Thursday, April 16, 2009

Robert Harris Jr 1807-1876 Hannah Maria Eagles 1817-1888

Robert Harris Jr
Parents:  Robert Harris and Sarah Oakey
Born 26 Dec 1807 Apperly, Gloucester, England
Christened 21 Feb 1808 Churchdown, Gloucester, England
Married Hannah Maria Eagles twice - first on 18 Mar 1835 and second, 28 Sep 1835 (reasons stated below)
He married Hannah Maria Eagles, daughter of Ann Sparkes and Thomas Eagles on 18 Mar 1835, by their Methodist minister. Because English law decreed marriage was legal only if performed in the Church of England, they were remarried 28 September 1835. After posting banns in the church for four Sundays, they were married again, by the Reverend John Bishop at Saint Mary De Lode, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England. His sister Elizabeth and her husband, Daniel Browett, were their witnesses.
Died 29 Feb 1876 Kaysville, Davis, Utah
Pvt Robert Harris, JrBuried 5 Mar 1876 Kaysville Cemetery, Kaysville, Davis Utah
Note:  There are 2 stones for him
Life Sketch: From findagrave
Parish Registries of Leigh and Deerhurst, Gloucester, England show he was born at Hucclescote, Gloucestershire, England 26 December 1807 and christened 21 Feb 1808 at the Parish Church of Churchdown.
Robert was a son of Robert Sr. Harris and Sarah Oakey. 

Robert raised beef cattle and was a butcher by trade, as was his father and grandfather. He was an accomplished boxer, fighting at fairs and prize fights in England.

Robert and his family were converted to the LDS faith by Apostle Wilford Woodruff and baptized 11 June 1848 by Elder Thomas Kington.

On 16 Feb 1841, they sailed from Liverpool aboard the "Echo". Traveling with him were his wife, Hannah Maria (8 months pregnant), children; Joseph Robert 5, Elizabeth 3, William "C" 14 mos, along with Robert's youngest sister Diana and her husband, Thomas Bloxham, their sister Elizabeth, her husband, Daniel Browett, and Daniel's younger Sister, Martha Rebecca.

A month out to sea, his fourth child, Thomas Eagles Harris, was born on the Atlantic Ocean. They arrived at the Port of New Orleans (USA) 16 April 1841. Thomas is the paternal great grandfather of this contributor.

The family settled at Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, where son Enoch was born 1843, & daughter Sarah Ann, 1845. Robert volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army, Mormon Battalion in the War with Mexico, July 1846.

By 1847 his wife & children were in Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska, where Robert III was born and died before Robert returned from the march to California in early 1848. His sister, Diana H. Bloxham and his sister Elizabeth's son, Moroni Browett, also died before he was able to return for them.

His brother-in-law, Daniel Browett, had remained in California to lead the Sutter's Fort Battalion members over the pass near Donner Summitt. They were ambushed and he was killed, along with two fellow trail scouts, by Indians.

At Council Point, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, Robert's 8th child, Daniel Browett Harris, was born Oct. 1848. He was named to honor their beloved uncle, slain at Tragedy Spring, California.

After reaching the Great Salt Lake Valley, they settled at Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, where the following children were born: Maria 1851, Lucy Emma 1852, Janetta (twin) 1854, Henrietta (twin) 1854, Robert Charles 1856, Julia Ann 1858, Mary Ellen 1860.

Robert was an officer in the Utah Militia, serving in Echo Canyon. He served a mission to Muddy River Arizona for the LDS Church.

He moved his family to a farm at Muddy Creek, near Malad River, Idaho in 1869. After falling from a load of corn (about 1874) and suffering a concussion, he stated to his children, "This fall will cause my death". After failing to fully recover, they moved back to Kaysville near Holmes Creek. Robert then donated much time to the building of the Salt Lake Temple and died at his home 29 Feb 1876. LDS President, Wilford Woodruff, preached his funeral sermon.

Local and Other Matters. Obituary" Deseret News [Weekly], 15 Mar. 1876, 97.
Obituary – We have received the following concerning Brother Robert Harris, of Kaysville, deceased, in addition to the late notice of his death –

Brother Robert Harris was a native of Gloucestershire, England. He was born December 28, 1808. He lived for many years in Apperley, Gloucestershire, where he embraced the gospel in 1840, being converted and baptized by Elder Wilford Woodruff. Decease was a member of the “United Brethren,” hundreds of whom (nearly all) in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, and Worcestershire were brought into the church through the labors of Elder Woodruff, under God’s blessing. Deceased, soon after his baptism, was ordained a priest, and was zealous in bearing testimony to the truth, and helping the work along, until he emigrated in February, 1841, at which time he was ordained an elder, in Liverpool, under the hands of Elder Brigham Young.

He arrived in Nauvoo with his family in 1841. He joined the 17th Quorum of Seventies, about the time it was organized. He went through all the trials and persecutions until 1846, w hen he left for the West with the body of the church. At Mount Pisgah he volunteered into the “Mormon Battalion,” leaving his wife, with seven small children, on the prairie. He went with the Battalion to Mexico and California, sharing with them their great hardships and toils. He returned by way of Fort Hall to his family in Winter Quarters, reaching them in December, 1848. After residing two years at Council Point, preparing his outfit, he left on the 1st of June, 1850 with his family, crossing the plains in Aaron Johnson’s company and reaching Salt Lake City in September following.

In March, 1851, he moved to and settled in Kaysville. He was soon after ordained a President of Seventies. He moved south with the church when Johnson’s army arrived, returning home the same season. In 1865 he was called to go on a mission to settle in Southern Utah, which mission he filled with honor, laboring in the Muddy settlements three years until honorably released. He then returned to Kaysville, where he resided most of the time till his death. He held several prominent potions, one of which was Major in the Nauvoo Legion. He was true and faithful to the end, never wavering nor faltering in his faith. He has left a wife and thirteen children, all of whom are firm in the faith of the gospel (ten of them are married), and between forty and fifty grandchildren. He was loved and honored by all who knew him. His remains were followed to the grave by fifty seven carriages and over 300 people, among whom was Elder W. Woodruff, who preached the funeral sermon
Robert and Maria are mentioned in 2014 April LDS General Conference talk (about 11 minutes long) Brother William R. Walker (a great-great-grandson) gave:
Christening: IGI Film 0417141 Batch C027461 dated 1792-1812
Church News for the week of 25 Aug 2013 page 10 article by Gerry Avant
Echo's Ship Manifest:
1850 US Census Davis County, Utah (age 40)
1860 US Census Davis County, Utah (age 50)
1870 US Census for Utah (age 61)
Note:  the birth date and year on headstone is incorrect
Hannah Maria Eagles
Hannah Maria (Mariah) Eagles 
Born 10 Jun 1817 Apperly, Gloucester, England
Christened 17 Aug 1817 Deerhurst, Gloucester, England
Died 29 Sep 1888 Portage, Box Elder, Utah
Buried 1 Oct 1888 Kaysville Cemetery, Kaysville, Davis Utah Plot: 11-4-A-22
Her Obituary
Obituary," Deseret News [Weekly], 14 Nov. 1888, 704.
Hannah Maria <i>Eagles</i> HarrisHarris – At Portage, Box Elder County, September 29, 1888, Hannah Maria, widow of the late
Thomas Harris, aged 71 year and three months. She was born in Apperly, Gloucestershire, England, June 11th, 1812.
Sister Harris was religiously inclined in her youthful days, and belonged to the sect known as the United Brethren. In the summer of 1840, Elder Wilford Woodruff came and she with many others was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On the 16th day of February, 1841, she sailed from Liverpool in company with her husband to gather with the Saints at Nauvoo, Ill. Here they settled till the exodus of the Saints from that place in 1840, and traveled westward in their wagon to Council Bluffs. Then there was calt by the government for five hundred men to serve in the war ? Mexico. Her husband volunteered, leaving Sister Harris and her six little children to do as best they could till his return. He returned in a little less than two years after he left them and found his family in Winter Quarters on the Missouri. They then had to prepare for their journey across the plains to this valley. They started in 1850, and arrived in the fall, stopped in Salt Lake City through the winter and in the spring of 1851 they settled in Kaysville, Davis County, till 1860. They then were called to take a mission to the Muddy, where they stayed till they were recalled from that mission. They again settled in Kaysville and remained till 1870, and then they removed to Malad Valley, Box Elder County. Her husband died in 1876, leaving Sister Harris with 13 children. In ? a daughter died leaving 12 children – six sons and six daughters. Sister Harris has been true and faithful through all the trying scenes and circumstances she has passed through and has gone, leaving 12 children and 118 grandchildren, also 4? great-grandchildren to mourn her loss. Her husband was buried at Kaysville, Davis County, and their children brought the remains of Sister Harris to sleep by her husband. Peace to their ashes.
1850 US Census Davis County, Utah (age 33)
1860 US Census Davis County, Utah (age 43)
1870 US Census for Utah


Joseph Robert Harris
Joseph Robert Harris
Born 26 Mar 1836 Apperly, Gloucester, England
Christened 24 Apr 1836 Apperly, Gloucester, England
Occupation:  Farmer
Married 1) Charlotte Ann Green 18 Mar 1855 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Children (10):  Joseph, Deloretta, Everett, Lucy, Charlotte, William, Pauletta, John, Anna, Ella
2) Mary Elizabeth Green (sister to Charlotte) 7 Jan 1865 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Joseph Robert HarrisChildren (10): Oliver, William, Robert, baby, baby, Minnie, Elias, James,
Alice, Irene
Died 1 Jan 1896 Woodruff, Oneida, Idaho
Buried 13 Jan 1896 Portage, Box Elder, Utah
Written by Eunice Ward Harris [around 1960]
Recopied by Dianne Williams
Minor editing by Lonnie R. Kay, a great-great grandson
Joseph Harris was born March 26, 1836 at Apperly, Gloucestershire, England, the son of Robert Harris Jr. and Hannah Maria Eagles. His parents had joined the church in 1840 and on the 10th of February, 1841, he, with his parents and two other children, set sail on the ship Echo at Liverpool to come to America. They were ten weeks on the trip from England to Nauvoo, Illinois where they lived until they were driven out with the Saints. He was in Nauvoo at the time of the martyrdom of the Prophet and Hyrum Smith. He with his mother and five brothers and sisters lived in Winter Quarters until 1850--when they started for Salt Lake Valley. His father, Robert Harris Jr., enlisted in the Mormon Battalion in Council Bluffs on July 16, 1846 and served as a butcher. He arrived back at Winter Quarters on December 25, 1847 and the family remained there until they came west in the spring of 1850.

Joseph Harris was 14 years of age when he came to Utah. On the side of the wagon cover was drawn a violin and under it was written "Utah or Bust" There wasn't a night that passed but what he played his violin for the Saints to sing and dance by. He was married sometime about 18 March 1855 to Charlotte Green. He lived in Layton, Utah until 1870 when he then moved to Muddy Creek. In October 1870 he with his family, moved to Muddy Creek [Malad Valley on Idaho-Utah border]. His first house was built just across the road and a little distance north of where Arthur M. Ward lives today [around Woodruff, south of Malad, Idaho}. Later he moved just south of where Morgan Harris lives today, on the banks of the "Big Ditch." In about 1877 he built the house on the west side of the road. He was a good hand at building houses and graineries. In front of his house he built a fence made out of brush and willows which were intertwined. The willows came from the canyon. It was about 2 ½ feet high. They built their fences by setting 2 posts in the ground and either burning or boring holes in the posts for pegs to be drawn through. Then with poles they would get from "Pole Holler" they would lay poles across the pegs until the fence was built. It was built on the west side of the road from the Idaho Line to the north of the George Ward place. He planted an apple orchard between the house and the Big Creek ditch. He brought the first big round leaf cottonwood tree from off the Weber River. He also brought the first currant and gooseberry bushes. He used to hold dances every week in the house that was built on the west side of the road . He would move all of the furniture upstairs and he would play in the bedroom so the people could dance in the front room.

Mary Elizabeth Green - sister of Charlotte and 2nd wife of Robert Harris Jr.
The first grain that they [the Green family] raised, they cut with the cradle and bound it. The first grain was sown by hand. With a strap over his left shoulder and under his right arm and with the bucket hanging in front, they would take handfuls of grain, alternating one hand after another and broadcast it to the ground. They then flailed it out [pound the grain out of the heads]. They had to harrow the wheat with a homemade harrow made with wooden teeth. They had to water the wheat twice and stay with it for three days at a time. Very little rest did he take, and he would have to take a lantern light when it was so dark he couldn't see to change and set the water.

He also built the first derrick by taking two pine poles about 75 feet long. They chained them together about 2 ½ feet from the top. Then they had two guy ropes fastened to this chain. They anchored them in the ground on each end of where the stack was. The fork was just a two tined one.

In 1872, the crickets took all of the grain so they had to go to Utah to work to get grain. Joseph Harris went to Kaysville. Again in 1877 they went to Kaysville for the purpose of obtaining grain. In 1878 they made a floor, and patted it down until it was very smooth, set a pole in the middle, and lay their wheat in a circle with the heads toward the inside. They then would attach a horse, and he would walk over the heads to flail the wheat. The old floor stood for many years after they used others methods of threshing wheat. In 1879 they got dropper rakes and movers. Joseph Harris was the first to have one. He was always the first to have anything that would make the work easier. He was also the man to buy the first binder to bind wheat. He planted sugar cane up in the field east of his home. Then he went to Kaysville and got the old mill and 2 large vats and set them up on the banks of the big ditch. He boiled the juice of the sugar cane and made molasses. He built a dam in the Haylands [area of valley to the west, near Samaria, Idaho] so that the hay could be watered to make it produce more. He made beautiful hay stacks. When he stacked straw, he never wanted cattle around the stack yard. He wanted everything that he did to look perfect. He had a pride in everything that he did. He was a great musician. He went all over the valley playing for dances. He was playing in Malad when they shot up the steps of the "Old Peck Hotel."

In 1879 Joseph Harris, along with neighbors, built the first bridge that was constructed across the Malad River. Some of the men from Portage [Utah] donated the slabs for the bridge. It was used until 1902 when it was abandoned and a new one was built. Chips and bark were placed on top several times to make it last longer. He was a great gardener, taking pride in everything that he did. He would fatten his pigs on the vegetables that were not used by the family.

The first school was taught by Frank Carpenter's wife. Aunt Charlotte Harris Moon [wife of Helorum Moon of Henderson Creek] went to this school, across the road from where Uncle Mone lived. The next school was taught down on the tithing lot. Next it was in Uncle Mone's house. In about 1881 he prepared a float. His daughter sewed a flag from red and white and blue which was placed on the front of his wagon. Ev Harris drove the horses and Joseph Harris played 2nd violin to his fathers 1st violin. They went to Portage and at every house they passed they would stop and play a tune. When they passed Eliza Hall's house, she came out in the dirt ground, barefooted and, with a ribbon in her hand, tap-danced. When she was through she threw the ribbon in the air and went back into the house.

In preparing the float, he first covered the wagon with white, and on the float rode his three daughters, Lucy, Charlotte, and Pauletta, his daughter-in-law Sarah L. Harris, and also his wives, Charlotte and Elizabeth. Also Mariah Green and Elizabeth Green. They helped sing at several of the places.

He petitioned the government for a post office. Before this time we had to go to Portage [Utah] for the mail. Joseph Harris was postmaster for about four years. He also kept the stage horses to exchange the horses hauling the mail in 1880 from Corrine [Utah] to Malad [Idaho]. We were a branch of the Portage Ward of the Box Elder Stake with Oliver C. Hoskins as Bishop. Joseph Harris was appointed presiding elder of the branch. When the stakes were divided, we were put in the Oneida Stake with John D. Jones as Bishop of the Cherry Creek Ward. Joseph Harris was presiding Elder until 1886 when John D. Jones was released and Joseph Dudley was put in Bishop. He was a very industrious man. Everything he [Joseph Harris] did, he did well. He set a good example for his family. There was one thing he didn't like and that was a liar. "To my back they are one thing and to my face they are another," he always said. "If you haven't got a name, you had better be dead, because your name is all you've got," was another of his sayings.

They made their own wood sleighs which were used to haul wood and posts from the canyon and also to haul the pigs they killed. They were made of maple and maple pegs were used to fasten the shoes on with.

He died January 1 1896. He was the father of 15 (incorrect count - should be 20) children, who were reared in the light of gospel of Jesus Christ. His family never knew hunger because he as a good provider.
1850 US Census Davis County, Utah (age 15)
1860 US Census Cache County, Utah (age 22 - incorrect age)
1870 US Census (age 34)
1880 US Census Malad, Oneida, Idaho (age 44 - living with 2nd wife & children.  1st wife, Charlotte, shows in the 1880 Census in the same place with her children, but her spouse is listed as 'Sarah' for some weird reason)
Life History:
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Elizabeth Harris
Elizabeth Harris
Everett Clark Van Orden
Born 1 Apr 1838 Apperly, Gloucester, England
Christened 3 Jun 1838 Deerhurst, Gloucester, England
Married Everett Clark Van Orden 12 March 1857 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Children: Isaac, William, Willard, Sarah, Everett, Marie, Peter, Mary, Edith, Henrietta, John, Joseph, Charles, Luella, Arminta and unnamed boy
Died 30 Mar 1893 Lewiston, Cache, Utah

Elizabeth's original headstone
Buried 31 Mar 1893 Lewiston, Cache, Utah
Brief Life Sketch:
Daughter of Hannah Maria Eagles and Robert Jr. Harris.

Sailed on the ship "Echo" from Liverpool England on 16 February 1841, with her parents two brothers and extended family, to New Orleans' Harbor in America. Immigrated to Utah with Mormon Saints who fled persecution at Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois.

Settled at Kays Creek, later known as Kays Ward and then Kaysville, Davis County, Utah.

Birth and Christening: Deerhurst Baptismal Register
1850 US Census Davis County, Utah (age 13)
1880 US Census for Lewiston, Cache, Utah (age 42)
Picture of Everett:  Family group sheet shared on

Lucy Landon
William E Harris
Born 23 Nov 1839 Apperly, Gloucester, England
Christened 23 Feb 1840 Deerhurst, Gloucester, England
Occupation:  Farmer
Married Lucinda (Cindy) Landon 23 Sep 1865 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Children: Mary, Elizabeth, William, Eunice, George, Charles, Lucy, Daniel, Julia, Nora, Elijah
Died 29 Sep 1911 Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho
Buried Oct 1911 Elba Grandview Cemetery, Elba, Cassia, Idaho
1850 US Census Davis County, Utah (age 11)
1880 US Census Enterprise, Morgan, Utah (age 40)
Picture of William and Cindy:  Family Group Sheet shared on
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Thomas Eagles Harris
*Thomas Eagles Harris
Born 29 Mar 1841 Atlantic Ocean aboard the ship Echo
Married Mary Ann Nichols Payne 13 Jan 1866 Salt Lake City, Salt
Lake, Utah
Children: Mary, Thomas, Robert, Catherine, Joseph, Laura, Orson, Willard, Cora, Verna, Nettie
Thomas Eagles HarrisDied 17 Mar 1928 Layton, Davis, Utah
Buried 22 Mar 1928 Kaysville Cemetery, Kaysville, Davis, Utah Plot: 11-4-A-19
1850 US Census (age 10 listed as being born in Mexico)
1860 US Census Davis County, Utah  page 63 (age 19)
1870 US Census Malad, Oneida, Idaho (age 29)
1900 US Census for Kaysville, Davis, Utah
1920 US Census Davis County, Utah (age 78, widowed - living with daughter Nettie)
Utah Death Certificate
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Photos:  Family group sheet shared on

Enoch Harris
Jane Ann Hoskins Harris
Enoch Harris
Born 29 May 1843 Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
Veteran of Blackhawk War (Captain A Bigler's Co Cavalry)
Married Jane Ann Hoskins 31 Dec 1866 Endowment House, Salt
Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Children: Laura, Emma, Ransom, Robert, William, George, Wilford, Mary, Annie, Anna, Parley, Grace, Lavina, Eleanor
Died 26 Sep 1924 Layton, Davis, Utah
Buried 28 Sep 1924 Kaysville Cemetery, Kaysville, Davis, Utah
Enoch Harris
Enoch and Jane's Headstone
(And cherished memories by some of his posterity written October 1954)
Enoch Harris was one of 15 children who blessed the home of Robert Harris, Jr. and Hannah Mariah Eagles. They welcomed him into their family on a lovely spring day, May 29th, 1843. They were then living at Nauvoo, Illinois. It was a beautiful Mormon City. It rose from a marshland to a splendid city of many stores and comfortable dwellings. A beautiful Temple had been erected there by the Latter Day Saints just 2 years before Enoch's birth. The population when Enoch was one year old was from twenty to twenty-five thousand. Nauvoo was at that time the largest city of the state. 
But the Saints were not permitted to dwell in peace. Religious difficulties arose, bitter feelings increased, and since Enoch's Mother and Father were faithful and devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, they, with their family were driven from their home, when Enoch was just 3 years old. Enoch and his brother and sisters knew what it was to be driven from one home to another. 
Shortly after leaving Nauvoo, Enoch's father enlisted in the Mormon Battalion and the rest of the family came faithfully on with a group of Saints as far as Winter Quarters. It was here a year later, that Robert Harris, Jr. found His family. He had served the Mormon Battalion faithfully and well, and when he arrived in Salt Lake Valley, he found that his family had not arrived there—disappointed but with grim determination to be with them as quickly as possible he left immediately on the long trek back to Winter Quarters. Christmas day, December 25th, 1847, was a day to be long remembered—for Father and Mother and Children were once again united. 
In the spring of 1850 the Harris family, along with other faithful Saints, in the Aaron Johnson Company, left Winter Quarters, and started the long trip westward to Utah. Enoch was then seven years old. He was small in stature but strong, ambitious and big in his ideas and character. Being ambitious in nature he walked a good deal of the way, gathered firewood cheerfully and took his turn willingly helping to care for the cattle. The sun was hot and the trail dusty, Enoch looked forward to the camp fire at night. He especially liked the singing and dancing, and would join in whole heartedly, thoroughly enjoying himself. There was always plenty to be done, for everyone helped, but Enoch found time to enjoy the little things in life. He got a big thrill from watching the Oxen teams pull the heavy wagons. They arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in the fall of 1850 very tired from their long journey, but thankful in their hearts for the blessings they had received on their way. 
Enoch lived in Salt Lake with his parents for 4 years, then they moved north to Kaysville, Utah. Enoch had a happy childhood. Once when a young man, standing night watch over the cattle and horses, he thought he heard in the middle of the night an Indian coming into the heard. He raised his gun to shoot, waiting only for a better view of the intruder, just as he was ready to pull the trigger the old family mule came into sight. He often laughed about this incident and enjoyed telling it in his later years. 
In 1858 when Enoch was 15 years old the Saints received word that the United States soldiers were coming to Utah. Brigham Young sent word out for the Saints to move their families south and to prepare their homes for a quick burning if the soldiers entered the valley. Enoch’s mother and the small children were moved south but he remained to help stand guard against Johnson’s Army. They went into Echo Canyon, there they dug trenches. Dams were made across the canyon so the wagons could not cross. Large boulders and masses of rock were placed on the over hanging cliffs so if the army passed through the canyon a small leverage would be sufficient to send the masses of rock hurling down upon the soldiers. Brigham Young informed the men to do everything possible to stop the army from entering the valley but not to kill a man unless absolutely necessary. The winter was very cold—sometimes it would get 40 below zero. Enoch did not have the heavy warm clothes to wear that the boys of today have. Then out in the cold, but instead he had only a woolen shirt, and he would wrap his: feet in rags to keep them from freezing. 
Enoch served faithful and bravely with the other men, and they held the army back and by spring the misunderstanding between the Mormons and the federal government was cleared up and the army was released to go back to their families. 
One night while at a dance, Enoch saw a beautiful young girl, although be didn't know her, he told a friend, “There is my future wife.” Her name was Jane Ann Hoskins. Enoch lost no time in arranging to meet her. He didn't have a car to help attract attention but in the winter he had a sleigh with prancing horses and they would ride to the music of sleigh bells. In the summer he would go to call on her on horse back or with a buggy or wagon. Theirs was a beautiful romance, and soon Jane consented to be his wife, but there was Jane's father to be asked. One day Enoch went for a ride with Mr. Hoskins. Before he could get up the courage to ask him for
Jane’s hand in marriage, they had traveled five miles. When Mr. Hoskins said “yes,” Enoch had to walk back the five miles to tell Jane the good news.
The wedding date was set, and Enoch was to go to Salt Lake City to buy the necessary supplies for the big day. Plum Pudding was to be served so Enoch began his search for the plums. He had not been told to get them but he felt for sure if there was to be plum pudding there wou1d have to be plums. It was December so he knew he would have a hard time finding them. He looked until exhausted, finaI1y one of the clerks convinced him he should take raisins and currents in place of the plums. When he arrived home everyone had a good laugh but being a good sport he laughed also. 
Enoch and Jane were married December 31, 1866, in Kaysville, Utah, by Bishop Layton and later January 3, 1868, in the endowment house at Salt Lake City. Enoch and Jane had a very happy life together. They lived in Kaysville until 1869 and then moved to East Portage, Utah. They were among the first settlers in Portage, and settled on the east side where Joseph Nielsen’s farm is today. To this lovely couple 14 children came to bless their home. Four died as babies, and three have since died. 
Enoch was always a faithful church worker. Wilford Woodruff ordained him a high Priest and he served as a counselor to Bishop Hoskins. He was later made bishop of the Portage Ward and served from February 12, 1888, to December 17, 1899. He was president of the High Priest's Quorum of three wards in Ma1ad Stake, and went on a mission to the North Western States in 1895. During the years 1888 to 1913, Enoch and Jane run a boarding house. Enoch had a large barn where he took care of the horses and Jane cooked meals and gave them rooms for sleeping. He planted fruit trees of al1 kinds. He sold many bushels and gave many bushels to his neighbors. He had a nursery of shade trees—Fielding, Riverside and Portage, used from his supply. Some of these same trees are still giving shade. 
He liked to hunt. He would get up early and go hunting geese, ducks, and sage hens. He would come back with as high as seven or eight. His son William D. remembers this and how his mother would pick the birds saving the feathers for pillows and feather bed mattresses. He often rode an old sorrel mare on these excursions. 
His children look back now, and fondly remember how their Mother and Father used to sing together such songs as “The Lonesome Howling Wolves” and “The Indian Hunter.” Everyone liked to hear them sing together and they sang in parties and at home evening gatherings. Enoch could also step dance which gave his family and friends much enjoyment. 
Enoch Harris lived to be 81 years old. He lived as he taught. He was and example of goodness, loving and kind to all. He was loved by all his family, neighbors, townspeople, and especially the young. He left a great heritage to those who follow after him. Courage, and abiding faith, fortitude, resourcefulness, hard work and determination, all these things with first and foremost in his mind, a love of God and his kingdom here on this earth, was the life Enoch Harris lived. God called him home on September 26, 1924. It can be truthfully said of Enoch, “Well done my Good and Faithful servant.” 

Leora Harris Moore, treasures memories of her Grandpa and Grandma Harris. 
"To me Grandpa Harris was truly a wonderful man, an ideal man. As a child I looked forward to having him come to our home. He would sit in front of the old kitchen coal stove with a11 us kiddies on his knee and around him and tell us true pioneer stories and faith promoting incidents that have helped us all our lives. I remember him as an ambitious man. He had the best-kept yard in town. They were neat and clean with grass growing clear out to the chicken coop, and cow shed, with not a weed in sight. I remember Evelyn Anthony and myself helping him weed his onions. He was proud of them and when we played, messing them up quite a bit by pulling them and throwing them at each other, he called us “little scoundrels” and said he had a notion to tan us good, but he sent us home instead. We were heartbroken, but Grandfather could not stay angry at anyone. He was quick to forgive and of a very loving nature. He quickly caught up with us, and gave us a dime. I liked to go to Grandpa's and Grandma's for Grandma made the best gooseberry pie I've ever eaten. It was indeed a sad day for us when Grandpa died, for we had not only lost a devoted grandfather but a true pal. But God must have had a greater work, for such a good man.

1850 US Census Davis County, Utah (age 7)
1860 US Census Davis County, Utah (age 16)
1880 US Census Portage, Box Elder, Utah (age 37)
1900 US Census Fielding, Box Elder, Utah page 101D
Marriage:  Extracted Temple Records
Military: Vets with Federal Service buried in Utah, Territorial to 1966
Utah Death Certificate
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Sarah Ann Harris
John Robert Green
Sarah Ann Harris
Born 11 Jun 1845 Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
Married John Robert Green 2 Jan 1865 Endowment House, Salt
Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Note:  Grooms name is listed as Robert in records
Children: Sarah, Elizabeth, Ada, Lucy, Susanna, John, Daniel, James, Joseph, Alice
Died 13 May 1882 Woodruff, Oneida, Idaho
Buried Portage, Box Elder, Utah
1850 US Census Davis County, Utah (age 5)
1860 US Census Davis County, Utah (age 15)
1880 US Census Malad, Oneida, Idaho page 313C (age 35)
Marriage: Extracted Temple Records
Picture of headstone:
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Robert III HarrisRobert Harris III
Born 3 Feb 1847 Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska
Died 30 Jul 1847 Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska
Pic of headstone:
Family Records

Daniel Browett Harris
Elizabeth Ann Thornley Harris
Daniel Browett Harris
Born 30 Oct 1848 Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa
Married (1) Elizabeth Ann Thornley 10 Apr 1876 Salt Lake City, Salt
Lake, Utah
Children: Robert, Daniel, Chloe
Daniel Browett Harris (2) Mary Ann Parkinson 6 Jan 1881 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Children: Fred, Thomas, Daniel, Mary, David, Sarah, EzraDied 15 Dec 1922 Layton, Davis, Utah
Buried 22 Dec 1922 Kaysville Cemetery, Kaysville, Davis, Utah
Mary Ann Parkinson Harris
1850 US Census Davis County, Utah (age 2)
1860 US Census Davis County, Utah (age 11)
1870 US Census for Utah (age 22)
1900 US Census for Kaysville, Davis, Utah Sheet 7B
Note:  John Parkinson (Divorced) and Elizabeth Parkinson (Widowed) are living with them.  Elizabeth is his second wife's mother
1910 US Census for Layton, Davis, Utah page 8 (age 61)
Note:  John Parkinson (Widowed), age 62, is still living with them
1920 US Census for Davis County, Utah (age 71)
Photos:  Family group sheet shared on
Note:  The woman on the top is Elizabeth Thornley, the woman on the bottom is Mary Ann
Utah Death Certificate
Plot where Maria is likely buried
Maria Harris
Born 20 Jun 1851 Kaysville, Davis, Utah
Died 20 Jun 1851 Kaysville, Davis, Utah
Family Search
Pic and memorial:

Lucy Emma Harris
Lucy Emma Harris (twin to Janetta)
Born 17 Jun 1852 Kaysville, Davis, Utah
Married (1) John Dee Phillips 19 Dec 1870 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Note:  Filed for Divorce 21 Oct 1881, she is listed as divorced on her death certificate and yet the death certificate names John as her husband, not Silas
Children:  Oscar, Lucy, Maria, Robert
Lucy Emma Phillips(2) Silas Benjamin Maisy 3 Oct 1885 Portage, Box Elder, Utah
Children:  Daniel 
Died 22 Jun 1919 Portage, Box Elder, Utah
C.O.D. Accidental death - she was standing on a box to wind the clock and fell, hitting her head on the stove, dying instantly.  The informant of her death was Clarence Phillips, which could be why the death certificate names John Phillips as her husband.
Buried:  24 Jun 1919 Portage, Box Elder, Utah
1860 US Census, Kaysville,Davis, Utah (age 8)
1870 US Census for Utah (age 18)
Photo:  Family group sheet shared on
Divorce filing:
Utah Death Certificate

James Parkinson
Janetta Harris
Janetta Harris (twin to Henrietta)
Born 11 Aug 1854 Kaysville, Davis, Utah
Married James Parkinson 24 Nov 1873 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Children: James, Elizabeth, Maryann, Ray, Henrietta, Sarah, Janetta, John, Vilate, Laura, Julia
Died 19 Nov 1921 Portage, Box Elder, Utah
COD:  Diabetes and Uterine cancer
Buried 21 Nov 1921 Portage, Box Elder, Utah
Jenetta Harris Parkinson1860 US Census, Kaysville,Davis, Utah (age 6)
1870 US Census for Utah (age 15)
1900 US Census for Fielding, Box Elder, Utah Sheet 9A
1920 US Census for Box Elder County, Utah sheet 2 (age 65)
Death Certificate
Family Search
Picture of Janetta: Family group sheet shared on
Picture of James is on his own findagrave memorial

Henrietta Harris
John Milton Bernhisel
Henrietta Harris (twin to Janetta)
Born 11 Aug 1854 Kaysville, Davis, Utah
Married John Milton Bernhisel 3 Jan 1876 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Children: Julia, John, Estella, Janetta, Robert, Sarah, Franklin, Everett, Ralph, Harris, Asael, Adelia
Died 23 Aug 1909 Lewiston, Cache, Utah COD: Diabetes
Buried 25 Aug 1909 Lewiston, Cache, Utah
1860 US Census, Kaysville,Davis, Utah (age 6)
1870 US Census for Utah (age 15)
1900 US Census for Coveville, Lewiston, Cache, Utah
Note:  They claim her husand's name is Jason on this one - but I looked at the original and it is John M - but it's buried under someone's writing
Utah Death Certificate
Pictures: Family group sheet shared on
Family Search
Sarah Green - ex wife of Robert
Robert Charles Harris
Born 27 Apr 1856 Kaysville, Davis, Utah
Occupation:  Poultryman
Married Sarah Green  July 1881 (Divorced)
Children:  Ann
Died 29 Mar 1928 Lehi Hospital, Lehi, Utah, Utah
COD: Myocarditis, Nephritis
Note:  the informant was William Hadfield and Robert is listed as divorced at time of death.
Buried 1 Apr 1928 Kaysville, Davis, Utah plot: 11-4-A-24 (no headstone, the arrow shows where he should be)
1860 US Census, Kaysville,Davis, Utah (age 4)
1870 US Census for Utah (age 14)
Utah Death Certificate
Family Search
Picture of Sarah, his ex-wife:  Family group sheet shared on

Julia Ann Harris
Leroy Hall
Julia Ann Harris
Born 1 Apr 1858 Kaysville, Davis, Utah
Married Leroy Hall 20 Jan 1875 Endowment House, Salt Lake City,
Salt Lake, Utah
Children: Warren, Estella, David, Marion, Alva, Verl, Elwin, Leo, Marvin, Orville, Evelyn, Verna
Died 10 May 1936 McCammon, Bannock, Idaho
Julia A. HallBurial:  13 May 1936 McCammon, Bannock, Idaho Plot: 247-072 E2
Brief Life Sketch:
Julia was ever a pioneer. While her family was young she did all the work for them by hand; sewing, washing, cording wool, weaving carpet, making cheese and butter. Her home was always full of friends and hundreds sat at her table. Her life's motto was: "I'd like to do all the good I can and as little harm as possible". She was honest and generous, kind and true, faithful to every trust and very careful of the feelings of others. She was beautiful, her eyes were blue, her hair golden brown, and curly. She was a graceful dancer and a sweet singer - and the fastest foot racer at all the celebrations in the valley. She endured trials and hardships which would have crushed many but she never once lost her rare courage or cheerfulness. She lived to see 10 of her 13 children grow to manhood and womanhood and knew they were loved and respected by all who knew them. They all married and made happy homes for themselves in McCammon, Her husband, her daughter, Stella and son, Warren preceded her in death. She was a faithful Latter-day Saint and beloved by all who knew her. She was a friend to all and so numberless friends mourned her passing. She died on Mother's Day at McCammon 10 May 1935
1860 US Census, Kaysville, Davis, Utah (age 2)
1870 US Census for Utah (age 12)
1900 US Census Portneuf, Bannock, Idaho
1910 US Census Portneuf, Bannock, Idaho page 5 (age 52)
1920 US Census for Bannock county, Idaho sheet 10 (age 51)
Marriage:  Extracted Temple Records
Death:  Idaho death certificates 1911-1937 p 99084 cn 28
Pictures: Family group sheet shared on
Mary Ellen Harris
Born 26 Sep 1860 Kaysville, Davis, Utah
Married 1) Don Carlos McCrary 8 Feb 1879 Portage, Box Elder, Utah
Children: Mary, Sylvia, Don, Robert, Margaret, John, Vernon, Sarah, William
2) Joseph Terry 7 October 1898 Malad City, Oneida, Idaho
Children:  Joseph
Died 6 Nov 1921 Eureka, Juab, Utah
COD: Apoplexy
Buried 10 Nov 1921 Portage, Box Elder, Utah
Mary Ellen <i>Harris</i> McCrary
1870 US Census for Utah (age 10)
1880 US Census for Malad, Oneida, Idaho, page 313C (age 19)
1910 US Census for Portage, Box Elder, Utah page 12 (age 47, widowed)
Utah Death Certificate
Picture; Family group sheet shared on


  1. I am a great-great-grandson of Robert Harris Jr and live in Canada, where he has many descendants. My thanks to whoever took the time and effort to assemble the pictures and information. It is most appreciated. Reag

  2. You're welcome. Which branch of the family did you descend from?

  3. Robert Harris Jr is my 3rd great grandfather. Thomas Eagles Harris is my 2nd great grandfather and I live in Alberta. In fact my older brother looks very much like Thomas Eagles Harris.

    Heather (Harris) Lobban

  4. I'm a great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Robert and Maria, through Joseph, through Everett, living in Phoenix, AZ. I love reading their stories. Thank you to all those who took the time to put this together!

  5. You have to put a notice on your blog that complies with European Law. I would think Google would tell you how to do that. I think BlogSpot put the notice up automatically on my GoneBefore blog, maybe not, I better check. I am a 3x great granddaughter of Edward Phillips who was baptized with your Harris ancestor and settled Kaysville, Utah. Good Luck

  6. Robert Harris Jr. and Hannah Maria Eagles were my 3rd Great Grandparents. I come through Henrietta (Bernhisel), Estella B. (Bell).
    I am Beth M. Roberts

    1. Hello cousin Beth. Thank you for dropping by.