By Wm H Newman; M J Clements; G W Cambron, 1886

a farmer of Union County, was the son of Benjamin and Innocent Ann (Wight) Harris, whose sketch precedes this.

Subject was born March 1, 1816, and was educated so that he could "read and write and understood figures." On February 28, 1837, he married Virginia Pratt, the daughter of James and Louisa (Thompson) Pratt. Mrs. Harris' father was born in Carroll County, Va., in 1787, married in Virginia in October, 1815, and died in Union July 20, 1856. Her mother was born in Virginia in 1792, and died in Union July 8, 1865. Her grandfather, Wm. Pratt, married Dorothy Brookbank, and her grandfather, Jason Thompson, married Lucretia Elliott. All her grandparents were born, lived and died in Virginia. All the subject's children, except Sarah Givens and James Wm., are farmers or farmer's wives. Parmelia Ann married robert Cromwell, and has three children; Benjamin married Sallie Cromwell, and has eight daughters; Amos married Sallie Greathouse, and has four children; Martha Texas married Joseph Mattingly, and has seven children; ellen married George Drury, and has three children; Cassie married Hiram Phipps, and has five children; Kate Douglas married Edward Spalding, and has one child; Lynn Boyd married Lizzie Greathouse, and has one child; Jane married Walter Higginson, and has two children.

In politics Mr. Harris was a Democrat, and was elected Magistrate, but did not take kindly to office. While he was in office he committed John Hall for killing Dr. Taylor. he was most successful as a farmer. he first bought one hundred and seventy acres of land where the home farm now is, and went to work upon it. There was not a switch amiss, but he very shortly had much of it cleared, and afterward bought three or four hundred acres more that was partly cleared. It is not one of the finest bodies of land to be found in Union County. The farm residence, a neat frame in a beautiful grove, was built in 1850. Mr. Harris was a Methodist for three years before his death, as is also his wife and all of the family. He was a Mason also and a thorough gentleman. In disposition he was lively and jolly; he enjoyed the wolrd and wished others to enjoy it, and he had not an enemy. His kindness was proverbial, and at the sick-bed he was a gentle and patient nurse. Truman, as he was known, and Columbus married sisters, and these two sons-in-law nursed their father-in-law in sickness so tenderly that the remark was extorted from a neighbor that very few real sons were any more filial than these two sons-in-law.

Mr. Harris died at home January 30, 1860, and his widow and son, James Wm., still live at the old home place. Mrs. Harris is a bright, intelligent lady, who was an invalid for thirty years, and cured herself by fasting, and is now hale and hearty. James Wm., is a man of great business energy and a hospitable farmer of the old school.