Re: John Morton Jr. son of John and Jane Peden Morton
Lisa:I found on South Carolina marriages that John M.
Morton married Nancy Ann Scarbrough on 1-3-1820, in Green-
ville,SC & died 1870 in Anderson Co., TX....John was born on 9-12-1784 in Greenville, Greenville Co., SC., died 1873 in Palestine, Anderson Co., TX. Son, Jesse A. Morton, must
have died before 1850. His wife, Pricella Killion Morton
died in 1860. in 1960,John M. and Nancy Ann moved to Palestine,Anderson Co. TX to be near their 2 daus. Delilia Morton Killion, her husband, Wm. Killion was Pricella's bro. Also, Jane Morton Huddleston, b-1809, the oldest dau. lived in Palestine also, Jane was married to Wm. Newton Huddleston and I think it was the Huddleston Cemetery that they all were buried in. The two sisters married in Ala., and came to Texas with most all of the Morton family. Some
of the Mortons came much later.
In some places it states Jesse died in 1856, and there was
another Jesse Morton, kin, that came to Texas, and Jesse
had a son Jesse T. born in 1845-6. I have no death found
on him. The reason I believe Jesse M died before 1850 was
I found a probate that listed his children plus a dau. in-
cluded in the will.But the odd thing is Pricella's name
was Pricella Wilson, her husband I found was John Wilson.
(A lot of Wilsons came from Tenn.) A later census I found stated her name was Pricella Morton again.The marriage must not have worked out is my feelings.
When Pricella died the youngest boys, Levi would have been
13, and James G. would have been 16. Either the older bro.
took care of them or they could have went with John M and
Nancy Ann.They were too young not to be cared for and
were 16 and 19 years after Pricella died. Wiley T.was the
only one that would have been old enough for the Civil War
if he went and the two younger boys may have gone with their grand parents.They would have to have had a guardian, and legally, Wiley T was a yr. too young.It might have fell on their older sister to care for them.As far as I know, the 650 ac. should have still been in the children's names. There should have been this ball park
figure of the 1280 ac. left to live on.
When Levi and Nancy Jane married, they lived in Chireno. I
don't think that was a large place so the land may have been sold already or divided.Levi and Nancy Jane were
buried in the Lower Chireno Cemetery if I remember right.
Malitta and John Williams are buried in the Appleby Cem.
of Bethel.Bethel is on the internet and more Mortons may
be buried there also.
John M. had a brother named Levi "Old Tob" Morton that came
to Texas much later with his family but lived in another
On George and Winship Morton, they were from NC, and left
to go to Illionis.They may have been an uncle or cousin
someway.Marshal Morton Sr. was married in 1775 in NC.
Some of the children of Marshall's may have been born there. Marshall could have been in the American Revolution
in the late part, he was born 6-19-1763 NC and died in
Marshall Co., Ala, nest to Blount Co.Land grants were
given to the soldiers, but not always in the same place
if kin. He was supposed to be in the war of 1812 and have
gotten a grant from that.The NC land was given out in
the Am. Rev.Some TX land was given out for the 1812 war.
I did read in one book John M. did scout of the first
Rangers before the actual name Texas Rangers was used.Then, they only went out for abt. 3 months. maneuvers.
I spent a lot of time reading all those Ranger books to
find out what happened to Jesse A., why he died so young.
Thank you so much for informing me what you know.There
are a series of three books that could have more to find
out about if John M. did actually ride in some of the
early bunches of Indian hunters. I will have to find the
I am working hard trying to find a connection on a deed,
birth or early SC census that may have this information.
I could go thru Goodwin Killion to join the DRT but the
Mortons are the ones I want because my grandmother was