A History of the Harris & Pearson Families
Kindly Contributed by Steve Pearson
The Parrish Family
The early records of this family indicate a fairly
nomadic existence. Thomas, the father of Phoebe Parrish who married
Joseph Pearson, was born in Oldbury in 1744. His father, John was
born in 1708 or 1709. The place of his birth is unknown, but in
later times he lived in Halesowen, where a large number of other
families with the same surname existed, and then in Madeley, near
Telford, before finally settling in Foleshill, Warwickshire, where
he died in 1784. One of John's sons, William, is the ancestor of
John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister.
John's wife, Phebe Jeston, although the connection is not proven,
was almost certainly a member of a small, but apparently wealthy, Old
Swinford family, also spelled Jesson, remembered locally by a number
of street/ road names spelled Jesson or Jeston, and in Dudley the
now defunct 'Jesson's' School.
Thomas Parrish moved briefly to Old Swinford before settling in
Brierley Hill. Although he became bankrupt a few years before his
death, he had established himself as a successful glassmaker, at
one time having a connection with the 'Old Dial' Glassworks - presumably
near the present day public house of the same name.
Many of Thomas's descendants continued in the glass industry,
and were, throughout the nineteenth century, recorded along the
length of Brettell Lane, and in nearby Audnam and Wordsley, as
having glassworks, many of the junior members of the family working
as glass cutters or engravers.
One of Thomas's grandsons, also Thomas (born 1800 in Brierley
Hill), also established a business in Bristol, where he and his
sons were an instrumental part of the celebrated 'Bristol Blue