Isaac Morgan

Isaac Morgan was born in the small Somerset village of Luccombe in 1771 on the very edge of Exmoor. He was baptized in the parish church of St Mary’s on 16 June 1771. The very next entry in the Parish Register is that of Joan Steer baptized on 2 Aug 1771. The two were to marry each other on 20 April 1800 in St John the Baptist in Bristol.

We can be pretty certain that this couple are the paternal grandparents of Thomas Morgan (b 1850) because of Isaac’s longevity. In the 1851 census he is still alive and his birthplace of Luccombe is clearly listed. The 1841 census show the Morgans as a family of hauliers based in Jamaica Street in the centre of Bristol. Two of his sons Isaac and Jacob were both hauliers. The 1851 census shows Isaac and his youngest grandson Thomas living in the same household.

We can conjecture that his haulage business revolved around the wool trade with some connexions still to Exmoor. Isaac’s mother Elizabeth Morgan died in Luccombe aged 87 in 1825. Before the advent of the railways haulage provided a reasonable living. Bristol port was already in decline by 1800 but it was still the economic centre of the world when viewed from a small Somerset village such as Luccombe. Isaac’s grandson Thomas moved to London and worked in the docks and was clearly involved in the shipping of wool – perhaps much of it by now coming from Australia.

Isaac died on 9 May 1856 in Wilden Street, Bristol.


Family of Isaac MORGAN and Joan STEER

Husband:Isaac MORGAN (1771-1856)
Wife:Joan STEER (c. 1770-1846)
Children:Abraham MORGAN (1801-1885)
Sarah MORGAN (1803- )
Elizabeth MORGAN (1807- )
Isaac MORGAN (1809-c. 1853)
Jacob MORGAN (1812-c. 1889)
Jane MORGAN (c. 1814-bef1861)
Marriage20 Apr 1800St John the Baptist, Bristol

Husband: Isaac MORGAN

Name:Isaac MORGAN
Father:John MORGAN (1741-1783)
Mother:Elizabeth COOKSLY (1738-1825)
Birthbtw Feb 1771 and Mar 1771Luccombe, Somersetshire
Baptism16 Jun 1771 (age 0)Luccombe, Somersetshire
Educationbtw 1800 and 1835 (age 28-64)-; Illiterate – unable to sign marriage register
Residencebtw 1841 and 1851 (age 69-80)Jamaica Street, Bristol
Occupationbtw 1841 and 1851 (age 69-80)-; Haulier
Death9 May 1856 (age 85)9 Wilden Street, Bristol

Wife: Joan STEER

Name:Joan STEER
Father:John STEER ( -1790)
Mother:Sarah MARTIN (1744-1802)
Birthc. 1770Luccombe, Somersetshire
Baptism2 Aug 1771 (age 0-1)Luccombe
DeathApr 1846 (age 75-76)Bristol
Burial19 Apr 1846Bristol – Abode given as Jamaica Street, Aged 77

Child 1: Abraham MORGAN

Name:Abraham MORGAN
Spouse 1:Sarah (1803-bef1860)
Spouse 2:Emma LEACH (1839-1884)
Birth15 Feb 1801Bristol
Baptism8 Mar 1801 (age 0)St James, Bristol
Occupation1826 (age 24-25)-; Iron Cutler
Occupationbtw 1841 and 1861 (age 39-60)Stone Mason/Cutter
Residence1851 (age 49-50)Stepney
Residence1861 (age 59-60)Stamford Hill
Death23 Nov 1885 (age 84)Hackney

Child 2: Sarah MORGAN

Name:Sarah MORGAN
Birth25 Sep 1803Bristol

Child 3: Elizabeth MORGAN

Name:Elizabeth MORGAN
Birth31 May 1807Bristol

Child 4: Isaac MORGAN

Name:Isaac MORGAN
Baptism3 Dec 1809 (age 0)St James, Bristol
Deathc. 1853 (age 43-44)

Child 5: Jacob MORGAN

Name:Jacob MORGAN
Spouse:Sarah E BARTLETT (bap.1816, d.c. 1888)
BirthApr 1812Bristol
Baptism7 May 1812 (age 0)St James, Bristol
Education1835 (age 22-23)
Illiterate – unable to sign marriage register
Residence1841 (age 28-29)Providence Place
Occupationbtw 1850 and 1851 (age 37-39)Haulier
Residencebtw 1861 and 1881 (age 48-69)Boot Lane, Bedminster, Bristol
Occupation1861 (age 48-49)Haulier Labourer
Occupation1871 (age 58-59)Labourer
Occupation1881 (age 68-69)Carter
Deathc. 1889 (age 76-77)Bristol

Child 6: Jane MORGAN

Name:Jane MORGAN
Spouse:Thomas William RICHARDS (1820-bef1885)
Birthc. 1814Bristol
Baptism27 Aug 1826 (age 11-12)Bristol but the census implies she is at least 10 yrs old – mother is 55 in 1826 – also is witness at Jacobs marriage in 1835
Deathbef 1861 (age 46-47)