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Any Harrises from Harford or Cecil, Maryland?
Posted by: Terese Mitchell (ID *****8140) Date: April 24, 2012 at 13:24:41
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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.

Background Information

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

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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

the document.

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

as correct.

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

the author's.

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

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.

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,

Isabella....... Ireland.

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.[28], 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 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


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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