Simeon's Top Matches
About Simeon Morgan, Corp.
Died in defense of Fort Griswold, September 6, 1781
On the memorable 6th day of September, 1781, when the single town of Groton was called to mourn the fall of no less than sixty-two of her best and bravest sons, butchered in the fort at Groton, by the British force un- der the infamous Arnold ; and when twenty-four others belonging to the same town were more or less seriously wounded in the same affray, Cor- poral Simeon Morgan, of Groton, was among the victims who fell.
The records give no account of his birth, and the " place of his sepul- chre," like that of " Moses of old," appeared utterly unknown. Nor could I learn from the oldest inhabitants of Groton, either from memory or tra- dition, any thing of his history, or even to what family he belonged, and it really seemed that the bare and doubtful record of his fall was all that was known or left concerning him. June 21, 1867, piloted by my ever obliging friend, Elisha Morgan, Esq. of Groton, we found, standing silent, solitary and desolate amidst the thick woods of Ledyard, the old family grave stones of Capt. Joseph Morgan, born 1706, his wife, Dorothy, and three of his sons, Joseph, William, and Ebenezer. While noting the names and dates upon these grave stones, and forcing our way through the tang- led underbrush to obtain access to them, my friend accidentally observed near the grave of Ebenezer, the fragment of a stone imbedded in the soil, and almost covered from view by decayed vegetable mold and creeping vines. It attracted his keen scrutiny, and upon uncovering the surface and raising it up, it proved to be part of a grave stone, broken off, fallen and thus concealed by the gathering debris of time. It bore in rude let- ters on a slate stone, the following inscription :
"IN MEMORY OF SIMEON MORGAN, WHO DIED SEPT. 6, 1781,
IN FORT GRISWOLD, BY TRAITOR ARNOLD'S MURDERING CORPS,
IN Ye 27TH YEAR OF HIS AGE.
THIS BLOOMING YOUTH IN SWEETS OF LIFE, HIS GOD DOTH CALL WHILE CANNONS ROAR, A WINGED DART DOTH SEASE HIS BREATH, AND TAKES HIM FROM THIS GOLDEN SHORE."
And now, that his memory is thus recalled, and his lineage and place of sepulchre discovered, let me here record it, that it may be better preserved hereafter.
And I pray you, good Mr. Clerk of the town of Ledyard, that you dedi- cate one fair page of your public records, to the name and fate of this young martyr to Liberty, in fitting words of fair enscrollment.
source: Morgan genealogy : A history of James Morgan, of New London, Conn., and his descendants; from 1607 to 1869, by Nathaniel H. Morgan, p. 55-6
"Simeon Morgan son of Captain Joseph Morgan and Dorothy Avery was born in Groton in 1754. His eldest sister Dorothy was wife of John Lester also one of the slain"
source: The Battle of Groton Heights: A Collection of Narratives, Official Reports ...By William Wallace Harris p. 234