Morgan Cemetery

Located in R7W, T3S, Sec 36 north of the DeSoto-Tate County Line road and west of Smith road about 6/10 of a mile. In the 1980’s the cemetery was fenced. Additional information added by Tim Harrison.




Isaac Morgan – 1757 – 1840.  Pvt 10 NC Regt. Rev. War.
Born in Fauquier County, Virginia, the son of John Morgan, Sr. and Martha Ann Settle.  According to one source, he was in Colonel Isaac Shelby’s Regiment at the Battle of King’s Mountain in 1780.  Certainly there was an Isaac Morgan in that regiment.  He also served in the 10th North Carolina Regiment (Continentals).  According to Robert K. Wright, Jr.’s book, The Continental Army (p. 303), The 10th North Carolina was originally formed as Sheppard’s Regiment in the North Carolina State Troops, was adopted into the Continental Army on 17 June 1777 and was disbanded 1 June 1778 at Valley Forge, PA.  After the war, he married Judith Smith (see below) on July 29, 1789 in Davidson County, Tennessee.  They were the parents of at least seven children: Benjamin (1791), William (1793), Elizabeth (1795), John Henry (1796), Samuel (1800), Joseph Smith (1804) and Phobe (abt. 1807).

Judith Smith Morgan – 1769 – 1841.  Wife of Isaac Morgan.
Judith Smith was born May 21, 1769, the daughter of Thomas Smith and Martha Elizabeth Adams.  She married Isaac Morgan (see above) in Davidson County, TN in 1789.  She was the mother of at least seven children (see above).

Joseph Smith Morgan – 1801 – 1858.
Born in Tennessee, the son of Isaac Morgan and Judith Smith.  Listed in the 1840 DeSoto Census (p. 123) by himself.  Married Clarrissa A. Stone (see below) on August 3, 1843 in Marshall County, Mississippi.  He was the father of six children by Clarrissa: Judith Smith (see below), Melinda May (1848), John T. (1851), Joseph B. (1853), Robert G. (1856), Mahalia J. (see below).  Listed in the 1850 DeSoto Census (p. 422).

Clarrissa A. Morgan – 1825 – 1869.
Born Clarrissa A. Stone in South Carolina, she married Joseph Smith Morgan in Marshall County, Mississippi in 1843.  She was the mother of six children (see above).  She was listed in the 1860 (p. 96) and 1870 (p. 151) DeSoto County Census records.  Daugher, Melinda, married E. A. Powers in 1866. 

Mahalia J. Droke – 1858 – 1881.  Wife of J. M. Droke.
Born Mahalia J. Morgan in DeSoto County, daughter of Joseph Smith Morgan and Clarrissa A. Stone.  She married John M. Droke on February 3, 1879 in DeSoto County.  He was the son of Jacob C. Droke and Nancy Alridge.  Jacob C. Droke was a Confederate soldier, serving as a sergeant in Co. I, 17th Mississippi Regiment.  She had no known children.

James Benjamin Jackson – 1880 – 1882.  Son of L. S. & J. S. Jackson.
Born in DeSoto County, the son of Len Sanders Jackson (see below) and Judith Smith Morgan (see below).

Len Sims Jackson – 1879 – 1884.  Son of L. S. & J. S. Jackson.
Born in DeSoto County, the son of Len Sanders Jackson and Judith Smith Morgan.

Clarrissa Ann Jackson – 1888 – 1900.  Daughter of L. S. & J. S. Jackson.
Born in DeSoto County, the daughter of Len Sanders Jackson and Judith Smith Morgan.

Len Sanders Jackson – 1839 – 1926.
Born in Shelby County, TN, the son of John G. Jackson (?) and Sarah Sims.  (His father was deceased prior to 1850).  He is listed with his mother and siblings in the 1850 Shelby County Census (p. 203).  His siblings: William A. (1843), James (1844), Mary G. (1848).  He was a Confederate soldier, enlisting in Co. A, 13th Tennessee Infantry in 1861.  He was wounded and lost an eye during the war.  He married Judith Smith Morgan on January 23, 1876 in Tate County, MS.  They were the parents of six children: Joseph Alex (1876), Len Sims (see above), James Benjamin (see above), John M. (1883), Clara (1884), Clarrissa Ann (see above).  He received a Confederate pension from the state of Mississippi.  The family is listed in the 1880 (p. 381/382), 190 (p. 64), 1910 (p. 56) and 1920 (p. 62) DeSoto County Census records.

Judith S. Jackson – 1845 – 1936.
Born Judith Smith Morgan in DeSoto County, daughter of Joseph Smith Morgan and Clarrissa A. Stone.  She married Len Sanders Jackson in Tate County, Mississippi in 1876.  She was the mother of six children (see above).  She received a Confederate widow’s pension from the State of Mississippi.  She is listed in the 1930 DeSoto Census (p. 55) living with her brother, Robert G. Morgan.

Robert A. Massey – 1888 – 1900.  Son of Allen A. and Susan T. Massey.
Dates are transcribed incorrectly.  Allen A Massey (1817 – 1900) and Susan Tillery Greer (1821 – 1882), parents of Robert A. Massey, were married December 14, 1842.  Robert A. Massey is listed in the 1850 DeSoto Census (p. 339) as 1 year of age.  His siblings in that Census were Martha (1844), Julia (1845) and James (1847).  He is not listed in the 1860 Census.  Thus, he must have been born 1848/49 and died prior to 1860.


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