William Harris was 19
years old when he ran away from home in Tineveli which is part of the Madras
area in South India. He came over with a troupe of perfomers in a circus and
was a juggler. After an accident ended up working in the canteen at the Victoria
Colliery near Biddulph. I am sure that William would have been quite an unusal
site being the first black man in the area.
An article from the Congleton
Chronicle mentions him
William married Emma Dale in 1902, they had seven children, George, Doris, Millicent, Evelyn, Emma, Vera, & Marion. Their first home together was one of the bungalows on Woodcock Lane, then they moved to Station Road. Young George and one of the daughters sang in the choir at Woodcocks' Well School.
William growing Crysanths at
The Wedding of Evelyn Harris To George Dale