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July 2, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

From Albemarle to Buckingham: One Harris Family

My ancestor, John M. “Jack” Harris, came to Buckingham County c. 1819, settling on 800 acres along Sharps Creek which he acquired from his father, Benjamin Harris of Mountain Grove, Green Creek, Albemarle County.  Three of Jack’s brothers, Benjamin, Bushrod, and James, also settled in Buckingham County.  Only James stayed in the county for the remainder of his life, dying at his farm, Locust Grove, in 1872.  Jack and James left many descendants in Buckingham County; with one exception, they descend from daughters who intermarried with numerous, well-established families:  Allen, Ayres, Turner, Miller, Ford, Chambers, Horsley, Steptoe, Boatwright, Layne, and Bolling.

MACH_2012For more about the Albemarle roots of this Harris line, please consider reading my article, “Dots and Dashes: The Harris Family Cemetery and Lives of a Few of Its Residents,” in the 2012 issue of the Magazine of Albemarle County History.  You can purchase it online from the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.

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  1. Joanne Yeck / Jul 4 2013 1:10 pm

    Hello Janet, Indeed there is a connection between my Harris family and the Ayres family in Buckingham County. James Harris’ daughter, Mary Virginia Harris (1842-1919), married Nathan W. Ayres (1836-1872) in Buckingham on 17 December 1867. By the way, I’m not sure that Doris will see your comment here, you might want to repeat this in an email directly to her. Glad to have with us at Slate River Ramblings. Spread the word to all your Ayres cousins! Joanne

  2. Janet Ayres / Jul 4 2013 12:10 pm

    Doris,,   Do not know if you get this or not.  Let me know.   Ed got me into it.  I know there is  connection to the Harris and Ayres families…….Aunt Janie, who was a Wood and whose mother was a Harris,    married my Uncle Julian, daddy’s brother…….she told me when I married that this was a “good family”……..and a similar connection to the Marks family.  I have also seen connections of the Ayres & Dunkum families  generations before.    However, the Dunkums for whom we are descended arrived in this country in the late 1700’s to work on construction  of UVA.    Have heard they worked on the Rotunda but documents  prove they were paid but not what area.     My cousin , Elizabeth Jane Charlton Guthrie who died this week, documented this.      Will write a note soon.   Busy getting ready for picnic this evening. janet   ps,   By the way, I love these Slate River Ramblings.   I want to read the extended article about the Harris family in detail but have been busy.  

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