William was probably born about 1734 in Middlewich, Cheshire, as this is where his parents lived (noted on his burial record).
At the time of his marriage he worked as a blacksmith and lived in Witton, some 8 km north.
He married Ann Rylance (known as Nancy) at Witton Parish Chapel on 21 Feb 1762. 
From birth and burial records it appears that William and Ann had at least 6 children. 
Willliam died in August 1782, aged 48. 
William's burial record states that his parents were John and Elizabeth Bleass, of Middlewich, Cheshire.
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