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A group of Morton cousins will be convening from across the United States in Russellville on Saturday, April 5.

When the last Morton aunt of one generation died last year, cousins decided to meet yearly to keep kinships dear. When deciding where to meet, they agreed on one of the places many Mortons settled when they first came to America.

Joseph Morton landed in James City, Virginia, but his children migrated to Logan County, in the early 1800s. Related family names include the Caldwells, Hadens, Beckwiths, Lovings, Lewis, Bowdens, and many others.

Bishop E. E. HOSS wrote a biography on David Morton, a pillar in the Methodist Church. In the book, emphasis is placed on his strong relationships with slaves belonging to his father. A formal portrait of David Morton with his Negro friends Ned and Dick Morton is included in the book. Any descendants of these men are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Jane Morton Thompson of St. Joseph, MO and Jane Mueller of California are spearheading the reunion and would like to meet living cousins. Since no one carrying the Morton or Caldwell name are still living here, we are seeking others who are kin to join the group on April 5 at 9 a.m., at the Logan County Archives in the Old Jail Building on West 4th Street.

After a meet and greet session, the visitors will be touring the home sites of their ancestors.

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