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Re: Harris in Henry and Patrick Co. Virginia

Like Joyce, this is a line that I research, which is how she and I met.

The Nathan/Dolly connection is part of the family oral tradtion and can be found as you did in print.

In fact Nathan's mother is Milly Harris, a free black female. Finding Milly was an early and well learned lesson, that rather than try to make the records fit your oral tradtion, Take a deep breath and go where the records take you. One that I am sure you too know well, considering we do VA research.

I found Milly in the Henry County Court Order books I believe 1813 (will have to check for details)where she is renewing her registraton to get a new pass, along with Nathan "having lost her former one". It is possible that Milly's mother was Dolly a white women, but Milly was not and never identifed as such in the records.

Henry is not a county with a separate Free Negro Register (or if there is after 14 years I haven't found it yet), but much info can be found in the county court order books.

Joyce can give you much more on Keziah.

Email me the 3 of us can swap info.


This is a late reply although I think we corresponded privately some time ago.

I'm researching the same line, only trying to go backwards to see if this Harris family connected to revolutionary war patriot James Harris of Patrick county.

My inteest stems from a reference I found to a line of the Henry County Harris family claiming Nathan (b. ca 1800) descended from a woman named Dolly Harris (white) who had several mulatto children with her slave (husband) Nathan Harris, an African chief, and was attempting to unravel the true story. I've not been able to locate a Dolly Harris, but wonder if the descendants remembered the name incorrectly, when Milly was actually the mother's name.

I saw Paul's post from some time ago that identified James Harris' children, but I didn't see evidence of his first wife's name, nor date and place of that marriage. I'm trying to sort out the children, as Keziah is apparently not his first wife.

This is one of those cases where I will have to devote considerable research time, more than I'd planned. I am not related to this line, but attempting to trace descendants of the revolutionary war patriot to contemporary generations.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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