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HARPER, Henry - Bere Alston, Devon to Bendigo, Vic, Australia

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Looking for info on:

Henry James HARPER b. c. 1813 Bere Alston, Devonshire, England. Came to Australia sometime before 1848. I believe he landed and may have married in South Australia before moving to Bendigo. He married Ellen BRAY in 1848. This was his second marriage.

Would like information on his parents and Ellen's family if available.


James Henry Harper M 25 Jan 1849
Angelina Harper F 18 Dec 1851 in Adelaide, SA, Australia
Elizabeth Ellen Harper F 29 Jan 1854
John Harper M 17 Nov 1856 in Castlemaine, Vic, Australia
Samuel Harper M 22 Mar 1860
Sarah Harper F 14 May 1862
Eliza Jane Harper F 23 Aug 1864
Harriet Melinda Harper F 7 May 1867
Stephen Harper M 17 Jul 1869
Thomas Harper M 8 Jul 1871
Josiah Harper M 8 Jan 1876

Henry James HARPER first married Harriet FLOYD. Children:

William Harper M 1835
Charlotte Harper F 1837
MaryAnn Harper F 1839


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by VeronicaF on 2008-03-28 04:21:39

Hi Michelle
I hope it is OK that I have put these comments down.
The Anglican St Paul's Register New Zealand has an entry for Harriet Harper age 28 years who died 7 June 1845 and was buried 9 June 1845. Cemetery records Symonds Street, Auckland. I believe Harriet died arising from complications to the birth of Sarah. I believe Sarah was her daughter.
The Anglican St Paul's Register New Zealand has Sarah Harper age 3 days who died 9 Jun 1845 and was buried 10 Jun 1845 at the Symonds Street cemetery Auckland (Buried the day after Harriet) I believe this child is Henry & Harriet's and that Harriet died the day after giving birth due to complications. (I do not have these certificates to prove my theory)
Henry Harper and Harriet Floyd married 24 March 1834 at Buckland, Monachorum, Devon, England

I have Ellen Harper (BRAY) parents as William BRAY and Ann BARRETT and not as James Trewartha Bray as appeared on a family tree that was given to me over 30 years ago. James Trewartha Bray is the brother to William Trewartha Bray the Cornish Miners Preacher. This is what I found whilst looking at this family:
SOURCE: Cornwall Quarter Sessions dated 19 April 1803 has an entry for the removal of Ann Bray, widow of William Bray, Jun., and their children William Trewortha (8), James Trewortha (7), Frances (4), Ann (2), and Mary (8 months) from Kea. Trewartha is spelt Trewortha in this case. This indicates William had died prior to this date and as Mary is 8 months old William would have died between 1802 and 1803.
Also notes in Billy Bray's Journal indicates his father died whilst he was very young and they went to live with his Grandfather William Bray Snr a devout methodist.

Source: Cornwall Parish Register confirms date and year.
William BRAY married Ann TREWARTHA 27 Jan 1794
The family already had the date but the year was undecipherable.
District: Kea
Children to this couple were:
William Trewartha BRAY (known as Billy BRAY the Preacher) married Joahanna BRAY
James Trewartha BRAY married ?? (Old family tree had James as Ellen Brays father)married to an Ann
Frances BRAY married James VERRAN 20 Dec 1827 (children: James, Samuel and Mary Ann)
Ann Trewartha BRAY could not find a record of her having married.
Mary BRAY have not found a record of her marrying either but did not complete the search.

1851 CENSUS (I BELIEVE this is James Trewartha Bray with his sister Ann and niece Mary Ann Verran
Piece: HO107/1910 Place: St Clement -Cornwall Enumeration District: 1m
Civil Parish: Kea Ecclesiastical Parish: Chacewater
Folio: 747 Page: 18 Schedule: 64
Address: Twelveheads
Surname First name(s) Rel Status Sex Age Occupation Where Born Remarks BRAY James Head W M 54 Farmer 12 Acres Cornwall - Kea BRAY Ann Sister U F 49 Cornwall - Kea VERRAN Mary Ann Lodger U F 10 Scholar Cornwall Kea

1841 CENSUS (Not sure if this is the same James Bray as above but the address is still Twelveheads and from Billy Brays Journal we know the mother Ann was Independent and owned land possibly inherited from the grandfather as she donated land to build a church.
1841 Census
Piece: HO107/147/13 Place: Powder -Cornwall Enumeration District: 10
Civil Parish: Kea Ecclesiastical Parish: -
Folio: 52 Page: 13
Address: Twelve Heads
Surname First name(s) Sex Age Occupation Where Born Remarks BRAY James M 40 Yeoman Cornwall BRAY William M 15 Cornwall

James Trewartha Bray christened 7 August 1796 at South Dinnis, Kea, Cornwall, England. Source IGI Index
Died June Quarter 1856 at Truro, Cornwall, England. Source England and Wales Civil Registration Index

1841 Census Johanna BRAY wife of Billy Bray (William Trewartha BRAY)
1841 Census
Piece: HO107/137/7 Place: Kerrier -Cornwall Enumeration District: 3
Civil Parish: Gwennap Ecclesiastical Parish: -
Folio: 33 Page: 6
Address: Littlebeside
Surname First name(s) Sex Age Occupation Where Born Remarks BRAY Johannah F 40 Cornwall BRAY James M 18 Cornwall BRAY Mary F 17 Cornwall BRAY Ann F 15 Cornwall BRAY Grace F 13 Cornwall

William Bray was renowned as "Billy Bray" the miners evangelist preacher. Well known as the builder of three chapels by his own hands or with donations. The best known chapel Three Eyes at Kerley Downs.
Occupation Tin Miner as well as Preacher.
Some sources: http://www.stythian.org/wepnappa/Billy Bray.htm
Encyclopaedia of World Museum (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M Lewis (1995). He has been described as the last of the Cornish Saints.
Billy Bray fathered seven (7) children- source Billy Bray: God's Man with a Shout by Jonas Clark

William Trewartha (Billy) Bray born 1 Jun 1794 at Twelveheads, Cornwall and baptised at Gwennap on 22 August 1794
Billy Bray died 25 May 1868 at Baldhu, Cornwall

William Trewartha BRAY married Johanna BRAY 16 Jul 1821
Johanna Bray born c 1792 and died 16 Dec 1862, Cornwall
Their children
James born 1823
Mary born 1824
Ann born 15 Mar 1825 married James BRAY 23 Sep 1841(Joanna, Joseph & Mary Ann)
Grace born 27 Dec 1827 married William DAVEY 11 Feb 1846 (Mary E, William, Mark, James, Josephus, Charles & Elizabeth)
did not complete search for other children.

1851 Census
Piece: HO107/1904 Place: Lanlivery -Cornwall Enumeration District: 1a
Civil Parish: Bodmin Ecclesiastical Parish: -
Folio: 340 Page: 10 Schedule: 36
Address: Blowing House
Surname First name(s) Rel Status Sex Age Occupation Where Born Remarks BRAY William Head M M 56 Miner Cornwall - Kea BRAY Joanna Wife M F 57 Miner's Wife Cornwall - Kea DAVEY Mark Grnson U M 1 Cornwall - Liskeard

1861 Census (this may or maynot be them?)
Piece: RG9/1546 Place: St Austell -Cornwall Enumeration District: 11
Civil Parish: Tywardreath Ecclesiastical Parish: -
Folio: 10 Page: 14 Schedule: 69
Address: Highway Village
Surname First name(s) Rel Status Sex Age Occupation Where Born Remarks BRAY William Head M M 66 Copper Miner Cornwall - St Kew BRAY Joanna Wife - F 67 Cornwall - St Kew BRAY Joseph Grson - M 17 Copper Miner Cornwall - Menheniot BRAY Mary Ann Grndau - F 12 Scholar Cornwall - St Neot PEDLAR Nathan Lodger U M 22 Pactio Cornwall - St Day PEDLAR Joanna Lodwif - F 18 Cornwall - St Blazey PEDLAR James Lodson - M 1 Cornwall - Tywardreath

I apologise if the above is useless information.


by laren on 2008-03-28 21:56:05


No such thing as useless info, you never know what might be helpful!


by harps on 2008-07-26 14:04:27

Hi Michelle,

I am also looking into Henry James parents, I am afraid at this time all I have on them is a few bit that may help.

Henry James
father was:
Stephen Harper, Died 15 August 1847 in St Meman Corwall
Mother was:
Mary Marks


by cjh on 2009-04-04 17:14:52

Hi Scott
Henry James Harper was born 1812 at Bere Alston, Devon, died 1877 at Welshmans Reef, Victoria

He was the son of Samuel Harper (born 1775 at Towednack, Cornwall, died 1836 at St Austell) and Mary Testick (born 1785 at Redruth, died 1834 at St Austell)

Samuel was the son of Samuel Harper (born 1743 at Redruth, died 1818 at St Agnes) and Alice White (born 1741, no death date)

Samuel was the son of Samuel Harper (born 1706, died 1771) and Alice Richards (1700-1748)

The information on Henry James Harper's death cert is incorrect re his parents.

Samuel Harper and Mary Testick had 12 children, many of whom ventured to Australia and New Zealand

hope this helps
C Harper

by alajen on 2009-08-23 03:08:59

This is Grandads side.

Henry Bray 1741 - 1800 Married 1767 Elizabeth Pearce 1731-1817

Richard and Elizabeth came from Helston in Cornwall they had four Children.

Henry 1776, John1774, Elizabeth 1769 and Richard 1766 (abt.1770)

Richard abt. 1770 Married in Ruan Minor Cornwall 01/01/1791 Jane George abt. 1770

Their Children
Mary 1796, Henry 1803, Elizabeth 1809, Samuel 1815, Jane 1817, Frederick 1819

Henry Bray 1803 Married in Budock Cornwall 12/10/1823 Grace Rashleigh
Henry work as a farmer on Pencose Farm Falmouth. Henry was born in Budock.

Their Children
Mary1824, William1826, Elizabeth 1827, Richard 1830, Grace 1832, Thomas 1834, Jane1835, Eliza 1837, Amelia 1838, Shophia 1840, Samuel 1841, Edwin 1843.

Richard Bray 1830 was married Twice.

Richard Married Catherine Hendy (1st Wife)
Richard Married Ann Stephens his 2nd wife in 1866
Richard worked as an agricultural labourer.
Richard and Catherine lived in Hoe Budock Cornwall.
Richard and Anne 1839 lived in the baker house yard Falmouth
Richard died aged 72 years in Falmouth.

So Richard and Catherines children
Mary Amelia 1857, Catherine 1859, Samuel 1861, Ellen 1863, Richard Henry Bray 1855
Richard and Annes Children
Laura 1867 Emma 1869, Lille, William, John 1880.

Richard Henry Bray 1855 Married in Southampton 1882 Eliza Payne
They lived in St Marys Richard was a stevedore.

Their Children

Ellen Mary 1886. Richard Henry 1889, William Timothy 1891, Frederick 1893, Ernest 1895, Bertie 1897 (Granfer, Percy 1899, Violet 1900.

Bertie Bray 1897 my Granfer Married Emily Mary Leadbitter my (Nan)
They had three Children Lily Bray , Kitty Bray and Doris Bray ( my mum)
So Im half Bray

Any Help to anyone out there. I'm trying to find my connection to Billy Bray ...the Preacher any info would be most welcome
J. Justice

by Harper on 2010-06-06 18:46:31

Hi I'm a Gt Gt Gt grandson of John Harper who arrived in NZ 1843. He was son of Samuel Harper,brother of Henry. Has anyone heard the story regarding money in Chancery or a story about gold in Australia. Ray King

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