Notes for James Harris: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE HARRIS FAMILY
JUNE 19, 1966 Harris Family Reunion
It was in the latter part of the 16th century that seven Harris brothers moved from Dublin Ireland to Edinburgh Scotland. In the early part of the 17th century these brothers came to this country and settled near Roanoke, Virginia. Their names were: Thomas, Joseph, William, James Meredith, Coleman, George, Stephen and another son that died at birth. A son, or grandson, of one of these brothers settled in Pennsylvania and it is said the state capitol, Harrisburg, took its name from this family. Other descendents of these men settled in Decatur County Tennessee. The first grist mill in Decatur County was built by James Harris. His son, James Merideth, great grandfather of many of us here today (June 19,1966 at the Harris runion in Jackson, Tennessee) settled near Cub Creek and built his own grist mill. This was his means of making a living for his large family of ten girls (I think the majority of the girls were red haired) and two boys.
The grist mill business as a rule went along in a rather quiet way but the story goes that there was some trouble and excitement at one time when a 37 lb catfish rolled in and stopped the big water wheel. This was soon taken care of and the milling went along as usual.
Great grandfather Harris had a long and useful life just missing the century mark by seven years. His son, Hezekiah B. Harris, grandfather and great-grandfather of most of us here, was a very young man when the war broke out between the states but though he was old enough to help out and by moving his age up a year or two joined the 7th Tennessee Cavalry.
After returning from the war Hezekiah married Miss Mary E. Maxwell of Darden, Tennessee on January 10, 1867. To this union four children were born - James W., Albert M., Frances.., and Martha A. After a few years Hezekiah moved his family to SE Missouri and on March 21, 1876 Little Martha was taken by death and his wife, Mary Harris on November 14th of the same year. They were both buried in Missouri but before leaving there Hezekiah had the bodies moved to Tennessee for burial in the Sweet Bud Church cemetary near Darden.
In 1877 grandfather Harris married Sarah N. Henson of Missouri and to this union five children were born - Libbie ., M.A.(Zura), C. C. (Chris), J.D. W. (John), and J.L. B. (Bell).
When this family was quite young grandfather Hezekiah, moved from Missouri to Van Buren County Arkansas where he spent the remaining years of his life. He was Dr., Neighbor and friend to all who knew him. He and his son, John are buried near his old home place only a mile or two from Formosa, Arkansas
Two of his children, Albert N. and Frances L. returned to Tennessee and steeled near Parsons. Some years later they were married - Albert Harris to Miss Dora King and Frances Harris to Gecovia Williams. The continured to make their homes in Tennessee. James W. Harris, my (Edith Harris) father, remained in Arkansas and married Miss Margaret Lee Ingraham January 30, 1895. They made their home near Formosa, Arkansas.
---Edith O. Harris (Note: This information was obtained from Mr. James H. Harris of McKenzie, Tennessee and from our family record. Mr. Harris is a second cousin of my father.
Children of James Harris and Seany/Cena Hackworth are: