William E. Harris
Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri
Biographies of Scott County, 1888
William E. Harris, M.D., a physician of Oran, Mo., was born in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., in 1854. He is a son of John and Winifred (Baldwin) Harris. John Harris was born in England, and when about twenty-one years of age, came to New York. From New York he went to Ohio, and remained until about 1839, when he came to Southeast Missouri and located in Dunklin County, and in 1844 removed to Cape Girardeau County. He was a mill wright by trade, and before the war, owned a steamboat on the Mississippi River. He was energetic and active, and died at the age of sixty-five years. Winifred Baldwin was born in Scott County, Mo., at what was known as Baldwin's landing (now Manning's Landing), where her father owned a large tract of land. The latter was born in Virginia, and came to Southeast Missouri in its early settlement. He and wife reared a family of children of whom Winifred was the youngest. All of the family are dead except one daughter - Mrs. Mary Price, of Texas. The parents lived and died at Baldwin's Landing. John Harris and wife had eight children viz: John Thomas, Mary S. (Williams), William E., Emma A. and Francis C. (twins), Benjamin, Ella (Mrs. J.W. Clemson) and Eugenia (wife of Dr. T.E. Tomlinson). Francis and Benjamin are dead. Emma is the wife of Lewis Rockwell of Arkansas. Upon reaching his maturity, William E. went to Illinois and began work on his father's farm, but returned home in a short time, and remained in Cape Girardeau County two years, engaged on a farm. Choosing the profession of medicine, he read one year at Kelso, after which he went to Nashville and entered a medical college, from which he graduated in 1882. He then located at Oran, where he has since had a good practice. In 1884 he married Nannie Friend, a daughter of John Friend. They are the parents of two children: Willie P. (born in 1885, and died in April 1886) and Johnnie E. (born in 1887 and died when seven weeks old) the Doctor and Mrs. Harris are earnest members of the Missionary Baptist Church. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. and of the A.O.U.W.
Submitted by Connie Perkins
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