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Descendants of Morgan Morgan

Generation No. 1

1. COL. MORGAN19 MORGAN (CHARLES18, JOHN17, WILLIAM16, THOMAS15, ROWLAND14, THOMAS13, JOHN12, IEUAN AP LLEWELYN AP11, LLEWELYN AP10, MORGAN AP9 LLEWELYN, LLEWELYN AP8 IVOR, IFOR AP7 LLEWELYN, LLEWELYN LLEIA AP6 IVOR, IVOR AP5 LLEWELYN, LLEWELYN AP4 IVOR, IVOR AP3 BLEDRI, BLEDRI2, CADIFOR1 FAWR)1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 was born Nov 01, 1688 in Glamorganshire, Wales11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19, and died Nov 17, 1766 in Bunker Hill, Berkeley, Virginia, USA; the Colonel of his County, 78 years20,21. He married CATHERINE GARRETSON22,23,24,25,26,27,27,28,29 Apr 14, 1713 in Christiana, New Castle County, Delaware, USA30,31,32,33, daughter of HENRY GARRETSON and ANN POWELL. She was born May 16, 1692 in Christiana, New Castle County, Delaware, USA34,35,36, and died May 16, 1773 in Bunker Hill, Berkeley, Virginia, USA; 81 years37.

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      "Colonel Morgan Morgan was born in the principality of Wales on November 1, 1688, and he is said to have been educated in London during the reign of William III. Around the year 1712, he emigrated to the New World during the reign of Queen Anne, or probably about the commencement of the reign of George I, and settled at Christiana, Delaware, where he married Catherine Garretson (ca. 1692-1773) of a respectable family there. Morgan became a "merchant-taylor" at Christiana, and his social stature was such that in 1717 he was named an executor of the will of John Evans, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania and Delaware.
      "In 1723, Colonel Morgan purchased seventy acres of land in the town of New Castle, Delaware (then Pennsylvania), where he lived at White Clay Creek Hundred. He was elected to the highly respected position of coroner of New Castle County in 1726. He and his family remained in Delaware until about 1731, when they all removed to what is now Berkeley County, West Virginia, and settled in the Mill Creek District. RE: Descendants of Colonel Morgan Morgan by French Morgan, 1966, p. 369.
      "It was in 1728 that he came with his family to this rich valley. He built a crude structure east of this cabin in an area that was then wilderness inhabited by Indians. After clearing the land so he could produce food for his family, Morgan decided to build a more substantial dwelling. It took about three years (1731-1734) to sift sand from nearby Mill Creek, save the hair from animals, cut trees for the logs in the winter while the sap was down, quarry stone for the base and the chimney, and notch the logs (beside the regular task of providing food for his family) to build this cabin. The cabin consisted of one room with a loft above. (RE: Martinsburg-Berkeley County Newsletter, Vol 5, Issue 2, May 2003, p. 2)
      "Colonel Morgan Morgan obtained patent to the 1,000 acre tract on 25 November 1735, having settled thereon around 1730-1732. From time to time he sold parts of this farm to his sons, with one exception, until at the time of his death in 1766, he owned none of it and was living with his youngest son, Morgan Morgan 2nd." Re: French Morgan, Descendants of Colonel Morgan Morgan, 1966, p. 369.
      "When the western counties of Virginia were separated from that state during the Civil War, almost 100 years after Colonel Morgan Morgan's death, the Colonel was acknowledged as the first white settler in what was to become the state of West Virginia. He was a leader in the affairs of his frontier community, and his descendants proudly note that he was also the first civil officer, the first judicial officer, the first commissioned military officer, the first road engineer, the first licensed tavern keeper, and the official sponsor of the first church, within the boundaries of the state.
      "In a pamphlet eulogizing Colonel Morgan Morgan and his son, the Reverend Morgan Morgan, the late Reverend Benjamin Allen wrote in the early nineteenth century, the following passages, in part, concerning Colonel Morgan Morgan, the emigrant:
      "He (Colonel Morgan Morgan) there erected (in what is now Berkeley County, West Virginia) the first cabin built on the Virginia side of the Potomac, between the Blue Ridge and the North Mountains. Of course the country was a wilderness, the dwelling-place of bears, wolves, and Indians. But in this wilderness did he find the God of the Christians present, for here, in the spirit of the patriarchs, did he wait upon Him, and here did he experience His providential care.
      "In or about the year 1740, he associated, as we are informed, with Doctor John Briscoe and Mr. --- Hite erected the first Episcopal Church in the valley, at what is now called Mill Creek, or Bunker's Hill. In that building, he had the satisfaction of seeing his son, Morgan Morgan (who was born to him 20 March 1737), perform the service of the Church as lay reader at the early age of sixteen. With the religious education of this son he appears to have taken peculiar care. He took him with him in his usual visits to the sick and dying. At seventeen, he induced him to act as clerk of the Reverend Mr. Meldrum, then rector of the parish at Winchester. He lived a pattern of piety and good citizenship until the advanced age of seventy-eight, when, under the roof of his son Morgan, he breathed his spirit into the hands of his Creator. The close of his life was spent in close communication with his God, in fitting himself for the change at hand, and in impressing the precious gospel on the minds of his descendants. When on the bed of death, so anxious was he for the pious walk of his children, that he thus expressed himself: --'I hoped I should have lied to see Morgan's children old enough to say their catechism and read the word of God; but I must depart One of his expressions, uttered with the greatest humility, was: 'Lord Jesus, open the gates of heaven and let me in.' He fell asleep in that Jesus, leaving on the countenance of death the smile of triumphant soul. He died the 1st (17th) of November, 1766."
      (Re: Bishop Willliam Meade, Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia, Vol 2 (1857; reprinted, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1966), PP. 302-3.)
      "On 17 April 1923, the State Legislature of West Virginia passed a bill providing for the erection of a monument to Morgan Morgan, 'at or near his place of burial. Ephraim F. Morgan, then Governor of West Virginia and a sixth-generation descendant of Colonel Morgan Morgan, appointed a commission to carry out the provisions of the act. Consequently, the monument was unveiled and dedicated on 13 September 1924, before a large gathering which included descendants from many states in the Union. The memorial is of light Vermont granite, and the tablet affixed contains about 150 words of historic matter. It read, in part:
      In commemoration of the sterling character of the said (Colonel Morgan) Morgan and family who by their efforts and example were largely useful in the community of which he was the founder and had great influence for good upon the early history of the territory now constituting this state. His grave marked is nearly, adjacent Christ's Episcopal Church, formerly called Morgan's Chapel, the oldest church in this state, which he helped organize and build."
      Re: Morgan the Family, The American Genealogical Research Institute, 1975, pp. 230-232.

      Colonial Wars: Colonel of the militia and a member of the military committee of Frederick County, VA; signed oath of allegiance to King George II in 1727. Re: Morgan the Family, The American Genealogical Research Institute, 1975, p. 315.

MORGAN CABIN, Beckeley County, West Virginia, USA:
      The MORGAN CABIN is the second home of Colonel Morgan Morgan, the first settler of the State of West Virginia. It was in 1728 that Morgan brought his family to this rich valley. By 1731, he was cutting trees and sifting sand to build a cabin; it was completed in the year 1734. During the 1976 U. S. Bicentennial the cabin was purchased and rebuilt, using original logs when possible. Restoration/reconstruction of the cabin was a Bi-centennial project of Berkeley County and West Virginia. Landscaping by the Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council. The Cool Spring Amphitheater, adjacent to the cabin was purchased in 1980, to be utilized for special events and activities. The cabin is owned by the Berkeley County Historic Landmarks Commission; it is administered by the Morgan Cabin Citizens Committee. It is open weekends, April 28 through September 9 from 1:00-6:00 P.M.; group tours at other times may be arranged. The Morgan Cabin is operated solely from monies derived through special activities and donations. No local, state or federal funds are received.

Morgan Cabin of Torytown given by Daryl Bruner (
It was in 1728, that Morgan Morgan, born in Wales, November 1, 1688, died November 17, 1766, came with his family into the Valley Virginia. He built a crude structure east of this cabin, the site of which is called the "Morgan Acres" property. Morgan Morgan is credited with being the first white settler of the State of West Virginia. The area was then a wilderness inhabited by Indians. Morgan selected an area here on Mill Creek with its fertile limestone land with two large springs - one located near the site of the first crude structure and the other just west of the present cabin.
After clearing the land so he could produce food for his family and becoming attached to the area, Morgan decided to build a more substantial dwelling. It took approximately three years - 1731-1734 - to sift sand from nearby Mill Creek, save the hair from animals, cut the trees for the logs in the Winter while the sap was down, getting stone for the base and the chimney, notching the logs beside his regular task of providing food for his family, to build the cabin. The cabin consisted of one room with loft above.
On November 12, 1735, a King's patent for 1,000 acres here on Mill Creek was given to Morgan Morgan. Morgan divided his 1,000 acres among his sons before he died in 1766. Son, Zacquill Morgan received 200 acres of the most western part and David Morgan, 200 acres which was the most eastern part. Charles Morgan received 208 acres, Morgan Morgan II, 182 acres. Henry Morgan 100 acres and Evan Morgan, the bachelor son, the cabin with 100 acres.
Colonel Morgan Morgan has been associated with being the first in many things in the State of West Virginia. He, along with Dr. John Briscoe and Jacob Hite, helped to establish the first Episcopal Church (then Anglo-Saxon - "The State Church") in 1740. The State of West Virginia recognized Colonel Morgan Morgan as its first permanent white settler and established the Morgan Park in 1924.
(This came from the Berkeley County Historical Landmarks Commission, Route 3, P.O. Box 79, Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA 25401, Mr. Don C. Wood, Pres.)

RE: "Morgan Morgan's Story",Winchester Evening Star by Kim West
Much heritage lies hidden in the history of Frederick County, and unfortunately many significant events and people are not widely known. It is pertinent that we do not forget the history of old Frederick County, which once included the area of the present-day counties of Hampshire, Berkeley, Shenandoah, Hardy, Jefferson, Morgan, Page, Clarke, Warren, Grant, and Mineral.
One storied figure of our past, Morgan Morgan, we in Virginia should know more about. He was known as "the Colonel of his County" and his county was old Frederick County. The surname "Morgan" is perhaps not as well known in Virginia now because of the separation of West Virginia during the Civil War, long after Morgan Morgan's death on November 17, 1766. When Morgan County was chartered in 1820, it was named for Morgan Morgan (although its closest point is 10 miles northeast of his home).
He was born in Wales on November 1, 1688, and at the age of 25 he traveled to the New World. He settled in the town of Christiana in New Castle County, Delaware, where he married Catherine Garretson, a native of the colony. He was appointed county coroner for the years 1726-1729, and the name Morgan Morgan is on a list of that county's magistrates dated September 1727. Myers' "History of West Virginia" and Lewis's "History and Government of West Virginia" claim that he settled in Virginia in 1726, which if true would make him one of the first settlers of old Frederick County.
Morgan Morgan did bring his family in 1728, and from 1731 to 1734 built a cabin on Mill Creek (near Bunker Hill in the present Berkeley County). He was the first white man to settle in the area that became West Virginia a hundred years or so later (in 1863) and received a 1,000 acre grant from Virginia. Our first court record of Morgan Morgan in Virginia is January 4, 1734, when he, Joist Hite, and Benjamin Borden were appointed "Gentlemen Justices" of Orange County Court. They took the oaths of office February 18, 1734 and represented this, "the wilderness frontier across the Blue Ridge."
On February 17, 1735, Morgan Morgan presented a commission for Gov. Gooch to be a captain of the Virginia Militia and the Orange County Court appointed him. In 1742, he presented another commission to be a major, and was promoted, and later he was appointed and promoted to Colonel. On July 20, 1736, he presented the petition of residents west of the Blue Ridge to erect two new counties - Frederick and Augusta. When Frederick County's court first meet on November 11, 1743, Morgan Morgan was its senior justice (at age 55) and its first military office.
His home was 12 miles northeast of Winchester, up the Indian Path. Locally some called this 12 miles "Morgan's Road," because with his influence this court made its improvement a priority. Soon the whole route from Philadelphia to the Yadkin Valley in North Carolina became known as the Great Wagon Road. In 1755, General Braddock and his English regiment came down it to where Clearbrook is now. Daniel Morgan (no relation) was a teamster in that army at age 18 or 19, and George Washington was Braddock's Aide-de-camp at age 23. Washington later became known as "the father of his Country," but Morgan Morgan at age 67 was already known as "The Colonel of his County."
Morgan Morgan was Frederick County's first licensed tavern keeper. So many visitors came to his home that he posted a sign outside his door stating that company would be "allowed" to pay for their entertainment. However, he entertained so generously that it cost him most of his land grant.
He had eight children, two of whom were the first settlers of Morgantown. He was a religious man and in about 1740, he initiated the establishment of the first church, Morgan's Chapel, in the area which later became West Virginia. On his deathbed, speaking of his grandchildren by his youngest son, Morgan, Jr., he said, "I hoped I should have lived to see Morgan's children old enough to say their catechism and read the word of God, but I must depart."
It is fitting that a man of such character and accomplishment should have a suitable monument to his life, but for 150 years his grave beside Morgan's Chapel was marked by a tombstone inscribed "Col. M. Morgan. Died Novr. 17 1766, aged 78 years." In 1923, the West Virginia legislature organized a commission which quickly built a suitable monument to honor the leading pioneer and first resident of their state. It was erected in 1.05 acre plot near Morgan Chapel on U. S. Rt. 11, and its inscription includes the words "Sterling character" and Morgan Morgan, the Colonel of his County."

Register of Morgan's Chapel, Bunker Hill, Berkeley County, VA., p. 8.
Col. Morgan Morgan Monument Commission, pp. 18, 19, 36, 37, 39, 65.
John W. Wayland, Hopewell Friends History, 1734-1934, Frederick County, Virginia, 1936, p. 33.

Colonel Morgan Morgan was born in the principality of Wales and was educated in London during the reign of William III. He came to America in 1712 and settled in Christiana, Delaware. He married Catherine Garretson in Delaware. About 1730
the family moved to Berkeley County and are reported to have been the first white settlers in what is now West Virginia.

SOURCE: "A History and Genealogy of the Family of Col. Morgan Morgan the First White Settler of the State of West Virginia", by French Morgan, Washington, DC., 1950.

The first settler (in the year 1726) within the present rounds of West Virginia, and the founder of Morgan's Chapel, still in Berkely County, 1740 (See Bishop Meade's Old Families and Churches of Virginia).

SOURCE: History of West Virginia by Virgil A. Lewis

"In 1734 Col. Morgan was sworn in as one of the gentleman justices of Orange County, Virginia; and in 1743, as chief justice, with chancery and common law jurisdiction. He organized the County of Frederick, Virginia, under a dedimus directed
to him and another by the King of England, and presided at the first court held at that county."

"For several years he was Col. George Washington's superior, Washington at that time residing within twelve miles of Col. Morgan's plantation."

"When Col. Morgan settled on his patent of one thousand acres, there was not another white settlement between his and the Pacific Coast-- a sweep of twenty-five hundred miles through the wilderness..."

SOURCE: The Clarksburg Exponent, September 4, 1924.

Colonel Morgan Morgan was born in Wales on November 1, 1688. He was educated in London and was a tailor and merchant. He was in the British Army and came to America during the reign of Queen Anne or George I. Colonel Morgan married Catherine
Garretson prior to 1715 and they lived in Delaware and had eight children.

Colonel Morgan Morgan was the first white settler in West Virginia in 1726-27 and the place was in the vicinity of the present Bunker Hill on Mill Creek in Berkeley County. He also helped build the first church, in 1740. It is the oldest
Episcopal Church in West Virginia, now known as Christ's Episcopal Church. Colonel Morgan died November 17, 1766, at age 78. He buried by this church. His wife Catherine died 1773.


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Burial: Nov 1766, Morgan's Chapel Cemetery, Bunker Hill, VA38
Church: Bet. 1716 - 1726, Church Warden at St. James Episcopal Church, Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle, Delaware
Education: London, England during William III's reign
Justice: Apr 23, 1734, Named a Gentleman Justice on Spotsylvania County, Virginia; 21 January 1734-1735, named a Gentleman Justice of Orange County, VA; 23 April 1743, Justice of Frederick County, VA; 22 October 1743, Commission of Peace for the Colony and Dominion of VA
Military service: Feb 17, 1735/36, first Military Commission for Orange County, Va., as Ensign; 27 July 1737, Captain; 24 February 1742, Major; Colonial Wars: Colonel of the militia and member of the military committee of Frederick County, VA; 8 March 1753, Commissioned Lieutenant Colonel
Oath of Allegiance: Sep 1727, Signed the Oath of Allegiance and Submission to King George II of England, upon his succession to the throne; 11 November 1743, Justice of the Peace and Justice of ye County Court of Chancery; 1757, County Lieutenant and Colonel of Frederick County, VA
Occupation: 1723, Merchant-taylor; 1726-1729, elected (Appointed) Bet. 1726-1729, Coroner of New Castle County, Delaware; January 1744, received a license to keep an Ordinary (Tavern) at his residence
Property: Bet. 1714 - 1726, White Clay Creek, Delaware; 20 November 1723, purchased 245 acres in New Castle from Rowland Fitzgerald, Deed Book Q-1-557; 1726-1727 he built a cabin on Mill Creek, Mill Creek Magisterial District, Virginia, now Bunker Hill, Berkeley County, West Virginia39
Religion: Church of England, First church builder in West Virginia, USA
Residence: Nov 05, 1730, Sold his land in White Clay Creek Hundred, New Castle, Delaware to John Harris; 1734-1735 Purchased land from Jost Hite in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia; 12 November 1735, received a Royal Grant for 1,000 acres; 2 April 1765, signed lands to Morgan, Jr.
Will: Sep 03, 1717, Named as the Executor of the will of John Evans, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania and Delaware

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Bible Record of Morgan Morgan (1688-1766)
Cathrine Morgan died May 16th 1773, aged 81 years.

More About C
Burial: May 20, 1773, Morgan's Chapel Cemetery, Bunker Hill, VA40
Occupation: Homemaker41

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Marriage: Apr 14, 1713, Christiana, New Castle County, Delaware, USA42,43,44,45
Children of M
  i.   JAMES20 MORGAN46,47,48,49, b. Aug 22, 1715, New Castle, Delaware, USA; d. 1731, Died at age 16, Just about the time Col. Morgan was moving to the valley of Virginia.50.
  Notes for JAMES MORGAN:
1st child of Col. Morgan Morgan.
Unknown if James died before or after family moved from Delaware, to what is now West Virginia, if after move then he would be the first in the family to die in West Virginia.

"David said his oldest brother, James, died at the age of 16. This was just before or shortly after the family moved, to what is now West Virginia, from the state of Delaware. If James, after the removal, died from sickness or otherwise, then William would be the second death - at least to be recorded."
RE: French Morgan, p. 170.

I do not believe that James died in DE as the land and farm that Morgan Morgan sold where his family lived was sold 1730 with the stipulation that the property be vacated before the sale.
RE: Sarah

  More About JAMES MORGAN:
Baptism: Aug 22, 1715, Immanuel Protestant Episcopal Church, New Castle, Delaware by Rev. George Ross51,52

2. ii.   ANNE MORGAN, b. 1716, Christiana, New Castle, Delaware, USA; d. Bef. Mar 01, 1763, Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA.
3. iii.   CAPTAIN DAVID MORGAN, b. May 12, 1721, Christiana, New Castle, Delaware, USA; d. May 09, 1813, Monongalia, Virginia, USA.
  iv.   CHARLES MORGAN53,54,55,56,57, b. Mar 20, 1723/24, Christiana, New Castle, Delaware, USA58; d. 1788, Berkeley, Virginia, USA59; m. (1) JANE POOLE60, 1745, New Castle, DE60; b. WFT Est. 1720-174060; d. WFT Est. 1741-182460; m. (2) ANN HOPKINS, 1750, New Castle, DE.
4th child of Col. Morgan Morgan, lived and died in Berkeley County, married a sister of his brother Henry's wife. Widow and children moved to South Carolina with brother, Henry and sister, Anne Paxton, shortly before the Revolution.

Marriage: 1745, New Castle, DE60

Marriage: 1750, New Castle, DE

4. v.   HENRY MORGAN, b. Aug 10, 1727, Christiana, New Castle, Delaware, USA; d. Apr 1824, Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA.
  vi.   EVAN MORGAN61,62,63,64,65,66,67, b. 1732, Berkeley, Virginia, USA68; d. Nov 20, 1791, Berkeley, Virginia, USA69,70.
  Notes for EVAN MORGAN:
6th child of Col. Morgan Morgan, died November 25, 1791; never married, lived and died on the Morgan farm in Berkeley County.

NOTE: The only mention of him is found in connection with the purchase of land from his father and its disposal by the deed of gift on one hundred acres of land to his brother, Morgan Morgan, Jr.; in his will Morgan stated it was a deed of gift received from Evan Morgan.

Bible Record of Morgan Morgan (1688-1766)
Evan Morgan departed this life November the twentyst day of the month, Month in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and ninery one.

5. vii.   COL. ZACKQUILL MORGAN, b. Sep 08, 1735, Bunker Hill, Berkeley, Virginia, USA; 81 years; d. Jan 01, 1795, Pricketts Fort, Marion, Virginia, USA.
6. viii.   MORGAN MORGAN, JR OR II, b. Mar 20, 1736/37, Morgan Patent or 1000 acre Plantation, Bunker Hill, Berkeley County, Virginia; d. Oct 20, 1797, Bunker Hill, Berkeley, Virginia, USA; about 41 minutes past Seven in the Morning, aged 60 years and 7 months.

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