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James B. Morgan, II

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: December 8, 1711 (65-73)
Groton, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James B. Morgan Sr. and Margery Morgan
Husband of Mary Morgan and Hannah Morgan
Father of James Morgan, III; William Morgan; Mary Starr; Hannah Latham; Elizabeth Adgate and 2 others
Brother of Hannah Royce; Capt. John Morgan; Lt. Joseph Morgan; Abraham Morgan and Unknown Morgan

Occupation: Captain
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About Capt. James Morgan, ll

James Morgan, the fourth townsman, was the second of the name, being the son of James Morgan, one of the first settlers. He lived on the farm inherited from his father, just west of Pequonnoc Bridge. He was one of the first two deacons of the first church in Groton, was a magistrate, and acted as moderator of the first town meeting after the incorporation of the town. He served as captain of a train band and as deputy to the General Court from New London before the separation, and was one of the first deputies from the new town of Groton in 1706. For several years he was a commissioner to advise and direct the Pequot Indians in the management of their affairs.

GROTON, CONN., 1705-1905, by Charles R. Stark, Stonington, CT, 1922, p. 81

The Descendants of Elder William Brewster, Part 1, Generations 1 through 4, Barbara Lambert Merrick, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth MA, 2014, p. 139

  • James Morgan
  • M, #79676, b. 3 March 1644, d. 8 December 1711
  • Father James Morgan b. c 1607, d. 1685
  • Mother Margery Hills b. 16 Jun 1611, d. 28 Apr 1690
  • James Morgan was born on 3 March 1644 at Roxbury, Suffolk, MA. He married Mary Vine on 16 November 1666 at New London, New London, CT. James Morgan died on 8 December 1711 at Groton, New London, CT, at age 67.
  • Family Mary Vine b. 1641, d. 1689
  • Children
    • Deacon William Morgan+1 b. 4 Mar 1669, d. 25 Dec 1750
    • Mary Morgan+ b. 20 Mar 1670, d. 14 Sep 1765
    • Jerusha Morgan+ b. c 1682, d. 2 Jun 1726
  • Citations
  • 1.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • From:
  • 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, ....
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 ....
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  • 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.
    • 2. Hannah, 18 May, 1642, m. Nehemiah Royce, 20 Nov. 1660.
    • 3. James, 3 March, 1644, m. Mary Vine, Nov. 1666.
    • 4. John, 30 March, 1645,m. Rachel Dymond; 2d, wid. Elizabeth Williams.
    • 5. Joseph, 29 Nov. 1646, m. Dorothy Park, April, 1670.
    • 6. Abraham, 3 Sept. 1648, d. Aug. 1649.
    • 7. A daughter, 17 Nov. 1650, d. the week after.
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  • 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." ....
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    • 8. James, 6 Feb. 1667, m. Hannah --- , and second wife Anna --- .
    • 9. William, 4 March, 1669, m. Margaret Avery, 17 July, 1696.
    • 10. Mercy, 20 March, 1670, m. Thomas Starr, 1 Jan. 1695.
    • 11. Hannah, 8 June, 1674, m. Wm Latham, 30 June, 1698.
    • 12. Elizabeth, 9 Sept. 1678, m. Jonathan Starr, 12 Jan. 1698.
    • 13. Jerusha, 1682, was living in 1712, at date of father's will


  • Register of the Society of Colonial Wars in the District of Columbia, 1904 ... By General Society of Colonial Wars (U.S.). District of Columbia, Albert Charles Peale
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    • Clergyman, Washington City, Born, Boston, Massachusetts, April 16, 1871.
  • Great-great-great-grandson of - Humphrey Avery (1699-1788) and Jerusha (Morgan) Avery (1704-1763).
  • Great-great-great-great-grandson of
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  • - William Morgan (1699---) and Margaret (Avery) Morgan (1674---)
  • Great-great-great-great-great-grandson of - James Morgan, Jr. (1644-1711) and Mary (Vine) Morgan (1641-1689).
  • Great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of
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  • - James Morgan (1607-1685) and Margary (Hill) Morgan (---).
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  • JAMES MORGAN, JR. (1644-1711) of Groton, Connecticut; Captain and Commander of the Dragoon Force of New London County, Connecticut, 1690; Deputy from New London, 1689-1700; Deputy from Groton, 1706
  • JAMES MORGAN (1607-1685) of Groton, Connecticut; Deputy to the General Court at Hartford, 1657 et seq.


  • A history of the family of Morgan, from the year 1089 to present times ([1902?])
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    • (A Branch of Tredegar.)
  • I. William Morgan, of Llanvabon, born 1571 (his will describes him as late of Eglwysilian). He bore arms, CILFYNYDD, (see page 11). Issue: 1. Evan. 2.
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  • Thomas. 3. John. 4 James. 5. Watkin. 6. Johnathan. 7. William. Of the above, Evan married Mary Friswyth, and had six children. THOMAS MORGAN, of Bedwas, County Monmouth, after of Eglwysilan, and then of Monmouth, and so described in the will of Janet Morgan, in 1779. He sold Bredwenarth to his brother Watkin, while the elder branch retained Cilfynydd, and the younger settled at Llandough. He married Mary, named in a post-nuptial settlement in 1716, and died 27th March in 1761. They had : 1. Thomas Morgan. 2. John. 3. Mary. 4. Margaret. JOHN MORGAN, called of Cowbridge in his sister's will died in 1775. He married Cecil Williams, of the Beach, Llysworney. They had : 1. William. 2. Watkin, died 20 October, 1793. 3. Jonathan. 4. Ann, who inherited Bredwenarth under her aunt's will. (Died 9th July, 1822, aged 77. Buried at Llandough. She married John Basset, of Bonvileston and had Thomas Basset.) 5. Mary Morgan. JONATHAN MORGAN, D. D., rector of Hedley, County Surrey. Presented 29th Nov., 1791, resigned 1818; married Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Richard Dunford, of Woodmanstone, County Surrey, and had : 1. William. 2. Ann Morgan married her cousin Thomas, son of John Basset and Ann Morgan, who was of Bonvileston and Bredwenarth. Issue: Richard Basset, of Bonvileston, and others. WILLIAM MORGAN, M. D. , M. A., was fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. SIR THOMAS CHARLES, son of Thomas, of Basset, was born in London, 1783; knighted, 1814; died London, 1843 He married, 1812, Miss Sydney Owenson, who, as Lady Morgan, earned in her day a distinction in literature which is still recorded in catalogues of English letters. She wrote poems, novels, biography, and an autobiography. But her reputation was won by her political novel, "The Wild Irish Girl," the title of which became her own soubriquet. In 1817.
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  • and 1821 she essayed historical writing, and succeeded in creating genuine sensations by her "France Under the Bourbons" and "Italy," which appeared respectively in the last-named years. . .
  • I. JAMES MORGAN ( 4 of I above), sailed from Bristol, in the ship Mary, with a kinsman, ROBERT MORGAN (see line of ROBERT, post.), in the summer of the year 1636, and landed in Boston, Massachusetts Bay. Settled first at Sandy Bay, near Gloucester, on Cape Ann, but found the coast bleak and the Indians troublesome. He married in Roxbury, where his first child was born, May 18, 1642. Finding fertile and desirable plantations at the mouth of the river Thames, at New London, in Connecticut, he, with the Sandy Bay colony, headed by its pastor. Rev. Richard Bliman, removed and settled there in 1649. Here he was assigned, February 10, 1650, lands granted him, "on the path to New street, being six acres of upland where the wipwams are, in the path that goes from his house toward Culvers, among the Rocky Hills," (New street is now Ashcroft street, in the city of New London, but it was called "Cape Ann street," in honor of the Cape Ann colony, for more than a century). In 1661 he was one of a committee "to layout the bounds of N. London on the east side of the Great River." In 1662 it is recorded that "James Morgan, Mr. Tinker and Obiadiah Brown are chosen to seat the people in the meeting house, which they doing the inhabitants are to rest silent." In 1662 he is appointed one of a committee to contract to build a house for the ministry at New London, and signs himself "James Morgan, Senior, of New Lon-
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  • don." In this year, 1662, he stands third highest in amount among the taxpayers, he certifying to a holding of £250. He died in his homestead, about three miles from Groton. (occupied as late as 1869 by Elijah S. Morgan, a descendant), on the road to Poquonoc Bridge, about three miles from Groton, in 1685, aged seventy-eight years. He married Margery Hill, of Roxbury, August 6, 1640. Issue: 1. Hannah, born May 18, 1642, (married Nehemiah Royce, Nov. 20, 1660). 2. James, born March 3. 1644, married Mary Vine, Nov., 1666. 3. John, born March 30, 1645 (married, (1) Rachel Dymond; married (2) Elizabeth Williams, widow). 4. Joseph, born Nov. 29, 1646, married Dorothy Park, April, 1670. 5. Abraham, born Sept. 3, 1648, died Aug., 1649. 6. A daughter died in infancy, born Nov. 17, 1650.
  • II. JAMES (2 of I. above), March 3, 1644, m., Nov., 1666, (1) Mary Vine; married (2) Hannah Cromwell. He was deacon of the first church in Groton until his death; captain of the train band, 1692, by order of the Governor and Council; deputy to the General Court from New London, 1689 to 1700, and from Groton in 1706; commissioned to advise and direct the Pequots ten years. His will is dated, Groton, June 25, 1708; probated Jan. 22, 1712. Issue by last wife: 1. James, born 6 Feb., 1667, married Hannah --- , and second wife Anna --- . 2. William, born March, 1669, married Margaret Avery, 17 July, 1696. 3. Mercy, born March 20, 1670, married Thomas Starr, Jan. 1, 1695, 4. Hannah, born June 8, 1674, married William Latham, June 30, 1698. 5. Elizabeth, born Sept. 9, 1678, married Jonathan Starr, Jan. 12, 1698. 6. Jerusha, born 1682, was living in 1712, at date of father's will. MERCY, who married Thomas Starr, of Groton, son of Samuel Starr, of New London, Jan. 1, 1695, had issue: ....
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  • VI. Deacon William, b. March 4, 1669, (2 of II. p. 105); married Margaret Avery, dau. of Captain James, of Groton, July 17,1696. Deacon of the first church, Groton, Nov. 8, 1704. d. Dec. 25, 1750. Issue: 1. William, born April 7, 1697; married Hannah Stanton, Sept. 21, 1721. 2. Margaret, born Sept. 10, 1698; m. Samuel Davis, Jan. 29, 1719. 3. Deborah, born July 14, 1700. 4. Hannah, born 1702. 5. Jerusha, born Jan. 14, 1704; m. Humphrey Avery, Feb. 5, 1724. 6. Joseph, b. August 10, 1706; m. Dorothy Avery, Dec. 4, 1735. 7. Solomon, born Oct. 5, 1708; m. Mary Walworth, July 1, 1742. 8. Elizabeth, b. July 10, 1710; m. John Avery, Jr. 9. Mary, b. Jan. 5, 1714: m. Jonas Belton, Aug. 7, 1737. Margaret, m. Samuel Davis, of Groton, Jan. 19, 1719. Issue: 1. Samuel, b. Nov. 2, 1719: d. Feb. 17, 1720. 2. Hannah, b. Feb. 15, 1721; d. May 17, 1721. 3. Margaret, b. Aug. 4, 1722; d. May 26,1723, 4. Lucy Davis, b. June 15, 1724; m. Ebenezer Avery, of Preston, had four daughters, and d. 1756. Margaret, wife of Samuel, d. Aug. 15, 1724, he m., 2d, Sarah, widow of John Gardiner, of Gardiner's Island, dau. of Gov. Saltonstall; had two children by her. Jerusha, m. Humphrey Avery, of Groton, Feb. 5, 1724. Issue: 1. Humphrey, b. 1725. 2. William, b. 1726. 3. Solomon, b. 1728. 4. Solomon, 2d, b. 1729. 5. Samuel, b. 1731. 6. James, b. 1733. 7. Jerusha, b. 1735. 8. Palmer, b. 1737. 9. Christopher, b. 1739. Elizabeth, m. John Avery, Jr., of Groton. Issue: 1. Elijah, Caleb and Aaron. Mary m. Jonas Bolton, of Groton, Aug. 7, 1737, Issue: Mary, b. 1739.


  • VINE, Mary
  • b. 1641
  • d. 1869
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 3 NOV 1666 New London, New London, CT.
  • Spouse: MORGAN, James
  • b. 3 MAR 1643/4 Boston, Suffolk, Mass.
  • d. 8 DEC 1711 Groton, New London, CT.
  • Parents:
  • Father: MORGAN, James
  • Mother: HILL, Margery
  • Children:
    • MORGAN, James
    • MORGAN, William
    • MORGAN, Mary
    • MORGAN, Hannah
    • MORGAN, Elizabeth
    • MORGAN, Jerusha
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Captain James Morgan was born March 3, 1644 in Groton and died December 8, 1711 at 88 years old. He married 1 st Mary Vine born in England in 1641 and died in 1689 of the "throat distemper." He married 2 nd -Hannah ? , born 1640, who died aged 71 in 1711, just a few days before James? death. He was an active member of one of the two first churchs in Groton; was the principal magistrate, and transacted the chief part of the civil business around him for many years. He was the moderator at the first town meeting held after the town was incorporated, in December 1705, and was chosen selectman. He was moderator of nearly every town or society meeting until near his death in 1711. He was chosen Captain of the first trainband in Groton in 1692 and had been then for two years a Captain and commander of the "Dragoon" forces of New London County, under a special commission from the General Court. He was one of the Deputies to the General Court from New London serving from 1689-1700, and afterwards one of the first Deputies from the new town of Groton in 1708; and for several years was a Commissioner to advise and direct the Pequot Indians in the management of their affairs. Captain James Morgan lived and died upon the old homestead of his father, James Morgan 1 st .

The children on Mary Vine and James Morgan were:

James Morgan - born February 6, 1667. Married1 st -Hannah ?; then Anna ?

William Morgan - born March 4, 1669. Married Margaret Avery

Mercy Morgan - born March 20, 1670. Married Thomas Starr

Hannah Morgan - born June 8, 1674. Married on June 30, 1698 toWilliam Latham

Elizabeth Morgan - born September 9, 1678. Married on January 12, 1698 to Jonathan Starr

Jerusha Morgan - born 1682; was living in 1712, at date of her father?s will was approved in probate

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Captain James Morgan was one of the first church Deacons in the First Church in Groton, Conn. Moderator at town meetings after incorporation in 1705. Was Captain and Commander of "Dragoon" force of New London County. Advisor to Pequot tribe of Indians

Capt. James Morgan (1644-1711). Soldier in King Pliilip's War. Captain of Dragoons, 16go. Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut, 1706.

Ancestor of President Millard Filmore

James MORGAN Captain

Sex: M

Birth: 3 MAR 1644 in Roxbury, Massachusetts

Death: 8 DEC 1711 in Groton, New London, Connecticut


Note: Captain James Morgan was one of the first church Deacons in theFirst Church in Groton, Conn. Moderator at town meetings afterincorporation in 1705. Was Captain and Commander of "Dragoon"force of New London County. Advisor to Pequot tribe of Indians

Note: VITAL RECORDS OF NEW LONDON, NEW LONDON CO., CONN. James Morgan sone of James Morgan was marryed unto Mary Vine of Old England - sometime in the month of November 1666. BARBOUR COLLECTION'S VITAL RECORDS OF NEW LONDON, CT (GS #002975) WILL OF JAMES MORGAN (1711) NEW LONDON, CT PROBATE RECORDS (GS #1025037) OCCUPATION CAPTAIN


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Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 3, 1644
Age 2
Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 3, 1644
Age 2
Roxbury (Suffolk) Massachusetts
March 3, 1644
Age 2
Roxbury (Suffolk) Massachusetts
February 6, 1667
Age 25
Groton, New London, Connecticut, United States
March 4, 1669
Age 27
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
March 20, 1670
Age 28
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
June 8, 1674
Age 32
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony