Piecing together the family history of the ladies in our line is not always easy. Years ago my contact gave me a lot of information about Patience Harris. She knew about a diary and letters. I have never seen these items so I cannot document my ancestor’s story.
From the information I do have, I know that Patience was born around 1786 in North Carolina. By 1807 she was married to Elisha Smith Kirksey. They were married in either Iredell County or Montgomery County, North Carolina. They moved to Georgia around 1820.
In 1800 the census of Turner Harris of Montgomery County, NC list four females ranging in age between 10 and 25 and two males in that same range and one male 45 and over. I would surmise that he was that male in the over 45 category and in 1790 in the same county, Turner Harris is listed with three males under 16; three males 16 and over; and 5 females. From a comparison, I would offer that Turner’s wife, mother of the children, passed away between 1790 and 1800.
The oldest son of Patience was named West Harris Kirksey and her youngest son, Andrew Jackson Kirksey, named a son Turner Harris Kirksey. These are recurring family names in the Harris family.
There was a stone marker in the Uwharrie National Forest but it went missing. According to the card found in the Asheboro Library, the children of Turner were William, West, Nathan, Arthur and Isham. As I mentioned earlier, the 1800 census lists four daughters, but how do you prove who they are?
Card file of the Asheboro Library in Randolph Co, NC thanks to Lea Morris for this information
From Essex England to the Sunny Southern USA, Harris Family, Robert E. Harris,
1790 Montgomery County NC Census, Page: 404; Image: 560, Ancestry.com
1800 Montgomery County NC Census, Page: 478; Image: 26, Ancestry.com
1850 Jasper Georgia; District 46, Page: 90B; Image: 420, Ancestry.com
Family Source: Bobbie Meyer von Bremen