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Morris Feather

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Morris was the youngest of the three children of Robert, a grocer from Keighley and Ellen Feather nee Sugden. He was born on 17th October 1885 and baptised on the same day as his older siblings at St. Andrew's (Parish) Church on 3rd January 1886.

The baptism record of the Feather children

In 1891 Robert was a farmer at 'Curragh Laithe' which, at the time was part of Harden. It is now Currer Laithe Farm and I believe classed as being in Long Lee, Keighley. The older siblings were Emily, 13, working as a worsted spinner and Percy, 11.

The 1891 census

Sadly Ellen died during the first quarter of 1895. Later in the year Robert married for a second time, to Elizabeth Ann Tatham.

By 1901 they lived at 10 Derwent Street in Keighley. Emily and Percy had left home. Morris, now 15, was working as a worsted doffer.

Morris married Annie Emmott during the last quarter of 1908 in Keighley and they lived at 35 Granville Street (also known as Argyle Street as they back on to each other). I don't believe they had any children.

In 1911 they lived at 311 Bradford Road in Stockbridge, Keighley. Morris was working as an overlooker at a mohair spinning firm.

From December 1916 until May 1919 Morris volunteered at Spencer Street Auxiliary Hospital and Morton Banks War Hospital undertaking orderly duties as well as transporting wounded soldiers.

Annie died on 29th May 1930 and was buried at Morton Cemetery.

On 4th April 1931 Morris married for a second time, to Ida Scott. They married at the Wesleyan Chapel on Devonshire Street. His address was Granville House, 234 Bradford Road, so just further along the road in Riddlesden.

Morris and Ida's marriage record

The 1939 Register shows Morris was working as a textile manager, still with mohair so possibly the same firm as back in 1911.

The 1939 Register

He stayed at the same address until his death on 5th January 1953 and was buried with his first wife Annie at Morton Cemetery.

Ida died in 1981 in Bradford.


West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1935

England and Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915

West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1915

1891 England Census

1901 England Census

1911 England Census

England and Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915

England and Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007

West Yorkshire, Non-Conformist Records, 1646-1985

1939 England and Wales Register

England and Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995


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