Biography of Robert W. Harris
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Harris, Robert W., was born in Arcadia, Wayne county, and the family are of English origin. His father, Alfred Harris, was born in Dutchess county in 1810, and is still living and resides in Sodus, Wayne county. Alfred Harris married Electa J. Childs, who was born in Hopewell, Ontario county, in October. 1820, and died in October, 1845. Their children were John, Austine, who died young, and Robert. Alfred Harris married for his second wife Louisa Kanouse, who was born in Manchester, Ontario county, and by her had two children, John and Louisa (deceased.). John resides in Sodus. Robert Harris was educated in the common schools of his native town and his boyhood days were spent on the farm. At the age of twenty five he worked the farm of his father inlaw, John Milham, of Carlton, on shares for two years. He then purchased a stock of merchandise of O. M. Hill, carrying on a grocery business for two years, and afterward added hardware and notions, which business he continued eight years, when he built a new store and carried on a general country store, January 1, 1894, He bought and sold coal for five years and in the summer of 1893 he erected a commodious warehouse at Waterport Station, where he buys all kinds of produce and fruit. Mr. Harris is a Republican and has held the office of justice of the peace for eighteen years continuously, and has been postmaster of Waterford under Garfield's, Arthur's and Harrison's administrations for twelve years. In the fall of 1864 he enlisted in the 9th N. Y. Heavy Artillery and served till the close of the war; was wounded at the battle of Cedar Creek, and now draws a pension. Mr. Harris is a member of Renovation Lodge No. 97, of Albion, and of Curtis Post, G. A. R., of Albion. In 1869 he married Mary Milham, of Carlton, who was born April 12, 1848, in Sodus, Wayne county, and whose father, John Milham, was born in Columbia county September 29, 1811. He is still living and resides in Waterport. His wife was Catherine Miller, born in Columbia county March 11, 1819. Their children were Edmund G., born January 25, 1844, and Mary, the wife of our subject. The children of Robert W. and Mary Harris were Frank M., born December 18, 1871. and John A., born June 16, 1873. John A. is a graduate of Rogers & Williams' Business College, Rochester, in March, 1891, in the short hand course.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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