Name: Joseph Elford "Joe" MORGAN 1
Birth: 12 JUL 1873 in Polk County, North Carolina, USA 1
Death: 20 OCT 1930 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA 1
Occupation: Merchant & Businessman 1
Burial: OCT 1930 West Oakwood Cemetery, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA 1
Education: Bowling Green Business College and Literary Institute 1893 1
Reference Number: 1836
Joe Elford Morgan attended college at Bowling Green Buiness University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He lived in Seattle and Vancouver after college and returned to South Carolina in 1898 because his sister Lettie was ill. Following his
sister's death, he worked at Arkwright mills as a bookkeeper. He met his wife there when the Converse College girls were touring the mill. A merchant, he owned and operated a wholesale grocery for many years in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
He also a owned land, including farms and a private retreat at Clarks Mountain, near Tryon, North Carolina. He died of Heart disease.
He is listed in the Dictionary of South Carolina Biography 48:705-06 as follows:
JOE ELFORD MORGANThroughout all his mature life, Joe Elford Morgan was a civic leader, a friend of youth, and a prominent business man of Spartanburg. He was a native of Landrum, born July In 1873, a son of Henry C. and Sophia (Hill) Morgan
and a descendant of Henry and Deborah Morgan. This Henry Morgan was one of the descendants of Colonel Morgan Morgan, the first settler of West Virginia. A monument to Colonel Morgan was erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution at
Bunker Hill, Berkeley County, West Virginia. Henry Morgan with his wife, Deborah, came to upper South Carolina just prior to the American Revolution. The other children of Henry C. and Sophia (Hill) Morgan were as follows: 1. Lindsay,
deceased. 2. Ralph H. 3. Roy E. 4 Clarence W., deceased. 5. Nina, now Mrs. J. S. Webster. 6. Mollie, now Mrs. P. Gray Morris. 7. Mattie, who became Mrs. Milton Ballenger, now deceased. 8. Lettie deceased. 9. Lydia, also deceased.
Joe Elford Morgan received the preliminaries of his education in the rural schools near Landrum and was graduated from the Landrum High School taught by famous Zack Whitesides. He completed his studies in the Bowling Green, Kentucky, Business
College and Literary Institute in 1893. His varied and colorful business career included several forms of occupation and in one instance carried him to the Pacific West. One of his first employments was that of assistant to the tax collector
of Spartanburg County, in making tax returns and keeping the books. He then went to Seattle, Washington, for a year, but liked his native State better and returned to Spartanburg and accepted a position in McMillan's grocery store. In
succession Mr. Morgan was connected with the Artwright Mill store, bookkeeper at the oil mill, and then bookkeeper in Montgomery and Crawford's hardware store. All of these changes were a sort of preparation of his career as a merchant, in
which he was successful. In 1902 he established his own wholesale and retail grocery store in Spartanburg, which in 1918 became exclusively a wholesale business. He was also a director of the Carolina Bank, of Spartanburg.
However important the commercial and financial achievements of Mr. Morgan, his activities as a civic minded citizen and a humanitarian were to him of more value. He was always a constructive force in the development of his adopted community
and foremost in the promotion of worthy welfare movements. In his later years he became very much interested in the welfare of boys and, desiring to show in a practical way this interest he donated to the service of the Boy Scouts a large plot
of land which he owned on Clark's Mountain near Tryon. This has been used as a summer camp by the boys' organization and is known as Camp Rotary. Upon Mr. Morgan's death, October 20, 1930, at Spartanburg, one of the finest tributes of respect
to his memory was the marching of a troop of Boy Scouts in uniform to attend the last rites. Joe Elford Morgan lived an inspiring and useful life, one whose exemplary character and kindness of heart profoundly affected the life and character
of his associates. He had the gift of comradeship and his friends were legion. For many years he had been a member of the Baptist Church, first of the Wolf Creek Church of Landrum, and later of the First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, of
which he was a deacon and in the religious work of which he was active.
On September 9, 1902, near Inman, Joe Elford Morgan married Nancy Gertrude Chapman, daughter of Dr. William Jackson and Roey (Wingo) Chapman. Mrs. Morgan was born April 15, 1881, on her father's farm near Inman. Her father, Dr. William
Jackson Chapman, known familiarly throughout the region as "Dr. Bill" was a practicing physician for fifty years in the upper part of Spartanburg County. He was too young for Civil War service, but had five immediate relatives in the
Confederate Army. During the World War period Dr. Chapman served on the medical draft board.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Elford Morgan were the parents of the following children: 1. Sophia Rowena, born July 12, 1903; a graduate of Spartanburg High School, 1921, and of Converse College, class of 1925. She married Preston Brooks Mayson, of Saluda.
They have one son, Preston Brooks Mayson, Jr. 2. Elford Chapman, born June 28, 1905; a graduate of Spartanburg High School, 1923; Wofford College, 1927; University of North Carolina, Master of Arts, 1931; and is taking post-graduate course of
study leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. He married Martha Hamilton, of Davidson, North Carolina. 3. William Stuart, born October 24, 1908; graduate of Spartanburg High School, 1926; The Citadel, 1930; and is now engaged in the
wholesale grocery business. He married Mildred Collins of Spartanburg. They have one son, William Stuart Morgan, Jr., and one daughter, Nancy Mildred Morgan.
SOURCE: "Dictionary of South Carolina Biography," Richard N. Cote, Editor-in-Chief, Southern Historical Press, Easley, SC. 1985, 48:705-06.(also p. 251 of vol. I index). First published in 1934.
Nancy Gertrude CHAPMAN b: 15 APR 1881 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
9 SEP 1902
in Brannon's, South Carolina, USA 1
- Sophia Rowena MORGAN b: Private
- Elford Chapman MORGAN b: 28 JUN 1905 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
- William Stuart MORGAN b: 24 OCT 1908 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA c: in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
- Title: 11018 Cantrell.ftw
Text: Date of Import: 12 Jul 2000