MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 402
submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, November 7, 2007
MRS. ANN HARRIS
Mrs. Ann Harris was born at Wooster, England, in 1808, and was converted at the age of 14. She united with the Methodist Church, and married Rev. John Harris at the age of 22. They came to American in 1842. Bro. Harris joined the Iowa Conference in 1845. Entering heartily with her husband into the work of the pastorate, for 33 years she faithfully discharged her duties as the wife of a Methodist preacher.
Coming south in 1886 she has lived since the death of her husband in Chattanooga and vicinity. She died at the home of her son, in Highland Park, Chattanooga, Tenn., April 7 1894. Mrs. Harris was a woman of rare intelligence and deep piety. She was peculiarly fitted for the eminent station to which she was called, through the labors of her husband, who filled many leading pulpits in the Iowa Conference, and was also for a long time presiding elder. We were permitted to visit her during the last years of her life and hear from her own lips the beautiful story of her Christian experience, so full of trust and abiding faith. Entirely blind for 8 long years, and confined to her chair, almost helpless, yet she met this terrible afillication cheerfully and with an unfaltering trust. To her the memories of the past were full of pleasant scenes and activity, and the thoughts of the future fragrant with the promises of God. So she waited in darkness and pain, her soul filled with light and joy, for the summons, “Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord”. She loved Methodism and rejoiced in all its triumphs. In all her suffering Sister Harris ever felt the gracious presence of her accomplished daughter, Mr. Burris, whose devotion to her mother was unbounded, making ever sacrifice that she might soothe and sustain her in the hours of suffering. A mother in Israel has gone out from the camp. She has left to her children a priceless legacy, that of a good name. ---L.S. Fuller.
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