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years a number of family member's have been searching for any relevant
information about Penry Morgan and Elizabeth Thomas (Nana and Dada
Morgan) such as their birth and marriage dates.
been a number of false trails followed as with most families researching
their family history but information was obtained and retained in case
it became useful at a later time.
From a number
of birth certificates that have been obtained of their children, 22 in
total although only 16 survived, we know, at least thought we knew Nana
Morgan's maiden name which was Thomas
obtained of a marriage between a Pendry Morgan and a Elizabeth
Brigs at Pontypool on October 17, 1882. Although Pendry could be
Penry we knew from the birth certificates of their children that
Elizabeth's maiden name was Thomas and so that this was not their
marriage. This marriage certificate also gives the ages of Pendry as 21
and Elizabeth as 19.
document that was looked into was the 1881 census for the Cwmbran area
and in this, one family in particular was looked at closely. These were
the Thomas's living at 26, Springvale, Upper Llanfrechva and consisted
widower aged born Newbridge, Glamorgan
Thomas Daughter age 16
born Cardiff, Glamorgan
age 14 born Cardiff, Glamorgan
age 10 born Cardiff, Glamorgan
Daughter age 8,
born Cardiff, Glamorgan
married age 47
age 16 born Cardiff,
It is also
known that Elizabeth Thomas did have a brother named Harry (Henry) who
was a merchant seaman and was possibly an officer of some kind.
certificate was obtained for a Pendry Morgan who was born on February 2,
1861. His mother's name was Jermima Morgan and he was born in the Union
Workhouse, Pontypool now the Panteg Hospital at Griffithstown.
information about the dates of marriage, births from the above documents
tallied with the dates that we expected to find about our Penry and
Elizabeth but unfortunately we were unable to link these other people to
ours. The birth certificate for Pendry gives his mother's name as
Jermima and that name is the name that Nana and Dada gave to their first
child. Another document, the 1891 census where our family is now listed
gives the place of birth for Elizabeth Morgan (nee Thomas) as
Portsmouth, a considerable distance from where our family are now living
earlier a number of birth certificate's were obtained. These were
Frances, Ernest, Philip, Arthur, Penry and Ethel's and the mother on
these certificate's gave her maiden name as Thomas. In the last year
another member of the family has been contacted. His name is Allen
Morgan and he has his father's George's birth certificate. This now
gives his mother's maiden name as Briggs and a check on George's twin
brother James birth certificate gives the same maiden name. James died
at a very early age.
certificate of Catherine Morgan was obtained and this also gave the
mother's maiden name as Briggs. The situation was getting confusing.
breakthrough came when Maud's birth certificate was obtained. On this
certificate the person that registered the birth was Henry Thomas,
grandfather, present at birth. We now knew who Elizabeth Morgan's father
was and this tied in with the family that we had been looking at in the
be seen in the 1881 census above, Nana Morgan if this was her family,
had a sister Rhoda Sarah Thomas and so, Wendy Conroy (nee McGuire)
living in Chicago sent for this birth certificate. It answered the
questions that were perplexing us.
Rhoda's mother's name as Frances Thomas, formerly Briggs, nee Holland
and so the information we had came together. Nana Morgan was born Briggs
but when her mother remarried after the death of her first husband
David Briggs, the children of Briggs started to use their step fathers
the name Nana and Dada Morgan chose for their second child and she was
And so the
mystery of the Morgan's marriage and Elizabeth's maiden name has been
solved, we hope!
Nana and Dada
Morgan have left a legacy of many family names that are linked to them
through their children and grandchildren, the Pearsons, Petersons, Sly,
Cameron, Thomas, Morgan, Jones, Worsdell, Meredith, Chaney, Gillard,
McGuire, Purcell, Phillips, Tamplin, Day, the majority still
common names in the Cwmbran area today.
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