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-grandchildren, John and Edmond.

Mrs. Morse was a true Grande Dame of the hereditary societies. A quiet-spoken, gentle woman, she was an avid patriot, a renowned 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, was avidly interested in her genealogical activities, and attended meetings in her local area in her 102nd year. She was 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 General)

  • 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 General)

  • 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 General)

  • 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 Southeast

  • Who’s Who in the Old Dominion

  • Dictionary of International Biography

  • The Two Thousand Women of Achievement


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 was a member of Christ Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.