Archibald Morrison is a new one for me. I would be interested in learning more about him. As I recall, the name of the merchant whose account ledgers are in the archives is Jacob Janeway. He had an establishment on the North Branch of the Raritan River in Somerset Co. If I ever get up to New Jersey, I definitely want to see those ledgers. Hopefully, they can provide new clues about Thomas Morrison.
Isaac Morrison (1745-1798) had three brothers and five sisters. In his will dated 17 June 1751 and proved 25 Oct 1753 in Somerset Co., NY, the father John Morrison names his wife Margrete and nine children, James, Sarah, Marey, Martha, Margrete, Agnes, David, Isaac and John. David, Isaac and John were minors at the time of their fatherâ€™s death and guardianship records were filed in Somerset Co. In 1759, at age 17, David was made a ward of Joseph Kinnan of Baskingridge. In 1761, at age 16, Isaac was made a ward of William Hamilton of Baskingridge and John Hill of Elizabethtown. In 1762, at age 14, John was made a ward of his brothers James and David. By this time, David had reached the age of majority.
You probably already know that Isaac Morrison (1745-1798) was born in Somerset Co., NJ. In 1770 he was in Essex Co., NJ where there is record of his being witness of the bond of Elihu Ward. In 1773, he was one of the sponsors of a school being established at Newark Mountain by Caleb Cooper. In 1775, he placed an ad in the â€œPennsylvania Journalâ€ and identified himself as Isaac Morrison of Newark Mountain, NJ. Soon after the Rev. War, Isaac moved to Kentucky and remained there until his death on 28 Nov 1798 in Hardin Co., KY. His wife, Phebe Ward Lamson, remained in Essex Co., NJ until her death 25 May 1802. Isaac and Phebe had four known children: Sarah Louise Morrison who married Silas Cook in 1792 and died in 1797 leaving a husband and three children; Daniel Lamson Morrison, born 25 Aug 1776, who married Sarah Pigman in Ohio Co., KY in 1805 (9 children); John Morrison, born 8 Nov 1778 and died 13 May 1805, never married and had no children; and Louis Le Conte Morrison, born 24 Dec 1786 and died 5 July 1788 at the age of 1 year, 6 months. Daniel was the only one of Isaacâ€™s sons who had offspring. I can give you more information on all of Danielâ€™s children if that would help you. It appears that Daniel did not move to Kentucky until about 1800.
Now for Isaacâ€™s brothers. It appears that James Morrison was the eldest of Isaac siblings as he was named first in the will. He was of age when his father wrote his will in 1751 so we can set his date of birth as being prior to 1730 presuming the age of majority for males was 21. In 1767, James Morrison died in testate in Sussex Co., NJ and his brother, Isaac, was named administrator of his estate. I do not have any other information about James. I do not know if he married and/or had children.
David Morrison was born ca. 1741 in NJ and died in 1807 in Hardin Co., KY. It is believed that David arrived in Kentucky later than Isaac did. David married Mary (maiden name unknown) and they had eight children; Sally (married Amos Richardson); Mary (married James Gilleland in Hardin Co.); Jesse (married Rebecca Van Meter in Hardin Co.); Isaac (1784-1861) (married Adryan Woodring in Hardin Co.); Joel (married Elizabeth Van Meter in Hardin Co.); William (married Elizabeth Daugherty in Hardin Co.); Elizabeth; and Jane (married Jonathan Richardson in Lincoln Co., KY). Almost all of my information on the David Morrison branch is from Harold Morrison, a descendant of this line. Harold has done a lot of work on this branch.
I do not have any information of John Morrison, brother of Isaac. There was a John Morrison on the 1800 tax list in Warren Co., KY which originally was part of Lincoln Co. There also was a John Morrison in Newark Twp., Essex Co., NJ in the 1814 tax list. I do now know if either of these persons is John Morrison, brother of Isaac.
It is easy to confuse the various Isaac Morrisons in the early Kentucky records. Isaac (1745-1798) is the one whose name appears often in the list of men attending the conventions on Kentucky statehood. Isaac, son of David, was born about 1784 and would still have been a small child at the time these conventions were held. There is at least one more Isaac Morrison. That would be Isaac, son of Daniel Lamson Morrison and Sarah Pigman. However he was not born until 1822 so is fairly easy to keep separated from the others.
One other thing I might mention. The will of Isaac Morrison (1745-1798), Isaac nominates as one of the executors â€œmy beloved friend James Morrison, lately from Mississippiâ€. This was not his brother James.
Several people have written to me wanting information on my New Jersey Morrison line. I hope this helps someone. If you need more on a particular person, let me know and Iâ€™ll see what I have. Sorry this is so long.