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William Henry Morgan - St. Clair Co., MI (bio)
Posted by: Stephanie Sampson Date: January 11, 2002 at 17:14:56
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Biographical sketch of WILLIAM HENRY MORGAN from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.

This bio spans two (2) pages: 472-473


This ex-soldier of the Civil war, now a farmer in Lynn township, St. Clair county, Michigan, was born in Detroit February 7, 1838, a son of Henry and Lydia (Ward) Morgan, the former of whom was a native of the state of New York and the latter of England. Henry Morgan was reared on a farm in the Empire state and early in the ’twenties came to Michigan and became interested in a stage line running out of Detroit, and later purchased a farm nine miles west of that city, being for several years engaged in agricultural pursuits. He then returned to Detroit, but a short time afterward came to Lynn township and for some time worked in the lumber camps. About 1850 he brought his family to this township and embarked in lumbering on his own account, employing about twenty-five men for six or seven years. About 1857 he purchased eighty acres of wild woodland in section 24, this township, which he and his sons cleared and converted into a good farm. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Morgan were members of the Methodist church and in politics he was a Republican. He served as a justice of the peace several years, and also filled all the school offices. To Henry and Lydia Morgan were born five children, viz: William H., Alsey B., Julia, James and Lydia. Alsey B., deceased in 1901, married Sarah Hollenbach, who bore him two sons and one daughter; he owned a part of the home farm; Julia is the wife of Andrew Brogan, a lumberman in Saginaw, and has had a family of four children, of whom one died young; two daughters are teachers and a son is engaged in lumbering; James enlist6ed in 1862 and served one year, returned home an invalid, and died in 1864; Lydia was married to James Sterling, a prosperous farmer of Lynn township, bore her husband two sons and one daughter, and died in 1874. Henry Morgan passed away at the home of his son-in-law, James Sterling, in Lynn township, aged sixty-six years, his wife surviving him eleven years, dying June 24, 1890, aged seventy-five years.

William Henry Morgan passed the greater part of his boyhood in lumber camps, beginning at the early age of thirteen to drive a team of four oxen, at which he continued for several winters, and in the spring seasons drove logs on the rivers until he enlisted, under Captain Dake, at Armada, in August, 1862, in Company E, Fifth Michigan Cavalry. He saw a great deal of hard and active service with his regiment, including the terrible conflict at Gettysburg. In February, 1864, when Kilpatrick and Dahlgren started on their famous raid on Richmond to liberate the prisoners at Libby, when within about six miles of Richmond, on the 2d of March, Dahlgren was killed and a great many of the Federals captured. Before daylight Morgan and six others, thinking they were entering the camp of their own men, got into the hands of the enemy and he was a prisoner for twenty days, when he escaped by assuming another name and getting into a squad to be exchanged. Mr. Morgan took part in nearly all the marches, skirmishes and battles in which his regiment was engaged for three years, was mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as sergeant and then returned to Detroit and set to work to clear up a tract of forty acres of land he had purchased a year prior to the war with money he had earned by hunting and teaming and by trading with the Indians. He also resumed work in the lumber camps and now owns a farm of eighty acres, which was part of the old Morgan homestead.

January 9, 1866, Mr. Morgan was united in marriage with Miss Jane Finch, a daughter of Sylvester Finch, a prosperous farmer of Macomb county, Michigan, and the father of ten children, of whom Mrs. Morgan was the ninth. The Finch family came from New York in a very early day and walked from Detroit to Romeo, between which points Mr. Finch carried his provisions on horseback. To Mr. and Mrs. Morgan have been born six children, namely: Clara, who still lives with her parents; Sylvester; May, deceased; Louis, Minnie and Edna. Sylvester is married to Della Empey and operates the farm; May, the deceased daughter, was the wife of Abner Phillips, of Brockaway township. The Morgan family attend the Methodist Protestant church and in politics he is a Republican. Fraternally he is a member of the Charles S. Traverse Post, G. A. R., and Mrs. Morgan is a member of the Ladies of the Maccabees, both being active members of their respective societies.


PLEASE NOTE: I do not have any personal interest in researching the MORGAN surname or the St. Clair county, Michigan location. I am merely posting a select number of the biographical sketches found in the above-referenced book *upon specific written request* as a service to the genealogical community; these transcriptions are intended for personal use and are not being done for profit. Please do not contact me with regard to research interests in the above as I have no personal ties. Thank you.

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