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Harris Family-Brick Wall

Hello, I have been trying to find my "Harris" family in Mississippi for quite some time--I do believe that I have hit a brick wall. I find them in the 1880 Census--but cannot find this family in's what I have:

1880 Census--Lee County, MS
Jennie Harris--Head of household---age 45 (we know her as "Jane" Harris...was told that she was married to "Jerry Harris").
Jesse Harris---son---age 20
Lucy Harris--daughter--age 17 (my great grandmother)
Elisa Harris--daughter--age 14 (we know her as "Louisa")
William Harris--"something other than direct relationship"...age 10) (nickname is "Buck")
There was a "Hattie Bolen" living next to Jennie in 1880, whom we believe was Jennie's daughter as well--Hattie was 21 at the time. I was told that "Hattie" had sevr

There was allegedly another daughter named "Joann" or "Joanna" (who later had a son named Robert "Bob" Meredith--who died in early 1980s in Cross County, AR.

Lucy Harris eventually married "Jordan Westmoreland"...also from Lee County, MS...her migration went from Lee County, MS in 1880, to Quitman County, MS (my grandmother was born there in June 1899), to Coahoma County, MS in 1900, back to Quitman County in 1910, to Cross and/or Crittenden County, AR after 1917 (Draft Registration records confirm this).

From 1900 to 1930 (with exception of 1920), Lucy can be found fairly close to where her children are living. I find her in 1930 in Cross County, AR, staying with her daughter...also named "Hattie"...Hattie Carter.

I cannot find Elisa/Louisa anywhere.

I am trying to find "Jennie/Jane" Harris and this family in 1870, with the goal of trying to find who their slaveowners were. I am told that our family was separated for a while...I presume during and after slavery. I cannot find her or any family members in the 1920 Census.

More dillema:

Lucy ended up having 3 children (possibly more) by a White farmer named "Gilbert Sandifer". Gilbert is from Limestone, AL, and is the youngest of 7 other brothers, most of whom were Overseers.

In 1870, Gilbert lived in Limestone, AL w/ his wife and neice.

By 1880, Gilbert had moved to Lee County, MS. Jennie and her family lived about 5 houses away from Gilbert. One of Gilbert's brothers was named "James Monroe Sandifer"....a promient overseer from neighboring county "Lowndes", MS and sometimes "Oktibbeha" County...Gilbert had other brothers...."Joseph Shelton Sandifer", and "Jesse Martin", who also lived in the area....Joseph actually lived in Lee County, and Jesse lived close by in Oktibbeha...and later
lived in Lee County.

I believe that Jennie and her family came from the plantation that James Monroe Sandifer managed...perhaps in Lowndes County??

I have searched high and low for this family....I have searched the census records, tax records of Quitman County, death certificates (few birth records exist). I even have Heritage Quest for African Amerians in 1870--nothing., could have been pregnant Each Census shows that Jennie(as Lucy mother) was

Can you help point me in the right diretion?



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