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Gale-240Gale Ion Harris (b. California 1935) received his B.S. (Engineering Physics, 1957), M.S. (Physics, 1959), and Ph.D. (Nuclear Physics, 1962) degrees from the University of Kansas. His career includes Director of General Physics, Aerospace Research Laboratories, and Adjunct Professor, Air Force Institute of Technology, both at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; a time out as Sloan Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts (S.M. in Management, 1973); faculty appointment and administrator at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Baltimore, Maryland; law degree (J.D., 1985) and member of the State Bar of Michigan; President, Michigan Research Center, Inc., and dual faculty appointments in Physics and Radiology at Michigan State University, East Lansing (emeritus since 1997). Currently, he is coeditor (with Charles M. Hansen, FASG) of The Genealogist, a contributing editor of The American Genealogist, and a consulting editor of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. His genealogical publications have focused primarily on New England and New York, mid-Atlantic, and Midwestern family studies. He may be contacted at harrisg@msu.edu, but does not take clients.

Selected Publications:

Books and Monographs:

Descendants of Isaac and Barbara Waters of Brown County, Ohio (East Lansing: By the author, 1978).

Families of Elisha, Joseph, and Woodruff Harris of Chenango County, New York, and Geauga and Portage Counties, Ohio (East Lansing: By the author, 1981).

The Scattered Family of Joseph and Julia (Towsley) Harris of Chenango County, New York (East Lansing: By the author, 2002, revised ed. 2007).

Harrises of Connecticut: Scattered Descendants (East Lansing: McNaughton & Gunn, printer, 2012).

Coeditor (with Charles M. Hansen, FASG), The American Society of Genealogists: 75th Anniversary Volume (1940–2015) (Saline, Mich.: ASG, 2015).

Selected Articles:

“The First Daniel Harris of Goshen, Connecticut, and his Descendants in Dutchess and Washington Counties, New York,” co-authored with Margaret Harris Stover, New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 119 (1988):9–15, 99–105, 151–57, 220–26.

“Walter Harris of Wethersfield, Connecticut,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 142 (1988):323–49.

“The Doubtful English Ancestry of Richard Smith of Wethersfield, Connecticut,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 143 (1989):240–46.

“Walter Harris’s Widow and the Blinns of Wethersfield, Connecticut,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 143 (1989):303–24.

“Wyllys-Harris-Chambers-Hamlin-Smith,” The American Genealogist 64 (1989):226–32.

“Thomas Harris, Sawmiller of Hartford, Connecticut,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 78 (1990):182–203.

“The Second Daniel Harris of Goshen, Connecticut, and his Descendants in New York and Other States,” co-authored with Margaret Harris Stover, New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 122 (1991):12–17, 96–101, 152–58, 223–28, 123 (1992): 40–47, 212–13.

“John Edwards of Wethersfield, Connecticut,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 145 (1991):317–41.

“Thomas Herris, Merchant of New England: Reassembling a ‘Split Identity’,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 80 (1992):36–56.

“Captain Richard Wright of Twelve-Mile Island and the Burnhams of Podunk: Two Seventeenth Century Connecticut River Families,” The American Genealogist 67 (1992):32–46; 68 (1993):83.

“The Children of Captain Joseph1 and Mary (Stone) Fitch of Hartford and Windsor, Connecticut,” The American Genealogist 68 (1993):1–10, 95–105.

“The Family of William1 Kelsey of Hartford, Connecticut: With Notes on Hester2 Kelsey, Wife of James2 Eggleston, James1 Eno, and John1 Williams of Windsor, Connecticut,” The American Genealogist 68 (1993):208–15.

“John Blackleach, Merchant, of London and New England,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 148 (1994):7–44, 189.

“William1 Williams, Cooper, of Hartford, Connecticut, and his Sons-in-Law William Buckland and William Biggs,” The American Genealogist 69 (1994):87–94, 174–83.

“Hannah Edwards, First Wife of Joseph2 Hills of Glastonbury, Connecticut,” co-authored with Anthony Hale Burke, New England Historical and Genealogical Register 149 (1995):41–45.

“Jeremiah1 and Mary (Cadwell) Diggins of Hartford and Windsor, Connecticut,” The American Genealogist 70 (1995):18–26.

“Sarah2 Risley, Wife of Samuel1 Crooke of East Hartford, Connecticut,” and John3 Payne of Southold, Long Island,” The American Genealogist 70 (1995):162–70.

“William2 and Elizabeth (Brockway) Harris of Lyme and Colchester, Connecticut: With Notes on their Seven Daughters,” The American Genealogist 70 (1995):233–39.

“George Chappell of Windsor, Wethersfield, and New London, Connecticut,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 150 (1996):48–73.

“The Earlier Career of Hannah (Wakeman) Hackleton, Edward Whittaker’s Wife in the Esopus,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 127 (1996):65–75; 130 (1999):265–66.

“Daniel1 Garrett and His Family of Hartford, Connecticut: The Colony Prison Keepers,” The American Genealogist 71 (1996):93–104.

“Sarah2 Salmon of Southold, Long Island, Probable Wife of Joseph2 Edwards and Samuel2 Curtis of Wethersfield, Connecticut,” The American Genealogist 71 (1996):235–41.

“The Origins of Thomas Harris of East Hampton, Long Island, and Killingworth, Connecticut,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 128 (1997):11–24.

“William1 and Mary Briggs of Boston and the Connecticut Valley: With Notes on their Sons-in-Law John Harris and Wolston Brockway,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 151 (1997):87–101.

“John1 and Mary (Hart) Greet of Westfield, Massachusetts, Southold, Long Island, and Wethersfield, Connecticut: With Notes on the Family of Edmund1 Hart and on Charity2 Hart, Wife of Thomas2 Loveland of Glastonbury, Connecticut,” The American Genealogist 72 (1997):42–48.

“John2 and Mehitable (Danks) Harris of Northampton and Springfield, Massachusetts: Probable Parents of Mary Harris, the Deerfield ‘Indian Captive,’ ” The American Genealogist 72 (1997):333–43.

“William and Richard Harris of the North End, John and William Harris of the South End: Three Mariners and a Merchant of Boston,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 152 (1998):313–46.

“The Skinner Wives of Robert1 Reeve and John1 Colt of Hartford and Windsor, Connecticut: An Old Mix-Up,” The American Genealogist 74 (1999):97–100.

“Adam Crick of Rimersburg, Pennsylvania,” The Genealogist 13 (1999):100–28.

“Robert Harris of Connecticut and Descendants in the Hudson Valley,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 130 (1999):183–96, 269–82.

“Harwood or Harrud Family of Boston, New London, Warwick, and Southold: With Notes on the Wives of Richard1 Howell of Southold,” The Genealogist 13 (1999):178–88.

“Thomas1 Bell, Boston Executioner, and His Son Thomas2 Bell of Stonington, Connecticut” The American Genealogist 74 (1999):281–91.

“James2 Bradish of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Newtown, New York,” The American Genealogist 75 (2000): 47–50.

“James and Sarah (Eliot?) Harris of Boston and New London,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 154 (2000):3–32.

“William1 and Goodwife Ayres of Hartford, Connecticut: Witches who Got Away,” The American Genealogist 75 (2000):197–205.

“The Later Career of William1 and Judith Ayres, Escaped Witches from Hartford, Connecticut: Rhode Island Destination and Descendants,” co-authored with Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, The American Genealogist 75 (2000):301–9.

“William1 Taylor of Wethersfield and New London, Connecticut,” The American Genealogist 76 (2001):174–84.

“Hannah2 Salmon of Southold, Long Island, Probable First Wife of John2 Doud of Guilford, Connecticut,” The American Genealogist 76 (2001):296–99.

“John1 Glaze, Planter of Charles County, Maryland: With Notes on Other Early Glaze Families in America,” The Genealogist 16 (2002):42–65, 189–219; 17 (2003):37–60.

“Walter and Mary (Fry) Harris of New London, Connecticut,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 156 (2002):145–58, 262–79, 357–72, 392.

“The Supposed Children of Thomas Harris of Dutchess County, New York: Reevaluation and Revisions,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 133 (2002):3–18.

“John1 Coltman of Wethersfield, Connecticut: Did he Marry Young Mary Taylor?,” The American Genealogist 77 (2002):248–57.

“The Wives and Children of James2 Bradish of Newtown, Long Island, New York: With Notes on His Sister Hannah2 Bradish, Companion of Joseph Langton,” The American Genealogist 78 (2003):96–102.

“Henry1 and Katherine Palmer of Wethersfield, Connecticut, and Newport, Rhode Island,” The Genealogist 17 (2003):175–85.

“Peter Sluman of Charlton, Massachusetts, and Corinth, Vermont: Probable Son of Thomas1 and Mary (Collins) Sluman of Salem, Massachusetts,” The American Genealogist 78 (2003):276–90.

“John2 Mighill of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 158 (2004):255–79, 364–79.

“Thomas1 and Rebecca (Waterhouse) Williams of Wethersfield, Connecticut,” co-authored with Norman W. Ingham, C.G., The American Genealogist 79 (2004):38–56.

“Arthur1 Harris of Duxbury, Bridgewater, and Boston: With an Account of his Apparent Grandson Thomas Harris of Plainfield, Connecticut,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 159 (2005):261–73, 349–59.

“Francis1 and Anna Catharine Krick of Berks County, Pennsylvania,” The Genealogist 19 (2005): 187–221; 20 (2006):50–84.

“John1 Colt of Hartford and Windsor, Connecticut: Review and Reconciliation,” The American Genealogist 80 (2005):81–93.

“The First Wife of Ralph1 Keeler of Hartford and Norwalk, Connecticut: Probably an Unknown Sister of John Betts of Wethersfield,” The American Genealogist 80 (2005):177–87.

“The Edward1 Purple Family of Connecticut and New York: An Overdue Account,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 137 (2006):3–14, 142–50, 211–18.

“Jarvis1 Mudge and John1 Henryson Families of Connecticut,” The American Genealogist 81 (2006):18–30.

“Wolston1 Brockway of Lyme, Connecticut: With Further Analysis of His Associations,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 162 (2008):37–46, 140–48, 301.

“William1 Tryon of Hartford and Wethersfield, Connecticut,” The American Genealogist 83 (2008): 81–100.

“Michael1 and Mary (Husse) Towsley of Suffield in Massachusetts: Wayward Ancestors and Redeeming Descendants,” The Genealogist 23 (2009):34–72, 177–202.

“Enigmas #26, Early Harrises of Wethersfield, Connecticut: Analysis of a Tradition,” The American Genealogist 83 (2009):249–57.

“Woodruff4 Harris of Connecticut, New York, and Ohio,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 141 (2010):181–89.

“The Brothers William2 and Daniel2 Harris of Middletown, Connecticut,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 164 (2010):165–74, 281–91; 165 (2011):62–67.

“Alexander2 Hazlett and His ‘Anti-Slavery’ Family of Indiana County, Pennsylvania,” The Genealogist 24 (2010):131–62.

“Alla Glaze of Brown County, Ohio: She was Not a Twelve-Year-Old Bride,” The American Genealogist 84 (2010):116–23.

“James7 Pike of Dunstable, Massachusetts, and Hebron, New Hampshire,” The American Genealogist 85 (2011):123–33, 195–208.

“Josephus Burton Waters, of Maryland, Ohio, and Kentucky: A Pioneer Surveyor,” The Genealogist 26 (2012):272–93, “Additions and Corrections,” 27 (2013):128, 28 (2014):200–1.

“Jonathan4 Harris of Norwich and Goshen, Connecticut: With Bradleys of Connecticut and Vermont,” The American Genealogist 86 (2012):120–32.

“Descendants of James1 and Lydia (Guyton) Waters of Harford County, Maryland: Ohio River Valley Families,” The Genealogist 27 (2013):75–98, 234–55, 28 (2014):95–120.

“The Estate of Martha Harris and Early Bacon Families of Eastern Connecticut,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 167 (2013):23–34, 140–48.

“Early Coy and Harris Families of Eastern Connecticut: A Further Analysis of the 1798 Estate of Martha Harris,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 168 (2014):62–71, 148–56, 206–18.

“William Bayly of Colchester, Fairfax County, Virginia,” The American Genealogist 86 (2013):196–206, 302–14.

“Lissons of Westmoreland County: Who Were They?,” Magazine of Virginia Genealogy 52 (2014):213–18.

“David Bradford of Pennsylvania, and Louisiana: A Leader of the Whiskey Rebellion, Part I, Parents and Siblings,” Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine 49 (2014): 85–98.

“Abraham1 Tout of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky,” The Genealogist 29(2015): 21–48, 165–84, 30(2016):111–36.

“Elijah6 and Nancy (Burger) Bowman of Pennsylvania and New York,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 146 (2015):41–53 [Harry Macy, Jr., Tribute issue].

“John5 Eggleston of Watertown, Connecticut, and Broome County, New York,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 169 (2015):57–70, 156–71.

“William5 and Wealthy (Dean) Towsley of Kalamazoo, Michigan,” American Society of Genealogists 75th Anniversary Volume (Saline, Mich.: ASG, 2015), 45–55.

“Henry Jacob1 Seagondollar of Bavaria and Brown County, Ohio: Nineteenth-Century German Immigrants to the Midwest,” The American Genealogist 87 (2015):171–78, 269–78.