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Foreword   |   Contents   |   Isaac Beginnings   |   Part I - William   |   Part II - John   |   Part III - Wooten   |   Part IV - Benjamin
Part V - Elizabeth   |   Part VI - Mary   |   Part VII - Reuben   |   Part VIII - Zachariah   |   Part IX - Alexander Rhodes

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Ch 1 - Sterling   |   Ch 2 - Martha   |   Ch 3 - Elizabeth   |   Ch 3.7 - Andrew W Halford   |   Ch 4 - Joel   |   Ch 5 - Frances
Ch 6 - Benjamin   |   Ch 7 - William B.   |   Ch 7.1 - Frances Jane   |   Ch 7.1.2 - Cynthia F. Sears   |   Ch 7.3 - Thomas D.
Ch 7.4 - William Marble   |   Ch 7.6 - Mary A.   |   Ch 7.7 - Benjamin A.   |   Ch 7.8 - Elizabeth M.   |   Ch 7.11 - Mahala E.
Ch 8 - Catherine   |   Ch 8.1 - Alfred R. Hicks   |   Ch 8.2 - Mary A. Hicks   |   Ch 8.3 - Mahala Hicks   |   Ch 8.4 - Martha J. Hicks
Ch 8.5 - James J. Hicks   |   Ch 8.6 - William B. Hicks   |   Ch 8.7 - Catherine Hicks   |   Ch 8.8 - Frances Hicks   |   Ch 9 - Mary

Descendants of Wooten Harris

Part III of Descendants of Isaac Harris

By Garda M. Hodgson

Wooten Harris2 (Isaac1) was the third son of Isaac Harris of Meherrin Parish, Brunswick County, Virginia. He was born in March 1759 and died February 11, 1840 in Hurricane Township, Fayette County, Illinois. He married Frances Adams on January 6, 1784, in Rutherford County, North Carolina. She was born March 19, 1765, in Albermarle Parish, Sussex County, Virginia, the daughter of Benjamin Adams, Jr., and Frances Atkinson. The Adams family was living in Tryon County, North Carolina, before January 1, 1779. Tryon County, now extinct, is the parent County of Rutherford County, North Carolina.

The year 1784 was an eventful one for Wooten Harris. He married Frances Adams in January, her father died in July, and their first child was born in November. We know Wooten returned to Brunswick County, Virginia, the following June long enough to be reimbursed for his gun that was taken by the militia, but apparently this was a short trip for he was living in Burke County, North Carolina in 1790. The area where he lived was just over the Rutherford County line into Burke County.

In 1794, a group of settlers, including Wooten Harris, petitioned the Burke County General Assembly to add "that part of Burke County to Rutherford County that included the waters of 2nd Broad River and Conaways Creek" as it would be much closer to the county seat. Technically, Wooten's older children were born in Burke County, and the younger children were born in the same place, but by then it was in Rutherford County; however, it is customary to record a person's birth in the new county. Three of Wooten Harris's daughters married in Rutherford County. His oldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Harris married John Angel on January 3, 1811; his second daughter, Elizabeth Harris, married Andrew Halford on January 15, 1812; and his third daughter, Frances Harris, married Jonathan Alexander Cook on December 25, 1811.

Wooten Harris and family moved to Hickman County, Tennessee in 1818. Apparently, his son-in-law, Andy Halford, moved to Hickman County first, then the others followed. In 1819, Wayne County was created out of the southern part of Hickman County. Thereafter, the Andy Halford and Jonathan Alexander Cook families were in Wayne County.

It was in the late 1820's that the Wooten Harris family moved from Hickman County, Tennessee to Montgomery County, Illinois. The following is from a brief history of Wooten Harris published in the book Past and Present of Montgomery County, p 729:

"About the year 1827 Wooten Harris, accompanied by his sons, Benjamin and William, emigrated from Hickman County, Tennessee to Montgomery County, Illinois.

"The ancestors of Wooten Harris originally came from Wales and settled in Virginia. An elder son of Wooten, named Starling, (sic) remained in North Carolina on the removal of his father from that state to Tennessee. It will be noticed that Wooten Harris originally came from Virginia to North Carolina, thence to Illinois. . . . Wooten Harris was a Revolutionary War soldier, and for several years drew a pension from the government for services rendered during that great struggle. . . ."


CHILDREN OF WOOTEN HARRIS AND FRANCES ADAMS
(Child #3 of Isaac Harris of Brunswick County, Virginia)

The names of the children of Wooten Harris and Frances Adams were on a register of their births included in his Revolutionary War pension records. They were submitted by his widow, Frances Harris, in order to obtain her widow's pension. Their children were all born in that part of Rutherford County, North Carolina that was part of Burke County before 1795. Unfortunately, Wooten Harris's Pension file at the United States National Archives was misplaced, lost, or stolen sometime between the 1960's and when all the files were microfilmed. At least his file was not microfilmed with all the others.

Wooten Harris set aside part of his land for a cemetery. His land was located on the Montgomery County line bordering the land of his brother, Zachariah Harris, who lived in Hurricane Township, Fayette County, Illinois. The Harris Cemetery land was actually in Fayette County. It is located in the NW 1/4 of Section 19, South Hurricane Township about 1/2 mile from the Montgomery County line in Fayette County on a main north-south road. There is a bronze tablet placed in the cemetery by the D. A. R. for Wooten Harris which reads: "Wooten Harris, Virginia, Pvt., Col. Harrison's Regt. Revolutionary War, 1759-1840."

The records of the children of Wooten Harris are divided into seven chapters, with one chapter for each of his children for whom we have records of descendants. By clicking on the hotlinks below, you will "jump" directly to the chapter on descendants of these children. You also may use the Part III "hotlinks" at the top and bottom of this webpage to "jump" to the various chapters. A similar feature is found in the other parts of the book, also for navigation within each Part. The chapters in each part are numbered in order of the birth of the children.

    Children:
    1. + Sterling HARRIS    b 21 Nov 1784
    2. + Martha "Patty" HARRIS    b 16 Oct 1786; m John ANGEL
    3. + Elizabeth HARRIS    b 11 Nov 1788; m Andrew HALFORD
    4. + Joel HARRIS    b 3 Mar 1791
    5. + Frances HARRIS    b 14 Jun 1793; m Jonathan Alexander COOK
    6. + Benjamin HARRIS    b 30 Nov 1795; m Mary WALKER
    7. + William B. HARRIS    b 26 Aug 1798; m Sarah DODSON
    8. + Catherine HARRIS    b 6 Nov 1800; m James Thomas HICKS
    9. + Mary HARRIS    b 11 Apr 1803, Rutherford Co, NC; m James JORDAN


Research sources are listed in the Appendix

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Ch 1 - Sterling   |   Ch 2 - Martha   |   Ch 3 - Elizabeth   |   Ch 3.7 - Andrew W Halford   |   Ch 4 - Joel   |   Ch 5 - Frances
Ch 6 - Benjamin   |   Ch 7 - William B.   |   Ch 7.1 - Frances Jane   |   Ch 7.1.2 - Cynthia F. Sears   |   Ch 7.3 - Thomas D.
Ch 7.4 - William Marble   |   Ch 7.6 - Mary A.   |   Ch 7.7 - Benjamin A.   |   Ch 7.8 - Elizabeth M.   |   Ch 7.11 - Mahala E.
Ch 8 - Catherine   |   Ch 8.1 - Alfred R. Hicks   |   Ch 8.2 - Mary A. Hicks   |   Ch 8.3 - Mahala Hicks   |   Ch 8.4 - Martha J. Hicks
Ch 8.5 - James J. Hicks   |   Ch 8.6 - William B. Hicks   |   Ch 8.7 - Catherine Hicks   |   Ch 8.8 - Frances Hicks   |   Ch 9 - Mary

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