Providing dignified and affordable funeral
service since 1820.
The Harris Family is one of
America’s oldest families in funeral service.
Jonathan Harris, a cabinet maker, began the family business when he was called
upon to construct a coffin for a small child in 1820. Generation after
generation followed in the profession; each new generation, as committed as the
previous has met the changing needs and requests of those they served, by
providing dignified and affordable funeral service.
In 1868, Jonathan Harris died and
his son Benjamin Franklin Harris continued the business as a coffin maker and
undertaker. In 1896, B. F. Harris obtained his formal training as
an embalmer in Montreal, Canada. Training at the institution and practical
demonstration qualified him for “Embalming and Preserving of the Dead.”
Coffin Maker 1793-1868
Benjamin F. Harris
Benjamin Franklin Harris had two
sons, George W. Harris and Elton E. Harris, who assisted in the undertaking
firm called B. F. Harris & Sons. George W. Harris received his
undertaking license in New York State in 1905. In 1906, George W. Harris
received his embalming license through the State of Illinois and was accepted
to the New York State Embalmers Association in April of 1907. Soon after, his
brother Elton E. Harris received his license.
George W. Harris
Samuel E. G. Harris
George’s son, Samuel E. G.
Harris, was a graduate of the Syracuse New York School of Embalming in 1924. In
1945, Samuel’s son, Benjamin A. Harris, became his father’s assistant and went
on to school and became a licensed funeral director.
Benjamin A. Harris was followed
by his son, B. Elton J. Harris, who received his degree from SUNY Canton
in 1976 and holds a National Board Certificate in Mortuary Science. The sixth
generation also includes, Kayko Harris Jarmusz and Julie E. Harris,
both daughters of Benjamin A. Harris.
Benjamin A. Harris
B.Elton J. Harris
In 2008, Kendra M. Harris, the
youngest daughter of B. Elton J. Harris, received her Mortuary Science degree
from SUNY Canton. She received her New York State Funeral Directing License in
2009. In 2010, Kendra graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Funeral
Services Administration from SUNY Canton and in August 2016, she graduated from the NYS Funeral Directors Association Leadership Academy. She is the seventh generation of the Harris Family to be dedicated to the funeral profession. Seventh Generation
Kendra M. Harris