Biography of A. S. Morgridge
Madison County, Ohio Biographies





A. S. MORGRIDGE, retired farmer, P. 0. Plain City, was born in Darby Township September 6, 1822. He was the youngest of nine children, of whom three Survive. He received a rather limited education in a log schoolhouse and has worked on a farm all his life, with the exception of two winters, in which he taught school. Re has never belonged to any church or secret society, is neutral in politics and now owns about 600 acres of land, which he farms and on which he raises cattle, but unfortunately he is a bachelor. His father, Richard Morgridge, was born in Amesbury, Mass., November 18, 1771; his father died when he was about nine months old, and he lived with his mother and in different places until sixteen years of age, when he was bound to a Mr. Coffin until of age. While in service, he and some others hired a teacher, and formed an evening school, where Mr. Morgridge obtained his little education. He afterward obtained some knowledge of surveying, and followed it a little. When of age, he left Massachusetts and worked at $5 per month in Vermont until he bought 100 acres of land, He married Sallie Emerson May 1, 1800, left Vermont for Ohio June 10, 1816, and arrived in Licking County in August or September. In 1819, he came to Madison County, bought land of Walter Dunn, and built a cabin, in which he lived until his death, August 10, 1843, He was the youngest of six children. Samuel Morgridge, our subject's grandfather, was born at Newburyport, Mass., and was the oldest of three sons, He followed ship building until he fell and was much injured, after which he taught school, He married Ruth Silvers, and died at Amesbury, Mass., June 26, 1772. John Morgridge, the great grandfather of our subject, emigrated from England among the early emigrants, and settled in Newburyport, where he worked at ship building, He had three children - Samuel. William and John. Sallie Emerson, the mother of our subject, and the eldest of ten children, was born at New Salem, N. H., August 18, 1781, and was married at Berlin, Vt. Her father, Jonathan Emerson, was born in Haverhill, Mass., May 7, 1756, and married Rhoda Bailey January 11, 1781, She was a daughter of Joshua Bailey, who married Elizabeth Chase September 4, 1734, Jonathan Emerson was in the Revolutionary war, was taken prisoner and carried to England, where he was kept fifteen months before he was exchanged, He moved to Vermont in 1787. to Ohio in 1815, and died in September, 1823, in Butler County, Ohio, Sally Emerson's grandfather, Jothan Emerson, settled in Massachusetts and married Elizabeth Mitchell, daughter of Andrew and Hannah Mitchell, by whom he had one child. He died in the French war, During the three days previous to Richard and Sally Morgridge's leaving Vermont, it snowed continuously; this was the 7th, 8th and 9th of June, 1816.

From:
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois
1883


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