THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   ALBERT WILLIAM MORSE is a prominent and successful farmer of the town of Eaton, and comes of an ancient pioneer family of Madison County. He was born January 3, 1824, in the town of Eaton, and is a son of William and Sally (Shaw) Morse, the former of whom was born in Massachusetts in 1799, and the latter in 1795. William Morse was one of the successful farmers of his day, but died on his farm in the town of Eaton at the early age of twenty-eight. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and a Lieutenant in the State militia. His life-work was but just begun; and his untimely death was greatly mourned, not only by his immediate family, but also by a large circle of friends. His wife died at the age of sixty-seven.
   Hezekiah B. Morse, the grandfather of our subject, was a native of Massachusetts, came to Madison County, and settled in the town of Eaton near the village of Eaton, where he took up a large tract of new and wild land. This was when the Indians were still occupants of this country, and he witnessed the execution of the Indian chief Antoine at Morrisville in 1823. There were also at that time large numbers of all kinds of wild animals in the woods, some of which were valuable for food. The wife of Mr. Morse used to card, spin, and weave, and make the clothing for her family with her own hands, as also did the mother of the subject of this sketch. Many a man still living can well remember the usefulness of the women of the past, and their industrious and good-natured forbearance with conditions that would now certainly be considered adverse. Old-fashioned mothers and grandmothers are now almost a thing of the past, and it is nearly impossible to part with them without regret. Their music was that of the spinning-wheel; and, although it was far from being always rhythmical, yet it was far from being unpleasant, at least to the ears of the lords of creation. Late in life Hezekiah B. Morse removed to Oxford, Chenango County, and there spent his last days. Grandfather Shaw died near Northampton, Mass., in middle life; and his widow died at the home of the subject of this sketch, when ninety-six years old.
   Albert William Morse was educated in district schools, and also at the academy at Eaton. He remained at home until he was fifteen, and then took charge of the home farm, which he owns, and to which he has added until he now has two hundred and ten acres. Upon this excellent farm he carries on general farming, stock-raising, and dairying, having a herd of twenty-five cows and a flock of one hundred and fifty sheep, some of them pure-blood Southdowns and some full- blood Shropshires. Besides the three lines of agriculture mentioned he also has about ten acres of hops. Of all these branches he is making a grand success, and is abundantly able to answer in the affirmative the question, "Does farming pay?"
   Mr. Morse was married December 16, 1856, to Levantha Brightman, of Brookfield, Madison County. She was born in 1835, and is a daughter of Joseph Brightman and his wife, the former of whom was a farmer of Madison County. He and his wife reared a family of three children, one son and two daughters, all of whom are living. Joseph Brightman died in Chautauqua County, when sixty-five years of age, and his wife some years previously, when quite young. Mr. and Mrs. Morse have had three children, one of whom is living, Albert William, Jr., born in 1864, and residing at home.
   Mr. Morse and his wife are members of the Congregational church, and in politics he is a Republican. He has been honored by his fellow-citizens by election to the office of Supervisor, and to several minor offices, filling all with credit to himself and satisfaction to all concerned. He is a very pleasant, popular man; has a fine farm and a beautiful home, about one mile from the village of Eaton; and is highly respected by all who know him for his progressive character as a farmer and his solid, substantial citizenship.

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