William JOHNSON was born on 16 May 1864 at Towersey in Buckinghamshire. His father was George Johnson, a farm labourer and his mother Eliza, formerly Chapman, of Towersey (Birth Certificate).
William married Norah Williams on 26 feb 1894 at the Parish Church in Thame, Oxfordshire. At the time of his marriage, William was a labourer, the son of George Johnson, bricklayer of Thame. Norah was a widow (nee O'Shaughnessy) of Thame, daughter of John O'Shaughnessy, a tailor. The witnesses were C Rust and Elizabeth Horland (Marriage Certificate)
Norah O'SHAUGHNESSY was born in Co Waterford, Ireland in about 1855. She had previously been married to Sidney Williams in Cork in 1882 and they had had two children: a daughter Norah, born on 9 Jan 1885 in Aldershot, and a son John Sydney Williams, born in Woolwich in about 1887. Norah was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery on 20 Dec 1934, aged 79 years
twins William and Aileen Johnson (born 21 dec 1894 at Thame) - although the female twin was called 'Nellie' in the 1901 census and Eileen in 1911, when her birth was registered she was definitely Aileen and when the twins were christened on 25 Nov 1897 (along with George) she was Eileen. William married Kath Dearl in Dublin in 1919 and they moved to Port Talbot - see previous generation
George Johnson, born about 1898 - he was a Petty Officer in the Marines in WW1. Soon after his brother William moved to Wales, George followed and also worked at Duffryn Yard as a fireman. He married Edith Pitt from Bargoed and they had three children - Vincent (died in infancy), Kenny (who lived in Castle Street most of life, married Monica and had three children Patricia, Kevin and Bernadette), and Gordon.
Nellie Johnson - this child was born about 1904 according to the 1911 census she was ALSO called Nellie, but I cannot locate a birth registration or a christening for another daughter at all in 1904. Also Norah would have been about 50 in 1904 which is rather old to be giving birth at that time. However, Norah DID say that she had four children, all living from her current mariage in 1911, so I will keep on searching.
I have been told that one of William and Norah's daughters married ... Rowles and had a son Billy, but I am sure that it was Norah's daughter Norah Williams from her first marriage who married Henry Rowles in 1903 - they had three sons that I know of: they were also born in Oxford. (Perhaps the mysterious Nellie who appears in the 1911 census is actually a daughter of Norah Rowles or her brother John Williams?)
William & Norah Johnson's family in the census
In 1901, living at 6 Caroline Terrace, Oxford:
William Johnson, head, 35, bricklayers lab, b. Towersea, Oxon
Norah Johnson, 41, b. Ireland
John Williams, son, 13, printers apprentice, b. Warwick
William Johnson, son, 6, b. Thame
Nellie Johnson, dau, 6, b. Thame
George Johnson, son, 3, b. Thame
in 1911, living at 6, Bath Cottages, New Headington:
William Johnson, head, 50, general lab, b. Thame
Nora Johnson, wife, 56, laundress mar 18yrs 4 children all living) b Co Waterford, Ireland
Willie Johnson, son, 15, printers lab, b. Thame
George Johnson, son, 13, school, b. Thame
Eileen Johnson, dau, 14, general domestic, b. Thame (is this Nellie from 1901?)
Nellie Johnson, dau, 7, school, b. Thame - another Nellie?
Bill Powell, visitor, 15, shop assistant (birthplace not recorded)
in the 1939 Register, William Johnson was living alone at 51 High St, New Headington, Oxford:
William Johnson, born 16 may 1863, wid, general builder's labourer (retired)