A Glamorgan Family History
|Hannah (Bowen) Morgan cont.|
|1880s & 1890s:
The family were likely to have been well settled in by the time of the 1880 American census which finds the family structure unchanged. Eldest son, David (16) is described as a labourer, the 2 girls, Sarah (13) and Mary (10) attend school while youngest child, Henry (9) apparently does not. Daniel is recorded as being unable to write. The family's neighbours - a mixture of many British, European and Scandanavian nationalities - are also mainly employed as miners or labourers.
If the 1890 American census records had not been destroyed, it would have shown some major changes for Hannah and Daniel's family. Both Sarah Ann and Mary were married by this time and Mary had given birth to a daughter, Bessie in 1888 - making Daniel and Hannah grandparents. From the later evidence of his own obituary, son, David had also left home to take up his studies for his career as a veterinary surgeon, while Henry was possibly still at home. More change was on the horizon. Only 2 years later, disaster struck the family when on Thursday, 31st March 1892, Hannah died, aged only 51 years. Her funeral was held from the Welsh Congregational Church, Osage City on Sunday 3rd April at 3 pm. She was buried at Osage City Cemetery.
|The new century:
The census of 1900 shows that soon after Hannah's death, Daniel married again to a Welsh woman called Rachel Thomas who was more than 20 years his junior. Rachel was a widow with 2 young daughters, Meriam aged 5 and Nellie, aged 2. Daniel seems to have adopted these children as his own and they both bear the surname of Morgan in the 1900 census which caused great confusion at first sight. Although this is one of the most informative of the early American censuses, some of the facts it offers about the family conflict with both later records and known information. It correctly records that Daniel and Rachel have been married for 8 years but describes Rachel as the mother of 0 children. This suggests that the 4 children not previously seen on any other census are all Daniel and Hannah's children. The recorded ages of these children (shown in the order they are enumerated) supports this: Meriam, born April 1887; Nellie, born February 1890 and twins, Roy and May, apparently born earlier than Nellie, in January 1888. However, Daniel's obituary makes it clear that Meriam and Nellie were his step-children and the next census in 1910, which enumerates only the twins, Roy and May at home with Daniel and Rachel, records their ages as being 13 (i.e. born circa 1897) and describes Rachel as the mother of 2. By this time, the 2 older girls, Meriam and Nellie had both left home. Another 1900 error describes Daniel as having lived in the US for 19 years and gives the year of his immigration as 1881 - which is disproved by the family's presence on the 1875 and 1880 censuses. The next census gives a truer picture by recording the year of immigration as 1871.
By 1910, only the twins remain at home. Daniel died on 15th March 1916, aged 80 years. He is also buried at Osage City Cemetery - with Hannah.
|Dr. David Benjamin Morgan||Sarah Ann (Morgan) Zankert|
|Mary (Morgan) McCrea||Dr. Henry Bowen Morgan|