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Silas Harris

Birthplace: Bono, Lawrence, Indiana, USA
Death: Died in Glendale, Kane, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Glendale, Kane, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Moses Harris and Frances "Fanny" Harris
Husband of <private> and Sariah Harris
Father of Silas William Harris; Alonzo Harris; Malissa Aldridge; Warren Aldridge; Asa Leroy Harris and 7 others
Brother of John Smith Harris, Sr.; Keziah Harris died young; Annaretta Brimhall; Lydia Harris; Thomas Jefferson Harris and 4 others

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About Silas Harris

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Allen Taylor Company (1849) Age 24

Departure: 5-6 July 1849 Arrival: 10-20 October 1849

Pioneer Information: He was married 2 Sep. 1849 on plains.

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Birth: Oct. 14, 1824 Bono (Lawrence County) Lawrence County Indiana, USA

Death: Mar. 12, 1897 Glendale Kane County Utah, USA

Son of Moses Harris & Frances Smith

Married Sariah Aldridge 2 Sep 1849 Independence Rock, Natrona, Wy

LDS Biographical Index: Harris, Silas, a High Councilor in the Kanab Stake, was the son of Moses Harris and Fannie Smith, and was born in Lawrence county, Indiana, Oct. 14, 1824. At the age of ten years he was healed of a severe illness by the administration of the Elders, it being the first miraculous manifestation of the power of God that he had witnessed. At the age of fourteen he was baptized by Elder Harvey Green and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Elder Wm. Hawk. In October, 1838, he moved with his parents to a place near Montrose, Iowa, where they lived until the exodus of the Saints from Nauvoo. The family joined the camps of Israel in the spring of 1846. A few days prior to their arrival at Council Bluffs word reached them that the Saints were called upon, by the U. S. Government, for a battalion of soldiers to fight Mexico. Without any serious thought on the subject Silas said he was going. The saying uttered lightly proved prophetic. Joining Company B under Captain Jesse D. Huner, he remained with the Battalion, sharing its hardships, until they were disbanded at Los Angeles in 1847. At Fort Leavenworth he was taken ill with the mumps, but rather than go on the sick list in care of an unfriendly doctor, he continued in the ranks, not fully recovering until they reached Santa Fe. Much of the time during the march he served as teamster. Remaining in San Francisco during the winter of 1847–48, he, in connection with his uncle Wm. Hawk, advertised to take a mail to the Missouri river at the rate of 50 cents per letter. The enterprise proved a success. The party consisting of sixteen men left San Francisco Apr. 15, 1848, and arrived in Salt Lake City about the middle of June. Here Silas remained until August, Wm. Hawk going on with the mail. With a party of twelve other men he started for Council Bluffs Iowa, with pack animals Aug. 20th, meeting Pres. Brigham Young and a company of Saints on the head of Sweetwater; they were unloading part of their teams and returning them to the Missouri river to assist other emigrants the following spring. The two parties traveled together the balance of the way, arriving at their destination about the middle of October. Here Silas rejoined his parents (near Council Bluffs) where he attended school the following year. In June, 1849, the family started for Great Salt Lake City in Capt. Taylor's company. Sept. 2, 1849, he married Sariah Aldridge, daughter of Wm. Aldridge and Betsey Vanblaricum, at Laramie, Elder Reddick N. Allred performing the ceremony. Arriving in Great Salt Lake Valley, he settled at Bountiful. In the spring of 1851 he moved with his family to San Bernardino, Cal., in company with Chas. C. Rich and Amasa M. Lyman, locating on the Bernardino ranch, he having purchased a portion of the same from the Church. Apr. 19, 1855, he started on a mission to Washington Territory, in obedience to a call from Apostle Amasa M. Lyman. He traveled a distance of sixteen hundred miles with a pack horse. On Lewis river, Washington Territory, he and his companions organized a branch of the Church, having baptized a number into the fold. He returned home the following November, 1855. In 1857 San Bernardino was broken up. Elder Harris sold his property at a great sacrifice and moved to Utah, settling at Washington, Washington county. In the spring of 1858 he was a member of an exploring expedition to the White Mountains, to find a location for the Saints, in case they should be driven out by their enemies. He left his family encamped in a wagon Apr. 19. 1858, explored Paranagate Valley and went to Meadow Valley, where he put in a crop; returned home about the beginning of August. In the spring of 1859 he moved his family from Washington and assisted in founding Harrisburg, in Washington county; here he was chosen and appointed presiding Elder over the branch. In 1872 he moved to Glendale, Kane county, Utah, at which place he was ordained a High Priest and set apart as a High Councilor of the Kanab Stake of Zion by Apostle Erastus Snow. This position he held up to the time of his death, which occurred at his home at Glendale March 12, 1897. Elder Harris was the father of twelve children, six sons and six daughters, all but one of whom survived him.

Family links:

  • Moses Harris (1798 - 1890)
  • Frances Smith Harris (1804 - 1891)
  • Sariah Aldridge Harris (1834 - 1902)*
  • William Silas Harris (1850 - 1932)*
  • Melissa Harris (1852 - 1852)*
  • Alonzo Harris (1852 - 1929)*
  • Warren Harris (1855 - 1903)*
  • Asa Leroy Harris (1857 - 1915)*
  • Elizabeth Sophia Harris Brinkerhoff (1860 - 1922)*
  • Sarah Francis Harris Cutler (1862 - 1952)*
  • Moses David Harris (1864 - 1954)*
  • John R. Harris (1866 - 1947)*
  • Minda Minerva Harris Cutler (1869 - 1929)*
  • Lois Abigail Harris Spencer (1873 - 1957)*
  • Vernessa Harris Carpenter (1876 - 1948)*

Burial: Harris Cemetery Glendale Kane County Utah, USA

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Silas Harris's Timeline

October 14, 1824
Bono, Lawrence, Indiana, USA
October 1824
October 9, 1836
Age 11
June 16, 1850
Age 25
Bountiful, UT, USA
March 8, 1851
Age 26
December 4, 1852
Age 28
San Bernardino, CA, USA
December 4, 1852
Age 28
San Bernardino, CA, USA
February 12, 1855
Age 30
San Bernardino, CA, USA