Descendants of Benjamin Harris


Possible Harris Ancestors

1. A Thomas Harris settled in Virginia on lands now located in Henrico County.

2. In the Indian Wars of 1622 Capt. John Harris was second in Command to Capt. Thomas Osborn. John was a member of the House of Burgesses in 1623, 1637, and 1647. He married Adria Osborne. Their child, Maj. Robert Harris, b ca 1615 m Mary (Claiborne) Rice, widow of Edward Rice, dau of Col. William Claiborne, 1st Secretary of the VA Colony. Robert lived in New Kent County, later becoming part of Hanover County. A child of Robert Harris and Mary (Claiborne) Rice was Capt. William Harris, m Temperance Overton, dau of William Overton and Mary Waters of Hanover County. (William Overton was the son of Col. Overton, Gov. of Hunn, England under Oliver Cromwell, and later commanded a brigade at Dunbar and Inver Keithing.) Robert Harris and Temperance Overton's children are: 1) Robert Harris, b 1696, 2) Elizabeth, baptized, 27 November 1698, 3) George Harris, baptized, 13 April 1701, 4) John Harris, baptized 28 March 1703, 5) Thomas Harris and 6) Capt. William Harris, Jr., b bef 1710 d Hanover Co, VA.

3. Quaker Harris Family - John Harris, of Cedar Creek, patented lands in Louisa County, Virginia. He established the Quaker Meeting with John Stanley in the year 1721. It is thought that he married Mary Stanley. Children of John Harris and Mary Stanley are: 1) Daniel Harris, m 1729 Mary Hutchings and had Cornelius, James, Obediah, Daniel and Jane, 2) Judith Harris, m 1739 Hugh Rea, 3) Mary Harris, 4) James Harris, 5) Stanley Harris, and 6) Elizabeth, m 1739 John Elmore.

4. John Harris, one of the pioneers in Louisa County, Virginia. On 5 June 1746, John Harris received a patent of 400 acres, lying on the branch of Contrary River.

5. Benjamin Harris were a pioneer in Louisa County, Virginia. On 5 March 1747, Benjamin Harris received a patent of 699 acres, lying on both side of Hickory Creek and on 7 August 1761, received a grant of 893 acres, lying on both sides of Long Creek and the branches of Negro Run.

References: "Early Settlers of Lee County, Virginia and Adjacent Counties", Volume II compiled by Hattie Byrd Muncy Bales p 1104.


Benjamin Harris

BENJAMIN HARRIS married Mary ----. After Benjamin died, Mary married Elias Thomason.

References: "Settlers of Lee County, Virginia and Adjacent Counties" Volume II compiled by Hattie Byrd Muncy Bales p. 1104 Chapter LXXII, "Louisa County, Virginia Deed Books A and B 1741-1759", Abstracted and compiled by Rosalie Edith Davis p. 80, "Abstracts of Early Louisa County, Virginia Will Books, 1743-1819 p 79, W.B. 3, p 87.

Child of Benjamin Harris and Mary ----
1. JOHN HARRIS, b ca 1745 d ca 1835 Harlan Co, KY

John Harris

JOHN HARRIS was born ca 1753 in Virginia and died ca 1835 in Harlan County, Kentucky. He married ca 1776 in Louisa County, Virginia to Lucy ----. He was listed in the Deed Book E-F in Trinity Parrish, Louisa County on 8 December 1777. John served in the Revolutionary War and was granted land by patent for his service. On 12 May 1783 John Harris of Hanover County sold 100 acres to Charles Yancey of Louisa County. On 25 December 1789 Elizah Dickinson said he was owed 30 shillings for 3 months for schooling John Harris' two children. John was in Russell County, Virginia on 28 April 1791 when he transferred/sold 100 acres of land by Warrant No. 12445 (dated 29 December 1780). He was in court records in May and June, 1782 in Russell County. (Washington County became part of Russell County in 1786.) On 27 May 1794, John Back of Russell County conveyed by deed 140 acres to John Harris. John Harris and his wife, Lucy, sold in 1807 in Russell County, 140 acres at the forks of Copper Creek, a branch of Clinch River, being the same tract granted to John Back by patent 4 July 1785. On 25 September 1820 John Harris of Harlan County, Kentucky conveyed a tract of land lying on Clover Fork of Cumberland, part of a grant made to John Gass by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, containing 282 1/4 acres. John Harris died ca 1835-36 and is buried on his farm which lay on the Clover fork of Cumberland River in Harlan County, Kentucky.

References: "History of Louisa County, Virginia" by Malcolm H. Harris, MD, "Early Settlers of Lee County, Virginia and Adjacent Counties, Volume II", Compiler Hattie Byrd Muncy Bales, p 1104, " Russell County, Entry Book I", p 63, "The Louisa County Historical Magazine", Vol. 8 No 1 Summer 1976 p 25, "History of Louisa County", by Malcolm H. Harris, "Revolutionary Soldiers of Louisa County", p 33, "Louisa County, Virginia" Deed Books E & F 1774-1790 by Rosalie Edith Davis, "Knox County, Kentucky Tax List 1800-1809" Transcribed by Jimmie D. Jackson Sr., and "Revolutionary Soldiers of Louisa County", Compiled by Ann Lewis Harris printed in the Louisa County Historical magazine, Vol. 8, No.1, Summer 1976.

Children of John Harris and Lucy ----
1. BENJAMIN HARRIS b ca 1778 VA d 10 Apr 1861 Harlan Co, KY
2. Morning Harris, b 1780 VA d aft 1870 KY
3. John Harris, m Susan ---- (lived in TN)
4. Susan Harris, , John Noe (lived in Harlan Co, KY)
5. Nathan Harris, b 179-943 Russell Co, VA
6. Thomas Harris
7. Alexander Harris
8. Lewis Harris
9. Mary Harris
10. Sarah Harris

Benjamin Harris

BENJAMIN HARRIS was born ca 1778 in Virginia, and died on 10 Apr 1861 in Harlan County, Kentucky. He married (1) Elizabeth Weaver and (2) on 16 Jan 1854 by William Bailey, a Methodist Minister, to Sarah S. Buckhart. Elizabeth Weaver was born ca 1778-79 in Charlotte County, Virginia and died in 1853 in Harlan County. Elizabeth and Benjamin had ten children. Sarah S. Buckhart was born on 1831 in Kentucky and died in 1901. Sarah and Benjamin had no children. Benjamin on 27 September 1825 sold 80 acres, lying on a branch of Marrins fork of Cumberland River known by the name of Crummies Creek, to his son in law, Thomas Forester. The 1860 U.S. Census show Benjamin Harris, 81, Sarah Harris, 29, and Malinda Harris, 40.

Benjamin applied for a pension in Harlan County on 16 October 1855 stating he was a private in Captain Ambrose Arthur's Company, 15th Regiment of Kentucky Militia Commanded by Colonel Dudley in the war of 1812. He stated that he had been drafted in the County of Knox, Kentucky on or about the 20th day of March 1813 for the term of six months and was in actual service 14 days and was honorably discharged at Fort Seneca on or about 20th day of October 1813. He had made a previous declaration and there were some conflicting statements. He stated he was a private in Captain Ambrose Arthur's Company in the 10th Regiment of the United State Militia commanded by Lt. Colo William E. Boswell, drafted at the three forks of Cumberland river in Knox County, Kentucky on or about the 10th of April 1813 and continued in actual service for the term of five months and six days and was honorable discharged at Fort Seneca on or about 15th day of September 1813 (the day of the month not recollected as he was discharged a few days before the expiration of his term as a consequence of sickness).

Benjamin's will, dated June 2, 1860, was proved April 23, 186. He mentions his wife, Sarah, all ten of his children, and left funds to the Methodist Episcopal Church South and the Mount Pleasant Mission. On 8 May 1878, Sarah S. Harris, age 47, appeared before the Clerk of the County Court of Harlan County and made a claim for a widow's pension. In her declaration, Sarah Harris gives a record of her husband's war service and says that his service terminated by reason of a severe attack of bilious fever on the 2nd day of September 1813. She further gives a description of her husband at the time of his enlistment, namely, "five feet, nine inches high, thirty five years of age, gray eyes, light hair and fair complexion'. There was also a record of her marriage, the name of Benjamin's first wife and the date of her death.

References: "Early Settlers of Lee County, Virginia and Adjacent Counties", Vol II by Hattie Byrd Muncy Bales, p 1105, "1850 Census - Harlan County, Kentucky. Compiled" by Nellie C. Hiday, p 16, "Service Pension", War of 1812, Claim No. 23503 Cert.. No. 20553, and "Knox County, Kentucky Tax List 1800-1809" Transcribed by Jimmie D. Jackson Jr.

Children of Benjamin Harris and Elizabeth Weaver
1. Sarah Harris, m 1822 Thomas Forester
2. Mary (Polly) Harris, b 09 Jun 1803 Russell Co, VA d 10 May 1878 m Joseph Bishop
3. REBECCA HARRIS b 06 Oct 1808 Harlan Co, KY d 22 Aug 1892 Lee Co, VA
4. Martha (Patsy) Harris, m ---- Spurlock
5. Lavina Harris, ---- Shumate
6. Elizabeth (Betsy) Harris, m ---- Crabtree
7. Thomas M. Harris, m 1841 Joannah Cawood
8. Malinda (Belinda) Harris, b 1811 or 1820 KY (listed as of unsound mind)
9. John Harris
10. Alexander Harris, b 1814 m Jerusha Moore

Rebecca Harris

REBECCA HARRIS was born on 06 Oct 1808 in Harlan County, Kentucky, and died 22 Aug 1892 in Lee County, Virginia. She married ca 1827 to Robert Clark, son of Robert Clark and Judith Weaver. Robert was born 25 Oct 1803 in Lee County, Virginia and died 27 Feb 1882 in Lee County, Virginia. The census records indicated that Robert and Rebecca could not read or write. All of Rebecca and Robert's children were born in Lee County and did attend school. Robert's will, dated Jan 6. 1882, was proved March 1, 1882. A William Vandeventer was listed as a son-in-law in giving information about the death of Robert. Rebecca died of cancer of the face.

References: "Early Settlers of Lee County, Virginia and Adjacent Counties", Vol II by Hattie Byrd Muncy Bales, p 1106, "1840 Federal Census Lee Co, VA", Micro Copy No 704 Roll No 18, p 115-116, "1850 Federal Census Lee Co, VA", Micro Copy No. 432 955, p 409 No.1437-1492 District 31, "1860 Federal Census Lee Co, VA" Micro Copy No. 653 Roll No. 1357 p 829, "1870 Federal Census Lee Co, VA", Micro Copy No. 593 Roll No 1658 No 273 Joneville District, "1850 Census Lee County, VA" by Rhonda S. Robertson, "1860 Census of Lee County, VA" transcribed by Earl Edward Hobbs, "Early Settlers of Lee County, Virginia and Adjacent Counties, Volume II" by Hattie Byrd Muncy Bales, Compiler p 1016, "Lee County, Virginia, Court Records Volume I Death Records", Compiled by Ada Grace Catron, "Lee County, Virginia Death Register, 1854-1877", by E.M. Carpenter & H. B. Peters p 27, "Tombstone Inscriptions of Lee County, Virginia" compiled by Ada Grace Catron p 25.

Children of Rebecca Harris and Robert Clark
1. Washington Clark, b ca 1825-29 d 13 Sep 1864 Camp Douglas, IL m Lavina Burchett
2. William Clark, b 1830 m Nancy Welker
3. Elijah Clark, b 1832 d bef 1882 m Lucinda Couch
4. Robert B. (Bob) Clark, b 1834 d Civil War m Lean ----
5. Barbara Clark, b 1836 m Johnson Gilbert
6. Katherine (Kate) Clark, b 28 Apr 1841 d 07 Apr 1925 m William (Jim) Vandeventer
7. David (Daniel) N. Clark, b 1843-44 d Jul 1934 Higginsville, MO m Martha E. Albert
8. Selina (Lena) E. Clark, b 26 Sep 1845 d 1892 m William James
9. MARTHA JANE CLARK, b 26 Dec 1850 Lee Co, VA d 22 Aug 1921 Perry, Noble Co, OK m Eli Brewer

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