Terese—I am a descendant of the Ann Harris (Mifflintown Document) who married David Caldwell—through their son James Caldwell who married Elizabeth Harris—through their son Col William Harris Caldwell—through his son William Harris Caldwell II—etc.So as you can see—my ancestry is deep into the Harris line and name.The Harris name has persisted in our Caldwell line for at least 3 more generations as well—though not in my direct line.Have been researching this Harris/Caldwell line off and on since 1983 and am now trying to wrap up a lot of details while my brain is still functional!!(No real health problems—just turned 75 and know there won’t be that many more good years!)
Anyway—I just discovered your most informative Genforum Harris messages—and was amazed to see you (10 May 2012) had my Elizabeth Harris (wife of James Caldwell) as the daughter of your John Harris and Rebecca McBay.(I had not seen this connection in print before.) I had deduced this connection about a year ago (no real proof—just some “convincing” circumstantial evidence including that these two second cousins (Elizabeth Harris and James Caldwell) were both living in the Mecklenburg/Anson/Cabarrus area of NC at the right time (ca 1757-1758—at a time when second cousin marriages were fairly common) and were both about the same young marriageable age (both born ca 1735-1740).(Their first child, Ann Caldwell, who married William Lesley, was b 27 Sep 1759—Lesley family Bible.) Another piece of “circumstantial evidence” was the fact that their first 4 children were named Ann, John, David and Rebecca—or the names of their grandparents: Ann Harris and David Caldwell; John Harris and Rebecca McBay.(I estimate this might happen by shear coincidence less than 1 out of 100 times.)
But…I have no smoking gun evidence.In fact—that James Caldwell’s wife was named Elizabeth Harris is based on an analysis of his 1804 Abbeville SC will (his wife had died prior to the 1800 census) in which he bequeaths to 3 of his granddaughters—2 named Elizabeth Harris Caldwell and one named Elizabeth Harris Kerr.He also bequeathed to 6 grandsons--all named James. This is most credible evidence—but not direct evidence as such.
So—my first question for you is, “Do you have other evidence for the marriage of James Caldwell and Elizabeth Harris?”I really hope so—and if so, could you share it with me?Would be willing to share all my Caldwell and related data.I probably don’t have any Harris data that you don’t already have but am interested in further Harris research—I really enjoy the research aspect of genealogy.You probably have a copy of the Abbeville 1796 William Harris will (brother to your John Harris and my Elizabeth Harris Caldwell) in which my James Caldwell did the inventory and his son John Caldwell (who was a near neighbor to William Harris) was a co-executor with William’s widow Margaret Harris.
Would like to see/help put together if it hasn’t already been done—a comprehensive Harris/related family tree based on the Mifflintown Document and all the “hard” data from the several known Harris and related wills/older genealogies.Is this type thing of interest to you?It would be a massive undertaking if only generations through the end of 19th / early 20th century are included!
I thank you for your Harris data I already have and in advance for even more (hopefully) re James Caldwell/Elizabeth Harris.
John Caldwell, email@example.com
P.S. I am posting this on the Harris Genforum as well as sending it directly to you via the last email address you had posted on Genforum.