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Samuel Harris


Transcription contributed by Arne H Trelvik 27 October 2005

The History of Warren County Ohio
Part V. Biographical Sketches
Washington Township
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)


SAMUEL HARRIS, farmer, P. O. Clarksville; was born near the present site of Clarksville, in Vernon Township, Clinton Co., Ohio, Dec. 28, 1815; his father, James Harris, was born in Prince George Co., Md., Dec. 22, 1775, and at the age of 14 years went with his parents to Loudoun Co., Va., where he served a seven years' apprenticeship with James Young, at the carpenter's trade. In this occupation he continued until 30 years of age, when he married Miss Mary Cherry, a native of Virginia, then 21 years of age, and a daughter of Maj. William Cherry, who served all through the war of the Revolution. This marriage was blessed with issue as follows: Mary (the wife of Samuel Statler), Jane (the wife of George Villars), Susannah (deceased), Susan (deceased, wife of James Deacon), James, Samuel, Isaiah M. (now living in Kansas), Martha C. (the wife of William Stackhouse), George and Henry C. (deceased). The father of these children with his family emigrated to Ohio in 1809, and settled on Todd's Fork. He followed farming after his marriage, and served as a Captain and Colonel of militia, and for eighteen years as a Justice of the Peace. He also served six years in the State Legislature. He was largely instrumental in establishing an infirmary in Clinton Co.., and was one of the first directors of that institution. He died on

his farm in Clinton Co., in November, 1845; his wife died in 1860, and both were buried in a family burying ground on the home farm. Our subject's youth was spent on the farm, and in attendance at the subscription schools of his day. He remained on his father's farm until he reached his majority, when he embarked in mercantile business in Clarksville, at which be continued three years. He was married in Clarksville Oct. 20. 1838, to Phoebe Kibbey, who was born in Clarksville Feb. 2, 1818. She was a daughter of Ephraim and Nancy (Vandervoort) Kibby. By their marriage the following children were born, viz.: Henry C. (deceased), Charles A., Mary N. (the wife of George H. Wilkerson), James E., Angeline (the wife of Thomas N. Wilkerson), Cynthianna (wife of Uriah Compton), and Fielder B. Mr. Harris has been for many years identified with the history of his township, and since his marriage has followed farming exclusively.

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