Capt. Robert Harris

Male 1744 - 1817  (73 years)

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  • Name Robert Harris 
    Prefix Capt. 
    Born 1744  Lancaster Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Jun 1817  Cabarrus Co. NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Old Rocky River Graveyard, Concord, Cabarrus Co. NC Find all individuals with events at this location 

      Colonel George Steuart and his wife Margaret Harris:

      Their Ancestors and Descendants with Appendixes of Related Families Portraits and Illustrations

      A Genealogical History By Robert Stewart, D.D., LL.D

      This book was Printed at the "Civil and Military Gazette" Press, 1907 in Lahore, India pp.398-401


      A copy of this document was sent the author by John Harris9, M.D., of Philadelphia, Jan. 18, 1865.

      At the conclusion he wrote: ?The foregoing was copied Aug. 10, 1855, by John Harris (then resident in Philadelphia) from two separate half sheets of cap paper, in the handwriting of his father, James Harris, in the possession of Mrs. Thomazin Potter, a granddaughter of James Harris. John Harris, the copyist of the foregoing, born Dec. 31st, 1792, was the son of James Harris, who was the son of John Harris who was the son of James Harris by his second wife, Janet McClure), who was the son of Edward Harris and Flora Douglas.

      The antecedent probability that this document is perfectly
      trustworthy has been confirmed by all subsequent investigations (excepting in regard to William Harris2 and his wife-see Appendix XVIII), and the writer considers it fortunate that he has had such a record to guide his researches.

      Edward [Sr.] and Charles Harris, being dissenters, were driven from Ayrshire, in Scotland, at the time of the persecution of the Protestants In the reign of Charles II, or of his successor, James.

      They settled in County Donegal, near Rapho, Ireland. They were possessed of a valuable estate in Scotland, which was lost on account of their abandoning it.

      Edward [Sr.] was married to Miss Flora Douglas, of the famous family of that name, who resided near the borders of England. He had sons: Edward [Jr.], Robert and James.

      Edward [Jr.], son of Edward and Flora Douglas, married ............... and had children, Robert, William and Mary.

      Robert Harris, son of Edward the younger and..........., married, and had Margaret, Jane, and Margery. By a second wife, Margaret Mcllmunn, he had Robert, Mary and William. He died in Carolina.


      Cabarrus County, North Carolina; Will Book 1796-1822


      In the name of God, Amen. I Robert Harris, Senior of the county of Cabarrus and State of North Carolina do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament and being in a sick and low condition but of perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, I recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body to be decently entered in the earth at the discretion of my executors which shall be hereafter named.

      As for what worldly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose of it in the following maner. First I allow that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be paid out of the whole of my estate-

      Imprimis- I bequeath to my beloved wife, Elinor, her bed, bedstead and furniture, my walnut chest and my pine chest the big and little wheels and crack reel, her saddle and bridle together with one half of all my remaining household
      furniture including my kitchen and dresser vessels

      and I likewise bequeath to my beloved wife, Elinor my cupboard and likewise the one half of my books, her own choice the books to be divided according to price.

      I likewise bequeath to my beloved wife Elinor two horse creatures her own choice together with two sets of horse bears, two cliveses, a set of two horse trees and hangings a barshear plow and a shovel plow both her own choices and two axes, a mattock and sprowting hoe and hilling hoes and my cutting knife and box and two milk cows and calves and half of my hogs and five hundred weight of seed cotton and all my flax and one half of what wheat and corn I have whether in the ground or out of the ground all of the above articles

      I bequeath to my beloved wife Elinor her heirs or assigns forever together with my mulatto girl Linny to her, her heirs or assigns forever,

      and I bequeath to my beloved wife Elinor my log chain and
      my single and double truckels. I do likewise bequeath to my beloved wife my mulatto boy named Anthony during her natural life and at the expiration of her natural life I do bequeath the above said mulatto boy Anthony to my brother
      William Harris during my said brothers natural life, not to be sold nor rented or hired to pay any debt at the expiration of my said brothers lifetime said Anthony to be sold and the money arising from this sale to be equally divided betwixt Robert Harris Callens and brother William Harris living daughters and I order Cezar my negro boy to be sold as soon as convenient after my decease.

      What debt I am in, due to Samuel Harris of Cabarrus County and sixty dollars over to be deducted out of the price of said negro boy and the remainder of his price to be equally divided among Alexander Fergusons three sons now living, by Eliza Marget Ferguson and all my wearing apparel that is made up, I bequeath to my brother William Harris and all my other property not bequeathed in this will I order to be sold to the best advantage by my executors as soon as convenient after my decease. I do hereby ordain Samuel Harris and William Gilliam as executors of this my last will and testament and by it I do revoke all other wills and testaments made by me heretofore made in testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 7th day of
      April 1817.

      Signed, sealed and pronounced in the Robert Harris seal

      Presence of us

      Samuel Black

      Robert Allen

      N.B. Before signed I bequeath to my beloved wife, Elinor whatever yarn or cloth is on hand at the time of my decease.

      Probated Oct. sess. 1817.

    Person ID I28309  Master File
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2015 

    Father Col. Robert Harris,   b. 14 Oct 1702, County Donegal, Ulster Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1788, Cabarrus Co. NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Margaret McElmon/McIlhenny,   d. Cabarrus Co. NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F12180  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eleanor Ross 
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F12183  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart