Through talking to my father and grandmother, doing research on Ancestory.com, Newspapers.com, and looking at newspaper clippings given to me by my father, I was able to gather some information on him and learn about the history of my ancestor. He was born on October 3, 1861 in California. During his youth he moved to Ash Canyon in Arizona and later settled down in Bisbee Arizona.
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Ben Morgan's findings and his
search for the lode
Ben Morgan moved to Bisbee County when it was first established, being one of the first settlers there, to follow his career. He also had the first marriage and ceremony in Bisbee. He married a women named Jessie Duncan, a Navaho Indian. The ceremony was held by her father, William Duncan, in a tent house at the Copper Camp. They had the fourth born child in Bisbee, named Charles Morgan.
According to two newspaper clippings, one from my father and another from Newspaper.com, Ben "prospected and followed placer mining in the Huachuca mountains" and "had multiple placer claims at the Yaquis cabins." He was a miner for about 35 years.
During his career he found a three ounce gold nugget that was sold for $57.50 in 1915, which is now worth about 3,600 dollars. He decided that the nugget came from a lode with great-value; for the remainder of his life he searched for this lode. Unfortunately, after he found the nugget there was an earthquake that made it harder to discover the lode. According to Ben, when asked where the lode came from he said "it came from the Conquistador's lode" which was a large amount of gold hidden by Conquistadors in the mountains that Ben was mining. Sadly, he died before discovering anymore.