Unusual Name–Three Ancestors Ago–Alice Virgillia Harris

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http://para-sol.ca/admin/ 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

http://momentofkindness.com/about-us/ 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.

LeeRoy Harris Family--After
After Harris, Lee Roy and family before 1912
Back row: Georgia, Alice, Jessie
Middle: Nancy Russell and Leeroy Whitson Harris
Front: William, Travis, Oscar, Sylvia

On 25 April, 1894, she married William Christopher Harris.

Marriage License of William C. and Alice V. Harris 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.

Racie Harris Personal Account
Handwritten Account by Racie Morris


Virgillia is such an odd name.  I’ve often wondered where it came from.  

Sources:

  • Personal Account of Racie E. Harris Morris, 2007
  • Census Records, 1880, 1900, 1910
  • Marriage License, 1894

Six Ancestors Ago — John “Jacky” Morris

First

This post is a part of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow at www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/.

John “Jacky” Morris is my fourth great grandfather via:

  • His son, William Morris
  • His son, John “Sutt” Morris
  • His son, Charlie Ardell Morris
  • His son, Fred Hoyt Morris
  • His son

The Facts:

  • Born about 1785, probably in Virginia.
  • Married Amelia
  • Died 07 December 1874.
  • Buried in Morris Cemetery in the Uwharrie Community, Montgomery County, NC

This week’s prompt is “First.” John “Jacky” Morris is in many ways first.  He was my first roadblock. He’s also the first mystery in which DNA has been used to attempt to solve.  Thanks to a cousin, several people in the Morris line have been tested. We now have our own group.

For some reason, solving the DNA relationships is something that has proven very difficult for me.  Outside of family I already knew, I don’t recognize any of the names listed. It’s been hard for me to cypher out as to where everyone belongs.  So hard that I haven’t succeeded in solving anyone’s relationship yet.

This is also my first blog post in a long while. I changed jobs and got busier. However, just because I haven’t taken the time to post, I have still worked on my genealogy.  I’m hoping to use Amy Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks to help push me to continue. I also hope to learn more about John “Jacky” Morris and his wife Amelia in the coming year. Quite the lofty goal considering he has been a roadblock for my family for at least the last 30 years.

But back to John “Jacky”.  He appears in the 1850 census in Montgomery County, NC.  HIs occupation is miner and he and Amelia were born in Virginia.  Also living with Jacky and Amelia are Tempy, Disa, and Caroline.  Jacky is 70 and Amelia is 60. They’re surrounded by other Morris’ who I believe to be their sons and respective families.

morris john jacky family 1850 census

In 1860, they’re living in the Bean’s District of Montgomery County.  He’s still 70 but Amelia or Milla is 68.  Living with them are Eliza Morris aged 21 and a Joseph Morgan aged 10.  Jacky is a farmer now and still says he was born in Virginia.  But Milla was born in North Carolina.  I’m not sure if Eliza is their child or possibly a grandchild.

morris john jacky family 1860 census

He died on December 7, 1874 and is buried in the Morris Cemetery in Montgomery County, NC.

morris john jacky tombstone

I have not been able to find him on the 1870 census.

This is an incomplete account of all the research done on John Jacky.  He will indeed be my focus for 2019.