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James Harvey Harris

23 December 1827–29 December 1859

Born 23 Dec. 1827 in Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.[1] Son of Elias Harris and Lucy Stacy.[2] Baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by 1842, probably in New Salem, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.[3] Married EBW, 29 July 1843, in New Salem; one son.[4] Migrated to Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, with EBW, arriving 26 May 1844. [5] Met Joseph Smith with EBW upon their arrival in Nauvoo.[6] Served in the Nauvoo Legion.[7] Left Nauvoo to find work, 16 Nov. 1844; eventually went to sea but did not return.[8] Wrote letters to EBW during his absence; the letters were sent to his mother but were not forwarded.[9] Apparently died 29 Dec. 1859 near Bombay, India.[10]

 

[1] EBW, Diary, vol. 1, 1844–1855, p. 15. Don Gleason Hill, ed., The Record of Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, and Admissions to the Church and Dismissals Therefrom, Transcribed from the Church Record in the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1638–1845 (Dedham, MA: Dedham Transcript Press, 1888), 236. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 15 Oct. 2019), James Harvey Harris (MV2N-57L). 

[2] Don Gleason Hill, ed., The Record of Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, and Admissions to the Church and Dismissals Therefrom, Transcribed from the Church Record in the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1638–1845 (Dedham, MA: Dedham Transcript Press, 1888), 236. Vital Records of New Salem (Franklin) Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1927), 80.

[3] Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 29–37.

[4] EBW, Diary, vol. 1, 1844–1855, pp. 15, 16. Record in the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1638–1845 (Dedham, MA: Dedham Transcript Press, 1888), 236. Vital Records of New Salem (Franklin) Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1927), 80, 127. James C. Taylor and Donna Taylor, Nauvoo Deaths and Burials: Old Nauvoo Burial Ground (Nauvoo, IL: Nauvoo Restoration, 1989), 14.

[5] EBW, Diary, vol. 1, 1844–1855, p. 3. Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 39. EBW, Diary, 8 June 1890. Jacob Gates, Journals, 1836–1861, images 43–44/236, MS 1501, folder 2, box 43, CHL.

[6] “Joseph Smith, the Prophet,” Young Woman’s Journal, Dec. 1905, 554–555.

[7] Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah in Four Volumes, vol. 4 (Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons, 1904), 587. 

[8] Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 2 (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History, 1914), 732. Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah in Four Volumes, vol. 4 (Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons, 1904), 587. Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 121, 336–337.

[9] EBW, Diary, 29 July 1894. Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 336–337.

[10] EBW, Diary, 29 July 1901. “James Harvey Harris,” Find a Grave, posted 28 July 2009, memorial no. 39995763 (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/39995763, accessed 9 Jan. 2019).