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John Harris

Died at his residence in Cass township, La Porte Co. Ind, and 3 1/2 miles south of Wanatah, John Harris. Mr. H. was born Aug., 1823, of Scotch Presbyterian parents, in the county of Down, Ireland, was united in marriage to Margret Munroe, Dec. 25, 1847, in the church of St. Nicholas, Liverpool, England. On the 5th of Nov. 1853, he with his family and other friends left their native land and come to the United States. Settled and lived in Portage county, State of Ohio until 1859, when he moved to La Porte co., Ind., and resumed the business of farming and remained until his death which occurred on the 1st instant. Of his union with the companion of his youth and (who still survives him) 14 children were born, seven sons and seven daughters. Eleven of these are still alive, six sons and five daughters. And through his painful and protracted sickness, which commenced last March, he was surrounded and comforted by the presence of nine of them, a son and daughter being absent and living in Nebraska. As a result of early training Brother Harris became United with the Presbyterian church very early in life and was a consistent member of that body of worshipers while he was settled where he could meet with them, but when circumstances no longer favored him with these privileges, rather than stay away from the house of God, he overlooked many points of differences that often exist bretween churches, and in order to better qualify him for the discharge of his duty to his family in training them up in the way that leads to eternal life, he associated himself, first with the Protestant Methodist, afterwards with the United Brethren, and at last on the 3d of Sept. 1868, he obeyed the Saviour and united with the Christian church. From that time until his death, he believed he had more correct views of the word of God, and took more religious comfort and enjoyment than ever before.

He loved his family dearly and tried to guard them against anything of an evil tendency. Some of the older children were sprinkled according to the custom of the churches he first belonged to, but so great was his influence over them and so careful were they to follow his best examples that seven of the oldest together with their mother followed his example and publicly confessed their faith in Christ.

Through his long and painful sickness he was never heard to murmer, but as his body grew weaker his faith became stronger in Christ and his power to raise him up at the last day. He knew it was his last sickness and did all he could to set his house in order for the final result, disposing of his property among his children by deeds and not by will, and arranging all the details of his burial, so that but little was left the friends to do but carry out his instruction, which was done as near as was possible.


Newspaper: Porter County Vidette
Date of Publication: November 8, 1883
Volume Number: 27
Issue Number: 45
Page: 5
Column(s): 6

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                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

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                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
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