HARRIS Family

First Generation

1. John Henry1 Harris (#17245) was born in St. Clair Co., Al 8 Aug 1870. John died 27 Jun 1934 in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, at 63 years of age. His body was interred in Kendrick Cem., Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al.

He married Hester Perlina 'Hes' Isbell in St. Clair Co., Al, 26 Jul 1900. (Hester Perlina 'Hes' Isbell is #17244.) Hester was born in St. Clair Co., Al 9 May 1886. Hester was the daughter of George Washington 'Wash' Isbell and Georgiann A. Epperson. Hester died 22 Sep 1972 in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, at 86 years of age. Her body was interred in Kendrick Cem., Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al. At 15 years of age Hester became the mother of Lester McIrwin Harris in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 21 Nov 1901. At 20 years of age Hester became the mother of Oliver Clayton 'Ollie' Harris in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 17 Jul 1905/06. At 26 years of age Hester became the mother of Gordie G. Harris in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 30 Jun 1912. At 28 years of age Hester became the mother of Myrtie Irene Harris in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 7 Jun 1914. At 28 years of age Hester became the mother of Myrtle Lorene 'Bill' Harris in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 7 Jun 1914. At 35 years of age Hester became the mother of Geneva Myrtic Harris in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 13 Jan 1922.

At 31 years of age John became the father of Lester McIrwin Harris in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 21 Nov 1901. At 35 years of age John became the father of Oliver Clayton 'Ollie' Harris in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 17 Jul 1905/06. At 41 years of age John became the father of Gordie G. Harris in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 30 Jun 1912. At 43 years of age John became the father of Myrtie Irene Harris in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 7 Jun 1914. At 43 years of age John became the father of Myrtle Lorene 'Bill' Harris in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 7 Jun 1914. At 51 years of age John became the father of Geneva Myrtic Harris in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 13 Jan 1922. Birth and death dates from tombstone. Who were John's parents? Margarette Harris Alexander said that Wiley had brothers Will, Marcus, Jerry, and Jim. John was previously married to Alice Minor and had one child, Hattie, who married Wiley Alexander. When the 1900 census was taken John was living with George Washington and Georgia Ann Isbell, then a few months later married their daughter. John farmed for a living. Geneva doesn't think he owned the land. They lived at Dunnavant. He died at home. On his death bed, he was concerned about the comfort of his visitors because it was very hot! He was a fine man.

John Henry Harris and Hester Perlina 'Hes' Isbell had the following children:

child + 2 i. Lester McIrwin2 Harris was born 21 Nov 1901.

child + 3 ii. Oliver Clayton 'Ollie' Harris was born 17 Jul 1905/06.

child 4 iii. Gordie G. Harris (#17686) was born in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al 30 Jun 1912. Gordie died 24 Apr 1971 in Leeds, Jefferson Co., Al, at 58 years of age. His body was interred in Mt. Olive Fbc Cem., Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al. He married Mattie Isbell 9 Mar 1931. (Mattie Isbell is #17685.) Mattie was born in Shelby Co., Al 18 Jul 1905. Mattie was the daughter of William Lewis 'Luke' Isbell and Drucilla Frances 'Siller' Isbell. Mattie died 11 Aug 1980 in Al, at 75 years of age. Her body was interred in Mt. Olive Fbc Cem., Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al. Gordie was on the 1920 Dunnavant school census at age 9, bd 12/4/1911, had not completed a grade. He was age 7 on the 1920 census which would have made him born in 1912. Birthdate on tombstone was 30 June 1914. Death date taken from tombst one, also middle initial. He had no children.

child 5 iv. Myrtle Lorene 'Bill' Harris (#12092) was born in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al 7 Jun 1914. Her body was interred in Kendrick Cem., Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al. She married Fred Lafayette Henson. (Fred Lafayette Henson is #12093.) Fred was born 14 Apr 1914. Fred died 6 May 1975 in Birmingham, Jefferson Co., Al, at 61 years of age. His body was interred in Kendrick Cem., Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al. At 21 years of age Fred became the father of Roland Henry Henson in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 25 Sep 1935. At 23 years of age Fred became the father of Verlon Agatha Henson in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 3 Nov 1937. At 26 years of age Fred became the father of Shelby 'Jean' Henson in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 18 Oct 1940. At 29 years of age Fred became the father of Freddie D. Henson in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 2 Nov 1943. At 29 years of age Fred became the father of Myrtle J. Henson in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 2 Nov 1943. At 33 years of age Fred became the father of Laura Mae Henson in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 4 Jun 1947. At 34 years of age Fred became the father of Betty Jane Henson in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 21 Jan 1949. (See Fred Lafayette Henson for the continuation of this line.)

At 21 years of age Myrtle became the mother of Roland Henry Henson in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 25 Sep 1935. At 23 years of age Myrtle became the mother of Verlon Agatha Henson in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 3 Nov 1937. At 26 years of age Myrtle became the mother of Shelby 'Jean' Henson in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 18 Oct 1940. At 29 years of age Myrtle became the mother of Freddie D. Henson in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 2 Nov 1943. At 29 years of age Myrtle became the mother of Myrtle J. Henson in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 2 Nov 1943. At 32 years of age Myrtle became the mother of Laura Mae Henson in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 4 Jun 1947. At 34 years of age Myrtle became the mother of Betty Jane Henson in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al, 21 Jan 1949. ADDRESS-AL: 57110 Hwy. 25, Dunnavant; 205-699-7727 lives alone across from the firehall

Her tomstone gives her birth year as 1915, but the census which was taken on 1 Jan. 1920 states she was already five years old. Tombstone not engraved since she is still living. Talked to Betty, her daughter, on 23 May, 1998. She said one twin always said they were born in 1914 and the other said 1915, but they've agreed on 1914, which agrees with the census. Bill had a mild heart attack about a week ago and is staying with Betty at present. Her memory is not real good now. She's up walking around.

child 6 v. Myrtie Irene Harris (#19165) was born in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al 7 Jun 1914. She married Wylie Leon Spruiell in Pell City, St. Clair Co., Al, 1 Jun 1935. (Wylie Leon Spruiell is #19166.) Wylie was born 20 Apr 1912. Wylie died 25 Jul 1986 in Leeds, Jefferson Co., Al, at 74 years of age. His body was interred in Mt. Olive Fbc, Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al. At 24 years of age Wylie became the father of Christine Spruiell in Eden, St. Clair Co., Al, 19 Jul 1936. At 25 years of age Wylie became the father of Sarah Ann Spruiell in Eden, St. Clair Co., Al, 28 Mar 1938. At 29 years of age Wylie became the father of Wayne Brent Spruiell in Leeds, Jefferson Co., Al, 10 Jul 1941. At 32 years of age Wylie became the father of Terry Spruiell in Leeds, Jefferson Co., Al, 27 Dec 1944. (See Wylie Leon Spruiell for the continuation of this line.)

At 22 years of age Myrtie became the mother of Christine Spruiell in Eden, St. Clair Co., Al, 19 Jul 1936. At 23 years of age Myrtie became the mother of Sarah Ann Spruiell in Eden, St. Clair Co., Al, 28 Mar 1938. At 27 years of age Myrtie became the mother of Wayne Brent Spruiell in Leeds, Jefferson Co., Al, 10 Jul 1941. At 30 years of age Myrtie became the mother of Terry Spruiell in Leeds, Jefferson Co., Al, 27 Dec 1944. When Myrtie and Leon first married they lived at Eden, then moved to Dunnavant. Leon worked for the railroad when they lived at Dunnavant and they went to Mt. Olive Freewill Baptist Church. When Sarah was 14 they moved to Leeds. Myrtie has lived in Trussville Health Care since January 1996. Sarah said she is in a wheelchair most of time and is quite happy there.

child 7 vi. Geneva Myrtic Harris (#17508) was born in Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al 13 Jan 1922. Geneva died 4 Apr 2000 at 78 years of age. Her body was interred in Mt. Olive Fbc Cem., Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al. She married Virgil Isbell in Shelby Co., Al, 6 May 1939. (Virgil Isbell is #17507.) Virgil was born in Near Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al 15 Oct 1918. Virgil was the son of Abraham 'Abe' Isbell and Mary Owens. Virgil died 24 Jun 2000 at 81 years of age. His body was interred in Mt. Olive Fbc Cem., Dunnavant, Shelby Co., Al. At 22 years of age Virgil became the father of Yvonne Imogene Isbell in Trussville, Jefferson Co., Al, 10 Jul 1941. At 32 years of age Virgil became the father of Wanda Gay Isbell in Leeds, Shelby Co., Al, 16 Jul 1951. (See Virgil Isbell for the continuation of this line.)

At 19 years of age Geneva became the mother of Yvonne Imogene Isbell in Trussville, Jefferson Co., Al, 10 Jul 1941. At 29 years of age Geneva became the mother of Wanda Gay Isbell in Leeds, Shelby Co., Al, 16 Jul 1951. Geneva said that Jerry Joe has old Bible, but he said Lyle had it. An obituary reads "ISBELL, GENEVA HARRIS, age 78, of Leeds, died April 4, 2000. She was a member of Belview Freewill Baptist Church; Order of Eastern Star, Cahaba Chapter #222. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 6, at 2 p.m . at Kilgroe Chapel with burial in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Dunnavant. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 5, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Survivors: husgand, Virgil Isbell; daughters, Wanda I. Sadler and husband, Wayne, Yvonne I. Marlow and husband, Ji mmy; sister, Myrtle Henson; five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Kilgroe Funeral Home of Leeds directing."

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