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Morton Bourn

Birthdate: (66)
Death: August 31, 1861 (66)
Franklin, MO, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Elizabeth Bourn; Lucinda Bourn and Margaret Bourn
Father of Martha Patricia Helm

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About Morton Bourn

Some records may refer to as "Brown" or "Bowen" or "Bourne" and/or "Martin"


Possibly served in War of 1812

Title: War of 1812 Service Records, Url:

Abbrev: War of 1812 Service Records

Page: Bowen, Morton

Company: 1 Reg't (TAYLOR'S) Virginia Militia

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Morton Bourne was born about 1795 in Virginia. He married Elizabeth

Greenleigh on 15-Dec-1819. Elizabeth was born about 1793 in Winchester,

Frederick County, Virginia. She died 18-Oct-1847 in Franklin County,

Missouri. According to Sarah Jane Bourne, her father was a prominant

Southern sympathizer during the Civil War, and on 31-Aug-1861, he was

killed by the Missouri Home Guards in Franklin County, Missouri. When

the Home Guards entered his house, Morton shot one of them. Another hit

Morton in the head with the butt of his rifle. The blow knocked Morton

silly and he staggered out the door. Another of the Home Guards shot

and killed Morton as he attempted to climb a fence. The Home Guards

warned the family that anyone else who left the house would be shot.

Morton's body remained draped over the fence for two days. Finally, one

of his daughters ignored the warnings and buried her father.


Page: “The following is from a letter by John Greenlee Bourn, son of Morton, written March 11, 1916 and sent to Herman G. Kiel, the compiler of the Kiel files housed at the Washington (MO) Historical Society.

Dear Sir:

In compliance with your request for information concerning my father I submit the following. Morton Bourn was born in Virginia in 1790. He tollk part in the War of 1812. He was married to Elizabeth Greenlee April 1816. Eight children were born to them; Martha, Mildred, William David, Lucinda, Elizabeth, Morton Jr., Sarah Jane, and John Greenlee. We moved from Virginia to Franklin Co. MO May 1837. My mother died about 1848, her eight children surviving her. My father was married the second tiem to Lucinda Greenlee, my mother's sister, who lived only a short time after. In 1854 his third marriage occured to the widow of John S. Connally who had eight children. In 1855 my father settled on a claim four miles South of Lawrence, Kansas. He took a few slaves with him and on this account the abolitionists threatened his life, robbed and ordered to leave Kansas. Accordingly, we went to Westport, M(?) (Missouri?) where he lost his wife and two of her children, Eliza and Emily Connally. My father returned to Franklin Co. near Campbellton in 1856. August 31, 1861 about 10 p.m. a company of Home Guards under Captain Frick went to his house, rapped loudly on the door and demanded entrance. My father asked who they were and what they wanted. Their reply was "Open that door or we will break it down and kill you". At this he fired through the window and two Home Guards were killed. My father was also killed defending his home.

Yours Truly,

John Greenlee Bourn

126 N. 50 St.

Seattle, Washington”

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Morton Bourn's Timeline

July 1, 1820
Age 25
VA, United States
August 31, 1861
Age 66
Franklin, MO, United States