Edward Harris

Edward Harris was the smaller of the twin boys and born in November 1851 according to the family bible.  He worked as an engine driver and stationary engineer in Morriston; his house was at 57 Chemical Road.  The census states that he spoke both English and Welsh.

The Harrises had eight children and several grandsons survived to continue the name Harris: Bernard, Jonathan, Edward, David.  Of all the children only Laura stayed in the area, at Craigcefnparc.

Four children were in North Wales; Jonathan Harris was a prisoner-of-war while Kate Lowe lived in Swindon until her husband, a railway labourer, came to live in Chemical Road to work as a motor driver.  The boys in Queensferry worked in the Summers steel plant at Shotton.  Tom came back to Morriston to live at the large house Cartref, Clasemont Road.


[Photograph: FRONT ROW Margaret Harris and her daughter Kate.  BACK ROW Kate's daughter Maggie Knapman and her daughter Bynha.  Inset: Bynha in later life.  Taken at the back of the Chemical Road property by Glenys (nee Elliott) about 1930.]

In North Wales were:
Mary Rodda Elliott at 28 Glynne Street Queensferry - she had an 18-inch waist when she got married; Francis Edward Harris at 8 Glynne Street; John Harris at 26 Glynne Street; Tom Harris at 30 Glynne Street.

I first heard about this family from my grandfather as he grew up with David and Rose Harris, children of Tom.  More information arrived in the family tree from Sue Jones.  Then letters and photographs came from various people: Elaine Harris, Adrian Uren, David Knapman, Albert Lowe (all in Morriston), Glenys Hendry in Gloucester and Edward Harris in Queensferry who all added to the tree so that there are some 171 people known to descend from Edward and Margaret Harris.