Morris, Roger

Morris, Roger,

1727–94, Loyalist in the American Revolution, b. Yorkshire, England. He came (1755) to America as aide-de-camp to Gen. Edward Braddock and fought under James Wolfe at Quebec. After his service in the British army he settled (1764) in New York City with his wife, Mary Philipse. They lived in the famous Morris Mansion (later the Jumel MansionJumel Mansion
, historic house, New York City. The sturdy Georgian mansion was completed in 1766 by Roger Morris, one of the city's wealthy merchants. In the American Revolution it served as headquarters of George Washington and Sir Henry Clinton, American and British commanders
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). At the outbreak of the American Revolution, Morris was sympathetic to the British but refused to fight against the patriots. His wife, Mary Philipse Morris, 1730–1825, inherited her wealth from her father, Frederick Philipse. Handsome and imperious, she is said to have attracted numerous suitors, among them George Washington. After her marriage (1758) her property holdings—including a large estate in Putnam co., N.Y.—were passed on to Roger Morris. Soon after the outbreak of the American Revolution the family's property was confiscated by an act of attainder of the New York state legislature. Subsequently, she left (1783) for England with her husband and four children. Her heirs (who by Mary Philipse's marriage settlement had a right to those estates and had not themselves been attainted) sold their reversionary interests to John Jacob Astor for £20,000. To this the British government added £17,000 in compensation for Morris's losses incurred by New York state's confiscation.
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Phillip Bishop, Canon Bryan Sandford, Tony and Rita Morris, Roger Jackson, Richard Bendelow, the Choir and Bellringers of Guisborough Parish Church and Ian and John Storey and staff for their caring professionalism.
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DEDICATION: Co-op staff past and present (back left) personnel manager Maureen Emms, president Michael Sherwood, Karen Robinson, Michael Dawson, Susan Saxon, chief executive Ali Kurji, (front left) Geoff Earl, Neil Morris, Roger Forrest, Michael North and Chris Newman.
Front, Geoff Earl, Neil Morris, Roger Forrest, Michael North and Chris Newman