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HARRIS, Christopher

Male Abt 1725 - 1794  (~ 68 years)


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  • Name HARRIS, Christopher 
    Born Abt Feb 1725  Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1794  Madison County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 1794  Overton Harris Cemetery, Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • [p.323] Christopher Harris (1725-94) furnished money to the government and also served as private in the militia. He received a grant of land in Kentucky for his service. He was born in Albemarle County, Va.; died in Madison County, Ky

      Doughtie, Bbeatrice Mackey
      Documneted notes on Jennings and allied families
      Decatur, GA: Printed by Bowen Press, 1961, 1055 pg.

      There is quoted a will of one Cornelius Dabney, in which he names his son-in-law, Christopher Harris, later of early Madison Co., KY but previously of colonial Albemarle Co., VA and I seem to remember, Louisa Co., VA.


      Will of Christopher Harris, dated February 20, 1794; Probated March
      4, 1794

      "In the name of God, Amen. I Christopher Harris being through the
      abundant mercy and goodness of God, tho weak in body, yet of perfect
      understanding and memory, do constitute this my last will and
      testament, and desire it should be received by all as such.

      Imprimis: That I will and desire that my first children, viz: Dabney
      Harris, Sarah Martin, Robert Harris, Mourning Jones, Christopher
      Harris and Mary Jones should have the following negroes, (excepting
      thirty pounds out of my son, Dabney's legacy, which is to be paid by
      the executors of this part of my will for the use and benefit of my
      wife, and other children) viz: Ritter and her children, Pomp, Moses,
      Alice, George, Betty, Lucy and Deephy, the above negroes, to be
      divided agreeable to Cornelius Dabney, Sr. I will and I do appoint
      Foster Jones and Christopher Harris as executors of the above part of
      this will, and as to the balance of my estate, I direct that just my
      debts shall be paid out of what money I have by, or is owing to me.

      The house where I live I direct shall be furnished, which together
      with the tract of land whereon I live, I leave to my dear and loving
      wife during her life and at her death to my son Overton Harris.

      As to the balance of my negroes, David, Cato, Fanny, Stephen and
      Eady, together with my house hold furniture, stock of every kind and
      plantation utensils I desire that my wife may have the whole benefit
      of them during her life or widow-hood, and if she should marry the
      whole to be sold, and equally divided amongst her, and her children.
      As to my lands on Muddy Creek, I will and bequeath them as follows:
      The Drowning Creek tract to my son, Benjamin Harris. The tract on
      which my son William has built to my son, William Harris, the tract
      called the Holly Tract, to my son, Barnabas Harris. And my lands in
      Albemarle County, together with the stock that is thereon, I direct
      shall be sold, and that my sons James and Samuel Harris, shall
      receive of the money as much as Colonel John Miller and Robert Rodes
      shall judge the land to be worth that I willed to my other sons, viz:
      to be made equal to them.

      As to my three daughters, viz: Jane Gentry, Margaret Harris and
      Isabel Harris, my will and desire is that Jane Gentry should receive
      ten pounds, and Margaret and Isabel Harris to have fifty pounds
      apiece out of the balance of what my Albemarle land, and the profits
      arising from that place, and if that should not be sufficient that it
      sahll be made up to them out of any personal estate that my wife and
      executors after mentioned shall thingk best.

      As to my lands on Licking waters my will is that if they are obtained
      it should be sold and equally divided amongst my last set of children.

      And I do appoint my dear and loving wife, with John Sappington, and
      John Harris to execute that part of my will that respects my wife and
      her children. As witness my hand and seal this twentieth day of
      Frbruary, one thousand and seven hundred and ninety four.
      Christopher Harris (seal)
      Witness: Hartly Sappington, Richard Sappington, Joseph Wells

      At a Court held for Madison County on Tuesday, the 4th day of March
      1794, this will was proved to be the last will and testament of
      Christopher Harris, by the oath of Joseph Wells, Hartly and Richard
      Sappington,witnesses thereto,and ordered to be recorded.
      Test, Will Irvine.

      Tuesday, March 04, 1794.
      On motion of Foster Jones, Christopher Harris Jr., Agnes Harris, John
      Sappington and John Harris the executors therein named, a certificate
      is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form, they
      having first made oath, and together with John Miller, James Berry,
      Willliam Jones, William Irvine and Joseph Pelpithier securities,
      entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of two
      thousand pounds, conditioned as the law directs."
      ********************************

      In the will which speaks for itself he styles the children by his
      first wife, his "first children," and those by his last wife
      his "last set of children," and refers to the will of Cornelius
      Dabney, Sr. (father of his first wife ?) He appoints Foster Jones and
      Christopher Harris (his son-in-law, and son) executors of the first
      part of his will applying to his first children and his wife (Agnes)
      and John Sappington and John Harris (his son) executors of the part
      applying to his last wife and her children.
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      Sources of Information:
      A History Of The State, Kentucky, 4th Edition, "Biographical Sketches"
      pp. 945-946
      Harris And Allied Families, Maud Callaway Hays, 1953
      Harris Genealogy, Gideon Dowse Harris
      DAR Lineage Books, Patriot Index, Volume I
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      There has been quite a bit of discussion concerning this branch of
      the Harris family, so I thought that I would post the will of
      Christopher Harris. Hope this helps someone.
      Any comments please respond through HH or H-Ky so that others may be
      helped.

      Ira L. Harris III
      Evansville, Indiana
    Person ID I3825  oldham
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2013 

    Father HARRIS, Robert,   b. Abt 1696, Hanover County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1765, Brown's Cove, Albemarle County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Mother GLENN, Mourning 
    Family ID F1656  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 MCCORD, Agnes Ann,   b. 21 Dec 1740, Albermarle County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1815, Madison County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Children 
     1. HARRIS, William,   b. 12 Nov 1768, Albemarle County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Madison County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. HARRIS, James,   b. 1770,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. HARRIS, Margaret,   b. 1772,   d. 1772  (Age 0 years)
     4. HARRIS, Isabell,   b. 9 Aug 1775,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. HARRIS, Samuel,   b. 1 Sep 1777,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. HARRIS, Barnabas,   b. 1 Oct 1779,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. HARRIS, Overton,   b. 25 Oct 1782, Albermarle County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1827, Madison County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F1459  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 DABNEY, Mary 
    Married 22 Feb 1745  Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. HARRIS, Dabney,   b. 25 Dec 1747,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F16046  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt Feb 1725 - Louisa County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Feb 1745 - Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1794 - Madison County, Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1794 - Overton Harris Cemetery, Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1255] DAR Records.

    2. [S1680] Cemetery Records.