David Morgan (frontiersman)

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David Morgan "The Indian Fighter" was a notable frontiersman in what is now the state of West Virginia. He was the third child of Morgan Morgan and Catherine Garretson Morgan, traditionally stated to be the first white settler in West Virginia. Family tradition claims he was a friend of George Washington and Patrick Henry.

He participated in many battles of the Revolutionary War and helped defend Fort Duquesne. A younger brother Zackquill (Zackwell) Morgan founded Morgantown, West Virginia which is the town where West Virginia University is located.

In 1745, he built a log cabin at Bunker Hill, West Virginia and resided there until 1772, when he moved to Marion County, West Virginia.[1] Now known as the Morgan-Gold House, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[2]

He is a direct ancestor of West Virginia Governor Ephraim F. Morgan (1869–1950) and Congressman William S. Morgan (1801–1878).[1]

Military Service[edit]

French and Indian War[edit]

During the French and Indian War, David fought under the command of Captain Charles Lewis. He was also a defender at Fort Necessity and served under General Edward Braddock in the disastrous march on Fort Duquesne.


  1. ^ a b Frances D. Ruth (September 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Morgan-Gold House" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.