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Howard Morton
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Birth: Oct. 24, 1836
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Feb. 7, 1925
Palo Alto
Santa Clara County
California, USA

Palo Alto, California
February __, 1925


Howard Morton, 88, a veteran of both the Civil War and the Indian campaigns was laid to rest today at Cypress Lawn, following funeral services held at the home, 1730 Middlefield Road. His death occurred Saturday evening after a long period of failing health.

Services were conducted by the Reverend W.B. Thorp, who read a poem written about Mr. Morton by the late professor W.H. Carruth, his son-in-law.

Mr. Morton was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted as a private, but rose to a Captaincy. For a time he commanded a colored regiment. After the war he removed to Kansas where he took up a government claim.

When the Indian outbreaks in the Middle West became threatening, he answered the call of General Phil Sheridan and was one of the 50 men to go into eastern Colorado. Here the little band of white men was attacked by between 700 and 800 Indians, whom they successfully defeated, although at the cost of many lives. It was in this scrimmage that Mr. Morton lost the sight of one eye and was forced to return to his Kansas home.

There he was married to Jessie Wellington, daughter of a New England doctor who had also become a pioneer in the new country. To the couple nine children were born, all of whom are still living. Five years ago he removed to California and established a home in Palo Alto.

Surviving him are his widow, Jessie W. Morton, and the following children: Mrs. W.L. Burdick of Palo Alto, Mrs. W.H. Carruth of Los Altos, Mrs. T.W. Todd of Palo Alto, Mrs. Donald S. Alford of Belmont, N.H. Morton of Sacramento, Miss Lucy W. Morton of San Diego, Miss Charlotte Morton of Palo Alto, Miss Mary Morton of Palo Alto and Howard Morton Jr.
His remains were cremated and his ashes scattered at Sea, at latitude 27.52 N, longitude 115.49 W.


Commission in Company D, 73rd Infantry Regiment UC on 10 December 1863.
Promoted to Full Captain on 23 February 1865
Discharged Company D, 73rd Infantry Regiment UC on 23 September 1865

Family links: 
  Ichabod Morton (1790 - 1861)
  Elizabeth Holbrook Morton (1795 - 1875)
  Jessie Kent Wellington Morton (1853 - 1936)*
  Mary Elizabeth Morton (1873 - 1964)*
  Helen Morton Todd (1874 - 1962)*
  Katherine Kent Morton Carruth (1876 - 1973)*
  Harold M. Morgan (1878 - 1961)*
  Nathaniel Holbrook Morton (1881 - 1955)*
  Jessie Kent Morton Alford (1881 - 1973)*
  Charlotte Augusta Morton (1885 - 1974)*
  Ruth Morton Burdick (1889 - 1977)*
  Lucie Wellington Morton Johnston (1894 - 1987)*
  Abagail Morton Diaz (1821 - 1904)**
  George E. Morton (1829 - 1903)*
  Nathaniel Morton (1831 - 1902)*
  Ichabod Morton (1833 - 1904)*
  Howard Morton (1836 - 1925)
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: lat 27.52 N , long 115.49 W.
Created by: Old History Buff
Record added: Mar 28, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25596904
Howard Morton
Added by: Old History Buff
Howard Morton
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