One of the grandchildren of Josiah Harris (1783-1868) (see post about Josiah dated 2011/06/26) was Brougham E Harris (1838-1907), son of newspaperman Josiah Albert Harris. Brougham was a Cleveland undertaker.
He and his wife, Martha E Wall, had four children:
Edward, who died in 1872 at age 6.
Mattie, who died in 1877 at age 6.
Fannie, who died in 1883 of typhoid fever at 15.
The only child who lived to reach her majority was their eldest, “Lizzie”, Eliza E Harris.
Lizzie married Richard Newell, Jr, son of a sea captain, on 4 Mar 1891 and 9 months later (almost to the day) they welcomed their son, Harlan Harris. Fifteen months after that, in May 1893, they had a daughter, who they called Natalie.
And the spate of deaths began again.
The family had gone out west for Richard’s work as chief engineer with the Midland Terminal Railway. While there Lizzie died on 20 Nov 1894, and her body was brought back to Cleveland for burial. Richard and their children would have likely traveled with Lizzie’s body. Newspaper accounts of what shortly transpired indicate that Richard returned to Colorado about 2 weeks after his wife died.
On Dec 20th, exactly one month after his wife’s death, Richard was killed. He was at Cripple Creek, CO, dealing with a conflict over the railroad’s right-of-way by attempting to evict a miner from his cabin. The miner shot him & he died about six minutes later.
Harlan, age 3, and Natalie, age 1, were now orphans. Five days later, on Dec 24th, they were officially entrusted to the care of their maternal grandfather, Brougham E Harris.
Sometime in 1896 Harlan & Natalie became co-owners (with 3 others) of 50 acres in Teller county, Colorado, the county where their father was killed. (This information is on a website called Who Owns the West? I’ve yet to determine if the land is still in their names. They may have simply inherited as their parents’ sole heirs…..)
On 9 May 1903, one week before her 10th birthday, Natalie died. I’ve not been able to learn the cause of her death.
In mid-July Brougham and Martha took 12-year-old Harlan abroad.
On 31 Oct 1907 Harlan’s guardian died. Still a minor at age 15, he needed a new guardian. By the end of November his maternal grandmother, Martha, was so appointed.