Posted By:Carla Barringer Rabinowitz
Post Date:October 14, 2002 at 16:54:30
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Forum:Southampton County, VA Genealogy Forum
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Hi Bill -

So far in my Southampton Co. browsings I haven't found anyone with the surname of NEWITT. Frances' family was in Surry Co, just off the boat if I remember rightly, when she married Edward Drew. But she's easy to find through, and the line seems to be pretty well researched. Perhaps she had brothers.

Where I do find Newitt is as a given name among numerous descendants of Frances and Edward. There are Newitt Drews as far away as late 19th-century Louisiana. So I'd stick with my guess about the name coming down to your Henry Harris, and ultimately to his grandson, through Mary Drew #1 (sister of Newitt Drew #1) and John Harris #1.

There is a Mary Drew #2, sister of Newitt #2 (first cousins of the first M. & N.), allegedly born 1729 in Bertie Co. NC, who allegedly married a Henry Harris in 1750 in Edgecomb Co. But the dates I've seen are ten years to late for them to have been the parents of your John. And then there's Olive Drew, daughter of Newitt #1, who supposedly also married a Harris, but she and her siblings seem to have been born in the 1730's and 40's.

As to the Bible: the only Drew I'm sure of who migrated from Southampton Co. to Wilson Co. TN was my ggg-grandfather, Newitt #3(b. 1772), who left VA in 1797. Possibly his brother James joined him after 1803, but I'm not sure the Wilson Co. and Southampton Co. Jameses are the same person. Newitt and James had no Harris ancestors, although they did have a stepfather. Hard as it may be to believe, their mother, Mary Parker Drew, remarried a third Henry Harris! This Henry died sometime around 1802, leaving one daughter, Nancy. It doesn't sound to me as if your Bible got to TN that way. There were lots of Harrises in Southampton Co, and lots of them later on in Wilson Co., but Ron Thompson says he hasn't tried to connect them.

If this doesn't make your head spin, I don't know what would.
Good hunting!