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Willis W. HARRIS 12141 - Hopkins Co

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Willis W. HARRIS 12141 - Hopkins Co

Posted: 1352817001000
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Harris, Emery, Washington, Roland, Crow
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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume IV, Battle-Perrin-Kniffien, 3rd ed., 1886.

WILLIS W. HARRIS was born in Jackson County, Tenn., December 12, 1822, and is a son of Jordan K. and Rebecca (Emery) Harris, the former a native of Virginia, the latter of Kentucky, and of English and Scotch descent, respectively. Jordan K., when a young man, in 1818, removed to Jackson County, Tenn., where he was soon afterward married, and where he bought wild land, and improved a farm, on which he resided for several years. In December, 1827, he removed to Livingston County, Ky., where he engaged in the live-stock business about three years, during which time, Mrs. Rebecca Harris died; she was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He then returned to Jackson County, Tenn., where he married again, and where he engaged in the stock business until his death, in 1880, in his eightieth year. He was a member of the Old School Baptist Church. The grandfathers of our subject were veterans in the Revolutionary war, and served under Washington. After his mother’s death, which occurred when he was about seven years old, Willis W. made his home with his grandfather Emery, until he was twelve or thirteen years old. He then worked at farm labor for about three years. At the age of sixteen, he commenced to learn the brick and stone-mason’s trade, which he followed until 1845. He then moved to a tract of 400 acres of wild land, in Crittenden County, Ky., which he had bought some time before, and commenced improving a farm, but after living one year on the place, he lost it on account of a defective title. In 1847, he came to Hopkins County, where he farmed on rented lands for two years. In January, 1849, he bought fifty acres of wild land, one mile south of Nebo, and improved the farm upon which he now resides, and to which he has added, now owning 800 acres. He is extensively engaged in farming and stock raising. Mr. Harris was, for a number of years, captain in the old State militia, of Kentucky. He was married, February 20, 1845, to Miss Rachel Roland, a native of Hopkins County. To them were born eight children; three sons and two daughters are yet living. Mrs. Rachel Harris died March 17, 1863, in her thirty-ninth year. She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Harris’ second marriage, was November 12, 1863, to Miss Nancy W. Crow, a native of Hopkins County. Mr. and Mrs. Harris are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in which church he has been a ruling elder for about twenty years. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. In 1868, he lost his dwelling house and the entire contents by fire. He is a Democrat.

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