Updates on Morgans of “Moor Corner” in Glamorgan

Moor corner farm

Moor Corner Farm

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.

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Harry Wallace Burnham and His Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

H W Burnham

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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