Head Mistress of the Ipswich Endowed School for Girls – January 1886 – August 1922.


Born: 22nd October 1858, High Road, Tottenham, Middlesex.


Father: DAVID JOHN HARRISON, born 19th November 1820, Chelsea, Middlesex, baptised 17th December 1820, at St. James Church, Westminster, Middlesex. David was educated at Christ’s Hospital, Winchester. Matriculation – 26th April 1842, aged 21 years. Under the Will of Mr. Simonds, the founder of the Christ’s Hospital, Winchester, David, in August 1842 was selected to continue his education at Pembroke College, Oxford. On the 3rd June 1846, the B.A. degree was conferred on David Harrison. In June 1848, the Reverend David Harrison was licensed to be Curate at Tottenham, in the Diocese of London. On Sunday, 3rd June 1849, the Lord Bishop of London held a general ordination in St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Reverend David John Harrison, of Pembroke College, Oxford, was admitted priest. The Reverend David Harrison was granted the M.A. degree on the 25th October 1849.

In August 1850, the Reverend Harrison, Assistant Curate left the parish of Tottenham for St. Peter’s Church, Walworth. The congregation presented Reverend David Harrison with a copy of the “Encyclopaedia Britannica” in 21 volumes and a purse containing ten guineas. The volume of the work bore the inscription: – “Presented, with a purse of ten guineas, to the Reverend David John Harrison, M.A., by the congregation attending the parish church, Tottenham, on his leaving the same; in testimony of their affectionate esteem, and acknowledgement of his ministerial fidelity, ability, and usefulness.” The poorer inhabitants of the parish of Tottenham had also raised a subscription among themselves. They presented Reverend Harrison with a writing desk, with a leathern case, well fitted and furnished, as a token of their attachment and gratitude for the courtesy and kindness.

On Sunday, 26th September 1852, at St. Peter’s Church, Walworth, the Reverend David Harrison, a Curate, preached a Sermon on the occasion of the death of his Grace the Duke of Wellington, K.G., etc.

The Reverend David Harrison continued at St. Peter’s until December 1855, when instituted by the Bishop of London to the Perpetual Curacy of St. Paul the Apostle Church, Tottenham.

In January 1862, it was announced that the Reverend David John Harrison, M.A., to the Rectory of Ludgvan, Cornwall; patrons, the Countess Dowager of Sandwich and the Duke of Cleveland. In 1866, the Reverend David Harrison became a member of the Penzance Board of Guardians and in 1878 became chairman. In 1891 to commemorate the good feeling between the Reverend David Harrison and successive Boards of Guardians his portrait was painted and presented to him. Later, the Reverend Harrison handed the testimonial portrait to the Board Room. Reverend Harrison was a strict temperance and a member of the Penzance Teetotal Society.

Reverend David Harrison died on Friday, 10th March 1893 at the vicarage. He had been a diligent and earnest preacher at Ludgvan for 31 years. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, 14th March, at St. Paul’s Church, Ludgvan and read by the Reverend Richard Astley, vicar of St. Piran and St. Michael Church, Perranuthnoe and Reverend William Wriothesley Digby Wingfield, vicar of St. Gudwal Church, Gulval. The brief distance from the vicarage to the church was lined with schoolchildren of the parish. The coffin was of unpolished oak, enclosing a lead shell and laid beneath the shade of the trees at St. Paul’s Churchyard. The sides of the grave were lined with fir, moss and ivy and brightened by posies of primroses, daffodils, and narcissi and beautiful wreaths and crosses, in which narcissi, arums, and azaleas were placed on the coffin. Later the grave was covered by neat slabs of granite; the upper one bearing a crosscut out of the granite.


Mother: EMILY WILLATS HARRISON (nee Parsons), born 14th September 1827, Newington, Surrey, baptised 10th October 1827, at St. Mary’s Church, Newington – second daughter of George Parsons, a Royal Navy surgeon and doctor, and Mary Parsons, of Marlborough Place, Newington, Surrey. Emily Harrison died on the 20th April 1902, at the home of her son the Reverend David Percy Harrison, of The Vicarage, Ixworth, Suffolk. Laid to rest in All Saints Churchyard, Ixworth.



Emily and David Harrison had twin sons born on the 6th March 1857 – one was stillborn.

DAVID PERCY HARRISON, born 6th March 1857, Tottenham. David was educated privately at home before continuing his education at Malvern College, he won an open scholarship to Pembroke College, Oxford, where in July 1877 he gained a Second Class – Honours, in Classical Moderations and Literae Humaniores. On the 23rd October 1879, the B.A. degree was conferred on David Harrison, after which he returned home to live with his parents and siblings in Ludgvan, Cornwall. In 1882, the Reverend David Percy Harrison was appointed Curate at Holy Trinity Church, Brompton. During his service at Holy Trinity Brompton, Reverend David Harrison resided at 4, Pelham Street, Kensington – two rooms, ground and first, and furnished for £40 a year. On the 28th April 1887, the M.A. degree was conferred on the Reverend David Harrison. In 1892, Reverend David Harrison left Holy Trinity Brompton and was appointed Vicar of All Saints Church, Ixworth, Suffolk. After his father died in 1893, his mother and sister, Rosamund Harrison moved into the Vicarage at Ixworth. In July 1895, Reverend Harrison was appointed Secretary of the National Society for Blackburne Deanery. In 1905, the Reverend David Harrison was appointed Vicar of All Saints Church, Lydiard Millicent, Wiltshire. His brother, the Reverend George Reginald Harrison succeeded David as Vicar of All Saints Church, Ixworth.

Reverend Harrison was a naturalist and a great authority on natural history. As a guest speaker, he often gave lectures on British birds sometimes travelling to London or Suffolk. He also had one of the finest collections of butterflies. The Reverend Harrison was proficient with his gun, and when he turned 80 he enjoyed a day’s shooting being an expert with his rifle just as he was in his youth.

Early in 1836, Reverend Harrison broke his arm in an accident. He appeared to recover and for a time was able to resume his ministry, but he sadly suffered a relapse and became confined to the Rectory for some months. The Reverend David Harrison died Monday, 11th October 1937, at The Rectory, Lydiard Millicent, Wiltshire, after an illness extending over several months. On Thursday, 14th October the Bishop of Malmesbury, the Rural Dean Reverend Eric Smith and the Reverend Norman Steward Willis, the Vicar of St. Mary’s Church, Purton officiated at the choral funeral service. Muffled peals were rung on the bells of All Saints Church, Lydiard Millicent after the service and during the evening. A memorial service was held at the church the following Sunday. A memorial tablet was later erected at All Saints Church by his family and friends.


GEORGE REGINALD HARRISON, born 1861, Tottenham, Middlesex. George was educated privately at home before continuing his education at college. Matriculation – 1st October 1879, aged 19 and entered Jesus College, Cambridge in Michaelmas 1879. In 1883, the B.A. degree was conferred on George. At an ordination held on Sunday, 23rd December 1883, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, George Harrison, B.A., of Jesus College, Cambridge, was admitted into holy orders and ordained a Deacon by the Bishop of London. His Lordship also licensed George Harrison to a curacy at St. Mary’s Church, Hampton, Middlesex. On the 21st December 1884, George Harrison, B.A., Jesus College, was ordained a Priest by the Bishop of London, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. In 1886, the M.A. degree was conferred on the Reverend George Harrison. In 1893 Reverend George Harrison was appointed Curate at St. Modwen Church, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, he had served nine years at St. Mary’s Church, Hampton.

Surrey Advertiser – Monday, 9th January 1893 – PRESENTATION TO THE REVEREND G. R. HARRISON – On Friday, 6th January 1893 an interesting presentation took place at Hampton, when the Reverend George Harrison, who is leaving the parish after nine years’ good work as Curate of St. Mary’s Church, was made the recipient of a purse of fifty guineas and a prettily engraved inkstand. The Chair was taken by, Mr. August Christoph Rudolph De Witte, who gave a few words as to the object of the meeting, before calling on the Vicar to say a few words. The Reverend R. Digby Ram spoke cordially of the excellent way in which Reverend Harrison had performed his numerous duties during the time he had been Curate of the parish. Mr. De Witte added his testimony to Reverend Harrison’s good work, and in the name of the subscribers handed him the gifts. The Reverend George Harrison said no words that he could utter would be at all adequate to express how deeply he felt their very great kindness, and how very much he appreciated that most solid and tangible expression of the estimation in which they held his work in the parish.

Reverend George Harrison served twelve years as Curate at St. Modwen Church, Burton-on-Trent. In 1905 he succeeded his brother the Reverend David Percy Harrison as Vicar at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Ixworth, and as curate-in-charge of Ixworth Thorpe, Suffolk.

Diss Express – Friday, 31st March 1905 – The induction of the Reverend George R. Harrison to the living of Ixworth took place on Friday afternoon by Archdeacon George Hodges, of Bury St. Edmund’s. There was a large congregation. Reverend John Sikes Sawbridge, of Thelnetham (Rural Dean), and Reverend Edward Simeon Burgess, of Pakenham, assisted in the service. The sermon was preached by the Archdeacon.

On Thursday, 4th May 1905, at St. Modwen Church, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, George married Jessie Gertrude Jackson, born 1868, Burton-on-Trent, baptised 20th February 1868, St. Modwen Church, Burton-upon-Trent – daughter of Henry Hoskins Jackson, a brewer’s manager – Bass & Co. Ltd., and Eliza Jackson (nee Copley), of Moat Bank, Ashby Road, Burton-upon-Trent. The officiating clergyman was George’s brother, the Reverend David Percy Harrison.

Cornishman – Thursday, 4th May 1905 – MARRIAGE OF THE REVEREND GEORGE REGINALD HARRISON – An extraordinary amount of interest was taken in a marriage ceremony at Burton-upon-Trent on Thursday, when the Reverend George Harrison, vicar of Ixworth, Suffolk, and Miss Jessie Gertrude Jackson were united in the bonds of holy matrimony. For many years the bridegroom, who is a son of the late Reverend David John Harrison, rector of Ludgvan, was Curate of St. Modwe’s and during his residence in Burton gained the respect and esteem of all with whom he came in contact, whilst his bride is equally well known as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hoskins Jackson, of Moat Bank. The officiating clergyman was the Reverend Percy Harrison, Rector of Lidiard Millicent, Swindon, assisted by the Vicar, Reverend H. B. Freeman, R.D. The Reverend Alexander Herbert Harrison acted as best man.

Jessie and George had two children – a son, Herbert Reginald Polhill Harrison, and a daughter, Alice Beatrice Harrison.

As a Conservative candidate in September 1909, the Reverend Harrison was elected as a member of the Rural District Council. George was also on the Board of Guardians of the Thingoe Union, and a member of Bury Oddfellows and Ixworth Rifle Club. During The Great War, Reverend George Harrison indefatigably paid visits to the bereaved and looked up and welcomed all soldiers from the villages returning on leave from The Front. From the beginning of the War, he conducted a daily intercession service on their behalf.

On Sunday, 6th January 1918, Reverend George Harrison had taken five services without a sign of an approaching serious illness.

Reverend George Harrison died after less than a week’s illness, on Sunday 13th January 1918, of pneumonia, at The Vicarage, Ixworth, Suffolk. On Wednesday, 16th January in the evening the body was reverently placed in the chancel of the church where a short service was conducted by his brother, the Reverend David Percy Harrison. The funeral service was held on Thursday midday and read by Canon Frederick Edward Warren, D. D., Rector of Bardwell, and Rural Dean. The coffin was then taken amid the winter snow and laid to rest by the side of his mother in All Saints Churchyard, Ixworth.

On the 1939 England and Wales Register, widow, Jessie Harrison was living at Glyngarth, Hindhead, Surrey with her sister Lucy Jackson, a retired hospital nurse, her brother Arthur Ivan Jackson, a retired doctor, and her widowed sister Mrs. Rosa Jane Wake (nee Jackson).

Jessie Harrison died on the 3rd January 1940, at Haslemere Hospital, Surrey, of Bramley Croft Lodge, Tower Road, Hindhead, Surrey and was laid to rest on the 9th January 1939, at St. Luke’s Churchyard, Grayshott, Hampshire.

Jessie and George’s son, Herbert Reginald Polhill Harrison, became an official of the Sudan Political Service and served as District Inspector. From 1954 – 55 Herbert served as the Governor of Khartoum.


RODEN STANLEY HARRISON, born 6th October 1861, Tottenham, Middlesex, baptised 5th March 1862, at St. Paul’s Church, Ludgvan, Cornwall. Roden was educated privately at home. Roden joined the Army and on the 14th January 1880, he graduated from Sandhurst Military College as a Gentleman Cadet to be Second Lieutenant with the Royal South Lincoln Regiment. In December 1882 Roden was ranked a Lieutenant of the Lincolnshire Regiment, 4th Battalion. During the Sudan Campaign of 1884, Roden was ranked a Captain of the Lincolnshire Regiment, 4th Battalion he was among those sent to rescue the besieged General Gordon. In May 1884, Captain Roden Harrison of the Lincolnshire Regiment, 4th Battalion, resigned his Commission and immigrated to Canada.

On the 28th July 1884, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Quebec, Canada, Roden, a farmer, of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba, married Marion Simmons Meers, of England, born 27th April 1856, Mackay’s Court, Stoke, Kent, baptised 4th June 1856,  – third daughter of William Simmons Meers, a farmer of 790 acres and employer of men and boys and Sophia Susannah Meers (nee Blackadder), of Hartridge House, Bexleyheath, and late of Mackay’s Court, Stoke.

The Cornish Telegraph – Thursday, 21st August 1884 – LUDGVAN – WEDDING FESTIVITIES – Few parochial events of the last quarter of a century will be more pleasantly recalled than that which took place on the 13th August 1884, when the marriage of Mr. Roden Stanley Harrison, third son of the Rector, the Reverend David Harrison was celebrated. The wedding took place in Quebec on the 28th July, and the news of it having arrived, the rector and his lady invited the scholars and teaching staff of the three public schools, and their intimate friends, to spend the afternoon and evening at the rectory. The Whitecross School marched to Churchtown Hill School, where they were joined first by the Girls’ Board School, and afterwards by the National Boys’ School. Then the complete procession, headed by the efficient Penzance Season Band, under Mr. Hosking, marched through the grounds of the Rectory into a spacious field at the rear. There the children were at liberty to do what they pleased and were all soon totally absorbed in the many healthful, vigorous and amusing games characteristic of English boys and girls, cricket, racing, swinging, etc., being indulged in. At length, however, the scene changed, for something still more attractive and enticing than the games began to appear – baskets, tea urns, etc., and the children instinctively left their games and soon seated themselves in rings upon the grass, waiting expectantly for buns and tea. Where a short time since reigned mirth and glee, there was the quietude which is eloquent of a good appetite and liberal provision. Having finished their meal, the children were soon in pursuit of their former occupations, and then the older guests found time for tea. The band played many choice selections during the afternoon, and the lively and enchanting music lent an air of festivity to the occasion. As evening approached the energy with which all had entered into games showed signs of being spent. All gathered around the band and seemed fully to enjoy its delightful strains. The children, too, sang very sweetly some of their songs. Then the rector expressed himself highly pleased with the manner in which the children had behaved and gratified at the way everybody had apparently enjoyed themselves. A vote of thanks was accorded by the teachers, scholars and friends for the bounteous and genial spirit shown by the rector. Three hearty cheers were given for the reverend gentleman and his lady, and sons and daughters, and especially for Mr and Mrs Roden Stanley Harrison, the former of whom had lived amongst the parishioners for many years and by frank and genial nature won love and esteem for all. Though far away he and his wife will have pleasure in the knowledge that they have the very best wishes of all for their future health, happiness and prosperity in their Canadian home.

Marion Simmons Harrison died on the 20th April 1885.

In 1885, Roden immigrated to the U.S.A. On the 7th December 1891, at a District Court of the United States, at Boston, within and for the Massachusetts District, Roden Harrison, a clerk, declared that it was his bona fide intention to become a citizen of the United States of America.

On the 21st April 1900, in Manhattan, New York, Roden, married Ellen Rollins Lindsay, born September 1873, Massachusetts – daughter of Edward Delano Lindsey, an architect, and Cornelia Howland Lindsey (nee Swift), of New York. On the 1900 Census, Ellen and Roden Harrison, a liquor merchant were boarders at 217, School Street, Somerville, Massachusetts, the family home of Joseph Home Mossman. Ellen and Roden divorced shortly after. Ellen Harrison returned to live with her parents in Westchester, New York, where she became a secretary for the Blind Society, she never remarried and died in 1944 and was laid to rest in a grave alongside her parents at Rural Cemetery, New Bedford, Massachusetts.

On the 26th September 1901, Somerville, Massachusetts, Roden married Etta Geraldine Mossman (nee Wolff), both of 217, School Street, Somerville. Etta was born in Quebec, Canada – the daughter of James John Fitzgerald Wolff, a doctor, and Isabelle Dodd Wolff (nee Taylor), of Quebec City, Quebec. Geraldine and Roden had one son – Gerald Harrison, born September 1899, Somerville, Massachusetts. Etta was first married to Joseph Home Mossman, born May 1852, at Berwick, East Susses. Etta and Joseph had one son. Etta Harrison died in 1939, in Winthrop, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

On the 7th July 1896, at the United States District Court, Boston, Roden Harrison, of 163, Summer Street, Somerville, Massachusetts, applied for Naturalisation to become a United States citizen.

The Harrison/Mossman family moved from Somerville to Floyd Street, Winthrop, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, where Roden was a Hotel Proprietor. He became a judge for New York and Newport horse shows, and on one occasion held the record for the Patriots’ Day Paul Revere night ride held on the 18th-19th April from Boston to Lexington. Roden was the last hotel manager of the most prestigious Revere House, Bowdoin Square, Boston.

Etta Harrison died on the 17th January 1939, at her home in Floyd Street, Winthrop. The funeral service was held on the 19th January at Waterman Chapel, Boston.

In July 1939, Roden Harrison embarked the S.S. Laconia of the Cunard White Star Limited, at the Port of Boston, to sail Cabin Class to England via Galway and Belfast. He was 77 years of age and retired. Roden disembarked at the Port of Liverpool on the 17th July 1939. Roden was visiting his sisters Emily and Marian at their home – 33, Marine Parade, Gorleston-on-Sea, Suffolk.

On the 12th August 1939, Roden Harrison embarked the S.S. Laconia of the Cunard White Star Limited, at the Port of Liverpool, to sail Cabin Class to the Port of Boston, U.S.A.

Roden Harrison died Thursday, 25th May 1950, at his residence at the Hotel Lincolnshire. The funeral service was held on Saturday, 27th May, at the Waterman Chapel, Kenmore Square, Boston, Massachusetts.

Geraldine and Roden’s son Gerald Harrison was a pioneer radio broadcaster of sports events. First in 1926 when he instituted the broadcasting of sports events over the radio station WNAC. He joined WNAC and the Yankee network in 1930 as director of station relations. Gerald then became active in the operation of station WLEX in Lexington, which was moved to Lowell in 1934 as station WLLH. In 1932 in cooperation with others, he established WMAS in Springfield, the city’s first radio station. In 1944 he left the Yankee network to give full attention to operating stations WMAS and WLLH as president of both corporations. Gerald was past commander of Crosscup-Pishon Post, American Legion; vice president of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Assn.: a member of the Broadcasters Pioneer Club, Yacht Club of New York, Boston Yacht Club, Advertising Club of Boston and the Broadcasters Executive Club of Boston. The Boston Globe – Thursday, 28th March 1963.

ALEXANDER HERBERT HARRISON, born 6th January 1863, The Rectory, Ludgvan, Cornwall, baptised 29th March 1863, at St. Paul’s Church, Ludgvan. Alexander was privately educated at home.

After twelve months of failing health, Reverend Alexander Harrison died on Wednesday, 19th February 1936, in a London nursing home, following an operation. He had been the Rector of St. Mary’s Church, Lydiard Tregoze for 21 years.

North Wilts Herald – Friday, 2nd April 1915 – LYDIARD TREGOZE – THE NEW RECTOR – The living of Lydiard Tregoze, vacant by the resignation of the Reverend Ebenezer Humphrey Jones, has been offered by the patroness, Viscountess Bolingbroke, to the Reverend Alexander Herbert Harrison, M.A., of Downing College, Cambridge, curate of Eccleshall, Staffordshire, and has been accepted by him. By law, at least a month must elapse before he can be instituted, and certain repairs must be done to the house before he can come into residence and make acquaintance with the parishioners.

On the 21st June 1921, at St. Matthew’s Church, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, 58 year old Alexander, a Clerk in Holy Orders, of Lydiard Tregoze, Wiltshire, married 53 year old Emma Challands, born 5th May 1868, Nottingham, of 1, Pelham Crescent, The Park, Nottingham – daughter of the late Richard Challands, a lace manufacturer, and Sarah Elizabeth Challands (nee Goodwin), of Clumber Crescent South, The Park, Nottingham.

Emma Harrison became the organiser of the sale of poppies in the parish of Lydiard Tregoze.

After the death of her husband, Emma Harrison moved to Hurworth-on-Tees, Darlington, to live with her siblings. On the 1939 England and Wales Register, Emma, of private means was living at the home of her brother and sister-in-law, Robert Sydney Challands, a chartered account, and Frances Irene Stretton Challands (nee Cursham), of The Green, Hurworth-on-Tees. Sisters Beatrice Mary Challands and Nora Challands were also living with their brother.

Emma Harrison died on the 15th August 1954, of Cardio Vascular degeneration, at her home 27, Lenton Avenue, The Park, Nottingham. Her brother, Robert Sydney Challands, of Hurworth-on-Tees, Darlington was present at the death.

The ashes of Alexander and Emma are interred at St. Mary’s Churchyard, Lydiard Tregoze, Wiltshire. At St. Mary’s Church, Lydiard Tregoze a memorial plaque was erected to remember Reverend Alexander Herbert Harrison, M.A.


ROSAMUND EVELYN HARRISON, born 4th November 1865, The Rectory, Ludgvan, Cornwall, baptised 6th February 1866, at St. Paul’s Church, Ludgvan. Rosamund was educated privately at home. At the time of the 1939 England and Wales Register, Rosamund Harrison, of private means was living at the home of Sydney George Carnsaw, a railway accountant and Mary Frances Carnsaw (nee Wheeler), at 44, Bowood Road, Swindon, Wiltshire. Rosamund Harrison died in 1959 and was laid to rest in the grave of her father at St. Paul’s Churchyard, Ludgvan, Cornwall.


MARIAN CARLOTTA HARRISON, born 1st June 1867, at The Rectory, Ludgvan, Cornwall, baptised 21st August 1867, at St. Paul’s Church, Ludgvan. Marian was educated privately at home. Marian Harrison A.R.C.M., was a teacher of music and a conductor. In 1885, she moved to Ipswich and lived with her sister, Emily Harrison who was to become the first Head Mistress of the new Ipswich Endowed School for Girls. Marian became the Music Mistress at the Ipswich Endowed School for Girls. Marian taught and instructed in the Virgil Clavier method for pianoforte playing; both to the girls at the Ipswich Girls Endowed School and privately at home. Marian advertised in the local newspapers that she was proficient in the Virgil Clavier system – and by this method, perfect technique and accurate execution can be assured in about half the time of the usual methods.

Marian entered her pianoforte students into the London College of Music examinations held at the Town Hall, in Ipswich, every December. The London College of Music centre had been set up in Ipswich in 1895, and in 1900, Marian became their Ipswich representative. In December 1905, for the first time in Ipswich, the distribution of prizes for the candidates were held in public.

Evening Star – Monday, 18th December 1905 – EDUCATION IN MUSIC – For the first time in Ipswich the prizes and certificates gained by students at local examinations held under the auspices of the London College of Music were publicly presented at an invitation concert, which took place in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall, on Saturday afternoon, 16th December 1905. The programme was provided entirely by students, and there was a crowded audience, presided over by Mr. Frederick Fish, a member of the Education Committee. In opening the proceedings Mr. Frederick Fish said that he at first had some doubt as to his qualification for occupying the position of Chair, but he found a reason for acceding to the request that was made to him in the fact that music was a branch of education, and a very important branch. Anything that could be done to encourage it he thought should be done, and they should not forget that Ipswich now had a Mayor, Mr. Bunnell Henry Burton, a gentleman who had taken a great interest in musical matters, and one to whom the thanks of the people of Ipswich were due for all he had done for the encouragement of music.

Mr. William Richard James McLean, Music Bac, of the Examination Staff, then gave an address on the work of the London College of Music.

Marian Harrison, as the local representative told those gathered “The number of persons submitting themselves for examination, she said, was much more satisfactory this year, and there had been a steady increase during the last five years. Some candidates took all the grades and she thought that they generally did the best in the end, while some candidates received more good from failures than their successes. In conclusion, Marian urged the importance of scales and exercises in attaining the ability to play well.

Marian then presented an afternoon programme of piano and violin solos to illustrate the standard of efficiency in each of the various sections. After this, Mr. Frederick Fish distributed the certificates and prizes to the students.

On the proposition of Mr. William Crotch, a teacher of music, and seconded by Mr. Gathercole, a hearty vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Frederick Fish for presiding and presenting the certificates.

In 1901, Marian, 33, and her sister, Emily, 40, travelled to the U.S.A. to visit their two brothers – Alfred in Buffalo, New Year, and Roden in Boston, Massachusetts. The ladies embarked R.M.S. “Saxonia,” of the Cunard Line – Master R. C. Warr, at the Port of Liverpool and sailed Saloon Class. They arrived at the Port of Boston, in August 1901. In September Marian and Emily embarked on the S. S. “Ivernia,” of the Cunard Line at Boston and returned to England arriving at the Port of Liverpool on the 23rd September 1901.

In 1904, Marian, 36, a music teacher, and her sister, Emily, 45, a head mistress of a school, travelled to the U.S.A. to visit their brother Roden Harrison, of 34, Lewis Wharf, Boston. The sisters embarked R.M.S. “Carpathia,” of the Cunard Line, at the Port of Liverpool on the 26th July 1904. They arrived on the 5th August 1904 at the Port of New York, New York.

Marian Harrison died Tuesday, 23rd January 1945, of myocardial failure due to broncho pneumonia, at her residence 33, Marine Parade, Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk. Laid to rest on the 27th January 1945, at Section W, grave 169, Gorleston-on-Sea Old Cemetery, Norfolk. Miss Lucy Ellen Jackson, a retired nurse, of Glyngarth, Hindhead, Surrey organised the funeral and made all the necessary arrangements.

Lucy Jackson lived at Glyngarth with her brother Arthur Ivan Jackson, a retired doctor, and her widowed sister Mrs. Rosa Jane Wake (nee Jackson). Another widowed sister, Jessie Gertrude Harrison (nee Jackson) lived at Glyngarth, until her death in January 1940. Jessie was the widow of the Reverend George Reginald Harrison –  Marian and Emily Harrison’s brother.




1861   6, Northumberland Row, High Road, Tottenham, Middlesex.


Emily was 2 years old and living with her parents, brothers, and maternal uncle.

David, 41, a Perpetual Curate of St. Paul the Apostle Church, Tottenham.

Emily, 33.

David, 4.

George, 9 months.

David Albert Parson, 28, a retired Commercial Clerk – Merchant, born Walworth, Surrey.

1 pupil – aged 17.

1 cook.

1 nursemaid.

1 housemaid.


1871   The Rectory, Ludgvan, Cornwall.


Emily was 12 years old and living with her father, siblings and maternal cousin.

David, 50, Rector of St. Paul’s Church, Ludgvan.

George, 10.

Roden, 9.

Alexandria, 8.

Alfred, 6.

Rosamund, 5.

Marian, 3.

Marian Catherine Parsons, 20, born Peckham, Surrey.


In 1871, Emily’s mother, 41 year old, Emily Harrison and 14 year old brother, Percy Harrison were visitors at the home of the Bevington family – 2, Ferndale House, Leyland Road, Lee, Kent.


1881   2, Ferndale House, Leyland Road, Lee, Kent.


Emily was 22 years old and was a visitor at the home of the Bevington family.

Mary Ann Bevington (nee Shelley), 50, a widow (of Henry Portsmouth Bevington, a leather manufacturer), born London

Rose Ethel Bevington, 24, born Surrey.

Samuel Shelley, a widower, born London

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

1 parlourmaid.


1891   17, Neale Street, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.


Emily was 32 years old, and the Head Mistress of the (newly opened) Ipswich Endowed School for Girls. Emily was head of the household and lived with her sister and maternal cousin.

Marian, 23, a Teacher of Music.

Marian Catherine Parsons, 40, the Housekeeper.

1 boarder – Lilian Florence Power Cory, 25, a School Teacher, born Kensington, Middlesex.

1 female general domestic servant.


1901   23, Ashmere Grove, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.


Emily was 42 years old, and the Head Mistress of the Ipswich Endowed School for Girls. Emily was head of the household and living with her sister.

Marian, 33, Music Mistress at Ipswich Endowed School for Girls.

1 female general domestic servant.


1911   21. Holly Road, Ipswich.


Emily was 52 years old, and the Head Mistress of the Ipswich Endowed School for Girls. Emily was head of the household and lived with her sister.

Marian, 43, Music Mistress at Ipswich Endowed School for Girls.

1 female general domestic servant.

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