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1. Isaac Morrill was born 1587 or 1588 & in England and his name is on the register of the ship "Lion" which sailed from London 22 June 1632 and arrived 16 September 1632 (12 weeks at sea) at Boston, Massachusetts. The ships passenger list is as follows:
Isaac Morrill (Isack Murrill )
Mrs. . . . . . . Morrill and
Sarah Morrill
Katherine Morrill
of Hatfield Broadoak, Essex, England [settled at]
Roxbury
Daniel Brewer
Joanna Brewer (Sister to Isaacs wife)

Before sailing Isaac took the Oath of Allegiance from Captain Mason 22 June 1632. Isaac sold land in 1632 in (Kings) Hatfield, Broadoak, Essex, England (for passage?) and was Freed 4 March 1633.

He settled in Roxbury, Massachusettss ca 1639 along with other emigrants of the Nazeing Community. In the Ancient Transcript, there is a loose leaf, somewhat worn and obscure, but in tolerable preservation, written about the year 1639, at any rate, between 1638 and 1640, as appear from the names and handwriting. Being, by nearly ten years the oldest record in the Town Books, and containing an accurate and, no doubt, complete list of the inhabitants, it is here copied. It was after 1638 because James Astwood came then and before 1640 because George Alcock died then. Isaac Morrill owned 204 acres worth 17 or seventeen pounds. (See below)

A note of ye estates and persons of ye inhabitants of Roxbury.

Acres Persons & Estate

27 1/2 Daniel Brewer 9
204 Isaac Morrell 17 00 00 00
&

When an inventory was taken of livestock in the town Isaac Morell had 1 goat and 3 kidds. Isaac was one of the richest men in Roxbury Isaac Morel for the house he lives in 00 12 00 to be paid to the school in taxes 1645, he was an officer board member of the first free school in Roxbury, an original donor of the Free School, he agreed to collect the school money and pay it over to the schoolmaster , a selectman in 1653, he was a constable in 1659 and it is known he was a blacksmith, making ornamental iron works for churches, houses and ships, as was his brother Abraham. A trade learned from their father perhaps?

He had two houses and two forges and one of Isaac Morrill's two forges belonged, in 1720, to his great-grandson, Samuel Stevens. People were well supplied with arms. For instance, in the parlor of Isaac Morrill, there hung a musket, a fowling piece, three swords, two belts of bandoleers (for holding powder and bullets), a pike, a half pike and a corselet. & Isaac Morrill's estate in Roxbury contained fourteen acres. Isaac was a member of the Honorable Artillery Company of Boston, Massachusetts the year it was charted, 1638. He became a member of the First Church, Roxbury, Massachusetts and church records of the Salisbury First Church of Salisbury, Massachusetts show both Isaac (Isaak) and his wife were members as of 4 May 1687. , & Isaac died six months after his brother Abraham and is buried in The Old First Burying Place in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He left only daughters, his sons having all died young. His will is printed in Genealogical Register, XI, Page 35. A small piece of headstone was found marked:

Isaac Moril
Aged 74 year
Dyed 18-10-1662

In 1913 this small piece of history was embedded in a newer stone marking the burial sites of Isaac Morrill, his family and Abraham Morrill. Sarah, his wife, was born in England ca 1600 and died 9 November 1672 in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

footnotes:
Hoyt 1897, Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Page 766
Savage, James, no publish date listed, A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692, Vol. 3 Morehouse-Morse
Braintree and Bocking Heritage Center, Braintree, Essex, England, England Ships Passenger List of the Lion from Sussex settled in Boston then Roxbury. Children Daniel, Anne and Joanna listed on ship. With brother John Brewer
Morrill, Francis, 1916, The Ancestry of Daniel Morrill of Hartford with his Descendents and some Contemporary Families, Page 10
Annie Smith, 1914. Morrill Kindred in America, list Sarah as Isaacs wife name, original ship listings I have seen list only Mrs. Morrill.
Thwing, Walter, 1908, History of the First Church of Roxbury, Massachusetts 1630-1904, Page 48 list: Sarah (Freeman) Morrill, sister to Joanna (Freeman) Brewer
Morrill, Francis, 1916, The Ancestry of Daniel Morrill of Hartford with his Descendents and some Contemporary Families, Page 10
Probate Record Office, London, 8 Charles I (Essex) File 416
Ellis, Charles, 1847, The History of Roxbury Town, Page 124
ibid.. Page 17
ibid.. Page 19
Ellis, Charles, 1847, The History of Roxbury Town, Page 50 Also New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1848, Vol. 2, Page 52 list: Early Records of Roxbury, The document of which this is a copy belongs to and appears to have been a fly-leaf in the earliest book of records of the town of Roxbury. There is no date upon the paper, it was on or after 1634 and not after 1643.
Drake, Francis, 1908, The Town of Roxbury; Registry Department of the City of Boston, Doc. # 93, 1905, Page 50 list; What appears to be a fly-leaf from the original book of town records. Its date is somewhere between 1636 and 1640. The figures on the right of the names, sometimes erroneously supposed to indicate the number of persons in the respective households, have an evident correspondence with the number of acres given in the column on the left, and perhaps a calculation in pounds and shillings.
Registry Department of the City of Boston Records Relating to the Early History of Boston, Document 93. -1905, Page 50
Ellis, Charles, 1847, The History of Roxbury Town, Page 37
Thwing, Walter, 1908, History of the First Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts 1630-1904, Page 48
Ellis, Charles, 1847, The History of Roxbury Town, Page 51
Morrill, Francis, 1916, The Ancestry of Daniel Morrill of Hartford with his Descendents and some Contemporary Families, Page 10
Ellis, Charles, 1847, The History of Roxbury Town, Page 124 and Drake, Francis, 1878, The Town of Roxbury: Its memorable Persons and Places, Page 111
Registry Department of the City of Boston, Records Relating to the Early History of Boston, Document 93. -1905, Page 111 and Ellis, Charles, 1847, The History of Roxbury Town, Page 124
Registry Department of the City 0of Boston, Records Relating to the Early History of Boston, Document 93. -1905, Page 105
Ellis, Charles, 1847, The History of Roxbury Town, Page 80 and Drake, Francis, 1878, The Town of Roxbury: Its memorable Persons and Places, Page 105
Ellis, Charles, 1847, The History of Roxbury Town, Page 20
Hoyt, David, Vol. 1, 1897, Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Pages 418-432
Essex Institute, Historical Collections: Salisbury Church Records, Vol. 1, Page 24
New England Historic-Genealogical Society, 1881, The New England Historical and Genealogical Society Register, Vol. 35, Page 23
Department of Cemeteries Roxbury, Massachusetts, Document 1904
Smith, Annie, 1912, Morrill Kindred in America, Vol. 1, Page 17
ibid.. Page 17
Some information about Isaac taken from: Ellis, Charles, 1847, The History of Roxbury Town, Page 124

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