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4. John HARRIS was born about 1826 in England. He died on 14 Sep 1894 in Dayton, Richland County, Wisconsin.27 He served in the military in 15th New York Cavalry, Co. E.28 He is reference number 2932. John Jr. was born in Devon around 1826. In the 1841 census for Devon he is working as an agricultural laborer on a neighboring farm in Shebbear, about 2 miles from his parents in Black Torrington. The family migrated to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 1842, and then to Clay, Onondaga County, New York in 1844.

John married Adelia Hall around 1847, probably in Onondaga County. John and Adelia had several children in New York and chose not to move west with the rest of the family in 1855. John served in the Co. E 15th New York Cavalry during the Civil War, enlisting on 5 August 1863 in Syracuse. On 29 August 1863 he was transferred to Co. F, 15th Cavalry. He was again transferred on 17 June 1865 to Co. F, 2nd NY Prov. Cav.

John's wife, Adelia, had passed away by 1866 and he remarried on 26 January 1866 to Alvira Dringer. By 1870, John and Alvira had joined the rest of the Harris family in Richland County, Wisconsin. John and Alvira adopted a child, William, who is buried in the English Ridge Cemetery. William died at the age of 9 in 1878. The details of the adoption and William's parentage are unknown.

John and Adelia's daughter, Adella Jane Harris, did not come west with her parents. There is a Dell Graves, age 17, working as a domestic servant in Clay, Onondaga County, New York in the 1870 census. She is living in the household of Henry and Sarah Cronkite. There are other Graves families in Onondaga County, but none in Clay. She must have married and stayed behind when her family moved to Wisconsin; John Harris and family are in Marshall, Richland County, Wisconsin in 1870. Her husband's name is unknown, however, a check of the divorce records in Onondaga county may reveal her husband's identity. Adella's daughter, Gertrude Graves, was born about 1871 in New York. In the 1880 census a divorced Adella is living with her brother, John Warren Harris, in Marshall, Richland County, Wisconsin, along with her daughter, Gertrude.

Census records reflect that John was not able to read or write (1870 & 1880). Like his older sister, Mary, he was sent to work on a neighboring farm at an early age. School was not universal in England at the time he was born.

John HARRIS and Adelia (Della) HALL appeared in the census on 11 Aug 1860 in Clay, Onondaga Co., New York.29 Adelia (Della) HALL was born about 1831 in New York. She died between 1860 and 1866. She is reference number 2933. John HARRIS and Adelia (Della) HALL had the following children:



Emily HARRIS was born about 1848 in New York. She is reference number 4350.



Alice HARRIS was born about 1850 in New York. She is reference number 4351.



Adella Jane HARRIS.



John Warren HARRIS.



Charles Washington HARRIS.



William HARRIS was born in 1869. He died in 1878. He was buried in English Ridge Cemetery, Richland County, Wisconsin. He was adopted.

John HARRIS and Alvira DRINGER were married on 26 Jan 1866 in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. They appeared in the census on 16 Jul 1870 in Marshall, Richland County, Wisconsin.30 They appeared in the census on 10 Jun 1880 in Marshall, Richland County, Wisconsin.31 Alvira DRINGER (daughter of Cornelius DRINGER and Martha ??) was born on 22 Sep 1832 in New York. She died on 16 Mar 1907 in Richland County, Wisconsin.32 She was buried in English Ridge Cemetery, Richland County, Wisconsin.33 She is reference number 4345.