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Morris' Tomb and Grave Marker

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Morris's Tomb and Grave Marker site
Morris's Tomb and Grave Marker site
Morris's Blue Hole
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On October 1785, John Morris married Susanna Ferguson, the daughter of John and Susan Ferguson. Soon after, in the early 1790's, John Morris obtained three Long Island land grants from John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, the British Governor in Nassau of The Bahama Islands. The three parcels consisted of 102 acres at the Atlantic Ocean, 240 acres bisected today by the Queen's Highway, and this western portion of 300 acres known as the Morris' Settlement.

In a 1790s New Providence newspaper, John Morris described his property and land as Mt. Morris, Long Island, and thereby bestowed his name on his grand manor house and holdings. John and Susanna Morris had a daughter named Louisa Margaret Morris, who was born July 15, 1790. Tragically, a Bahama island-wide influenza struck Louisa and at age 3½ she died. Her father sent to England for a grave marker to be installed on the pyramid tomb. John, Louisa's father, died thereafter and was buried in the tomb with his daughter. The marble stone is inscribed in part:

" When soon consumed with convulsed Fevers fires
Helpless she stretched her little hands and died.
So drooped Louisa fair and young,
'Twas Heavens decree, its will be done."

In 2012, the tomb and grave marker were rededicated to commemorate the 218th year anniversary of the death of Louisa Margaret Morris, one of the youngest land grant settlers of Long Island.

Time Period Represented: Late 1700's

Visitor Fees (if any): None

Seasons Open: Year Round

Accessibility Notes: Individuals with mobility impairments and those in wheelchairs can easily access the area.

 Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are allowed as long as they are on a leash or accompanied by their owners.

For More Information, Contact:

Long Island Tourist Office

Queen's Highway, Salt Pond, LI
(242) 338-8668 · fax (242) 338-8669

Boundaries and names shown do not necessarily reflect the map policy of the National Geographic.

Latitude: 23.410084000
Longitude: -75.200384000
Elevation: 15 FT (5 M)
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