JOSEPH HARRIS FAMILY
Joseph Harris was born in
Pennsylvania in October 1749, but he spent the majority of his life in the
First he lived on the Rocky River in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, where his family was known
as the “Rocky River Harrises.” By 1792, Joseph was living in Greene County, Georgia, in an area that
had originally been part of Washington County. Eventually Joseph settled in Jackson County, Georgia,
where he lived for the remainder of his life. Joseph Harris was married twice. Nothing is known of his
first wife; his second wife was Elizabeth Cribbs, who was born in 1774 in North Carolina. Joseph and
Elizabeth were married August 1794 in Greene County, Georgia.
During the Revolutionary War, Joseph Harris was a private in the North Carolina militia. In 1832, he was awarded a pension, and after his death, his wife Elizabeth received a widow’s pension. Joseph’s pension application gives the names and birth dates of all of his children.
Joseph filed a will in Jackson County on September 2, 1839. He died shortly thereafter, on October 10 of the same year. His wife Elizabeth died in 1851, and the couple is probably buried somewhere in Jackson County.
Children of Joseph Harris and his 1st wife:
1. Jesse Harris b. 15 August 1786.
m. 9 December 1811, Jackson County, GA, Lavinia Adams.
2. Topy Harris b. 9 August 1788
3. Mary Harris b. 22 May 1790
Children of Joseph Harris and his 2nd wife Elizabeth (Cribbs):
4. Thomas Harris b. 31 August 1796
m. 3 February 1820, Jackson County, GA, Elizabeth Lord
5. Sarah Harris b. 27 September 1800
m. Salathiel Adams
6. Joseph Harris b. 18 December 1802
(see below) m. 1 March, 1823, Jackson County, GA, Nancy Metcalf/Midkiff
d. before 1830
7. William Walton b. 14 May 1805
Harris m. 1st 25 May 1826, Jackson County, GA, Nancy Wilson
2nd 11 October 1845, Franklin County, GA, Clarissa White Strickland
d. 6 March 1897, Jackson County, GA
8. Nancy Harris b. 18 November 1807
m. 2 March 1825, Jackson County, GA, Walker Dunson
d. 23 January 1841, Troup County, GA
9. Elizabeth b. 16 December 1812
Harris m. 26 January, 1832, Jackson County, GA, Daniel Reidling
Joseph Harris, son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Cribbs) Harris, married Nancy Metcalf/Midkiff. She was born about 1801 in North Carolina and died after 1870 in Piedmont, Wayne County, Missouri.
Children of Joseph Harris and Nancy Metcalf/Midkiff:
1) Salathiel b. 5 March 1822-24
Adams m. 1st 18 October 1846, Whitfield County, GA, Nancy Springfield (d. 1870)
Harris 2nd Martha McGhee
d. 15 January 1924, Patterson, Wayne County, Missouri. Buried in Piedmont,
Wayne County, Missouri.
Salathiel Adams Harris
Salathiel Adams Harris served in the Civil War and lived to be 100 years old. His first wife Nancy was the daughter of James Langston and Nancy (Styles) Springfield, who were first cousins (James’ mother was Dicey Langston, a Revolutionary War heroine from South Carolina, while his wife Nancy was the daughter of Dicey Langston’s sister, Selah Langston). Salathiel Adams Harris and his wife Nancy (Springfield) had the following children: Joseph Marion, James A., John F., Sarah E., Walton M., Andrew Jackson, Nancy Jane, Mary A., Salathiel T., Martha Melvin, and Isabella “Belle.”
Family of Joseph Marion Harris (after his death)
From left to right: Charles Franklin Harris, Lee
Harris, Addie Mae Harris, John Albert Harris,
and Susan Lavona (Hunter) Harris
Andrew Jackson “Jack” Harris
Walton M. Harris, his wife Fannie (Rubottom),
foster child Will Middleton, and (unknown) baby who died
Joseph Marion Harris married Susan Lavona Hunter, and his younger brother Walton M. Harris married Fannie Rubottom. After both Joseph and Fannie died, Walton married Susan (Hunter) Harris, his brother’s widow. Of Salathiel Adams Harris’s children, it appears that Walton, who moved to Oklahoma, outlived his siblings.
2) Asa T. Harris m. a McGhee
3) Nancy Harris m. 23 February 1846, Murray County, Georgia, John Franklin McGhee
This couple also went to Wayne County, Missouri. (Note: John Franklin McGhee’s
mother was Mary Harris, possibly Joseph Harris, Sr.’s oldest daughter.)
After her husband Joseph died, Nancy (Metcalf/Midkiff) Harris married (---) Brumbelow, who apparently died before 1850. With her second husband, Nancy had two more children, Samuel Jack Brumbelow and Mary J. Brumbelow. In 1850, Nancy was living with three of her children, Asa, Samuel Jack, and Mary J., in Murray County, Georgia. By 1860, she had gone to live with her son Salathiel in Wayne County, Missouri, where she remained until her death. Her daughter Mary Brumbelow stayed in Murray County, Georgia, while her sons Asa Harris and Samuel Jack Brumbelow also moved to Wayne County, Missouri.
Harris information and photos contributed by Lois Harris Taylor, great-granddaughter of John F. Harris