Tuesday, August 24, 2021

& Yet Another George

George D (possibly David) Morton shows up in the 1860 census of Anson County. 

Name:George Morton
Birth Year:abt 1821
Birth Place:North Carolina
Home in 1860:Wadesboro, Anson, North Carolina
Post Office:Wadesboro
Dwelling Number:604
Family Number:563
Occupation:Boot Maker
Real Estate Value:1650
Personal Estate Value:1200
Household MembersAge
George Morton39
James Haire25
James Bonnoitt47
William Morton7
Hampton Morton5
Flora Morton2
Mary Morton27

It's an oddly arranged household. George is a 39 year old bootmaker with $1650 in real estate and in  $1200 personal estate. Living with him is 25 year old James Haire and 47 year old James Bennoit from South Carolina. After the 2 James's come a line of children, William 7, Hampton 5, and Flora 2, who are George's own children. Lastly, his wife Mary is listed at age 27. Normally, the Head of Household leads the list, followed by spouse and children. Any borders, relatives, or household employee and farm hands are listed last. But not in this case. 

I don't know where George D. Morton was in 1850, but his military papers from his term in the Civil War state he was born in Montgomery County. So here we have yet another George. 

I've already blogged about George Simeon Morton, who fought in the War of 1812, was born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, married Elizabeth McSwain in 1814 at her father's house on the Stanly County side of the river, and moved with relatatives, McSwains and Throgmortons, to Henry County, Tennesee.

Then there was George Crogin Morton, younger brother of Rev. Samuel P. Morton, who moved to Webster County, Missouri. 

Rev. Samuel P. Morton also had a son, George Arnold Morton, who also moves away, and I will be getting to him eventually. but now we have George D. Morton. I acutally have more information on his wife, Mary, than I do George. 
Name:Mary J Carpenter
Birth Year:abt 1834
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1850:Cedar Hill, Anson, North Carolina, USA
Real Estate:300
Attended School:Yes
Line Number:8
Dwelling Number:661
Family Number:661
Household MembersAge
Mary Carpenter52
Joseph Carpenter21
Mary J Carpenter16
William G Carpenter14
Harriet M Carpenter12
Susan Carpenter9

George married Mary Jane Carpenter, daughter of William Guilford Carpenter, on June 24 1853, in Anson County. He had brought his Cedar Hill bride to the County Seat of Wadesboro, were he was said to be in the Manufacturing Business.

Name:Geo D Morton
Enumeration Date:1 Jun 1860
Place:Wadesboro, Anson, North Carolina, USA
Schedule Type:Manufacturing
OS Page:1
Line Number:14

As he is listed as a Bootmaker in the census, perhaps his two tenants, Mr. Haire, and Mr. Bennoit were employees and fellow Bootmakers.

 In Anson County deed, Book 15 Page 605, George D. Morton and wife sell for $250 to James Martin, a tract of land on Jack's Branch adjoining the property of James Martin, Matilda Carpenter and others. James Martin was the husband of Mary Jane Carpenter Morton's sister, Ann, who lived next to them in Cedar Hill Township in 1850. Cedar Hill is located in the northeast corner of Anson County, just below Rocky River which forms the Stanly County line. 

The property was 41 acres that met Lucy Martin's corner and was the land 'drawn by Mary Carpenter in the division of her father's estate'.

In 1861, in Book 16, Page 194, Joseph Carpenter, Allen Carpenter, George Morton and wife Mary, Merritt Tyson and wife Eliza, sold to Thomas Henley for $100, or $25 to each of the 4 parties, for a tract of land, 
"which has descended to us due to the consequence of the death of Susan Carpenter and H. M. Tyson who intermarried with A. J. Tyson in Lot 2 containing 41 acres of the lands of William Carpenter which was alotted to his daugher, Susan Carpenter, deceased."

And then came War. George D. Morton, 33, Served in  Company C, 14th Infantry. His trade was as a mechanic.  He was wounded at Malvern Hill.

George D Morton
Enlistment Age
Birth Date
Birth Place
Montgomery County, North Carolina, USA
Enlistment Date
22 Apr 1861
Enlistment Place
Anson County, North Carolina
Enlistment Rank
Muster Date
22 Apr 1861
Muster Place
North Carolina
Muster Company
Muster Regiment
14th Infantry
Muster Regiment Type
Muster Information
Casualty Date
1 Jul 1862
Casualty Place
Malvern Hill, Virginia
Type of Casualty
Muster Out Date
21 Jul 1862
Muster Out Information
Side of War
Survived War?
Residence Place
Anson County, North Carolina
North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster

George D Morton tended to jump census records. As I have not located him in the 1850 census, so went the 1870. But we can get an idea of where he was around this time as his son Guilford gives his birthplace as Black Hawk, Carroll County, Mississppi in 1869.  His family may have been in transit. 

The family chose Grayson County, Texas in which to relocate. 

Name:George Martin[]
Birth Date:Abt 1815
Home in 1880:Precinct 8, Grayson, Texas, USA
Dwelling Number:224
Relation to Head of House:Self (Head)
Marital Status:Married
Spouse's Name:Mary Martin
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina

The family had been completed by Susan, Harvey, Thomas, Gilford and Robert. Unfortunately, the name Morton is often incorrectly transcribed as "Martin", as 'o' and 'a' can look very similar in the old Script.

George lived a long life. in 1890, he was still living and listed in a Veteran's Schedule for Grayson County. He would die the next year. 

Name:George D Morton
Birth Date:1810
Birth Place:Anson County, North Carolina, United States of America
Death Date:1891
Death Place:Grayson County, Texas, United States of America
Cemetery:Cedar Mills Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place:Cedar Mills, Grayson County, Texas, United States of America
Has Bio?:Y
Spouse:Mary J. Morton
Children:William David MortonGilford William MortonRobert Alan MortonHampton B. MortanJames Richard MortonThomas M. Morton

Find a Grave has his birthplace wrong, as he himself had given his birth county as Montgomery County, NC, however he had lived in Anson County and his wife grew up there. He's buried in the Cedar Mills Cemetery, along with several of his children and grandchildren, and also his wife Mary. 
Mary outlived George by several decades, however. 
Posted to Find-a-Grave by Gary Morton

Back in Anson County, North Carolina, the battle over the lands of William Guilford Carpenter, who had now been deceased for over 50 years, continued to wage between his surviving children and the children of his deceased children. It's a very good document to keep the descendants of the various William Carpenters straight with, which some have not succeeded at. 
Mary Carpenter Morton, however, was still alive and well. 


The Messenger and Intelligencer

Wadesboro, North Carolina
22 Oct 1896, Thu  •  Page 2

In 1900, Mary is found living with her youngest son, Robert Allen Morton, and a grandson, Alex G. Morton
Name:Mary J Morton
Birth Date:Mar 1841
Birthplace:North Carolina, USA
Home in 1900:Justice Precinct 8, Grayson, Texas
Sheet Number:11
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation:213
Family Number:213
Relation to Head of House:Head
Marital Status:Widowed
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina, USA
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina, USA
Mother: number of living children:8
Mother: How many children:11
Months Not Employed:0
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
Can Speak English:Yes
House Owned or Rented:Own
Home Free or Mortgaged:F
Farm or House:F
Household MembersAgeRelationship
Mary J Morton59Head
Robert A Morton23Son
Alex G Morton21Grand Son (Grandson)
She confessed to being the mother of 11 children, with 8 living. 
Mary Jane Carpenter Morton

Mary Jane is found in both the 1910 and 1920 census records living with her grandchildren, Alexander George Morton, aka "Elec" and his sister, Willie. They were children of her son, Hampton, who died in 1900.
Elec and Willie lived together for the remainder of their lives and never married. They were buried side by side with stones that say "Brother and Sister". 
The 3 children of Hampton Morton, Elec, Willie and Hampy (Jr.)

The children of George D. Morton and Mary Jane Carpenter Morton were:
1854 - 1927 William David Morton   Married Fannie Stephens - 7 children
Hampton Morton children as adults (minus Effie by 1st wife).

1857 -1890 Hampton George Morton Married Molly Beatie - 1 child
Married Elizabeth Nell Mooney - 3 children.
1858-1932 Flora M. Morton Terrill. Married Albert Pike Terrill 12 children
1860-1933 James Richard Morton. Married Amanda 'Mandy' Dodgin 9 children. Settled in Okmulgee, Oklahoma
James, Mandy and Family

1863-1939 Susan Morton Golden. Married Rueben Manuel Golden 5 children. Settled in Tulsa, Ok, died in Huron, Ohio.
1866-1931 Thomas Mitford Morton Married Johanna S. Berryhill, a member of the Creek Nation. Her father was Creek, her mother white. 7 children. Settled in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Thomas Morton family

1867-1927 Harvey M. Morton. All children were born in Anson County, NC (some give Montgomery County, NC) until Harvey. He was born in DeSoto, Mississippi. Died in Okamulgee, OK. Married Minnie Ada Waterson. 7 children.
Morton Brothers l to r: Bob, Tom and Harve aka 'Tink'

1869-1928 Gilford William Morton. Born in Blackhawk, Miss. died in Grayson County, TX. Married Maryann Bettis Sanders. 1 chid, Maude.
Guilford, Maryann and Maude Morton

1876 - 1961 Robert Allen Morton (Mary Jane Carpenter's mother was an Allen) Only child born in Grayson County, Texas. Settled in Muskogee County, Ok. Died in Okmulgee County, OK. Married Melissa Alice Logan. 2 children
As a side note: Some of the records of the chidren have George's name as George. Others have him down as Stephen. Why Stephen? From the family of William Daivd Morton, oldest son and a Merchant in Grayson County. 

DescriptionHusband of Frances Morton. Son of Steven Morton & Mary Carpenter Morton. Father of Albert Leonard Morton, W.L. Morton, G.O. Morton, Audy B. Morton, Cora Maude Morton. Father is believed to be George Morton on other records. Find A Grave Memorial# 6166287

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