Surname Saturday – Harris

My paternal GG grandfather was George Honey Harris.

  • He was born in 1844 at Guernsey, Channel Islands United Kingdom and died in 1932 at Encounter Bay South Australia.
  • His middle name was also spelt ‘Honney’ in some records.
  • His parents were: Pierre George Harris (1805-1877) and Adelina Bienvenu (1813-1877).
  • George arrived in South Australia with his parents after 1851

The following notice appears in the The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858-1889)  Thursday 18 April 1878 for the marrige between George Harris and Rose Ann Hurst

“HARRIS—HURST.—On the 3rd April, at Truro, by Rey. W. H. Newbould, George Honey Harris, Station Manager Overland Corner, to Rose Ann, second daughter of Mr. John Hurst, of Truro”.

Overland Corner, is 16 km from Barmera on the Morgan Road and was a convenient watering place and camp site for the overlanders and drovers operating between New South Wales and the colony based on Adelaide in the early years of the 1800s. It was also the stopping place for paddle steamers and coach passengers on the Adelaide to Wentworth route.

On the South Australian Genealogy & Heraldy cemetery index, I have found a record for a death of a George Honey Harris in 1932. The SA BDM index has his date of death as the 27th April 1932 at Encounter Bay SA.

RoseAnn Harris nee Hurst died at Morgan South Australian on the 27th September 1890.

They had the following children that I am aware of:

  • Daisy Edith Harris (born 1879-1932) – my Great Grandmother – who married Richard Mitchell
  • George Herbert Hurst Harris (born 1881 ANG:265/369 )
  • George Harry Webster Harris (born 1885 ang:351/371)
  • Charles Howard Churchward Harris (born 1886 – died 1969)
  • Violet Harris (born 1890 – Died 1891)


  1. Robert Harris

    Hi cousin. George Honey Harris was my GreatGrandfather. Charles Howard Churchward Harris was my Grandfather.
    I have info on the Harris family tree.
    George Honey’s father was actually Peter (Pierre) George Harris and not George Peter Harris (who started Harris Scarfe), they both lived in Adelaide at the same time and both were Agents/Merchants, they even lived near each other and knew each other so I guess that’s why the early records are confused.
    My Grandfather lost track of his father, brothers & sister as he was raised by the Hursts at Truro after his mother Rose Ann died. He never found them even after many years of searching.
    I have been in contact with the descendants of his younger brother, William Henry and am pleased to have finally made contact with a descendant of his older sister Edith. Please contact me for further info, Regards R. Harris

    • Hi Robert

      I actually realised my mistake the father of George H Harris yesterday when I was looking at Ancestry. I will send you an email direct late tonight.



  2. Syd Bridges

    Hi Sandra,
    I came across this post while searching for an ancestor from Guernsey, Peter Honey Harris. His wife was Anne Tostevin and I know of two sons, Peter G Harris, the elder brother and John Robin Harris, my GG grandfather. John married Susan Mary Kaines of St Peter Port and they sailed to Adelaide in 1839 on the John.

    He was a wine merchant but also a soldier in the Royal Guernsey Militia Artillery and the Kent Rifle Volunteers. He sold his Vintners business to his brother-in-law, John Henry Kaines, in 1855 and returned to England. He was appointed as one of the honourable Company of Gentlemen-at-Arms, a bodyguard to Queen Victoria. He died in Blackheath, Kent in 1870. His daughter, Susan Elizabeth, married my G grandfather, George Absolom, a tea merchant, and my grandmother was the seventeenth of their eighteen children.

    I have not pushed back any further on Peter Honey Harris and Anne Tostevin. But that’s where the Honey name comes from.

    If you’re interested, let me know.

    Best wishes.

    Syd Bridges

    • Syd

      Thanks for your comment. I am descended through Pierre George Harris (also known as Peter). His son George Honey Harris as noted on the post was my GG Grandfather. Since writing this post, I have been in contact with a cousin who provided some additional information. The parents of Pierre G Harris was James Harris (died 1797) and Marie Brouard (bc1775). I’ll send contact you seperately via your email.


  3. My name is Leoni Wilson (Nee Arthur)….George Herbert Hurst Harris was my GreatGrandfather – I have a little information on him that was given to me by my aunt -she still has most of it and the information is far fresher in her mind than mine (given that he was her grandfather). He had four children, one of which was Rose Alvina… Rose had four children, Vincent, Barbara, Maureen and Christopher. I am Barbara’s daughter – the youngest of her four children (I’m 43). I’d be interested in any information on the Harris/Hurst lineage and of course will be happy to provide whatever I can in regards to George’s legacy. I look foraward to hearing from you.
    Warmest regards.

    • Leoni

      Thankyou for your comment. It would be good to get in touch. I will write to you via your email.
      The only information I have on George Herbert Hurst Harris is that he was married twice – Elizabeth Talbot and the second to Emily Talbot.

  4. Hi Sandra… the hotmail account linked to my facebook isnt active as it was hacked and i can no longer access it. My new email account is…… I am a decendant of Emily – she was my great grandmother (known to me as ‘little granny’)…Elizabeth (Bessie) was his first wife,who died when thrown from a sulky when the horse bolted. Her sister Emily raised George & Bessies baby (who was 6weeks old when Bessie died),George later married Emily and she bore him another 3 children. I’m happy to share any further information I have when I hear from you.
    Thankyou so much for your swift reply. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Warm regards,

    • Leoni

      I will send you another email tonight when I get home. I have also removed your email addres from your comment above just in case of spam. I actually do have a little bit more info on George, but only from what is on his death certificate.

      I am a little confused by your comment ‘Emily raised George”?

      I also have some photos that may be of interest to you (from my grandmother’s photo album,- she passed away a year ago this week).

      I’ll also send you a friend request on FB if you don’t mind.



  5. soundman2000Brian Wilson

    Hi Robert,

    My name is Brian Wilson; I am looking into the Harris side of my family.

    If what I have found to date is correct ,
    My Grandmother was born Millicent May Harris, in Tea Tree Gully, 1915-02-01, to William Hennery (Webster) Harris, who was Bourn in Truro S.A. to George Honey Harris and Roseland Hurst, in 1885.

    William Hennery (Webster) Harris marred Christina Fanny Bryant in Ararat, Victoria in 1889, they had a list of children,:-

    Millicent May Harris,
    Elsie Jean, Harris,
    Leonard William Harris,
    Evenly Violet Harris,
    Doris Daisy Harris,
    Ruth Irene Harris,

    Brian Wilson

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