The Sad Circumstances of Morgan Bevan’s Family

Swansea Wales Union Workhouse

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I recently was working on a DNA match match for my Morgan family. Elizabeth Morgan born 1815, the daughter of David Morgan of Moor Corner, married John Bevan in Penrice. As I was filling in the info on their family, I came across some sad, but interesting facts concerning their son, Morgan’s, family.

I had noticed that in 1911 Morgan was a widower living with his brother John and his family in Landore. The Census taker has mistakenly written down information normally recorded for the wife in a family. It was crossed out but readable and led me to believe that Morgan’s daughter, Esther, was still living in 1911. She would have been about 22 at the time so I decided to see if I could find out where she was and if she was married.

At this point I found out that not only did Morgan’s wife, Sarah Ann Evans, die in 1907 in the Women’s Infirmary at the Swansea Union Workhouse, but a month later, Esther was admitted and was listed in later records as “feeble minded”.

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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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