Saturday, March 30, 2013


As I look into my family's history, I am just astounded by the wealth of information and history that I come across.  It seems that at every turn of the family tree on my mother's side; my ancestors were part of the fabric of the history of this country and indeed, oftentimes, one of the very founding fathers.  This occurs again and again up and down the coast of New England, where my ancestors' names are an integral part of the history books and place names of the area.

The following is an abbreviated account taken off of of the life of my 9th great grandfather, George Morton, one of the initial Pilgrims; in fact one of the three original founding Pilgrims, coming here from Holland where he had retreated to from England (another of the three being Governor Bradford).   George did indeed make it to Plymouth, Massachussetts; although he died shortly thereafter.  He was responsible for the first account in Britain of the founding of Plymouth Colony, the book being called "Mourt's Relation".  (Note, my direct ancestor (my 8th great grandfather) was his son, George II; born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, May 22, 1624; died in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Nov. 23, 1686.  The Wikipedia entry below has been corrected to include him.  As he was born in America, he did not show up on the records from England, and hence was missing from the previous entry).

The Wikipedia entry on him is listed below:

George Morton (Pilgrim Father)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
George Morton or George Mourt[1] (ca. 1585 – 1624) was an English Puritan Separatist. He was the publisher of, and perhaps helped write, the first account in Great Britain of the founding of Plymouth Colony, called Mourt's Relation.


He was probably from Bawtry,[2] South Yorkshire, England, and member of the Scrooby Congregation of separatists who eventually became the Mayflower Pilgrims. Morton, who had moved to Leyden, Holland with the congregation, stayed behind when the first settlers left for Plymouth, Massachusetts. He continued to orchestrate business affairs in Europe and London for their cause—presumably arranging for the 1622 publication of, and perhaps helping write, Mourt's Relation. In 1623 Morton himself emigrated on the ship Anne[3] to Plymouth Colony with his wife Juliana Carpenter and her sister, Alice Southworth,[4] who was to become the second wife of GovernorWilliam Bradford.
George Morton died in 1624,[5] the year after he arrived in Plymouth. His widow Juliana then married Manasseh Kempton,[6] who had also arrived in 1623 on the Anne. After Morton's death, Governor Bradford took a keen interest in helping to raise the Morton children.


George Morton's children by his only wife, Juliana, were:[2]
  • Nathaniel Morton (for whom Plymouth Public Schools named Nathaniel Morton Elementary School)
  • Patience Morton Faunce (mother of famed church elder, Thomas)
  • John Morton
  • Sarah Morton Bonum (subject of the children's book Sarah Morton's Day[7] by Kate Waters)
  • Ephraim Morton
  • George Morton II

Notable descendants[edit]

George Morton's descendants found prosperity in the New World and became leaders in business and government. Among the most notable are:
  1. Notes[edit]

    1. ^  Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Morton, George". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton
    a b c d e Allen, George Morton of Plymouth Colony and some of his descendants (1908) at
  2. ^ Pilgrim ships from 1602 to 1638 searchable by ship name, sailing date and passengers at
  3. ^ Robert Jennings Heinsohn, PhD, The Carpenter Sisters of Leiden at
  4. a b New England's Memorial at Google Books.
  5. ^ 1627 Division of Cattle at
  6. ^ Kate Waters, Sarah Morton's Day at Google Books


  • William Bradford, introduction by Dwight B. Heath, Mourt's Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims in Plymouth, 1622, annotated September 1986, Publisher: Ingram Pub Services, paperback, 96 pages, ISBN 0-918222-84-2.
  • John K. Allen, George Morton of Plymouth Colony and Some of His Descendants,1908, Publisher: Printed for private circulation by J. K. Allen, Chicago, 43 pages.
  • Nathaniel Morton, New England's Memorial, 1669, Cambridge, 1855 Sixth Edition, Publisher: Congregational Board of Publication, Boston, 515 pages, ISBN 978-0-8201-1184-1.

External links[edit]

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1 comment:

  1. hey buddy , my 9th great grandfather was also george morton (1585-1624) and his son ephraim (1623-1693) was my direct down josiah,josiah,joseph,col william,james b,james m,william locke and my paternal grandmother zada morton spruiell ... billyspruiell1950