|Birth: ||Dec. 12, 1813|
|Death: ||Mar. 11, 1896|
Gideon Lindsey Harris, who went by the name of "Lin" or "Lindsey," was born December 12, 1813 in Wilson County, Tennessee on his father's farm off the south bank of the Cumberland River. He was the fifth child and third son of Martha Taylor Gilliam and Gideon Harris, who migrated to Tennessee from Prince Edward County, Virginia, in the fall of 1810. When Lindsey was four years of age the family moved south into Maury County, Tennessee, on the very head waters of Silver Creek, but became a part of Marshall County in 1836. Here he grew to young manhood as a country farm boy.
November 22, 1831, he was wedded to Miss Lucy Elizabeth Ledbetter, near neighbor of the community. They lived in the Silver Creek section of Maury and Marshall Counties for over ten years, where six of their children were born, then all moved to Hardin County, Tennessee, off the west bank of othe Tennessee River, where he purchased a small farm and lived upon it.
A little over ten years later, he bought land in the Leapwood Communtiy of McNairy County, adjoining Hardin, and moved there where he, withinin a few years, had acquired over 1100 acres. Here he lived out his life, except for some six years near his brother, David Rice Harris, in Perry County, in the late 1860s and early 1870s.
His wife, Lucy, died in early 1856, after giving him twelve children, and later that year he married her cousin, Catherine McDaniel. She departed this life some thirty seven years later, in 1893, after bearing him one child, who died in infancy about 1860. In February of 1894, Lindsey Harris was wedded a third time, to Mrs. Margaret "Meg" Gray Harrison, a widow with one daughter. They had one daughter, Martha "Mattie" Harris, who was born in November 1895, when Gideon Lindsey Harris was almost 82 years old.
On March 11, 1896, Gideon Lindsey Harris passed away and is buried in the old Mars Hill Cemetery beside his second wife, Catherine, and among many of his descendants who rest there.
Lindsey Harris applied his skills as a carpenter, blacksmith, cobbler, a farmer anraiser of fine livestock, all of which he was quite proficient. He was an active supporter and official of the old Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church, which once stood at the edge of the present, very large, Mars Hill Cemetery. He was an elder in the Old Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church in McNairy County, and frequently filled the pulpit as needed. He was a highly honored and well-respected citizen of the communities of which he lived and took an active part in civic affairs at hand.
Physically, he was the largest of all the sons of Gideon Harris, being about 6 ft. 3 in. tall. His normal weight was near 240 pounds, but was some 50 pounds above this in old age. He had light bluish gray eyes; medium brown hair; fair complexion but weathered from the outdoors. He was a fine singer with a good voice, was very energetic and physically quite strong. He was deeply devoted to his many relatives and kin folks.
Gideon Harris (1772 - 1860)
Martha Taylor Gilliam Harris (1786 - 1860)
Lucy Elizabeth Ledbetter Harris (1814 - 1856)
Catherine McDaniel Harris (1814 - 1893)
Margaret Gray Kiddy (1860 - 1920)
James Lindsey Harris (1833 - 1848)*
Martha Elizabeth Harris Walker (1834 - 1926)*
Giles Claiborn Harris (1837 - 1881)*
David Thomas Harris (1839 - 1895)*
Mary Catherine Harris Parrish (1840 - 1898)*
Mary Catherine Harris Parrish (1841 - 1891)*
Gideon Lindsey Harris (1843 - 1919)*
John Gardner Harris (1845 - 1846)*
Sarah Frances Harris Pyron (1847 - 1920)*
William Ashley Harris (1849 - 1916)*
Sidney Augustus Harris (1851 - 1853)*
Doctor Franklin Harris (1853 - 1915)*
May Augustus Harris (1856 - 1873)*
Baby Harris (1860 - 1860)*
Mars Hill Cemetery
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Record added: Feb 24, 2008
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