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Biography: Dr. Seale Harris born March 13, 1870 – photograph

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(1870-aft. 1904)

Bullock County, Alabama

Seale Harris was a leading physician of Union Springs, Bullock County, Alabama. He was born in Cedartown, Polk County, Ga., March 13, 1870. He was a great-grandson of William Harris, who was born in New Berne, N. C, and afterward moved to a place near Montgomery, that passed to his daughter, Mrs. Albert James Pickett, and called Pickett Springs.

William Harris married Sarah Coffee, a sister of Gen. John Coffee, and their son, Peter Coffee Harris, married Narcissa Anne Hooks, whose father, Charles Hooks, also moved from Duplin, N. C., and died in Alabamian 1851. Charles Hooks was a congressman from North Carolina for six years, 1819-25. He was closely related to the Moulton, Henley, Campbell and Fitzpatrick families of Alabama.

Charles Hooks Harris, son of Peter Coffee Harris and father of the subject of this sketch, was born Feb. 22, 1835, in Montgomery County, Alabama, but moved afterward to Magnolia, N. C., where he lived until the outbreak of the Civil war. He was a physician, had attended the University of Alabama, 1853-54. He was a student of medicine at the University of the City of New York, 1857, and in the war between the States, he served in the Confederate army as assistant surgeon in the Sixtieth Virginia regiment. He was the surgeon in charge of the field hospital after the battle of Piedmont, Va. After the war, in 1866, he began the practice of medicine in Cedartown, Ga. He married Margaret Ann Monk, daughter of James B. and Anna (Maxwell) Monk, who lived at Magnolia, N. C. Mrs. Harris was descended from Irish ancestors who settled in Duplin County, N. C.

Dr. Seale Harris received his preliminary education in the common schools and high school of Cedartown, Ga., and at Marietta Male academy, and then attended the University of Georgia. He studied medicine at the University of Virginia, where he graduated with the degree of medical doctor in 1894, and afterward took post-graduate courses in New York and Baltimore. He began to practice his profession in 1894 in Union Springs, Alabama, where he met with immediate success. He made a specialty of internal diseases. He ranked among the first physicians of Alabama in ability. He was for eight years health officer of Bullock County. He served as president of the Bullock County Medical Society, vice-president of the TriState (Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee) Medical association and counselor of the Alabama State Medical Association; he was a member of the American Medical Association. He was captain and assistant surgeon on the staff of Colonel Graves, of the Second Regiment, Alabama National Guard.

He was a member of the Presbyterian church, a Mason, Knight of Pythias, and also belonged to other fraternal orders. He was a contributor to medical literature. Among his contributions may be mentioned “The Early Diagnosis of Pulmonary Tuberculosis,” New York Medical Record, 1902; “The Future of the Negro,” American Medicine, Philadelphia, 1901; and “Tuberculosis in the Negro,” Journal of the American Medical Association,1903.

He was married, April 28, 1897, at Union Springs, to Stella Baskin Rainer, daughter of Captain Joel H. and Josephine (Wood) Rainer, of that place. The Rainer family originally came from North Carolina. Mrs. Harris’ father, Joel H. Rainer, a captain in the Confederate army, was afterward a member of the State legislature, and president of the Merchants’ and Farmers’ bank of Union Springs. Doctor Harris and his wife had two children in 1904:

  1. Josephine Anne Harris, five years old in 1904
  2. Seale Harris, a boy of three, in 1904



  1. Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose, 1904

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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