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Harris Cemetery

Near Cherokee, Colbert County, Alabama


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Photo Page 1

Two General Views


Photo Page 2

The bottom picture is the top slab of James Harris's tomb.  It reads "IN MEMORY OF JAMES HARRIS WHO WAS BORN IN DAVIDSON COUNTY TENNESSEE ON THE 25 OF OCTOBER 1800 AND DIED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ALABAMA ON THE 26 OF NOVEMBER 1848"   I have been told that James Harris ancestors starting with his father are:   Samuel Benton Harris b 1777 in Granville Co. NC, m Mary Coates/Coots on Feb. 1, 1800  Thomas Harris and Sarah Harris (first Cousins)  Robert Harris b 1720 in VA and Lemander b 1715 in VA.  Richard Harris b 1694 and Sarah.   William Harris b 1672 in Louisa Co. VA d 1750, married Mary  Mayor William Harris b 1629 in Henrico Co VA, died 1678 in Henrico Co. VA and married Alice  Captain Thomas Harris b 1586 England d 1658 Henrico Co. VA and Joan Gurgandy m 1624  Captain Thomas Harris also married Adria Gurgandy


Photo Page 3

This top picture is the marker of Margarete Harris. it says "In memory of MARGARETE Daughter of James and Martha HARRIS who was born on the 12th of March in the year of our LORD 1839 and died on the 21st of September 1915"  (My notes say she died in 1915 but the picture of the marker looks like 1845.  Maybe the 1850 census will shed some light on this.)   The lower picture is the marker of Samuel Benton Harris.  It says "In memory of SAMUEL BENTON son of JAMES & MARTHA HARRIS BORN June 26th 1846 DIED March 23rd 1868"


Photo Page 4

Here are three views of a baby's marker.  It reads "OUR BABEY T. H. FOSSICK DIED SEP. 27,1874 AGED 1 YEAR 1 MONTH AND 27 DAYS"   This would be the son of Henrietta A. Harris and Thomas L. Fossick, Jr. The marker is very ornate.  The next page will show additional views of it.



Photo Page 5

The top picture shows another view of the baby's marker   The bottom one is an end view of his mother's marker.  An additional picture of it will follow.


Photo Page 6

The top picture shows the marker for Henrietta Fossick with a broken marker from another grave that was reclaimed during the 1970 restoration of the cemetery.   The bottom left picture shows the inscription on the marker.  It reads: "SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF HENRIETTA A. WIFE OF THOMAS L. FOSSICK BORN AUG. 4, 1848, DIED DEC. 3, 1873 AGED 25 YEARS AND 4 MONTHS  REQUIESCAT IN PACE"  It appears she died about 4 months after the baby was born.   The bottom right picture shows the extra marker that was lying on top of her grave.  It reads "SALLY T. & Infant  wife & son of L. L. WALKER DIED Sept. 7th 1886 Aged 28 yrs" I have no record of who Sally was.  Possibly a granddaughter of James Harris.



Photo Page 7

Both these pictures show views of the markers looking east from the Natchez Trace Parkway,  They are quite a distance away but in the top picture they are near the center just below the barn.   In the bottom picture they are over the red topped fence post and between the two trees.  These pictures were taken in 1997 when the pasture was well kept and the markers were out in the open.  In 2001 it was a hay field and the markers were completely hidden from view from the Parkway.  

This concludes the pictures.  I do have some additional info about the children of James and Martha and other relatives that were obtained from the abstract for the farm.  It seems that the farm remained in James' name for several years after he died and the records were not brought up to date until the descendants wanted to sell the property.  Various papers and affidavits were filed between 1890 and 1921. 


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