Simpson Harris

Brief Life History of Simpson

When Simpson Harris was born in 1806, in Tennessee, United States, his father, Beverly Harris, was 44 and his mother, Mary Nash, was 40. He married Mary H Thomas on 27 March 1827, in Rutherford, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Jersey, Illinois, United States in 1840. He died on 5 September 1852, in Rutherford, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 46, and was buried in Rutherford, Tennessee, United States.

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Family Time Line

Simpson Harris
Mary H Thomas
Marriage: 27 March 1827
Elgin Granville Harris
Grandison Harris
Nancy A Harris
Mary Jane Harris
Frank Jackson Harris

Sources (32)

  • Simpson Harris, "United States Census, 1840" Jersey, Illinois, United States
  • Simpson Harris, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950" Rutherford, Tennessee, United States
  • Simpson Harris, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)


Atlantic slave trade abolished.


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

1819 · Panic! of 1819

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

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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