Family History

This is the family of my husbands gt-gt-grandmother. It is not complete. If you have any additions or corrections please e-mail me



Born: 1839 Dawley Bank, Shropshire

Father: George Harrison

Mother: Fanny Tonks

Baptised: 14/4/1839 Dawley Magna

Died: 25/12/1890 (see Note 1)

Buried : 2/1/1891 Queen Street cemetery (G Section 2 131)

Married: 23 May 1859 Longdon church (see Note 2)

Spouse: Ellen Smith

Born: 6/1/1839 Lester Street, Bilston.

Father: William Smith labourer (born Ireland)

Mother: Ellen Lynham (born Ireland)

Died; 1924 Walsall

Buried: 21/6/1924 Queen St Cemetery

Married: 4/5/1893 St Peters, Walsall (see Note 3)

Spouse: Joseph Walker (see Note 4)

Baptised: 12/10/1834 Rushall

Parents: Joseph & Jane Jackson

Died: 1922 Walsall

Children: William Harrison b 1859 Bilston

Sarah Ann Harrison b 24/9/1863

George Harrison b 1869

John Thomas Harrison b 1872

Frances Harrison b. 1876

1841 census: Living Wellington with parents George & Fanny and brothers Thomas & William. Father a miner.

1851 census: no trace on 1851 census

1861 census: living with brother Thomas Harrison his wife Rosannah aged 22 and their daughter Eliza 3 and sister-in-law Ellen Ball. Brereton Terrace Cottage. Ellen a farm servant. Also with them their son William aged 1.

1871 census: Living 115 Oxford Street, Bilston. Lodging with them were the Waller family, husband, a forge labourer from Co Mayo, wife Mary 22 and daughter Margaret 8 months. Occupation: miner

1881 census: Living 51 Penkridge St, Walsall. Occupation: miner

1891 census: widow Ellen living 10 Penkridge Street

1901 census: Ellen who was shopkeeper (grocers) at 24 Hall Street.. With them was her son George 31, a silver chaser and boarder Kate Simpson aged 26 a fruit seller in a shop. Josephís occupation miner

1911 census: Residing 14 hall Street. Occupation miner (loader). Census return shows the house to have four rooms. Lodger with them Elizabeth Howle 76 pensioner born West Bromwich. Son George Harrison also with them, worker in iron works. Ellenís place of birth given as unknown town, Staffs.

1921 & 1922 electoral register : Joseph and Ellen Walker living at 14 Hall Street with George Harrison and David Slimm

1923 electoral register: Ellen Walker, George and David Slimm at 14 Hall St


Funeral card reads In Loving Menory of James Harrison who died December 25th 1890, aged 50 years. Interred at Walsall Cemetery January 2nd 1891. A precious life from us has fled, The voice we loved is still; a vacant place is in our home which never can be filled.



Note 1: Death certificate gives cause of death as peritonitis, death certificate being received from Howard Stanley coroner after inquest 30 Dec 1890. He was seriously injured in a mining accident a few days before his death and the family believed this was the real cause of death. Living 10 Penkridge St at time of death..

Staffordshire Chronicle Sat January 3 1891

Accident at a colliery

On Tuesday Mr T H Stanley borough coroner held an inquest at the Sportsman Inn, Stafford Street on the body of Jjames Harrison 10 Penkridge Street who died on the 25th December. Mr W Beatie Scott H M Inspector was present during the inquiry.

Ellen Harrison, widow of the deceased, deposed that he was a collier, and worked at the Goscote Hall Pit. On the 4th December he was brought home injured, and he was attended by Dr Somerville until he died. He told witness that he was injured by some coal falling on hum. He did not blame anybody.

Dr Somerville deposed that he had attended deceased, having seen him first on the 5th December. Deceased was suffering from a broken leg, and a few days afterwards complained of a pain in his left side, where inflammation set in about three days later. The inflammation continued until his death, and was the cause of it. Witness though inflammation was probably due to cold, and the injuries would only indirectly have anything to with the death. Probably deceased got a chill in removal to his home, and if he had not had the accident that probably would not have occurred. If witness had had to certify the death he should have certified inflammation of the bowels and nothing else.

Benjamin Groucutt collier Penkridge Street deposed that he was working with deceased at the Goscote Hall Colliery at the time he was hurt. Two other men were working with them. Deceased was about five or six yards from the witness, who did not see the accident. A fall of coal took place, and a piece about 4 or 5 feet long and about 18 or 20 inches thick fell on deceased, who was sitting down at the time. Deceased leg was under the coal, and was broken. Witness got deceased from under the coal, and took him home in a trap. Deceased told witness that he had thought he was quite safe. Witness believed the place was well timbered and safe. It would be the duty of Mr Bullen the manager to see the place was properly timbered. Deceased said that he was working under the coal. So that when he was liberated his props it would fall. In reply Mr Scott witness said that deceased was holing, and had two spraggs set two feet apart. There was one loose side and the coal broke off there. The spragg was about 18 inches from the loose side, and the coal broke over it.

The coroner briefly summed up, pointing out that though rhe man undoubtedly met with an accident and had his leg broken in the pit, the doctorís evidence was clear that death was from natural causes.

The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence

Note 2: Both James and Sarah residents of Longdon at the time of marriage which was witnessed by Thomas Harrison and Ellen Ball (both gave mark, as did James and Ellen).

Note 3: Residence of both at time given as High Street. Josephís occupation Labourer and father given as Joseph Walker, miner. They both gave their mark. Witnesses were William and Fanny Bundy who I presume were the parents of Josephís son-in-law William Bundy.

Note 4: He worked as a stone miner (limestone) In 1881 and 1891 he was living 4 Penkridge Street, so very close to the Harrisons. 1891 cesnus with daughters Jane aged 21 (or 31) dressmaker & Alice 16 japaner.

23 Penkridge St Ė Ellen Smith 76, lives on own means, born Ireland

10 penkridge St, Ellen Harrison widow 44

George H 21 silvwer plater born Bilston

Ellen daughter warehouse girl

Sarah daugh aged 27 and Thomas Bentley 27 botn Walsall, brown saddler





Children of James & Ellen Harrison


Born: 1859 Bilston

Died: 1910 Wolverhampton district

Married: St Paulís Walsall 20/6/1881 (see Note 1)

Spouse: Mary Elizabeth Shelley

Born: 1860 Aston district, Birmingham

Parents: George Shelley

Children: George Harrison b 1881 Bilston

Elsie Maud Harrison b 1887 Bilston

Lily Harrison b 1888 Bilston died 1896

Helen Harrison b 1890 Bilston

Frederick Harrison b 1891 Bilston

Lilian Pretoria Harrison b 1900 Bilston died 1902 Wolverhampton district

1881 census: Lodging Princes St, Bilston with the Shelley family. Name given as Harris. Occupation: iron plate worker. Mary Elizabeth Shelley a japan worker.

1891 census: Living 5 Pipes Meadow Bilston, William working as a bucket maker. Maryís sister Bertha 13 lodging with them.

1901 census: Living 5 Pipes Meadow Bilston. William and George iron plate workers. Horatio Allcock 20 ironworker was a lodger

1911 census: widow Mary living 21 Hartshorn Street Bilston with son Frederick, iron plate worker, daughter Elsie, a domestic, her husband George Howell aged 25 born Bradley, a trunk maker and their son William 2

Note 1: Williamís occupation given as iron plate maker. George Shelley also an iron plate maker. He signed, she made her mark. Witnessed by Joseph Shelley and Sarah Ann Harrison.

Note: Elise Maud Harrison married George Howell 1908 Wolverhampton district



Born: 24 September 1863 Rushall

Father: James Harrison

Mother: Ellen Smith

Baptised : Holy Trinity Church, Bilston 19 October 1863 . James Mealey and Winifried Coleman godparents.

Died: Walsall 1943

Buried: 23/10/1943 Ryecroft (9 3 797) from 188 Harden Road

Married: 25/12/1885 St Paulís Church Thomas Bentley

Born: 1864 Walsall

Father: John Bentley

Mother: Sarah Woodcock

Died: 1936. Walsall

Children: James William Bentley b 1886 Walsall

Ellen (Nell) Bentley b 1888 Walsall

May Bentley b 1895 Walsall

Jack Bentley b 1898 Walsall

1881census: Residing with parents. Working as a bridle stitcher.

1891 census: she and her family were living with her mother 10 Penkridge Street. Both she and Thomas were in brown saddlery making, she from home he as a journeyman.

1901 census: Living 64 Hospital Street. Occupation: a bridle stitcher working from home. Thomas a stoker in gas works.

1920 electoral register: 116 Green Lane Joseph Hawkins with them

1923 electoral register. Living 116 Green Lane with son James

1928 electoral register: 116 Green Lane. Fred and Ellen Morris living with them

1930 electoral register: 116 Green Lane. Joseph & Evelyn Hawkins living with them

1943: Living 188 Harden Rd at time of death.

Only trace possibly of godparents Winifred Coleman b 1863 m Patrick Coleman baker in Stafford Ė married Stafford 1868, she was born Winifred Dogmore. Also James maley 1826 Kiltolock, Ireland & mary 1831 Frenchwork, Roscommom

James maley b 1821 Ireland m Margaret Burk Maley b 1836 Ireland. Living Wolverhampton 1861.

Winifried Coleman 1831 Roscommon m John Coleman b 1821 Roscommon 12.13.14 Caryís Ct, Bíham a sofa spring maker with son John



Born: 23/6/1872 Bilston

Father: James Harrison

Mother: Ellen Smith

Baptised: 11/7/1872 Holy Trinity RC Church, Bilston (see Note 1)

Died: 10 June 1874 aged 1 year 11 months. (see Note 2)

Note 1: Godparents William Smith and Maria Lang.

Note 2: His funeral card has the following verse

Who can tell a fatherís grief, or count a motherís tears

While standing by the dying bed of one they loved so dear

And can this be the merry child that was so fond of me?

And never saw me, but he smoled and clapped his hands in glee;

It seems, and yet it seems not him, its like him and itís not;

Or what has made his look so dim, or can I have forgot

But thereís an everlasting home,

Where contrite souls may hide;

Where death and danger dare not come,

Their Saviours by their side


Born: 23/11/1869 Bilston

Father: James Harrison

Mother: Ellen Smith

Died: 1931 Walsall

Baptised: 12/12/1869 Holy Trinity Bilston. Godparents William & Ann Smith.

1891, 1901, 1911 census: Residing with mother. Occupation: 1891 census; silver plater 1911 census: labourer in iron works

1928 electoral register: 14 hall Street with Mary Ann & Maqrtha Brookes


Born: Bilston 1876

Father: James Harrison

Mother: Ellen Smith

Died: 14 Feb 1918 20 Hall Street Walsall (from TB and had been in a sanatorium before her death)

Buried: Ryecroft 20 Feb 1918, by JC Clavin..

Married: 3/4/1902 St Peterís Walsall . Marriage witnessed by George Harrison and Annie Bentley. George recorded as widower aged 35, father William Neal deceased.

Spouse: George Neal.

Parents: William and Martha Neal. She was then living 22 Hall Street. George was given as a blacksmith, son of William Neal deceased basket maker. He was living 21 Blue lane East. Witnessed by Goerge Harrison and Annie Bentley.

Death: I can find no trace of Georgeís death, however my mother-in-law. Kath can remember as a child seeing his funeral procession,b lack horses drawing the hearse etc

Note on George Neal: George had previously married in 1892 Eliza Wilson.. She was born 1872 daughter of james Wilson a carpenter originally from Poplar and mary Ann (born market harborough like Georgeís mother). In 1891 she was a domestic servant living with her family 196 Queen Street. She died 1898 and was buried 11/5/1898 in Ryecroft cemetery with daughter May who died aged 6 days. At the time of death they were living 16 Blue Lane East. Another daughter Martha was buried Ryecroft 1/9/1896 aged 4 days. They were then living 6 Court Blue laneborn in London and often spelt his name Neale. In 1881 George was a general smith living with his widowed mother Martha, born market Harborough a marine stores dealer and his brothers John 21 a locksmith and James 16 a carter. This James could be the William James who died 1887. In 1921 George was living on his own at 20 hall Street. In 1927 David and May Slimm were living next door at no 14. In 1926 Joseph Martin was with him. George Neal was at Hall Street in 1925 & 1926 but not 1927 when David 7 May Slim were at no 14. George Neal does not appear on electoral register after 1926 but no trace of death on register or burial Ryecroft or Queen St cemetery 1926-1927.

Francesís funeral card reads : of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of Frances Ellen Neal, the dearly beloved wife of George Neal who died February 14th 1918 aged 41 years. Interred at Ryecroft Cemetery, Walsall, Feb 20th.

O Gentlest heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament ever consumed with burning love for the poor souls in Purgatory, have mercy on the soul of Thy servant Frances Ellen, bring her from the shadow of exile to the bright home of heaven, where we trust Thou and Thy Blessed Mother have woven for her a crown of unfading bliss. Amen.