Name: Henry Clay Morgan
Birth: 11 SEP 1843 in Greenville District, South Carolina, USA
Death: 17 MAY 1909 in Landrum, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
Burial: MAY 1909 Morgan Chapel, Near Columbus, North Carolina, USA
Occupation: Farmer, North Carolina State Congressman
Note: Henry Morgan Family
Note: Henry Clay Morgan was the son of William Morgan and Martha Cleveland (actually Donaho, DB). Recent research shows that before 1800 the forebears of William came from Virginia and bought land on the north branch of the Tyger River in South
Note: Carolina. Some members of this family moved to the upper part of Spartanburg County near Fairview Baptist Church. Dated church records from that church indicate that they were living there in 1790.
Note: From there, William went to the valley of the North Pacolet River across the North Carolina line. He was married there. The 1850 census shows that William and Martha Cleveland (actually Donaho, DB) Morgan had children ranging from 16 to 2 years of
Note: Henry C. Morgan was the fifth child in that family. On Aug. 13, 1867, he married Sophia A. Hill, daughter of Noah and Eliza Hannon Hill. Noah Hill was Judge of Probate of Polk County and longtime mayor of Columbus.
Note: After their marriage the Henry Morgans moved over to South Carolina to his father's homeplace. Here the Blackstock Road is crossed by the road from Greenville to Rutherfordton. The most important settlement in upper Spartanburg County had grown
Note: up around this crossroads. When the railroad was built, Landrum came into existence. The house where the ten children of Henry and Martha were born still stands there, diagonally across from the church.
Note: Henry's mother, Martha Morgan, died in 1863. She was buried on Bird Dog Hill near the grave of her son, John F., who had been killed at Gettysburg six months before (actually John died in hospital of pneumonia, DB). Thirteen years later in 1876
Note: her husband was buried near them.
Note: (In 1928 these graves were marked with a large, dark gray, granite stone by Joe Elford Morgan and his cousin, Fred Morgan, from Indianapolis. This monument now stands at Morgan Chapel where the three Morgans were reinterred.)
Note: Soon after his parents died, Henry Morgan decided to move his family to North Carolina because now there was no one living at the Homeplace. One brother, Joe, was living at his own place down toward Collinsville. His oldest brother, Robert
Note: Whitfield, had died at the Battle of Gettysburg. All the other brothers and sisters had joined the migration to Arkansas and Texas.
Note: Now, Polk County showed signs of development. There was the new railroad along its western border, and new roads and schools made the North Pacolet Valley a good place to raise a family. He felt sure that the rich lands of his parents would give
Note: abundant income to support his household and eventually prosper.
Note: When several of their children almost died with typhoid fever, the Henry Morgans built a new home on the high ridge near the Morgan schoolhouse. The well-traveled road from Landrum to Columbus passed this way. Their house was built of fine
Note: timber and was comfortable for their large family. When the youngest child died in 1883, she was buried across the road not far from the school.
Note: Henry C. Morgan was a large, very strong man, and he must have been intelligent and industrious. He farmed and had a sawmill that furnished large timbers for mills and bridges. He became active in Polk County politics and was elected to the House
Note: of Representatives in 188S, 1887, and 1907. When Landrum built a new Baptist church, he was on the building committee. With a group of citizens he also built the Imperial Hotel.
Note: His successful enterprises made it possible for his children to be well educated. The girls went away to schools to study art and music and to get training to become teachers. Most of the sons went on the new train to Asheville and on to Bowling
Note: Green, Ky., to an excellent two-year business college.
Note: Sophia Morgan died in 1905, and Henry C. Morgan died in 1909. They were buried in the nearby Morgan family cemetery.
Note: The Henry Morgans gave their children their homeplace, Eskdale Farm; the farm below that, now known as Comoco Farm; another large place, Cherokee Hill, on down the river (the Frye place) in Collinsville; most of the Buck Creek gold mine tract near
Note: the Red Fox Country Club; the old Earlesville grist mill and farm ( now owned by William Ben Thompson); the Imperial Hotel and lots in Landrum, and scattered pieces of property in Gowensville and Tryon.
Note: Children of Henry and Sophia Morgan: Martha (Mattie) m. Milton C. Ballenger; William Lindsay m. Eliza E. McMillan; Joseph Elford m. Nancy Gertrude Chapman; Mary Minerva (Molly) m. Pulaski Gray Morris; Lettie Angeline, died when 22 years old,
Note: Clarence Whitfield m. Alma C. Morris; Nina Sophia m. Jerome Webster; Ralph Henry m. Fannie B. Randolph; Roy Edwin m. Ora Cheek; Lida died before two years old.
Note: by Rowena Morgan Mayson
Note: SOURCE: "Polk County, North Carolina History," Compiled and Edited by the Polk County Historical Association, 1983, page 264.
Note: Landowner and Farmer.
Note: The family is listed as follows in the 1880 Census:
Note: Morgan, Henry C. W M 35 M Farmer SC
Note: S.A. W F 35 W M K.House NC
Note: Martha W F 11 D NC
Note: Lindsey W M 9 S NC
Note: J.E. W M 7 S NC
Note: Mollie W F 4 D NC
Note: Lettie W F 2 D NC
Note: Clarence W. W M 1 S NC
Note: SOURCE: 1880 US Census, Polk County, North Carolina, Dwelling # 28.
Note: A member of the North Carolina House of Representatives (Republican) for Polk County 1885, 1887, 1907-08.
Note: POLK COUNTY WILLS, Book 1, page 564: Abstract copy:
Note: H. C. MORGAN of Polk County, North Carolina, to son J. ELFORD MORGAN and CLARENCE W. MORGAN, land. Collinsville property, deed to me from James McMakin.
Note: To daughter MARY MANERVIA MORRIS, land. The J. B. PRICE (or PRINCE) place, deed to me from L. W. MORGAN 2 January 1907.
Note: To son RALPH MORGAN land in Spartanburg County, S. C., known as my Landrum Mill tract, in four deeds as follows:
Note: 1. from Fannie Landrum to me, 1 October 1886
Note: 2. from John L. Jackson and wife Louciller Jackson
Note: 3. from Eliza and Frances Jones (Janes?)
Note: 4. from Thomas and Perry Henderson and Jane Henderson, except the
Note: 40 acre tract which is known as the Louciller Jackson tract
Note: which is to be sold by my executors for paying debts or equalizing other items.
Note: Fifth, to my daughter MATTIE wife of Milton Ballenger, tract in Spartanburg County, S. C., being part of Clark lands deeded me by Dr. W J. Chapman, 100 acres. Also the part of lot in Landrum S. C. bought from Fains which contains two brick store
Note: rooms laying next to the railroad, 37 ft in front and 10 ft in back of store building.
Note: Sixth, to daughter MINNIE wife of J. S. Webster, my home tract with my residence, beginning at mouth of stillhouse branch, and up same to its head, thence with the road to a large White Oak about 15 ft from the ridge road, and on North side of
Note: road, thence South to outside line then with my other line to Turners, thence to Clevelands and thence to beginning.
Note: Seventh, to son ROY, home tract lying East of that given to MINNIE WEBSTER, adjoining stillhouse branch, Page's line, Burke's line, and Pacolet River.
Note: Eighth, to son L.W. Morgan, part of home tract East of lot given to ROY. Beginning at Pacolet River, South to Burke's line, East to L. W. MORGAM'S own corner. Also tract in Polk County on Buck Branch, 83 acres, bought from Cochran heirs.
Note: Ninth, Personal property to be Sold and divided equally.
Note: I appoint my son ELFORD MORGAN and son-in-law P. G. MORRIS Executors.
Note: R. H. HENDERSON
Note: J. H. RANDOLPH
Note: LEE J. WALL M. D.
Note: CODICIL - change sale of property to be divided among all My children, to these named: son LINDSEY, daughter MOLLIE wife of GRAY MORRIS, daughter NANA wife of J. S. WEBSTER, and son ROY MORGAN.
Note: 8 May 1909
Note: S. B. EDWARDS, Clerk of Superior Court, Polk County, N. C. 21 May 1909.
Note: SOURCE: Polk County, North Carolina; Will Book 1885-1905; pages 567-569; FHC film #830265.
Father: William Stuart Morgan b: 1806 in Greenville District, South Carolina, USA
Mother: Martha Cleveland Donaho b: 1812 in Laurens, South Carolina, USA
Sophia Adeline Hill b: 25 NOV 1844 in Columbus, Polk County, North Carolina, USA c: 1844 in First Baptist Church, Landrum, South Carolina, USA
- Martha E. Morgan b: 5 MAY 1869 in Polk County, North Carolina, USA
- William Lindsay Morgan b: 3 OCT 1871 in Polk County, North Carolina, USA
- Joseph Elford Morgan b: 12 JUL 1873 in Polk County, North Carolina, USA c: 1873 in First Baptist Church, Landrum, South Carolina, USA
- Mary Manerva Morgan b: 27 JAN 1876 in Polk County, North Carolina, USA
- Lettie Angeline Morgan b: 12 MAY 1878 in Polk County, North Carolina, USA
- Clarence Whitfield Morgan b: 11 APR 1879 in Polk County, North Carolina, USA
- Nina Sophia Morgan b: 11 MAR 1881
- Lida Morgan b: 22 JAN 1883
- Ralph Henry Morgan b: 7 FEB 1885
- Roy Edwin Morgan b: 12 MAY 1888