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9th child of Col. Zackquill Morgan, founder of Morgantown, West Virginia, USA.
He spent most, if not all, of his life in Monongalia County, and probably died at Morgantown.He was not married.His name is found frequently in Morgantown history where he was a land owner, engaged in business, and help settle his father's estate.He was engaged somewhat, along with his brothers Levi and Morgan, in protecting the border from Indian raids, for we find at least one mention of him making an expedition into the Indian country along with his brothers.
George A. Dunnington, in his History of Marion County, published at Fairmont, in 1880, makes one mention of Horatio.
"The vindictive passions of the white settlers once aroused, they would forget for the moment they were civilized men, and the bare sight of an Indian, whether friendly or otherwise, would arouse their spirit of revenge in their heart, and they would be lead to commit acts which in their thoughtful moments they regretted.A striking incident of this kind occurred in which Horatio Morgan, of Prickett's Fort, was the principal actor.
"While hunting one day he unexpectedly came upon an Indian seated near a fire on the river bank.Concealing himself behind a tree, Morgan watched the scene for some moments.Over the fire was suspended a pot in which an Indian boy was stirring a mixture of herbs and water.The first mentioned savage -- an old man -- sat upon a log with his head bowed in his hands, evidently very sick, and the boy was boiling the gruel to relieve his suffering, which appeared to be intense.Not a considerate thought for the pitiable condition of the old Indian seemed to enter the mind of Morgan, but raised hiss gun, after watching the scene awhile, he fired.The ball went crashing through the brain of the sick man, and he was forever freed from his sufferings.The boy, frightened by this sudden evidence that an enemy was at hand, took to the woods and made his escape.
"Horatio was overcome with remorse the moment after he fired the shot, and would have given the world to have been able to recall it.So stricken with shame was he at the cowardly advantage he had taken of the Indian, that it was not until years afterwards that he related the circumstances; and then it was with a feeling of deep regret at what he had so thoughtlessly done.
Dunnington further says that about the year 1791, "A small company of settlers, including Horatio and Levi Morgan, Jacob and John Hays, and several others made an expedition from here (Fairmont) to an Indian town on Sunfish Creek, in Ohio, for the purpose of destroying it.Arriving there they found the village deserted by the warriors, and the only remaining inhabitants a few women and children and old men.
"They stole up to the outskirts of the town, where they could obtain a good view of the situation.Observing an old man sitting quietly smoking a pipe in the door of his wigwam, Levi Morgan told the rest of the party to watch him exhibit his extraordinary marksmanship, and taking steady aim at the center of the old man's forehead, fired.The ball did not vary a hairs breath from the spot, and the old Indian rolled over dead.This was the signal for the attack and the men plundered the village and returned home, bringing with them several prisoners."