I wondered if the background of John Harris, the Revolutionary Soldier buried in Smith County Tennessee is known?
He is mentioned in the book, Tennessee Cousins by Worth S. Ray
29.John Harris, revolutionary soldier is buried in the Harris Graveyard at Shady Grove in Smith County.
I understand most of the Smith County RW soldiers were from East Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia and also lived in the disputed land of East Tennessee- Holston River or some I recognize from the Territory South of French Broad.
My ancestor John Harris was a soldier in the Revolution.His brothers were in the war in Abbeville, SC and in Mecklenburg, NC.He also had relatives in Mifflin, PA.He and his sons William and Robert Marklin/Mecklin(R.M.)and I believe John Baird all receive land grants in Blount, 1807 in the Territory South fo French Broad.
In looking at the settlers around them, most seem to come from Augusta, VA and some from PA and even Mifflin, PA.John Harris had another son with land in Maury, TN, McMinn, and one that went to Kentucky. I believe John Harris was in the militia even after the Revolution had officially ended.The Indians and the settlers had continuing hostilities and the State of Franklin was unsettled.
John Harris is know to have lived in the Crooked Creek area of Blount, TN and was closely allied with Samuel Henry.But, he is not buried in Blount and many of the Holston and French Broad settlers are there.
I am trying to locate his grave site and wonder if my John Harris could be the one in Smith, Tennessee.I would appreciate any assistance.