Re: John Morton Jr. son of John and Jane Peden Morton
Beverly I just happened upon this posted reply. I'm not sure why I wasn't notified by genforum!!! Anyway, you are correct and I could have told you that George Morton from Illinois is NOT related to our group. YES, they lived near one another, but were not blood related. George is related to Winship Morton from NC to Illinois and then to TX. There is no DNA connection but I will tell you this...........descendants told my Mother that one time after the civil war George Morton fed our Mortons there in TX when his crop made and others around them didn't. So yes, the families knew one another, and were good neighbors, but they also knew they weren't related.
Your Jesse A. Morton was married to Priscilla Killian in Blount County AL. According to the grand daughter of John M. Morton whom my mother interviewed back in the 1950's, Jesse's early years in Texas were hard on his health. I know at least once he was bitten by a snake and survived, but I have never heard he rode with the Rangers. I heard Matt Morton may have, but not Jesse. I'm not sure Jesse completely recovered, it is my supposition that he struggled with his health based on the granddaughter saying his health suffered. If you learn it was Jesse who was with the Rangers, I would like to know.
The same granddaughter told my Mother than Nancy was NOT a Scarborough. The woman in the house who is a Scarborough in the 1860 census, which causes people to make Nancy into being a Scarborough, was actually a woman there helping Nancy take care of John. He had Parkinson's Disease and required extra care. I have been told that Nancy was a BROWN and she was Chickasaw Indian, daughter of Thomas "Beloved Man" Brown. I have never found anything to disprove it, and have letters written to me years ago stating it, but neither can I prove it conclusively other than I know she wasn't a Scarborough.
I have the birth date for Wiley Thomas Morton as being 1839 and he died in 1901. I do not have the birth year for James Goodwin.
Yes, John was at the battle, but again I have no records that Jesse was there. I only know that somewhere in that time period he was bitten by a snake and his health suffered until he died.
Jesse's marriage record to Priscilla Killian in Blount County Alabama should provide you some proof. 12 July 1836. Jesse's sister Delilah Morton married Priscilla Killion's brother William in Blount County 1 June 1839. They were the children of John Goodwin Killion for whom James Goodwin Morton was named, son of Jesse.