Ancestry of Maj. Gen.
Leader of the Rough Riders
- 7th Great-grandfather of Leonard Wood — 10th Generation
- Ahnentafel No:
- Birth Date:
- ABT 1587
- Birth Location:
- Christening Date:
- Christening Location:
- Death Date:
- Jun 1624
- Death Location:
- Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
- Burial Date:
- Burial Location:
- Spouse Name:
- Juliana Carpenter
- Marriage Date:
- 22 Jul 1612
- Marriage Location:
- Leiden, Holland
John Morton (Ahnentafel No:340 )
It is often claimed that George Morton has royal ancestry. However, George Morton's parents are currently unknown. His alleged royal connection is purely speculative and originates from a 1957 article on a possible pedigree for George Morton.
In 1957, John G. Hunt wrote an article titled "A POSSIBLE ADDED MORTON-BRADFORD CONNECTION" (NEHGR 111:68). This article suggested a purely speculative connection between George Morton and the Mortons of Bawtry, Yorkshire, and through them a distant connection to Gov. William Bradford of the Mayflower. It is through this Mortons of Bawtry connection that some claim royal ancestry for George Morton.
This article also appeared at the end of the Bradford ancestry section in the book The English Origins of New England Families from the New England Genealogical and Historical Register, Volume 1 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985, p. 281). The book contained articles selected and introduced by Gary Boyd Roberts. Although the article is purely speculative, the fact that Roberts included a copy of the article in the book has resulted in many researchers accepting the suggested pedigree as fact.
The truth is that George Morton was a brother-in-law to Gov. William Bradford through his wife Juliana Carpenter (Bradford was married to her sister Alice). Although Gary Boyd Roberts added the Hunt article to the English Origins book after the Bradford ancestry section, it is still purely speculative. What's noteworthy is that Gary Boyd Roberts does not include George Morton in his book The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2008) even though he obviously knew about Hunt's suggested Morton pedigree.
Also noteworthy is that Charles Robert Anderson in his The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volume 2 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995, p. 1297) considers John G. Hunt's Morton pedigree as "speculative."
So unless new evidence comes to light, George Morton's parents and any royal connection should be considered unproven and purely speculative.
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Sources for George Morton
- 1 English Origins of New England Families: From The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 2nd series, Vol. 1, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. (1985), 281.
- 2 New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1957, Vol. 111, p. 68.
- 3 New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1960, Vol. 114, p. 116.
- 4 New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 1921, Vol. 52, p. 197.
- 5 Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Vol. 1, A-F, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (1995), 314, 652.
- 6 Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Vol. 2, G-O, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (1995), 1296-1297.
- 7 Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Directory: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1640, A Concise Compendium, Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2015), 233.
- 8 Roser, Susan E., Mayflower Increasings, 2nd Edition, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company (1997), 65.
- 9 Smith, Dean Crawford, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1878-1908: Part 1, The Ancestry of Warren Francis Kempton 1817-1879, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (1996).
- 10 Weeks, Lyman Horace, ed., Prominent Families of New York: Being an Account in Biographical Form of Individuals and Families Distinguished as . . ., New York: The Historical Company (1898), 416.