Morgan came to Delaware in 1712. In 1731 he was the first white settler in Berkeley Co., Virginia (now West Virginia). He was a civil official, military officer, and clergyman.137
“According to the Wyoming (Co., PENN.) Historical and Genealogical Society, the Morgans ‘are descended from a long line of noted ancestors dating back to our own heroes in the pioneer days of this country, and through the kings of Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Spain and to Maximus, the Roman emperor; to Peter the Great, to William the Conqueror, and Roderick the Great, and to the fourth century, A.D.’
Morgan was the first, according to some, permanent white settler within the confines of present WV. Held military and civil positions in colonial VA which entitled his female descendants to membership in the Colonial Dames of America.
Book: History & Government of West Virginia, by ? Lewis, copyright unknown.
In Chapter 4 Sub 9 on page 40-41 there is an article about Morgan Morgan, the First White Man to Find a Home in West Virginia. It reads as follows:
‘John Lederer came as a explorer; governor Spottswood and party came as adventurers; John Van Matre came as an Indain trader, but his sons, whom he advised regarding the fertile lands of the South Branch, were not to be the first to establish a home within the State. Morgan Morgan was the name of him who reared the first cabin home in West Virginia. The year was 1726-7, and the place was the vicinity of the present village of Bunker Hill, on Mill Creek, in Mill Creek magisterial district, in what is now Berkeley county. Morgan Morgan was a native of Wales, from whence he emigrated in early life to Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Church of England and noted for his exemplary piety, with the soberness of a sound mind and the earnestness of a pious heart, he wend about doing good, but forgot not his own household. Late in life he became a minister of the church, and was a power for good in that wilderness land. Such was the character of the man who established the first Christian home in West Virginia.’
He was educated in London during WIlliam III’s reign; in 1707 came to Christiana, Delaware at age 19 (during Queen Anne’s rule). He lived in Delaware for 20 years. He met and married Catherine there. He is thought to have moved to VA n 1726, ‘blazing the first trail into Berkeley Co.’
As an ordained Church of England clergyman, he set up a church in Westminster County, in 1727.
He is known as Col. Morgan. He is credited as the holder of many ‘Firsts” in West Virginia, i.e.: First permanent White Settler, first Church Builder, first licensed tavern keeper, first ‘Engineer in Surpervision of the first public enterprise undertaken in the state’ (a road, some 12 miles long).
In Januray of 1734, Morgan Morgan, among others, was appointed one of the ‘Commision of the Peace.’ According to English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records
, p. 118, he received a Patent for 1000 acres. ‘In the Forks of the Rappahanock River & Westwood of Sherrando River’ on 12 Dec 1734. In 1735, he ‘presented unto Court his military commission and was sworn tereto’, and in 1742, he ‘presented another, promoting him to the rank of Major.’
He built his home in 1731, finishing it in 1734.
In issue 6 (1977), of the Berkeley (County) Journal, there are some black and white photographs of the cabin in the late 1800s, in 1924, and in 1975. By 1975, the cabin looked terrible, even almost unrecognizable, as the cabin of even 50 years before. All of us descendants of Morgan ap Morgan owe a debt of gratitude to the citizens of Berkeley Co., West Virginia for saving this relic of our heritage.”508