James Harper

Thorganby, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of James

When James Harper was born in 1836, in Thorganby, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Thomas Harper, was 33 and his mother, Mary Smith, was 31. He married Rachel Stubbins on 1 December 1866, in Bishop Wilton, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Barmby on the Moor, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom in 1891 and Pocklington, Yorkshire East Riding, England, United Kingdom for about 10 years.

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James Harper
Rachel Stubbins
Marriage: 1 December 1866
William Thomas Harper
Mary Jane Harper
Rachel Ann Harper

Spouse and Children

1 December 1866
Bishop Wilton, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom


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World Events (8)


Age 7

Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
1863 · Lendal Bridge Opened

Age 27

The Lendal Bridge was opened in 1863, after a previous failed attempt at building it Thomas Page was brought in to design it. It is an iron bridge styled with the gothic style popular in England. When it was first opened, it was a toll bridge but in 1894, it accepted it’s last toll.
1880 · School Attendance Becomes Mandatory for Children

Age 44

School attendance became compulsory from ages five to ten on August 2, 1880.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: occupational name for a player on the harp, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Middle Dutch harp ‘harp’. The harper was one of the most important figures of a medieval baronial hall, especially in Scotland and northern England, and the office of harper was sometimes hereditary. The Scottish surname is probably an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Chruiteir ‘son of the harper’ (from Gaelic cruit ‘harp’, ‘stringed instrument’). This surname has long been present in Ireland.

LOAD TEST -- Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • James Harper, "England and Wales Census, 1891"
  • James Harper, "England and Wales Census, 1881"
  • James Harper in household of Samuel Sampson, "England and Wales Census, 1861"

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