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29 May 2024
Benjamin Morris, great grandfather of Alan Morris.

Benjamin Morris was my great-grandfather, he died 15 years before I was born.

Benjamin Morris.

Birth of Benjamin Morris.

Benjamin Morris was born on 4 July 1887, in Aberporth, Cardigan, Wales. His mother, Maria Davies registered his birth in August 1887. His father, Daniel Morris, profession on the birth certificate was an Agricultural labourer.

Wedding of Benjamin Morris & Margaret Jane Wylde.

Benjamin Morris got married to Margaret Jane Wylde at the Registry Office in Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales. They got married on November 9th 1909. The wedding certificate shows that Benjamin was living in Cadogan Terrace, Nant-y-moel, Glamorgan, Wales. His profession was entered as a Coal Miner, as was his father Daniel Morris.

The two witnesses on the wedding certificate were Lily Martha Rees & Catherine A Cox.

Children of Benjamin Morris & Margaret Jane Wylde.

  1. Daniel Edward Morris. 1910-1974
  2. Llewelyn Morris. 1911-1969
  3. Benjamin Brynley Morris. 1914-1984
  4. Catherine Ann Morris. 1916-1918

Census Records for Benjamin.

I found Benjamin on the Census records in 1891, 1901, 1911, 1921 & the 1939 Register.

1891 Census taken on 5 April.

This census shows the family living at Blainffrwd, Aberporth, Cardigan, Cardiganshire, Wales.

Name.Relation to Head.Age.Occupation.Birthplace.
Maria Morris. Wife. 34.   St Davids, Pembroke, Wales.
Elizabeth Morris. Daughter. 13. Scholar. Tremain, Cardigan, Wales.
Tom Morris. Son. 11. Scholar. Tremain, Cardigan, Wales.
Evan Morris. Son. 9.   Tremain, Cardigan, Wales.
John Morris. Son. 7.   Tremain, Cardigan, Wales.
Benjamin Morris. Son. 4.   Tremain, Cardigan, Wales.
Daniel Owen Morris. Son. 2.   Aberporth, Cardigan, Wales.

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1901 Census taken on 31 March.

This census shows the family living at Penwalkuchaf, Aberporth, Cardigan, Cardiganshire, Wales.

Name.Relation to Head.Age.Occupation.Birthplace.
Maria Morris. Wife. 43.   Tremain, Cardigan, Wales.
Benjamin Morris. Son. 13.   Aberporth, Cardigan, Wales.
Daniel Owen Morris. Son. 11.   Aberporth, Cardigan, Wales.
Mary Jane Morris. Daughter. 9.   Aberporth, Cardigan, Wales.
William Llewelyn Morris. Son. 9.   Aberporth, Cardigan, Wales.
Frances Morris. Daughter. 5.   Aberporth, Cardigan, Wales.
Hannah Mariah Morris. Daughter. 4.   Aberporth, Cardigan, Wales.
Kesiah Morris. Daughter. 2.   Aberporth, Cardigan, Wales.

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1911 Census taken 2 April.

This census shows the family living at 7 Cadwgan Street, Blaenogwr, Nantymoel, Llandyfodwg, Glamorganshire, Wales.

Name.Relation to Head.Age.Occupation.Birthplace.
Benjamin Morris. Head. 23. Coal miner/hewer. Aberporth, Cardigan, Wales.
Margaret Jane Morris. Wife. 21.    Glamorgan, Wales.
Daniel Edward Morris. Son. 1.   Nantymoel, Glamorgan, Wales.

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1921 Census taken on 19 June.

This census shows the family living at 13, Waun Lwyd, Nantymoel, Llandyfodwg, Glamorganshire, Wales.

Name.Relation to Head.Age.Occupation.Birthplace.
Daniel Morris. Head. 62. Coal hewer. Pembrook, Wales.
Maria Morris. Wife. 63. Home Duties. Cardigan, Wales.
James Lewis Morris. Son. 18. Assistant Coal hewer. Cardigan, Wales.
Benjamin Morris. Son. 34. Coal Hewer. Cardigan, Wales.
Daniel Edward Morris. Grandson. 11.   Glamorgan, Wales.
Llewelyn Morris. Grandson. 10.   Glamorgan, Wales.
Benjamin Brynley Morris. Grandson. 6.   Glamorgan, Wales.

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1939 Register taken 29 September.

This census shows the family living at 26 Ogwy Street, Price Town, Ogmore & Garw UD, Glamorganshire, Wales.

Name.Occupation.
Benjamin Morris. Fish frier.
Mary Hannah Morris. Unpaid domestic duties.

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Criminal Case 452208a.

Whilst looking at one of the Genealogy websites I discovered that some of my relatives, had a criminal record. On 16 October 1923, they were committed & bailed from the court in Cardigan, Cardiganshire, Wales. They surrendered themselves to court again on the 6th & 7th of November 1923.

The Offence.

Between 26 December 1922 & 19 February 1923 at the Parish of Tremain & diverse other places, did conspire, combine, confederate & agree together, by diverse false pretences, means & devices, to obtain from Margaret Davies, Elizabeth Ann Jones & John Davies, certain sums of money & in pursuance thereof did obtain certain sums of money, with intent to cheat & defraud.

The Sentence.

My relatives were Tried before Commissioner A J Ashton, KC, on the 6th, 7th & 8th of November 1923 & all were found guilty.

Name.

Occupation.

Age.

Sentence.

Daniel Morris. Collier. 65. 15 months of hard labour.
Maria Morris. Married Woman. 66. 12 months of hard labour.
James Lewis Morris.  Collier. 20.  12 months of hard labour.
Benjamin Morris.  Colliery repairer.  36.  15 months of hard labour.
Daniel Thomas Rees.  Motor Driver.  21. 3 months of hard labour.
Catherine Phillips. Married Woman. 29.  12 months of hard labour.

Images.

These two documents show the case summaries.

Court Case Summary.Court Case Summary. 

Newspaper Clips.

These are all newspaper clippings that Daniel Morris appeared in.

  1. Mystery Will of Tremain - Western Mail, November 7th 1923.
  2. Mystery Will Trial - Western Mail, November 8th 1923. 
  3. Families heartless crime - Nottingham Evening Post, November 9th 1923.
  4. Five members of one family jailed - The Courier, November 9th 1923.

Death of Benjamin Morris.

Benjamin died on the 20th of October 1952 at 8 Ogwy Street, Nantymoel, Glamorgan, Wales. He was buried in Blaenogwr Cemetry, Nantymoel, Glamorgan, Wales.