Benjamin Harris

1784–1881 (Age 96)
New Hampshire, United States

The Life of Benjamin

When Benjamin Harris was born on 4 July 1784, in New Hampshire, United States, his father, Silas Gibson Harris, was 21 and his mother, Elizabeth Sawyer, was 16. He married Abigail Brooks about 1802, in Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Iowa, United States in 1870 and Monroe Township, Linn, Iowa, United States in 1880. He died in March 1881, in Linn, Iowa, United States, at the age of 96, and was buried in Shiloh Cemetery, Hiawatha, Linn, Iowa, United States.

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Benjamin Harris
Abigail Brooks
Marriage: about 1802
Silas Harris
Henry Harris
Matilda Harris
George Riley Harris
Lucinda Harris
Nancy M. Harris
Lydia Harris
John Harris
Rosannah Harris
Sarah M. Harris

Spouse & Children

about 1802
Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada


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World Events (8)

1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 2

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.
1788 · New Hampshire Helps Ratify the US Constitution

Age 4

On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth and final state needed to ratify the US Constitution and make it the official law of the land

Age 28

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

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’.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Benjamin Harris in household of John Harris, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Benj Harris in household of John Harris, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Benjamin Harris, "United States Census, 1850"

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