Margaret Jane Patterson was born in Morgan County Ohio on 23 Dec 1827, the daughter of William Patterson and Mary Taylor. She married Elisha Harris on 14 May 1843 in Morgan county, Ohio. In the spring of 1854 Elisha Harris led a wagon train from Morgan County Ohio to Allamakee County Iowa. Elisha and Margaret bought the entire town of Lybrand and used the stone hotel there as a home for their large family. Elisha died in Postville, Iowa in 09 Feb 1896.
Elisha Harris was the son of George Harris and Betsy Archer of Noble county, Ohio. He was born in 16 Dec 1820 in Noble County Ohio and died from dropsy on 09 Feb 1896 at a son's home in Postville, Iowa.
Elisha and Margaret became the parents of 14 children, 11 who grew to adulthood. Margaret and Elisha are buried at Minert Cemetery, rural Postville, Iowa, along with several children who died young.
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