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                CHAPTER 1       Pages 1-7

                 THE HARRIS FAMILY
                             Sarah Harris Keifer, 1888

"James Harris, the progenitor of the New Jersey branch of the Harris family, was born in the city of Bristol, Sommersetshire, England, close to the border of Wales, about the commencement of 1700; immigrated to America in 1725 (or about that time); settled in Essex County, Colony of New Jersey, where he married a woman by the name of Boleyn, perhaps a granddaughter of Capt. James BOLLEN, who came to the Province
of New Jersey with Governor Phillip CARTERET in 1665(1). They had seven children, six sons and one daughter. He died 6 April 1763 and is buried in the old St. John's Churchyard of Elizabethtown beside his son Nathan Poply and his daughter Elizabeth. His three oldest sons(2), shortly before the Revolutionary War, emigrated to North Carolina.  They, being
in sympathy with their father and the British, and as there never has been any communication between the two branches of the family, north and south, time has obliterated all trace of the brothers south. There has been no pains or expense spared to trace out and find their descendants, but without avail.  Although there are hundreds of Harrises in North
Carolina, there are none who can trace their ancestors back to James Harris, of New Jersey, so I shall be obliged to leave a gap in the family history, which I hope will be filled up ere long.

Of the history of James Harris, before he came to America, but very little is known, he dying just at the period when the war cloud of the American Revolution was beginning to be visible above the political horizon. He is said to have been a man of considerable force of character for one of his humble condition in life. He was a merchant tailor by occupation, an Episcopalian in religion, and a Loyalist or
Tory in politics, and it was often remarked by his youngest son, that had his father lived until the war cloud burst upon the colonists, he would undoubtedly have espousal the cause of the mother country against the revolted colonists, so firmly and so conscientiously was he established in the Tory doctrines of the divine appointment of Kings, and of the duty
of the subjects to render passive obedience to all established authority, both civil and ecclesiastical, and the great sin of rebellion against either.

I shall endeavor, if possible, to have the other branches of his family represented by some of the descendants of each branch."

And so begins Mrs Sarah J. (Harris) Keifer's book on the Harris family.  Now, I shall make my endeavor to bring the book up-to-date, add to the earlier generations, and to correct any errors which it may contain.

1. "Lyon Memorial" "Henry Lyon of Newark", 1907

2. See "Genealogy of that part of the Harris Family descended from William Harris, son of James Harris, who emigrated from England about 1725; together with a Genealogical Chart of the Descendants of James Harris", Cassville, Missouri, Geo E. Harris, Printer, 1899. A copy is kept at Akron-Summitt County Public Library--Akron, Ohio. 

          Known Children of James Harris and Miss Boleyn

1. Abigail HARRIS  c. 28 Mar 1731 d. 21 Mar 1822 m. Nathaniel MITCHELL 30 Aug 1752  who was b. 20 Jly 1728 d.  8 Sep 1773
m. 2nd Stephen CONKLIN 2 May 1776 Morristown, NJ.
Misc. Mitchell Documents

2. Mary HARRIS b. 1732 d. 12 June 1809 m. Moses LYON who was  b.  1731 d. 27 Mar 1813

4. George Harris b. 23 Nov 1741 d.  3 Feb 1822 m. Hannah TUNIS 1765

4. Thomas Harris b.  5 Jan 1743 d. 1822 m. Phebe HARRISON 13 Oct 1763 who was  b.  5 Oct 1744 and d. 1824.      Harrison Family

5. John Harris  b. 1750 d. 1817 m. Sarah BURRIS 1 Jan 1776 m. 2nd Mary HAMILTON 20 July 1777who was  b.  8 Oct 1758 and d. 1801

6. Nathan Poply Harris Bp. 15 Apr 1759 d. young [buried in St. Johns Cemetery, Elizabeth, New Jersey.] [Baptismal Records, St. Johns]

7. Elizabeth Harris Bp. 4 July 1753 d. young
[buried in St. Johns Cemetery, Elizabeth, New Jersey.]  [Baptismal Records, St. Johns]

[Inscriptions on Tombstones and Monuments in the Burying Grounds of The First Presbyterian Church and St. Johns Church at Elizabeth, New Jersey, 1664-1892.]

ABIGAIL HARRIS, daughter of James HARRIS and a Miss BOLEYN
was christened at St. John's Church, in Essex County, New Jersey 28 Mar 1731. She married Nathaniel MITCHELL 30 Aug 1752 by whom she had eight children, all born in New Jersey. Nathaniel was born 20 July 1728 and died 8 Sept 1773 in New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina while on a visit there.  Mrs. Mitchell was one of the New Jersey matrons of the Revolution, and there is yet an old heirloom of her family in
possession of one of her grandaughters, it being a cup and saucer of peculiar construction. The old china set of the 18th century was used by General Washington when at her home near Morristown, during the Revolutionary War.

After the death of her husband, in company with her brothers, Thomas, George and John, she emigrated from New Jersey to Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1787.  She married Stephen CONKLIN for her second husband.     More Conklin Data

She being left a widow a second time, she moved to Knox County, Ohio, where some of her children lived. She lived there the balance of her life, dying at her son's, William Mitchell in Knox County 21 Mar 1822 aged ninety-one years.

1. Hannah Mitchell  c. 26 Aug 1753 m. John YOUNG 24 or 30 Nov 1768

2. Abigail Mitchell c. 18 Apr 1756 b. 5 Dec 1755 m. Benjamin JACKSON 20 Aug 1774     Jackson Web Site

3. Elizabeth Mitchell c. 3 Dec 1758 b. 29 Jly 1758 m. ______ KENT

4. Mary Mitchell b. 11 Dec 1760 m. Jonathan WHITAKER 16 Nov 1779b.    Sep 1758

5. Jacob Mitchell b.  8 June 1763 m. _____ COBBE m.2nd  _____ COBBE 15 Nov 1806 m. 3rd _____ COON

6. William Mitchell b. 14 Jly 1765 d. 13 Aug 1848 m. Phebe SOUTHARD 4 Nov 1789 b. 20 Aug 1769

7. Sarah Mitchell b.  2 Jan 1768 d. 15 Oct 1768  National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 1 pages 30,31.

8. Sarah Mitchell b. 18 Nov 1869 m. Alexander KIRKPATTERICK/ KIRKPATRICK 8 Nov 1787

9. Nathaniel Mitchell Jr. b. 23 Jan 1772

MARY HARRIS1, daughter of James HARRIS and Miss BOLEYN2 was
born in 1732 in New Jersey. She married Moses LYON who was born at Lyons Farms, New Jersey in 1731 and died there 27 March 1813. He was the son of Benjamin LYON. Mary (Harris) Lyon died 12 June 1809 and both are buried in the old churchyard.

Moses Lyon(3) was a revolutionary soldier and served as a private in Capt.  Abraham Lyon's Company, second Regiment, Essex County, New Jersey Militia, during the war.

His sons James, Henry, and Nathaniel aided the cause of American Independence, the first two as artificers, and the third as private in the second Regiment, Essex County Militia and Continental Line. His son Moses was a drummer boy in the same regiment.

1. Mary Harris was not listed in the Keifer book.

2. Perhaps a daughter or grandaughter of James Bollen, son
of Capt. James Bollen who came to New Jersey with
Governor Phillip Carteret in 1665.

3. Lyon Memorial, Editor, Sidney E. Lyon, 1907.

The will of Moses Lyon, of Newark, Essex County, New Jersey,  was dated March 18, 1800; probated April 2, 1813. To wife Mary, (who died before him) he gave 100 English Pounds, a horse and a chair, and use of one-third of real estate; to three daughters, Hannah, Abigail and Mary, each 10 Pounds "in 40 days after my death", to five sons, James, Henry, Moses, Obediah and Richard, the balance of the estate, equally divided. 

Executers: sons Henry and Obediah. Witnesses: Jonathan Meeker, David Lyon Jr., Denman Meeker.  Inventory, April 2, 1813; amount $7346.66; appraisers, David Lyon and Joseph Wilbur.  [Lyon Memorial S.E. Lyon, Editor, 1907]

1. Hannah Lyon b. ca. 1752 d. ca. 1842  m. Abraham HARRISON (no issue)  b. 1751 d. 30 Aug 1832

2. Mary Lyon b. 1752 d. 1842 m. James WHEELER b. 1740 d. 12 Mar 1777
m 2nd Abner PURCELL

3. James Lyon b. 31 Aug 1755 d. 20 Sep 1841 m. Eliz. WILLIAMS 21 Apr 1782 b. 20 May 1759   d. 10 Sep 1800 m. 2nd. Mary HAMEL 30 Nov 1801  b. ? d.  4 Nov 1813 m.3rd  Mary WILLIAMS 22 Sep 1814 b. 22 June 1763 Dec 1834

4. Henry Lyon b. 1756 d. 19 May 1824 m. Joanna _?  b.   1766 d.  1 Oct 1859

5. Nathaniel Lyon b.  3 July 1759 d. Sept 1833 m. Mercy_____?   b. 1755 d.  4 Dec 1849

6. Abigail Lyon b. 1760 d.  4 Sept 1828 m. Aaron GRUMMAN b. 1756 d. 20 Aug 1803

7. Moses Lyon b. 1761 d.  1763

8. Moses Lyon b. 21 Dec 1763 d.  2 May 1823 m. Elizabeth ARNETT May 1787 b. 24 Apr 1769 d.  7 Sep 1822

9. Harris Lyon b. ca. 1764 d. 1798

10 Obediah Lyon b. 1765 d.  6 Sep 1847 m. Catherine CRANE 13 Sept 1788  b. ?  d. 13 June 1789 m. 2nd Sally MEEKER 1791 b. 1765 d. 12 Mar 1852

11. Richard Lyon b. 1766 d. Dec 1821 m. Sarah HENDRICKS b. ? d. 1 Jan 1810 m. Effie VAN HOUTEN 13 Feb 1811

[Lyon Memorial, Sidney E. Lyon, Editor, 1907.]

MARY LYON, daughter of Mary Harris and Moses LYON was born about 1752 at Lyon's Farm and died in 1842. She married first Capt. James WHEELER who was born in 1740 and died 12 March 1777. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary  War. She married second Abner PURCELL. Mary had four children by her first husband and five or six sons by her second husband of which no information.

1. Stephen Wheeler
2. James Wheeler
3. Joseph Wheeler
4. Phebe Wheeler


JAMES LYON, son of Mary Harris and Moses LYON was born at Lyon's Farm 31 August 1755 and died 20 September 1841 at Woodburn, near Cincinnati, Ohio. As New Jersey was the battle ground of the American Revolution, and the Lyon's were of democratic principles, James Lyon inevitably took up arms against King George. A certificate of service shows that he "served as an artificer, Capt. Jeremiah Bruen's Company, Col, Jonathan Baldwin's artillery artificers Regiment, Continental
army; enlisted July 7 1777, for three years, age 23, residence Elizabeth, N.J.; discharged at Morristown, N.J., July 7 1780; expiration of term of service during the Revolutionary War"

James Lyon made an application for pension on August 20, 1832, at which time he was 77 years of age and residing in Hamilton County, Ohio. A pension was allowed "for three years' actual service as an artificer in the New Jersey State Troops. A part of the time he served under Captain Bruen and Colonel Baldwin"  (Bureau of Pensions, Washington, D.C.)

Two years after he left the army, James Lyon married, 21 April 1782, Elizabeth WILLIAMS of Elizabethtown, N.J. She was born 18 May 1759, a daughter of Jonathan WILLIAMS and Joanna WILLIAMS.

Tradition says that Joanna Williams was a very beautiful woman, and a woman of autocratical disposition. They lived for a time in New York City, in Maiden Lane, and some of the children were born there. In 1791 James Lyon emigrated with his family to Hamilton County, Ohio and settled on Walnut Hills, in what is now a part of Cincinnati. Here he bought 1,000 acres of land of the Symmes' Purchase, at 37 1/2 cents
an acre, an here he lived for the last fifty years of his life.

Elizabeth died 10 September 1800. James married second Mrs.  Mary HAMEL 30 November 1801. She died 4 November 1813. He married third Mrs. Mary WILLIAMS 22 September 1814. She was born 22 June 1763 and died in December 1834. She was the widow of Thomas Williams and sister-in-law of his first wife. James had seven children by his first wife and no children by his second or third wives.

1. Jonathan Williams Lyon b. 17 Mar 1784 d. 20 Dec 1871

2. James Lyon b. 30 Oct 1784 d.  6 Jan 1865

3. Oliver Lyon b. 13 Jan 1786 d. 26 Nov 1848

4. Joanna Lyon b.  6 Nov 1789 d. 1820 m. Elijah NORTON

5. Moses Lyon b. 24 Feb 1792 d.  3 Jly 1793

6. Moses Lyon b. 22 Apr 1794 d. 22 Oct 1841

7. Elizabeth Williams Lyon b. 14 June 1797 d. 13 Apr 1855 m. Lewis Huntington LEE m. 2nd James KELLEY

HENRY LYON, son of Mary Harris and Moses Lyon was born at Lyon's Farm in 1756 and died 19 May 1824. He married Joanna ________? who was bor in 1766 and died 1 Oct 1859 at the advanced age of 91 years nine months surviving her husband 33 years. Four years previous to her death she was bereft of the last of her nine children, six of whom were victims of consumption and died unmarried. Henry Lyon, a soldier of the
Reveoutionary War, served as artificer in Capt. Caleb Bruen's Company of Artificers, Essex County, New Jersey Militia; enlisted at Long Island, March 1776 for one year; discharged March 1777 at expiration of term of service; re-enlisted as an artificer in Capt. Jeremiah Bruen's Company, in Col. Juduthan Baldwin's Regiment of Artillery Artificers,
Continental Army, for three years; discharged at Morristown, N.J., expiration of term of service, during Revolutionary War. In 1840 his widow was granted a pension, at which time she was living at Newark, aged 74 years. Henry and Joanna and their nine children are buried at Connecticut Farms, N.J.

1. Jotham Lyon b. 24 Feb 1784 d. 22 Sep 1792
2. Israel Lyon b. 30 Oct 1789 d. 14 Nov 1790
3. Joanna Lyon b. 19 Apr 1792 d. 14 Aug 1794
4. Mary Lyon b. 1793 d. 21 Nov 1822
5. Phebe Lyon b. 1795 d. 23 Jan 1820
6. Joanna Lyon b. 1795 d. 16 Apr 1820
7. Henry Lyon b. 1797 d. 27 Mar 1830
8. Ann Elizabeth Lyon b. 1800 d. 24 Sep 1828
9. Hannah Lyon b.  1 Jan 1808 d. 11 Apr 1853

NATHANIEL LYON, son of Mary Harris and Moses LYON was born 3
July 1759 at Lyon's Farm. He died in September 1833 in Marion County, Indiana. He was a soldier of the Revolutionary War, a private in Capt. Daniel Wood's Company, First Regiment, Essex County Militia; enlisted in fall of 1776, and served two weeks, age 18; private Capt. Jacob Crane's Company, Eastern Battalion, Morris County Militia; enlisted December 1776 for three months; at battle of Springfield, N.J., December 17,
1776; private in Capt. Abraham Lyon's Company, Fourth Battalion, New Jersey Continental Line, Col. Ephraim Martin; enlisted May 30, 1778 for nine months; at battle of Monmouth, N.J., June 28, 1778; discharged Elizabeth, N.J., February 1779; afterwards served in militia to close of the Revolutionary War. He applied for a pension September 11, 1832 at which time he resided in Montgomery County, Ohio.

Nathaniel Lyon married Mercy ________? in November 1777. She was born in 1755 and died 4 December 1849. She applied for a widow's pension October 10, 1838 at which time she lived in Marion County, Indiana. No children.

ABIGAIL LYON, daughter of Mary Harris and Moses LYON was born
at Lyons Farm, Essex County, New Jersey in 1760. She died 4 September 1828. She married Aaron GRUMMAN [Grumman is a corruption of Germmond, a French Huguenot family] born in 1756 and died 20 August 1803. Abigail and her husband are buried in the churchyard of the old Baptist Church at Lyons Farm. As a widow Abigail returned to the home of her parents, Moses and Mary Harris Lyon and remained with her aged father and mother until the close of theitr lives. She was a childless woman. The will of Abigail Grumman of Lyons Farm, probated 1828 mentioned sister Hannah wife of Abraham Harrison; bequests to niece Phebe Parsel, to Betsy, wife of Samuel Bird, to Abby Barnet, to niece Abby, daughter of brother Obediah Lyon, to Abby Lyon, daughter of Samuel Baldwin. Remainder of estate "one-half to brother Obediah
Lyon, and one-half to the children of my brothers and sisters" Witnesses: D. Lyon and Phebe Woodruff. 

MOSES LYON, son of Mary Harris and Moses LYON was born 21 August 1763 at Lyon's Farm, New Jersey. He married Elizabeth ARNETT in May 1787 at Lyon's Farm. She was the daughter of Dr. James ARNETT and Mary BOND. Moses was a drummer boy during the Revolutionary War in 2nd Regiment, Essex County Militia. Elizabeth was born 24 April 1769 in Elizabethtown, Essex County, New Jersey. She died 7 September 1822 in Plattsburg, Steuben County, New York. Moses died at same place 2 May 1823. They had thirteen children. The first son, James, was born in New Jersey. All the other children were born in New York.

1. James Lyon b. 27 Apr 1788 d. 15 Mar 1864 m. Lydia MORLEY 11 Nov 1819  (no issue)

2. Moses H. Lyon b. 18 Nov 1789 d. 21 Apr 1863 m. Sarah BENTON 18 Sep 1814  (4 sons)

3. Mary Bowman Lyon b. 15 Apr 1791 d. 13 Apr 1872 m. William WOODS 24 Oct 1815  (6 children)

4. Elizabeth Arnett Lyon b. 10 Feb 1793 d.m. Ebenezer RICE 8 May 1820   (5 children)

5. Abigail Grumman Lyon b. 28 Nov 1794 d. 27 Nov 1883 m. Samuel RICE 12 Jan 1817    (4 children)

6. Robert Bond Lyon b. 27 Sep 1796 d.  5 Oct 1859 m. 1st Catherine BACON  28 Oct 1822 (5 children) m. 2nd Clarissa KELLOGG 16 Jan 1841  (4 children)

7. Abner Purcell Lyon b. 22 Jan 1799 d. 10 Mar 1878 m. 1st Helen HUMPHREY 5 Feb 1822 (7 children) m. 2nd Lavra SHELDON

8. Thomas Bowman Lyon b. 19 Aug 1801 d. 18 Dec 1878 m. Diana SMEDLEY 28 Sep 1826  (1 son)

9. Sarah Gibbs Lyon b. 26 Feb 1803 d.  6 May 1884 m. Norman TOWN 1 May 1822  (no issue)

10. Lewis Sherrill Lyon b. 6 Apr 1805 d. Aug 1806

11. Jane Ann Lyon b. 23 Jan 1807 d. 31 Jan 1864 m. Norman LITTLE 22 Jly 1828  (9 children)

12. Charles Proctor Lyon b. 1 Sep 1808 d.  4 Apr 1809

13. Helen Rayette Lyon b. 16 Feb 1811 d. 21 Apr 1886 m. Ten Eyck GANSEVOORT 14 Oct 1828  (4 children)

HARRIS LYON, son of Mary Harris and Moses Lyon was born at Lyons Farm about 1764. In young manhood he removed from New Jersey to New Orleans and was a merchant in that city. In 1798, while in New York he died of yellow fever, and was buried in the old churchyard, Spring Street, near Bleeker. On October 16, 1798, Richard Lyon administered on the estate of his brother, Harris Lyon, late of Essex County, New Jersey, who died intestate.

OBEDIAH LYON, son of Mary Harris and Moses LYON was born at Lyons Farm in 1765. He lived on a farm half way between Newark and Elizabethtown, and died there 6 September 1847. He married Catherine CRANE 13 September 1788 who died 13 June 1789. He married second Sally MEEKER in 1791 who was born in 1765 and died 12 March 1852. Obediah Lyon and his wife Sarah Meeker Lyon and their son Stephen Meeker Lyon are buried in the churchyard of the first Presbyterian Church at Elizabethtown, New Jersey. They had six children:

1. Stephen Lyon b. Oct 1791 d. 25 June 1864

2. Catherine C. Lyon b.  Mar 1792 d.  5 Apr 1878

3. David Lyon b. July 1793 d.

4. Betsy Lyon b.  June 1795 m. ______? BROWN

5. Harris Lyon b.  Sep 1799

6. Abigail Lyon b.    Feb 1808 d. m. David JOHNSON

RICHARD LYON, son of Mary Harris and Moses LYON was born at
Lyons Farm about 1766. He was the youngest child of Moses and Mary. He died in New York City 24 December 1821. Richard Lyon married first Sarah HENDRICKS who died 1 January 1810 and was buried in the churchyard of the First Presbyterian Church at Elizabethtown, New Jersey. She was the dayughter of John Hendricks who came to Elizabethtown as early as May 1721 from Piscataway, where David and Jebez Hendricks, brothers, and Leonard Hendricks were numbered among the original settlers.

At the time of the opening of the Northwest territory, Richard Lyon, with his wife and their three children, Abby, Sarah, and Richard, emigrated from New Jersey and settled at Osage, Illinois, a town planted by New Jersey men, among them several of the Lyons. Here in 1789, he lost his oldest child.  This may have occasioned his return to Elizabethtown, where the remains of his first born were interred in the churchyard
of the first Presbyterian Church with her kindred. On 13 February 1811 Richard Lyon married for his second wife, Effie VAN HOUTEN of Bergen, New Jersey. Richard and Sarah had six children and he had four children by his second wife.

1. Abigail Hendricks Lyon b.  5 Aug 1792 d.  1798

2. Sarah Hendricks Lyon b. 10 Dec 1794 d.  4 Feb 1880 m. Asa PRIOR

3. Richard Lyon b. 19 Sep 1796 d.  m. Martha WALDRON (moved to Michigan where he died)

4. Mary Lyon b. 10 Jan 1799

5. Moses Lyon b. 25 Feb 1802 d. 31 Aug 1841

6. John Joseph Lyon b. 15 Nov 1809 d. at sea.

7. Mary Harris Lyon b. 24 Feb 1812 d.

8. David Demarest Lyon  b. 26 Mar 1814 d.

9. Aaron Grumman Lyon b.  9 Feb 1816 d.

10. Rachel Demarest Lyon b. 29 Nov 1817 d. 

ROBERT BOND LYON, son of Moses Lyon and Elizabeth ARNETT was
born 27 September 1796 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. He married 1st Catherine BACON 28 October 1822 in Bath, Steuben County, New York. She was born 8 Jan 1800 in Bacon's Hill, New York. She died 11 October 1840 in Conneaut, Ashtabula County, Ohio. She was the daughter of Ebenezer BACON and Jane BERRY. She had five children. Robert married second Clarissa KELLOGG 16 January 1841 in Kelloggsville. She was born 12 October 1819 the daughter of Amos KELLOGG and Paulina DEAN.  She died 4 May 1896 in Chicago, Illinois. Robert died 5 October 1854 in Conneaut, Ashtubula County, Ohio. Robert and Catherine had four children.

1. William Bacon Lyon b. 15 Aug 1823 d.  Mar 1855  (born in Ogdenburg, St. Lawrence Co., NY)

2. Lydia Jane Lyon b. 21 Sep 1826 d. 6 Apr 1913 m. George Smith CLEVELAND 17 Jan 1844 (born in Ogdenburg, NY.)

3. John Bacon Lyon b. 15 Apr 1829 d. 20 Dec 1904 (born in Canadaigua, Ontario Co., NY)

4. Helen Mary Lyon b. 9 August 1832 m. Chauncey F. BLAKESLEY
  (born in Conneaut, Ashtabula Co., OH)

5. Robert Woods Lyon b. 21 May 1835 d. 16 Sep 1861 (born in Conneaut, OH)  (died in Civil War)

6. Catherine Lyon b. 26 Nov 1841 m. Eber B. WARD

7. Clarissa Lyon b. 26 Oct 1843 m. James F. WADE

8. Paulina Lyon b. 24 Nov 1849 d. 3 May 1904 m. Justice STEARNS    (died at Ludington, MI.)

9. Thomas Rice Lyon b. 31 May 1854 d. m. Harriet WADE 26 Oct 1875

LYDIA JANE LYON, daughter of Robert B. Lyon and Catherine BACON was born 21 September 1823 in Ogdenburg, St. Lawrence County, New York. She married George Smith CLEVELAND 17 January 1844 in Conneaut, Ohio. He was born 24 July 1821 in Schuylersville, Saratoga County, New York, son of Oliver CLEVELAND and Anna BENJAMIN. Lydia died 6 April 1913 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. George died at same place 19 Dec 1887. He was buried in Conneaut, Ohio, whereas she was buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. They had eight children.

1. Catherine Lyon Cleveland b. 21 Jan 1845 d. 23 Jly 1852

2. John Ball Cleveland b. 14 Aug 1846 d. 26 Mar 1924 m. Annie L. WARFIELD 16 Feb 1885

3. Helen Mary Cleveland b.  3 Jly 1848 d. 23 Mar 1924 m. Aaron Morley WILCOX 24 Apr 1873

4. Anna Jane Cleveland b. 27 May 1850 d. 28 Apr 1939

5. Robert Lyon Cleveland b.  9 May 1855 d. 17 Feb 1857

6. Lydia Jane Lyon Cleveland b. 21 May 1860 d.  7 Oct 1932 m. Thomas Sadler ROBERTS

7. George Smith Cleveland b.  5 Oct 1861 d. 26 Apr 1895

8. William Lyon Cleveland b. 27 Oct 1868 d.  3 May 1869

LYDIA JANE LYON CLEVELAND, daughter of George S. Cleveland and Lydia Jane Lyon was born 21 May 1860 in Conneaut, Ohio. She married Thomas Sadler ROBERTS 18 Oct 1887 in Minneapolis, MN.  He was born 16 Feb 1858 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania son of John ROBERTS and Elizabeth Jane SADLER. Lydia died 7 Oct 1932 in Minneapolis and Thomas died 19 April 1946 at same place. They are buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. They had three children.

1. Thomas Cleveland Roberts b. 11 Oct 1888 d. 3 July 1954 m. Dorothy Yvonne REASER 10 Oct 1918

2. Catherine Lyon Roberts b. 24 Jan 1890 d. 23 July 1954 m. Joseph Long SEYBOLD 16 May 1914

3. John Carroll Roberts b.  3 Mar 1892 d. 13 Feb 1948 m. Myrtto J. SCHULTZ 25 Jan 1922

THOMAS CLEVELAND ROBERTS, son of Thomas S. Roberts and Lydia
Jane Lyon Cleveland was born 10 October 1888 in Minneapolis, MN. He married Dorothy Yvonne REASER 10 Oct 1918 in Yonkers, New York. She was the daughter of Willbur Aaron REASER and Cora CONLEE and was born in Paris, France 8 Dec 1893. Thomas died 3 Jly 1954 in Chattahoochee, Gadsden County, FL. Dorothy died 17 Jan 1971 in Waco, McLennan County, TX. Both are buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. They had four children.

1. Thomas Reaser Roberts b.  6 Jly 1921 d. 7 Jly 1921

2. Thomas Reaser Roberts b. 13 Mar 1923 d.25 Feb 1969 m. Carol HAUS 2 May 1942

3. Margaret Evelyn Roberts b. 26 Feb 1926 d. 23 Jly 1926

4. Willbur Cleveland Roberts  b.  4 Mar 1930 d.  9 Sep 1973
m. Nancy Claire CORNELISON 30 June 1951

   For more information on Lyons/Roberts contact:
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THOMAS HARRIS, son of James HARRIS and a Miss BOLEYN was
born 5 Jan 1743 in Essex County, New Jersey. He married Phebe
HARRISON 13 Oct 1763 in Essex County, Phebe was born 5 Oct 1744 in Essex County daughter of Timothy HARRISON (1720-1788) and Elizabeth MEEKER. Timothy was the son of Abraham HARRISON and Hannah OGDEN.

Thomas served principally at sea during the Revolution, on board of vessels equipped as privateers, bearing letters of marque and reprisal from the Continental Congress, authorizing them to harassed and plunder British commerce. He, with his brothers, George and John, participated in the bloody battle of Monmouth in 1778. [DAR Patriot Index]

After the close of the war, Mr. Harris emigrated, in company with his brothers, George and John, and his sister Abigail, then widow of Nathaniel Mitchell, from New Jersey to Pennsylvania, and settled in Greene County about the year 1787, where he resided until about 1815.

He then moved to Ohio, in company with his son, Stephan Harris, settling in Morgan Township, Knox County, where he remained the balance of his life. Thomas died in 1822, and Phebe died in 1824.  Both are buried in the old part of Presbyterian Cemetery, in Martinsburg, Knox County, Ohio.

A new marker for the graves of Thomas Harris and his wife Phebe (Harrison) Harris was erected through the efforts of a descendant, Mrs.  Ruth Boyer Todd of Lakewood, Colorado. On July 20th, 1988, the Hetuck Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, (DAR) conducted a ceremony dedicating the marker.  The service took place at Martinsburg, Ohio, and was conducted by Mrs. Paul Pound, regent of the Hetuck Chapter. The color guard was from the American Legion Post 85
with Commander Harold Kenny, George Tuttle, Paul Hester and Esther Fraizer.

The invocation and benediction were given by Mrs. John Judge, Hetuck Chapter Chaplain. Mrs. Hayward Dick, vice regent, led the Pledge of Allegiance and the American's Creed. Mrs. Walter Seidel, regent of the Granville Chapter, DAR, led the national anthem and "Faith of our Fathers."

Al R. Rinehard, dedicated the marker with an expression of gratitude to Harris and all patriots of the War of 1776 for their valor and courage in fighting to fulfill their dreams of freedom for Americans. Mrs.  Albert Bradbury, OSDAR historian, presented a brief history on the life and service of Harris. Principal speaker Dr. John J. Evans of Athens and
Martinsburg spoke about the history of the area and of his relationship to the Harris family.

Ruth Boyer Todd, DAR member from the Mount Lookout Chapter in
Golden, Colorado, is a descendant of Harris and is responsible for buying and placing the new marker at his grave. Many descendants of Thomas Harris attended the ceremony.

Thomas Harris and Phebe (Harrison) Harris had six children, all born in Essex County, New Jersey.

1. James Harris b. 12 Oct 1765

2. Stephan Harris b.  7 Dec 1767 m. Hannah BEACH  1787 b. 15 June 1765

3. Mary Harris b. 17 Dec 1769 m. Jonathan JEWELL 1797

4. Nathan Popple Harris b. 20 Sep 1772

5. Abram Harris  b. 17 May 1775 d. 18 Feb 1850 m. Esther DENMAN 21 Jan 1796.   Photo of Abram Harris

6. Phebe Harris b. 26 Jan 1778  m. ______ DEAN

GEORGE HARRIS, son of James HARRIS who married a Miss BOLEYN
was born in Essex County, New Jersey in 1745 or 1746. He married Hannah TUNIS about 1765 by whom he had eleven children. Mr. Harris was from the old Revolutionary stock, having fought in the war under General Washington, and was Sergeant of the Second Regiment of State troops and Conttinental Army, but most of the time belonged to what was
called the Jersey Minute Men, and in consequence was in almost innumerable skirmishes, raids and forages.

It was by the aid of those minute men that the British were annoyed, and their march impeded, so that General Washington was enabled to overtake them at Monmouth and to achieve so great a victory.

Mr. Harris took part in the bloody battle of Monmouth, as did his brothers, Thomas and John. During the Revolutionary War, he resided in the Colony of New Jersey. While he was in the army his house was pillaged and his stock driven off. Soon after the close of the war he took up his westward march. In 1787, he removed with his family to Washington County, Pennsylvania, then an almost unbroken wilderness, where he erected his cabin and made his home, and where he resided
until his death, which occurred, 3 Feb 1822, aged about seventy-eight years.

[Rev. War pension #S1008] [DAR Patriots Index]

1.  Nehemiah Harris b. ca. 1766 d. ca. 1784

2.  Barnabas C. Harris b. 15 Aug 1768 d. 18 Dec 1849 m. Esther MILLER

3.  Joseph Harris  b.  1 Dec 1770 d. 1837 m. Martha RYAN 25 April 1791 d. 1841/42

4.  John Harris b. ca. 1772 d. in infancy

5.  Phebe Harris b. ca. 1775 m. ______? HAYS

6.  Rebecca Harris b.  ca. 1778 m. Oliver CRANE

7.  Elizabeth Harris b. ca. 1780 m. ________? MITCHELL

8.  Sarah Harris b. ca. 1783 d. 24 Oct 1840 m. John TUNIS 1886

9.  Abigail Harris b. ca. 1785 m. James McGOWAN

10. Hannah Harris b. ca. 1786 m. Alexander McMULLEN 8 Feb 1794

11. Pamelia Harris b. 17 Oct 1788 d.  3 Mar 1863 m. Joseph MILLER 4 Mar 1813 who d. 12 Apr 1885

JOHN HARRIS, son of James HARRIS who married a Miss BOLEYN
was born 1 July 1750 in Essex County, New Jersey. He married 1 Jan 1776 Sarah BURRIS who died a few months after their marriage. John married for his second wife Mary HAMILTON 20 July 1777 by whom he had eleven children. He married third Mary HAMPSON. No issue.

Mr. Harris served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He belonged to what was called the Jersey minute men. At the commencement of the war the cities of Philadelphia and New York were occupied by strong British forces, and Jersey being a narrow strip situated between the two cities, was made the common foraging and plunder grounds from both points, and in order to repel their invasions and intercept their supplies and annoy them in any way, the men of Jersey who were liable to military duty, and were loyal to the patriotic cause, were enrolled into bands all through the Colony.

They were not required to remain under arms except as emergency required. They were required to hold themselves ready at all times to turn out at a moments notice, and they have ever since been known as the Jersey minute men. Whenever the enemy made a raid into the territory, these minute men would rush to arms and be after them like fox hounds, and they captured many prisoners and many valuable convoys of

Mr. Harris belonged to these minute men, and as such was in many skirmishes, raids and forages. It was on the occasion of the British attempting to cross from Philadelphia to New York through Jersey, with a large force, that these minute men so annoyed them and impeded their march that General Washington was enabled to overtake them at Monmouth, almost in sight of the spires of New York, and to achieve so great a victory. He was also at the bloody battle of Mon-mouth, where his
brother-in-law, John Hamilton, was shot down by his side, sprinkling him with blood.

[Rev. War pension #W19679] [DAR Patriots Index]

He was a hand mason by trade, but in years after became a successful farmer.  He emigrated from Essex County, New Jersey, to Washington County, Pennsylvania, about the year 1787, where he resided the balance of his life.  He died on Ten Mile Creek, near the village of Amity, in 1817, and is buried in the old Amity churchyard. His will was dated 15
November 1817 and probated 14 Feb 1818.

Mr. Harris' second wife, Mary Hamilton, the mother of his children, was born, 8 October 1758, and died in 1801. She was of Scottish parentage, and was a descendant of a family of Scottish Covenanters who emigrated to the North of Ireland to escape persecution in Scotland.

[Will Book #3, page 196, Washington County, PA.] [Pension  Record] [Heads of Families, 1790, PA., p. 255, 1908] [1810 Washington County, Pa., Amwell p. 639]

1.  Jane Harris b.  8 May 1778 d.  8 Jan 1847 m. Jacob EPPLEMAN (APPLEMAN)

2.  Stephan Harris b. 21 Aug 1780 d. 1862  m. Sibyl CLARK 1804

3.  Sarah Harris b. 15 Sep 1782 d. 10 Feb 1856 m. Aaron ROSS 5 Oct 1802, he d. 18 Jly 1843

4.  John Harris Jr. PHOTO   b. 14 Jan 1785  d. 15 Oct 1863  m. 1st Ann CHIDESTER m. 2nd Rebekah RAYNOLDS 21 Oct 1819 who d. 27 Nov 1853

More data on this line in Chapter 13

Stanley Harris Cochran  shc2615 at

5.  Elizabeth Harris b. 19 Mar 1787 d. 16 June 1863 m. William POOL 10 Nov 1809 who d. 30 Nov 1846

6.  William Harris b. 15 July 1789 d. 11 Feb 1863 m. Geulie Elma GREGG 21 Sep 1815 who d. 13 Aug 1864

7.  James Harris b. 22 Mar 1792 d.  6 Jan 1834 m. Mary LOGAN 26 Dec 1816 who was b. 19 Mar 1782 d.  8 Mar 1864
Researcher on this line:  Amelia Seaton

8.  Mary Harris b. 12 May 1794 d. 26 Feb 1873 m. John MUSTARD 1816 who d. 16 Dec 1853

9.  Abigail Harris b. 18 July 1796 d. 18 Jan 1879 (see Chapter 15) m. William ROSS 1820 who d. 20 Feb 1877
More data on descendants

10. Jonathan Whitaker Harris b.  7 Aug 1799 d.  3 Oct 1872 m. Abigail C. CRACRAFT/CRACROFT 29 Aug 1822 who d. 14 Sep 1860m. Mrs. Catherine SHOARDS 7 May 1861.  

11. Phebe Hamilton Harris b. 10 May 1802 d. 14 May 1878 m. Alexander POOL 7 June 1821  who was b. 15 Jul 1799  d. 24 Dec 1881


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