Albert Harris, retired farmer; P. O. Lodi.  Prominently identifed with the history of this township is the Harris family, whose name it now bears.  Albert, whose name heads this work, was a son of Judge Joseph Harris, who was born in Middletown, Conn., and emigrated West to this State in 1801, locating in Randolph Township, Portage Co., where he was married, Dec. 20, 1807, to Rachel Sears, who was born Dec. 22, 1792, in Connecticut.  By this union, two children were born - Albert and Elvira.  His birth occurred Sept. 20, 1808, and three years afterward moved with his parents to this township, his father having been out the year previous and made the selection and built a house for the reception of the family, which spot is where the town now stands.  Here amidst the early and exciting scenes attending the Indian war, Albert Harris was reared.  The settlements being far distant from each other, his early associates and playmates were the dusky youths of the red men, who roamed in lawless freedom over these hills and dales.  As could be reasonably expected, school privileges were few, and Albert was not schooled within college walls, but received his "rudiments" within the confines of a log cabin, with its rude paraphernalia.  At the age of 18, he was joined in wedlock to Adeline DeWitt, who was born in Westminster, Vt.  She died Feb. 21, 1873, leaving one child - Nelson.  Since Mr. Harris' first arrival in this township, he has been a constant resident, and during a residence of nearly seventy years among the varied scenes, from the earliest to the present, he has ever maintained that uprightness and dignity of manhood that have been characteristic of him as a neighbor and valued citizen.  Farming has been the business of his life.  For several years was engaged in stock-trading, buying mostly for Eastern dealers.  Oct. 28, 1874, he was married to Mrs. Lovica Parsons, whose maiden name was Thayer.  She was a native of Massachusetts.  The Harris family trace their nationality to Wales, whence emigrated three brothers, who settled in Middletown, Hartford and New York, respectively, and it is supposed that from these brothers, have sprung the Harris family.

 

History of Medina County, Ohio.  Chicago: Baskin & Battey, Historical Publishers, 1881.