William Dewsbury was the second of the nine known children of John Dewsbury (or John Dowsborough as he often appears), and his wife Edith Langford of the fenland village of Soham in Cambridgeshire, England.
William married Elizabeth Cook of Barway, Cambridgeshire, and the couple settled down to begin raising a family. She was already a few months pregnant when they married, but sadly their first child Elizabeth failed to survive for long - with only 4 days between her baptism and burial.
The couple went on to become parents ten times in total, sadly with two more infants that failed to survive into adulthood.
In 1810, the couple's daughter Elizabeth died aged 33 years. She is buried at Soham with a headstone that implies that she had lived for many years with an illness.
William pre-deceased Elizabeth by about 7 and a half years, dying in December 1819, and being buried just a few days before Christmas.
- Circa 1753 at Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.
- 4th December 1753 at St. Andrew's Church, Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.
- Elizabeth Cook (1744-1827) on 18th April 1769 at St. Andrew's Church, Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.
- Elizabeth Dewsbury (1769)
- Edward Dewsbury (1770-1836) married Sarah (1771-1844)
- James Dewsbury (1772-?)
- Elizabeth Dewsbury (1773-177?)
- John Dewsbury (1774-?)
- Elizabeth Dewsbury (1777-1810)
- Frances Dewsbury (1778-?)
- William Dewsbury (1780-1784)
- Bartholomew Dewsbury (1782-?) married Elizabeth Hobson (17??-?)
- Edith Dewsbury (1785-?)
- During December 1819 at Barway, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 82 years.
- 21st December 1819 at St. Andrew's Churchyard, Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.