Jeptha P. Harris
Nancy Emma Tomlin Family
From NC and GA to Arkansas
JEPTHA P. HARRIS was born August 09, 1836* in Clarke Co.,GA, and died July 24, 1886 in Craighead Co. Arkansas. He was probably buried at Pine Log Cemetery.
Proof of Parentage
~Jeptha has been proven by DNA tests to have descended from David Harriss of Pittsylvania Co., VA and Clarke Co., GA. He is erroneously listed in the 1850 Marshall Co.,MS Census as "Jesse P." Harris, son of WILLIAM M. and LUCINDA SCOGGINS HARRIS. William M. Harris, born in Clarke Co.,GA in 1801 was the son of William David Harris and Diademia Hendley Harris. William D. Harris was the son of David Harriss.
~William M. Harris was the only one of David Harriss's descendants that migrated to Mississippi.
~Jeptha enlisted in the 19th MS Infantry in 1861,(The 19th's men were raised in the counties of Warren, Jefferson, Greene, Panola, Marshall, MS.)
~William M. (widowed), Cicero, Edward and M.H. Harris moved to Crittenden Co.,AR by 1870. Jeptha and Emma were then in Craighead Co.,AR, just to the north. By 1880, Edward Harris age 51, Cicero Harris age 44, and Mary H. age 11,their sister, were in nearby Cross Co.,AR.
~Jeptha and Emma married in Cross Co.,AR where William M., Cicero and Edward also lived at the time.
~Felix Harris, brother of Jeptha, named his daughter "Mentora". Jeptha also named a daughter "Sarah Elizabeth Mentora". This is an unusual name; perhaps a family name.
Jeptha married NANCY EMMA TOMLIN November 14, 1867 in Cross Co.,AR.* daughter of WILLIAM TOMLINSON and ELIZABETH JOHNSON. She was born March 18, 1842* in Iredell Co., NC, and died July 16, 1883 in Craighead Co.AR. She is said to have died of Tuberculosis. She was probably buried at Pine Log Cemetery, as many other family members were buried there. On James Elbert Harris' death certificate, her name was erroneously listed as "Elizabeth Tomlinson".
(* Information from Family Bible Pages)
1870 US census; Craighead County, AR, Powell Twp.
Cornelia E Cain.......27....NC
Emma P. Cain...........4....AL
1880 US Census; Arkansas, Craighead Co.,Powell Twp.
Haris (Harris), Jeptha P...WM..age..42..Farmer..born in Georgia
Nancy E....WF.......37..wife /Keeping house
William F..WM.......10..son /at home
(James Elbert was not born until 1882)
The Children of JEPTHA HARRIS and NANCY TOMLIN are:
I. WILL F. HARRIS, b. July 14, 1870; d. February 17, 1898.
II. SARAH ELIZABETH MENTORIA HARRIS, b. December 15, 1872, Arkansas; d. January 13, 1933, Arkansas.
III. EDWARD GARLAND HARRIS, b. January 30, 1875; d. April 02, 1931.
IV.. MARY JANETTE HARRIS, b. July 24, 1877, Craighead Co. Arkansas; d. July 09, 1949, Craighead Co.AR.
V. ROBERT S. HARRIS, b. January 26, 1880, Craighead Co.AR; d. October 14, 1931, Craighead Co.AR.
VI. JAMES ELBERT "EBB" HARRIS, b. July 13, 1882, Brookland, AR; d. August 05, 1955, Searcy, AR.,
Generation No. 2
WILL F. HARRIS was born July 14, 1870 and died February 17, 1898 in Craighead Co., AR.
SARAH ELIZABETH MENTORIA HARRIS was born December 15, 1872 in Arkansas,
and died January 13, 1933 in Arkansas. She married* WILLIAM HARVEY DIGGS
December 03, 1892, son of LEWIS DIGGS and MARY GATLIN. He was born in
September 1871 in Arkansas, and died December 28, 1946 in Arkansas.
*Date from Family Bible
1900 Craighead Co., AR; Brookland Twp. #137-141
Nancy*.........wife Dec.1872 AR
Hazel..........son Oct.1893 AR
*Name listed wrong
The children of SARAH HARRIS and WILLIAM DIGGS are:
I. TARNCE HAZEL DIGGS, b. October 13, 1893, Arkansas; d. October 22, 1963, Arkansas.
II. ELVIS PERCY DIGGS, b. July 27, 1900, Craighead Co.AR; d. November 15, 1926, Craighead Co.AR.
III. FLOYD CECIL DIGGS, b. December 28, 1903; d. November 11, 1975, Carson,CA.
IV. OTTIS ELBERT DIGGS, b. April 22, 1908; d. Unknown.
V. TROY ELLIS DIGGS, b. November 27, 1910, Arkansas; d. February 19, 1965, Arkansas.
MARY JANETTE HARRIS was born July 24, 1877 in Craighead Co. Arkansas, and died July 09, 1949 in Craighead Co.,AR. She is buried at Pine log Cemetery. She married DAVIS RUTHERFORD MCCRACKEN March 08, 1899*, son of CHARLES MCCRACKEN and VIRGINIA MCEWEN. He was born January 06, 1879, and died June 28, 1936 in Craighead Co.AR. He is buried at Pine Log Cemetery.
*From Family Bible Pages
1900 Craighead Co.,AR; Brookland Twp.
McCracken, ?....Head..March 1879
The Children of MARY HARRIS and DAVIS MCCRACKEN are:
I. CHARLES EDWARD MCCRACKEN, b. December 13, 1899; d. August 31, 1904.
II. ALTIE LEE MCCRACKEN, b. June 29, 1906; d. Unknown.
III. ROBERT PRESTON MCCRACKEN, b. August 24, 1910; d. December 28, 1934.
Notes for ROBERT PRESTON MCCRACKEN:
Preston was a very good looking boy with curly hair. His nickname was "Kink" because of his curls.
IV. VIRGINIA MAE MCCRACKEN, b. July 20, 1922.
V. HETTIE MCCRACKEN, b. 1912; m. ----RIGGS.
ROBERT S. HARRIS was born January 26, 1880 in Craighead Co.AR, and died October 14, 1931 in Craighead Co.AR. He married SARAH ANNIE GUEST December 20, 1908 in Craighead Co., AR, daughter of ANDREW GUEST and DOLLY COLBERT. She was born February 24, 1889 in Craighead Co. AR, and died April 19, 1963 in Craighead Co. AR. Both are buried at Pine Log Cemetery, along with their children.
1910 Craighead Co.,AR Census; Brookland Twp.
Guest, Andrew..head...age 51
Harris, Robert S....son-in-law...age 30
The children of ROBERT HARRIS and SARAH GUEST are:
I. CHARLIE OTIS HARRIS, b. December 20, 1909, Craighead Co.,Arkansas; d. May 26, 1911, Craighead Co.,Arkansas.
II. ALLIE FAYE HARRIS, b. September 02, 1913, Craighead Co.,Arkansas; d. October 03, 2002, Jonesboro, Craighead Co.,AR; m. JAMES REX DICKENS, March 16, 1941, Craighead Co.,AR; b. December 24, 1910, Craighead Co.,Arkansas; d. August 28, 1983, Craighead Co.,Arkansas.
James Elbert "Ebb" Harris
JAMES ELBERT "EBB" HARRIS was born July 13, 1882 in Brookland, AR, and died August 05, 1955 in Searcy, AR. He married MARY ELLA HENDERSON April 01, 1916 in Searcy, AR, daughter of TRUSTIN OSCAR HENDERSON and MARY MARGARET HARRISON
She was born January 13, 1898 in Searcy, AR, and died September 14, 1974 in Searcy, AR. Marriage was performed by W.T. Thompson. Claud M. King, security bond.(Both gave ficticious ages) Both are buried at Oak Grove Cenetery in Searcy, AR.
Ebb's sister, Mary raised him after his parents died when he was a young child. He worked at the Stave Mill. His eye was hurt by a sliver of wood and he had his eye removed. He wore a glass eye after that.
1900 Craighead Co. Census
Cain, Joseph.........Born Nov.1840 GA
......Thomas T............Feb.1876 AR
........Effie E.............Apr. 1883 AR
.....Harris, Joseph E. (actually James E.) nephew Jul.1881* age 18
.........(*he was born in 1882)
Anderson, Sophia.......... boarder
1910 Craighead County, AR Census
McCracken,Davis.....32...m...12...born AR...AR/TN (where parents were born)
Harris, Elbert (bro-n-law)... 27..s....AR TN/TN
1920 US Census: AR, White Co.,Gray Twp. p.25B
Harris, James E....Head..M/W...37...married...AR/AR/AR....Stave Mill
....... Mary Ella..Wife..F/W...23...married...AR/GA/AR
.........James E....Son...M/W....3- 1/2........AR/AR/AR
On side of page, it said (E. Olive St.)
1930 US Census: AR, White Co.,Gray Twp.(915 East Market St.)
James E. Harris....Head...M/W...Own home/3000...age 45...AR/AR/AR
Mary E. Harris.....Wife...F/W....................age35
James E............Son...........................age 13
Luther D...........Son...........................age 11
The children of JAMES HARRIS and MARY ELLA HENDERSON are:
I. JAMES ESQUE HARRIS, b. October 25, 1916, Searcy, AR; d. September 12, 2001, Searcy, AR.
II. LUTHER DELBERT "BUCK" HARRIS, b. September 01, 1918, Searcy, AR; d. March 7, 2004 in Blytheville, AR.
III. ROBERT ELBERT "BILL" HARRIS, b. September 01, 1918, Searcy, AR; d. March 15, 1992, N. Little Rock, AR.
IV. BETTY FAYE HARRIS b. October 5, 1928 Searcy, AR; d. June 18, 2008 in Clinton, AR
Generation No. 3
JAMES ESQUE HARRIS was born October 25, 1916 in Searcy, AR, and died September 12, 2001 in Searcy, AR. He married MARY FRANCES GRAVES December 13, 1944. She was born July 09, 1924 in Lexa, AR, and died August 28, 1999 in Judsonia, AR. Both are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Searcy, AR.
James graduated from Harding College in Searcy, AR. He served as an educator in Arkansas. He was Superintendent of Schools in Marvell, Arkansas and had a school named in his honor. He was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for many years and served as Mayor of Judsonia, AR. He was a veteran of World War II. His wife, Mary was also a school teacher.
The children of JAMES HARRIS and MARY GRAVES are:
I. JAMES MICHAEL HARRIS, living; m. ADRIANNE HUNT.
II. KATHERINE ANN HARRIS, living; m. ALAN ROBERSON.
LUTHER DELBERT "BUCK" HARRIS was born September 01, 1918 in Searcy, AR, and died March 7, 2004 in Blytheville, AR. He was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Searcy. He married REEDIE MOZEL BRIDGES March 03, 1940.
Buck Harris served as an educator in Arkansas and as a member of the Arkansas State Board of Education.
The children of LUTHER HARRIS and REEDIE BRIDGES are:
I. LUTHER DELBERT HARRIS, Living
II. RUTH ELLA HARRIS, Living
. ROBERT ELBERT "BILL" HARRIS was born September 01, 1918 in Searcy, AR, and died March 15, 1992 in N. Little Rock, AR. He was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Searcy. He married M. LUCILLE SMITH July 06, 1941 in Searcy, AR. She was born in Pleasant Plains, AR.
On his birth certificate #1524 filed 10/31/1918, his name was listed as Elbert Woodrow. This was later changed legally to Robert Elbert. Across the front of the birth certificate was written "Triplet". He only knew of his twin brother....not of triplets. Bill was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Transportation Corp in India. A graduate of Harding College in Searcy, AR, Bill Harris retired from Missouri Pacific Railroad in St. Louis, MO. He was a lay minister for the United Methodist Church and often spoke at small rural churches when called upon. He and Lucille also sang duets and were in the church choir. He was an unassuming, gentle man who loved God and his family. He and Lucille were married over 50 years.
The children of ROBERT HARRIS and Lucille SMITH are:
I. ROBERT ELBERT HARRIS, born in Searcy, AR.
II. MARTHA FAYE HARRIS, born in Newport, AR.
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BETTY FAYE HARRIS was born October 5, 1928 in Searcy, AR She married ROBERT THOMAS YOUNG.
He was born in Nashville, TN.
Betty served as a teacher in Arkansas and Illinois. She graduated from Harding College in Searcy, AR.
Her husband ROBERT THOMAS YOUNG graduated from Vanderbilt University.
The children of BETTY HARRIS and ROBERT YOUNG are
I. LINDA SUSAN YOUNG
II. ROBERT THOMAS (TOM) YOUNG
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TARNCE HAZEL DIGGS, son of SARAH ELIZABETH MENTORIA HARRIS was born October 13, 1893 in Arkansas, and died October 22, 1963 in Arkansas. He was buried at Pine Log Cemetary near Brookland, AR. He married HARRIETT WOODS.
Tarnce's wife left when Wanda was still a baby. No one knows where she went. The children were raised by William and Sarah Elizabeth...eventually going to live with Troy. Elvis P. Diggs Jr., nephew of Tarnce, said Hazel was a sweet, kind girl. Wanda had a wild streak and took off for Detroit after working long enough to get bus fare. No one in the family knows anything more about her.
The children of TARNCE DIGGS and HARRIETT WOODS are:
I. HAZEL ELIZABETH DIGGS, b. June 30, 1923, Craighead Co.AR; d. July 23, 1967, Craighead Co.AR.
II. LAWANDA DIGGS.
ELVIS PERCY DIGGS, son of SARAH ELIZABETH MENTORIA HARRIS, was born July 27, 1900 in Craighead Co.AR, and died November 15, 1926 in Craighead Co.AR. He married PAULINE BARRINGER in Craighead Co.,AR. She was born November 07, 1907 in Craighead Co.AR, and died December 1955 in Craighead Co.AR.
The child of ELVIS DIGGS and PAULINE BARRINGER is:
I. ELVIS P. DIGGS, Living.
FLOYD CECIL DIGGS, son of SARAH ELIZABETH MENTORIA HARRIS, was born December 28, 1903, and died November 11, 1975 in Carson,CA. He married LOYCE IMOGENE HALL September 01, 1928 in Jonesboro, AR. She was born March 25, 1912, and died August 30, 1975 in Carson,CA. The children of FLOYD DIGGS and LOYCE HALL are:
I. BOBBIE GENE DIGGS, Living
II. HELEN FAY DIGGS, Living
III. DONNIE LEE DIGGS, Living
TROY ELLIS DIGGS, son of SARAH ELIZABETH MENTORIA HARRIS, was born November 27, 1910 in Arkansas, and died February 19, 1965 in Arkansas. He was buried at Pine Log Cemetery. He married (1) MINNIE RUTH NIPPS. She was born Unknown, and died August 10, 1940. He then married (2) MARY MAUDE BROWN February 09, 1947.
The child of TROY DIGGS and MINNIE NIPPS is:
I. WILLIAM ADRIAN DIGGS, b. January 15, 1937; d. Abt. 1998.
The children of TROY DIGGS and MARY BROWN are:
II. LYNN ALVIN DIGGS, Living
III. CARLOS DIGGS,
IV. MARY CATHERINE DIGGS, Living
ALTIE LEE MCCRACKEN, daughter of MARY JANETTE HARRIS, was born June 29, 1906, and died Unknown. She married SAMUEL JACKSON HARRIS May 25, 1929. He was born October 02, 1898, and died Unknown.
Children of ALTIE MCCRACKEN and SAMUEL HARRIS are:
I. BETTY JOANN HARRIS, Living
II. DAVIS EUGENE HARRIS, Living
.VIRGINIA MAE MCCRACKEN, daughter of MARY JANETTE HARRIS was born July 20, 1922. She married STACY MANSFIELD HODGE on May 20, 1939. He was born January 21, 1920.
The children of VIRGINIA MCCRACKEN and STACY HODGE are
I. MARY IONE HODGE, b. February 02, 1940; d. February 02, 1940.
II. PATRICIA ANN HODGE, Living
Generation No. 4
LUTHER DELBERT HARRIS, son of LUTHER DELBERT "BUCK" HARRIS, was born in Arkansas. He married MADELYN MIDDLEBROOK.
The children of LUTHER HARRIS and MADELYN MIDDLEBROOK are:
I. PAUL HARRIS, Living.
II. EDIE ANN HARRIS, Living.
RUTH ELLA HARRIS, daughter of LUTHER DELBERT "BUCK" HARRIS was born in Arkansas. She married (1) JOE BALKMAN. She married (2) RON MACDONALD.
The child of RUTH HARRIS and JOE BALKMAN is:
I. LYNN BALKMAN.
The children of RUTH HARRIS and RON MACDONALD are:
II. NANCY BETH MACDONALD
III. NEIL HARRIS MACDONALD
ROBERT ELBERT "BOB" HARRIS son of ROBERT ELBERT "BILL" HARRIS, was born in Searcy, AR. He married (1) BETTY JO BORDEN in 1963 in Arkadelphia, AR.
The children of ROBERT HARRIS and BETTY BORDEN are:
I. ROBERT ELBERT HARRIS
II. REBECCA LYNN HARRIS
MARTHA FAYE HARRIS, daughter of ROBERT ELBERT "BILL" HARRIS, in Newport, AR. She married (1) JAMES MICHAEL HENSLEY December 07, 1968 in St. Louis, MO. He was born July 04, 1948 in St. Louis, MO, and died June 01, 1995 in N. Little Rock, AR. He was buried at Rest Hills Cemetery in N. Little Rock. James Hensley served in the US Army and retired at the rank of Sargeant Major. He was in the Viet Nam Conflict Dec.1968-Dec.1969. She married (2) ROBERT ALLEN YAGOS December 22, 1978 in N. Little Rock, AR. He was born in Poughkeepsie, NY. Bob's children, Tammy and Joey lived most of their childhood with Matt & Ryan, being raised by Bob and Martha. She then married (3) JERRY OWEN POPLIN March 26, 1998 in Little Rock, AR. He was born in Dermott, AR. Jerry served in the US Navy and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. He is a graduate of Corpus Christi State University and has a Masters Degree from the University of Arkansas.
The children of MARTHA HARRIS and JAMES HENSLEY are:
I. MATTHEW JAMES HENSLEY, born at Ft. Rucker, AL; m. JULIE ANN KAMPS, at The Pointe at South Mountain Resort,
Phoenix, AZ. They divorced in 2007.
II. RYAN MICHAEL HENSLEY, born in Havre De Grace, MD.
LINDA SUSAN YOUNG is the daughter of BETTY FAYE HARRIS. She married MICHAEL CRADER.
The children of LINDA YOUNG and MIKE CRADER are:
I. CLARA AMI CRADER
II. JOHN PATRICK CRADER
ROBERT THOMAS "TOM" YOUNG is the son of ROBERT YOUNG and BETTY FAYE HARRIS. He married ANGELA SUE GIMBEL.
The child of ROBERT YOUNG and ANGIE is:
I. AARON YOUNG, b. Living,
The adopted daughter of TOM and ANGIE Young is JENNIFER, Living
HAZEL ELIZABETH DIGGS was the daughter of TARNCE HAZEL DIGGS, and was born June 30, 1923 in Craighead Co. AR, and died July 23, 1967 in Craighead Co. AR. She was buried at Pine Log Cemetary near Brookland, AR She married BROWNIE GIBSON. He was born February 08, 1918, and died December 26, 1987 in Alabama.
The children of HAZEL DIGGS and BROWNIE GIBSON are:
I. GARY DONALD GIBSON, b. March 04, 1945; d. September 10, 1978, Fresno, California.
II. JIM GIBSON
BOBBIE GENE DIGGS, is the daughter of FLOYD CECIL DIGGS . She married CARL EDDIE WOO.
The child of BOBBIE DIGGS and CARL WOO is:
I. MICHAEL WOO
Generation No. 5
ROBERT ELBERT "Bobby" HARRIS III, is the son of ROBERT ELBERT HARRIS,Jr. He married SARAH ELIZABETH BARRE
The child of ROBERT HARRIS and SARAH BARRE is:
I. NOAH SEBASTIAN HARRIS, b. December 11, 2001, Little Rock, AR; d. January 10, 2002, Little Rock, AR. Noah was buried January 14, 2002 at Mt. Holly Cemetary, Little Rock, AR.
II. JACKSON BARRE HARRIS b. Living
III. LUCAS BENJAMIN HARRIS b. Living
REBECCA LYNN HARRIS, is the daughter of ROBERT ELBERT HARRIS,JR. She married CHARLES BARRY WELLS.
The children of REBECCA HARRIS and CHARLES WELLS are: She married (2) LEE AKESTER.
I. BRYNNA NICOLE WELLS
II. NATALIE BROOKE WELLS
The child of REBECCA HARRIS and LEE AKESTER is:
III. LEE AKESTER III (Trey)
RYAN MICHAEL HENSLEY is the son of MARTHA FAYE HARRIS. He met ASHLEY GRAY. He married (1) DONNA SUE GREEN daughter of A.J. GREEN and RATREE CHAIPA. They divorced in 2001. He married TERESA MARIE MCCLOUD
The child of RYAN HENSLEY and ASHLEY GRAY is:
I. MICHAEL LEROYCE GRAY
The child of RYAN HENSLEY and DONNA GREEN is:
II. DREW MICHAEL HENSLEY
JIM GIBSON was the son of HAZEL ELIZABETH DIGGS.He married WILLADEAN. Jim and Willadean are both buried at Pine Log Cemetery near Brookland, AR.
The child of JIM GIBSON and WILLADEAN is:
I. TIM GIBSON.
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