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Re: Harris, Wyly and Descendants in Group 3 Harris DNA
Posted by: Terese Mitchell (ID *****8140) Date: August 30, 2012 at 15:15:22
In Reply to: Re: Harris, Wyly and Descendants in Group 3 Harris DNA by Elwyn Soutter of 94929

Hi, Thank you so much for the reply. Sorry for the clumsy wording. I admit I am ignorant on that part of history and hope to learn more. I have become very partial to this line as I have traced their movements thorough America and that has drawn me to explore further back. This was the line of my great grandmother and I realize that many of the families she spoke of and that moved in unison with her family actually were families that had been linked for two centuries back to Ayrshire. Her family is mentioned in the Mifflintown Document which was written in Pennsylvania in 1801 and I will put the passage that mentions their history.

"and Edward1 and Charles1 Harris, being dissenters, were driven from Ayrshire, in Scotland, at the time of the persecution of the Protestants In the reign of Charles II, or of his successor, James.

They settled in County Donegal, near Rapho, Ireland. They were possessed of a valuable estate in Scotland, which was lost on account of their abandoning it.
Edward1 was married to Miss Flora Douglas, of the famous
family of that name, who resided near the borders of England. He had sons: Edward2, Robert1 and James1.
Robert1 was married to Dorothy Wiley. They had children:
John1, William1, James2, Margaret1, Thomas1, Samuel1, Robert2 and Charles2."

And this info helps to pinpoint the time period.

"Charles Herries appeared as an attorney for his brother William Herries on 22 Dec 1624, when their mother became in possession of annual rents from the parish of Lochcandiloch. The two brothers moved to the county of Donegal, Ireland."

I wonder if there are many records from this time period in Ireland? I will also look for the book you suggest.

Thanks so much,
Terese Mitchell

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