Simmie Mayrant Kennedy Harris was the daughter of Anne Ward and Henry Bradley Kennedy of Anson, Texas. She was named in honor of her grandmother, Abyssinia ‘Simmie' Keelin Potts Ward.
Simmie was a very courageous companion and loving mother. She moved about 1907 from Baylor, Texas to Estancia, New Mexico with her husband, Sidney Eugene ‘Sid' Harris, and five children (ages 1 to 10) in a covered wagon. She was a petite woman who still managed to apply the wagon brake with both feet as she held the reins of a runaway team of horses, while her husband Sid walked the wagon tongue to throw a blanket over the heads of the terrified horses and get them stopped.
The children of Simmie Mayrant Kennedy and Sidney Eugene Harris were Violet Annie, Henry Alexander, Sidney Eppes, Daisy Lillian, Teddy Mayrant and Clyde Otis.
Her children often recounted the story of their mother being on her knees praying while their father was out ‘capturing the bad men', as he was Deputy Sheriff and later City Marshal of Estancia, Torrance County, New Mexico. (It is interesting to note that Sid's grandfather was City Marshal of 1840-1841 territorial Tallahassee, Florida.) Several years later, after a fire destroyed downtown Estancia, they moved back to Texas and lived there until all the children were married.
Their next venture took them to Phoenix, Arizona where Sid was the chief custodian of the Arizona State Capital for many years. During World War II, Simmie knitted hundreds of socks for service men through an American Red Cross program. She lived in Phoenix until her passing, in 1953.
After Simmie's death, husband Sid moved to Hagerman, New Mexico to be near his youngest daughter, Daisy Harris Freeman. He lived there until his death, which was just 15 days short of 92 years.
Sidney Eugene Harris (1878 - 1969)
Violet Annie Harris Wilson (1897 - 1958)*
Henry Alexander Harris (1900 - 1970)*
Sidney Eppes Harris (1902 - 1999)*
Clyde Otis Harris (1918 - 1979)*
Our Beloved Father and Mother
Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery
Plot: Garden of Prayer Section 2, Block 5
Maintained by: DeoPatria
Originally Created by: George Perry
Record added: Dec 27, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 63353005
In remembrance of my wonderful Grandmother Harris. One of my favorite stories told me by your beloved ‘Sid' was when you needed more room added to the house you would ask a couple of times and if that didn't work you would take your little hammer and st...(Read more)|
Added: Apr. 1, 2011