|Birthplace:||Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony|
|Death:||Died in Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States|
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THE GROTON AVERY CLAN, Vol. I, by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden) Avery, Cleveland, 1912. p. 258
- Morgan genealogy : A history of James Morgan, of New London, Conn., and his descendants; from 1607 to 1869 ... With an appendix containing the history of his brother, Miles Morgan, ....
- JAMES MORGAN, the common ancestor of a numerous family now scattered widely over nearly or quite, every state and territory of the United States, was born in Wales, in 1607, but in what precise locality our honest progenitor first saw the light is uncertain, though probably in Llandaff, Glamorgan Co. The family appears to have removed from Llandaff to Bristol, Eng. on the opposite side of Bristol Channel, a short time at least, perhaps a few years, prior to 1636. The name of his father is unknown, but there is some traditionary evidence that it was William.*
- That year, 1636, in the month of March, he and two younger brothers, John and Miles, sailed from Bristol and arrived at Boston, Mass. in April following.
- JOHN MORGAN, his next younger brother, who from tradition appears to have been a high churchman and to have exceedingly disliked the austerity of the Puritans, left Boston in disgust for more congenial society in Virginia, soon after their arrival. How far the Morgans of Virginia are descended from him I am unable to say.
- MILES MORGAN, the youngest brother, born in 1615, on his arrival at Boston, or soon after, joined a party of emigrants, mostly from Roxbury, of whom Col. Wm Pyncheon was at the head, and founded the settlement of Springfield, Mass.
- * See William, No. 46.
- He is said to have been under 21 years of age at the commencement of this settlement, and to have suppressed the fact of his minority in order to share in the drawing for house lots, which minors were not privileged to do. It is certain that he drew a house lot and afterwards built upon it ; and it was the homestead of himself during his life, and of his descendants for many years after. It was situated upon the south side of "Ferry Lane," and in 1845 was sold by the Brewer family to the Conn. River Railroad Co. ; their tracks now covering the original lot, and their repair shop standing upon the site of the old Morgan homestead.
- He married, about 1643, Prudence Gilbert, of Beverly, Mass., who was a fellow passenger with him in the voyage from England. Of this courtship and marriage, an interesting and curious account is preserved. He had 8 children by this marriage, 4 sons and 4 daughters ; and his wife, Prudence, dying 14 Nov. 1660, he next married Elizabeth Bliss, of Springfield, 15 Feb. 1670, dau. of Thomas, by whom he had 1 son only. His children by Prudence were, Mary, b. 14 Dec. 1644; Jonathan, 16 Sept. 1646; David, 23 July, 1648; Pelatiah, 17 May, 1650; Isaac, 17 March, 1652; Lydia, 8 Feb. 1654; Hannah, 11 Feb. 1656; Mercy, 18 May, 1658 ; and by 2d wife, Nathaniel, 14 June, 1671.
- This family of Miles Morgan* has numerous ....
- * See Appendix.
- JAMES MORGAN, the elder brother, and our lineal ancestor, may have settled first at Plymouth ....
- Wherever he settled at first, he is found in Roxbury, near Boston, before 1640. That year, Aug. 6, 1640, he married there, Margery Hill, of Roxbury. His eldest daughter, Hannah, was born there 18 May, 1642, and all his 5 other children, except perhaps the youngest, who d. in infancy, were also probably born there. He was made a freeman there 10 May, 1643. He is named as a resident there in the inventory of John Graves, 1646, and was a freeholder there as late as 1650, the same year that he removed to Pequot, (now N. London,) and had a houselot assigned him there.
- It has been heretofore supposed, by myself as well as others, that James Morgan was one of the party of emigrants called the "Cape Ann Company," who came ....
- 1. JAMES, born in Wales, 1607, m. Margery Hill, of Roxbury, Mass. 6 Aug. 1640, died 1685, age 78. He was settled in Roxbury at first, and all his children except the youngest dau. were probably born there.
- CHILDREN. ....
- Capt. JAMES, (3) b. 3 Mch, 1644, s. of James, m. "Mary Vine of Old England," Nov. 1666, died 8 Dec. 1711, age 68. His wife Mary died in 1689, of the throat distemper," so called, a terrible epidemic which prevailed throughout the country that year, especially in the months of July and August, visiting nearly every family and carrying consternation and death in its trail. She was born in England in 1641, and was 48 years old when she died. After her death he married 2d wife Hannah --- , born in 1640, who d. in 1711, aged 71, a few days only before his own death, but after the date of his will, in which he calls her his "dear and loving wife." ....
- CHILDREN, ALL BY MARY VINE. ....
- Deacon JAMES, (8) b. 6 Feb. 1667, s. of James 2d, m. Hannah --- , who was the mother of all his 4 children, and who died about 1720. He next m. Anna --- , b. 1684, who died his widow, 17 June, 1751, age 67. He lived on the old noted homestead of his father and grandfather, in South Groton, and died there, 4 May, 1748, age 81. He, like his father, was an active and useful man in all church and civil affairs, ....
- 92. James, 1693, m. Mary Morgan, (128.)
- 93. ...
- Capt. JOHN, (38) b. 10 June, 1667, s. of John, m. Ruth Shapley, dau. of Benjamin and Mary (nee Picket) Shapley, of Groton, settled in Groton, and died between the date of his will 30 May, 1744, and its proof in Probate, 16 March, 1746, aged about 79. His wife, Ruth, died earlier, as she is named as his deceased wife, in his will, as also his dau. Ruth Brewster, deceased. All his other children are named as then living, except Experience, who probably died young. He left a large estate ....
- 127. Ruth, 29 Aug. 1697, m. --- Brewster; d. before 1744; left two children.
- 128. Mary, 18 Dec. 1698, m. James Morgan, jun. (92.)
- 129. ....
- JAMES, Jr. (92) b. 1693, s. of James 3d, m. 1st, Hannah --- , who died 2d Feb. 1728, in her 30th year, with-out issue, and he m. 2d, Mary Morgan, (128) dau. of Capt. John, in 1729. He died 25 Aug. 1770, age 77, and his wife, Mary, b. 1698, d. 5 Sept. 1776, age 78. He occupied the old original homestead of the first James, in Groton, being the fourth lineal occupant of the same name ; and he and both his wives lie in the family burial place near.
- CHILDREN. ....
- JOHN, (184) born 1735, son of James 4th, m. Dorothy Avery, 11 Sept. 1759, dau. of Elder Park Avery, of Groton. He died 8 Nov. 1799, age 64, and his widow, Dorothy, died 19 Oct. 1828, age 92. In his will in Stonington probate, dated 2 June, 1798, proved 7 Jan. 1800, he names wife, Dorothy, and five of the following children, as living, but Hannah, Stephen, and Abigail, as deceased, and bequeaths to their children. The share of his "son David, weak in mind, bereft of reason and faculty to govern and care for himself," is left in trust to his eldest son, John.
- 495. John, 28 March, 1761, died unmarried, 17 April, 1840, age 79.
- 496. Hannah, 5 Sept. 1764, m. Ebenezer Avery, 25 Sept. 1783.
- 497. David, 14 April, 1766, died unmarried, 10 June, 1805, age 39.
- 498. Stephen, 19 Nov. 1768, m. Sally Barber, of Groton.
- 499. Abigail, 26 Oct. 1771, m. Elisha Morgan, (216) vide E. M.
- 500. Amos, 13 Oct. 1774, m. Jemima Stoddard, 16 Dec. 1804.
- 501. Experience, 13 May, 1778, m. Elisha J. Stoddard, d. 11 May, 1819.
- 502. Jasper, Jan. 1784, m. Clarissa Holdridge.
- Doct. ELISHA, (216) born 7 March, 1762, son of Solomon, m. Abigail Morgan, (499) daughter of John, of Groton, Oct. 1790. He never practiced very steadily as physician, but made several voyages to sea, and died 1 April, 1796, age 34, on his passage from Demerara home to Groton, and John Morgan, sen. was appointed guardian of his three children, and John, Jr. administrator on his estate. His wife, Abigail, d. 22 April, 1796, age 25.
- 555. Frederick, b. 6 Sept. 1791, m. Caroline Watrous, 20 May, 1823.
- 556. Ehsha, 28 Feb. 1794, m. Caroline Morgan, (711) 3 Jan. 1819.
- 557. Abigail, 13 April, 1796, m. Abel Fish, 24 March, 1819 ; resides in Salem, Conn. ; has 3 sons ; — 558 George Frederick Fish, 2 March, 1820, resides Ann Arbor, Mich. — 559 Lorenzo Fish, 4 March, 1825, Vineland, N. J.— 560 Albert Fish, 1 Feb. 1828, Salem.