William Morris

Burton upon Trent St Mowden, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of William

When William Morris was born in 1822, in Burton upon Trent St Mowden, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, James Morris, was 43 and his mother, Elizabeth Bates, was 39. He had at least 4 sons and 5 daughters with Fanny Biggins. He lived in Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom in 1871 and Hartshorne, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom in 1881.

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William Morris
Fanny Biggins
George Morris
Julia Harrison
Charles Morris
Sarah Morris
William Morris
Jane Morris
Fanny Morris
James Morris
Eliza Morris

Spouse and Children


    Fanny Biggins




    George Morris


    Julia Harrison


    Charles Morris


    Sarah Morris


    William Morris


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+7 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.
1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

Age 11

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.
1854 · The Crimean War

Age 32

The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: from Maurice, an Old French personal name introduced to Britain by the Normans, Latin Mauritius, a derivative of Maurus ( see Moore ). This was the name of several early Christian saints. In some cases it may be a nickname of the same derivation for someone with a swarthy complexion.2 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Muirghis, a variant of Ó Muirgheasa ( see Morrissey ).3 Welsh: Anglicized form of the Welsh personal name Meurig (from Latin Mauritius), which was gradually superseded in Wales by Morus, Morys, a derivative of the Anglo-Norman French form of the name (see 1).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William Morris, "England and Wales Census, 1871"
  • William Morris, "England and Wales Census, 1881"
  • William Mooris in entry for Sarah Mooris, "England, Staffordshire, Church Records, 1538-1944"

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