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Re: Thomas Morgan
Posted by: Jeffrey Thomas (ID *****2862) Date: March 15, 2004 at 10:11:30
In Reply to: Thomas Morgan by Edward Harazak of 918

Hello Edward,

First I'm going to make an assumption that this is the family you're talking about from the 1900 census, Acker St., 6th Ward, Scranton:

Morgan, Thomas, head, Oct 1844, 56, M26, 1871/28/Na, Wales, Miner
Morgan, Anna M, wife, Dec 1853, 46 M26 17/6, Pennsylvania
Morgan, Gertie, dau, Mar 1883, 17, S, Pennsylvania, winding silk(?)
Morgan, Gomer(?), son, Jun 1887, 12, Pennsylvania, slate picker
Morgan, George, son, Aug 1890, 9, Pennsylvania, at school
Morgan, Thomas, son, Jan 1894, 6, Pennsylvania
Morgan, Mamie, dau, July 1895,4, Pennsylvania

I assume you've already looked for an obituary. If you know Thomas Morgan died in Scranton in 1925, then you can send to the PA Department of Health for his death certificate, using just the year of his death. That in turn will provide his exact date of death, which can then be used at the Albright Library in Scranton to search for his obituary - this in the hope that his obit might mention his place of birth in Wales. If you are very lucky in this regard, then you can begin searching census returns for Wales to verify his place of origin. If he was born in the 1840s and emigrated in 1871, he, along with other family, would be present in at least the 1851 and 1861 census of Wales.

For some reason marriage records at the courthouse in Scranton don't begin until 1885, although the county was formed in 1878. Still, you should have a look there too, because if you can fond their marriage certificate it would state the parents of both bride and groom. It might also be interesting to see if you can find when this individual emigrated from Wales. Although this will not help you discover where Thomas Morgan came from in Wales, it might reveal if there were any family members traveling with him, which in turn might help in identifying the family in Welsh census returns. If you think he emigrated in 1871, then you need to go to the Luzerne county courthouse in Wilkes-Barre to search for his immigration record. Lackawanna county was not created until 1878, so emigration records prior to that would be in Luzerne county. If you find his emigration record, it will likely state the date he came over and the port of his arrival. With this information in hand you could go to the National Archives in D.C. and search ship's passenger records.

My own ancestors were Welsh miners who settled in Scranton in 1848, and I was recently able to discover where they came from in Wales, so I am familiar with the types of records that will help solve such a problem.

Hope this helps!

Jeff Thomas

Thomas family web site

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