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Harriet Chapple

(1873 - ????)

Harriet was the third child born to parents Mary Ann and William in North Molton in 1873.

Mary Ann died during or shortly after the birth of a further child Esther, born in 1876.

On 26 March 1877, in the parish church of North Molton, Harriet's father married Susanna Gould from North Molton.

It is worthy of note that William married Susanna ten months at most after the death of his first wife. This appears more unusual today than was the case in 1877. At the age of 52 and with no other family support, William would have found it very difficult to support and raise four young children, the oldest of whom was eight.

The 1881 census records Harriet aged 7 and living with her parents, brother and sisters at 'Roberts', North Molton. Her father was employed as a farm labourer.

Harriet's step mother Susan died on 7 January 1885 in North Molton; Harriet was only ten years old.

Further information about Harriet has yet to be found.