Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Harrises in:
 • Sidney Cemetery
 • Sidney
 • Fremont County
 • Iowa
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial!
John Thomas Harris
Learn about upgrading this memorial...
Birth: Mar. 20, 1837
Smyth County
Virginia, USA
Death: Apr. 4, 1919
Council Bluffs
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA

John Thomas Harris was born in Virginia, where he spent his childhood, youth, and young manhood. On 30 Aug 1860 he married Rachel Caroline Porter. John and Rachel had nine children: Jefferson Davis, William Thomas, Albert Grant, Samuel N, Josephine (Melton), Maggie Porter (Spittler), Nannie Ella (Thomas), Hettie Mary (Elliott), and Edith Mae (Killon).

John T Harris was a veteran of the Civil War. He enlisted in Jan 1862 in Co K 63rd Virginia Infantry of the Confederate Army. He was wounded near Tunnell Hill, Georgia, and toward the close of the war he was captured by union troops at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, and was confined to Camp Douglas, the military prison at Chicago, for ten months. After his release, he walked the majority of the way back to his Virginia home. John was interviewed by the Fremont County Herald regarding his service in the Civil War and said he had but one grand sentiment to express and that is "that the country may never be divided so that war may ensure and that the Star Spangled Banner may float unmolested."

In 1866 he moved to Illinois where he resided until his return to Virginia in 1873. In 1885 he moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa, and in 1890 to Sidney, Iowa, where he was a resident until his death.

John T Harris died from a stroke at the home of his daughter northeast of Council Bluffs at the age of 82 years and 14 days. The pallbearers at his funeral were two Confederate veteras; H.C. Byars and T.C. Hatten, and four Union veterans; H Spittler, L Love, CH Polk, and J Wright.

Family links: 
  Rachel Caroline Porter Harris (1842 - 1921)
Sidney Cemetery
Fremont County
Iowa, USA
Created by: kweaver
Record added: Aug 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55860534
John Thomas Harris
Added by: Seastar
John Thomas Harris
Added by: kweaver
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- Seastar
 Added: Jun. 8, 2012
Co K 63rd Virginia Infantry.
- kweaver
 Added: Sep. 5, 2010

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service