This page was inspired with the finding of
a Beecher DNA match in the Ancestry.com DNA study.
This is their story as I know it.
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Other family trees list Isaac Beacher and his wife Mary Sperry as
being born in Connecticut in 1623 and 1624 respectively but this is
unlikely since Connecticut was not settled at that time, only 2-3
years after the Mayflower's arrival at Plymouth. A source places
Isaac's arrival in America as 1639 which confirms this error. We can
assume that the family came to America with their parents.
The Story of Our Lineage
Issac Beecher & Mary Sperry
Issac Beacher was apparently born in England in 1623 and arrived in America
with his parents, John and Hannah in 1639. There is an inconsistency
here in that John's date of death is given as 1637. It seems likely that
Issac married Mary Sperry after coming to America since the first of their
children, John, was born in 1645.
The family lived in New Haven, Connecticut. The couple had at least
3 additional children, Isaac (1650), Eleazer (1655) and Joseph
(1670) Based on the spread of the dates it may be that the births of
daughters may be possible but not recorded.
Mary died in 1677 at the age
of 53 and Isaac on 12 Nov 1690 at the age of 67.
John Beecher &
John Beecher was born 05 Dec 1645
in New Haven. He married Elizabeth
Roberts who was born 14 May 1653 in Millford, CT, daughter of
William and Joanna Roberts. They lived at New Haven, CT.
Between 1671 and 1688 they had 9 children; John, Mary, Elizabeth,
Joanna, Sarah, Jemima, Joseph, Ebenezer,
John died 05 Dec 1712 at the age of 67 and Elizabeth on 04 Aug 1722
at the age of 69.
Sarah Beecher & Nathan Benham
Sarah Beecher, born in 1679, married Nathan Benham. He had been born
on 10 July 1679 at New Haven, CT, the son of John Benham and
Mercey Smith. Nathan's grandfather, John, had immigrated to
America in the early 1600's.
Nathan and Sarah lived at New Haven, CT and between 1700 and 1712
raised 5 children; Jemimia, Mercy (or Mary), Sammuel. Lydia, and
Sarah died 18 Dec 1712 at the age of 33, probably as a result of
child birth. Nathan died in June of 1757. He was 77.
Jemima Benham & Joseph Morgan
Benham, born 21 Sep 1700 married Joseph Morgan. He had been born 27
Apr 1701, the son of Captain John Morgan and Mary Jones. Both sets
of his grandparents had immigrated from England. The Family settled
in Wallingford, New Haven County, Connecticut.
aware of 4 children born between 1730 and 1743; Content, Abraham,
David, and Charles.
died 08 Aug 1752 at the age of 51 and Joseph on 24 May 1764 at the
age of 63.
Joseph Morgan was from a long line of Welsh nobility with a recent
seafaring history. See
Pedigree Chart. His grandfather, William Morgan
was the Grandfather of the infamous "BlackBeard" Sir Hennery Morgan
making Henery Morgan my 1st cousin 9X removed.
Abraham Morgan & Hannah Luddington
Abraham Morgan was born 09 Sep 1732 at Wallingford, New Haven,
Connecticut. He married Hannah Luddington who was born 04 Nov 1734
at Wallinford, the daughter of Daniel Luddington and Hannah Payne.
family resided at Wallingford where at least two children were born;
David, on 28 Jan 1756 and Joseph on 19 Dec 1758.
date of Hannah's death is unknown. The size of the family may be a
suggestion that she died soon after the birth of Joseph. Abraham
died 09 Dec 1790 at the age of 58.
Joseph Morgan & Eunice Doolittle
follow the family line of Joseph Morgan and Eunice Doolittle, see
This chart shows the relationship between myself and Issac Beecher & Mary
Sperry , my 9th great grandparents.
This chart shows the ancestors of Abraham Morgan.
Ancestors. Included are the surnames Morgan, Hill, Jones,
Eaton, Benham, Smith, Bourne, Beacher, Speary, & Roberts.
This chart shows the Ancestors of
Hannah Luddington. Included are families with
surnames Luddington, Rose, Nichol, Gearge, Collins, Hutchinson, Morell, Payn,
Little, Walker & Palmer.
Morgan Ancestor connections
This line is intricately intertwined with others of our
I found Sally Morgan (1795-1886) was the daughter of
Eunice Doolittle. Sally's daughter, Delight Dean married
Chauncey Butler Doolittle. Eunice was Chauncey's 2nd
great aunt and they were all descended from Abraham
Doolittle, the patriarch of the Doolittle family in
America, my 8th great grandfather. Sally was also a
descendent of James Morgan (1607-1704) the Patriarch of
our branch of the Morgan family in America and my 8th
great grandfather. He had been born at Llandaff,
Miles Morgan, ancestor to the (J.P.) Morgan family
in America, emigrated from
Bristol, England to
Boston in 1636. He is apparently the brother of my
8th great grandfather, James Morgan, their parents being
William Morgan and Elizabeth Winter. (9th great
grandparents) and so we share ancestors with
John Pierpont "J. P." Morgan
(April 17, 1837 – March 31, 1913).
According to Wikipedia, The Morgan name is traced to
Wales, and the first known Morgan family ancestral
is Hyfaidd ap Bleddri, third son of Bledri of Wales.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Bleddri (born c.830) was a king of Dyfed in Wales of the
High Middle Ages. Triad 68 "Three Kings who Sprang from
Villeins" lists Hyfaidd among their number, meaning that
his father Bleddri or Bledrig was held to have been a
serf rather than a member of Dyfed's old royal family
claiming descent from Aed Brosc. An alternate theory
relates him to the royal family of Ceredigion. His
mother was supposed to be Tangwystl, a daughter of the
earlier King Owain. Charles-Edwards argues that Hyfaidd
was responsible for consolidating the lands that would
later become Deheubarth, annexing Ystrad Tywi and
possibly Ceredigion to Dyfed before his death. He was
said to have oppressed the clerics of Meneva (modern St.
David's) and exiled Bishop Nobis, earning him the enmity
of Nobis's kinsman, the historian Asser. Although later
Welsh histories made Hywel Dda's inheritance of Dyfed a
peaceful affair brought about by his marriage to
Hyfaidd's granddaughter Elen and the extinction of
Hyfaidd's male line, Asser's more contemporary Life of
King Alfred reports that Dyfed or Brycheiniog both fell
under such sustained attack from Hywel's uncle Anarawd
and father Cadell that Kings Hyfaidd and Elise submitted
to King Alfred of Wessex's overlordship in exchange for
protection. Hyfaidd's sons Llywarch and Rhodri reigned
after him, but the kingdom was soon lost to Cadell's son
Hywel who consolidated his realms as Deheubarth.
And so, If my research of our Morgan ancestors is
correct, we are related to the American financier J P
Morgan and descendants from ancient Welsh Royalty.
And then of course we have ...
Sir Henry Morgan (Harri Morgan in Welsh; ca. 1635 – 25
August 1688) was a Welsh privateer, pirate and admiral
of the English Royal Navy who made a name for himself
during activities in the Caribbean, primarily raiding
Spanish settlements. He earned a reputation as one of
the most notorious and successful privateers in history,
and one of the most ruthless among those active along
the Spanish Main.
I have not found a family connection to him (yet) but
... he was a Morgan and he was Welsh. When you come to
think of it there may have been two pirates in the
family, JP and Henry.
© Grandpa Don
aka Harry Ronald Cecora
January 5, 2013
Rev. March 01, 2014
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