Johnson Harriss was born to Edward Harriss II and Mary “Polly” Johnson in Charlotte County, Virginia, on 28 December 1769. He grew up in colonial America as a farmer, and was the backbone of my family in the early years of American life.
Johnson moved his family from Virginia to North Carolina to South Carolina to Tennessee and finally to southern Illinois…where I grew up. “Old Grand-father Harriss”, according to the DuQuoin Weekly Tribune on the occasion of his death, survived both the Revolutionary War and the U.S. Civil War and lived to age 99.
He was the paternal ancestor of a progeny numbering 364. 12 were his children; 106 grandchildren; 237 great grand children; and 12 great great grand children.