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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Historical Sketch
  • Scope and Content
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Morse-Elliot Family Collection
    Date: 1832-2012
    Date (bulk): 1859-1885
    Collection Number: Ms53
    Location: Erickson Vault
    Extent: 0.3 linear feet
    Contributing Institution: San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum
    11793 North Micke Grove Road
    Lodi, CA 95240
    Language of Material: Records written in English
    Abstract: The material in the Morse-Elliott Family Collection provides a picture of early pioneer life in and around Lodi, California. The collection consists of documents related to family business ventures, including taxes, sales receipts, and various kinds of land documents, as well as a family history and genealogy.

    Access Information

    Collection is open for research by appointment.

    Conditions of Use

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
    Preferred citation: [Item name], Morse-Elliott Family Collection, Ms53, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum, Lodi, California.

    Historical Sketch

    The story of the Morse-Elliott Family Collection begins with New Hampshire natives Edmund R. Elliott (1804-1884) and his wife, Sarah S. Elliott (1811-1881), who participated in America's westward migration in two stages. The first saw them move to Compton, Illinois, where they raised eight children, among them Wilson Edmund (1832-1912) and Eveline (Eva) Sarah (1834-1915). The second stage started in 1853, when Wilson migrated to California and took up residence on land near Lodi. His father, Edmund, followed five years later and was soon joined by other family members, which by then included not only Eva, but also her husband, Lorenzo Marion Morse (1830-1899), and the couple's son, Fred Marion Morse (1857-1881). The Morse family became pillars of the Lodi area. They initially settled on a farm near Bear Creek, where two more children were born: Edmund Elliott (1861-1945) and Hattie (1864-1921). Then, in 1867, they moved onto land about three miles south of Lodi on Cherokee Lane, where they planted watermelons, grain, apricots, and peaches, and were among the first farmers in the area to cultivate Tokay grapes. In addition, Lorenzo raised thoroughbred horses and with a partner operated a racing track near what eventually became Micke Grove Regional Park. Lorenzo's son, Edmund, continued the family's tradition of involvement in agriculture and business, not only developing his own fruit packing and shipping company, but also helping to establish the First National Bank of Lodi, the Farmer's Mutual Insurance Company, and the Lodi Investment Company. In 1888, Edmund married Florence Heaton (d. 1940), with whom he had two daughters: Evelyn (1888-1966) and Genevieve (1893-1946).

    Scope and Content

    The Morse-Elliott Family Collection spans the years 1832-2012, with the bulk falling between 1859 and 1885. It consistes of three series: 1. Papers of Edmund Elliott, 2. Papers of Lorenzo Marion Morse, and 3. Family History. The collection includes documents related to the business operations of the Elliott-Morse Ranch, including promissory notes, receipts, land deeds, and tax documents; a family history; genealogical material; correspondence; and Eva Morse's diary of her family's overland trip to California in 1859.

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    Personal Names

    Elliott, Edmund R., 1804-1884
    Elliott, Sarah S., 1811-1881
    Elliott, Wilson Edmund, 1832-1912
    Morse, Cora Eveline, d. 1869
    Morse, Edmund Elliott, 1861-1945
    Morse, Eveline Sarah Elliott, 1834-1915
    Morse, Evelyn, 1888-1966
    Morse, Florence Heaton, d. 1940
    Morse, Fred Marion, 1857-1881
    Morse, Genevieve, 1893-1846
    Morse, Hattie, 1864-1921
    Morse, Lorenzo Marion, 1830-1899
    Skinner, John Carroll, 1885-1966


    Horse Breeders--United States
    Lodi Region (Calif.)--Biography
    Overland journeys to the Pacific
    San Joaquin County (Calif.)--Genealogy
    San Joaquin County (Calif.)--History, Local