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Descendants of David Harriss
of Pittsylvania Co.,VA

NOTE
Much of this information was shared with me by Ted McClellan, Bruce Harris, Marvin Harris, Larry Hakel and Billie Etchells.

DAVID HARRIS SR. was born Abt. 1745 in VA, and died Abt. 1820 in Clarke Co., GA. He married ELIZABETH (Not proven, but possible last name Rich on *November 19, 1760 in St. James Northam Parish, Goochland Co., VA). She was born Abt. 1740, and died Abt. 1820 in Clarke Co., GA.(*According to "Marriages of VA Residents, Vol II, Part III"; page 39)

Jeptha P. Harris was found to be a descendant of David Harris Sr. This was proven by DNA. Harris DNA Project: # ZW8K7
The DNA also matches the William Woods (b.1705) line, indicating that David was possibly born a "Woods" and was raised/adopted by Harrises. (Probably by John Harris)
The circumstances of his birth (possibly illegitimate or by a second wife?) is not known at this time and may never be known.

DEEDS & COURT RECORDS

In the land records of Oglethorpe Co., GA, a Cunningham is listed as having land close to David Harris, Sr. David Harris took Cunningham, father of his illegitimate granddaughter to Court for support of the child, Charlotte. In the Guardianship Records #1 there is a document that shows David received $70 from 1809-1811. It was signed: "The above money rec'd by me as guardian for Charlotte, a child now in my care in part of a bond given by the said Cunningham for the support of said child and the above money applied to the said use." DAVID HARRIS

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David Harris is listed in the Oaths of Allegiance 1777 Pittsylvania County, VA. The Magazine of VA Genealogy, v.23, #1 (Feb.1985)

The Virginia Revolutionary "Publick" Claims has for Pittsylvania County, David Harris for 174# (lbs) bacon for Cont. (Continental Army) £814; 1/2 bu corn, 230# fodder for state 13s; 150# beef, finding man and horse for Cont. £215.

David Harris first appears in a 1763 Halifax County, Virginia court record of payments for wolves' heads.

Pittsylvania Co. Court Order Book 4 page 229 on July 21, 1779 David is cited for failing to appear to pay debt and is directed to pay 2 pounds 17 shillings plus costs.

Pittsylvania Co. Land Book for 1793 has David with properties. One is 1000 acres taxed at rate of 4.3. It is valued at 212 pound 10 shillings. Taxes paid were 3 pounds 3 shillings 9 pence. The second property is 24 1/2 acres taxed at a rate of 3.4. It is valued at 4 pounds 1 shilling 8 pence and he paid 1 shilling 25 pence in taxes.

Pittsylvania Co Land Books 1, 2, AND 3, p. 93; HARRISS from HARRISS Deed 10 Jun 1769 Jno. Harriss Senr. of County of Pittsylvania and Colony of Virginia of one part and David Harriss of County and Colony aforesaid of other part... for 15 pds. current Money of Virginia... 100 acres part of a certain tract of land containing 300 acres more or less and being on both sides of a large fork of Cascade Creek, beginning at David Stephens corner, thence down the old south line for 100 acres thence across to the old line on north side of said fork of Cascade, along old line to Said Stephens's line... being heretofore granted to Jno Harris by Letters patent Bearing Date under Seal of our Colony 5 Jun 1765.
Wit Henry his I mark Lansford
Wm his X mark Stephens Senr
Wm his S mark Stephens Junr.
Rec 28 Nov 1771 John Harriss L.S.

Pittsylvania Co. Deed Book 8, page 1415 on Jan 9, 1787 David Harris bought 200 acres on Sandy River from John Williams.

Deed book 8 p. 50910, Pittsylvania Co., VA On Apr. 19, 1790 David bought 100 acres on the South Fork of the Cascade Creek for 100 pounds from Joseph Harris

Deed Book 9 page 283 on Sept 24, 1792 David Harris sold 150 acres on Sandy River for 50 pounds to Jesse Robinson.

Deed Book 9 page 297. On Sept. 24, 1792 David bought for 100£ (pounds) 1000 acres in the Sandy River/Cascade Creek area from Jesse Robinson. Witnesses were his three oldest sons John, Thomas and William. Also on Sep. 24, 1792 David sold 150 acres on land on the south fork of the Sandy River to Jesse Robinson. This was the land where he was living.
On Jun 17, 1793 he sells 25.5 acres on both sides of Sandy River on the south fork Sandy River bounded by Henry Lansford's old line (Pittsylvania County, Virginia Deeds, 1791-1794)

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Deed book 9 p. 405 On Jun 17, 1793 David sold 75 acres on Sandy River in Pittsylvania Co., VA to Peter Wilson.

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Deed Book 10 page 338 On Sep 24, 1795 David bought 1000 acres on Sandy River & Cascade Cr. from Jesse Robinson for 100 pounds. This is the same land bought exactly 3 years earlier.

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Deed book 11 page 171 On July 1, 1797 bought 1000 acres on waters of Cascade Creek from Mathew & Mary Clay for 150 pounds.

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Deed book 11 p. 210. In 1797 David sold 400 acres of his land to Thomas before he left VA for GA. David is on the Jackson Co., GA tax list of 1799 and buys land there in 1800. Ted M. McClellan

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Deed book 11 : On Nov. 28, 1798 David sold 600 acres on Cascade Cr. to Abel Garrett for 500 pounds.

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Deed Book G page 393, Clarke County, Georgia Jan. 1, 1810 David Harriss Sr. bought 20 acres on road leading to Athens for $100.

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Deed Book G page 393, Clarke County, Georgia Nov 1, 1814 David and Elizabeth Harriss sold 170 acres for $300.

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Deed Book G page 3945, Clarke County, Georgia Nov 1, 1814 David Harriss Sr. bought 30 acres for $85 from Tyre Harriss.

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Isham and Tyre Harris are on the 1799 Jackson County, Cunningham district, Georgia tax rolls.

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Clarke County,GA

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The three youngest sons of David, Sr.; David, Tyre and Isham were found in the Clarke Co., GA, Inferior Court's June term 1808. Records show the three paid $10 of a $16.25 fine which was the final outcome of an Assault & Battery charge against the three Harris boys and two of their friends.

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Warranty deed from him and his wife Elizabeth made on November 1, 1814 and recorded January 11, 1815. (Marvin Harris)

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On October 1, 1814 David Harriss sold to David Harris, Junior, for $250 eighty-one acres on Shoal Creek, Clarke County, Georgia. Witnesses were H. Boling and Wm. D. Harriss. Recorded September 28, 1815. (Record Deed Clarke County, Book I & K, Book K, pp. 72-73)

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On November 1, 1814 David Harriss and wife Elizabeth Harriss sold to Charles A. Redd for $200 one hundred and seventy acres of land on which they lived. Witnesses were H. Boling and William D. Harriss. Recorded Jan 11, 1815. (Record of Deed Clarke County, Book F & G, Book G, p. 394)

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On November 1, 1814 David Harriss bought from Tyre Harriss for $84 thirty acres on Shoal Creek, Clarke County, Georgia. Witnesses were H. Boling, Wm. D. Harriss and G.Y. Farrah, J.P. Recorded January 11, 1815. (Record of Deed Clarke County, Book F & G; Book G, pp. 394-395)

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HARRISES IN THE 1782 LAND TAX RECORDS FOR PITTSYLVANIA CO.,VA
Samuel.......... 4890 acres
John............ 100 acres
Joseph.......... 100 acres
David........... 100 acres

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List of Tithables Taken by Peter Perkins for the year 1767 Pittsylvania Co.,VA:
Samuel Harris
Joseph Harris
David Harris
John Harris, Constable

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1782 Census of Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Harris, David
Harris, John
Harris, John
Harris, Joseph
Harris, Samuel

David Harriss Sr. moved from Pittsylvania County, Virginia to Clarke County, Georgia about 1798.


Some information from Ted McClellan regarding David Harris Sr.:

"Pittsylvania County was formed from Halifax County in 1767 and the first tax list for that year includes David Harris. In June 1769, David acquired 100 acres on Cascade Creek in Pittsylvania County from his father and remained there for the next twenty years. He then bought a 200 acre tract and sold his former land to his brother Joseph. He did not keep his new land very long and began selling parts and expanding to an additional 1000 acre tract. He sold part of the large tract in 1797 and the balance of it in November 1798 when he and his family joined the large migration south to Georgia.
The Cascade Creek area of Pittsylvania County is just above the Dan River and the North Carolina State line and directly adjacent the Henry County, Virginia line. David's father owned land in both Henry and Pittsylvania Counties. Most of the inhabitants of this area were tobacco farmers and depletion of the soil was one of the reasons for the eventual move from that area toward the end of the 1700's.
The Cascade Creek inhabitants did not suffer British occupancy during the Revolutionary War but there is much evidence they were supportive of the American efforts. It does not appear that David or his sons engaged directly in the War but David did have a claim after the War in 1782 for bacon, corn, fodder, beef and a man and horse for twenty days. He did not own any slaves at this time so one of his sons could have been the one providing the twenty days of aid.
Many of the Virginia migrants from Cascade Creek settled in Jackson and Oglethorpe Counties, Georgia on the east side of the Oconee River. David and his family moved to Shoal Creek which was in Jackson County but adjacent the Oglethorpe County area where some of his other neighbors from Pittsylvania County settled. David bought 200 acres on the west side of Shoal Creek on 15 May 1800 adjacent a 107 acre tract his son William bought on the same day. There is evidence William arrived in this area earlier because his deed indicated he was already living on the land. In 1801 the area where David lived became Clarke County (today it is Oconee County).
In 1807 three of David's sons and two of their friends were charged with assault and battery on a neighbor. The reason for this attack was not given but after several court dates that ended in January 1808 they were convicted and had to pay costs that included that of the court. One year later David went to court to become guardian for Charlotte, the illegitimate child of his daughter, Sucky. His son David later took over this responsibility and eventually raised Charlotte after Sucky died.
In November 1814, David and Elizabeth sold the last of their land and apparently moved in with their son David who had recently obtained some of his father's land. The 1820 census for David Harris includes a household that fits that of the David Harris Jr family with David Sr and Elizabeth. David Harris Sr. did not appear on the Clarke County tax list after 1820."

The Children of DAVID HARRIS SR. and ELIZABETH RICH were:
i. MARY HARRIS, m. JAMES SMITH.
ii. SUCKY HARRIS, b. Abt. 1785; d. Abt. 1814.
iii. JOHN HARRIS. (Not proven)
iv. THOMAS HARRIS, b. Abt. 1770, Pittsylvania Co., VA; d. October 1815, Pittsylvania Co., VA.
v. WILLIAM D. HARRIS, b. Abt. 1772, Pittsylvania Co., VA; d. Aft. February 1851, Clarke Co., GA.
vi. ELIZABETH JANE HARRIS, b. February 01, 1774, Pittsylvania Co., VA; d. Abt. 1850.
vii. ISHAM HARRIS, b. November 12, 1774; d. 1825.
viii. TYRE HARRIS, b. Abt. 1776; d. September 24, 1848; m. ELIZABETH EDWARDS; b. Abt. 1776; d. November 18, 1889. He was a private in the Company commanded by Captain William Starnes (?), Georgia Militia, in the War with Creek Indians. Tyre volunteered on 1 August 1812 and was honorably discharged at Camp Hope on the first day of October 1812 on account of sickness.
ix. DAVID HARRIS, b. November 20, 1780; d. 1829; m. HANNAH SMITH; b. May 07, 1783; d. 1868.

WILLIAM D. HARRIS


William D. Harris was born Abt. 1772 in Pittsylvania Co., VA; died Aft. April 23, 1855 in Clarke Co., GA.,was the son of David Harris Sr. and Elizabeth Rich. He married (1) Diadamia Hendley Abt. 1799. She was born Abt. 1773 in VA, and died September 11, 1848 in Clarke Co., GA.


The children of WILLIAM HARRIS and DIADAMIA HENDLEY are:
i. TYRE HARRIS, b. Abt. 1800; d. 1854, Coweta Co., GA.. He married (1) LUCY PINSON December 23, 1828. She was born Abt. 1810, and died Bef. October 1842. He married (2) MARY GACHET October 13, 1842. She was born December 25, 1816, and died September 08, 1894.
In the 1850 Coweta Co. Census with Mary , 30; Caleb T.,20; Lucy A, 17; James,7; and Judson, 4;

Children of TYRE HARRIS and LUCY PINSON are:
CALEB T. HARRIS, b. 1830 and LUCY A. HARRIS, b. 1833.
Children of TYRE HARRIS and MARY GACHET are:
JAMES HARRIS, b. 1843 and JUDSON HARRIS, b. 1846.

ii. WILLIAM M. HARRIS, b. Abt. 1801, Clarke Co., GA; d. Bef. 1880, Cross Co., AR.
iii. HENDLEY HARRIS, b. Abt. 1802; d. Bef. 1850; m. SUSANNAH PARKER, November 15, 1818; b. Abt. 1802.
iv. MARY MARGARET HARRIS, b. June 10, 1807; d. February 14, 1884; m. WILLIAM EDWARD BRITTAIN, July 26, 1825; b. November 11, 1803; d. May 25, 1882.
v. CINTHA HARRIS, b. Abt. 1808; m. JAMES J. SCOGGINS, June 24, 1825; b. Abt. 1800.
vi. ELIZABETH HARRIS, b. 1813.

CENSUS, DEEDS, COURT RECORDS

HARRIS: CLARKE CO. GA 1820
Charles W Harris (p. 143) Salem,Clarke,GA
David Harris (p.143) Salem,Clarke,GA
Hendley Harris (p. 143) Salem,Clarke,GA
Hurry (Unknown) Harris (p. 143)Salem,Clarke, GA
James Harris (p.131) Salem,Clarke,GA
West Harris (p. 141) Salem,Clarke,GA
Wm D Harris (p. 143) Salem,Clarke,GA

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1820 Clarke Co. GA Census has Wm. D Harris with 2 Males 16-26, 1 male 45+, 2 female 10-16, 2 female 16-20, 1 female 45+. They are living next to Henly [Henry?] Harris family, Charles W. Harris family and David Harris family.

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1830 Clarke Co. Census:
Samuel B. (p.298)
Tyre (p.313)
Virginia (302)
Sarah, and WILLIAM D. (313) with 1 m. 50-60, 1 f. 30-40 and 1f. 50-60 and 17 slaves.

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1840 Clarke Co., GA census has William D. Harris 1 male 50-60, 1 female 40-50 and 1 female 60-70.
Living next to William M. Harris family. In 1840 he owned 1 male slave age 36-55 (1840 Georgia Slave Index).

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1850 Census County:Clarke; Township: Puryears District, Georgia has Wm. D. Harris Age 78 born in VA.
Also living in the same house is Elizabeth Edwards age 37 b. in GA

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OBITUARY of Diadamia Harris:
Sept. 14 1848 "The Southern Banner" (Athens, GA):
Died at home in Clark County on the 11th of Sept., 1848, Mrs. Diadmia Harris, consort of William D. Harris, in the 75th year of her life.
Mrs. Harris had been a constant member of the Baptist Church for about thirty-six years. She was baptised [sic] by the late Rev. Milliard Bledsoe. She died relying on the mercy of that Savior. whom she had so long trusted. She leaves behind her an aged husband, with whom she has lived in the endearing relationship of wife, for fifty-three years. He with many other relations mourn her loss...(Marvin Harris)

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William buys adjacent land in 1800 and appears on tax lists, etc near David for many years. Jackson Co.,GA. On deeds he is shown as William D. Harris. (Marvin Harris)

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On June 2, 1807 sold to John Blakeley seventy-seven acres on Shoal Creek, Clarke County, Georgia for $200. (Record of Deed Clarke County, Book C, D, & E; Book C, p. 448)

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On June 22, 1807 William Harriss and wife Deademma sold to John Blackley for $215 seventy-seven acres on Shoal Creek, Clarke County, Georgia. Signed in presence of John Martin, O. P. J. (Record of Deed Clarke County, Book C, D, & E; Book C. p. 474)

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Again on June 22, 1807 William Harriss and wife Deademma sold to Tyre Harriss thirty acres on Shoal Creek, Clarke County, Georgia, for the sum of $84. Signed in presence of William Strong, J.P. and John Martin, J.P. William and Deademma made marks instead of signatures. (Record of Deed Clarke County, Book C; p. 477)

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On February 28, 1851, William D. Harris for $1,200 sold to Henry L. Brittain 211 acres of land on the Oconee River, which tract he had gotten from James Shields on January 25, 1808. J. Dawson Brown witnessed the document. (Record of Deed Clarke County, Book U, 1-350; pp. 51-52)

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BOUNTY LAND CLAIM: On 23 April 1855, Elizabeth Harris (61 years), widow of Tyre Harris, a resident of Gwinnett County, GA, filed a Bounty Land Claim based on her dec'd. husband's service in the Georgia Militia. He was a private in the Company commanded by Captain William Starnes (?), Georgia Militia, in the War with Creek Indians. Tyre volunteered on 1 August 1812 and was honorably discharged at Camp Hope on the first day of October 1812 on account of sickness. An AFFIDAVIT OF WITNESSES was submitted with the Bounty Land Claim. It was dated 23 April 1855 and was signed by William D. Harris & Henry L. Edwards. Both witnesses swear that they served in the same Regiment with Tyre Harris and William D. Harris was in the same Company. Henry L. Edwards swore that he was present at the marriage of Tyre Harris and Elizabeth Edwards.
(NOTE from Billie Etchells) William D.'s signature is so shaky, it is almost illegible as was to be expected for a man of 83 years at that time. This document adds a few more years to the known life of William D. Harris. Henry L. Edwards was Elizabeth's brother and his signature is also done with a trembling hand but is more legible than Wm. D. Harris’.

WILLIAM M. HARRIS


was born Abt. 1801 in Clarke Co., GA, and died Bef. 1880 in Cross Co., AR. He married (1) LUCINDA SCOGGINS December 05, 1821 in Clarke Co., GA, daughter of MILLINGTON SCOGGINS and SARAH HENDON. She was born Abt. 1805 in Oglethorpe Co.,GA, and died Bef. 1860 in Marshall Co., MS. He married possibly(2) LEE FRASIER October 15, 1868 in Cross Co., AR. She died Bef. 1880 in Cross Co., AR.

Children of WILLIAM HARRIS and LUCINDA SCOGGINS are:
i. JEPTHA P. HARRIS, b. August 09, 1836, Clarke Co.,GA; d. July 24, 1886, Craighead Co.AR.
ii. WILLIAM M. HARRIS, b. October 14, 1824, Clarke Co., GA; d. 1885. He married MARTHA BRITTON. She was born March 17, 1828 in VA, and died 1900.
iii. ALBERT H. HARRIS, b. Abt. 1823, Clarke Co., GA; d. 1899, Morgan Co., AL. He married SUSANNAH WIGGINS Abt. 1850.
iv. EDWARD TYREE HARRIS, b. Abt. 1829; m. MOLLIE ANDERSON, December 22, 1881, Cross Co., AR.
v. ROBERT HARRIS, b. Abt. 1831.
vi. FELIX G. HARRIS, b. January 07, 1832, GA; d. January 02, 1909, Georgetown, TX. He married VELENIA ELIZABETH HALEY WILBORN October 06, 1858. She was born Abt. 1841, and died Bef. 1900.
vii. CICERO F. HARRIS, b. Abt. 1834, GA; d. Bef. 1920, OK.He married (1) NANCY ROBERTS August 18, 1881 in Cross Co., AR. She was born 1849, and died Bef. 1884. He married (2) VANNORA 1884. She was born 1861.
viii. JOEL M. HARRIS, b. Abt. 1839; d. 1883 in Gonzales Co.,TX; m. Rosanna Viola Robertson in DeSoto Co.,MS
ix. MARY L. HARRIS, b. Abt. 1840.

Children of WILLIAM HARRIS and LEE FRASIER are C.L. HARRIS (Probably Lee's son by a previous husband) and Mary H. Harris.

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Marshall County, MS

In an e-mail from Ted McClellan:
William M Harris, age 49 born GA, is in the 1850 census of the southern division of Marshall Co, MS with his wife Lucinda and family but by the time of the 1860 census Lucinda has apparently died and he (age 59 born GA) is in Crittenden Co, AR. He owned 10 slaves (ages 60m, 35m, 25m, 22m, 18f, 16m, 14m, 10f, 2m, 1f according to the Slave Census.) He is listed in that census as W W Harris but it is not uncommon for the census enumerator to misread his field notes and mix up the initials M and W when completing the census form. William's son Cicero Harris is with him as well as M S Harris who is listed as a female in this census but was listed as a male in the 1850 census.
Also with him is a male who appears to be the one listed with the family in the 1850 census as Henderson Harris, age 22, but is listed here (age 33) with a first name that looks like Iny and a middle initial E.
The 1870 census of adjacent Cross Co, AR shows W M Harris, age 69 born GA, with a probable new wife, L T, age 38 and two small children, C L (male), age 4, and M H (female), age 1. With them are I E Harris, age40, and C Harris, age 34. The last two are the same ones with him in the 1860 census.
William M Harris apparently died before the 1880 census was taken because Edward (I E in 1870), age 51, and Cicero (C in 1870), age 44, and Mary H (M H in 1870), age 11, are listed together, and are still in Cross Co, AR.

DEEDS & COURT RECORDS

1830 Clarke Co.,GA Census, page 312:
Willam Harris with 2 sons under 5, 1 male 30-40; 1 f. 20-30 and 30 slaves

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On same page was Millington Scoggins (Lucinda's father) with 1 m. under 5, 1 m. 15-20, 1 m. 50-60; 1 f. under 5, 1 f. 5-10, 1 f. 50-60

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Also in Clarke Co. 1830 was Samuel B. Harris(p.298), Tyre (p.313)
Virginia (302)
Sarah
William D. (313) with 1 m. 50-60, 1 f. 30-40 and 1f. 50-60 and 17 slaves

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1840 Clarke Co, GA census for William M. Harris with his family:
Males:
Under 5---2 (Jeptha and Joel Moten)
5-10---3 (Cicero, Felix, and Robert)
10-15---2 (Ira Ed and Tyre)
15-20--2 Albert and William M., Jr
30-40---1 William M., Sr.
Females:
Under 5---1 (M.D.S.)
30-40---1 (Lucinda)

Other Harrises in 1840 Clarke Co.,GA:
John Harris
William D. 50-60 1 f. 40-50 1 f. 60-70
Parmenas Harris
Robert L. Harris

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1850 Census: Marshall Co.,MS:
William M. Harris (Sr.) had real estate valued at $1,800.

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On September 26, 1826 William M. Harris and Hendley Harris bought from John H. Richardson for the the sum of $50 sixty-three acres of land on the Oconee River in Clarke County, Georgia. Witnessed by Ransom/Nichols and Richard Richardson, J.P. Recorded April 2, 1844.

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Residence in 1828 was Athens, Georgia, for his name appears in a list of names with letters in the Athens, Georgia post office (The Athenian, Vol **. No. 27, Tuesday, July 8, 1828) However, the same newspaper lists him with mail at the Watkinsville post office. The list included W. B. Harris, Osborn Harris, William Harris, and Tyre Harris. This William Harris may not be William M. Harris, of course. (Marvin Harris)

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The Estray Records, 1837-1873 in Clarke County, Georgia show that William M. Harris lived in 218 District in 1839: "William M. Harris, 218 District, 23 February 1839, appraised by Henry L. Edwards and Benjamin Davis before William P. Paryear, J. P." (Robert S. Davis, comp. *Records of Clarke, County Georgia 1801-1892, p. 73)

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William M. Harris is in a list of men in 1832 for militia fines, 1814-1833. Other sections of the reference book are entitled "Militia Fines and Oaths."

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He, along with Jane Pinson and John L. Harris, is on a list of unclaimed letters in the Watkinsville post office on January 1, 1837 (SOUTHERN BANNER Saturday January 7, 1837). "In pursuance to Brigade Orders, the annual drill and review of inspection of the 24th Regiment, G.M [Georgia Militia], will take place at Watkinsville, front of Courthouse, on the 1st and 2nd of September next...(Signed) James Jones Taylor, Colonel of 24th Regiment, G.M. William M. Harris Adjutant" (SOUTHERN BANNER, Fri Aug 27, 1841).

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William M. Harris and family were in Marshall County, Mississippi by 1846, for the tax roll for 1846 was as follows:
William M. Harris--6 slaves under 16 years of age
1 free white poll (20-60 yrs)
1 clock--value $10 @ 1%
State tax $4.20
William M. Harris, Jr.--1 slave tax $.50
Albert H. Harris--1 free white poll tax $.50
David Harris--1 slave tax $.50

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LUCINDA SCOGGINS:
From Allen, Randall A., and Danny Knight, comp. Estate Records of Troup County, Georgia 1827-1850. Atlanta: Troup Co Hist Soc-Archives,1987: HENDON, ANDREW Returns G, p. 188 Date: 8 January 1850 Executor: Gillum Scogin Return, 1849. Slave: Larkin. NOTE: The returns state that Andrew Hendon held funds for Lucinda (Wife of William M. Harris), which were her legacy from the estate of Robinson Hendon. [p. 139]

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CENSUS, DEEDS, COURT RECORDS

1860 Crittenden Co.,AR Census

1870 Cross Co.,AR Census

1880 Cross Co.,AR Census

1900 Cross Co.,AR Census (Felix)

Harris Guardianship Papers-Cross Co.,AR

Wm. Harris & Lucinda Scogin Marriage Certificate

Cicero Harris 1870 Census: Crittenden Co.,AR
M.L. Harris 1870 in Crittenden Co,.,AR
Henderson (Edward) 1870 in Cross Co.,AR

1880 Cross Co.,AR Census: Smith Twp.:
Edward Harris age 51 GA (Felix)
Cicero Harris age 44
Mary H. age 11 sister

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WILLIAM M. HARRIS TAX RECORDS: CROSS CO.,AR
From Marvin and Sandra Harris
CROSS COUNTY REAL ESTATE TAX BOOK 1869, 1870, 1871:
1869--page 114
William M. Harris Township 7North; Range 3 East; NE SE Section; Section No. 25; 40 acres; State tax .20; school tax .08; military tax .10; county tax .60
p. 118:
W. M. Harris Section NW NW; Section No. 36; 22 acres; Valuation 98; state tax .49; school tax .19; military tax .25; county tax 1.47 paid
1870--p. 83
Wm. Harris, Twp 7 North; Range 3 East; Section NE SE; Section 25; 40 acres; Valuation 200; Valuation as equalized 340; State tax 1.00; school tas .40; sinking fund tax .50; county tax 2.50; road tax .20; district school tax .50 paid
(I did not find an entry for Section NW NW; Section No. 36; 22 acres.)
1871-- p. 48
W. M. Harris Section NE SE; Section 25; 40 acres, Valuation 200; valuation as equalized 340; State tax 1.10; School tax .68; Sinking fund tax .85; County tax 2.72; District school tax 1.70 paid
1876-- p. 61
Wm Harris Estate of Township 7; Range 3; Section NE SE; Section 25; 40 acres; Valuation 300.00; State taxes: General expenses 1.50; State taxes Interest on debt .90; School tax .60; Old county tax 1.50; Indebtedness ordinance tax .30; County bridge purposes .60; Pauper purposes .60 Total: 6.00 paid
Next entry:
Same [i.e, W. M. Harris] Township 7; Range 3; Section SW; Section 25; 40 acres; Valuation 300; State taxes: General expenses 1.50; State taxes Interest on debt .90; School tax .60; Old county tax 1.50; Indebtedness ordinance tax .30; County bridge purposes .60; Pauper purposes .60 Total 6.00 paid
p. 63--
Wm M. Harris Estate
(Line 1) Township 7; Range 3; Section E NW; Section 36; 80 acres }
(Line 2) Township 7; Range 3; Section W NE; Section 36; 80 acres }
Valuation 500.00 (Line 3) Township 7; Range 3; Section NW N; Section 36; 22 acres }
State taxes: General expenses 2.50; Interest on debt 1/50; School tax 1.00; Old county tax 2.50; Indebtedness ordinance tax .50; County bridge purposes 1.00; Pauper purposes 1.00 Total: 10.00 paid

NOTES FROM MARVIN and SANDRA HARRIS:
From the above records I assume William M. Harris owned 40 + 40 + 80 + 80 + 22 = 262 acres in Cross County at the time of his death. I could not find tax records for the years 1872-1875. Likely they were misstored. Hopefully they are not lost. I wonder who got this estate? Since we could not find a will, we may never know.
I searched land records for the period and found only two items for a William Harris. In Book H on p. 44, dated June 15, 1872, William Harris mortgaged to James N. Dobson [and Company] for $50, 750 pound of lint cotton and 50 bushes of corn to be gotten out of his crop on the Allen farm. Then on p. 555, dated September 11, 1872 is a similar mortgage to said James N. Dobson and Company for $90.00 750 pounds of lint cotton and 50 bushels of corn on the Allen farm. He signed by making his X.(Was he illiterate?)
NOTE:The first mortgage for $50.00 is likely for the cotton and corn crop of 1772, while the second (Sept. 11) mortage for $90.00 is likely for the 1873 crop.
The mortgages are evidently for cash lent to William M. before the crop was harvested. The mortage was security for money paid William M. for his yet-to-be-harvested crop of cotton and corn.

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Edward Harris Marriage to Mollie Anderson:December 22, 1881 in Cross Co., AR Bk. D, page 92

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas, published by Goodspeed in 1889. No author was given.
"Edward Harris, one of the Smith Township's successful farmers, is a native of the State of Georgia, and a son of W. M. and Lucinda Scaggin [i.e., Scoggin], also originally from that State.
W. M. Harris moved to Mississippi in 1840 and in 1859 to Crittenden County, Ark. Three years later he came to this county, where he died in 1876. His wife survived until 1879, leaving at her death eight children, three of whom are living.
Edward Harris was born in 1832 and remained with his parents until their demise, passing his youth in a manner similar to the early days of other boys. In 1881 he was married to Miss Mary Anderson, daughter of William and Timby Anderson, all natives of Alabama.
Mr. Harris enlisted in the Confederate army, in 1862, in the Twenty-third Arkansas Infantry and served through the war, his career as a soldier being one to which he may refer with pride. Himself and wife are the parents of two children. Mr. Harris owns a fine farm of 222 acres, with about thirty acres under cultivation. He is a member of the Masonic order. His wife belongs to the Baptist Church" (pp. 356-67).

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RE: JOEL M. HARRIS in the Civil War:
FROM: MARVIN HARRIS.......................
When his older brothers Felix and Cicero went down to Granada, Mississippi, to join Compay D. 42nd Mississippi Volunteers, CSA Joel joined them in Captain R. W. Locke's company. Captain H. W. Miller enrolled all three brothers as privates on May 14, 1862. Although the company was to participate in a number of battles, Joel's record of engagements indicated that he did not participate in most of them--for good reason. In May, June, and early July (when the company was battling at Gettysburg and Fallen Waters), he lay sick in Samaritan Hospital, Richmond, Virginia. He recovered sufficiently, however, to fight in the Bristoe battle on October 14, 1863. He was wounded May 5, 1864, in the Wilderness Battle, which wounds were severe enough to send him to the hospital in Lynchburg, Virginia, and to keep him from seeing further battles that year with his company at Shady Grove and Spottsylvania in May. Hanover Junction in June, Weldon Railroad in August, and Squirrel Level R and Hatcher's Run in October. For these engagements he was listed as either "a.w." (away wounded) or "a.f." (away furlough or satisfactorily). Sometime in 1865 he was discharged to return to his home in Mississippi.

RE: MARY L. HARRIS (M. L. HARRIS): In 1884 Keiffer Bros., H.B. Clayton and Company maintained a suit against M. L. Harris [Court Case Files of the Inferior Court and County Courts, 1805-1895 (Record Group 129-2-2), p. 38].

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RE: WILLIAM M. HARRIS was born October 14, 1824 in Clarke Co., GA, and died 1885. He married MARTHA BRITTON. She was born March 17, 1828 in VA, and died 1900.
Notes for WILLIAM M. HARRIS:
FROM: Marvin Harris..............
On July 20, 1850 William bought from Brantley Sugg for $240 a tract of land "known and distinguished as the North West Quarter of Section Twenty Five and Township Four and Range five (5) west of the Basis =Meridian of the Chickasaw session Mississippi" (Marshall County Mississippi Deed of Record, Book ---, pp. 172-173). The number of acres was not specified.
Listed with the William M. Harris (Jr.) household in the 1850 Marshall County, Mississippi, census is John Britton, age 17, farmer.
The cemetery record gives birth date as October 24, 1824 and date of death as December 30, 1885, followed by "aged 62 yrs, 2mos., 19 days." The age indication does not match the birth/death dates.
The 1860 Marshall County, Mississippi Slave Census shows: William M. Harris 1f 38 yrs Black, 1m 5 yrs Mulatto. According to the slave index, he was a neighbor of G.A. Strickland.
Burial: Marshall County, Mississippi--Burrow Cemetery 33 Probate: 1870, Value Personal Property: $1150--from 1870 Census, MS Property: 1860, Value Real Estate: $2, 400--from 1860 Census, MS

FROM Marvin Harris:
ALBERT HARRIS
Interestingly, Albert hopped around. In 1850 he was in Marshall County, MS along with his parents and siblings. But in 1860 he is in Morgan County, AL. Then in 1870 he is back in Mississippi. By 1880 until his death in 1899, he is again in Morgan County, AL.
Albert was inducted into the Chulahoma Masonic Lodge #55 in 1849 (Nockton). By 1870 he was back in Marshall County, MS, living next door to his brother, William M. Harris, Jr.

1860 Alabama Slave Schedule, Morgan County (#10, p. 301): Albert H. Harris No. Slaves/Age/Sex/Color
1 65 f B
1 47 f B
1 45 f B
1 18 m B
1 14 m B
1 9 f B
1 7 m B
Tombstone shows birth year as 1820, not 1823. However, this date is likely in error, as his parents did not wed until December 1821.

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FROM MARVIN HARRIS RE: FELIX HARRIS
On May 14, 1862, sixteen months after hostilities had begun in South Carolina, Felix left his young family to accompany his brothers Cicero and Joel to Granada, Mississippi, to enlist as a private in Company D, 42nd Mississippi Infantry, CSA, led by Captain R. W. Locke. Mustering officer was Captain H. W. Miller; enlistment was "for 3 years or the war," the common enlistment period at the time. Toward the end of the hostilities, Lieutenant General R. Taylor of the CSA surrendered his army to Major General E.P.S Canby, USA, on May 4, 1865, at Citronelle, Alabama. Felix's unit--Company D, 38, 14, 3 Consolidated Regiment Mississippi Calvary, commanded by Colonel James McGuirk--was a part of that army and became prisoners of war. A week later on May 12, 1865, Felix as paroled at Gainesville, Alabama. Military service: 14 May 1862, Enlisted in Granada, MS as private in Company D, 42 Mississippi Infantry, CSA, in Capt. R. W. Locke's Company by Capt H. R. Miller "for 3 years or the war"

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FROM: Billie Etchells
In 1880 Felix and Velenia are in Tate County, MS. In 1876 Velenia signed an indenture in which she bought part of a section of land. (Where was Felix at that time as it was strange for wives to carry out this type of a transaction.) In 1878 the same land was sold by Velenia and J. S. Harris. J.S. might be James S. Harris, the son to Albert H. who was a brother of Felix -- Velenia’s brother-in-law.
13 March 1891 issue of the TATE COUNTY, MISS, included this notice: “Mr Felix Harris and family intends to move to Texas next month. Uncle Felix is a Jolly man and a good citizen and we hate to see him go, especially do we hate to have his most esteemable wife leave our community.”
17 April 1891: "Our neighbors are having the Texas fever. Messrs. Felix Harris and Mack Gillespie have left for the state of Texas. . . . "
1900 Tate County, MS, lists Felix Harris in the household of his stepson, William Wilborn, and he is cited as 67 years of age.
2 January 1909 is stated as the day Felix Harris died on the footstone of a grave in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Georgetown, Williamston County, TX. The footstone lies in a family plot belonging to his son, Charles Morton Harris. Felix’s second son, Richard Henry Harris, (my grandfather) had mover earlier from Tate Co., MS, to Hays Co., TX, which was located relatively close to Williamson County. Hays County Cemetery contains several of the descendents of the other sons of William M. Harris.

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