Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Joseph Smith Morgan (1893-1948)


Joseph Smith Morgan was born to John Hamilton and Annie Smith Morgan in Manassa, Colorado. All of John Hamilton Morgan's sons are pictured on a picture pedigree chart here.

Joseph was born on December 27, 1893. The 1900 Manassa, Colorado Census shows Joseph living with his mother and siblings as a five year old. In 1920 Joseph was living in Salt Lake City with his mother, widowed sister, Iva, and her two sons. The next year, 1921, Joseph was married to Violet Loretta Dudler. The information about the children born to them in New Family Search is sobering, and so very sad.
Joseph's headstone in the Salt Lake City cemetery is above and shows him serving as a PFC in Med Dept during World War I. The information I requested about his war service has yet to arrive.

Joseph and Violet's headstones are facing the tree trunk below. The tree sent out a root that's grown huge and separated the stones, pushing them apart. I found Joseph's headstone a year or more ago. I nearly missed Violet's.

I took the picture of the newspaper clipping below. It is in my Grandmother Bessie Morgan Rex's scrapbook. She was Joseph's half-sister, born to John Hamilton and Helen Melvina "Mellie" Groesbeck Morgan, two years before Joseph was born to Annie.

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