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Octavius Vaughan Morgan

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Octavius Vaughan Morgan (1836-1896) of the Morgan Crucible Co

1836 Born son of Thomas Morgan, hostel keeper of Abergavenny[1] and his wife Martha[2]

1841 Thomas Morgan 45, hostel keeper, lived in Abergavenny, with Thomas Morgan 18, bookkeeper, John Morgan 9, Octavius Morgan 4, Marianne Morgan 6, Edward Morgan 2[3]

1851 Thos V Morgan 27, ... Merchant, Hotel Keeper, farmer, lived in Abergavenny with Jas Morgan 23, V V Morgan 13, E V Morgan 12[4]

1855 Establishment of Morgan Brothers, bankers and merchants

1856 Started publishing business with his 5 brothers - see Morgan Brothers (Publishers)

1861 Maria Halse 58 (presumably sister of Edward Peter Halse), proprietor of houses and fund holder, lived in Brompton, with her nephew William Reed 30 and his wife Mary A V Reed 26, and her nephews Septimus Morgan 24, merchant and factor, Octavius V Morgan 24, merchant and factor[5]

1867 Married Katharine Ann Simkin in Kensington[6]



1896 Obituary [7]

OCTAVIUS VAUGHAN MORGAN died at his residence, The Boltons, South Kensington, on February 26, 1896, at the age of fifty-nine. He was one of the younger members of the firm of Morgan Brothers, by whom the weekly journal the Ironmonger was founded in 1859. Messrs. Morgan Brothers were at that time carrying on a large business as ironmongers' sundriesmen in the city, and they also founded a crucible manufactory at Battersea.

For many years Mr. O. V. Morgan took a most active part in the management of the latter business, and on its behalf he made numerous journeys to India, China, Australia, and America. Few men had a more thorough acquaintance with the condition of the British colonies.

At Battersea he had always taken an active interest in all social, philanthropic, and religious movements; and when it became a Parliamentary borough he was unanimously adopted by the Liberal party as their candidate. He was opposed by Mr. J. E. Cooke, but won the election by a majority of 712. At the general election in 1886 he held the seat against Mr. Cooper Willis, but by the reduced majority of 186. He remained in Parliament until the general election of 1892, when he was defeated at Ashton-under-Lyne, which borough he contested, having found the strain of a Metropolitan constituency too severe.

He became seriously ill last autumn, and a long stay at Brighton failed to restore him.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1894.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 census
  2. Welsh BMD
  3. 1841 census
  4. 1851 census
  5. 1861 census
  6. BMD
  7. 1896 Iron and Steel Institute: Obituaries