James Morgan (1756-1822)


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James Morgan (1756-1822)
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Biographical Description
James Morgan was an enslaver who resided in South Amboy, Middlesex County, New Jersey, in the area that is now Sayreville. He served as a U.S. Congressman from New Jersey in 1811-1813.

He was the brother of Charles Morgan and brother-in-law of Judge Jacob Van Wickle (via Van Wickle's marriage to James Morgan's sister Sarah Morgan), who were the leaders of a notorious slave trading ring that facilitated human trafficking from New Jersey to Louisiana and Mississippi. James Morgan was connected with the slave trading ring as well. A Black man named Simon, who was enslaved by James Morgan, became one of the victims of the slave trading ring. Morgan obtained a manumission certificate for Simon in February 1818, then immediately allowed his brother Charles Morgan to take Simon to Louisiana to toil in bondage there.
Place of Significance
South Amboy, NJ
Sayreville, NJ
Sibling of
Charles Morgan (1775-1848)
Sarah Morgan Van Wickle (1772-1835) (1772-1835)
Bibliographic Citation
Pingeon, Frances D. “An Abominable Business: The New Jersey Slave Trade, 1818.” New Jersey History 109, no. 3 (1991): 15–35.
Record Contributor
Isaac Guzmán
Jesse Bayker

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Items with "Enslaver: James Morgan (1756-1822)"
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Adam Agent
Juday Agent
Simon Agent
Items with "Enslaver of Primary Event Participant: James Morgan (1756-1822)"
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1813, Juday, Manumission Event
1815, Adam, Manumission Event
1818, Simon, Manumission Event
Items with "Sibling of: James Morgan (1756-1822)"
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Charles Morgan (1775-1848) Agent