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  • ID: I120108
  • Name: Thomas MORTON
  • Suffix: Sr.
  • Title: Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 7 AUG 1813 in Spencer, Spencer, Indiana
  • Death: 3 JUN 1896 in Hazelton, Buchanan, Iowa
  • Burial: JUN 1896 Hazelton Cemetery, Hazelton, Buchanan, Iowa
  • Reference Number: Taf:40+2.2+3
  • _FSFTID: K1W1-QD4
  • Note:
    !BIRTH: In a letter from Fred M. Eberhardt, Rt #2, Orangeville, ILL 61060 dated 19 May 1968 while writing to Emmett Kirby, Fred discusses "The Genealogy of Thos Morton" written by Wm. Markham Morton & published in 1930."

    !BIRTH: Information received 8 July 2000 from Douglas Raymond Barnwell, 1809 Matzley Dr., San Jose, Ca 95124-2341; E-Mail: and his website: Douglas sites the following which conflicts with his posted parents for Thomas....

    BIR: Morton 8/2, 42.
    MAR1: Vermillion Co Marriages, 33
    MAR2: Green Co Marriages A, 74; Morton 7/1, 69; Morton 8/2, 42.
    DEA: Morton 8/2, 42.
    BUR: Morton 8/2, 42.
    CHU: Little Pigeon Baptist Church, Vermillion Co., IN.
    (Francis Morton); Methodist Episcopal (with 2nd wife, Francis)

    Parents: Francis and Ruth (Powell) Morton. Siblings: Lewis W.P. b: 28 Jun 1821 IN d: 20 Feb 1891.
    Thomas was born in a crude log cabin in Spencer Co., just a few years after his parents had headed West with their two daughters. They probably came through Logan, KY and Nashville ,TN (Morton 8/2, 43). They came to Spencer Co 1810-13.
    The Francis Morton family, along with the Thomas Lincolns and the Kelleys were member of the Little Pigeon Baptist Church in Vermillion Co. At that time it was just a log structure (Monroe Times).
    Francis Morgan, a millwright and farmer, owned land where the Vermillion Co Bank in Potomac stands (Monroe Times). According to his d-i-l, Angeline A. Morton: "Thomas Morton was a boyhood friend of Abraham Lincoln's; they split rails together and traveled to New Orleans with a raft-load of local products; they often slept together, and it was not an uncommon experience to shake the snow off their bedclothes before crawling out of them on an Indiana winter morning as they slept in the attic of the log cabin under a shake roof." The two families lived within 10 miles of each other, so the boys almost certainly knew each
    other. They both attended the Pigeon Creek Baptist church. Both families sold out in 1830 and moved to IL. There is no record of Thomas Morton in any of Abe Lincoln's biographical materials (Morton 8/2, 43).
    When Thomas was abt 15 the family sold out and headed north along the banks of the Wabash River until they reached the mouth of the Vermillion River near Newport IN. The 1830 Federal Census lists them in Vermillion Co IN. They remained there until his father's death in 1839 (Morton 8/ 2, 43-5). Francis had started to make arrangements for the move, but died before they were completed. The family first rented a farm in Clarno before buying a 300 acre farm in Mt. Pleasant Twp., close to Hammerly Creek (Monroe Times).
    "Mr. Morton was m. 1 in 1835 to Miss Susan Kelly who died in 1845 at the age of 30" (History of Buchanen Co IA). (Age may have been correct but 1845 is wrong as Thomas Morton m. Frances A. Brown in 1844.) 1836-- "In 1836 Thomas Morton homesteaded in Middlefork Twp near Absalom and Joe Kelly; John S. and James Bailey; Asa Brown and the Partlow brothers " (Volkel 1967)
    1839-- aft his father's death Thomas, Susan and two baby boys migrated to Green Co with his mother and three younger brothers. "During the spring and summer months of 1839 Mrs. Francis Morton and members of her family came to Green Co WI by wagon and team, driving their stock with them (Bingham, 1877).
    1840-- listed as head of household in 1840 WI Census, Green Co. Listed after Joseph KELLEY. A bill of sale bearing the signatures of Thomas and four of his older siblings dated 28 Nov 1840 is recorded at the Office of the Register of Deeds, Vermillion Co IL (brothers L.W.P, W.W. and J.F were minors). Morton states Ruth provided the money to buy this land, and that Asa Brown built the outbuildings on the farms that Thomas and Lewis W.P. later farmed (Morton 8/2, 45).
    c.1865 Thomas sells his farm in Green Co and heads out to Iowa with this sons. "He came to IA in the spring of 1867, locating in 'old Hazelton' where they made their home for about five years engaging in the hotel business. He purchased a farm of 80 acres, where he now resides, in the east edge of Hazleton station in the year 1872. He has put up fine
    improvements, both in buildings and shade and fruit tress, besides putting his farm in a fine state of cultivation. When the railroad came to town he laid off forty acres in town lots. Mr. and Mrs. Morton are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and politically Mr. Morton is a greenbacker" (History of Buchanen Co Iowa, 343)
    1880-- Buchanan Co Census C.K. Morton lists IND as bp of both parents. Green Co census 1850 gives identical ages for Mordecai and Joseph b.i. Ohio (were they twins?) He died of a stroke at his homestead in Buchanen Co IA. He and his wife are buried side by side in the Hazelton IA cemetery (Morton 8/2, 42)

    History of Buchanen Co Iowa, 1881
    "The Descendants of James Kelly of Virginia."
    Markham Morton and Mildred Yeazel. Mort's Relations 7:1, 974 Mort's Relations 8/2 (4 Jul 1976): 42-50.
    "Family Heads in the 1840 Census of Green County WI."
    WSGS Newsletter 31/3, Jan.1985 "History of Kelly-Morton family related at reunion." Monroe Evening Times 23 June 1974.

    !PARENTAGE: A researcher contacted me and supplied the following information relating to the Parents of Thomas Morton: " Ilona Matkovszki <>
    Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008 13:52:24 -0600

    Dear Mr. Smith,
    Thank you very much for your quick and detailed reply to my inquiry
    about the Morton family. I found a lot of the information you
    related posted on, in local documents, and also in the
    History of Green County (no author, Union Publishing Co.,
    1884). Based on my research so far, I am convinced that the father
    of Thomas Morton (b. 8/7/1813) was Francis Morton, and not
    James. The reason being that he moves to Wisconsin as well as to
    Iowa with Mrs. Ruth Morton, who was his mother. They can be found
    together in the various federal censuses. In the 1870 census from
    Iowa, Mrs. Ruth Morton is actually listed in Thomas Morton's
    household, with Thomas' second wife, Frances, and their
    children. Mrs. Ruth's birthplace is Georgia, and she is 78 years
    old, i.e. would have been born in 1791-92. The 1880 census for Thomas
    from Iowa lists his mother's birthplace also as Georgia, and his
    father's as Kentucky. (So far I found nothing really reliable for
    Francis' birthplace or date, but based on the 1830 Vermilion co., IN
    census, he would have been born between 1870-1880. According to one
    source I found, Francis and Ruth married on Apr. 14, 1808 in Knox Co., IN.

    You had mentioned in your e-mail W.Markham Morton's publication "The
    Genealogy of Thomas Morton", which is the one everyone seems to
    quote. Unfortunately, I have no access to this here in Urbana, and
    am wondering if you could direct me as to where I may find it. You
    had also mentioned the publication "Mort's Relation" by M. Morton and
    Mildred Yeazel (as have many other researchers), and again, I have no
    access to this. Could you advise me where I may find it? Would you
    have a copy of either of these publications or of the Monroe Evening
    Times (1974 June 23 issue) which had the "History of Kelly -Morton
    family related at reunion"?

    Again, thank you for your kind help, and I am looking forward to your
    reply. Ilona

    1. "A Williams Chronicle--Descendants of Thomas Williams of Sullivan County, NY, and Jefferson County, PA".
    By: Frances Hansen Ehrig. Richland, WA--1969.
    Library of Congress Catalog # 76-97816.
    2. A Genealogy of the Mortons, with Related Genealogies.
    By: William Markham Morton.
    Published 1930.
    3. 1880 Federal Census, Thomas Morton. Hazelton, Buchanan, IA. FHLF 1254329, NA Film # T9-0329, Page # 448C.
    4. Larry Glen Jones.
    5.1840 Federal Census, Thomas Morton. Green Co., WI. Head of family.
    6.Roots Web - Francis Morton/Ruth Powell.
    7.Green Country, WI Marriages, Vol A, Page 74.
    8. The Decendants of James Kelly of Virginia.
    9. Family Records.
    Merle Cleo George Barnwell -- 1903-1997.
    William Milton Morton/Angelina Thomas
    24 Dec 2007.
    12. 1880 Federal Census, Buchanan Co., IA. Hazelton, Buchanan, IA. FHLF 1254329, NA Film T9-0329, Page 447A.
    13. 1900 Federal Census, Hyde Co., SD. Union Township. District 194, Sheet 2A, Household 20, Line 8, Film # 1241550, Image 00810. Enumerated 6 June 1900 by Martin Bouzek.
    14. 1880 Federal Census, William E. Wells. Jordan, Green, WI. FHLF 1255428, NA Film # T9-1428, Page 122A
  • Change Date: 12 JUN 2010 at 17:51:33 1

    Father: Francis MORTON b: ABT 1787 in Nashville, Douglas, Tennessee
    Mother: Ruth POWELL b: 1791 in , , Georgia

    Father: James McConnell MORTON b: 23 JUN 1785 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee
    Mother: Mary MONTGOMERY b: 25 OCT 1793 in , , Tennessee

    Marriage 1 Suzannne KELLY b: 22 AUG 1811 in , Scioto, Ohio
    • Married: 1 JAN 1835 in , Vermillion, Indiana
    1. Has Children Christipher Columbus MORTON b: 25 OCT 1835 in Danville, Vermillion, Illinois
    2. Has Children William Milton MORTON b: 25 APR 1837 in Danville, Vermillion, Illinois
    3. Has No Children Son MORTON b: 12 OCT 1839 in , Green, Wisconsin
    4. Has Children Cordelia MORTON b: 14 FEB 1842 in Mount Pleasant, Green, Wisconsin
    5. Has No Children Cornelius MORTON b: 14 FEB 1842 in Mount Pleasant, Green, Wisconsin

    Marriage 2 Frances A. BROWN b: 15 JUN 1824 in , Green, Wisconsin
    • Married: 11 JAN 1844 in Monroe, Green, Wisconsin
    • Note:
      MARRIAGE: Also shown as Married , Green, Wisconsin.

      MARRIAGE: Also shown as Married , Green, Wisconsin.

      MARRIAGE: Also shown as Married , Green, Wisconsin.
    1. Has No Children Sanford B MORTON b: 1845 in , Green, Wisconsin
    2. Has No Children Sara Catherine MORTON b: 1846 in <, Green, WI>
    3. Has No Children Mary C MORTON b: 1848 in <, Green, WI>
    4. Has No Children Thomas J MORTON b: 1852 in <, Green, WI>

    1. Title: Terry D. Smith
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