Elizabeth Harley

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Born: 1841 Died: Married: Robert Dunn Mother: Father: John Harley Descendant: Mary A. S. Dunn
Census 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921


Elizabeth Ann Harley was Christened in the parish of Lamesley, Durham on May 30th, 1841.

According the the 1871 census, she would have been born around 1838.

Her parents were John (an Agent) and Dorothy Harley of Willington Quay, Durham.

On the same day her sister Dorothy Anne Jane Harley was also Christened.

First Marriage

Elizabeth Harley married Robert Dunn on the 3rd July 1865 at the parish church of St Hilda, South Shields, Durham.

They were both of full age, of this parish, and unmarried. He was listed as a mariner, and his father was John Dunn, a gardener. Her father was John Harley, a teacher.

The witnesses were Thomas Stewart and Dorothy Coulson.


From the Shields Daily News, 04 July 1865:

DUNN - HARLEY.- At St. Hilda's Church, South 
Shields, yesterday, Mr Robert Dunn to Miss 
Elizabeth Harley.

Second Marriage

By 1871 Elizabeth was widowed, so Robert would have died between 1868 and 1871.

Interestingly in 1881, when Robert was dead, there was living in the same house as his family two widows, Mary Ann Stuart, and a Dorothy Harley.

She remarried to a Walter W. Buck, and was living with him at 107 Palmerston St, Westoe.


They had at least two children:

  • Mary Ann Stewart Dunn (1st May 1866)
  • Margaret Harley Dunn (~1868)

This is probably our Margaret Dunn as she was born in ~1869: BMD:M: Margaret Harley Dunn, Jul-Aug-Sep, 1897, South Shields, Vol: 10a, Page 1089 Adam Herdman (but the other marriage on the page is John Harley Coulson!)

This is not our Margaret Harley Dunn, as she was born in 1891: BMD:M: Margaret Harley Dunn, Oct-Nov-Dec, 1909, Newcastle upon Tyne, Vol: 10b, Page 251 (Frederick Armstrong or Thomas Wakenshaw).

J. H. Coulson (John Harley Coulson) was the son (1870) of:

Robert William Coulson m. Dorothy Ann Jane Harley 18 Jan 1865, Westoe, Durham

So two (probable) cousins married (probably) on the same day and are on the same page in the register.

Dorothy Harley was allegedly born in June 1841 in Warrington Quay, Northumberland


The death of Elizabeth Buck was registered in Q4, 1906, at South Shields (Durham), at the age of 69. Vol 10a, Page 477.

Other References

BMD:B: Margaret Harley Dunn, Jul-Aug-Sep, 1868, South Shields, 10a, 597



Other References

There was a brig called the Jane and Elizabeth, Dunn. No idea if that was related, it was sailing around in 1856, so probably not.