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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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R. R. Harriss. Among the early settlers of Hardeman County was James B. Harriss, a native of Kentucky, born in 1810. His educational advantages were very meager, but by coming in contact with the business world he became well informed in all practical affairs. When young he came to this county and here met and married Mary Robb, also a native of Kentucky, born in 1819. They had eleven children, seven of whom are now living. He was a Democrat in politics, and had the honor of holding several county offices. For six years he was sheriff, was also county court clerk, and magistrate. His chief calling in life was farming, though for about ten years he was interested in merchandising. Although he started in life on a small beginning he was successful and at the time of his death, which occurred in 1877, was the owner of 2,400 acres of land. Six years afterward the mother followed him. Of the seven surviving children, two sons are in Arkansas, one son in Texas and two sons and two daughters in this county. One of the daughters, Ann. C, is the wife of William E. Kearney, the other daughter, Ophelia, is the wife of William A. Franklin. The two sons living in this county are Robert R. and Charles H., both born and reared in this county, and are among its rising young farmers. Both are Democrats in politics. Few families have lived in Hardeman County longer then the Harrisses and few deserve a more honorable mention in the pages of its history.

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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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