John Steer tells us (2003): "Morton Church of England records were included in Gainsborough, All Saints, certainly up to the early 1700s. In the early registers they were interspersed with the Gainsborough entries but individuals would most often be said to be "of Gainsborough" or "of Morton". In the later records Morton would have a section of its own in each year in a register.".
Burial register entries for St. Paul (1847-1900) are included in the National Burial Index (NBI).
The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Corringham Deanery to make your search easier. Remember that many entries prior to 1846 for this community will be listed under Gainsborough.
The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1840, the Primitive Methodists in 1894. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
Morton by Gainsborough is both a parish and a village 1.5 miles north-west of Gainsborough on the eastern bank of the River Trent, about 145 miles north of London. The parish covered about 860 acres in 1913. Until 1846, the parish was part of Gainsborough parish. East Stockwith parish, also carved out of Gainsborough parish, lies to the north.
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The village is described in Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire as "picturesque". It is the northern "suburb" of Gainsborough in modern times, lying just west of the A159 as it snakes north out of Gainsborough.
Prior to 1846, Morton was a township in Gainsborough parish. At that time, the township was much larger than the civil parish formed later. Morton was incorporated as a separate civil parish, carved from Gainsborough, on 29 December 1846.
There is a brass War Memorial tablet on the west wall of the church, added in 1922, in memory of the men of the parish who perished in World War I. Charles ANDERSON provides this photograph, taken in January, 2015.
There is a monument in St. Paul's Church to Lieut. Edmund BACON of the Kings Royal Rifles, who died on 13 August 1886.
There is a monument in the same church to Lieut. Cyril German DANKS of the Manchester Regiment, who died in South Africa on 31 May 1900.
Cyril G. DANKS was born in Gainsboro, LIN, circa 1876, son of Reverend German and Sarah DANKS.
In 1930 Major Thomas KELSEY was a resident of this parish, living in Southlands House. In August 1886 he had been appointed as a Lieutenant to the 1st Volunteer battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment. He died in 1941.
The name Morton is from the Old English Mor+tun, or "Farmstead on the moor or marsh". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Mortune. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].