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Alexander Ewing Harris, Sr
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Birth: 1802
Abbeville County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 17, 1847
Vera Cruz
Tamaulipas, Mexico

Alexander was the eldest child - that we know of - of Mr. Harris (died about 1827 in Abbeville, SC) and Esther LNU (1774-1856). His known siblings were William S. Harris (1810-1873), Secretary of the Florida Secession Convention; Ebenezer Jackson Harris (1815-1885) and John J.H. Harris (1818-bef 1860).

After the death of their father, Esther and her sons joined the migrations of Scots-Irish Revolutionary Era families to Georgia.

By Sep 1836, A.E. is 2nd Lieutenant in Capt. Robert H. Myrick's 7th Regiment of Florida Militia during the Second Seminole War. This company was raised by Militia Brigadier General Leigh Read and authorized by future Florida governor Richard Keith Call, decades-long friend of President Andrew Jackson.

A.E., perhaps in part through this service, rises in Democratic Party politics in Territorial Florida. When Leigh Read is attacked - the first time - by Augustus Alston, and the Florida Territorial House elects General Read as Speaker, an honor he declines due to his wounds, A.E. is also elected Sergeant-at-Arms during that same Jan 1840 session.

Sometime in 1840, A.E. became City Marshal and Tax Collector for territorial Tallahassee. We have found him mentioned in a variety of Floridian news notices, including his house and office being a polling place, a holding cell for runaways, calls to keep the city clean, and debt collection/payment information. He would have worked closely with Mayor Francis Eppes, Thomas Jefferson's grandson, on his platform of cleaning up Tallahassee and making the capital a more civil place for a prospective state.

On 11 Feb 1841, A.E. married Violet Alexander, who was born in Ulster, Ireland. We do not know much about her or when she immigrated to this country. We do know that the executor of her estate, after being widowed in 1847, was Richard Alexander Shine Sr., Grand Master Mason, and builder of the Florida Old Capitol.

A.E. and Violet had four children. Two died young. The other two children were A.E. Harris Jr. and Francis Eppes Harris.

We know from a news notice that A.E. was a Captain in the Florida militia by 1847. At age 45, A.E. volunteered for the Mexican War, "Too Late for Glory". The Company did not reach Vera Cruz until after the War was largely over. Unfortunately, A.E. was not one who came back.

Due to recent DNA results, A.E. Harris Sr. appears to be one of the Edward Harris-Flora Douglas group 3 descendants.

Family links: 
  Alexander Ewing Harris (1844 - 1937)*
  Francis Eppes Harris (1846 - 1928)*
*Calculated relationship
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Alexander was one of the first deaths due to fever amongst the Mexican War deaths. 90% of those who died in that conflict was due to fever.
Created by: DeoPatria
Record added: Jun 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91979053
Alexander Ewing Harris, Sr
Added by: DeoPatria
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