We're related! You are part of the Henrys that are related to Patrick Henry in some way right? Your Rossie Ann was the sister to one of my great grandfathers, Samuel Henry Harris probably named for your family? He was married to Martha McEntire and they were the parent of James Thomas Harris, Father to Etta Mae Phillips.
Rossie Ann was also the sister to my great grandmother, Martha Elizabeth Harris who was married to John Cunningham McEntire and parent of Nancy Anne McEntire who was the mother of Etta Mae Phillips, my great grandmother. She is the one I grew up with hearing stories about the family and Sumach Church and driving up the road there. I have her red booklet on the history of Sumach that has your great grandfather's picture in it. My grandparents were Raymond Harris of Eton and Bettye Phillips of Crandall. I live in Dalton now.
My grandfather's Harris line is English back to Captain Thomas Harris which made it confusing as a child and easily entangled with the Scotch Irish Harris line. I don't know of any male Harris in the John Nicholas Harris line to do a DNA test, do you? What is your line so I can add it to the tree?
I have info on the Garner Keenes. Having trouble on John Nicholas Harris' grandparents and back. I think they line up with the Carolina Rocky River Harris brothers and that ones that are Scotch Irish and came down from Lancaster County, PA. One of the brothers -JOHN HARRIS moved to Blount County, TN and was married to Grizzel Steel and then to Rebecca McBay, mother of a William Harris.
There is our William Harris in the 1850 Murray County Census living with his daughter, the first Rossie Ann Harris and her husband Joseph Rorex. It list his birth in South Carolina.
My grandmother wrote down John Nicholas Harris, but some people have John Nichols Harris. I noticed your Rossie Ann named a child Nicholas, maybe for her brother? Do you also connect with the McEntires, Hemphills, or Mackeys?
I just have the bare bones and would love to fill in if you have anything to share or if I can help you just let me know. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
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