John Harris

10 June 1733–8 February 1794 (Age 60)
New London, New London, Connecticut, United States

The Life of John

When John Harris was born on 10 June 1733, in New London, New London, Connecticut, United States, his father, Henry Harris, was 26 and his mother, Mary Lester, was 29. He married Lydia Way on 16 January 1755, in New London, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 8 February 1794, in his hometown, at the age of 60, and was buried in East Neck Cemetery, Waterford, New London, Connecticut, United States.

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John Harris
Lydia Way
Marriage: 16 January 1755
Nathaniel Harris
John Fred Harris
Robert Harris
Elisabeth Harris
Henry Harris
Peter Harris
Noah Harris
Lydia Harris

Spouse and Children


    Lydia Way


16 January 1755
New London, Connecticut, United States


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World Events (4)


Age 43

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold

Age 48

The capture of Fort Griswold was the final act of treason that Benedict Arnold committed. This would be a British victory. On the American side 85 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 28 taken prisoner, 13 escaped, and 1 twelve year old was captured and released.
1783 · A Free America

Age 50

The Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris which gave the new nation boundries on which they could expand and trade with other countries without any problems.

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 (3)

  • John Harris, "Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"
  • John Harris, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"
  • John Harris in entry for Nathaniel Harris, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"

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