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Mrs. Mary Jane Harrison née Taylor — 




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Father:  Thomas Taylor

Mother:  Elizabeth Ann Wiffen

Born:       Jun Q. 1838

at: St Pancras, London, England

Died:     ?

Mary Jane Taylor has 2 children listed here:   • Charles Rupert Philemon Harrison  • Grace Jessie St.John 

Married Charles Joseph Chalk on 25 Sep 1867



In addition, although her birth was apparently not registered, a daughter, Grace Jessie, was born in Islington, probably Sep 9, 1862, to Mary Jane Taylor, who was enumerated with Vane in the 1861 census, as lodgers, at 35, Scylla Street, Clerkenwell, Both are aged 22. Eliza Catherine, Vane’s legal wife, was in Tottenhm Court. Pancras, with Vane jnr.aged 3, and Violet, aged 1. Grace first appears, aged 9, as Grace Jessie St John, stepdaughter, in the census of 1871, in the household of Charles Joseph Chalk, who Mary Jane had married in the interim. Charles Chalk later emigrated to America, changing his name to Harrison, and it is to Rex Harrison, his great grandson, now in Australia, that I am indebted for much of this information. In 1885, Grace Jessie married Thomas Saxton, recording the name of her father as Shaftesbury St John, gentleman. They had one son, Douglas St John Saxton. Thomas Saxton was a civil engineer, and he and Grace travelled all over the world. Photographs of Grace in her house at Stamford Hill, and cycling in Australia, give an impression of comfortable prosperity. Grace died in November 1936, aged 73: Thomas Saxton survived until Jan 1951, aged 87. This brings the grand total to 26 children, though at least six died as infants.

About Mary Jane Taylor, and Grace Jesse: on Sep 9, 1862, Mary Jane had a daughter, Grace Jesse St John,whose birth was not registered, presumably because the father Vane St John had a wife and family nearby. On Sep 25,1867,Mary Jane married Charles Joseph Chalk, a shorthand writer. The couple has four sons and two daughters.

In 1885, after changing their surname to Harrison, the whole family emigrated to California, and then to Washington state. Their second son, Charles Rupert Philemon Chalk, born Islington 1871, a schoolteacher, married Celia Alice van Atta, June 12,1900. Brush Prairie,Clark County, Washington. Their first child, Wilfred John Harrison,was b. Apr 23, 1901,Brush Prairie. and in 1902, this family moved to New Zealand. In 1927, in the Depression, Wilfred moved on to Western Australia in search of work as a surveyor, to be joined, in 1934, by his betrothed,Eva Rachel Spiers. They were married in Bunbury, Western Australia, Dec 1934. Their family is still living there, in 2008.

Grace Jessie St John first shows as a step-daughter, aged 9, in the Chalk family, in the 1871 census. She stayed in England, and married Thomas Richard Saxton, in May 1885, recording the name of her father as Shaftesbury St John, Gent. Thomas Saxton was a Civil Engineer, who travelled all over the world. Photographs of Jessie in her home in Stamford Hill.,London and cycling in Australia, give an impression of comfortable prosperity. Grace Jessie died in Nov, 1936, aged 73, whilst Thomas Saxton survived until Jan 1951, aged 87

Mary Jane Taylor was born Jun Q., 1838. St Pancras and she married Joseph Chalk. her dau. Grace Jessie, was shown as a step daughter in 1871,and Joseph and Mary had four sons and two daughters. Grace was born Sep 9, 1862, unregistered.Islington

Mary Jane's father was Thomas Taylor, chr.May 22,1811. Son of Richard Taylor andMaria Johnes, He worked as a Printer/ compositor. He married, May 21, 1836, Elizabeth Ann Wiffen,chr.May 26, 1814, dau of William Wiffen and Martha Cooch. They had 9 children, up to 1853 of whom Mary Jane was the second, the eldest daughter.

Mary Jane's parents were Thomas Taylor and Ann Wiffen. Thomas was chr. May 22, 1811, Chelsea, s. of Richard Taylor and Maria Johnes. Thomas was a Printer/compositor and this was conceivably how Vane came in contact with him and his daughter. Ann Wiffen was chr. May 26, Chelmsford Essex. dau. of William Wiffen and Martha Cooch. Thomas and Elizabeth Ann Taylor had 9 children, of whom Mary Jane was the second, eldest daughter.

Thomas Taylor died, Islington 1860, and Elizabeth Ann emigrated to Canada in 1874, wuth some of her family, and died, in Ontario in 1895.

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