Mrs Hannah HARRIS, née Alcock (c.1796–1857)
Her daughter Mrs Mary GRIFFITHS, née Harris (c.1820–1878)
St Paul section: Row 14, Grave A8 [St Paul ref. F.11]
Who died July 15 1857
Also her Daughter
Wife of JOHN GRIFFITHS
Who died Sepr 12 1878
Hannah Alcock was born in Langley, Derbyshire in 1793/4, and her husband John Harris was born in Oxfordshire in 1795/6.
Their children included the following:
- Mary Harris (born in Oxford in 1820/1)
- Alfred Harris (born in St Ebbe’s, Oxford in 1834/5)
- Walter Harris (born in St Ebbe’s, Oxford in 1837/8)
At the time of the 1841 census John Harris was employed as a college servant and was living at Speedwell Street, St Ebbe’s with his wife Hannah and their two youngest children Alfred (6) and Walter (3), as well as Hannah’s widowed mother Mary Allcock, who was aged about 72, and a cabinet maker called Thomas Allcock, who was aged about 35 and was probably Hannah’s younger brother. The family had one house servant.
Their daughter was married at some point between the late 1830s and 1851:
- Mary Harris married John Griffiths (who was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire in 1817/18). They do not appear to have had any children.
At the time of the 1851 census Mrs Hannah Harris (57) was described as both married and the head of the household, which implies that her husband had left her. She was working as a college servant and living in Oxford at Johnson’s Buildings, St Aldate’s with her two youngest children: Alfred (16) was now an apprentice joiner and Walter (13) was still at school. Her widowed mother Mrs Mary Alcock (82), who was described as a former baker born in Mirkaston, Derbyshire, was still living with her, as well as a house servant. (There is a man called John Harris, who was born in Marston in 1794/5, lodging at Westminster Court, St Aldate’s and working as a valet: he described himself as married and may be Hannah’s missing husband.)
Meanwhile Hannah’s daughter Mrs Mary Griffiths (30) and her husband John (33), who was working as a printer & compositor, were living in Observatory Street in 1851.
Mrs Hannah Harris died in 1857, and although her burial is recorded in the St Paul’s register, it states that she was from St Aldate’s. Normally at this time someone from that parish would have been buried at Osney Cemetery, but it is possible that her daughter Mary, who did live in the St Paul’s district chapelry, had reserved a family grave for herself and her mother.
† Mrs Hannah Harris died at St Aldate’s at the age of 64 on 15 July 1857 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 18 July (burial recorded in the register of St Paul’s Church).
Her son Alfred was married in London in 1858:
- On 29 March 1858 at St John's Church, Hoxton, Alfred Harris, described as a carpenter, married Charlotte Elizabeth Dunnett, the daughter of the smith Richard Dunnett: they were both then living at Singleton Street in that parish.
In 1861 Mrs Mary Griffiths, the daughter of Hannah Harris, was living at 22 Observatory Street with her husband John, and they were still there in 1871.
Mrs Mary Griffiths died at that address in 1878 and was buried with her mother:
† Mrs Mary Griffiths, née Harris died at Observatory Street at the age of 58 on 12 September 1878 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 17 September (burial recorded in the register of St Paul’s Church).
At the time of the 1881 census Mary’s husband John Griffiths (63) was working as a warehouse man for Oxford University Press and lodging with a family at 9 Worcester Terrace (now Richmond Road). He was still there in 1891, and working as a clerk to the Delegates of the University Press at the age of 73.