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Joshua Harris (1842 - 1917)

Joshua Harris
Born in Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdommap
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Husband of — married 16 Apr 1867 in Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdommap
Died at about age 75 in Wheatley, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdommap
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Joshua Harris was born in 1842 at Wolverton in Buckinghamshire, the son of Joshua Harris and his wife Charlotte, born Charlotte Churchill [1] [2] [3] [4].

In 1851 Joshua Harris was living at 414 Bury Street in Wolverton with his parents Joshua and Charlotte and their other children. His age was given as 8, implying a birth date in 1842 or 1843. His birthplace was given as Wolverton, Buckinghamshire. He was at school [2].

Joshua Harris, aged 24, a chemist, of St Decumans, Somerset, son of Joshua Harris (deceased), chemist; and Louisa Allen, aged 20, of Charlbury, daughter of William Smith Allen, tailor; were married at the parish church of Charlbury on 16 April 1867. Among the witnesses was her brother Henry, who had married Joshua's sister Charlotte in 1861. [3]

In 1871 Joshua Harris was living in Swain Street at Watchet in Somerset with his wife Louisa and their son Frederick Arthur. His age was given as 29, implying a birth date in 1841 or 1842. His birthplace was given as Wolverton, Buckinghamshire. He was a chemist and druggist [4].

By the time of the 1881 census Joshua and Louisa had relocated to Wheatley, Oxfordshire where they would live for the rest of their lives. [5] Joshua ran a grocers and drapers shop on the High St and was heavily involved with the running of the nearby United Reformed Church.

Joshua died in 1917 and was buried on 23 August 1917 in Wheatley, Oxfordshire, England.[6] A history of the United Reformed Church in Wheatley states 'In 1917 the Church lost another valued leader and tireless worker in the death of Mr. Joshua Harris, the Sunday School Superintendent and Church Treasurer. No one individual had done more to sustain the finances of the Church, to consolidate its position in the community, and to deepen the happiness and religious welfare of the children, than Mr. Harris.' [7]


  1. General Register Office, birth registration index online (; accessed 15 October 2020: HARRIS, JOSHUA; GRO Reference: 1842 Oct-Dec Quarter in POTTERSPURY registration district; Volume 15 Page 350; mother's maiden name: CHURCHILL
  2. 2.0 2.1 England and Wales 1851 census (Wolverton, Buckinghamshire): The National Archives of the UK: reference HO 107/1737; folio 268v: Ancestry Record uki1851 #4267098
  3. 3.0 3.1 Oxfordshire History Centre: Charlbury parish register, reference BOD58_b_14: Ancestry Record OxfordshireParishMarriages #42281
  4. 4.0 4.1 England and Wales 1871 census (St Decuman, Somerset): The National Archives of the UK: reference RG 10/2352; folio 32: Ancestry Record uki1871 #14673055
  5. 1881 Census: "1881 England Census"
    Class: RG11; Piece: 1495; Folio: 19; Page: 31; GSU roll: 1341361
    Ancestry uk Record uki1881 #17888714 (accessed 16 April 2022)
    Joshua Harris (39), married, Grocer Draper & C, head of household at High St in Headington registration district.
  6. Burial: "Oxfordshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1965"
    Oxfordshire Family History Society; Oxford, Oxfordshire, England; Anglican Parish Registers; Reference Number: PAR286/1/R5/2
    Ancestry uk Record 61059 #1139826 (accessed 16 April 2022)
    Joshua Harris burial (died age 74) on 23 Aug 1917 in Wheatley, Oxfordshire, England.
  7. History of the United Reformed Church in Wheatley at Wheatley Village Archive

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Harris-43211 and Harris-90 appear to represent the same person because: same parents and birth
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