Thank you - this is who is possibly my Gt Granddad - Margaret died in 1883 and he quickly remarried Mary Martin and I think Granddad is the product of this marriage but I still can't find him,,
all I know is that his parents died when he was 13 and his siblings argued about who would have him so he ran away. If he was the son of a 2nd marriage that took place quickly after their Mother died then they would obviously hold some resentment to him.
Granddad said 1 or 2 were emigrating and i know that at least 1 of William's children emigrated between 1897 and 1901 so it fits with what Granddad told us.
So it is all circumstantial at the moment - thanks anyway