James Morton

Brief Life History of James

When James Morton was born on 3 September 1755, in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Sylvanus Morton, was 26 and his mother, Mary Marshall, was 33. He married Lucy Gorham on 9 December 1784, in Liverpool, Queens, Nova Scotia, Canada. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 1 August 1838, in Liverpool, Queens, Nova Scotia, Canada, at the age of 82, and was buried in Milton Community Cemetery, Milton, Queens, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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James Morton
Lucy Gorham
Marriage: 9 December 1784
Lucy Morton
James Morton
Melinda Morton
Jabez Morton
Hepzibeth Morton
Silvanus Morton

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  • James Morton, "Nova Scotia, Marriages, 1711-1909"
  • James Morton, "Find A Grave Index"
  • James Morton in entry for Jabez Morton, "Nova Scotia Deaths, 1864-1877"

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1776 · The Declaration to the King

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

1781 · The First Constitution

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of the many places called Mor(e)ton, named with Old English mōr ‘moor’ + tūn ‘farmstead, estate’. There has probably been some confusion with Morten , and perhaps also with Murton . This English name has also been established in Ireland since the 13th century.

American shortened and altered form of Swedish Mårtensson or Mortensson (see Martenson and Mortenson ), which could also be substituted for the Finnish cognate Marttinen.

French: shortened form of Moreton 3.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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