Monday, February 04, 2008

Harrison-McAdams Family

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The following (as are the foregoing photographs) is from The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 681 ("Harrison-McAdams" by Marie McAdams Walker):


On Sept. 15, 1879 James Tinnin McAdams (1838-1894) was married to Emma Ann Harrison (born in 1851) at her home in Caswell by John L. Miles, Justice of the Peace. The groom was the son of Joseph A. and Abi McAdams of Alamance County. The bride was the daughter of John L. and Mary Ann Murray (Murrie) Harrison who had been married in Caswell in 1846. John and Mary had a son, Julius J., who died at 30 years; the father died soon after Emma's marriage and her mother remarried to Justice Miles (d. 1886).

The newspaper obituary of Mary Ann Murray Harrison Miles in 1912 stated that she was the "oldest woman in Burlington" and was with her daughter, Emma Ann Harrison McAdams at the time of her death. Thought to have been around 90, Mrs. Miles was "the daughter of James Murrie who had come to Caswell from Ireland as a boy" and was a lifelong member of Prospect M. E. Church in southern Caswell. Her mother's maiden name was Tabitha Browning.

The children of James and Emma McAdams were: Julius Lonnie (1880, died young); Susan Esta (1882-1965); Parrie Joe Emma (1885-1965); James Thomas Newton (1886-1974); Mary White (1889-1968), Eunice Aby (1889-1981), and John Harrison (1894-1980).

John Harrison McAdams married Amy Bera Wilburn (1896-1976) on Nov. 19, 1919. Their children were Marie McAdams Walker of Milton and John Harrison McAdams, Jr. of Martinsville, Va., whose children are: Nin Elizabeth McAdams Gentry, Amy Louise McAdams Hooper, John Harrison McAdams III and Sarah Upton McAdams.

It is thought that the McAdams line is descended from Samuel McCaddam who left a will in Orange County in 1790 naming son Joseph and others, the family having moved from Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary Was.

The Harrison line may be traced to William Harrison, one of the ten founders of Danville, Va., who had come to Pittsylvania County ca. 1760 and was a brother of Major Thomas Harrison of Caswell.

One source gives c. 1850 as the birth years. See: Yadkin County and Caswell County, North Carolina.

For additional information see the Caswell County Family Tree.


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