When an American ship arrived in Havana, he returned home to Philadelphia.
Around this time Charles Willing retired and his son, Thomas Willing, took over.
Robert Morris married Mary White on March 2, 1769 and they had seven children.
Mary was a sister of William White, bishop for fifty years in the American Episcopal Church.
His father, Robert Morris, Sr., was born at Liverpool in 1700 and was an ironworker.
He immigrated to America and began building a successful career in Oxford, Maryland.
When Robert’s father died in 1750, he was left alone, without family, at the age of 16, in a new continent.
Robert set to work, and in his twenties he took some of his earnings and joined a few friends in creating the London Coffee House, an institution which the Philadelphia Stock Exchange claims as its origin.
A year later, in 1770, he bought an eighty acre farm on the eastern bank of the Schuylkill River where he built a home he named “The Hills” in an area that is now Fairmount Park.
This beautiful estate had a greenhouse where he grew oranges and pineapples, two farmhouses, barns, and various other buildings.
At one point during the Seven Years War (1756-1763) Robert was sent as a ship captain on a trading mission to Jamaica where he was captured by French Privateers.
Fortunately he escaped with his crew and took refuge in Cuba, where they scraped out a living.
He was considered a mercantile genius, and was the first to keep his accounts in money rather than in gallons, pounds, yards, etc. gave a dinner party on board one of the ships of the company.