It seems to be very commong knowledge that the wives of Charles Harris, who died in 1776 in Mecklenburg Co., NC, were Jane McIlhenney and Elizabeth (Thomson) Baker - the latter the widow of Samuel Baker.
I am having trouble validating this information, however, and could use some help.
The Mifflintown Document makes it clear that the first wife was a McIlhenney, but does not provide her first name.I have been unable to find a single record in which she is ever named.So my question is: how does anyone know her given name was "Jane"?Is there a record out there that I've not found that gives her first name?
Is there any record that proves that "Jane" McIlhenney died in 1758 (as so many assert), or is it merely surmised that she must have died PRIOR to that date, but misstated that she died on that date?I.e., is there any evidence that she even accompanied Charles when he moved to NC?
The second wife of Charles Harris is alleged to have been Elizabeth (Thomson) Baker, widow of Samuel Baker, and daughter of Rev. John Thomson.There is no doubt that Samuel Baker died by April 1758 (I have his will), but I can find no evidence that his widow, Elizabeth, is the same person who married Charles Harris though there is evidence that his wife when he died was named "Elizabeth."I.e., what I'm seeking is proof or good evidence that Charles' second wife was, indeed, widow Elizabeth (Thomson) Baker.
Thanks for any help.It would be nice to change these legends into verifiable facts.