John Harris This is a view down to Morriston town centre.  John Harris was an infant when he came to Swansea with his parents in the early 1840s.  They are thought to have accompanied Lord Swansea.  John rose to become a colliery manager and aped Lord Swansea by growing his own side-whiskers.   His picture appeared in a geography textbook of about 1910.

He came to live with his daughter Mary Ann and her family, the Hanneys at Brooklands Cottages, 67 Vicarage Road next to his brother Thomas.

He owned a house in Waun Road.  When his granddaughter Doris wanted to go to the local grammar school, her 'Da', John passed the house onto the Hanneys so that Doris would be within the catchment area for the school.


John proved his father's will and inherited the Harris family bible.  This later went to his daughter's family the Hanneys.  It is now in Carmarthenshire, though the dates are not in the original handwriting but are a transcript.

The Harris son, William was delicate and eventually died of TB.  He was articled to John Lewis of London, the haberdasher and sent fine hats in boxes to his three nieces, the Hanney sisters in Morriston.  Their mother was rather grand and insisted the hats were worn to church though one of the daughters remembers hiding in a bush to avoid being seen in the hats.  In 1919, Da died and Mary Ann Hanney and William John Harris quarrelled over one of the pieces of his estate, I believe it was a carriage clock.  They never made up.  At his death nine years later his occupation was given as master draper, of Salem House, Collier Row, Essex.