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Section 1. The Muster Roll of Captain James Brown's Company of Mounted Ky.,
Volunteers in the United States service against the Wiaw Indians, commanded
by Brigadier General Charles Scott, mustered in at the Rapids of the Ohio,
June 15, 1791, by Captain B. Smith, 1st U. S. Regiment, shows therein the
name Randolph Harris.

Section 2. Cynthiana, the County seat of Harrison County, was named for
Cynthia and Anna, two daughters of the original proprietor, Robert Harris
established Dec. 10, 1793, incorporated as a town in 1802, and was a city in

Section 3. Christopher Harris, (our ancestor) prior to 1790, located and
entered claim to lands on the waters of Licking river, referred to in his
will published in Chapter IV, as well as lands in Madison County, where he
finally settled.

Section 4. Christopher Harris, junior, (son of the Christopher named in
Article 3) was a pioneer Baptist preacher of Madison County, Ky.

Section 5. William B. Harris, was one of the Deputy Surveyors for James
Thompson, the first surveyor of Lincoln County, appointed in Jan. 1781.

Section 6. Members of the Kentucky General Assembly.

In the Senate:

David K. Harris, from the County of Floyd, 1827-1834.

Henry C. Harris, from the County of Floyd, 1843-7.

Sylvester Harris, from the County of Meade, 1853-7.

John D. Harris, from the County of Madison, 1885-9.

In the House of Representatives:

William G. Harris, from the County of Simpson, 1826.

H. G. Harris, from the County of Simpson 1865-7.

Horatic T. Harris, from the County of Campbell, 1832.

John Harris, from the County of Madison, 1799.

Robert Harris, from the County of Madison, 1826-8.

Robert R. Harris, from the County of Madison, 1844.

William Harris, from the County of Madison, 1851-2.

Sylvester Harris, from the County of Meade, 1847.

Tyre Harris, from the County of Garrard, 1829-30.

John B. Harris, from the County of Johnson, 1848.

Section 7. June 24, 1788. "On motion of Christopher Harris; his ear mark
towit: A crop, slit and under keel in the right ear, and slit and under keel
in the left is ordered to be recorded."

August 26, 1788. "Ordered that Christopher Harris be exempt from paying a
County levy for one black tythe more than he has."

Oct. 28, 1788. "Ordered that Alexander McKey, Christopher Harris and John
Manion be appointed and authorized to celebrate the Rites of marriage in this
County." And on the 23rd of Dec. following, Christopher Harris took the oath
of fidelity, and gave bond.

Oct. 2, 1792, Christopher Harris, authorized to celebrate the Rites of

From these orders of the Court it seems that two Christopher Harrises, were
ministers of the Gospel, and were authorized to solemnize the Rites of
marriage, one in 1788, the other in 1792, probably father and son.

Section 8. March 5, 1789. "On motion of Thomas Harris, a Ferry is established
in his name across the Kentucky river at the mouth of Sugar Creek, on the
upper side thereof, and the rates of Ferriage to be as follows: For a man
three pence, for a horse the same, and proportion for other things."

Section 9. March 6, 1798. "On the motion of Samuel Harris, his ear mark
towit: A smooth crop in each ear, and a slit in the right was ordered to be

Section 10. Dec. 3, 1799. "Ordered that the following bounds be alloted to
Robert Harris and David Thorpe, as Constables in the County, towit: Beginning
at the mouth of Otter Creek, thence up the Otter Creek road to Archibald
Woods, from thence with the Tates Creek road to the mouth of said Creek,
thence up the Kentucky river to the beginning."

Section 11. The first station in what is now Shelby County, Ky., was
established in 1779, and was Squire Boones station at the Painted Stone, and
among the dwellers there at that time was Jeremiah Harris, (Collins.)

Section 12. David Harris was one of the seven first Justices of the Peace who
organized the Allen County Court, April 10, 1815. (C)

Section 13. Isham G. Harris, born in Tennessee, in 1818 admitted to the bar
in 1841, Tennessee Legislator 1849-53, Governor of the state from 1857 until
its occupation by the Federal Army. He was Aide on General Johnston's staff,
and served in the west throughout the war. He was U. S. Senator from 1877
until his death, July 18, 1897. (Amer. Cy.)

Section 14. Joel Chandler Harris, born in Georgia in 1848. He was admitted to
the bar. Editor of the Atlanta, Georgia, Constitution, and author of "Uncle
Remus, His Songs and Sayings," and other stories of Southern life.

Section 15. James Harris, an English philologist, born in Salisburg July 20,
1709, died Dec. 22, 1780. He was educated at Oxford, as gentleman Commoner,
and thence passed as a student of law to Lincoln's Inn. His father died when
he was twenty four years of age, leaving him a fortune, so that he abandoned
the law, retired to his native town, and devoted himself to more congenial
pursuits. He was elected to parliament for the borough of Christ Chuch 1761,
and filled that seat during the rest of his life. In 1762, he was appointed
one of the Lords of the Admiralty, and in the following year a Lord of the
Treasury, but went out of office with the change of Administration in 1765.
In 1774 he was appointed Secretary and Comptroller to the Queen. In 1744, he
published "Three Treatises: I. Art. II. Music, Painting, and Poetry, III,
Happiness, and in 1751, his famous work, "Hernies, or a Philisophical Inquiry
concerning Universal Grammar," which has been considered a model of ingenious
analysis and clear exposition. Lowth claiming for it, that it is the best
specimen of analysis since the time of Aristotle. In 1775, he published
"Philisophical Arrangements" as a part of a projected work, upon the "Logic"
of Aristotle. His "Philisophical Inquiries" was published after his death in
1781. His collected works were published in 1792. A fine edition with a
biography was published by his son in 1801. (Amer-Cyclo)

Section 16. John Harris an English Clergyman, born at Ugborough Devonshire in
1804, died in London Dec. 21, 1856. He studied Divinity, in Haxton
Independent College, and became pastor of the Independent church in Epsom.
When in 1850, it was determined to consolidate the various independent
colleges in and about the Metropolis into one, he was chosen principal of the
new institution called New College in which he was also professor of
theology. While at Epsom he wrote his prize Essay against covetousness, under
the title of "Mammon, in 1836." Other works written for prizes were
"Britannia" 1837, an appeal in aid of the objects of the British and foreign
sailors society, and "The Great Commission" 1842, an essay on Christian
Missions. His most important works are "The Pre-Adamite Earth" 1847, "Man
Primeval" 1849, and "Patriarchy, or the Family, its Constitution and
Probation," 1855. (Amer-Cy.)

Section 17. Thadeus William Harris, an American Naturalist, born in
Dorchester, Mass. Nov. 12, 1795, died in Cambridge, Jan. 16, 1856. He
graduated at Harvard College. In 1815, studied Medicine, and practiced his
profession at Milton Hill till 1831, when he was appointed Librarian of
Harvard College. For several years he gave instructions in botany and general
Natural History, in the College, and he originated the Howard Natural History
Society for the students. He was chiefly distinguished as an entomologist.

In 1837 he was appointed one of the Commissioners for a Zoological and
botanical survey of Massachusetts, the result of which was his systematic
catalogue of the insects of Massachusetts, appended to Prof. Hitchcock's
report. In 1841, appeared his "Report on insects injurious to Vegatation"
published by the Legislature It was repeated in 1852, some what enlarged and
a new and enlarged edition by Charles L. Flint with engravings drawn under
the supervision of Prof. Agassiz, by direction of the Legislature appeared in
1862. (Amer-Cy)

Section 18. Thomas Lake Harris an American Reformer born at Finny Stratford,
England, May 15, 1823. He was brought to America when four years old by his
father who engaged in Mercantile pursuits in Utica, N. Y. By his mother's
death and financial reverses he was thrown from boyhood on his own efforts
for education and support. He from a very early age, had strong religious
tendencies, became a great reformer, and organized the society "Brotherhood
of the New Life."

Section 19. William Harris, an American Clergyman, born in Springfield,
Mass., April 29, 1765, died Oct. 18, 1829. He graduated at Harvard College in
1786, was ordained priest in the Episcopal Church in 1792, and took charge at
once of the Church and Academy in Marblehead, Mass. In 1802 he became Rector
of St. Marks Church, in N. Y. where he established a classical school. He was
chosen in 1811 to succeed Bishop Moore, as president of Columbia College, and
for six years retained his rectorship in connection with this office. He was
assisted in the duties of the presidency by Dr. J. M. Mason, under the title
of provost, an office which was established in 1816, from which time until
his death, Dr. Harris devoted himsely entirely to the college. (A-C)

Section 20. William Torrey Harris, an American philosopher, born in
Killingly, Conn., Sept. 10, 1835. He entered Yale College in 1854, but did
not graduate. The degree of A. M. was conferred upon him by the College in
1869. In 1857 he went to St. Louis, and in the following year became a
teacher in one of the public schools. Ten years later he was made
Superintendent of Schools, a post which he was holding in 1874. He was one of
the founders of the philosophical society of St. Louis in 1866, and in 1867,
established the Journal of Speculative Philosophy, a quarterly magazine, and
to which he contributed many philosophical articles of his own, besides
translations of the principal works of Hegel. The Journal has also published
translations from Liebnitz, Descartes, Kent, Fichte and Schilling, and from
recent German and Italian philosophers, and many remarkable papers on art. In
1874, Mr. Harris was elected President of the ational Teacher's Association.

Section 21. The first permanent settlement on the site of Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania, was made about 1726, by an Englishman, named John Harris, who
in Dec. 1733, obtained from the proprietaries of Pennsylvania a grant of 300
acres of land, near his residence, and purchased of others 300 acres
adjoining. He carried on a considerable trade with the indians of the
vicinity. In 1752, the Penns granted to his son, John Harris junior, the
right to establish a ferry over the Susquehanna, and the place was long known
as Harris Ferry. It became the Capital of the state in 1812, and received a
city charter in 1860. (A-C.)

Section 22. Samuel Harris of Virginia known as "Father Harris" and sometimes
addressed as "Colonel," was a Baptist minister and often moderator of the
meetings and associations of the Virginia Baptists, who opposed the unholy
union of church and state taxation to support the established church, and her
clergy and the glebes, and presented many petitions and memorials to the law
making power, in their valiant fight for religious liberty.

One of his meetings in Culpeper was invaded by a band of opposers, headed by
Captain Ball, to prevent his preaching bringing on a scuffle and tumult,
closing the meeting in confusion. On another occasion while preaching at Ft.
Mayo, he was summarily interrupted and outrageously accosted. These were
turbulent times in old Virginia for Baptist preachers, who were struggling
for a better day to come. He and his co-workers, and contemporaries, such as
Elders, John Burrus, John Young, Ed Herndon, James Goodrich, Bartholomew
Choning, John Waller, William Webber, James Greenwood, Robert Ware, Jeremiah
Moore, David Barrow, Lewis Craig, Elijah Craig, John Dulaney, James Childs,
Nathaniel Saunders, William M. Clannahan, John Corbley, Thomas Ammon, Anthony
Moffett, John Pickett, Adam Banks, Thomas Maxfield, Jeremiah Walker, John
Weatherford, David Tinsley, John Shackelford, Ivison Lewis, John Tannor,
David Thomas, Augustine Eastin and others, and the Baptist societies they
represented were in derision called and referred to in such reproachful names
as "disturbers of the peace," "ignorant and illiterate set," "poor and
contemptible class," "schismatics" "false prophets," "wolves in sheeps
clothing," "perverters of good order" "callers of unlawful assamblics," for
the purpose of casting odium upon them, but they patiently endured all, and
stood firm in the Lord, suffering persecutions, imprisonments, and fines for
conscience sake, and trusting in the salvation of the Lord, fought, bravely
for civil, as well as religious liberty, contesting every step of ground,
which was most gloriously won. No other religious society stood so firm and
unrelenting, in the struggle as did the Baptists, conspicious among whom was
Samuel Harris, the subject of this sketch.

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