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HARRIS Nathaniel, Sr.

Male Abt 1722 - 1774  (~ 52 years)


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  • Name HARRIS Nathaniel  [1, 2
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born Abt 1722  Amelia County, Va Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 1774  Orange Co. NC Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Notes 
    • MOUNT BETHEL METHODIST CHURCH

      Nathaniel Harris in the mid-eighteenth century acquired a tract of 6000 acres in what is now northern Durham County and the community of Bahama. Thereon his son Archer built a meeting house around 1784 which operated for the benefit of all denominations until 1808 when it affiliated with the Methodist Church. The first building was a log structure and was used by all who desired to worship, white and black. The meeting house, originally known as Crossroads, is mentioned in a deposition filed against Archer Harris in 1784 as part of a boundary dispute.

      In 1812 a two-acre tract was conveyed to church trustees. The church was placed within the Granville Circuit of the Virginia Conference. On December 20, 1820, Washington Duke, patriarch of the "Dukes of Durham," was converted to Methodism at the church. His parents, Taylor and Dicey Jones Durham, were members at Mount Bethel. The gifts of the Duke family to Methodist causes, not the least of them the establishment of Duke University, are many. Duke is said to have claimed that "whatever I am, I accredit to the Methodist circuit riders."

      The present church building was completed in 1949 and is the congregation's sixth. The raising was the culmination of a prolonged fundraising effort. Harley Chester, minister, recalled that "gallons of Brunswick stew were made and sold, suppers were given, bazaars were held, Negro minstrels, plays, a womanless wedding and almost anything to make an honest dollar."


      References:
      Jean Bradley Anderson, Durham County: A History of Durham County, North Carolina (1990)
      Harley A. Chester, "A History of Mount Bethel Methodist Church" (eight-page pamphlet
      published by the church, n.d., 1950?, copy in the marker files, North Carolina
      Office of Archives and History)
      Orange County Deed Books, North Carolina State Archives

      SR 1793 (Bahama Road) at Bahama
    Person ID I7637  Booth Family
    Last Modified 22 Aug 2013 

    Father HARRIS Edward E,   b. 1676, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1746, Raleigh Parish, Amelia, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother HARRIS Unity --unknown--,   b. Abt 1705,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1721  [1
    Family ID F2674  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family SULLIVAN Ellender,   b. 1712, Amelia County, Va Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1783, Orange Co. NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married Abt 1740  Amelia County, Va Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. HARRIS Archer,   b. 1744, Prince Edward County, Va Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1821, Orange Co. NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. HARRIS Nathaniel, Jr.,   b. 31 Jul 1742, Amelia County, Va Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1800, Rockingham, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     3. HARRIS Unity,   b. 1743, Amelia County, Va Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1815, Rockingham, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     4. HARRIS Lenora,   b. 1745, Amelia County, Va Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1800, Henry, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     5. HARRIS Edward,   b. 1750, Orange, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1801, Orange, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     6. HARRIS Charles,   b. 1750, Amelia County, Va Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1815, Granville, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     7. HARRIS Mary,   b. Abt 1760, Orange Co. NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Orange Co. NC Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2008 
    Family ID F2671  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1722 - Amelia County, Va Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1740 - Amelia County, Va Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1774 - Orange Co. NC Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1007] Harris200608, scraigh (Reliability: 2).

    2. [S995] James Sterling Harris & Aunt Katherine, James Sterling & Aunt Katherine Harris, [(E-ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE),] (Reliability: 3).