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Male, born 1847-09-06, died 1931-04-05

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Carkeek, Morgan J., Building Contractor

Professional History


Proprietor, M.J. Carkeek, Stoneyard, Seattle, WA, 1876. (See Frederic James Grant, History of Seattle, Washington, [New York: American Publishing and Engraving Company, Publishers, 1891], p. 300.)

Principal, Morgan J. Carkeek, Building Contractor, Seattle, WA. Carkeek would become a leading building contractor in both Seattle and Victoria, BC.



Born in Redruth, Cornwall, England, Morgan James Carkeek, Jr., first immigrated to CA in 1866, and came to Seattle, WA, in 1870, where he worked as a stone mason. In 1876, M.J. Carkeek operated a stone yard in Seattle.

He resided in Port Townsend, WA, in 1877 and was back in Seattle by 1880. The US Census of 1880 indicated that Morgan Carkeek lived at 657 King Street. (See, Source Citation Year: 1880; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: 1396; Page: 256C; Enumeration District: 007, accessed 08/02/2018.)

In 1910, Carkeek and his family lived at 918 Boren Avenue in Seattle's First Hill neighborhood. At this time, the Carkeeks had a cook identified only as "Ling" (born c. 1870 in China) in the US Census of that year who worked for them. (See, Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Seattle Ward 4, King, Washington; Roll: T624_1659; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0100; FHL microfilm: 1375672, accessed 08/02/2018.) The family continued to reside at this address in 1922. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1922, p. 449.)


His father was also named Morgan J. Carkeek, Sr.; his mother was Elizabeth Shepard.

He siblings included Stephen Carkeek (born 1850 in Redruth, Cornwall, England), Emma Jane Carkeek (born c. 1853 in Redruth, Cornwall, England), Samuel Carkeek (born 1854 in Redruth, Cornwall, England), Arthur Carkeek (born 1861 in Redruth, Cornwall, England), Annie Masefield Maxfield Carkeek (born 06/1866 in Redruth, Cornwall, England)


He wed Emily Gaskill Carkeek (born 10/14/1852 in London, England-d. 12/29/1926 in Seattle, WA) on 11/20/1877 in Kennington, Surrey, England.


Morgan and Emily Carkeek had two children, a son, Vivian M. Carkeek (born 11/23/1879 in Seattle, WA-d. 12.29/1834 in Seattle, WA), and a daughter, Guendolen, (1892-1994). Vivian became an attorney. In 1922, he was a partner in the legal firm of Carkeek, McDonald, Harris and Coryell, with an office in Room #1164 of the Empire Building. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1922, p. 449.)

At the time of Morgan's death, Guendolen lived in Paris, France, with her second husband, an exiled Russian artistocrat named Theodore Plestcheef. Guendolen Carkeek Plestcheef donated her papers to the University of Washington Libraries, Department of Special Collections; see "Guide to the Guendolen Carkeek Plestcheeff Photographs and Other Material circa 1890-1994"Accessed 03/23/2010.

Biographical Notes

In a 1931 obituary, Carkeek was credited with building the first two-story, stone building in the Washington Territory and the Dexter Horton Bank, a rare survivor of the Great Seattle Fire of 1889.

Associated Locations

  • Redruth, Cornwall UK (Architect's Birth)
    Redruth, Cornwall UK

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    Morgan Carkeek died at his home at 918 Boren Avenue.

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