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Shapley Morgan

Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: Ledyard, New London, Connecticut Colony
Death: September 2, 1800 (60)
Ledyard, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Ledyard, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Morgan, III and Sarah Morgan
Husband of Freelove Lydia Morgan
Father of Shapley Morgan; Sarah Gray; Lydia Williams and Freelove Morgan
Brother of John Morgan; Ruth Brown; Phebe Hurlbutt; Elkanah Morgan; Thomas Morgan and 2 others

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About Shapley Morgan

  • HURLBURT, Freelove
  • b. 22 SEP 1739 Groton, New London, CT.
  • d. 9 AUG 1813 Ledyard, New London, CT.
  • Parents:
  • Father: HURLBURT, John
  • Mother: STODDARD, Mary
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 24 MAR 1763 Groton, New London, CT.
  • Spouse: MORGAN, Shapely
  • b. 7 FEB 1739/40 Groton, New London, CT.
  • d. SEP 1800 Ledyard, New London, CT.
  • Parents:
  • Father: MORGAN, John
  • Mother: COBB, Sarah
  • Children:
    • MORGAN, Shapely
    • MORGAN, Lydia
    • MORGAN, Ephraim b. 19 MAY 1769 Groton, New London, CT. d. FEB 1773 Groton, New London, CT.
    • MORGAN, Daniel b. 15 JUN 1771 Groton, New London, CT. d. MAR 1773 Groton, New London, CT.
    • MORGAN, Mary
    • MORGAN, Eneas
    • MORGAN, Freelove
    • MORGAN, Sarah
  • 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, ....
  • Pg.17
  • 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.
  • Pg.18
  • 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.
  • Pg.19
  • 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.
  • CHILDREN. ....
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  • Capt. JOHN, (4) b. 30 Mch, 1645, s. of James, m. Rachel Dymond, dau. of John, 16 Nov. 1665, by whom he had 7 children. After her death he m. 2d, Widow Elizabeth Williams, dau. of Lieut. Gov. Wm Jones, of N. Haven, and grand-dau. of Gov. Theophilus Eaton, by whom he had 8 children, in all 15. He removed to Preston about 1692, and died in 1712, aged 67. In his will ....
  • CHILDREN — by Rachel. ....
  • Pg.31
  • Capt. JOHN, (38) b. 10 June, 1667, s. of John, m. Ruth Shapley, dau. of Benjamin and Mary (nee Picket) Shapley, of Groton, settled in Groton, and died between the date of his will 30 May, 1744, and its proof in Probate, 16 March, 1746, aged about 79. His wife, Ruth, died earlier, as she is named as his deceased wife, in his will, as also his dau. Ruth Brewster, deceased. All his other children are named as then living, except Experience, who probably died young. He left a large estate ....
  • CHILDREN. ....
  • Pg.39
  • Capt JOHN 3d, (129) b. 4 Jan. 1700, s. of John 2d, m. Sarah Cobb, 17 April, 1728, settled in Groton, (now Ledyard,) d. Feb. 1771, age 71, and his wid. Sarah d. in 1780. His will is dated 15 Feb. 1771, proved in Stonington probate, 12 April, 1771, and mentions his wife, Sarah, and all the following children, except Elkanah, as then living. It is apparent from other indications that Elkanah was dead before 1764, and probably died early in life.
  • Pg.40
    • 237. John, 28 July, 1729, m. Prudence Morgan, (165) 1 Feb. 1750.
    • 238. Ruth, 9 April, 1733, m. --- Brown.
    • 239. Phebe, 9 April, 1736, m. Stephen Hurlburt, 9 Oct. 1755.
    • 240. Elkanah, 8 June, 1738, died before 1764, unmarried.
    • 241. Shapley, 7 Feb. 1740, m. Freelove Hurlburt, 24 March, 1763.
    • 242. Thomas, 30 June, 1742, m. Sarah Leeds, 1764.
    • 243. Eunice, 22 July, 1744, m. Elijah Brown.
    • 244. Isaac, 5 Jan. 1750, m. Elizabeth Allyn.
  • Pg.58
  • Deacon SHAPLEY, (241) b. 7 Feb. 1740, s. of John 3d, m. Freelove Hurlburt, 24 March, 1763; set. in Groton; d. Sept. 1800, age 60, and his wid. Freelove, d. in Aug. 1813, age 73. His will dated in Groton, 8 April, 1800, proved in Stonington probate, 7 Oct. 1800, names
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  • his wife, Freelove, and all his children except Ephraim and Daniel, who both died young.
    • 574. Shapley, 28 Dec. 1764, m. Hannah Allyn, 1789.
    • 575. Lydia, 23 Jan. 1766, m. Roger Williams.
    • 576. Ephraim, 19 May, 1769, died Feb. 1773, age 5.
    • 577. Daniel, 15 June, 1771, died March, 1773, age 2.
    • 578. Mary, 25 April, 1774, m. John Enos, 24 Sept. 1795.
    • 579. Eneas, 24 Dec. 1776, m. Abigail Lewis, 19 Jan. 1800.
    • 580. Freelove, 29 Aug. 1779, m. Rufus Allyn.
    • 581. Sarah, 27 June, 1784, m. Capt. Phillip Gray, of Groton, 24 Dec. 1801, as second wife. He died 1802.


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Shapley Morgan's Timeline

February 7, 1740
Ledyard, New London, Connecticut Colony
December 28, 1764
Age 24
Groton, New London, Connecticut, United States
January 23, 1766
Age 25
Groton, New London, CT, USA
June 27, 1784
Age 44
September 2, 1800
Age 60
Ledyard, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Ledyard, New London County, Connecticut, United States