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Henry Chapin Morgan

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Henry Chapin Morgan

Posted: 9 Jan 2008 4:14PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Morgan, Blakely, Copsey, Gilbert, Bliss, Everston, Street, Nixon, Bundy, White, Hill, Rich, Emerson, Shoemaker
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, Indiana, 1901, pages 355-358

Henry Chapin Morgan was born in Spartansburg, Randolph county, Indiana, June 19, 1877. His father was then engaged in the dry-goods business. When Henry was about six years of age his father moved to a farm near Winchester Indiana, where they lived for about four years. In the meantime attended the country school in Greensfort township, Randolph county, Indiana.

His father then moved to a farm near Warren, Huntington county, Indiana, where Henry attended country school during four or five months of the year, spending the remainder of the time attending to the duties connected with farm life. At fifteen, having creditably finished his studies in the district schools, he entered the high school at Warren, Indiana, where he spent two years, taking the complete high-school course in that time, after which he attended school at the Central Normal College, Danville, Indiana. About this time he began the study of law, and soon after entered the law office of Levi Simmons, of Warren, Indiana, where he spent eighteen months under the direction of Mr. Simmons. He then entered the Indiana Law School at Indianapolis, Indiana, where he remained two years and had the degree of L. B. conferred on him. He also spent some time studying and reading under Pierre Gray, son of ex-Governor Gray, in the year 1898-99, and later was under the direct supervision of Judge Leander J. Monks, judge of the supreme court of Indiana. The months intervening between June and September he spent in the law office of Maurice L. Spencer, Huntington, Indiana, and was admitted to the bar of Huntington county June 20, 1899. On June 1, 1900, he began the practice of law at Huntington, Indiana, where he is now located.

In politics Mr. Morgan is a Republican, and takes an active part in local and state politics, having at one time been the state secretary of the State Republican College League, but resigned this position to take up the practice of law. He is a member of Colonel C. E. Briant Camp, No. 8, Division of Indiana, Sons of Veterans; of La Fontaine Lodge, No. 42, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; of the Indiana State Bar Association; of the Indiana Sons of the American Revolution, under State No. 197 and National No. 11722; he is also a member of the Christian church of Warren, Indiana, having united with that church January 1, 1899.

On December 2, 1900, he was married to D. Maurine Blakely, of Peru, Indiana, the elder daughter of Richard and Mary Blakely, and a talented violinist—having received a scholarship at the Metropolitan School of Music at Indianapolis, Indiana, studying under Hugh McGibony, a graduate of Brussels, Germany.

Richard H. Blakely was born near Wapakoneta, Auglaize county, Ohio, on September 7, 1850; his wife, Mary B. (Lacey) Blakely, was born near the same place January 13, 1853. Richard was the son of Joseph Monroe Blakely and Nancy Copsey.

William Morgan, the earliest ancestor of whom our subject has any knowledge, was the son of Sir John Morgan, who was a descendant through a long line of Ivors, Llewellyns and Morgans, who were descendants from Cadivorfaws, a chieftain in Dryfed or Pembrokeshire, who died in 1089.

Captain Miles Morgan, the emigrant and founder of the family in America, was born at Llandaff, Wales, in April, 1616, and died at Springfield, Massachusetts, May 28, 1699, aged eighty-three years. He was the youngest son of William Morgan, who moved from Llandaff, Wales, to Bristol, England, and became a merchant there prior to 1635.

In February, 1636, John, Joseph and Miles Morgan sailed from Bristol, England, to try their fortunes in the “Land of Flowers” (America). They arrived at Boston the following April, 1636, and resided at Roxbury, Massachusetts, for a short time. Miles later settled at Springfield, Massachusetts, where he was married to Prudence Gilbert, of Beverely, having met the lady of his choice on his passage to America. To them were born nine children. The wife (Prudence) died on November 14, 1660. Miles was again married, the second time to Elizabeth Bliss, on February 15, 1669. Nathaniel, their only son, was born June 14, 1671. Miles Morgan died May 28, 1699, aged eighty-three years. He fought in King Philip’s war, particularly at the sack of Springfield.

Nathaniel Morgan was born in 1671 and married in 1701. To this union were born nine children, Captain James Morgan being the fifth son.

Captain James Morgan was born in the year 1710. He enlisted in the Revolutionary war September 8, 1776, in the Eighth Regiment for the New York campaign, as ensign, and the same day was promoted to the rank of captain, under Colonel Nathaniel Heard. In 1781 he was a defender at Fort Griswold, where he was severely wounded with fifteen bayonet stabs and left on the field; surviving this massacre, he was afterward captured and confined several months in New York. It is said of Captain James Morgan the “he served everywhere—surrendered nowhere—served to the end of the war.”

James Morgan was married to Margaret Everston in 1733. To this union two children were born. His second marriage, in 1744, was to Catherine Street. To this union two children were born, the second being Charles, who was born about 1747.

Charles Morgan was married, first, to Susanna Nixon, May 17, 1771; second, to Lydia Bundy, January 25, 1786. To his first marriage six children were born: Benjamin, born in North Carolina July 1, 1772, and moved to Back Creek, Randolph county, Indiana, about 1796, and later to Richmond.

Benjamin Morgan was married, first, to Naomi White, daughter of Isaac and Catherine White, she being born July 24, 1773, and having died June 8, 1811. Their eldest son, Micajah, born November 10, 1798, and died September 12, 1860. On March 31, 1819, Micajah was married to Hannah Hill, and this union was blessed with four daughters and seven sons, six of the latter having served in the war of the Rebellion.

George F. Morgan, being the sixth son of Micajah Morgan, was born December 6, 1845, at Richmond, Wayne county, Indiana, and lived there until he enlisted in Company K, One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Indiana, in 1863. After the war was over he returned to Richmond and spent a few months, when he went to Topeka, Kansas, and engaged in railroading for the next fifteen years, after which he returned to Spartansburg, Randolph county, Indiana, where he engaged in the dry-goods business. He now lives in Warren, Huntington county, Indiana. On September 1, 1876, he was married to Mary, daughter of Samuel and Diadem Rich. To this union were born two children, Henry C. and Chester R. The mother of these children was born in Darke county, Ohio. Her father, Samuel J. Rich, was born at Lebanon, Warren county, Ohio, December 9, 1824, and died at Winchester February 25, 1898. He was married September 17, 1844, to Diadem Emerson, who was born in 1820, and died January 17, 1862, she being a first cousin of the poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson. He was again married, to Hester A. Shoemaker, who now resides at Winchester, Indiana. He was the son of Samuel Rich, who was born September 9, about 1800, who was the son of Samuel Rich, who was born September 9, 1744, who was the son of Joseph Rich, who was born January 9, 1721.

Our subject is now in partnership with Judge C. W. Watkins in the practice of law, and resides at No. 26 La Fontaine street. His life work has been eminently successful from a financial standpoint, having not only a large and lucrative practice, but extensive real-estate interests.


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