2. Mary HARRIS
was born in Aug 1822 in England. She died on 30 Jul 1908 in Richland
County, Wisconsin.16 She
was buried in English Ridge Cemetery, Richland County, Wisconsin.
She is reference number 2974. Mary Harris is the oldest child of
John and Mary Harris. In the 1841 Devon England census she is working as a family
servant in the household of William Tandon, who was a yeoman. Mary and the rest
of the family left Black Torrington, Devon, England, in 1842 for Hamilton, Wentworth,
Ontario, Canada. There was no christening record for Mary in Black Torrington.
Her parents were married in nearby Sheepwash, Devon, so it is possible that
John and Mary lived in another nearby community immediately after their marriage.
Christenings are recorded in the local church and a search of church records
in surrounding communities might turn up a christening record for Mary.
Mary HARRIS and Thomas PARSONS were married in 1843. They appeared
in the census on 24 Aug 1850 in Clay, Onondaga Co., New York.17 They appeared in the census on 30 Jul 1860 in Fancy
Creek, Marshall, Richland County, Wisconsin.18
They appeared in the census on 25 Jul 1870 in Marshall, Richland County, Wisconsin.19 Thomas
PARSONS was born on 12 May 1812 in London, England. He had his
estate probated in Jan 1876 in Richland County, Wisconsin.20 He died on 25 Jan 1876 in Richland County, Wisconsin.21 He was buried in English Ridge
Cemetery, Richland County, Wisconsin.22
He is reference number 2973. Taken from History of Crawford and
Richland Counties, Wisconsin - Union Publishing Company - Springfield, IL - 1884,
pg. 1125 Thomas Parsons, the subject of this sketch, was born in London,
England, May 12, 1812. His father died when he was but eight years old, and he
was sent into the country to live, where he grew to man's estate. He came to
America in 1841 and located in Canada, where he made the acquaintance of Mary
Harris, who was the daughter of John and Mary Harris, and to whom he was married
in the year 1843. In 1844 they moved to the State of New York and purchased a
home in Onondaga town, Onondaga county. There he was employed on public works,
remaining there until 1856, and then coming to Richland county. Here he purchased
a tract of timber land on section 28, built a house and continued to reside there
until the time of his death, which occurred Jan. 25, 1876. He was a very industrious
man, and had the satisfaction of leaving his family provided with a good home.
Mr. and Mrs. Parsons have had nine children born to them, five of whom are now
living --- William, David, George, Jane and John. Mrs. Parsons was again married
in 1876 to James Ward, who is also a native of England, born in Cambridgeshire
in 1820. He had come to America in 1851 and located in Wisconsin, living in Walworth
and Rock counties until the fall of 1854, when he came to Richland county and
settled on section 35, town 11, range 1 west, in the present town of Marshall,
where he still resides. He has been three times married. The first time, in 1841,
to Maria Graham who died a few years after his settlement in Richland county.
Three of her children are living --- Edward, Alfred and Angeline. His second
wife was Annie Dunford. She died in 1871, leaving five children --- Alice, Rose,
Carrie, Annie M and Ellie.
Mary HARRIS and James WARD were married on 25 Dec 1876 in Richland County, Wisconsin. They appeared in the census in 1880 in Marshall, Richland County, Wisconsin.25 They appeared in the census on 6 Jun 1900 in Marshall, Richland County, Wisconsin.26 James WARD was born in 1820 in Cambridgeshire, England. He is reference number 2975.