I am seeking information on Margaret Elizabeth Harris, b.22 Apr 1838, possibly in Tennessee, married James W. Merchant 25 May 1858 in old Itawamba (Lee) County, MS. Had children: James M., George M, HenryEtta (died as a child in a tragic burning), Mollie, Cansada, Mency, Palina Hasentine (?), Carroll Lynn, Ada Belle, Joseph E. Johnson Merchant. James W. Merchant was a widower, his wife Sarah Elizabeth Morgan Merchant (tombstone: Elizabeth Merchent)having died apparently in childbirth. He brought to his second marriage several children: Sarah Elizabeth, Henry, Elizabeth T., Mary Jane, Angeline "Ann", and Martha "Mattie".
In my research, I have found a census from 1850 for the family of Elijah and Mary Harris, and amongst their many children is listed Margaret, who is the right age to possibly be the one I'm looking for. But I need some verification.
Oddly, the transcribed marriage record on Ancestry.com (which was probably done in India)lists Margaret E. as "Elizabeth L." We know that is incorrect, because her tombstone clearly has inscribed "M.E. Merchant" and there was no other marriage according to the family Bible.
The family came to Indian Territory, and settled in the Poteau/Wister/Red Oak area. George and his wife are buried in Poteau, James W. and Margaret Elizabeth are buried at Ellis Chapel, alongside James M's first wife, Bell (Mary Isabelle Stephen) and an unmarked grave that may be the child of James M and Bell.
James W. was a Mason, having been initiated into the lodge at Saltillo, MS, in 1868. He served, it appears, in the 10th/12th MS Cavalry, Cos I and G, having enlisted as a corporal and being discharged as a first sergeant.
James and Margaret "Elizabeth" were my husband's great grandparent. We would love to hear from other descendants, and to receive any information you may have or come across.
With sincere thanks,
Sandra (Mrs. Donald J.) Merchant