DAVID D. HARRIS, carpenter and builder, Mound City, is a native of Versailles, Woodford Co., Ky., born September 8, 1831, to David H. and Margaret (Peters) Harris. He was born in Orange County, Va., in 1785, and died in Versailles, Ky., in 1847; he was a carpenter by occupation, a son of Linsey Harris, a native of Virginia and a soldier of the Revolutionary war. Subject's mother was born in Franklin County, Va., in 1789, and died in Lexington, Ky., in 1856; she was the mother of five children, of whom the following are now living: William P., Mrs. Frances Hartje, Mrs. Ann Foushee, and David D., the subject of this sketch. He was reared and educated in his native county, and, when quite young, apprenticed himself at the carpenter's trade, with his brother, William P. Harris, and worked at his trade there until 1857, when he removed to Jackson County, Mo., and there engaged in farming until 1863, when he came to Mound City, Ill., and has since been engaged at his trade. In Danville, Ky., October 13, 1857, he married Mary E. Fletcher, a native of Lincoln County, Ky., born September 8, 1839. She is a daughter of John and Mary E. (Quinton) Fletcher and the mother of the following children: William B., born February 15, 1859; David D., born March 9, 1862, and Maggie P., born September 2, 1864. Mr. Harris is an active member of the I. O. O. F.; is a Democrat in politics, and has served the city as Alderman.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 265-266.