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Col. Morgan D. Morgan

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Glamorganshire, Wales
Death: Died in West Virginia, USA
Place of Burial: Morgan Chapel Grave Yard, Berkley County, West Virginia, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Morgan of Tredegar; Charles Morgan; Susan Powell and Susan
Husband of Catherine Garretson and Catherine Morgan
Father of James Morgan; Annie E Morgan; Captain David Morgan; Henry Morgan; Zackquill Morgan, I and 4 others
Brother of Charles Morgan; Zackquill Morgan; Evan Morgan; John Morgan; John Morgan and 1 other

Occupation: coroner of Christiana, New Castle Co., Delaware, Frontiersman, First settler in Western Virginia, founder of Morgantown, Merchant, Magistrate, Inn Keeper
Managed by: Darren Edward Blumer
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About Col. Morgan D. Morgan

Col. Morgan Morgan was born on 1 Nov 1688 in Glamorgan, Wales. He died on 17 Nov 1766 in Bunker Hill, Berkeley Co., WV.  Listed in an early history of Berkeley Co., West VA, stating: "Immigrant Colonel Morgan Morgan was born in the principality of Wales, in England, and was educated in London during the reign of Queen Anne, or around the reign of George I began. He commenced business as a merchant at the place now known as Christiana ... Whether by design or through indifference to ancestral lore, the latter being a well known family trait, Col. Morgan Morgan, who was well educated for his time and destined to take an active part in the early life of Colonial America, left no record, official or otherwise, so far as is known, which has been preserved or remembered by any of his many descendants, of his connection in his native Wales with the old Glamorganshire family there of the same name, which reaches back of things Anglo-Saxon into the days of the Ancient Celts." 
Col. Morgan Morgan was married to Catherine Garretson in 1713 or 1714 in Christiana, New Castle, DE. He was buried at Morgan Chapel, Frederick County, VA. New DNA files prove some of his descendants and their locations. 
Hopewell Quaker files from Hinshaw's Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy gives added information. Col. Morgan Morgan was educated at Cambridge University and went to Delaware as Crown Council. He came to America in 1712 and settled at Chrisriana, Delaware. He became the first white settler of what is now Berkley County, West Virginia. Morgan Morgan was the Presiding judge when the first Frederick County Court met in Winchester in 1742. 
And still more information reveals that Col. Morgan Morgan married Catherine Garretson, daughter Henry and Ann (Powell) Garretson. Henry Garreston lived in Christiana, New Castle, Delaware, but died in Chester Co., PA.     

Morgan was born in Wales and is often said to have arrived at present-day West Virginia in 1727, though he was living in Delaware at that time, acting as the coroner of New Castle County. He is said to have been an ordained clergyman but there is no evidence to support this. However, Morgan did help in the establishment of West Virginia's first church. He died at Bunker Hill, Berkeley Co., (West) Virginia.

1727, Sept; Ref, History of Delaware, pg 134. An address of allegiance and submission to the new monarch was drawn up and signed by Morgan ap Morgan of New Castle Co., Delaware] and others...

1730;New Castle Co., Delaware, Church Warden

Fathers of the First Quaker Colony in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia

One of those listed was Morgan Morgan,1000 acres on Mills' Creek, now in Berkeley Co., WV.

1734/5;Ref, Carolina Cradle;Settlement of the Northwest Carolina Frontier;1747-1762;by Robert W. Ramsey. Pgs 141/2;Morgan Morgan received a Samuel Blunston License for land <Yellow Breeches> West of the Susquehanna in the Cumberland Valley. He possibly was there, early as 1724.

2ed REF: for this land patent; 1733/34; http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/cumberland/land/blunston01.txt

The Blunston Licenses, 1733/34: Lancaster (now Cumberland) County, PA

May 27th, Morgan Morgan, 200 acres. No survey.

On the Spring running into Yellow Britches creek about two miles above <pexton>>>note spelling

Manor line.

1734;Orange Co., VA: 21st day of January, took oath as Justice of the Peace: Ref: preface of Marriages of Orange Co., VA 1747-1810 by Catherine Lindsay Knorr.

1735; Orange Co., VA; Commissions, Major ;Morgan Morgan , Ref; A history of Orange Co., VA; by W.W. Scott. Appendix F; Pgs 258 & 259. [ 12 November,1735; Land Patent to Morgan ap Morgan for 1000ac on a branch of Opeckon between the land of John Mills and George Hobson. County not stated. ]

2ed Ref: pg 174, Pioneers of Old Frederick County Virginia; by Cecil O’Dell; Patent was signed by Gov Gooch; the doc is now in the possession of Berkeley Co., Hist Soc., Martinsburg, WVA. This land was surveyed by Robert Brooke on 12 Nov, 1734@. (Tract 57, Map 5) and is located now, in Berkeley Co., WVA on Torytown Run (a branch of Mill Ck) ca ¾ mile W. of Bunker Hill, Wva. Interstate Hwy81 is on the E. side of the tract, Berkeley Co., Hwy 26 runs through the center of the tract and Berkeley Hwy 24 crosses the Western part. He sold 200 ac to his son Zackquill Morgan on 1 May, 1761. This land was resold 5 Feb, 1768.

1738; Orange/Federick Co.,VA <depends on what time of this yr@>pg 344, Justice of the Peace Morgan Morgan presented two men before the February Court of 1738 Ref: Pioneers of Old Monocacy; the early settlement of Frederick Co., MD 1721-1743 by Grace L. Tracy & John P. Dern;Foot Note 49 pg 344, ; Land Recds of Orange Co., VA.

1740;Frederick Co., VA; founded the first Episcopal Church in Mill Ck/Bunker’s Hill, on the border of what became Berkeley Co., VA/WVA in 1772. Ref: Old Churches Ministers & Families of VA; by Meade Vol II, pg 302/3

1743; pg 221 of Now and Long Ago; A History of Marion County Area; by Glenn D. Lough: The name of Morgan ap Morgan appears on the Bond of James Wood for first sheriff of Frederick Co., VA. Wood was the proprietor of the emerging village of Winchester.

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In early history books of West Virginia, Col. Morgan Morgan was known as the first white settler in what is now West Virginia: at Berkley Springs WV.

http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=1169

http://www.hmdb.org/Marker.asp?Marker=12798 -------------------- Begins the American Line of Morgans:

Reverend Morgan Morgan was born in Wales, educated in London, England, and came to the province of Deleware a single man. He commenced business as a merchant in a place known as Christiana, and soon married Catherine Garretson, a native of Deleware. Morgan was also a tailor. -------------------- Morgan Morgan born in the principality of Wales, in England, and was educated in London during the reign of Queen Anne, or probably about the commencement of the reign of George I. He commenced business as a merchant at the place now known as Christiana. He was well educated for his time and distined to take an active part in the early life of Colonial America,left no record, official or otherwise, so far as is known, which has been preserved or remembered by any of his many descendants, of his connection in his native Wales with the old Glamorganshire family there of the same name, which reaches back of things Anglo-Saxon into the days of the Ancient Celts. "(Morgan/Ross/Birch History) Data recently (1998) found on the internet provides lineage of Morgan's ancestors back 19 generations to a "Welsh Chieftan" of around the 9th century.

He was married to Catherine GARRETSON in 1713 or 1714 in Christiana, New Castle, Delaware, USA -------------------- Pioneer and early settler. Morgan Morgan was born in Glamorganshire, Wales. He was educated in London, England. He emigrated to the American Colonies at the age of twenty-four. In 1713, he married Catherine Garretson in what is now New Castle County, Delaware. He was employed there as a merchant and magistrate. Many historians consider him the first permanent white settler to build a residence in what is now West Virginia. A monument on Mill Creek near Bunker Hill (Berkeley County) records the date as 1726, but historians now believe it was closer to 1731. He engineered the first road in West Virginia. The highway went from Mill Creek to Winchester, Virginia. Morgan Morgan constructed Mill Creek Church. It was the first church west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He became a community leader serving as the first Justice of the Peace and Captain of the Militia. He later acquired the title "Colonel". He opened the first Inn for pioneer travelers. He is reported to have consulted with George Washington. Francis Pierpont was his great-grandson. West Virginia Governor Ephraim F. Morgan was a direct descendant of Morgan Morgan. Ephraim Morgan served as Governor of West Virginia from 1921 to 1925. A West Virginia Historical Marker to Colonel Morgan identifies the site of his Bunker Hill cabin.

-------------------- Pioneer and early settler. Morgan Morgan was born in Glamorganshire, Wales. He was educated in London, England. He emigrated to the American Colonies at the age of twenty-four. In 1713, he married Catherine Garretson in what is now New Castle County, Delaware. He was employed there as a merchant and magistrate. Many historians consider him the first permanent white settler to build a residence in what is now West Virginia. A monument on Mill Creek near Bunker Hill (Berkeley County) records the date as 1726, but historians now believe it was closer to 1731. He engineered the first road in West Virginia. The highway went from Mill Creek to Winchester, Virginia. Morgan Morgan constructed Mill Creek Church. It was the first church west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He became a community leader serving as the first Justice of the Peace and Captain of the Militia. He later acquired the title "Colonel". He opened the first Inn for pioneer travelers. He is reported to have consulted with George Washington. Francis Pierpont was his great-grandson. West Virginia Governor Ephraim F. Morgan was a direct descendant of Morgan Morgan. Ephraim Morgan served as Governor of West Virginia from 1921 to 1925. A West Virginia Historical Marker to Colonel Morgan identifies the site of his Bunker Hill cabin.

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Col. Morgan D. Morgan's Timeline

1688
November 1, 1688
Glamorganshire, Wales
1713
May 16, 1713
Age 24
New Castle, DE, USA
1715
September 1715
Age 26
Christiana, Delaware
1716
1716
Age 27
Christiana, Delaware
1721
May 12, 1721
Age 32
New Castle, DE
May 12, 1721
Age 32
New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware, United States
1726
1726
- 1729
Age 37
New Castle County
1728
1728
Age 39
DE, USA
1730
1730
- present
Age 41
New Castle COunty
1732
1732
Age 43
DE, USA