If anyone connects to this line I would love to hear from you. We don't know much about the William Harris and Elizabeth Glen family of Cecil and Harford, Maryland and so far no DNA participant has been found. This line is Group 3 of the Harris DNA study. They are mention in a book by Robert Stewart on his ancestors Col. George Steuart and Margaret Harris. There is a document in the book called the Mifflintown Document posted below.
The Stewart book does not mention in depth many allied families, but is the backbone of the Group 3 Harris line. It can be found free online.
The Mifflintown Document is a contemporaneous account
detailing the descendants of Robert Harris and Dorothy
The Scotch-Irish immigrants touched land in Philadelphia,
ca. 1725. The Harris sons and their families spread
throughout the young colonies becoming intricately woven
into the fabric,faith and service of the United States of
America. The document detailing the Harris family is found
in the book by author Robert Stewart:
Colonel George Steuart and his wife Margaret Harris:
Their Ancestors and Descendants
with Appendixes of Related Families
Portraits and Illustrations
A Genealogical History
Robert Stewart, D.D., LL.D
This book was Printed at the "Civil and Military Gazette"
Press, 1907 in Lahore, India pp.398-401
APPENDIX No. XI
T H E M I F F L I N T O W N D O C U M E N T
A copy of this document was sent the author
by John Harris9, M.D., of Philadelphia, Jan. 18, 1865.
At the conclusion he wrote:
“The foregoing was copied Aug. 10, 1855, by John Harris9
(then resident in Philadelphia) from two separate half
sheets of cap paper,in the handwriting of his father, James
Harris7, in the possession of Mrs. Thomazin Potter, a
granddaughter of James Harris7. John Harris9, the copyist
of the foregoing, born Dec. 31st, 1792, was the son of
James Harris7, who was the son of John Harris2 who was the
son of James Harris1 (by his second wife, Janet McClure),
who was the son of Edward Harris1 and Flora Douglas.
The family of James Harris7, the copyist’s father, were
Jane5, John, Eliza Grizzel,James D., William11, Joseph, and
Andrew, besides Robert and a female child who died in
infancy. Jane, John, and Eliza were born in Mifflintown,
the others in or near Bellefonte”.
In view of the above statement, therefore, it seems
probable that James Harris7 of Bellafonte was the author of
At the time of writing (Dec. 20, 1801) he was about 45
years old. He was also a very careful, cultured man and no
doubt put nothing down but what was thoroughly established
He probably, too, gathered up his facts and penned them at
Mifflintown where he was born, where there were older
records, and where several older Harrises resided who could
aid him in his researches. These persons were his eldest
sister Jane5, his mother Jane1 (then in her 78th year), his
uncle James Harris3 (then 82 or 83 years old), and probably
his mother's cousin, Mrs. Turbett (nee Dolly Harris1)
besides others who could give more or less help. The oldest
of all, Thomas Harris1, had died 16 days previously, and
his death seems to have suggested and stimulated the effort
to get a written record of genealogies before it was
entirely too late.
The antecedent probability that this document is perfectly
trustworthy has been confirmed by all subsequent
investigations (excepting in regard to William Harris2 and
his wife-see Appendix XVIII), and the writer considers it
fortunate that he has had such a record to guide his
It is hardly necessary to say that the "superior" numbers
inserted are not original, but added by the author of this
book as a guide to identify. The words bracketed are also
This document is without a heading and reads as follows:-
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
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.
James1, son of Edward1, and Flora Douglas, married Mary
Simpson, by whom he had William2, Ann1 and James3. By a
second marriage with Janet McClure he had a son, John2.
Edward2, son of Edward1, and Flora Douglas, married ...............
and had children, Robert3, William3 and Mary1.
John1, son of Robert1 and Dorothy Wiley, had Margaret2,
Jane1,Robert4,and James4 by his first wife Grizzel Steel,
daughter of Margaret Gray; by a second wife, Rebecca
McBay, he had William4, Elizabeth1, Thomas2 and John3.
William1, son of Robert1 and Dorothy Wiley, married
Elizabeth Glen, daughter of R. Glen and Jane Scott, by whom
he had Robert6,James5, George1, Elizabeth2, William5,
John4, Jane2, Susan1,Margaret3, Sarah1, Dolly1, Thomas3,
James2, son of R. and D. Wiley, married .........Mcllhenny,
by whom he had Robert6, Samuel2 and others. The family
moved to the Carolinas.
Margaret1, sister of James2, married Alexander Poer, to whom
he had Jane, Dorothy, William and Samuel........
Thomas1, son of R., and Dorothy Wiley, married Mary
McKinney1, by whom he had Robert7, Mathew1, Margaret4,
Margaret5, John6 Catharine1, and Mary2. He died Dec. 4th,
Samuel1, brother of Thomas1, married........ Laird, by whom
he had several children in Carolina.
Robert2, his brother, married Fanny Cunningham, by whom
he had Robert8, William6, Elizabeth3, Martha1 and
Charles2, his brother, married Mcllhenny; had a large
family in Carolina.
William2, son of James1, and Mary Simpson, married Catharine
Wilson; emigrated from Ireland; settled at Swartara; had
James6,John7, William7 who died young, Sarah2, Mary3, and
Ann1, sister of William, married David Caldwell1; emigrated
to Pennsylvania; moved to Carolina; had a family of
children. After the death of D. Caldwell she married
Robert Harris2, son of Robert1 and Dorothy Wiley.
James3, son of James Harris1 and Mary Simpson, never
married, and is at this time (Dec. 20, 1801) living with
his sister-in-law, widow of his half brother, John2, at
Mifflintown, Mifflin Co.,Penn'a.
John Harris2, son of James Harris1 and Jane McClure, first
married Jane Poer, daughter of Alexander Poer and Margaret
Harris1,Mifflin, who died without issue. By his second
wife, Jane Harris1,daughter of John Harris1 and Grizzel
Steel (born Feb. 7, 1721) had Jane3, James7, William8,
Grizzel1, Margaret7 and Ann2 .............
Penn'a. He died Feb., 1794.
Robert Harris3, son of Edward2 the younger and...........,
married, and had Margaret8, Jane4, and Margery1. By a
second wife, Margaret Mcllmunn, he had Robert10, Mary4 and
William9. He died in Carolina.
Margaret Harris2, daughter of John1, and Grizzel Steel,
married Andrew Buchanan1, to whom she had Jane, Mary, John,
James and Andrew2. They resided near Gilligordon, Donegal,
James4, son of John Harris1 and Grizzel Steel, married
Elizabeth Harris3, daughter of Robert2 and Fanny
Cunningham. By her he had a number of children in Carolina,
where he died about 1794.
Robert4, his brother, died without issue.
William4, son of John Harris1 and his second wife Rebecca
McBay, married Margaret Wilson, by whom he had John8 and a
number of other children. They resided in South Carolina.
Thomas2, brother of Willam4, married in South Carolina.
John3, his brother, who had lived with his half brother-
in-law John2, and sister Jane1, went to Carolina,
married........., by whom he had William10 and other
children. After her death he married .............by whom
he has other children. He now resides near Mayville [or
Maryville], Blount Co., Tennessee. His children are
William10, John Baird, Elizabeth4, Robert Marklin, Mathew
Handy,and Joseph Gilliland------------1801
NOTES ON THE ABOVE
For accounts of Edward Harris1, Flora Douglas, Robert
Harris1,Dorothy Wiley, Thomas Harris1 and Margaret Harris5,
see special sketches in Parts III and IV of this book. For
an account of John Harris2 of Mifflintown, and his
descendants see pages 92, 93, and App. No. XVII. For
Mathew Harris1 and his descendants, see pages 94 to 97, and
Appendix No. XXI. For Robert Harris7 see pages
97, 98, 110. For John Harris6 and his descendants see
pages 94 to 96 and App. No XX. For Catherine Harris1 and
her descendants see pages 94, 95, and App. XIX. For Mary
Harris2 and her descendants see pages 101, 102, and App.
No. XXIII. For the Carolina Harrises see App. No XXXV.
For William Harris2 and his family see page 83 (note) and
App. No. XVIII. Some of the family of William
Harris1 lived for a time in Harford Co., Maryland---see page
93. Margaret3 married a Fulton---see App. No. VI; Dolly1, a
Turbett---see App. No. XXVII; Isabella married her cousin
Robert Harris7---see page 98.
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