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William, only son of Samuel and Esther nee Johnston(e)[both born Ireland]was apprentice miller aged 15 in 1881 census boarding with Robinson relatives at Birkby Mill, Crosscanonby, Cumberland, Eng. At that time his younger sisters Margaret Ann bp 1868 and Jane bp 1871 in Halls Village, Bassenthwaite parish, were inmates in Union Workhouse, Cockermouth, Cumberland, and his older sister Martha b: 1861 Embledon was at step-grandfather's [Thos. Johnston(e)]home in 1881, domestic servant. Samuel b: 1832-1837 to Alexander, [farmer d: before 1851 in Ireland] and Martha nee Shields b: 1812-1815 Co. Down. Martha m: 1851 Bassenthwaite to Esther's father Thomas Johnston(e). Samuel and Esther both deceased between 1871-1881. What happened to the two little girls in workhouse and are there any descendants from any of Samuel's children? Surname spelt Spiers, Spears, Speears as well on IGI.