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Name: Sarah Harrison

Burial Number: 1008

Gender: Female

Born: 00/03/1850

Died: 10/11/1920

Buried: 16/11/1920


Sarah Slack Staples was born on the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk border, she was baptised on 17th March 1850 at Kirtling, near Newmarket. Sarah was the daughter of William Hatch Staples, 25yrs, Farmer of 121 acres and employer of 5 men, and Mary Fuller Slack, 26yrs; she had 3 older siblings, Mary, 5yrs, William 4yrs, (died 1856), and Joseph 2yrs, a sister, Harriet, was born in 1853.  In 1858 a brother, William, was born, and Sarah’s mother died. Her father was now employed as a farm bailiff and the family lived in Suffolk.

Sarah’s father remarried, her stepmother was Caroline Bird, and 7 half- siblings were born over the next 10 years.

On 23rd October 1872, at St. Mary Magdalene, Eltham, Essex, Sarah, 22yrs, married James Foster Dunning, they had 5 children, Maud b.1874, Percy b.1880, Cyril b.1884, Ethel b.1885, and Louis b.1890.   Sarah was widowed in 1892 when James died, aged 41yrs.

Sarah, 47yrs, married again on 11th March 1898, at St. George, Bloomsbury, Camden, her husband, Thomas Charles John Harrison, 35yrs, of Breaston, Derbyshire, was a civil engineer, granted membership of the Institute of Civil Engineers in 1899 and Sarah and her younger children moved to his home, in Breaston, Derbyshire.

Sarah died while staying at Capri, Wordsworth Road, Worthing, Sussex, on 10th November 1920, aged 70yrs. Bingley Cass, the rector of Breaston, conducted her funeral at Heene on 16th November 1920.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 11 Plot: 6

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In loving memory of Sarah Slack wife of T.C.J. Harrison of Breaston, Derby. died 10th November 1920 "Until the day break and the shadows flee away"

Further Information


Name: Sarah Slack Harrison

Gender: Female

Born: 00/03/1850

Town: Newmarket

County: Cambridgeshire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Staples

Marriage Date: 23/10/1872

Spouse First Name: James

Spouse Second Name: Foster

Spouse Last Name: Dunning

Town of Marriage: Eltham

County of Marriage: Essex

Country of Marriage: England

Marriage Date: 11/03/1898

Spouse First Name: Thomas

Spouse Second Name: Charles

Spouse Last Name: Harrison

Town of Marriage: Camden

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 10/11/1920

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Capri

Address line 3: Wordsworth Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information



Living at Bachelors Hall, Kirtling, Cambridgeshire. William Staples, Hd. 26yrs, Farmer of 121 acres, wife, Mary Fuller, 27yrs, 3 children, William, 6yrs, Joseph, 3yrs, Sarah Slack, 1yr, visitor, Eliza Slack, 18yrs, plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at 55, Risbygate Street, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. William H. Staples, Hd. 37yrs, Farm Bailiff, wife, Caroline, 32yrs, 4 children, Sarah, 11yrs, Joseph, 12yrs, William, 3yrs, Laura, 4months.


Living at Brook House, Wickhambrook, Risbridge, Suffolk. William H. Staples, Hd. 46yrs,  District Surveyor, wife, Caroline, 42yrs, 10 children, Sarah 21yrs, Harriet 17yrs, William 13yrs, Laura 10yrs, Edward 9yrs, Alice 7yrs, Margaret 6yrs, Eliza 5yrs, Arthur 3yrs, Kate 1yr, sister-in-law, Anna Bird, 28yrs, Governess, plus 2 others.


Living at Stevens Lane, Breaston, Derbyshire. Thomas Charles Joseph Harrison, Hd. 39yrs, Civil Engineer, wife, Sarah Slack, 49yrs, stepson, Cyril G. Dunning, 16yrs, plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at The Firs, Breaston, Derbyshire. Thomas Harrison, Hd. 49yrs, Civil Engineer, retired, wife, Sarah Slack, 59yrs, stepson, Cyril, 26yrs, Farmer, stepdaughter, Ethel, 25yrs, plus 2 domestic servants.

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