John V. Morton, early Texas soldier and lawman, son of William Morton, was born in Nashville, Tennessee, about 1805. He moved to Texas with his family in 1822 and lived at the Morton ferry near the site of present Fort Bend or Richmond. In 1836 he married Elizabeth Shipman, a daughter of Daniel Shipman. According to one authority Morton served in Company A under Andrew Briscoe at the battle of San Jacinto and by June 1836 was enrolled in Nicholas Lynch's company. In December 1836 he was a lieutenant in the company of Robert D. McCaskey. In 1837 he polled ninety-five votes to win election as first sheriff of Fort Bend County. He also operated his ferry from 1838 to 1843. While serving as sheriff, he was killed at Richmond by George W. Pleasants on February 7, 1843.