my william harris, sr/ frances goode; my william harris, jr/ frances rodgers; my mackerness goode, sr and his son, mackerness goode, jr; my john rodgers, esq, along with other related and associated families, obtained ca 1770 grants in the little river area of laurens co, sc, having moved there from the luneburg/ mecklenburg/ charlotte cos, va area.
i am not totally sure if my william harris, sr/ frances goode did move to laurens co, sc but his son, my william harris, jr died there in laurens co, sc in 1799 and my frances rodgers harris died there also in 1801.
john harris, son of my william harris, jr/ frances rodgers, burned and destroyed my william harris, jr's last and will and testament but i have my william harris, jr's 1800 laurens co, sc estate papers and their sons were: john harris; thomas harris; my charles harris b ca 1776; and william harris, III.
the 1790 census record shows that my william harris, jr/ frances rodgers also also had a number of daughters but the only one i can name is our sarah goode harris, who married john mc laughlin ca 1798 laurens co, sc.
in fact, although both my charles harris and john mc laughlin applied for letters of administration, john mc laughlin served as the primary executor.
i have sara nash's laurens co, sc records book 1785-1820, which i have studied thorougly, but since there were several john harrises there during this same time frame, i could not tell for sure which was our john harris, son of my william harris, jr/ frances rodgers, until someone sent me a copy of the following deed, which i will cite below.
i had not seen this deed previously as the laurens co, sc deed book i have from 1785-1820 only goes through deed book K and this deed was found in deed book L.
based on what i know about my harris family; my rodgers family and other of these families both in this lunenburg/ southside va area on into laurens co, sc, i know that the john l harris named in this deed as son-in-law of lucy bacon allen smith was the john harris, who was the son of my william harris, jr/ frances rodgers and brother of my charles harris.
the bacon and the allen families were also in and from lunenburg co, va. as indicated by this deed, our john l harris was still in laurens co, sc in 1822.
Lucy Bacon b 1744 d 1829 was married first to Charles Allen. She married second Charles Smith.
Laurens, South Carolina
Deed Book L: 64
I, Lucy Smith, Laurens District, South Carolina in consideration of the love and affection which I have for my daughter Polly Harris and her husband John L. Harris, and in consideration of the sum of $5.00 paid by William F. Downes, all of the same place, have granted and delivered to the said William F. Downes the following negroes to wit - Charles about 20 years of age, Martha about 10 years of age, Eliza about 9 years of age and Poll about 40 years of age in trust to and for the following uses and purposes to wit - for the sole use and benefit of the said Polly Harris and John L. Harris or the survivors of them during their lives except the girl Poll and Eliz which I reserve for the use and benefit of myself during my life and after my death and the death of the said John L. Harris and Polly Harris to such persons as the said Polly Harris notes sustaining may chose to convey the said negroes and their increase to by deed or will lawfully executed to have and to hold the said 4 negroes and their incease unto the said William F. Downs in trust.
Lucy Smith. (Seal)
Wit. Jas. Burton
Proved by A. Millner 2 Sept 1822 before John Garlington, Clerk and JQ
Recorded September 1, 1822
i have noted the a. milner, who witnessed this deed, along with james burton, was arnold milner.
also, can anyone tell me how this james burton who witnessed this deed was perhaps related to james burton, sr of lunenburg co, va?
here is a lunenburg co, va deed which connects charles allen, sr with james burton, sr in lunenburg co, va:
lunenburg co, va deed book 6, page 121, 1760, james burton of lunenburg co, va to silvanus walker, jr of same for 100 pds, 200 acres on the north side of the staunton river and bounded by ornsby and goode. signed: james burton, his mark. witnesses: charles allen; william perry; mary perry, her mark. judith, wife of james burton, relinquished her right of dower.
some of the info i have seen shows that this was james burton, sr's son, thomas burton, who also moved to laurens co, sc and who died there ca 1803. can anyone confirm this?
here is a lunenburg co, va deed showing that james burton, sr, wife, judith, did have a son thomas burton and also that james burton, sr was a legatee of peter hudson, sr.
lunenburg co, va deed book 5, page 329, 1758, james burton of lunenburg co, va to thomas burton, for the love that james burton has for his son, thomas burton, 200 acres on buffalo creek, being part of a larger tract of land deeded to james burton from the executors of peter hudson, sr, deceased, it being the tract whereon the said james burton now lives and bounded by james hudson, richard hudson, griffin, burton. signed: james burton, his mark. no witnesses.
if anyone is interested also in our john l harris/ and his wife, mary/ polly allen harris, or those associated with him, per this laurens co, sc deed there in laurens co, sc or any of these, per these lunenburg co, va deeds, i would really appreciate hearing from you.
belva harris cauthen
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