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Colonel Gideon Morgan, I

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Springfield, Hampshire County, Province of Massachusetts, Colonial America
Death: November 15, 1830 (79)
Kingston, Roane County, Tennessee, United States
Place of Burial: Kingston, Roane County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Gideon Morgan, I and Rachel Morgan
Husband of Patience Morgan and Elizabeth Ann Morgan
Father of Calvin Morgan, I; Luther Morgan, I; Colonel Gideon Morgan, II; Captain Rufus M. Morgan; Mary Morgan and 3 others
Brother of Samuel Morgan, Jr.; Lydia Brown; Rufus Morgan; Lucretia Morgan; Margaret Morgan and 2 others

Occupation: Surveyor, Architect, Civil Engineer, Merchant, Indian Trader, Tavern Keeper
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About Colonel Gideon Morgan, I

Col. Gideon Morgan (1751-1830), surveyor, architect, civil engineer, merchant, Indian trader, and tavern keeper.

During the Revolution they lived at Washington Township, Connecticut. Gideon served as a Corporal in Capt. Crouch's Company from New Milford. After the Revolution they lived briefly in New York State, then moved south to Virginia. Gideon was in Albemarle County, where he sold lots in Morganstown, then in Rockingham County where he conducted a lottery for lots at New Haven. About 1809 he moved to Kingston, Roane County, Tennessee, where he died.

"Gideon Morgan was a "Minuteman" with the rank of corporal in Captain Ebenezer Crouch's company, in Colonel Andrew Ward's regiment of Connecticut militia during the Revolutionary War. Another record states that he also served in Captain Burt's Company at West Springfield, Mass.

"Mr. and Mrs. Morgan remained in Connecticut until 1784 and then removed to Saratoga, New York before 1788. He was a surveyor, civil engineer, land speculator, and businessman. He laid out the town of Saratoga, N.Y. He afterwards went to Petersburg, thence to Staunton, VA where his wife died. He subsequently moved to Kingston, TN, where he married his second wife but had no issue.

  • 1810 in Kingston, Roane County, Tennessee.
  1. Note: Gideon Morgan is indexed by the DAR.

"The Morgans migrated frequently, starting in Wethersfield, then in Washington, CT during the War and later New Preston, CT, then moving to Saratoga Springs, NY, thence to Petersburg and Staunton, VA in 1790, and finally to Kingston, TN around 1810 where Gideon became a tavern keeper and a partner with his sons in a merchandising business on the Cherokee-Tennessee border; he is said to have become wealthy as an Indian trader. He died in Kingston on November 15, 1830, and is buried with an imposing tombstone monument in the Old Kingston Cemetery. Patience Cogswell Morgan had been his first wife, and the mother of all his children; she had died in Staunton; Morgan then married, in Charlottesville (in Albemarle County, Virginia), on December 15, 1797, Elizabeth ("Betsy") Hardin, the daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Brown Hardin, who survived him. She sold their Kingston home in 1842.

"On May 18, Generals Washington and Henry Knox and the French engineer, Louis le Begue du Portail, left New Windsor for Wethersfield to confer with General Rochambeau and lodged the night of May 18-19 in the tavern of Gideon Morgan in New Preston (now Washington). Patience Cogswell Morgan was Washington's hostess."

(Charles Eugene Claghorn III, "Washington's Travels in New England"

"Gideon's obituary in the Knoxville Register of 24 Nov 1830, indicates he died 15th Nov 1830 at his residence in Kingston, Roane County, after two weeks' illness. His age is given as 79 years and five months. According to the obituary, Morgan resided in his native state of Connecticut until 1790 when he emigrated to Augusta Co., Va., where he raised "a respectable family." He later moved to Albemarle Co., Va, where he lived until 1810 when he removed to Tennessee and resided in Kingston for 20 years or more. In the course of his lifetime, he laid out as many as three new towns. A Royal Arch Mason, Gideon was buried at the side of his son, Rufus Morgan, who had died three years earlier. Gideon's will, filed in McMinn County, names his and Margaret's children . . . ."

ID: I0229

Name: Gideon Morgan

Sex: M

Birth: 15 JUN 1751 in Springfield, Hampton, Mass.

Death: 15 NOV 1830 in Kingston, Roan Co, Tenn.

Burial: Old Kingston Cemetery

Father: Samuel Morgan b: MAY 1728 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Conn.

Mother: Rachel Kibbe

Marriage 1 Patience Cogswell b: 19 AUG 1754 in Litchfield, New London, Conn.

Married: 6 JUN 1772 in Connecticut


  1. Calvin Morgan b: 31 JUL 1773 in Litchfield Co., New Preston, Conn
  2. Luther Morgan b: 4 JUL 1776 in New Preston, Conn
  3. Gideon Morgan b: 6 AUG 1778 in Preston, New London, Conn.
  4. Rufus Morgan b: 19 FEB 1781 in New Preston, Conn
  5. Mary Polly Morgan b: 7 JUN 1785 in New Preston, Conn
  6. William C Morgan b: 11 MAY 1786 in Waterford, New York
  7. George Washington Morgan b: 9 JUL 1788 in Saratoga Springs, NY
  8. Elizabeth Morgan b: 20 FEB 1792 in Staunton, Virginia
  9. Henry Morgan b: 1796 in Staunton, Virginia

Marriage 2 Elizabeth (Betsy) Hardin

Married: 15 DEC 1797 in Albemarle Co., Charlottesville, Virginia

Great Great Grandfather, of Geneticist, Thomas Hunt Morgan.


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Colonel Gideon Morgan, I's Timeline

June 15, 1751
Springfield, Hampshire County, Province of Massachusetts, Colonial America
July 31, 1773
Age 22
Washington, Litchfield County, Connecticut, Colonial America
March 21, 1776
Age 24
New Preston, New London County, Connecticut Colony, Colonial America
August 6, 1778
Age 27
Preston, New London County, Connecticut, United States
February 19, 1781
Age 29
Washington, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
June 7, 1785
Age 33
New Preston, New London County, Connecticut, United States
May 11, 1786
Age 34
Waterford, Saratoga County, New York, United States
July 9, 1788
Age 37
Saratoga Springs, Saratoga, New York, United States
February 20, 1792
Age 40
Staunton, West Virginia