Who is the father of George Washington Harris?

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I'm trying to find the father of George Washington Harris (Harris-31748 – my great-great grandfather). According to family history, he never knew his real father, as his mother bore him out of wedlock in October 1862. She was only around 15 years old and family lore suggests the father was a census taker or government worker of some kind. 

Though in one marriage certificate George Washington Harris lists "Wash. Harris" has his father, in another he lists no father at all. I have a letter written by his granddaughter Myrtle Harris Hess, who suggests his true father was a man who went by the name "Cobb" Maynard. However, his real name may have been Will, she writes. 

In my research, I've found two Maynards who fit the profile – Colbert C. "C.C." Maynard (b. 1843, KY, son of Allen and Nancy (McColley) Maynard, m. Cosby/Causby Jane Lockhart, d. 1920, Beaver Pond, Mercer, WV) or William T. Maynard (b. 1846, KY, son of Alvis and Henrietta (Taylor) Maynard, d. 1-7-1920 Pike Co., KY).

Colbert Maynard marries a woman named Cosby/Causby Jane Lockhart in Russell County, Virginia, where George Washington Harris grew up. They're found listed close to one another in a book of Russell County, Virginia Marriages. It also seems very possible Colbert would have the nickname "Cobb."

William T. Maynard's mother is originally from the Honaker, Virginia area, which makes it very possible he could also be the father, as he would have been around the same age as George Washington Harris's mother.

Outside of testing DNA, I have no idea how to proceed with this information. Anyone else have a similar situation or are related to either Colbert "CC" Maynard or William T. Maynard, who can help?

WikiTree profile: George Harris
in Genealogy Help by Laura Wampler G2G Crew (500 points)

1 Answer

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George W. Harriss

Virginia Births and Christenings

Name George W. Harriss
Gender Male
Birth Date 26 Oct 1862
Birthplace Elk Garden, Russell Co., Virginia
Name Note Birth recorded by its grandfather
Race White
Mother's Name Nancy Harriss
Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917
Indexing Project (Batch) Number C86866-6
System Origin Virginia-EASy
GS Film number 33850
Reference ID bk 1853 p 52
Citing this Record

"Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X5NF-7V4 : 10 February 2018), George W. Harriss, 26 Oct 1862; citing Elk Garden, Russell Co., Virginia, reference bk 1853 p 52; FHL microfilm 33,850.

this is what is on paper....    George Washington Harris 1841-1880

hard to say when there is little to go on... we need someone from 1860s living in that town or village...
by Gene Ellison G2G6 Mach 3 (30.7k points)

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