James Morgan (born 1853 in Alton, Illinois). Family letters state James was orphaned at a young age by "parents of Irish immigrants". He was taken in by a "Banta" family who reared him. Many Banta men fought in the Civil War - adoptions were almost ordinary during that time. One letter I have mentions Lafayette Banta and Milton F. Banta who served in 1863-65 in Missouri. There are no adoption or other records I can locate for James. A Hill genealogy book mentions that James was raised by a Banta family - my heritage comes from Hill/Morgan. I cannot locate any record of Irish immigrants who lived in Alton, IL in 1853, and no record of death. I assume the Morgans and the family who took James in were likely close neighbors. I' hoping someone can find this lost connection.