Sunday, October 31, 2010

John Hamilton and Helen Melvina Groesbeck Morgan, 1890. Part 23

The last entry I posted about John Hamilton and Helen Melvina Groesbeck Morgan, was part 22, here, on April 9, 2010.

Lately I’ve been studying the months and year that John Morgan spent building his Morgan Hotel in Salt Lake City. I plan on posting about it soon. In this course, I’ve found a few journal entries that shed light on the typed transcript of a letter cousin Karen M. sent me earlier this year. I’d tucked the letter away, for the right time. It is a treasure, and tells me more about my great grandmother than I’d learned from her husband’s journal entries.

The letter was written in 1890 by Helen Melvina “Mellie” Groesbeck Morgan to her brother, Joseph Smith Groesbeck, while he was serving a mission in New Zealand. It came to my mind last week after reading here of the tragic death of one of John Morgan’s descendants. The following letter is the only thing I’ve ever seen written by Mellie.

“Seventies Council Room [letterhead stationary]
“Salt Lake City, 12 November 1890
“My Dear Bro Joseph
[Joseph Smith Groesbeck (1864-1933)]

“I hardly know how to write to you, under the sorrowfull(sp) circumstances, but I do hope the Lord has made it known unto you and prepared your heart and mind for the dreadfull(sp) ordeal you are called to pass through, but Joe be comforted for the day will soon come when we can see through and thank God for all these bitter trials – although it is hard today, your child must have been wanted for the work behind the veil or surely he never would have been taken so sudden especially when you and Sarah [Sarah Blood Groesbeck (1867-1958)] were doing the work for the living and the dead. Morgan saw Mother [Elizabeth Thompson Groesbeck (1882-1883)] that night and in his dreams and said she look so natural, and he knew nothing of the ocurance(sp) till he read it in the paper that morning about ten min before going to the train and he knowing Sarah was at Logan thought she might be there so he had the painfull(sp) duty to perform in telling her, although Will [William Groesbeck (1847-1912)] & myself went up to Ogden to meet her, he happened to be at Kaysville with Bro [Brigham Henry] Roberts & I think they were the best ones to meet her Will and I were to much broken up to be any benefit to her.

“I hope dear Joe that your faith won’t be shaken or your interest in your work be shackened(sp) it will take time to heal the wounds but ask God to help you to bear your cross and he will. I know by experience (sp) for I have had my heart healed instantly after a few days of sorrow after the death of my Flora
[Flora Groesbeck Morgan 1882-1885] and I thought I could not live but the sorrow was taken from me instantly and death has had no _______to me since and I have parted with one of mine rather than have this news go to you, I expect you get the sad news of Harm’s Eddie’s misfortune. The poor child is suffering a thousand deaths & hear it will be a miracle if he gets well. I am in such poor health [pregnant with 9th child, Bessie, to be born January 1891] or I would go down, but I would only be a nuicence (sp) around. Morgan [husband, John Hamilton Morgan] has told you how well Sarah is doing and how like a Saint & a woman she is feeling & acting. I hear she said she didn’t want any of boys to write to you to come home for you could do no good and if you remember Will was only a cypher when he left his mission to come home, but I do feel thankfull(sp) you haven’t got the kind of a _________that he has. I know Sarah wants you to stay till you have filled an honorable mission & get your release without asking for ______________so put all your faith in God and he will be your comfort. I am so thankfull(sp) that you have John [John Amberson Groesbeck (1849-1904)] there with you for he will be more company for you than any one else could be so praying God to bless & comfort you in your hour of sorrow & trial, I remain your loving sister,

“Give John my love and tell him is always remembered in our prayers with you although I am a poor one to write I never forget you.

“Letter written from Helen Melvina Groesbeck Morgan to her younger brother, Joseph Smith Groesbeck while on his mission to New Zealand.”

[Note: I added the bracketed information. Mellie's brother, Joseph Smith Groesbeck, and nephew, John Amberson Groesbeck, were serving their missions together in New Zealand.]

My sincere thank you to Cousin Karen M. for transcribing and sharing this letter with us.
Some of the many things I learned from this letter:

Mellie had deep love for her siblings.
Mellie called her husband “Morgan.”
She said she was “a poor one to write.”
She had a personal knowledge of the healing power of the Lord.

From John Hamilton Morgan’s journal, Marriott Library, Special Collections, University of Utah.
October 29
At work about the building …

October 30

Busy during the day about the building. Attended Council Meeting at 11 a.m. Present were S. B. Young, Jno. Morgan, B. H. Roberts, and George Reynolds, also brother Walker. Quite a large amount of business attended to. In the evening accompanied brother Roberts to Kaysville to attend a political rally. A good attendance and much enthusiasm. Stayed with brother Barnes.

October 31
Visited a brickyard manufacturing red pressed brick on my way to the Depot. Read in the “Herald” of the killing of little Joe Groesbeck by a runaway train last evening. Met his mother on the train on her way home from Logan. During the day was at the building most of the time.
November 1Gave note to State Bank of Utah for $1,800 and paid the men off during the day.
November 2Attended funeral of young Joe Groesbeck at 11 a.m. Bishop Whitney and J. E. Taylor were the speakers. A large attendance. Attended 14th Ward Meeting in the evening. Moses Taylor spoke.

November 3
Pushed the work on the building and endeavored to raise some money to go ahead with my work.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Family Index Pages

In an attempt to utilize the helps blogspot offers, and make it easier to access the information I’ve posted here, I’m adding some Family Index Pages. Perhaps by grouping posts by family names, and subjects, readers will be able to better find materials posted here.

This blog continues to be a “work in progress,” may change at any time, and is dependent upon the pace of my “learning curve.”

The family index pages will be at the top of the right column. After reading through one, and following the links you choose, just click on “home” at the bottom of the index page, and you will be returned to the most current blog post.

To start with, we'll see how the Hamilton Family index page works.

Picture of This is the Place, Pioneer Village, Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah, that I took two weeks ago.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

John Hamilton Morgan gravestone, October 2010.

Wilford Woodruff’s grave is in the block directly north of John Morgan’s and I’ve observed it for years. The gravestones are the same shape. I learned from a cemetery walking tour guide that the children of the Church made donations to raise the money for President Woodruff’s gravestone. On the same subject, there is a nice post here about a call for contributions from missionaries and associates of John Morgan to raise the funds for his gravestone.

A few years ago, and over a century later, Wilford Woodruff descendants made additions to his gravestone. You can see them in the thin granite looking slates that have been bolted to the original gravestone.

I like these additions, and can envision similar additions to Great Grandfather John Morgan’s gravestone.

The larger plain side above, is on the east, the smaller sides are on the north and south. I would suggest something like the following, naming John Morgan's wives, and curving Mellie's name at the top, as on the Woodruff gravestone.
The following example is a little rough, but the best I could do in tables. And I solicit descendants' ideas. You may add them in the comments below, or write me at, I see the creamery, typed all together,

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Morgan Family Genealogy notes from Mary Ann Linton Morgan’s notebook.

Remember that wonderful 1895 letter from Eliza Ann Hamilton Morgan to her daughter-in-law, Mellie Morgan? It’s posted here in three parts. Many of the people named in the letter are on this family group sheet from Mary Ann Linton Morgan’s genealogy notebook. And you can see a picture of some of the family members named in the letter, and on the family group sheet, in this 1925 Morgan family reunion photo.

The following page is the right hand side
of the above "spread sheet."

Friday, October 8, 2010

1932 Hamilton Family History notes from Mary Ann Linton Morgan's notebook.

From Ancestral Lines of the Daniphan – Frazee – Hamilton Families. By Francis Frazee Hamilton P. 545.

In the early part of the 18 Century there lived in Northern Ireland a family of Hamiltons of Scotch Irish blood; descendants of Sir Claud Hamilton of Scotland. There were 2 sons in this family John & William? Perhaps other chil[d]. One of these boys, having plucked a rose from the Kings garden which caused his banishment from Eng. As a result of this banishment the brothers took ship for America. On board ship they met young miss named Elizabeth on landing at Baltimore John & Elizabeth were married. They are the same John & Elizabeth who are the Ancestors of the H [Hamilton] family whose lineage is partly traced in this book. And this same John became a Sergeant in the Rev. war under Captain Seeley.
In Spring of 1795 4 sons of Sergt. John
Hamilton, John Jr. Edward Samuel and David left their homes in Lancaster Penn, came down the Ohio river on a flat boat and landed on the northern bank (later a town called Lasayville.) of the river at Ft. Washington on ground where Cincinnati is now located (P545) In Dec. the wife of Edward brot [sic] a little 2 year old son named John Cornelius b. in Penn. 5 Jan 1794. Dec 17, 3 days after their arrival, another son, Samuel was b. known as Samuel who was b in the Stockades a fact which brot [sic] him local notoriety. John Cornelius was the father of Oliver Theudare I and the gr. Father of Lucius Oliver Hamilton I. Edward Hamilton, father of John Carneiuls, see next page, first, built a cabin at Cincinnati & lived there 11 years.
He went back about 25 miles & laid out the town of Hamilton now the city of Hamilton and was named for these brothers and not for Alexander, as some Historians have it. John Cornelius carried mail when he was 13 y of age on horseback thru

the forest from Cincinnati to Daytona, when scarcely 17 he and Elizabeth Black in Ky. It was about 1806 when Edward Hamilton came to Bracken co to live at one time there were between 7 & 8 hundred Hamiltons living in Bracken co. They located about 30 miles from the Blue Lick Springs. They made their own Salt by boiling down this water.
Edward Hamilton, Latter of John Cornelius, owned 160 acres of land where the City of Cincinnati now stands. On this land he built a cabin back next to the hills at what is now Central Ave. He lived in this cabin 11 years. He then sold his farm for a team, wagon & 200 lb and moved up on the Little Miami River near where Loveland is now located He remained at this place only two years. When he sold the land & moved to Bracken co. Ky. He had heard many wonderful stories of Bracken co. from his father & Phillip Buckner.

Look for Lintons in History of Davidson Tenn. P 683

Our Hamiltons in Makers of Our. Vol 1

Note: There is an on-line website here with information about this same John Hamilton, who first came into Kentucky, that Mary Ann wrote we are descended from. The source on the website is the book Mary Ann quoted from.

I have yet to find the link/links from our James P. and Margaret Turner Hamilton, to his parents, John and Elizabeth Hamilton.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Hamiltons and Mary Ann Linton Morgan (1865-1951).

I posted this picture of the Hamilton Crest, and the Hamilton Coat of Arms, seen here, because Mary Ann Linton Morgan led me to them.

I’ve been studying 310 pages from the collection of her writings on CD at the FHL (Family History Library), referenced here. Fascinating!

Mary Ann Linton Morgan (1865-1951) married John Hamilton Morgan in 1888. And, as his third wife, she was “assigned” to do the family genealogy; that according to Nicholas G. Morgan descendant, Karen M.

Mary Ann worked and researched throughout her widowed, mature years, from her Sharon Apartment address in Salt Lake City, Utah. Thankfully Mary Ann’s great grandson preserved her writings and research records.

You may learn more about Mary Ann by reading her autobiography, and a biography here and here on The Ancestor Files. A series of five faith promoting instances (which are favorites of mine) begin here.

The book Mary Ann references below, is now on microfilm. I scanned those pages, and others onto my zip drive to take home and study with her notes. And was humbled by the pages and pages of information she painstakingly copied, and checked, and double checked, that have since become so much easier to access and copy.

Presently we can find county boundaries, and the dates they were established and changed, in the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries here.

From Mary Ann's notes on the page above, “At one time about 800 people of Bracken County, Kentucky were named Hamilton, usually in large families.”

The task of connecting our James and Margaret Turner Hamilton to the correct John and Mary Hamilton is becoming clearer. From their grandson, John Hamilton Morgan's, journal (now in Special Collections, Marriott Library, University of Utah),

Normal, Illinois, January 4, 1876
… I enter here my genealogy:
My grandfather and father were named Garrard Morgan. My grandmother Morgan’s maiden name was Sarah Sanderson. On my mother’s side my great grandfather was named John Hamilton; his wife, Elizabeth. Great [sic] Grandfather was James Hamilton, his wife, Margaret Hamilton. My mother’s name is Eliza Ann Hamilton. Gerrard Morgan, Jr. had a sister, Mary Morgan who married Marshall Hamilton, himself father of Woodson Hamilton.

Mary Ann had access to this and other journal entries, because in a 1931 letter she wrote to family in the East, she referenced her husband’s diary, and said it was in her possession.