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Descendants of Harbert Harris

Chapter 1b of Part I of Descendants of William Harris

By Garda M. Hodgson

(Part I Descendants of William Harris has two sub-parts, Chapter 1a and Chapter 1b.
Chapter 1a lists descendants of Harbert Harris and his first wife, Ester Dornbush, and Chapter 1b (this chapter) lists descendants of Harbert Harris and his second wife, Mary Bradley. The general paragraphs that relate to Harbert Harris's entire family, are repeated in both chapters. Use the hotlinks to navigate back and forth between the chapters. Note that this chapter also has five subchapters listed in the navigation bar, above.)
CHILDREN OF HARBERT HARRIS AND MARY BRADLEY
(Child #1 of William Harris and Ruth)

Harbert Harris3 (Wm.2, Isaac1) was age 64 when the 1850 census of McDowell County, North Carolina was taken, and therefore was born in about 1786. He was undoubtedly born on his father's farm in Montford's Cove, Rutherford County, North Carolina. After 1842, when McDowell County was formed from Rutherford and Burke Counties, much of the Montford's Cove area including the Harris property was in the new county. Most of William Harris's children moved on to other areas. Only the descendants of Harbert Harris are known to have remained in the Rutherford County area over the years.

Harbert married his first wife, Ester Dornbush or Dornbach, January 9, 1818. They had six children who were all born before 1830, but only five have been identified. Two of his daughters were born before 1820. After his first wife died, Harbert married again. His second wife was Mary "Polly" Bradley, the daughter of Coleman Bradley. They had six children. We don't have the exact date of death for either of Harbert Harris's wives, but they were buried in the old Harris Family Cemetery. Margie (Harris) Cox, who supplied most of the information on the descendants of her ancestor Harbert Harris, described this cemetery as being an "Old family cemetery on top of a hill on her father's farm - perhaps 20 graves, overgrown for years and marked only by field stones with no information about the individuals buried there."

Many of Harbert's descendants were buried in Montford's Cove Cemetery. Some were buried in Montford's Cove Baptist Church Cemetery. I'm not sure if these are two separate cemeteries or not. I was a little confused as to whether these cemeteries were in Rutherford County, or McDowell County. Sometimes the record specifies that Montford's Cove Cemetery was in Rutherford County, and sometimes Montford's Cove Baptist Church Cemetery was said to be in Rutherford County, also. Sometimes the cemetery is called Montford's Church Cemetery. If there are just two cemeteries involved, both seem to be in Rutherford County, North Carolina.

    Children of Harbert Harris and Mary Bradley:
    1. + Sims HARRIS b 1 Nov 1831, m Nancy HALL
    2. + George Washington HARRIS b 31 Dec 1832; m 1st Almina Sophronia LEDBETTER; m 2nd Marcilla Angeline LEDBETTER
    3. + Mary HARRIS b 11 Dec 1834; m 11 Aug 1858 Moses WILKERSON
    4. + Zillah HARRIS b 18 Jul 1837; m 8 Feb 1855, O. Perry WILLIAMS
    5. Harbert HARRIS, Jr. b 1839, d before 1866, bur Harris Family Cem., McDowell Co., NC; m 7 Apr 1861 Nancy WILKERSON (d/o Perminter WILKERSON and Winifred Louise LEDBETTER), b 1846, d 1928; she m 2nd 21 Mar 1866, G. H. "Jack" FLYNN

    6. + Coleman Bradley HARRIS b 31 Jul 1842; m Tempa E. LEDBETTER


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Research sources are listed in the Appendix


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