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               THE NEW JERSEY HARRIS FAMILY

                           Chapter 10   Pages 148-176
 

JOSEPH HARRIS, son of George Harris and Hannah TUNIS was born 1 Dec 1770 at or near Elizabethtown, New Jersey. When a young boy his parents removed to Washington County, Pennsylvania. He married Martha RYAN 25 April 1791 by whom he had seven children. Mr. Harris lived at or near Amity, Pa., and died there about 1837. His wife Martha Ryan was born 15 November 1771 and died about 1841 or 1842.

1. Nancy Harris b.  4 Nov 1795 d. 1879 m. Moses LITTLE 1823

2. Melissa Harris b. 13 Oct 1799 m. Daniel McCOLLUM

3. John Harris b.  1 Dec 1802 m. Susan Ann HENDERSON 8 Dec 1831in Georgia.

4. Sarah Harris b. 26 June 1805 d. 1852  (unmarried)

5. Joseph Harris Jr. b.  7 Apr 1807 

6. Nehemiah Harris b. 26 July 1810 m. 1st ______________? m. 2nd __________?

7. Julia Ann Harris b.  7 Mar 1814 m. Lewis PERSHING
 

NANCY HARRIS, daughter of Joseph Harris and Martha RYAN was born 4 November 1795 in Washington County, Pa. She married Moses LITTLE in 1823. They had six children. They lived near Washington, Pa., where Mrs. Little died in 1879. She was a woman very much respected where she lived.  Photo/Woodcut Nancy Harris Little

1. Emeline Little

2. Margaret Little m. Samuel MELVIN

3. John H. Little

4. Lee Roy Woods Little d. 23 July 1873 m. Sida WELLS

5. Joseph H. Little m. Margaret Ann WADSWORTH 26 Mar 1862

6. Moses Little Jr. m. Margaret CLEVELAND
 

MELISSA HARRIS, daughter of Joseph Harris and Martha RYAN was born 13 October 1799 in Washington County, PA. She married Daniel McCOLLUM by whom she had sixteen children. Mrs. McCollum was still living in 1884 and as smart and active as a girl. She is now in her eighty-sixth year and gives her own history as being the mother of sixteen children, and she has fifty grandchildren and forty great- grandchildren. In her own handwriting she says she thinks she has done her share toward multiplying and replenishing the earth. Two sons and one daughter were stillborn. She lived in Armwell Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1884.  Since the above was written she has died.

1.  William McCollum d. 21 Mar 1842 m. Mary CLUTTER

2.  John McCollum b. 23 Dec 1819 m. Caroline ATKINS 22 Jan 1845

3.  Nelson McCollum m. Jane HATHAWAY

4.  Caroline McCollum m. Harvey DAY

5.  Amanda McCollum died in 1878 m. 1st Milton CLUTTER died in 1862 m. 2nd Daniel CONDIT

6.  Elias McCollum m. Sarah E. MOSS

7.  Caleb McCollum m. Eliza Jane LEWELLYN d. July 1884

8.  Julian McCollum m. Boyd BRANDEN

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9.  James McCollum

10. Daniel McCollum Jr.
m. Elizabet DOKES

11. Demas McCollum m. Martha STROUSE

12. Franklin McCollum d. young

13. Sarah Jane McCollum d. young
 

JOHN HARRIS, son of Joseph Harris and Martha RYAN was born 01 Dec 1802 in Washington County, PA. He was educated in the common schools of those days, but having a strong desire for education, he entered as a student and graduated at Washington College in Washington County, Pa., in 1827. After graduation he went south and taught school in South Carolina for one or two years. From there he went to Covington,  Georgia where he became acquainted with, and married Susan Ann Henderson of Oglethorpe County, Georgia, 8 December 1831. They had eleven children six sons and five daughters.

In Covington, Georgia, Mr. Harris went into merchandising for a while then gave it up and bought a farm and a number of Negroes, and commenced raising and buying cotton, which occupation he followed the rest of his life. He was a man who took an active part in politics and in Masonry. He took a great deal of interest in institutions of learning. He shared the first honors with Henry R. Wise who was afterwards Governor of the State of Virginia. He was a man of considerable consequence in Georgia. He held many offices of trust and honor. He was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the State of Georgia for six years. He was in the Legislature a number of times, and at one time a President of a bank.  His life was mainly devoted to farming and buying cotton, in which he amassed quite a fortune. He owned 140 slaves at one time, but almost everything he had was swept away by the consequences of the war. He made himself very unpopular in the section in which he lived, during the war, by his firm Union principles. He was always a Republican, and after the war was over, he was elected Senator to the Legislature from his district, in spite of the great opposition to him. He was a very well informed man, and a man of great energy and resolution, and a very fine conversationalist. He was a large, robust man, weighing from 225 to 240 pounds. He was afflicted with apoplexy, and the last attack he had caused his death. He died 16 June 1878.   I found John Harris and family on the 1840 Census, Newton County with wife and two children both under five years of age.

1. John P. Harris b. 17 Feb 1836 m. 1st Susie E. SLACK 6 June 1860 d.  7 Mar 1863
m. 2nd Lucy C. ANDERSON 30 Nov 1865 d. 26 Oct 1869 m. 3rd Elizabeth A. GROVES 14 June 1871

2. Martha Harris b. 29 Aug 1838 d. 1841

3. Joseph Harris b.  4 June 1842

4. Isaac P. Harris b.  4 Nov 1844 m. Susan EVANS Jan 1866

5. Susan Ann Harris b. 12 Sep 1847
                  twins
6. William Harris b. 12 Sep 1847 d. 24 Nov 1877 m. Virginia E. DANIELS 8 June 1873

7. Aerie Melissa Harris b. 20 Feb 1849 d. 31 Aug 1882 m. Jacob A. HENRY 19 Feb 1878.

8. Henry Harris b. 10 Aug 1851 d. young

9. Sarah (Sallie) Eudocia Harris b.  8 Feb 1853 m. Bliss ANDERSON Dec 1872

10. Jack Nehemiah Harris b. 11 Oct 1855

11. Dora Adel Harris b. 12 May 1858

1860 Census Newton County, Covington Post Office Dwelling # 82
Harris, John  54 Male Farmer 24,000 in Real Estate 7,300 in Property born PA
Susan A., 41 F born Ga
Joseph, 18 M born Ga
Isaac P. 15 M born Ga
William 12 Twin M born Ga.
Susan A. 12 Twin F born Ga. (the same age was William according to the enumerator)
Sarah M.  11 F born Ga
Sarah 7 F.born Ga
Jack 5 F (?) born Ga
Dora 2 F born Ga

1870 Georgia Census Covington, Newton County.
John Harris  age 64 farmer
Joseph Harris  28
Susan Ann 21
Aerie 18
Sallie 16 
Jack 14 
Dora 12

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Susan Ann Henderson was the daughter of Isaac P. Henderson and Sarah Bridges;  Sarah was the sister of Mary Bridges who married John Settle.  Sarah and Mary were daughters of Solomon Bridges of Oglethorpe County.   ejarguelles at msn.com

Solomon Bridges Estate Papers 01 Nov 1824 Oglethorpe County, GA

Estate of Solomon Bridges
1824-25
Oglethorpe Co, GA

1 Nov 1824
Oglethorpe Co Inferior Court
Citation was granted unto Nancy BRIDGES, David BRIDGES and James BRIDGES to obtain letters of administration on the estate of Solomon BRIDGES, deceased.

3 January 1825:
Letters of administration granted to James BRIDGES to administer on the
estate of Solomon BRIDGES, deceased... Ruben JORDAN and William GILMER securities.

Georgia Oglethorpe County
To the Honorable the Justices of the Inferior Court sitting for ordinary purposes; The petition of James BRIDGES administrator of all the goods & chattles, rights and credits which were of Solomon BRIDGES at the time of his death who died intestate showeth that it is desirable for the better management of the estate of the said Solomon BRIDGES decd. that the same should be divided among the several distributees of the said estate. He therfore prays that the honorable court appoint partitioners to divide the said estate among the distributees (to wit) Nancy BRIDGES the widow of said Solomon BRIDGES decd.; Susan Ann HENDERSON, Lemuel HENDERSON, Aery HENDERSON, Sarah Ann, the children of Sarah HENDERSON the wife of Isaac P. HENDERSON, the said Sarah HENDERSON having died before her father having the above four children entitled to a distributive share of the said Solomon BRIDGES decd. estate; James BRIDGES; Wm. BRIDGES; John SETTLE in right of his wife Mary SETTLE, formerly Mary BRIDGES; Nancy BRIDGES; Susan BRIDGES; Lucinda BRIDGES; making eight equal parts.


SARAH HARRIS, daughter of Joseph Harris and Martha RYAN was born 26 June 1805 in Washington County, PA. She lived unmarried at the old homestead near Amity, PA. She died about 1852 while on a visit to her cousin, Hon. Judge Caleb Baldwin, in Fairfield, Iowa. While there she was stricken down with cholera and died. 

JOSEPH HARRIS JR., son of Joseph Harris and Martha RYAN was born 7 April 1807 in Washington County, PA. He taught school for some time then engaged in clerking on steamboats and soon became a partner and finally owner of several large steamboats. Several of them he commanded as Captain himself in the lower or gulf trade. He married a woman at Shiretown, PA., name not known, and had four children. Joseph Harris Jr., died 24 April 1848.

1. Virginia Harris m. ______? ROPER

2. Martha Harris m. _______? CHAPLINE

3. John Harris d. at 12 years.

4. Ella Harris m. ______? EVANS
 

NEHEMIAH HARRIS, son of Joseph Harris and Martha RYAN was born 26 July 1810 in Washington County, PA. He learned the tailoring trade, but not liking the business, he gave it up. He then farmed the old homestead after his father's death, for some years; then engaged in steamboating as owner and Captain of his vessel, and lastly, he engaged in Merchandising in the City of Wheeling, West Virginia. Mr. Harris married twice, leaving a son by his second wife. Mr Harris died about the year 1866, in the City of Wheeling.

1. David Harris
 

JULIA ANN HARRIS, daughter of Joseph Harris and Martha RYAN was born 7 Mar 1814 in Washington County, PA. She married Lewis PERSHING (of German descent) by whom she had one daughter. Mrs. Pershing lived on and owned her father's old homestead near the village of Amity, PA., in 1883.

1. Frances Pershing
 

MARGARET LITTLE, daughter of Nancy Harris and Moses LITTLE was born in Washington County, PA. She married Samuel MELVIN by whom she had two children. Mrs. Melvin and family lived at or near Waynesburgh, Green County, PA.

1. Alice Melvin

2. Anna Melvin
 

JOSEPH H. LITTLE, son of Nancy Harris and Moses LITTLE was born in Washington County, PA. He married Margaret Ann WADSWORTH 26 March 1862. They had one child. Mr. Little is a practicing physician and lived in Washington, PA in 1887.

1. George B. McClellan Little   b.  1 Aug 1863
 

MOSES LITTLE Jr., son of Nancy Harris and Moses LITTLE was born in Washington County, PA. He married Margaret CLEVELAND and had two daughters. The family lived in Washington, PA., in 1886.

1. Luola Jackson Little b. 1874

2. Flora Little b. 1883 d. at 5 months
 

WILLIAM McCOLLUM, son of Melissa Harris and Daniel McCOLLUM was born in Washington County, PA. He married Mary CLUTTER and had two children. William died of consumption 21 March 1842.

1. Thomas McCollum

2. James McCollum
 

JOHN McCOLLUM, son of Melissa Harris and Daniel McCOLLUM was born 23 December 1819 in Washington County, PA. He married Caroline Atkins 22 Jan 1845 by whom he had five children. Mr. McCollum is a farmer by occupation. He and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and they lived near Jefferson, Greene County, PA. in 1884.

1. William H. McCollum b. 15 June 1846

2. Mary Jane McCollum b. 20 Feb 1848

3. Elizabeth McCollum b. 10 Nov 1851

4. Harvey McCollum b. 26 Mar 1855 d. 19 Mar 1858

5. Joseph H. McCollum b.  7 Oct 1860
 

NELSON McCOLLUM, son of Melissa Harris and Daniel McCOLLUM was born in Washington County, PA. He married Jane HATHAWAY by whom he had twelve children. Florinda, Salinda, Emeline, Deborah, Isa, Sarah Jane, Melissa, Hiram, Simeon, Robert L. and Isabell, of whom Deborah, Isa, and Melissa are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. McCollum lived near Paris, Edgar County, Illinois in 1884.
 

CAROLINE McCOLLUM, daughter of Melissa Harris and Daniel McCOLLUM was born in Washington County, PA. She married Harvey DAY by whom she had two children: Cephas and Elias. Cephas is deceased and Elias married and has three or four children, names not known. Mrs. Day died and her husband married and aunt of his first wife, Nehemiah Harris' second wife.
 

AMANDA McCOLLUM, daughter of Mellissa Harris and Daniel McCOLLUM was born in Washington County, PA. She married Milton CLUTTER and had five children. Milton Clutter enlisted in the United States Army and while in the army was taken with smallpox and died in the hospital at  Washington, D.C. in 1862. Amanda then married Daniel CONDIT. Mrs. Condit died suddenly of apoplexy in 1878.

1. Sarah Clutter m. J.W. WALTON

2. Caleb Clutter m. ______? SANDERS

3. Martha Clutter m. James R. SLUSHER

4. Isabelle Clutter m. Jacob HOLDEN

5. Franklin Clutter died at 21 unmarried
 

ELIAS McCOLLUM, son of Melissa Harris and Daniel McCOLLUM was born in Washington County, PA. He married Sarah E. MOSS and had three children. They lived near Amity, PA., in 1884.

1. Harvey E. McCollum

2. Jennings M. McCollum

3. Ellenor McCollum
 

CALEB McCOLLUM, son of Melissa Harris and Daniel McCOLLUM was born in Washington County, PA. He married Eliza Jane LEWELLYN and had five children. Eliza was killed when kicked by a horse in July of 1884. Mr. McCollum lived near Amity, PA.

1. George McCollum m. Bessie BEBOUT

2. Cephas McCollum

3. Mary McCollum m. Daniel WEBB

4. Edmund McCollum m. Iabelle WEBB

5. Milton McCollum
 

JULIAN McCOLLUM, daughter of Melisa Harris and Daniel McCollum was born in Washington County, PA. She married Boyd BRANDEN and had three children. Melissa, Boyd, and one died at birth.
 

DANIEL McCOLLUM, son of Melissa Harris and Daniel McCOLLUM was born in Washington County, PA. He married Elizabeth DOKES and had four children. Mr. McCollum, after the death of his wife Elizabeth married Manerva WEBB.

1. Charity McCollum m. Edward WYLAND

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2. Joseph McCollum

3. Melissa McCollum

4. Harvey McCollum
 

DEMAS McCOLLUM, son of Melissa Harris and Daniel McCOLLUM was born in Washington County, PA. He married Martha STROUSE and had three children: Jane, Leason, and Edna McCollum.

JAMES McCOLLUM, son of William McCollum and Mary CLUTTER was born in Washington County, PA. He married Elizabeth MOUNT by whom he had eleven children. Through neglect of correspondence no names given.
 

WILLIAM McCOLLUM, son of John McCollum and Caroline ATKINS was born 15 June 1846 in Pennsylvania. He married Adda SWAST 03 Dec 1867 and had four children. He was a physician and lived at Jacksonville, Greene County, PA. in 1884.
 

MARY JANE McCOLLUM, son of John McCollum and Caroline Atkins was born 20 Feb 1848. She married Jabez CONDIT 25 Feb 1868 by whom she had two sons. Mr. Condit was a farmer and lived near Amity, PA.
 

ELIZABETH McCOLLUM, daughter of John McCollum and Caroline ATKINS was born 10 November 1851. She married George WEBB 24 September 1874 by whom she had two children. Both died young.
 

JOHN P. HARRIS, son of John Harris and Susan Ann HENDERSON  was born 17 Feb 1836 near Covington, Georgia. He married Susie E. SLACK 6 June 1860. They lived together almost three years when she was called away by death. She died 7 March 1863. Mr. Harris married for his second wife, Lucy C. ANDERSON 30 November 1865. She died 26 October 1869 after about four years of married life. Lucy had one child that died in infancy. He married for his third wife, Elizabeth A. GROVES 14 June 1871. Mr. Harris was a farmer by occupation. He was also a Judge of the Infirm Court at Covington, Georgia and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They lived near Covington in 1882.
 

ISAAC P. HENDERSON HARRIS, son of John Harris and Susan Ann HENDERSON was born 4 November 1844 near Covington, Georgia. He married Susan EVANS of Covington in January 1866. They had four children. Mr. Harris lived at Atlanta, Georgia and was in the business of buying and selling lime.

1. Evans Harris b. 14 Feb 1867

2. Ida Harris b.    Dec 1868

3. Susan Jane Harris b. Jan 1871

4. Issac P. Harris  b. 12 Nov 1880 d. infancy
 

WILLIAM HARRIS, twin of Susan, son of John Harris and Susan Ann HENDERSON was born 12 September 1847 near Covington, Georgia.

There is quite a romance connected with the life of William Harris. Years ago, a detachment of United States soldiers on their way to fight the Indians passed through Covington, Georgia. There was a young Englishman by the name of George Daniels, who had left his home in London and came over to this country. He had joined the army and was with this detachment when they passed through Covington. Mr. Daniels being sick with a fever, they left him there to die, but the citizens nursed him back to life and then sent a petition for his release from the army. He stayed there and married in that place. He had three daughters. When his second daughter was about ten years old, William Harris, only a few months older than she, exchanged rings and called themselves engaged. The rings were lost, but not their fondness for each other. When they grew older they exchanged rings and were engaged in earnest. When Sherman's raiders first entered Covington (during the Civil War) a reckless Southerner shot two of his soldiers. This southerner was afterwards killed by the Union men as a punishment, but to further satisfy vengence they must kill another man. George Daniels, for some reason, was not in the Southern army. One morning as Mr. Daniels was going hunting he was found with the gun before he could conceal it. They would listen to no explanation, but took him out and shot him. His father, during the war, died in London. His three daughters were sent for as soon as the war was over to come to London and take charge of their property. The daughters remained in London eight years, or, until the youngest became of age. Then they returned to the United States, and in two weeks after their return to Georgia, William Harris and Virginia E. Daniels were married 08 June 1873 at Covington. They were married according to the English style, before twelve o'clock in the forenoon, and by the Episcopal service. By her he had two children, one son and one daughter.

Mr. Harris was very kind hearted and a very sweet dispositioned man, kind to the poor and afflicted; his heart and hand were ever open to the wants of the needy. He said that he tried to live right and he died in peace with all men. He died 24 November 1877, leaving a wife and two small children to mourn the loss of a kind and indulgent father and a loving husband.

1. Ethel Virginia Harris b.  1 Aug 1874

2. George William Harris b. 27 Oct 1875
 

AERIE MELISSA HARRIS, daughter of John Harris and Susan Ann HENDERSON was born 20 February 1849 near Covington, Georgia. She was a very unselfish girl and thought more of the happiness of others than her own happiness. At the time of her mothers death she was engaged to be married, but she anukked the engagement and devoted her time to her younger brothers and sisters, until they were grown, and filled as near as she could the place of a mother. After twelve years the engagement was renewed and she married Jacob A. HENRY 19 February 1878, by whom she had one child who died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Henry lived in Baltimore, Maryland, where Mr. Henry was in the Oyster business with William Ellis and Company. Mrs. Henry died in Baltimore, Maryland 31 August 1882.
 

SARAH EUDOCIA HARRIS, daughter of John Harris and Susan Ann HENDERSON was born 8 February 1853 near Covington, Georgia where she married Bliss ANDERSON in December 1872 and had three children. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson lived near Covington, Georgia in 1882. He was a farmer. Mrs. Anderson is a ggod Christian devoted to her husband, home and children.

1. John Harris Anderson b.  7 July 1874
2. Willie Brown Anderson (Female) b.  4 Oct 1877
3. Jacob Henry Anderson b. 10 Nov 1880

 

JACK NEHEMIAH HARRIS, son of John Harris and Susan Ann HENDERSON was born 11 October 1855 near Covington, Georgia. Jack was unmarried in 1888 and worked at a bank in Atlanta, Georgia. He won the respect and confidence of all his employers by his faithfulness to business.
 

PHEBE HARRIS, daughter of George Harris and Hannah TUNIS was born near Elizabethtown, New Jersey. She married a Mr. Hays (given name not known) in Elizabethtown. She had several children. Her oldest son Jabez Wheeler Hays married but have no account of him leaving any children except one son whose name was Henry Hays. He was a jeweler and and lived in New York City but in 1884 was in Newark, New Jersey. Her socond son George Hays died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania about 1863 or 1864 leaving no family. Her daughter Martha Hays married Horace NICHOLS but both are dead leaving one daughter who married Smith CARTER. They lived in Newark, New Jersey in 1884. Mrs. Phebe Hays was a member of the Presbyterian Church and died at Newark, New Jersey.
 

AMELIA HAYS, daughter of Phebe Harris and Mr. HAYS married O.W. KING by whom she had three children. Father, mother and all children are dead. They lived at Newark, New Jersey.
 

REBECCA HARRIS, daughter of George Harris and Hannah TUNIS was born in Essex County, Ne Jersey. She married Oliver CRANE and had one child named David B. Crane who married Betsey POTTER and had two children. Emeline Crane and Oliver Crane. Emeline died at the age of seven years. Olive married Sarah J. MEEKER and had one son named Clarence Harris Crane who married Lizzie WINANS and they had a son named Harris W. Crane born in 1884. The Cranes lives near Union, New Jersey
in 1885.
 

ELIZABETH HARRIS, daughter of George Harris and Hannah TUNIS was born about 1780 in New Jersey. She married a man named MITCHELL and lived at or near Morristown, New Jersey. This is all the information I have concerning this family. No doubt she has descendants still living in New Jersey.
 

SARAH HARRIS, daughter of George Harris and Hannah TUNIS was born about 1783 in New Jersey. When she was four years old her parents moved to Washington County, PA. She married John TUNIS, her cousin, when about thirteen years of age. She had two children: Nehemiah Tunis and Patience Tunis. Nehemiah died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Tunis lived together for two or three years, but she having married so young, refused to leave her mother. Her husband, after a few years, finally left her. Being a ship carpenter, he could not find work in an inland town; but he still supported his family, and when he died he left them well off. Mrs. Tunis lived a grass widow the balance of her life and died 24 October 1840.
 

PATIENCE TUNIS, daughter of Sarah Harris and John TUNIS was born in Washington County, PA. about 1799. She married Nehemiah BALDWIN and had five children. John T., Sarah. Caleb Cephas and Ruth BALDWIN. Mr. and Mrs Baldwin lived in and died at Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa. Mrs. Baldwin was noted for her enormous size weighing at one time about 460 pounds.
 

ABIGAIL HARRIS, daughter of George Harris and Hannah TUNIS was born about 1785 in Essex County, New Jersey. When she was small she moved with her parents to Washington County, PA. She married James McGOWAN of Washington, PA., by whom she had on child, James McGowan Jr. He married and had two daughters. One daughter married but at last account was a widow. The other daughter died of consumption in 1864. James McGowan lived near Washington, PA. in 1883.
 

HANNAH HARRIS, daughter of George Harris and Hannah TUNIS was born about 1786 in New Jersey. She married Alexander McMULLEN 8 Feb 1794. They had no children. They both died in Washington County. They belonged to the old school Presbyterian Church.
 

PAMELIA HARRIS, daughter of George Harris and Hannah TUNIS was born in Washington County, PA 17 October 1788. She married Joseph MILLER 4 March 1813 and had seven children. After their marriage they settled in near the village of Amity in Washington County, PA. where they lived the balance of their lives. Pamelia died 3 March 1863 and Mr. Miller died 12 April 1885, aged ninety-five years. They were married fifty years lacking one day when Mrs. Miller died. They were both members of the Presbyterian Church.

       Sleep on, thou reverand father; sleep in peace:
       Nor sighs nor tears shall ere disturb thee more.

Mr. Joseph Miller of whom mention has just been made was a person who had become quite conspicuous in the latter years of his life, on account of his intimate acquaintance with Rev. Spaulding, the author of the Book of Mormans. He furnished facts from personal recollections of the author, to different newspaper reporters the first in 1869 and then again in 1881. When visited by a reporter some two or three years before his death and was asked if he knew Rev. Solomon Spaulding, the author of the book of Morman, he quickly turned toward the reporter and his face brightened as his mind ran back to the past, and said with considerable emphasis, I certainly do.

After being questioned for some time by the reporter, he then referred him to a passage on a certain page which he said was so strange that at the time Mr. Spaulding read it to him from his manuscript, fixed itself upon his memory, and that he had never forgotten it.  He said that about 1812, Mr.  Spaulding came to Amity, then a small village in Washington County,
Pennsylvania. That Spaulding was in delicate health, and Mr. Miller often spent his evenings at his home. While there, on several occasions, Mr. Spaulding would bring out a large roll of papers, and read select portions of their contents to amuse themselves of evenings. He told Mr. Miller that he wrote it for a novel, and intended to have it published as a means of support for his family. He called it the "Lost Manucript Found," and said he wrote it to pass away the time when he was feeling unwell. Mr. Miller said that he was confident from wht he knew of Mr. Spaulding's manu- script, and the book of Morman, that Joseph Smith by some means got possession of the copy of that novel and promptly made some changes in it and issued it under the name by which it is known today.

Mr. Miller said that Spaulding was an enthusiastic archaelogist, and that he often indulged himself in the belief that the American continent was at one time peopled by a colony of ancient Israelites, and that his manuscript was only a fictitious history of the race which had built the mounds. Mr. Miller was the only man living at that time who was acquainted with Spaulding, at least the only person who has any knowledge of the correct origin of the Book of Morman, or who ever heard it read from the lips of the author. Mr. Miller said to the reporter while at his house, that as he neared the grave, with but one breath as it were between himself and heaven, he hoped that that last breath might carry a message that would prevent the people from being led to Mormanism, that most seductive delusion of the devil.  Mr. Miller said that Spaulding was a good man, and that he would not cast a shadow on his memory, for it never was his intention to create a false religion by anything that he wrote. Mr. Miller said that he attended him through his last illness, and when death had called him from earth, Mr. Miller, with his own hands, made the coffin that contains his sleeping ashes. Mr. Spaulding was buried in the church yard of the village, and his grave remains unmarked, while the work of his idle hours of nearly eighty years ago has grown in the country he dearly loved, until the eyes of the nation are turned with horror upon its magnitude. Mr. Miller was an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was a man of unimpeachable veracity.

1. Nehemiah Miller b. 19 Apr 1814 d. m. 1st Rachel STRAW 22 Jan 1837 d. 23 July 1862 m. 2nd Hannah PUGH 25 Jan 1866.

2. Malvina Miller b. 21 Apr 1816 d.  3 July 1833

3. William Miller b. 11 Sep 1818 m. 1st Hannah CRAWFORD 1839 who d. 1848. He m. 2nd Mary CARPENTER. He m. 3rd Sarah BRUCE

4. John F. Miller b. 17 Nov 1820 m. 1st Deborah FULTON 6 Feb 1844 She d.  3 Dec 1845 m. 2nd Martha DeFRANCE 30 Dec 1846

5. Benjamin Miller b. 25 Mar 1823 d. 19 June 1881 m. Lydia BULLIAN 1850

6. Tunis Miller b. 16 Aug 1825 m. Marinda BLACK 13 May 1851

7. Stephen D. Miller b. 29 Aug 1833 m. 1st Elizabeth BALDWIN 11 Aug 1853 who  d. 22 Oct 1872 m. 2nd Sarah G. SPEARS 30 Apr 1873.
 

CALEB BALDWIN, son of Patience Tunis and Nehemiah BALDWIN was a lawyer by profession and became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Iowa. He died at Council Bluffs, Iowa about the year 1880. He weighed over 500 pounds.
 

JOHN T. BALDWIN, son of Patience Tunis and Nehemiah BALDWIN was a wealthy stock-grower and at last account lived near Council Bluffs, Iowa.
 

NEHEMIAH MILLER, son of Pamelia Harris and Joseph MILLER was born in Washington County, PA. He emigrated to Mt Gilead, then Richland but now Morrow County, Ohio in March of 1836. He married Rachel STRAW  22 January 1837 by whom he had eight children the oldest dying in infancy. His wife Rachel died 23 July 1862 and he married for his second wife Hannah PUGH 25 January 1866. Mr. Miller in his younger days was a contractor and house joiner but in later years became a farmer and stock-raiser. He was a Ruling Elder of the Presbyterian Church and was living near Mt. Gilead, Morrow County, Ohio in 1885.

1. Martha M. Miller b.  2 Dec 1839 m. R.F. BARTLETT 8 Apr 1867

2. Gilbert E. Miller b. 30 Sept 1841 m. Harriet McCURDY 10 Oct 1865

3. Lucinda C. Miller b. 22 Sept 1844 m. L.H. BREESE 22 Sep 1870

4. John F. Miller b. 27 Feb 1847 m. Philantha BRUCK 8 May 1870

5. Parker I. Miller b. 13 May 1849 m. Luzilla McCULLOUGH 6 May 1873

6. William E. Miller b. 17 May 1853 m. Sarah L. GEORGE 6 May 1873

7. Melville D. Miller b. 12 Mar 1858 m. Emma ADAMS 4 Nov 1883
 

WILLIAM MILLER, son of Pamelia Harris and Joseph MILLER was born 11 September 1818 in Washington County, PA. He married Hannah CRAWFORD in 1839 and had three or four children, all dying in infancy except one son, Joseph W. Miller. Joseph enlisted in the army and died in a hospital in Tennessee. He was the pride of a fond father's heart, but left father, friends and home and gave his life for his country. William Miller's wife died in 1848 and in a few years he married, Mary CARPENTER by whom he had one child, a son named Plimpton Miller. His second wife dying he married a third time to Sarah BRUCE. Mr. Miller is a member of the Presbyterian Church and he and his son Plimpton carrried on a furniture store and an undertaker's shop. They lived at Mt. Gilead, Morrow County, Ohio in 1885.
 

JOHN F. MILLER, son of Pamelia Harris and Joseph MILLER was born 17 November 1820 in Washington County, PA. He married Deborah FULTON 6 Feb 1844 by whom he had one child that died at birth. His wife died 3 December 1845 and he married second Martha DeFRANCE 30 Dec 1846. They had twelve children. Mr. Miller is an elder in the Presbyterian Church. He lived near Ten Mile, Washington County, PA. in 1885. He was a farmer.

1.  Osborn Miller b. 28 Sept 1848 d. 15 Sept 1852

2.  Joseph Allison Miller b. 10 Jne 1850 m. Elizabeth BURWELL 15 June 1874

3.  Melvina Miller b. 16 Apr 1852

4.  Osborn Miller 2nd  b.  8 June 1854 m. Sarah MELOY 26 May 1876

5.  Martha Jane Miller b. 23 Mar 1856

6.  John Ewing Miller b. 10 Jan 1858 m. Emma ROWE 28 May 1882

7.  Allison DeFrance Miller b. 29 Aug 1859 m. Bessie SOWER 4 July 1883

8.  Alma Miller b.  5 Oct 1860 d. 12 Oct 1860

9.  Austin Miller b. 21 Sept 1861 d.  5 Oct 1861

10. Pamelia Harris Miller b. 25 Oct 1862 m. Robert Ross HOMES 19 Sept 1883

11. Lafayette Miller b. 16 June 1865

12. Charles D. Miller b. 28 Sept 1872
 

BENJAMIN MILLER, son of Pamelia Harris and Joseph MILLER was born 25 March 1823 in Washington County, PA. He married Lydia BULLIAN in 1850. They had three children: William, Alice, and Frank Miller. They moved from Morrow County, Ohio about 1855/56 to St. Joseph's County, Indiana where they remained the balance of their lives. He died 19 June 1881. He was a farmer and a elder in the Presbyterian Church.  Of his children, William lived in Walkerton, Indiana in 1885. His daughter Alice married Richard BUTLER, a railroad man and lived in Indiana.
 

TUNIS MILLER, son of Pamelia Harris and Joseph MILLER was born 16 Aug 1825 in Washington County, PA. He married Marinda BLACK 13 May 1851 and had four children. Mr. Miller was an elder in the Presbyterian Church. He was a farmer and lived near Ten Mile, PA. in 1886

1. William Miller b.  2 June 1853 m. Helen MILLER 28 June 1881

2. Cyrus A. Miller b. 13 Sept 1855

3. Bell M. Miller b. 12 Apr 1860 m. John M. CURRY 4 Sept 1883

4. Joseph E. Miller b.  9 Jan 1863
 

STEPHEN D. MILLER, son of Pamelia Harris and Joseph MILLER was born 29 Aug 1833 in Washington County, PA. He married Elizabeth BALDWIN 11 Aug 1853 and had seven children. The oldest, born 11 December 1854, lived one month and no name was given.  Elizabeth died 22 October 1872. He married for his second wife Sarah G.  SPEARS 30 April 1873by whom he had five children. They were members of the Presbyterian Church and he was a farmer. They lived near Amity, PA. in 1884.

1.  William W. Miller b. 28 May 1860

2. Emma F. Miller b. 20 Mar 1864 m. H.P. WEAVER 22 Sept 1882

3. Phebe J. Miller b. 25 Dec 1865

4. John B. Miller b.  1 Jan 1870

5. Thomas Miller b. 10 Oct 1872
                   twins
6. Elizabeth Miller b. 10 Oct 1872

7. Herbert M. Miller b. 18 Feb 1874

8. Clark H. Miller b. 16 Nov 1875

9. Effie Zillah Miler b. 20 Dec 1877

10. Myrtle Iona Miller b. 24 Apr 1879

11. Melville D. Miller b.  2 Mar 1882
 

MARTHA M. MILLER, daughter of Nehemiah Miller and Rachel STRAW was born 2 December 1839 in Morrow County, Ohio. She married R.F. BARTLETT 8 April 1867. Mrs. Bartlett was a member of the Presbyterian Church. They had no children. Mr. Bartlett was a soldier in the Union Army and lost an arm by a Rebel bullett in Louisiana. He was a lawyer. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
 

GILBERT E. MILLER, son of Nehemiah Miller and Rachel STRAW was born 30 September 1841 in Morrow County, Ohio. He married Harriet McCURDY 10 Oct 1865. They had no children and both are members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Miller was a Superintendant of the Infirmary of Morrow County, Ohio in 1885. When the War of the Rebellion broke out he enlisted in the Union Army and served his country three years.
 

LUCINDA C. MILLER, daughter of Nehemiah Miller and Rachel STRAW was born 22 September 1844 in Morrow County, Ohio. She married L.H. BREESE 22 September 1870 by whom she had six children. Mr. Breese enlisted in the Union Army and was taken prisoner at a battle in Louisiana. After a taste of prison life he was exchanged and again entered his regiment and served until the end of the war. He was a butcher by trade.

1. Charles M. Breese b. 20 July 1871

2. William E. Breese b. 19 June 1875

3. Minna M. Breese b. 28 Apr 1877

4. Alice M. Breese b. 22 June 1879

5. Albert W. Breese  b.  1 Oct 1881

6. John W. Breese b. 27 Nov 1884
 

JOHN F. MILLER, son of Nehemiah Miller and Rachel STRAW was born 27 February 1847 in Morrow County, Ohio. He married Philantha BRUCK 8 May 1870 and had twwo children. Mr. Miller was a railroad agent and a telegrapher and they lived at West Union, Fayette County, Iowa in 1885.

1. Albert B. Miller  b. 13 Sept 1871

2. Mabel L. Miller b. 20 Mar 1878
 

PARKER I. MILLER, son of Nehemiah Miller and Rachel STRAW was born 13 May 1849 in Morrow County, Ohio. He married Luzilla McCULLOUGH 6 May 1873 and had two children. They are both Presbyterians and he is a draftsman, contractor and builder.

1. Edwin E. Miller b. 16 Dec 1879

2. Hugh H. Miller b. 25 Mar 1882
 

WILLIAM E. MILLER, son of Nehemiah Miller and Rachel STRAW was born 17 May 1853 in Morrow County, Ohio. He married Sarah L. GEORGE 6 May 1873. They had no children as of 1888. Mr. Miller is one of the firm of the Mt. Gilead Building Company and one of the proprietors of the planing mill and door and sash factory and lumber yard. They lived at Mt. Gilead in 1885.
 

JOSEPH ALLISON MILLER, son of John F. Miller and Martha  DeFRANCE was born 10 June 1850 in Washington County, PA. He married Elizabeth BURWELL 15 June 1874 and had four children. Molly Bell, Harold Ernest, Laram Burweel and Hugh Miller. They lived in West Virginia in 1885.
 

OSBORN MILLER, son of John F. Miller and Martha DeFRANCE was born 8 June 1854 in Washington County, PA. He married Sarah MELOY 26 May 1876 and had three children: Charles born in March 1877, Gertrude born in June 1880, the third born in 1885, no name given.
 

JOHN EWING MILLER, son of John F. Miller and Martha DeFRANCE was born 10 Jan 1858 in Washington County, PA. He married Emma ROWE 28 May 1882. They had one child, Robert Miller, born in April 1884 and died in July 1885. They lived in Waynesburg, Greene County, PA. in 1885.
 

ALLISON DeFRANCE MILLER, son of John F. Miller and Martha DeFRANCE was born 29 Aug 1859 in Washington County, PA. He married Bessy SOWER 4 July 1883 and had one child. Mr. Miller like his ancestors, pushed his way West, and settled neat Salem, Dakota, there to undergo the hardships of a new country where he was living in 1885.

1. Burdell May Miller b.  Dec 1884
 

PAMELIA HARRIS MILLER, daughter of John F. Miller and Martha DeFRANCE was born 25 Oct 1862 in Washington County, PA. She married Robert Ross HOMES 19 September 1883. They had no children as of 1888. They lived near Claysville, Washington County, PA. in 1885.
 

BELL M. MILLER, daughter of Tunis Miller and Marinda BLACK was born 12 April 1860 in Washington County, PA. She married John M. CURRY 4 September 1883 and had one child.

1. Lena A. Curry b. 27 Sep 1884
 

EMMA F. MILLER, daughter of Stephan D. Miller and Elizabeth BALDWIN was born 20 March 1864 in Washington County, PA. She married H.P. WEAVER 22 September 1882 and had two children. Mr. Weaver was a school teacher.

1. Rolence Mortimer Weaver b. 11 Oct 1883

2. Orley Weaver  b. 10 July 1885.

From that Revolutionary soldier, George Harris, has sprung hundreds of descendants which you can see by perusing the foregoing pages of this book, who are scattered over nearly half of the United States in the Union. From the rock bound shores of New Jersey to the Indian Territories, and from New York to the sunny South of Georgia and Arkansas.
 

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Chapter 11
 



(c) Richard G. Boyd