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Frederick BEST
(Cir 1787-1812)
(Abt 1788-1825)
Joseph Warren PARKER
(Cir 1782-1862)
(Cir 1780-1841)
James Adamson BEST
Harriett Edmonds PARKER
Harriet Elizabeth BEST
(1847-Cir 1917)


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Harriet Elizabeth BEST

  • Born: 22 Jun 1847, Littleham, Exmouth, Devon, England
  • Marriage: George PERRIAM on 10 Jun 1868 in St Thomas, Exeter, Devon, England
  • Died: Cir Mar 1917, St Thomas, Exeter, Devon, England aged about 69

bullet  General Notes:

Granddaughter refers to her as Elizabeth, rather than Harriet. Presumably this was the family name - many Best's seem to use the second name

register of marriage St Thomas district Vol 5b, page 144 Qtr Jun 1868 (at the Register Office in St Thomas)
George Perriam, 24, Bachelor, Seaman, Exmouth. Father Joseph Perriam, Seaman
Harriett Best, 21, Spinster, - , Exmouth. Father James Best, Tailor
Witnesses were Elizabeth A Best and William Best (Brother and his wife)

Birth Sep 1847 St Thomas 10 196
Best Harriott Elizabeth - address given as Littleham. Parents James Adamson Best and Harriott Edmonds Best (nee Parker)

Death Mar 1917 St Thomas.5b 54 Perriam Harriet 69

1851 census
Head: BEST, James
NameRelationshipMarAge SexOccupation Birthplace
James BESTHeadM40MTailor MasterExmouth-Dev
Harriet BESTWifeM39FLacemakerExmouth-Dev
Sarah A. BESTDaurU19FLacemakerWithycombe R-Dev
William BESTSonU17MTailor AppExmouth-Dev
George BESTSon-15MTailor AppExmouth-Dev
Harriet BESTDaur-4F---Exmouth-Dev
Joseph PARKERFatLW69MCooperBudleigh-Dev
Samuel PARKERBroLU22MTailor JournExmouth-Dev
Address:Fore Street, St Thomas
Census Place:Littleham In St Thomas St Thomas, Devonshire
PRO Reference:HO/107/1865Folio:207Page:20FHL Film:0221013

1861 census
Fore Street, Exmouth (Littleham), Devon
RG9/1382 F19 P14
Henry Parker, Head, Wid, 36, Painter, Devon Exmouth
Henry Parker, Son, , 10, , Devon Exmouth
Mary J Parker, Daur, , 9, , Devon Exmouth
George Parker, Son, , 7, , Devon Exmouth
Joseph Parker, Lodger, Wid, 80, Cooper, Devon East Budleigh
James Best, Head, M, 50, Tailor, Devon Exmouth
Harriet Best, Wife, M, 50, , Devon Exmouth
Harriet Best, Daur, Un, 14, Honiton Lace Maker, Devon Exmouth
John Best, Son, , 10, , Devon Exmouth
George Best, Son, Mar, 24, Tailor, Devon Exmouth

1871 census
RG10/2048 F49 P19
10 George Street, Exmouth (Withycombe Raleigh), Devon
Harriet Perriam, Wife, Mar, 22, Honiton Lacemaker, Devon Exmouth
Elizabeth Best, Visitor, Mar, 38, Tailoress, London Blackwall - wife of brother William
Mary A E do, Visitor, , 12, , Devon Exeter
James do, Visitor, , 7, , Devon Exeter
Frederick do, Visitor, , 3, , Devon Exeter
Bessie do, Visitor, , 1, , Devon Exeter

1881 census
Dwelling:41 George St
Census Place: Exmouth (Withycombe Rawleigh), Devon, England
Source:FHL Film 1341516 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 2139 Folio 50 Page 19
George PERRIAMM38 MExmouth, Devon, England
Harriet PERRIAMM34 FExmouth, Devon, England
Laura PERRIAM 10 FExmouth, Devon, England
Nancy PERRIAM 9 FExmouth, Devon, England (Annie)
Harriet PERRIAM 7 FExmouth, Devon, England

1891 census (where was husband George?)
41 George Street, Exmouth (Withycombe Raleigh) RG12/1676 F58 P38
Harriet Perriam, Head, M, 43, , Exmouth
Louisa do, Daur, S, 19, (Positive) Assistant, Exmouth - could be Printer's (Think this is Laura)
Harriet do, Daur, S, 16, Housemaid/Domestic Servant, Exmouth
Robert do, Son, , 6, Scholar, Exmouth
William do, Son, , 3, , Exmouth
George do, Son, , 8months, , Exmouth (this is Frederick George)

The book "5 coins on the table" says that in 1891 Annie was 9, Laura was 8, Harriet was younger, Robert 5, William 3, Frederick George (Freddie) just born and 4 others already died - Annie and Harriet were much older!

1901 Census
RG13/2029 F73 P21
44 George Street, Exmouth (Withycombe Raleigh)
George Perriam, Head, M, 57, Retired Seaman, Exmouth
Harriet E do, Wife, M, 53, , Exmouth
E Harriet do, Daur, S, 25, Ladies Maid Domestic, Exmouth
William J B do, Son, , 12, , Exmouth

1911 census
RG14PN12578 RG78PN722 RD270 SD1 ED7 SN235
5 George Street, Exmouth, Devon
Harriet Perriam, Head, 63, Widow, Domestic Duty's, Withycombe Parish Exmouth Devon
Laura Perriam, Daughter, 39, Single, Dressmaker, Withycombe Parish Exmouth Devon
William Perriam, Son, 22, Single, Lady's Tailor, Withycombe Parish Exmouth Devon
Sarah Cockram, Visitor, 27, Single, Independent, Down St Mary Devon
- Harriet is stated to have been married 42 years and had 9 children of whom 5 are still alive and 4 had died
- the house had 5 rooms
- Sarah Cockram later married William Perriam

Thought to have 10 children. 5 died young and 5 survived - but the above 1911 entry suggests otherwise


Harriet married George PERRIAM, son of Joseph PERRIAM and Susan BRANSCOMBE, on 10 Jun 1868 in St Thomas, Exeter, Devon, England. (George PERRIAM was born circa Sep 1843 in Exmouth, Devon, England and died Dec Q 1909 in St Thomas, Exeter, Devon, England.)


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