Lester Morgan

Lester Morgan was born in Nov of 1860 in Illinois and died after January 1920, probably in Oklahoma.  He was the son of George M. Morgan and Elizabeth “Libbie” .  He married 1) Anna (maiden name possibly Humphries) about 1883 probably in Illinois.  She was born November 1866 in Illinois.  He married 2) Minnie before 1920.  She was previously married to a man whose last name was Gorham.  She had a son named Clarence Gorham when she married Lester.

Lester had another son, Glen, in about 1913, born in Oklahoma.  Don’t know for sure yet whether Anna or Minnie was the mother – or when Anna died.  In the 1920 census, we find Lester, wife, and son Glen, and step-son Clarence Gorham in Bartlesville Oklahoma. On the same page, Gale Morgan (age 24), his wife Mary (age 21), a step-son Elmer W. Bean (age 5 and born in Oklahoma), and their 2 1/2 year old son Donald Morgan, also born in Oklahoma.

I believe Anna Morgan died between 1910 and 1920.  I base that on the fact that in the 1910 census for Altoona City, Kansas, there son, Gale, is enumerated in the home of his grandmother, May E. Humphries, born about 1849 in Ohio.  But it could just be that May, apparently a widow living alone at 61, just needed some help.  Gale was a 14 year old boy at the time, and would have been tremendous help on a farm.  But none of the neighbors enumerated listed farming as their occupation. Most worked at the glass plant, the brick plant, many were salesmen.   I cannot make out what is written under occupation for May.  May’s maiden name is unknown at this time – parents both born in New York.  Unable to locate Lester in 1910 census.  But Gilbert, age 18, is married to a 17 year old named Nettie (born in Kansas)  and his brother Guy (age 21) is living with them in Bartlesville in 1910. Photos below courtesy of Joe Todd.

Children of Lester Morgan:

Grace Morgan born April 1885 in Kansas
Guy L. Morgan born Feb 1890 in Kansas, died April 1971 in Bartlesville, washington County, O; married Blanche E. <Unknown>. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery, Bartlesville, Washington County, Oklahoma.
Gilbert L. Morgan born December 19, 1892 in Weir, Cherokee County, Kansas, and died Jan 11, 1978 in Bartlesville, OK; m. Mettie Nelson in 1909 in Independence, Kansas.  Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery, Bartlesville, Washington County, Oklahoma
Gale R. Morgan born March 17,1896 in Kansas, and died July 10, 1978 in Bartlesville, Washington County, OK
Glen Morgan born about 1913 in Oklahoma

Genealogical Sources

  • 1860 Census Beaver, Iroquois County, Illinois, Page 39, Dwelling # 277
  • 1870 Census Douglass, Iroquois County, Illinois, Page 28, Dwelling # 202
  • 1880 Census Cincinnatti, Hamilton County, Ohio, Page 14, ED #171, Dwelling #237
  • 1900 Census Iola City, Allen County, Kansas, ED #10, Sheet #33, Dwelling #246
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