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From: belva cauthen <>
Subject: [HARRIS-HUNTERS] re harris family of john harris/ rachel millykittrell
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 09:20:14 -0700 (PDT)

this   rootsweb site talks about the family of john harris/ rachel milly kittrell and it is also this site which says that, per a granville co, nc deed, richard harris gave land to this son john harris but does not cite the deed.
it also says that john harris sold land to john waldrop. 
i also note that, per this info, william harris/ elizabeth glover did have several other children, including sons: john c. harris; wiley glover harris; and william harris.
From: "Al Franklin" < >
Subject: RE: [SCMCCORM] John Harris of Abbeville/McCormick, S.C.
Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2006 06:51:36 -0400
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Do you know the death place and grave location of Rachel M Kittrell Harris?

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Subject: [SCMCCORM] John Harris of Abbeville/McCormick, S.C.

The John Harris / Rachel Milly Kittrell Family of Abbeville District, S. C.

We can offer information that may help Kittrell and Harris researchers of
John Harris and Rachel Milly Kittrell Harris's line.
For genealogists exploring Abbeville District, S. C., during the years 1780

to 1835 there is confusion of identities because multiple residents are
John Harris, William Harris, Milly Harris, and Elizabeth Harris. Yet it is
possible to identify and separate them, although the records are sparse and
repetition of names muddles an easy search.
Rachel Milly Kittrell's husband John Harris served South Carolina in the
Revolutionary War, having migrated to the Abbeville area before war erupted.
record ("Pvt., 1 Regt. S. C. Continental Line, Rev. War") is noted on his
tombstone. He and Rachel Milly were among the small enclave who came to Old

Ninety Six from Granville County, N. C., in the pre-war years. According to
Granville County Deed Book I (Eye), p. 167, John Harris and his
wife Rachel sold land to John Waldrop on December 24, 1770. Deed Book H
states that Richard Harris had made a deed of gift to his son John Harris on

November 23, 1766. Thus around 1770 the Harrises likely moved to what would
the Abbeville District of Old Ninety Six. They would reside in the old
Hillsborough township at the fork of the Little River and Long Cane Creek.
John Harris died in 1831 and is buried in the Harris-Wideman Cemetery,
formerly designated in Abbeville, now in McCormick County. His will (Box
43, Pack
959, Abbeville Probate Court) mentions his wife Milly, his sons William,
Robert, John, and Thomas S., and his daughters Elizabeth, Polly, Sarah,
Peggy, Milly, and Leuisa Catherine. At the time he died some of these
were under the age of 21. The will mentions also Robert and James McCaslan,

termed "friends." Witnesses include Patrick Gibson and Joseph S. Wideman.
John Harris's son William [Stoutly] Harris and James McCaslan are the
He leaves his widow a plantation of 100 acres plus "three other small
attached to said tract, amounting to ninety-one acres, making in all 191
acres," plus "one other tract of land containing 160 acres" in Abbeville "on
Branch whereupon Henry Wideman now resides on adjoining lands of Robert
McCaslan, George McFarland and others."
This John Harris's name, as well as that of the Reverend John Harris, is
included in Deed Plats: Plat Book A. Ninety Six District, South Side of
River. Commissioner of Locations, 1784-1785. This volume of original
from the surveys shows an annotated diagram of land assigned to Rachel Milly

Kittrell's husband, described thus:
"John Harris as a citizen 86 acres of land situate on a branch of Little
River bounding NW on land laid out for David Black & Andrew Kerr, E end and
out for John Dickey. Surveyed by Thomas Findley D. S. on the 30th of May
inst. as per platt thereof recorded this 29th of May 1785. Robert Anderson,
C. L.
B. O."
John Harris seems to be the first to have title to this particular acreage,

but the deed records of Granville signal that this evidently was not his
earlliest Abbeville home. The war, begun in the late 1770s, would continue
the mid -1780s. Likely John and Rachel Milly, along perhaps with a young
child or children, settled on other Abbeville land before 1780. The 1785
was made to "citizen" John Harris in wartime. The 86 acres are within the
Hillsborough settlement, established in 1762. Comprised in the 28,000 acres

of Hillsborough are the Huguenot town of New Bordeaux and farmlands along
Cane Creek, Bold Branch, Buffalo Creek, and Little River. Page 116 of
L. Meriwether's The Expansion of South Carolina, 1729-1765, Philadelphia:
Porcupine Press, 1974, features a map of Old Ninety Six showing the
locations of
the townships of Hillsborough, Boonesborough, and Londonborough (or Belfast)

South of Hillsborough (the largest of the three) and just north of the
Edgefield District boundary is the Barksdale Ferry Road, stretching from
Saluda to
the Savannah River. In southern Abbeville it is the main east-west
thoroughfare of the time. The region's post office is at Longmire's Store
1809 in the north of Edgefield District), the first postmaster being John
Among the many residents in Hillsborough enumerated as heads of households
in the earliest census reports are John Harris, Will Stoutly Harris, Henry
Wideman, Adam Wideman, Cornelius Collier, Edward Collier, Joshua Hill, Uel
William Hill, Robert Foster, Drury Breazeal, Patrick Gibson, James McCaslan,

Robert McCaslan, Charles Brit, Hickerson Barksdale, John McCullough, Pierre
Roger, Peter B. Roger, Peter Delishaw, Lazarus Covin, Peter Belote, and
Moragne. In the 1800 census of Abbeville the names of John Harris, Edward
Collier, Lazarus Covin, Peter Belote, William Stoutly Harris, Peter Moragne,
Joshua Hill appear on the same page. In 1820 Uel Hill, Peter Delishaw,
Brit, Joshua Hill, and Isaac Moragne are clustered together, as are John
Adam Wideman, and Edward W. Collier. Listed together also are Peter B.
Roger(s), Henry Wideman, John Wideman, Samuel Wideman, and Robert McCaslan.
Abbeville plat books likewise signal that some of these are near neighbors.
family of John Harris and Rachel Milly Kittrell lives among settlers who in
the main are Huguenot and Scots-Irish immigrants, although the Harris family
of neither group. The dominant religious faith in the settlement is
Perhaps the most notable of the Abbeville men named John Harris is a
prominent Presbyterian minister. He is of no kinship to the husband of
Rachel Milly
Kittrell. He too has a son named John, a Revolutionary War soldier who
under General Pickens and who married the general's daughter. The Reverend
John Harris established and pastored various Abbeville churches, including
Hopewell, founded in 1750 as Lower Long Cane Church, but his ministry was
mainly in the northwest of the county around Rocky River. He was educated
Princeton and was married to Mary Dashiell Handy. Their children, in
to the soldier John, are Handy Harris, a Revolutionary War soldier who
became a
physician; Elizabeth Harris, who married Joseph Irving; Ann Handy Harris,
married Elijah McCurdy and settled in Lincoln County, Tenn.; and Thomas
Harris, who settled in DeKalb, Ga. The Reverend John Harris's will was
proven on
April 5, 1791. Several plats assigned to him are represented in the Ninety
plats book. Most are along the Savannah River.
In Abbeville genealogy the recurring of the Harris names John, Milly,
Elizabeth, and William offers a punishing problem. Here, with our
is a list of the children of John Harris and Rachel Milly Kittrell, along
grandchildren and some great-grandchildren, many of them sharing the family
given names:
William Stoutly Harris m. (1) Mary S. Paul, m. (2) Sarah J. Baker
Elizabeth Harris m. (1) Cornelius Collier, Jr., who d. 1790 (Box 20, Pack
442; he left 14 slaves), m. (2) Solomon Alston Hunter, d. 1799 (Box 47, Pack

1063). Elizabeth and her brother "Will Stoutly Harris" served as Hunter's
co-administrators. Elizabeth is listed in the 1790 Abbeville census as
Colyer," owner of the 14 slaves mentioned in Collier's estate settlement.
second husband, whom she married ca. 1792, was the brother-in-law of her
uncle, Isham Kittrell (b. 1762, N. C.), who was married to Ann Alston Hunter
Granville Co./Warren Co., N. C.
Milly Harris m. Adam Wideman. Milly's name (probably Emilia) can be
confused with that of her mother and of her sister-in-law Milly Stanfield
Link, who
married John Harris, Jr.
Robert A. Harris m. (1) Theresa Cason, m. (2) Mary Susan Wideman. Moved to
Polly Harris m. William Tatum
John Harris (d. 1817) m. Milly Stanfield Link (b. 1788), daughter of Robert

Link. Their children: Elizabeth Harris (b. 1814 Abbeville, d. 1884, Lee
Miss.) m. Braxton Cason; William Harris (d. 1839 Abbeville) m. Elizabeth
(Betsy) Glover, daughter of Wiley Glover and Jemima Satterwhite. The
children of
William Harris and Elizabeth Glover are John C. Harris (d. 1844) and
A. Scott of Savannah; Mary F. Harris (d. before 1839), wife of James F.
Herten; Rebecca Satterwhite Harris m. George Alexander Addison; Wiley Glover
Sarah A. Harris m. Col. Marshall Fraser, whose daughter is Mary Elizabeth
Fraser; William Harris m. Mary Ann Caldwell, whose children are Wiley Harris
Mary Frances Harris; Jemima Harris m. Nathan Lipscomb; and Elizabeth Ann
Sarah (Sally) Harris m. Joshua Wideman
Caroline Harris m. Tinsley Rucker
Peggy (Margaret) Harris m. Wade Cowan
Leuisa Catherine Harris m. William Edwin Link
Thomas S. Harris listed in the 1830 Abbeville census as 30-40, wife 20-3-,
sons, 2 daughters

Our ancestors are John Harris, Rachel Milly Harris, Elizabeth Harris
Collier, and Solomon Alston Hunter. Having researched Abbeville records for
a number
of years, we offer this as our interpretation of the Harris-Kittrell
genealogy. It is, of course, subject to evaluation and comment and perhaps

Hunter McKelva Cole
Martha Cole Rester
July 2006

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