Morgan, Barbara - Biography
BARBARA MORGAN MAUGHAN
Barbara Morgan Maughan was born in Merthyr, Tydfil, Glamorganshire, South Wales, on 10 December 1833,
the daughter of Morgan and Cecilia Lewis Williams Morgan. The Mormon
missionaries brought the gospel message to them in their home in South Wales,
and in October 1847 they were baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. The family was very desirous of coming to Zion; and they
worked, saved, and prayed to realize this ambition, leaving in 1850. They moved
to Tooele, Utah, and lived in the Fort there.
On 25 December 1853, Barbara
married William H. Maughan; and to them were born nine children. In the fall of 1856 William H. and
Barbara, along with their three-year old daughter Ruth Cecelia, left to make a
settlement in Cache Valley. They arrived in the valley on 15 September 1856 and
began to make a home in Maughan’s Fort. On 8 December
1856 Barbara gave birth to another daughter Mary Elizabeth, who was the third
white child born to permanent settlers in Cache Valley. Barbara, along with her
family, left the valley in the spring of 1858 by order of President Brigham
Young because of the “Utah War.” Before returning to
their home at Maughan’s Fort, she gave birth to her
third child, Peter, in E.T. City in Tooele County.
Barbara was deprived schooling
herself, so she always wanted her children to get an education. They paid for
the schooling by having the teachers live at their home; or they would pay them
with vegetables, flour, etc. Her younger children went to the home of Mrs.
Lawson to help her wash dishes and care for the children and in turn she would
teach them to read. During the next twenty years Barbara’s husband married five
other women in polygamy. In 1875 he left for England to serve an LDS Mission,
leaving Barbara with the family to care for. In 1886 the crusade against
polygamists was in full force. William H. was forced to leave Wellsville for
Mexico. When he returned in 1888, Barbara was very ill and died on 19 September
1888 and was buried in the Wellsville cemetery.
Wellsville [Utah] History Committee, Windows of Wellsville, 1856-1984: A One Hundred and Twenty-eight Year Written and Pictorial History of Wellsville, Utah, Located at the Baseof the Majestic Wellsville Mountains (Wellsville, Utah: Wellsville History Committee, 1985).
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