The Morgan family line can be traced back to 15th century Wales. The first
Morgan in this particular line was Thomas Morgan who wed
Their son was, Rowland Morgan who married Blanche Thomas. Their son was
Thomas Morgan who wed Elizabeth Bodenham.
couple had a son, called Sir William Morgan, born ca. 1582 in Llandoff,
Glamorgan County, Wales. Sir William married in 1606
William and Elizabeth’s son, James, born 1607 at Llandoff, traveled to America.
On 6 August 1640, he wed Margaret Hill of Great Barstead, England. There
are citations which say they wed in Roxbury, MA and some which say they
married in England, taking a child with them to the colonies. More investigation
is needed. They had six children.
son, generally called Capt. John Morgan was born on 30 March 1645 in Roxbury.
On 16 November 1665 he wed, Rachel Dymond Deming of Wethersfield, CT. She
became the mother of seven children before her death. Capt. John married
again, and had eight more children.
John and Rachel’s son, Samuel Morgan, born 9 September 1669 in New London,
CT. Samuel married on 30 December 1709 Hannah
Avery. They had eight children.
and Samuel’s son, Abijah, was born 6 July 1715 at New London. The name of
his spouse, remains unknown. He had a namesake son, Abijah,
Jr., born in
1749 at New London.
younger Abijah wed Anna Cone, born ca. 1745 at East Haddam, CT. She was
the daughter of David Cone and Mary Spencer. Anna had eight children. Abijah
and Anna were enumerated in the 1790 census for East Haddam.
1800 the family was included in the Hamilton, Madison Co., NY census. The
county history by James H. Smith, stated Abijah arrived in 1802, but the
census would set the date earlier. Abijah and Anna brought with them, sons
Chapman and Abijah, born 1772, plus a daughter,
Polly. The other five children
did not appear to have lived in Hamilton.
Polly Morgan, believed born 1788, wed Abel Butler. This couple resided in Otto,
NY. Abijah (1772) lived in Hamilton through the 1840 census. His daughter,
Olive Morgan in 1815 wed David Barto. This couple lived in Ulysses, NY.
elder Abijah went with his son, Chapman,
to settle at Scriba, Oswego Co.,
NY. Chapman lived on lot 43. Chapman
wed during 1805 at Hamilton, Betsey Nash, daughter of
Elijah Nash and Hannah
Thayer. She was born 2 August
1781, in Plainfield, MA. She apparently became the mother of seven children
according to the 1820 and 1830 Scriba censuses. The names of all the children
are not known. In 1820, there were five daughters and no sons recorded.
By 1830 there were two sons and five daughters noted. Five names were located
in family records: Orissa, Mary, Nancy, Betsey and Percival. Mary, born
ca. 1815, died young on 18 January 1846. No records have been found about Percival.
arrived in Scriba in time to join the local militia under Jonathan Parkhurst.
Attacks by the British were anticipated. He helped to defend Henderson
and Sackett’s Harbor in the fall of 1814 after the British did invade Fort
Ontario at Oswego, very close to Scriba where the shots of the guns could
be clearly heard. Afterwards he placed two claims against the State of
New York for losses he suffered in the War of 1812. One claim was for $21;
the other, $24.60.
1815, the older Abijah died at Scriba, according to family records.
grave has not yet been located.
11 May 1828, daughter, Orissa Morgan wed Joseph Earle Vincent, born 16 December
1803 in Stephentown, NY. She became the mother of eleven children.
Betsey Morgan, born ca. 1808, married in 1836, Samuel Peck, born 8 March
1811 in Lennox, MA. She had four children.
Nancy Morgan, born 18 July 1821, wed 22 January 1846 Charles P. Jones,
born 25 August 1821. It is likely Nancy died ca. 1849 after childbirth.
The 1850 Scriba census enumerated the widower Charles P. Jones thusly:
Charles P. - 28 - farmer - NY - $500
Charles E - 1 - son - NY
Eunice - 65 - mother? - NY
Eunice K. - sister? - NY
Charles E., the son of Nancy, probably died young as this census citation is the
only notation about him.
the 1850 Scriba census the parents, Chapman, age 67, a farmer, and
age 68, were enumerated living alone. Betsey died 26 June 1859.
the 1860 Scriba census, no Morgan families were counted. But next door to
each other were the following:
Joseph - 56 - farmer-NY-$5505
Orissa - 52 - wife-NY
Joseph E -24 - son-NY
Henry -23 - son-NY
Mary - 16 - daughter-NY
Susan - 63 - sister-NY
John Earl -14 - son-NY
Milton - 26 - sailor-NY
Ann - 26 - wife-NY
Frances - 2 - daughter-NY
Chapman -73 - grandfather-CT
full name was James Milton Vincent, born 24 April 1834, who wed on 22 January
1857 in Palermo, NY to Ann Amelia Shattuck, born 31 August 1837. They had
eight children. Milton, the son of Orissa and Joseph
Earl, died on 28 March
1916 in Chicago, IL.
died 3 February 1864. He was buried in Peck’s Cemetery at Scriba.
Orissa died on 5 September 1873.
She was also buried in Peck’s Cemetery.
County Historian, John C. Churchill, wrote about Samuel Peck whose wife,
Morgan died in 1886. Only two of their children survived: Shubel Peck and
Evaline Peck. Shubel was enumerated in the 1880 Scriba census.
Shubel P -43-farmer-NY
Emily E. -43-wife-NY
Alfred J. -22-son-NY
Ellen A. -8-daughter-NY
had married Emily Christman before 1860. In the Scriba 1860 census the
young couple lived with Samuel and Betsey Peck, next door to
Betsey’s great nephew, the house where her aged father, Chapman
the 1890's, Shubel worked as a salesman in the area. Son
Alfred, later called 'Fred', wed Alice Coon
and had two children according to Churchill.
Peck married Almon C. Tiffany whose father
O. B., was the local blacksmith.
By 1910 the census in Forest Home, Antrim Co., MI recorded the couple there.
They had been married for 34 years. Almon, age 63, worked as a school janitor.
While Evaline, age 61, ran a boarding house for two female school teachers.
stated a third daughter, Ella Peck married W. Marshall and had one child
before her demise. This statement was not verified.
oldest son, Joseph Evander Vincent, born 18 March 1836, and his wife,
Ann Hill, had among their children a son, Willet Vincent.
Willet wed Rose
Belle Fogg, born 16 May 1876 in Pulaski, NY. They had three sons: Etheridge,
Sherman M. and Tracey L. All lived most of their lives in Oswego County.
Etheridge married Marian Coster. They had one son, Donald C.
6 April 1925 in Oswego. Donald was thus the great-great-great grandson
of Chapman Morgan, the War of 1812 vet.
Vincents lived at 342 Duer Street, Oswego. They worshipped at St. Paul’s
Lutheran Church. On 7 August 1944 Donald was drafted into the
At Christmas 1944 he had a 13 day furlough which he spent at home with
his parents, old classmates from Oswego High School and work buddies from
Shell Oil where he had been a truck driver. He had trained at Camp Blanding,
FL, as a heavy weapons man with an infantry outfit, but was transferred
to the Tank Corps just before he went into combat.
first week of January 1945, to serve with the 8th Armoured Division of Simpson’s,
9th Army. He saw action in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. On March
29, eight days before his 19th birthday, he was killed in action in Germany.
thanks are due to Elizabeth Knauss <email@example.com> for making
her excellent research available to all. Additions or corrections can be
directed to her.
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