Edwin HARRISON 1847-1920 – Solicitor’s Clerk

by Annette Edwards.

EDWIN HARRISON was born in Hanmer in 1847, he was the son of Job Harrison from Holt and Mary Orford of Wrexham and had at least six siblings.

Edwin with his sons.

As a child he lived in Bowens Hall, Hanmer where his father was a farmer, but Job moved to Wrexham and became an innkeeper. The family were first at the Cock Inn, Farndon Street and later at the White Horse Inn on Holt Street.

Edwin became a solicitor’s clerk and in November 1875 he applied to be the new registrar for Holt.

Edwin Harrison

THE APPOINTMENT OF REGISTRAR FOR HOLT. The clerk (Mr J. Oswell Bury), read a letter from Mr Sheppard, of Holt, resigning the office of registrar of births and deaths for that district.The candidates for the latter had been informed of the circumstances and eight of them had accordingly sent in applications for the registrarship. Their names were as follows:- W. D. Woolrich, aged 24, 10, John-street, Wrexham, insurance clerk; Edwin Harrison, aged 28, White Horse Inn, clerk to the Union treasurer;  (and more)

In March 1878 he married Fanny Jones   in Hope.

HARRISON—JONES—On the 13th inst., at the Parish Church, Hope, Flintshire, by the Rev. J. Rowland, rector, Edwin Harrison, the “White Horse,” Wrexham, to Fanny, youngest daughter of the late Mr Griffith Jones, the Derby Arms,” Caergwrle.

Fanny Jones

Edwin and Fanny lived at 4 Derby Road, where they had 3 children, Mabel, Edwin Walwin and John Cecil. 

In 1881 Edwin was working for a solicitors based at the Priory, Wrexham. He was the local agent for

“The Law Union Fire and Life Insurance Company” He was there for many years, and had various roles including setting out tenant’s agreements, arranging land sales etc.

Fanny with Mabel

The family moved to Ruthin Road and settled in Bute Villa, a previous advert for the property showed it was a fine house.

TO BE LET, No. 1. BUTE VILLA, Ruthin Road, Wrexham, containing two entertaining rooms, kitchen and back kitchen, pantry, larder, seven bedrooms, bath room, w.c, &c.: garden at back and front.

In 1896 Edwin`s sister died Mary and was buried in Wrexham Cemetery.

In 1905 his daughter Mabel married Edward Llewellyn Rogers who was connected to the firm of Rogers & Jackson.

Mabel aged 21

Fanny died in 1908 and was buried with her sister in law Mary.

Edwin`s eldest son Edwin Walwyn became a book keeper for an ironmongers in Wrexham. Sadly he died in Liverpool in 1915.  He was brought back to Wrexham to be buried.

Edwin died in his home Bute Villa in 1920 and was buried with his family.

John Cecil was an estate agent. In 1915 he joined the 23rd RWF and served in the Labour Corps before being transferred to the 419th Agricultural distribution centre in Wrexham. He was discharged early in 1919 and went back to live with his father. He went back to his job as an estate agent and retired to Rhyl where he died in 1966.

Researched by Annette Edwards. August 2020.

Many thanks to Deborah Smith for the family photos.

Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery J-02770