EXHALL; LONGFORD; FOLESHILL
Relationship to me: Gt.Gt.Grandfather
Joseph Harrison, a Coal Miner and Sarah (nee Barkby). Thomas was born in
Exhall on 17 April 1824, and christened in the Parish church on 9th June that
Early Years: Thomas had a tragic early life.
one of 4 children, having one sister and 2 brothers. When he was 9 their mother
died and only 4 years later their father died also. The 3 young boys went to
live at Lentons Lane with their aunt Ann Wakelin, while their sister went to
her grandmother at Crows Nest, Bedworth.
Occupation: By the age
of 14 and throughout his life he was a Blacksmith.
married Ellen West, an Exhall girl, on 10th Jan 1847 at
St. Laurence's Church, Foleshill, Coventry. The witnesses were Thomas's brother
Joseph and Ellen's sister Eliza.
Children: The couple had 8 children:
|| 27 Apr 1847
||Sarah married Alfred Haywood in 1866
at Foleshill, Coventry. They lived at Longford in later years. In 1901 they
were in Foleshill with children Eliza 29, Alfred 11, and Albert 2.
||20 May 1849
||Chr. 5 Dec 1865
||She married James Chronicle in 1879
at Foleshill. In 1891 at New Zealand, Foleshill with children Eliza 1880,
Harriet E 1883, and Martha A. 1887.
||He married Emma Marriott on 5 Jul
1875 at St.Laurence's Church, Foleshill. They lived at Church Rd, Bell Green,
||7 Dec 1853
||Ellen married William Garner on 3
Apr 1877 at St.Laurence's Church, Foleshill. Ellen died in 1880 aged 26. Her
widowed husband William went on to marry a further 2 times and had 3
||24th July 1856
||23 April 1859
||Married Joseph Hammersley 30 October
1876 at St.Laurence's Church, Foleshill. In 1901 they were in Foleshill with
children Mary Ann 1877, Ellen 1879, Joseph 1883, Fanny 1886, Emma Elizabeth
1889, Evelyn 1898, Thomas Harrison 1890, Oliver William 1896, Redvers James
||28 Aug 1863
||Chr. 15 July 1877
||Married Henry Butler in 1889. (reg.
at Coventry). Sadly she died 4 years later in 1893.
||24 Sep 1868
||Chr. 15 July 1877
||Married Walter Treddle in 1902 at
Foleshill. She died 14 Jun 1930 at Foleshill.
Known Places of Residence:
marriage the couple lived at Foxford, in the district of Longford about 3 miles
north of Coventry centre, and were there from at least 1851 to 1871.
By 1877 they lived near The Wheatsheaf Inn on the main road,
now known as Foleshill Road.
In the 1881 census their address was New
Zealand, Foleshill, which is believed to have been a local name for the same or
a nearby district.
In 1891 the now elderly couple lived at Turnpike Road,
It is possible that these last 3 addresses were in fact the same
Death: 3 years afer the death of his wife Thomas died
aged 73 from "Decay of Nature" (old age) on 22nd February 1898 and was buried
on the 25th February at St. Laurence's Church, Old Church Road, Foleshill,