Mary Elizabeth Harris

Female16 January 1861–23 January 1891

Brief Life History of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth Harris was born on 16 January 1861, in Jefferson, Florida, United States, her father, James Alexander Harris, was 25 and her mother, Cynthia Jones, was 22. She married James Emory Vann on 28 December 1880, in Jefferson, Florida, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Election Precinct 7 Drifton, Jefferson, Florida, United States in 1880. She died on 23 January 1891, in Jefferson, Florida, United States, at the age of 30, and was buried in Lamont, Jefferson, Florida, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Emory Vann
Mary Elizabeth Harris
Marriage: 28 December 1880
David Wilson Vann
Jettie Austilla Vann
James Thomas Vann
William Harmon Vann
James Columbus Vann

Sources (6)

  • Elizabeth Harris in household of J. R. Atkuson, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Lizzie Harris, "Florida Marriages, 1830-1993"
  • Elizabeth Harris in household of James Harris, "United States Census, 1870"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    28 December 1880Jefferson, Florida, United States
  • Children (5)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (8)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 2

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

    Age 2

    The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

    1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

    Age 9

    Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

    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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