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Descendants of Silas Harris

Chapter 2 of Part IV, Descendants of Benjamin Harris

By Garda M. Hodgson


CHILDREN OF SILAS HARRIS AND JANE HILL
(Child #2 of Benjamin Harris and Rutha Byers)

Silas Harris3 (Ben2., Isaac1) was born December 15, 1792 in Greenville County, North Carolina, and died January 12, 1853 Montgomery County, Illinois. He married Jane Hill in 1812. Jane Hill was born in about 1794. Her brother, Jehu Hill, lived in Pendleton District, South Carolina. Family records of descendants of Silas and Jane Hill Harris indicate that they also lived in Pendleton District, South Carolina before they moved to Tennessee (see note, below). Zachariah Harris, oldest son of Silas and Jane (Hill) Harris, died before 1850, so the place of his birth was not recorded in a census record. Benjamin Franklin Harris, the second son, was born in Tennessee according to the Madison County Illinois 1850 census record; however, since he was born in 1816 it seems more likely that he was born in Pendleton District, South Carolina, before they moved to Tennessee. Silas Harris's name was on the tax records of White County, Tennessee in 1825 and 1828, but records for all years did not survive.

[Note: On a separate page of the marthaann.org website, Doug Paulson has explained about the family tradition in his Harris line, that Benjamin Harris, his son Silas Harris, and grandson, Zachariah Harris all were considered to be "of the Pendleton District, South Carolina." A link on the page goes to his research on the Pendleton District, with links to definitive research sites. We have included a somewhat edited copy of that page here. This page also includes a couple of historical maps showing counties and judicial districts of South Carolina before 1800. Apparently, Pendleton District was initially a voting district aligned with boundaries of the then Anglican Church Parish boundaries. Here is a link to a website that includes an explanation of the origins of South Carolina subdivisions with a link to a map that displays these Parish and voting districts overlaid on modern county boundaries (near the bottom of the page).]

    Children:
    1. + Zachariah HARRIS b 4 Apr 1813; m 1834, Almira Emily HILL
    2. Benjamin Franklin HARRIS b 1816 (34-1850), TN; m Mary Ann WILLIAMSON b 1816 (34-1850), KY; [Note: In letter dated April 22, 1858 from Benjamin Franklin Harris to his nephew, William Jasper Harris, he named his five children. Child #5 Harriet Isabell was the last one listed; however, according to the 1850 Census of Madison Co, IL, they had four children, Julia Emma was 10 months old. In 1860, Julia is age 10, and the fifth child was Elizabeth age 8 years. Is she the same as Harriet Isabell? It doesn't seem possible that there were two children. Since Harriet Isabell was alive in 1858 and Elizabeth was not, there wouldn't be time for Harriet to die and Elizabeth to be born. (See Madison Co., IL 1850 and 1860 Census records)]

      Children:
      1. Martha Jane HARRIS b 1836 (14-1850), IL
      2. John Silas HARRIS b 1841 (9-1850, 18-1860), IL
      3. Benjamin Pearson HARRIS b 1843 (7-1850, 16-1860), IL
      4. Julia Emma HARRIS b 1849 (10/12-1850, 10-1860), IL
      5. Harriet Isabell or Elizabeth HARRIS (8-1860), IL

    3. Wooten HARRIS b abt 1819, TN, adm. 8 Nov 1938 Macoupin Co, IL; m Nancy  ? 


Research sources are listed in the Appendix

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Ch 1 - William   |   Ch 2 - Silas   |   Ch 2.1 - Zachariah   |   Ch 2.1.2 - William Jasper   |   Ch 2.1.2.1 - William Jasper Jr.  
Ch 3 - Benjamin   |   Ch 6 - Leah   |   Ch 6.1 - Perrin Rutledge   |   Ch 7 - Ruth   |   Ch 9 - Mary Ann  
Ch 12 - Elizabeth "Betsy"   |   Ch 12.2 - William H. Terry   |   Ch 12.2.2 - Jesse B. Terry  

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Part V - Elizabeth   |   Part VI - Mary   |   Part VII - Reuben   |   Part VIII - Zachariah   |   Part IX - Alexander Rhodes

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