I’m in the process of double checking all of my Morgan info as I get ready to put it all in book form. One of the biggest frustrations for me was not being able to find a baptism for John Morgan who was born c. 1730. Today I was at the local LDS FHC looking at some church records that are available online for free at the center via findmypast. I started doing some random searches for possible John Morgans and made a very promising find. There was a John Morgan baptized in 1730 (no date) in Reynoldston, Glamorgan. Reynoldston makes sense as a location, especially since John married Sarah Gammon and the Gammons were mostly from the Scurlage area. Scurlage is just a bit southwest of Reynoldston. John and Sarah named multiple sons William which makes sense if that was his father’s name. Also, in the early 1800’s, John and Sarah’s son William was living in Reynoldston. I also discovered siblings for John Morgan of Reynoldston’s. They were sisters Anne Morgan bp 1728 and Elinor Morgan, bp 1733.
In the mid 1800s in New Haven, CT, there was a Catherine Bannon and her son, Joseph, living in what I call the “Bannon Family Compound”. I was not sure about Catherine’s relationship to the family. She was either a sister or a sister in law. Recently I was going back over the Enniskillen, Fermanagh Parish Records and came across the baptism record for Catherine’s son, Joseph, on 26 January 1841. The father is listed as Robert Foster. The interesting thing is that while all of the other records list the parents with just their first names and only the husband’s surname, this record lists Joseph’s parents as “Robert Foster and Catherine Bannon”. In the screen cap I left a couple of other records so you can see the difference. To me, that fact coupled with the fact that Joseph used the name Bannon, leads me to believe that Catherine never married and is in fact a sister rather than sister in law. Continue reading Bannon Update: Info on Father of Catherine Bannon’s Son
I love finding these interesting stories that help round out what can be very boring genealogy research. In my current project of double checking and expanding my past Burnham research, I was looking in to the family of Wolcott H. Burnham who was born in Vermont in 1820 and whom moved his family west. Wolcott settled in Wisconsin, however, his son Col. William A. Burnham settled in South Dakota. William’s son, Harry, is the subject of this amusing tale.
Harry was married around 1890 to Edna Dean Foster. They lived in Groton, Brown, South Dakota where Harry was in the “Druggist” business with his father. They had two children, William Audley Burnham, b. 1891, and Marie, b. 1894. On July 4, 1894, while Edna and the children were away visiting in Wisconsin, Harry made the horrible decision to run away with a 17 year old girl. Harry and the two Hayes sisters (they never name either sister) checked in to a hotel in Aberdeen, South Dakota as “Mr. H. Wallace, wife and sister, Minneapolis”. Supposedly, the younger sister drove the carriage back to Groton. The article goes on to describe both fathers heading out in search of the couple. The term “fire in his eyes” is used. Continue reading Harry Wallace Burnham and His Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
I just posted this on the page for the Descendants of Thomas Burnham of Windsor, CT.
The info on that page is a mess..and I’m happy to say that I’m going through it .. checking sources, adding info etc.
As always, I’m happy to hear from anyone with additional information with sources!
* Note: 14 June 2016
I am in the process of going over ALL of my Burnham info. I have found a lot of errors and /or missing info. I will update this page as soon as I get the review done (I’m up to 5th generation of Descendants of Thomas). Please don’t use any of this information, except as a starting point for your own research, until I update. Many thanks to Jim Burnham for spurring me on! I had lost a lot of info in a computer crash years ago..and he got me motivated to go back and re-do this entire line. I’ve found a lot of new info as well!