Henry Harper
1845 - 1896

Henry Harper was born on March 25, 1845 in Acton Trussel, Stafford, England to parents William Harper and Elizabeth Worthington.

Starting at nine years of age until thirteen years of age he was living in a Gentieman's family bound out for apprentice as a rope spinner.

He married Sarah Timmons. She was the daughter of Benjamin Timmons and Elizabeth Taylor. Sarah was born on April 15, 1841 in Sedgley, Staffordshire, England. Sarah had one brother and two sisters.

In August of 1865, Henry and Sarah sailed for Quebec, Canada on the ship Hibernian.

Harper Passenger List 1865

They crossed Lake Ontario from Kingston, Canada to Oswego, New York. Their first child, Henry Ephriam Harper was born in Oswego on November 22, 1865.

The family left America for England April 20, 1866. They lived in Birmingham for the next four or five years. In Birmingham three children were born: Jessie Maria, June 1867, Arthur George, 1869, and Alice Louise, August 6, 1870.

In 1870, Henry sailed back to America, leaving the family in Birmingham. According the the 1871 England census, the family is there without Henry.

Harper 1871 England census

Sarah and the children joined Henry in Massachusetts in 1871. They left Liverpool, England on the ship Calabria and arrived in Boston, Massachusetts on October 2, 1871.

Six more children were born in Wakefield, Massachusetts: Elizabeth V., August 14, 1872, Annie Rebecca, June 27, 1874, Walter Benjamin, January 2, 1876, Cyril Albert Ernest, April 10, 1878, Edith S., November 5, 1880, and Ira Joseph, August 27, 1883.

Henry's occupation was listed as laborer on the birth certificates for the first three children born in Wakefield. He is listed as a mechanic on the birth certificates for Cyril and Ira. On Edith's birth certificate he is listed as a rattan worker. In the 1880 census, Henry's occupation is "works in rattan factory". He probably worked at the Wakefield Rattan Factory.

1880 Census
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Sarah died January 15, 1892 in Wakefield from chronic gastritis and parital insanity (Note: she could have had some kind of cancer in her stomach and pain led to instanity.) She was 50 years, 8 months, and 15 days old when she died.

Henry died May 17, 1896 in Wakefield of brights desease of the kidneys. He was 53 years, 1 month, and 23 days old when he died. He is buried at Lakeside Cemetry in the family plot.

Harper cemetery


1900 U.S. census, Middlesex County, Wakefield, Massachusetts, page 200, line 13, Henry Harper head, digital image, Heritage Quest, from National Archives microfilm T623, roll 667.

1920 U.S. census, Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, page 95, line 15, Harry M Curtis head, digital image, Heritage Quest, accessed 8 March 2011, from National Archives microfilm T625, roll 694.

Ancestry.com. Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1943 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.

Harper, Anna R., birth certificate, Massachusetts Archives Year: 1874, Vol.: 260, Page: 228, No: 48, Boston, Massachusetts.

Harper, Arthur George birth, http://freebmd.org.uk/ Mar 1870 HARPER Arthur George Birmingham Vol. 6d Page 198.

Harper, Cyril Albert E., birth certificate, Massachusetts Archives Year: 1878, Vol.: 296, Page: 204, No: 26, Boston, Massachusetts.

Harper, Edith S., birth certificate, Massachusetts Archives Year: 1880, Vol.: 314, Page: 225, No: 6, Boston, Massachusetts.

Harper, Elizabeth, birth certificate, Massachusetts ArchivesYear: 1872, Vol.: 242, Page: 299, No: 100, Boston, Massachusetts.

Harper, Henry, death certificate, Massachusetts Archives Year: 1896, Vol.: 464, Page: 413, No: 51, Boston, Massachusetts.

Harper, Ira Joseph, birth certificate, Massachusetts ArchivesYear: 1883, Vol. 341, Page 236, No: 77, Boston, Massachusetts.

Harper, Jessie Maria birth, http://freebmd.org.uk/ Jun 1867 HARPER Jessie Maria Birmingham Vol. 6d Page 198.

Harper, Sarah, death certificate, Massachusetts Archives Year: 1892, Vol.: 428, Page: 385, No: 9, Boston, Massachusetts.

Harper, Walter B., birth certificate, Massachusetts Archives Year: 1876, Vol.: 278, Page: 205, No: 5, Boston, Massachusetts.

Letter written by Elsie M. Tenney to Arlene Roy, June 26, 1986, Harper Family Reunion held June 21, 1986, personal correspondece, 1986; privately held by Patty Roy.

Timmins, Sarah, birth certificate, General Register Office, England, Application Number PAS 1005551, Registration District: Dudley, 1841 Birth in the Sub-district of Sedgley in the County of Stafford.