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Flowers left for Evan Harris
Allow me to introduce myself,I am your 7th generation direct lineal descendant. Thus, you are my Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather.I've spent considerable time in tracing my roots back to you.I descend from your son David Harris and Christina Mullinix Harris who are buried in Girton Cemetary, Clay County.I know you previously lived in Hawkins County, TN and Knox County, KY. I know you moved to Indiana sometime between 1830 and 1840. I think you had a brother whose name was Benon or Benoni. He was four years older than you; he was with you in both Hawkins County, TN and Knox County, KY. I understand you were born in Virginia. However, I know Kentucky was once part of Virginia as was Tennessee. The boundaries of state and county lines have changed and it makes it difficult for me to find records. Tennessee was once part of North Carolina; and Hawkins County was once part of a state that didn't get to be a state (The State of Franklin). There was no such thing aerial pictures (pictures taken from above as if one were standing in the clouds looking down), but the progress of civilization has provided for this. Using this modern invention I've looked at the maps, terrain, and can even zoom in to ground level as if I were standing there in person. I know you moved to to Indiana with all of your children who were:John Harris (1811 - 1873) Elizabeth Harris (1815 - 1895) William Riley Harris (1818 - 1861) David Harris (1820 - 1890) Noah Harris (1825 - 1873)I know you came to Indiana with your your father-in-law: Benoni Moreland whose will is filed in Vigo County, Indiana. You also brought Absolom Harris (son of Benon/Benoni Harris) with you. I know your wife's name too. You married Rebecca Moreland (1790 - 1858) on 23 June 1810 in Hawkins County, TN.I descend down the ancestral line from one male descendant to another male descendant from you which were:Evan Harris (1786-1856)David Harris (1820-1890)Silas Evan Harris (1846 - 1878)John Lenox Harris (1871 - 1941)Ernest E. Harris (1906 -1975)1/LT Earl Loren Harris (1927-1952) (my father)I know you grew up in an area of the United States known as the Cumberland Gap area; that Hawkins County, TN and Knox County, KY are not that far apart in distance. From the maps I see, I think you followed what was then and now still called "The Wilderness Trail"; not just coming and going between Knox and Hawkins Counties, but also it provided a path to Indiana. Yes Great Grand Pa Pa; I know it was a toll road then and we still have those today. Transportation has improved quite a bit since your time. We have horseless carriages nowadays. Its sort of like a wagon or cart with an engine instead of horses. I have one called a pick up truck and it will surely go faster than a hundred miles an hour. The laws unfortunately don't allow a person to go that fast in one of them. I can't wait to bring it up to see you in person and put some real flowers on your grave and talk with you in person. Although I do not yet have any proofs in the form of documents, I believe I know who your father and grandfather were. Its only a theory I am working on. On the Knox County, KY Census for 1810, I find entries for:Harris, Benjamin; age listed 669; b. ( if 66) 1744 ; (if 69) 1741Harris, John; age listed 87; b. 1723Harris, Thomas;age listed 81 b. 1729I think Benjamin might well be your father; and, that this John was your grandfather. The 500 mile journey you made from Tennessee to Indiana was quite a trip in your time. In these more modern times people travel through the air in things called airplanes that fly at the speed of sound which is over 700 miles an hour. We have even managed to put a man on the moon. Some of the military planes go several times faster than the speed of sound.Times have changed considerably. The courthouses were places that administered justice in your day and time. However, they have become little more than a flea market with door knobs; and, a carnival con game. I should know. Its where I make my living. I'm actually retired, but am known to torment others in that forum for entertainment. There is more money that changes hands at the courthouse than there is at the largest banks. I suppose you wonder what my name is. I am, most respectfully your 4th Great Grandson: Paul David Harris (1952--).Guide on my journey. I do not have a wife or any children, but have an incredibly fetching enchantress (Abbie Green)to entertain me. . She is a British subject rather than an American citizen. If we have children, I suppose I'll name one of them after you. (If she lets me do so). Thank you for such a great heritage Great-Grand-Pa-Pa. I'll be back to visit from time to time. Paul
- paul harris
 Added: May. 16, 2012

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