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Re: Harris Family-Brick Wall
In Response To: Re: Harris Family-Brick Wall ()

Thank you Denise for those "leads". I will definitely take a closer look at the 1850 Census. With regard to "Jerry", I got that info from my grandmother (when she was living) as well as my mother--she was a wealth of information--and I lost her in March of this year. It's kind of tough, because as I continue to search, I miss being able to pick up the phone and call her with "little bitty questions" or repeat questions that I have asked her a thousand times...but always seemed to get a "little bit more info" than I had before.

I have to tell you that I questioned whether or not Jane/Jennie was really born in North Carolina...because each census after 1880,shows that Jennie was born in a different state:

1880--born in North Carolina
1900--born in Virginia
1910--born in Tennessee
1920--still can't find Lucy in this census (should be in Crittenden County, AR--according to John Westmoreland's WWI service record..
1930--born in Mississippi (the Census taker may have just arbitrarily listed MS, without confirming if this was correct or not).

I don't know what to make of Lucy listing Virginia and Tennessee, both as birthplaces for Jennie...perhaps it is a "hint" at places Jennie may have lived before landing in Mississippi.

To complicate things, I can't seem to locate any of Jennie's other siblings (as listed in 1880) after 1880. I think I found one of Hattie Bolen's (Jinnie's older daughter) son's last night...."Jim Bolen" in Oktibbeha County in 1900 (the age is fairly close, and the County is next door to Lee County).

I have been able to track "William" fairly well in the census. I'm told that his real name was "Willie C Ledbetter"...and it's fairly well known in the family that his nickname was "Buck" Ledbetter. He is in Coahoma County, MS in 1900, 1910, and well as his sons. He was married twice...and one of his wives was named "Mary Cherry". But even Buck Ledbetter lists his mother's birthplace as "Mississippi". The other siblings, "Jesse Harris"...I can't find after 1880, and "Hattie Harris-Bolen" (married to Scott Bolen in 1880), I can't find after 1880, nor can I find "Elisa"....whom we know as "Louisa". She may also go by the name of "Louise", since she had a couple of nieces named "Louise".

PS: Denise, the Shady Grove Cemetary in Parkin, AR, that is listed under African American on my family's land...this is where Lucy and some of her children are buried...there is also a church that Lucy built, still in use on the property. One of my 5th cousins lives on the property today.

Thank you for all of your help. I know there are things that I'm missing in my research, or approaches that I just have not thought of...I refer to Afrigeneas quite often, and find tremendous value in the information and success stories that others share.



18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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