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« on: April 20, 2011, 11:00:41 PM »

Harrison is a christian name used on a number of occasions as a first name and often as a middle name in the Bearder family. The name comes from the surname Harrison, from Hannah Harrison, John Bearder's (1783) first wife.

The following are Harrison Bearders that I have found:

Harrison Bearder b 1827, died 1918 - unmarried. He was the son of John and Hannah
Harrison Bearder b 1856, died 1897, son of Joseph and Eliza
Alfred Harrison Bearder b 1847, d 1847, son of Joseph and Eliza
George Harrison Bearder b 1870, d 1871, son of George and Ada Bearder
Harrison Brook, b 1854, son of Henry Brook and Martha (nee Bearder)
Harrison Snowden b 1850, son of John Snowden and Mary Ann (nee Bearder)

The story of Harrison Bearder 1856 - 1897 is particularly sad. Harrison married Sarah Ann Jacques in 1884 and they had 7 children. Irving (b1886, died 1887), Raymond (b 1887, d 1887), Bertha (b 1889), Joseph Sidney Preece (b 1891), Hilda, Elizabeth, Doris (b 1897). Sarah Ann died in March 1897, so possibly in childbirth. In 1891 Harrison had been a prisoner on Bradford Town Hall police cells (census).

On 14th June 1897 Harrison committed suicide in his home. The following are rather harrowing newspaper reports from the time:

Bradford Observer Tuesday 15th June 1897

The Suicide Epidemic in Bradford.
About nine o’clock yesterday morning, Police constable Morphet, of the Bradford Borough Police, was called to no 31 Wilberforce Street, and there found the body of Harrison Bearder, who was 41 years old and a moulder, hanging by the neck from a rope fastened to the ceiling. Morphet cut down the body, from which life had evidently been extinct for some time. About three months ago Bearder had the misfortune to lose his wife by death, and was left with five children to look after, and it is stated that since that time he had suffered from extreme dejection. The supposition is that despondency led him to commit suicide. His dead body was first seen by Mrs Emma Mitchell, of Broad Lane, who since the death of Mrs Bearder has attended to the family from day to day, and who, upon entering the house yesterday morning for the purpose of performing her duties, found the lifeless body hanging from the ceiling, whilst the children were sleeping soundly in adjoining rooms.

Bradford Observer Wednesday 16th June 1897

Suicide of a Tyersal man
Yesterday at the Bradford Town Hall, Mr J.G.Hutchinson, borough coroner, held an inquest as to the death of a man named Harrison Bearder, an ironmoulder, forty one years of age, and lately residing in Wilberforce Street, Tyersal. The evidence of a young woman named Emma Mitchell was to the effect that on Monday morning, about eight o’clock, she went to the deceased’s house, and to her horror found him hanging by the neck from a hook in the ceiling. The deceased was a widower, and her uncle. Her aunt died in March last, leaving him with five children, one of them being four months old and another two years old, and so on. The youngest child had been taken charge of by a relative, but every morning witness went to dress the other children and tidy up the house, and it was in the discharge of this duty that she found the dead body of her uncle. The deceased worked at Stanningly, and had to leave home soon after five in the morning to get to his employment, leaving the door open for witness to enter. Since the death of his wife he had been very depressed, had not worked for more than a fortnight, and had drunk heavily. The jury found that the deceased had committed suicide whilst labouring under a fit of temporary insanity.

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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2011, 11:12:22 PM »

What a very sad story.  I work currently in adult mental health and can well understand the circumstances described.  But what is even more sad than the story described is that we have not moved on much in over 200 years!  Yes we have medication, but sadly society still expects the British stiff upper lip.  It's sad to think that the same newspaper story could and is written today.



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