John H. Morgan

Company A,
1st District of Columbia Infantry, also known as
1st U.S. Colored Infantry

                                 Photo taken Aug 2002


Enlisted 24 Sep 1864, Wilmington, New Castle Co, DE
Enrolled 24 Sep 1864, Baltimore, MD

Honorably discharged 29 Sep 1865, Roanoke Island, NC

Residence during pension record period: Kent Co, DE

John H. Morgan:
Date of birth: 17 Feb 1840 at Cheswold, Kent Co, DE

Date of death: 21 Jan 1925 at Cheswold, Kent Co, DE

Married to::
Mary Ann Coker (listed as Mary Cooper on one document) on 17 Jul 1866 at Smyrna, Kent Co, DE

Their children:

1. Millie Morgan, b. 21 Feb 1868, d. by Apr 1898
2. Emma Morgan, b. 10 Jun 1870
3. Elmira Morgan, b. 26 Jan 1873
4. Beulah Morgan, b. 07 Apr 1875
5. Annie Morgan, b. 10 Sep 1877
6. Eliza Morgan, b. 16 May 1880
7. Blanche Morgan, b. 18 Sep 1882
8. George W. Morgan, b. 09 Sep 1884
9. Mary / Daisy Morgan, b. 24 Mar 1888, d. by Apr 1915

Among the affiants / witnesses for John:
Edward Sammons
George W. Tilghman
Orson Greenage:
Joseph C. Boggs
George W. Morgan (son)
Elmira Morgan Durham (daughter)

A letter from John Morgan to the Commissioner of Pensions office in Washington, dated 24 Feb 1919, included the following:

"Having had a fire and my home being totally destroyed I have been moving from place to place and in so doing my Pension Voucher has either been misplaced or destroyed and I am writing to request you to issue another for me."

Another document, dated 05 Mar 1921 & signed by John Morgan, stated the following:

"He laid his Pension Certificate on the table with other papers, one of his boys made a fire since which time he has never seen the certificate."

[It is curious to wonder whether these statements are both referring to the same incident. The first one describes the home being totally destroyed, but the latter one makes it almost seem the certificate was used for kindling! It could just be the wording however, and indeed be referring to the same incident. Another curious item in the latter statement is the mention of "one of his boys," but according to the documentation in the pension records, John only ever had ONE son--George] --- JCC


John H. Morgan was the son of William Morgan (b. 16 Dec 1807; d. unknown) and Mary Anna "Annie" Sanders / Saunders (b. ca. 1819; d. bef. Feb 1860).

Mary Ann Coker (09 Sep 1844 - 20 Sep 1923) was the daughter of:
James Coker (b. ca. 1816; d. unknown) and Eliza Jackson (b. ca. 1814; d. unknown).

On the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington DC,
John's name is displayed on Plaque A-3.

John & Mary are buried in Immanuel Union / Manship Cemetery, Cheswold, Kent Co, DE


1. Does anyone have the death date of John's mother, Mary Anna Sanders / Saunders (b. ca. 1819; d. bef. Feb 1860)...?
2. Does anyone know who the parents of Eliza Jackson Coker were? (Mary Ann Coker Morgan's mother).

To view some of the other
Civil War pension extractions, as well as an Explanatory note, please see the following page of the Mitsawokett site:

(Once on the page, scroll down below the Index to see the Overview).

Please let me know if anyone has any questions: 
John C. Carter







"The History and Genealogy of the
Native American Isolate Communities
of Kent County, Delaware, and
Surrounding Areas on the Delmarva Peninsula
and Southern New Jersey"



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