Johnston-Harris family papers

In 1903, the marriage of Henry Frazer Harris and Virginia Blair Johnston brought together two well-established families, each with a rich history dating back to our nation’s earliest days. While this couple had two sons, Henry Frazer Harris, Jr., and Ross Harris, this eclectic collection centers on...

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Main Author: Johnston-Harris family (Creator)
Collection:Johnston-Harris Family Papers
Collection Number:3037
Format: Manuscript
Language:English
Online Access:Link to finding aid
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Physical Description: 7.0 Linear feet 15 boxes, 15 volumes, 12 flat files
Summary: In 1903, the marriage of Henry Frazer Harris and Virginia Blair Johnston brought together two well-established families, each with a rich history dating back to our nation’s earliest days. While this couple had two sons, Henry Frazer Harris, Jr., and Ross Harris, this eclectic collection centers on their parents, grandparents, and their families’ long ancestral lineages. The papers of Henry Frazer Harris focus primarily on the personal and professional achievements of his father, John Campbell Harris (1840-1916), and his maternal grandfather, Thomas H. Powers. John Campbell Harris was a lieutenant in the U.S. Marines during the Civil War; Thomas H. Powers was a nationally-known chemical manufacturer and partner with the drug firm, Powers and Weightman. Both men’s multi-faceted lives are well-documented through letters and journals as well as financial, real estate, and business records. The Johnston papers are primarily genealogical and include a small collection of family photographs, two certificates signed by Abraham Lincoln, and several letters written by U.S. Senator James Ross (1762-1847). The collection is rich in genealogy with both families tracing ancestry to Ireland and forefathers arriving as early as the late-seventeenth century. Related family names include Anderson, Bailey, Blair, Brodhead, Brown, Cash, Childs, Cust, Dike, Espy, Frazer, Hubbard, Maris, McDowell, Parry, Powers, Roman, Ross, Smith, Taylor, Vaughan, Woods, and Worrilow.