|Born:||11 Dec 1837||West Grimstead, Wiltshire, England|
|Baptised:||14 Jan 1838||West Grimstead, Wiltshire, England|
|Parents:||William GUMBLETON||Martha ENGLAND|
|Died:||18 Mar 1914||Whaddon, Wiltshire, England|
|Buried:||March 1914||West Grimstead, Wiltshire, England|
|Occupation:||Waterman, Gamekeeper, Fruit dealer||
Morgan Gumbleton with daughter Agnes, holding her baby, Vera Ellen Hazell, outside cottage in Silver St, Alderbury
Thanks to Rosemary Richardson for picture
|Spouse 1||Mary HAZELL
Married 25 Dec 1858
Alderbury, Wiltshire, England
(Died 2 Aug 1895 Bangor, Caernarvonshire, Wales)
|Spouse 2||Martha LONGHURST
Dover RD, Kent, England
(Died 1908 Woolwich RD, Kent, England)
|Morgan Gumbleton has the honour of being the first Gumbleton to be recorded in the Civil Registration system that was introduced in 1837, and is also one of the few to appear in all the currently available censuses of England and Wales, from 1841 to 1911.
He was a son of William Gumbleton, an agricultural labourer in the Wiltshire village of West Grimstead, and his wife Martha, nee England. In 1841, William and Martha's family were living with William's parents, Samuel and Betty, in a cottage in West Grimstead, where Samuel was a carrier.
In 1851, the three generations of Gumbletons were still living together. By then, Morgan, aged 13, had already left school and was listed in the census as a labourer.
On 1 Jan 1856, when he would have been aged 18, he enlisted for service in the Royal Navy. It is not known how long he served, nor on what vessels.
At the age of 21, Morgan was married to Mary Hazell, the daughter of William Hazell, another agricultural labourer. They were were married at the Parish Church in Alderbury (adjacent to West Grimstead) on Christmas Day, Saturday 25 December 1858.
In 1861, Morgan, his wife and their first child, were living at Finsbury Street, Portsea, Hampshire. He was still listed as a labourer in the census but it is not known what had taken them to Portsea. Around 1869, they must have moved to Salisbury, where their third child Mary Anna, was born.
In the 1871 census, Morgan and his family were living in Charlton, Downton, Wiltshire, the village where Morgan's mother originally came from. By then he was described as a waterman. Downton is on the River Avon, which passes through Salisbury and ends in the Solent at Christchurch.
By 1881, the family had moved to Tu Gwyn, Llanllechid, Caernarvonshire, Wales, where Morgan was a gamekeeper. However, on the night of the census itself, Morgan was staying with John Hazell (A brother-in-law, perhaps?) in West Grimstead. In the same year, his daughter, Flora Martha, was married at the Cathedral Church in Bangor, to John Galloway, a gamekeeper. In 1883, another daughter, Mary Anna, married James Gordon, another gamekeeper, also at Bangor. Morgan was a witness.
The 1891 census shows him and his family living at Foel Rhiwen, Llanddeiniolen, Bangor. He was still a gamekeeper, working on the Vaynol Estate, an ancient estate of parkland and farmland, then belonging to the Assheton Smith family. On Saturday 5th May 1891, Morgan appeared at the Carnarvon County Petty Sessions as a witness, having apprehended a poacher on the estate.
Mary, his wife, died on 2 Aug 1895, at Bangor, Caernarvonshire, Wales. She was buried in Glanadda Cemetery, Bangor, but is mentioned on Morgan's own gravestone at West Grimstead.
In 1900, Morgan remarried in the Dover Registration District, in Kent. His second wife was Martha Feist, nee Longhurst, a widow. In 1901, Morgan and Martha were living at 124 Park Lane, Tottenham, Middlesex, where he was a "excavator, ganger".
In 1908, Martha was admitted from the Infirmary to the Woolwich Union Workhouse. Perhaps she was terminally ill at that point, as she died about three months later.
In 1911 Morgan was living with the family of Edwin Hazell in Spiders Island, Whaddon, Salisbury, Wiltshire. Edwin had married Morgan's daughter, Agnes. Morgan's occupation is described as "Navvy ganger. Pensioner. Railway" so perhaps his work, when he was in Tottenham, was connected with the building of railways. Spiders Island is an area of Whaddon, just north of the Grimstead Road.
Morgan died in 1914 and was buried in West Grimstead Churchyard, where his gravestone still stands.
|1837 Dec Qr||Birth registration of Morgan GUMBLETON||Alderbury RD, Wiltshire, England||Civil registration birth registers|
|14 Jan 1838||Baptism of Morgan GUMBLETON||West Grimstead, Wiltshire, England||Baptisms index|
|6 Jun 1841||GUMBLETON Morgan (age 3) living in West Grimstead, Alderbury, Wilts in 1841 census||West Grimstead, Wiltshire, England||1841 census|
|30 Mar 1851||Morgan GUMBLETON (age 13) living in West Grimstead in 1851 census||West Grimstead, Wiltshire, England||1851 census|
|1 Jan 1856||Morgan Gumbleton - Royal Navy Service||None||View details|
|1858 Dec Qr||Marriage registration of Morgan Gumbleton||Alderbury RD, Wiltshire, England||Civil marriage registers|
|25 Dec 1858||Marriage of Morgan GUMBLETON and Mary HAZELL||Alderbury, Wiltshire, England||Marriage index|
|25 Dec 1858||Marriage certificate of Morgan GUMBLETON and Mary Hazell||Alderbury||Marriage certificate|
|7 Apr 1861||Morgan GOMBLETON (age 23) living in Finsbury Street, Portsea, Hampshire in 1861 census||Portsea, Hampshire, England||1861 census|
|2 Apr 1871||Morgan Gumbleton (age 33) living in Charlton, Downton, Wilts in 1871 census||Downton, Wiltshire, England||1871 census|
|3 Apr 1881||Morgan GUMBLETON (age 43) living in Short End, West Grimstead in 1881 census||West Grimstead, Wiltshire, England||1881 census|
|3 Apr 1881||Morgan GUMBLETON referenced in Marriage of Flora Martha Gumbleton||Bangor, Wales||View details|
|29 Apr 1881||Named as father in marriage certificate of John Galloway and Flora Martha GUMBLETON||Bangor||Marriage certificate|
|25 Aug 1883||Named as father in marriage certificate of James Gordon and Mary Anna Gumbleton||Bangor, Carnarvon||Marriage certificate|
|25 Aug 1883||Named as a witness in marriage certificate of James Gordon and Mary Anna Gumbleton||Bangor, Carnarvon||Marriage certificate|
|5 Apr 1891||Morgan GUMBLETON (age 53) living in Foel Rhiwen, Llanddeiniolen, Bangor in 1891 census||Llanddeiniolen, Caernarvonshire, Wales||1891 census|
|5 May 1891||Carnarvon County Petty Sessions; 5 May 1891||Foel Rhiwen, Llanddeiniolen, Wales||View details|
|17 Dec 1891||Named as father in marriage certificate of Hugh John Bright and May Gumbleton||Liverpool||Marriage certificate|
|1900 Mar Qr||Marriage registration of Morgan Gumbleton||Dover RD, Kent, England||Civil marriage registers|
|31 Mar 1901||Morgan Gumbleton (age 63) living in 124 Park Lane, Tottenham, Middlesex in 1901 census||Tottenham, Middlesex, England||1901 census|
|2 Apr 1911||Morgan Gumbleton (age 73) living in Spiders Island, Whaddon, Salisbury, Wiltshire in 1911 census||Salisbury, Wiltshire, England||1911 census|
|1914 Mar Qr||Death registration of Morgan Gumbleton||Salisbury RD, Wiltshire, England||Civil registration death registers|
|18 Mar 1914||Grave of Morgan Gumbleton||West Grimstead, Wiltshire||View details|
|21 Mar 1914||Burial of Morgan GUMBLETON||West Grimstead, Wiltshire, England||Burials index|
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