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The Harmer Family in Sussex and London

This page lists those members of the Harmer family whose origins we are researching. Entries in italics are inferred or uncertain, or have been supplied by other researchers and not personally verified by us. The list does not include children believed to have died in infancy. The earlier generations lived in Sussex, but later branches of the family lived in south London. Please contact Chris Warren if you feel that the family listed here is connected with your own research.

The Harmer family was living in Heathfield in East Sussex in the early 19th century. We have traced the line back to a William Harmer who married Elizabeth Lusted in Heathfield in 1813. When William died in 1838, his age was given as 48. A William Harmer was baptised in Heathfield in 1783 (in the right place) and another in the nearby parish of Rotherfield in 1790 (at the right time) and we are not sure which is the right one. Several of William's descendants lived in the Southwark area of London, working mainly in the hop trade.

Some of the names below are linked to a more detailed record in the on-line family tree (people marked with an asterisk do not have a full record). When you click on a link, the linked record will be displayed in a separate window. There you can see the family relationships as we understand them, together with notes on what we have found in parish registers, census returns and other records.

William Harmer*
Married 1813 (Aug 20) Heathfield, Sussex
  (children listed in table 1 below)
Died 1838 (Nov 25) Heathfield, Sussex

Elizabeth Lusted
Born about 1793 Heathfield, Sussex
Died 1880 (Mar 3) Heathfield, Sussex

1. Children of William Harmer and Elizabeth Lusted

George Harmer*
Born 1817 (Sep 16) Heathfield, Sussex
Married 1838 (Aug 5) Southwark, London

Married 1851 (Jan 19) Bermondsey, London
  (children listed in table 3 below)
Died 1872 (1st Qtr) Bermondsey, London

Mary Tredger
Born 1813 (Jun 9) Clapham, London
Buried 1850 (Jul 25) Southwark, London
Mary (Ann) Dalton (née Clark)
Born about 1818 Southwark, London
Died 1877 (Oct 11) Southwark, London
William Harmer
Born 1824 (Aug 14) Heathfield, Sussex
Married 1846 (Jan 4) Newington, London
  (children listed in table 2 below)
Died 1889 (4th Qtr) Newington, London

Emma Palmer*
Born 1825 (Sep 29) Southwark, London
Died 1902 (4th Qtr) Newington, London
Emma Harmer*
Born 1827 (May 17) Heathfield, Sussex
Married 1851 (Aug 24) Waterloo, London

Buried 1894 (Feb 16) Southwark, London

William Palmer
Baptised 1824 (May 16) Cripplegate, London
Buried 1876 (Aug 28) Southwark, London
David Harmer*
Born 1831 (Aug 4) Heathfield, Sussex
Married 1859 (May 23) Heathfield, Sussex
  (children listed in table 5 below)
Died 1907 (1st Qtr) Heathfield, Sussex

Sarah Harmer
Baptised 1828 (Jun 22) Battle, Sussex
Died 1905 (3rd Qtr) Heathfield, Sussex
Alfred Harmer*
Born 1834 (May 2) Heathfield, Sussex
Married 1854 (Oct 7) Heathfield, Sussex
  (children listed in table 4a below)

Married 1871 (Apr 18) Heathfield, Sussex
  (children listed in table 4c below)
Died 1912 (4th Qtr) Heathfield, Sussex

Elizabeth Miriam Eaton
Baptised 1832 (Sep 30) Heathfield, Sussex
Buried 1869 (Aug 15) Heathfield, Sussex
Sarah Ann Sinden
Born 1847 (3rd Qtr) Heathfield, Sussex
Died 1931 (2nd Qtr) Heathfield, Sussex

2. Children of William Harmer and Emma Palmer (see table 1 above)

Emma Harmer*
Born 1849 (3rd Qtr) Southwark, London
Married 1871 (Feb 26) Lambeth, London

Died 1925 (1st Qtr) Southwark, London

Edward Arthur Morgan
Born 1847 (Dec 4) Southwark, London
Died 1940 (1st Qtr) Southwark, London
George Alfred Harmer
Born 1850 (Nov 30) Southwark, London
William Harmer*
Born 1852 (May 5) Southwark, London
Married 1873 (May 12) Shoreditch, London
  (children listed in table 6 below)
Died 1918 (May 13) Newington, London

Mary Ann Rust
Born 1855 (Jun 10) Southwark, London
Died 1953 (1st Qtr) Bermondsey, London
Elizabeth Sarah Harmer
Born 1856 (1st Qtr) Southwark, London
Died 1939 (1st Qtr) Brentford area, London
Walter Harmer
Born 1860 (Jan 8) Southwark, London
Married 1883 (Mar 30) Newington, London
  (children listed in table 7 below)
Died 1930 (3rd Qtr) Southwark, London

Mary Ann Buckland*
Born 1860 (Sep 26) Bermondsey, London
Died 1942 (Dec 26) Wimborne, Dorset
Mary Ann Harmer*
Born 1861 (May 25) Southwark, London
Married 1883 (Apr 20) Newington, London

Died 1938 (Mar 19) Morden, Surrey

William Burrell
Baptised 1862 (Jun 29) Newington, London
Died 1909 (Apr 2) New Cross, London
Albert Edward Harmer*
Born 1863 (May 24) Southwark, London
Married 1886 (May 5) Holborn, London
  (children listed in table 8 below)
Died 1936 (1st Qtr) Bermondsey, London

Katherine Louise Mathews
Born 1866 (3rd Qtr) Southwark, London
Died 1939 (1st Qtr) Southwark, London

3. Children of George Harmer and Mary Clark (see table 1 above)

Jane Elizabeth Harmer
Born 1851 (Nov 1) Newington, London
Married 1871 (Nov 19) Newington, London

Died 1897 (4th Qtr) Southwark, London

George Henry Collins
Born 1849 (1st Qtr) Marylebone, London
Died 1906 (4th Qtr) Mayfair, London
Harriet Harmer
Born 1853 (Oct 11) Bermondsey, London
Married 1872 (Jul 28) Newington, London

Died 1915 (2nd Qtr) Battersea, London

Charles White
Born about 1849 Southampton, Hampshire
Died 1922 (1st Qtr) Battersea, London
William Harmer
Born 1856 (Jan 16) Bermondsey, London
Living in Bermondsey, London at 1871 census
Charlotte Caroline Harmer
Born 1857 (Dec 17) Bermondsey, London
Died 1876 (2nd Qtr) Bermondsey, London
George James Harmer
Born 1860 (Feb 4) Bermondsey, London
Married 1886 (Oct 3) Newington, London
  (children listed in table 9 below)
Died 1931 (Dec 16) Southwark, London

Emma Gearing
Born 1861 (Sep 17) Southwark, London
Died 1934 (Aug 27) Hither Green, London

4a. Children of Alfred Harmer and Elizabeth Miriam Eaton (see table 1 above)

Barbara Harmer
Born 1855 (3rd Qtr) Heathfield, Sussex
Married 1876 (4th Qtr) Eastbourne, Sussex

Died 1878 (3rd Qtr) Eastbourne, Sussex

William Rowland Baker
Born 1855 (4th Qtr) Warbleton, Sussex
Died 1892 (3rd Qtr) Eastbourne, Sussex
Sarah Harmer
Born 1857 (4th Qtr) Heathfield, Sussex
Married 1878 (2nd Qtr) Eastbourne, Sussex
Living in Tooting, London at 1911 census

Robert Williams
Born 1853 (3rd Qtr) Wattisfield, Suffolk

4b. Illegitimate Child of Sarah Ann Sinden

George William Sinden
(known as George William Sinden Harmer)
Born 1869 (Feb 18) Heathfield, Sussex
Married 1896 (Apr 8) Scarning, Norfolk
  (children born in Croydon area, Surrey)
Died 1952 (Sep 3) Poole, Dorset

Ellen Amelia Holliday
Born 1864 (May 22) Scarning, Norfolk
Died 1955 (Apr 25) Bodmin, Cornwall

4c. Children of Alfred Harmer and Sarah Ann Sinden

Annie Jane Harmer
Born 1873 (2nd Qtr) Heathfield, Sussex
Married 1892 (3rd Qtr) Hailsham, Sussex

Died 1922 (2nd Qtr) Meopham, Kent

William Stace
Born 1867 (Mar 17) Lewes, Sussex
Died 1952 (Oct 9) Darenth, Kent
Elizabeth Harmer
Born 1881 (Feb 4) Heathfield, Sussex
Married 1907 (2nd Qtr) Croydon, Surrey

Died 1943 (Aug 13) Erith, Kent

Robert William Gunton
Born 1883 (Mar 9) Penge, London
Died 1958 (Feb 21) Finchley, London
George Ernest Harmer
(also known as Ernest George Harmer)
Born 1885 (Jul 27) Heathfield, Sussex
Married 1914 (4th Qtr) Heathfield, Sussex
  (children listed in table 14 below)
Died 1948 (2nd Qtr) Tonbridge area, Kent

Ruth Arnold
Born 1884 (Oct 15) Heathfield, Sussex
Died 1973 (1st Qtr) Hailsham, Sussex

5. Children of David Harmer and Sarah Harmer (see table 1 above)

William Harmer
Born 1860 (Aug 19) Heathfield, Sussex
Married 1896 (Oct 21) Heathfield, Sussex
  (one child who died in infancy)
Died 1941 (4th Qtr) Hailsham, Sussex

Lucy Ann Slarks
Born 1857 (1st Qtr) Waldron, Sussex
Died 1921 (4th Qtr) Hailsham, Sussex
Alfred Harmer
Born 1864 (1st Qtr) Heathfield, Sussex
Died 1879 (1st Qtr) Heathfield, Sussex

6. Children of William Harmer and Mary Ann Rust (see table 2 above)

William George Harmer
Born 1873 (Dec 8) Southwark, London
Married 1900 (3rd Qtr) Southwark, London
  (children listed in table 10 below)
Died 1965 (May 11) Harlington, Middlesex

Nellie Read
Born 1874 (May 25) Newington, London
Died 1946 (1st Qtr) Staines, Middlesex
Walter James Harmer
Born 1877 (Jun 30) Southwark, London
Married 1901 (Jun 30) Southwark, London
  (children listed in table 11 below)
Died 1917 (Aug 21) Holborn, London

Elizabeth Dolden
Born 1879 (Feb 23) Southwark, London
Died 1965 (1st Qtr) Harrow, Middlesex
Ernest Edward Harmer
Born 1883 (Aug 2) Southwark, London
Married 1911 (Jul 27) Newington, London
  (children listed in table 13 below)
Died 1950 (2nd Qtr) Raynes Park, Surrey

Elizabeth Ann Upton
Born 1882 (May 25) Southwark, London
Died 1957 (Jun 11) Brighton, Sussex
Frederick Joseph Harmer
Born 1891 (Oct 25) Newington, London
Married 1921 (3rd Qtr) Woolwich, London
  (at least one child born in London)
Died 1981 (Oct 3) Kingston Vale, Surrey

Elsie Mabel Sartain
Born 1894 (Sep 18) Dover, Kent
Died 1989 (Nov 12) New Malden, Surrey
Cecil Leonard Harmer
Born 1901 (Apr 27) Newington, London
Married 1925 (4th Qtr) Brantham, Suffolk

Died 1974 (Jun 7) Brantham, Suffolk

Edith Lucy Barrett
Born 1898 (Jul 9) Brantham, Suffolk
Died 1998 (Oct 29) Ipswich, Suffolk

7. Children of Walter Harmer and Mary Ann Buckland (see table 2 above)

Walter Harmer*
Born 1884 (Aug 10) Rotherhithe, London
Married 1914 (Jul 27) Bermondsey, London

Died 1963 (Aug 15) Poole, Dorset

Florence Louise Notting
Born 1883 (Jan 19) Poole, Dorset
Died 1968 (Dec 20) Poole, Dorset
Edward Gordon Harmer
Born 1886 (Aug 4) Rotherhithe, London
Married 1911 (Sep 24) Rotherhithe, London
  (children listed in table 12 below)
Died 1917 (Jun 7) Ypres, Belgium

Frances Ellen Allison
Born 1888 (Feb 29) Peckham, London
Died 1976 (May 29) Sutton, Surrey
Mary Ann Winifred Harmer*
Born 1892 (Mar 26) Camberwell, London
Married 1922 (Apr 20) Bermondsey, London

Died 1975 (Jan 13) Bromley area, Kent

Walter Albert John Dean
Born 1900 (Mar 13) Brixton, London
Living in Balham, London in 1939
William Harmer*
Born 1898 (Feb 12) Rotherhithe, London
Married 1922 (Aug 5) Peckham, London

Died 1972 (3rd Qtr) Sutton area, Surrey

Phoebe Esther Jenkins
Born 1897 (Jul 11) Southwark, London
Died 1988 (Feb 2) Carshalton, Surrey

8. Children of Albert Edward Harmer and Katherine Mathews (see table 2 above)

Walter Harmer
Born 1886 (4th Qtr) Southwark, London
Died 1917 (May 28) Pas-de-Calais, France
Emma Katherine Harmer
Born 1890 (Jul 20) Southwark, London
Married 1915 (Jul 28) Bermondsey, London

Died 1987 (1st Qtr) Chelmsford, Essex

William Charles McCarthy
Born 1882 (Sep 15) Southwark, London
Died 1953 (4th Qtr) Leyton, London
George Frederick Harmer
Born 1893 (1st Qtr) Southwark, London
Married 1917 (Jan 28) Bermondsey, London

Died 1917 (Apr 14) Pas-de-Calais, France

Florence Saines
Born 1894 (Jun 24) Newington, London
Died 1982 (Jan 17) Beverley, Yorkshire
Florence Maud Harmer
Born 1895 (Apr 28) Southwark, London
Married 1926 (1st Qtr) Bermondsey, London

Died 1944 (Aug 3) Leyton, London

William Norris Goddard
Born 1885 (Jun 27) Hackney, London
Died 1944 (Aug 3) Leyton, London
Rose Elizabeth Harmer
Born 1898 (Jul 10) Southwark, London
Married 1920 (Aug 1) Bermondsey, London

Died 1992 (1st Qtr) Bromley area, Kent

Samuel William Barritt
Born 1894 (Feb 2) Peckham, London
Died 1957 (Oct 3) Rotherhithe, London
Ethel May Harmer
Born 1904 (Jan 13) Southwark, London
Married 1926 (4th Qtr) Bermondsey, London

Died 1988 (1st Qtr) Gosport, Hampshire

Edwin Alfred Loftin
Born 1901 (Nov 13) Bermondsey, London
Died 1987 (4th Qtr) Gosport, Hampshire

9. Children of George James Harmer and Emma Gearing (see table 3 above)

Emma Mary Harmer
Born 1888 (Aug 6) Southwark, London
Married 1919 (Jun 7) Hampstead, London

Died 1979 (Sep 9) Eastbourne, Sussex

Edgar Hearnshaw
Born 1890 (Jan 9) Pembroke, Pembrokeshire
Died 1935 (4th Qtr) Tottenham, London
George James Harmer
Born 1890 (Oct 1) Bermondsey, London
Married 1915 (May 23) Rotherhithe, London

Married 1922 (1st Qtr) Bermondsey, London
  (later known as George John Harmer)
Died 1951 (Oct 25) Sevenoaks, Kent

Kate Walker
Born 1889 (4th Qtr) Southwark, London
Buried 1918 (Nov 13) Camberwell, London
Ethel Beatrice Johnson
Born 1894 (Jun 25) Bermondsey, London
Died 1968 (Jun 17) East Dulwich, London
William Thomas Harmer
Born 1892 (Dec 1) Southwark, London
Married 1911 (Jul 30) Rotherhithe, London
  (several children born in London)
Died 1954 (Mar 27) Orsett, Essex

Sarah Ann Elizabeth Facer
Born 1890 (Dec 8) Rotherhithe, London
Buried 1935 (Jul 9) Nunhead, London
Ethel Ellen Harmer
Born 1894 (Sep 4) Southwark, London
Married 1921 (Mar 26) Rotherhithe, London

Died 1993 (2nd Qtr) Bideford, Devon

William John Boyd
Born 1891 (Nov 9) Belfast, Antrim
Died 1950 (4th Qtr) Ealing, London

10. Children of William George Harmer and Nellie Read (see table 6 above)

Gertrude Ivy Harmer
Born 1900 (Oct 29) Walworth, London
Married 1925 (Sep 12) Walworth, London

Died 1981 (Jan 21) Amersham, Bucks

Harry Francis Forrest
Born 1896 (4th Qtr) Camberwell, London
Living in Harlington, Middlesex in 1965
Dorothy Marjorie Harmer
Born 1909 (Sep 22) Walworth, London
Married 1935 (3rd Qtr) Wandsworth, London

Died 2001 (Jun 1) Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Leonard Haylock
Born 1909 (Aug 20) Holborn, London
Died 1974 (Sep 1) Southend-on-Sea, Essex
George William Harmer
Born 1911 (Aug 15) Walworth, London
Buried 1925 (Jan 1) Nunhead, London

11. Children of Walter James Harmer and Elizabeth Dolden (see table 6 above)

Leslie Cecil Harmer
Born 1906 (Sep 23) Forest Hill, London
Married 1934 (3rd Qtr) Richmond, Surrey

Died 1977 (Jun 7) Hatch End, Middlesex

Vera Albertina Freiberg
Born 1904 (Aug 2) Islington, London
Died 1978 (Oct 17) Hatch End, Middlesex
Donald Walter Harmer
Born 1909 (Apr 21) Lewisham, London
Married 1935 (2nd Qtr) Richmond, Surrey

Died 1943 (Apr 30) Tunisia campaign

Kathleen Margaret Howard
Born 1908 (Feb 3) St Pancras, London
Died 1990 (1st Qtr) Taunton, Somerset

12. Child of Edward Gordon Harmer and Frances Ellen Allison (see table 7 above)

Edward Harmer
Born 1912 (Jul 27) Deptford, London
Married 1952 (Jun 28) Bucksburn, Aberdeen
Died 1977 (Aug 17) Kingston, Surrey

Details of spouse not held on-line

13. Children of Ernest Edward Harmer and Elizabeth Ann Upton (see table 6 above)

Betty Marguerite Bessie Harmer
Born 1919 (Jan 15) Southwark, London
Married 1946 (1st Qtr) Camberwell, London

Died 2013 (Jan 2) Brighton, Sussex

Harold Tree Bott
Born 1911 (Jan 27) South Lambeth, London
Died 1982 (Feb 9) Surbiton, Surrey
Jack Harmer
Born 1921 (Feb 11) Southwark, London
Married 1944 (4th Qtr) Camberwell, London
Died 1986 (Dec 11) Surbiton, Surrey

Details of spouse not held on-line

14. Child of George Ernest Harmer and Ruth Arnold (see table 4c above)

Elizabeth Marjory Harmer
Born 1919 (Oct 26) Heathfield, Sussex
Died 2004 (4th Qtr) Eastbourne, Sussex

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