Morgan

Historian C. A. Weslager believed that the Morgan family originated in Maryland. Henry Morgan was sheriff of one of the Eastern Shore counties in 1648, appointed to settle Indian grievances. Rowland and Hoell Morgan were cited in Eastern Shore records as early as 1644.

The earliest Morgan I have found in Kent Co., DE was John Morgan who was granted 300 acres in Duck Creek Hundred on 13 April, 1676.

On 17 November, 1680 David Morgan purchased 400 acres in St. Jones Hundred. When he died in 1692 his will listed :

In 1699 George Morgan first appeared in the Kent Co. Probate Records and in 1722 administration on his estate was granted to William Morgan . John Morgan died in 1726 and Joshua Morgan died in 1727. Joshua's will mentions 2 sons: Joseph and Evan Bradbury Morgan.

William and Grace Morgan appear as witnesses in a Concilor will which links them to one of the earliest of the mixed blood community families. When William died in 1744/48, his will mentions:

Marmaduke Morgan died in Mispillion Hundred , Kent Co., in 1775. He was called a weaver and his will lists:

Marmaduke's descendants continued to appear in Mispillion Hundred:

In Scharfs History of Delaware , numerous Morgans who served in the Revolutionary War are listed: among them; Evan, Jacob, Jeremiah, Matthew, David and Elijah Morgan.

There were also Morgans living in other areas of Kent County at the time :

A James Morgan died in 1821 and mentions a brother,Evan, so they are probably descendants of Marmaduke, the weaver. A John Morgan died in 1833.

It was in the early 19th century that the first mixed race Morgans began to appear in Kent County records. In 1837 Samuel Morgan of Duck Creek Hundred died. Letters of Administration on his estate were granted to his brother, William Morgan of Little Creek Hundred. Surety was given by Elijah Conselor. The presence of Elijah links Samuel and William to the mixed race Kent Co. community.

The names "John", "James", "William" and "Samuel" which occur so frequently among the 18th century white Morgans, especially the children of Marmaduke and Sarah, appear with equal frequency among the later mixed race community. Indeed the mixed race Morgan line in Kent Co. springs from 3 men whose relationship has not yet been determined but who could possibly be brothers: James Morgan , John Morgan and William Morgan . If this William is the same as mentioned in the 1837 accounts, then we can add another "brother" to this list, Samuel Morgan .