Thursday, June 15, 2006

John Harris

Received: 3rd April 2006

My great grandfather, William Harris from Rushden moved to Bedford but his brother John who was born in 1813 (also in Rushden) moved to Cople with his family in the 1850s. He was a farmer, cattle dealer and publican. Through information gathered on the various census, he farmed around 85 acres and his address was given as The Dog Inn Cople. I see you have only one pub so it could now be a private house.

I know it is a longshot, but am wondering whether you know anything about this property or of any decendants from this family still in the village. Harris is a dreadful name to research - there are thousands of them!!

Many thanks


PS My father was born in Newton Bromswold in 1885 into a farming family. John would have been his great uncle.

1 comment:

Auriel said...

Very interested to read your reference to Dog Inn, Cople. We live at Dog House,Cople........interestingly we thought the property was an old coaching inn so maybe I was correct. On old maps (1700-1800)it is shown as "Cople Dog". The current house dates to the mid 1800's so there was clearly something here before.....our foundations seem older than the house itself. Does anyone know any further history about the house and / or the origins of the "Dog" reference ??