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Ch 1 - William   |   Ch 2 - Silas   |   Ch 2.1 - Zachariah   |   Ch 2.1.2 - William Jasper   |   Ch 2.1.2.1 - William Jasper Jr.  
Ch 3 - Benjamin   |   Ch 6 - Leah   |   Ch 6.1 - Perrin Rutledge   |   Ch 7 - Ruth   |   Ch 9 - Mary Ann  
Ch 12 - Elizabeth "Betsy"   |   Ch 12.2 - William H. Terry   |   Ch 12.2.2 - Jesse B. Terry  

Descendants of William Jasper Harris, Jr.

Chapter 2.1.2.1 of Part IV, Descendants of Benjamin Harris

By Garda M. Hodgson


CHILDREN OF WILLIAM JASPER HARRIS, JR.,
AND JESSIE LENA FRECKLETON

(Child #1 of William Jasper Harris and Martha Ann Smith)

William Jasper Harris, Jr.6 (Wm. Jasper5, Zachariah4, Silas3, Benj.2, Isaac1) was born August 4, 1859 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, and died August 23, 1926 in Provo, Utah County, Utah. He married Jessie Lena Freckleton on December 28, 1882 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. She was born September 22, 1865 in Deseret, Millard County, Utah, the daughter of John Orr Freckleton and Jessie Gardner, both of whom were born in Ireland, though the Gardner family traces its roots to Scotland. She died August 5, 1945, in Provo, Utah County, Utah. Of some interest is the story that her mother hated the idea of being buried underground, so both her parents are entombed in the only mausoleum in the City Cemetery in Eureka, Juab County, Utah. (He lived to age 89 and she lived to age 84.) The extended Freckleton family recently restored the site, as the concrete had deteriorated over the years, due to wind and winter stresses. Many family members recall visiting the site, opening the gates, and paying their respects by the side of the glass-topped coffins, until it became necessary to seal the site due to vandalism in years after WWII.

    Children:
    1. William Ray HARRIS b 30 Dec 1883, Provo, Utah Co., UT, d 14 Aug 1896, Provo, Utah Co., UT
    2. Joseph Fielding HARRIS b 4 Jul 1885, Eureka, Juab Co., UT, d 31 Jul 1936, Provo, Utah Co., UT; m 15 Jul 1908, Park City, Summit Co., UT, Genevieve SWEATFIELD b 10 Jul 1888, Park City, Summit Co., UT, d 12 Nov 1918, Eureka, Juab Co., UT

      Children:
      1. Grace Leona HARRIS b 7 Apr 1911, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., UT, d 20 Jul 1979, Twin Falls, Twin Falls Co., ID; m 28 Oct 1932, Provo, Utah Co., UT, William Evan FULLMER (s/o James Dick FULMER and Laura MILLER) b 23 Jul 1908, Spring Glen, Carbon Co., UT
      2. Howard James HARRIS b 4 May 1912, Park City, Summit Co., UT, d 11 Feb 1971, Provo, Utah Co., UT; m 29 Feb 1932, Provo, Utah Co., UT, Mabel Jane CLEGG (d/o John D. CLEGG and Flossie STREATOR) b 24 Dec 1912, Blackfoot, Bingham Co., ID
      3. Melvin Gus HARRIS b 14 Mar 1914, Provo, Utah Co., UT, d 4 Jan 1960, Provo, Utah Co, UT; m 8 Dec 1934, Provo, Utah Co., UT, Lavon Harris STARR (d/o John Albert STARR and Carolyn JOHNSON) b 9 Jul 1915, Provo, Utah Co, UT

    3. + John Ernest HARRIS   b 19 Apr 1886; m 5 Sep 1906, Ellen PITTMAN
    4. Ruby Leona HARRIS b 2 Jan 1888, Provo, Utah Co., UT, d 21 Aug 1962, Ogden, Weber Co., UT; m 25 May 1910, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., UT, Parley Samuel CHECKETTS b 26 Jul 1885, Providence, Cache Co., UT, d 15 Aug 1959, Ogden, Weber Co., UT
    5. Adelia "Delia" Jessie HARRIS b 20 Oct 1889, Provo, Utah Co., UT, d 26 Dec 1890
    6. (infant daughter-premature) HARRIS b Jul 1891, Eureka, Juab Co., UT, d Jul 1891
    7. Wilford "Bill" Leroy HARRIS b 17 Aug 1893, Provo, Utah Co., UT, d 15 Mar 1964, Provo, Utah Co., UT; m 18 May 1914, Margery Ellen SUMNER, d Apple Valley, San Bernardino Co., CA, bur Provo, Utah Co., UT

      Child:
      1. Ruth HARRIS; M Allen CAMPBELL

    8. Emily HARRIS b 20 Mar 1894, Ioane, Elko Co., NV d 23 Apr 1894, Ioane, Elko Co., NV
    9. Bessie Irene HARRIS b 27 May 1895, Eureka, Juab Co., UT; d 11 Aug 1981, Blackfoot, Bingham Co., ID; m 12 Feb 1919, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., UT, Herbert Hans THOMPSON b 8 Nov 1881, Clarkston, Cache Co., UT, d 5 May 1969, Idaho Falls, Bonneville Co., ID
    10. + Reuel Smith HARRIS   b 29 Oct 1897; m Alma Margaret HARKER
    11. Ada Fern HARRIS b 28 Jul 1899, Mammoth, Juab Co., UT, d 10 Mar 1963, Provo, Utah Co., UT; m 1st 19 Mar 1917, Provo, UT, Rodney "J" DUFFIN (s/o Hezekiah DUFFIN and Maria JENSEN) b 6 Sep 1893, Gunnison, Sanpete Co., UT, d 30 Mar 1949, Provo, Utah Co., UT; m 2nd 16 Nov 1949, Ruel NEILSON
    12. Viola Myrtle HARRIS b 5 Aug 1901, Robinson, Juab Co., UT, d 16 Jan 1921; m 3 Oct 1917, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., UT, Lawrence BOWDEN (s/o Joseph BOWDEN and Anna STOKES) b 16 Mar 1894, Brigham City, Box Elder Co., UT

      Child:
      1. Stanley Harris BOWDEN b 5 Jan 1920, Cornish, Cache Co., UT

    13. Alice Bernice Harris b 14 Apr 1903, Eureka, Juab Co., UT, d 18 Jun 1977, Provo, Utah Co., UT; m 18 Dec 1924, Barlow BRAY, Provo, Utah Co., UT; m 2nd 24 May 1940, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo Co, CA, Joseph ESCOBAR; m 3rd 9 Jul 1950, Utah Co., UT, William Ray STORRS
    14. Legrand Smith HARRIS b 19 Aug 1910, Provo, Utah Co, UT, d 1 Oct 1977, Provo, Utah Co, UT; m Leah MOORE

      Child of Legrand Smith Harris and Leah Moore:
      1. Alan HARRIS


CHILDREN OF JOHN ERNEST HARRIS AND ELLEN PITMAN
(Child #3 of William Jasper Harris, Jr., and Jessie Lena Freckleton)

John Ernest Harris7 (Wm. J., Jr.6, Wm. Jasper5, Zach.4, Silas3, Benj.2, Isaac1) was born April 19, 1886 in Provo, Utah County, Utah, and died February 14, 1964 in Provo, Utah County, Utah. He married Ellen Pittman, daughter of Daniel Pitman and Mary Ann Boyack, on September 5, 1906 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. She was born January 5, 1888 at Scofield, Carbon County, Utah, and died August 29, 1982 at Provo, Utah County, Utah. They were buried in City Cemetery, Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah.

In the early days of the automobile, John drove a Model T Ford all over the intermountain states on a sales route for his Startup cousins, who had a candy factory in Provo, UT. On one such trip he contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and was laid up for months in Wyoming, where he had come down with the illness.

He later entered construction work, and was Superintendent of construction on the Strawberry Dam Project. The family lived at Strawberry in tents, even in deep winter months. Subsequently he joined other Harris Family members in a venture to build roads and bridges in central Texas. His particular team did the bridges and culverts. An employee of the bank in the small Texas town that handled monthly disbursement of state funds to the construction company absconded with the funds. This left the Harris Construction Company unable to meet payroll and materials expenses, so the project terminated at that point. The Harris family members who had hopes of making their start in the highway construction business all returned to Utah. Their hoped-for profits remained in the pocket of the bank employee, who had relocated and lived it up in Rio, as far as anybody knew.

The extended family (including the William Jasper and William Jasper, Jr. nuclear families) moved to Cache Valley, where in two locations, one in Cornish, Utah and another in Moore, Idaho, they tried farming. Due to severe weather and drought, crops were insufficient, so John deeded the properties back to the bank to settle his debts. The bankers offered to extend his credit, but John could not bear to carry the debt, and chose to sell out and move on, as a matter of principle.

Subsequently, they moved back to Provo, where he became active in local politics, and became Chief of Police in the 1920s, and early 1930s. He later was appointed as a deputy warden of the Utah State Prison in Salt Lake City, and subsequently was promoted to Warden. Warden Harris designed the modern Point of the Mountain State Prison, after visiting the prisons known to be the best and most modern around the country. He wanted to see how the more modern prisons had set up their security systems. Before the new construction was completed, there was a change in Utah politics, and John was replaced with an appointee from the other political party. One of the things the new warden did as a cost-cutting measure was to omit completion of some of the modern features, which included a system to automatically lock down various areas of the large cell blocks, in the event of problems. Subsequently, there were a number of prison riots at Point of the Mountain, and John was called back to see if he could quell the problems. The inmates respected Warden Harris, as they all knew him, and he was successful in getting the rioting inmates into successful negotiations to settle the problems. The omitted features, were later restored, since they had proved to be necessary.

After giving up his position as prison warden, John went into business selling and installing storm doors and windows and updated plumbing, e.g., inside bathrooms in rural areas of the state. He said "I just followed the REA (Rural Electrification Administration) power lines out, and offered to install running water, inside toilets, with the necessary electrical pumps, etc., and when a farmer or rancher was a bit reluctant, it didn't take long for his wife to convince him to go ahead with the project. I made more money in those few years than I ever had before in my life."

He also qualified for Social Security as a self-employed person, when the self-employed were first included in the Social Security program. He loved that program, and was particularly thrilled when his oldest grandson, Doug Paulson, went to work for the Social Security Adminstration.

    Children:
    1. La Vern(e) HARRIS b 1 Jun 1909, Eureka, Juab, UT, d 10 Aug 1991; m 28 Jan 1933, Provo, Utah Co., UT, Jean "R" PAULSON (newspaperman, editor) b 19 Mar 1907, Pleasant Grove, Utah Co., UT, d 17 Aug 1999, St. George, Washington Co., UT; both bur City Cem., Spanish Fork, Utah Co., UT

      Children:
      1. Jean Douglas PAULSON (living); m Norma Lillian YOUNG (living)
        [Doug is webmaster for the marthaann.org website ] and provided some information on this family line; normally we would not have included information on living persons, but did so here, just to show where he fits in -- his contact information is at the bottom of every page of this website We also "cut him a bit of slack" in his writeup on his grandfather, John Ernest Harris. It's a bit long, he agrees, but he wanted users of this website to know about his grandfather.]
      2. Karen Nina PAULSON (liv); m 1st Paul Chipman RICHARDS (liv); m 2nd James Kimble COOKE [liv - Lt. Col., US Army (ret.)]

    2. Ernest Pittman HARRIS b 19 Jan 1911, Eureka, Juab Co., UT, d 3 Feb 1911, Eureka, Juab Co., UT
    3. Leonard Ford HARRIS b 21 Nov 1912, d 22 Feb 1994, Provo, Utah Co., UT; m 13 Oct 1939, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., UT, Beth KAY (d/o Charles Edward KAY and Martha Alice GARFIELD) b 11 Feb 1919, Tremonton, Box Elder Co., UT, d 20 Mar 1988, Provo, Utah Co., UT, both bur Provo City Cem., Provo, Utah Co., UT
    4. Mary Fern HARRIS (liv); m Lee Robert OLSON (liv)
    5. Lola May HARRIS b 27 Mar 1921, d Sep 1996; m Russell HOLLEY, d Feb 2005
    6. Martha Afton HARRIS (liv), m 1 June 1943, Paul Ernest FELT [s/o Ernest William FELT and Edith May (MILLER) MARTIN] b 29 Jan 1916, (LDS Institute Director; LDS Mission President, Navajo Mission, Window Rock, Apache Co., AZ; Lt., USN, on minesweeper in Philippines during WWII), d Provo, Utah Co., UT, bur City Cem., Provo, Utah Co., UT
    7. John HARRIS b 13 Aug 1927, Provo, Utah Co., UT, d 13 Aug 1927, Provo, Utah Co., UT
    8. John Robert HARRIS (liv); m 1st Dorothy Irene CHRISTENSEN (liv); m 2nd Maureen STRANDNESS b 17 Oct 1934, d 13 Oct 1973, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA; m 3rd Kathryn Nina (Domajalski) BELDUE (liv)



CHILDREN OF REUEL SMITH HARRIS AND ALMA HARKER
(Child #10 of William Jasper Harris, Jr., and Jesse Lena Freckleton)

Reuel Smith Harris7 (William J., Jr.6, Wm. Jasper5, Zach.4, Silas3, Benj.2, Isaac1) was born October 29, 1897 in Juab County, Utah, and died December 2, 1979 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. He married Alma Margaret Harker on September 3, 1924 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. She was born July 21, 1904 in Magreth, Alberta, Canada, and died January 24, 1978 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. They were buried in City Cemetery. Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah.

    Children:
    1. Reuel Reed HARRIS b 5 Oct 1925 Provo, Utah Co., UT; m 1 Jan 1946 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., UT, Shirley Mae REICH; m 2nd 19 Jan 1975 Donna Darlene (NELSON) MICHEL
    2. Alma Boyd HARRIS b 18 Aug 1926 Provo, Utah Co., UT; m 14 Nov 1952 Omaha, Douglas Co., NE, Sara Ellen HOLMAN
    3. Joseph Mark HARRIS b 20 Jan 1928 Springville, Utah Co., UT; m 1st 8 Dep 1949 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., UT, Beverly Ann LUND; m 2nd Leah ALVER DE FARIA
    4. Marilyn HARRIS b 7 Sep 1929 Provo, Utah Co., UT; m 18 Feb 1949 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., UT, Donald Thorp STANDING
    5. Gary William HARRIS (liv)


Research sources are listed in the Appendix


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Ch 3 - Benjamin   |   Ch 6 - Leah   |   Ch 6.1 - Perrin Rutledge   |   Ch 7 - Ruth   |   Ch 9 - Mary Ann  
Ch 12 - Elizabeth "Betsy"   |   Ch 12.2 - William H. Terry   |   Ch 12.2.2 - Jesse B. Terry  

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