While trying to find the parents of Allen Bailey Harris, I found information on two of his daughters who married Richard Isbell. Laura first, then after her death, Harriet.
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"Richard Monroe Isbell was born 14 July 1841 (according to his death certificate) and was the third
son of Allen and Cynthia. Richard was also a member of the franklin Rangers along with his brothers.
His record reads: Private May 10, 1862. Transferred to Co. F., 37th Reg’t Georgia Inf. May 6th,
1863. Surrendered at Greensboro, North Carolina April 26th 1865 (Henderson Vol IV, 67).
According to a letter written by the eldest son (John R.) of Richard M. Isbell in 1951, richard first
married Laura Harris, daughter of Allen Bailey Harris and hiswife Winnie Gordon, in Georgia about
1861. They had one son, John R. Isbell who was born 15th July, 1862. When Laura died, Richard
married her sister, Harriett A. Harris in Georgia. Other sister to Laura and and Harriett were Sarah
who married Kage Smitherson; Sue, who married John Hainey and a sister named Julia. Brothers were
John, Will, Park, and Sammie (Affidavit of John R. Isbell). In 1870 Upshur County, Texas census,
Richard was married to Harriet A..They had three children listed; John age 10; Allice, age 3; and
Thomas, age 1. Since the first two children were born in Georgia, he must have married Harriett in
Georgia about 1865 and they moved to Alabama (according to John R. Isbell) for a while and then to
Texas about 1869. Early documents held by David Williamson, great grandson of Michael Ragsdale
and written by Ruth Armond Ragsdale when she was about 90 years of age, read;"
the link will direct you to the book which this passage is from. My Harris lineage also has several "Park"s in it as well as "Pickens" and "Wiley" and "Samuel"'s. If anyone has info on the parents of Allen Bailey Harris 1809SC-1882AL (married Winnie Gordon, SC 1837), I'd love to see it.
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