Anyone who about a William Morris (a shepherd from Wales) who moved to Ashby Magna (Leicestershire) by about 1773?

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William Morris may have been born about 1750.  In 1773 he married Ann Lenton in Ashby Magna, Leicestershire.  He died in about 1821. Spomeone contacted me and said that the reason I couldn't find his birth in Ashby Magna was because he was a shepherd, who had moved to the area from Wales. I have no idea where to start to try and find his birthplace and parents.
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You can try looking on the Family Search website for a possible baptism - but unfortunately William Morris is a very common name, and I suspect there will be multiple possibilities without any way of knowing for certain which one is yours. It's just possible he might appear in the parish settlement records of Ashby Magna, but as he appears to be someone who may have travelled around for work, it's unlikely as these records are usually of people who could not support themselves and applied to the parish for relief. You could also try searching to see if he made a will, which might give some clues to his origins, but he may not have made one.

Have you checked the marriage records and banns book to see if there is any hint about his origins? It may just say 'of this parish' but I've had the experience in my family tree where the marriage record said 'of this parish' but the banns book said something different - worth a try!
by Julia Riley G2G1 (1.3k points)
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Thank you for your advice Julia - I will certainly try to view the marriage banns.
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I looked in Wales,saw three people named William Morris  in that date range.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (877k points)
My 14th GGF is Capt William Morris of Wales. They come from a very long line of the Morris Clan of Royal blood\Nobility
Google has a story on him,has referred to as Captain Charles William

Morris.

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