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Woodson Terrell Harris
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Birth: Jun. 25, 1817
Death: Jul. 31, 1904

Obituary in the Hope Star says:


Woodson T Harris was born in the State of Alabama, June 25, 1817 and died July 31, 1904, being 87 years, 1 month and 6 days of age.

In 1841 he was married to Susan Beauchamp, who only lived about one year, leaving one child, George W., who grew to manhood and died in the Confederate service in the Autumn of 1861. In 1844, he was married to Rebecca F Powell, there being born to them 12 children, 9 of them still living: mary A Walden, J W Harris, W H Harris, A B Harris, J F Harris, Sallie L Jackson and Dora E Clopton. {NOTE - It does not mention Martha Ellen Samuel or Jasper Ely Harris who were living.} The deceased are Francis and Virginia who died in infancy and Lucy J Osteen who died in October 1899. In the year 1841 he embraced religion and joined the M E Church South and lived a consistent member of same until the year 1870 when he united with the Missionary Baptist and remained in that church until death, which occured at the home of his son, JW Harris in Hempstead County, Ark on the day above named. He was laid to rest by the side of his companion in the cemetery at White Oak Grove on the following day. The funeral services were conducted by Bro. Phillips at the church.

"Grandpa Harris" as he was familiarly known by every person in this community, was one of the few men of who it can be said, died and passed over the river to his reward without leaving a single enemy behind him. The writer has heard it said since he died, by men who knew him all their lives, that he was the best man they ever knew. This is saying a great deal, but I am sure there was none better. A man of his character never dies. He is not dead, but his spirit has gone to that God he loved and served so faithfully, and his memory lives. His life and character and virtues will always be cherished by and live in the hearts of his friends. How few there are who loved him in life that do not mourn him in death, realizing all that was great and kind in his character: a citizen of purest manhood, in faith, in feeling, in practice, in all the ardent aspirations of his soul, it was impossible from the very nature of his moral intellectual organization that it should be otherwise, but those who lived nearest his heart and were permitted to look in upon the secret chambers of his inner life, found there not only the pleasing longing after immortality which filled the souls of the ancients, but the most serious and childlike faith in the full realization of that Heaven sent hope through the precious promises of the gospel. There was one of the largest gatherings of friends to look upon the departed one for the last time we ever witnessed. The most impressive incident connected with the services was the kind and sympathetic talks made by his old war comrades, all those present making a feeling talk. These were: J S Moore, J W Clay, W J Clark, Uriah Weatley, Joe Roberts, G B Terry, and C E Bruce. This burial serivce will continually be remembered by the good people of De Ann Community.

By a life-long friend of the deceased and his family. May the God of Heaven to whom we point you, soften your grief with love. Written by Jno J Osteen in De Ann, Arkansas 
Family links: 
  Rebecca Elizabeth Powell Harris (1829 - 1875)*
  Martha Ellen Harris Samuel (1848 - 1924)*
  William Henry Harris (1849 - 1936)*
  Sallie Louise Harris Jackson (1866 - 1955)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Born in Madison Co AL to Jesse and Elinor Harris. Married 1st to Susan Beauchamp then married to Rebecca Powell. 1 child with Susan and 12 with Rebecca.
White Oak Grove Cemetery
Hempstead County
Arkansas, USA
Created by: Michelle Bardin
Record added: Jun 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27824268
Woodson Terrell Harris
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Woodson Terrell Harris
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He died in the Confederate service in the Autumn of 1861. C.S.A.
- Judy Richards
 Added: Dec. 11, 2013
The Southern Cross of Honor is the name of two separate and distinct military honors presented to Confederate military personnel and veterans. The original wartime medal, aka Confederate Medal of Honor, was a military decoration meant to honor officers, n...(Read more)
- Judy Richards
 Added: Dec. 11, 2013

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