Allen Waller Morton (1799-1872) was born in Stafford County, Virginia, the son of Richard Morton and Margaret “Peggy” Waller. As a young man, he was a clerk of the Fredericksburg District Chancery Court. At the end of his life, he was City Clerk of wartime Richmond.
On 8 November 1827 in Fredericksburg, he married Jean Mitchell b. 1808, eldest daughter of James Mitchell Sr. of Stafford county and his second wife Jane Wells. In the 1820s, his wife inherited the Shepherd’s Green farm. “Mrs. Waller W. Morton” of Fredericksburg was a life member of the Fredericksburg and Falmouth Female Colonization Society who contributed an additional $10 in 1830.
When the chancery court was abolished, Allen Waller Morton took up permanent residence in Richmond, Va. where he became 1st clerk in the Virginia State Auditor’s department. The 1840 census records him there with the children matching the age and gender of his oldest five children, as well as 1 young woman aged 15-19 and one aged 20-29. In the 1850 census, he is called a clerk and the household includes Mary E. Mitchell (aged 30) and Margaretta G. Mitchell (28), his wife’s sisters. In the 1860 census, he had $8000 of real estate and 4 slaves there and was an officer of the new Richmond & York River Railroad; he was Treasurer and Secretary of the railroad in 1861, when he became the City Clerk and Chamberlain (treasurer) of Richmond for the rest of the war. After the war, he was reappointed Chamberlain and, finding the vault looted, he recreated a new city seal. His sons Richard Morton and Robert Chew Morton were involved in the Nitre and Mining Bureau. Immediately after the war, in Sept. 1865, he still had a watch and 30 oz of silver on which he paid tax to the IRS.
He had been named for his mother’s uncle Allen Waller and her family in general and continued a series of family names with his children:
7.5.1) James Mitchell Morton (c. 1828/29 – )
7.5.2) Margaret Waller Morton (c. 1831/32 – )
7.5.3) Richard Morton (1833 – ) marr. Mary “Mollie” Virginia Green (1839- ).
They first lived in Culpeper Co. Va, then near Baltimore. Children:
- Richard Morton III (1867-1935, tombstone) marr. 1870 Ellen Conway Robinson (1870-1936, tombstone). Children: John Moncure Robinson Morton, Mary Champe Morton, Evelyn Bird Morton
- Daniel Green Morton (1867/-1916) marr. Anne Louise Rose (1865-1938) of Charleston SC. He was a railroad engineer and manager. is buried in Greenville SC along with his widow who died in Asheville NC. Children: Daniel Green Morton, M.D. (1903-1980), Anne Rose Morton (d.1986, marr. Henry R. Wood), and Richard Morton (d. infant in 1909).
- Mary Green Morton (1869 – )
- William Robert Morton ?, died young,
- Allen/Alan Waller Morton (1873 – 1940) marr. 1) Ethel — 2) Laura Shepard (1873-1935). Lived first in Baltimore as a cashier, then in Chicago and Pasadena as a stock broker.
Robert Chew Morton was a tobacco trader like his father-in-law William Ayres who started that business in Danville. In Richmond, Robert Chew Morton took over the tobacco business of Joseph Thomas Morton (son of Josiah Morton of the Virginia line of Mortons) and Joseph Morton married Robert Chew Morton’s cousin Elizabeth Morton, the daughter of John Brightwell Morton. Children:
- William Waller Morton (1868-1944 tombstone) marr Margaret McIntosh (1870-1942 tombstone).
- He continued in the tobacco trade and was a longtime Trustee of St.Paul’s Episc. Church. Children: Mary Virginia Pegram (Morton) Baskerville, Allen Waller Morton (piston ring manufacturer).
- Julia Mitchell Morton (1871-1947) marr. Robert Voss Marye (1868-1952)
- Robert Chew Morton, Jr. (1872-1874)
- Mary Morton (1875-1876)
- Francis Page “Page” Morton (1879-1909), named for his uncle.
- Norman Lewis Morton (1882-1883)
7.5.5) Ann Thompson Morton (1836/39 – ), not in the 1850 census.
7.5.6) Allen Waller Morton, C.S.A (1842-1863), Corporal
He died from wounds at Gettysburg. Buried at Hollywood Cemetery.
7.5.7) Eliza “Lily” Morton (1845-1925) m. Robert F. Vaughan (1842-1914)
They are buried in Richmond. Children: Allen Morton Vaughan, Robert Chew Vaughan, Harry F. Vaughan, Eliza Vaughan, Anne Vaughan, Gay Vaughan.
7.5.8) Francis Page “Frank” Morton (1849-1873) m. Fredrica Harris.
- Jean Page Morton m. Dr. W. Kenneth McCoy. Children: Henry McCoy, Eva McCoy.