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Collection Number: 00879

Collection Title: Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,000 items)
Abstract The Harris family includes William Harris Senior, an Irish immigrant to North Carolina, and his son, Joshua Harris. The collection includes a complete copy of family records kept by Joshua Harris, including a list of family marriages, 1830-1858, and deaths, 1832-1858, with ages. Included is correspondence of Miss Clara C. Harris of Concord, N.C., with scattered members of the Harris, Hampton, Shelby and related families, chiefly of Mecklenburg County and Cabarrus County, N.C., about genealogy; and genealogical correspondence, 1909-1923, and data and scattered family papers of the Reverend John Abner Harris of western North Carolina, concerning the Harris, McLelland, Morrison, and Stevenson families of Iredell County, N.C., and the Harris family in Indiana and Pennsylvania. Also included is scattered personal correspondence, 1850-1856, of female family members and their friends living near Concord, N.C., including a letter, 1854, from a student at Edgeworth Seminary, Greensboro, N.C., discussing school life.
Creator Harris family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Harris Family Papers, #879, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Clara C. Harris of Concord, N.C., August 1944 and July 1951.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The Harris family of North Carolina includes William Harris Senior, an Irish immigrant to North Carolina, and his son, Joshua. Other related persons include Clara C. Harris of Concord, N.C.; J. A. (John Abner) Harris (1861-1924), presbyterian minister; and his great-grandfather, Samuel Harris of Iredell County, N.C.

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The collection includes a complete copy of family records kept by Joshua Harris, including a list of family marriages, 1830-1858, and deaths, 1832-1858, with ages. There is also correspondence of Miss Clara C. Harris of Concord, N.C., with scattered members of the Harris, Hampton, Shelby and related families, chiefly of Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties, N.C., about genealogy; and genealogical correspondence, 1909-1923, and data and scattered family papers of the Reverend John Abner Harris of western North Carolina, concerning the Harris, McLelland, Morrison, and Stevenson families of Iredell County, N.C., and the Harris family in Indiana and Pennsylvania. Also included is scattered personal correspondence, 1850-1856, of female family members and their friends living near Concord, N.C., including a letter, 1854, from a student at Edgeworth Seminary, Greensboro, N.C., discussing school life.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1779-1836 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1850-1858, 1893-1905 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1906-1909 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4-6

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

1910 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 4-6

Folder 7-9

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

1911 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 7-9

Folder 10

1912 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1913 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1914 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1915 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1916 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15-17

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

1917-1918 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 15-17

Folder 18

1919 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

1920 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

1921 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21a

1922-1927 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 21a

Folder 21b

1928-1929 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 21b

Folder 21c

1930-1935 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 21c

Folder 21d

1936-1939 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 21d

Folder 21e

1940-1948 #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 21e

Folder 22-24

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Undated #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 22-24

Folder 25-27

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Census records, Harris family #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 25-27

Folder 28-32

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

Family data #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 28-32

Folder 33

Volume 1: Genealogy notebook, compiled by J. A. Harris #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

Volume 2: Genealogy notebook and clippings, compiled by J. A. Harris #00879, Series: "Harris Family Papers, 1779-1948 and undated." Folder 34

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, June 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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