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Anne Elizabeth Morgan (1844)

Anne Elizabeth was born in about 1844 at Glascoed and was christened on 5th July 1844 at Usk Parish Church. Interestingly she was also baptised in Monkswood Church in 1847 along with her younger sister Jane Frances Morgan (who had also previously been baptised at Usk)!

Her parents were John Morgan and Mary (nee Arthur). Anne spent her early life at Hill Farm. She was certainly there until at least the time of the 1861 census, where she was listed as a “Farmer’s daughter”.

1864 was a year of change for Annie. She was aged approx 20 and in the February of that year, her father John died. She married not long after this, on 6th December 1864 at St. Michael’s Church, Glascoed, the groom being Alexander Wynter BlythAlexander was a medical student and the son of Alexander Blyth, M.D. Her husband was originally from Woolwich in Kent.

After their marriage they moved to several places, including Tenbury in Worcestershire, where their first two children were born (Annie, c. 1866 and Rosa, c. 1867). By the time of the birth of Stewart, a son, in approx 1870, they were living in Finsbury, Middlesex, although had moved back to Worcester by the time of their second son, Meredith’s birth in approx 1872. In 1878, Alexander took up a post as the Public Analyst for Totnes, in 1879 for Tiverton and later for the County of Devon. In 1882 he became the Medical Officer for Health and Public Analyst for the London borough of Marylebone. The family were living at 56, Great Russell Street, London by 1881.

Annie died on 11th March 1906 in Cairo, according to her will index on the ancestry website. Thanks to Peter Selley for drawing my attention to this information. Her family also dedicated a pulpit to her at Hellingsly church in Sussex: The news article relating to this is reproduced here: Sussex Agricultural Express article.

Alexander Wynter Blyth was a very influential public analyst and medical officer, who made his mark with textbooks and drawings that are still used today. See Alexander’s bio for fuller details.

Their son, Meredith, assisted his father’s work and helped on one of his father’s most widely read works, “Poisons : their Effects and Detection”. I believe that Annie died before Alexander, since she is not mentioned in his obituary, and two of his children were.



In Glascoed 1851, 1861

In Worcester: 1871

In London: 1881, 1891.

Parish records:


5th July 1844  at Usk Parish Church

3rd October 1847 at Monkswood Parish Church.