Brett J. Derbes

MORGAN, HIRAM S. (1833–1887). Hiram S. Morgan was born in Tennessee in 1833 to Hiram Settle Morgan of Tennessee and Rebecca Woods Estill Morgan of Kentucky. He resided in Lincoln County, Tennessee, until moving to Texas in August 1840. On October 5, 1841, he received a land grant in Travis County, followed by another land grant from John Moore on December 6, 1845, in Travis County. On August 6, 1846, Morgan received a land grant in Bastrop, where he settled. In 1850 he worked as a clerk, and he married Lucy A. Killingsworth on December 13, 1854, in Bastrop. Morgan worked as an agent for Bourke & West proprietors and received money due in Bastrop County for the company in 1854. The following year on November 22, 1855, he received a land grant in Bell County. By 1860 Morgan worked as a merchant and owned two slaves.

On March 15, 1862, Morgan enlisted as a captain in Company B of the Eighteenth Texas Cavalry in Dallas, Texas. He was promoted to major in January 1863. He participated in the battle of Arkansas Post and luckily escaped capture but resigned on July 18, 1863, due to facial neuralgia and chronic asthma.

Following the war in 1865 he returned to Bastrop and became a wholesale dealer in liquors. He worked for a manufacturer of wholesale clothing named Rogers, Morgan, and Grubbs in 1868. Morgan was reported to be, "a gentleman of experience with Texas trade…first order of business talent…a man of strict integrity." He also operated H. S. Morgan & Co. which grew and sold cotton in McLennan County. He was granted land in Montague County on February 14, 1871, and again on March 15, 1875. By 1880 Morgan resettled in Waco with his wife and three children and worked as drummer of liquor.

Morgan passed away on November 27, 1887, and is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Dallas. His wife Lucy filed for a Confederate widow's pension in Dallas, where she lived until her death.


Dallas Weekly Herald, January 18, 1868. Richard G. Lowe, Walker's Texas Division, C S.A.: Greyhounds of the Trans-Mississippi (Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 2004). San Antonio Ledger and Texan, May, 4, 1854.

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