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Notes for Wiley Pliney Morgan
In a newspaper from the Woodville, Mississippi area that was discussing local community histories (dated March 23, 1975) provided by Judith Morgan Darby, there is an entry for a small community named Morgan. "The site of Morgan, was once owned by a man named Waller, and later by his daughter, Mrs. Ed Lewis. The Lewis family sold the land to Wyley Morgan, for whom the flag stop on the Y&MV Railroad was named. Because of its location on the Louisiana state line, Morgan was onced used as
a quarantine sttion".
In the Woodville Republican dated August 21, 1880 a tender story regarding the death of the twins, Wiley and Annie appears,
The spring and summer of 1880 was tragic for Wiley P. Morgan. First he lost his young wife to sickness on April 16th (possibly from birth complications from the twins she bore on April 13th) and then the twins themselves who died on July 31st.
"At the residence of Mr. Wiley Morgan, July 31st, 1880, Wiley and Annie, twin children of Mr. Wiley and Annie Morgan - aged 3 months and 17 days. The deaths of these two sweet babies recalls to us these fitting lines which are so appropriate to the sad event;
Two more have gone from this sinful world of ours;
Whose brief stay on earth seem a few fleeting hours,
Two more have gone to the bright golden shore -
Ring the bell softly, there's crape on the door.
Angels and mother were longing to meet
Those who'll walk with them in heaven's bright street
Loved ones have whispered that some one is blest;
Free from earth's trilas and taking sweet rest.
Yes! there is two more in angelic bliss,
Two less to cherish, and two less to kiss
Two more departed to heaven's bright shore,
Ring the bell softly, there's crape on the door."
In The Woodville Republican dated March 6, 1886 a story ran describing an attempted assassination of Wiley Morgan. On March 13 the newspaper reported that the suspect was found and brought back for justice.
The Woodville Republican on December 9, 1893 reported the death of Wiley Morgan in a hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. "Mr. Morgan was born and reared in Amite City and was 53 (should have read 51) at the time of his death - with the exception of a few years in New Orleans he lived all of his life in Amite and Wilkinson counties. He was a man of originality, and considerable intellectual force and of great industry and energy, and we have heard competent judges say they regarded him as the best planter in this county. Mr. Morgan by ability and good management accumulated a large estate. He leaves a wife and children to mourn his untimely death, who have the sympathy of many friends in their bereavement. The remains were brought home and interred in the cemetery here".
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