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Morgan, Henry Clay

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Morgan, Henry Clay
March 12, 2007 09:37PM
Souvenir Edition, The Williamstown Courier, Williamstown, Ky, May 30, 1901,
reprinted September 19, 1981 by the Grant County KY Historical Society.

HENRY CLAY MORGAN. All that it takes to constitute a man of character and
integrity Henry Clay Morgan possesses in an eminent degree. As a Federal
soldier with four long years of service, and as magistrate for sixteen
years, and as citizen, he has lived up to the full measure of the best
there are among us. He was born in Grant county out in the hills of
Cordova December 4, 1843, and grew up on his father's farm a strong and
withy lad, inured to hardships and the labors of the farm. He attended the
common schools and obtained a good ordinary education. His father was
William H. and his mother Precilla P. Morgan. He father served as Justice
of the Peace in Grant county for twenty years. His grandfather Morgan, was
born May 11, 1796, and died May 18, 1879. He was a veteran of the war of
1812, and was wounded and captured at the battle of the River Raison, and
was kept a prisoner in Canada for some time. He, too, was a Justice of the
Peace in Grant county for many years, and was Sheriff of the county when
Maythes and Crouch were hung by a mob for killing William Utterback.
In November 26, 1867, he was united in marriage to Miss Jane Anness,
the daughter of William Anness of Cordova. To this union eight children
have been born--four boys and four girls.
When the Civil War broke out in 1861 Mr. Morgan joined his fortunes
with the Union forces, and enlisted in Company G, 14th Kentucky Infantry,
November 25, 1861, and re-enlisted January 5, 1864, in the same company
and regiment. Was a sergeant in his Company and color-bearer in his
regiment during all of the later years of the war. Saw hard service in the
battles of Richmond, Kentucky, Hoovers' Gap, Tennessee, Chickamauga, and
Sherman's march to the sea, and through North and South Carolina. He was
at the surrender of General Joseph E. Johnston, and then marched through
Richmond, Virginia, to Washington and participated in the grand review at
that place. He was then sent to Louisville, Kentucky, and honorably
In politics Squire Morgan has always been a Republican, and has
frequently been honored by his party. He has served two years as Constable
and sixteen years as a Justice of the Peace of the Cordova precinct. In
1900 he attended the Republican convention at Philadelphia as a delegate
from the Sixth District of Kentucky. He has been a member of the
Republican Executive Committee of Grant county for more than thirty years,
and at one time was the nominee of his party for Representative and was
beaten by Judge O. P. Hogan by only a few votes. He has been a Mason since
1866, and half of the time has been master of Carter Lodge No. 486, at
Mason, Kentucky. He was the first commander of Thomas Rankin Post G.A.R.
of Williamstown. Since the war Mr. Morgan has been a farmer and stock
trader, and has been very successful. He has a nice farm on Fort Lick
Creek, and is well fixed in life. He is very fond of fishing and claims
to be an expert.

Morgan Maythes Crouch Utterback Anness Hogan

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