William Minshall was born in May 1825 in Audlem, Cheshire England, the first, and only child, that I have uncovered so far, of William Minshall Sr. and Helen Davies who were married in Liverpool, England in January 1825. William
is recorded every ten years in the English Census from 1851 - 1911. His occupation over the years was listed as painter, glazier, and plumber.
The interesting thing about William is his two marriages. In 1847, he married Mary
Halfpenny and they had three sons and three daughters together between 1848 and 1859. Their fourth child, Harriet Minshall, would become my 2nd Great-Grandmother; she was born in 1853. Unfortunately, after just 15 years of marriage, William's
wife Mary (Harriet's mother) passed away in 1863 at the age of 41, leaving him with several young children to raise.
At the end of that year, he married for the second time to Sarah Farrington Moseley, a widowed mother of several young
children and together they raised a blended family. Sarah and William did not have any biological children together. I will write more about Sarah next week.
In 1874, William and Mary's daughter Harriet (20) married Daniel Moseley (33),
son of James Moseley (deceased in 1855) and Sarah Farrington (eventually, my other 3rd great-grandparents). So Sarah, William's second wife, would become my 3rd Great-Grandmother, as the mother of my 2nd Great-Grandfather, Daniel, and step-3rd great-grandmother,
by marriage to William.
William and Sarah were married 49 years by the time of her death in 1912. William survived her by five more years, when at the age of 91 he died from "cardiac failure" and "senile decay", seemingly at home; his youngest
son was present.