Jannett Louise (Rees) Morgan | 1849-1914
This blog series explores the lives of Weible ancestors as revealed in their obituaries. Much of this information was gathered during a March 2011 research trip to Tuscarawas and Harrison counties in Ohio. Full scans of the articles are available in each post.
What’s in a name? When it comes to developing an affinity for ancestors that made monikers for themselves a moon and more ago, well, plenty.
Where my own handle is concerned, I’ve been fascinated to learn of all the Fredericks (auf Deutsch, Friedrich) throughout the family tree — Leys, Foutzes, Metzgers, Weibles. Though the germination of that gens is mostly German. If you know what I mean.
And I’ve enjoyed getting to better know my great-grandfather, the gun collector, Robert Ohio Weible, responsible for naming my grandma Sue Ley’s older brother, Robert Colt Weible, hence providing inspiration for my middle name. (Yes, in answer to inquiring grade schoolers from the 1980s, my real one.)
Today’s post concerns a great-great grandmother who shares the name of my mom, Janet Louise (Ley) Foutz. This post wraps up a mini-series on Weible ancestors, and information gleaned from their obituaries.
In fact, when it comes to names, those given to my Mom and her siblings mainly seem to draw inspiration from the Weible side. Let’s play the name game (and relatives with more information may, of course, buzz in):
Robert Earl Ley, III — clearly takes a cue from father Jr. and grandpa Sr., but the Robert is also shared by grandfather Robert Ohio Weible (after whom an uncle and cousin are also named)
Sally Ann — I don’t know (forgive me, Sal), and haven’t seen whether the Sally is short for Sarah (which her daughter, my cousin, is named), but if so, that’s a name shared with her great-great grandmother Sarah Ann (Walters) Fisher, mother to John William Fisher (father of Mary Zula Lucrece Fisher). Sal, am I even close there?
Jeanne Abbott — The Abbott is shared by her mother, Suzanne Abbott (Weible) Ley, and farther back, by her great-great grandmother, Fannie Jane (Abbott) Goddard
Suzanne Elizabeth (Betsy) — There are several Elizabeths in our family (and Sue is her mother), including Weibles, Metzgers, Fishers and one Elizabeth (Blough) Schrock, wife of Joseph Schrock, her third great grandparents, who were among the first settlers of Crooked Run, south of New Philadelphia, Ohio, and whose daughter, Susan (one of the first babies born in Crooked Run, in 1814), married Frederick Weible
Mary Lynn (Pinny) — No other Mary Lynns that I’ve turned up, but a Mary Elizabeth (Weible) Intermill and, of course, Mary Zula Lucrece (Fisher) Ley, her grandmother
Heather Beatrice — No other Heathers, but Beatrice, of course, for Beatrice Ethel (Morgan) Weible, her grandmother.
Beatrice Weible, better known as M.A., was Jannett Morgan’s youngest daughter, sister to Janet (Morgan) Richardson, and an aunt to sister Sarah Elizabeth (Aunt Sade) Morgan Curtis’s daughter, Janet Louise Curtis. So, those are the names in common with my own mom’s, Janet Louise (Ley) Foutz. What else do we know about the original, genuine article?
Born in Wales, Married Life in Pennsylvania
With, as it turns out, a brief stay in the extended (and descended) family stomping grounds of Dover, Ohio.
We know about R.O.’s role as a traveling furniture salesman. And we suppose it may have brought him into contact with his eventual wife, Beatrice Morgan. But maybe it had something to do with his not-yet-mother-in-law’s stay in Dover in the home of her daughter, Janet Richardson.
Following the death of her husband, hotel proprietor Thomas Morgan, in 1897, Janet had the care of three adult and four young children, including five-year-old Beatrice. Oldest sons William and Thomas were already working, and daughter Sarah would soon marry. It appears that the family kept on in Carnegie through 1910, until, sometime before 1914, Janet Morgan moves in with daughter Janet Richardson (her first child, son Frederick, wouldn’t be born until 1916).
But then again, since I haven’t yet found a record to date Janet’s marriage to Howard Richardson, was there another reason the family moved to Dover? (And could Janet have met Howard, and Beatrice have met R.O., that way instead?)
Janet Morgan’s obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had yielded only a brief clue in its instruction to copy that news to Dover, Ohio and Philadelphia, Pa.:
On Monday, February 16, 1914 at 8:25 p. m. at Carnegie, Pa., Janet Morgan, widow of Thomas W. Morgan, in her 65th year.Funeral services on Thursday, February 19 at 2 p. m. at her late residence, 317 Seventh Ave., Carnegie, Pa. Friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend. Interment in Chartiers Cemetery.[Phil. (PA) and Canal Dove (O) papers pls. copy]
News from the Daily Reporter (Dover, Ohio) before her death about her daughter being called to her bedside seems usual, and doesn’t reveal the Dover connection:
Mrs. Howard Richardson was called to Carnegie, Pa., yesterday on account of the illness of her mother, Mrs. Janet Morgan.
But her Dover obituary at least reveals some details, including her former residency there. From the Daily Reporter (Dover, Ohio), Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1914:
FORMER DOVER WOMAN DEAD
Mrs. Janet Morgan Dies at Home in Carnegie, Pa. — Daughter Lives in This City.
Mrs. Janet Morgan, 65, for two years a resident of Canal Dover and well known here, died of paralysis at her home in Carnegie, Pa., at 7:30 o’clock last evening.
Mrs. Morgan was the mother of Mrs. Howard Richardson of this city.
Coming here from Carnegie, the Morgan family resided in this city two years, going back to Carnegie last June. One son and three daughters survive.
And that is all these three articles yield. We still do not learn the identities of her parents. There is no mention of her birth in Wales, or her emigration, or confirmation of her marriage date (which we have as 1872, in Philadelphia). And we don’t know why she and her family came to Dover.
The Dover obituary seems to get wrong her survivors, since I have sons Thomas and Glen both living at the time of her death (and no information on William or David). And we get no confirmation of her maiden name (Rees? Reese? Rhys?) But we do get the interesting clue, in the Carnegie obit, of the news being copied to Philadelphia, as well as Dover. Perhaps there are relatives of her husband or of her own family living there.
We do know that less than three months following her mother’s death, Beatrice Morgan would marry Robert Weible, and would make her home in Dover (for a time, next to sister Janet) for the next 60 years.
What else was going on in the world on Feb. 16, 1914? The first airplane flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco was completed. Earlier that month, the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington D.C., and Charlie Chaplin debuted his film “The Tramp”.