Category Archives: Harris family

Fraud and the Election of 1856

Five years ago I wrote a blog post about my 3rd great uncle, Cornelius Harris (see Insanity and the Election of 1856). At the time I knew he was involved in some irregularities related to the election of 1856, but … Continue reading

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Returning Home

One hundred and fifty years ago this month, my great-great grandfather returned home from the Civil War. After four years of fighting and being away from family, he must have been hugely relieved to get home. The following is a newspaper … Continue reading

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Friends and Neighbors

Every street has a multitude of stories.  As you drive through old neighborhoods you can feel the history, the countless moments that have occurred in the homes that line the streets.  Many of these stories are long forgotten, but some … Continue reading

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Back when they knew how to write an obituary

A cousin’s obituary from the June 29, 1886 Kokomo (Indiana) Gazette: Daniel Harris was born at Hagerstown, Wayne county, Ind., July 21, 1831, where he grew to manhood, and died of dropsy, in Kokomo, June 24, 1886, aged fifty-five years. … Continue reading

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The Ones Who Stayed Behind

In the years following the American Revolution, it was common for families to pick up and make their way west.  Some were younger sons looking for land and opportunity.  Some were just adventurous souls looking for their next thrill. But … Continue reading

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Every writer of history has to deal with spoilers. Historians try to tell the story of something that’s already happened. If we’re lucky, our readers don’t know how the story ends. But as the creator of the narrative, we never … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

As we prepare to move to Florida in just a few short weeks, we face the monumental task of deciding what to take with us and what to leave behind. My wife and I each have forty years of clothes, … Continue reading

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