Harrison, Joseph (1846-1910)
Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’
Mr. Joseph Harrison, of Esk Winning, who since the preparation of this sketch has passed away, was a typical Yorkshireman, who resided for nearly 50 years in the County of Durham. The Waterhouses Station owes much of its prosperity to his sagacity and statesmanship. For 45 years he was a worker among young people, and was latterly the Sunday School Superintendent. Always a lover of music, he was a member of the choir. He was a local preacher for 37 years. Deeply interested in Connexional affairs, he attended several Conferences as delegate or visitor. By his shrewd business ability, forceful individuality, wide acquaintance with social and political questions, and the cultivation of his gifts as a speaker he became one of the most conspicuous figures in the public life of the district. “A soul of noble integrity,” he was beloved and trusted by all.
Note: Joseph lived at Esh Winning, not Esk Winning.
Family and other information
Joseph was born in 1846 at Grinton, Yorkshire, to parents Richard and Rachel. Richard was a tailor. Joseph was baptised on 21 February 1847 at Grinton.
Joseph started his working life as a coal miner, but soon began to follow his father’s profession as a tailor and draper.
Joseph married Hannah Benson (1850-1883) on 7 January 1875 at Esh Winning, Co. Durham. Census returns identify four children.
- Isabella (b abt1876)
- Ruth (b1877)
- George (b abt1881) – a draper
- Jennie (b1882)
Joseph married Mary Ann Allport (b abt1863) in early 1885 at Esh Winning, Co Durham. Census returns identify seven children.
- Mary Hannah (b1885)
- Lottie (1887-1976) – married Percy Millward Morrey, an education clerk, in 1909; emigrated to Canada in 1923; married Edward Arthur Wright in 1926
- Stanley (1888-1973) – a draper
- Richard Oliver (1894-1970) – a draper’s apprentice (1911)
- William Howard (b1898)
- Amy Eva (b1901)
- Doris Rachel (b1904)
Joseph died on 18 March 1910 at Waterhouses, Esh Winning, Co. Durham
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/698
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers