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Nelson Harris, merchant, Lodi; is a grandson of Judge Joseph Harris, who settled in this township prior to the war of 1812.  Here upon the same ground that his grandfather purchased, was born Nelson Harris, the only child born to Albert and Evira Harris, whose birth occurred Sept. 11, 1831.  Nelson was raised to farming, which he followed until 1865, when he turned his attention to merchantile pursuits, under the firm name of White & Harris;  this partnership existed one year and a half; then M. E. Mihills bought out Mr. White; then the business was continued on under the firm name of Harris & Mihills, which partnership lasted until 1875, when Mr. Harris bought his interest and carried on the business until April, 1879, when he moved to the place he now occupies, where he keeps a general stock of goods, including millinery.  Feb. 22, 1855, was married to F. E. Jenne, who was born in this county, Litchfield Township, and is a daughter of A. S. Jenne, who was one of the early settlers of the county.  By this union he had four children - Joseph W. (who, at his birth, had eleven grandparents), Rachel J., Adaline and "Bert".  Is now serving as one of the Directors of the Ohio Farmers" Insurance Company, which position he has filled for several successive years.  His farm, which is adjoining the town, he keeps stocked with cattle, and farms successfully.  He is a member of the A., F. & A. M. Lodge, No. 137, and, like his father, he is true to the principles which Gen. Jackson advocated.

 

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