From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Harris, Silas

(born: 1870) Silas Harris was one of the many young African American men from Kentucky who were employed at the Harlem Jockey Club in Chicago, IL. Silas was a groomsman and horse trainer, according to the 1900 U. S. Census. By 1910, Silas had given up working with horses, and both he and his wife Mary were working as servants for a private family [source: 1910 U.S. Census]. Ten years later, Silas was a chauffeur [source: 1920 U.S. Census]. Silas Harris was born in 1870 in Shelbyville, KY, the son of Bettie and Stephen Taylor. Silas Taylor died in Chicago, IL on February 16, 1925 and is buried in Lincoln Cemetery [sources: 1880 U.S. Census; and Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index in Ancestry].

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Shelby County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Shelbyville, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Outside Kentucky Place Name

Item Relations

Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Harlem Race Track Employees from Kentucky
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)

Related Entries Citing this Entry


Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Harris, Silas,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 18, 2024,

Last modified: 2018-11-12 16:39:18