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Thursday, May 09, 2019

Thriller Thursday - Anderson K. Harris

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Fleming Matthew Harris and Augusta Ann Harris had a son named...
...Gamewell Calhoun Harris who married Sarah Breakfield and they had a son named...
......Edward Boyd Harris who married Ida Mae Shaw and they had a son named...
.........Clyde Harris who married Mabel Louise Cohen and they had a son named...
............William Clyde Harris "Billy" who married Peggy Annette Prince and they had a son named...
...............Stan!

Fleming Matthew Harris (aka, erroneously, Francis Marion Harris or Francis Matthew Harris) was born 2/4/1809 in Union County, SC to Samuel G. Harris and Tryphena Harris. Tryphen Harris was born 12/14/1771 in Chesterfield, VA to Thomas Harris and Sarah "Sally" Lacy and she died 8/23/1855 in Union County, SC. Samuel G. Harris was born About 1772 in VA to James Bailey Harris and Ursula Flournoy and died About 1860 in Union County, SC. Fleming Matthew Harris may have gone by F.M. Harris which gave rise to the wrong name on his gravestone. It was later determined that he was NOT Francis Marion Harris but Fleming Matthew Harris.

Fleming Matthew Harris married his first cousin, Augusta Ann Harris, about 1830 in Union County, SC. August Ann Harris was born ;5/23/1813 in SC to Fleming Harris (DOB Abt. 1785 in Chesterfield, VA; DOD Abt. 1850 in Copiah County, MS) and Jane Sharp (DOB Abt. 1788 in Union County, SC; DOD Abt. 1850 in Copiah County, MS). Fleming Harris (1785-1850) was the son of Thomas Harris and Sarah Sally Lacy and was the brother of Tryphena Harris. It's a little complicated. Let's look at it.

Fleming Matthew Harris and Augusta Ann Harris had 11-14 children:

1) Frances Cornelia Harris (DOB 12/29/1831 in Union County, SC; DOD Aft. 1880 in Union County, SC) married William Fraser (aka William Frasier) (DOB Abt. 1845 in SC; DOD ? in ? ).

2) James Marion Harris (DOB 1/18/1834 in Union County, SC; DOD 3/29/1865 in Burgess Mill, Petersburg, VA) married Sarah Ann Bevil (DOB 12/30/1835 in Union County, SC to William A.H. Bevel and Sarah Bentley; DOD 10/27/1889 in Union County, SC).

3) Cicely Ann Catharine Harris (DOB 7/25/1836 in Union County, SC; DOD 6/1882 in Union County, SC) married 1st John Floyd (DOB Abt. 1839 in SC; DOD Aft. 1860 in ? ). Married 2nd
Arthur Lipsey (DOB Abt. 1848 in SC; DOD 2/27/1902 in Union County, SC). They had James A. Lipsey, Bunyon Lipsey, Mary A. Lipsey.

4) Sarah Jane Harris (DOB 3/19/1838 in Union County, SC; DOD Bet. 1840-1850 in Union County, SC).

5) Taylor Ann Harris (DOB 11/18/1840 in Union County, SC; DOD 1/12/1908 in Union County, SC) married William Earle Fowler (DOB Abt. 1832 in SC; DOD 1900 in Cherokee County, SC). They had Frances Marion Fowler, Isabella Fowler, Augusta Ann Fowler, William Wallis Fowler, Nancy "Nannie" Ann Fowler.

6) Eugenia Millie Harris (DOB 12/20/1842 in Union County, SC; DOD 3/20/1924 in Union County, SC) married James Gist Farr (DOB 8/12/1836 in SC; DOD 8/23/1899 in Union County, SC). They had Mary Richard Farr, William B. Farr, Walter "Watt" Thomas Farr, Carrie M. Farr, Doretha Farr, John Anderson Farr, Edward Marvin Farr, Aurie Pearl Farr.

7) Patricia "Tricia" Ann Harris (DOB 12/8/1843 in Union County, SC; DOD Aft. 1860 in Union County, SC) mentally handicapped and never married.

8) William Edward Harris (DOB 12/29/1845 in Union County, SC; DOD 7/30/1864 in Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, VA) mentally handicapped. Married ?

9) Anderson Kennedy "A.K." Harris (DOB 4/26/1848 in Union County, SC; DOD 3/24/1928 in York County, SC) married Sarah "Sallie" Austen (DOB Abt. 1847 in SC; DOD Aft. 1920 in ? ). They had Oliver "Ollie" Ross Harris and William "Willie" Edward Harris. He also had a son with Sarah Ann Bevill named Robert Jackson Harris.

10) Havannah Ann Harris (DOB 9/29/1851 in Union County, SC; DOD 2/16/1911 in Union, Union County, SC) never married.

11) Thomas Harris (DOB Abt. 1852 in Union County, SC; DOD Aft. 1870 in ? ) married ?

12) Gamewell Calhoun Harris (DOB 5/26/1853 in Union County, SC; DOD 10/21/1933 in Union, Union County, SC) married Sarah "Sallie" Clementine Brakefield (aka Sarah "Sallie" Clementine Breakfield) (DOB 4/18/1860 in York County, SC; DOD 3/6/1930 in Union County, SC). They had Edward Boyd Harris, Clara Emma Harris, James Marion Harris, Fannie May Harris, Bernice Lemond Harris, Paul Traywick Harris, Florence Viola Harris, Bessie Harris, Carl Allen Harris, Sr., Wallace Samuel Harris, Sr., Blanche Eugenia Harris.

13) Mary Harris (DOB Abt. 1854 in Union County, SC; DOD ? in ? ) married ?

14) George Harris (DOB Abt. 1855 in Union County, SC; DOD Aft. 1860 in ? ) married ?

I am not sure Thomas, Mary and George Harris are the children of Fleming Matthew Harris and Augusta Ann Harris. In the 1860 and 1870 U.S. Censuses, they are at the bottom of the list of children under Fleming Matthew and Augusta Ann Harris, out of birth order, and there are no relationship notations on the 1860 and 1870 U.S. Censuses. We just know their last names were Harris and they lived within the household. They may be the illegitimate children of their first daughter, Frances Cornelia Harris who never married.

1850 U.S. Census of Union County, SC, Roll M432_859, Pg 108, Image 463, Lines 29-30 "Samuel Harris", Lines 31-35 "S. P. Harris", Lines 36-49 next page Lines 1-6 "James C. Harris", Lines 7-11 "Thomas Harris", Lines 22-32 "Mathew Harris"
Dwelling 299, Family 299, Harris, Samuel, 78 yrs old (DOB would be 1772), M(ale), W(hite), Tenant, Born in SC (?), Can read and write
Harris, Tryvena (sic Tryphena Harris), 75 yrs old (DOB would be 1775), F, W, Born in SC (?)
Dwelling 300, Family 300, Harris, S.P., 45 yrs old (DOB would be 1805), M, W, Planter, $1500 Real Estate Value, Born in SC, Can read and write
Harris, Sophia, 35 yrs old (DOB would be 1815), Born in SC, Can read and write
Harris, James, 16 yrs old (DOB would be 1834), Born in SC, Labor, Attends school
Harris, Jane, 15 yrs old (DOB would be 1835), Born in SC, Attends school
Harris, William, 11 yrs old (DOB would be 1839), Born in SC, Attends school
Dwelling 301, Family 301, Harris, James C., 37 yrs old (DOB would be 1813), M, W, Planter, $2000 Real Estate Value, Born in SC, Can read and write
Harris, Frances, 35 yrs old (DOB would be 1815), F, W, Born in SC
Harris, Hesterann, 12 yrs old (DOB would be 1838), F, W, Born in SC, Attends school
Harris, Maryann, 10 yrs old (DOB would be 1849), F, W, Born in SC, Attends school
Harris, Both, 6 yrs old, M, W, Born in SC
Harris, Samuel, 4 yrs old, M, W, Born in SC
Harris, Frances, 2 yrs old, F, W, Born in SC
next page
Harris, James, 6/12 mos old, M, W, Born in SC
Shell, Nancy, 62 yrs old, F, W, Born in SC, Can read and write
Floyd, Hyram, 27 yrs old, M, W, Labor, Born in SC, Cannot read or write
Floyd, John, 14 yrs old, M, W, Can read and write
Richard (nln), 10 yrs old, M, (There is a check mark in the box which is different from all the others, indicates black?), Born in SC
Harris, Louvinier (sic), 8 yrs old, F, W, Born in SC
Dwelling 302, Family 302, Harris, Thomas, 60 yrs old, M, W, Planter, $350 Real Estate Value, Born in SC, Can read and write
Harris, Sarahann, 30 yrs old, F, W, Born in SC
Harris, Leticia, 18 yrs old, F, W, Born in SC, Can read and write
Harris, Benjamin, 14 yrs old, M, W, Born in SC, Attends school
Harris, Jefferson, 1 yrs old, M, W, Born in SC
Dwelling 303, Family 303
Dwelling 304, Family 304
Dwelling 305, Family 305 Harris, Matthew, 40 yrs old (DOB would be 1810), M, W, Planter, $125 Real Estate Value, Born in SC, Can read and write
Harris, Gustyann, 37 yrs old (DOB would be 1813), F, W, Born in SC
Harris, Cornelia, 19 yrs old (DOB would be 1831), F, W, Born in SC, Attends school
Harris, James, 17 yrs old (DOB would be 1833), M, W, Born in SC, Labor, Attends school
Harris, Catharine, 15 yrs old (DOB would be 1835), F, W, Born in SC, Attends school
Harris, Taylor, 11 yrs old (DOB would be 1839), F, W, Born in SC, Attends school
Harris, Eugenia, 9 yrs old (DOB would be 1841), F, W, Born in SC, Attends school
Harris, Fisherann (sic, should be Patricia Ann), 7 yrs old (DOB would be 1843), F, W, Born in SC, Attends school, "Insane"
Harris, Edward, 5 yrs old (DOB would be 1845), M, W, Born in SC, "Idiot"
Harris, Anderson, 3 yrs old (DOB would be 1847), M, W, Born in SC

1860 U.S. Census of Union County, South Carolina; Roll: M653_1227; Page: 219; Image: 451; Family History Library Film: 805227, Lines 1-20, "John Harris" and "F.M. Harris"
John Harris, 61 yrs old (DOB 1799), M(ale), W(hite), Farmer, $1,500 Real Estate Value, $4,000 Personal Estate Value, Born in SC
Tabitha Harris, 62 yrs old (DOB 1798), F, W, Born in SC
Frances Bevel, 30 yrs old (DOB 1830), F, W, Born in SC
Iris Bevel, 6 yrs old (DOB 1854), F, W, Born in SC
John Bevel, 4 yrs old (DOB 1856), M, W, Born in SC
Fincher Harris (sic), 9 yrs old (DOB 1851), M, W, Student, Born in SC
Jahue Harris (sic), 18 yrs old (DOB 1842), M, W, Student, Born in SC
F.M. Harris, 50 yrs old (DOB 1810), M, W, Farmer, $125 Real Estate Value, $150 Personal Estate Value, Born in SC
Grstran Harris (sic, should be Augusta Ann Harris), 47 yrs old (DOB 1813), F, W, Born in SC
Frances Harris, 28 yrs old (DOB 1832), F, W, Born in SC
Taylor Harris, 20 yrs old (DOB 1840), M, W, Born in SC
Wyena Harris (sic), 17 yrs old (DOB 1843), F, W, Born in SC
Tesheran Harris (sic, should be Patricia Ann Harris), 15 yrs old (DOB 1845), F, W, Born in SC
Edward Harris, 13 yrs old (DOB 1847), M, W, born in SC
Anderson Harris, 12 yrs old (DOB 1848), M, W, Born in SC
Havanah Harris, 9 yrs old (DOB 1851), F, W, Born in SC
Gamewell Harris, 7 yrs old (DOB 1853), M, W, Born in SC
George Harris, 5 yrs old (DOB 1855), M, W, Born in SC
Mary Harris, 6 yrs old (DOB 1854), F, W, Born in SC
Thomas Harris, 8 yrs old (DOB 1852), M, W, Born in SC

But this story is about 3 of the older brothers, James Marion Harris, Anderson Kennedy Harris and William Edward Harris.

James Marion Harris married Sarah Ann Bevil (aka Sarah Ann Bevill, Sarah Ann Bevel). Sarah Ann Beville was born 12/30/1835 in Union County, SC to William A.H. Bevil and Sarah Bentley. They had 3 children before he was killed in the War of Northern Aggression:

1) Joseph Oscar Harris (DOB 3/11/1859 in Union County, SC; DOD 4/4/1927 in Union County, SC) married 1st Sarah "Sallie" Jane Harris Harris (DOB 10/29/1866 in SC; DOD 4/30/1904 in Union County, SC). They had Edward Washington Harris (Lillie Ann Vaughan), Annie McCain Harris (Wallace Douglas Lawson), Vellie Harris (aka Vallie Harris, Valeria Harris or Valorie Harris) (David Usra Alman or David Usra Allman, Walt Taylor Marsh), and perhaps James Wallace Harris(Nannie Mae Gault), Mahala Harris. He married Abt. 1911 in Union County, SC 2nd Nancy "Nannie" Jane Mitchell (DOB 4/7/1870 in SC to Elias Cornelius Mitchell and Harriet Foster; DOD 8/9/1916 in Union County, SC. They had Ola Permelia Harris (David Usra Alman or David Usra Allman), Ernest Marion "Huck" Harris (Emma J. Batten), Ella Harris (John Thomas Bentley), Bernice Harris, William Jennings Bryan Harris (Lois Gault), Pearl Harris (John Fant Faucett), Joseph Oscar Teague Harris, Jr. (Aurine Eaves and Florence Green), Lula Bell "Babe" Harris(Perno D. Head), Iris Virginia Harris (James "Jack" Clarence Parris).

2) James Riley Harris (DOB Abt. 1861 in Union County, SC; DOD 4/7/1950 in Cherokee County, SC) married Louisa Ann Roberson (aka Louisiana Roberson) (DOB 1/12/1862 in SC; DOD 7/8/1946 in Cherokee County, SC). They had Enzie Jane Harris (Bunyon Lipsy), Annie A. Harris (John Thomas "Tom" McAbee), Marion Boston Harris (Essie Mae Proctor), Henry Hoyle Harris(Ida Elizabeth Poole), Fred Shuford Harris (Chatta Cornelia Freeman), William Roy Harris (Venice "Venie" Crocker), James Lewis Harris, Sr. (Melzie Reynolds).

3) Edna Harris (DOB 6/1863 in Union County, SC; DOD 3/21/1923 in Jonesville, Union County, SC) married John H. Mitchell (DOB 12/1857 in SC; DOD 4/8/1935 in Union County, SC). They had Lorenna Mitchell, Lula Mae Mitchell (Noah C. Turner), Nola Mitchell.

Dr. William Richard Harris was born after James Marion Harris died in 3/29/1865. He was born 12/1865 in Union County, SC and died 5/12/1902 in Waterloo, Laurens County, SC of stroke of paralysis at just 35 yrs old. He married Caroline "Carrie" Wilson Boozer (DOB 4/3/1868 in SC; DOD 11/17/1895 in SC). She died young at the age of 27 yrs old. They had William Wilson Harris (Cornelia Bethea), Lucille Harris (George C. Zeigler). If this is a child of Sarah Ann Bevil Harris, is he possibly the son of James Marion Harris (he was born almost exactly 9 mos after James Marion Harris' death) or was he an illegitimate child of unknown father?

James Marion Harris was in the 18th Infantry Regiment. It was assembled during the winter of 1861-1862 with men from Laurens County and other counties in the northwestern part of the state. After serving in the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, it was ordered to Virginia. During the war it was assigned to General Evans', Elliott's, and Wallace's Brigade. The 18th fought at Second Manassas, South Mountain, and Sharpsburg, moved to North Carolina, then saw action at Jackson, Mississippi. Returning to South Carolina, it was involved in the operations around Charleston. During the spring of 1864 the unit was sent back to Virginia where it participated in the Petersburg siege north and south of the James River and the Appomattox Campaign. This regiment lost forty-nine percent of the 230 engaged at Second Manassas and had 3 killed and 39 wounded during the Maryland Campaign. In September, 1863, there were 363 present for duty and at the Petersburg mine explosion, 205 were disabled. It sustained many casualties at Sayler's Creek and surrendered 16 officers and 139 men. The field officers were Colonels James M. Gadberry and William H. Wallace, Lieutenant Colonels W.B. Allison and Ferdinand Scaife, and Major Rolet J. Betsill.

U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
Name: James M. Harris
Side: Confederate
Regiment State/Origin: South Carolina
Regiment: 18th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
Company: A
Rank In: Private
Rank Out: Private
Film Number: M381 roll 14

U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865
Name: James M Harris
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: South Carolina
Service Record: Enlisted in Company A, South Carolina 18th Infantry Regiment.
Sources: Index to Compiled Confederate Military Service Records

James Marion Harris was not at Petersburg at the time of the explosion and he would have assumed both his younger brothers had been killed in the explosion or aftermath. In fact, A Company Muster Roll of Sept. and Oct. of 1864 reported A. K. Harris “absent…Prisoner of war supposed dead at last Muster”.


William Edward Harris was born 12/29/1845 in Union County, SC. He never married. In the 1860 Census he is listed as an "Idiot" but he was able to fight in the Civil War so it's debatable as to what that means.

U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865
Name: W Edward Harris
Enlistment Date: 13 Sep 1861
Enlistment Place: Columbia
Rank: Private
Military Unit: Eighteenth Infantry G-I


Anderson Kennedy Harris was born 4/16/1848 in Union County, SC.

1860 U.S. Census of Union County,  South Carolina; Roll:  M653_1227; Page:  219; Image:  451; Family History Library Film:  805227, Lines 1-20, "John Harris" and "F.M. Harris"
John Harris, 61 yrs old (DOB 1799), M(ale), W(hite), Farmer, $1,500 Real Estate Value, $4,000 Personal Estate Value, Born in SC
Tabitha Harris, 62 yrs old (DOB 1798), F, W, Born in SC
Frances Bevel, 30 yrs old (DOB 1830), F, W, Born in SC
Iris Bevel, 6 yrs old (DOB 1854), F, W, Born in SC
John Bevel, 4 yrs old (DOB 1856), M, W, Born in SC
Fincher Harris (sic), 9 yrs old (DOB 1851), M, W, Student, Born in SC
Jahue Harris (sic), 18 yrs old (DOB 1842), M, W, Student, Born in SC
F.M. Harris, 50 yrs old (DOB 1810), M, W, Farmer, $125 Real Estate Value, $150 Personal Estate Value, Born in SC
Grstran Harris (sic, should be Augusta Ann Harris), 47 yrs old (DOB 1813), F, W, Born in SC
Frances Harris, 28 yrs old (DOB 1832), F, W, Born in SC
Taylor Harris, 20 yrs old (DOB 1840), M, W, Born in SC
Wyena Harris (sic), 17 yrs old (DOB 1843), F, W, Born in SC
Tesheran Harris (sic, should be Patricia Ann Harris), 15 yrs old (DOB 1845), F, W, Born in SC, Insane
Edward Harris, 13 yrs old (DOB 1847), M, W, born in SC, Idiot
Anderson Harris, 12 yrs old (DOB 1848), M, W, Born in SC
Havanah Harris, 9 yrs old (DOB 1851), F, W, Born in SC
Gamewell Harris, 7 yrs old (DOB 1853), M, W, Born in SC
George Harris, 5 yrs old (DOB 1855), M, W, Born in SC
Mary Harris, 6 yrs old (DOB 1854), F, W, Born in SC
Thomas Harris, 8 yrs old (DOB 1852), M, W, Born in SC

Anderson Harris enlisted 4/9/1862 at 14 yrs of age.

U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
Name: Anderson K. Harris
Side: Confederate
Regiment State/Origin: South Carolina
Regiment Name: 18 South Carolina Infantry
Regiment Name Expanded: 18th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
Company: A
Rank In: Private
Rank In Expanded: Private
Rank Out: Private
Rank Out Expanded: Private
Film Number: M381 roll 14


James Marion, William Edward and Anderson Kennedy Harris joined the C.S.A. 18th SC Infantry Regiment, Co. A. The sad story is about William Edward and A.K. Harris who were at the seige of Petersburg. The Union troops had dug a tunnel beneath their position and set off an explosion that killed most of Co. A. After the explosion there was the Battle of the Crater. The explosion created a crater and the Union soldiers ran into the crater but, in the confusion, they didn't realize they were sitting ducks. Confederates rushed to the edge of the crater and began shooting into the mess. After the battle, A.K. became conscious. He was in a pile of dead bodies with his gun across his shoulders. He can hardly move but as he does, a Union soldier runs up and raises his gun to shoot A.K. but another one stops him from shooting a helpless and unarmed man. A.K. asks them to help him out and they do. Then he begins to look for his brother and saw William Edward's feet sticking out of the bodies. The Union soldier helped him get the body out and bury him and then took A.K. as prisoner. A.K. ends up at City Point Prisoner of War Camp and was transferred to Elmira Prisoner of War Camp in NY on 8/8/1864. He was released from Elmira on 7/7/1865 and he made his way home. He was only 17 years old. He found out that his other brother, James Marion Harris had been killed right before the War ended at Burgess Mill, VA in April, 1865 on Lee's retreat to Appomattox.

According to a story by Boston Harris, grandson of James Marion Harris, one of the older Harris men told him Sarah Ann Bevill Harris had knitted some socks and sent them to Anderson, Edward and James Marion. When The Union Army blew up the unit in Petersburg and Anderson was not killed he saw Edward's feet sticking out and told them that was his brother because he recognized his socks.

"Captain Jacob Q. Carpenter Cp 1344
Sons of Confederate Veterans
'The Victory of a Soldier's Death'
Camp 1344 Sons of Confederate Veterans held it's regular monthly meeting at the home of Mike Bolin near Cherokee Creek Church for a barbecue chicken dinner. Guests of honor were a real son and a real daughter of Confederate soldiers. F.W. Strapp, F. Co. 18 CS Inf. R.B. Ramsey, son of W.D. Ramsey, gave an interesting talk on some of the stories his father, the Confederate soldier, told, when he was very young. There were about 40 people present at the meeting. The flags of the Confederacy and the flag of SC were prominently displayed. Because so many of those present were descendants of men who had been blown up by the great mine at Petersburg, the conversation drifted into a discussion of that incident which took place on the morning of 7/30/1864. From official reports it can be found that Elliott's Brigade, Johnson's Division, Anderson's Corps, held the strong point. It was composed of 17th, 18th, 23rd, 22nd, 26th and Holcomb SC Legion. From the casualty reports it would seem that the 18th was commanded by L-C W.B. Allison and the 22nd by Col. W.G. Burt. Two companies of the 18th were organized in what is now Cherokee County, N. of the Pacolet, one of which was "F" Company. "B" Company of the 22nd seems to have been made up largely of North of the Pacolet men as well. "B" Company must have been right over the charge for nearly half the company including it's captain were lost in the explosion. Part of the "F" Company, 18th SC was also buried in the explosion. Among them was Mike Bolin's, host for the meeting, grandfather, Edward Harris; his brother, Marion. While a second brother, Anderson, was covered by the explosion, he was dug out and captured. Bolin is shown in the accompanying picture in a Confederate General Officer's uniform. Anyone who had an ancestor who was involved in the "Battle of the Crater" mentioned above and who left some interesting stories about it is invited to write the stories down and send them to Lt. Col. David Quinn, 106 Carter Heights Drive, Gaffney, SC." Source: The Gaffney Leger, Wednesday, April 19, {page torn}, Page 8A

The United Daughters of the Confederacy put together stories by veterans in "Recollections and Reminiscenses, 1861-1865 Thru WWI", Vol 6, Pg 329, Reminiscences as told by Anderson K. Harris to Mrs. J.W. Mixson
At the last celebration of Memorial Day in Union, SC, I met the bearer of the above name and he told me the following story: "I was behind the breastworks at Petersburg when the explosion of the mine occurred. When I came to myself I was lying on top of a pile of dead men in the crater (Petersburg Crater). I had evidently been left for dead along with the others for there was not a man in sight.
"I was pinned in, and could not move my feet at all, and my gun, or at least a gun, was lying across my neck and left side. After a while a young soldier in blue uniform came in sight; about this time, the gun on my neck began to feel very heavy and I made an effort to free my right arm sufficiently to push the gun off of my shoulders.
"Just then the Yankee raised his gun to fire at me, but almost instantly a big soldier stepped out from under cover and knocked up the young soldier's gun so that he fired into the air. The newcomer reprimanded the first solder for firing at a helpless man -- the boy explained that when he saw me move my hand toward the gun on my shoulder he thought I intended to shoot.
"I thanked the big solder for saving my life and begged him to help me get out of the hole into which I was tightly wedged by the forms of the dead men around me.
"I had nothing left to offer my rescuer but a chew of tobacco, but he seemed to appreciate it. After I got out, I was taken prisoner but requested my captors to allow me to examine the dead carefully to see if I could recognize any of them. Looking closely, I thought the legs of a solder seemed familiar -- the head and body were entirely covered by forms lying jumbled together, but the legs were straight in the air, he evidently having been thrown head foremost into the pit at the time of the explosion. The trousers leg was split, and I verified my suspicions as to the identity of the wearer by seeing the name, or rather the initials, on underclothes of my brother.
"Our mother had made the garments for us and marked them by working our initials in black threads on our 'smalls'. I secured permission to remove and bury my brother -- after which I was again taken into custody, and carried to prison."
Source: William Wallace Chapter, U.D.C., Union, SC

Civil War Prisoner of War Records, 1861-1865
Name: A K Harris
Side: Confederate
Roll: M598_113
Roll Title: Selected Records of the War Department Relating to Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865

Name: A K Harris
Side: Confederate
Roll: M598_117
Roll Title: Selected Records of the War Department Relating to Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865

Name: A K Harris
Side: Confederate
Roll: M598_65
Roll Title: Selected Records of the War Department Relating to Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865

Name: A K Harris
Side: Confederate
Roll: M598_67
Roll Title: Selected Records of the War Department Relating to Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865




In 1868, A. K. Harris signed a Union County, SC Clerk of Court Deed Lien with his father, F. M. Harris. The lien was “upon Two Mules One Wagon & farming implements and the Ensuing Crop which may be made during the present year...”

1870 U.S. Census of Pickney, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: M593_1510; Page: 504B; Image: 364; Family History Library Film: 553009, Lines 34-40, "F.M. Harris"
F.M. Harris, 60 yrs old (DOB 1810), M(ale), W(hite), Farmer, $1,000 Real Estate Value, $400 Personal Estate Value, Born in SC
Gustianna Harris (sic, should be Augusta Ann Harris), 57 yrs old (DOB 1873), F, W, Born in SC
Cornelia Harris, 39 yrs old (DOB 1831), F, W, Born in SC
Eugenia Harris, 24 yrs old (DOB 1846), F, W, Born in SC
Anderson Harris, 21 yrs old (DOB 1869), M, W, Born in SC
Havanna Harris, 17 yrs old (DOB 1853), F, W, Born in SC
Gamewell Harris, 16 yrs old (DOB 1854), M, W, Born in SC
Thomas Harris, 18 yrs old (DOB 1852), M, W, Born in SC
Mary Harris, 16 yrs old (DOB 1854), F, W, Born in SC

A.K. married Sallie Austin (aka Sarah "Sallie" Austen) (DOB 9/1847 in SC to John and Omie Austin) about 1874 (according to the 1900 U.S. Census). There was a set of twins named Willie and Ollie Harris living with them in the 1880 U.S. Census as his sons. But their births were 3/3/1870. Were they by another woman with A.K. Harris or were they the children of A.K. and Sallie Austin Harris? Did the 1900 census have their marriage year incorrect? I've certainly seen that often enough. Ollie doesn't have a death certificate as he died in 1913. Willie's death certificate lists neither mother or father but Willie's Social Security Application and Claim lists his father as "Anderson C. Harris" and his mother as Molly Byers. Was Molly Byars married to A.K. Harris and perhaps died in childbirth? Or is this a mistake?

1) Oliver Ross "Ollie" Harris (DOB 3/3/1870 in Union County, SC; DOD 1/17/1913 in Union County, SC) married Annie Sinclair (DOB 9/30/1873 in SC; DOD 1/3/1939 in Union County, SC). They had:
.....A) William E. Harris (DOB 10/13/1891 in Union County, SC; DOD 1/8/1950 in Union County, SC) married 1st Emma Lee (Abt. 1897 in SC; DOD 7/29/1920 in Union County, SC of tuberculosis). They had William Daniel Harris (DOB 5/22/1914 in Union County, SC; DOD 3/28/1933 in Union County, SC of acute pyelonephritis due to accidental injury to urinary organs while riding horse). He married 2nd Iris L. Craig (DOB 1/7/1902 in SC; DOD 2/14/1990 in Union County, SC). They had Miriam L. Harris, Bobby Harold Harris and Hugh M. Harris. Iris L. Craig was also married to Lonnie Morris. William E. Harris was a veteran of the Spanish American War according to his death certificate.
.....B) Alba Harris (DOB 6/19/1894 in Union County, SC; DOD 3/26/1968 in Union County, SC) married Lonnie Morris (DOB 8/2/1892 in Union County, SC; DOD 8/23/1983 in Union County, SC). They had Thad H. Morris and Robert Lonnie Morris. Lonnie Morris was also married to Iris L. Craig.
.....C) Anna Irene Harris (DOB 5/30/1896 in Union County, SC; DOD 1/16/1978 in Union County, SC) married Ben Clifford Ivey, Sr. (DOB 12/14/1894 in Union County, SC; DOD 7/1/1984 in Union County, SC). They had Arthur Hope Ivey, Leroy Roosevelt Ivey, Quinton Smith Ivey, Margaret Etrulia Ivey, Anna Lou Ivey, Ned Edsel Ivey, Ben Clifford Ivey, Jr., Rudell Ivey, Goldie Ivey, Barbara Jean Ivey.
.....D) Admiral George Dewey Harris (DOB 6/19/1898 in Union County, SC; DOD 2/16/1942 in Union County, SC) married Ella L. Crowder (DOB 10/24/1904 in SC; DOD 5/18/1930 in Union County, SC). They had Paul Harris, George Calvin Harris, Nancy Aline Harris.
.....E) James Hoyt Harris (DOB 7/8/1900 in Union County, SC; DOD 6/1978 in Union County, SC) married Della ? (DOB 1903 in SC; DOD ? in ? ).
.....F) Lillian Harris (DOB 9/28/1902 in Union County, SC; DOD 3/2/1988 in Union County, SC) married Walter Landrum Hewitt (DOB 1/27/1893 in SC; DOD 6/14/1957 in Union County, SC). They had James W. Hewitt, Roy E. Hewitt, Frank Millus Hewitt, Sr., Annie V. Hewitt, Patricia Dion Hewitt.
.....G) Mary Wallace Harris (DOB 11/4/1905 in Union County, SC; DOD 8/15/1987 in Union County, SC) married Willie Walton (DOB 8/28/1904 in VA; DOD 3/1977 in Union County, SC). They had Mary Elizabeth Walton (DOB 2/25/1927 in Union County, SC; DOD 1/1983 in ? ).


But Anderson had an affair with his brother's widow, Sarah Ann Bevill Harris. She became pregnant and they had:

1) Robert Jackson Harris (DOB 2/10/1872 in Union County, SC; DOD 12/20/1938 in Gaffney, Cherokee County, SC) married Elizabeth "Lizzie" Malicy Goforth (DOB 11/20/1868 in Union County, SC; DOD 3/12/1962 in Cherokee County, SC). Robert Jackson Harris' death certificate lists father as "Anderson C. Harris" and no mother. They had:
.....A) Magnolia "Nola" Harris (DOB 9/24/1893 in Union County, SC; DOD 7/21/1926 in Cherokee County, NC) married Arthur Steadman "Steadley" Mayfield (DOB 11/18/1876 in SC; DOD 4/7/1958 in Cherokee County, SC). They had Loye Wilson Mayfield, Sr., Lounette Mayfield, Robert Arthur Mayfield, Hayes Preston Mayfield.
.....B) Estelle Harris (DOB 10/1/1895 in Union County, SC; DOD 8/23/1913 in Cherokee County, SC) married Charles Arrowood (DOB Abt. 1891 in SC; DOD 7/5/1912 in Union County, SC of tuberculosis).
.....C) John Britten Harris (DOB 7/16/1897 in Cherokee County, SC; DOD 5/30/1963 in Gaffney, Cherokee County, SC) married Sudie Elma Morris (DOB 4/17/1894 in Cherokee County, SC; DOD 1/21/1976 in Cherokee County, SC). They had Azalee Harris, Frances Mary Harris Helen Harris, Wilma Harris Bobby Dean Harris, Corine Harris, Doris Harris.
.....D) William Butler Harris (DOB 8/22/1899 in SC; DOD 10/1/1992 in Cove, Polk County, AR) married Fred Woosley (DOB 10/31/1903 in KY; DOD 4/20/1960 in Louisville, Jefferson County, KY). They had James Robert Harris, William Bruce Harris, Kenneth Elmer Harris, Sr.
.....E) Major Lemon Harris (DOB 7/30/1901 in SC; DOD 2/26/1979 in Pacolet, Spartanburg County, SC) married Lillian Morris (DOB 9/25/1899 in SC; DOD 10/31/1982 in Cherokee County, SC). They had Victor Morris Harris, Lawrence Miller Harris, Herbert Wilkes Harris.
.....F) Carynee Harris (DOB 8/16/1905 in SC; DOD 11/20/1992 in Gaffney, Cherokee County, SC) married Neely Ott Lipsey (DOB 7/29/1904 in SC; DOD 11/30/1961 in Cherokee County, SC). They had Nellie Veree Lipsey, Charles Lipsey, Robert Paul Lipsey, Helen Bernard Lipsey, and Karen Lipsey.
.....G) Robert Boyce Harris (DOB 1/30/1909 in SC; DOD 2/5/1966 in ? ) married Orene Spencer (DOB 8/9/1912 in Gaffney, Cherokee County, SC; DOD 10/18/1999 in Gaffney, Cherokee County, SC). They had Jimmy W. Harris.
.....H) Herbert Paul Harris (DOB 8/30/1911 in SC; DOD 4/6/2002 in Gaffney, Cherokee County, SC) married Leila Hyatt (DOB 6/12/1908 in Union County, SC; DOD 2/8/1995 in Gaffney, Cherokee County, SC). They had Marjorie Paulette Harris.

1880 U.S. Census of Pinckney, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: 1242; Family History Film: 1255242; Page: 599D; Enumeration District: 158, Lines 24-39, "Mattie Harris", "George Harris", "Anderson Harris"
Mattie Harris, W(hite), M(ale), 71 yrs old (DOB 1809), Head, Married, Farmer, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Gusta A. Harris, W, F, 67 yrs old (DOB 1813), Wife, Married, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Havana Harris, W, F, 29 yrs old (DOB 1851), Daughter, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Gamewell C. Harris, W, M, 27 yrs old (DOB 1853), Son, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Sallie C. Harris, W, F, 17 yrs old (DOB 1863), Dil, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
E. Boyd Harris, W, M, 3 yrs old (DOB 1877), Grandson, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
James M. Harris, W, M, 11/12 mos old (DOB 4/1879), Grandson, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
William Fraser, W, M, 35 yrs old (DOB 1845), Son-in-law, Works in field, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Frances Fraser, W, F, 49 yrs old (DOB 1851), Daughter, Works in field, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
George Harris, W, M, 24 yrs old (DOB 1856), Head, Married, Farmer, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Mary A. Harris, W, F, 21 yrs old (DOB 1859), Wife, Married, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Anderson Harris, W, M, 32 yrs old (DOB 1848), Head, Married, Farmer, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Sallie Harris, W, F, 32 yrs old (DOB 1848), Wife, Married, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Oliver R. Harris, W, M, 12 yrs old (DOB 1868), Son, Worsk in field, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Willie E. Harris, W, M, 12 yrs old (DOB 1868), Son, Works in field, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

According to the Union County, SC Death Notices from Early Newspapers 1852-1914, compiled by Tommy Vaughn, pg 12, 9/27/1878 (Union Times), "Henry Smith, son of Newell Smith, was killed by Anderson Harris on a difficulty Wednesday AM last (9/18/1878) on Mount Tabor Rd." In issue of 6/20/1879 Harris was found not guilty.

It seems that Anderson found Henry Smith teasing and making fun of James Marion and Sarah Bevill Harris' son, Joseph Oscar Harris. He demanded the man quit and he wouldn't, so Anderson hit the man with a pick ax killing him.

1900 U.S. Census of Main St, Union, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: T623_ 1544;Page: 30A; Enumeration District: 78, Lines 36-37, "A.K. Anderson"
A.K. Anderson, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born Apr, 1847, 53 yrs old, Married, 26 yrs, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Carpenter, Rents home
Mrs. A.K. Anderson, Wife, W, F, Born Sept, 1847, 52 yrs old, Married, 26 yrs, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

1910 U.S. Census of Glenn Springs, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Roll: T624_1472; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 79; Image: 658, Lines 76-77, "A.K. Harris"
A.K. Harris, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 62 yrs old (DOB 1848), 2nd marriage, Married 63 yrs (?), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer of general farm
Sallie Harris, F, W, 63 yrs old (DOB 1849), 1st marriage, Married 63 yrs (?), 4 children with 2 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

1920 U.S. Census of Gist Bridge and Cidalia Rd, Union, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: T625_1713; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 143; Image: 902, Lines 14-15, "Anderson C. Harriss" (sic)
Anderson C. Harriss, Head, Rents farm, M(ale), W(hite), 71 yrs old (DOB 1849), Married, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer of general farm
Sara Harriss, Wife, F, W, 72 yrs old (DOB 1848), Married, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

Anderson Kennedy Harris died 3/26/1928 and is buried at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Union County, SC. At this time I don't know when Sallie Austin Harris died. It was after the 1920 U.S. Census but we can find no death certificate for her. I would assume she is buried with Anderson Harris at Wesley Chapel. Their graves are unmarked except by an Southern Iron Cross added later near other family members.

SC Death Certificate #5676, Registration District #4404, Registered #17, A.K. Harris, DOD 3/24/1928 in Catawba, York County, SC
Male, White, Married, DOB 4/1848 in SC, 80 yrs old
Occupation: Retired
Father: Mat Harris born in SC
Mother: (blank) born in (blank)
Informant: W.E. Harris (son), Rock Hill, York County, SC
DOD 3/24/1928 at 4am
Cause of death: Apoplexy
Contributing factors: chronic nephritis and endocarditis
Burial: 3/26/1928 in Wesley's Chapel, Union County, SC


3 comments:

Richard said...

Hi Sharon. I am a descendant of Samuel P. Harris and Sophia Hancock through their son James. I'll be interested in following your blog.

Fredrick Tucker said...

A. K. Harris died in York County, SC on 24 March 1928, not 1938.

Sharon said...

Thank you, Mr. Tucker, for pointing out the typo. I have fixed it and I appreciate your eagle eye.

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