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David Morgan
(1700-1768)
Dorothy Lamb
(1708-)
Roswell Morgan
(1737-)

 

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Roswell Morgan

  • Born: 17 Jul 1737, Preston CT

  General notes:

Counterfeiter

  Events in his life were:

  • In the fall of 1772, there was a search for a William Underwood, who was suspected of counterfeiting. After 10 days of searching for him in vain, he went to Hartford and turned King's evidence against others in the Windham County Gang. Because of this evidence the gang was broken up. The members were David Denison, Roswell and Isaac Morgan, Job Fox (Benjamin Atwell), Tille Parkhurst, Benjamin Fuller and Nathan Dean, all of Plainfield; Noah and Simon Spaulding both of Scotland; Ebenezer and Job Talbot, both of Voluntown; James Flint Jr of Windham; Benjamin Hanks Jr of Mansfield.
    Towards the end of October in 1772, Benjamin Cary a grand juror complained to Justice Elisha Paine that David Denison, Roswell Morgan, Isaac Morgan, Simon Spaulding and Job Fox had made dollars and Half Joe's.
    Roswell Morgan was arrested in late October 1772 and was bound over in £250 to the March 1773 term of the Superior Court to be held in Windham. Bail was furnished by Roswell. He couldn't be tried in March of 1773 so he was bound over to the September term and his bond was reduced to £150 so he wouldn't have to stay in jail. The case was either dropped or he never showed up and the bond would have been forfeited.
    Isaac Morgan was arrested on December 4, 1772 and brought before Justice Isaac Coit of Plainfield. He was bound over to the next Superior Court held in Windham. He was released on a £200 bond furnished by himself and Samuel Wheeler of Plainfield.
    Tille Parkhurst was complained on by Eli Chapman to Justice Coit, on December 28, 1772. Eli stated that Tille had been counterfeiting dollars and half joe's, together with Nathan Dean. Tille was arrested and brought before Justice Coit. On March 11, 1773, Tille was bound over in the amount of £150 to the next term of the Superior Court held in Windham. He was released on bail provided by himself, Abraham Shepard and Joseph Shepard. Apparently the case was continued to the January 1, 1774 term, because the King's attorney Elisha Paine closed the case by refusing to prosecute further.
    Ebenezer Talbot was complained on by Moses Barnet on February 15, 1773 for making and passing counterfeit dollars and half joe's. It is unrecorded what happened to him.
    Job Talbot was also complained on by Moses Barnet on February 15, 1773 for making and passing counterfeit dollars and half joe's.
    Job was arrested and bound over to the March 1773 Superior Court Term on a £50 bond. The Kings attorney refused to prosecute the case for lack of evidence.



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