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Climbing my Family Tree

Updated August 18, 2004

Betty Anne Orr

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~MY FAMILY TREE IS WHAT MADE ME~~~~~~~~~~~~

Like branches on a tree we grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one. Each of our lives will always be a special part of the other.

The family names I am researching on my Father's side are HARRISON, MILNS, BRISCO, CALTON and ACOM.
The family names I am researching on my Mother's side are THOMAS, KNAPP, NETTLETON, HASKINS and BARBER.

As time permits I hope to have each of these tree’s on this web site. For now, I have entered the Harrison and Milns information. If you recognize any of the names please contact me and I hope you will enjoy my web site.

I started tracing my Family Tree in 1970. My Father, Frank Harrison, had passed away the year before and, at age 14, I suddenly realized that I knew little or nothing about his ancestors. The only relatives he had left in Canada were a sister, a couple of cousins and a few nieces and nephew's, the rest were in England.

Without the help of the following two special people I would never have been able to get as far as I have on my Harrison family tree.

The first was my Aunt, Lillian Clark (Harrison) affectionately known as Aunt Ted. She had been in England in 1957 and still had contacts there. She helped to fill in bits and pieces about the family's she had met and their children. In 1981 a year after she had lost her husband she decided she wanted to return to England and asked me to accompany her. I had a great fear of flying and at first declined, but then a few weeks later some strong urge came over me and I called to let her know I would go. I always felt some special force had helped me make the decision because Aunt Ted passed away only 4 months after our return. We had 3 wonderful weeks in England and she made sure that I had the opportunity to meet as many relatives as possible.
I will always cherish the special time we spent together there.

The other wonderful lady who has helped me a great deal was my Dads cousin, Kathleen Weston (Kay). We corresponded from as early as 1971 and continued even when she was in her late 80's. She knew a lot about the Harrison family and was able to answer many questions I had. She would send off long letters filled with interesting tidd bits, pictures, or insights about many of the family members. Receiving a letter from Kay was like opening a present; you never knew just what you were going to find inside.

Over the years I would work a little on my family tree but marriage, work and raising my family made it difficult for me to give much time to it.

In 2003 after the passing of my Mother, Marion Harrison, I decided to start working on my family tree again. However, times had changed, with the help of the Internet I was able to connect with many people who were able to help me. What had taken me years to accomplish researching my father’s side now only took me months with the use of the Internet. My mothers sister, Phyllis Barrie (Thomas), was also a great source of information as she had been working on her tree for many years. I have spent many enjoyable hours with her talking about her family and my Mothers early life.

My Family History


Family Photos

  • The Youngest Children of Charles and Ann Harrison (133 KB)
    Pictured here are Willie age 5, Eva age 8 and Edwy age3.
  • My Great Grandfather Harrison (30 KB)
    Charles Harrison 1834-1891
  • My Great Grandmother Harrison (23 KB)
    Annie (Brisco) Harrison 1850- 1924
  • Brisco, Charlotte (Lottie) and Jessie Harrison (38 KB)
    Brisco, son of Charles Harrison and wife Ann Brisco, born 1879, his wife Charlotte (Lottie) and first son Jesse
  • Gilliam, Mary Jane & Ivy Harrison (31 KB)
    Gilliam 1877-1950, son of Charles Harrison and Ann Brisco, his wife Mary Jane Edwards 1876-1940, and daughter Ivy born 1901
  • Ernest Brisco Harrison (33 KB)
    Ernest Brisco Harrison 1872-1944, son of Charles Harrison and Ann Brisco
  • Eva and Harry Weston (17 KB)
    Eva 1880-1953, daughter of Charles Harrison and Ann Brisco, and her husband Harry Fulham Weston 1881-1965 The photo was sent by their daughter Kathleen Weston with the following note. "The photo was not a wedding photo but was taken, I expect in 1904 or 1905 when dad decided to emigrate to Canada."
  • Frank Harrison in Scottish outfit (77 KB)
    My father Frank Harrison age 3 and his sister Lillian age 1. Although I don't know where the scottish outfit first came from it became a family tradition for children to have their picture taken in it around the age of three. In Franks family 5 of his children, 10 of his grandchildren and 3 of his great grandchildren have worn the outfit.
  • Lillian and Frank Harrison (99 KB)
    Lillian Harrison appr. 2 and Frank Harrison appr. 4 were the children of Edwy and Lilian Harrison (Milns)
  • Maria Roe who later became Thomas Brisco's wife. (198 KB)
    These are two pictures of Maria Roe. Her first husband was Thomas Brisco and they became my Great Great Grandparents. A year after his death she married Henry G. Foulston and then a year after he died she married William Maycock.

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