Pabst Family Genealogy
The Morgan Clan from Poplar Hill, Pictou Nova Scotia.
This webpage is dedicated to my wife
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
JOSEPH1 MORGAN was born
in Wales. He married MARGARET MCDERMIT, daughter of NEIL MCDERMIT and KATE
Children of JOSEPH MORGAN and MARGARET MCDERMIT are:
ii. WILLIAM MORGAN.
iii. ANNIE MORGAN.
2. iv. JOHN A. MORGAN, b. July 27, 1872; d. March
3. v. JOSEPH NEIL MORGAN, b. September 25, 1878;
d. May 1959.
Generation No. 2
JOHN A.2 MORGAN
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
4. ii. JAMES MORGAN.
iii. HAZEL MORGAN, b. Abt. 1902; m. CHARLES
iv. ANNABELLE MORGAN, b. Abt. 1905, Hodson,
Nova Scotia; d. November 2, 2002, Scotch Hills Cemetery, Nova Scotia; m. HARRY
v. SARAH "SADIE" MORGAN, b. Abt. 1906; m.
vi. MARGARET MORGAN, b. February 1909; m.
vii. ESSIE MORGAN, b. December 24, 1912; m.
viii. GEORGE D. MORGAN, b. Abt. 1915.
JOSEPH NEIL2 MORGAN
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:
MORGAN, b. September 16, 1912; d. May 31, 1998; m. ROSS CLIFFORD MACDOUGALD.
5. ii. VIOLET JEANETTA MORGAN, b. December 5,
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
(JOHN A.2, JOSEPH1).
of JAMES MORGAN is:
VIOLET JEANETTA3 MORGAN
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
of VIOLET MORGAN and CHARLES HATCH is:
i. ELAINE VIOLET4
HATCH, b. August 9, 1933; m. WILLIAM AUBREY MACLEOD, November 16, 1957.
IRENE FAYE3 MORGAN
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
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,
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,
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,
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.
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
thanks to John Weston for the above definition of the (Morgan surname),
John Weston /
Data Wales, 2002
Surnames", T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan, University of Wales Press,
Data Wales Index
brief note on Welsh surnames