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  • Birthday: January 2, 1782
    Birthplace: Scotland
    Parents: Allan Alexander Morse & Margaret Drummond Morse
    Brothers & Sisters: Grisie, Alisdair, Robbie, Duncan
    Likes: Listening to songs and stories about America, the scent of heather
    Dislikes: Wearing shoes

    Martha Morse, the first of the Little House girls, grew up to be Laura's great-grandmother. A spunky and rebellious redhead, Martha was the daughter of wealthy landowners in the Scottish Highlands. She learned needlework, as did all proper young ladies of her time, but she much preferred exploring the rolling hills around her home with Duncan, her brother and best friend.

    As a young woman, Martha fell in love with a blacksmith's son named Lewis Tucker. First Lewis and then Martha made the long and dangerous sea voyage to the United States—a country, Martha marveled, that was about the same age as she was, having won its war for independence in 1783, the year after she was born. Martha and Lewis began their new life near Boston, Massachusetts, becoming the first of Laura's ancestors to pioneer America.

    "Martha was the youngest of the five Morse children, but Mum said she was sharper than a new pin."
    Little House in the Highlands

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