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Arthur Morson

Born 1734 - Died 1798

Arthur Morson (1734-1798) of Greenock, County Renfrew, Scotland, sailed for Virginia in 1751 on the Greenock Snow and landed somewhere on the Rappahannock River.  A merchant in the town of Falmouth, Virginia, he served as a justice for King George County in 1766 and in 1770 as his home, Hartwood, was then in that county.  A county boundary change in 1777 placed his property in Stafford.  Morson married Marion Andrew (c.1724-1808) at Hartwood.  He served as a magistrate in Stafford from at least 1781 to 1786.  He served as a trustee of Falmouth from at least 1769 to 1789.  Arthur Morson and other members of his family are buried at Hartwood Presbyterian Church in Stafford County, Virginia.