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Re: Jesse Harris Family of Rowan and Davidson Counties
Posted by: Nancy Fisher (ID *****2193) Date: March 08, 2012 at 06:20:20
In Reply to: Re: Jesse Harris Family of Rowan and Davidson Counties by Russell Wood of 548

Yes, Rushing to reply to your message with a hungry husband hovering and talking to me while I tried to write a response resulted in errors. Please contact me at

I nor my husband have never been to Denton, NC. There are Harris descendents that live in the area, and I agree that you would think the gravesites would be maintained. The article below was among my husband's grandmother's family notes. Ransom, as a founder of the Canaan Methodist Church, you would also think the church would be taking care of it's founder's grave.

"The Thomasville Newspaper" (NC), July 1941 article entitled: Honor Memory Ransom Harris, Davidson County Pioneer and First County Register of Deeds
A monument of stone and granite at Canaan methodist church, about five mile northeast of Denton, was being planned to honor the memory of Ransom Harris. He was the first Register of Deeds of the county, and the only man from southern Davidson to ever represent the county in the state senate. The article goes on to say " that it was interesting to note that no less than four of his direct lineal descendants have since been elected to this important county office".
Ransom Harris "was born on the plantation estate of his father, Captain Jesse Harris. (Note: Incorrect- Captain title belonged one more generation back, to Jesse Harris I's father, Jesse Harris II), located near where Jeff Ward now lives, about four mile northeast of Denton, on August 19, 1783. He died July 3, 1841. In his day and time he was recognized as an outstanding citizen and from the meager records now available, it is evident that he was active as a public servant throughout most of his life. In the early part of the 19th century, when he was a young man still in his twenties, we find him one of the honorable Justices of the Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Rowan county and when in 1822, Davidson county was formed from the part of Rowan east of the Yadkin river, he was one of the justice commissioned by the General Assembly with power to organized the new county and set up local government. These men also consituted the first Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Session for Davidson county and can be properly thought of as the county's "Conscript Fathers." The act of creating the county, also provided for a board of five men to locate and establish a county seat and Ransom Harris was one of the five men appointed to this Board.
After serving two terms as register of deeds, he was elected to the state senate by the people of Davidson county, which office he filled with honor and credit for two terms".
Ransom was one of the founders of Canaan Methodist Church in Davidson County, NC. He erected the first church building (1840) with timber from his plantation using the labor of his slaves. His grave is in the older part of the cemetery, just back of where the first church stood.

Ransom Wesley Harris-
State Senator 1829-183-
Inspector of Elections 1833
Justice of the Peace 1822
Public Registrar 1822
Registrar of Deed 1829
County Commissioner--helped to select site and buy 25 acres for the County Seat (Lexington)
--History of Davidson County, NC

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