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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Hardeman County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Orris Harris, magistrate of the Third Civil District and farmer of Hardeman County, is a native of Southampton County, Va., born February 5, 1832, the sixth of a family of ten children, three of whom are now living, born to Hardy and Elizabeth (Peete) Harris, both natives of Southampton County, Va. They were married in Virginia, May 25, 1820, and came to Tennessee in 1842 and settled in Hardeman County. The father was a merchant and planter by occupation, and a Democrat in politics. He was born January 19, 1793, and died in Hardeman County, September 28, 1844. The mother was born April 10, 1802, and after her husband’s death she broke up housekeeping and lived with her children. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and died in Fayette County, August 2, 1882, while on a visit to her daughter, Mrs. Hardin. Mr. Harris secured by his own efforts a good education and selected farming as his occupation through life. He came with his patents when ten years old to Hardeman County, and with the exception of seven years has ever since lived here. In 1869 he purchased the farm where he now lives and owns 365 acres of land well-improved. August 30, 1858, Mr. Harris married Miss Lucilla W. Price, a native of Hardeman County, and second cousin to Gen. S. Price, born April 10, 1842. To them have been born nine children, four now living. In the spring 1861 he enlisted in Company F, Seventh Tennessee Regiment Cavalry under Gen. Forrest’s command, remaining with him during the war. He participated in the battles of Belmont, Mo., Corinth, Miss., Fort Pillow, Guntown and numerous others. He is a Democrat but before the war was an old time Whig. For the last sixteen years has held his present office, that of magistrate, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mrs. Harris and two daughters are members of the same denomination.

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This family biography is one of 101 biographies included in the book,  The History of Hardeman County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Hardeman County was included within The History of Fayette and Hardeman Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Fayette and Hardeman Counties, Tennessee

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