Saturday, 20 November 2021

Felix Morgan

I'm fairly certain that Felix Morgan may be a son of Alexander Morgan and Agnes/Ann/Nancy Lennon of Derrynoose, Armagh, Northern Ireland and so a brother to my great-great-grandfather, John Morgan.

Felix's great-grandson shares DNA with many known Morgan cousins.


We can't find a baptism for him in the Derrynoose, Armagh baptism records.  


There are gaps in the records that could account for that.

Felix appears to be a family name passed on through later generations.

For about five and a half years Felix was a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary. 

 Their records state he was born in Armagh.

  • 10385 Felix Morgan, a native of County Armagh. 
  • Catholic 
  • 5 foot 7 3/4. 
  • Aged 20 on joining on 20 May 1847. 
  • Recommended by Sub. Inspector Armstrong. 
  • Previously a labourer. 
  • Assigned to Tipperary South Riding. 
  • Promoted 1st Sub Constable 1 May 1848.
  • Reduced to 2nd Sub Constable 1 Feb 1852. 
  • Promoted to 1st Sub Constable 1 Jun 1853. 
  • Resigned 6 Oct 1853.
Felix married Mary Hayes in Cappawhite Tipperary on the 2nd of May 1852 in the presence of John Douglas and James Brien.

Felix and Mary had eight children:

Alexander, baptised 5th May 1853 Cappawhite Tipperary. 
(Ancestry and FindMyPast have transcribed father's name as Robt but it is clearly Felix)

Agnes Ann Morgan was born in  Richmond, Victoria, Australia in 1854 after Felix and Mary arrived on the ship Truro.  
Agnes died in 1895.

Margaret was born in Melbourne in 1858 and died in 1860.

Thomas was born in Melbourne in 1860 and died in 1900.

Ellen and Mary were both born and died in Melbourne in 1863.

John Patrick Morgan was born in 1864 and died in 1924.
John was born in Ireland so Mary at least must have returned there for a short while.

Edward James Morgan was born in Melbourne in 1867 and died in 1957.

Then things began to get a bit messy.  I'm not sure why.  Perhaps Felix and Mary's relationship had been strained and maybe that's why she returned to Ireland for a while.

But it looks like things then got a little worse.  
I'm told by a descendant that Felix was an alcoholic so perhaps that was the cause of their troubles.

Felix died on the 19th of February 1878 at the Melbourne Hospital.

Cause of death looks like Morbus Brightis.  
Brights disease is kidney failure so perhaps it was that due to his alcoholism.

The informant on Felix's death was a hall porter at the hospital so it seems he was estranged from his family.

No family or parents are named on his death certificate only that he was 24 years in Victoria.

1878 'Family Notices', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 21 February, p. 4.

A couple of years ago I requested a photo of where Felix was buried in Findagrave where I am a volunteer and another kind volunteer sent me this.  
It appears Mary was also buried there in 1887.

We are now seeking any other descendants of Felix who are open to doing a DNA test to hopefully add more information or clarification to our data.  Any takers out there?

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Morgan family from Armagh, Northern Ireland


My Morgan family from Armagh in Northern Ireland is driving me crazy!

I have recorded most of my research at 


with lots of DNA matches that lead me down various rabbit holes, I'm feeling a bit lost on where to go next.

It appears our Morgans are in both County Armagh (Monaghan/Armagh border) and County Monaghan.

With many DNA matches whose connections are so hard to pinpoint I feel that I am running around in circles.

Sunday, 24 October 2021

Subscribers to my blog

 I haven't been very active blogging lately so this is a quick test post to see if those who subscribed will still receive email notifications of my new blog posts since the Blogger platform took away the Feedburner option.

You will see in the side panel to the right a "GET NEW POSTS BY EMAIL" box where you can subscribe if you wish.

I really do hope to get myself out of this brain fog and start doing some further constructive research, new posts and the part I love most, to make contact with more family members.

Sunday, 22 August 2021

Genealife In Lockdown - sharing once again

 Oh my, it has been a roller coaster of a week this week.

Regional Victoria is back in Lockdown once again due to covid cases in my home town of Shepparton.

Finally finishing off sanding the plaster joins then undercoating the kitchen ceiling and keeping up with all the exposure sites of the Shepparton covid outbreak has been time-consuming and rather nerve-wracking.

Once again I am so lucky that my lovely third cousin June has shared some old family photos with me.

I was also able to share some with her and we were able to fill in blanks of names in photos for each other.

Our common ancestors are Agnes Mason and Peter Hart.

June's great-grandmother, Amelia Agnes "Millie" Hart and my great-grandmother, Margaret Hart were sisters.

Millie married Edmond Wills Kiely in 1901.

The first photo June sent me last week was the following.

The photocopy of a photo that I had was the following.
Unfortunately, due to computer crashes etc over the years, I have lost my source information for this photo.

Maryanne Hart (1872 to 1963) married George Rathbone in 1898
Margaret Hart (my great-grandmother 1869 to 1960) married Donald Fleming in 1889
Hannah Hart (1870 to 1956) married 1. John Prest 1889 2. Angus McDonald 1905.
Amelia Agnes "Millie" Hart (1879 to 1971) married Edmund Wills Kiely in 1901

Amelia "Millie" Kiely nee Hart

Below is Agnes Hart nee Mason and Peter Hart. 
A copy was given to me years ago by another family member.
Peter died in 1900.

Agnes later married Hosea Matthews in 1904.

Agnes and Hosea, from June.
Again, Agnes and Hosea from June

Hanscom Hart and his wife Mary Ann nee Sadd
photo from June.

This photocopy was given to me years ago by another family member

The name Hanscom has been passed down many generations.
I wrote about the Hanscom name in our tree

H is for .......

And finally this wonderful photo from June

Front Left is Hanscom Hart and his wife Mary, their daughter Marcella, Agnes Matthews, the young boy is perhaps one of the Prest boys (son of Hannah), Hosea.
Back Left could be Amelia, Margaret and Rose. (These are a guess). 

Alex at Family Tree Frog has set a new challenge for Family history bloggers in Australia to post about Genealife in Lockdown for the family history month of August.

This is my fourth post.

Sunday, 15 August 2021

Genealife In Lockdown - Thankful once again

 We're lucky here in Regional Victoria to have come out of  Victoria's 6th Lockdown last week.

This came about earlier than Melbourne due to there being no active cases of Covid found in Regional Victoria.

Goodness only knows how long our little bit of freedom will last this time.

Unfortunately, too many people are defying health advice and keep doing the wrong thing.

 The "Powers that be" are not yet saying when Melbourne's restrictions will ease.  

I suppose that will depend on the daily number of cases and contact tracing results.

Sadly I can't visit my daughter and grandchildren down there until then. 

I haven't seen them now for two months so missing them terribly.

In my first two posts for this 2021 National Family History Month of August, I mentioned being thankful for wonderful sharing cousins.  They are keeping me motivated!

This week that theme once again came into play.

Today I received a photo of a certificate earned by my Dad's first cousin Len Adams 

Photo courtesy of Len's nephew Warren Delbridge

It appears Len attended the Flemington Primary School which was a part of the Essendon district schools cluster.

I found the following article in Trove but the Football wasn't mentioned.
1930 fits with Len's age and the Headteacher of Flemington Primary School being G.J. Neuss.

SCHOOL SPORTS. (1930, December 5). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 12. Retrieved August 15, 2021, from

George James Neuss was Headteacher from 1930 until 1939.
    source - FPS School History - Flemington Primary School (online PDF document)

Alex at Family Tree Frog has set a new challenge for Family history bloggers in Australia to post about Genealife in Lockdown for the family history month of August.

Sunday, 8 August 2021

Genealife In Lockdown Luck


Alex at Family Tree Frog has set a new challenge for Family history bloggers in Australia to post about Genealife in Lockdown for the family history month of August.

In my first "Genealife in Lockdown" post, last week, I wrote about how thankful I was for my many wonderful cousins and friends.  

We were then just coming out of Lockdown number five here in Victoria.

Now we are currently in Lockdown number six due to the super spreading Covid-19 Delta variant.

Today my lovely Fleming family second cousin Carol, who was decluttering her house during lockdown here in Victoria, found a memento of her grandfather Albert Henry Percival FLEMING amongst things her grandmother had given her.

Carol was very kind and shared it with our Fleming Family Facebook page.

Albert, known as Alf. was my Mum's paternal Uncle. 

I have written previously a little about his brave WW1 war service history HERE.

The memento that Carol found today is a Vote 1 card for Alf in the 1938 Preston Municipal Elections.

It was a rather special find for Carol as her grandfather passed away when she was only two years old so sadly she never got to know him personally.

Carol didn't know what year this election would have been so I turned to Trusty Trove and found the following:

APA citation
MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS THIS WEEK (1938, August 23). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 4. Retrieved August 8, 2021, from

Thanks so much for sharing, Carol.

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Genealife in Lockdown - National Family History Month Blogging Challenge

Alex at Family Tree Frog has set a new challenge for Family history bloggers in Australia to post about Genealife in Lockdown for the family history month of August.

I have to admit to lately struggling with "blogger's block" but is that due to Covid Lockdown stress? 
I really don't know as I feel it may have been ongoing for some time. 

I find I am unable to concentrate on any one subject for long and run off at a tangent at the slightest trigger.

Here in Victoria, we have just come out of, what was I think our 5th lockdown.  

On a positive note, I am counting the blessings -

Thankfully our state government have been quick to act, perhaps not to everyone's liking but it seems to be having the desired effect.  

Compared to other countries I feel we have been very lucky in Australia. (touch wood)

I consider myself lucky in being able to visit my children and grandchildren perhaps more than many. 

During lockdowns, my genealife has been mainly concentrated on DNA results and working through matches which is a challenge in itself.
Also asking questions in user groups about solving my family tree program issues.

I am fortunate in that my Dad, brother and many close cousins have tested.

I'm so very grateful for the many cousins and like-minded friends around the world that I have found through my obsession hobby.  

Many of them have saved my sanity by way of cousin Zoom meetings, private messages of support and generally keeping in touch.  I hope I have helped them in some small way too.