Biography of George Morgan


Morgan, George, Grand Island, p. o. Tonawanda, has been a resident of Grand Island for fifty-two years. He was born in Hampton, Canada, in 1824. son of Henry and Mary Morgan, natives of Ireland. Henry Morgan was educated in his native country; his father, being wealthy, always allowed him a liberal income and when a young man he came to Canada and settled on a farm. In politics he was a Conservative; he officiated as justice for many years, always taking an active interest in politics. He was twice married and reared four children. He was a prominent Mason and died when eighty-four years of age. George Morgan began life's battles for himself when eighteen, leaving home and going to Rochester, N. Y., where he remained one year, thence to Grand Island, where after five years he purchased and cleared a farm of 143 acres, which he converted into a permanent home. In politics Mr. Morgan was always a staunch Democrat; though never an aspirant to office he was persuaded to accept the office of assessor for several terms. He is a member of the Farmers' Alliance. Mr. Morgan has accumulated considerable of this world's goods; beside owning a fine residence on the east side of the island facing the river, he owns three tenement houses in the village of Tonawanda. In 1852 he married Maria Failes, born in Buffalo in 1830, and when an infant came with her parents, Henry and Mary Failes, to Grand Island. To Mr. and Mrs. Morgan were born four sons and six daughters. Mr. Morgan has retired from active work on the farm, leaving the farm in charge of his son.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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