HARRIS, Samuel H., grocer, Harrisburg, was born near Duncannon, Perry county, Pa., December 23, 1855. He is a son of Castleberry and Catherine (Carns) Harris. His parents were born in Perry county, and were of Scotch and Irish ancestry. The father was a prosperous farmer; he died October 25, 1879, aged seventy-two. His wife survives him, and resides on the homestead farm in Perry county; she was born January 10, 1820. They had six children, four of whom are living: (1) Mary J., born September 1, 1846, wife of George K. Jones, of Harrisburg; they mere married in Duncannon, December 24, 1872, and have two children, Arthur, born October 29, 1873, died June 30, 1891, and Burt Andrews, born July 15, 1876; (2) Gainor S., born November 24, 1889, died December 24,1889; (3) Hannah A., born February 2, 1851, widow of tile late George. Lickle, of Perry county: they were married in Bloomfield, Perry county, and have three children, Clara Jane, George Caskey, and Chester Harris; (4) Samuel H.; (5) David C., born September 13, 1859, retail shoe dealer of Duncannon; he married Miss Carrie Froehlich, December 27, 1892; they have one child, Mabel F., born March 27, 1896; (6) a son who died in infancy, un-unnamed. This Harris family is supposed to be descended from the founder of Harrisburg.
Samuel H. Harris was reared a farmer boy in a comfortable home, enjoying the advantages of a good district school during winter months. He was engaged in farming until he was nineteen. He learned carpentry, and followed his trade until 1888. Since April 1 of that year he has been in his present business.
He was married, in Duncannon, January 14, 1886, to Gertrude E., daughter of John and Margaret E. (Thompson) Beck, born in Luthersburg, Clearfield county, Pa., August 9, 1868. They have three children: Clarence D., born February 2, 1887; Merle Francis, February 25, 1892; and Ethel Kathryn, January 9, 1895.
Mr. Harris is liberal in his political views. He and his wife are members of the Covenant Presbyterian church.
John Beck, the father of Mrs. Harris, was born in Centre county, Pa., May 7, 1824, and is of German ancestry. He was an undertaker and a prominent resident of Luthersburg for many years; but for the past twelve years he has been an honored resident of Perry county. His wife, Margaret Thompson, was born in Clearfield county., September 25, 1829, and died in Luthersburg, where she had spent her life, October 9,1874. They had five children, three of whom are living : Boyd Quigle; Clarissa A. wife of Stewart Council, died March 11, 1877, leaving five children; Mary Ellen, died in infancy; George W., and Gertrude Emma, Mrs. Harris.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
Transcribed by Gwen Bixler Drivon at GGDGEN@aol.com for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project - http://maley.net/transcription
Date of Transcription: 28 May 2001
Copyright (c) 2000 - All Rights Reserved: Use, duplication or reproduction for profit or presentation by any person or organization is strictly prohibited.