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Descendants of Reuben Harris

Part VII of Descendants of Isaac Harris

By Garda M. Hodgson


CHILDREN OF REUBEN HARRIS AND FIRST WIFE
(Child #7 of Isaac HARRIS of Brunswick County, Virginia)

Reuben Harris2 (Isaac1), of Meherrin Parish, Brunswick County, Virginia, was born March 22, 1771, and died May 29, 1845 in McDonough County, Illinois. His birth and death dates were obtained from his tombstone in Liberty Cemetery, Blandinsville Township, McDonough County, Illinois, and were sent to me by several of his descendants. His birth was shortly before the troubled times of the Revolutionary War. His father, Isaac Harris, passed away in 1777 when Reuben was six years old. It is not known whether Isaac was in the service of his counrty at that time or not, but his sons Wooten and Benjamin entered the service that same year to serve during the War. The Revolutionary War Pension Papers of Wooten Harris, describes the situation at that time as follows: "During the whole of the time of my service, the country was in great distress on account of the inroads of the British. Once Colo. Tarlton penetrated within twelve miles of my residence in Virginia."

After the Revolution, the family was in Rutherford County, North Carolina. William Harris was there by 1782, and the others were either there at the same time or shortly afterwards; however, before 1790 Benjamin, Reuben and Zachariah had moved to Greenville County, South Carolina.

The name of Reuben Harris's first wife is unknown. In the Greenville County, South Carolina 1790 Census, Reuben was listed with a wife, but no children. In 1800, Reuben was still in Greenville County, and was listed in the "16-26" age bracket. His wife was in the "26-45" age bracket, and they had four children under the age of ten years - two boys and two girls. His family was not found in the 1810 census records possibly because they moved to Tennessee and the first census there was taken in 1820. His family was counted in the Jackson County, Tennessee 1820 census enumeration. At that time, Reuben was in the "45 plus" age bracket, but without a wife. The children included in his family were a male and female age "16-25," a male age "16-18," and a male and female age "10-15" years. Now the challenge is to line up his known children with the ages listed in these two census records.

In 1824, Reuben Harris and his brother, Benjamin Harris, each purchased 100 acres of land from Thomas Turner and William A. Turner who owned equal shares of a 200 acre tract that they inherited from their father. This land was located in the third district of White County, Tennessee on the waters of Calf Killer. (Ref. White County Deed Book G pp 330-331). Reuben was "of White County, Tennessee, when his deed was made on April 12, 1824. The deed mentions a "dividing corner with Benjamin Harris," and it included the property "where said (Reuben) Harris now lives." Benjamin Harris's deed, dated July 19, 1824, included the property where "William Carlin now lives." William Carlin was the son-in-law of Benjamin Harris. Reuben sold his 100 acres on July 13, 1829 to Richard England for $800.00. (Ref. White Co, TN Deed Book G p 216). It is interesting that when Benjamin Harris's widow, Rutha, and his son Silas Harris sold their land, they also sold to Richard England.

The Reuben Harris family arrived in Illinois, in the late 1820's. They settled in what became McDonough County when it was formed from Schuyler County in 1830. On February 25, 1830, Reuben purchased the NE 1/4 of Section 31 7N 4W in Blandinsville Township, McDonough County, Illinois. Also the following deed was made in Fayette County, Illinois and was recorded in Fayette County Deed Book A p 45. "James M. Duncan and Margaret Duncan, his wife, of the town of Vandalia, County of Fayette, and State of Illinois, .. (to) Reuben Harris of McDonough County, and State aforesaid .. sell all their right to the NW 1/4 of Section 31 Twp 7 Range 4W .." The census that year was for the old county including the part that became McDonough County in 1830. Reuben Harris of Schuyler and his sons, Isaac, Reuben, and James were included in that census record.

Reuben married a second wife, Mary (Lynch) Duncan, on January 11, 1838 in McDonough County, Illinois. She was the widow of Thomas Duncan. Reuben Harris died on May 29, 1845, and the estate records of McDonough County, Illinois show the names of his heirs who received their distributive shares of his estate. They include, Isaac Harris, Reuben Harris, Jr., James Harris, Stephen Dill who married Catherine Harris, Joseph Duncan who married Nancy Harris, Sarah Harris who married James Haley, and Zachariah Kirkland who married Elizabeth Harris. His son John was dead, and apparently his son Wooten had already received his share.

    Children of Reuben Harris and his first wife:
    1. + Catherine HARRIS   b 1792 (58-1850); m Stephen DILL
    2. + Elizabeth HARRIS   b 1793 (57-1850); m Zachariah KIRKLAND
    3. + Isaac HARRIS   b 1796 (54-1850); m 1st  ? , m 2nd Eliza ( ? ) SHEPHARD
    4. John HARRIS b 22 Feb 1798 Greenville Co., SC, d 23 Aug 1833, McDonough Co., IL
    5. + Wooten HARRIS   b abt 1800; m Sarah Jane (LACKS) BRUGH, widow
    6. (daughter) HARRIS b abt 1802
    7. + Reuben J. HARRIS   b 14 June 1804; m Alice "Allie" WOLFE
    8. Sarah HARRIS abt 1806, probably in Jackson Co., TN; m James HALEY
    9. + James HARRIS   b 18 May 1810; m Judah BOHANON
    10. + Nancy HARRIS   b 1811; m Joseph DUNCAN


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Research sources are listed in the Appendix


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