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Reverend Abel Morgan (Rhydderg), Rev.

Also Known As: "Rhydderch", "Reverend Abel Morgan Rhydderch"
Birthplace: Cardigan, Ceredigion, England
Death: Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev Morgan Rhydderch and Jane ap Rhydderch
Husband of Priscilla Morgan; Martha Morgan and Judith Martha Morgan
Father of Jane Wales Holme; unkn Morgan; Enoch Morgan; Rev Abel Morgan; Samuel Morgan and 1 other
Brother of JANE (MORGAN) MARPLE; Thomas Morgan; Rev. Enoch Morgan and Esther Morgan Jones

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About Rev. Abel Morgan

Rev. Abel Morgan, born 1673, died December 16, 1722, he was a native of Wales, emigrated to Pennsylvania, and from 1711 to 1712 was pastor of the Pennypack Baptist Church. He landed at Philadelphia, February 14, 1712. He was the main organizer of the churches at Brandywine, Westchester County, and of Montgomery. He also aided in forming the church at Hopewell in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He died at the early age of forty nine years, and his remains were buried in the rear of the Baptist meeting house in La Grange Place, but were moved to Mt. Moriah cemetery. The greatest work of his life was the preparation of the Welsh Concordance of the Holy Scriptures.


Birth: 1673 Ceredigion, Wales Death: Dec. 16, 1722 Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA

Rev. Abel Morgan was a son of Morgan ap Rhyddereh ap Dafydd ap Grufydd. Sons, as was the custom at that time, took as their surname the Christian name of the father.

Able had 3 siblings, Thomas, Rev. Enoch and Esther (marr. David Jones). When his mother Jane became a widow she married Rev. John Griffith. Preaching was strong in the Morgan family. Abel's, brother Enoch, many cousins, a nephew and his own son were preachers.

In 1692, when he was only 19 Abel began to preach at Llanwenarth. In 1696 Abel became the pastor of the church in Blacnegwent, at Monmouthshire.

Many Welshmen came to America from 1690-1720 for religious freedom. Many other preachers and belivers in Abel's family to America before Abel arrive in 1712. The Welsh Tract Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware was founded by Abel's brother Rev Enoch Morgan and his step-father Rev John Griffith.

When Abel arrived in Philadelphia he became the pastor at the Pennepek church. For the next 10 years before he died Abel was the main organizer of many other churches in various southeast Pennsylvania counties. Able also was the author of many Baptist religious works and books. Abel married 3 times and was a widower twice.

His first wife was Priscilla Powell, they had a daughter Jane and a son. Abel's infant son died in Dec 1711 at sea while on the way to America.

Abel's second wife was Marther Burrows. The couple married in Nov 1714. In less than a year Martha died in Oct 1715. His third wife was the widow Judith Gooding Griffith. Rev. Abel and Judith had 4 children: Rachel, Rev Abel, Samuel & Enoch. Judith who was 29 years younger than Abel lived more than 46 years after his death.

A Baptist History book wrote this about Abel, "He was a great and good man, and is held in dear remembrance by all who knew him." He has left many well-known Baptists among his descendants in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York."

Family links:

 Morgan Rhydderch (1625 - 1680)
 Jane Morgan Griffith (1650 - 1710)

 Priscilla Powell Morgan (____ - 1711)*

 Infant Male Morgan (____ - 1711)*
 Jane Morgan Holme (1708 - 1793)*
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Burial: Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA Plot: His body now lies in this cemetery and the headstone was removed, with those of the other pastors, from the old burying-ground on Second St, first to Mt. Moriah Cemetery, and then to the vestibule at Broad & Arch

Created by: The Ancestor Hunter Record added: Sep 15, 2006 Find A Grave Memorial# 15767641

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Rev. Abel Morgan's Timeline

Cardigan, Ceredigion, England
Age 28
Age 29
Age 38
Age 40
December 16, 1722
Age 49
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States