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Morgan MORGAN, Jr.

Male 1737 - 1797  (60 years)

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  • Name Morgan MORGAN 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 20 Mar 1737  Orange [now Berkeley] County, VA [now WV] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Oct 1797  Berkeley County, VA [now WV] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) State of West Virginia, Report of the Col. Morgan Morgan Monument Commission, Charleston, WV: Jarrett Print. Co., 1924, pp. 35-99:


      It was the custom in the olden days to name the eldest son after the head of the family. We have departed from this custom until today it is more often found that the youngest son bears the fathers name, and Colonel Morgan Morgan set us the example by naming his youngest son Morgan, Jr.

      Morgan Morgan, Jr. or Morgan 2nd., as he is sometimes called, was born in Virginia, March 3, 1737, and died there October 20, 1797. On November 17, 1761, he married Mary Gossett, born 1731, and died September 13, 1817. Five generations named Morgan Morgan lie buried in the Bunker Hill cemetery, and grave stones mark all their graves with the exception of Morgan 2nd. It is stated that at his request he was buried under the porch or entrance platform of the old church, and for this reason no grave marker is found.

      He followed in.the footsteps of his illustrious father, and was an influence for good in the community in which he lived. He was lay-reader at the Bunker Hill church, which his father helped found, and took a very active part in religious affairs. The family of the first and second generations always considered him as being a minister, and always referred to him as such. The reader is referred to Bishop Meade's article (appearing elsewhere) for a fuller account of his life, and this article will also settle the argument with reference to his being a minister. He did preach, but was never ordained. A manuscript book containing three of his sermons is now in the possession of a distant relative living in Washington, D.C. A photograph of two pages of this book is shown elsewhere, which will give some idea of the educational attainments and ability of this son of the forest, who, in all probability, was never in a. school house in his life.

      He was also a Justice in the county of Berkeley, and we see by a court order, dated February 22, 1775, that he and others were directed to view out a road from Providence Mounts' Mill, by Augsberg Ferry, to Catfish Camp, which is now Washington, Pa. This may have been a continuation of Col. Morgan's old road, the first in Berkeley county.

      With the exception of Charles, Morgan Morgan, Jr., was the only one of Col. Morgan's children to remain in Berkeley county, and but few of his descendants are found in that locality today. From time to time, the Colonel had disposed of parts of his original grant of 1000 acres, until in 1765 but 182 acres remained in his possession. He and his wife had been living with Morgan, Jr., for some time, and on April 2, 1765, he deeded this last portion of his plantation to them for 100 pounds English money. Morgan Morgan, Jr., lived on this farm until the time of his death, when he gave it to his son Zackwill, by will bearing date October 16, 1795. Zackquill sold it to his brother Morgan Morgan, 3rd, by deed bearing date July 25, 1810, consideration being $2,730.00 cash. The signatures to this deed show that Zackquill wrote a legible, though poor hand, while his wife, Rachel, made her mark. The history of the farm has not been traced further, but at the present time 82 acres of it is still in the possession of a descendant of Morgan Morgan, 3rd.

      Morgan, Jr., had a family of five sons and four daughters, as follows:

      1?Phebe, born Sept. 20, 1762, not married.

      2?William, born Nov. 1, 1764, died young.

      3?Eli, born Oct. 27, 1766, died an infant.

      4?Mary, born Sept. 28, 1768, married Thomas Lewis.

      5?Morgan 3rd, born

      6?Catherine, born July 20, 1773.

      7?Zackquill, born April 17, 1776.

      8?David, born Oct. 19, 1778.

      9?Rebekah, born Jan. 27, 1782.

      Of the sons, three lived to reach manhood and became heads of families. Morgan, 3rd, remained in Berkeley county on his father's farm. Zackquill disposed of his possessions in Berkeley, and moved his family to Tyler County, (now Wetzel) later going to Ohio, where Cincinnati is now located, but moved back to West Virginia and settled near Fairmont. At that period the Indians were yet troublesome in Ohio, and Zackquill's daughter related some hair-raising experiences the family had with them while living at the site of Cincinnati. Beset by all these dangers, Zackquill escaped them all only to be killed by a saw-log rolling over him while living in Fairmont region. David, the youngest son, inherited a four hundred acre farm from his father, located between Fairmont and Morgantown ,where he moved about 1804. Many of his descendants are living in the central part of the state at the present time.

      The Morgans have ever been fond of the name "Morgan Morgan," and it is frequently met with in every generation; but the descendants of Morgan Morgan, 2nd. have the distinction of being the only branch, so far as known, that has handed down the name unbroken from generation to generation, and we find Dr. Morgan Morgan, 6th now living in Martinsburg, and his young son is Morgan Morgan, 7th.
    Person ID I9900  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2021 

    Father Col. Morgan MORGAN, Sr.,   b. 1 Nov 1688, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1766, Frederick [now Berkeley] County, VA [now WV] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Catherine GARRETSON,   b. 16 May 1692, New Castle County, DE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1773, Berkeley County, VA [now WV] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married Abt 1713 
    Family ID F4656  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary GOSSETT,   b. 1743,   d. 13 Sep 1817  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 17 Nov 1761 
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F4663  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart