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Morse-Elliott Family Collection
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Description
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.
Background
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).
Extent
0.3 linear feet
Restrictions
The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
Availability
Collection is open for research by appointment.