The Harris Family of Lee County is currently being researched. The oldest member of the family I have been able to prove so far is William Harris. Likely the probate and land records of Lee County will reveal the parents of William Harris. I haven't visited Lee County in 20 years, but hope to do so again in the near future.
I descend through William's son Hiram and grandson, George W. I hope to add a web page for the other children of William and Hiram in the future. If you descend from this family and would like to help me compile data to complete additional pages it would be appreciated.
William Harris (ca. 1820 - 1859)
Hiram Harris (ca. 1834 - ca. 1902)
George Washington Harris (1869-1936)
Mary Florence Harris (1902-1987)
Six men with the last name of Harris lived in Lee County in 1830. They were Charles, James, James, Matthew, Uriah, William, William, and Wylmington. If William Harris was in Lee County at the time, one would expect him to live in a household with a male aged 10-15 or thereabout. This would eliminate the households of Uriah, Matthew, Wylmington, and one of the James as a location where William Harris lived. Online charts have placed James as the father of William Harris. Their sources and reasoning are not provided, so the parentage has not been proven.
Below are Lee County Census Records for the Harris family. These Census records have also been inserted onto the web pages for William, Hiram, and George W. Harris.
1930 U.S. Federal Census (image 1) Lee County, Virginia, White Shoals District age born parents occupation 1st married Alonzo J. Bowen 43 TN TN farmer age 23 Mary wife 28 VA VA age 17 Eppie dau 17 TN TN Annie L. dau 9 VA TN/VA Ruth M. dau 8 VA " Daniel L. son 5 VA " Hugh K. son 3y11m VA Arthur B. gson 9m VA US/VA (rents for $3, can read/write)
1930 U.S. Federal Census (image 22, sheet 11) Garrard County, Kentucky age born parents occupation George W. Harris 58 VA VA farmer widow married 28 years Earl son 16 VA VA farm laborer Paul son 13 VA VA (rents, can read/write)
1920 U.S. Federal Census (image 12, sheet 6) Lee County, Virginia, White Shoals District, Bishops Store Precinct age born parents occupation George Harris 50 VA VA farmer on general farm Reney wife 39 VA VA Leonard son 20 VA VA laborer on house farm Gracie dau 15 VA VA Bennett son 13 VA VA Ruby dau 8 VA VA Earl son 6 VA VA Paul son 3y2m VA VA Ollie M. dau 1 (rents, all white, born in Virginia, & all parents born in Virginia)
1920 U.S. Federal Census (image 12, sheet 6) Lee County, Virginia, White Shoals District, Bishops Store Precinct age born parents occupation Alonzo J. Bowen 31 TN TN farmer on general farm Mary wife 18 VA VA Eppie dau 7 TN TN (owns farm)
1910 U.S. Federal Census (image 6, sheet 6) Lee County, Virginia, White Shoals District age born parents occupation married George Harris 40 VA VA farmer general farming 12 years Renie wife 29 VA VA (6 children, 6 alive) 12 years Mattie dau 11 VA VA Leonard son 9 VA VA Mary dau 7 VA VA Grace dau 5 VA VA Bennett son 3 VA VA Smith son 12m VA VA Earl son 6 VA VA
1900 U.S. Federal Census (image 14, sheet 7) Lee County, Virginia, White Shoals District age born parents occupation birthdate married George Harris 30 VA VA farmer Dec 1869 4 years Rena E. wife 20 VA VA Dec 1879 4 years Mattie L. dau 1 VA VA Nov 1898 Leonard son 3m VA VA Feb 1900 Hiram fath 68 VA VA farm labor Jun 1831 widow
1880 U.S. Federal Census (image 19, sheet 19) Lee County, Virginia, District 45 age born parents occupation Hyram Harris 44 VA VA laborer Martha wife 28 VA * *father KY/VA mother AL Geo. W. son 11 VA VA Mary J. dau 9 VA VA R.C. son 7 VA VA R.E. son 4 VA VA
1870 U.S. Federal Census (image 27, sheet 27) Lee County, Virginia, White Shoals Township, Jonesville P.O. age born occupation Hiram Harris 36 Lee Co. VA works on farm Martha 25 Lee Co. VA George W. 9m Lee Co. VA born in Dec.
1870 U.S. Federal Census (image 27, sheet 27) Lee County, Virginia, White Shoals Township, Jonesville P.O. age born occupation Catherine Harris 52 Lee Co. VA keeping house Sarah 24 Lee Co. VA wiltine? occupation J? H (male) 17 Lee Co. VA works on farm William A. 15 Lee Co. VA works on farm David 13 Lee Co. VA works on farm Louisa 11 Lee Co. VA at home
1860 U.S. Federal Census (image 84, sheet 82) Lee County, Virginia, the western district, Jonesville VA age born occupation Catherine Harris 47 Harlan, KY housekeeper Hyram Harris 36 Lee Co. VA farm labor Rachael 17 Lee Co. VA Sarah 16 Lee Co. VA Jane 14 Lee Co. VA Andrew 11 Lee Co. VA Wm. A. 9 Lee Co. VA David 4 Lee Co. VA Louisa 1 Lee Co. VA (Catherine & Hyram can not read or write)
1850 U.S. Federal Census (image 128) Lee County, Virginia, district 31 age born occupation William Harris 30 VA farming Catherine 34 VA Elizabeth 18 VA Hiram 16 VA farming Nancy 13 VA Irvin 11 VA Alexander P. 10 VA Rachel 9 VA Sarah 8 VA Jane 7 VA Andrew 1 VA
1840 U.S. Federal Census (image 61, sheet 61) Lee County, Virginia, Western district William Harris - 1 male under 5, 1 male 5-10, 1 male 20-30, 1 female under 5, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 20-30 - agriculture