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Capt. James Morgan

Capt. James Morgan

Male 1778 - 1860  (81 years)

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  • Name James Morgan 
    Prefix Capt. 
    Nickname Buffalo Jim 
    Born 12 Dec 1778  Buffalo Creek, Monongalia, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Feb 1860  Fairmont, Marion Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: "cold in the lungs" 
    Person ID I360  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2019 

    Father Capt. Morgan Mod Morgan,   b. 20 Dec 1746, Allegany, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1829, Marion Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Mary Drusilla Prickett,   b. 1 Mar 1752, Winchester, Frederick, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1817, Marion Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 1770  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F258  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Rachel Bunner,   b. 9 Jan 1783, Bunner Ridge, Fairmont, Marion Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1844  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 29 Apr 1801  West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Morgan Morgan,   b. 8 Feb 1802, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1817, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)
     2. John Morgan,   b. 21 Jan 1804, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1854, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     3. Capt. David Morgan,   b. 26 Jun 1806, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1885, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     4. Sarah Morgan,   b. 18 Sep 1808, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1876, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     5. Mary Morgan,   b. 15 Dec 1810, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1884, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     6. Rachel Morgan,   b. 18 Jan 1813, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1816, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     7. James Morgan,   b. 29 Apr 1815, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1851, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     8. Salinda Morgan,   b. 27 Jun 1818, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1900, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     9. Rev. Stephen Morgan,   b. 10 Jun 1820, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1893, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     10. Alpheus Morgan,   b. 22 Jun 1823, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1869, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F286  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah Means,   b. Abt 1778 
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F287  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "They had a total of 12 children; 7 reaching maturity. A huge 6 footer, he was very athletic. A story is told that after a coon hunt, the other young men bantered him into lifting a gentle gray mare onto his shoulders. He walked 9 steps before breaking down. Another time, when hunting for bear during the fall of the year, his dogs scared up a particularly fat and lumbering creature which was too fat to climb a tree. It lumbered from the mouth of White Day Creek to Threefork Creek, a distance of several miles, with the dogs in pursuit. Jim, sprinting behind, realized his mountain rifle was not powerful enough to kill the bear, took his butcher knife, and rushing the bear, plunged the knife in [clear to the hilt].

      He was Capt. in the War of 1812, and was Major Commander of Ft. Meigs, Ohio. Its said he killed the last 2 Indians around Fairmont, Marion Co., WVA, by tricking them into putting their hands into a log he was splitting, knocking out the wedges, then crushing their skulls. A wild plum thicket is said to have grown from the buried Indians provision bag. (Some say stomachs.) There is supposed to be a monument to him around the site.

      James was called "Buffalo Jim" when he was young. Whether this was because of his huge size and strength; or because of his birth on Buffalo Creek, we may never know. The last couple of generations claim it was because of the latter. However, one closer to his generation, claims it was because of his size. After the War of 1812, he was most often called "The Captain.""

      West Virginia, Deaths Index, 1853-1973 Does the James Morgan in this record match the person in your tree? Yes No Maybe Share West Virginia, Deaths Index, 1853-1973 No Image Text-only collection Add alternate information Report issue Name: James Morgan Birth Date: abt 1781 Birth Place: Mong Co Death Date: 8 Mar 1860 Death Place: Marion Co., West Virginia Death Age: 79 Race: White Marital status: Married Gender: Male Father Name: Morgan Morgan Mother Name: Drucilla Spouse Name: Sarah Morgan FHL Film Number: 835405