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HUMPHRIES / HARRISON
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Charles HUMPHRIES
b. 1813 or 1815 Berkswell or Meriden, Warwickshire
died 1868 Birmingham, Warwick
Possible son of William HUMPHRIES
& Mary RUSSELL

Married: 24 Sep 1833
St Michael's, Coventry UK

Charlotte HARRISON
Ch. 12 Feb 1815 Berkswell, Warwick
Died 1894 Birmingham, Warwick.
Daughter of William HARRISON
& Elizabeth ADKINS



Charles HUMPHRIES was a blacksmith by trade working and living in Aston, Birmingham during the early to mid 19th century. Birmingham at that time was already a major centre for the brass trade and so naturally many of Charles' sons became brass workers and brass founders. Brass was one of the four main industries of Birmingham during the 19th century, along with guns, buttons and jewellery. It is estimated that by 1870 10,000 workers were involved in the brass trade alone. Charles himself would probably have been apprenticed to a blacksmith at about fourteen years of age and may not have been free to pursue his trade independently until his early twenties.

Charles HUMPHRIES and his family appear in the 1851 census living in Birmingham, Warwick but as he does not give his place of birth, it has been difficult to be certain of his origins. It is quite possible that Charles was born somewhere in the Berkswell area much like his wife Charlotte. We know the couple were married in St. Michael's cathederal, Coventry in 1833 and that it was traditional at that time for marriages to take place in the parish of the bride. As it is known for certain that Charlotte HARRISON was born in nearby Berkswell the place of marriage does not necessarily help with Charles' origins. At least the first three of the couples many children were born in Berkswell but, again, it was not unusual for a woman to return to her family home for her first confinements.

As was the custom at the time, Charles HUMPHRIES and Charlotte HARRISON would probably have attended the annual Attest Fair, where local farmers and tradesmen would come once a year to hire their servants. As young unmarrieds Charles & Charlotte may well have travelled great distances from their family homes to find work or an apprenticeship during the years before their marriage. Many young people from rural areas made their living as live-in domestics, apprentices, servants and labourers in nearby towns such as Coventry, Warwick, Kenilworth and cities such Birmingham . Charlotte HARRISON'S brother, Benjamin HARRISON, has been discovered living with his wife and family in and around Peterborough, Northampton many miles to the east of his birth place in Berkswell, Warwickshire.

Although we hope one day to find a definate link between Charles HUMPHRIES and the Berkswell HUMPHRIES, is is quite possible that he originated somewhere else entirely and that the couple met while one or both were working away from home.


Children of Charles HUMPHRIES & Charlotte HARRISON:

Charles HUMPHRIES ch. 18 Apr 1834 Berkswell, Warwick
Occupation: Agricultural Labourer & Engine Driver

Married:17 May 1852 St Martin's, Birmingham, Warwick
Elizabeth ABELL b. 1832 Berkswell, Warwick
Daughter of Anna ABELL
Children:
Charles HUMPHRIES (1854-1882) b.Berkswell, Warwick
Harriet HUMPHRIES b. 1856 Berkswell, Warwick


Eliza HUMPHRIES ch. 22 Jul 1836, Berkswell, Warwick
d. 23 Sep 1875 Birmingham, Warwick
Occupation: Screw Maker
Married: 25 Dec 1852 Birmingham
William SUTTON (1831-1873)
son of Thomas SUTTON & Elizabeth BRADLEY
Occupation: Ag. Lab.
Children:
Elixear (Elizabeth) SUTTON b. 1854 Birmingham
Eliza SUTTON b. 1857 Birmingham
William SUTTON b. 1859 Birmingham
Emma SUTTON b. 1861 Birmingham
Margaret SUTTON (1872-1946) b. Birmingham d. Canada


William HUMPHRIES (1838-c.1897) b. Berkswell, d. Aston UK
Occupation: BRASS FOUNDER

Married: 22 July 1860 St. Phillip's, Birmingham
Ann EDWIN (1839-1899) b. Kings Norton, d. Aston UK
Daughter of William & Maria EDWIN
Children:
Walter HUMPHRIES (1860-1863) b. Birmingham
Ann Maria (Annie) HUMPHRIES ch.1864 Bordesley, Birmingham
George Edwin HUMPHRIES b. 1867 Aston, Birmingham
Amy HUMPHRIES (1868-1878)
Matilda HUMPHRIES (1869-1929) b. Aston, Birmingham
William Edwin HUMPHRIES b. 1872 Aston, Birmingham
Charles HUMPHRIES (1876-cir.1945) b. Aston, Birmingham


Elizabeth HUMPHRIES b. 1840
Married: 1863 Kings Norton
Thomas WRIGHT b. 1835 Stafford
Children:
Harry WRIGHT b. 1864
Thomas WRIGHT b. 1875


John HUMPHRIES b. 1843 Berkswell, Warwick
Occupation: Button Maker & Brass Founder

Married: 1875 Aston, Birmingham
Selina COCKERSOLE b. 1854 Aston, Birmingham
Daughter of William & Diana COCKERSOLE
Children:
Emily HUMPHRIES b. 1877 Aston, Birmingham
Walter HUMPHRIES b. 1880 Aston Birmingham
John HUMPHRIES b. 1881, Birmingham
Henry HUMPHRIES b. 1883, Birmingham
Lydia HUMPHRIES b. 1887 Birmingham
Selena HUMPHRIES b. 1888 Birmingham
Nellie HUMPHRIES b. 1893 Birmingham


Mary Ann HUMPHRIES b. 1846 Kenilworth, Warwick
Married: 1 Oct 1866 St Phillip's Birmingham
Henry CONNOLLY b. 1841 Ireland
Occupation: BRASS FOUNDER
Children:
Charlotte CONNOLLY (HUMPHRIES) ch 18 Jan 1864 St Martin, B'ham
Mary CONNOLLY (HUMPHRIES) ch 16 Dec 1864 St Martin, B'ham
Henry CONNOLLY (HUMPHRIES) b. 1865 Birmingham
Sarah CONNOLLY b. 1869 Birmingham
Emily CONNOLLY b. 1871 Birmingham
William CONNOLLY b. 1874 Birmingham
Fanny CONNOLLY b. 1877 Birmingham
Charles CONNOLLY b. 1879 Birmingham
Joseph/Walter CONNOLLY b. 1881 Birmingham
Caroline CONNOLLY b. 1883 Birmingham


Henry HUMPHRIES (1848-1895) b. Birmingham, Warwick
Occupation: BRASS Worker
Married: 1883 Aston, Birmingham
Martha YATES (1849-1899) b. Birmingham
Children:
Alice HUMPHRIES (YATES) b. 1867 Birmingham
Henry HUMPHRIES (YATES) b. 1870 Birmingham
William HUMPHRIES (YATES) b. 1872 Birmingham
Rosina (Rose) HUMPHRIES (YATES) b. 1876 Birmingham
Tubal Cain HUMPHRIES (YATES) (1878-1897) Birmingham
Harriet HUMPHRIES (YATES) b. 1880 Birmingham
Emma HUMPHRIES b. 1886 Birmingham
Edward HUMPHRIES b. 1889 Birmingham
Florence HUMPHRIES (1890-1957) b. Birmingham


Harriet HUMPHRIES (1850-1879) Aston, Birmingham
Married: 27 Dec 1869 Sparkbrook, Birmingham
Thomas SMITH b. cir 1848
(1st of 3 marriages for Thomas SMITH)
Occupation: Wood Turner
Children:
Catherine Ann SMITH ch. 17 Jun 1872 St Martins Birmingham
John Thomas SMITH b. 1873 ch. 21 Jan 1874 Bordesley, Birmingham
Harriet SMITH b. 1875 Birmingham, Warwick.


Julius Caesar HUMPHRIES (1852-1906)

Married: 1901 Birmingham, Warwick
Jane RAY nee JOLLY b. 1838 Birmingham.


Tubal Cain HUMPHRIES b. 1857 Birmingham, Warwick
Occupation: BRASS FOUNDER & Shop Keeper

Married: 1880 Birmingham, Warwick
Mary Ann PERKINS b. 1850 Birmingham
daughter of John PERKINS & Caroline SORRALL
Children:
Ernest Charles HUMPHRIES b. 1881 Birmingham
Florence May HUMPHRIES b. 1883 Birmingham



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