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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
History of Stone Creek Baptist Church
Gerogia Baptist Historical and Biographical, Early Ed.
Notes of the Allentharp and Tharp Families - Eleanor Davis
Sifting Through The Ashes - Eleanor Davis McSwain 1889
"Cousin" Lynda School
US Genweb Project - Twiggs County Georgia
The Macon Telegraph and News
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The Harris side has an interesting history. Charles Harris (Herries) was from Scotland and had two sons, Edward and Charles. Edward was born about 1620 in Aryshire, Scotland. At some point they moved to Donegal, Ireland. I don't know for certain why, but about that time in Scottish and Irish history some trouble was stirring.
The first major influx of Scots and English into Ulster had come in 1606 during the settlement of east Down onto land cleared of native Irish by private landlords chartered by James. This process was accelerated with James's official plantation in 1609, and further augmented during the subsequent Irish Confederate Wars. The first of the Stuart Kingdoms to collapse into civil war was Ireland where, prompted in part by the anti-Catholic rhetoric of the Covenanters, Irish Catholics launched a rebellion in October. In reaction to the proposal by Charles I and Thomas Wentworth to raise an army manned by Irish Catholics to put down the Covenanter movement in Scotland, the Parliament of Scotland had threatened to invade Ireland in order to achieve "the extirpation of Popery out of Ireland" (according to the interpretation of Richard Bellings, a leading Irish politician of the time). The fear this caused in Ireland unleashed a wave of massacres against Protestant English and Scottish settlers, mostly in Ulster, once the rebellion had broken out. All sides displayed extreme cruelty in this phase of the war. Around 4000 settlers were massacred and a further 12,000 may have died of privation after being driven from their homes. In one notorious incident, the Protestant inhabitants of Portadown were taken captive and then massacred on the bridge in the town. The settlers responded in kind, as did the British-controlled government in Dublin, with attacks on the Irish civilian population. Massacres of native civilians occurred at Rathlin Island and elsewhere. In early 1642, the Covenanters sent an army to Ulster to defend the Scottish settlers there from the Irish rebels who had attacked them after the outbreak of the rebellion. The original intention of the Scottish army was to re-conquer Ireland, but due to logistical and supply problems, it was never in a position to advance far beyond its base in eastern Ulster. The Covenanter force remained in Ireland until the end of the civil wars but was confined to its garrison around Carrickfergus after its defeat by the native Ulster Army at the Battle of Benburb in 1646.
At some point after they came to Donegal, Ireland, Edward must have been involved in this battle because on August 1, 1643 Edward was in Captain James Erskine's company of Raphoe in the regiment of foot soldiers commanded by (Sir) William Stewart. Stewart was said to be from Ayrshire, Scotland so it is probable that his followers were from the same locality.
In the Public Office of Dublin there is a roll containing the names of persons in the parish of Raphoe who paid the Hearth Tax in County Donegal on which appears the name Edward Harris. There is also another Hearth Tax roll of Donegal in the Public Records Office, without a date, but about the year 1665.
So we know that Edward lived in the parish of Raphoe in County Donegal where his old Commander Sir William Steward defeated the Irish in 1641. It is likely that he received land for his military service.
Many of the officers in the Scottish troops were Elders in the Presbyterian Church, and so it seems was Edward. The minutes of the Laggan Presbytery, preserved in the Library of Mcgee College in Londonderry, Ireland, show that on Jan. 29, 1673, Edward Harris was a ruling Elder of Raphoe.
At some point, Edward married Flora Douglass who was born about 1622 in Donegal, Ireland. They had a son about 1660 in Donegal, Ireland - Robert Harris. He immigrated with his family to America in the late 1720's - early 1730's. Sadly, Robert died in sight of land and is said to be buried in Philadelphia, PA.
Robert's son, James Harris was born in Donegal, Ireland and came to America with his father.
From there, the line follows:
James Harris (born in Donegal, Ireland, died in North Carolina)
John Harris (born in Donegal, PA, died in South Carolina)
Nicholas Harris (born in South Carolina, died in Dubois County, Indiana)
Daniel Harris (born in South Carolina, died in Dubois County, Indiana)
and Mary Harris (born and died in Dubois County, Indiana)