Family History

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THOMAS HARRISON born Mereton Forge, Shawbury, Shropshire

Married: Elizabeth born Mereton Forge

Married: Sarah Hatton

Children: William born Acton Reynold (by first marriage)

George Harrison born about 1794-1796 Acton Reynold

However on 1861 census George gave his place of birth as Wem


Born; abt 1794 Wem Shropshire

Buried: 24 June 1869 Pelsall church

Married: 25/10/1830 Christ Church, Wellington

Spouse: Frances Tonks

Died: 12/8/1879 Heath End, Rushall

Children: William Harrison born 1833

Thomas Harrison born 1835

James Harrison born 1839 Dawley Bank

Priscilla Harrison born 1841/42 Lawley Bank

Ellen Harrison born 1844/45 Lawley Bank

Matthew Harrison born 1849 Wellington

1841 census: living Lawley Bank Wellington, with Fanny, Thomas, William and James. A coal miner. William also a coal miner

1861 census: Residing 1 Court 5, Lester Street, Bilston. A stone miner. Only Matthew with them, also a stone miner

1871 census: Fanny, widow, living in Pelsall with daughter and son-in-law John and Ellen Round.


Cause of death: paralysis 5 years. Widow of George Harrison a coal miner. Notified by Ellen Round, Heath End, Rushall 12/8/1879

Occupation collier


BORN: 1833 Dawley Bank

Father: George Harrison

Mother: Fanny Tonks

Died: 1868 Lichfield district

Baptised: 13/1/1833 Dawley magna


Spouse; Rosannah Ball

Baptised; 6/1/1839 Dawley

Parents: James and Ellen Ball

Children: Eliza Harrison b 1858 Bilston (see Note 1)

Ellen Harrison b 1862 Pelsall

Clara Jane Harrison b 1866 Brereton (see Note 2)

1861 living Brereton terrace Cottage, Brereton, Staffs. Occupation: coalminer. Living with them brother and sister-in-law James & Ellen Harrison,nephew William Harrison and sister-in-law Ellen Ball, farm servant

1871: widow living in Rugeley with her parents (father a miner), daughters Ellen and Clara and sister and brother-in-law Annie & Joseph Preece

Note 1: Eliza Harrison died 1892 Salford district married William Roberts b 1856 London, Middlesex. He remarried 1894 Elizabeth Jane Walker in Shrewsbury

Children: Frederick William Thomas Roberts born 1881 Chester; Lilian E A Roberts born 1883 Salford; Reginald James Richard Roberts born 1884 Salford; Francis A Roberts born 1889 Salford

1881 census; living 7 St John St Chester. William an accounts clerk. Clara staying with them

1891 census: Residing 11 Rowland Road, Salford. Occupation: accounts clerk. Eliza’s place of birth given as Brownhills.

1901 census: William Roberts living 44 Cannon Street Shrewsbury. Lilian a dressmaker, Reginals an auctioneers clerk and Francis a scholar.

Son Frederick working as barman Claremont Hotel Sandy Rd, Seaforth.

1911 census: Sons Frederick and Reginald living with their aunt Clara. Frederick a steward and Reginald a goods checker.

Note 2: Clara Jane b 1866 Brereton m 1886 Walsall Joseph Sinclair b 1866 Chester.

Children: Florence Ellen Sinclair b 1887 Liverpool; Frederick Joseph b 1889 Liverpool

William Arthur b 1891 Liverpool; Frank Sinclair b 1899 Bootle

1901census: Residing Walton-the-Hill, Lancs

1911 census: Residing 79 Breeze Hill, Walton, Liverpool. Occupation: goods deliverer. With them were daughter and son-in-law Florence and Frank Lewis Baker, grandson Frank Lewis Baker, nephews Frederick and Reginald Roberts and cousin Thomas Bentley born 1893 Crewe (junior clerk). Also son Frederick s railway clerk and William unemployed.

Florence Ellen Sinclair married 1905 West Derby district Frank lewis baker born 1884 Liverpool. Children: Frank Lewis Baker born 1906 Liverpool. Frank a railway clerk.




Born: 1834 Dawley Bank

Father: George Harrison

Mother: Fanny Tonks

Died: possibly died 1874


Spouse: Mary

Born; 1832 Dawley Bank (possibly Mary Highfield in 1854)

Children; Jonah Harrison (see Note 1)

Fanny Harrison b 1856 (see Note 2)

Thomas Harrison b 1859 (see Note 3)

Sarah Harrison b 1862 Portobello, Willenhall

Alice Harrison b 1863 Portobello, Willenhall (see Note 4)

William Harrison b 1865 Portobello, Willenhall

Elizabeth Harrison b 1866 Portobello, Willenhall

Mary Harrison b 1868 Portobello, Willenhall

1841 census: a coal miner, Wellington

1851 census: lodging with John Parry coalminer from Lawley Bank, New St, Portobello, Willenhall. Occupation; stone miner

1861 census: living Portobello. Census return has their name as Harris and Jonah as William

1871 census; living Portobello, Willenhall, An infirm cripple




Born: 1841 or 1842 Lawley Bank

Father: George Harrison

Mother; Fanny Tonks

Married; 21/10/1861

Spouse; Samuel Bircher

Born: Atherstone, Warwickshire

Died: Before 1901

Children: Mary Ann Bircher b 1861/2 Bilston (see Note 1)

Robert Bircher b 1866/67 Bilston

Bircher (see Note 2)

Ellen Priscilla Bircher b 1868/69 Bilston (see Note 3)

Samuel Bircher b 1869/70 Bilston

Samuel Bircher b 1873/4 Bilston (see Note 4)

William Bircher b 1875/6 Bilston (see Note 5)

Clara Bircher b 1877/78 Bilston (see Note 6)

Fred Bircher b 1879/80 Bilston (see Note 7)

Rebecca Bircher b 1881/82 Bilston (see Note 8)



Born: 1844/45 Lawley Bank

Father: George Harrison

Mother: Fanny Tonks

Married; 1866

Spouse: John Round

Born: 1839/40 Tipton

Died: 1900 Walsall

Children: Thomas Round b 1863/64 Bilston

Matthew Round b 1868/70 Bilston

George Round b 1871/72 Bilston

John Round b 1873/74 Bilston

David Round b 1876/77 Rushall

Clara Round b 1878/79 Rushall

William Round b 1881 Rushall



Born: 1849 Lawley Bank

Father; George Harrison

Mother: Fanny Tonks

Died: 26/11/1902

Married; 26/12/1870 (see Note 1)

Spouse; Elizabeth Bullock

Born; 12/1/1854 pelsall

Died; 2/11/1901

Parents; Joseph Bullock

Children: Maria Harrison b 1872 Pelsall (see Note 2)

Joseph Harrison b 1878 heath End (see Note 3)

Fanny Harrison b 1883 Heath End

Elizabeth Harrison b 1886 Heath End

Matthew Harrison b 1889 heath End (see Note 4)

George Harrison b 1896 heath End

Florence Harrison b 1895 Heath End died 9/2/1907 Heath End


1871 census; living with parents-in-law Joseph Bullock greengrocer and Annie at 47 heath End, Pelsall. Occupation coal miner

1891 census: Living Angel Row, Rushall

1901census; Rushall Road, Rushall