The fortunes of the Morton family, and their Rees siblings, of Cadoxton-juxta-Neath, Newport and the Bristol Channel

You can really watch Wales change through the eyes of these family members. The Mortons farmed, fished and travelled by boats for centuries along the Carmarthenshire coast. Their English name reflects the trade the villages did with folk in Devon and beyond, by sea. With the coming industry they went east, and east again, to Oystermouth as the Hanoverians ascended the throne, then to Newport as things got hotter. Finally inland inevitably to the great smelting Hades that was 1830s Merthyr Tydfil. It was now game over: they left or died as rapidly as they'd arrived. ## They'd married into the jolly Rees family of Cadoxton, half-kin to the Mortons. I've been so lucky with the wills, which led me one to the next, going back. My favourite character is Captain Rees Rees, who plied his barque the Eliza Ann from Neath Harbour to unload at Southwark, London at the time of Trafalgar. A slice of Welsh history here.
See also Roberts tree (Llansamlet), Rees, Morgan, Evans tree (Cadoxton).

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