Name: Clarence Whitfield Morgan
Birth: 11 APR 1879 in Polk County, North Carolina, USA
Death: 23 APR 1929
Occupation: North Carolina House of Representatives
Education: Bowling Green Business College and Literary Institute
Note: A member of the North Carolina House of Representatives (Republican) for Polk County 1923.
Note: Clarence Morgan Family
Note: In 1878, Clarence Whitfield Morgan was born. Before Polk County was formed, an ancestor of William Morgan had come from Virginia and lived in old Rutherford and Spartanburg Counties. William, and his wife, Martha Cleveland were parents of Henry C.
Note: Morgan, who married Sophia Hill and built his home, now standing near Morgan Chapel Church, later on Morgan property. Clarence W. Morgan was one of H.C. and Sophia's ten children.
Note: After schooling in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Clarence worked in Brevard, N.C. and married Alma Morris in 1903. Her ancestors had also settled early along the N.C. and S.C. state line. They were the Hannons, the Earles, Morrises, Bradens, Williams,
Note: and Grays. Her grandfather, Churchwell Morris, and his wife, Betsy Gray, lived near Saluda. After the Civil War their son, William Lewis Morris, married Mary Caroline Williams and they moved to a farm in Brevard.
Note: In 1880, Alma Caroline was born, one of their eight children. Big events for the children were the trips from Brevard to visit their Polk County relatives. The mothers of Sophia Morgan and Caroline Morris were the sisters Eliza and Easter,
Note: daughters of William Hannon, one of the three children surviving the Hannon Massacre, and his wife Elizabeth Earle. As their children grew up, Sophia and Caroline planned marriage between the two families. Two children of Clarence and Alma Morgan
Note: were Helen Lewis, and Henry Williams, later called Harry born in Brevard.
Note: After living a few years in St. Petersburg, Florida, Clarence moved his family to Landrum. S.C. There he sold to his brother Elford his part of the Collinsville property they had inherited and established a hardware business. I n 1913, another
Note: daughter was born and named Mary Easter.
Note: P. Gray Morris became a partner in the business and it was moved to Tryon where it opened as Carolina Hardware. Both families moved there soon afterwards. The Morgans lived for several years on a vineyard. Clarence bought the Morris share of the
Note: hardware. In 1923, he represented Polk County in the North Carolina Legislature. In 1924, he sold the vineyard and built a house on Whitney Avenue. Alma had been busy as housewife, community worker in schools and churches, and mother to her three
Note: and their many activities.
Note: Helen graduated from Greensboro College in 1927 and taught for several years. Clarence died suddenly in 1929 while Harry was attending North Carolina State College and Mary was still at Tryon High School. She later attended Maryville College. In
Note: 1936 she and William Rockhill, from Fort Wayne, Indiana were married. Their children are Mary Howell (Mrs. Roderick Sutor), Elizabeth Morris Rockhill, William Morgan Rockhill. They also had a grandson, William Jacob Sutor.
Note: Harry worked for steel companies and Grace lines routes to South America. While employed in the Republic Export Office in New York City, he married Kingsley Olmsted. Their daughter is Lynellen (Mrs. Thomas Starkweather). The two grandsons are
Note: Morgan and Thompson Starkweather. During World War 11, Harry served the Navy as beach master in the Pacific arena. He retired as an officer and returned to Republic for some years. After that he was a consultant in Pakistan before retiring to
Note: Tryon where he died in 1977.
Note: Helen had continued teaching. Alma lived on in Tryon. In 1953, Helen and Ernest Witt, a coal broker from Bluefield, West Virginia, were married. In 1954 they came to live with Alma until her death in 1959. Ernest died in 1965. Helen retired from
Note: the Tryon City Schools in 1971 and continues to live in Tryon.
Note: by Helen Morgan Witt
Note: SOURCE: "Polk County, North Carolina History," Compiled and Edited by the Polk County Historical Association, 1983, pages 263-264.
Father: Henry Clay Morgan b: 11 SEP 1843 in Greenville District, South Carolina, USA
Mother: Sophia Adeline Hill b: 25 NOV 1844 in Columbus, Polk County, North Carolina, USA c: 1844 in First Baptist Church, Landrum, South Carolina, USA
Alma Caroline Morris b: 1880 in Brevard, North Carolina, USA
- Helen Lewis Morgan b: in Brevard, North Carolina, USA
- Henry Williams Morgan b: in Brevard, North Carolina, USA
- Mary Easter Morgan b: 1913 in Landrum, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA