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 Jesse Morgan

Jesse Morgan

Birth
Monongalia County, West Virginia, USA
Death 3 Feb 1853 (aged 65)
Lake County, Indiana, USA
Burial Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 65848400 · View Source
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Jesse Morgan

It becomes our duty to announce to the public the death of one of our oldest inhabitants, the venerable Jesse Morgan, who perished under the following circumstances:

He left home on Thursday morning, Feb. 3, on horseback for Chicago, and took the road which follows the beach of the lake. On coming to the Calumet he could not safely cross and accordingly took another road to go to the toll bridge above. Night came on, and, it being very dark he lost his way; but discovering a light at Woodman's, where he was intending to put up, he directed his course to it, and in doing so got into the Calumet Marsh, where the water and soft mud, covered with thin ice were belly deep to his horse. After wallowing through this some distance, he let his horse go back, and tried himself to worry through to the light, and would have perhaps succeeded but for the river which intervened. Upon arriving at the bank of the Calumet, he called for help and continued to call for hours. His call was heard by some men at Woodman's, who went up a mile and a half to the toll bridge and procured other assistance then came down to relieve his distress; but it was too late. He was too much exhausted to make himself heard, and it was too dark for them to find him. The next morning Friday 4th his body was found lying in the water of the marsh with his head upon the ice within a few feet of where the men passed along with the skiff the previous night.

The sad news was brought to Calumet Station by the cars on Friday, the 4th, some of his family and neighbors went out on the cars on Saturday, made proper arrangements on Sunday, returned with his remains on Monday, and on the same day they were buried in the neighborhood of his residence.

His death is mourned by his aged companion, and his family and relations, most deeply, but they have the warm sympathies of neighbors and acquaintances generally.

[Note: Calumet Station is the former name of present day Chesterton.]

Newspaper: Practical Observer - February 14, 1853

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Jesse and Jane (Cissna-Cissne) Morgan, the former of Virginia, and the latter born near Detroit, were pioneers of Westchster Twp who were the second family coming in 1833 when the area was a wilderness inhabited by Indians. (Joseph and Mary Bailly being the first in 1822.)

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According to Morgan family records, Jesse Morgan was born at Dunkards Bottom, Monongalia Co, VA (later West Virginia).

Jesse and Jane Morgan were parents of the following children: James, Joseph, Ann (m William Thomas), Eleanor (m Stephen Baker), Rebecca, George, John and Hannah (m Bentley Hassel).

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Thanks to Jo Ann Morgan Richmond, Denver, Colorado for supplying this information.






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  • Created by: Eva Hopkins
  • Added: 19 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 65848400
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jesse Morgan (13 May 1787–3 Feb 1853), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65848400, citing Chesterton Cemetery, Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Eva Hopkins (contributor 47159848) .