one of the substantial men who broke the wilderness in Union
County, was the son of Aaron Harris, who was from Ireland.
Benjamin was born in Nelson County about the year 1787, and
was married there to Innocent Ann Wight, the daughter of Iloff and Mary Wight.
Mr. Harris came to Union County in 1827. He had some twelve or thirteen slaves,
and he rented land and worked it with his slaves. He had a good common school
training, and had a large family of children, who have been a credit to the
county, and all of whom, except Martha, (who died single), married and raised
children, three of whom are dead; Theopholus, a carpenter of Bardstown, married
Elizabeth Curry, and had two children, one of whom is dead; Wm. Truman married
Virginia Pratt and had fourteen children, five of whom are dead; Aaron was
first married to Zero Jones and afterward to Margaret Mason, and had four
children, one of whom is dead; Joseph Louis married Matilda Richards, and had
four children, who are all dead; Mary married Joseph Waller, and had eight
children, three of whom are dead; Nancy married John Waller, and had two
children. All of Benjamin Harris' children, except Nancy, are dead, and he died
in February, 1837, his wife following in August, 1840.