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 Margaret <I>Cunningham</I> Morton

Margaret Cunningham Morton

Birth
Stirling, Scotland
Death 31 Jan 1896 (aged 79)
Midway, Wasatch County, Utah, USA
Burial Midway, Wasatch County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 53880 · View Source
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Margaret Cunningham was born September 19, 1815 in Barceton, Baldernock Parish,Sterlingshire, Scotland. Her parents were Allen Cunningham & Elizabeth Marshall.

She married John Morton Sr. on December 31, 1840 at Motherwell Dalziel Parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland by Mr. Classon Minister of the Parish Church.

Her husband John was baptized into the LDS Church in 1850. Her conversion came later after having a dream of a man wearing a tall silk hat. He handed her a book and told her to read it. She was baptized into the LDS Church on July 27, 1851 by William Brighton. She was confirmed the same day by David Hutchison. The baptism was performed at the Auchinearn Conference branch in the Kelvin River.

For 17 years the Morton's lived in Scotland after their marriage. they had 6 children but 3 died at a very young age. The one's who lived to adulthood were Allen, Mary, and John Jr. John Sr. worked as a coal miner.

The family
left for the United States on Saturday May 30th, 1857 on the sailing ship Tuscarora arriving in Philadelphia on July 3, 1857. They went to Maryland for 1 year and in 1858 went to Pennsylvania where they lived and worked in the coal mines for 5 years preparing to come to Utah.

In May 1863 they started their journey west going to St. Joseph, Missouri by railroad and taking a steamboat up the Missouri River to Florence, Nebraska where they met the ox team (Capt. Wm. B. Preston Co.)headed for Utah. they arrived Sept. 10, 1863. They then went to Franklin, Idaho for 3 months. They arrived in Wasatch Valley in Dec. of 1863 and went to the upper settlement, later named Midway.

As soon as spring arrived and work could start they began clearing an area for a home and constructing the house. The work continued but in 1866 the threat of Indian troubles appeared. The town built a fort and each family had their place to protect themselves from the Indians.

Margaret's husband was bothered with asthma from working in the cola mines and also had a dislocated hip following an accident.

After her husband died in 1879 she made her living by making yeast to exchange for flour, sugar, etc. She never sold yeast on Sunday and as people would come from all over Midway to get yeast from her, they would comment to each other concerning the spotless home and person of Margaret Morton and upon the pleasure which it gave them to talk with her.

A neighbor Mrs. Margaret Hair said of her: "She lived in a little log house which was immaculately clean. It had quite a bright green door on it. I so plainly remember the table she had with so many jars of yeast on it, which she made every single day. She would trade the yeast for flour and sugar and then sell them. In this way she made her livelihood. She was just a grand old lady. She seemed to belong to everyone. She had quite round shoulders, but such a pleasant looking woman. It was nice to be around her. Everyone enjoyed her keen sense of humor."

She was familiarly known as "Aunt Maggie"

She died on January 27, 1896 and is buried in the Midway Cemetery

Bio by: Kristine Murdock


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  • Maintained by: Maureen McKendrick Braga
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53880
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret Cunningham Morton (27 Oct 1816–31 Jan 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53880, citing Midway Cemetery, Midway, Wasatch County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Maureen McKendrick Braga (contributor 47546173) .