William Henry Harris




William Henry "Will" Harris was born October 30, 1860, in Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI, and died May 26, 1930, in Bertha, Todd Co., MN, at age 69. Buried in Paynesville Cemetery, Paynesville, Stearns Co., MN. He is the son of John Benjamin Harris of Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI, and Sarah Ann Abbey of Clarke Twp., Newcastle Dist., Durham Co., Canada West

Isabel Estelle "Isey" Peterson was born September 8, 1869, in Burbank Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN, and died August 21, 1910, in Melrose, Stearns Co., MN, at age 40. Buried in Paynesville Cemetery, Paynesville, Stearns Co., MN. She is the daughter of Lars Peterson of Norway and Martha Peterson of Norway. Isey, also spelled Iscey, was born a Peterson, but adopted at age 18 months old by the Levi King family.

William Henry "Will" Harris and Isabel Estelle "Isey" Peterson were married December 18, 1890, in Kandiyohi Co., MN.

William Henry "Will" Harris and Isabel Estelle "Isey" (Peterson) Harris had ten children:

  1. Orin T. Harris: Born October 1890 in Melrose, Stearns Co., MN; Died 1906 in Melrose, Stearns Co., MN (age 16). Buried in Paynesville Cemetery, Paynesville, Stearns Co., MN. Never married.
  2. Warren W. Harris: Born January 18, 1893, in the Town of New London, Kandiyohi Co., MN; Died November 1973 in Grand Forks, Grand Forks Co., ND (age 80). Married October 11, 1916, in Polk Co., MN, to Florence M. Rogers (Florence Lillian Foye): Born December 27, 1893, in the City of Steele, Woodland Twp., Kidder Co., ND; Died July 14, 1980, in Sacramento Co., CA (age 87). Children: Edith Harris: Born about 1918 in Minnesota; Willis: Born about 1920 in North Dakota.
  3. Roy A. Harris: Born August 15, 1894, in Minnesota; Died September 2, 1973, in Hennepin Co., MN (age 79). Married December 26, 1923, in Crow Wing Co., MN, to M. Edith Hunt: Born September 25, 1901, in Bay Lake Twp., Crow Wing Co., MN; Died May 28, 1990, in Aitkin Co., MN (age 88). Both are buried in Bay Lake Cemetery, Bay Lake Twp., Crow Wing Co., MN.
  4. Allison John Harris: Born March 24, 1896, in Roseville, Stearns Co., MN; Died October 8, 1970, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN (age 74). Buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN. Married December 24, 1934, in Hennepin Co., MN, to Dorothy Lulu Benson: Born February 8, 1910, in Minnesota; Died August 10, 1970 in Hennepin Co., MN (age 60). Buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.
  5. Cyrus Wellington Harris: Born March 4, 1899, in Melrose, Stearns  Co., MN; Died March 20, 1935, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN (age 36). Married (1) January 12, 1924, in Aitkin Co., MN, to Viola Ruth Bork: Born Unknown; Died Unknown. Married (2) June 3, 1932, in Hennepin Co., MN, to Viva Johnson: Born Unknown; Died Unknown.
  6. Melvin Floyd Harris: Born July 12, 1900, in Minnesota; Died July 1981 in Iroquois,  Iroquois Co., IL (age 81). Married about 1921 to Thelma F. Markley: Born December 1, 1901, in Remington, Jasper Co., IN; Died April 1976 in Iroquois Co., IL (age 74).
  7. Alisemon I. Harris: Born February 18, 1903, in Minnesota; Died November 2, 1972, in Crow Wing Co., MN (age 69). Buried in Bay Lake Cemetery, Deerwood, Bay Lake Twp., Crow Wing Co., MN. Married October 10, 1923, in Crow Wing Co., MN, to Ralph E. Hunt: Born December 16, 1896, in Deerwood, Crow Wing Co., MN; Died August 10, 1974, in Deerwood, Crow Wing Co., MN (age 77). Buried in Bay Lake Cemetery, Deerwood, Bay Lake Twp., Crow Wing Co., MN.
  8. Benjamin Henry "Ben" Harris: Born March 3, 1905, in Grand Forks, Grand Forks Co., ND; Died August 9, 1986, in Salem, Marion Co., OR (age 81). Buried in Acacia Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Lake Forest Park, King Co., WA. Married October 8, 1927, in Crookston, Polk Co., MN, to Ruth Irene Markley: Born August 7, 1911, in Johnstown Twp., Grand Forks Co., ND; Died January 5, 1990, in Lakewood, Los Angeles Co., CA (age 78). Divorced about 1928 in Minnesota. Ruth married (2) December 4, 1928, in Chisago Co., MN, to Clifford N. Thiede: Born Unknown; Died Unknown. Married (3) to F. Brebeck (about 1906 - Unknown) about 1935 in Unknown. Ruth Married (4) May 27, 1943, in Cook Co., IL, to Alexander Kokai (May 13, 1909, in Michigan - September 19, 1977, in Lakewood, Los Angeles Co., CA). Benjamin Married (2) April 1944 in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR, to Edith Carolyn (Arneson) Sworden of Corbett, OR: Born September 15, 1910, in Dalles City, Wasco CO., OR; Died July 29, 1982, in Seattle, King Co., WA (age 71). Buried in Acacia Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Lake Forest Park, King Co., WA. Edith was first Married about August 10, 1927, in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR, to Edwin Eugene Sworden of Idaho: Divorced May 1939 in Portland, OR. Two daughters: Isa Jean: Born 1928 in North Dakota; and Ruth Jane: Born 1929 in North Dakota.
  9. Gordon Gerald Harris: Born January 27, 1907, in Minnesota; Died November 16, 1991, in Hennepin Co., MN (age 84). Married (1) to Lorna D. Manning: Born about 1912 in Canada; Died September 26, 1942, in Hennepin Co., MN. Married (2) June 20, 1945, in Hennepin Co., MN, to Rose A. Hoffmoskel: Born Unknown; Unknown.
  10. Sarah Emma Harris: Born 1910 in Minnesota; Died September 10, 1910, in Saint Louis Co., MN (age 18 months).



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The 1860 U. S. Census taken on July 24, 1860 shows Henry Harris (age 54) born in New York, and with personal estate of $75 is a Farmer, and is living in Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI. Living with him are: Eliza Harris (age 53) born in Connecticut; John B. Harris (age 30) born in New York, a married Laborer; Sarah Harris (age 16) born in Canada, married; William Harris (age 18) born in New York, an unmarried Laborer; Bathana Harris (age 14) born in New York; and Francis Abbey (age 11) born in Canada.

William Henry "Will" Harris was born October 30, 1860, in Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI.

Isabel Estelle "Isey" Peterson was born September 8, 1869, in Burbank Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on June 17, 1870 shows John Harris (age 39) born in New York is a laborer living in Alberta Twp., Benton Co., MN with property worth $350. Living with him is his wife Sarah Harris (age 25) born in Canada. Also living there are their children: William Harris (age 10) born in Wisconsin; Ella Jane Harris (age 8) born in Wisconsin; George Harris (age 6) born in Wisconsin; Lizzie Harris (age 4) born in Minnesota; and Walter M. Harris (age 2) born in Minnesota. Also living in the household was a domestic servant. Living in an adjacent house were John's parents: Henry Harris (age 66) a farmer with property worth $320 born in New York and Eliza Harris (age 63) born in Connecticut.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on July 28, 1870 shows Lars Peterson (age 31) born in Norway is a Farm Laborer living in Spring Grove Twp., Houston Co., MN. Living with him is Martha Peterson (age 31) born in Norway, who is Keeping House. Also living there are two children, both born in Minnesota: Ingebere C. Peterson (age 2); and Andreas Peterson (age 6/12, November).

The 1875 Minnesota State Census taken on May 1, 1875, shows shows John B. Harris (age 44) born in New York to New York and Connecticut-born parents is living in Alberta Twp., Benton Co., MN. Living with him is Sarah A. Harris (age 31) born in Canada to Canadian-born parents. Also living there are: Wm. H. Harris (age 14) born in Wisconsin to New York and Canadian-born parents; Eliza J. Harris (age 12) born in Wisconsin to New York and Canadian-born parents; George W. Harris (age 11) born in Wisconsin; Lizzie M. Harris (age 9) born in Minnesota to New York and Canadian-born parents; Hetta M. Harris (age 8) born in Minnesota to New York and Canadian-born parents; Ida C. Harris (age 5) born in Minnesota to New York and Canadian-born parents; Violetta V. Harris (age 3) born in Minnesota to New York and Canadian-born parents; and Anna F. Harris (age 1) born in Minnesota to New York and Canadian-born parents. Also living in the household is Wm. A. Harris (age 34) born in New York to New York and Connecticut-born parents. Living in an adjacent house were John's parents: Henry Harris (age 71) born in New York to New York and Connecticut-born parents; and Eliza Harris (age 70) born in Connecticut to New York and Connecticut-born parents.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 8, 1880 shows John Harris (age 51) born in New York to New York-born parents is a farmer living in Roseville Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN. Living with him is his wife Sarah Harris (age 57) born in Canada to Canadian-born parents. Also living there are their children: William Harris (age 19) born in Wisconsin; Ella J. Harris (age 18) born in Wisconsin; George W. Harris (age 16) born in Wisconsin; Lizzie Harris (age 15) born in Minnesota; Hattie M. Harris (age 12) born in Minnesota; Ida C. Harris (age 9) born in Minnesota; and Della Harris (age 4) born in Minnesota. Also living in the household were John's widowed mother Eliza Harris (age 75) a boarder with a Palsy disability born in Connecticut of Connecticut-born parents, and John's unmarried brother William Harris (age 43) who is a farmer born in New York of New York-born parents.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 5, 1880 shows shows Lars Peterson (age 41) born in Norway to Norwegian-born parents is a Farmer living in Gales Twp., Redwood Co., MN. Living with him is his wife, Martha Peterson (age 42) born in Norway to Norwegian-born parents, who is Keeping House, and also has Dropsy. Also living there is Lars' widowed father, Peter Peterson (age 74) born in Norway to Norwegian-born parents, who is a Fisherman. Also living there are Lars' six children, all born to Norwegian-born parents: Isabel C. Peterson (age 12) born in Minnesota; Peter A. Peterson (age 10) born in Minnesota; Caroline H. Peterson (age 8) born in Iowa; Annabell Peterson (age 7) born in Iowa; Carl Peterson (age 5) born in Minnesota; and Lewis Peterson (age 2) born in Minnesota.

The 1885 Minnesota Sate Census taken on May 1, 1885 shows Wm. Harris (age 23) born in Wisconsin is living in the  P. F. Ayer household, Duluth, St. Louis Co., MN.

William Henry "Will" Harris and Isabel C. "Isey" Peterson were married December 18, 1890, in Kandiyohi Co., MN.

The 1895 Minnesota Sate Census taken on June 13, 1895 shows William H. Harris (age 34) born in Wisconsin and having been living in Minnesota for 25 years and living in this district for 10 years is a Farmer living in Roseville Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN. Living with him is his wife, Isey Harris (age 25) born in Minnesota. Also living there are his three sons, all born in Minnesota: Orrin F. Harris (age 4); Warren W. Harris (age 2); and Roy A. Harris (age 10/12).

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 15, 1900, shows William H. Harris (age 36) born October 1863 in Wisconsin to New York and English Canadian-born parents is a Farmer owning his own home free of a mortgage and is living in Melrose Twp., Stearns Co., MN. Living with him is his wife of 10 years, Isey Harris (age 31) born September 1868 in Minnesota to Norwegian-born parents, with all five of the children born to her still alive. Children living at home, all born in Minnesota to Wisconsin and Minnesota-born parents: Orin T. Harris (age 9) born October 1890; Worin Harris (age 7) born January 1893; Roy Harris (age 5) born August 1894; son, Allison Harris (age 4) born March 1896; and Cyrus Harris (age 1) born March 1899. Also living there is William's unmarried uncle, William A. Harris (age 57) born December 1842 in New York to New York and Connecticut-born parents, who is a Farm Laborer.

The 1905 Minnesota Sate Census taken on June 4, 1905 shows William H. Harris (age 34) born in Wisconsin and having been living in Minnesota for 25 years and living in this district for 10 years is a Farmer living in Roseville Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN. Living with him is his wife, Isey Harris (age 25) born in Minnesota. Also living there are his three sons, all born in Minnesota: Orrin F. Harris (age 4); Warren W. Harris (age 2); and Roy A. Harris (age 10/12).

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 19, 1910 shows William H. Harris (age 49) born in Wisconsin to New York-born parents is a General Farm Farmer owning his own mortgaged farm and is living in Melrose Twp., Stearns Co., MN. Living with him is his wife of 19 years, Isey H. Harris (age 43) born in Minnesota to Minnesota and Norwegian-born parents, with all nine of the children born to her still living. Children living at home, all born in Minnesota to Wisconsin and Minnesota-born parents: son, Allison Harris (age 13) a Farm Laborer on the Home Farm; Cyrus Harris (age 11); Melvin Harris (age 9); Alisemone Harris (age 7); Bernard Harris (age 5); Gorden Harris (age 3); and Sarah Harris (age 12/12).

Isabel Estelle "Isey" (Peterson) Harris died August 21, 1910, in Melrose, Stearns Co., MN, at age 40.


Obituary of Mrs. Harris

LEAVES HUSBAND AND NINE CHILDREN TO MOURN HER UNTIMELY DEATH.

WAS FORTY YEARS OF AGE.

PASSED AWAY AUGUST 21, AND WAS LAID TO REST IN THE PAYNESVILLE CEMETERY.

Mrs. W. H. Harris, nee Isey Peterson, was born September 8, 1869, at Burbank, Kandiyohi  County. She died on August 21, 1910, age 40 years, 11 months and 13 days. The remains were taken to Lintonville and laid to rest in the Paynesville Cemetery. When at the tender age of 18 months her mother died, she was adopted by a family with the name of King, which name she bore until she was married to W. H. Harris, December 18, 1890. They made their home at New London until 14 years ago when they came to Melrose and took up a claim at Lake Sylvia six miles north of town. After residing there 7 years they moved to Gilby, N. D., but returned to the Lake Sylvia farm after three years. The deceased is survived by her husband and nine children.

Hope this helps with the name "King" & "Peterson" same person. Can you do me a favor and see which "King" adopted her????????????Thanks -----Cindy

Isey, also spelled Iscey, was born a Peterson, but adopted at age 18 months old by the Levi King family.

Paul Van Dyke


The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 29, 1920 shows William H. Harris (age 61) born in Wisconsin to New York-born parents is a widowed General Farm Farmer renting his farm and is living in Compton Twp., Otter Tail Co., MN. Living with him are his unmarried children, all born in Minnesota to Wisconsin and Minnesota-born parents except Benjamin was born in North Dakota: Ray Harris (age 25) a Telephone Office Operator; Cyrus Harris (age 20) a Farm Laborer on the Home Farm; Alisemon Harris (age 16); Benjamin Harris (age 14); and Gordon Harris (age 12).

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 2, 1930 shows Will Harris (age 70) born in Wisconsin to New York-born parents is widowed and Retired and renting his home and is living alone in Bay Lake Twp., Crow Wing Co., MN. Living next door is son Roy A. Harris and family.

William Henry Harris died September 8, 1931, in Otter Tail Co., MN, at age 70.


The Paynesville Press, Paynesville, MN, May 29, 1930

REMAINS BURIED HERE TUESDAY

William Harris is laid to rest in Paynesville Cemetery Tuesday Afternoon.

Funeral services were conducted at the local M.E. Church Tuesday afternoon for William Harris, a former resident of this place who passed away on May 26th; at the home of his sister, Mrs. Alfred King in Bertha. He had reached the age of 71 years, 6 months and 27 days. William Henry Harris was born at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on October 30, 1858. At the age of nine he moved with his parents to the vicinity of St. Cloud and lived there nine years. They then moved to Paynesville and resided three miles west of here. He was united in marriage to Miss Icey Peterson of Regal in 1889. A few years later they moved to Melrose where most of their married life was spent. Ten children were born to this union, two of whom preceded their father in death. Orin, the eldest, died at the age of 16, and Sarah the youngest, died at 18 months. His wife also preceded him, passing away on August 21, 1910. Mr. Harris was in apparent good health until last November when he suffered a stroke. In January he had another and on May 19th., a third which left him in a coma until he died. The surviving children are Warren of Grand Forks, N.D., Roy of Deerwood, Allilson, Cyrus and Gordon of Minneapolis, Melvin of Johnstown, N.D., Ben of St. Ann, Illinois and Allismon Mrs. R. E. Hunt of Deerwood.  He also leaves three brothers George and John of Paynesville and Ernest of Regal, and four sisters, Mrs. Walter King of Redwood Falls, Mrs. Alfred King of Bertha, Mrs. Ida Brewer of Detroit, Michigan and Mrs. Ella Latterell of  Foley. All the children were here for the funeral except Mrs. Hunt and Mrs. Brewer was the only one of his brothers and sisters not present.