Rev. William C. Harris, 1811—1861
Minutes of the 38th Session of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
Carlinville, Macoupin Co., IL.,
11 Sep 1861 to 14 Sep 1861
”Rev. William C. Harris was born March 17, 1811 in Elizabethtown, Carter County, Tenn. In 1831 he emigrated with his parents to Illinois. Under the Labors of Rev. Elijah Carrington he was, in the year 1842, converted to God; was licensed to exhort by Rev. J.B. Houts, on Whitehall Circuit in 1843, and in 1854 licensed to preach. In the fall of the same year he was admitted on trial in the Illinois Conference held in Springfield; and from that time until his death faithfully served the church as an itinerant preacher. His first appointment was to Hillsboro Circuit, where he remained two years, and where his labors were greatly blessed in the building up the church, and gaining accessions to its numbers. He was next appointed to the Martinsville Circuit, where he also remained two years, and was greatly prospered in his Master’s work. His next appointment was Marshall Station. After one year’s labor there, he was appointed to Vermillion Circuit, in which he had almost completed two years of faithful labor, when he was suddenly called away from earth, on the 5th of August 1861, without a moments’ warning, but not without the notice and permission of Him who knows the end from the beginning. He was smitten down by the lightning’s stroke, and called at once from labor to rest. He could leave no dying testimony to the strength of divine grace to support and comfort in the last struggle, but the consistency of his Christian life, with his zeal and fidelity in the performance of his Masters’ work, assures us that though his departure was sudden, he was not unprepared for it. It is due to the memory of a sainted mother to state, that Bro. Harris had early impressed on his young mind the precepts and teachings of our holy Christianity, by which he profated above many. He possessed very respectable preaching talents, but the secret of his success as a minister was doubtless owing to the “power from on high”, with which he was richly endowed. But “he rests from his labors and his works follow him.” He leaves a wife and several children to the care of God and the Church.” – N. Cloud, Chairman.”
A handwritten copy of the above was found in Ada Luella Harris Sutphin’s papers after her death. Ada Luella was the daughter of grandson Charles Lysander Harris.