More History Brought to Us by Our Friends!

(Photo by Paul Huey)

Paul Huey, one of NY OPRHP's archaeologists, has just returned from a vacation to England. While there, he was briefly able to visit York, where Roger and Mary (Philipse) Morris settled after being forced to leave New York after the American Revolution.

St. Saviours Church (above), in St. Saviourgate, York, England, contains the graves and memorial plaques of Roger and Mary Morris and one of their daughters, Maria. A transcript of their memorial follows:

"Near this spot are deposited the remains of Col. Roger Morris,
formerly of His Majesty's XLVIIth [47th] Regiment of Foot,
who departed this life on the thirteenth day of September MDCCXCIV [1794]
in the LXVIIIth [68th] year of his age
And of
Mary Morris, relict of the same,
who departed this life on the eighteenth day of July, MDCCCXXV [1825]
in the XCVIth [96th] year of her age
And of
Maria Morris, the affectionate daughter of the above,
who departed this life on the Twenty fifth day of September MDCCCXXXVI [1836]
in the LXXVIst [sic, 76th] year of her age."

Today, St. Saviours Church is part of the York Archaeological Trust DIG program, which allows students and families to learn first-hand about local archaeology. For more information about the program and the history of the church, visit their website.

We are incredibly grateful to Paul for taking time out of his vacation to track down more information about the Philipse' life in England.


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