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Question - 1804 Deed - Resident of Ga to Resident of Rowan County- Were Witnesses in GA or NC?

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Re: Question - 1804 Deed - Resident of Ga to Resident of Rowan County- Were Witnesses in GA or NC?

Posted: 20 Mar 2014 4:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 20 Mar 2014 4:37PM GMT
Thank you for your reply. The researchers for this Harris family think Jesse was already established in Oglethorpe County GA for about 9 or 10 years when this 1804 deed was recorded.

In 1787 a grant of 420 acres of land in Rowan County was issued to Jesse (land entry was filed in 1778). In 1794 Jesse files 3 deeds in Rowan County, selling 210 acres to Jesse Harris Jr., 210 acres to George Harris and the 3rd deed giving his son Thomas a Negro man. This land was possibly given to his sons as he prepared to leave Rowan County.

Jesse is found on the 1800 Census for Oglethorpe Georgia. He is there with a wife and a young male under the age of ten. In Jan of 1804 he sells his remaining land in NC to George Harris. In May of 1804 he is issued a marriage license to Charity Knapp in Oglethorpe GA. He dies in Oglethorpe GA in June of 1807.

My main goal when posing this question was wondering if the Nancy Harris on this document was his wife in GA. It is of course possible that he visited NC after the death of the wife on the 1800 GA census and before his marriage to a new wife in 1804.

There also was a Nancy Harris living in Rowan County, the daughter of Jesse Jr. who would have been about the age of 17 or 18. When several other Harris men were available to witness this deed, it seems improbable that a young girl would be the one chosen to witness this deed.

Thank you so much for your input.

Nancy
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