Maj. Sketchley Morton
|Birthplace:||Calcon Hook, Sharon Hill, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Death:||Died in Ridley Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States|
Son of John Morton, signer of the "Declaration of Independence" and Anne Morton
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About Maj. Sketchley Morton
The surviving children of John Morton and Ann Justis were as follows:
"Sketchley, the second child, became a major in the Pennsylvania line of the Continental Army; he married Rebecca, daughter of John and Mary Neidermar Taylor and died in 1795."
Maj. Sketchley Morton married Rebecca, daughter of John and Mary (Niedermark) Taylor, of Tinicum. She was born June 19, 1757. After the death of the Major, his widow married a Mr. Miller; and after his death, resided with her son, John S., in Springfield, at the place now called Morton, on the Philadelphia and West Chester railroad, where she died March 28, 1819, in her 77th year.
They had issue,
- Ann, of whom I have no information,
- Aaron Taylor and
- John S. Morton.
Elected November 18, 1775 Member of the Assembly who signed the State Bills of Credit Military service: Major in Pa. Line of the Continental Army.
From "Chester (And Its Vicinity,) Delaware County, In Pennsylvania". 2017. Google Books. Accessed March 28 2017. page 145
2. Sketchley Morton, 2nd son of the signer, was a Major in the Pennsylvania Line of the Revolutionary army, and died in 1795. His signature can be seen on the State Bills of Credit, issued according to the resolves of the Assembly, Nov. 18, 1775, the 16th year of the reign of his majesty George III. Among the members of the Provincial Conference which met at Carpenter's Hall, in Philadelphia, June 18, 1776, relative to calling a Convention to adopt a form of State government, will be seen the names of the following from Chester County: Major Sketchley Morton, Col. Richard Thomas, Major William Evans, Major Caleb Davis, Col. Thomas Hockley, Elisha Price, Esq., Col. William Montgomery, Mr. Samuel Fairlamb, Col. Hugh Lloyd, Richard Reiley, Esq., Col. Evan Evans, Col. Lewis Grono, and Captain Thomas Levis.
Major Morton became embarrassed financially before he died, by endorsing for his friends, and his property was sold to pay their debts.
Amoslauii, is the name now given to the property owned by Thomas T. Tusker, directly opposite the "White Horse Tavern," in Ridley, and is a portion of the ancient tract so-called. There can be no doubt but that the Major owned a part of the Ammasland tract, (a part is owned now by his grandson and namesake, Judge Morton, at Morris' Ferry on Darby Creek.) On examination of the Sheriff's conveyances, l found that Ezekiel Leonard, Sheriff, sold in Ridley 72^ acres,
as the property of Sketchley Morton, by a Venditioni to November term, 1787, at the suit of Wm. Black alias Carpenter; and the levy is upon "two messuages or tenements and one plantation and tract of land situate in the township of Ridley, bounded by lands of Joseph Pearson, Aaron Morton and others, containing 88 acres, more or less." The record of the conveyance is as follows: "Ezekiel Leonard, Esq., High Sheriff, acknowledges the execution of a deed dated the 16th of Nov., 1787, to Elisha Price, of the Borro of Chester, in the County of Chester, Esquire, for a certain messuage or tenement, plantation and tract or parcel of land situate, lying and being in the township of Ridley and county aforesaid, containing 72 acres and a half, more or less, late the estate of Sketchley Morton," &c.
I extract the following from an item entitled, "Ridley Notes," in the Republican of March 20,1874.
"Moving day among us is at hand, and many are preparing for the change. I notice the removal of Henry Shelldrake to the farm now owned by the Ridley Park Association, and which belonged a century ago, to John Morton, the signer of the Declaration of Independence. William H. Price will remove from his old homestead, formerly the "Plough" tavern, where he has lived over 50 years, to the late residence of William H. Gesner, at Norwood, which he has purchased. The old "Plough " tavern was built during the reign of Queen Anne, by one of the family of Hendrickson, who owned a good deal of land at and above the mouth of Crum Creek. It was purchased by John Morton, the signer, about 1765; at his death his son, Sketchley, grandfather of the present Hon. Sketchley Morton, of Springfield, became the owner. He sold it in 1785.. to Joseph Pearson, who, dying in 1803, bequeathed it to his son, John L. Pearson, who, at his death in 1842, bequeathed it to William H. Price. The house was kept as a tavern long before and during the Revolutionary war, and was so continued until 1820, when John L. Pearson moved into it and took down the sign."
Major Sketchley Morton, married Rebecca, daughter of John and Mary (Niedermark) Taylor, of Tinicum. She was born June 19, 1757. They had issue, Charles, Rebecca, Ann, of whom I have no information, Aaron Taylor and John S. Morton. After the death of the Major, his widow married a Mr. Miller; and after his death, resided with her son, John S., in Springfield, at the place now called Morton, on the Philadelphia and West Chester railroad, where she died March 28, 1819, in her 77th year.
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- "Chester (And Its Vicinity,) Delaware County, In Pennsylvania". 2017. Google Books. Accessed March 28 2017. page 145 "From page 145: John Morton, the signer, married Ann Justis, of Chester County, and they had issue, as appears by his will duly registered at West Chester, Aug.26, 1778, three sons and five daughters; Aaron, Sketchley, John, Mary, Sarah, LYDIA, Ann, and Elizabeth."
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Maj. Sketchley Morton's Timeline
Sharon Hill, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States
February 21, 1781
January 19, 1795
Ridley Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States