Person:John Harry (3)

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John Edwin Harry
m. 17 Nov 1850
  1. Mary Ann Harry1851 - 1852
  2. Mary Ann Harry1853 - 1895
  3. Amelia Jane Harry1855 - 1909
  4. Louisa Kate Harry1857 - 1933
  5. William Richard Harry1859 - 1916
  6. John Edwin Harry1863 - 1935
  7. Ellen Sarah Harry1866 - 1944
  8. Lilian Harry1868 - 1869
  9. Elizabeth Mary Harry1870 - 1878
m. 1890
m. 1934
  1. Lily Harry1907 - 1994
  2. Rosie Harry1908 - 1983
Facts and Events
Name John Edwin Harry
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 12 Aug 1863 Plymouth, Devon, England
Christening[2] 3 Aug 1866 Plymouth, Devon, EnglandChrist Church
Census[3] 2 Apr 1871 Plymouth, Devon, England25 Claremont Street
Census[4] 3 Apr 1881 Plymouth, Devon, England3 Claremont Place
Employment[5] May 1889 Plymouth, Devon, EnglandPost Office, Junior Town Postman
Marriage 1890 Plymouth, Devon, Englandto Jessie Eliza Ellis
Census[6] 5 Apr 1891 Plymouth, Devon, England42 King Gardens
Census[7] 31 Mar 1901 Plymouth, Devon, England61 King Gardens
Census[8] 2 Apr 1911 Plymouth, Devon, England89 Cambridge Street
Marriage 1934 Plymouth, Devon, Englandto Mary Emma Bond
Death[9] 1935 Plymouth, Devon, England

John Edwin Harry was born on 12th August 1863 in Plymouth, Devon. He was the sixth of nine children of a shipwright named William Richard Harry and his wife Jane Drake, a charwoman.

John grew up in Plymouth, where the family lived in Claremont Street and Claremont Place, to the north-west of the town centre.[10] His father died in 1884 aged 57, when John was about 19 years old.

John appears to have spent some time as a painter's apprentice, but did not ultimately become a painter. In May 1889 he started work for the Post Office, initially as a junior town postman. The following year he married Jessie Eliza Ellis. They do not appear to have had any children. Both the 1891 and 1901 censuses find John and Jessie living at King Gardens in Plymouth, where they lived in two rooms. John's mother Jane died in 1894.

Jessie died in 1906, aged 43. She and John had been married for just under sixteen years.

Fairly soon after Jessie's death, John had two daughters with a Mary Emma Bond; Lily in April 1907 and Rosie in June 1908. They presented themselves as though married on the girls' baptisms, but in fact Mary was married to a John Curner. The 1911 census described John as a widower and Mary Emma as a spinster (using her maiden name) and the family's housekeeper.

John's elder daughter married in 1929 and John became a grandfather the following year, aged about 67. John's younger daughter married in 1934.

John and Mary eventually married each other late in 1934, presumably after Mary's first husband had died. John died shortly after their marriage, early in 1935, aged 71.

References
  1. Births index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.

    b. John Edwin HARRY, September Quarter 1863, Plymouth Registration District, Vol. 5b, page 256

  2. 2.0 2.1 Baptisms register, in Church of England. Parish Registers of Christ Church. (Plymouth: Plymouth and West Devon Record Office), Primary quality.

    BAPTISMS solemnized in the District of CHRIST CHURCH, PLYMOUTH, in the County of DEVON, in the year 1866
    When Born. 12 August 1863 No.1492
    When Baptized. 3 August 1866
    Child's Christian Name. John Edwin
    Parents' Name. Christian. William Richard & Jane
    Parents' Name. Surname. Harry
    Abode. 25 Claremont Place
    Quality, Trade, or Profession. Ship Wright
    By whom the Ceremony was performed. Theophilus Bennett

    Baptised same time as siblings William Richard and Sarah Ellen.

  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 10 General Register Office: 1871 Census Schedules, Class RG10; Piece 2118; Folio 109; Page 5, 2 Apr 1871, Primary quality.

    Address: 25 Claremont Street, Plymouth (St Andrew), Devon
    William R. Harry, head, married, male, 44 [1826/7], Shipwright (out of employ), b. Saltash, Cornwall
    Jane Harry, wife, married, female, 37 [1823/4], b. Parish of Beer Ferris, Devon
    Mary A. Harry, daughter, unmarried, female, 17 [1853/4], Domestic Serv[an]t, b. Portsmouth, Hampshire
    Louisa K. Harry, daughter, female, 13 [1857/8], Domestic Serv[an]t, b. Dartmouth, Devon
    William R. Harry, son, male, 11 [1859/60], Scholar, b. Plymouth, Devon
    John E. Harry, son, male, 7 [1863/4], Scholar, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Ellen S. Harry, daughter, female, 4 [1864/5], Scholar, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Elisabeth M. Harry, daughter, female, 1 [1869/70], b. Plymouth, Devon

  4. General Register Office. Public Record Office (PRO) RG 11 General Register Office: 1881 Census Schedules. (The National Archives), Class RG11; Piece 2197; Folio 24; Page 42, 3 Apr 1881, Primary quality.

    Address: 3 Claremont Place, Plymouth, Devon
    William R. Harry, head, married, male, 54 [1826/7], Shipwright, b. Saltash, Cornwall
    Jane Harry, wife, married, female, 57 [1823/4], b. Beer Ferris, Devon
    William R. Harry, son, unmarried, male, 21 [1859/60], Plasterer, b. Plymouth, Devon
    John E. Harry, son, male, 17 [1863/4], Painter's App (House), b. Plymouth, Devon
    Ellen S. Harry, daughter, female, 14 [1866/7], Sch, b. Plymouth, Devon

  5. British Postal Museum and Archive. Postal Service Appointment Books, 1737-1969. (London: Ancestry), Primary quality.

    1889
    Date: May
    Registered Number of Nomination Paper: 143514
    Surname: Harry
    Christian Name: John Edwin
    Situation to which Nominated: Junr Town Postman
    Place: Plymouth
    Number of Appointment Minute: 9114/89
    Number of Confirmation Minute: 15237/89
    Observations: Min 2378

  6. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 12 General Register Office: 1891 Census Schedules, Class RG12; Piece 1732; Folio 101; Page 11, 5 Apr 1891, Primary quality.

    Address: 42 King Gardens, Plymouth (St Andrew), Devon
    2 rooms occupied
    John E. Harry, head, married, male, 27 [1863/4], Letter Carr[ie]r G.P.O., employed, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Jessie E. Harry, wife, married, female, 28 [1862/3], b. Plymouth, Devon

  7. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 13 General Register Office: 1901 Census Schedules, Class RG13; Piece 2012; Folio 39; Page 69, 31 Mar 1901, Primary quality.

    Address: 61 King Gardens, Plymouth, Devon
    5 or more rooms occupied
    John E. Harry, head, married, male, 37 [1863/4], Postman, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Jessie E. Harry, wife, married, female, 38 [1862/3], b. Plymouth, Devon

  8. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 14 General Register Office: 1911 Census Schedules, Class RG14; Piece 12989; Schedule 195, 2 Apr 1911, Primary quality.

    Address: 89 Cambridge Street, Plymouth, Devon
    2 rooms occupied
    John E. Harry, head, male, 47 [1863/4], widower, 2 children born alive, 2 still living, Town Postman, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Lily Harry, daughter, female, 4 [1906/7], b. Plymouth, Devon
    Rosie Harry, daughter, female, 2 [1908/9], b. Plymouth, Devon
    Mary Emma Bond, housekeeper, female, 34 [1876/7], single, b. Bere Alston, Devon

  9. Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.

    d. John E. HARRY, March Quarter 1935, Plymouth Registration District, Vol. 5b, page 379, aged 71 [1863/4]

  10. Plymouth became a city in 1928.