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Rachel Thomson Harrison

Female 1855 - 1936  (80 years)



  • Name Rachel Thomson Harrison  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 09 Oct 1855  Penicuik Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 4, 5
    • daughter of William Pearson Harrison, b Edinburgh 24 Dec 1828, d Burnhead Cottages, Liberton 05 Jan 1895, bootmaker; and Elizabeth Thomson, b Dublin abt 1832, d Greenside Place, Edinburgh, 27 Oct 1870; marr Glencorse 10 Jun 1853.
    Residence Apr 1861  Penicuik Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Residence Apr 1871  28 Greenside Place, Edinburgh Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Occupation Apr 1881  Milliner  [3
    Residence Apr 1881  Newington Causeway, Southwark Find all individuals with events at this location ; Hostel, Messrs Tarns' Establishment  [3
    • William Tarn and Co. were Linen drapers, silk mercers, boys' and ladies' outfitters, boot makers, carpet warehousemen, ironmongers, bedding, bedstead and general cabinet furniture manufacturers" of 165 to 173 Newington Causeway, London SE17. They were a kind of Department Store employing a large number of staff, of whom many were accommodated in a hostel or in dormitories provided by their employer. It housed 221 in total on 03 Apr 1881
    Residence Oct 1890  Long Lane House, Antigua Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Marriage 11 Oct 1890  Parish Church, St Philip, Antigua Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Robert Blair Roden,   b. 21 Apr 1860, Antigua Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Feb 1939, 20 Pembridge Crescent, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1891 -  Antigua Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    Residence 1901 -  Nevis Find all individuals with events at this location   [10
    Residence abt 1903 - 1912  Bridgetown, Barbados Find all individuals with events at this location   [11
    Residence 1912 - 1915  St Vincent, West Indies Find all individuals with events at this location   [11
    Residence 1915 - 1921  British Honduras Find all individuals with events at this location   [12
    Residence 1921 - 1928  Lexham Gardens, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [13
    Residence 1929  Campden Hill Hotel, 1 Hornton St, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [14
    Residence 1930 - 1936  Pembridge Gardens Hotel, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [13
    Death 08 May 1936  Pembridge Gardens Hotel, 1-9 Pembridge Gardens, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 5
    • Eileen had to go up to her parents in London, as Lady Roden was very ill - with a stroke, which had taken her sight - they hoped only temporarily. But she never really got right, and died ten days after the first attack - only a few days after Eileen got to her - on Friday 8th. [Silvia Tatham, Diaries, vol xxxiii, 1935-1937]
    Notes 
    • Her "Album" contains a page headed Stockwell College, June 29th 1880, then "The Days that are no more", and the first verse of Tennnyson's "Tears, idle tears", finishing "With the best wishes of Yours sincerely, Althea A Grant". This suggests that Rachel was leaving the college (and/or her friend was) at that time. Stockwell College was a teachers training college. It was only abt 2 miles from William Tarn & Co's establishment in Southwark where Rachel was living & working in Apr the following year. Its archives are stored (2010) on the former campus of Brunel University.
    • Very Scottish, like Aunt Bessie [MRT]
    • Passengers on RMS "Medway" arr Southampton 14 May 1896: Mr R B Roden (49 - s/be 36?), Gov't Offic al, Mrs Roden (38 - s/be 40?), Master Roden (5 months), emb Nevis. (Eileen not listed).
      Passengers on RMS "Para" dep Southampton 18 Nov 1896: Mr & Mrs Roden & child (boy age 1-12), dest. Nevis.
      ... ...
      Passengers on RMS "Para" dep Southampton 24 Jan 1900: Mr & Mrs Roden & child (girl age 1-12), dest Nevis.
      Passengers on RMS "Atrato" arr Southampton 13 May 1907 ex Barbados: Robert Roden (36 - s/be 47), Carrie Roden (24) [unknown - error for Rachel?, but then aged 51?]
      Passengers on RMS "Orinoco" dep Southampton 16 Oct 1907: Mr & Mrs R B Roden, dest Barbados,
      Passengers on RMS "Thames" arr Southampton 29 Apr 1912: Robert & Rachel Roden, emb Barbados.
      Passengers on RMS "Thames" dep Southampton 09 Oct 1912: Mr & Mrs R Roden, dest Barbados, perm res West Indies.
      Passengers on RMS "Baltic" (White Star) arr Liverpool 25 May 1919 ex New York: Robert B Roden (59), Ch. Justice; Mabel [sic] Roden (56 - s/be 63), wife; emb New York, perm res BWI, UK address 20 Regents Park Tce, London.
      ... ...
      Passengers on SS "Motagua" (Elders & Fyffes) arr Avonmouth 23 May 1921: Sir Robert Roden (61), Minister, British Honduras, c/o Colonial House, Downing St; Lady Rachel T Roden (58 - s/b 65); emb Kingston.
    Person ID I3871  Tatham | Meaburn branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2013 

    Family Robert Blair Roden,   b. 21 Apr 1860, Antigua Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Feb 1939, 20 Pembridge Crescent, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Marriage 11 Oct 1890  Parish Church, St Philip, Antigua Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Notes 
    • It appears that there was also a son, born about Dec 1895. The only evidence is the Royal Mail Lines passenger lists of 1896: RMS Medway arr Southampton 14 May 1896 Master Roden (5 months) emb Nevis; RMS Para dep Southampton 18 Nov 1896 Child Roden (boy age 1-12) dest Nevis. Eileen's son Roden Tatham never heard her speak of a younger brother; not did any of her grandchildren.
    Children 
     1. Bessie Eileen Roden,   b. 19 Nov 1891, Parham, Antigua Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1975, Brambles, Arkley Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2014 
    Family ID F1129  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 09 Oct 1855 - Penicuik Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1861 - Penicuik Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1871 - 28 Greenside Place, Edinburgh Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Hostel, Messrs Tarns' Establishment - Apr 1881 - Newington Causeway, Southwark Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Oct 1890 - Long Lane House, Antigua Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 11 Oct 1890 - Parish Church, St Philip, Antigua Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 11 Oct 1890 - Parish Church, St Philip, Antigua Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1891 - - Antigua Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1901 - - Nevis Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - abt 1903 - 1912 - Bridgetown, Barbados Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1912 - 1915 - St Vincent, West Indies Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1915 - 1921 - British Honduras Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1921 - 1928 - Lexham Gardens, Kensington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1929 - Campden Hill Hotel, 1 Hornton St, Kensington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1930 - 1936 - Pembridge Gardens Hotel, Kensington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 08 May 1936 - Pembridge Gardens Hotel, 1-9 Pembridge Gardens, Kensington Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S52] GRO Scotland, birth reg Penicuik, 09 Oct 1855.
      ref 697/00 0072

    2. [S41] Death Certificate.

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1881.
      Rachel T Harrison age 25 b Midlothian

    4. [S01] Census, UK, 1861.
      age 5 b Penicuik

    5. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Kensington, 2Q1936.
      age 78 [sic]

    6. [S01] Census, UK, 1871.
      Rachel Harrison age 15 b Penicuik

    7. [S36] Marriage Certificate.

    8. [S36] Marriage Certificate, 11 Oct 1890.
      photocopy from Antigua public records office, Aug 2009

    9. [S32] Birth Certificate.
      dau Eileen

    10. [S35] London Gazette, 15 Mar 1901.
      husband's appointment

    11. [S35] London Gazette, 03 Sep 1912.
      husband's appointment

    12. [S05] The Times, obituary, 06 Feb 1939.
      husband Robert

    13. [S03] Family Members, MRT.

    14. [S12] Passenger Lists, Aurania, 06 Oct 1929.
      dau Eileen