||James Morgan migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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Birth: 1607, in 1657 he deposed his age was 50.
Marriage: James Morgaine and Margery Hill were married Aug. 6, 1640.
Death: 1685 or more specifically 5 Apr 1685, in Groton. His memorial placque and footstone in the Avery-Morgan Burial Ground in Groton lists his birth as 1607 and death 1685.. Note: There must be a primary source for the more specific date. If you know of one please add it or leave a note.
The internet (including Wikitree) is full of lovely family trees, extending James' family tree back as far as the 1200s. As far as I can tell they are unsourced and as such should be suspect. I believe the forerunner of these modern trees, may be A History of the Family of Morgan, From the Year 1089 to Present Times, by Morgan Appleton. Self published about 1902. Unfortunately, for more careful genealogists, he lists no sources for his information.
If we use Appleton's, sometimes difficult to follow, trees we find on page 102 the often repeated:
Appleton on page 100 lists James' father.
No wife is mentioned, nor is a death year.
If we choose to accept this, we can then eliminate all the other Williams who appear as his father, and we can eliminate all their wives named Elizabeth or anything else. This also eliminates Miles of Springfield as his brother. Miles was the son of Elizabeth of Tredegar (1583-), d/o William Morgan of Tredegar and her husband William Morgan of Dderw/Diveru.
May 17, 1649. The General Court or Colonial Assembly at Hartford, "graunted that ye bounds of ye plantation of Pequett shall be foure myles on each side of ye Great Riuer and six myles from ye sea northward into ye country — Provided that ye aforesaide bounds bee not distributed to less than forty familyes."
March 11, 1657, by act of the General Court, the settlement at Pequot was named “New London in memory of ye renowned City of London," At that time it embraced not only what has since been divided and subdivided into several towns on the west side of the river, but also what are now the towns of Groton and Ledyard, on the east side.
It was on the east side of the Thames River that James Morgan finally settled, with his wife and family of three sons and a daughter. This territory was made the separate town of Groton in May 1705, after James' death, and was divided again in 1836, setting off the town of Ledyard.
James Morgan, is first recorded in Roxbury, Massachusetts. On Aug. 6, 1640, he married there, Margery Hill, of Roxbury. His children were all born there. He signed the freeman’s oath in Roxbury on May 10, 1643. He was an original donor of the Free School. He is named as a resident of Roxbury in the inventory of John Graves, dated 1646, and was a freeholder there as late as 1650.
1650 is the year he removed to Pequot, (now New London, Connecticut) and had a houselot assigned to him. Early in that year he had lands granted him at Pequot, which were soon after occupied by him as a homestead, "on the path to New street,"(now Ashcraft, There is a small park nearby named “Morgan Park.”) A further entry upon the record shows that "James Morgan hath given him about 6 acres of upland, where the wigwams were, in the path that goes from his house towards Culvers, among the rocky hills." These tracts were located near the present Cedar Grove Cemetery, in the western suburbs of the city of New London. They were afterwards considered sterile and dreary and, in a few years, were abandoned by their occupants for homes and better lands on the east side of the Thames River. James continued to occupy this homestead on the path to New street until about March, 1657.
On Dec. 25, 1656, he sold his homestead and removed soon after, with several others, across the river, upon large tracts of land previously granted them by the town. James Avery, William Meades, and Nehemiah and John Smith, also had grants of land adjoining James. They were all among the first settlers, residents, and farmers on the east side of the river, which is now Groton.
James was a large proprietor and dealer in lands. He was frequently employed by the public in land surveys, establishing highways, determining boundaries, adjusting civil difficulties as a magistrate. He was one of the "townsmen" or selectmen of New London for several years, and was one of the first Deputies sent from New London plantation to the General Court at Hartford for the May session, 1657, (at which date he deposed his age to be "about 50 years;"). He was nine times afterwards chosen a member of that assembly, the last time in 1670. James Morgan, was considered a man of honesty and integrity. In a controversy between the General Court and the New London plantation, about boundaries and jurisdiction, it was ordered that the matter be submitted to three arbiters, mutually agreed upon. New London at once named their townsman, James Morgan. The General Court promptly accepted him, and without naming another, agreed to submit to his sole decision, which when made, seems to have satisfied everyone.
He was an active and useful member of the church under Rev. Richard Blinman's ministry. At one time he and Mr. Tinker and Obadiah Brown, were chosen to select the seats of people in the meeting house. In 1661, he was one of a committee of the General Court to lay out the bounds of New London, "on the east side of the Great River." In 1662, he was one of a committee to contract "for building a house for the ministry," at New London. As his son, James, approached maturity he is refered to as James Morgan Sr. In 1662, his worth on the town assessment list, stands the third highest in amount. The spot where he first built his house, resided and eventually died in Groton “is a few rods southeast of the present dwelling (1868) of Elijah S. Morgan, about 3 miles from Groton Ferry, on the road to Poquonoe Bridge.” Placement of his residence on modern maps (2014) is in the vicinity of Filter Plant Rd. in Groton, Connecticut, just southwest of the Avery-Morgan Cemetery.
He died in 1685, aged 78 years, and his estate was divided soon after his death among his four surviving children.
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On 26 Apr 2017 at 17:55 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:
On 21 Sep 2016 at 15:14 GMT Anne B wrote:
As I was looking I realized that the wrong father is attached to James of New London. He should be William Morgan of Llanvabon. I must have missed that change.
Of course this is all built on information in A history of Family of Morgan., which I am never too sure of as a source, but it seems to be the only source.
Are you OK with putting William of Llanvabon back?
On 8 Apr 2015 at 19:31 GMT Anne B wrote:
On 4 Apr 2014 at 04:37 GMT Vic Watt wrote:
On 4 Apr 2014 at 04:23 GMT Vic Watt wrote:
On 3 Apr 2014 at 15:44 GMT Anne B wrote:
On 3 Apr 2014 at 15:08 GMT Mark Miller wrote:
On 3 Apr 2014 at 11:28 GMT Anne B wrote:
On 3 Apr 2014 at 02:32 GMT Vic Watt wrote:
On 3 Apr 2014 at 02:13 GMT Vic Watt wrote:
James is 21 degrees from Aaron Copland, 18 degrees from AJ Jacobs, 13 degrees from Barbara Shoff and 13 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.