Harrison Musgrove is my great grand uncle. His parents are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking (my 2x great grandparents).
Harrison was born on 29 May 1858 in Kendal, Westmorland. He remained in Kendal until sometime in the mid 1880’s. On the 1871 census at the age of 12 his occupation is given as “tobacconist” and in 1881 he was working as a “farm servant indoors”.
Sometime in Q2 1883 Harrison married Jane Harrison in Kendal. As far as I can tell Harrison and Jane had at least six children:-
Agnes Jane – 1881; Eliza – 1886; Alice – 1888; Elinor – 1892; Rachel – 1894; Elizabeth Ann – 1896
In the 1891 census the family were living near Horton in Ribblesdale and Harrison was working as a “general labourer”. By 1901 they had moved to Holme, Lancashire and Harrison was now a “limestone quarryman”.
The family continued their regular travels and in 1911 they were living in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Harrison was employed as a “quarryman”.
I have today found the following article from the Yorkshire Post & Leeds Intelligencer of 15 July 1911.
A farm labourer, named Harrison Musgrove, aged 45 years, died from the effects of the intense heat on Thursday, at Burton-in-Lonsdale, four miles from Ingleton. Dr Troughton was able to certify that death was due to heat apoplexy. Musgrove hailed from Jubilee Street, Halifax, where his wife is now living.
This was the first time I had come across suggestions that there was a heat wave in the summer of 1911. I was able to find a report from The Independent newspaper from July 2006 with details about the Long, hot summer: The Great British heatwave of 1911