Lt. Ephraim MORTON (1623 – 1693) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Miller line.
Lt. Ephraim Morton was born in 1623 on the Ann on the passage to Plymouth Colony. His parents were George MORTON and Juliana CARPENTER. Upon the death of his father, he was adopted by his uncle Governor William Bradford and raised at his home. He married his first cousin Ann COOPER on 18 Nov 1644 in Plymouth. After Ann died, he married widow Mary Shelley Harlow on 18 Oct 1692. Ephraim died 7 Sep 1693 in Plympton, Mass.
Ephraim was a prominent man, and served in the council of war, was prominent in the militia, appointed lieutenant in 1664, served in King Phillip’s War as Colonel of his regiment; was deputy to the general court for twenty-eight years, from 1657, and again under the new charter in 1692. He was deacon of the First Plymouth Church,
Ann Cooper was born in 1625 in Plymouth Colony. Many claim that her parents were John COOPER and Priscilla CARPENTER. The Kempton Book gives her name as “Lydia Cooper” Savage says Ann was his cousin and her mother was the latter widow of William Wright and sister of Juliana Carpenter. However, John and Priscilla’s marriage took place in 1634, 10 years before Ann Cooper married Ephraim Morton, which would make Ann an exceedingly young bride. Also John’s will written in 1676 mentions his sister Lydia and Priscilla’s sister Alice Bradford (Julianna) but does not mention any children, although Ann was alive at the point. Ann died on 1 Sep 1691.
Mary Shelley was born 2 Nov 1639 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. Her father was Robert Shelly of Scituate. She first married William Harlow. After Ephraim died, she married for a third time to Hugh Cole in 1693. Mary died 30 Jan 1694 in Plymouth.
Children of Ephraim and Ann:
|1.||Deacon George MORTON||1645 Plymouth, Mass.||Phoebe was not the first wife of George Morton
22 Dec 1664
|2 Aug 1727 Plymouth|
|2.||Ephraim Morton||27 Jan 1648
|Hannah Phinney (Finney)
|18 Feb 1731/32
|3.||Rebecca Morton||15 Mar 1651||Samuel Wood
bef. 1 Jan 1675
|10 Feb 1718
|4.||Josiah Morton||1653||Susannah Wood
8 Mar 1686 Plymouth
|29 May 1694
|5.||Lt. Nathaniel Morton||1656
11 Apr 1692 Boston
22 Apr 1708 Plymouth
|10 Jan 1729/30|
23 Dec 1696 Plymouth
|12 Sep 1748
|9.||Patience Morton||1669||John Nelson
4 May 1693
|3 May 1715
Ephraim became a freeman June 7, 1648, and on the same day was chosen by the General Court constable for Plymouth. In 1654 he was one of the grand inquest; in 1657 was elected a representative to the General Court of Plymouth, of which he was a member twenty-eight years. When, by King William’s charter, in 1691-92, Plymouth Colony was merged into that of Massachusetts, Lieutenant Morton was chosen one of the first representatives to the Massachusetts General Court. For nearly a quarter of a century he was at the head of the board of selectmen of Plymouth, and in 1683 was chosen a magistrate of the Colony. At the time of his death he was a justice of the court of Common Pleas.
In 1664, having previously served as sergeant, he was elected by the General Court lieutenant of the Plymouth Military Company, and in 1671 was chosen a member of the council of war, in which he was of ”much service” many years, including the period of King Philip’s war. In March, 1677, owing to the great distress consequent upon the war, he was appointed one of a committee of three to distribute to the people of Scituate the moneys contributed by divers Christians in Ireland for the relief of those who suffered during the war.
He was prominent also in ecclesiastical matters, holding for many years the deaconship of the Plymouth church, in which he was succeeded by his son George. “The church having not then a Deacon, the Elders called upon them to choose some to that office; Accordingly, after a church-meeting in Private some being Nominated, every brother speaking his mind man by man. On August 1, 1669 Robert Finney & Ephraim Morton were chosen Deacons in the public Assembly on the Sabbath, & then ordained by the Elders.” He served as Deacon served until his death, September 7, 1693.
Plymouth Records: pg: 173: At the Towne meeting held att the meeting house att Plymouth 27 May 1681: The towne have Granted unto Leift: Morton twenty five acres of land on a place called Warrens Wells Plaine; He was also chosen at the same meeting to be a Select Man.
Will of Ephraim Morton, senr. of Plymouth, dated 27 Sep 1693, proved Nov 1693 he being weak of body through sickness
To my wife Mary Morton £10 out of the personal estate; to son Nathaniel £10; to daughter Patience, wife of John Nelson, £5; to daughter Mercy Morton £20; to son George 30 acres given me by the town of Plymouth on the south side of the Eele River, also the best of my wearing apparell; to son Josiah one fourth my lands in Sagaquash; to my two sons Nathaniel and Thomas : all my right to a tract of land in Middleboro; to son Thomas lands; to son Eliezer lands in Middleboro; when the legacies are paid, the rest of my personal estate, whether at Plymouth or elsewhere, shall be equally divided between my three sons, Nathaniel, Thomas and Eliezer, “I having disposed already unto all the Rest of my children such a part to each of them of my estate as I have thought fitt to be their full portion;”
son Nathaniel to be sole executor
This will was witnessed by Ephraim Morton Junr., Thomaa Fannce and Joseph Fannce, who all made oath to said will Nov. 2, 1693.
The inventory of the estate of Lieut. Ephraim Morton, late of Plymouth, taken Nov. 1, 1693, by Eliezer Churchill and Thomas Fannce, was sworn to in court by Nathaniel Morton, Nov 2 1693.
The marriage covenant between Ephraim Morton, of Plymouth, and Mrs. Mary Harlow, widow of Mr. William Harlow, deceased, of said Plymouth, dated Oct. 11 and acknowledged Oct. 19, 1692, provided:
She is to have her right of dower in the estate of her late husband, and is to quitclaim her rights to the estate of said Ephraim Morton if she survive him. Witnessed by Thomas Faunee and Jon Faunce.
1. Deacon George MORTON (See his page)
2. Ephraim Morton
Ephraim’s wife Hannah Finney was born 2 Sep 1657 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were John Finney and Elizabeth Bailey. Hannah died 18 Feb 1734 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.
His son Ephraim Morton III married his first cousin Susanna Morton. Their fathers were brothers – Ephraim b. 1648 and Josiah b. 1653. Ephraim III died of smallpox 29 Dec 1729.
3. Rebecca Morton
Rebecca’s husband Samuel Wood was born 25 May 1647 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Henry Wood and Abigail Jenney. Samuel died 3 Feb 1718 in Halifax, Plymouth, Mass.
4. Josiah Morton
Josiah’s wife Susanna Wood was born 1661 in Middleboro, Plymouth, Mass. Her parents were Henry Wood and Abigail Jenney. Susannah died 1673 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.
5. Lt. Nathaniel Morton
Nathaniel’s wife Mary Faunce was born 2 Jun 1681 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass. She was Nathaniel’s first cousin once removed. Her parents were Joseph Faunce and Judith Rickard. Her grandparents were John Faunce and Patience Morton. John and Patience came to New England aboard the Anne, 1623. They married in 1633. In addition to being a planter, John was a businessman, designated as one of the Purchasers for the colony. John was not a member of the original Scrooby group, but was a “stranger” recruited by the merchant adverturers who financed the colony. His great grandparents were George MORTON and Juliana CARPENTER. (George and Juliana were Nathaniel’s grandparents) Mary died 31 May 1761 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.
6. Eleazer Morton
Eleazer’s wife Rebecca Dawes was born 25 Feb 1666 in Plymouth, Mass. Her parents were Ambrose Dawes and Mary Bumstead. Rebecca died 6 Nov 1730 in Plymouth, Mass.
Eleazer Morton received from his father by will shown in the Plymouth records, dated September 27- October 6 1693, all his interest in the 16 shilling purchase, so-called, in Middleborough, and one-third of his residual personal estate.
7. Mercy Morton
Mercy’s husband Henry Rickard was born 1666 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass. His parents were Giles Rickard and Hannah Dunham. Henry died 17 Sep 1726 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.
8. Thomas Morton
Thomas’ wife Mary Doty was born 9 Jul 1671 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass. She was Thomas’ first cousin once removed. Her parents were Edward Doty and Sarah Faunce. Her grandparents were John Faunce and Patience Morton. His great grandparents were George MORTON and Juliana CARPENTER. (George and Juliana were Thomas’ grandparents) Mary died 6 Apr 1742 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.
9. Patience Morton
Patience’s husband John Nelson was born 8 Jun 1647 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass. His parents were William Nelson (1615 – 1680) and Martha Ford (1621 – 1683). He first married 28 Nov 1667 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass to Sarah Wood (1644 – 1675). John died 29 Apr 1697 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.
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