Abishai Morse came from Great Barrington, Massachusetts, to Brownhelm in September, 1820, with his family, consisting of his wife and five children. Eight were born subsequently. (A daughter Sally Ann married Elisha F. Peck.) A horse team and wagon brought the family and their effects, and they were six weeks on the journey. They lived with Alva Curtis until their log house was completed. Abishai and George Hinckley had a saw mill on the Vermilion in an early day. They then bought Col. Brown’s old grist mill and had it moved to the same area of the sawmill from its original location near Joseph Swift’s place in Swift Hollow (present day Gore-Orphanage Road). Mr. Morse died in December, 1835.