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Searching for Radical Women

I found a great speech by the leader of the Sheffield women chartists in the 1830s. As far as I could gather she was quite possibly the wife of a filecutter and a midwife. Her name was Ann Harrison.

Many chartist women had husbands or in-laws involved in Chartism too. I was wondering if her Father in Law might have been John Harrison who was chair for the Sheffield Corresponding Society, a political debating group that lobbied for electoral form and who ended accused of sedition in 1792.

All I know of John Harrison was that he was a razor smith and friend of Joseph Gales, a Sheffield newspaper editor who had to flee to America. One rumor says that John Harrison went to America for a while but returned.

Any clues anyone can find on this would be grateful. There may be no link or any more information than I have.

The 1841 census has a Ann Harrison age 40 occupation midwife. Other members are:-

Eyre Street

Samuel Harrison age 40 - silversmith
Jane Harrison age 65 ind
Sarah Goddard age 10
Elizabeth Goddard age 8

Civil parish Sheffield
RD Sheffield
Sub RD Sheffield South

Class HO1O7
Piece 1337
Book 7
Folio 39
Page 6