Walter was born in late 1848 at Brinklow, Warwickshire to parents David Harris, a provision dealer (1851), and Mary Ann Over.
Before entering the ministry Walter worked as a shoemaker (1871). The 1871 census return also describes him as a local preacher.
Family Trees on ancestry.com records a marriage to Elizabeth Harris in 1876 with three children.
- Walter (1877-1951)
- Catherine (1880-1965)
- Archer over (1885-1965)
He married Sarah Jane Chambers (1859-1947) in 1898
Walter died on 9 March 1926 at Christchurch, New Zealand.
- 1873 Belper
- 1874 Christchurch – New Zealand
- 1875 Auckland
- 1877 Christchurch
- 1878 not shown
- 1886 Dunedin I
- 1888 Manawatu
- 1895 Geraldine
- 1897 Westport
- 1898 disappears
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
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