4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 7, 2020 10:51 AM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking more information about James Harris

    Martha Alexander Paskins Newbie

      Does anyone have information on possibly the oldest family patriarch, James Harris, who was born about 1812, from North Murderkill, Kent County, DE? Many of our Harris ancestors living in this locale were free, yet there are no manumission documents to be found in Delaware or Maryland (Eastern Shore) archives from which the Harris' originate. I would greatly appreciate your help.

        • Re: Seeking more information about James Harris
          Susannah Brooks Scout

          James may have been born free.  He appears in the 1840 and 1850 censuses for Kent Co, DE as a free person.

          I looked for "free males of color" between the ages of 10-23 in the 1830 census and found 6 heads of household with the surname Harris in Kent Co. that had at least 1 male in this category. In some cases the head of household was a free person of color, but in others the head of household was white

          Sam Harris in Little Creek

          Abel Harris in Dover

          James Harris in Mispillion Hundred

          Moses Harris in Camden

          Henry Harris in Camden

          James Harris in Camden

           

          I went back to the 1820 Census for Kent County and found 3 households which had at least one male with free person of color or slave under the age of 14.

          Fannie Harris in Little Creek Hundred

          George Harriss in Smyrna

          Richard S Harris  in Mispelion Hundred (2 male slaves under 14)

           

          If any of the heads of household were Quaker, there may be Quaker records regarding the manumission of their slaves.

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            • Re: Seeking more information about James Harris
              Martha Alexander Paskins Newbie

              Thank you,  Sussannah, I appreciate your findings. Using numerous sources, I've done extensive research on my 1800s Harris ancestors and made the discovery that there were many Caucasians with the same names, as my ancestors in Kent County, DE. I should had stated this in my question that the earliest possible ancestor James Harris found in Kent County was noted as having taxable income was in 1748. But I will take your suggestion and contact the local Quaker Society for information. Thanks again.

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            • Re: Seeking more information about James Harris
              Alice Lane Tracker

              Hi Martha,

              Welcome to History Hub

               

              http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/colonial.htm

              "Free Colored" Heads of Household in the 1820 Delaware Census

               

              Harris, Abraham 0001-001 p.114 Christiana Hundred, New Castle Co.

              Harris, Hilliard 0001-2011 p.3 Murderkill, Kent Co.

              Harris, James 0201-0101 p.109 Glasgow, New Castle Co.

              Harris, John 001-0001 p.200 Wilmington, New Castle Co.

              Harris, Joseph 001-601 p.27 Little Creek Hundred, Kent Co.

              Harris, Henry 401-201 p.14 Murderkill, Kent Co.

              Harris, Fanny 2-1201 p.30 Frederica, Kent Co.

              Harrison, Jeremiah 0001-0001 p.175 Brandywine Hundred, New Castle Co.

              Harriss, George 0001-1002 p.165 Red Lion Hundred, New Castle Co.

              Harriss, George N. 301-001 p.62 Duck Creek, Kent Co.

               

              "Free Colored" Heads of Household in the 1820 Delaware Census

               

              Harris, Abraham 0001-001 p.114 Christiana Hundred, New Castle Co.

              Harris, Hilliard 0001-2011 p.3 Murderkill, Kent Co.

              Harris, James 0201-0101 p.109 Glasgow, New Castle Co.

              Harris, John 001-0001 p.200 Wilmington, New Castle Co.

              Harris, Joseph 001-601 p.27 Little Creek Hundred, Kent Co.

              Harris, Henry 401-201 p.14 Murderkill, Kent Co.

              Harris, Fanny 2-1201 p.30 Frederica, Kent Co.

              Harrison, Jeremiah 0001-0001 p.175 Brandywine Hundred, New Castle Co.

              Harriss, George 0001-1002 p.165 Red Lion Hundred, New Castle Co.

              Harriss, George N. 301-001 p.62 Duck Creek, Kent Co.

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              • Re: Seeking more information about James Harris
                Cara Jensen Tracker

                Dear Ms. Paskins,

                 

                Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

                 

                We suggest that you contact the Delaware Public Archives or use their Public Finding Aids

                to inquire about their land and court records holdings for Murderkill Hundred and surrounding areas. Court and Land records can be used to establish community relationships, places of residence as well as providing insight on the socio-economic status of a family. 

                 

                We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!

                 

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