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John Mikel Morrarty
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Birth: Feb. 23, 1803
Washington County
Maine, USA
Death: Mar. 22, 1882
Windham County
Connecticut, USA

John M. Morrarty was the son of Edmund Augustus Morrarty and Ann Denison. He married in 1826 Mary Maria Griswold, the daughter of Benjamin Griswold and Fannie Marie McIntosh. According to family and military records, John M. was born in Eastport (Washington Co.), Maine, but an affidavit filed by him with a petition to the Connecticut Assembly in 1840 for permission to own land in East Haddam states that he was born in Horton, Kings County, Nova Scotia and came to the U.S. in 1813 [though it is more likely that this refers to his father]. John M. was a shoemaker, and was living in Norwich, CT in 1850 where he appears with his large family on the federal census. In 1860, he was with wife and four of his children, living in Plainfield, Windham Co., CT.

John M. enlisted in the Union Army for service in the Civil War. His certificate of Disability for Discharge, dated 11 Feb 1863 at Campbell Hospital, Washington DC, stated that Private John M. Morrarty of Lieut. P. F. Falcutt's Co. (K) of the 21st Regiment of Conn. Vols. was enlisted by Lieut H. S. Wilson of the 21st Regt at Plainfield, CT on 9 Aug 1862 to serve three years; that he was born in Eastport, Maine; was 45 years of age [he understated his age by 15 years], 5 feet 8 inches high, with dark complexion, hazel eyes, gray hair, and a farmer by occupation when enlisted. The signing physician stated that "[I] find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of Sciatica and impaired constitution resulting from old age being 60 years of age at the time of enlistment. Not entitled to a pension."

On 14 Feb 1863, while temporarily residing in Washington DC, John M. Morrarty filed an invalid's pension for his service. He called himself a resident of Sterling Stone factory, Windham Co., CT, and said he had enlisted in the Army at Plainfield [CT] on 9 Aug 1862 as a Private in Co. K commanded by Capt. J. M. Shepard in the 21st regiment of Infantry commanded by Col. A. H. Dutton of Conn. Vols. He continued that he was honorably discharged on 8 Feb 1863 [a Casualty Sheet gives the date as 4 Feb], with the following conditions: spinal affection, lame hip caused by getting hurt along bridge in Washington DC about 20 Sep 1862 by a team running over him while on the march to Arlington Heights. A deposition made by his company commander on 26 Aug 1864 adds more detail:

This is to certify that John M. Morrarty was a private in Co. "K." 21st Conn V. marching with his company over Long Bridge Washington D.C. enroute for camp Chase, was run into and knocked down by a pair of runaway horses - he was for a short time insensible - from that time until his discharge he was more or less off duty - because of a lame back - he was sent to hospital the morning after the army of the Potomac under Burnside entered Falmouth Va - and from that time forward was permanently disabled and finally discharged on Surgeons Certificate
J. M. Shepard
Capt. Co. "K." 21st Conn. Vols.

Morrarty had been admitted to the Campbell U.S. Army General Hospital, Washington DC, on 30 Dec 1862 and discharged from the service 12 Feb 1863 because of "sciatica and impaired constitution resulting from old age," according to a 24 Nov 1864 surgeon's report.

On 10 Dec 1877, John M. Morrarty appointed G. Kessler of New York his lawful attorney to prosecute to completion his claim to original invalid pension No 12587 filed in 1863. The outcome of this action is not known. Sometime shortly after the death of John Morrarty (in 1882), his widow made declaration for pension, giving her address as "c/o Dr. Dan O. King, Pontiac, RI." On 13 Dec 1890, Mary Morrarty was residing in E. Douglass, Worcester Co., Mass when she made another declaration for widow's pension. Here she stated that she and John M. were married on 31 Dec 1826 by Samuel S. Mather at Lyme, CT. Shortly after the preceding instrument, an affidavit was made by Jesse B. Sweet of E. Douglass, Mass., stating that Mary Morrarty had no real or personal property and no income, that she is eighty years of age, and too old and infirm to do work of any kind, and that she is dependent upon charity for her support.

John M. is buried in the East Thompson Cemetery, at the north end of the section on the west side of the road. His marker gives his Civil War service, and there are many other family members buried in the same plot. There is no marker for John's wife, but her death certificate states she was buried in E. Thompson, CT, so it is likely that she is also buried here.

John and Mary had 15 children, two of whom are buried in this cemetery, and one in the same plot as their parents. Children not linked below:

*Edmond Augustus, b. Norwich 17 Sep 1849, d. 26 Nov 1866. His death date comes from a family record, though he does not appear in the 1860 census with his parents.
Family links: 
  Edmond Augustus Morrarty (1763 - 1819)
  Ann Denison Morrarty (1769 - 1832)
  Mary Maria Griswold Morrarty (1811 - 1904)*
  Mary Ann Griswold Morrarty Rose (1828 - 1916)*
  Orrin Thayer Morrarty (1829 - 1907)*
  John Mikel Morrarty (1831 - 1903)*
  Frances Rosilla Morrarty (1833 - 1849)*
  Jane Elizabeth Morrarty (1836 - 1851)*
  Andrew Thomas Morrarty (1838 - 1876)*
  Irene Maria Morrarty Johnson (1840 - ____)*
  Sarah Abbey Morrarty (1842 - 1847)*
  Minerva Ellen Morrarty Wetherell (1844 - 1896)*
  Infant Son Morrarty (1847 - 1847)*
  Infant Twin Son Morrarty (1848 - 1848)*
  Infant Twin Daughter Morrarty (1848 - 1848)*
  George Washington Morrarty (1852 - ____)*
  Franklin Wilbur Morarty (1857 - 1936)*
*Calculated relationship
East Thompson Cemetery
Windham County
Connecticut, USA
Maintained by: Stan Arnold
Originally Created by: Linda Mac
Record added: Feb 14, 2012
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John Mikel Morrarty
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Remembering your service on this Veteran's Day
- Stan Arnold
 Added: Nov. 11, 2013
To my only ancestor to serve in the Civil War--you enlisted at the age of 59, but were injured before you could fight. You are fondly remembered by your great great great grandson...
- Stan Arnold
 Added: May. 30, 2013

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