Marriage of Daniel Morse and Lydia Fisher circa 1638It’s not always easy to document our ancestors births, marriages and deaths when we go back to the days of Colonial America. Although not required by law, records were kept back then. Especially marriages. It was important to document a marital union as it affected the distribution of property and goods when someone died.
Today, I’m highlighting the marriage of Daniel Morse to Lydia Fisher in 1638 or 1642, depending on which record you use.
The first record I located was the U.S. International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
Name: Daniel Morse
Birth Year: 1613
Spouse Name: Lydia Fisher
Spouse Birth Year: 1623
Marriage State: MA
Number Pages: 1
To learn more about this source, please use this link: Information about the U.S. International Marriage Records and how they were collected
Another source for this marriage is Torrey’s New England Marriages prior to 1700. This is a 3 volume set. You can now view them online, but when I first began researching they were not available. My husband purchased the 3 volume set for me, one year for Christmas.
Here is a page from the Torrey book, available on Ancestry.com In the hard copy of the three volume set, this record is in Volume II, page 1061.
Daniel & Lydia went on to have 9 known children.
Here is a list of their children as stated in North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000
What was life like back in the era of 1638 to their deaths in about 1688/89? We know it was difficult. If our ancestors survived the trip over here from Europe, then they were in danger of many diseases or illnesses taking their lives. Or, even death at the hands of American Indians, who owned this land to begin with, and were defending their territory.
Daniel & Lydia lived to their 70’s. They must have been hardy individuals. If they were married around 1638, as records state, then they may have celebrated 50 years of marriage. An amazing accomplishment for any family and especially one back then. It was more normal for our ancestors to have multiple spouses due to early deaths.
Wouldn’t I love to sit and talk to them.
There are many descendants out there. If you are one of them, I’d love to hear from you.
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