Capt. William B. MORLEY, capitalist, is a native of New York State, and was born Poultneyville, Wayne County, New York on January 18, 1832.
He began sailing when only fourteen years of age, on schooner Eclipse, and three years later, when only nineteen years of age, was master of the Free Trader.
He also sailed as master of several other sail and steam vessels. He continued in the marine service until 1868. During that time, he was engaged in ship-building and fitting out new vessels.
In 1869, he came to Marine City, and since then has resided there, and has been engaged in ship-building and investing in vessel interests.
Capt. MORLEY has been identified with marine interests for one-third of a century. He has in his library a fine model of a sip, constructed by himself during his boyhood. He has a set of Scott Russel's Naval Architecture, a rare work, there being besides only two other sets in the State.
In his vessel interests, he has been connected with this brother, John J. MORLEY, of Rochester, N.Y., C. T. MORLEY, of Cleveland, Ohio, and M. H. MORLEY, of Sodus Point, during the past twenty-seven years.
Capt. MORLEY has served President of the village, and has held other town and school offices.
He married Miss Abbie PAYNE, of Wayne County, N.Y., in January, 1855. She died in 1873, leaving three sons-H. Throop, William H. and Lawrence M.
In 1877, he married Miss Elizabeth PRESTON, of Sodus Point, Wayne Co., N.Y.
They have two children-Florence M. and Mary P. pg. 704 Cottrellville Twp/Marine City
SOURCE: History of St Clair County, Michigan. Chicago: A. T. Andreas, 1883.
Name: Morley, Charles T.
Source: Cemetery record; Cleveland, Ohio Necrology File, Reel #058.
Notes: 1840-1902. Lakeview Cemetery Prospect List.