MORRILL FAMILY PLOT
FOREST CITY CEMETERY
(who else is buried there?)
Jonathan married Sarah "Sally" D. Elliot (falsely rumored in my family to be of Native American descent, and from Sandwich, NH) on 14 Dec 1826, in Moultonborough, NH by Isaiah Greene Orne, Esq. (Source: Early Marriages of Strafford County - thanks to Google Books free previews!). However, the Mormon FHL has a record of their marrying in nearby Moultonboro, which record states that they were both from Moultonboro. It's possible that some more research there would be beneficial, to find if perhaps this record is more accurate (there are no Eliots in either the 1810 or 1820 Moultonboro census).
After marriage, they immediately moved to Maine, first living in Westbrook (then part of Deering) (1830 Census). Next door to them was Benjamin Elliot's family. See census below (not a great copy, by the way), where I've yellow highlighted the Elliot and Morrill heads of household:
By the 1840 Census, the Morrills had taken up a rental residence in the rear apartment at 62 Washington Avenue in Portland, where Jonathan worked as a pile driver and a bridge builder. His family was one of the first Morrill families to arrive in Portland.
62 WASHINGTON AVENUE
Jonathan & Sally lived in the East Bayside district of Portland the remainder of their lives, which was quickly becoming a diverse neighborhood, filled with African Americans and Irish, and was then the locale for the Cumberland County Jail on Monroe Street. In 1854, their son, John HB Morrill, had purchased 62 Washington from Peter Andrews, but in 1861 he deeded the property to his mother Sally (not sure why it didn't go to his father!). In 1878, they moved around the corner to a rear apartment on 15 Winthrop Street for the remaining few years of Jonathan's life, a place they rented from Irish immigrant family, the Maddens. The Morrills were not counted here on the 1880 Census, for some reason. Maybe the census taker failed to look at the rear apartment. In any case, 1881, just after Jonathan passed away, Sally sold the Washington Street building saw the sale of the building for only $125.00, which would be over $4K today! I wonder why Sally was taken to the cleaners like that?
For the 1866 City Directory, it appears that 62 Washington (rear) had another interesting dweller, one Smith Morrill, a dock builder living right in the same apartment as Jonathan. Not a clue who that could be, and the only Smith Morrill I can locate in other records at that time was living in Gardiner Maine.
In March of 1868, Jonathan was accused of voter fraud ("fraudulently voting in the name of another"), but was later cleared of the charge when it was determined that his name was incorrectly transcribed by an election official. Ironically, the name he was accidentally given on the voter roll (and was then accused of using this as a fake name) was Jotham Morrill (which was his father's name!):
Jonathan & Sally had nine children in Portland. I believe at least three of them died young. Here is a best copy image of the birth roster from Portland archives, courtesy of the Mormon Library:
4. Statira G. Morrill (1831 – 1862) was named after her aunt Statira Graves of NH. She lived in Portland for her entire, very short, life. She worked as a seamstress, and at 17 she married a Samuel Tucker. A few years later she married a Canadian named Joshua Carey. They had one child, Naomi Carey, in 1858. Naomi was only 4 when her mother died, and was therefore raised by her grandparents. Joshua soon remarried a woman named Amelia, and had six more children. I'm not sure why Joshua couldn't raise Naomi. Naomi married Edward Hall, a carriage painter, and son to the British Halls of that neighborhood. Edward Hall's brother Joseph was later a 2nd husband to Naomi's aunt Emily Morrill. Naomi & Edward had three children.
7. Catharine Morrill (1838 – ) doesn't appear in the 1840 or 1850 Census. She must have died as a child.
123 CUMBERLAND AVENUE
|GRAVE OF EMILY MORRILL-MORGAN-HALL & JOSEPH G. HALL|
Below is a pedigree for Emily.
Unfortunately, due to New Hampshire's lack of records, I've yet to go back three generations for her. She appears to be fully English.