260 years ago, William Morgan was captured by the French during the French and Indian War (1756-1763).
I think we have several ancestors whose primary contribution to various war efforts was simply minimizing supplies available to the enemy,
and one of those was my 6th Great-Grand-father Captain William Morgan,
during the French and Indian War (1756-1763).
“After constant fighting over who had control over the Ohio Valley and much more,
the Virginia government saw that something must be done to take down French forces hiding out in the woods.” and
“Many Indian tribes became involved.
The main tribes at this time were the Shawnee, Sandusky Seneca, Wea, and Kickapoo on the French side.
The Cherokee, Seneca, Mohawk, Montauk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Creek, Chickasaw, and Tuscarora were fighting with the American-British forces.”
an armed ship owned and officered by private individuals
holding a government commission and authorized for use in war,
especially in the capture of enemy merchant shipping.
According to blog at http://www.marinersmuseum.com,
“A Privateer is any individual granted license by their government
to attack shipping belonging to an enemy government,
usually during a war.
Privateers are like private contractors:
They receive a Letter of Marque from their nation’s Admiralty,
which grants them permission to raid enemy ships and keep a percentage of the spoils
– so long as they pay a cut of that bounty back to the government.
The bearer of the Letter of Marque would then go about hiring his or her own crew and ship
at their own expense.
A Privateer is operating legally, so long as they have the Letter of Marque.”
>> https://blog.marinersmuseum.org/2012/09/the-difference-between-pirates-privateers-and-buccaneers-pt-1/ .
((also a pictorial concept of Sir Henry Morgan 1635-1688, Welshman, “viewed as a Pirate by the Spanish and a Privateer by the English, … either way, he also qualifies as a Buccaneer”, is included in part 2 of the article >> https://blog.marinersmuseum.org/2012/10/the-difference-between-pirates-privateers-and-buccaneers-pt-2/ . And another picture is at >> http://www.thewayofthepirates.com/famous-buccaneers/henry-morgan/ . This Henry Morgan may or may not be related, because there is no proof)). Our immigrating Morgan ancestor, Robert Morgan (approx 1601-1672) is THEORIZED to have been born in Wales, but … ??
According to “A History of the Family of Morgan from 1089 to present Times” (published 1902 and updated 2007), William Morgan married Abigail Elliott on 14Jul1753. She was daughter of Benjamin Elliot and Abigail Graves. William Morgan was captain of the privateer (ship) “Swallow” which was captured in July 1761 by French cruiser.
Captured July 1761; so William Morgan was captured by the French during the French and Indian War (1756-1763).
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) lists William Morgan (wife of Abigail Eliott, and father to Susannah Morgan 1753-1798 who married John Dodge) with the following data “served as a gunner in the seacoast defense from Beverly Massachusetts”. NSDAR: Volume 118:1915, page 116 entry 117370. … and again on page 34 entry 101107, of NSDAR: Volume 102:1913, it shows him “served as gunner 1777, in Lieut. Joseph Wood’s company for sea-coast defense from Beverly Mass.”
A generation later, William Morgan’s son William Morgan Jr, was also a Privateer … this time during the Revolutionary War, and attacking British ships.
There is conflict over when Robert Morgan, our immigrating Morgan ancestor, arrived to America;
could be on the “Fortune” in 1621, (the first ship to land at Plymouth after the Mayflower) … or on the “Mary” in 1636.
>> https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Morgan-213 .
His wife Abigail’s known ancestors arrived 1633 and 1635.
Son of Cpt William Morgan
Daughter of William SMM Morgan
“GrandFather’s Story” is written about this son of Bethia Morgan
Son of Webster Marshall Spencer
daughter of Charles Homer Spencer
my cowboy grandfather; only son of my great-grandMother Leota Pearl Spencer
Family History index at https://truthfulkindness.com/about/life-other/family-history-index/ ;
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