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This is page 1 of 4 tracing the descendants of of Joshua Harris & Rebeckah MacQuire, originally of Harrold, Bedfordshire. Later generations lived in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire & Northamptonshire. It shows the fourth generation link by marriage to the Jones family. There are two more Harris families in our tree, from Brenchley & Halling, Kent. As far as we know they are not connected. If you have a connection to any individual or family featured here, or if you want to leave us your feedback, contact us. Browse by following the numbered (e.g. [2]) or parental ([Parents]) links.

The Harris Family of Harrold, Bedfordshire

1.Link to census Joshua HARRIS. Little is known about Joshua except he was born about 1759, possibly in Northampton. Joshua died quarter ending September 1845 in Harrold, Bedfordshire, age about 86.

On 18/4/1784, when Joshua was age about 24, he married Rebeckah MACQUIRE at All Saints, Northampton. Rebeckah was born 6/11/1763 in Northampton & died some time before 6/6/1841 - she does not appear in the census taken that day.

They had the following children:


(1) Anne, baptized 23/9/1786 in Harrold. (2) James Macquire [2]. It seems unlikely these were the only children, but we have so far been unable to trace any others

First Generation

Second Generation

2.Link to census James Macquire HARRIS [Parents]. Born about 1794 in Harrold, James died quarter ending June 1883 in Northampton, age about 88. Occupation: Saddler & Harness Maker.

Around 1816, when James was age about 22, he married Rhoda (maiden name & marriage date unknown). Rhoda was born about 1794 in Redbourn, Hertfordshire. Rhoda died quarter ending September 1870, in Harrold, age about 75.


They had  the following children, all born/baptized in Harrold:


(1) Charles [3]. (2) Robert [4]. (3) Rebecca, baptized 16/7/1820. (4) Emma, born about 1822. (5) Thomas [5]. (6) Nancy, born 1826 & baptized 25/12/1832. (7) William John [6]. (8) Frederick, baptized 4/5/1834.

Third Generation

3.Link to census Charles HARRIS [Parents]. Born about 1817 in Harrold, Charles died sometime before 5/4/1891 - he does not appear in the census taken that day. Occupation: Harness maker.

On 10/4/1839, when Charles was age about 21, he married Elizabeth BOYD in Harrold. Elizabeth was born about 1815 in Aldermaston, Berkshire. Elizabeth died quarter ending June 1873 in Reading, Berkshire, age about 58.

They had the following children:


(1) Louisa, born around July 1839 in Harrold & baptized there 18/8/1839. (2) William George, born around December 1841 in Harrold & baptized there 2/1/1842. (3) Emily, born around March 1844 in Harrold & baptized there 24/3/1842. (4) Edward, born about 1845 in Middlesex. (5) Eliza, born about 1848 in Mortimer, Berkshire. (6) Arthur [7]. (7) Elizabeth Ann, born quarter ending December 1854 in Mortimer. (8) Henry, born quarter ending September 1856 in Mortimer.

In the quarter ending March 1877, when Charles was age about 59, he married Ruth TARRAN in Reading. Ruth was born about 1824 in Wellington, Shropshire & died quarter ending March 1877 in Reading, age about 52.


4.Link to census Robert HARRIS [Parents]. Born about 1819 in Harrold, Robert died there 20/4/1861, age about 41. Occupation: Carpenter.

On 19/5/1848, when Robert was age about 21, he married Mary ROOTHAM in Harrold. Born about 1822 in Harrold, Mary died there 16/2/1875, age about 52.

They had the following child:


(1) George [8].

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