Parents
  640 Robert Harris Rebecca Bassett
1721 - 1760 1718 - 1760
Parents
  611 Robert Girdler Mary Pedrick
1721 - 1815 1733 - 1801
HUSBAND
525 John Harris
b. 3 Jul 1749
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. 4 Aug 1826
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
WIFE
Eleanor Girdler
b. 25 Oct 1756
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. 31 Jul 1805
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Relationship Events:
17 Feb 1774 Marriage John Harris and Eleanor Girdler in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts
CHILDREN:
  Eleanor Harris b. 30 Aug 1774 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 24 Aug 1823 (drowned in Bowden's Spring)
m.
Cornelius Brimblecom, b. 1775 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. before 1823 Two Children: John Harris Brimblecom and Unknown Son
  Robert Harris b. 7 Oct 1776 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 25 Dec 1814 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
m
Hannah Brown, bp. 9 Jan 1785 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 31 Aug 1858 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Four Children: Hannah, Eleanor, Robert, and Benjamin Patrick Harris
  Rebecca Harris b. 31 Jan 1779 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 31 Aug 1808 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Joseph Goodwin 24 Jan 1802 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Two: Joseph and Rebecca Goodwin
  John Harris (1st) b. 17 Oct 1781 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 16 Aug 1783 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Died as a toddler.  
  John Harris (2nd) b. 24 Feb 1784 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 10 Nov 1853 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA of dysentery.
m.
?  
  Ebenezer Reed Harris b.9 Jul 1786 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 4 Jun 1848, a carpenter, of dropsy, in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
m.
Margaret Thompson, b. bef 21 Feb 1790 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 1848, Three Children: Ebenezer Reed Jr., John, and Robert Girdler Harris
  Sarah Harris b. 4 Jun 1789 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. ?
John Doak 18 Feb 1810 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts Six Children: John. Eleanor, Sarah, Benjamin, Mary, and Unknown Doak
  Joseph Harris (1st) b. 3 Mar 1792 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 26 Jan 1794 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
.
Died very young.  
Ancestor Leaf Joseph Harris (2nd) b. 10 May 1794 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 30 Jan 1870 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
m.
Martha Martin, b. 3 Feb 1799 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 27 Mar 1866 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Owner of Joseph Harris & Sons (Shoe Manufacturing).
12 Children: Elizabeth Ellen, Thomas Martin (1st), Joseph Jr., John F., George S., Richard Pedrick Adams, Thomas Martin (2nd), Peter Martin, Calvin Briggs, Robert Girdler, Robert Girdler, Martha W., Mary Ann Brown, and Harriet G. Harris
  Thomas Pedrick Harris b. 16 Nov 1796 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 25 Oct 1827 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Died at 31 years of age.  
  Benjamin Franklin Harris b. 4 Jan 1800 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 11 Jan 1800 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Died as an infant.  
What We Know

 

John and his three brothers Robert, Mason, and William, all fought for freedom in the Revolutionary War. John and his wife Eleanor were married in 1774, shortly before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The name "John Harris" appears in a few newspaper articles in the Essex area. Because of the naming tradition of the community, we know there was more than one John Harris in Marblehead, so we can only assume that the John Harris in a given article is "our" John Harris unless further evidence indicates otherwise.

March 3, 1808 in an article in The Essex Register, it is announced that the town elected Selectmen, most of whom had offices in 1775. One of these selectmen is named as John Harris. The Selectmen of Marblehead wrote a letter to the Selectmen of Boston in August of 1808 "expressing their sentiments" over the request to the President about the embargo. John Harris as Selectman signed this letter.

In 1813, The Essex Register published an announcement "By Order of Court" concerning a Public Auction to be held on the 6th of March for the real estate of Joseph Girdler, "late of Marblehead, in the county of Essex, mariner, deceased." The Administrator of Joseph Girdler's estate was John Harris. John's wife, Eleanor Girdler's mother's maiden name was Pedrick, and she had a brother named Joseph.

3 Feb 1816, The Salem Gazette by "Order of Court" a sale of the estate of "Robert Harris, Jr." John Harris is listed as the administrator of this estate. The date of this auction would be compatible with the death of "our" John Harris's son Robert in 1814.

3 Feb 1816, The Salem Gazette by "Order of Court" a sale of the estate of "Robert Harris, Jr." John Harris is listed as the administrator of this estate. The date of this auction would be compatible with the death of "our" John Harris's son Robert in 1814.

John and Eleanor had eleven children, the last being born about five years before Eleanor's death in 1805. John and Eleanor buried three of their children soon after their births: the first John in 1783; the first Joseph in 1794; and Benjamin Franklin, the child we can assume they named for the American patriot of the time, in 1800 at only 14 days of age. All three of these babies are buried in the Unitarian Universalist Cemetery in Marblehead.

John Harris

b. Oct 1781
d. 8/16/1783

2nd son of John and Eleanor
Aged 1 year 10 months

 

 

 

Joseph Harris

b. 4/14/1792
d. 3/21/1793
5th son of John and Eleanor Harris aged 11 months 7 days.

 

 

 

Benjamin Franklin Harris

b. 12/21/1799
d. 1/4/1800
Son of John and Eleanor Aged 14 Days

 

 

 

 

Only five of their eleven children survived their father. Eleanor Brimblecom, a widow, drowned at age 49 in "Bowden's Spring" in 1823. Robert "died suddenly" at the age of 38 in 1814. Rebecca, died at the age of 29 in 1808.

Thomas Pedrick died in 1827; Ebenezer Reed died of "dropsy" in 1848, John in 1853, and our direct ancestor Joseph (2nd) in 1870.

Of John and Eleanor's eleven children, the second Joseph, who was born 20 years after their marriage, is the one we can find the most information about, and is also our direct ancestor. He started out his adult life "poor", but founded the Joseph Harris & Sons shoe manufacturing factory, one of the two largest in the town of Marblehead, Joseph Harris & Sons employed a large number of people in its day, and Harris Street in Marblehead was named for him.

John Harris died at the age of 77 of tuberculosis in Marblehead and was buried with his wife Eleanor at Old Burial Hill.

 

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