Ancestors of Miles Morgan


Ancestors of Miles Morgan


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Individual Information
          Birth: Abt 1615-1616 - Bristol, Gloucester, England
    Christening: 
          Death: 28 May 1699 - Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 
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Parents
         Father: Sir (?) William Morgan (1560-1629)
         Mother: Elizabeth (1583-1638)

Spouses and Children
1. *Prudence Gilbert (       - 14 Jan 1660-14 Jan 1661)
       Marriage: 1643-1646 - Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Mary Morgan (1645-1683)
                2. Jonathan Morgan (1646-      )
                3. David Morgan (1648-1731)
                4. Peletiah Morgan (1650-1676)
                5. Isaac Morgan (1652-1706)
                6. Lydia Morgan (1654-1737)
                7. Hannah Morgan (1656-1696)
                8. Mercy Morgan (1658-      )

2. Elizabeth Bliss (1637 (1640) - 2 Oct 1683 (Bef 1684) at age 44)
       Marriage: 15 Feb 1668/1669 or 1669/1670 - Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut (Springfield Massachusetts)
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Nathaniel Morgan (1671-1752)

Notes
General:
See "Updated Morgan Genealogy: A History of James Morgan (1607-1685) of New London, connecticiut and his Descendant from 1607-1997", Freeman E. Morgan Jr.

James, John and Miles Morgan came to Ma from Wales via Bristol, England. The James line was in Connecticut. John moved to Va. The Mile line produced J. P. Morgan. The family may have been Quakers.

His father is not actually known. But he did have brothers James and John.

Supposed to have been 84 when he died, and 28 when he married Prudence Gilbert, who travelled on the same ship from Bristol.

Miles MORGAN was one of three brothers to emigrate to America, he being the youngest. James, John and Miles sailed from Bristol, England, in March, 1636, and landed in Boston. They were born in Wales, Miles in 1615. James settled in New London, John went to Virginia, and Miles came to Springfield. The first record of him here was in 1644. He married Prudence GILBERT of Beverly, at Salem in 1643. She died January 14, 1660, and he married Elizabeth BLISS, daughter of Thomas and Widow Margaret, February 18, 1669. He died May 28, 1699. He served one year as Constable and was five times chosen a Selectman, holding the latter office in 1655, 1657, 1660, 1662, and 1668.

He opened an account with John Pynchon, August 30, 1652, by purchasing 9 yards of Devonshire kersey at 9s, which amounted to £4 1s, 9 yards of Red Cotton at 3s 8d, 2 yards of Scots cloth 5s, several pairs of stockings and a variety of other family necessities, including 2 combs, 4 pairs of "sissars," 4 inkhorns, and a looking glass, the latter costing 2s. The lost charge in the year was for "7 Pills, 14d." Many of the credits were for "voyadges" down to the falls or to the "foote of the falls," referring to the falls in the Connecticut at Enfield. "By carrying goods down & bringing up with Goodman Merrick in July, 1663, your part is £1 14s 1d."

His homelot was on the south side of the present Cyprus Street, next to Main Street, on what was the land to the upper wharf. He appears to have been a thrifty inhabitant and by killing "beasts," and carrying down "corne," and doing a great variety of work for Pynchon, he escaped the perils of owing too much at his store. His "housing and lands" do not appear to have been transferred to John Pynchon's possessions, who seems to have placed confidence in his accuracy in accounts, for he frequently enters in his book, "By worke as in Miles his Booke," and they were balanced accordingly. He came from a sturdy race and many of his descendants have been noted as successful business men in various parts of the country.

Miles Morgan was one of Pynchon's best canoemen - people Pynchon hired to ferry goods to Enfield. He was a tenant of Pynchon's, of the sort who used tenancy to get a start in Springfield. His nine contract years included leaes for a house, twenty-five acres, oxen, a bull, and a cow.



Miles Morgan may have stemmed from the Morgan family of Monmouthshire, but he was definitely not the son of Sir William Morgan of Tredegar, and his parentage is presently unknown.

1653: According to the Springfield Town records, at a town meeting on 1st Nov 1653, Joseph Parsons and Miles Moragn were appointed highway surveyors of Springield, MA. This was Joseph's last pulbic office in Springfield before moving to Northampton.

He was named (allegedly) after Miles Morgan, captain in the British Army who perished w Sir Humphrey Gilbert, half brother of Sir Walter Raleigh. He removed to Bristol, england a few years before he came to America, where he arrrived with two brothers in 1636 and settled in Boston, MA. Brother James settled in New London Connecticut, John went to Virginia, and Miles became one of the founders of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Next to Col Pynchon, Miles Morgan was the most important and useful man in the Springield Colony and was the only pioneer who was admitted before he was 21 years of age. He was a brave and intrepid indian fighter and during the hostilities attending King Philip's War, he and his sons successfully defended their home against the indians. Peletiah, one of the sons, was later killed at what is now Chicopee.


From Titus Morgan Jr's account of the Morgan family;

Miles Morgan from whom the family of that name in Massachusetts is descended arrived in New England in 1636. Of what part of Great Britain he was a native, or what was the condition or occupation of the family to which he belonged, no account has been preserved by his immediate descendants. It is isaid howevr, taht he resided several years in the city of Bristol, form which he with two of his brothers older tahn himself, sailed for New England and arrived in Boston as before mentioned in 1636. One of his brothesr (his name is James Morgan) settled in Plymouth - his family afterwards removed to Connecticut and settled in the Eastern part of thata Colony. His descendents are very numerous. Another of his brothers (John Morgan) setlled in Virginia. It is related aht, observing the bigotry, superstition and intolerance of those godly puritans, who professing to have emigrated to these western regions for the purpose of enjoying religious freedom, but yet would tolerate none whose sentiments were not conformable to their own, he quitted these meek disciples of John Calvin, with disgust and indignation resolving to try his fortune, in another clime. Soon after the arrival of these brothesr at Boston, William Pynchon Esq, wiht a number of familes arrived from Roxbury and settled the town of Springfield. Miles Morgan joined these emigrants in their enterprise on theri arrival at their place of destination.

The purchase which was made of the INdians included Springfield in its ancient extent; (viz, the part that at prsent composes the town of Springfield, West Springfield, Wilbrahim, Lngemadow), comprehending also the towns of Suffield and Enfield. Wm Pynchon had been a man of property and distinction in England and was one of the first centers of the colony of Mass. His descendents still possess the old family seat in Springfield, but have their former distinction in a great measure. The land up on which is now the main street in Springfield was divided into shares and distributed by lot among settlers. The tract of land wihch was alloted to Morgan, extended on the south side of Ferry Lane from the Moan Street to the river. It is a rich and beautiful tract. Tehre are several houses now built upon it; it being divided into several smaller lots.

Following is a traditional story about Miles' courtship of Prudence Gilbert. and more about Miles Morgan's lfie in Springfield.

Morgan having taken possession of his land, and made some progress in improving it, began to fancy himself in want of a wife. The following curious account of his courtship and marraige is preserved - it would do very well for the partriarchial times - On his passage from England, he formed an acquaintance with a young woman who belonged to a family which on their arrival, settled at Beverly. To her he determined to make his addresses, which he did by letter, in wich (The old family seat is now occupied by Dr. Chauncey Brewer. It is very pleasantly situated on teh south side of Ferry Lane, about twenty rods from teh river. ) he proposed to her to become his wife and the sharer of his dubious fortunes in the wilderness. To his frank proposal she, with equal frankness (for coquetry was not then in fashion), wrote him an explicit answer; and informed him of her willingness to comply with his wishes. Her lover it seems was resolved to perform his part, in teh affair, like a man of business. On receiving the foregoing answer to his proposals, he engaged two of his friends and an Indian to attend him in his matrimonial expedition; and departed with all convenient speed with his retinue, taking with him an onld horse, which was to convey the furniture of teh inteded bride to her future habitation, and the musketes with whihc they might (on the power of faith in the Puritanic times) turn to fight the armies of the aliens who might molest them, in their pilgrimage to and from teh land of the people of the East. Prosperity attended the journey of our patriarchal ancestor, and the hymenual torch was kindled on his arrival. The matrimonial contract having been "ratified in due form", the old horse received his destined burden; the bridegroom and his companions shouldered their muskets; and thus escorted the bride to Springfield, who walked on foot the whole distance from Beverly to that place - that is about one hundred and twenty miles. Surely these were times when women had strength and were not too squirmish to do it. Female adn affeminate were perhaps not then words of synonimous meaning. By this marraige, Morgan had a numerous family of children.

IN 1675, Springfield was attacked by the Indians, who destroyed a considerable part of teh town - a few fortified houses, only in which the people lived were mostly collected escaped the conflagration. In Morgans house, a number of people had taken refuge; a party of Indians attacked the house; but their fire was returned with such spirit and success by those within, several of whom were keen marksmen, that the assailants found it dangerous to appear in sight of the windows, and loop-holes; and after some hours, were glad to sheer off thirty houses, besides barns and out houses, were destroyed in the town at this time. Two of the inhabitants, Mr. Pynchon and Mr. Purchase, sustained each a loss of L1000, This was the first.

Some of the Morgans sons are said to have been perfect in the business of Indian hunting. One of them, Pelatiah, was killed by the Indians in Chicopee on the west side fo the river, in 1676, damage which the town had suffered since its settlement in 1636. Waht year Morgan married his wife, as before related, or what was his age at that time cannot be exactly ascertained, Tehre is a tradition that when he accompanied the Roxbury emigrants to Springfield his age was short of twenty one years, (though probably not many months). and that being large and stout he deceived them in regard to his age, in order to obtrain a share of the lands; none being entitled to a share who had not attained to the age of twenty one. According to the recrods of the town of Springield his eldest child was born 12th month 14th day 1644. It is therefore probable that he lived a bachelor until 1636; when, allowing him to have been twenty one in 1636, he was twenty eight years old. This, it is probable was the era of his marraige with the Beverly damsel. Her sure name I cannot ascertain; the marraige not being inserted in the records; proabbly on account of its taking place in another town. All teh information which those records contain, respecting Miles Morgan, his wife and family is contained in the following abstract.

People were born 9th month, et. - It appears that during the holy times of the grand rebellion it was thought profane to distinguish the months by those names of pagan origin wihc they had formerly borne, though after the restoration of King Charles teh 2nd the good Purtains wre again constrained to conform to the ancient usage in this respect.

The Puritanic year, it is said began in March, which they called first month.

The age of the old patriarch, at the time of his death, is not mientioned in the records, but if our preceeding calcualtions respecting his age are correct, he was born about the year 1615 and consequently was eighty-four years old when he died.

The children of Miles Morgan by his first wife settled in different parts of Springfield, on the East side fo the river. Some of his descendants wree among the first planters of Brimfield in which, and the neighboring towns, they have a numerous and respectable progeny.




From Cory Panshin, [email protected], 3/3/1998, Ancestry of Mile Morgan (1616-98-99):

In checking out the ancestry of Miles Morgan of Springfield, MA, on the Web, I found a claimed royal pedigree that seemed too sloppy in a number of ways to be blievable. But a recnet posting to this newgroup about a differnet Morgan line received an answer suggesting that some Morgans did have royal ancestors. This has made me wonder if there might be something to the Miles Morgan claims after all.

The crucial connection involves a marraige between Thomas Morgan (c. 1482-1538) and Elizabeth Vaughan (b 1486). Elizabeth's parents are universally given as Roger Vaughan and Jane Whitney. On some webistes, Roger adn Jane are said to have been born in 1460 and 1462, which seems reasonable enough.

The problems come with the sites that try to identify their parents. Sometimes it is stated that Roger and Jane were born c 1436 and c 1439 adn that Roger was the son of Roger Vaughan (bc 1410). ?This seems to make them too old to be the parents of Elizabeth.

More often it is claimed that Jane was teh daughter of Robert Whitney and Constance Touchet. But sites taht are not involved with the Morgan line say instead that Robert and Constance had a daughter Joan or Jean (BC 1469) who married Thomas Vaughn.

So, is there some magic wand to turn Joan who married Thomas into Jane who married Roger? Or was my first impulse to dismiss it as hopeless a mess the right one?

From Reedpcgen ([email protected]), 4 Mar 1998 (RE: Ancestry of Miles Morgan (1616-98/99)

The real problem with this line is in the parentage of the immigrants. Tehre were three brothers (yes, the old story):
1. James Morgan, b 1607, m Margery Hill of Roxbury d 1685 Groton CT, aged 78

2. John Morgan, who is supposed to have gone to Virginia.
3. Miles Morgan, said to be born 1615/16, of Springfield MA m. (1) Prudence Gilbert, m (2) Elizabeth Bliss.

These three are given as children of William Morgan an d his wife, Elizabeth Morgan. William is suppposed to have been a merchant of Divern, and to have gone to Bristol, Gloucester, in 1616. He is supposed to have died in 1648 and be buried at Bristol. His wife, Elizabeth Morgan, is supposed to have died in 1638 and also be buried at Bristol. But this is all traditional. I have not seen any original documentation to prove the allegations.

Where the royal line breaks is in the next generation. Elizabeth Morgan is suposed to be the tenth child of Sir William Morgan of Tredegar, Co Monmouth, by his first wife, Elizabeth Winter. Of this there is no evidence whatsoever. The documetns I have seen indicates the connection to Joseph and Miles is false (there is no use in arguing over the earlier ancestry until we get a connection into the Morgan family that stands up to scrutiny. )

There was a Miles Morgan in the Tredegar family, so the name does occur there. His will was proved in 1581 (PCC 48 Darcy).

The following would seem to be disproof of the alleged connection:

Ther is a pedigree of teh Morgan family of Tredegar dated 1794. Sir William Morgan of Tredegar left a will dated 15 Jan 1650 adn proved 13 Sep 1653. By his wife, Elizabeth Wintour, of Lindley, Gloucs., to whom he was married by 1598, he did have a daughter named Elizabeth, who married a William Morgan. William was of Dderrow, or Thurrow, co. Brecon, called Esq. in 1633, and left a will dated 27 May and proved 14 Nov 1649. His wife, Elizabeth Morgan, was buried at Shottesbrooke, Co Berks, 28 June 1638. They had a son named William who was under 17 in 1649, but died without issue. His only sibling was name dBlanch Morgan. She was eventual heir of her parents, and was married to William Morgan of Tredegar, son of Thomas Morgan of Machen and Tredegar (d. 1664). Blanch was mother of many children, died 23 March 1673, and was buried in the church at Machen. This is also shown in Clark's Genealogiies of Morgan and Glamorgan, pp 311-312.


From Richard Ledyard ([email protected]) 5 Mar 1998 Re: Ancestry of Miles Morgan (1616-98/99) (Probably on the Royalty list at Rootweb or some such place)

I have that "In March, 1636, James, John and Miles sailed together from Bristol, England, and arrived in Boston, Mass in April. James was born in Llandell, Glamorgan, Wales, in 1607. There is a tradition that his father was named William.

This statement is from a copy of a genealogical write up that was originally done about 1860, and cites as sources: Public Records of the Colony of Conn. Morgan genealogy

The latter is likely an earlier version of the work you cited.


In a message dated 3/5/98 Richard Ledyard, or else someone named Dave, writes:

I have the following notes for MORGAN:

In 1636, in March, James Morgan and two younger brothers, John and Miles, sailed from Bristol and arrived in Boston in April following.

John Morgan was a high churchman and disliked the austerity of the Puritans. He moved to Virginia.

Miles Morgan mvoed to Springfield MA and became the progenitor of the Morgan family represented by J. P. Morgan of Morgan and Company, International Bankers [that is universally acknowledged as true].

I have as tgheir parents William Morgan (1585, Llandaff, Wales - 1642, Bristol, Eng) and Elizabeth Morgan of Tredegar, Monmouth, Wales. Williams parents wre William Morgan (1556-1600) and Gwaladia?? Elizabeth's parents were Sir Wiliam Morgan abt 1560-1653 and Elizabeth WINTER???

A recnet post from pcr, however, sheds much doubt on this lineage:

The royal descent published for the Morgan brothers through the Morgan and Winter families is false. They are tacked onto a couple who did not have a son named William. So unless tehre has been a very recent unpublished dicovery tracing the Bristol Morgans into a branch of the ancient family, there is no descnet from William Longespee.



From The Cooley Genealogy, by M. E. Cooley. Chapt IV, Early Springfield and Longmeadow, MA

In the autumn of 1635, Wm Pynchon, w two scouts, sailed up the Connecticut River in their "great shallops" and concluded an exploring trip at the confluence of the Agawam and Connecticut Rivers, where, as related by Edward Johnson in 1654, they found a district "fitly seated for a beaver trade". It is quite possible taht the scouts had already viwed and chosen the land on a previous excursion and Pynchon gave his final approval.

Nothing contributed so much toward the lure for the exploration and settlement of North America as the quest for teh beaver. Interest became quite pronounced early in the seventeenth century. Bartholomew Gosnold voyaged hither in 1602, trading incidentally for furs w the Indiains. In 1603, Martin Pring coasted along the New England shore and reported seeing animals "whose furs may yield no small gain to us". In 1614, Capt John Smith, of Pocahontas fame, reported that "With eight or nine others, ranging the coast in a small boat, we got for trifles, near eleven hundred beaver skins." Egnlish merchants, who financed various colonizing enterprises, urged the emigrants to devote their energies to such commercial activities, rather than to agriculture. At times, teh shipment of beaver skins totaled as high as 200,000 a year, which, eliminating Sudnays, would average around 650 a day.

The question naturally arises, what use was made of such vast quantities of skins? Were European women in need of that number of fur coats and neck pieces? The asnwer is decidely in the negative for the skins were put to a much more prosaic use: teh manufacture of felt, primarily for making hats. All which takes teh story back to much earlier beginnings.

Hats are a variety of the ancient cap and bonnet and were early made of velvet, silk and other rich materials. Formed of felt and assmuming a certain firmness of fabric, hats began to be manufactured in England about 1510 and we hear of them superseding caps and softer headgear, in the reign of Elizabeth. Wool was the material first employed in forming felt hats, but wool was scarce and in great demand for the weaving of cloths.

The process of making felt takes advantage of the natural tendency of hairs to interlace and cling to each other. If carded wool is continually trodden and at the same time moistened, it will become felt.

As trade w America developed, the fur of the beaver was adopted, being finer and softer than wool and of lesser cost. Hence teh term beaver, as synonymous with hat, came into use. For more than two centuries, fine beaver hats formed the head covering of the higher classes of Great Britain.

As American colonies became established and more and more grew, teh need for protection to the merchants and bankers who financed those enterprises, the English parlament, in 1638, passed an act prohibiting the making of hats from any material other than "beaver stuff and beaver wool." Great impetus was thus given to the trade and so was created a monopoly that virtually existed for two hundred years.

On their arrival at Agawam in 1635, the three explorers encoutnered a little band of nomad Indians, eighteen families in all, under the leadership of two natives whom Pynchon designated as "Commucke and Matanchan, ancient Indians of Agawam." They just happened to be there at that time. They probably had little concept of what the English meant by land ownership. But Pynchon waas not a free agent. His associates had cautioned that "if any of the savages pretend right of inheritance to all or any part of the lands granted in our patent, we pray you endeavor to purchase their title so that we may avoid the least scruple of intrusion." Pynchon assured the natives that the land they occupied was theirs, and that he proposed to buy it from them. He paid 18 fathams of wampum, 18 coats, 18 hatchets, 18 hoes adn 18 knives, plus two extra coats.

After concluding his preliminary negotiations w the Indians in the autumn of 1635, Pynchon returned to Roxbury for teh witner, preparing for the exodus of his associates in the spring. His two associates remained, with cattle and swine, which ravaged the INdians' planting grounds and raised the price of the land. All prior plans were thereby set at naught for the basic intent of their settlement contemplated the full use and occupation of the Agawam meadows. Fencing such a tract being out of the question a complete removal to the east side was the only alternative. Tehre, on May 14, 1636, gathered eight men, "being all the first adventurers adn subscribers for the plantation" to organize their body politic.


The Indians got an almost limtless domain at their disposal to which they could and later did retire. Indian groups benefitted from the protection of White settlers and groups had earlier even expressed willingness to pay English settlers to settle in the Connecticut valley. Morover, the deed reserved to the Indians the right to fish on the entire premises, to hunt deer, to ganter walnuts, acorns, sasachiminesh (cranberries) and to have and enjoy all that ground they had planted at that time.

The deed included the land occupied by teh city of Springfield, the Agawam Meadows on teh west side of the Connecticut River, and the "long meadow". "Masacksic is wahat the English call the Long meadow, below Springfield, on the east side of Quinecticot River. "

The plan called for the town to be composed of forty families, not to exceed fifty families, rich and poor.

Rich and poor, masters and servants, gentlemen and yeomen; peers and commoners. That is exactly what was envisioned. And so the choicest lands, the present Main Street, from Court Square to Cypress Street, were reserved for the gentlemen, while the home-lots of the yeomen stretched away southerly to the Mill river.

At taht period more than one American community was projected by men of wealth and influsence who planned strict control of its life, providing a little principality for their own ends. Saybrook, at the mouth of the Connecticut River, was sponsored by Lord Saye and Sele, Lord Brook, Sir Matthew Boynton and other titled persons who proposed settlign there, provided the General Court would allow for two classes of citizenry in New England. When their plans were frowned upon and set at naught , they lost all interest in the enterprise.

Unlike later settlements such as Westfield, Brookfield, Enfield and Suffield, which were the resultas of a reaching out by land-hungry farmers, Springfield was designed to be an industrial community. For its support a certain amount of agriculural activities were imperative for subsistence, but these were merely incidental. The life of the Springfield enterprise was intended to be based on teh fur trade. Pynchon projected a self-supporting community, serviced by its own builders, carpetners, brick masons, tailors, weavers, smiths. In his original plans he had provided the nucleus of such a body. When "many fell fof for fear of the difficulties" due to teh enforced removal to the sterile lands of the east side, a less stout hearted person would have been utterly discouraged. Of the 8 men who signed the organization agreement of May 14, 1636, Pynchon and his son in law, Henry Smith, alone became permanent settlers.

However, Pynchon brought his persuasive powers to the task and in 1639 tehre were fourteen settlers. In 1641, nineteen were established; in April 1643, twenty-two. The master mind was a resourceful one. Through agents in England he secured young men, indentured to serve him for a term of years. Thus Samuel Terry came to Springfield. In 1650 the Terry indenture was assigned to Benjamin Cooley who was obligated to impart to his protege the "art and mystery" of linen weaving. Terry grew to be an important citizen and the ancestor of a large family among whom were the successful Connecticut clock makers. Through is hown scouts Pynchon drew recruits from other towns.

Nevertheless, admittance as aninhabitant was a privlege not lightly acquired. Onlyt hose were admitted who could contribute something of value to the community-- the financial ability to payothers to work; the wonership of merchandise needed by the townsmen; abilities and talents helpful to the growth of the town. Strangers who slipped in were warned out of town. In case of doubt concerning a desirable applicant, a bond was required. Even sons of such a prominent citizen as Deacon Samuel Chapin were admitted only on theses conditions. When, in 1660, Henry Chapin, who married Bethia Cooley, was admitted, the deacon gave a bond of 20 pounds " to secure teh town from any charge which may arise" and in 1663 he gave a similar bond when Josiah Chapin became an inhabitant.

About 1643-45, a determined effort was made to recruit the artisans and tradesmen necessary to make Springield independent of outside sources of supply, and at that period the population practically doubled.


Though physical conditions at Hartford, Windsor and Wethersfeld were far more alluring than at Springfield, yet the strict church element there left much to be desired. It was that same rigidity that later led to the secession of teh people who founded Hadley in 1659. The benign influence of William Pynchon at Springfield is exemplified in the sermons of Rev. George Moxon. Young John Pynchon had as a lad of fourteen kept a horthand record of some of the pastor's teachings. For enarly three hunded years these remained but an unsolved puzzle, but recently they ahve been entirely decoded and are most illuminating. The texts were from the next testament; the sermons were of love. "We are in a new country," said Moxon, "and here we must be happy, for if we are not happy ourselves we cannot make others happy." Little of hell-fire and damnation emanated from teh Springield pulpit in those early days. Proselyting in the Connecticut towns by those having at heart the interest of Springfield, proved productive.



…. Grandfather Joseph’s descent was from the Morgans of Wales, concerning whom the first record seems to be in the eleventh century. The one who came out to America was Miles, who was born in England in 1616 and arrived in Boston in January 1636. Soon afterwards he set out with Colonel William Pynchon, westward, through the forests and over the mountains in the valley of the Connecticut River. There they founded a colony at the place where the city of Springfield now stands. Miles Morgan’s allotment of land was on the west bank of the river in what was known as the North Parish of West Springfield. His acres remained in the family for upwards of two hundred years. He first married Prudence Gilbert, whose family had settled in the Massachuestts Bay Colony; but whether he met her on the ship which brought him over or after he landed is not known. By her he had at least eight children and all but two married and settled not far from his homestead. Their descendants were many, and some of them became very well known.

Nine years after his wife’s death Miles married Elizabeth Bliss, daughter of Thomas and Margaret Bliss of Hartford. Of this union tehre was only one child, born in 1671 and christened Nathaniel, he was the ancestor of Pierpont.
Miles Morgan steadily increased the acreage of his fields and the number of cattle bearing his registered brand: “two slits in ye neere eare straite downe.” These were pastured with all the other cattle on the common lands. He filled various town offices and was a member of the “Trayned Band” of fighting men whose duty it was to act as a home guard when the Indians were troublesome, as they were very often. In October of 1675 when the “Trayned Band” mustered all told about two hundred, the town was surrounded by over five hundred Indians who attacked it and suceeded in burning almost all the houses and barns with their winter stores of provender, also the grist mill and the swmill. Two settlers were killed and two were wounded. However, the hardy survivors rebuilt the town and at the end of the war it was “Seargant” Miles Morgans who put away his weapons and turned again to his plow and harrow. He died in 1699, leaving no will, but he had already transferred most of his property to his sons.

His record shows that he was fearless, fairminded, and thrifty. He spent a large part of his life serving the community in which he lived, and took his share of fighting. His services in helping to lay the foundations of the Massachusetts Commonwealth were publicly recognized, when in 1879 a statue was erected to his memory in Court Square,Springfield, where it stands today to be seen by all who motor by.
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