The "Morgan" Connection...

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Williams & Morgan.

Legend

There is a legend in our family that the name Morgan is significant in our history.  As we all know, just to make things difficult, Morgan can be a surname or a given name for either male or female.

This "Morgan" legend is quite strong and is widely accepted in the family. So where, and what, is this Morgan connection in our family background. It seems pretty clear there is no connection with the name Morgan here in Australia. So, it has to be on the Welsh side and it is.

 "Morgan" Connection in Wales

John Williams's  brother  William married an Ann Morgan on the 16th February 1824. They had a family and one of their sons, born 20 Dec 1827, was named John Williams. And guess what, he married a Morgan as well. Her name was Jennett or Janet Morgan. The family story of this couple, John & Janet Williams is tragic.

This Tragic Family

They had ten children. The first died at birth. The second died aged 23 years. The third was named Harry Morgan Williams who was born 13/11/1868 and lived until 1945. The fourth child died aged three months. The fifth died at 11 years. The sixth died aged three months. The seventh child lasted just one month. The eighth child died age 7 years. The ninth died at five years of age and the tenth at 16 months old. Of all ten children only Harry Morgan Williams did not die young. John & Janet Williams lived with their family in Llanelly, Gilwren, Wales

To the U.S.A

Sometime between 1877 and 1880 John & Janet moved their family to Bridgeport, Saginaw, Michigan USA. Both John & Janet Williams died in Cleveland, Emery, Utah USA. He on 27/8/1898 and she on 3/12/1928, aged 71 & 90 respectively. Harry Morgan Williams married his wife Gwendoline on 24 December 1889 at Scofield, Carbon, Utah USA. He died 27/7/1945 at Castle Dale, Emery Utah USA.

Looking Back.

Now let us look back at John's other brothers. One died as an infant. The other named Robert married but it appears as though he had no children.  If that is correct, which I think it is, then Harry Morgan Williams had no Williams cousins and none of his nine brothers or sisters survived for very long. He was the only one of his generation to survive and survive he did, right through until 1945.

Harry Morgan Williams

As mentioned above, Harry Morgan Williams went off to America with his parents and married there. So, if we are looking for long lost cousins it seems to me we we are unlikely to find many, if any, in Llanelly, Wales but rather in the USA. Most, if not all , in Llanelly seemed to have died at a young age without having children. As the only long term survivor in the family of that generation, is it any wonder Harry Morgan Williams became a legend in his family. So, for what it is worth, there is a significant Morgan connection to John Williams.

The descendents of Harry Morgan Williams are today in the USA, mainly centered around Salt Lake City Utah but they are also known to have spread to other States including Texas.

Confirmation.

By putting the names and dates I have mentioned above into the "Family Search" site you can read  and confirm  what I have written.

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