Susan Rigby Morgan


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(Born: September 9, 1810 - Died: June 3, 1887)

Susan Ribgy Dallam was born in Harford Co., MD, to Dr. William M. Dallam and Frances Smith. Frances died in 1830, and Susan took up the care of her many younger siblings. On March 26, 1840, she married Lyttleton Frey Morgan (1813-1895), a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church. According to The Baltimore Century Plant: History of Eutaw Street Methodist Episcopal Church and the Relation of Eutaw Church to the Downtown Problem (May 1908), Rev. Morgan was “pre-eminently a ’station-preacher’ “ and that “He enjoyed the special distinction of having occupied the pulpit of every prominent church in the Baltimore Conference” (p. 76). Morgan State College, in Baltimore, was formerly the Centenary Biblical Institute, but was renamed in his honor in 1890. Susan Morgan died in Baltimore, MD, and was buried in Greenmount Cemetery, in Baltimore, under a monument bearing the motto “Faithful in all things.”

Her birth year and death date are listed in The Twenty-Seventh Annual Catalogue of Goucher College, Baltimore: Goucher College, April 1915 (p. 21). Her death date is also given in the memoir accompanying the posthumously published volume of her poems.

Her published books are:

Swiss heiress, or, The bride of destiny: a tale (Baltimore: J. Robinson, 1836)

The Polish orphan, or, Vicissitudes: a tale (Baltimore: Armstrong and Berry, 1838)

The Haunting Shadow (Baltimore: Cushing, 1848)

Poems by Mrs. Lyttleton F. Morgan, with a Memoir by her Husband. (Baltimore: D. H. Carroll, 1888).  (This book of her poems was published posthumously. There is a copy of this very scarce item at Peabody Library, Baltimore)




  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Thomas, Dwight and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, Boston: G. K. Hall & Sons, 1987.


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