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John Morgan Stanwood

Also Known As: "Johnny Morgan"
Birthplace: Dogtown, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Nehemiah Stanwood and Ruth Stanwood
Husband of Mary Stanwood
Father of Nehemiah Stanwood and Ruth Morgan Thurston
Brother of Nehemiah Stanwood; Judith Stanwood; Daniel Stanwood; Henry Stanwood; Ruth Stanwood and 2 others

Occupation: Cobbler
Managed by: Erica "the Disconnectrix" Howton
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About John Morgan Stanwood

John Morgan Stanwood, son of Nehemiah Stanwood and Ruth Morgan, was baptised 07 August 1774 at Third Parish at Gloucester, Essex County Massachusetts. Married Mary Lurvey: 5 children

Subject of Hiram Rich's poem: Morgan Stanwood, Cape Ann, 1775

"John Morgan Stanwood was Peter Lurvey's son-in-law, and tradition was thus led astray as to the name of the patriot, as this was the home of both. "Granther Stannard " believed that his legs were of glass and feared to use them because of their fragility."

From A history of the Stanwood family in America, By Mrs. Ethel Stanwood Bolton. Page 132-133

Mr. Charles E. Mann, in his " Story of Dogtown," has given a very interesting account of John Morgan Stanwood:

"After crossing the brook, on the same side as Judy Rhines's cellar, one sees a big bowlder, beside the road. Right against it, on one side, are the foundations of a small building, while in the yard with this, enclosed by a wall, are the remains of a larger structure. The building by the rock was the hut in which John Morgan Stanwood spent his last days. Mr. Rich, in his poem, dropped the John, while the custom of his contemporaries was to drop the Stanwood. It is a painful, but well authenticated fact, that he was known to some as long as he lived, as ' Johnny Morgan.' I misspent many precious hours trying, first to find if John Morgan Stanwood was the man I was hunting after, and second, seeking to find out who the Morgan was who lived by the brook. That this was not strange may be understood when I say that a lady still living told me that for years she went to school and was intimate with 'Nabby Morgan,' his daughter, before the person told her that her name was really Abigail Morgan Stanwood.

"Morgan Stanwood never went to the wars, so those who knew him as Captain Morgan Stanwood made a mistake if they thought his title a military one. He married Mary Lurvey, and had many children. 'Granther Stanwood,' or 'Johnny Morgan,' as you will, seems thoroughly to have enjoyed life in Dogtown Common. He spent his later years cobbling shoes. This work he did at first in a little addition to his house, which was then and has ever since borne the name of ' the Boo.'

"After his wife died and his children grew up, the confusion of so many in the house, and the fact that they had so many callers among their young acquaintances, so disturbed his mind, that he sought relief by building the hut under the rock. Many living recall this cosey corner, where he peacefully cobbled shoes for the remainder of his days. On a shelf in the corner he kept a book in which he made a record of the interesting matters that came to his notice. ... I have no doubt as to the existence of this, though it probably has long since gone to decay. Stanwood has several grandchildren living.

From a genealogist's sketchbook - John Morgan Stanwood of Dogtown: finding ancestors in a novel

"Mann certainly opened the path of romanticization, though he gave tantalizing hints of the way the old locals, still living in Riverdale, Annisquam, Lanesville or Rockport in 1896, remembered their elders at Dogtown. But as Mann was content to weave romance of his own making into the memories of his interlocutors, so we must be content with the ways in which he, and now Ms. Diamant, have taken the memories and created something new."


  2. A history of the Stanwood family in America  (Google eBook) Mrs. Ethel Stanwood Bolton. Rockwell and Churchill press, 1899 - 317 pages. Page 79-83
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John Morgan Stanwood's Timeline

August 7, 1774
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
August 7, 1774
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 25
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
October 31, 1812
Age 38
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
October 30, 1852
Age 78
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States