Re: John Morton Jr. son of John and Jane Peden Morton
In the records of this family in Alabama, Jane Morton is recorded only as Jane Morton, not Mary Jane Morton. She had a sister named Elizabeth who was recorded as Mary Elizabeth.........Could John and Nancy have named two daughters "Mary"? Possibly. But in my records, which are rooted back before WWII in my mother's research on the family, Jane Morton married William Newton Huddleston on 18 June 1829 in Blount County AL. William Newton was the son of William Berry Huddleston and Tabitha South. A "friendship" with the Berry family is notable with early Mortons in VA and NC and included some trade involvement. The Huddlestons had some interaction with them as well so that the use of the Berry name is inthe Huddlestons has always indicated to me a familiarty which went back to Virginia, but one that did not involve any marriages. The Huddlestons were slave owners from England to VA, whereas John Morton of Henrico Virginia freed all of his slaves, most of which were Indian, and built the first Indian school in Virginia...............Delilah Morton is the sister of Jane Morton who married William Newton Huddleston. Delilah married William Killian the son of Goodwin Killian and Nancy Jane Tharp. The Killians and Huddlestons migrated into Alabama through Tennessee, by coming across the Tennessee river into what is called "Will's Valley" and down into Blount County. This information was shared with my Mother by Killian descendants in Alabama, one of whom lived near us when I was growing up..............Frances Carolina Killian was the daughter of John Anderson Killian and Nancy Jane Moore..........Nancy Jane Moore's grandmother was a full blood Cherokee Indian. John M. Morton, who died in Palestine, Anderson Texas, was involved in the settling of the estate of the Moore's within the Cherokee nation before he left Blount County AL.