This distinguished statesman and patriot of the Revolution belonged to one of the oldest, most numerous and respectable families of New York and New Jersey. Their great ancestor, Richard Morris, was a distinguished leader in the armies of Oliver Cromwell, and in consequence of the restoration of Charles the Second, he came to America, and purchased an estate near Harlem, containing three or four thousand acres, about ten miles from the city of New York. This extensive domain was invested with manorial privileges by the original grant of the Governor, and called Morrisania. Richard Morris died in 1673, leaving an only son named Lewis Morris, an infant, and an orphan, his mother having died a few months before his father. His uncle, Lewis Morris, immediately came to America, and settled at Morrisania, taking charge of his nephew and his estate.
In the life of Gouverneur Morris by Jared Sparks, in three volumes, it is said that "Lewis, the nephew, was, in his early life, wild and erratic." Having displeased his uncle by some youthful extravagance or folly, he ran off to the West Indies, and there supported himself as a scrivener. He, however, soon returned again to his uncle and was received kindly. His uncle, having no children, made him. his heir. He became distinguished, and was Chief Justice of New York, and a popular leader of the people in their Assembly in opposition to their Governors. He was also at one time a Judge of the Supreme Court of New Jersey and Governor of that Province. He had twelve children, four sons and eight daughters. We are not informed by Mr. Sparks who his fruitful wife was, nor the maiden name of his mother. Two of his sons,