William Laity MORRIS

Male 1807 - 1897  (90 years)


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  • Name William Laity MORRIS 
    • Extract from the SA Biographical Index:
      Arrived in Adelaide 17 August 1847 from England in CRESSY
      Occ Wheelwright, Blacksmith, Coachbuilder
      Res Adelaide, Goodwood, Edwardstown
      Rel CofE, Wesleyan
    Born 1807  Penzance, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 06 Dec 1807  Penzance, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1841  Ridgoe, Gulval, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Immigration 14 Aug 1847  Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 10 Feb 1897  Edwardstown, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • OBITUARY.
      The death of another old colonist, Mr. William Leaity Morris, of Edwardstown, is reported. Mr. Morris was born in the Parish of Gulvall, near Penzance, Cornwall, in 1807, and thus had reached the ripe old age of 90 years. He and his wife (who has been dead about nine years), with three sons and two daughters, arrived the colony in 1847 in the ship Cressy. They lived in Adelaide for a short time, and then removed to Magill.
      Mr. Morris worked at his trade as a wheelwright in the employ of the late Mr. Adamson for a time, and subsequently, after purchasing land in King William-street south, he commenced business there on his own account. It was while carrying on this business that he became so widely known, especially as a waggon builder. After taking the first prize for the first colonial-built waggon in connection with the Agricultural Society's shows his vehicles were much sought after by farmers and carriers of the colony, and the good name he then earned as a tradesman was maintained up to the time of his retirement from business, about 12 years ago.
      Mr. Morris never took part in public affairs, being of a retiring disposition, but he was admired by all who came in contact with him for his sterling business integrity and uprightness of character. Four sons and three daughters with their families of 50 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren survive him.
      Transcribed from the Chronicle (Adelaide, SA:1895-1954), Sat 20 Feb 1897, Page 16. Accessed 10 January 2021.
    Buried West Terrace cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1016  Squire Family History
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2021 

    Father James MORRIS 
    Mother Elizabeth ?,   b. 1789,   d. 18 Oct 1848  (Age 59 years) 
    Family ID F833  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Honor LOWRY,   b. 1808, Gulval, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Apr 1888, Edwardstown, SA, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 24 May 1828  Gulvall, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
    +1. William Laity MORRIS,   b. 1828, Gulval, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1908, Old Port Road, Queenstown, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. Thomas MORRIS,   b. 1830, Gulval, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1834  (Age 4 years)
     3. Honour Lawry MORRIS,   b. 1833, Gulval, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1859, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
     4. Thomas MORRIS,   b. 1835, Gulval, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1917  (Age 82 years)
     5. John MORRIS,   b. 1837, Gulval, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1842  (Age 5 years)
    +6. Richard MORRIS,   b. 10 Nov 1839, Gulval, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1907, Willaston, SA, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     7. Job MORRIS,   b. 18 Apr 1841, Gulval, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1842, Gulval, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     8. Elizabeth MORRIS,   b. 1846,   d. 28 Jun 1905  (Age 59 years)
     9. Jane MORRIS,   b. 1848
    +10. Job MORRIS,   b. 05 Feb 1850, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    +11. Martha MORRIS,   b. 12 Jan 1852, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Dec 1940, Unley, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 12 May 2017 
    Family ID F301  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1807 - Penzance, Cornwall, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 06 Dec 1807 - Penzance, Cornwall, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 May 1828 - Gulvall, Cornwall, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 14 Aug 1847 - Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Feb 1897 - Edwardstown, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - West Terrace cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S30] Births UK Parish, 8 Jun 2016.
      Baptised William Laity MORRIS, male, on 6 December 1807, at Penzance, Cornwall, England.
      Father James MORRIS.
      Mother Elizabeth ?.
      Transcribed from a parish baptism index (FindmyPast on-line record).

    2. [S3] 1841 Census, 12 May 2017.
      1841 England census, Ridgoe, Gulval, Penzance Union, Cornwall, England.
      William MORRIS, male, 30 years, born 1811, Cornwall.
      Honor MORRIS, female, 30 years, born 1811, Cornwall.
      William MORRIS, male, 12 years, born 1829, Cornwall.
      Honor MORRIS, female, age 8 years, born 1833, Cornwall.
      Thomas MORRIS, male, age 6 years, born 1835, Cornwall.
      John MORRIS, male, age 4 years, born 1837, Cornwall.
      Richard MORRIS, male, age 2 years, born 1839, Cornwall.
      Job MORRIS, male, age 0 years, born 1841, Cornwall.
      Richard THOMAS, male, age 65 years, born 1776, Cornwall.
      Ref/Piece/Book/Folio/Page HO107/142/1/28/23.
      Transcribed from the census record (Findmypast).

    3. [S12] Deaths South Australian Civil, 8 Jun 2016.
      Died William MORRIS, male, on 10 February 1897, Age 89 years. Residence Edwardstown, Death Place Edwardstown.
      District Code: Ade Book: 241 Page: 82

    4. [S31] UK Parish Mariages, 11 May 2017.
      Married 24 May 1828 by Banns at Gulval, Cornwall.
      Groom William Leaty MORRIS.
      Bride Honour LAWRY.
      Witness : William White & Elizabeth Hosking.
      Transcribed from the parish register (Findmypast).