Looks like you tied down Harris to Franklin Co. Georgia with your witnessing of the deed! I believe that we will discover the “elder” Harris (1850 Coffee County, Alabama Census) attached to a Brannen (or variant spellings) in North Carolina’s 1790 census. My thinking is based on the fact that Cynthia (Scinthia, Cinthia) gives her birthplace as North Carolina. It is a long-shot that her father's name was Harris or her maiden name was Harris or some variant.
N. Quinton Brannen has the progenitor as Sampson Sr and Priscilla Gordon Brannen. However, in his miscellaneous pages [pointed out to me by Genie Lemley] on page 120 of his book lists the people that I found via on-line census: Harris and Cynthia, James and Tamar, and a Joseph and Elizabeth (see my other postings). To quote N. Quinton (page 121) “The above list of names seems to have a convincing proof which could connect with Sampson Sr. and Priscilla (Gordon) Brannen, if carried to completion, but that at present is not an established fact.” N. Quinton continues with some personal knowledge of his own. “I was reared in the same community that a Morrow family lived. I knew that the two families were distantly related, but I did not know our relationship at the time, being quite young. There was an elderly lady who lived with the Morrow family, whom we called grandma Tidwell. Her maiden name was Bettie Brannen. In my research, I have learned that Bettie’s father was James Brannen of Coffee County, Alabama. Therefore, my conclusion is – Bettie (Brannen) Tidwell was Elizabeth (Brannen) born in 1838, the daughter of James and Tamar Brannen. Bettie’s only child was Tamar who married Theodore Morrow and moved from Alabama to Texas where they lived on a small farm. There were buried in the Holly Cemetery. They had six children ….”
It may be that N. Quinton Brannen did not want to connect the family to these people because of a family story from Jack E. Brannen, Brownsville, Texas, of Josephine Brannen Lane of Troy, Alabama, and Susan Caldwell Cline of Bremond, Texas. Basically all three tell of an elderly couple whom they called Grancer or Grandsire Brannen. “Jack asserts that Grancer Brannen who settled neaar Elba, Coffee Co. Alabama was his great-grandfather and the father of Sampson Sr. Brannen. Jack quotes his own father, Joseph Sr. Brannen who said Grancer was living in 1866 when his father left Alabama for Texas. He further states that Grancer lived to be 117 years old, and Grancer’s wife lived to be 115 years old.” According to Josephine, they had “a daughter called Patsy. Evidently the Patsy was Sampson Sr.’s sister for he had a sister Patricia who is said to have lived to be 112 years old and died single. Sampson Sr. had another sister and brother namely – Cynthia Brannen who married Press Hemphill and they had several children, but only one is known – Victoria Hemphill. The brother’s name was James Brannen.”
N. Quinton also checked the 1790 census, and lists several heads of families -- too many for this posting.
I think we are sitting at about 60 – 70% sure that Harris b. 1776 was the father of Sampson Sr,, James, Patricia, and Cynthia and possibly (40-50%) Joseph Brannen. What are your thoughts? Click on my name for my e-mail address -- I think we live about 80+ miles apart, and you can come and read my copy of N.Q.'s book.
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