James Harris

Brief Life History of James

When James Harris was born on 28 January 1795, in Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, his father, Hugh Harris, was 27 and his mother, Agnes Mcfarland, was 22. He married Anne Crawford in 1813, in New Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 9 daughters. He lived in Kyle, Ayrshire, Scotland in 1851 and New Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1861. His occupation is listed as agricultural laborer in Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. He died on 1 June 1862, in Pathhead, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 67, and was buried in New Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom.

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Family Time Line

James Harris
Anne Crawford
Marriage: 1813
Margaret Harris
Agnes Harris
Ann Harris
Janet Harris
John Harris
Mary Harris
Hugh Harris
Grace Harris
Helen Harris
Elizabeth Harris
James Harris

Sources (27)

  • James Herries, "Scotland Census, 1861"
  • 1795 James Harris - Old parish registers - Births and Baptisms
  • James Harris, "Find A Grave Index"

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World Events (8)

1802 · John Playfair publishes summary of James Hutton's theories of geology.

In 1802, John Playfair published the Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth. His influence was by James Hutton’s knowledge of the earth’s geology.

1811 · The Tron Riot

The Tron riot was a riot which occurred in Edinburgh, Scotland on New Year's Eve. A group of young men attacked and robbed wealthier passers-by. One police officer was killed in the riot. Though the total count of participants is unknown, sixty-eight youths were arrested, with five sentenced to death for their actions during the riot.

1813 · The Court of Session Act 1813

The United Kingdom Parliament helped Scotland by creating the divisions necessary for better construction of their judiciary system. The Act was later repealed by the Court of Session Act 1988.

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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The following history was found among the papers of James P Condie who was the representative for the Hamilton Family Organization at one time. Research into the family history reveals that Hugh Harr …

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