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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Brett Singing Himself To Sleep

When we visited Jenny last November we spent a day sightseeing and on the way home, Brett  was getting sleepy (and his Mommy was too) and was humming himself to sleep!

Little Savannah


"Am I really related to these weird people?" - Savannah

Grits, It's a Southern thang!

They say G.R.I.T.S stands for "Girls Raised In The South". I'm definitely a G.R.I.T.S. girl! And I love eating grits. Grits are coarsely ground dried corn. If you grind it finely, it is corn meal. But coarsely ground corn is grits. The Indians were the ones to introduce grits to the first settlers. They called them "rockahomine". Hominy is different from Hominy Grits. Hominy is a certain dried corn that is soaked in lye until it swells and softens. Grits is ground dried corn and it is not soaked in lye. In 1584, Sir Walter Raleigh tasted grits made by the Indians. In 1607, the Jamestown settlers became acquainted with the Indian "rockahomine". During the War of Northern Aggression and during the resulting Reconstruction Period, the South was so poor and burnt out that many subsisted on grits, cornbread made from cornmeal and whatever else they could find to eat, including wild greens like Creasy greens, Poke salad, Dandelion greens, etc.. So Southern families became well acquainted with grits. In 1976, grits became the official state food for SC. The grits belt goes from the Carolinas down to Louisiana. People outside that area can't understand why we love them but it might be because they've never had them the way we like them. If you make grits without salt and butter, then they are bland and terrible. A lot of restaurants make them bland in case they have people who can't have salt. But the first thing I do is taste them and then I add the salt and butter that I desire. It is such a comfort food.

Grits

1 cup grits
2 cups boiling water
salt and pepper to taste
butter to taste

Bring salted water to boil, add grits. Turn heat down and stir it regularly and keep a watch on it. Once it's simmered down to the consistency you desire, remove from heat. Add pepper and butter.

Variations:
Remove cooked grits from heat and stir in some shredded cheddar cheese.

Once you put the grits in boiling water, turn down the heat, stir and let it cook until it's mostly done. Take an egg and scramble, then add to the grits and let if finish cooking. You can do this in the microwave to give you a fast breakfast.

Serve with sausage gravy or Red Eye gravy. (Red Eye gravy is made from the grease left over after frying country ham with coffee added to it to give it it's "red eye".

Add milk to make grits creamier.

Add a clove of chopped garlic to cheese grits.

Once grits have gotten cold they are hard. You throw away the hard grits unless you want to fry them. You cut the hard grits in pieces and coat with scrambled egg, dredge in corn meal (or flour) and fry in butter in a hot iron skillet. Drain on paper towel and serve with a poached egg on top.


Shrimp and Grits

2 to 3 slices bacon
grits, for 4 to 6 people
1 to 1 1/2 pounds shrimp
1 small onion, finely minced
1 can (14.5 ounces) crushed tomatoes with juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, or to taste

Cook 2-3 slices bacon until done but still tender, set aside. Prepare grits per directions, adding a small finely minced onion before starting cook time, clean shrimp, when grits are almost done, chop shrimp into halfs, crumble up bacon and toss both into grits. Continue cooking until grits are ready. Add crushed tomatoes (juice and all), then add hot pepper.


Chef Bill Smith's Shrimp and Grits

2 cups water object
1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth object
3/4 cup half-and-half object
3/4 teaspoon salt object
1 cup regular grits object
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese object
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese object
2 tablespoons butter object
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce object
1/4 teaspoon white pepper object
3 bacon slices object
1 pound medium-size shrimp, peeled and deveined object
1/4 teaspoon black pepper object
1/8 teaspoon salt object
1/4 cup all-purpose flour object
1 cup sliced mushrooms object
1/2 cup chopped green onions object
2 garlic cloves, minced object
1/2 cup low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth object
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice object
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce object
Lemon wedges

Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually whisk in grits. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until thickened. Add Cheddar cheese and next 4 ingredients. Keep warm.

Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon, and set aside.

Sprinkle shrimp with pepper and salt; dredge in flour.

Sauté mushrooms in hot drippings in skillet 5 minutes or until tender. Add green onions, and sauté 2 minutes. Add shrimp and garlic, and sauté 2 minutes or until shrimp are lightly brown. Stir in chicken broth, lemon juice, and hot sauce, and cook 2 more minutes, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet.

Serve shrimp mixture over hot cheese grits. Top with crumbled bacon; serve with lemon wedges.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Gamewell Calhoun Harris and Sarah C. Brakefield

Fleming Matthew Harris who married Augusta Ann Harris and they had
a son, Gamewell Calhoun Harris who married Sarah "Sally" Brakefield and they had
a son, Edward Boyd Harris who married Ida Mae Shaw and they had
a son, Clyde Harris who married Mabel Louise Cohen and they had
a son, William "Billy" Clyde Harris who married Peggy Prince and they had
Stan


This imposing old gentleman is my husband's great great Grandfather, Gamewell Calhoun Harris (1853-1933). He was too young to serve in the War of Northern Aggression but he had 3 older brothers who served and it's an interesting story. Anderson Kennedy Harris, James Marion Harris, and William Edward Harris served. They served together in the 18th SC Infantry that was put together in Laurens, SC (Union County). Anderson married Sallie Austin and they had 2 sons, twins, in 1869. James Marion Harris was married in 1857 to Sarah Ann Bevill and they had 3 children together before he died. William Edward Harris was born in 1845 and did not marry before he died. He was considered simple or slow and yet he went with his 2 brothers to serve in the Confederate Army even though he was only 16 when the War started. Two of the brothers were at Petersburg, VA when the Yankees detonated the explosives they had situated under the Confederate soldiers. They had tunneled under the Confederates. The 18th Infantry was virtually over the detonation point. James Marion was on leave and at home when it happened. William Edward was killed. Anderson Kennedy was buried up to his neck but he was dug out by a Yankee as he promised to give him the tobacco in his pocket. James Marion was one of the last Confederate soldiers to die as he died in April 1865 at Burgess Mill, VA. Anderson Kennedy survived and made his way back home alone.

Gamewell's sister, Millie Eugenia Harris, married J. Gist Farr and this gentleman donated the land for the little Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Union, SC. The family attended this church and it's where Gamewell,his wife and family are buried. Gamewell was a very religious man.

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

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


The photo does not have Gamewell in it but his wife, Sally, is the elderly woman in the center. Front from Left to Right: Feral Harris , Lizzie Shaw (Ida Mae Shaw Harris' mother) , Gene Carroll Harris, Sr. , Bernice Lemond Harris, Ida Mae Shaw Harris, Clyde Harris. Back from Left to Right: James Minor Harris, Walter Edward Harris, Edward Boyd Harris. Notice the background of this picture. The house has some hostas bordered by a board so there was some landscaping going on there. The porch has some potted plants which makes me wonder which one of the women loved houseplants and gardening. The little boy isn't wearing shoes and has grimy knees! Isn't that like a little boy? Since little G.C. was born in 1914 and he looks like he would be about 8-9 years old then this would date the picture to the early to mid 1920's.

Gamewell Calhoun Harris (DOB: 5/26/1853 in Union County, SC; DOD: 10/21/1933 in Union County, SC) was a son of Fleming Matthew "F.M." or "Mattie" Harris and Augusta Ann Harris. Gamewell married Sarah "Sallie" Clementine Brakefield (DOB: 4/18/1860 in Union County or Chester County or York County, SC; DOD: 3/6/1930 in Union County, SC) on 7/20/1876 in Union County, SC. I haven't pursued the Brakefields as of yet so I'm not sure where she was born. I've seen different records that show Union, Chester or York County.

Gamewell and Sarah lived on the family farm with Mattie and Augusta Ann in the 1880 Census.

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
Emma Harris, W, F, 1 yr old (DOB 1879), Granddaughter, 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

Gamewell inherited the Harris family farm when his parents died. As for the old home place, it was the home of Fleming Matthewand Augusta Ann Harris and is where they raised their family. It went to Gamewell when Augusta Ann died. He sold to an Adams who sold it to Hornes. The land is located on the highway to Adamsburg.











1900 U.S. Census of Pinckney,  Union County,  South Carolina; Roll:  T623_ 1544; Page:  17A; Enumeration District:  72, Lines 15-27, "Ravenell Harris" (sic)
Ravenell Harris, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born May, 1853, 47 yrs old, Married 23 yrs, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer, Owns farm, mortgage
Sallie Harris, Wife, W, F, Born Apr, 1861, 39 yrs old, Married, 11 children with 9 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Boyd Harris, Son, W, M, Born May, 1878, 22 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm Laborer
James Harris, Son, W, M, Born Apr, 1881, 19 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm Laborer
May Harris, Daughter, W, F, Born May, 1883, 17 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm Laborer
Paul Harris, Son, W, M, Born Apr, 1888, 12 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, At school
Florrence Harris (sic), Daughter, W, F, Born May, 1890, 10 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, At school
Essie Harris, Daughter, W, F, Born Apr, 1892, 8 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, At school
Carl Harris, Son, W, M, Born June, 1894, 5 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Cass Harris (sic, looks like Voss Harris and is actually Wallace Harris but Ancestry.com has him indexed as Cass Harris), Son, W, M, Born Mar, 1898, 2 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Bernice Wix, Daughter, W, F, Born June, 1884, 15 yrs old, Widowed, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Cotton mill weaver
Dusky A. Harris (sic), Mother, W, F, Born May, 1813, 87 yrs old, Widowed, 1 child with 1 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Havanah Harris, Sister, W, F, Born Feb, 1851, 49 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

1910 U.S. Census of Pinckney,  Union County,  South Carolina; Roll:  T624_1474; Page:  16B; Enumeration District:  118; Image:  860, Lines 84-93, "Egenis Farr" (sic) and "Ganelle Harris" (sic)
Egenis Farr, Head, F(emale), W(hite), 66 yrs old (DOB 1844), Widowed, 7 children with 7 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer of home farm, Owns farm free of mortgage (Gamewell's sister)
Wrtrs Farr (sic, should be James Waitus Farr), M, W, 28 yrs old (DOB 1882), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Laborer on home farm
Carrie Farr, F, W, 36 yrs old (DOB 1874), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Ganelle Harris, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 55 yrs old (DOB 1855), 1st Marriage, Married 32 yrs, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer of home farm, Owns farm, mortgaged
Sallie Harris, Wife, F, W, 48 yrs old (DOB 1862), 1st Marriage, Married 32 yrs, 10 children with 10 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Paul Harris, Son, M, W, 21 yrs old (DOB 1889), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Laborer on home farm
Carl Harris, Son, M, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1896), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm Laborer
Wallace Harris, Son, M, W, 11 yrs old (DOB 1899), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Blanche Harris, Daughter, F, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1904), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Annie Harris, Sister, F, W, 60 yrs old (DOB 1850), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

1920 U.S. Census of Frances St., Union,  Union County,  South Carolina; Roll:  T625_1713; Page:  11A; Enumeration District:  142; Image:  884, Lines 27-29, "Camebell C. House" (sic)
Camebell C. House, Head, Rents home, M(ale), W(hite), 66 yrs old (DOB 1854), Married, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Fulling hand at cotton mill
Sarah House, Wife, F, W, 58 yrs old (DOB 1862), Married, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Blanche House, Daughter, F, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1904), Single, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Trimmer at cotton mill

1930 U.S. Census of Union,  Union County,  South Carolina; Roll:  2215; Page:  11B; Enumeration District:  22; Image:  301.0, Lines 51-53, "Gamewell Harris"
Gamewell Harris, Head, Rents home for $4/month, M(ale), W(hite), 76 yrs old (DOB 1854), Married at age 24 (Sarah had just died on 3/6/1930 and this census was taken on 4/7/1930), Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, No occupation, Not a military veteran
Blanche Haddock, Daughter, F, W, 26 yrs old (DOB 1904), Married at age 20 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Picks strings at cotton mill for wages
William Roy Haddock, Grandson, M, W, 5 yrs 6/12 mos old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC


Sarah "Sallie" C. Brakefield Harris

Gamewell
and Sallie were Methodists and were members of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. This is where they are both buried along with other family members.

SC Death Certificate #22481, Registration District 4207, Registered #3, Mrs. G.C. Harris, DOD: 3/6/1930 in Union, Union County, SC
Female, White, Married to G.C. Harris
DOB: blank in SC, 70 yrs old (DOB 1860)
Father: W.C. Brakefield (middle initial is hard to read), born in SC
Mother: Sarah Brakefield, born in SC
Informant: Wallace Harris of Union, SC
DOD: 3/6/1930 at 5am
Cause of death: Chronic Tuberculosis Pulmonary since 5/1924
Burial: 3/7/1930 at Wesley Chapel

SC Death Certificate #5135, Registration District 4207, Registered #18, Sarah Harris, DOD: 3/6/1930 in Union, Union County, SC
Female, White, Married to Gamewell Harris
DOB: blank in Chester, SC, 70 yrs old (DOB 1860)
Father: don't know, born in don't know
Mother: don't know, born in don't know
Informant: Wallace Harris of Union, SC
DOD: 3/6/1930 at 4am
Cause of death: Chronic Tuberculosis Pulmonary
Burial: 3/7/1930 at Wesley Chapel

As of this time, I haven't been able to find Gamewell Harris' death certificate.




Gamewell and Sarah had 13 children:

1) Edward Boyd Harris (DOB: 5/23/1877 in Union County, SC; DOD: 7/1/1930 in Union County, SC) married Ida Mae Shaw (DOB: 8/24/1882 in Rockingham, NC; DOD: 6/10/1955 in Union County, SC) on 1915 in Union County, SC. Both buried at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.
2) Clara Emma Harris (DOB: 9/9/1878 in Union County, SC; DOD: 6/10/1897 in Union County, SC) is buried at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

3) James Marion Harris (DOB: 4/11/1880 in Union County, SC; DOD: 9/14/1937 in Union County, SC) married Letha J. ? (DOB: 9/7/1896 in SC ; DOD: 3/27/1948 in Union County, SC). They are buried at Rosemont Cemetery in Union, SC.

4) Fannie Mae "Mae" Harris (DOB: 5/11/1882 in Union County, SC; DOD: 12/24/1960 in Union County, SC) married Haskell B. Reynolds (DOB: 10/19/1882 in SC; DOD: 12/20/1947 in Union County, SC) about 1915. They are both buried at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

5) Bernice Lemond Harris (DOB: 6/19/1884 in Union County, SC; DOD: 2/13/1960 in Union County, SC) married Will Wix (DOB: 7/16/1877 in SC ; DOD: 4/12/1899 in Union County, SC) about 1898. They are both buried at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. She also married Sanford R. Hart (DOB: 3/25/1890; DOD: 8/24/1938 in Union County, SC).

6) Thomas Osgood Harris (DOB: 7/20/1886 in Union County, SC; DOD: 6/15/1887 in Union County, SC). He is buried at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

7) Paul Traywich Harris (DOB: 4/1888 in Union County, SC; DOD: 3/26/1973 in Spartanburg, SC) married Sebbie Wright (DOB: 9/22/1887 in Union County, SC ; DOD: 1/18/1957 in Spartanburg, SC ). They are buried at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Spartanburg, SC.

8) Florence Viola Harris (DOB: 5/1890 in Union County, SC; DOD: 3/1981 in Taylors, SC ) married J. Gordon Ross (DOB: 1888 in SC; DOD: 5/5/1947in Spartanburg SC ).

9) Bessie "Essie" White Harris (DOB: 4/16/1892 in Union County, SC; DOD: 12/1974 in Union County, SC) married Morris Monroe Scott (DOB: 2/15/1889 in SC; DOD: ? ) on 4/19/1911 in Union County, SC.

10) Allen Carl Harris, Sr. (DOB: 6/1894 in Union County, SC; DOD: 1/1966 in SC ) married Nina I. ?.

11) Wallace "Voss" Samuel Harris (DOB: 3/26/1898 in Union County, SC; DOD: 4/13/1979 in Union County, SC) married Juanita Sims (DOB: 1902 in ? ; DOD: 1987 in Union County, SC). Both are buried at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

12) Jesril Harris (DOB: 4/1/1900 in Union County, SC; DOD: 9/3/1900 in Union County, SC). He is buried at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

13) Blanche Eugenia Harris (DOB: 5/23/1903 in Union County, SC; DOD: 8/15/1972 in Union County, SC) married ? Haddock. She is buried at Wesley Chapel United.





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