Colonel Morgan Morgan (b. November 1, 1688 – d. November 17,
1766), is believed traditionally to have founded the first
permanent white settlement in present day West Virginia at Cool
Spring Farm, although a German town was discovered to have been
in existence prior to Morgan's arrival.
There are no known portraits or images of Col Morgan Morgan.
The Silhouette is just a representation.
Col. Morgan Morgan was born on 1 Nov 1688 in Glamorgan, Wales. He died
on 17 Nov 1766 in Bunker Hill, Berkeley Co., WV. (Bible Entry) Listed in an early
history of Berkeley Co., West VA, stating: "Immigrant Colonel
Morgan Morgan was born in the principality of Wales, in England, and was
educated in London during the reign of Queen Anne, or around the the
reign of George I began. He commenced business as a merchant at the
place now known as Christiana ... Whether by design or through
indifference to ancestral lore, the latter being a well known family
trait, Col. Morgan Morgan, who was well educated for his time and
destined to take an active part in the early life of Colonial America,
left no record, official or otherwise, so far as is known, which has
been preserved or remembered by any of his many descendants, of his
connection in his native Wales with the old Glamorganshire family there
of the same name, which reaches back of things Anglo-Saxon into the days
of the Ancient Celts."
Col. Morgan Morgan was married to Catherine Garretson in 1713 or 1714 in
Christiana, New Castle, DE. He was buried at Morgan Chapel, Frederick
County, VA. New DNA files prove some of his descendants and their
Hopewell Quaker files from Hinshaw's Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy
gives added information. Col. Morgan Morgan was educated at Cambridge
University and went to Delaware as Crown Council. He came to America in
1712 and settled at Chrisriana, Delaware. He became the first white
settler of what is now Berkley County, West Virginia. Morgan Morgan was
the Presiding judge when the first Frederick County Court met in
Winchester in 1742.
And still more information reveals that Col. Morgan Morgan married
Catherine Garretson, daughter Henry and Ann (Powell) Garretson. Henry
Garreston lived in Christiana, New Castle, Delaware, but died in Chester
was born in Wales and is often said to have arrived at present-day West
Virginia in 1727, though he was living in Delaware at that time, acting
as the coroner of New Castle County. He is said to have been an
ordained clergyman but there is no evidence to support this. However,
Morgan did help in the establishment of West Virginia's first church. He
died at Bunker Hill, Berkeley Co., (West) Virginia.
Family: Morgan had eight children by his wife,
the former Catherine Garretson. One son,
David, became famous as an Indian fighter due to an encounter with
Delaware natives at his homestead. He sponsored the first Episcopal
church , built the first highway, & established the beginnings of
(what is now) Fairmont, WV. Another son, Zackquill, founded
Morgantown, West Virginia. Francis Harrison Pierpont, another
descendant, was Gov. of Restored Virginia from 1861-65.