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Nancy Ann Morgan

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Birthplace: Orange, North Carolina, USA
Death: Died in Henderson, Kentucky, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Morgan and Rebecca Morgan
Wife of Lieut. Benjamin Hart
Mother of Mary Albritton; Susanna "Sukey" Stark and Benjamin Hart

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About Nancy Ann Morgan

Nancy Morgan Hart (c. 1735 – 1830) was a heroine of the American Revolutionary War whose exploits against Loyalists in the Georgia backcountry are the stuff of legend. Because stories about her are mostly unsupported by contemporary documentation, it is impossible to entirely distinguish fact from folklore. According to the most famous story about her, during the Revolution a group of "Tory" soldiers (5 or 6) came by her house either looking for food or a Whig they were pursuing. The soldiers demanded that she cook them one of the turkeys in her yard before they left. She sent her daughter to the well for water and secretly instructed her to blow a conch shell to warn her husband and neighbors.

She agreed to feed the Tory soldiers. As they entered the cabin, they placed their guns by the door and sat down at her table to eat. As they were drinking and eating, she was pushing their guns through a hole in the wall of her log cabin. After they had been drinking a sufficient time, she grabbed one of the remaining guns and threatened the men not to move. One ignored her threats, so she killed him. Another made a move toward the weapons and was also killed by Hart. The remaining Tories were held captive until her husband, Benjamin Hart, and neighbors arrived. According to legend, her husband wanted to shoot the soldiers, but she demanded that they were hanged. They were hanged on a nearby tree.

There exist various versions of this story, all of which agree in general, but provide different details. McIntosh quotes two such stories. Cook provides another version from an 1825 newspaper.

Construction crews working on the Elberton and Eastern Railroad in the area in 1912 seemed to have validated this story.. While grading a railroad site less than a mile from the old Hart Cabin, the workers found five or six skeletons buried neatly in a row. They were estimated to have been buried for at least a century. She killed one of the soldiers. Mrs. Louisa H. Kendall, whose uncle was John Hart, son of Nancy Hart, wrote a letter in 1872 recalling some of the stories her mother had heard from Nancy Hart. According to this letter, once when she was taking a bag of grain to the mill, a band of Tories forced her off her horse and threw the grain on the ground. Undaunted, the muscular, six-foot Nancy picked up the heavy bag and walked the rest of the way to the mill. The letter also tells about Nancy acting as an unofficial Revolutionary War sniper, killing Tories as they came across the river.

McIntosh also quotes a Mr. Snead, who was related to the Harts, about a time when Nancy was cooking lye soap in her cabin when she discovered a spy looking in through the cracks in the wood chimney. She splashed the boiling soap into his eyes, then went outside and tied him up.

There are two stories about Nancy dressing as a man (and perhaps acting “crazy”), entering Tory camps and gaining information of military value.

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Nancy Ann Morgan's Timeline

1747
March 17, 1747
Orange, North Carolina, USA
1759
December 25, 1759
Age 12
NC, USA
1760
1760
Age 12
North Carolina, USA
1764
April 7, 1764
Age 17
Bourbon County, Kentucky
1772
1772
Age 24
Georgia, USA
1835
1835
Age 87
Henderson, Kentucky, USA