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3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Harman, M, Head, married, age 52, born Rotherfield, employs 3 men and 1 boy; occupation: builderJohn Harman, bricklayerPrimrose Villa, No 11881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusRhoda Harman, F, Wife, married, age 51, born RotherfieldRhoda Harman [Martin]
3rd Apr 1881CensusWalter W. Harman, M, Son, single, age 22, born Rotherfield; occupation: labourerWalter William Harman, beerhouse keeper and carpenter
3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Harman, M, Son, single, age 19, born Rotherfield; occupation: labourerGeorge Harman, farm labourer
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlfred J. Harman, M, Son, age 7, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarAlfred James Harman
3rd Apr 1881CensusAdelaide E. Mogford, F, Visitor, widowed, age 35, born Rotherfield, unemplopyedAdelaide E. Mogford
3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Harman, M, Head, married, age 28, born Rotherfield; occupation: bricklayer journeymanJohn Harman, bricklayer
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Harman, F, Wife, married, age 26, born YorkshireMary Harman [Benson]
3rd Apr 1881CensusLouisa M. Harman, F, Daughter, age 4, born RotherfieldLouisa Maria Harman
3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn F. Harman, M, Son, age 2, born RotherfieldJohn Francis Harman

1914John Harman at 86, outside No 1 Primrose Villa, Cottage HillJohn Harman at 86, outside No 1 Primrose Villa, Cottage HillJohn Harman, bricklayerPrimrose VillaFred Harman

Nov 2003Contributed byFredHarmanPrimrose VillaFred Harman

John Harman was the second son of John and Rhoda Harman and followed the family tradition being named John. He was born at Cottage Hill on 16th January 1853 and baptised on the 6th March 1853. John Harman married Mary Benson at St Denys on the 24th July 1874. Mary Benson was born 28th April 1854 at Aldenborough, Yorkshire. Her father Francis was a groom and bailiff of Woodleigh, Withyham in 1874. Her mothers name was Hannah (nee Sinclair) Benson and her sister Helen Benson was one of the witness's at the wedding.

John sang in the choir for over fifty years at St. Denys church.

In the 1881 and 1891 census, John and his family lived at Primrose Villa, Cottage Hill.

After the death of his wife Mary on February 1st 1910, John went into business with his daughter Ella &her husband George Harman his nephew. In later life, John lived next door to George and Ella being looked after by Louisa Maria his eldest daughter.

John died on the 1st Jan 1931 and was buried on the 5th Jan 1931.

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