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Re: BREAKING NEWS on John Peden! Can anyone shed light on this???
Posted by: Cynthia Oetting (ID *****0828) Date: January 29, 2013 at 13:14:22
In Reply to: Re: BREAKING NEWS on John Peden! Can anyone shed light on this??? by Anne Bruce of 1028

I have been working on the Peden/Morton family history. I have questions on what was written in the book The Pedens in America page 107. And I believe a new book is or was in the making? on page 107 the author proposes a question as to where the other Peden brothers settled prior to the war. Chester County, Penna clearly is listed in this paragraph. McDill testimony says the landing took place in New York in 1770-1772. "James Peden, the eldest son came somewhat later from Chester, Penna to Chester, S.C." "There are two versions as to the first home of the Mortons. First that the husband of Jane Peden died from injuries rec'd during the persecution in Ireland. (Remininiscences of her son David Morton)Second, that he was a brother of John Morton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, "the pivot who turned the scale that memorable day and died the next; after whose death, which occurred in Penna about the same time of his brother's she, with her five Morton children, turned southward." Do you understnd what the author means in this paragraph about the brother? I believe this info has carried over into the family history for the Morton/Peden and that records/residences for Chester County, Penna are being confused with Chester County, S.C. I also found a record for one of the grandsons John Peden, the elder, lists with the rest of the family that fought in the Rev War, they are John, James and David Morton. I have been gathering records for this family of Morton/Peden. But I want to post some from this record I found in the Official roster of the soldiers of the American Revolution buried in the state of Ohio. page 265 Morton, John (Ross Co.) Br 1762 at Broughshane, Ballymena Parish, County Antrim, Ireland. Parents: Father a Scotchman John Morton, his mother, Irish, Jane Peden. It continues with more info but toward the end it states:"As a boy took part in some of the midnight meetings that culminated in the writing of the Declaration of Independence, later took part in the Rev War." Isn't this amazing? I believe there are alot of family trees that list Elizabeth Morton Wakefield as the dau of John Morton or the niece and it is stemming from this family! I also see Mary or Elizabeth or Mary Elizabeth listed in Peden family trees with the children of Jane Peden and yes I have some records that might show Elizabeth Morton Wakefield is probably the dau of John and Jane Peden Morton. What do you think? Thanks, Cindy

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