James Harmer

M, #497, b. 30 June 1805, d. 6 March 1891
FatherRobert Harmer1 b. 19 Sep 1768, d. 4 Sep 1852
MotherMary Dennis1 b. 17 Apr 1775, d. 19 May 1857
Relationship3rd great-grandfather of Keith Graham Bassett
ChartsAncestors of Keith Graham Bassett
Last Edited30 May 2022
Baptism*30 June 1805 Brinton, Norfolk;
June 30th James the Son of Robert Harmer and Mary (late Dennis Spinster) his Wife was Baptized2 
Marriage*23 September 1827 St Paul's, Norwich, Norfolk;Bride=Mary Fish1 
Census 1841*6 June 1841 Brinton, Norfolk;James Harmer, 35, Grocer - Journeyman, In County
Mary Harmer, 37,, In County
Elizabeth Harmer, 11,, In County
Mary Ann Harmer, 8,, In County
James Harmer, 6,, In County
Georger Harmer, 5,, In County
Charlotte Harmer, 3,, In County
Sarah Harmer, 2,, In County;Wife=Mary Fish, Daughter=Elizabeth Harmer, Daughter=Mary Ann Harmer, Son=James Harmer, Son=Robert George Harmer, Daughter=Charlotte Harmer, Daughter=Sarah Amy Emma Harmer3 
Note*1848 Acted as schoolmaster on board the "Forfarshire", for which he was paid 3 pounds (Ref GRG 24/6/1848/1195). 
Immigration*1 August 1848 "Forfarshire", Adelaide, SA, Australia;James Harmer and wife and 6 children (2 James and Elizabeth listed separately);Mother=Mary Fish, Son=James Harmer, Daughter=Elizabeth Harmer, Son=Robert George Harmer, Daughter=Charlotte Harmer, Daughter=Sarah Amy Emma Harmer, Son=Charles Dennis Harmer4 
News-Arct2 August 1848 "The South Australian Register", Adelaide, SA, Australia;
Tuesday, August 1—The ship Forfarshire 614 tons, Adolphus Findor, master, from London, 15th April, and Plymouth 27th April. Passengers—Sir H. E. F. Young and lady, and Mr Hodges, Surgeon-superintendant, in the cabin and the following Government emigrants in the steerage:—From London—Wm. Applin, Wm. Atkins and wife, John L. Beaton, James Biddle wife and five children, Susanna Birch, Edwin Birch, Zillah Blakeley, Wm. Bluff and wife, Charles Brazier, James Buchanan wife and five children, James Carstairs, James Castle, Alfred Clark, George Clarke, James Davidson, John Flegg, Marian Fleming, James Fleming, Jas. Fraser, John Green wife and one child, John Hambidge and wife, Mary Ann Hambidge, Wm. Hambidge, James Harmer wife and six children (two of them, Elizabeth and James, adults), John Harrison wife and child, James Hawkins wife and two children, Wm. Hawkins and wife, Thomas Hughes and wife, John Jones wife and three children, Stuart Lindsay, John McIntyre, wife, infant, and adult daughter Catherine, Wm. Martin and wife, Edward Manning, Thomas Martin wife and child, Eleanor Martin, Robert Mickle and wife, James Milne, Wm. Morison, John Morris and wife, Joseph North, Wm. Norton wife and child, Susan Penny, Geo Perry wife and child, John Pinnock, Mary Paker and child, Joseph Purchase and wife, Thos. Scott, James Scott, Gavin Stouller and wife, Wm. Shale, Sarah Shepherd, Susan Sinclair, Richard Smith and wife, John Staples wife and child, Jane Serle, Edm. Squires wife and two children, F. R. Steed, Elizabeth Stevens, George Stevens, Mark Tidmarsh (aged 17), Maria Tidmarsh (aged 19), Henry Tilly and wife, Chas. Tuly and wife, Henry Todd wife and four children, Wm. Vinen, Wm. Warren, Richard Whiting and wife, Mary Whyte, Henry Windebank wife and infant, and Thomas Woolmore. From Plymouth— Joseph Amesbury and wife, Henry Atwill, John Baker, Elizabeth Bishop, Francis Bishop, Joseph Boundy wife and child, Wm. Braywite and child, Henry T. Broad and wife, Lucy Byrne, Sarah Byrne, Saml. Clemance and wife, Wm. Cornelius, Mary Doble, Christine Francis, Jane Gay, Jane N. Grant, John Harris, Mary James, Eliza Jenkins, Julian Hannibal wife and three children, Mary Lovell, Ann Matthews, Thomas B. Mitchell, Anne Moore and (Frances) child, Margaret Moore, Eliz. Moore, Robert Moore, [Mary Moore aged 24 died at sea], Frederic Pain and wife, Thos. Palmer, Maria Palmer, James Powell and wife, William Powell and wife, Richard Powell and wife, Ephraim Quier, William Richards wife and five children (Dionysius and John W. adults), Sarah Roach, Dionysius Richards wife and four children, Thomas Rodda, John Simmonds wife and two children, William Soper, Jacob Stanley and wife, William Stanley, Martha Stanley and two children, Thomas Thomas and wife, Hannah Wall, Eliza Wall, Henry Walters and wife, William Winders wife and child, Thos. Webb, John Wickett, Matthew Williams wife child and son Matthew (adult), Henry Wood, Mary Wood.5 
Death of Father4 September 1852 Brinton, Norfolk;age 83, Labourer, Old age, Not certified
Informant Elizabeth Margetson, present at the death, Brinton;Principal=Robert Harmer6 
Death of Spouse10 May 1855 Adelaide, SA, Australia;
When Died: May 10 1855
Name and Surname: Mary Harmer
Sex: Female
Age: Fifty One Years
Rank or Profession: Wife of James Harmer, Tallow Chandler
Cause of Death: Dropsy;Principal=Mary Fish7 
Death of Mother19 May 1857 Brinton, Norfolk;age 82, widow of Robert Harmer, agricultural Labourer, Natural Decay not certified
Informant Mary Ann Harmer, present at death, Brinton;Principal=Mary Dennis8 
News-Arct*24 December 1858 "The South Australian Register", Adelaide, SA, Australia;
Present: —Messrs. Gray (in the chair), Bell, Shepherdson and Wedd.
Present-Messrs. Shepherdson (In the chair), Bell, and Wedd.
Slaughtering licences were granted to Allan Bell, Edward Chaplain, James Harmer, sen., Robert Horsell, sen., and John Follett.9 
Death*6 March 1891 Allendale East, SA, Australia;
When Died: 6th March 1891
Name and Surname: James Harmer
Sex: Male
Age: 86 Years
Rank or Profession: Gentleman
Usual Residence: Allendale East
Cause of Death: Senile decay
Place where Death occurred: Allendale East
Signature, Description, and Residence of Informant: J Intstead?, Undertaker, Port MacDonnell10 
Burial*March 1891 Port MacDonnell Cemetery, Port MacDonnell, SA, Australia;
James Harmer headstone


Mary Fish b. 19 Dec 1803, d. 10 May 1855


  1. [S1383] Norfolk Family History Society.
  2. [S1670] Ancestry Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts 1685-1941, online https://ancestry.com, baptism James Harmer 1805.
  3. [S1404] 1841 Census for England.
  4. [S1242] South Ausralian passenger lists 1836-1851.
  5. [S1565] Trove digitised newspapers, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/, The South Australian Register, Wednesday, August 2, 1848.
  6. [S14] Death Certificate, Robert Harmer.
  7. [S1556] South Australian Death Registrations transcript (Keith Bassett), Mary Harmer 1855.
  8. [S14] Death Certificate.
  9. [S1565] Trove digitised newspapers, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/, The South Australian Register, Friday, December 24, 1858.
  10. [S1556] South Australian Death Registrations transcript (Keith Bassett), James Harmer 1891.
  11. [S1604] Carol's Headstone Photographs, online http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ausvsac/Index.htm
  12. [S18] Harmer Family Reunion 1990.
  13. [S1407] Brinton Parish Registers.
  14. [S9] Birth Certificate.