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Pabst Family Genealogy

The Morgan Clan from Poplar Hill,  Pictou Nova Scotia.


This webpage is dedicated to my wife Irene in the memory of her mom Irene Faye Ross (Morgan) who passed away and went home to Glory on July 11, 2004.


Joseph Morgan left Wales and worked as a cabin boy and a carpenter and at one point on a voyage to Canada he left the ship at Cape Breton.  Joseph married Margaret McDermit and they had a family.  Their children's names were Annie, William, John, James and Joseph.  On The map below you will see Poplar Hill in  Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada.  I have been told that later on the family moved to Carriboo, Pictou County,



MacDermid and Morgan Family Connection



















Descendants of Joseph Morgan



Generation No. 1


1.  JOSEPH1 MORGAN was born in Wales.  He married MARGARET MCDERMIT, daughter of NEIL MCDERMIT and KATE MACLEOD.



        Children of JOSEPH MORGAN and MARGARET MCDERMIT are:

                   i.    JAMES2 MORGAN.

                  ii.    WILLIAM MORGAN.

                 iii.    ANNIE MORGAN.

2.              iv.    JOHN A. MORGAN, b. July 27, 1872; d. March 2, 1942.

3.               v.    JOSEPH NEIL MORGAN, b. September 25, 1878; d. May 1959.



Generation No. 2


2.  JOHN A.2 MORGAN (JOSEPH1) was born July 27, 1872, and died March 2, 1942.  He married EUPHEMA FEMMIE J. MACKAY, daughter of WILLIAM MACKAY and SARAH JOHNSON.



        Children of JOHN MORGAN and EUPHEMA MACKAY are:

                   i.    JOHN W.3 MORGAN.

4.               ii.    JAMES MORGAN.

                 iii.    HAZEL MORGAN, b. Abt. 1902; m. CHARLES SUTHERLAND.

                 iv.    ANNABELLE MORGAN, b. Abt. 1905, Hodson, Nova Scotia; d. November 2, 2002, Scotch Hills Cemetery, Nova Scotia; m. HARRY REDMOND.

                  v.    SARAH "SADIE" MORGAN, b. Abt. 1906; m. GEORGE SUTHERLAND.

                 vi.    MARGARET MORGAN, b. February 1909; m. UNKNOWN ELLIOTT.

                vii.    ESSIE MORGAN, b. December 24, 1912; m. CHESTER REDMOND.

               viii.    GEORGE D. MORGAN, b. Abt. 1915.


3.  JOSEPH NEIL2 MORGAN (JOSEPH1) was born September 25, 1878, and died May 1959.  He married MARTHA JEANETTA DAVIDSON, daughter of HUGH DAVIDSON and FLORA HARRIS.



        Children of JOSEPH MORGAN and MARTHA DAVIDSON are:

                   i.    FLORA3 MORGAN, b. September 16, 1912; d. May 31, 1998; m. ROSS CLIFFORD MACDOUGALD.

5.               ii.    VIOLET JEANETTA MORGAN, b. December 5, 1913.

                 iii.    CHRISTINE MORGAN, b. February 27, 1915.

6.              iv.    IRENE FAYE MORGAN, b. October 25, 1917, Pictou, Nova Scotia; d. July 11, 2004, Toronto, Ontario.

                  v.    ARTHUR MORGAN, b. September 8, 1919.



Generation No. 3





        Child of JAMES MORGAN is:

                   i.    GIRL4 MORGAN.


5.  VIOLET JEANETTA3 MORGAN (JOSEPH NEIL2, JOSEPH1) was born December 5, 1913.  She married (1) CHARLES WILLIAM HATCH October 1932.  She married (2) JOHN GRANT COLQUHOUN October 3, 1939, son of JOHN COLOUHOUN and JANE.



        Child of VIOLET MORGAN and CHARLES HATCH is:

                   i.    ELAINE VIOLET4 HATCH, b. August 9, 1933; m. WILLIAM AUBREY MACLEOD, November 16, 1957.


6.  IRENE FAYE3 MORGAN (JOSEPH NEIL2, JOSEPH1) was born October 25, 1917 in Pictou, Nova Scotia, and died July 11, 2004 in Toronto, Ontario.  She met (1) DONALD MACKENZIE ROSS.  She married (2) WALTER WRIGHT.



        Children of IRENE MORGAN and DONALD ROSS are:

7.                i.    IRENE MARTHA4 MACKENZIE, b. June 13, 1950, Hamilton, Ontario.

8.               ii.    BEVERLEY SONIA MACKENZIE, b. June 30, 1952.


        Children of IRENE MORGAN and WALTER WRIGHT are:

9.              iii.    REBA JEANNETTE FAYE4 WRIGHT, b. October 18, 1946.

                 iv.    JOSEPH WALTER WRIGHT, b. December 9, 1947.



Definition of the Morgan Surname as described by John Weston

A worn stone carving of the Morgan gryphon symbol (holding a shield) at Tredegar House, Newport, South Wales. 

Morgan, a Welsh name of great antiquity.

In a recently discovered pedigree of 1612, the Morgans of Tredegar claim that the family had assumed the surname soon after 1334, but the name had already been is use as a Welsh forename for many centuries. In "Welsh Surnames"* the authors note that the Old Welsh form of the name was "Morcant" thus implying that it was in use from at least the 8th. century. It became Morgan in the medieval period although the authors note late variants such as Morgant, Morgaine and Morgraunt. 

The Morgans had supported Owain Glyndwr's attempt to free Wales in the years after 1400 but by the 17th. century they had long been closely associated with the aims of the English crown. In general, they supported the monarchist cause in the English Civil Wars and could expect little from the ensuing parliamentary regime. They had a long tradition of service overseas as soldiers and diplomats but for the first time some members of the dynasty had to consider the possibility of a kind of exile in distant lands. At the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 some of the Morgans returned to their homelands in Wales and lived to enjoy the fruits of their loyalty. Thomas Morgan was commemorated in a now lost church brass as "Most Faithful to his King, Most Dear to his Father, Most Courteous to All ... Who after sundry Journeys over the sea as far as the Indies exchanged Mortal for Immortal life ..." (in 1672). Henry Morgan of the Llanrhymney branch never returned to Wales, however, and was buried on the island of Jamaica. 

By the time of the 18th. and 19th. century emigrations from Wales, Morgan had become quite widely used as a surname although, like many of the old Welsh names, it had become numerically insignificant by comparison with the Welsh surnames based on English and Biblical models. 

The Pelagius story - a misleading assumption.

Pelagius was the Latinised name of an early British theologian who was responsible for propounding a doctrine of Freedom of Will deemed to be heretical. The controversy started in 411 at the same time as the Council of Carthage condemned the Donatist movement which had itself riven the Catholic Church since the time of the Emperor Constantine. In 429 Germanus of Auxerre and Lupus of Troyes visited Britain to counteract the influence of Pelagianism. In time, a myth developed around Pelagius. In the 17th. century he was claimed to have been a Welshman from the county of Gwynedd  and whose original name was Morgan (this despite the fact that the concept of Wales as a country did not exist at the time of Pelagius). "Welsh Surnames" mentions  Theophilus Evans as one later writer who thought that Morgan meant "sea born" and explains that this is "based on the mistaken view that Morgan was derived from "mor-gen-i". ("Mor" being Welsh for "sea" and "geni" being "to give birth").   

Although "Welsh Surnames" scorns the "sea born" explanation, for reasons of space the book does not comment on the real meaning of the Morgan name. In an attempt to illuminate this question on behalf of Morgans around the world, the writer contacted one of the authors of Welsh Surnames, the historian Dr. Prys Morgan.  I have paraphrased Dr. Morgan's response thus: 

The elements of Morgan can be seen in the earliest spelling of Morcant.  'Mor' is probably from the Welsh word Mawr 'great' and 'cant' is 'hundred' with a secondary meaning of 'herd' or 'throng'. Hyddgant became Hyddgan, which means a herd of deer. The same elements differently mixed up can be seen in the names Morien, Morfudd and Gwygant or Gwrgan (this gives rise to Worgan and Wargent and other names). 'Great throng' with the suggestion of battle throng, seems to be a typical wishful name to give to a boy. 

Dr. Morgan warns of the dangers inherent in explaining the meaning of a name which was probably in use for many centuries before the time of the first surviving Welsh manuscripts but it is safe to say that his opinion must hold great weight. 

(Special thanks to John Weston for the above definition of the (Morgan surname), courtesy:


  John Weston / Data Wales, 2002

* "Welsh Surnames",  T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan, University of Wales Press, 1985. 



Data Wales Index
A brief note on Welsh surnames