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the harris sisters family tree
This family tree information is reconstructed from family stories, obituaries,
funereal data, and census information. Birth dates (especially of the older gen-
erations) are generally taken from census rec ords and, as such, are approximate.
Death dates are not known for all.
Mariah (Grandma Rye),
1829– 1934, is Rosemarie’s great- grandmother on her
mother’s side. Mariah married Robert Grant.
Their children are
Willoughby (aka William) Grant
had another, older, daughter named
who was the child of a white
man, probably the slave master. Mariah and Robert also helped raise Ella’s
daughter Middie Cato.
Lydia Harris, b. 1818, is Rosemarie’s great- grandmother (or grandmother, we’re
not sure which) on her father’s side. Lydia is the mother or grandmother of
Papa Jim, Rosemarie’s grandfather. We don’t know the name of her children’s
Lydia’s children (or grandchildren) are: