Amanuensis Monday

Harris Lee W Harris Reunion Tribute

The subject of this sketch, above named, was born in this vicinity, grew to manhood and made his home here all his natural life, having gone to his final and eternal home since the last meeting of Harris Reunion.  By trade, Lee was a shoe and harness maker, and he prosecuted this trade for many years for the late N.M. Thayer, when the village was known by the people as “Tanyard”, but later changed to Eldorado through the efforts and influence of the late John Davis from Tanyard to the present name.

It was during the time Lee W. Harris made shoes and harness that this writer, who was also employed by Mr. Thayer, learned to know the true value and rugged honesty of Lee Harris.

Lee joined the Baptist church at was then known as Big Creek Baptist church, and he lived, sofar as the writer believes, a true, upright Christian life thereafter; rendering valued service to the  church and the people with whom he mingled for three score or more years.

By profession:  Lee was a local Baptist preacher, serving as such in the churches of this and adjoining counties, until ill health compelled him to superanuate, but his superanuation did not prevent him from preaching occasionally, when circumstances were favorable, and his outstanding usefulness in this community was to conduct burial services for the dead, in which his remarks and admonition to the living were most impressive and effective.  He was usually the leader in singing, and was generally known as the leader not only in the Baptist churches, but in Methodist as well.

Lee loved to read his Bible and to impart to others the light and inspiration he gained by studying the Word.  He had no desire, nor did he expect to ever get worldly riches; but he did acquire that which is of far greater value and importance: Character, which will live and continue to live in the minds of all who knew him, especially by his immediate family for years to come.  His greatest ambition was to live an upright life and do the will of God and to exhort others to do likewise.

Lee was a member of Harris Reunion, and we shall miss him, this community will miss him, his family will miss him and the Church will miss him.  But he has gone the way we all must pass, sooner or later, whether we are prepared or not.  But if we live a life such as the writer believes the subject of this article lived, the promise is for us.

Respectfully submitted,

By the one who knew Lee.



Amanuensis Monday

From GeneaBloggers:

Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them. A fuller explanation can be found here.

Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.

Today, I’m transcribing the will of Nancy McSwain, my 3rd great-grandmother via:

  • her son, David Jones Allen
  • his daughter, Virginia Allen Smith
  • her son
  • his daughter
Nancy McSwain Allen Will

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Nancy McSwain Allen Will page 2

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State of North Carolina

Stanly County

I, Nancy Allen of the aforesaid County and state, being of sound mind, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence to make and declare this my last will and testament.

  1.  My executor hereinafter named shall give my body a decent burial, suitable to the wishes of my friends and relatives and pay all funeral expenses, together with all my just debts out of the money which may come into his hands belonging to my estate.
  2. I give and devise to my son David Jones Allen the track of land on which we now live containing 157 ½ acres more or less to have and to hold.
  3. I hereby constitute and appoint my son David J Allen my lawful executor to all intents and purposes to execute this my last will and testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same and every art and clause thereof hereby revoking and declaring utterly and all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof, I, the said Nancy Allen do hereunto set my hand and

[page 2]  seal, this 10th day of May 1899.

Nancy X her mark Allen (seal)

Signed and sealed and published and declared by the said Nancy Allen to be her last will and testament in the present of me, who at her request and in her presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.

Witnesses:  TP Snuggs, Mary A Snuggs