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  My direct Ancestor, Nathaniel Harris was born in 1693 to Thomas Harris and Ruth James of Conn.. He was probably born in Long Island but possibly in Conn. 

    Nathaniel's second wife was named Elizabeth. The is a lot of conjecture that her maiden name was also Harris and that they were cousins. It has also been stated that she is closely related to John Harris, founder of Harrisburg, Pa. 

     I have searched for the relationship of Elizabeth to John Harris of Pa, but have been unsuccessful.  

     Nothing much is known about Thomas Harris, Nathaniel's father, but that his father may have been named John, might have been from Ma...not known for sure....and that Thomas and a brother named Walter were orphaned at an early age.  This is all based on the deduction of Ion Harris.

   When I had a DNA test done on family search. (i am female), the closest match I found was to the Pa. Harris group. When I contacted him, he said that the match doesn't mean anything because I am female.   But if it followed my female line would it make sense if Elizabeth Harris was a relative of John Harris from Pa?  All of my direct Harris line are men. The one exception would be Elizabeth Harris, if this fact is correct.

  It would be a MAJOR discovery if these two Harris lines could be linked. 

   If anyone might have a lead on finding out anything on Elizabeth, I would sincerely appreciate it.

Thank you,

Marjorie Harris McLean

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Hi Marjorie, do you mind if I ask what DNA testing company you used? Just curious if we may be related!

           Thanks Trey Harris

I used Family Search.  I don't know the name of the company

Marjie

I've tested with familytreedna, and ancestry, and I was wondering if we were a match. I would love to know if there are any living descendants of John Harris the founder of Harrisburg, PA who have tested?

do you know how to check matches on Family tree? I don't really understand it. What do you need to know to find me on there?

Marjie

Well Marjorie, I'm not really sure what Family Tree is? If you mean Ancestry, then yes I do know how to check for matches on their site. Guess I would need to know which company you used for starters. Thanks!

You said that you had tested with familytreedna.... that is where I tested.  I think they have what is called Family Finder.   My cousin, who started our group there,  also upload our results on something called Gedmatch.com which will match with several companies...except for Ancestry.

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