Biography of Allen E. Harris
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Harris, Allen E., Norfolk, was born in Louisville, N. Y., December 4, 1856. His father, Ezra G. Harris, is a son of Joseph Harris, whose granufather with two brothers came from England in a very early day. The great grandfather of Ezra G. settled in Rhode Island, one brother settled in Nova Scotia, and the other in Pennsylvania, Joseph Harris was born in Colerain, Mass. He was a blacksmith by trade, and came to Louisville in 1824. He went to Minnesota and engaged in farming. His wife was Polly Gleason, and they bad four sons and four daughters. He died in Minnesota and his wife in Pennsylvania. Ezra G. Harris was born in Colerain, Mass., in July, 1821. When three years of age he came to Louisville, N. Y., with his parents. He learned the blacksmith trade, which has heen his principal occupation. Be married Diana White, of Heuvelton, N. Y., by whom he had three sons and one daughter. In 1867 Mr. Harris came to Norfolk and engaged in farming and blacksmithing on Plumb Brook, and in 1872 came to Raymondsville, where he has since resided. In politics he is a Republican. His wife died in 1876, and he married Kate Bennett, by whom he has one daughter. Allen E. was reared in Louisville until ten years ago, when he came to Norfolk with his parents and engaged in farming. At eighteen years of age he entered his father's blacksmith shop and served three years, and then worked at his trade two years. He then engaged in farming, and has since followed that occupation. In politics he is a Democrat. Mr. Harris is a member of What Cheer Lodge, No. 689, F. & A. M., of Norfolk. He is a member of the Norfolk Grange, No. 541, and he and wife are members of the Congregational church of Raymondsville. September 22, 1875, Mr. Harris married Julana A. Farnsworth, of Norfolk. Her father was Leland J., son of Joel Farnsworth, whose father, Moses, was born in 1767, and lived and died in New Hampshire. Joel Farnsworth was born in New Hampshire, April 26, 1807. His father died when he was a small boy, leaving his mother and eight children, who, when Joel was sixteen years of age, came to Norfolk. His mother soon settled on a farm, and Joel and Fisher Ames, a half brother of his, cut the first trees and erected a log house, and afterwards the house now occupied by our subject. Joel Farnsworth was a successful man, and in time owned 1,000 acres of land, none of which was acquired by speculation, but all by frugality, patient industry and laborious efforts. His wife was Lydia Johnson, born in 1809 in Middlebury, Vt., and they had three sons: Leland J., Silas J. and Alonzo L. Leland was reared and educated in Norfolk, and here married Lucy Glasby, of Brockville, Canada, by whom he had three children, wife of our subject and Frank E., a resident of Michigan. Leland Farnsworth went to California when quite young, and has not been heard from by any one of his family for over twenty-five years! His wife at present resides in Utica, N. Y. Silas J. was born in 1828, reared on a farm and educated in Potsdam Academy. He afterwards followed teaching and surveying. He was a noted civil engineer, and well known in SL Lawrence county and the State of New York, being employed by the latter at different times He was chief engineer, and one of the leading prornotors of the Massena Springs and Fort Covington railroad. He never married, only to his profession, and of that he had mastered all its details. Corners in land surveys were never established, or lines run incorrectly, and his evidence before the courts was never criticised. In politics he was a Democrat, was supervisor of Norfolk a number of years, and assessor many years. He fell heir to his father's real estate, consisting of 1,000 acres of land which he left to his niece, Mrs. Julana Harris, and nephew, Frank H. Farnsworth. He died June 30, 1892. Alonzo L. Farnsworth youngest son of Joel, was born in Norfolk, and here lived until his death, which ocourred at the age of twenty one years. Mr. Harris and wife have two children : Silas A. and Jessie A., both at home.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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