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The Harrisons of Swinden, Gisburne
Harrisons Congregational Church
The Harrisons of Skipton
Thomas Harrison, Tailor of Skipton

Third Generation - Thomas Harrison††††

In the search for the father of Sarah Ann Harrison, (wife of Thomas Horner) I found two Thomas Harrisonís born in Skipton between 1813 and 1820. †††

The first Thomas Harrison was baptized in the Zion Independent Chapel on Newmarket Street, Skipton in 1815, the son of Thomas and Sarah Harrison [1] . As Thomas Harrison and his family lived on Newmarket Street from 1841-1881, it seemed that this Thomas Harrison was the most likely candidate to be Sarah Annís father. Moreover, a certain James Harrison had founded the Congregationalist movement in Skipton in 1770s and through his efforts; St Andrews Church had been built on Newmarket Street [2] . The Thomas Harrison born in 1815 was one of Jamesís descendants.

I was quite excited by the possibilities and was determined to prove the connection. However, a trip to the graveyard at St Andrews Church turned up a gravestone on which it was revealed that Thomas Harrison, son of Thomas and Sarah Harrison, died on 27 July 1832 aged nineteen [3] . It was therefore not humanly possible for this Thomas to be our ancestor! There may be an earlier connection between these Harrisonís but that has still to be proved.

The Harrisons of Swinden, Gisburn

Edward Harrison married Anne Fell
James Harrison
born 1744 Gisburn
Joseph Harrison
born 1749 Gisburn
died 1821 Bradford
John Harrison
Thomas Harrison, born 1782 Wilsden, married Sarah Haigh

†††††† This Thomas Harrison father of the one who died in 1832 was a Whitesmith and bell hanger on Newmarket Street in 1823 [4] .Thomas (father of Thomas Harrison born in 1815) was the son of Joseph Harrison of Saffron Walden in Essex and born in 1782 in Wilsden [5] . His father Joseph was born in 1749 in Swinden near Gisburn and was a minister in Skipton 1779-1792 and practised in Gargrave from 1769-1775 where he also had a day school. Joseph became pastor of the Church at Clavering, Essex in 1775; Bingley Baptist in 1793, and Wilsden in 1795 where he was the first minister. He moved to Allerton in 1815.Joseph Harrison died at Allerton Bradford in 1821 aged 72 where he had been preaching. Joseph was instrumental in the building of the church at Bury, and Allerton Bradford.

†††††† Joseph was the son of Edward Harrison of Swinden in Gisburn Parish who was born, the son of a yeoman Farmer in 1716. Edward married Anne Fell of Gisburn in 1739 and continued to manage his farm [6] . He was a prominent worker at Horton in Craven and a trustee of the chapel in 1743. He was the sole trustee of the chapel in 1786, and had oversight of the church there and that at Winterburn. His fatherís home was licensed on 3 October 1710 for independent worship. In 1750 he was pastor at Greenacres Chapel near Oldham. He remained there three years and then returned to Swinden. He died in 1786 in Swindon.

Edwardís youngest son John stayed in Oldham and was due to enter the priesthood in 1770, but it is not certain what happened [7] .

†††††† Josephís son Thomas Harrison had six children who made it into adulthood [8] .†† His daughter Sarah Harrison lived in Commercial Street in 1841 aged 30 and independent [9] . James Harrison was a Baptist minister in 1854 [10] . James married Grace and they had at least two other children named Thomas and William [11] .Thomas Harrison died 12 April 1839 aged 62 and his wife Sarah died 30 march 1837 aged 59. Thomas was described as of Bradford [12] .

Harrisons Congregational Church

†††††† Edward Harrisonís eldest son James Harrison moved to Skipton in 1774 [13] . James married in 1772. James founded the Congregational church in Skipton.He was 26 when he opened his house for religious services. In 1774 part of the Court House in Skipton was hired for the growing congregation. The Court House was on the site of the Devonshire Arms in Newmarket Street.Later the Harrison family occupied a house on the site. This house was a large building and James let a tenement. In 1777, the land on the North of Newmarket Street was purchased for a church.

†††††† James was a weaver and had at least one son John who was born in 1774. James was buried on 8 May 1828, aged 84, and thirty of his children and grandchildren attended his funeral. James Harrison set up his chapel at first in Devonshire Place on Newmarket Street in Skipton. His son John Harrison married Grace Holmes and had a family of eight children all christened at the Zion Church in Skipton.

†††††† John Harrison was a deacon of the congregational church in Skipton and a superintendent of the Sunday school from 1816 to 1830. In 1841 John was a widower. His wife Grace died on 14 August 1825 aged 46 [14] . He lived on Waller Hill, aged 60, a warehouseman, with his children Robert, 20, and Jane, 15 [15] . In 1851 he lived on Newmarket Street, aged 77, a canal proprietor with his daughter Jane, 29, granddaughter Jane Waugh, 10, a scholar, and Mary Cockshott, a visitor [16] .John died on March 22 1854 aged 80 [17] .

†††††† Johnís son John lived on Commercial Street in 1841 aged 35 with his wife Ann, and children John, Mary and Hannah [18] . John Harrison married Anne Roe on 22 February 1827 [19] .In 1851 John had moved to Millfields with his wife Ann and their children John, 16, Mary, 14, Hannah, 11, and Catherine 7 [20] . John Harrison trained for the ministry at Highbury College and became pastor of the church at Stretton Under Fosse in Warwickshire, where he died in 1853 [21] .

†††††† Johnís son William was a deacon of the church in Skipton in 1877.William Harrison lived on the Canal warehouse in 1861 and was agent to the Canal Company. William married Belsy Hurtley and they lived with their eighteen year old daughter and Williamís mother in law Bridget Hurtle [22] y. . William may have had a son Edward who also lived in the Canal warehouse, aged 26 with his wife Hannah, 30. Edward was an agent to the canal company [23] . In.1871 William Harrison lived in Coach Street with his wife Elizabeth, and his daughter and Robert Harrison his brother [24] . Williamís son Edward also lived in Coach Street with his family [25] . By 1881 William had died and his wife Elizabeth still lived in Coach Street with their daughter Mary and their twenty year old grandson John H. Harrison, clerk in canal office, born Salford [26] . Edward was still in Coach Street with his family [27] . William was buried in St Andrews graveyard. He died 18 may 1877 aged 67, his wife Elizabeth died 21 November 1887 aged 83, and they were buried in the same grave as their children James who died on 21 December 1832 aged 7 weeks and Grace who died 5 May 1837 aged 15 months [28] .

†††††† Ben Harrison was schooled at Stretton Under Fosse in Wales.Ben and his son Alfred were also buried in St Andrews, Skipton. Alfred died 30 July 1850 aged 2, Jane, his wife died 13 August 1850 aged 35, Ben died 20 March 1866 aged 53. They were all buried in the same grave [29] .

†††††† John and Alice Harrisonís [30] . John Harrison is described as of Bingley. A Philip and Betty Harrison also had their child christened at Zion Chapel, New Market Street Skipton [31] .

The Harrisons of Skipton

†††††† The real father of Sarah Ann Harrison, Thomas Harrison, was baptized on 1 June 1817 in Skipton, North Yorkshire [32] . He was the eldest son of Edward Harrison and Elizabeth Barker, and joined his four-year-old sister Ann and brother two-year old Joseph in the family home [33] . His younger sister, Mary and soon joined him, and the birth of his baby brother John in 1825 completed the family [34] . However, John died as a baby in 1827 when Thomas would have been about ten years old.

Edward Harrison married Elizabeth Barker

born 1813

born 1815
born 1817
born 1820
born 1822
born 1825

†††††† Thomas lost his mother Elizabeth in 1832 when he was fifteen and father Edward in 1836 when he was just nineteen [35] . In that same year Thomas married Margaret Scott, on 24 November 1836 at the Parish Church in Skipton [36] . Margaret Scott, the daughter of John Scott and Sarah Smith, was about three years older than her husband and had probably just celebrated her twenty-first birthday when they got married [37] .

Thomas Harrison, Tailor of Skipton

Thomas and Margaret set up their first home together on Newmarket Street in Skipton, near to Margaretís widowed father John Scott and her sister Sarah [38] . This John Scott may have held the Beer House recorded on Newmarket Street in 1837 [39] . Thomasís father Edward had died in 1836, and his mother in 1832 and his eldest brother Joseph in 1837 [40] . It is not certain who cared for the Harrison siblings, but their Harrison or Barker relatives may have taken them in. On his marriage, Thomas Harrisonís witnesses were Edmund Barker and Mary Scott, which may indicate that it was the Barker family which cared for them [41] . As his sister Ann had married in 1834 it is possible that she had taken her younger siblings into her household.

†††††† Their eldest daughter Sarah Ann Harrison arrived in 1838 and two years later their youngest daughter Jane [42] . Thomas Harrison was recorded as working as a Tailor in 1841, but a search of early nineteenth business directories for Skipton has shown that Thomas did not have his own business [43] . As Thomas was then only twenty years old, this is not surprising. It is possible that Thomas was still apprenticed when he was first married and was working in a Tailors establishment near Newmarket Street [44] . Ten years later, Thomas was recorded as a ĎJourneyman Tailorí, indicating that he had now completed his apprenticeship and was working towards his masterpiece. However, working as a Tailor must have brought in sufficient income to set up a household independently and to support a young family. Thomasís wife Margaret does not appear to work throughout her married life.

††††† By 1841 Thomasís sister Ann had set up her own household. Ann Harrison had married William Riley and was living at the Back of the Becks with her family and her fifteen year old sister Mary [45] . Mary later married Jesse Brayshaw in 1843 [46] .

††††† By 1851, Thomas Harrisonís family had doubled in size, being joined by his eldest son Edward Harrison in 1842 and James Scott Harrison in 1846 [47] . The family still lived in Newmarket Street and all four Harrison children attended the nearest school [48] . A son Joseph Harrison, born in 1837 died aged 2 in 1839 [49] . Margaret Harrison did not work and stayed at home to care for her two year old nephew John Bramley [50] . Her sister Mary Scott had married a George Bramley in 1845 [51] . Their marriage did not last long and Mary died in 1850, leaving her son John with her sister Margaret Harrison, nee Scott. It is not certain what became of Margaretís niece Margaret who would have been about 6 years old in 1851. Ten years later, her nephew John Bramley had moved out of the Harrison household to stay with his grandfather John Scott in Newmarket Street.

††††† In 1861 tTheir first grandchild had joined the Harrison family; Elizabeth Ann Harrison, aged two, was the young daughter of Sarah Ann Harrison and for the rest of her childhood lived in her grandparentís home. Thomas Harrison continued working as a Tailor, but his children do not seem to have followed him in the trade. Both his daughters Sarah Ann Harrison, and Jane, worked as Cotton Power Loom Weavers in Dewhurstís Cotton Mill on Newmarket Street. However, his sons Edward and James were earning as Whitesmith and Bele hangers.

††††††††† Between 1864 and 1871 Thomas Harrison died, before the age of 54, leaving his widow Margaret Harrison in charge of the family home in Newmarket Street, Skipton [52] .

††††††††† By 1871, all Margaretís children had married and left home. However, she still cared for her granddaughter Elizabeth Ann Harrison, who at the age of twelve was already working in as a woollen weaver. Margaret was also joined in her household by her grandson James Henry Harrison, a scholar, and Jamesís mother, her daughter-in-law, Jane Harrison. Jane Harrison also worked as a woollen weaver. Jane and Elizabeth Ann may have worked in Storey Watkinsonís Mill on Newmarket Street. Margaretís nephew John Bramley had rejoined the Harrison household and at the age of twenty worked as a Railway Clerk.The New railway Station would have been built on its present site in 1875, and John may have worked there.

†††††† Margaret Harrison continued to live in Newmarket Street in 1881 joined only by her grandson Thomas Smith and nephew John Bramley [53] . John Bramley, aged thirty, worked as a Manufacturerís Bookkeeper, which may have been in Dewhurstís Cotton Mills on Newmarket Street [54] . He obviously helped greatly with the family income, as Margaret Harrison did not work [55] . She stayed at home and cared for her grandson Thomas Smith who attended the local School [56] . Margaret died in Skipton in 1882 at 68 years of age [57] .††††



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[1] IGI

[2] See A History of Congregationalism in Yorkshire. James Harrison lived in Devonshire Place in Newmarket Street.

[3] See Transcripts of original gravestones at St Andrews Church on Newmarket Street.

[4] Baines Directory 1823..

[5] IGI

[6] IGI

[7] This John Harrison may have been buried in Gargrave Church on 1 April 1794 aged 49. Gargrave monumental Inscruptions.

[8] All deatils in family tree from IGI and the St Andrews Independent Church Skipton Graveyard

[9] 1841 Skipton census.

[10] On the marriage of his daughter Naomi Harrison , 30, Millfields, to John Calvert Tailor, 30, Millfields, Tailor on 18 septmeber 1854 James is described as a Baptist minister. James and anne green were witnesses. Holy Trinity Skipton Parish registers.

[11] Thomas was christned29 September 1833. William was born about 1833.Zion Church Independent. IGI

[12] St Andrews Graveyard.

[13] He was born in 1744 in Swinden.

[14] St Andrews Independent Church Skipton Gracestones.

[15] 1841 Skipton Census.

[16] Johnís daughter Mary Waugh had a son Benjamin Waugh who was famous for nonconformism in Settle.

[17] St Andrews gravestones.

[18] 1841 Skipton census.

[19] Holy Trinity Skipton.

[20] John is described as a labourer in the marriage of his daughter Mary Ann to Charles Emmott son of Charles Emmott on 3 March 1859. Holy Trinity Parish registers. 1851 Census.

[21] History of Independency in Skipton.

[22] William was 51, Belsey, 55 born Settle, Mary<, 18, born Enfield Lancashire and a scholar, and Bridget Hurtley was 85, formerly a breadmaker, born Throstle most Bolland. 1861 Census.

[23] 1861 Census.

[24] Robert was aged 52, a clerk unemployed and born in Skipton. 1871 Cenuss.

[25] Edward, 36, Canal Agent, Hannah, 40, Ann Elizabeth daughter, 6, and Jane Waters, 63, and Jane Waters, 49 both born in Bridlington. 1871 Census.

[26] Elizabeth was 76, born settle, Mary 38, born Enfield, John, born salford. 1881 Census.

[27] 1881 Census.

[28] < St Andrews graveyard.

[29] St Andrews graveyard.

[30] Sarah was christened on 3 September 1821. John was christned 14 April 1823. New Market Street, Zion Chapel. IGI

[31] Richard Harrison was christened on 8 May 1809. New Market Street, Zion Chapel. IGI

[32] Thomas was born on 19 March 1817 and baptized on 1 June 1817. Holy trinity Parish registers.

[33] Ann Harrison was born on 10 April 1813 and baptized on 4 July 1813. Holy Trinity Parish registers, Skipton.

[34] Joseph was born 10 February 1815 and christened on 16 April 1815. Joseph Harrison was buried on 18 January 1837 aged 21. John Harrison was born on 22 April 1825,christened on 12 June 1825 and was buried on 25 December 1827 aged 2 years and 6 months. Holy Trinity, Skipton Parish registers.His sister Mary was christened on 25 August 1822 and married Jesse Brayshaw, power loom weaver on 18 July 1843. Thomas Harrison was a witness. Holy trinity Skipton Parish registers.

[34] Holy Trinity Skipton Parish Registers.

[35] Elizabeth Harrison was buried on 2 July 1832 aged 44. Edward Harrison was buried on 12 April 1836 aged 48. Holy Trinity Skipton Parish Registers.

[36] IGI Holy Trinity Parish Registers, Skipton.

[37] Margaret Scott was born on 24 October 1814 and christened on 27 November 1814 in Skipton. Holy Trinity Parish Registers. Their marriage was witnessed byEdmund Barker and Mary Scott. Holy Trinity parish Registers.

[38] 1841 & 1851 Skipton census. In 1841 John Scott, 45,Labourer, was living in Newmarket Street Skipton, with his wife Sarah, 50, their daughter Mary, 25 and son James, 20 a wool comber.1841 Skipton Census.

[39] Whites Directory 1837.

[40] Edward was a cotton spinner and was buried on 12 December 1836 aged 48. His wife Elizabeth was buried on 2 July1832 aged 44 in Skipton Holy Trinity Skipton, Parish registers

[41] Skipton Parish registers.

[42] Sarah Ann Harrison was born on 7 May 1838 and christened on 3 June 1838. Jane was born on 15 September 1839 and christened on 6 October 1839. Skipton parish registers. 1841 Skipton Census. In the Parish Records Jane is recorded as being the daughter of a Francis Harrison Tailor, but in her marriage she is recorded as the daughter of Thomas Harrison. Her brother Edward, born 13 June 1841 and christened 25 July 1841 is similarly recorded in his birth as the son of Francis, but later when he marries he is recorded as the son of Thomas Harrison tailor.

[43] I have searched Baines directory and

[44] I have yet to locate the nearest Tailors in 1841. I have yet to find Thomasí Apprenticeship papers.

[45] Anne Harrison married William Riley on 30 March 1834. A George Barker and a James Hall were witnesses. In 1841 William Riley, 25, cotton factory operative, Ann, 25, and their children, John, 6, Edward, 4, Margaret, 2 and Joseph, 9 Months are living at Back of the Becks, Skipton.Mary Harrison is aged 15 and a cotton warper in a factory. William Riley is a witness to the marriage of James Barker, plasterer, son of Thomas Barker Blacksmith, and Jane Myers, daughter of John Myers of Thorlby. Holy Trinity Skipton, Parish Registers.

[46] Mary Harrison married Jesse Brayshaw on 18 July 1843. Holy Trinity Skipton Parish Registers Jesse Brayshaw was the son of William Brayshaw a weaver. A Richard Brayshaw was an excise officer of the Liverpool Canal and set up Malham Mill in 1785. He leased a share to William Cockshott in 1797. See Ingle.

[47] James Scott Harrison was born on 16 September 1845 and christened on 9 November 1845. 1851 Skipton Census.

[48] Which was????

[49] Joseph Harrison was born on 12 March 1837,christened on 14 May 1837 and buried on 6 April1839 aged two. Skipton parish registers.

[50] I have yet to locate John Bramleyís parents.

[51] They married on 19 August 1845 in Skippton. Their son James was born in 25 December 1848 and christened on 4 March 1849. His sister Margaret was born on 11 November 1845 and christened on 14 December 1845. Mary Bramley nee Scott was buried on 20 July 1850 aged 37.

[52] I have yet to find details of his death.

[53] 1881 Skipton Census.

[54] I have yet to identify the likely employer.

[55] John Bramley later married Emma Jane,and they had a daughter Margaret Bromley (sic ) born on 4 December 1883 and christened on 13 April 1884. John Brumley was a book-keeper. Holy Trinity Parish Registers Skipton.

[56] School

[57] Where has this come from?



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