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The Morris family of Center Township, Greene County, originated with Richard Morris Jr. (1748-1810) who arrived in the Tenmile Country about 1771/2. Richard came from Baltimore County, Maryland and he may have traveled with the Hook family. His grandfather, Thomas Morris, appears to have arrived in Maryland about 1690, as an indentured servant. I have not been able to trace Thomas’ origins. This Morris family was intertwined with the Seals, Sayers, Hughes, Roseberry, and Call families. They are not related to the Jonathan/George Morris family of Greene County or the Richard Morris/Mary Throckmorton family from New Jersey.

The Call family of Oak Forest has not been able to be traced beyond the original settler, Charles Call (1799-?), who may have been killed by Indians. His son, James Sr. married Sarah Hoge (Hoges were a Quaker family). The Calls ran a mill and a general store in Oak Forest, both of which burned down at different times in the late 1800s. James Call Jr. became a stock farmer, his oldest son Harvey was a grocer, and son Robert was a broom maker. The Call family, were intertwined with the Hoge, Lewis, Wood, Knight, Ross, and Morris families.


The Morris-Call Series photographs and research notes were compiled by Lynne Gough (descendant of the Morris and Call families of Greene County) while doing research for her children’s book, Asa and the Holstein Queen, now available at Each photograph includes an explanation of its provenance. The images and related history were shared by Lynne with the Greene Connections: Greene County, Pennsylvania Archives Project in 2016.

The Morris-Call Series is a part of the Lynne Gough Collection.