William Morris

William Morris (1834 - 1896)

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William "Topsy" Morris
Born in Walthamstow, Essex, England, United Kingdommap
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Husband of — married 26 Apr 1859 in Oxford,Englandmap
Died in Hammersmith, London, Englandmap
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21:28: Joan (Williams) Whitaker edited the Biography for William Morris (1834-1896). [Thank Joan for this]
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Associate of the Pre-Raphaelites, founder of the Arts and Crafts movement, revolutionary socialist activist, writer, poet[1], and more.[2][3][4]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Writings: Morris's works at Project Gutenberg
  2. 2.0 2.1 Detailed chronology and other information: The William Morris Society
  3. Wikipedia: William Morris
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kelmscott Manor website: Morris and friends at Kelmscott
  5. Christening of William Morris: Name: William Morris; Residence Place: Walthamstow, Essex, England; Gender: Male; Christening Date: 25 Jul 1834; Christening Place: St. Mary's, Walthamstow, Essex, England; Birth Date: 24 Mar 1834; Father's Name: William Morris; Mother's Name: Emma. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NTDL-TR7 : 10 February 2018, William Morris, 24 Mar 1834); citing item 2 p 8, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,564,136.
  6. 1841 census: Woodford, Essex. William Morris, M, 40; Emma Morris, F, 30; Elizabeth Morris, F, 75; Anne Morris, F, 30; Emma Morris, F, 10; Henrietta Morris, F, 8; William Morris, M, 7, Essex; Hugh Morris, M, 4, Essex; Thomas Morris, M, 2, Essex; Arthur Morris, M, 0, Essex; Maria Dinings, F, 20; Matilda Davies, F, 25, Foreign; Alfred Riley, M, 20; Elizabeth Rivers, F, 35; Lucy Stubbings, F, 40, Essex; Sarah Stubbings, F, 20, Essex; Johannah Burrows, F, 35; Martha Anderson, F, 20, Essex; Sarah Farmer, F, 20. "England and Wales Census, 1841," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQ2K-XMB : 21 May 2019), William Morris in household of William Morris, Woodford, Essex, England, United Kingdom; from "1841 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  7. Marriage: Name: William Morris; Event Type: Marriage; Event Place: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England; Registration District: Oxford; County: Oxfordshire; Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun; Registration Year: 1859; Volume: 3A; Page: 737; Affiliate Line Number: 23; Possible Spouse: Thomas Buckland; Possible SpouseX: Jane Burden; Possible SpouseXX: Emma Walker. "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2D7K-K6P : 13 December 2014), William Morris, 1859; from "England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1859, quarter 2, vol. 3A, p. 737, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  8. Birth of daughter Jane Alice "Jenny" Morris: MORRIS, JANE ALICE , mother's maiden name BURDEN, GRO Reference: 1861 M Quarter in DARTFORD Volume 02A Page 266. General Register Office online index.
  9. 1861 census: Bexley, Kent. William Morris, Head, M, 27, Married, Artist Painter B A, Walthamstow, Essex; Jane Morris, Wife, F, 21, Married, Oxford,; Algernon Swinbourne, Visitor, M, 24, Single, Student Oxford, London,; Thomas Reynold, Servant, M, 25, Single, Groom to Head, Woodford, Essex; Jane Chapman, Servant, F, 24, Single, House Maid, Faversham, Kent; Charlotte Cooper, Servant, F, 28, Single, Cook, Kilmerston, Somerset; Elizabeth Reynold, Servant, F, 31, Single, Nurse, Layton, Essex; Alice, Daughter, F, 0, Bexley, Kent. "England and Wales Census, 1861," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MP-WMMY : 22 April 2019), William Morris, Bexley, Kent, England, United Kingdom; from "1861 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  10. Birth of daughter Mary "May" Morris: MORRIS, MARY , mother's maiden name BURDEN, GRO Reference: 1862 J Quarter in DARTFORD Volume 02A Page 270. General Register Office online index.
  11. 1871 census: Saint George the Martyr, Middlesex. William Morris, Head, M, 37, Married, Glass Painter Artist, Walthamstow, Essex; Jane Morris, Wife, F, 30, Oxfordshire; Elizabeth Burden, Sister-in-law, F, 29, Oxfordshire; Jane Alice Morris, Daughter, F, 10, Scholar, Bexley, Kent; Mary Morris, Daughter, F, 9, Scholar, Bexley, Kent; Elize Searle, Servant, F, 22, Domestic Servant, Marsh, Cambridgeshire; Agnes Turner, Servant, F, 22, Domestic Servant, New Millport, Cambridgeshire; Maria Hughes, Servant, F, 30, Domestic Servant, *Sea, Gloucestershire. "England and Wales Census, 1871", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VBDV-JW3 : 24 April 2019), William Morris, 1871.
  12. 1881 census: Hammersmith, London. William Morris, Head, M, 47, Married, Artist Designer, Walthamstrow, Essex, England; Jane A Morris, Daughter, F, 20, Single, Bextly Heads, Kent, England; Mary Morris, Daughter, F, 19, Single, Bextly Heads, Kent, England; Elizabeth Burden, Visitor, F, 39, Single, Embroidres, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England; Annie Morse, Servant, F, 38, Single, Cook, Isunton, Somerset, England; Eliza R Rebecca, Servant, F, 25, Single, House Maid, Woolwich, Kent, England; Elizabeth Ballad, Servant, F, 29, Single, Parlour Maid, Udimore, Sussex, England. "England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q273-38W3 : 10 December 2017), William Morris, Hammersmith, London,Middlesex, England; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 40, Piece/Folio 52/61, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,325.
  13. 1891 census: Folkestone, Kent. William A Vincent, Head, M, 34, Married, Printer Compositor, Wiltshire, England; Louisa Vincent, Wife, F, 30, Married, Kent, England; William Morris, Lodger, M, 57, Married, Artist, Essex, England; Sarah Goldsack, Servant, F, 17, Single, General Servant, Kent, England. "England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q26N-MW2 : 3 May 2019), William Morris in household of William A Vincent, Folkestone, Kent, England, United Kingdom; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Kent county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  14. Death: MORRIS, WILLIAM , age 62, GRO Reference: 1896 D Quarter in FULHAM Volume 01A Page 135. General Register Office online index.
  15. Probate: 1896. Morris William of Kelmscott house Upper mall Hammersmith Middlesex and of Kelmscott manse Lechlade Gloucestershire artist died 3 October 1896 at Kelmscott house Probate London 14 December to Frederick Startridge Ellis and Sydney Carlyle Cockerell esquires Effects £55439 1s. 4d. resworn March 1897 £54117 11s. 7d. FURTHER GRANT P R 17 JUNE 1897. Probate Registry online search
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Thank you to Bob Fredrickson for creating WikiTree profile Morris-5817 through the import of FredricksonFoutsOrthJohnson Family Tree_2013-02-22.ged on Feb 22, 2013.

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I have just spotted these two profiles for William Morris and his wife Janey Burden. They were both extremely famous in their homeland and much has been written about them both in print and on line. Here are their wkipedia entries for starters; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Morris ; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Morris . In short he was an artist, designer and politician whilst she has been described as the first 'super model' and muse to the artist Rossetti. George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion and later My Fair Lady were based on her life.
posted by Derek Allen
Morris-5948 and Morris-5817 appear to represent the same person because: same birth and death data.
posted by Sandy Culver

William is 26 degrees from Donald Howard, 22 degrees from Julia Howe and 21 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.