Christopher C. Harris
Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri
Biographies of Scott County, 1888
Christopher C. Harris, M.D., a physician of Benton, Mo., was born in Stewart County, Tenn., in 1835, and is a son of Howell and Priscilla (Shelton) Harris, natives of North carolina and Virginia, respectively. Howell Harris, when a young man, came to Tennessee with his parents. Priscilla Shelton, when a child, removed with her parents from the Old Dominion to Tennessee, and was married in the latter State, in Davidson County. To Mr. and Mrs. Harris were born nine children: George W., James M., Jesse L., Howell, Sarah N., Christopher C., Martin V., William B. and Priscilla S., all supposed to be dead, except the subject of this sketch and Martin V., a merchant at Morley Mo. Mr. Harris died in 1839, after which his widow married Thomas Kemp, by whom she had one son, Henry, who was killed in Mississippi during the Civil War. The mother died in 1846. Christopher C. remained with his parents until he was eleven years of age, after which he attended school until he was twenty years old. In 1860 he commenced studying medicine in Humphreys County, Tenn., and in 1871 entered the Cincinnati Eclectic Medical Institute, from which institution he graduated in 1872. After finishing his professional education he located at Morley, and engaged in the practice of his profession, and remained five years, when he removed to his present location, and has since had a good practice, both in town and the surrounding country. He has been twice married; first in 1865, to Mary I. Townes, who was born in Virginia and reared in Tennessee. She was one of ten children born of the two marriages of William Townes. She was the mother of seven children, and died on February 26, 1886. She was a member of the Baptist church. Her children are: Nannie E.,Kate B., Howell T. (deceased), Edwin S. (deceased), Virginia H. Myrtle and Mattie B. (deceased). The second time Dr. Harris married Anna Pullian, a native of Braddock County, Ark., and a daughter of William and Mary Ann Pullian. Mrs. Harris is a member of the Baptist Church. She has a half-brother and half-sister living in Sikeston: Mary E. (Rodgers) and Daniel E. Jenkins. By this union Dr. Harris has one child - Tone Lee.
Submitted by Connie Perkins
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