Below is a photograph (I apologize for the quality; it is not in my possession to re-scan) of a woman who I think could be my 3rd great grandmother Margaret Morgan who was:
- christened on 28 Aug 1808 at St James, Bristol, Gloucester. Father William Morgan and Mother Jane
- married Thomas Morgan on 20 Aug 1831 at St Bride's Minor, Glamorganshire, Wales
- in 1841 Census, aged 30 living at place (farm?) called Foesyrefoil (sp?), Coychurch, Thomas Morgan 38 Margaret Morgan 30 Thomas Morgan 9 Margaret Morgan 7 William Morgan 4 Ann Morgan 2 At same address but diff census record is Ann Griffith aged 69 (poss her mother?)
- in 1851 Census aged 43 living at Trebryn (sp?), Pencoed, with husband Thomas and six children. Birthplace given as City of Bristol. Thomas Morgan 42 Margaret Morgan 43 William Morgan 14 Catherine Morgan 8 Martha Morgan 6 John Morgan 4 Elizabeth Morgan 3 James Morgan 1
- in 1861 Census aged 53 living at Trabrin Beach (sp?), Coychurch with husband Thomas and two children. Birthplace given as Bristol. Thomas Morgan 52 Margret Morgan 53 Elizabeth Morgan 13 Edwin Morgan 6
- in 1871 Census aged 63, living at Tybryn, Coychurch, born in Bristol Thomas Morgan 62 Margaret Morgan 63 James Morgan 20
- in 1881 Census aged 73, living at Trebryn, Pencoed, born in Bristol, living with husband Thomas aged 72
The word Morgan has been written on both sides of the photograph, I think by my great uncle Thomas Chedester Browning (born 1904; who was Margaret's great grandson) in Australia around the early 1970s.
To try and date the photograph I used http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/VicPhoto1.html but the GENUKI website is in the process of being upgraded to a content management system (11 Oct 2015) so the link was broken. However, I have located a replacement link with the same information at http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/Occupations/VicPhoto1#GLA.
The photographer is Edwin Lott and he labelled like this:
- LOTT Edwin 8 Nolton St, Bridgend 1875, 1884
- LOTT Edwin Nolton St, Bridgend 1880
- LOTT Edwin Nolton Studio, Bridgend 1891, 1895, 1901
- LOTT Edwin 9 Nolton Studio, Bridgend 1906, 1910, 1914, 1920
I suspect the photo was most likely taken 1891-1901 but taking account of the “gap years” above could have been 1885-1905
Let’s say she is 75 years old which means that I am looking for a Morgan lady born about 1820.
Almost all the records I have from Bridgend are Thomas and Margaret Morgan’s family so she and her daughters seem the best candidates.
- Margaret was born 1808 – could lady in photo be 83-93 (or 77-94 using "gap years")? I have not yet seen her Death Certificate but I think she lived to 94 (died 1902) so I think the age may fit.
- Daughters Catherine/Kate, Margaret and Elizabeth were born 1843-1848 so the oldest, Kate would only be 48-58 (or 42-62) i.e. all too young.
I think the photograph may be Margaret Morgan (1808-1902) but can anyone see anything in the photo and my logic above that would seem to support/refute that tentative identification?