In the Morgan kitchen/dining room for the evening meal, Huw is impatient to eat and eagerly reaches for a piece of bread. Restrained with playful frowns, the patriarchal Morgan offers grace at the head of the table - his lips move. At the table with bountiful food, Mr. Morgan carves the meat and Angharad serves soup. A rule was obeyed and observed during meals: "There was always a baron of beef or a shoulder or leg of lamb before my father. There was never any talk while we were eating. I never met anybody whose talk was better than good food." His gentle, wise and loving mother, Mrs. Morgan doesn't escape notice either: "My mother was always on the run - always the last to start her dinner and the first to finish. For, if my father was the head of our house, my mother was its heart."
The 1941 Hollywood film adaptation, which was highly successful, had a cast that included Walter Pidgeon , Maureen O'Hara , Anna Lee , Roddy McDowall (as Huw), Donald Crisp , and Barry Fitzgerald . None of the leading players was Welsh (though Welsh actor Rhys Williams made his screen debut in the film in a minor role). Directed by John Ford, How Green Was My Valley was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry . How Green Was My Valley is available on DVD from 20th Century Fox as part of their 20th Century Fox Studio Classics collection.
By 15 August 1637 he was a land owner in his own right, having patented a portion of a tract (300 acres Henrico Co. p. 452) later included in the Isham-Royall plantation know as "Doghams." I The land lay on the north side of the James River above "Shirley" and remained in the Royall family for more than 200 years. In 1929 it was sold to James Pinckney Harrison. Harrison was a direct descendent of Katherine Banks and Henry Isham (through both the Eppes and Randolph lines), and was a distant "half-cousin" to the Royalls who last owned the property. Dogham is now the home of the Mitchell family (grandchildren of Mr. Harrison). Dogham Farm has recently been approved for listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register, and has been recommended for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources for listing on the National Register of Historic Places."