I have spent a significant amount of time recently researching the Morgan families that settled in Sugar Creek Twp of Shelby County Indiana. These families trace their ancestry back to Thomas Morgan of Bedford Co., Virginia. Here is what I found so far:
Thomas Morgan b.1702 d.1774 married Lettice Evans. They had seveal children which are well documented.Their son, Lewis Morgan b.1728 PA d.1816 Pulaski Co, KY married Christine Ann White b.1726 PA d.1816 in Pulaski Co., KY.
Lewis and Christine Morgan had at least 3 sons, one of whom was Adonijah Morgan, b.1755 Va d. 1827 Fayette Co, IN.
Adonijah Morgan was married twice. First wife was Cleo Coats whith whom he had son Gabriel Morgan. Not sure what happened to Cleo, but Adonijah Morgan married a second time to Isabelle Jean McMahon b.1765 Scotland d.1829 Fayette Co, IN. Adonijah and Isabelle Morgan had at least 11 children.
One of their sons was the Rev. Lewis Morgan b.1788 d. 1852. Lewis Morgan was married four times during his lifetime. He left Greene Co, TN and migrated north into Shelby County, Indiana, where he became a prominent citizen. Rev Lewis Morgan was a member of the Indiana State Legislature for a period of time and was also one of the founding fathers of Franklin College in Franklin, Johnson Co., Indiana. Lewis Morgan owned land in both Sugar Creek and Brandywine Townships in Shelby Co., Indiana. He first platted the town of Brandywine 1.4 miles NE of Fairland, Indiana in the mid 1800's and he donated the land for the construction of Brandywine Baptist Church. The town of Brandywine was also called "Pinhook" becuase the residents there were very poor. They fished Brandywine Creek daily for food and were so poor they could not afford fish hooks so they made their hooks from brass pins, hence the name Pinhook. The town, which was originally platted with 40 lots, eventually disappeared. Interstate 74 just NE of the Fairland Rd interchange lies in the old footprint of the town. There is a cemetery and an old church there that is the remnant of Brandywine Baptist and all that remains of the town. The congregation of the original Brandywine Baptist Church relocated to Fairland Baptist Church around 1852.
Daniel A. M. Morgan was the son of Rev Lewis Morgan and his first wife, Sally Matthews. Daniel A.M. Morgan was born February 27, 1808 in Pulaski Co., Kentucky and died January 2, 1869 near Boggstown, Indiana in Sugar Creek Township. He is buried in the Old Boggstown Cemetery, also known as the Gallagher Cemetery.Daniel was married two times. His first wife was Sally Boggs, sister of Joseph Boggs for whom Boggstown, Indiana is named. Sally Boggs was born March 6, 1806 in Kentucky and died October 12, 1855 also near Boggstown, Indiana. She is buried next to Daniel A.M. Morgan.
Daniel and Sally Boggs Morgan had the following children:
Mary J. Morgan
Nancy Evaline Morgan (Evaline was Sally Boggs' mother's name)
William L. Morgan
Ann Eliza Morgan
Alfred White Morgan
Sarah E. Morgan
James M. Morgan
Joseph Boggs Morgan
Lucinda J. Morgan
Geno M. Morgan
Most of the children are also buried in the Old Boggstown Cemetery. Longevity was not a blessing for these children. Many of them did not make it to adulthood and those that did, did not enjoy long lives.
After Sally Boggs Morgan's death, Daniel A.M. Morgan remarried. On February 21, 1856, Daniel married Mary Ann McCaslin b.abt. 1828 in Franklin, Johnson Co, Indiana and d. in 1881. She is buried in Franklin, near her first husband. Daniel and Mary Ann Morgan had three children:
Cary Elmore Morgan
Loretta Eva Morgan
Son Cary Elmore Morgan was born on August 21, 1860 in Johnson County, Indiana. He attended high school in Indianapolis and Butler University. He became an ordained minister with the Disciples of Christ Church and began his ministry in Arcadia and Atlanta, Indiana. He also had a church in Wabash, Indiana at one point during his life. His last ministry was in Nashville. Tennessee in 1912. During his lifetime he was:
A curator for Transylvania College in Lexington, KY.
VP of Christian Unity Commission for the Disciples of Christ Church.
On the Advisory Board for the National Society for Broader Education.
The President of the American Christian Missionary Society.
Rev. Caery E. Morgan died in Nashville, TN on May 10, 1925.
Another son of Rev. Lewis Morgan and his 3rd wife Mary C. Causey, was Thomas J. Morgan. Thomas J. Morgan was the half-brother of Daniel A.M. Morgan detailed above. Thomas J. Morgan was born near Pleasant View, Indiana, 10 miles NW of Boggstown, Indiana. He attended Franjklin College, the University of Leipsic in Germany, and Chicago University. Here are the bullet points ofn his life:
1861 Thomas J. Morgan enlisted as a private in the 7th Indiana Infantry.
August 1862 re-enlisted a 1st Lt. in the 70th Indiana Infantry inder Col. Benjamin Harrison.
Harrison promoted him to Major and he recruited the 14th Regiment of u.S. Colored Troops.
Also organized the 42nd and the 44th U.S. Colored Infantry and the 1st Colored Brigade of the Army of the Cumberland.
On December 13th and 14th in 1846 Thomas J. Morgan commanded 2 brigades, 1 white and 1 colored to a crushing defeat of CSA General Hood's troops at Nashville, TN.
At 25 years of age he was made one of the youngest Brigadier Generals in history.
Resigned from the army in August 1865 after 40 months of service.
1891 was named United State Commissioner of Indiana Affairs.
Was also the Corresponding Secretary of the American Baptist Home Missionary Society.
*Thomas Morgan of Bedford Co., Virginia was my 6 great grandfather and Daniel A. M. Morgan my 3rd cousin 4 x removed.