There are several 19th century Harris families living near Hillsboro, Coffee County, Tennessee, that had their origins in South Carolina.It is not certain, but they seem to be related and all were born in the early 1800's.The information below comes from several sources including census data, cemetery inscriptions, court records, etc.
The families are:
Lewis Harris (b. 1805-SC, d. 1864--?) + Sineigh Cunnyngham (b. 1805--TN, d. 1867--Coffee, TN) Raleigh-1829 Mary--1832 Martha--1838 Nancy--1841 John--1844
William W. Harris (b. 1809--SC, d. 1892--Coffee, TN) + Mary Jane Crockett (b. 1813--TN, d. 1899--Coffee, TN) John T.--1833 James R.--1836 William H. 1839 Mary--1842 Samuel J.--1844 Francis--1847 Marcus L.--1849 Elizabeth V.--1856
John Harris (b. 1811--SC, d. ?) + Arrena (b. abt. 1817--TN, d. ?) John (1st)--1837 Rebecca--1838 William--1840 Elizabeth--1841 Henry--1843 John (2nd)--1845 George--1849
Based on the 1850 census listing for Lewis Harris (roll 875, page 61), his mother was a widow named Amiah, (an early form of the name Amy), who was 74 years of age (b. 1776) at the time, and was born in Virginia.Going back to the 1840 Coffee Co., TN census, the only Harris family with persons old enough to be Amiah Harris was in the household of a John Harris who was born sometime between 1771 and 1780. The question is whether or not the three Harris' listed above are brothers and thus all the sons of John and Amiah Harris.
The senior John Harris and Amiah seem to have moved into Franklin Co, TN (parent county of Coffee which was formed in 1836) by 1820, presumably from South Carolina, according to the 1820 census record.The children's ages in the 1820 John Harris household match up with the Harris men described above.
Another interesting facet is the apparent connection of the family of William W. Harris, cited above, with another set of Harris families located in Perry county, Alabama.William W. Harris' son, John T. Harris, moved to Perry county, Alabama and married a Theresa Woolley, a Perry County native, in 1859.An Abel K. Harris (b. 1802-SC, d. 1870--Bibb Co., AL) also lived in Perry county, Alabama and was married to Emeline Woolley, an older sister of Theresa.This leads me to believe that Abel K. Harris was perhaps also a brother to the William W., Lewis, and John Harris described above.
I am requesting that any researcher that has any information on these Harris families to please contact me.