.
Edward Bullus, of New York, on land in-
herited by his wife, Eliza Ellison, from her
father, who owned large tracts of land in
Orange county and the adjacent counties.
Here he lived the simple life of a country
gentleman. He was very fond of sailing,
and with the assistance of a ship carpenter
built a small yacht, in which he spent many
hours sailing about the Hudson river. He
spent a great deal of time in farming on the
estate of ninety-six acres, which he bought
in 1837. While he was in the Phoenix Bank
he was made aide to Lafayette, when the
famous general was here on his second visit,
on which occasion Lafayette was enter-
tained by Jacob Morton, the father of Ed-
mund, to whom the general presented a
handsome sword still preserved in the Mor-
ton family. Edmund was for years a war-
den and vestryman of St. Thomas' Episco-
pal Church of New Windsor, Orange coun-
tv. New York.

He married, in 1830, Caroline Matilda,
daughter of Thomas Ellison, of New York.
Children: Margaret, married Aymar Van
Buren : Emily L. : Charlotte .Anne, living at
New Windsor, Orange county. New York:
and Edmund Ouincv.



The origin of this surname
TLTKER is somewhat uncertain, but

it is supposed to be one of
those names derived from a trade, that of
"fuller" or "tucker." The family is ancient
in England and has arms on record for
1070 and To8o. Motto: Nil drspcranditin.
George Tucker, of Milton-next-Gravcsend,



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