John Harris

Brief Life History of John

When John Harris was born on 2 December 1808, in Green District, Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Jacob Harris, was 23 and his mother, Susannah Hartman, was 21. He married Lovina Eiler on 5 January 1831, in St. Joseph, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States in 1860 and Chicken Creek, Juab, Utah, United States in 1870. He died on 4 May 1899, in Tucson, Pima, Arizona, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Binghampton Cemetery, Tucson, Pima, Arizona, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Harris
Lovina Eiler
Marriage: 5 January 1831
Daniel Harris
Lucinda Harris
Angeline Harris
Jacob Wayne Harris
Susannah Harris
Rebecca Harris
Joseph Harris
Oliver Harris
George Harris
Joseph H. Harris

Sources (40)

  • John Harris, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Family Data Collection - Births
  • John Harris, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019"

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World Events (8)


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

1812 · Harrisburg Becomes the State Capital

Harrisburg had important parts with migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. 

1832 · Black Hawk War

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."

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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John Harris & Lovina Eiler

John Harris & Lovina Eiler Baptized: 29 Mar 1846 John Harris was born in Green, Northumberland, Pennsylvania on 2 Dec 1808 and 4 May 1899 in or near Tucson, Arizona, where he is buried. Lovina Eiler …

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