“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rivesville in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

David Morgan

David Morgan Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2014
1. David Morgan Marker
Inscription. Near this spot, 1779, David Morgan killed two Indians, of whose attack on his two children he had been warned in a strange dream. Morgan lived on a farm on the Monongahela River between Paw Paw and Prickett Creeks.
Erected 1975 by West Virginia Department of Archives and History.
Location. 39° 31.742′ N, 80° 7.437′ W. Marker is in Rivesville, West Virginia, in Marion County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 19) west of Monroe Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rivesville WV 26588, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Pawpaw (here, next to this marker); Graves of the Pierponts (approx. 2.8 miles away); Prickett’s Fort (approx. 2.8 miles away); Barrackville Covered Bridge (approx. 2.8 miles away); Marion County / Monongalia County (approx. 3 miles away); Francis H. Pierpont Home (approx. 3.1 miles away); Fairmont (approx. 3.2 miles away); Marion County Courthouse (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rivesville.
Also see . . .  Capt. David Morgan Morgan, Sr. (1721 - 1813). entry. “Morgan was 57, and on his sick-bed at the time. In a feverish dream,
Fort Pawpaw and David Morgan Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2014
2. Fort Pawpaw and David Morgan Markers
"he saw" 2 of his children running around scalped and bleeding. It is said that he jumped out of his sick-bed, rushed out through the open fort gates, and found 2 of his children meandering down the cow path looking for a stray. He called to them to get back to the fort, and as they did, 2 braves attacked. David scuffled with one and managed to kill him, and was on the run through the gates when the tomahawk hit him squarely on the back of his head. Had he not thrown up his hand, he no doubt would have died then and there.”

“Like his friend (and relation by marriage) Captain Jacob Prickett, David was a frontiersman on par with the legendary Daniel Boone. Jake and David had a lot of experience fighting American Indians, and in fact, at the time of his death, had missing fingers from an Indian tomahawk hurled at the back of his head, (He was herding his children back into the fort, on the run, as he threw up his hand to protect the back of his skull—the tomahawk struck and severed his fingers.” (Submitted on June 21, 2014.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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