Joseph Hyrum Morgan

July 16, 1854 - March 7, 1922


Joseph's father David married Jane Lewis on December 24, 1842 in Tabernacle Chapel, Tydfil Minor, Glamorganshire, Wales. David and Jane had five children: Sarah Morgan who was born on October 31, 1827 in Merthyr; Joseph Hyrum Morgan who was born on July 16, 1854 in Kansas while the family was crossing the plains; David Alexamder Morgan who was born on February 15, 1856 in Cedar City, Iron County, Utah; Monroni David Morgan who was born on March 25, 1859 in Beaver City, Beaver County, Utah and Eliza Jane Morgan who was born on April 8, 1861 in Parowan, Iron County, Utah.

The family crossed the plains in 1854, settling in Cedar City, Iron County, Utah. The family also lived in Parowan and Beaver City, before settling in Greenville.

When the family departed Liverpool, England for Salt Lake City, Jane was expecting their second child. It is likely that at the time of their departure from Kansas City Jane, in her delicate condition (close to delivery) and Sarah walked while David drove the oxen team pulling their wagon. Riding in an ox pulled wagon meant one could have a very bumpy and jarring experience. Walking beside the wagon would have given much relief from the constant up and down, side to side jarring. Joseph Hyrum Morgan made his entry into the world on July the 16th, 1854 while the family was in route. The exact location for his birth is unknown. There are no known family history stories giving this information. For those of us having the opportunity to live in the 20th/21st Century, with our sterile, antiseptic hospital experience of childbirth, to think of giving birth in a wagon while the wagon moves slowly along a dusty, bumpy, landscape puts one in awe and admiration for our pioneer mothers and the courage and dedication they exhibited as they went through this "shadow of death" experience in order that their posterity might enjoy the fruits of the gospel as a united group within the protective arms of the rocky mountains. For Jane, giving birth while traveling across the plains was not unique as many of her pioneer sisters shared in this same experience. This shared birth experience no doubt made it easier to bare the burdens of childbirth as sisters in the gospel rallied to help one another, serving in their own unique way.

avid and Jane had not settled in Greenville very long before tragedy struck. On December the 1st, 1863, Jane, their stalwart and faithful mother who had given birth on the plains, birth in a cabin, alone, without the help of her pioneer sisters; birth in other unknown circumstances; who had chosen to leave parents, wealth and security to forge the way for her posterity to have the gospel of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints among the Saints in the tops of the mountains where they could listen, see and even touch a living Prophet of God; died. Jane was just 40 years of age. Her children, Sarah, age 16, Joseph Hyrum. Age 9, Alexander, age 6, Moroni David, age 4 and Eliza Jane just 2 years old must have felt a deepening loss within. The kind of loss that can be felt when a "Mother" is no longer able to warm the hearth of the home by her presence. Jane was buried in the Beaver Cemetery.

Joseph Hyrum Morgan

Birth: July 16, 1854, Juab County, Utah, USA
Death: March 7, 1922, Circleville, Piute County, Utah, USA His parents are David D. Morgan (1817-1870) and Jane (Lewis) Morgan (1823-1863)
He was married first to Mary Jane Blackner (1857-1905) in 1878.
He is husband of Elvira Dalton (1865-1951) on 6 Feb 1885 in Circleville, Utah.

Family links:
Lillian Morgan Vance (1879 - 1954)*
Joseph Dennis Morgan (1889 - 1976)*
Robert Darius Morgan (1893 - 1977)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial: Circleville Cemetery, Circleville, Piute County, Utah, USA

Created by: Max Turpin
Record added: Jul 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39612528