My 2nd great-uncle, William Morris was born 10 May 1887 in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire. His parents were Henry Morris and Mary nee Green Morris. I have his birth and baptism.

He is found on the 1901 census living with his parents and siblings, 14 Wyck Street, Ashton-under-Lyne. By 1901 he has moved to Usworth, Durham, and is living with his brother Henry Morris and extended family on Pump Row. He is working as a pony driver underground (coal mine).

By 1911 he has moved to Yorkshire, and is living Conisbrough,Yorkshire. 1911 Yorkshire census, Conisbrough, he's living with Martin Gerrity, Ellen Gerrity, their children, and Patrick Welsh, nephew of Martin Gerrity. William Morris is listed as a boarder, 23, married for 3 years, 3 children, 2 dead, one still living. Coal miner (feller). Born in Ashton/Lyne, Lancs. The census taker wrote down the children's birth numbers/death numbers in Martin's line on the census, as well. William Morris's wife is not living with him at that address.

Last known information on William Morris is when he is the informant on his mother's death, May 1914. She died in Leigh, Lancashire.He gave his address as 240 Valley Street, South Elmsall, Yorkshire. I did search 1908 for a marriage between any William Morris and unknown spouse but there are too many to make any sense. He did not have a middle name, so that narrows it down a little bit. Given that William Morris is a common name, I need to narrow down the possibilities.

I did find an entry on the 1939 register for a William Morris same birthdate, married to a Winifred. One of the early marriages (1908) was to a Winifred, but it was in Hackney, so I'm not sure it's him. In fact, the 1939 register could be someone with the same birthdate, and not my William Morris at all, as the register lists a middle initial of E and my William had no middle name.

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    Write that up (how to guess at his wife's name) as a new question! I'm about to log off for the night now, but I will answer it tomorrow.
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    Thanks, everyone. I'll rephrase and repost the question in a few days once I wrap my head around all of this. Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 1:55

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I have found William Morris's marriage in 1908 to an Eliza Buckley, and I have found his two children: John born 1909 in Yorkshire and Hannah born 1911 in Leigh, Lancashire. I believe I have also found Hannah's marriage in 1938 to a Mr Brennan. No death found yet for William or Eliza.

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