Morton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Morton. The Morton family lived in Cheshire, but by the 12th century most of the fmaily had moved to Dumfries in Scotland. Morton, or Moreton, come from the Old English word, mor, which means marsh, fen or moor, and tune, which means village or settlement.

Early Origins of the Morton family

The surname Morton was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Morton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morton research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1170, 1581, 1590, and 1647 are included under the topic Early Morton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Morton Spelling Variations

The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Morton has appeared as Morton, Moreton, Moorton, Myrton and others.

Early Notables of the Morton family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was James Douglas, 4th earl of Morton (d. 1581), Scottish nobleman, who ruled as a regent for James IV; a A line of Moretons, who were Earls of Ducie, as well as John Morton of York, who was the Archbisop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor of England during the reign of...
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Migration of the Morton family to Ireland

Some of the Morton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Morton migration to the United States

As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Morton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ralph Morton, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1607 [1]
  • George Morton, who settled in Plymouth in 1621 with four children
  • George Morton (ca.1585-1624) from Bawtry, South Yorkshire who sailed aboard the Anne in 1623 destined for Plymouth Massachusetts with his family
  • Julian Carpenter Morton, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623 [1]
  • Thomas Morton, who arrived in New England in 1625 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Morton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lawrance Morton, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1708 [1]
  • Mathias Morton, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1712 [1]
  • Robert Morton, who arrived in America in 1730 [1]
  • James Morton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
  • Paul Morton, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755 [1]
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Morton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Morton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Dever Morton, who landed in Norfolk, Va in 1820 [1]
  • Eliza Morton, aged 24, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873 [1]
  • Alexander Morton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
  • Andrew Morton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
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Morton migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Morton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Elisa Morton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Morton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. John Morton U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 51 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [2]
  • Mr. William Morton U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 219 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [2]
  • Mr. Alexander Morton U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
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Morton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Morton, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Daniel Morton, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Patrick Morton, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Samuel Morton, who arrived in Canada in 1836
  • Silas Morton, who arrived in Canada in 1836
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Morton migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Morton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Morton, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Robert Morton, a tailor, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Morton, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • John Morton, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • John Morton, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
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Morton migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Morton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. David Morton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th August 1856 [7]
  • Mrs. Mary Morton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th August 1856 [7]
  • Miss Mary Morton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th August 1856 [7]
  • Mr. George Morton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th August 1856 [7]
  • Mr. Daniel Morton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Nourmahal" arriving in Dunedin, Otaga, South Island, New Zealand on 5th May 1858 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Morton (post 1700)

  • Newton Ennis Morton (1929-2018), American population geneticist from Camden, New Jersey, one of the founders of the field of genetic epidemiology
  • Harry Robert "Bob" Morton (1934-2015), American politician, Washington State Senator from Washington's 7th Legislative District (1994-2013)
  • Larry Craig Morton (b. 1943), American former professional NFL football quarterback, into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • William Thomas Green Morton (1819-1868), American dentist who first publicly demonstrated the use of ether as a surgical anesthetic in 1846
  • Charles Hazen "Charlie" Morton (1854-1921), American Major League Baseball outfielder, manager, and League executive
  • Charles "Charlie" Alfred Morton (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Conrad Vernon Morton (1905-1972), American botanist
  • Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton (1890-1941), born Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, American jazz composer
  • Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902), American Secretary of Agriculture under Grover Cleveland (1893-97), who originated Arbor Day in Nebraska
  • Joy Morton (1855-1934), American founder of the Morton Salt Company and The Morton Arboretum
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Historic Events for the Morton family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Ruth Jane Morton (1888-1914), née Spruston Canadian Third Class Passenger from Fernie, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]
  • Mr. Lowther Morton (1887-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Fernie, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]
  • Miss Jane Morton, Canadian Third Class Passenger from Fernie, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]
  • Miss Kathleen Morton, Canadian Third Class Passenger from Fernie, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. W Morton, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]
  • Mr. Frederick Charles Morton (b. 1906), "Freddie" English Petty Officer from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]
  • Mr. Morton, British Leading Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]
  • Mr. Henry Canova Vollam Morton (b. 1892), English Journalist from England, who sailed on the HMS Prince of Wales prior to its sinking [9]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Leslie Noel Morton, English Able-Bodied Seaman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in a collapsible [10]
  • Mr. John Clifford Morton, English Able-Bodied Seaman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [10]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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