J. W. Harris, Clerk, Lodi; is of the fourth generation of the Harris family, beginning with Judge Joseph Harris; Joseph W. is the son of Nelson, who was the son of Albert, who was the son of Joseph, the pioneer of Harrisville Township. Joseph W. was born Oct. 1, 1859, in Lodi, and is the eldest of a family of four children born to Nelson Harris. Since attending school, he has been clerking in his father's store. June, 1879, he was married to May Loomis, only daughter of T. G. Loomis, one of the prosperous merchants and successful farmers in the township. One fact is worthy of especial mention, in connection with this brief sketch; at the time of Joseph's birth he was blessed with eleven living grandparents.
History of Medina County, Ohio. Chicago: Baskin & Battey, Historical Publishers, 1881.