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Seeking birth and death records Abraham Morgan of Broadmeadows - Campbellfield, Victoria

Journal by Delia

Abraham Morgan married Hannah Land in 1840 at St James c of e in West Melbourne. They had 3 children at Pentridge (Coburg)Frederick John MORGAN, Isaac James Fyfe MORGAN and Louisa Jane MORGAN and two children at Campbellfield Edward MORGAN and Thomas MORGAN. No one in the present day seems to know where Abraham came from, and there appears to be no oral history.

Abraham died in 1853. I can't find his death in Victoria or where he is buried. If I had one of these I may find where and when he was born. However I do have a copy of his will, and have found the legal notice on Trove relating to executing the will, where everything is left to Anna Morgan.

Hannah kept on farming in the Broadmeadows area, as she is mentioned in the directories of the time. Hannah died in 1887 at Campbellfield and is buried in the Will Will Rook cemetery. Edward and Thomas are also buried here, both dying in 1891, but there is no mention of Abraham in these records.

Hoping someone out these know what's happened to Abraham.

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Delia , from Victoria, Australia, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Mar 2011. is researching the following names: TEAL, DONNELL, TATHAM and 16 other(s).

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by Paulie on 2014-09-16 20:29:45

Delia, not good news I'm afraid. Abraham died the day after he made his will and is buried on the property at Campbellfield. There are documents lodged by Hannah and her neighbours to state that he died and that probate should be granted but no death recorded nor death certificate.
You should also look for their son, Isaac Fyfe, who appeared in the Victorian Police Gazette at least 3 times :) and then reappeared living in Bendigo under the name of James. He gave his parents details on his marriage registration.
The family is following up a lead that he was a convict and there are two to choose from but I am not aware of any evidence to select one over the other.
Hope this helps you a little.

by Delia on 2014-09-18 19:01:39

Paulie, thank you for responding.

I have spoken to somebody last year and he believed that the Abraham Morgan who was a Swing Rioter convict in Tasmania was our man. That Abraham was released in time to marry Hannah Land, as I found this on line in Trove in a newspaper, but don't know as yet how he got to Victoria. There is lots of information available on line about the Swing Rioters. Lots of the information makes them sound like heroes, instead of law breakers!!

Apparently Abraham died before it was law to register deaths in Victoria, but the way you have written it sounds like something mighty dodgy happened to him. (Too many Murder mystery suspense novels on my side I believe!!)

I have been to St James Cathedral in Melbourne this year and have a copy of Abraham and Hannah's marriage certificate. Hannah was also mentioned as one of their pioneering women, yet none of their children were baptised there and no family funeral left from their, so not sure what criteria was needed to be mentioned in this register.

Next time I am in Melbourne I will get Isaac Fyfe James Morgan's marriage certificate and check out his family details. I believe Hannah was about 20 when she married, and somewhere I have the name of the ship she came out on by herself, although there were older Lands on the ship, but they were not her parents, so perhaps and aunt and uncle.

Hannah had to have had a tough life rearing a very young family on her own and continued to run the farm they had. Her oldest son was my husband's g grandfather, and there is lots of information about him in trove.

On a recent trip to Melbourne we went to see the home that Frederick built, "The Pines", which is in suburbia, but still standing and used as a home.

We also saw the home Frederick's sister lived in, in the same area, "The Oaks", also used as a home.

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