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Christopher Morgan, Jr.

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Aurora, Cayuga County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Christopher Morgan, Colonel and Deborah Morgan
Husband of Nancy Morgan and Nancy Morgan
Father of Edwin Barber Morgan; Christopher Morgan; Henry Morgan; John Morgan; George Pierson Morgan and 2 others
Brother of Julia Anna Walworth; Youngs Ledyard Morgan; Polly Avery Morgan; Lucinda Morgan; Pedy Ellery Morgan and 2 others
Half brother of William Morgan, Colonel

Occupation: School Teacher
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About Christopher Morgan, Jr.

As one of the early pioneers from the Groton hive to Western New York, and as the founder of a numerous and eminent line of the name in that State, a brief account of his migration and settlement will be read with interest. In the month of April, 1800, then in his 23d year of life, mounted upon a colt, bought with his own first earnings, as a school teacher, in his native town, with saddle-bags well stored with provisions, by the thoughtful care of his good mother, Deborah, whose rare excellence of character has already been noticed, and with a lean purse to meet traveling expenses, our young adventurer bade adieu to his cherished home and friends, to try his fortunes in the then vague regions of the western wilderness. Arriving in due time at the extreme verge of civilized settlements, on the back of Cayuga Lake, his keen eye scrutinizing at once the loveliness, as well as the natural fertility of this beautiful location. and further induced by the fact that an embryo settlement by Col. John L. Hardingburg, and a few others, was already springing into life, he decided to dismount, hitch his colt, take off his saddle-bags and join fortunes with these new settlers. Afterwards as the settlement increased, he engaged in merchandizing, and at the time of his death, in 1834, had acquired one of the largest estates in western New York. His eldest son, Edwin B. afterwards member of Congress, succeeded him in his business, as a merchant, in 1827.


Morgan Genealogy: A History of James Morgan, of New London, Conn., and His ...

By Nathaniel Harris Morgan  p. 139


Christopher Morgan was born in Groton, October 15th, 1777, and educated in the common schools of his native place. His father, Christopher, was a farmer. His mother, Deborah, was a sister of Benjamin Ledyard. One of her uncles was a Colonel in the Continental army, and was in command of the fort at Groton, Conn., when attacked and captured by the traitor Arnold. After surrendering the fort and his sword he was run through with the latter in the hands of a British officer. His death was immediately revenged by his own men. Christopher came to Aurora in May, 1800, and immediately engaged in mercantile business. Members of this family have since been prominently identified with all of Aurora's valuable interests. July 15th, 1805, he married Nancy, daughter of John Barber of Groton, Conn., who was born August 29th, 1785, and died August 4th, 1864. Though an active politician and wielding great influence as the leading merchant of the County for a great many years he never accepted public office. He died October 4lh, 1834. They had six children, all sons, Edwin B., Christopher, Henry, John, Geo. P., and Richard.

source: History of Cayuga County, New York, with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers, by Elliot G. Storke, p 399-400

Christopher Morgan commenced mercantile business here (Aurora Village, NY) in June, 1800, in company with Cornelius Cuyler. Their store stood opposite the residence of Richard Morgan, on the Delaney Newton lot. It was a frame building, about 18 by 20 feet. It was superseded about 1802, by a much larger, gamble-roof building, which stood on the site of the Catholic church. Soon after the erection of that building the partnership was dissolved, Cuyler retaining the store, and Morgan removing to the store previously occupied by Daniel Foote, opposite the residence of Richard Morgan. In 1810, Mr. Morgan built a store just south of Richard Morgan's residence, which he occupied until 1827, when his son, Edwin B. Morgan, succeeded him in the business, and in 1829, erected the building now occupied by his brother Richard, next south of the hotel, discontinuing the old store in 1830. In 1831, Edwin formed a copartnership with his brother Henry. George, another brother, subsequently acquired an interest in the business, and sold August 9th, 1850, to his brother Richard, who also bought Henry's interest April ist, 1856, and Edwin's January ist, 1859. In 1850, the firm name was Morgans, and remained such until 1859, when it became R. Morgan. March 6th, 1863, Richard admitted his son Christopher B. to partnership, and the business has since been conducted under the name of R. Morgan & S071. This, with one exception, is said to be the oldest mercantile house in the State.

source: History of Cayuga County, New York, with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers, by Elliot G. Storke, p 405-6


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Christopher Morgan, Jr.'s Timeline

October 15, 1777
Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
May 2, 1806
Age 28
Aurora, Cayuga, NY, USA
June 4, 1808
Age 30
Aurora, Cayuga, NY, USA
August 22, 1810
Age 32
Aurora, Cayuga, NY, USA
September 1, 1812
Age 34
Aurora, Cayuga, NY, USA
May 29, 1815
Age 37
Aurora, Cayuga, NY, USA
March 21, 1818
Age 40
Aurora, Cayuga County, New York, United States
October 4, 1834
Age 56