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John Foster Morris
Sex: Male
Birth: 1800 Chatham, Kent, England
Baptism: 7/12/1800 Chatham, Kent
Death: Jan-Mar 1875, Medway, Kent
Father: John Morris
Mother: Ann Skillett
Spouse/Partner: Sarah Moore
Marriage: 9/8/1823 Frindsbury, Kent
2nd Spouse: Susannah Cousins
2nd Marriage: Jul-Sep 1870 Medway, Kent

John Foster Morris was born in 1800. Later census records state that his place of birth was Chatham in Kent. He was baptised at the church of St Mary in Chatham by his parents John and Ann Morris. Only the names of two of his siblings are currently known - a sister Ann christened in 1803 and a sister Sarah Jemima christened in 1808.


John married on the 9th August 1823 at Frindsbury to Sarah Moore. She had been born in Shoreditch, Middlesex in approximately 1803, but other details about her early life are currently unknown. Her parents are possibly Stephen and Elizabeth Moore, who baptised a daughter Sarah in Saint Leonards, Shoreditch on the 16th October , 1803, having been born on 18the September of the same year.

Both parties signed the register and witnesses to the marriage were William and Susan Gibson.

John was employed as a shipwright and the couple settled in Chatham. They had five known children in the area before the 1841 census.

1841 census[]

In the 1841 census, John and family are living at Fort Pitt Street in Chatham. John is recorded as a shipwright with wife Sarah and children John (also employed as a shipwright), Richard, Mercy, Sarah and William.

Death of Daughter[]

Eldest daughter Mercy dies at approximately 17 years of age in the Dover district of Kent in the September quarter of 1842. Her death certificate has not been obtained at this stage to establish cause of death. A burial for her is also yet to be located.

1851 census[]

In the 1851 census, John and family are now living at 34 Coleman Street in Chatham. John is recorded as a shipwright, and is living with wife Sarah and the following children - Richard (a labourer) and William (an errand boy). Daughter Sarah is living only a few houses away at 22 Coleman Street with her new husband.

Death of first wife[]

John's wife Sarah died between January and March 1858 in Medway, Kent. Her death certificate has not been obtained at this stage to determine her cause of death.

1861 census[]

In the 1861 census, John is now living at 4 Skinner Street in Chatham. The only child living with him at this time is youngest son William, who is employed as a sawyer.

Second Marriage[]

Between July and September in 1870, John married for a second time to a Susannah Lodge (nee Cousens). The marriage occurred in Medway, Kent. Susannah had been born in Monksleigh, Suffolk and was first married to a William Lodge between April and June 1859 in Sheppey, Kent. The couple had one daughter, Catherine, born in approximately 1863 in Sherness. What happened to her first husband is yet to be determined.

1871 census[]

In the 1871 census, John and wife Susannah are living at Skinner Street in Chatham. John is now employed as a shipwright supervisor.


John died in Medway between January and March 1875. His death certificate is yet to be obtained to determine a cause of death. It is also not known where he is buried at this time. A death entry for second wife Susannah also is yet to be located.


Name Birth Death
Children of John and Sarah Morris

Mercy baptised 31/03/1824
baptised Chatham St Mary, Kent
Sep Q 1842
Dover District

John Filmer baptised 8/3/1826
baptised Chatham St Mary, Kent
Jan-Mar 1892
Leicester, Leicestershire

Richard Stephen baptised 21/12/1827
baptised Chatham St Mary, Kent

Sarah Jemima baptised 3/10/1832
Gillingham, Kent
Chatham, Kent

William baptised c1835
baptised Chatham, Kent


  • IGI
  • Medway City Ark
  • UK census for 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1871
  • Free BMD
  • The Hindmarch Family Tree