|LEVI MORGAN ( 1766 - 1825
) called "SPY MAN"
Most of info from research of
Jae Day Breitweiser
of Madison Indiana and Patricia
of Austin Texas.
Draft 1: 4/18/98,
Revised 8/29 & 9/16/98 & 2/12/99
26 Jun 1766 - Born to Col. Zackquill Morgan and wife, Drucilla Springer
Probably Rivesville Virginia area (which became West Virginia) or
Frederick County Virginia.
1a. 1767 - 1780
What type of education and where did he go to school? Family tutors?
Most of family probably had some formal schooling by tutors.
Fort Paw Paw was built and (see 1787) was in Marion Co. West Virginia.
Fort in Rivesville area.
American Treaty Fort McIntosh near Pittsburgh with the Indians, including
Delaware*, Shawnee & other Ohio Nations. (source 2a & 2b: 500 Nations
p 278 & p 287 by Alvin M. Josephy Jr.) Both treaties were deemed
fraudulent by the Indians with British & Americans.
American Treaty Fort Finney on the Ohio River with Indians (above) also.
Levi spoke Delaware language beautifully according to Draper Manuscripts.
Where did he learn it?
Levi Morgan (age 20) had lot #87 in Morgantown (Monongalia Co.) West
Virginia in log cabin near the springs on the north half lot. (later
lawsuit see 1802*)
Levi Morgan was Captain of Fort Paw Paw in Marion County West Virginia.
Levi Morgan was at the Buffalo Settlement as Ensign for Monongalia County
(source: Vol. 11 Chronicles of Scot-Irish in Virginia) also with Lewis
(Col. Morgan Morgan book by French Morgan) killed several Indians.
Levi Morgan served in the West Virginia Militia during Indian troubles
Levi Morgan on Monongalia County Virginia tax rolls page 1321 (alone &
would have been age 22) His father Zackquill Morgan there also with 3 slaves.
We think Col. Z. & family lived in Rivesville and most never lived
Morgantown, only owned property and sold lots there.
Census Monongalia County Virginia "Levy" Morgan on in the District
( Joseph Trickett was the census taker who lived in the same district)
Levi Morgan Captain of Fort Paw Paw in Marion County (W) Virginia.
(source: Now and Long Ago)
Nov 4th 1791 Levi Morgan (with General Arthur St. Clair) in the Battle
Harmer's "Defeat" over 600 of the 1,400 men killed, 271 wounded and this
was the worst defeat of Americans by Indians. General Harmer would not
listen to frontiersman on way to fight the Indians, therefore the British
style of formal military fighting was used and resulted in "defeat".
Kentucky became a state.
William Haymond appointed "SPY" under Levi Morgan (see Haymond Diary)
(see also p 366 in the History of Harrison County)
Levi Morgan & ______________ married 10 July 1793, probably
County (W) Virginia by Captain William Haymond's father. William
(a J.P.) at stockade (probably Fort Kerns) during Indian troubles. Source:
Letter #8 as found in History of Harrison County p 367. (see William
Haymond's letter written 1842 to Lynman Draper of Draper MSS)
Prior to Wayne's Treaty Levi lived on Buffalo Creek abt. 8 miles
from the Monongalia River near the present site of Farmington.
(on Baltimore & Ohio railroad line.)
Lt. Levi Morgan in Nov 1794 at Fishing Creek in Harrison County Virginia
took several Indians prisoner. (source: History of Harrison Co. p 134)
Aug 20, 1795 Battle of Fallen Timbers with ...............?
Jan 1, 1795 Levi's father Col. Zackquill Morgan died.
14a. 1795 Letter
from Levi Morgan an "Officer of the Government" (found in Draper
MSS section 1E p20) written in Nov 1795. (Jae found at Filson Club) also
p 130 History of Harrison County. Excellent written English!
Levi was with General ("Mad") Anthony Wayne as a "SPY".
Levi Morgan in military service (1787-95) listed as Captain of Militia
during Indian troubles.
1796 - 1797 .....................?
Levi Morgan signed deed (11 Apr) to John Francisco & other to 100 acres
on Prickett's Creek, Deed Bk. Vol. 1 - 4 p 114 Monongalia County Virginia
1784 - 1810.
16. 1799 Levi
Morgan signed deposition of Abner Harp & his brother Nehemiah
(14 Nov) at his house in Monongalia County Virginia. Found: p 81 Vol. 4
Monongalia County District Court Records.
Levi Morgan had a grist mill in Catawba, Virginia. I think this is Marion
County and may be where the Morgan's Fort (by Fairdale) was, also near
Prickett in Marion County, Virginia. Jan 1800 is date of deed (for property
given to Levi by his parents in Morgantown.)
Levi Morgan summoned to answer plea of debt for Monongalia County Court
to John Stealy's store for women's sewing things in "past due account"
May 1800 Levi Morgan summons for District Court Grand Jury, excused
(this maybe when he went to New Orleans?)
Levi Morgan Tax list Joseph Trickett District Monongalia County Virginia
p 68 records of District Court. Listed 1 black age 16+, 2 horses, 1 male
over 16. (p 16 Monongalia Co. Records)
January 1802* Levi served lawsuit (Morgan vs Stealey) OS 82 (NS28),
Monongalia County Virginia. Levi served John Stealey for the return of
property in Morgantown given to him by his father & mother in 1786.
was in New Orleans for 2 years (1799 - 1802) w/John Laidley boats." Later
he appears to have left the area and is not in attendance for appeal, probably
gave up the fight.
Levi Morgan in Harrison County Virginia, Harrison County was formed in
1784 from Monongalia County Virginia.
11 Feb 1803 Levi Morgan testified against Jesse Barnett, laborer who was
indicted for counterfeiting Spanish coins (and tendering them to pay his
debts) in Harrison County District Court (Monongalia County District Court
Records.) Barnett was found not guilty.
Levi Morgan and wife #1 Unknown had son, David Morgan (my ancestor),
whoppers to have been named for his father's brother, (David Morgan the
Indian Fighter of White Day Creek in West Virginia.) Where was our David
His mother is still not Known...........?
8 Oct. 1804 Levy Morgan "Power of Attorney" for Col. Zack Morgan (his
father) for deeds and rents.
Levi Morgan summonsed in slander suit to testify for James West Jr.
against Jeremiah Wilson. p. 30 Monongalia County District Court Records.
22a. c1805 Levi Morgan
and wife #1 Unknown had 2nd son, John Morgan (b. 1805 to
1814) Where was John Morgan born??...............West Virginia.
Sep 11, 1806 Levi Morgan (p.126) Levi Morgan on jury. Case Robert Harper
charged with stealing silver dollars. p. 113 Monongalia County Court
26 Dec 1806 Levi Morgan was security for James Collins. P.123 Monongalia
County Court Records.
15 Sep 1806 Thomas Laidley summoned Thomas Grayham (is he related to
future wife Elizabeth Graham?) Levi Morgan secured the appearance bond
p. 152 District Court of Monongalia County (W) Virginia.
6 Jun 1808 Levi Morgan signed conveyance bond (with brothers) p.318 6 Feb
1808, listed all of Col. Zackquills children (with daughter of wife #1
Ann and her husband, William Stevenson.) Monongalia County (W) Virginia
25a. 1808 Nov Levi
Morgan suit John Stealey Judgement of horse and property, resulted
Census Monongalia Co. p.41 Index # 1051 shows Levi Morgan with 1 female
age 16-26 and 3 males ages 16 plus (Jae thinks these arr Levi with his
youngest brothers and a younger sister. Had wife #1 died and is two young
sons, David and John gone to live with relatives. Who?............
Levi Morgan summoned to testify for Joseph Severns p. 243 Monongalia
County Court Records Vol. 8.
9 Mar 1811 Levi Morgan secured appearance bond for .......... Vol. 8 (same
Levi Morgan signed bond for Arch Wilson to act as Constable Vol. 8 p. 290
Monongalia County (W) Virginia.
War of 1812..................Was Levi a soldier??......
Levi Morgan lead the Kentucky Militia troops to Fort Vincennes. (source......)
30a. 1813 Last time Levi's mother, Druscilla Springer
Morgan signed for land deed in
Morgantown. When did she die??..........................
30 Mar 1814 Levi Morgan paid bail bond for Richard W. Smith, p.3 Vol. 8
Monongalia County (W) Virginia.
15 Feb Levi Morgan at Monongalia Superior Court swore his personal worth
to be $328 after debts. He signed an injunction bond for brother, James
Morgan who owed their Uncle Henry Dun $140. (see p.207-8 Monongalia
Superior Court Records)
32a. 1815 14 Sep
Levi Morgan married Elizabeth Graham, daughter of Elias Graham &
Margaret Brewer. They were married in Jefferson County, Kentucky.
32b. 1815-18 Were there
other children who died??? Did wife #1 die in child birth??
was Levi gone??.........................................
Levi Morgan signed bond for James Collins (Appearance Bond) p.249 Vol 8,
Monongalia (W) Virginia County Court Records. (Ours' or another Levi???)
35a. 1818 Melinda
Ann Morgan, daughter of Elizabeth Graham & Levi Morgan born in
Jefferson County, Kentucky. (Conceived about nine months before Jan 1818,
so Levi in Kentucky at that time. Solinda often given as name)
May 6 Levi Morgan signed Bail Bond for John Carter in Monongalia County
(W) Virginia (Vol 8 p. 165)
- 1822 Date of Jefferson Straight (son of Levi Morgan and Temperance
Straight). Info given to me by Mary Johnston of California late 1870's.
our Levi or a different one who was in Buffalo Creek area of Va)
Temperance never married Levi (or is this because he had left West Virginia
area for Ky. by time she was pregnant with Jefferson and Levi never knew
Oct 1819 Springer Newton, son of Elizabeth Graham & Levi Morgan born.
Conceived about Jan 1819, so Levi was in Jefferson County at that time.
Nov 9, 1822 Elias Graham, son of Elizabeth Graham & Levi Morgan (named
for Elizabeth's father, Elias Graham and conceived about Feb. 1822)
41a. 1822 Jefferson
County, Kentucky tax list (first time on) Levi Morgan, lived near
John May, value of land $8 per acre (rental). Fishpool......? John, Elias,
Andrew, James & Thomas Graham on same tax list with James Morgan.
( pg.22 Jefferson County Kentucky Tax Records)
Levi Morgan Land F(loyds') Fork Jefferson County, Kentucky (1st rate $150,
2nd $700) Flemming (is this a neighbor or land owner??) pg.26 Jefferson
County, Kentucky Tax List 1823-35.
Levi Morgan Jefferson County Mill Creek, 1 white mare, 2 horses, value
land $75. (see #42 above for source)
43a. 1824 Levi
Morgan, same place and info as above (source: same)
Mar 25 Levi Morgan signed the Marriage Bond in Jefferson County,
Kentucky of niece (daughter of Levi's brother James Morgan & wife,
Prickett) bride: Catherine Morgan to 2nd cousin groom: John H. Morgan
(son of James Morgan, son of David Morgan Indian Fighter with wife
Margaret Jolliff ) . Descendants moved to Oregon.
44a. 1825 Sep 1825
Levi Morgan died in an early blizzard (found in large hollow tree
said to be one of his favorite places to camp near Salt River, while hunting.
He was 59. He was buried near spot. Was this on Bullitt County or Jefferson
County, Kentucky side???? Where is he buried now, in the Fort Knox sealed
area????. ( lands taken in Ft. Knox "eminent domain" area.)
12 May 1826, Last child of Levi and Elizabeth Graham born, named Elizabeth
Morgan. She was born after the death of her father and died 1854.
45a. 1826 16 Sep
1826 Appraisal of Estate of Levi Morgan Listed (Jae got copy of this
record Jefferson County, Kentucky. Jefferson County tax files 1811-14 roll
#8052 1817-25. I saw these in 10/1998 at the Jefferson County Court House
in Louisville Kentucky with Jae Day Breitweiser. They were in a room on
first floor, shown by Kat Kadlec & archivist, David Morgan?? Could
Elizabeth Graham Morgan on Census Jackson County Indiana
(Carothersville/Grassy Fork) with children: 1 male-5, 2 females -5, 1 female
age 20-30 (widow) (where was the other child....?) Her brothers were in
Jackson County 1820.
Elizabeth G. Morgan married James Washington Fisher on 15 Jan in
Jefferson County, Kentucky she had another son, James Washington Fisher
Articles written about this Morgan family in Morgantown (W. Va.) American
Union newspaper and re-written in 1885.
Levi had one sister alive & living in West Virginia (see letter Draper
from Drucilla Morgan Swisher) written May 5th, 1867. She had P.O. address
of White Day Creek, Monongalia County, West Virginia. (have photocopy of
info given to Draper from Zack Morgan, a nephew)
49a. 1867 James
Evans letter written to Draper May 18th, 1867. He stated brothers Levi
& James Morgan both moved & settled in Jefferson County, Kentucky,
15 miles from Louisville. "Both in St. Clair's Defeat 1791" letter stated
"knows nothing of Levi's children and that James Morgan had two sons living
in Jeffersonville, Kentucky."
49b. 1867 June
5th letter from J(oseph) H. Powell (......) letter to Draper (source: Draper
Levi's son David Morgan (my ancestor) was interviewed by Lynman Draper
about his father. David stated "Levi was five feet ten inches tall, robust
was twice married and had seven children." A copy of this interview was
in the Draper MSS (section: 25 S p168-183)
Letter written April 20, 1868 by J. H. Powell (.....) stated (Levi's brother)
James Morgan's son Alexander Morgan lived in Indianapolis, Indiana
( Thomas his brother there also) Draper MSS.
Monument (statute with Levi in frontiersman suit) erected in the Court
Square at New Martinsville (Wetzel County) West Virginia by the State of
October 13-18, I visited Indiana and Kentucky and saw for my self these
area's where Levi and his family lived. Thanks to Anne Hoffpauir,
Vinson Baggett, Margaret Sheegog, Jae Day Breitweiser, Anne Sheegog
Jones ( Mr. & Mrs. Nelson), Bobbie Lou Sheegog Cravens and others in