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Re: Daniel Morgan/correct family name of his mother?
Posted by: Terry Morgan (ID *****2941) Date: January 22, 2012 at 12:47:43
In Reply to: Daniel Morgan/correct family name of his mother? by Frances Daniell of 19649

Hopefully I can answer some of your questions and I will cite my sources so that you have some confidence in the answers or as much as anyone can over 200 years after the facts.

There has been some confusion over the years as to Abigail Morgan's maiden name. She was in fact, Abigail Curry, the daughter of a prosperous Frederick County, Virginia farmer named Daniel Curry. Abigail Curry and Daniel Morgan took up a "common law" relationship around 1761. They lived together fron 1761 until 1773 without a marriage contract. Abigail bore him two daughters prior to their marriage. Nancy and Elizabeeth or Betsey.Daniel Morgan and Abigail Curry were married on March 30, 1773.Witnesses at the wedding were Charles Mynn Thurston, an Anglican minmister and future Patriot officer, and Daniel's longtime friend John Neville who was also the father of Daniel's daughter Nancy's future husband, Presley Neville. The Winchester Virginia Historical Society has a copy of their marriage contract.

As futher evidence that Abigail's maiden name was Curry or Currie, David Allison was a local merchant in Frederick County with whom Daniel did business. In his old ledgers as early as June 25, 1763 it is recorded under Daniel Morgan's account "Abbie Currie (sic) for various sundries by her."
1. Shenandoah Store Account Books, Ledgers A and B, and Shenandoah Day Book, VA State Library.
2. "Daniel Morgan Revolutionary Rifleman" Higginbotham, Don
University of North Carolina Press 1961
3. "Abigail Morgan; Wife of the Old Waggoner" Schaefer, Nancy; Norman, Oklahoma 2004
4. Winchester Historical Society records, Winchester, Virginia

Unfortunately on this one, the DAR is wrong.

Yes, Daniel and Abigail had two daughters. Nancy Morgan married Col. Presley Neville. He was the son of Daniel's good friend and reported "drinking buddy" General John Neville and his wife Winifred. Presley Neville served as an aid to Marquis de Lafayette and fought in every battle the Virginia Line participated in. The younger daughter married Major James Heard of New Jersey, who had served with Daniel for a period of time.
After Daniel's death, Abigail lived in Pittsburgh with daughter Nancy and son-in-law Presley Neville.Later she moved to Russellville, Kentucky and lived with daughter Betsey and her husband James Heard. Abigail died in Russellville, KY in 1816.

Nancy and Presley Neville moved to Neville, OH in 1817 and remained there until Presely's death in 1823. In 1824, Nancy then moved to Cincinnati, OH where she lived until her death in 1831. Presley and Nancy Morgan Neville had 15 children.

James and Betsey Morgan Heard first moved to Russellville, KY in 1803. In 1813, Betsey died unexpectedly of apoplexy. James Heard lived sevweral years longer but died in 1827 in New Jersey while visiting his sister. James and Betsey had 5 children.
1."Daniel Morgan Revolutionary Rifleman" Higginbotham, Don
University of North Carolina Press 1961
2.. "Abigail Morgan; Wife of the Old Waggoner" Schaefer, Nancy; Norman, Oklahoma 2004
3. "Daniel Morgan, Ranger of the Revolution" Callahan, North, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York 1961
4. "Life of General Daniel Morgan of the Virginia Line of the United States" Graham, James; Bloomberg, NY 1856

This book by James Graham is in my opinion the definitive biography of Daniel Morgan. Graham was married to a great granddaughter of Daniel Morgan, Cornelia Neville, and used their family documents, Daniel's personal letters and the papers of Rev William Hill who attended to Daniel during the last couple of years of his life.

Now,as to Willoughby Morgan.
Presley and Nancy Morgan Neville's daughter, Winifred, first confirmed that Willoughby Morgan was Gen Morgan's son. She confirmed this in an interview with Lyman Draper in 1868. She told Draper that she visited her mother's half brother while he was in Prairie du Chien,Michigan Territory, now Wisconsin.

From "What I know About Winchester, Recollections of William Greenway Russell 1800-1891" on page 178 is listed the following information:

"Willoughby Morgan: Natural son of General Daniel Morgan, born in Winchester about 1785; reared in South Carolina and studied law there; returned to Winchester and began practice; raised a company in Winchester in the War of 1812; distinguished himself at Fort George and rose to command of the 12th regiment; remained in regular army after the War; commanded troops in Yellowstone Expedition in 1820; died at Prairie du Chien in 1831."

It is thought Willoughby died of a stomach disorder. His will mentioned no wife or children as he never married. He directed T.A. Tidball of Winchester to free all of his slaves and pay his debts. He gave his watch to his friend General Henry Atkinson.

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