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 David Morgan

David Morgan

Christiana, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Death 19 May 1813 (aged 92)
Monongalia County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 57487192 · View Source
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Called "The Great Indian Fighter."

David Morgan was a son of Col Morgan ap Morgan. He was a surveyor, Planter and soldier.

David Morgan stood six feet, one inch tall, weighed about 190 pounds, was powerfully built, and had black hair and dark brown, nearly black, eyes. ("Now & Long Ago")

On October 23, 1746, the famous "Fairfax Stone" was laid. David Morgan, at 25, was one of the surveyors in the party, which included a young George Washington.

David fought in the French and Indian War, and was there for Braddock's disastrous campaign against the French at Fort Duquesne in the summer of 1755, and was left with a saber scar to his left cheek. His coat was red then, but it became blue soon enough.

Like his friend (and relation by marriage) Captain Jacob Prickett, David was a frontiersman on par with the legendary Daniel Boone.

Jake and David had a lot of experience fighting American Indians, and in fact, at the time of his death, had missing fingers from an Indian tomahawk hurled at the back of his head, (He was herding his children back into the fort, on the run, as he threw up his hand to protect the back of his skull-- the tomahawk struck and severed his fingers.)

Morgan was 57, and on his sick-bed at the time. In a feverish dream, "he saw" 2 of his children running around scalped and bleeding. It is said that he jumped out of his sick-bed, rushed out through the open fort gates, and found 2 of his children meandering down the cow path looking for a stray. He called to them to get back to the fort, and as they did, 2 braves attacked. David scuffled with one and managed to kill him, and was on the run through the gates when the tomahawk hit him squarely on the back of his head. Had he not thrown up his hand, he no doubt would have died then and there.

At the dawning of our great nation, David Morgan was there, blue-coated and willing to fight frontier style. (Might have even been a little of his ancestral Welsh style as well.) His brother, Zackquill Morgan, was a Colonel, their brother Evan "Chunk" Morgan was a scout and spy.

David Morgan has thousands (maybe even millions) of proud descendants, and his first name has come down through the Morgan, Swisher, and Ward lines. I'm sure it has come down through other family lines as well.

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  • Created by: Kelley Ward
  • Added: 22 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 57487192
  • Jeanne Thomson
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for David Morgan (12 May 1721–19 May 1813), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57487192, citing David Morgan Cemetery, Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Kelley Ward (contributor 46862905) .