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John Harris, Sr.

The Harris Family and the New Settlement

 
 
John Harris, Sr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 20, 2018
1. John Harris, Sr. Marker
Inscription.  John Harris was born in Yorkshire County, England in 1673. A brewer by trade, he came to Philadelphia in 1694 and spent a few years in there working at removing stumps and building and clearing city streets.

Harris became a friend of Edward Shippen, the first Mayor of the city. It was at Shippen's home that he first met Esther Say, also a native of Yorkshire, who has been described as “a lady of superior intelligence and extraordinary energy.” Harris married Esther Say, and they had six children who reached maturity: Elizabeth, Esther, John, William August, Samuel and David.

In January 1705, with Shippen's assistance, Harris received a license from the Penn family - "to seat himself on the Sasquahannah at Pextang, to erect such buildings as are necessary for his trade, and to enclose and improve such quantity as land as he shall think fit."

The Harrises did not move to their land immediately, but lived in Chester county, then relocated to Conoy - the present site of Bainbridge, Lancaster County - where he became a trader.

Harris arrived in this area around 1717 and built a cabin on the east
Marker detail: John Harris, Sr. Homestead on the Susquehanna, circa early 1700s image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: John Harris, Sr. Homestead on the Susquehanna, circa early 1700s
bank of the Susquehanna (near where Washington St. is now), not far from the Delaware settlement at Peshtank - which means “where the waters stand” - located where Paxton Creek joins the Susquehanna River.
Harris and his wife began to cultivate the land. (Harris is credited with bringing the first plow to the area). They built sheds to accommodate the furs he acquired by trading with the Native People. The Harris homestead and trading post was at the crossroads of the Indian trails. Northern Native Americans came by the Harris Trading Post on their way to and from the hunting grounds. The Harris trading post was the focal point for traffic, with the Allegheny and Paxton trails converging there.
 
Location. 40° 15.398′ N, 76° 52.734′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Front Street and Mary Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located on the grounds of the John Harris Mansion, on the north side of the mansion. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg PA 17104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Native Nations of the Susquehanna Valley (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Native Nations of the Susquehanna Valley (here, next to this
John Harris, Sr. Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 20, 2018
3. John Harris, Sr. Marker (tall view)
marker); John Harris, Sr., and the Mulberry Tree (here, next to this marker); The Court House Bell (a few steps from this marker); John Harris Mansion (a few steps from this marker); Harrisburg's Grand Review of Black Troops (a few steps from this marker); John Harris/Simon Cameron Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); John Harris Sr. Grave Site (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
More about this marker. This is the right-most panel of a three-panel kiosk. There are related, but different marker panels to the left of this one.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
John Harris, Sr. Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 20, 2018
4. John Harris, Sr. Marker (wide view)
This is the right-most panel of the three-panel kiosk. There are related, but different marker panels to the left of this one.
John Harris Mansion (<i>marker is on north side of mansion, just left of this image</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 20, 2018
5. John Harris Mansion (marker is on north side of mansion, just left of this image)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 72 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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