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MORTON, JOHN V. (ca. 1805–1843). 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.


Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto (Houston: Anson Jones, 1932). "The Morton Family," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 3 (January 1900). Clarence Wharton, Wharton's History of Fort Bend County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1939).


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"MORTON, JOHN V.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.