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Youngs Morgan

Birthplace: Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: West Mystic, New London, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Nicholas Morgan and Phebe Morgan
Husband of Abby M. Morgan and Elizabeth Ann Morgan
Father of Orlando C. Morgan; John Austin Morgan; John A. Morgan, Capt.; Austin C. Morgan; Abby Morgan and 3 others
Brother of Nicholas Morgan; Phebe Harding; Sally Morgan; Guerdon Morgan; Capt. Sanford Morgan and 6 others

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About Youngs Morgan


The Morgans are an old Colonial family, long seated in New London county, Connecticut, James Morgan, immigrant ancestor, having settled in New London in 1650. He was born in Wales in 1607, arrived in Boston in April, 1636, settled in Roxbury, and there married Margery Hill, April 6, 1640. In 1650 his home was in New London, near the present town burial grounds in the western suburb of the city of New London. He sold his homestead, December 25, 1656, and removed to what is now the town of Groton, New London county, where he became an extensive land owner and an influential citizen. He was selectman, deputy to the General Court in 1657 and for

nine terms thereafter, and was prominent in the church. His son, Captain James Morgan, was one of the first two deacons of the first church of Groton, as well as the principal town magistrate, and for years transacted the greater portion of the civil business of that community. He was moderator of the first town meeting, first selectman of the town, and captain of the first brass band in 1692. The same year he was a deputy to the General Court and for years he was a commissioner to "advise and direct the Pequot Indians" in the management of their affairs. Deacon James Morgan, son of Captain James Morgan, throughout his lifetime was active and useful in church and civic affairs, drawing wills, deeds and legal papers, his name generally appearing as moderator of the town and society meetings.

He was the father of a fourth James Morgan, who occupied the old original homestead in Groton, being the fourth in lineal line, and the fourth James Morgan to occupy it. The Morgan and Avery families have intermarried and Avery has been frequently used as a middle Morgan name. From this James Morgan of Groton comes Youngs Morgan, also of Groton, son of Captain John A. Morgan, grandson of Youngs Morgan, and great-grandson of Nicholas Morgan, a farmer and owner of the old family property at the foot of Old Fort Hill. At that homestead Youngs Morgan was born February 5, 1814, and there he lived until 1845, when he moved to a farm on Poquonock Plains, owned by Morgans, where he spent the remainder of his life. During his younger days, he, like many young men of the neighborhood, went to sea, three successful whaling voyages being made by him before the thirst for adventure was satisfied. Captain John A. Morgan, son of Youngs and Elizabeth Morgan, was born at the homestead, foot of Fort Hill, which was later destroyed by fire, and died in the village of Groton. In 1845 the Poquonock Plains farm became the family home, the lad securing his education in the school at Poquonock Bridge and at Mystic Academy. He early began following the sea, making several deep sea voyages and visiting many foreign ports. He was also engaged in menhaden fishing, and in 1864 shipped as able seaman on the brig "William Edwards," engaged in the coastwise trade. In 1865 the vessel was run down by a steamer off Little Egg Harbor, the crew being rescued and taken to New York. In i860 he returned to menhaden fishing and became captain of a vessel and engaged in that business extensively. In 1867 Captain Morgan obtained an interest in a fish oil factory at East Boothbay, Maine, and for twenty-one years he continued in the fishing business and in the manufacture of fish-oil and other fish products. In 1881 he retired and in 1895 removed to Groton Village, where he resided until his death. Captain Morgan was a man of strong character, fearless, strictly honorable and public-spirited. He served as selectman and as assessor and gave much of his time to the Volunteer Fire Department. He was active in the movement which resulted in the forming of Groton Fire District, No. I, and was elected chairman of the first fire district committee, an office he held continuously until 1903, when failing health compelled his retirement. He, however, held the office of fire chief from the organization of the department until his death. He was a member of Thames Lodge, No. 13, Ancient Order United Workmen; of Fairview Lodge, No. 101, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; of Charity and Relief Lodge, No. 72, Free and Accepted Masons. He was a Democrat in politics and for five years, under President Cleveland, captain of a government launch at the Navy Yard on the Thames. Captain John A. Morgan married, February 21, 1877, at East Boothbay, Maine, Ann Mary Gould, daughter of John Gould, of East Boothbay, and they were the parents of three children: Mary A., who married William G. Steb- bins and resides in Groton; Youngs (2), of further mention; and Edward G., who married Jennie May- nard, and resides in Groton. Youngs (2) Morgan was born in Groton, Connecticut, October 6, 1879, and was educated in the public schools. Arriving at a suitable age, he learned the plumbing trade under Neuman & Cronin, of New London, continuing with that firm until 1912. He then engaged in business under his own name and for the past ten years has successfully conducted a plumbing and steam fitting establishment in Groton. He is a skilled worker himself and an energetic progressive business man. He is a Democrat in politics; member of Fairview Lodge, No. ioi, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and an attendant of the Baptist church. Mr. Morgan married, June 10, 1914, Sarah Browning, of Pictou county, Nova Scotia, daughter of Joseph Browning. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan are the parents of a son, William S. Morgan, born December 5, 1916. The family home is in Groton, not far from the locality in which James Morgan, the American ancestor, settled in 1650.

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Youngs Morgan's Timeline

February 5, 1814
Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
February 17, 1836
Age 22
March 20, 1838
Age 24
April 10, 1840
Age 26
New London County, Connecticut, United States
August 20, 1842
Age 28
March 14, 1845
Age 31
July 25, 1846
Age 32
September 1847
Age 33
Connecticut, United States