Nancy Olive Harris

Female13 May 1798–30 December 1871

Brief Life History of Nancy Olive

When Nancy Olive Harris was born on 13 May 1798, in Chatham Township, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada, her father, Silas Gapson Harris, was 35 and her mother, Elizabeth Sawyer, was 30. She married Benjamin Brooks on 8 February 1815, in Chatham Township, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 6 daughters. She died on 30 December 1871, in Fairfield Township, Fayette, Iowa, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Fayette, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Brooks
Nancy Olive Harris
Marriage: 8 February 1815
John H Brooks
Eliza Brooks
about 1835–before 1842
Chauncey Lewis Brooks
Elizabeth Ann Brooks
Jesse Brooks
Benjamin Brooks
David D "Devil Dave" Brooks
Hiram Brooks
Melinda Mary Brooks
Roxannah Ann Brooks
Henry B. Brooks
Lydia Ann Brooks
Sarah Jane Brooks
before 1842–1910

Sources (11)

  • Olivia Brooks in household of Benj Brooks, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Nancy Olive Harris - Church record: birth-name: Olive Harris
  • Nancy Olive Harris Brooks, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    8 February 1815Chatham Township, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada
  • Children (13)

    +8 More Children

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (7)

    +2 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

    Age 2

    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.


    Age 5

    France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 21

    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    Name Meaning

    English (southern England and south Wales): from the personal name Harry + genitival -s. This surname is also established in Ireland, taken there principally during the Plantation of Ulster. However, in some cases, particularly in families coming from County Mayo, Harris can be an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEarchadha. This surname is also very common among African Americans.

    American shortened and altered form of Greek surnames begining with Cha(r)-, such as Chasandrinos (variant of Kassandrinos, a habitational name from the Kassandra peninsula of Chalkidiki), and various patronymics from the personal name Charalampos (see Charos ). In North America, the surname Harris may possibly also originate from a transferred use of the Greek personal (given) name Charis or Harris (shortened forms of Charalampos) as a surname (i.e. as a replacement of the original surname).

    Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.

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

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