John A. Harris1

ID#595, b. 10 September 1837, d. 24 April 1894
John A. Harris
Father: Benjamin Harris
Mother: Nancy Agnes Campbell

Birth date: 10 September 1837
Birth place: Marshall County, Virginia.2,3

John married Isabella "Isabel" Littleton, daughter of Charles Littleton and Rachel Reese, on 28 June 1860 in Marshall County, Virginia. W. R. Howe certified that he united them in marriage.4

Photograph of John with Isabella Harris. Date taken: unknown. Location: Fairbury, Livingston County, Illinois. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.5

John died at age 56 on 24 April 1894 at Fairbury, Livingston County, Illinois.6,3,2 He has also been reported to have died on 28 April 1894.2

An online obituary was published on 28 April 1894 by the in The Fairbury Blade, Fairbury, Livingston County, Illinois.2 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

     "John A. Harris was born in Marshall Co. VA September 10, 1838.  He grew up in that vicinity, developing a strong rugged character for which he was noted through life. On June 29, 1860, he was married to Miss Isabella Littleton, who, after many years of loving companionship, survives him. To this union 13 children were born, 12 of whom are living.  During the War of the Rebellion Mr. Harris was loyal to his country and bore his share toward keeping W Va in the Union. It was his nature to be faithful where so many in his vicinity were unfaithful.  He enlisted in the union armies, and although more than once refused on account of physical disability, he persisted and was finally accepted, serving with credit in the 17th regiment W VA infantry.  He was mustered out as a sergeant.
     Immediately after the War he came West, settled at Fairbury in 1865 and resided here to the time of this death.  His death was sudden, following only a few days after his taken sick.
     The funeral was held at the M.E. church at 10 o'clock Thursday morning and was numerously attended.   Rev. L.F. Cullom preached the sermon.
     Although born and raised in a slave state, Mr. Harris was always an ardent Republican, being from his youth intensely opposed to slavery.  He was the only man in his township who dared to vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and he did so in spite of bitter threats and opposition. He was not highly educated in his youth but was a great reader and kept himself well informed on all the questions of the day.  He was kind hearted and honest, winning and keeping the respect of all. He labored hard to support his large family and filled his relations as a citizen to the best of his ability.
     The children living are Mrs. Rose Enix of Grafton, WVA, I.C. Harris who is married and lives in Fairbury, Frank Harris of Henry, IL, Mrs. Frank Rose living near Cropsey, Mrs. John Finnegan, Robert Harris, Mrs. Lutie Woods, Benjamin, Charles, Grace, Maud and George Harris of Fairbury, the latter aged 10 years.
     The sympathy of all is due this stricken family in the hour of their great trial."

[original spelling and punctuation retained]
John's body was interred in the Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury, Livingston County, Illinois.6

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1850Marshall County, VirginiaJohn Harris, male, age 12, born in Va, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1850)7
1860Marshall County, VirginiaJohn A. Harris, male, age 22, born in Va, a farmer
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1860)1
1870Livingston County, IllinoisJohn Harris, male, age 31, born in Va, a farmer, no real estate value, personal estate value $950
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1870)8
1880Fairbury, Livingston County, IllinoisJohn A. Harris, male, age 42, head, married, born in Virginia, a teamster
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1880)9

Deceased Children of John A. Harris and Isabella "Isabel" Littleton:

Family Line(s):
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=17 Jan 2015


  1. [S1095] Benjamin Harris household, 1860 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, Moundsville Post Office, page 121, National Archives micropublication M653_1360.
  2. [S1202] John A. Harris obituary, transcribed by Karen Miller, "John Franklin Harris" family website, online, April 2005. All sites were closed by effective 30 September 2014.
  3. [S1329] Digital photo of John A. Harris gravestone in Graceland Cemetery, taken by user name AMC on 20 March 2007, online Permission to use on this site granted by AMC.
  4. [S1311] Register of Marriages for John W. Harris and Isabel Littleton, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 4130824_00040.jpg.
  5. [S1204] Scanned photograph, submitted by Karen Miller to private website (John Franklin Harris).
  6. [S1327] John A. Harris, Find A Grave memorial no. 18522425, created by user name "AMC", online
  7. [S1075] Benjamin Harris household, 1850 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, 33rd District, pages 328 stamped (655 handwritten) and 328B, National Archives micropublication M432_959.
  8. [S1312] John Harris household, 1870 U.S. Census, Livingston County, Illinois, Reading Post Office, pages 5 (314 stamped) and 6, National Archives micropublication M593_247.
  9. [S1313] John A. Harris household, 1880 U.S. Census, Livingston County, Illinois, Fairbury, Enumeration District 110, page 50B, National Archives micropublication T9_226.