Alonzo Blodget and Sarah Ann Morgan were married in Pittsfield Township, Lorain Co, Ohio on February 13th, 1849.  Connecting them to their respective families has been difficult due to the lack of Vital Statistics records prior to 1850.  However, through Census records, marriage records and other various records a stronger than circumstantial case can be made for connecting them with to their fathers Ziba Blodget and Zenas Morgan.

 

If we take the 1850 census showing Zenas Morgan and compare it back to the  1840 and 1830 censuses which do not show family members names we see that the ages do match the children older than 10 in the 1850 census.  

 

Looking at marriage records we know that Sarah Ann Morgan and Mary Morgan married in Lorain County in 1849 and 1844 respectively.  They both married Blodgets and their birth dates also fit into the 1830 and 1840 Censuses for the Zenas Morgan family.

 

There is also an unknown male who most likely was born between 1825 and 1830 and is a topic for further research.

 

1840 Census Lorain

 

Males

Females

Head of House

<5

10-15

40-50

<5

5-10

10-15

15-20

30-40

Zenas Morgan

1

1

1

2

1

1

1

1

Child, age

Homer 5

????

Zenas  42

Lucy 1 ???

Alzada 9

Sarah 11

Mary 16

Rebecca 37

 

1830 Census LaGrange

 

Males

Females

Head of House

<5

 

30-40

<5

5-10

10-15

15-20

20-30

Zenos Morgan

1

 

1

1

1

 

 

1

Child, age

???

 

Zenas 32

Sarah 1

Mary 6

 

 

Rebecca 27

 

 

So the census data supports the claim.

 

The same is true for the Ziba Blodget census entries and the known children match the ages in the earlier censuses.

 

1840 Census Lorain

 

Males

Females

Head of House

5-10

10-15

15-20

40-50

10-15

30-40

Ziba Blodget

1

1

1

1

1

1

Child, age

Alvin 11

Alonzo 14

Valentine 17

Ziba 47

??

Diana 38

               

 

 

1830 Census Hannibal, Oswego Co., NY

 

Males

Females

Head of House

<5

5-10

10-15

20-30

30-40

20-30

Ziba Blodget

2

1

1

1

1

1

Children and ages

Alonzo 4 Alvin 1

Valentine 7

??

??

Ziba 37

Diana 28

                 

 

Again there are some older unknown children but the census supports the claim with Alvin’s age being in different columns but within a year.  Not knowing his exact date of birth it could be a change due to the date of the enumeration.  Also we know from Civil War Military records that Alonzo was born in Hannibal, NY which is also supported by these censuses.

 

I was able to search Ohio marriages and have identified a few that also support the claim.

 

Alonzo Blodget and Sarah Ann Morgan, February 13, 1849.

Valentine Blodget and Mary Morgan, November 9, 1844.

Alzina R. Morgan and Joseph W. Prior, September 8, 1850.

 

It appears that Alonzo and Valentine may be brothers and that Mary and Sarah Ann are sisters.  The  earlier censuses bear this out in both families.  Both of these couples also appear in Ohio in the 1850 census but migrate to the Ionia County area of Michigan during the 1850s.  Mary does not show up in Ionia and Valentine remarries but his children, Henry and Marilla, appear on the 1850 census and again when he remarries to Sybil Devel in the 1860 census so I am sure that both Valentines are the same person.

 

In the 1870 census, Homer Morgan, has a girl named Jessie Pryor living with him in Michigan.  This girl was born in Ohio and I believe to be the daughter of Alzina (Alzada) and Joseph shown above.  It is still unknown what happened to them and is a topic for further research.  In addition,  there are accounts of the marriage of William F. Morse and Alice Lillian Blodget that list Jessie Prior as a witness as she would have been Alice’s cousin.

 

I believe that Zenas Morgan was Sarah’s father and that Ziba Blodget was Alonzo’s father.  The evidence is more than circumstantial.  Further points of research would be to track other family members through the later censuses and investigate the unknown family members from the earlier censuses.  Family members that have disappeared like Mary Morgan and Alzina & Joseph Prior need to be investigated and perhaps further connections discovered that either support or disprove the claim.

Research courtesy of Earl Morse - kz8e@wt.net