Joseph Painter Harrison (b. 1830 Buckingham d. 1894 Salisbury) moved to Salisbury in the late 1850's while training as a chemist. He was thirty years old and working as a chemist's assistant in the town. Once qualified, he was one of the first chemists to be registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 1868 and the first fully qualified chemist in Salisbury. He ran his own chemist business at Fisherton Street and remained there until his death in 1894
Joseph met and married Emily Creed (b. 1830 Salisbury d. 1918 Salisbury), eldest daughter of George Creed, publican of The George and Dragon Inn in Castle Street which was near to Joseph's lodgings at 29 Brew Street. Joseph and Emily were married in June 1861 at St Thomas's Church, Salisbury.
Joseph entered his wedding details into the front of his bible along with the details of births and christenings of their 14 children including three sets of twins. There was great excitement when this Harrison family bible was discovered by workmen, hidden in a lathe and plaster wall, seventy years later in 1961 during renovations of an old property previously owned by a member of the family. It was returned to our grandmother Edith Fanny the last surviving child when she was 93 years old and is now in the hands of Michael Simmonds in Bedford.
Joseph Painter Harrison married Emily Creed in June 1861. All their children were born in Salisbury.
*Edith Fanny Harrison was mother to Christopher Simmonds and grandmother to David, Sally, Jane and Vanessa Simmonds.
Frederick became a chemist like his father and inherited the business. George went into the navy. Frank Inigo became an Anglican minister. Catherine ran a small school with Annie, who was an artist. Edith, Ellen and Alice were trained as 'Court Dressmakers' with the firm of Marshall and Snelgrove. Ernest was a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral and became a watchmaker and jeweller, Richard also became a jeweller and set up in partnership with his brother in Tunbridge Wells. Edgar was a Cabinet Maker, Upholsterer and Undertaker.
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