Edward Pryce Jeanneret

Born 2nd Dec 1798 to Lewis Jeanneret and Mary Ann Pryce. He was baptized at the Independent Congregational chapel, St Luke’s in Finsbury, London on the 30th December 1798. He did not see much of his mother as she died in March 1800, of dropsy, and was buried at St Luke’s. On 21 August 1822 he married Mary Harman in St Peter’s in St Albans. Mary was stepdaughter of William Harris, a rich farmer from St Albans. In 1824 Edward insured the premises at 60 Aldersgate Street, London where he was in business as a cotton merchant. In 1830 he was working in partnership with his father-in-law as cotton merchants at 44 Basinghall Street, London. However this venture went wrong. In his will, Harris bemoans the fact

that he wasn’t leaving much to his heirs on his death in 1841 because of the failure of the partnership which was dissolved on 17 Oct 1834.


In 1841 Edward and Mary are living in Finsbury where he is working as a clerk. In 1851 he is working as an actuary for a Savings Bank in Moorfields (close to Finsbury) and by 1856 he has been made a partner in the Union Bank of London. He has also moved to a new house in the suburbs newly created to provide accommodation for those working in London – 19, Barnsbury Park. From 1865 to 1871 he is a partner in the Albion Bank. He appears to have retired around then. In 1881 he gives his occupation as Retired Savings Bank Officer. He died on 5 August 1882.


Edward and Mary had no children but they seemed to have been very hospitable to members of Mary’s Harris family who were recorded as staying at 19 Barnsbury Park in various census returns. Perhaps as recognition of their help, Mary’s stepbrother Bevan Harris christened his youngest son Albert Jeanneret Harris in 1871.


Mary lived on until 1895, first in Brighton, and later with her step-niece Rose Harris in Nottingham. Edward Pryce Jeanneret was apprenticed to John Munro Berry, Citizen and Stationer to learn his art on 7 December 1813.



NOTICE is hereby given, that

the Partnership lately subsisting

between us the undersigned,

William Harris and Edward

Pryce Jeanneret, of Basinghall-

Street, in the City of London,

and St. Albans, in the County

of Herts, Cotton Manufacturers,

was ‘this day dissolved by mutual


Dated this 17th day of October


William Harris and Edward

Pryce Jeanneret

London Gazette 1869