Who is William?  The Introduction

This brick wall is the source of much frustration.  Who is William?  Where did he come from?  Who are his parents?  Does he have any siblings?

William Williams is my great great grandfather.  I know little about William before 1903, when he married.  The brick wall arises from there being several (or more) William Williams’ in Monmouthshire and surrounding counties who were all born around the same time.

Back L-R - Ivor Williams, William Williams Front L-R: Norma Williams, Harriett Ann Weeks

Back L-R – Ivor Williams, William Williams
Front L-R: Norma Williams, Harriett Ann Weeks

William was, according to the 1939 register, born on 7 Feb 1884.  His place of birth is only recorded on the 1911 census as Porth, Glamorgan.  He married Harriett Ann Weeks on 14 Sep 1903 in Ebbw Vale. His father is recorded as being William Williams also. I haven’t actually seen a marriage certificate, only a transcription on Find My Past which does not give father’s occupations or witness names.  I am sure, though, that my Mum has a copy and she has said she will have a look.

William was buried on 25 Jul 1954 in Silent Valley, Cwm, Monmouthshire.

William Williams' headstone in Silent Valley, Cwm, Monmouthshire

William Williams’ headstone in Silent Valley, Cwm, Monmouthshire

william parents and children

Williams is the fourth most common surname in Glamorgan in 1881 with 25,890 occurrences.  It was only beaten by Jones, Davies and Thomas.  Williams is the second most common surname in Wales.

William must be there somewhere… however, that’s assuming he really is William Williams.  I haven’t even considered the possibility of him changing his name until now, but as all family historians know… anything is possible.

I hope that one day I will find out who William is.  Until then, I will have fun trying to knock down the brick wall.

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