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  •  I am sending a big round of applause to (4+ / 0-)
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    everyone who has helped me out with this.

    I was certain that this photo could not possibly be of the Wooten Harris (1759-1840) that it was attached to on Find-A-Grave. Unfortunately the person who posted it still hasn't answered my email but I'm now going to try again. You have all convinced me that I was right to be skeptical.

    However, this has opened up the unexpected question of which cemetery "my" Wooten was actually buried in. Because I could not find his wife's stone in the Harris Cemetery, I've begun to entertain the possibility that maybe there is a legitimate question, especially since I could not find his wife's stone there.

    Looks like I have yet another reason to visit the county courthouses in Bond and Montgomery Counties.  Road trip! Road trip!

    Thanks, everybody, for indulging me.

    Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. --- Bob Dylan.

    by figbash on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:27:01 AM PST

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    •  Did you see (2+ / 0-)
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      the other entry for him on Find-A-Grave. The creator specifically notes that the Harris Cemetery has a Revolutionary War plaque for him but asserts he was buried in Glendale Cemetery in Fillmore.

      No Harris women listed there in his timeframe; oldest seems to be his son Benjamin's wife, who was born in 1802.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:12:10 AM PST

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      •  You are a true mensch, fenway! (2+ / 0-)
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        I think I've got my head wrapped around all this now and you've been essential in this accomplishment today. It would usually take me a week or so of puttering around to do it.

        It does seem that Wooten was NOT buried in the Harris Cemetery but that the plaque there is memorial in nature only. An honor for a pioneering citizen of the County and one of the patriarchs of the Harris clan in that territory.

        He was apparently buried first in the Scribner burying grounds in Fillmore Township and "recently," according to an Aug 2011 comment his remains were relocated to the Glendale Cemetery.

        Poor old guy, not exactly resting in peace.  

        By the way, that book you pointed me to about the Primitive Baptist Church of Montgomery Co. has many references to this Wooten Harris and his brother Zachariah and other family membrs. He was one of its earliest members and had his hand in agitating for a new county -- which is something he also did in North Carolina. This guy did NOt want to travel more a day's horseback ride to get to the Courthouse.  I'm going to do a diary on the book, the religious practices and day-to-day life of these frontier folk soon. It will be dedicated to you!

        Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. --- Bob Dylan.

        by figbash on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:20:59 PM PST

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        •  Looking forward to it! (2+ / 0-)
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          And glad to be of service.

          I wouldn't want to ride more than a day to get to the courthouse either. In those days you had to go there to vote. It's why we vote on Tuesdays, so people could keep the sabbath on Sunday and spend Monday getting to the county seat. Apparently, with only men voting and wives back on the farm, election day was a raucous party time in the 1800s.

          Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

          by fenway49 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:44:54 PM PST

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          •  You'll like what the menfolk of the church (1+ / 0-)
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            had to say about it then. They definitely had their ideas about how things should be.  Hey, sounds familiar, doesn't it?

            Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. --- Bob Dylan.

            by figbash on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 01:13:28 PM PST

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