Williamson, Mary Anne


Mary Anne Williamson was the daughter of Sterling C. Williamson, Jr.? and Lydia Ross?. Sterling C. Williamson, Jr. was born in 1796 in Brunswick County, Virginia.  Lydia Ross is thought to be the mother of  Mary Anne Williamson. Lydia was born in Virginia.  We have no other record of Lydia.  Mary Anne was born in Kentucky in 1816.

Mary Anne married Benjamin Franklin Harris in 1835 in Macoupin County, Illinois. She was reported to be a very petite woman.  Mary Anne died in Macoupin County, Illinois.  She was, also buried in Macoupin County, Illinois.

Benjamin Franklin Harris and Mary Anne Williamson were the parents of eight children born between 1836 and 1852.  The first of those, was Marian Harris.  She was born in 1836 in Macoupin County, Illinois.  Marian died as an infant in 1837 in Macoupin County, Illinois.  She was, also buried in Macoupin County, Illinois.

The second child born to Benjamin Franklin Harris and Mary Anne Williamson was Martha Jane Harris.  She was called Patsy as a nickname.  Patsy was born in Macoupin County, Illinois in 1839.  Patsy married a man named Wagner.  We have no record of his first name.  He was a doctor.  We don’t know when or where they were married.  Patsy’s profession was that of school teacher.  We don’t know when or where she died.  We also don’t know where she was buried.

John Silas Harris was the third child born to Benjamin Franklin Harris and Mary Anne Williamson.  He was named for his grandfather, Silas Harris.  John was born in 1841 in Macoupin County, Illinois.  He served in the Civil War on the Union side.  John married Melanie.  We don’t have her last name.  John visited his younger brother Benjamin Pearson Harris in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.  John died in 1910.  We don’t know where he died or where he was buried.

Benjamin Franklin Harris and Mary Anne Williamson’s fourth child was Benjamin Pearson Harris.  He was born in 1843 in Macoupin County, Illinois.  At the beginning of the Civil War Benjamin enlisted in the Union Army.  During the war he dropped his Bible in the Mississippi River; but he was able to retrieve it.  Benjamin fought in a good many battles.  Benjamin was a farmer, a school teacher and a school principal.  He married Ruth Anne Harris in Bethalto, Madison County, Illinois in 1880.  Ruth Anne went by the nickname Ruth Annie.  Benjamin died on February 21, 1900 in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.  He was buried at the National Cemetery, in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.

The fifth child born to Benjamin Franklin Harris and Mary Anne Williamson was Pink. She was born in 1845 in Macoupin County, Illinois.  Pink died as an infant in 1848 in Macoupin County, Illinois.  She was also buried in Macoupin County, Illinois.

Benjamin Franklin Harris and Mary Anne Williamson’s sixth child was a son.  He was born in 1848 in Macoupin County, Illinois.  We don’t know if he lived long enough to receive a name.  He died in 1848 in Macoupin County, Illinois.  The boy was buried in Macoupin County, Illinois.

Emma Julia Harris was the seventh child of Benjamin Franklin Harris and Mary Anne Williamson.  She was born in Alton, Madison County, Illinois in 1851.  She sometimes was known as Emie.  Emie was married. We don’t know who she married.  We have no record of where or when they were married. Emma was a school teacher by profession in Denver, Colorado.  She had at least one child.  She named her daughter Dove.  Dovie was a pretty little girl with blue eyes and long blonde hair.  Emie died in Denver, Colorado.  We don’t know when she died or where she was buried.

The eighth child of Benjamin Franklin Harris and Mary Anne Williamson was Harriett Isabelle Harris.  She took the nickname of Hattie.  Hattie was born in 1852 in Alton, Madison County, Illinois.  She did marry.  We don’t know who she married.  Hattie died of  lung cancer in 1879.  We don’t know where she died or where she was buried.

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