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Click on this thumbnail to see a larger image (19,735 bytes) of this photo, which was taken in November 1928.
My maternal grandfather, Walter Ernest Morgan, was born at Union Street, Andover, on 22nd February 1873, where his brother Alfred W. had been born about four years earlier. By 1880 the family had moved to Salt Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire. The 1881 census shows him living with his widowed mother and brother and two younger sisters at 72 Salt Lane, Salisbury.
On 29th January 1894 he married Sarah Ann ADAMS at
which is a village just outside Salisbury. It must have been shortly (or immediately) after this that they moved to Winifred Street, Swindon, where they lived for the remainder of their lives.
He was described on his marriage certificate as a "light porter", on my mother's birth certificate as a "groom (ironmongers)" and on my mother's marriage certificate as a "motor driver" - quite an unusual occupation in 1935.
This photo (175,560 bytes) shows him with his wife and all his children. It was certainly taken between March 1916 (when the baby was born) and June 1918 (when daughter Annie died). The people shown are: (standing at the back, left to right) Annie, Daisy, Walter, Herbert (in Royal Marine uniform); (seated on chairs) Violet, Walter Ernest, Sarah Ann (née Adams); (standing at front) Hilda, Winifred, Alfred; (baby on lap) Phyllis.
I remember my grandfather as a rather remote figure, a small man with black hair and moustache, who made high quality wooden toys for my brother and myself, at a time (during World War 2) when such things were difficult to obtain.
He died on 26th October 1946 and is buried in the cemetery of Swindon parish church (Christ Church).
She attended Lethbridge Road School, Swindon, to the age of 14, which was the normal school leaving age at that time. She then worked for a time at Garrards Ltd. factory in Swindon for a time, although I do not know precisely what she did there.
On 7th August 1935 she married my father, Harry FISHER at Christ Church, Swindon. I understand that her parents were opposed to the marriage, but nevertheless her father was one of the official witnesses. I am told (by my mother's youngest sister) that they subsequently refused to allow my father to enter their house - I certainly never knew him to visit them, although my mother, brother, sister and I were always made welcome.
They seem to have moved around quite a bit in the early years of their marriage. When I was born in 1936 they were living in Tydeman Street, Swindon, I think with her brother Alfred and his wife. From there they moved temporarily to High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, but by July 1937 when my brother was born they were back in Swindon, in a rented house at 67 Dixon Street, next door to one of my mother's brothers and his wife. In December 1938 they moved to a newly built house at 10 Campden Road, Swindon, purchased by way of a mortgage. They remained living there until their deaths.
My mother was a very conscientious and self-sacrificing wife and mother, managing to eke out very limited means to feed and clothe her family, especially difficult during the war years. I know she occasionally sold (illegally) some of her clothing ration coupons to raise money to buy food, but she nevertheless always kept us neat and adequately provided for in terms of both food and clothing.
When my father's health forced him to stop work, my mother took on two part-time cleaning jobs, the first time she had been employed since I was born. She continued to work until the pain of her cancer eventually forced her to stop - only then did she consult her doctor, by which time it was far too late for anything to be done for her.
My mother was well-liked by everyone who knew her. We shall never know what she might have achieved had she not been continually repressed and denigrated by my father.
My mother died of cancer at Princess Margaret Hospital, Swindon, on 18th March 1976, and is buried in the cemetery of Swindon parish church (Christ Church).
William John Morgan (1845-1880)
My great grandfather William John Morgan was born at Church Street, St. Edmund, Salisbury on 9th June 1845. The 1851 census shows he was still living with his parents at 64 Salt Lane, Salisbury at that time, but on 1st June 1868 he married Emily DYE at the parish church in the village of Goodworth Clatford, Hampshire. The marriage certificate describes him as being a carpenter, as does his son's marriage certificate in 1894.
These two photos (107,073 bytes and 97,568 bytes), taken 30th December 1997, show the parish church where they were married.
By the time of the birth of his first son, Alfred, in 1869 the couple had moved to Andover, and was shown as living there, in Union Street, in the 1871 census. In February 1873, when my grandfather was born, and at the birth of his elder sister Emily Sarah Eliza on 14th July 1876, the family was still living there, but they later returned to the St. Edmund area of Salisbury, this time Salt Lane, where they were living at the time of the birth of daughter May Daisy on 4th July 1878. He is described as a decorator in the parish register entries recording the baptisms of both daughters together on 1st November 1880, after his death.
He died at Salt Lane on 2nd June 1880 at the early age of 34, from tubercular meningitis. The death certificate described him as being a carpenter and paper hanger.
William John Morgan (1823-1859)
The father of the above was also named William John Morgan.
The 1841 census shows him, age 17, living with his father and step-mother, and describes him as a tobacco pipe maker.
He married Sarah HILL at Endless Street Independent Chapel, Salisbury on 15th September 1844. The marriage certificate says he was then "of full age" (so he was born on or before 15th September 1823), describes him as a pipe maker, and gives his address as Salt Lane, Salisbury.
The birth certificate of his son (see above) shows he had moved to Church Street, Salisbury by 9th June 1845, but was still a pipe maker.
The 1851 census gives his age as 27, which, if accurate, means he was born between 31st March 1823 and 30th March 1824, which is consistent with an actual birth date of 17th July 1823 kindly given to me by another researcher. He was then living at 64 Salt Lane, Salisbury with his wife, son and a 19 year old servant named Sarah STOKES (born in Fisherton).
William (John) Morgan (about 1795-1846)
The father of the above was also named William John Morgan, or just William Morgan (records are not consistent on the point).
He married Mary Anne BROWN at St. Edmunds Church, Salisbury on 26th May 1817. Some time after the birth of the above son, she died, and he married again, this time to 21 year old Mary Ann CHAMBERS at St. Edmunds parish church on 11th April 1840. The parish register entry for this marriage describes him as a pipe maker.
The 1841 census gives his age as 45 (indicating his birth was between 7th June 1791 and 6th June 1796, allowing for the rounding of ages in that census) and describes him as a tobacco pipe maker.
John Morgan (about 1763-?)
The earliest of the above William John Morgan's father was John Morgan. The parish register entry for his son's first marriage records that he was a pipemaker. On 12th August 1783 he married Elizabeth VALENTINE at St. Martin's Church, Salisbury, and the above son William John was the sixth of their seven known children, the others being John (b 1783), Elizabeth (1785), Charlotte (1787), Elizabeth (1789), Maria (1791) and Richard (1800).
On 18th June 1820 he remarried to Susannah FRYER at St. Edmund's Church, Salisbury.
Benjamin Morgan (1733-1791)
The father of the above John Morgan was Benjamin Morgan, who was also a pipemaker. He was baptised at St. Edmund's Church, Salisbury on 27th December 1733. His wife's name was certainly Elizabeth, and it seems very probable that he was the Ben Morgan who married Elizabeth SAY at North Bradley on 22nd January 1753. John was the fourth of nine known children. The others were John (b Rode, Somerset 1753), Benjamin (bap Salisbury 1761), Elizabeth (bap 1761), [unknown name], Mary, George, Hannah (b Fisherton Anger 1779), Thomas (b Fisherton Anger between 1782 and 1784).
He died in Salisbury in 1791.
John Morgan (1702-1769)
Benjamin was the fourth child of pipemaker John Morgan and his wife Catherine. John was baptised in Warminster, Wiltshire on 13th December 1702. From 1715 to 1722 he was apprenticed to pipemaker Jeremiah Baily of Rode, Somerset. In 1728 he was living in Mere, Wiltshire, but was living in Salisbury from 1730 until his death in 1769.
In addition to Benjamin, the couple had seven other children, Daniel (bap Mere 20 Apr 1728), Margaret (bap Salisbury 17 Jan 1730/31), Joseph (bap Salisbury 27 Dec 1733), Catherine (bap Salisbury 21 Sep 1735), Frances (bap 19 Feb 1737/38), Elizabeth (bap Salisbury 25 Jul 1740) and John (bap Salisbury 26 Nov 1743).
John Morgan (1655-1708)
The above John was the eighth of nine children of maltster John Morgan, who was baptised in Warminster on 24 Aug 1655, and his first wife Frances. The others were Joseph, Mary, Elenior, Judith, Martha, Benjamin (bap Warminster 10 Oct 1697), Joan (11 Nov 1701) and Daniel (19 Sep 1704). At some time between September 1705 (when Frances died) and November 1708 (when he wrote his will) he married again, to Mary. He died between 24 November 1708 (when he signed his will) and 18 Jan 1708/9 (when probate was granted).
All I know as yet of this earliest of my known Morgan ancestors is that he was a cooper.
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