William Morris arrived in Winnipeg at an early age from Montreal. Little is know of his background except it is thought his roots were Irish and may have been a Bernardo or Home Child. William soon set himself up in his trade as chimney sweep, a service he provided until retirement. He and his wife resided on Kensington Street, St. James.
Groa Gudrun Thorarinson
Groa Gudrun Thorarinson born 24 February 1876 at the farm Vadstakksheidi in Neshreppur Utan Ennis, Snaefellsnessysla, to Sigurdur Thorarinson of Raudamel, Iceland and Katrin Kristin Brandsdottir of Olafsvik, Iceland. Groa was the first in a family of twelve. Because the family lived in poverty, she was fostered out to her grandparents Thorarinn Arnason and Groa Jonadottir until she left with her parents for Canada in 1889.
She then worked in service for wealthy Winnipeg families with a wage of three dollars per month until her marriage in 1903. She was also known as Rooney or Rose.
She had one daughter Emily (Nelson Broughton)