About Joseph Morton, Sr., Gov.
Landgrave Joseph Morton b 1630 Wells Somerset Eng immigrated to SC c 1680/1 d Jan 1686 SC m Elinor Blake dau of Benjamin Blake of Bridgewater. Governor of South Carolina of that part of Carolina lying south and west of Cape Fear" on 18 May 1682. Terms: 1682-1684,1685-1686.
“A number of English dissenters came over with Governors Morton, Blake and Axtell. “Generally speaking, there were three distinct areas of settlement in the SC Colony, as follows: 1) Barbadian and English colonists settled in Charles Town, and upon the Ashley and Cooper rivers; 2) French Huguenots settled on the Santee, at the Orange Quarter on the Easter Branch of the Cooper and at Charles Towne; 3) English dissenters and Scotch dissenters settled on the Edisto River. The English came over with Morton, Blake and Axtell, and the Scotch with Lord Cardross.
“Thus Berkeley County was strongly Church of England, Colleton was ‘imbued with dissent” and Craven, while Calvinistic in its tenets, was without hostility to the Church
He was the Fifth Colonial Governor and served two terms (first 1682- Apr 1684; second Sep 1685-1686 ) commissioned May 28 1682. He was commissioned Governor to show appreciation for his efforts of bringing a large number of people to the colony. He replaced the popular Gov. Joseph West. ;
Among this number of "substantial persons;" as they were called by Hewatt (History of South Carolina and Georgia; I.140. London; 1779) was also Joseph Blake; the nephew of the Admiral; and the friend and trustee of Lord Berkeley; one of the Lord’s Proprietors. His wife; Lady Blake; and her mother; Lady Axtell; were valuable accessions to the infant Baptist church; and it is likely that Screven was a neighbor of theirs in England. Joseph Blake himself; if not a communicant; at least entertained the sentiments of the Baptists and favored their cause.
His his sister was the wife of Governor Morton; and the mother of Joseph Morton; who was a friend of liberty and voted against the establishment of the Church of England as the religion
It is possisble that Edisto Island was settled before Charles Towne. Old records claim that the Earl of Shaftesbury; one of the Lords Proprietors; bought the land in 1674 from the Edisto Indians for a piece of cloth; beads; and hatchets. It is known that one Paul Grimball constructed a home at the Point of Pines and to this day its tabby foundation is intact. In 1682, the fifth colonial governor of Carolina. Joseph Morton, built his home on the Island. These were perilous times for settlers because of threats from Indians and Spaniards. In 1686, the Spaniards raided the Island; and burned Grimball's and Morton's houses. Their raid provided them with gold; silver and other valuables as well as their slaves.
His children with Elinor Blake: Florence Morton m John Beamor; Joseph Jr m Sarah Wilkinson; John m Dorothy Dry
Joseph Morton, Sr., Gov.'s Timeline
Wells, Somersetshire, England
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States
November 20, 1688
South Carolina, United States