Silas Gibson Harris

1762–1852 (Age 89)
Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Silas Gibson

When Silas Gibson Harris was born on 20 August 1762, in Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Silas Harris, was 32 and his mother, Mary Gorham, was 40. He married Elizabeth Sawyer in 1784, in New Hampshire, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 11 June 1852, in Linn, Iowa, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Washington, United States.

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Silas Gibson Harris
Elizabeth Sawyer
Marriage: 1784
Benjamin Harris
Matilda Harris
Samuel Harris
Elizabeth Harris
Mary Harris
George W. Harris
Nancy Olive Harris
Eliza Harris

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New Hampshire, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 14

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 14

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 24

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.

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)

  • Silas Gapson Harris, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"
  • Connecticut Town Birth Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection)
  • A Family Study

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