Very interested in your posting.
The James Harris I am researching appears to be born 24 Aug 1759, in Rowan, NC. (Remember in 1759 NC was actually part of VA) with parents possibly Samuel Harris and Rebecca Morris/Morrison. This James Harris seems to be the same James Harris who died at age 71 on 29 Sept 1830; buried in Old Bean's Creek Cemetery, "A large cemetery with many field stones." Inscription #39: To the memory of James Harris, a Revolutioner who departed this life Sept the 29th, 1830, aged 71 years. This is from Cemetery Records of Franklin County, TN, compiled by Franklin County Historical Society, 1986. Age would be correct with this birth and death date.
There is also a record showing a James as son of Christopher and Agnes McCord Harris. Agnes was second wife of Christopher.
DNA does not place my James Bright Harris in group of Christopher Harris. http:// www.harrisdna.org
Ms. E.W. Wallace is in the Christopher group and her research is excellent!!
If you have not been keeping up with the Harris Group DNA project, please check this as well as Mr. Gohr's work. I have just ordered a upgrade of my James B DNA from 37 marker to 67 marker as there is a Robert Harris in our group and the 37 marker I have matches closely with his.
I know from record of 1879 that my ancestor, James Bright Harris, was born in Middle Tennessee 28 Sept 1809.
James Harris, died 1830 left a Will (Book 1, pp.89-90) showing wife, Susannah; sons Samuel, David G. and James B. Daughters: Sarah, Rebecca, Marthy, Mary, Rhoda and Susannah. I am requesting a full copy of this will in hopes of finding some land, etc. to have a better documented record.
Another researcher worked on son, Samuel, who he says was born 07 Oct 1794 KY. (Later Census records indicate he was born in KY) He was also a Cumberland Presbyterian minister and he and my James B followed same migratory line - TN, AR and then TX. Both were ministers in Washington (later Benton Co came out of this) County, AR and in Cherokee County, TX. Well documented.
In James B's household on 1850 and 1860 Census Chreokee County, TX was a Martha P_____(Writing on one census not legible; on other spelling atrocious), but I am told this should be Pendergrass. Martha was born in KY
Names of children of Samuel and James B are very similiar as shown on census.
I agree a James Harris married Susannah Gass 02 Dec 1790 as shown in born Rowan Co, NC and in Madison Co, KY. (Probably same place in 1790) And agree Will of David Gass mentions daughter, Susannah Harris. Also have indexes showing several land transactions; some just James Harris; some James and Susannah. Also a Power of Attorney from James and Susannah to John Gass.
Last Record I see with Susannah's name is 13 Oct 1807; this would go with my James B being born in TN Sep 1809.
Also in Madison County Deed Records: Edward Harris of Newburn, NC grants 750 acres on both sides of Muddy Creek to James Harris - I have seen date both 1798 and 1802.
Witnesses: James Harris, Archibald Harris and Andrew Province.
Marriage Records in Madison Co. KY:
Rebecca Harris-Andrew Province, 9 Aug 1792
Parmaria Harris-Robert McCord, Dec 31, 1795
Samuel Harris-Sarah Province, 2 Sept 1795
With Census evidence (and 1879 obituary for James Bright) showing births in both KY and TN, it is evident family was in both states earlier being KY.
I hate to make this message longer, but am listing some Random records/notes I have from Franklin County, TN.
FRANKLIN CO. TN records:
Edward Harris of Newbern, North Carolina grants his power of attorney to John Strother 9 Jun 1808 (pp251-252)
John Strother, agent for Edward Harris in his lifetime and attorney in fact for James Harris, William Harris, Samuel Harris, heir of Andrew Harris,
Samuel Harris, Abner Harris, Eli Harris, Margaret Rosborough, Mary McCollom, wife of James McCollom, Rebecca Province, wife of Andrew Province, Martha Sloan, wife of Robert Sloan,Permelia McCord, wife of Robert McCord, Lydia Stephenson, wife of John Stephenson, who are heirs of the said Edward Harris states the will of said Edward Harris. Heirs: brother James Harris, sister Peggy Rosoborough, Andrew Province, Robert McCord and "a sister I expect to move here." Mentions Mrs. Blount 22 May 1815 (pp6-8) Samuel Harris to Isaac Halen Harris and Samuel Overton Harris his sons 100 acres. l Oct 1814 (p 182)
James Harris, William Harris, Samuel Harris, Abner Harris, Eli Harris, Margaret Rosborough, James McCallin and wife Mary, Andrew Province and Rebecca his wife, Robert McCord and Pemlia his wife, Thomas Stephenson and wife Lidia, and Samuel P Harris to John Murrow a tract of land on the Elk River 20 Aug 1816 (pp 362-363)
Eli Harris of Wilson Count TN, attorney for the heirs of Judge Harris of
Newberrn North Carolina to John McGowan administrator of Andrew McGowan a tract of land 15 Oct 1818 (pp 150-151 Samuel A Harris to John Harris part of a tract of land originally granted to Edward Harris 4 Dec 1818 ( 160) Eli Harris, attorney for heirs of Edward Harris to Samuel A Harris a tract of land originally conveyed to James Harris 5 Oct 1818 (p164)
James Harris Sr to his daughter Sarah Harris 125 acres 8 Nov 1825 (p 298)
James Harris died leaving widow Susannah Harris and three sons, to wit, Samuel, James and David G Harris, David G Harris to Samuel Harris 25 May 1835 (pp 237-238)
There are too many James Harris! I feel we should correspond direct should you wish. Your mention of a Maj. Robert Harris could be the Robert Harris shown in Group 3A of DNA. (I do not at this time go with the Harris alias Calvert trend for my James B based on family lore).
From your positive knowledge of your 5th Gr.Grandmother, Rebecca "Becky" Harris marrying Bailey Dent 1815 Madison Co, KY I don't believe we are researching the same James Harris. Now, the question is which James actually married Susannah Gass? firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Harris Gary