Thomas Burgess Harris

16 July 1830–13 December 1898 (Age 68)
Robertson, Tennessee, United States

The Life Summary of Thomas Burgess

When Thomas Burgess Harris was born on 16 July 1830, in Robertson, Tennessee, United States, his father, Benjamin Buckner Harris, was 20 and his mother, Lucy Wilie, was 18. He married Sarah Ann Woodruff on 5 December 1853, in Robertson, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Haywood, Tennessee, United States in 1880 and District 14, Grainger, Tennessee, United States in 1880. He died on 13 December 1898, in Robertson, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Sandy Springs, Robertson, Tennessee, United States.

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Thomas Burgess Harris
Sarah Ann Woodruff
Marriage: 5 December 1853
Martha Harris
George Washington Harris
Buckner E Harris
Lavena Ann Harris
Susan Cornelia Harris
Charles C. Harris
Joseph Benjamin Harris
John Raleigh Harris
Lucy Earl Harris

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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War
Age 2
Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1835 · The Hermitage is Built
Age 5
The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.
1862 · Battle of Shiloh
Age 32
The battle of Shiloh took place on April 6, 1862 and April 7, 1862. Confederate soldiers camp through the woods next to where the Union soldiers were camped at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. With 23,000 casualties this was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War up to this point.

Name Meaning

1 English and Welsh (very common in southern England and South Wales): patronymic from the medieval English personal name Harry , pet form of Henry .2 This name is also well established in Ireland, taken there principally during the Plantation of Ulster. In some cases, particularly in families coming from County Mayo, both Harris and Harrison can be Anglicized forms of Gaelic Ó hEarchadha.3 Greek: reduced form of the Greek personal name Kharalambos, composed of the elements khara ‘joy’ + lambein ‘to shine’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (23)

  • Thomas Haris, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Thomas Harris in household of William W Williams, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Tom Harris in entry for Buck E. Harris, "Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966"

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