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|Hiram Morgan HILL
Diana Helen MURPHY
|Husband: Hiram [Logan?] Sloan HILL, a.k.a., Hiram Morgan
Birth: 4 Mar 1848, Cape Girardeau City, Cape Girardeau Co., MO
Death (of pneumonia): 23 Nov 1913, Elko, Elko Co., NV
Disposition: buried in Murphy Plot, Santa Clara Mission Cemetery (a.k.a., Santa Clara Catholic Cemetery), Santa Clara, Santa Clara Co., CA
Education: St. Vincent's Male Academy/College, Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau Co., MO
Migration: 1870, moved to San Francisco, CA
Occupations: bank clerk; fashion model for Bullock & Jones
Description: blond, blue-eyed, six feet tall — handsome by the standards of the day
Historical: namesake of the town of Morgan Hill, Santa Clara Co., CA, incorporated 10 Nov 1906
Father: Samuel Allen HILL (d. 1854)
Mother: Julia Ann SLOAN (d. 1853), d/o Hiram Logan SLOAN
Hiram was called "Sloan Hill" in the 1850 census with his parents, so he was obviously named for his maternal grandfather. He was orphaned while still a young child, so I wonder if he had mis-heard or mis-remembered "Logan" and inadvertently changed his middle name to "Morgan" (or if his foster/adopted parents made the error).
|Betrothal: Jun 1882, on a yacht at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co.,
Marriage: 31 Jul 1882, City & County San Francisco, CA
Residence (Historical Monument): 1884-86, built Villa Mira Monte (address now 17860 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA)
|Wife: [Daniella?] Diana "Dannie" Helen MURPHY
Birth: 1859 or 1860/1, San Martin, Santa Clara Co., CA
Death: 17 Dec 1937, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Migration: 1922, to England; 1924, to Cannes
Other Spouse: m2. Sir George RHODES ( -1924)
Father: Daniel MURPHY
Mother: Mary B. FISHER
Diana is said to be born in 1859, but she does not appear in the 1860 census with her parents.
|1. Daniella / Diane Morgan HILL, b. 1884; d. 21 Jun 1912, St.
Pancreas Sanitorium, St. Panceas, London, England; m. 6 Dec 1911, St. Matthew's
Cathedral, Washington, DC, Baron Hardouin de REINACH-WERTH, of France and
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Secondary sources give her middle name, "Murphy," which, as her mother's surname, certainly would have been a logical assumption, but on her marriage application and marriage certificate — the only primary sources I have — she calls herself, "Diane Morgan-Hill." Or did Diane simply arbitrarily change her name?
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1. Marriage Record:
2. 1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #15-16 of 292 — middle initial indexed "N"): District No. 14, Cape Girardeau Co., MO, Roll 394 (Book 1), pp. 348A-348B, 100/101, enumerated 10 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
3. 1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #56 of 88): New Madrid P.O., New Madrid Co., MO, Roll M653_636, p. , PN 66, 453/453, enumerated 13 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
4a. 1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #50 of 134): Hotel, Cape Girardeau City (Ward 1), Cape Girardeau Co., MO, Roll M593_765, p. 88B, PN 8, 56/52, enumerated 1 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
4b. 1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com). "Dannie" MURPHY (æ 9, b. CA) is living in San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA, with her parents (q.v.).
5a. 1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #23 of 28): Baldwin Hotel, Market Street, City and County of San Francisco (Ward 8), CA, Roll T9-0075, p. 260C, PN 23, SD 1, ED 83, enumerated 10 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
5b. 1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com): can't find Diana or her parents.
6. 1890 Census: the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.
7. 1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com): can't find.
8. 1910 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #20 of 23): 1726 N Street, Washington, District of Columbia, Roll T624_150 (Part 2), p. 155B, SN 10B, SD _, ED 55, enumerated 25 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
9. 1920 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com): Hirum is deceased, can't find Diana.
10. Mary Carroll, Ten Years in San Jose, 1892-1903 (database extracted from the works of Mary Carroll, online at Ancestry.com).
11. Beth Wyman. 1983. Hiram Morgan Hill. Self-published (printed in Morgan Hill, CA), 50 pp. The booklet is a good read, but lacks primary documentation for their early lives, for which the author appears to rely entirely on previously published secondary sources (listed in the bibliography). The unfortunate consequence of depending entirely on secondary sources is that you don't recognize the errors they contain and, thus, end up perpetuating them. In contrast to the early years, the book does include some useful documentation for their daughter and their later lives (e.g., a facsimile of Hiram's death certificate naming his parents). The book contains numerous photos and facsimiles, which the author must have gone to considerable effort to compile and which add to the value of this little booklet.
12. WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).
13. Marty Cheek. Wednesday, 16 Oct 2002. "South County Towns' Names Rich in History: Morgan Hill." The Gilroy Dispatch, Gilroy, CA (online at www.gilroydispatch.com).
14. Marty Cheek. Friday, 28 Mar 2003. "Landmark Studies: Villa Mira Monte." The Gilroy Dispatch, Gilroy, CA (online at www.gilroydispatch.com).
15. John Bulmer Lisle & Carolyn Miethe Lisle. Family History Research (website online at www.tqsi.comhttp://dgmweb.net/genealogy/).
16. Email from Bud O'Hare of the Morgan Hill Historical Society.
17. Numerous sites on the web.
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