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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 1076-1077 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

Joshua Levett, son of Alfred and Lillian (Maxwell) Jones, was born in Charlemont, Massachusetts. After his marriage he removed to Auburn, New York, where he was engaged for several years in the lumber business. He died in Philadelphia, at the early age of thirty-four years. He married, November 10, 1828, Elmira Vander Berg Akin, of Quaker Hill, Dutchess county, New York, born February 3, 1806, daughter of Albro and Pauline (Vander Berg) Akin. The Akins were a substantial Quaker family of Scotch descent. The Vander Bergs were an equally prominent Dutch family. Both were prominent in early Dutchess county and upper Hudson history. Children:

  1. Caroline, died in infancy;
  2. Alfred, of whom further.

(II) Alfred Akin, son of Joshua Levett and Elmira Vander Berg (Akin) Jones, was born in Auburn, New York, May 2, 1838, died in Hudson, New York, March 23, 1894. Alfred was nine years of age when he first came to Hudson, where he received his early education, later attending Ballston Academy. He began his business career as an accountant, and later engaged in the hotel business. He was proprietor of a hostelry in Williamstown and in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He was a resident of New York city for a time, and while there was a member of the old volunteer fire department. He was an Episcopalian and a Democrat. He married, February 17, 1868, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Edwin and Mary (Dutton) Morgan (see Morgan VI). Children:

  1. Myra Eloise, born December 2, 1868, at Hudson, died October 1, 1896;
  2. Mary Elizabeth, born September 14, 1870, at Lee, Massachusetts;
  3. Morgan Akin, of whom further.

(III) Morgan Akin, only son of Alfred Akin and Mary Elizabeth (Morgan) Jones, was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, June 27, 1879. He was educated at Hudson high school, Lawrenceville Preparatory School and Williams College. He decided on the profession of law, read and studied for a time, but abandoned the idea and engaged in the mill supply business at Hudson, New York. He is a man of high standing in his community and a substantial citizen. He is president of the Chamber of Commerce, a vestryman of the Episcopal church of Hudson, a director of the First National Bank of Hudson, and a Republican in politics. He is unmarried.

(The Morgan Line)

James Morgan, the common ancestor of numerous and widely scattered family in the United States, was born in Wales, in 1607. In March, 1636, he and two younger brothers, John and Miles, sailed from Bristol, England, and arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, the following April. James settled in New London, Connecticut. John did not like Puritan company, being a high churchman, so he soon left Boston and settled in Virginia.

(I) Miles Morgan, the youngest brother, born in 1615, soon after the arrival in Boston joined a party of emigrants mostly from Roxbury, of whom Colonel William Pynchon was at the head, and founded the settlement of Springfield, Massachusetts, which they first called Agawam. Here Miles Morgan, although the youngest in the party soon rose to be second in command. He was assigned to important positions of trust both in town and church, speedily becoming one of the most valued men of the colony, a brave and intrepid Indian fighter, a sturdy tiller of the fields and a wise counsellor in the government. The town of Springfield was sacked and burned by the Indians in King Philip's war in 1675. Colonel Pynchon being absent, the command devolved upon Captain Miles Morgan. Among the killed was Peletiah, Captain Morgan's son, a lad of fifteen years. In a stockade built on Captain Morgan's land, the townsmen, whose homes had been burned, took refuge. A friendly Indian carried word to Major Appleton at Hadley, who sent reinforcements which arrived in time to save the lives of the besieged settlers. A handsome lifesize figure of Captain Miles Morgan adorns Court Square, Springfield. He married, (first) Prudence Gilbert in 1636; (second), February 15, 1669, Elizabeth Bliss. Children by first marriage:

  1. Mary, born December 14, 1644;
  2. Jonathan, September 16, 1646;
  3. David, July 23, 1648;
  4. Peletiah, May 17, 1650, killed by Indians, 1675;
  5. Isaac, born March 12, 1652;
  6. Lydia, February 8, 1654;
  7. Hannah, February 11, 1656;
  8. Mercy, May 18, 1658.

The mother of these children died November 14, 1660. Children of second marriage:

  1. Nathaniel, of whom further.

Captain Miles Morgan died May 28, 1699, aged eighty-four years.

(II) Nathaniel, only child of Captain Miles and his second wife Elizabeth (Bliss) Morgan, was born June 14, 1671, died August 30, 1752. He married Hannah Bird, June 19, 1691. Children:

  1. Nathaniel, born February 16, 1692;
  2. Samuel, 1694, died December 1799;
  3. Ebenezer, born 1696;
  4. Hannah, 1698;
  5. Miles, 1700;
  6. Joseph, December 3, 1702, married Mary Stebbins;
  7. James, born 1705;
  8. Isaac, born 1708, died November 7, 1796;
  9. Elizabeth, born 1710.

(III) Miles (2), son of Nathaniel and Hannah (Bird) Morgan, was born in the year 1700. He married Lydia Day, and settled, as did all the children of Nathaniel, in what is now the first parish in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The sons were all farmers, owned some of the finest farms in the vicinity and all lived to be over seventy years of age. Miles and Lydia (Day) Morgan had issue.

(IV) Phineas, son of Miles and Lydia (Day) Morgan, was born February 7, 1741, died May 26, 1779, while serving in the revolutionary army. The name of Phineas Morgan appears in a list of men mustered in Berkshire county, Massachusetts, to serve in Captain Chadwick's company, Colonel Brewer's regiment, by a return made by Truman Wheeler, muster master; term of enlistment, three years or during the war; mustered between January 30, 1777, and June 1, 1778; second, he appears with rank of corporal in the Continental army, pay accounts of Captain Mean's company, Colonel Sproset's regiment, for services from February 1, 1777, to June 6, 1779, credited to the town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Reported dead June 6, 1779, he appears with rank of corporal on a muster return of Captain Chadwick's company, Colonel Brewer's regiment, dated in camp, June 22, 1778, belonging to Stockbridge, enlisted for Stockbridge, mustered by Truman Wheeler, returned by order of council December 26, 1777, reported on furlough. (Massachusetts War Archives, vol. 10, p. 278.) He married, and had issue.

(V) Miles (3), son of Corporal Phineas Morgan, was born 1778, died at Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1842. He married Lucy Lester; children:

  1. Charles, married Emeline Francis;
  2. Edwin, of whom further;
  3. Julia, married Anson Hopkins;
  4. Agnes, married Hugh Hamilton;
  5. Mary, married Jackson Griswold;
  6. Ellen, married Warren Ladd.

(VI) Edwin, son of Miles and Lucy (Lester) Morgan, was born at West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, August 27, 1811, and died at Lee, Massachusetts, January 18, 1885. He was educated in the public schools, and for several years was engaged in the marble business in his native town. He was proprietor of a hotel in Lee, Massachusetts, and was influential in town affairs. He was chairman or head of the board of selectmen of Lee for several years, and represented his town in the Massachusetts legislature for two terms. He married Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Jesse Dutton, of New Hartford, Connecticut. Children:

  1. Phineas Woodbridge, born February 14, 1842, at Stockbridge, Massachusetts, died July 13, 1896; served in the civil war, ranking as lieutenant, Thirty-Seventh Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers.
  2. Mary Elizabeth, born February 22, 1846; married Alfred Akin Jones, (see Jones II).
  3. Charles Edwin, born April 13, 1857; married Alice Bristol, and has a son, Charles Edwin (2); resides at Charlotte, Michigan.

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