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From: "Frank Turner" <>
Subject: Re: [YORKSGEN] Help or advice needed.
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2008 12:11:49 +0100
You'll find the marriage of William to Elizabeth on the IGI on 21 April 1801
St. Peters Leeds.
I did a quick scan for their respective births. There are far too many
possibilities for William to mention here but I will say that in Leeds,
Guiseley, Kirkstall, Headingley, Otley districts there are a number of
possibilities dated 1774/5. Perhaps from those addresses he would seem to be
a possible for the county cricket team.(:-)
Elizabeth Hall is more elusive. There is one born in Cawood about 10 miles
east of Leeds 23 July 1775 to Joseph and Mary.
Using what you already know, some of the church names will lead you to try
Hugh Wallis's batch number system. This might narrow them down. I'd start
with St. Peters Leeds.
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From: "Herbert Harrison" <>
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 3:44 AM
Subject: [YORKSGEN] Help or advice needed.
Over many years I have been researching my "Harrison Roots" and with the
help of various members of Yorksgen as well as many visits to Leeds and
Yorkshire (including our 'Gatherings' in York) I have been able to fill in
many gaps. I have let this project lapse for the last couple of years and,
as I will not be attending York this year, I thought I would ask for help
or, at least, advice on how to determine the last few facts I want to
My research moves from myself, Herbert George Harrison, b:10.2.27
Christchurch, NZ, d: (to be determined) as follows:
Father: Arthur Harrison, b: Leeds 20.6 1892. d: Timaru NZ, 24.9.1977.
Grandfather: George Henry Harrison, b: Leeds 19.12.1863. d: ChCh, NZ,
G-Grandfather: William Harrison, b: Holbeck 26.6.1840. d: Leeds 4.12.1915.
G-G-Grandfather: John Harrison, b: 15.6.1819 Bradford. d: Unknown. (1)
G-G-G-Grandfather: William Harrison, b: Unknown (2). d: Unknown (3). m:
Unknown (4) to
Elizabeth Hall, b: 1775 (5). d: 13.6.1850
(Buried Holbeck, St Matthews)
(1) John Harrison's date and place of death. I know that he married Sarah
Burland who was confirmed in Snaith, 25.12.1818, and married in St Peters,
Leeds, on 7.10.1839.
(2, 3 & 4) William Harrison's date and place of birth, marriage & death. I
suspect that his birth may have occurred in or around Bradford and his death
in Holbeck with probable place of burial, St Matthews, Holbeck.
(5) Elizabeth Harrison (nee Hall?) date and place of birth, again suspected
to be in or around Bradford.
Wiliam & Elizabeth Harrison had five children from 1805 to 1819 all born in
Bradford, and between 1819 and 1839 moved with their youngest son, John -
and possibly all five of their children - from Bradford to Holbeck where
most of the sons were involved in the engineering trade in association with
the large railway industry in Holbeck at that time.
Therefore, it is likely that their marriage took place in or around Bradford
in 1804/05 as most Harrison males over the generations seem to have been
very 'quick off the mark' in helping to produce their first child following
marriage. (Following marriage - please note!!!) Writer not excepted!!!
May I take this opportunity of wishing all who are attending Yorksgen in
York in July this year a happy time, a time of renewing friendships and
making new friends together with meaningful research.
You might raise a glass to me in "The Charles" on a suitable occasion.
Finally, may I say that on each of the four occasions I have attended the
"Yorksgen Gatherings" I have been a little disappointed at the few who
attend from the UK itself, considering that most of us travel from half a
world away to be present.
This is personal observation - not a critiscism of members.
So, safe travelling and enjoy yourselves.