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History of Cambria County, V.3

HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 349
Richard; and Job, of whom later. Richard, the elder son, came with his father to the United States, during the Civil war enlisted from Pittsburg in a Pennsylvania regiment, was taken prisoner and for a long time was confined in Andersonville prison. He is now in the Soldiers' Home, Dayton, Ohio. Mrs. Morgan died in her native land, and Mr. Morgan subsequently married Mrs. Mary Williams, who bore him one son, Thomas, now living in Johnstown. Mr. Morgan, the father, died about 1880, aged about eighty years.
    Job Morgan, son of Richard and Rebekah Morgan, was educated in the schools of his birthplace, and on leaving school began to learn the blacksmith's trade, but emigrated to the United States before finishing his apprenticeship. He was nineteen at the time of leaving his native land, and embarked from Liverpool for New York. The voyage occupied three months and was most disastrous, the ship being delayed by contrary winds and severe storms. The supply of food failed, in consequence of which several of the passengers died and were buried at sea. Mr. Morgan, on reaching New York, went at once to Pittsburg, where he finished learning his trade under the supervision of his father. He then went to Johnstown, there engaged in business with his father, and helped to lay the first water-pipes in the city. He went after a time to Dudley, Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, where he worked at his trade until called back to Johnstown to take charge of his father's business, which he conducted until the time of the flood. From the age of twenty-one to the close of his life, he was identified with the I. 0. 0. F. He was a stanch Republican and a member of the Congregational church.
    Mr. Morgan married, December 27, 1864, Eleanor Hopkins, a native of Brady's Bend, Pennsylvania, and their union of a quarter of a century was terminated by the flood. When the waters were engulfing the city, Mr. Morgan, having placed his family in comparative safety on the third floor of their brick house, remained in the lower part of the dwelling, endeavoring to save as much as possible of the property. While thus occupied the house was struck by a floating train of cars and swept from its foundations, Mr. Morgan losing his life in the raging waters. The upper part of the house was carried away with the roof, and thus the lives of the family were saved. Mrs. Morgan and her three children were rescued at the stone bridge; their ages were fifteen, nine and six years. Job Morgans' body was found three weeks after the flood, buried in the sand in the river up towards Kernville, in a very good condition.

    BURKHART FAMILY. This numerous family, branches of which may be found in various counties of Pennsylvania and in distant parts of the United States, and which counts among the number of its well-known representatives Dr. E. J. Burkhart, of Johnstown, is of German origin.
    The founder of the American branch of the race was Joseph Burkhart, who emigrated from the Fatherland and settled in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, where he passed the remainder of his life. He married Margaret Hart, widow of ------- Hart, and his children were: Michael, died in Lancaster county; Jacob, died in Greensburg, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania; Ephraim, of whom later; Joseph, died in Cambria county; Samuel, died in Indiana county, Pennsylvania. William, died in Altoona, Blair county; and David, died in Indiana


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