I have been thinking about family heroes that I had noticed while doing family tree research. If you come from a very, very, very large pre-revolutionary war family you find so many unsung heroes with legends on their graves that indicate they received medals and awards in our country's wars. When we visit North Carolina I always look in on the family cemeteries.I know that all or most of the Morgans in Buncombe County are descended from two brothers, James Morgan, a revolutionary soldier and Perminter Morgan a well known Baptist Preacher. My grandmother ,Lillian Morgan,and she was a descendant of the latter ,and she always talked about her relatives.
It is well known that Robert Knight Morgan was the Captain of The Memphis Belle. Since he was a Morgan ,from Western North Carolina, I assume that he was a distant cousin.. I was only eight years old when WW2 ended and I did not pay much attention, to the local heroes .
Recently I was visiting a family grave yard, at Morgan Hill Baptist Church in Weaverville, NC..(near Asheville). Many of my relatives are buried there, and I found a grave of a person that was not known to me.The grave was that of Jack Morgan, and I did not seem to have Jack Morgan on my familytreemaker file..On a whim I took a photo of his gravestone.and checked with Ancestry and found...
Name: Jack Morgan
Father's Last Name: Fisher
Jack Morgan, born 28, June 1921 was adopted by his grandfather, John Breckenridge Morgan 111.
He was a great grandson of my great half uncle Joseph Henry Fisher, and my first cousin (three times removed) John Breckinridge Morgan.
These forgotten local heroes did not gain much fame in life,but we owe them!
I passed Jack Morgan's grave several times without noticing..and recently decided to find out more information. Robert Knight Morgan,Captain of the Memphis Belle received many accolades , but Jack Morgan was a hero, too. A belated thank you to Jack Morgan.