Hello Marnie,Hilary & Earl,
My husband's ancestor William ("the nicest man you could ever hope to meet") was born in Westbury, Shropshire on the 7th December 1868. His father was John (a collier) born abt 1838 in Westbury. His mother Ann Morris daughter of David (a labourer). John & Ann were married in the Parish Church of Westbury on the 28th January 1864. William had three brothers and a sister that I know of. They were Herbert born abt 1871, John born abt 1873, Harriet born about 1879 and Walter born March 1881. All were born in Westbury.
At the 1881 Census William was living on a farm in Habberley (his mother's home village) which is approximately 3 miles from the village of Westbury. His parents John & Ann are shown living at Old Engine, Westbury.
Twenty years later William has moved to Rusholme,Manchester, working as a domestic coachman. In 1901 William married a widow with 2 small sons,Martha Jane Welch nee Pope.
William and Martha had 1 child, Walter, (my father-in-law). William worked in later life as a corporation carter and died 15th September 1927, Martha died about 2 years later. After his mother's death Walter Dorricott moved to Blackpool,Lancs where he met and married Phyllis. They had 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Walter died in 1953.None of Walter Dorricott's 3 sons had any sons so the Dorricott name in this branch anyway, is going to die out after my husband's generation passes on.
A collegue doing military research came across:-
8, UNION ST
Private in the KING'S OWN ROYAL LANCASHIRE REGIMENT
Enlisted November 1918
Discharged November 1919
Trained until April-then sent to Dublin. Transferred to Labour Corp.
He may be a nephew of William, cousin of Walter, I hope to find out when the 1901 Census is published in a few years time.
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