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Re: Harriss Family Halifax County, NC
In Response To: Harriss Family Halifax County, NC ()
Well by looking at the 1900 census, it shows that Alfred and Holland were married 35 years, making it circa 1865 when they married, just after the end of the Civil War. It also shows that Holland was the mother of one child who was still living (columns 10 & 11 on census sheet). Thus nearly all of the children listed in the 1880 census were not hers. Probably the youngest two were hers, and one of them died. This makes sense if you look at the age ranges of the children. There is roughly a ten year gap in their ages. This suggests that Holland wasn't the mother, or that the family was separated for a long time, then reunited by 1880. However since the 1900 census shows that Holland only claimed to be the mother of one child, we can say for certain that she wasn't the mother of Alfred's older children. So you need to search for Alfred Harris/s in another county or state, or simply by first name (he may have had another surname in the 1870 census).
Consider also that IF the family is coming out of slavery, that they didn't appear in a single household together in the 1870 census. They may also have all had different surnames.
There is one candidate, an Alfred Harris living in Henderson, Granville County, NC in the 1870 census who matches the age and birthplace information of your ancestor. However, he had a different spouse and child.
You should also consider that Alfred's older children may have been the offspring of more than one marriage/union with more than one woman. It was not uncommon for women to die young or in childbirth. Therefore, some of these young children may have been in the household of another adult or one in which their mother was employed.
Finally it could be the case that your family didn't appear in the census, or that published indexes to the census have indexed their names incorrectly or not at all.