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Re: Morgans of Crawford Cty., 1880s+
Posted by: Karen Deeds-Jarvie (ID *****7392) Date: March 26, 2002 at 11:34:14
In Reply to: Morgans of Crawford Cty., 1880s+ by Karen Deeds-Jarvie of 406

I'm posting this as an update to my previous query. Although I've gathered a great deal of information on this family, there is still a couple of mysteries to solve. The first revolves around my great-great grandfather, Jonathan B. Morgan, who I understand (from his obit) was a fairly prominent citizen of Crawford County. John, who was a Master Mechanic on the Ohio Central Railroad, was born in London, England on 12/25/1833. He came to America with his family when he was 2 months old. His father died sometime between their arrival in America in 1834 and his widow's remarriage to David Morgan 3/26/1837 in Pittsburg, PA. The problem this presents is determining the birth name of Jonathan B. Morgan. David Morgan raised him equally with his own children. So there is no mention in any record thus far about his birth in England and his birth father. Without some verification of his birth name I cannot research into the past. Family history has always stated that we are related to J.P. Morgan the industrialist. But in order to prove that I have to connect to some line of that family. I'm posting on this site in an effort to attract the attention of someone who might have some ideas as to how I might ferret out this information. John Morgan was active in many community groups. I've been told that these groups often have detailed membership records. So far I haven't been able to obtain them. But people in these organizations have been as helpful as they can be. Maybe someone has some insights into what might be available. In his obit it states "Fraternally, Mr. Morgan was a member of the Bucyrus Lodge of Elks, the Masons and the National Union Order...He was one of the principal organizers of the Bucyrus Building and Loan Association, was elected its first president, and has continued in the office ever since. Later he assisted in organizing the People's Building and Loan Association and was for many years its president. In politics he was a Republican, an organizer and a worker, and for years was at the head of the Republican organization of this country." I keep hoping that some county history, church history, party history, bicentennial book, or local atlas will have a snippet of information that I can use. I'd even be grateful to learn the origin of his middle initial. He always used the name John B. Always. The middle name may very well be his birth name. If anyone knows anything, or has a reference work that might give me another lead, I would be most grateful for your help.

The second mystery surrounds his wife's family. The only trace of them was found in the 1850 census for Medina County, Ohio. But Ann Lester, the mother-in-law of Jonathan B. Morgan, was buried in the same plot as her daughter. Her death dates was: 11/14/1893. In case the Lester family migrated to Crawford County with their daughter Esther and her husband, I enclose all the information that I have (as of the 1850 census):

John J. Lester 43 B: N.Y. carpenter
Ann 36 NY
Abigail 17 N.Y.
Melisa M. 15 N.Y.
Tryphena 13 OHIO
Esther 11 OHIO
Lucy E. 9 OHIO
Idah 7 OHIO
Augusta A. 5 OHIO
Ruth 2 OHIO

If any of this connects with any of you, I will be happy to exchange information too.

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