He was married to ELIZABETH MCCLURE . Children were: MARY McCLURE HARRIS, ROBERT HARRIS.
He was married to ESTHER SAY. AFTER THEIR MARRIAGE
THEY FIRST MOVED TO CHESTER COUNTY, THENCE TO (OR NEAR TO) THE MOUTH OF CONOY
CREEK, ON THE SUSQUEHANNA, ABOUT THE PRESENT SITE OF BAINBRIDGE, IN LANCASTER
COUNTY, AND FINALLY TO THE PRESENT SITE OF HARRISBURG. AT THIS PLACE WAS BORN,
ABOUT THE YEAR 1726, HIS SON JOHN HARRIS, THE FOUNDER OF HARRISBURG, AND WHO
IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN " THE FIRST WHITE CHILD BORN IN PENNSYLVANIA, WEST
OF THE CONEWAGO HILLS "
ABOUT THE TIME OF THE SETTLEMENT OF JOHN HARRIS AT HARRISBURG, INDIAN TOWNS WERE EXISTING ON THE FLAT NEAR TO SQUIRE WILLS STONE HOUSE, OPPOSITE HARRISBURG, AND AT THE MOUTH OF THE CONEDOGUINNETT AND YELLOW BREECHES CREEKS. THERE HAD BEEN ONE ON THE LOW GROUND ON THE RIVER, ABOUT THE LOWER LINE OF HARRISBURG, AND ANOTHER AT THE MOUTH OF PAXTON CREEK. THESE TWO LAST ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN ABANDONED AT THE TIME OF HIS MAKING OF THE SETTLEMENT. THE INDIANS WHO RESIDED IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, WERE OF THE SIX NATIONS; AND IT IS SAID THAT AT ONE TIME, BY FIRING A GUN, SEVERAL HUNDRED WARRIORS COULD BE ASSEMBLED AT THE PRESENT SITE OF HARRISBURG.
JOHN HARRIS FIXED HIS HAVITATION ON THE BANK OF THE RIVER, BLEOW THE GRAVE YARD.
HE TRADED EXTENSIVELY WITH THE INDIANS, AND HAD CONNECTED WITH HIS HOUSE A LARGE REANGE OF SHEDS, WHICH WERE SOMETIMES LITERALLY FILLED WITH SKINS AND FURS, MOSTLY OBTAINED BY HIM IN TRAFFIC WITH THE INDIANS, AND STORED THERE BY THE INDIAN TRADERS, WHO BROUGHT THEM FROM THE WESTERN COUNTRY. THESE SKINS AND FURS WERE CARRIED, AT AN EARLY DAY, ON PACK HORSES TO PHILADELPHIA. JOHN HARRIS EXPERIENCED MUCH DIFFICULTY AT HIS FIRST SETTLEMENT, AS HIS SUPPLIES COULD NOT BE HAD NEARER THAN PHILADELPHIA, AND HAD THENCE TO BE TRANSPORTED ON PACK HORSES TO HIS PLACE OF RESIDENCE. HIS ATTENTION, HOWEVER, WAS NOT CONFINED TO TRADING WITH THE INDIANS; HE ENGAGED EXTENSIVELY IN AGRICULTURE, AND FROM THE STATMENT OF OLD PARSON ELDER TO WILLIAM MACLAY, " HE WAS THE FIRST PERSON WHO INTRODUCED THE PLOUGH ON THE SUSQUEHANNA."
AN INCIDENT IN HIS LIFE HAS EXCITED CONSIDERABLE INTEREST, AND BEEN THE SUBJECT OF MUCH INQUIRY:
ON ONE OCCASION A BAND OF INDIANS CAME TO HIS HOUSE. SOME, OR MOST OF THEM, WERE INTOXICATED. THEY ASKED FOR LUM (RUM) , AS THE MODERN DAY WHISKEY WAS NOT THEN MANUFACTURED IN PENNSYLVANIA. SEEING THEY WERE ALREADY INTOXICATED, HE FEARED MISCHIEF, AND REFUSED. THEY BECAME ENRAGED, AND SEIZED AND TIED HIM TO THE MULBERRY TREE TO BURN HIM. WHILST THEY WERE PROCEEDING TO EXECUTE THEIR PURPOSE, HE WAS RELEASED, AFTER A STRUGGLE, BY OTHER INDIANS OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD, WHO GENERALLY CAME ACROSS THE RIVER. HOW THE ALARM WAS GIVEN TO THEM, WHETHER BY FIRING A GUN OR OTHERWISE, OR BY WHOM, IS NOT NOW CERTAINLY KNOWN.
IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS EVENT, HE AFTERWARDS DIRECTED THAT ON HIS DEATH HE SHOULD BE BURIED UNDER THE MULBERRY TREE WHICH HAD BEEN THE SCENE OF THIS ADVENTURE. HE DIED IN 1748.
IT MAY BE CURIOUS NOW TO KNOW THAT JOHN HARRIS WAS ONCE OFFERED, BY THE PENNS, ALL OF THE LAND FROM THE RIVER TO SILVER SPRING, AND EXTENDING ACROSS THE CUMBERLAND VALLEY FROM MOUNTAIN TO MOUNTAIN, FOR 5,000 POUNDS. HE OFFERED 3,000 POUNDS, AND REFUSED TO GIVE MORE. AT HIS DEATH HE OWNED ABOUT 900 ACRES OF LAND, INCLUDING THE PRESENT SITE OF HARRISBURG AND MACLAYSBURG, AND EXTENDING DOWN TO THE UPPER LINE OF FULTON'S PLACE; ALSO 200 ACRES ON THE OPPOSITE SHORE FROM HARRISBURG, NOW OWNED BY MESSRS. HUMMEL AND LEBKICHER, AND INCLUDING THE FERRY AND GEN. SIMPSON'S PLACE BELOW YELLOW BREECHES EXTENDING TO THE SOUTH MOUNTAIN, AND INCLUDING SHRINERS ISLAND; AND 700 OR 800 ACRES AT THE MOUTH OF CONEDOGUINNETT CREEK ON THE UPPER SIDE, WHERE THE OLD INDIAN TOWN HAD ONCE BEEN. Children were: JOHN HARRIS.
He was married to AMY HAMMER.
He was married to EDITH ELLEN NIELSEN on 13 Oct 1926 in LOGAN, CACHE CO., UTAH.
She was married to EZRA ELROY NIELSEN on 14 Nov 1923 in LOGAN, CACHE CO., UTAH.
She was married
to SENATOR WILLIAM MACLAY on 11 Apr 1769 in PAXTANG,
DAUPHIN CO., PENNSYLVANIA. Received this info. from Charles Ellwood Maclay:
Re: William Maclay; land
After William got smart enough to wait until John Harris sold all of his lots in Harrisburg, he then started selling his in Maclay's (burg) at a much higher price. After all, he owned 300 acres north and west of his house, which stood on the Southeast corner of his property. It included the site of the new capital for which he sold 10 acres at a $1.00/acre. Said he didn't want anyone to think he was influencing the decision to make Harrisburg the capital of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, John Harris didn't want to be "undone" and donated a few adjoining acres to the East.
This upset John and they had some difficulties. After that, when William moved back to Harrisburg from Sunbury, he decided to set up some competition with John's Ferry South of Harrisburg and began his own ferry, across to Maclay Island, thence to the Western shore.
Unfortunately, the capital didn't arrive until after William's death, but it was built exactly as he laid it out, including "broad avenues"...... William, contrary to popular belief, ( he had spent a lot of time travelling on the "rocky" Sesquehanna between Harrisburg and Sunbury) thought that roads would be more important than water traffic.
You can see his vision reflected in this view of the street leading from the capital entrance. Enough space has been removed from the central "park" to allow for parking and still enough space remains today for cars. Children were: JOHN HARRIS MACLAY, ELIZA MACLAY, ELEANOR MACLAY, MARY MACLAY, ESTHER HARRIS MACLAY, SARAH (SALLIE) MACLAY, JANE MACLAY, WILLIAM MACLAY, WILLIAM MACLAY.
He was married to MOURNING GLENN. Children were: CHRISTOPHER HARRIS.
He was married to MARY CLAIBORNE. Children were: WILLIAM HARRIS .
She was married to JAMES MARTIN. Children were: CHRISTOPHER MARTIN.
He was married to ADRIA GURGANEY. Children were: ROBERT HARRIS .
He was married to FANNY GROFF GRABIL. Children were: FANNY HARRIS .
He was married to TEMPERANCE OVERTON. Children were: ROBERT HARRIS .
He was married to ALICE SMITH. Children were: THOMAS HARRIS.
She was married to EDWARD WILLARD. Children were: LEAFA ELIZABETH HARTER .
She was married to CARSON EARL MACLAY in 1920 in HAGERSTOWN, WASHINGTON CO., MARYLAND. Children were: ROBERT EUGENE MACLAY, CHARLES ELLWOOD MACLAY, DORIS ELAINE MACLAY, JOHN EARL (JACK) MACLAY.
She was married to JACOB PICKLE SMITH. Children were: HERBERT ALEXANDER SMITH.
Children were: CYNTHIA TEAL EDINGER, DIANA LEIGH EDINGER.
He was married to JENNIE VILATE THORESEN on 30 Sep 1903 in HYRUM, CACHE CO., UTAH.
He was married to JOAN DE CANTILUPE . Children were: BARON JOHN HASTINGS.
He was married to ADA OF HUNTINGTON . Children were: BARON HENRY HASTINGS.
He was married to MARGARET EVERINGHAM . Children were: MARGARET HASTINGS.
He was married to MARGERY FORELIOT. Children were: HUGH HASTINGS.
He was married to ISABEL LE DESPENSER. Children were: HUGH HASTINGS.
She was married to JOHN WINGFIELD . Children were: ROBERT WINGFIELD.
He was married to DEEDAN LAREE ATWOOD on 3 Mar 1981.
He was married to HENRIETTA AUGUSTINE CLARK.
She was married to JOHN LARAY HUNT on 25 Oct 1900.
She was married to UZZIEL WIGHT.
He was sealed to spouse on 20 Aug 1951. He was married to DIANAH FLINDERS UNKNOWN. Children were: MARY FRANCIS HAYNES.
He was married to ANN COPERSTAKE. Children were: ANTHONY HAYNES .
She was married to NEHEMIAH DAVID DUNCOMBE on 1 Feb 1868 in SALT LAKE CITY, SALT LAKE CO., UTAH. She was sealed to spouse on 1 Feb 1868 in the Endowment House. Children were: ELIZABETH DUNCOMBE, SARAH FRANCIS DUNCOMBE, WALTER CHARLES DUNCOMBE, CAROLINE DUNCOMBE, GEORGE HEBER DUNCOMBE, LOUISE LAVINA DUNCOMBE , IDA MAY DUNCOMBE, JOSEPH ANTHONY DUNCOMBE, ALBERT DAVID DUNCOMBE, ANNIE DIANA DUNCOMBE, EDGAR ALVIN DUNCOMBE, ABIGAIL LEONE DUNCOMBE, LILLIAN DUNCOMBE.
She was married to REED AUGUST HARDING on 5 Oct 1910.
He was married to DOROTHY FAY BROWN on 14 Feb 1945. Children were: DAVID HEARTY, SHIRLEY ANN HEARTY.
She was married to IRA PATTY. Children were: JOYCE PATTY.
She was married to HEZEKIAH ATWOOD on 30 Oct 1783 in TYRINGHAM, BERKSHIRE CO., MASSACHUSETTS. Children were: HEZEKIAH ATWOOD, LYDIA LAVINA ATWOOD.
He was married to CHLOE JOHNSON on 5 Jan 1761. Children were: LYDIA HEATH.
He was married to KATHLEEN ELIZABETH MEANS. Children were: KRISTINA LYNN HECKENDORN, KAREN ELIZABETH HECKENDORN.
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