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John Jordan Harris

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Henrico County, Province of Virginia
Death: November 19, 1800 (68)
Powhatan County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Powhatan, Powhatan, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Harris and Ursula Harris
Husband of Obedience Branch Harris (Turpin)
Father of Lucy Smith; Maj. John Harris, of Norwood; Judith Crittenden; Maj. Jordan Harris; Caroline Matilda Harris and 3 others
Brother of Elizabeth Flournoy
Half brother of Jesse Harris

Occupation: Colonel
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About Col. John Jordan Harris

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA. DAR Ancestor #: A051729

was a member of the Cumberland County Committee of Safety

1775-76 Col John Harris PSVA Revolution Comm. of Safety for Cumberland County Virginia One of the builders of the James River and Kanawa Canel which made it possible for tobacco shipments and other shipments to get around the Falls on the James River at Richmond and on downriver to be shipped. The other men involved in the building were George Washington, yes the president, David Ross, Wm Cabell and Edward Randolph.

Col John Harris was born in Goochland County, Virginia in 1732 married 17 August 1754 in Cumberland County, Virginia (mg record) to Anne Obedience Turpin b 1734 daughter of Thomas Turpin and Mary Jefferson. Thomas Turpin was the son of Thomas Turpin and Obedience Branch . Mary Jefferson was daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Mary Field. Col. John had 8 children according to the Turpin daybook which is now in a California museum and has been published in the Virginia Mag. Col. John built a large brick mansion which I have a picture of which I got from the Museum in Richmond and which has since been destroyed. Obedience Turpin Harris died before her husband. Col John his will was proved November of 1800 in Powhatan co Virginia see will Book 1 their children were A. b c 1755 Thomas Harris who supposedly died young B. Lucy Harris b 1757 Cumberland County, Virginia married Obadiah Smith Revol. b 1749 in Virginia son of Obadiah Smith and Mary Burks of Albemarle County, Virginia Lucy Harris Smith outlived her husband Obadiah who left a will in Rowan County N. C. i n 1810 had children as follows: a. John Harris Smith married his first cousin Harriet Crittenden of Kentucky son of her sister Judith see later b . Mary Smith known as Polly married William Watts I do not have exact dates c. Matilda Smith b ? Maryland? Henry Randolph d. Lavinia Smith b? married ? d. Peterfield Smith married 18 Dec. 1807 in Virginia to Mary Jefferson Turpin d of Wm Turpin and Sarah Harris d of Wm Harris and Sarah Ward cousin e. Jourdan Smith served in war of 1812 married ? f. daughter Smith Note: John Harris Smith and Harriett Crittenden had Rev. Obadiah Smith who married Mary Jane Wallace - Peterfield Smith and Mary Jefferson Turpin had Louisa Matilda Smith married John Holloway. Lucy's brother John Harris below MY LINE in 1815 bought land in Chesterfield County, Virginia from the distributees of his brother in law Lt Obadiah Smith. Obadiah Smith 1790 Rowan County, North Carolina census 2 +16 3 males - 16 and 6 females.

C. Lt John Harris Revol b 12 October 1758 Cumberland County, Virginia MY LINE he was the son of Col John Harris and Anne Obedience Turpin. His father deeded him land in Powhatan County, Virginia in 1785 and it is thought that he married about that time. I do not have his first wifes name or place of mg. according to later census he had a boy and a girl born shortly after 1785 living with him I believe the boy was named John but untraced. and I do not know the name of the girl or if either survived to adulthood. I do know that John sold out his Powhatan co land to a relative Thomas Harris which deed also covered household furniture etc. Lt. John married 2nd 24 May 1794 in Chesterfield County, Virginia to Rebecca Britton daughter of Anderson Brittton and Ann Mills Rebecca was much younger than John and in the 2 0 years that they were married had 12 children as follows (taken from pension application which copied the family bible) l. Xenophen Harris 11 March 1795 - dead by 1810 never married 2. HIRAM HARRIS MY LINE b 15 Sept 1796 died between 1st of May and June 3 1867 who married l. 30 May 1822 in St. Johns church Richmond Virginia to Margaret Christian of charles city County, Virginia daughter of Henry Benskin Christian and his wife Elizabeth Christian . THIS MY LINE SEE LATER they had 2 children Mgt christian Harris died in 1825 He married 2. Margaret Wilson and had a daughter Eleanor Harris Mgt Wilson died and he married 3. Elizabeth Gathwright and had Hiram Jr. John W. and Margaret Harris who married Mr. Benson I do not know what happened to that marriage whether Elizabeth Gathwright Harris died or left. However Hiram Harris married 4. Frances Gordon of Powhatan co Virginia Hiram Harris served in the war of 1812 in a Calvary unit known as Capt Heths County Hiram lived at Fairfield in Powhatan County, until he died leaving a will there mentioning his children including his first children Dr. Henry Benskin Christian Harris of Missouri and his daughter Rebecca who Had married John Wilson she became a widow and married 2nd ----------Douglas. Frances Gordon Harris applied for a pension on Hirams war of 1812 service. which I have.

3, Hypatia Harris d of Lt John and Rebecca Britton b 15 February 1798 died 7 August 1818 married as 2nd wife colin McRae married by Rev. Kirkpatrick on 28 March 1816. They had l daughter Hypatia Harris McRae see below for her mg.

4. Ann Obedience Turpin Harris d of Lt John and Rebecca Britton b 27 April 1799 married 8 April 1819 Chesterfield County, Virginia to Dr. Wm ANDERSON Pattison. She died 31 August 1831.

5. Judith Jordena Harris d of Lt John and Rebecca Britton b 14 Sep t 1800 Chesterfield County, Virginia died 20 January 1832 married 16 October 1818 in Chesterfield co Virginia becoming the third wife of Colin McRae her sister Hypatias widower. She raised her sister Hypatias daughter and had several children by Colin McRae she left a non computive (sp) will providing for her sisters daughter and her own children equally.

6. Delia Adelaide Harris d of Lt John Harris and Rebecca Britton b 7 June 1802 md 1st. March 1727 Blair Burwell of Powhatan County, Virginia Delia died by 1842 but left children which I have.

7. Louisiana Harris b 14 March 1804 married l 16 Nov 1826 Thomas Adkins she md 2. 1837 to Alex Brander died ?

8. Caroline Matilda Rosena Harris b 9 June 1806 died young

9. Phillip Francis Harris b 8 May 1808 died unmarrried by 1842 intestate

10 Caroine Matilda Harris ll bor 20 May 1810 chesterfield County, Virginia married 14 april 1831 to Dr. David McCaw widower who had been married first to her cousin Caroline Matilda Harris of Powhatan County, Virginia Dr. McCaw was in charge of Chorizo Hospital Richmond during the civil War. I have their children

11. Mary Ellen Harris b 26 April 1812 in Chesterfield County, Virginia married 10 October 1833 Chesterfield County, Virginia to Samuel Austin Pattison she died 6 weeks later and he married her niece Hypatia Harris McRae only child of her sister Hypatia Harris and Colin Mc Rae I have their family.

12. Camilla Harris b 28 October 1814 in Chesterfield County, Virginia married 10 October 1848 in Chesterfield or Richmond Virginia to the Rev. Horace Stringfellow.

While living in Chesterfield they had a plantation known as "Rattlesnake Springs" Lt. John died there the 4 December 1815 and was buried there. Said plantation now covered by the city of Chesterfield but formerly Manchester. Rebecca Britton Harris died in 1857 leaving a will and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery Richmond Virginia on a large corner lot surrounded by an iron fence. I believe her husband Johns son by the first mg is also buried there. but I know nothing about him.

4, Judith Harris daughter of Col John and Anne Obedience Turpin b 1760 In Cumberland County, Virginia married 21 August 1783 in Powhatan County, Virginia to Lt. John Cirttenden Revol. Virginia they removed to woodford County, Kentucky where he died in 1806 They left a family of Judges, Statesmen and legislaturs establishing the Crittenden family of Kentucky with a county named after them.

5. Mary Elizabeth Josepha Harris d of Col John and Anne Obedience Turpin b 1761 in Cumberland County, Virginia married 29 February 1792 Powhatan County, Virginia to Lt Wade Netherland Woodson Revol. They lived in Powhatan County, Virginia had a family and when Mary died there 22 May 1812 He removed to Knox County, Kentucky where he married an Alice Cheek and had 2 children one of which became Gov. of Missouri.

6 Lt Jordan Harris son of Col John Harris and Anne Obedience Turpin was born 20 May 1863 in Cumberland County, Virginia married l. Elizabeth Mosby Cannon 2 April 1869 in Powhatan County, Virginia She was the daughter of William Cannon and Sally Mosby. They A. Dr. Wm Jordan Harris 1791-d 1829 Barren County, Kentucky not married B Maria Turpin Harris b 1793 Powhatan County, Virginia married l 16 Sept 1812 in Powhatan co Virginia Samuel H. Flournoy. with children she married 2. James Kirkpatrick C. Dr. James Madison Harris b 14 Feb 1796 Powhatan County, Virginia married 4 June 1819 Powhatan County, Virginia Obedience Amanda Turpin known as Biddy he lived in Powhatan co Virginia and died there D. John Harris who was dead by 1810 E. Horatio Turpin Harris b 24 March 1799 in Powhatan County, Virginia married Keturah Taylor d Col James Taylor of Caroline County, Virginia and Newport Kentucky. Horatio Turpin Harris served in the Kentucky legislature from Campbell County, Ky

Lt Jordan Harris married 2. 9 January 1803 Anne Price Jude b 22 August 1803 w of Benj Jude. they had F. Mary Elizabeth Jordena Harris by 26 October 1803 she md 19 Nov 182l Caldwell County, Kentucky to Thomas H. Flournoy son of John Flournoy and Eliz Farrar. Mary Eliz Jordena Harris died in Caldwell County, Kentucky G. John Franklin Harris b 28 January 1805 Powhatan County, Virginia married Mary Duke Patton he died 4 October 1880 McCracken County, Kentucky.with no male heirs. Lt Jordan Harris died in Campbell County, Kentucky 7 October 1826

7. Caroline Matilda Harris daughter of Col John Harris and Anne Obedience Turpin was born 1 December 1765 in Cumberland County, Virginia she married 20 January 1791 in Powhatan County, Virginia to Thomas Harris her first cousin once removed.son of William Harris and Martha Ward Gaines. security her grandfather Thomas Turpin. She died 23 Dec 1825 in Powhatan County, Virginia Her obituary was published in the Whig newspaper Richmond Virginia

8. Dr Francis Harris son of col John Harris and Anne Obedience turpin. b 7 May 1768 in Cumberland County, Virginia he died 5 December 1836 and his inventory was made 20 Dec 1836 in Powhatan County, Virginia he married January 20 1799 in Powhatan Co Virginia to Sally Gaines Turpin. He had several children but only one known son Lawrence Browne Harris not traced Note many of the early genealogies assumed Benjamin Harris son of Thomas Harris and Mary Jefferson of Henrico County, married Anne Eppes. This confusion was compounded by the fact that Anne Eppes father Francis Eppes had left 2 or his daughters land in what became Cumberland County I have worked on the line of this Benjamin Harris who had sons Richard, Benjamin , John Skip Harris Francis Harris and Joseph Harris to name a few without much success I know this Benjamin was a Lawyer and in partnership at one time with John Wayles Thomas Jeffersons father in law. Joseph his son married twice to a Howard and a Shelton John Skip married a Walker and had a daughter Francis and Richard went south Benjamin I believe married a Nance. would be VERY MUCH INTERESTED IN WHERE THIS BENJAMIN who died I think in 1757 fit into the Harris line Fran.

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Col. John Jordan Harris's Timeline

Henrico County, Province of Virginia
December 23, 1756
Age 24
Cumberland, Cumberland County, Virginia, United States
Age 26
Age 27
Cumberland County, Province of Virginia
November 20, 1763
Age 31
Powhatan County, Province of Virginia
December 1, 1765
Age 33
Cumberland County, Province of Virginia
Age 38
Probably Cumberland County, Province of Virginia
Age 46
November 19, 1800
Age 68
Powhatan County, Virginia, United States