“Colonel Larned with the revolver”

“Colonel Larned with the revolver”

Colonel Morris Larned and his spouse Elizabeth Eaton

Properly, Jeff Record acquired again at me with one other Clue post, and properly moved away from speaking about double names, as there are solely so many one can discover! So, I’ll proceed the sport with my great-great-great-great-grandfather Col. Morris Larned (1786-1878) of Dudley, Massachusetts. Whereas I’ve mentioned a number of of his relations (his wife was the final centenarian in my ancestry, and his namesake great-grandson Morris Larned Healy was a little bit of a wild one), I actually have no idea a lot about Colonel Larned himself, apart from that he was a colonel … however a colonel of what?

Morris was born, married, and died in Dudley, and the son of Thomas and Hannah (Morris) Larned. His father Thomas Larned (1762-1848) served as a non-public for Massachusetts within the Revolutionary Warfare, and his paternal grandfather William Larned (1725-1806), served as main of the fifth Worcester County regiment of the Massachusetts militia 1776-78.[1] Whereas Morris would definitely be of the age to serve within the Warfare of 1812, I don’t discover his title listed among soldiers from Massachusetts throughout that battle.

An 1881 history of Warren County, New Jersey, which supplies a biography of Morris’s grandson Stephen Holmes Larned (1847-1923), states Morris “served as a colonel through the Warfare of 1812. He was a woolen producer and service provider, a tavern keeper and a farmer. He was a Universalist in faith and a Whig in politics.” The 1898 Learned genealogy describes Morris as “city clerk; for a few years chairman of selectman; consultant to Common Court docket; Col. of militia.” So, was he a colonel within the struggle of the 1812, his city militia, or each? Up to now, I’ve solely discovered information of Morris as being a part of the Dudley city militia, with the rank of lieutenant as early as 1813, and that of colonel by 1819. (In between these years Morris served as city clerk of Dudley and seems within the information with out a rank.) So, he was a member of his city militia through the Warfare of the 1812, however he doesn’t seem to have served in that battle himself.

Morris’s title of Colonel is utilized in an attention-grabbing 1843 case earlier than the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court docket…

Morris’s title of Colonel is utilized in an attention-grabbing 1843 case earlier than the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court docket, Inhabitants of Webster vs. Morris Larned, the place Colonel Larned, the defendant, was alleged by the plaintiffs to have deceitfully represented himself to the inhabitants of Webster relating to the restore of a bridge over the French River which divided the 2 cities. The courtroom in the end dismissed the case in opposition to Colonel Larned. Phew! though it seems a new bridge over the river was later constructed (in 1868, rehabilitated in 1967), and I’ve pushed over this bridge many occasions.

The identical historical past of Warren County says that Colonel Larned’s son Thomas Morris Larned (from whom I descend), “was a farmer, a Universalist, a ‘Black Republican,’ and served a number of occasions as one of many selectmen of the city. He additionally held a lieutenant’s fee in a militia group referred to as the ‘Dudley Rifles.’”

If I can’t discover a revolver belong to Colonel Larned, perhaps I’ll discover a rifle belonging to his son!

Be aware

[1] Massachusetts Troopers and Sailors of within the Revolutionary Warfare 9: 520, 607 (William additionally seems together with his surname spelled as Discovered).