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Nancy Jane Radford


Nancy Jane Radford's father and mother, John Whitlock Radford and Rachel Leah Smith are in the photograph above which was probably taken in 1880. Nancy Jane is not in the picture. Most of the people in this photo are members of the Ross family that resulted from Rachel Leah Smith's first marriage. At the age of 14, in 1837, Rachel Leah Smith married Andrew Jackson Ross. He was killed in a logging accident and in 1846 Rachel Leah married John Whitlock Radford. Nancy Jane Radford, born in 1847, was John and Rachel's first daughter. She married Thomas Morgan in 1871.

Rachel Leah Smith's son James Richard Ross is in the photo above but her son Melvin Ross, who was the father of three of the boys and one girl in the picture, is absent. We know he was in prison in 1880 which explains his absence from the picture. We haven't yet been able to determine why he was in prison, although one family researcher believes it was because he was a polygamy sympathizer. Melvin himself never practiced polygamy that we know of and it seems unlikely he would be imprisoned for simply sympathizing with polygamists. So his stint in prison remains a mystery for now.

Melvin Ross married Julia Elizabeth Smith in 1862. Julia Elizabeth was injured when she fell off a wagon, between the wagonbox and wheel. Her last child was born in March, 1878 and Julia Elizabeth died in October of that year. Her daughter Sarah Lovina, who is in the picture above, married William Morgan in 1880. The baby she has in her lap was born to her first marriage to John Holden.

Click on the link above to read a life sketch of John Whitlock Radford and Rachel Leah Smith written by Rebecca Freeman.

John Whitlock and Rachel Leah (Ross) Radford Picture

Click on the link above to see a wonderful tintype picture of John and Leah.

The Smith and Braswell Families (Ancestors of Nancy Jane Radford and Melvin Ross)

Click on the link above to read a history of the Smith, Braswell and Agee ancestors of Nancy Jane Radford written by Leon Pitman.

Nancy Jane Radford Ryset Morgan was one of Thomas Morgan's four wives and one of two with whom Thomas had children. We don't have a picture of Nancy Jane but on this page are pictures of three children from the marriage of Nancy Jane and Thomas. At the bottom of the page are links to life sketches for Nancy Jane Radford, Frank Ryset (her son from her first marriage), and John Thomas Morgan (son of Nancy Jane and Thomas Morgan).


Martha Veletta Morgan (1877-1960) (On the left) was the fourth child of Thomas Morgan and Nancy Jane Radford. Lydia Almeda Morgan (1888-1954) was the ninth child of Thomas Morgan and Nancy Jane Radford. Martha and Lydia were two of only four of these children who grew to maturity.


Joseph Charles Morgan (1879-1969) (On left) was the fifth child of Thomas Morgan and Nancy Jane Radford. And one of only four of the nine children who survived to adulthood. The other two men are not known.

Sketch of the Life of Nancy Jane Radford Ryset Morgan

To read Leon Pitman's life sketch of Nancy Jane Radford Morgan click on the link above.

Francis Daniel (Frank) Ryset

Click on the Francis Daniel (Frank) Ryset link above to read a life sketch of Frank and Sarah Morgan Ryset written by Leon Pitman

Joseph Charles Morgan Life Sketch

Click on the link above to read a life sketch for Joseph Charles and Melissa Morgan written by Leon Pitman

John Thomas Morgan

To read a lifesketch of John Thomas Morgan written by Leon Pitman click on the link above.

Living Grandchildren

Click on the link above to see pictures of the last living grandchildren on Thomas Morgan and his wife Nancy Jane Radford

Nancy Jane Radford Morgan Memorial

Click on the link above to see a picture to memorialize Nancy Jane.