Monday, 21st of August 2017

Monday, 21st of August 2017

In 1928 the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey erected a tablet at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in the Bronx to perpetuate the memory of Lewis Morris, the first Governor of New Jersey as a separate province. Morris held a variety of important positions in the provinces of New York and New Jersey, which had been governed jointly until 1738. In 1739 Morris County, New Jersey was created and named for him.

St. Ann's Episcopal Church was built on land of the family manor, Morrisania, by Gouverneur Morris in 1840. He named the Church in honor of his mother, Ann Cary Randolph of Roanoke, a descendant of Pocahontas. St. Ann's served as the Morris family’s parish church, and its crypt vaults contain the remains of Lewis Morris.

LewisMorrisTablet

 

TO PERPETUATE THE MEMORY OF

LEWIS MORRIS

BORN 1671 DIED 1746

MEMBER OF THE GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL IN NEW JERSEY
1692-1738 ▫ MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK GENERAL
ASSEMBLY 1711-1738 ▫ ACTING GOVERNOR OF NEW
JERSEY 1731 ▫ CHIEF JUSTICE OF NEW YORK 1716-1733
FIRST GOVERNOR OF NEW JERSEY AS A SEPARATE PROVINCE
1738-1746 ▫ FIRST LORD OF THE MANOR OF MORRISANIA

THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY THE
SOCIETY OF COLONIAL WARS IN
THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY 1928

"LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN AND OUR FATHERS THAT BEGAT US"

 

The Lewis Morris tablet was dedicated on April 21, 1928. It is now gone, believed to have been stolen in the early 1990s. In late 2010 the New Jersey Society authorized the fabrication of a replacement tablet containing verbiage identical to the original.