Person:William Harris (276)

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  • HWilliam HarrisAbt 1802 - 1871
  • WAnn Goodman1804 - 1883
m. 18 May 1830
Facts and Events
Name William Harris
Gender Male
Birth[2][7] abt 1802 Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England
Marriage 18 May 1830 Willen, Buckinghamshire, Englandto Ann Goodman
Census[1] 6 Jun 1841 Willen, Buckinghamshire, England
Census[2] 30 Mar 1851 Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, EnglandAbbey End
Census[3] 7 Apr 1861 Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, EnglandAbbey End
Census[4] 2 Apr 1871 Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, EnglandAbbey End
Burial[6] 11 Dec 1871 Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England

William Harris's origins are unclear. As an adult he consistently claimed to have been born at Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire around 1802, but there were at least three people called William Harris baptised at Newport Pagnell around that time.

William's first confirmed sighting is on 18th May 1830, when he married Ann Goodman at Willen, just south of Newport Pagnell. They went on to have eight children together between 1831 and 1846, although at least two died as infants, whilst one daughter died aged thirteen in 1855 and their youngest son died aged nineteen in 1865.

The 1841 census finds William, Ann and their children living at Willen, along with Ann's mother. William was working an agricultural labourer.

By 1846 the family had left Willen and moved back to Newport Pagnell. Each census from 1851 to 1871 finds William, Ann and some of their children living at Abbey End there. William worked variously as an agricultural labourer and market gardener, whilst Ann was a lacemaker and laundress.

William died in 1871, when he was said to be 69 years old. He was buried at Newport Pagnell on 11th December 1871.

References
  1. England. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA): 1841 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class HO107; Piece 59; Book 17; Folio 2; Page 17, 6 Jun 1841.

    Address: Willen, Buckinghamshire
    W[illia]m Harris, male, 35 [1801-6], Ag[ricultural] Lab[ourer], born in county
    Ann Harris, female, 35 [1801-6], born in county
    George Harris, male, 10 [1830/1], born in county
    Thomas Harris, male, 8 [1832/3], born in county
    Jane Harris, female, 5 [1835/6], born in county
    Elizabeth Harris, female, 1 week [1841], born in county
    Eliz[abe]th Goodman, female, 80 [1756-61], born in county

  2. 2.0 2.1 General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). England and Wales. 1851 Census Schedules. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class HO107; Piece 1723; Folio 366; Page 36, 30 Mar 1851.

    Address: Abbey End, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire
    William Harris, head, married, male, 48 [1802/3], Ag[ricultural] Labourer, b. Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire
    Ann Harris, wife, married, female, 47 [1803/4], Wash Woman, b. Willen, Buckinghamshire
    George Harris, son, unmarried, male, 20 [1830/1], Ag[ricultural] Labourer, b. Willen, Buckinghamshire
    Mary Harris, daughter, female, 9 [1841/2], Lace Maker, b. Willen, Buckinghamshire
    James Harris, son, male, 5 [1845/6], Scholar, b. Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire

  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1861 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG9; Piece 873; Folio 21; Page 36, 7 Apr 1861.

    Address: Abbey End, Newport Pagnel, Buckinghamshire
    William Harris, head, married, male, 58 [1802/3], Gardener Master, b. Newport Pagnel, Buckinghamshire
    Ann Harris, wife, married, female, 57 [1803/4], Lacemaker, b. Willen, Buckinghamshire
    James Harris, son, unmarried, male, 15 [1845/6], Railway Lab[oure]r, b. Newport Pagnel, Buckinghamshire
    ~ [second household in same house]
    Frederick Leeds, head, married, male, 27 [1833/4], Bricklayer (journeyman), b. Newport Pagnel Buckinghamshire
    Jane Leeds, wife, female, 25 [1835/6], Dressmaker, b. Willen, Buckinghamshire

  4. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). England and Wales. 1871 Census Schedules. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG10; Piece 1419; Folio 16; Page 26, 2 Apr 1871.

    Address: Abbey End, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire
    William Harris, head, married, male, 68 [1802/3], Market Gardener, b. Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire
    Ann Harris, wife, married, female, 67 [1803/4], Lacemaker, b. Willen, Buckinghamshire
    George Harris, son, widower, male, 40 [1830/1], Laborer at Railway Works, b. Willen, Buckinghamshire

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

    d. William HARRIS, December Quarter 1871, Newport Pagnell Registration District, Volume 3a, page 363, aged 69 [1801/2]

  6. Buckinghamshire Family History Society. Buckinghamshire Burials Database.

    bur. 11 Dec 1871, Newport Pagnell: William Harris of Newport Pagnell, aged 69 [1801/2]

  7. There appear to have been three people called William Harris baptised at Newport Pagnell between 1799 and 1803. It has yet to be established which, if any, of them was the man who went on to marry Ann Goodman.