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Robert Harris (abt. 1776 - 1862)

Robert Harris
Born about in Whichford, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Brother of and
Husband of — married 19 May 1793 in Banbury, Oxfordshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 86 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdommap
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Robert Harris was christened on 5 Jul 1776 at Charlbury, Oxford, England[1]

In the 1851 census, Robert (age 75) was the head of household in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England.[2]

Robert's death was registered in the Apr-May-Jun quarter of 1862 in the Chipping Norton district.[3]

Research Notes

I think it is questionable to use, without explanation, a baptism at Charlbury in Oxfordshire as a source for a birth said to have happened at Whichford in Warwickshire. There may be a good reason why the attached record is a source, of course.

While there does seem to be a person named Robert Harris buried at Banbury in 1862, that person's death seems to have been registered in Chipping Norton registration district, and he probably died there. (In fact, he certainly died there, on 10 April 1862). [4]

The Robert Harris living in 1851 and 1861 may well be Robert Harris who died in 1862. That seems to be the source of the birth place.

I think that what really identified this Robert Harris is that he was, with his wife Elizabeth, the father of a number of children born at Banbury in the 1790s, 1800s, and 1810s, and baptised in the Independent church there.

That Robert Harris appears to be the one living at Calthorpe Terrace in 1841, who was of independent means. That is consistent with his description as "gentleman", when his daughter Elizabeth married in 1844. It's possible that the same man was described as a "retired shoemaker" at Chipping Norton in 1851 or a "retired bootmaker" in 1861, but once again, it deserves explanation.

It is to be hoped that people use caution in adding facts, links, or sources to this profile, and treat with caution things already attached.

Betteridge-291 09:21, 20 February 2021 (UTC)

Just to show how tricky things can be, as well as the 86 year old who died at Chipping Norton and was buried at Banbury, the death of another Robert Harris, also 86 years old, was registered in Chipping Norton registration district in the following quarter. (He was buried at Charlbury.)

Betteridge-291 09:59, 20 February 2021 (UTC)

Some evidence about a Robert Harris in the boot and shoe trade in Banbury: an advertisement placed in the Banbury Advertiser on 18 March 1858 offering to let a houses and premises at 5 Church Lane in Banbury, occupied by Mr. Robert Harris, "where an extensive business has been carried on in the boot and shoe trade for many years". [5]

Sarah Long 08/08/2023

The death on 10th April 1862 in Chipping Norton was for a Robert Harris, gentleman and his will was proved in Oxford on 9 August 1862 by Robert Harris of Banbury (gentleman) his son, and Thomas Williams of Chipping Norton (grocer), the executors[6].


  1. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018, Robt Harris, 05 Jul 1776); citing CHARLBURY,OXFORD,ENGLAND, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 95,225.
  2. 1851 Census: "1851 England Census"
    Class: HO107; Piece: 1732; Folio: 483; Page: 15; GSU roll: 193643; ED, institution, or vessel: 9e; Household schedule number: 45
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 8860 #4198942 (accessed 1 April 2024)
    Robert Harris (75) head of household in Chipping Norton registration district in Oxfordshire, England. Born in Whichford, Warwickshire, England.
  3. Death Registration: "England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915"
    Original data: England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office; Volume: 3a; Page: 384
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 8914 #14984690 (accessed 1 April 2024)
    Robert Harris death registered Apr-May-Jun 1862 in Chipping Norton.
  4. "On the 10th ult., at Chipping Norton, aged 86, Mr. Robert Harris.": "Deaths", in Bicester Herald, 2 May 1862, page 8, column 5.
  5. Advertisement in Banbury Advertiser, 18 March 1858, page 4, column 5
  6. Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England Sharing Link to Probate Register image on Ancestry

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