and FARRER (FARRAR), others

This is a line of great interest: Tim's MORGAN great-grandparents first bought the Nantucket house in which we were living when we discovered we were expecting a baby. And since the name means both "from the sea" in Gaelic and "great and bright" in Welsh, Morgan is what we named our son.

James Edward MORGAN and (Jane) Blanche WALTERS Morgan, the great-grandparents in question, died in New Jersey in 1947 and 1954, and were born in western Pennsylvania in 1881 and 1878, respectively. He was an engineer, she a homemaker who converted to Christian Science and became an enthusiastic lay practitioner. They had four children: James Edward ("Ned"), George Billingsley ("Bill"), Preston Walters ("Press"), and Tim's grandmother Margaret (1910-1993).

James Edward was the fourth of five children born to Billingsley MORGAN (1840-1916), farmer, and Mary Louisa FARRER (or FARRAR): "Miss Mary, only daughter of Hon. Judge Farrer, of Washington County," as she was described in the newspaper announcement of their wedding. (They married late: 1873, when Billingsley was 33 and Mary 32.) We know that Mary's parents were named John and Phoebe, and not much beyond that.

Except for brief census mentions, all our earlier data on the MORGAN line comes from cousin Donald Gilliland (a descendant of James Edward's sister Jennie):

Making the connection across the pond to Wales will be a project to tackle sometime soon.

Last update: 25 January 1999