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John Thomas Harris
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Birth: Mar. 20, 1837
Smyth County
Virginia, USA
Death: Apr. 4, 1919
Council Bluffs
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA

April 10, 1919

JOHN T. HARRIS --John Thomas Harris was born in Smyth County, Virginia, on March 20, 1837, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Maggie Spittler, 10 miles northeast of Council Bluffs, on April 4, 1919 aged 82 years and 14 days. The years of his childhood, youth and young manhood were spent at the ancestral home, where on August 30, 1860 he was united in marriage with Rachel Caroline Porter, who survives him. There were born to Mr. anbd Mrs. Harris nine children, four of whom, William, Albert, Samuel and Josephine, preceded their father into the silence of death. The surviving children are J.D. Harris of Oakland, Iowa; Mrs. Maggie Spittler of near Council Bluffs; Mrs. Nannie Thomas of Hartington, Nebraska; Mrs. Hettie Elliott of Sidney; Mrs. Edith Killion of Oma, Nebraska. He is also survived by 28 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He had five brothers and two sisters, of whom only one, Alfred of Marion, Virginia, is living. The others were George, William, Henry, James, Mrs. Susie Hankley and Mrs. Mary Wolf.

Mr. Harris was a civil war veteran, having served 2 1/2 years in the infantry branch of the confederate army. Toward the close of the war he was captured by union troops and was confined in the military prison at Chicago 10 months. Upon his release he walked the greater part of the way to his Virginia home, excepting for short rides on railways earned by labor on the tracks. In 1866 he moved to Matoon, Illinois, where he resided until his return to Virginia in 1873, where he again made his home until 1885, when he moved to Council Bluffs, where he resided five years, then moved to Sidney township, Fremont county, where he continued to be a citizen until the time of his death.

In early manhood he united with the M.E. church and remained a member until he came to this county, when he united with the Presbyterian Church and was a faithful and loved member until he passed away. He had many good qualities and, while unobtrusive and retiring in manner, was a great reader, close observer, and took deep interest in local and national political affairs. He was the author of a history of the civil war as viewed by his personal experience, and intended to have it published, his purpose being frustrated by his last illness and his death.

About three years ago he experienced a paralytic stroke, a repetition in more severe form a short time ago causing his death. His long life was well spent, his friends were many, and the sympathy of all goes out to the widow and children.

The body was brought to Sidney on Saturday and on Sunday afternoon a large gathering of friends assembled at the Presbyterian Church to pay their respects to the memory of a true friend, upright citizen, accommodating neighbor and christian gentleman. The service was held at 3:30 o'clock, conducted by the pastor. Rev. John W. Todd, assisted by Rev. E. Dickinson, a former pastor of Mr. Harris.

The pallbearers were H.C. Byars and T.C. Hatten of the confederate army, and Henry Spittler, Sr., Lewis Love, C.H. Polk and James Wright of the union army. Loving hands had tastefully arranged suitable decorations and many beautiful floral offerings evidenced the affectionate esteem in which Mr. Harris was held. Many of his old-time friends and neighbors followed the body to the Sidney Cemetery, in whose beautiful confines he was laid away to await the resurrection morn.

Relatives and friends from a distance who attended the funeral are J.D. Harris of Oakland, Iowa; Mrs. Maggie Spittler of near Council Bluffs; Mrs. Nannie Thomas of Hartington, Nebraska; Mrs. Edith Killion of Oma, Nebraska; John and Blair Porter, Steve Coppenhaver and Mrs. Eliza Snavely of Union, Nebraska.

"Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see.
O, thou, who changest not, abide with me."

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Children: Jefferson Davis, William Thomas, Albert Grant, Samuel N, Josephine (Melton), Maggie (Spittler), Nannie (Thomas), Hettie Mary (Elliott), and Edith Mae (Killon).

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  Rachel Caroline Porter Harris (1842 - 1921)
  Samuel Neff Harris (1868 - 1908)*
  Hettie Mary Harris Elliott (1878 - 1955)*
*Calculated relationship
Sidney Cemetery
Fremont County
Iowa, USA
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Record added: Aug 04, 2010
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John Thomas Harris
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John Thomas Harris
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