- Evangeline Beauton
- Irenus Hezakiah
- US Grant
A few of the unusual names that show up in my tree. Another, Alice Virgillia. It’s been recorded in a book about the Harris’ as Virginia. However, my grandmother was always emphatic that it was Virgillia. There’s a few reasons I believe her. But first, the facts:
- Born: 8 October 1875
- Married: 25 April 1894
- Died: 12 January 1912
Alice is my third ancestor via:
- Her daughter, Racie Elmira Harris Morris
- Her son, Randy Harris Morris
Alice was born to Lee and Sarah Russell Harris on October 8, 1875. She grew up in the Eldorado Community in Montgomery County, NC. In 1880, she lived with her parents. She had a brother who died at 6 months old in December 1877. Her mother, Sarah, died and Lee soon married again and had several children. His second wife was Nancy Elizabeth Russell. With Nancy, he had Bulah, Travis, Silvia, Oscar, Jessie, and Georgie.
On 25 April, 1894, she married William Christopher Harris.
By 1900, she’s living with her husband and 2 children. Still in Eldorado. They’re renting and he’s a day laborer.
In 1910, she and William are still living in Eldorado. He’s a laborer doing odd jobs. They still rent and they have 7 children; Jonah, Sarah, Clifford, Nina, Mattie, Joe, Iola. My grandmother, Racie, would come in June of the following year. By January of 1912, Alice is dead.
Her children went separate ways and William visited from time to time. He suffered from mental illness and committed suicide in 1924.
My grandmother went to live with Alice’s parents. And now to the reasons I think my grandmother was right about Alice’s name. Even though she never knew her mother, she did grow up with her grandparents. Her grandfather, at least, was one of the two people who named Alice and did all they could to help her know her mother. They would most certainly know Alice’s name.
Virgillia is such an odd name. I’ve often wondered where it came from.
- Personal Account of Racie E. Harris Morris, 2007
- Census Records, 1880, 1900, 1910
- Marriage License, 1894