Re: Rockingham Co., NC Browders
Sent you an email but thought it might be an old address so thought I would post this also.
What if I told you I knew who the parents of Mary Ann Harris Browder were?Would that be something? I know this rebukes your research and findings but I believe have conclusive proof otherwise.
I do not believe that Levin Harris was the father of Polly Harris, wife of Richard Browder.If you have evidence that is conclusive otherwise, I would have to see it to believe it and I mean conclusive proof like “Polly Browder, wife of Richard Browder” in black and white.So far I haven’t found anything that states that as fact.
Levin Harris left a Will dated 1834 as follows:
Rockingham CountyNorth Carolina Wills p. 101
Leven Harriss, March 27, 1834. Prb. May 1834
Wife Elizabeth (land whereon I reside bounded by John Harriss Sr's line) Sons: John, Clement, Alfred, William and
Ira Harris. Daus: Elizabeth, Emily, Julia, Lethy, Elley, Caroline, Polly King (and son-in-law Walter King)
Exrs: sons John, Clement, wife Elizabeth Hariss.
Wit: R.T. Williamson, John Mattock, Calvin G. Smith
I seriously doubt that Polly was married to Walter King and going over to Richard Browder’s house to birth children by him.In the 1850 Rockingham Co., NC Census, you find Walter and Polly as follows:
Rockingham Co., NC, Eastern Dist., Page 34, Sept 21, 1850, Household 480 Family 489
Polly King48North Carolina
Winnie Moody38North Carolina
Cathre Moody11North Carolina
Jane Moody2North Carolina
So you see, Polly, daughter of Levin was still living in Rockingham Co., NC in 1850.The reason that the Harris, Smith, Browder, and Young families moved to McNairy Co., was because they had relatives already living there… btw, you are related to the Atkins family.Mary Ann’s father died about 1841 and then they moved soon after.
I have read the record you have on the Deed from Deed Book 2nd N., p. 342, however, Richard was a man of substance, meaning he had money.I believe that Levin Harris owed him money and that was his interest in the lands after Levin’s death.Levin was a UNCLE rather than a parent of Mary Ann Harris.Polly isn't mentioned in any of the land deeds you have posted.That is definitely something to consider.
You tell me, what do you think?The evidence points in both directions.
I have compiled a list of children of Mary Ann Harris Browder’s siblings and the evidence I have found that supports my contention of who their parents were.
I believe that Martha Ann Harris Browder was a sister to my ggg grandfather.
I am compiling a database of the descendants of the Harris line, would like to add whatever you can contribute to the tree and of course I will give you everything I have on the Harris family.It would be nice to have someone else help me with my research if you are interested.
I plan on going to McNairy County this coming Monday to do some "records" digging.If you live in the area, would like to meet you if you are open to the idea.