Harris B. Mebane is a farmer and was born in Carroll County, Tenn., June 19, 1883. He is the sixth of ten children born to William and Elizabeth Mebane. His father was also a farmer, and held the office of magistrate in his district a number of years, and he was born in Alamance County, N. C. He was reared and married in his native State; he settled in Carroll County, and remained there until his death, which occurred at his home in 1883. The mother of our subject was born in. North Carolina and died at the homestead about 1875.
Harris B. Mebane was raised on the farm and received a limited education, and has made farming his chief occupation. He was married in Carroll County January 11, 1854, to Miss Martha J. Fields, daughter of Alexander Fields. Of this union there were thirteen children, nine of whom are now living: Newton H., Vandela (Rogers), Lon F., Maranza D., Mattie S., Sarah E., Mary B., Pitt and Yancy. William A. died March 17, 1873, and the other three died in infancy. Mr. Mebane enlisted in the Confederate Army and belonged to the Twenty-second Infantry, under Col. Freeman. He was at the battles of Belmont and Shiloh, and served until the fall of 1862, when he was discharged on account of physical disability. Mr. Mebane is a Democrat and a Mason, also a member of the Wheel. His wife and all of the family are church members, Mrs. Mebane belonging to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the children to the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He is a man of broad views, strict integrity, and of a generous disposition, readily responding to all calls made upon him for charitable purposes, so far as his means will justify. He has 287 acres of land, on which he raises stock, cotton, tobacco, and the cereals in about equal proportions. The farm is situated about eight miles east of Huntingdon, Tenn., near the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railroad, and the residence is well located and surrounded with numerous comforts and conveniences.
Transcribed by David Donahue
Source: History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Carroll, Henry and Benton Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978.