The family of James Harris left war torn Knoxville, Tennessee shortly after the Civil War and traveling by covered wagon found their way to Palo Pinto County, Texas. The father, James, died of a fever just after crossing the Texas border. It is said that his health was not good and that he wished to get his family out of Tennessee as the state had filled with undesirables after the Civil War. He was buried in a place called Blooming Grove. Mrs. Harris, the former Catherine Adelia Morrow, with her children, continued the journey and settled in the Pollard community, near the Brazos River in Palo Pinto County.
James Harris is my second Great Grandfather. He was born in 1827 in Tennessee. The 1850 Census was enumerated on October 15, 1850. In this census, James, age 23 is living with his parents, Stephen Harris, age 65, and Martha Eppes (Luttrell) Harris, age 63, in Knox County, Tennessee. Also living in this household is Catherine Adelia (Morrow) Harris, age 16, wife of James. Another person living in the same household was Elbert Sherman, age 6. Living neaby and listed in this census are more than a few Morrows and Lusbys - more family surnames in this tree. There are two documents ralating to the marriage of James and Catherine. One puts his middle initial as "L", the other puts it as "O".
On his wife Catherine's headstone, his middle initial is "O". Neither of the two census records (1850 and 1860) give him a middle initial or name - only James. The 1860 census was enumerated on August 1, 1860. In this census, James and Catherine are living in Knox County, Tennessee. His occupation is Farmer, and the value of his property is $200. He and Catherine have five children at this time.
The children of James Harris and Catherine Morrow were:
While the Harris children were still young, the family moved to the Sturdivant Community where they lived for a few years and then moved to the Staggs Prairie Community, near Mineral Wells. They later moved to Oklahoma and farmed for a relatively short time. When they decided to return to Palo Pinto County, they all rode the train except for Roy who would not give up his horse and rode the horse back.
The children of John G. and Patience Ann had strong ties to the area in and around Mineral Wells and most stayed in the area. Ollie, the oldest, moved to Yuba City, California during the depression and remained. Ollie’s family still lives in the area.
Roy and Bertha lived in DeRidder, Louisiana for about a year where Bertha taught school and Roy worked, but they returned after about one year there.
James Barney, known as "Red" or "Josh" or "Bonnie" by various family members settled in West Texas near Imperial and this branch still lives in and around this area.
Opal and her husband, Henry Black, known affectionately as “Fat” also settled in West Texas at Grand Falls, where he was in the oil business until his death in 1945.
Viola and husband Mark Dalton spent the war years working in California shipyards but returned to Mineral Wells after the war.
The rest of the siblings remained in the area in and around Mineral Wells. The next generation of those who stayed is somewhat dispersed in other cities and states.
Patience Ann Brooks was born on August 28, 1869 in Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas. She died on May 27, 1948 in Palo Pinto County, Texas at the age of 78. Patience's death certificate lists her causes of death as myocarditis, arthritis and senility. John died on June 12, 1920 in Mineral Wells, Texas at the age of 62. He is buried in Staggs Prarie Cemetery. John G.'s death certificate says his cause of death was Bright's Disease. If you didn't know, Bright's Disease, according to Wikipedia is a historical classification of kidney diseases that would be described in modern medicine as acute or chronic nephritis. The term is no longer used, as diseases are now classified according to their more fully understood causes. (SRH)
The children of John G Harris and Patience Ann Brooks:
John G. Harris was my Great Grandfather. There have been some different iterations of his name. John Winslow is one of the variations. His death certificate puts his name as John Glascow Harris. In the 1910 Census, his name was written down as J. G. (initials only). In both the 1910 and 1920 Census, his occupation was listed as Farmer. I would assume he was always a farmer.
J.G. Harris was 4 years old when the Civil War began at Ft. Sumter, South Carolina and 8 years old when it ended at the Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. The Knoxville area of Tennessee was known as an area of divided loyalties at the outbreak of the Civil War. There were many sympathizers for the Union North and the Rebel South. J.G.'s father (James L. Harris) and his mother (Catherine Adelia Morrow) were both born in the Knoxville, Tennessee area.
John G. Harris was the fourth born child in a family of 8 children. He had four brothers and three sisters. The eighth child, Adelia Harris, was born in Tennessee on November 11, 1868. The death date of their father, James L. Harris is 1870 in Blooming Grove, Navarro County, Texas. I don't know how long that journey from Tennessee to Texas would have taken, but can surmise that the family left Tennessee sometime after the birth of Adelia which was near the end of 1868. As my Dad pointed out, the family of James and Catherine must have had some very strong reasons for moving west. (SRH)
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