Thanks for replying and all info in it. Did you find the records I have mentioned? Including the emigration record for John and Jane Peden Morton and the ship list that included your John?And of course a daughter Elizabeth 2. I corresponded with the author of the new Peden book and the Peden family site. I do not know if my Elizabeth Morton is related or not-a possible connection. And there is not much in the new book on the Morton family-per the author Mark Paden. I do not know if you read any of my posts concerning the Morton/Wakefield family trees in ancestry that list my Elizabeth Morton as the dau of John Morton, the signer of the D of I. This is not possible and I have disproved it with the various societies. However I rec'd emails telling me they wanted no info on Elizabeth Morton unless it helped proved that relationship! I have deleted many of my posts in response. Just a simple google for John Morton brings up ColonialHall.com and many bios-but at that site for his wife Ann Justus is listed their children-their daughter Elizabeth died unmarried. And John Morton was an only child so the most relied on source for the Wakefield lineage-Homer Wakefield's Wakefield Memorial is wrong saying she was the niece of John Morton. And this brings me to your John Morton, jr. When I first read the book Pedens in America I saw the same quotes from the children of Jane Peden Morton Morrow. Specifically one that her son David Morton says his father was the brother to John Morton, the signer. And then the Rev War record for your John that I list-has a reference to midnight meetings and the D of I. I thought for sure it must be the same family! And in ancestry if you type in the birthdate for Elizabeth Morton as 1765 the immigration record comes up in ancestry and another record-Thomas Wakefield (my ancestor)married Elizabeth Morton in 1785 and it lists her birthdate as 1765. So I do not know for sure. My lineage goes from these parents to the son Rev John Morton Wakefield. What do you think his grandfathers name is? The other probable parents for Elizabeth Morton is a John/James Morton in Bedford Co., PA. But the references for Elizabeth Morton marrying Thomas Wakefield IGI Ireland Record from LDS is based on family trees-not an Irish record-and I cannot find the source for the marriage record that comes up in ancestry. I will stop at that on Elizabeth Morton-I bet you have gotten the picture-so I now list both families as probable parents-I know it is not John Morton and Ann Justis! The problem is according to Mark Paden the author how did Elizabeth Morton get from S.C. to PA to marry Thomas Wakefield? During the Rev War anything is possible. He might of met one of her brothers-the Peden/Morton/Moroows might of went to PA for a while during this time. There are Paden/Morton/Morrows/Alexanders in the history for Chester Co., PA! But then Penna started as just 3 counties-the rest were formed from that. Thomas might of visited A Wakefield living in Chester Co., S.C.-or they may of confused Chester County, PA for Chester County, S.C.-anything is possible but the author thinks this wasn't likely. You can see and understand just how confusing and debatable this history can be-just based on county changes-emigration routes, etc. The author Eleanor Hewell might of gotten some things right that the new author just can't see or follow.
You may also of ran across postings on the Alexander family. There is a John Wakefield, son of Matthew Wakefield-Uncle of my David Wakefield, all immigrated from Ireland. John Wakefield married Elizabeth Alexander b 1768 PA whose parents were James/John Alexander and Rosanna Reed. I do not have in front of me the listing for Mary Peden Morton and some info from Ireland I wrote down. This includes a brother of hers-they are buried at a church in S.C. They were Scot-Irish Convenators, some like the Alexanders in PA were Convenators, and they did a multiple emigration-Scotland to Ireland-to America. I will look for it later and do another post with the info. Sorry this might be a little long and a little confusing-but you hit on a most debatable part of the Wakefield history! Cindy
P.S. The Peden in America book by Eleanor Hewell is somewhat discounted by the author of the new book on the family-sure there were probably mistakes but on the other hand the conversations with the earlier ancestors cannot be replaced-I hope you understand what I mean by this.