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William Mordecai

Male 1781 - 1872  (~ 91 years)


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  • Name William Mordecai 
    Born Feb 1781  Coychurch, Llangan, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 11 Feb 1781  Coychurch, Llangan, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 13 Aug 1872  Llansannor, St. Senwyr, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 15 Aug 1872 
    Person ID I3008  MyTree
    Last Modified 10 Jul 2014 

    Father Edward (ap Hopkin = Popkin) Mordecai\Mort,   b. Abt 1740, Neath, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1782, Llangan, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Mother Gwenllian John\Jenkins,   b. 1740, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. PROB 18 Nov 1815, Treoes, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 10 Jan 1766  Llangan, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5078  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Morgan,   b. Abt 1781, St. Nicholas, Nicholaston, Glamorgan Co., Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1850, Llannsannor, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married 18 Jul 1802  Llannsannor, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. William Mordecai,   b. Abt 1804, Gelligarn, St. Mary Hill, Llangan, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Thomas Mordecai,   b. 17 Jan 1808, St. Mary Hill, Llangan, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1879, Llanblethian, Bridgend, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +3. John Mordecai,   b. 18 Nov 1810, St. Mary Hill, Llangan, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1893, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     4. Edward Mordecai,   b. Abt 1815, St. Mary Hill, Llangan, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr, May, Jun 1898, Brigend, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years)
     5. Catherine Mordecai,   b. Abt 1818, St. Mary Hill, Llangan, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Daniel Mordecai,   b. Abt 1819, St. Mary Hill, Llangan, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1891, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
     7. Evan Mordecai,   b. Abt 1820, St Mary Hill, Llangan, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Richard Mordecai,   b. 14 Apr 1823, Gelligarn, St. Mary Hill, Llangan, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1823 (5 Days old), Gelligarn, St. Mary's Hill, Llagan, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
    +9. Richard Mordecai,   b. 20 Jun 1824, Gelligarn, St. Mary Hill, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1850, Gelligarn, St. Mary Hill, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
    +10. Abraham Mordecai,   b. 31 Dec 1826, Gelligarn, St. Mary Hill, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1917, Gelli Goll Farm, Llansannor, Cowbridge, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F2070  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • Transcription of text in Marriage document
      Willm [sic] Mordecai of the Parish of St Mary Hill Bachelor and Mary Morgan of this Parish were married in this Church by Banns this 10th day of July 1802 by Me Wm [sic] Llewllin Min[ister] This Marriage was solemnized by us The [X] of Wm Mordecai The [X] of Mary Morgan In the Presence of us John Lewis Kate Lewis + Mark [X]

      1841 Wales Census
      Name: William Mordica
      [William Mordecai]
      Age: 60
      Estimated birth year: abt 1781
      Gender: Male
      Where born: Glamorgan, Wales
      Civil Parish: Llan sannor
      Hundred: Cowbridge
      County/Island: Glamorgan
      Country: Wales
      Registration district: Bridgend and Cowbridge
      Sub-registration district: Cowbridge
      Piece: 1416
      Book: 15
      Folio: 5
      Page Number: 19
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      William Mordica 60
      Mary Mordica 60
      Abraham Mordica 14

      1851 Wales Census
      Name: William Mordecai
      Age: 71
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1780
      Relation: Head
      Gender: Male
      Where born: Llangan, Glamorgan, Wales
      Civil Parish or Township: Llansannor
      County/Island: Glamorgan
      Country: Wales
      Registration district: Bridgend
      Sub registration district: Maesteg
      ED, institution, or vessel: 5
      Household schedule number: 4
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      William Mordecai 71 (William living with Daniel, Mary and Abraham)
      Daniel Mordecai 32
      Mary Mordecai 37
      Abraham Mordecai 24

      1861 Wales Census
      Name: William Mordecai
      Age: 81
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1780
      Relation: Father
      Gender: Male
      Where born: Llangan, Glamorgan, Wales
      Civil Parish or Township: Pendoylan
      County/Island: Glamorgan
      Country: Wales
      Registration district: Cardiff
      Sub registration district: Llantrisaint
      ED, institution, or vessel: [4]
      Household schedule number: 19
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Daniel Mordecai 42
      Mary Mordecai 47
      Daniel Mordecai 9
      William Mordecai 7
      Caty Mordecai 3
      William Mordecai 81 (William living with Daniel and family)

      1871 Wales Census
      Name: William Mordecai
      Age: 90
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1781
      Relation: Boarder
      Gender: Male
      Where born: Langan, Glamorgan, Wales
      Civil Parish: Llanblethian
      Town: Llanblethian
      County/Island: Glamorgan
      Country: Wales
      Registration district: Bridgend
      Sub registration district: Cowbridge
      ED, institution, or vessel: 2
      Household schedule number: 153
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Abraham Mordecai 44
      Anne Mordecai 47
      Thomas Mordecai 20
      Richard Mordecai 14
      Catherine Mordecai 12
      Margaret Mordecai 10
      John Mordecai 7
      Daniel Mordecai 5
      Abraham Mordecai 2
      William Mordecai 90 (William living with Abraham and family)

      When William Mordecai (one of the three brothers) died in 1872 one of
      the residuary legatees was one of his sons Thomas Mordecai (born
      c1808) but William specified in his will that if Thomas was not deemed
      capable of managing the inheritance then it was to be divided amongst
      his children.

      England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 for William Mordecai:
      1872, Sept. 24: - The Will of William Mordecai late of Effail-yr-Hwpper in the parish of Lamblethian in the county of Glamorgan who died 13 Aug. 1872 in Effail-yr-Hwpper was proved at Landaff by Abraham Mordecai of Effail-yr-Hwpper Shoemaker the son the sole executor.

      Thomas Mordecai aged 71 was buried at Ramoth Chapel, Bridgend on 4th
      May 1879 (son of William).

      Perhaps the following newspaper article shows what William was worried
      about:
      The Central Glamorgan Gazette – Friday, May 9, 1879
      SUICIDE AT LLANBLETHIAN
      On Sunday, an aged man named Thomas Mordecai, living at
      Llanblethian, was discovered by his daughter hanging by the neck from
      a beam in the stable adjoining the house. The unfortunate man had been
      in a low state for some time and took advantage of his wife’s absence
      at church to destroy himself. On Tuesday an inquest was held before Mr
      Reece, coroner.
      Mary Mordecai, of Llanblethian, daughter of the deceased, deposed:
      Thomas Mordecai was my father; he was a labourer, 71 years of age. He
      had not been well for the last eight months; he had appeared very low;
      he had not threatened to kill himself lately; but some years ago he
      used to threaten to do so, and my mother used to watch him. I last saw
      him alive at ten minutes to twelve o’clock on Sunday last in the
      daytime. He was then in the house and seemed more cheerful that
      morning than usual. I asked him to go as far as the pig stye to see if
      the pig had victuals, he went out and came back afterwards and walked
      in the yard at the back of the house. About ten minutes afterwards I
      went to the stable to get some coals, and I saw him hanging to a beam
      behind the stable door by a piece of rope. I ran at once to a
      neighbour, Mr Gifford at once came and cut him down.
      Jeremiah Jennings, sergeant of police, said on Sunday last I passed
      the house of the deceased at about ten minutes to twelve o’clock;
      about a quarter of an hour afterwards I was called back by a neighbour
      of the deceased’s and I went back and into the stable with Nathaniel
      Gifford and there I saw the deceased hanging to a beam by a thick
      piece of rope which was put round the beam in the stable, he had
      reached the beam by getting on a ladder which was close by. I cut him
      down at once, he was quite dead.
      Verdict: “Suicide while in a state of temporary insanity”
      (Courtesy of David Jones of UK - 2005)

      William Mordecai's Will dated 25th April 1872 Executor Abraham
      Mordecai
      He left son Edward Mordecai One Shilling
      son Daniel Mordecai One Shilling
      dau Catherine One Shilling
      son Abraham Thirty Pounds
      Residue in equal shares to children & grandchildren
      William Mordecai
      Evan Mordecai
      Thomas Mordecai (if not deemed capable of managing it then
      to be paid to his children)
      Children of John Mordecai
      Children of Richard Mordecai
      Grandaughter Margaret (daughter of daughter Catherine)
      Bed, bedstead and bedclothes to granddaughter Mary (daughter od son
      Richard)
      (Courtesy of David Jones of UK)

      hello martha,
      some of the info i have on katherine ( sometimes spelt with a C)
      katherine married my gggrandfather, john lewis in 1864, the 1861 census shows her as a servant for a john humphrey, magistrate, at penllyn castle. the 1881/91 and 01 census, shows her as a shopkeeper in camathen rd, swansea, she died in dec 1911. ( i don't have access to the 1911 census). her (Catherine) father john (Mordecai), married margaret morgan, 11 may 1833 at st. mary hill. his father, william (Mordecai) married a mary morgan in 1802, william died in 1872.
      (Source: email from StephenWatson - 01/2011)