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William Morgan, of Frazeysburg, Ohio, is one of the pioneer settlers of Muskingum county. His grandfather, Morgan Morgan, was born in Maryland and was married to Amanda Cailer, by whom he became the father of six children: Thomas, James, Levi, Richard, Amanda and Sallie. Mr. Morgan came with his family to Ohio and settled near Shannon, spending the remainder of his days on a farm, although he was a weaver by trade. He lived to be an old man, and for many years was an earnest member of the Baptist church. Thomas J. Morgan, his son, was born in Maryland in 1801, received the advantages of the common schools, and when a boy came with his parents to Ohio, where he was brought up to farm life. Upon reaching manhood he was married to Miss Keziah Wilson, daughter of Samuel Wilson, an old settler of Muskingum county, who came from England and lived near Shannon. To Thomas J. Morgan and his wife the following children were born: William, Isaac, Sarah, Harriet, and Lavina. After his marriage, Mr. Morgan settled in the woods near Frazeysburg where he bought and entered about 160 acres of land in 1828, which land he succeeded in clearing of heavy timber after many years of hard labor. Here he resided until his death in February, 1883, at the age of seventy-three years, at which time he was an earnest member of the Baptist church. He was very hard-working, industrious and conscientious, and all who knew him spoke a good word in his praise. William Morgan, his son, whose name heads this sketch, was born August 28, 1828, and in early life received a common-school education. His early life was spent in attending the common schools near his home and in assisting his father on the home place, and after reaching manhood he married Miss Ann Lloyd, a daughter of Eli Lloyd an old resident of Wheeling, W. Va., who settled near Dresden in an early day. He was the father of these children: Joseph, John, Margaret, William, Benson, Eli, Ann and Jesse. After his marriage Mr. Morgan remained on the home place for five years and then moved to near Dresden, where he purchased eighty acres of land and remained eleven years. In 1868 he came to his present farm, which in an admirably kept and valuable one. He is well known for industry and integrity and stands high as a citizen. He is a Baptist in his religious views but his wife is a member of the Christian church. He has always been interested in the public schools of his section and in the welfare of his county, and for seven years ably filled the position of county supervisor. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan are the parents of three children: Thomas (who is married to Clara Kidd of this county), Wilson (who married Lizzie Paxton and is now farming in Illinois), and Rezin L. Morgan is still home on the place with his father.

 

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Muskingum County, Ohio: Chicago, 1892: The Goodspeed Publishing Co.