William Turner


Son of William Turner and Ann Williams, father of Dorothy Rose Turner and husband of Rosina Symes

William was born in Ladyhill Street, Newtown, Montgomeryshire on 14th August 1853

William married Rosina Symes on 30th December 1875 at The Register Office, Walsall, Staffs. The witnesses at the wedding were a Walter Taylor and a Richard J Adams.  His residence at the time of his marriage was Hall Lane, Walsall and his occupation was listed as Plumber

William was certainly living in Newtown with his family from 1878 to 1888, when they moved to Walsall, Staffordshire. In 1881, according the Census of that year, William, aged 25 and Rosina, aged 25, were living at Bryn Street, Llanlwchaiarn and William's job was a Plumber and Painter.  In the house also were Clare Emily, aged 2 and Gertrude and 5 months.

On the birth certificate of Williamís daughter, Dorothy Rose, in 1894, his address is given as 25 Corporation Street, Walsall and his job as Plumber and Painter (Master)

In about 1898, the family moved to Wolverhampton and in the 1901 Census, William was living with his family at 1 Rayleigh Road, Wolverhampton and he was still a plumber and painter.

William was also a Methodist Lay Preacher and an alcoholic who spent most earned money on drink. The older sisters despised their father, while the younger sisters saw him a s a kind father who did a lot to help and entertain them. However, the older sisters' view prevailed and they raised, over a period of time, sufficient money to send their father away to Canada.  They gave their father the money for the ticket and he promptly spent it on drink. They raised enough money again, bought the ticket and put William on the boat for Canada, where he settled  and died.

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