Sunday, December 9, 2012

Joseph Morris & Elizabeth Vernon

Elizabeth Vernon was bornin 1794 in Berwardley, Cheshire, England to George and Rebecca Goban Vernon. She grew up in Cheshire, England. At the age of 16, Elizabeth married a sailor names James Silverthorn. The couple had a son and named him James. Soon after the baby was born, James went to see and did not return.

Joseph Morris was born on 17 December 1795 in Berwardley, Cheshire, England to James and Hannah Morris. The family lived on a farm near the Silverthorn's home. Joseph met Elizabeth when he was 20 years old. The couple was married on 24 July 1815 in the parish church at Oswald, Cheshire.

After two happy years, Elizabeth's first husband reappeared. He had not been lost at sea after all. This must have been a hard and emotional situation. It was finally decided that James would take his son, James, and Elizabeth would stay with Joseph.

Elizabeth never heard from her son again.

Joseph and Elizabeth had a family of six children together, including William Morris. Elizabeth was an expert seamstress and made linings for the shoes Joseph made.

Elizabeth died on 10 October 1839 in Berwardley at the age of 45. She was buried at the Church of Dukinfield, Cheshire, England.

Joseph died 28 April 1861 at the age of 66 and was buried at St. John's Church in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England on 1 May 1861.



  1. What a hard situation! Too bad she never saw her little boy again. But I'm glad she had William Morris so my hubby eventually came to the world!
    Thanks Robyn!

  2. Elizabeth sure does have a lot of husbands listed on family tree! Where did you find out about her first husband and son? That's really interesting!