Trying to track this one down has proven to be very interesting and very confusing. What I have this far is all from Liverpool Englang even though his birthplace is supposed to be Dublin.
The first thing I have for hin is the Church Registry entry for his marriage in Feb 1874 at St Anthony's Catholic Church in Liverpool. He married Ellen Gansitt. The registry entry lists his father as John Boss.
The first census his name is on is the 1901 census but he is at least noted on the census's of 1881 and 1891. His wife and family are listed and it is noted for his wife 'husband at sea'.
The 1901 census does list him at home finally. His wife, Ellen, had died in 1900. He is listed as 52, a fitter helper, and born in Dublin Ireland.
So far I can not find anuything on William in Ireland. I have gone thru PRONI, The National Archives of Ireland, Griffiths valuation and several web sites. Nothing. I did however find what might just tie in. On the Liverpool 1841 Census I did find a John Boss, birthpolace Dublin Ireland and a Mary Boss, his wife, with a birthplace of Belfast Ireland. I have looked for them in both Ireland and England and that is the only sighjt of them. The 1841 census does have them in the same general area of Liverpool that William later lived in.
I guess my question relate to the possibility that this John and Mary might be the parents of William. Was thdere a lot of back and forth travel between Ireland and England? Enough so that if Mary became pregnant she would just hop on a boat back to Ireland if she wanted? I know that there was a lot of movement from Ireland, expecialy Northern Ireland, to England, expecialy Liverpool, in the mid 1800's because of the potatoe famine.
I woulod think that if this is the correct coupl,e then Joghn probably came frtom the city of Dublin and not the countryside. Seafaring has run in the family. William, his son John, his son John and his son Ted. So taking it backward iit would seem ikely that JKon was from the city and not the country.
I have exchanged emails with a 'cousin' in Englang whose great grandmother was a daughter of Williams. Her grandmothers stories tie in well and mention that her grandfather (William) originated in Ireland.
William was married in Liverpool to Ellen (O'Brien Gansitt) and they had the following children:
John born 1877 Mary Elizabeth born 1878 Ann Jane born 1881 Ellen (Glin) born 1885
Any of this sound familiar? Any ideas or information glady accepted.