Fourth Generation

51. Benjamin HARRIS was born in 1816 in Huntsville, AL.405,406 He died on 21 December 1881 at the age of 65 in Poinsett Co, AR.405 He was buried after 21 December 1881 in Poinsett Co, AR.405 Arkansas History & Culture website at

Situated upon Crowley's Ridge, Harrisburg (Poinsett County) became the seat of Poinsett County in September 1856...The town is named in honor of the Benjamin Harris family. The Harris family came to the Harrisburg area from Alabama before 1830. Benjamin Harris married Martha Thomas, a Kentucky native, and they had eleven children. This pioneer settler of the county was prominent in both local and state affairs, serving as magistrate, representative, and senator. Harrisburg was also the home of Benjamin Harris's son, County Judge William Harris, who held court in his private home, in the early 1850s. William Harris was a successful farmer who owned a sawmill, cotton gin, and gristmill. He had the following children: Benjamin, John, William Henry, Frances and Mary, Sarah, Mathew and Sophia.

Benjamin married Martha Thrower, a Kentucky native, 13 Oct 1842 and they had eleven children: William Christopher b. 1843, Schuyler b. 1845, James Addison, b. 1847, Elvira b. 1849, Mary Ann, b. 1851, Benjamin Jr b. 1854, Sophia b. 1856, Frances b. 1859, Sarah b. 1861, Calvin Lee b. 1863, Malvina b. 1866.

Benjamin HARRIS and Martha THROWER were married on 13 October 1842 in Poinsett Co, AR.407 They407 appeared in the census in 1850 in Bolivar, Poinsett, AR.408 Martha THROWER was born (date unknown).