Ancestors and Descendants of Morton Morton of Ridley Township, Chester County (now Delaware County), Pennsylvania

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  • ID: I0021
  • Name: John Morton
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: John Morton the /Signer/
  • Birth: 1 JAN 1724/25
  • Death: 1 APR 1777 in Ridley Twp., Chester Co., PA 1
  • Note:
    Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1834

    MORTON, JOHN. Ridley.
    January 28, 1777. August 26, 1778.
    Provides for wife Ann.
    To son Aaron the other part of messuage and tract of 120 acres devised to me by my father (except 15 acres).
    To son Sketchley brick messuage and tract to 60 acres purchased of John Hendrickson, also 41 acres purchased of Jonas Morton, 1/2 of books and surveying implements.
    To son John messuage and 60 acres purchased of Matthias Hendricksen, also 15 acres reserved from land devised to son Aaron.
    To 3 sons my marsh meadow containing about 30 acres.
    To daughter Mary negro boy Joe with what she has already had.
    To daughter Sarah £250 and negro boy Tom.
    To daughter Lydia £270.
    To daughter Ann £270.
    To daughter Elizabeth £270.
    Remainder to wife and 5 daughters Mary, Sarah, Lydia, Ann and Elizabeth.
    Executors: Wife Ann and son Sketchley.
    Wit: James Wood, Thomas Smith.

    Subj: Morton Family
    Date: 04/24/2000 11:10:38 PM Eastern Daylight Time
    From: (Gary Taylor)

    I was given your e-mail address by Joan Merrritt. She indicated that you had
    information about the ancestors of John Morton, 1725/1777. I am a descendent
    of John Morton and would be interested in the "Swedish Connection".
    Gary Morton Taylor

    April 21, 1784
    The Pennsylvania Gazette

    BY virtue of a Writ of Venditioni Exponas, to me directed, will be exposed to public sale, on Monday, the 10th day of May ensuing, on the premises, a Messuage, valuable Saw-mill, and Tracts of Land and Marsh or Meadow Ground, containing 327 acres, or thereabouts, situate in the township of Ridley; bounded by lands of Harvey Lewis, James and John Winters, estate of John << Morton>> , Esq; deceased, and others; the arable land fertile, meadows good, the situation pleasant and healthy; seized and taken in execution as the estate of Lewis Trimble, by
    Chester, April 9. WILLIAM GIBBONS, Sheriff.

    MORTON, John, 1724-1777
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    MORTON, John, a Delegate from Pennsylvania; born near the old Morris Ferry (now the Darby Creek Bridge), Ridley Township, Delaware County, Pa., in 1724; attended the common school for about three months and received some tutoring in surveying; a land surveyor for many years; became justice of the peace in 1757; member of the colonial general assembly 1756-1766 and 1769-1775 and served as speaker 1771-1775; member of the Stamp Act Congress in 1765; high sheriff 1766-1770; appointed as a judge in 1770, serving as president judge of the court of general sessions and common pleas of the county, and in April 1774 was appointed an associate justice of the supreme court of appeals of Pennsylvania; member of the Continental Congress 1774-1776; was a signer of the Declaration of Independence; died in Ridley Park, Delaware County, Pa., in April 1777; interment in St. Paulís Burial Ground, Chester, Pa.

    >In a message dated 1/28/99 10:19:27 AM Eastern Standard Time,
    > writes:
    >> My husband is a descendent through John Morton's (the signer) son John
    >> Morton. His mother was Ann Justis. If we can be of any help feel free to
    >> contact me.
    >Dear Kim,
    >I apologize for not contacting you sooner. A day or two before your message
    >arrived, I sustained minor injuries from a fall, and I am just now beginning
    >to get my e-mail cleared up.
    >My interest in the Morton family stems from the fact that I am a member ofthe
    >Norwood Historical Society which is trying to raise funds for the Morton
    >Morton House on Darby Creek in Norwood, Delaware County. I am not soliciting
    >funds, just apprising you of our venture. The house was built in Ridley
    >Township by Morton, who was the son of Andrew Morton, about 1750. He was a
    >cousin of John Morton, as was his wife Lydia Morton, daughter of another
    >Andrew Morton. I've collected some genealogical information from Delaware
    >County Historical Society in Broomall. I had it entered into my computer which
    >crashed in November; and I have not yet gotten it all entered in the new one
    >we bought last week, so I'm not in a position just yet to provide you with
    >what I have on the family. I hope to get to it this weekend.
    >Any information pertaining to the Morton family would be greatly
    >I look forward to hearing from you.
    >Karen Mullian
    >Research Committee
    >Morton Morton House
    >Norwood Historical Society

    I am in search of anyone who would be realted to the family of John Morton of PA. He was a signer of the Delaration of Independece. His wife was Ann Justis. His son was Sketchly Morton & his wife was Rebecca Taylor, they had Aaron Taylor Morton. Aaron Taylor Morton married Ann Crosby and they had Charles Justus Morton. Charles Justus Morton married Mary Wetherill and they had Almira Crosby Morton. Almira married William Gilbert and their daughter (my great grandmother) was Elsie May Gilbert (Valentine). I'd appreciate any info. Thanks, Laura Valentine

    From: ed rozelle <>
    Date: Mon, 1 Apr 1996 21:19:54 -0600

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    Hello fellow rooters. I'm back with another puzzle. I have had little
    success finding any descendants of the MORTON family. I would like
    to hear from anyone that's has worked on the DESCENDANTS of #4. John

    1 John Morton d. 1712, member of the 10th Swedish Expedetion 1654
    sailed under Johan Classon Rising, 1st director of New Sweden.
    resided early in 1655 at his plantation at Ammesland Ridley Tp.,
    Chester, now Delaware Co., Pa.; took the Oath of Allegiance,
    2. Morteson? Morton of "Calking Hook" b. 1655; ww 1718/"Calcon Hook"
    m. Margaret -----------
    3. John Morton b.
    d. . 1724
    m. Mary Archer b. ca. 1700
    d. ww 1777
    Mary second married John Sketchley, who reared John Morton ii
    4. John Morton b. 1724
    d. 1777, surveyor, acquired a knowledge of the law; long in
    the Asembley, was speaker 1772-75, j.p.; attended the Stamp Act
    Congress,New York 1765; high sheriff, 1766-70; presiding judge
    common Pleas Ct.; Judge Supreme Court; del. Cont. Congress; a
    m. Ann Justis
    5. George Morton b. 1745
    m. Sarah Morton
    w. ca. 1765
    settled in Va.
    6. Meshack Morton b. 1766
    m. Nancy Asburn
    w. c. 1785
    settled in N.C.
    7. Jacob Morton b. 1787
    m. Ann Fisher, daughter of Michael DAR
    8. Sophronia Morton b. 1821, d. 1875
    m. Michael Shofner
    w. c. 1815
    settled in Bedfrod Co., Tn.
    Carolyn Rozelle
    P. O. BOX 578
    Caddo Mills, Tex. 75135

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    Subj: Re: Morton Family
    Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2000 10:59:13 AM Eastern Daylight Time
    From: SwedeCraig
    To: Booboopies

    Karen Mullian:
    Ann Justis, wife of John Morton the signer, was born 27 July 1732 at Newport, New Castle County, Delaware, the daughter of Morton Justis and Brita Walraven. John Morton, the signer, was born in 1725. They were not married until about 1749, when John was 24 and Ann was 17. Sketchley Morton was their eldest son. He was born about 1750. (See Ruth L. Springer, "John Morton in Contemporary Records," 12-16, 26-29)
    Any claim that John and Ann (Justis) Morton had a child named George, born in 1744, is spurious. Ann was then only 12 years old.
    There were two persons named George Morton in southeastern Pennsylvania, but they were collateral relatives of John Morton the signer. George Morton (son of Jacob Morton and Margaret Van Culin, grandson of Andrew Morton the plowright and his wife Mary of the Morton Homestead) was born about 1738 at the Morton Homestead and on 12 November 1763 was married at Christ Church, Philadelphia, to his cousin Elizabeth Morton, born 24 June 1744 (daughter of Andrew Morton and Amy Lawrence and grand-daughter of Andrew Morton and Ann Van Culin) Both of them died in the Philadelphia area, George Morton being buried 27 September 1798 and his wife Elizabeth on 15 September 1806, according to Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church burial records.
    George Morton (son of Andrew Morton and Amy Lawrence) was born 23 February 1740 in Gloucester County NJ and was married first to Christina Justis (daughter of John Justis and Christina Boon) on 27 June 1758. After the death of his first wife, he married 2nd Ann Robinson (daughter of Jonas Robinson and Rebecca Cleneay) on 17 January 1766 at Gloria Dei. This George Morton died before 13 May 1782 when letters of administration were issued on his estate.
    Neither George Morton ever moved out of Pennsylvania after their marriage. Neither of them had a child named Merheck Morton.
    Dr. Peter Stebbins Craig, Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, Fellow of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 3406 Macomb St. NW, Washington DC 20016-3160.

    October 10, 1845

    A MONUMENT - The relatives of << JOHN MORTON>> , in this county, of which the deceased was a resident, yesterday erected a monument over his remains, which are deposited in the Episcopal church yard in this borough. This monument is from the marble yard of Mr. Maples, of Philadelphia, and is a beautiful specimen of workmanship. It is an obelisk in the Egyptian style, eleven feet high, and is embellished with the United States coat of arms, handsomely executed, and surmounted with a wreath of laurel. The inscriptions upon it are as follows: DEDICATED To the Memory of << JOHN MORTON>> , A Member of the First American Congress, from the State of Pennsylvania, Assembled in New York, in 1765, And of the next Congress assembled in Philadelphia, in 1774, And various other public stations Born A.D., 1721, Died, April 1777. This Monument was erected by a portion of his relatives, October, 1845. In 1775, While Speaker of the Assembly of Pennsylvania, << JOHN MORTON>> Was re-elected a member of Congress, and In the ever memorable session of July, 1776, He attended that august body for the last time, Enshrining his name in the grateful remembrance of the American People, by signing the Declaration of Independence. In voting by States Upon the question of the Independence of the American Colonies, There was a tie until the vote of Pennsylvania was given, Two members from which voted in the affirmative, and two in the negative, The tie continued until the vote of the last member, << JOHN MORTON>> , Decided the promulgation of the Glorious Diploma of American Freedom. << JOHN MORTON>> , being censured by some of his friends for his boldness in giving the casting vote for The Declaration of Independence, His prophetic spirit dictated from his death bed The following message to them: 'Tell them that they will live to see the hour when they shall acknowledge it to have been the most glorious service that I have ever rendered to my country.'The monument is every way worthy the liberality of the relatives of the deceased, and the workmanship and engraving reflects great credit upon Mr. Maples, the artist.

    Father: John Morton b: 1 JUN 1683 in Calcon Hook, Darby Twp., Chester Co., PA
    Mother: Mary Archer b: 1698

    Marriage 1 Ann Justice b: 27 JUL 1732 in Newport, New Castle Co., DE
    • Married: BET 28 OCT 1748 AND 29 NOV 1749
    1. Has Children Sketchley Morton b: ABT 1750
    2. Has No Children John Morton b: AFT 1750 in Unmarried
    3. Has Children Aaron Morton b: AFT 1750
    4. Has No Children Jacob Morton b: BEF 29 JAN 1753
    5. Has Children Mary Morton b: 17 JUN 1754
    6. Has No Children Sarah Morton b: ABT 1756
    7. Has No Children Lydia Morton b: ABT 1760
    8. Has Children Ann Morton b: ABT 1764
    9. Has No Children Elizabeth Morton b: ABT 1766

    1. Title: The Pennsylvania Journal; and the Weekly Adveriser (Phila.), Wednesday, April 23, 1777
      Note: The Pennsylvania Journal; and the Weekly Adveriser (Phila.), Wednesday, April 23, 1777; cited in Ruth L. Springer's John Morton in Contemporary Records, 1967
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