Wilhelm Morgel was born in about 1742, in Germany.
In about 1767, he married a woman
named Mary Margaretha (her last name is not known).
He came to
America with his wife in about 1768. His name was changed to the
more Anglo-sounding "William Morricle."
From 1770 to
1790 he lived in Frederick County, Maryland (about fifty miles northwest
of present day Washington, D.C.). There, he and his wife had seven
children -- four girls and three boys.
In the fall of 1790, he and his
family moved over 250 miles to live in Montgomery County, Virginia
(present day Floyd County, Virginia). Over the course of eight
years, he purchased almost 600 acres of farm land.
Like most German-Americans, he
He was a
charter member of the Zion Lutheran Church in his community.
He died in
1820 in Montgomery County, Virginia (present day Floyd County). He
was buried in the family cemetery on the Morricle farm; there is no stone
to mark his grave. His last will and testament, which was signed in
1819, reads as follows: