William Morgan, Free Settler "Neptune" 1790

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William Morgan

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Hopesay, Shropshire, , England
Death: October 22, 1828 (59-68)
Appin, , New South Wales, Australia
Immediate Family:

Husband of Ellen (Register) Redchester - Fraser - Morgan [Convict "Prince of Wales" "Charlotte" 1788]
Father of Ann Wilson; Lucy Clegg; William Fraser Morgan; Sarah Meredith and Richard Fraser Morgan

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About William Morgan, Free Settler "Neptune" 1790

Married June 1791


Birth about 1764 Immigration 28 June 1790 ‎(Age 26)‎ Sydney Cove, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Source: Flynn, Michael. The Second Fleet: Britain's grim convict armada of 1790. Sydney : Library of Australian History, 1993 Text: William enlisted as a private in the NSW Corps in late Dec 1789 and seems to have joined the ship 'Neptune' just days before the ship sailed from English waters three weeks later. Marriage Eleanor Redchester after June 1791‎(Age 27)‎ Source: Flynn, Michael. The Second Fleet: Britain's grim convict armada of 1790. Sydney : Library of Australian History, 1993 Text: After the death of her husband, William Morgan began living with the first fleet convict Eleanor Fraser nee Redchester. Property between February 1794 and 1806 ‎(Age 30)‎ Concord, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Source: Flynn, Michael. The Second Fleet: Britain's grim convict armada of 1790. Sydney : Library of Australian History, 1993 Text: In Feb 1794 William received a grant of 25 acres at Concord and on 24 Nov he was discharged from the Corps. He was granted a further 55 acres there in Jul 1795.

Conflict in what seems to have been a difficult relationship came to a head on 3 Nov 1798 when Eleanor took legal action to recover some pigs held by morgan which she claimed were her proeprty. They were said to have recently separated after cohabiting for seven years. The couple appear to have been reconciled soon afterwards.

Eleanor Fraser maintained an unusual degree of independence for a woman in her position and appears in colonial records as a landholder in her own right.

In 1800 she was recorded holding a farm at Concord with 16 acres cultivated in maize, supporting four children.

By 1800 William had sold his grants and held a farm at Concord by purchase with 3 acres sown in wheat and 12 in maize.

By 1802 Eleanor held 45 acres of which 15 were cultivated in maize. She owned 2 pigs and supported 5 children jointly with Morgan. In the same yer he held 100 acres ‎(13 in wheat, 7 in maize)‎. He owned 7 pigs, held 15 bushels of maize in store and employed three free workers.

Morgan was in financial difficulty in Jul 1805 when his effects were advertised for sale by execution unless creditors' claims were met.

In 1806 Eleanor was no longer recorded as a handowner and Morgan was recorded holding 100 acres by purchase. He held 4 acres in wheat, 6 in maize, two and a half in barley, a half acre in oats, a half acre in orchard and garden, and a quarter acre in potatoes. He owned 4 sheep and 6 pigs and was recorded supporting a woman and three free workers. The children were omitted apparently in error as Eleanor was mustered 'with Morgan'. After 1806 William and Eleanor separated permanently. Source: Flynn, Michael. The Second Fleet: Britain's grim convict armada of 1790. Sydney : Library of Australian History, 1993 <http://www.easystreetretreat.com.au/australianroyalty/source.php?sid=S384&ged=purnellmccord.ged> Text: In 1809 William leased his Concord farm to his step son John Fraser. By 1814 he had sold the land and was described as a wheelwright at Windsor. He was employed as a wheelwright by John Blaxland in 1819. In 1822 he was recorded as a carpenter at Appin.

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William Morgan, Free Settler "Neptune" 1790's Timeline

1764
1764
Hopesay, Shropshire, , England
1797
November 8, 1797
New South Wales, Australia
1800
March 29, 1800
Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
1802
January 20, 1802
Concord, New South Wales, Australia
1804
February 16, 1804
Concord, New South Wales, Australia
1806
November 2, 1806
Concord, NSW, Australia
1828
October 22, 1828
Age 64
Appin, , New South Wales, Australia