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Notes for William Morgan
William Morgan represents the earliest entry for Mississippi members of this family history. There are entries in "First Settlers of the Mississippi Territory" that indicate he was in Amite County region as early as 1803 and possibly earlier. A William Morgan settled 319 acres near the waters of Bassett's Creek on the west side of the Tombigbee River. There are entries also for Jordan, John, Thomas and James Morgan settling land and making claims around 1797). Most likely, they were brothers and possibly his father who had moved into the territory. William Morgan appears in the Mississippi Territorial Government ordered census of 1816 with "one male over 21, four males under 21and one female under 21 and one female over 21". Incidently, the next entry in the 1816 state census is George Gayden. Most likely they were neighbors.
William Morgan's will:
In the name of God, Amen,
I William Morgan of the county of Amite in the State of Mississippi, being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory calling to mind the mortality of the body, that it is appointed for all men to die; do make, ordain and constitute this and no other my last will and testament in manner and form following , that is to say -
First of all it is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid out of my estate after which the following disposition be made of the same, to wit..
It is my will and desire that all my estate shall remain and be kept together on my plantation for the maintenance and education of my children, until my youngest sons William and Hiram Morgan arrives at the age of fourteen years at which time I wish all my estate both real and personal to be equally divided among my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth Morgan and all my children to wit – Phebe Morgan, Wilie Morgan, James Morgan, Fielden Morgan, Benjamin Morgan, John Morgan, Delania Morgan, William Morgan and Hiram Morgan, each one to share and share alike in equal degree, and should my dearly beloved wife marry before the aforesaid William and Hiram Morgan arrives at the age of fourteen years then and in that time or as soon thereafter as may convenient, I wish the aforesaid division to take place, each one sharing alike in manner aforesaid, in all my estate both real and personal.
It is my further will and desire that my son Fielden Morgan shall have the care and management of my plantation and hands, until a division shall take place the proceeds of which to go to the maintenance of my family.
I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth Morgan my Executrix until a division shall take place, and my son Wilie Morgan by Executor to carry into effect this my last will and testament. Signed, sealed, pronounced and declared by the aforesaid William Morgan as his last will and testament, the twenty eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty.
Source Information: Book 4 Vol. 5, 1827-1831, Amite County, Mississippi Probate
Value of estate in 1830 - $8,350.00
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