Hello to all my close and distant cousins! I'm searching for someone who is a descendent of the Robert and Dorothy Wylie Harris line who supposedly came to America from Ireland in the early 1700's Tradition has it that Robert came Lancaster County with his daughter Margaret and sons, Thomas, John, William, James, Charles, Samuel and Robert Jr from Ireland. Robert is said to have died aboard ship.
In the PA archives, I've found that there was a John Harris and Thomas Harris/Herris already in Lancaster County several years before Robert's family arrived. There is documentation that John was in PA as early as 1688 and Thomas in 1683. Robert's son's supposedly received land warrants and I have found where a John, Samuel, James and Charles all received warrants between 16 Jan and 10 Feb 1737; Thomas Harris not until 15 Nov 1737; Thomas, Jr on 9 Apr 1754. William is thought to have settled in Maryland. Tradition has it that John, Samuel, James, Charles and Thomas migrated south into what is now Meckenburg County, NC in the late 1740's or early 50's.
Having said all this, I'm reaching out to any Harrises, preferably from PA, who are reasonably certain that he/she is a descendent in this line of Harris/Herris. Secondly, would you be willing to be DNA tested through Ancestry or FTDNA. I have been tested and my results did not match any of the known lines from Virginia, which seem to be the most common. I can trace my line back into Mecklenburg County, NC but I've hit a wall there and I would love to be able to tie this in with those Harrises that "family tradition" says the Mecklenburg County line came. I have documentation that I am willing to share.
I have both Thomas' and Sally's wills. If you don't have them already, I know you'll want them. Thomas leaves everything to Sally but Sally names her children in her's.
I also have a deed from John and Jane Hunt to a Samuel Harris dated 23 Oct 1805 for land on the north side of the Tyger River and on both sides of Fairforest Creek. It is witnessed by a Pleasant Harris. My Samuel had a brother named Pleasant but there is also a son named Pleasant mentioned in Sally's will.
I have one from Samuel to James C.K.Harris for land on Browns Creek witnessed by Robert V Harris, Samuel P Harris and Jeptha Harris.
I think you might want to send me an email address where I can send attachments because there's probably more.
FYI, on the last deed from Samuel and Amie in Union County before they moved to Paulding, Georgia, David Harris Jr is shown as Sam's neighbor.
Is there anywhere on the web I can get your music?
Thank's Ricky, I have a copy of the will's, but would like to see the deed between the Hunt's and my Samuel in 1805. I would love to match it up to a current map on Union and see where it's located today. Pleasant is the brother to Tryphena my Samuel's wife. Yes, her maiden name was Harris. I can't imagine why yankees think that all us southerners are kissing cousin's lol! You can email me at email@example.com. If you'd like to hear some of my music just go to www.myspace.com/treyharrismusic. Maybe we can get together sometime and compare notes. What's amazing it that our familes had so much in common and lived in such a small area and we're not related.