An American Family History

Morris Reece/Rees

  also spelled Reecee and Rees  

The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

Morris Reece/Rees, Sr. was born about 1693.

He married Sarah Butterfield on March 19 1717/1718 at Chester Monthly Meeting. Sarah was born about 1693 in Pennsylvania. 

John Reece/Rees (1720, married Lydia Hastings),
Morris Reece/Rees, Jr. (1721, married Sarah Hackney),
Jacob Reece/Rees (1723, married Hannah Kirk),
Mary Reece/Rees (1726, married Job Hastings and Jessie Faulkner),
Margaret Reece/Rees (1728, married Archibald Jobe son of Thomas Jobe and Elizabeth Maxwell),
David Reece/Rees (1730, married Martha Chandler),
Hannah Reece/Rees (1732, married Thomas Reece/Rees son of Thomas Reece/Rees),
Thomas Reece/Rees (1734, married Margaret Reece/Rees daughter of Thomas Reece/Rees).

from Hopewell Friends History 18d 8m 1753 Morris Rees,Wife,
and two younger children, Hannah and Thomas, certificate signed at Nottingham in Chester County, Pennsyvania.

from Hopewell Friends History 6d 12m 1756 Morris Rees the Elder and wife, certificate signed at Hopewell; 18d 12m 1756 received at Nottingham;

1d 2m 1761 a Meeting for worship at the home of Morris Rees Sr allowed
-- source 2: 1760 1m 21 Morris Rees and w rocf East Nottingham

1761, 9, 7. John & wife & child, Lydia Jacob John Morris Hannah & Rachel, received on certificate from Sadsberry monthly meeting, Pa.  
complained complained of  
disowned disowned for  

She died 3 before 11 Dec 1766 in Frederick, Frederick, VA.

Morris, Sr. wrote his will in Frederick County, Virginia. It was proved in
1768. His left his wife, Sarah, a lifetime estate in her home along with 307 acres. After her death, the home and land went to to their youngest son, Thomas, except for 50 acres that went to their son, Jacob.

He left his daughters, Mary Hastings, Margaret Jobes, and Hannah Reece/Rees, 25£ each. The money was to be paid three years after he was buried. The remainder of his moveable estate, after Sarah's death, was to be equally divided among their children: John, Morris, Jacob, David, Thomas, Mary, Margaret and Hannah.

He appointed Sarah and his son, Thomas as executors.


Frederick County, Virginia was formed in 1743 from Orange County. Old Frederick County included all or part of four counties in present-day Virginia: Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, and Frederick, as well as five in present-day West Virginia: Hardy, Hampshire, Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan.


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