Mary Genevieve Forbes Morse

      HSC Honorary Member


Mrs. Frederick Tracy Morse
(Mary Genevieve Forbes)

Mary Genevieve Forbes Morse, daughter of James Forbes and Mabel Savin, was born June 8, 1905 in New Rochelle, New York.  Mrs. Morse earned her B.A from Polytechnic Institute, Ruston, Louisiana.  She was a member of Sigma Delta (English Honorary Society) and is a past National President of Kappa Delta Sorority. 

She married Frederick Tracy Morse in Charlottesville, Virginia on January 1, 1926.  Dr. Morse was a Professor Emeritus in Engineering at the University of Virginia and authored several textbooks in his field.  Mrs. Morse took seriously her role as faculty wife, contributing her varied managerial skills in her involvement in the UVA academic community.  Dr. and Mrs. Morse had one child, Robert Frederick Morse.  Mrs. Morse has two grandchildren, Ann and William, and two great-grand children, John and Edmond.

Mrs. Morse is a true Grande Dame of the hereditary societies.  A quiet-spoken, gentle woman, she always been an avid patriot, a renown worker, (particularly in her chosen avocation of genealogy), and a true friend to her associates in many organizations.  Mrs. Morse, though slowed physically by time, is still avidly interested in her genealogical activities, and still attends meetings in her local area in her 102nd year.  She is to be saluted, and is an inspiration to all who know her.

* National Gavel Society (Honorary President, former Recording Secretary)
* National Society Daughters of Colonial Wars (former National President)
* Hereditary Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors (former Governor
* National Society of Americans of Royal Descent (former President General)
* Order of Three Crusades 1096-1192 (former President General)
* National Society Daughters of the Barons of Runnymede (former President
* Order of the Crown in America (former Vice President)
* National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, (Vice President 
   General for life)
* Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America
* Colonial Dames of America, Chapter IX
* Descendants of Colonial Clergy
* National Society Daughters of the American Colonists
* Jamestowne Society (former President of the Virginia Company)
* Colonial Daughters of the 17th Century (former Past 1st Vice President
* National Guild of Saint Margaret of Scotland
* Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry
* Descendants of King William I, Conqueror & His Companions at Arms


Give Us Grateful Hearts; A Compilation of Prayers of the Era of the
      American Revolution

Through the Years and other Poems
The Monticello Cook Book, Third Edition (Editor)

Listed In
Who's Who in Poetry
International Who’s Who in Poetry
Who’s Who of American Women
World’s Who’s Who of Women
Who’s Who in the South and Souteast
Who’s Who in the Old Dominion
Dictionary of International Biography
The Two Thousand Women of Achievement

Other Notes

Mrs. Morse also held membership in the British American Society and was past Curator General, and past National President of the National Officers Club.  She is a member of Christ Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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