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Harris Parish
1780 - 1860
Harris Parish was born about 1780 somewhere in North Carolina and died about 1860 in Randolph County, Alabama. Dates for birth and death are estimated. He lived to be about 80 years old.

All we know at this time is that Wyatt, Thomas M. and Wiley James were brothers. Thomas states in the 1880 & 1885 census his father was born in NC and mother in VA. We do not know the names of their parents. We believe through DNA matches, that Harris Parish and wife Mary Spivey are the parents. We would love to hear from anyone with additional information. We have been told that Wyatt Wesley Parish from NC could be the father of Wyatt Wesley, Wiley and Thomas.
In the 1830 census six sons and one daughter are listed. Possibly -
John D. (1805)
Thomas Marshal(1810)
Wiley James(1812)

We have also been told this was a family of Catawba Indians originally from the South Carolina area. When their tribal lands were lost, they moved into GA.
Census1/1/1800 SC (Marlboro District County) 20 yrs old 
Name: Wyatt Parish - one male - (Under 10), one male - (16 thru 25), one female - (16 thru 25) 
Census1/1/1801 Captain Wm Chapman Abercombies GA (Warren County) 21 yrs old 
Georgia Property Tax Digests - page 38, line #15 - Ansil Parish -acres of land :114,Quality: 3,amt. for acre 34 dollars,Value of land:38 dollars 76 cents,grantee: Tarrence ,Water causes: Long Creek, Who is Ad Joinery: T. James. line # 16 - Harriss Parish - blank  
Land Deed1/1/1805 GA  25 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Harris Parish.  Wyatt Parish draws land in the Georgia land lottery 
Other7/18/1805 GA (Jefferson County) 25 yrs old 
Wyatt Parish and Hampton Parish are witnesses on the will of John Akridge.

John Akridge, 18 July 1805 -- 6 January 1806. wife Elizabeth, father Andrew Mack, Executors: Elizabeth Akridge, Witnesses: John Mock, Hampton Parish, Wyatt Parish. Will Book A - Jefferson County, Ga. 
Marriage12/14/1809 GA (Hancock County) 29 yrs old 
Marriage of Harris Parish to Mary Spivey  
Other8/23/1819 GA (Warren County) 39 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Harris Parish.  Will of John Parrish 23 Aug 1819 Warren County, GA
Warren Co. Ga. Wills 1810-29
p. 88-89
Will of John Parish
The Last Will and Testament of John Parish decd.
I John Parish of Warren county, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, as follows. To wit.
I give to my wife Elizabeth, a Negro Woman , by the name of Ailse, to her and her heirs forever.
I give to my son Hampton Parish five dollars to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my son William Parish, five dollars, to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my son Allen Parish one horse to him and his heirs forever. I give to my son Anselim Parish, one Horse, to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my daughter Lynney (or Synney) Cooper, five dollars, to her and her heirs forever.
I give to my daughter Sally Rowe, five dollars, to her and her heirs forever.
I give to my daughter Polly James, " " " " " " " " .
I give to my daughter Dicey Smith, " " " " " " " " .
I give to my Grandson John Parish, son of Hampton Parish, fifty dollars to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my Grandson Thomas Parish, son of Hampton Parish, fifty dollars to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my Grandson John Cooper, son of Lynney Cooper, fifty dollars to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my granddaughter Elizabeth Cooper, daughter of Lynney Cooper fifty dollars, to her and her heirs forever.
I give to my grandson John Floyd Rowe, son of Sally Rowe, fifty dollars to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my Granddaughter Lucinda Rowe, dau. of " " " " " her and her heirs forever.
I give to my Grandson James James, son of Polly James, fifty dollars to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my Grandson Wiley James " " " " " " " " " " " " I give to my Grandson Wilson Parish, son of William Parish, fifty dollars to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my Granddaughter Epsey Parish, daughter of William Parish fifty dollars to her and her heirs forever.
I give the residue and remainder of my estate, to be equally divided between my wife, my two sons Allen and Anselm and my two Daughters Elizabeth and Patsey, to them and their heirs forever.
My Will is that all my Estate, both Real and Personal (except such part as I have particularly willed away, be sold by my executor.
I appoint Thomas FRIEND, my Executor, as witness my hand and Seal this Twenty third day of August, Eighteen hundred and Nineteen.
John Parrish
Signed Sealed and published in presence of
Benja. Sandiford
Benjn. F. Friend
John O. Friend
Moses Gatlin  
Census1/1/1820 GA (Telfair County) 40 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Harris Parish.   Wyatt Parish : 4 males (under 10 years), one male (between 10-16), one male (between 26-49), one female (under 10) one female (over 49).  
Additional information about Telfair County, GA around 1820: The initial Telfair area of GA belonged to Creek Indians, many of which remained in the area until it became more densely populated by white settlers. A large number of the earliest white settlers were Scots Highlanders from the Carolinas. Telfair County GA was created from Wilkinson County in 1807. It originally included the Oconee and Little Ocmulgee rivers which were split into Montgomery County in 1812. By 1819 it included a substantial area of land south of the Ocmulgee River. Boundary lines for the county continued to change until 1877. 
Census8/7/1820 Capt William Evans District GA (Putnam County) 40 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Harris Parish.   page 85,line 12 -Harris Parish : 4 males (under 10 years), one male (between 26-44), 4 females (under 10) one female (between 26-44).
on the same page - Peter Parish  
Land Deed12/31/1829 GA (Decatur County) 50 yrs old 
Wyatt Parish of Decatur County, GA, buys land from John Tomlinson of Lownes County, GA. The land is identified as track #366, consisting of 250 acres (more or less). The land was originally in Early County and is now in Decatur County.  
Census1/1/1830 GA (Decatur County) 50 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Harris Parish.  On Page #13, line 10: The household of Wyett Parlee/Parice is listed as two males (0-4), one male (10-14), two males (15-19), one male (20-29), one male (40-49), one female (5-9), one female (10-14) and one female (30-39).

Could be Wyett's brother:
on page 17, line 16: Matthew Parlee/Parice - one male (10-14), two males (20-29), one male (40-49), one female (5-9), one female (15-19), one female (40-49) 
Additional information about Decatur County, GA around 1830: Decatur County is officially created in 1823 from new lands and portions of Early County. Of interest, Hernando Desoto traveled through this area in 1540 following the Capachequi River (now called the Flint River). Later, this county is divided to form Grady, Seminole and Thomas counties. This map of Decatur County, GA was created around 1830. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  

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22 1802 Georgia formally cedes western claims for its southern boundary at the 31st parallel -- which will become the north western border of FL and southern border of AL.
23 1803 Between 1803 and 1811 a horse trail is established connecting Milledgeville, Georgia to Fort Stoddert, American outpost north of Mobile. This is expanded into a road and called The Federal Road by 1811.
25 1805 Indian cessions opened up large portions of western (Choctaw) and northern (Chickasaw and Cherokee) Alabama to white settlers.
31 1811 Tecumseh visits the Creek Indians living in what will become Georgia and Alabama to try to persuade them to join his fight against the flood of white settlers. Some towns join forces with Tecumseh and become known as "Red Sticks".
32 1812 The Creek tribes in southern Alabama and Georgia find themselves under increasing pressure from white settlers. Led by Chief Weatherford, they accepted an alliance with Tecumseh and are nicknamed "Red Sticks".
33 1813 During 1813-14, Muskogee-speaking Creeks leave AL and move into areas in Northern FL in response to the Creek Civil War (also known as the Red-sticks War).
33 1813 Two battles begin the Creek Indian War: (1) Fort Mims Massacre - Fort Mims is attacked on August 13 by the Red Sticks while the inhabitants are eating their noon meal. The massacre brings an immediate response from the whites and soldiers are recruited from Tennessee, Georgia and other territories, and (2) The Battle of Holy Ground on December 1813.
34 1814 Battle at Horseshoe Bend on March 27, leaves the Creek Red Sticks scattered and unorganized. Those that survive the battle flee south into northern Florida and band together as the Seminoles. Red Eagle (Billy Weatherford) surrenders to General Andrew Jackson at Fort Jackson later in the year.
34 1814 The Treaty of Fort Jackson is finalized on August 9, 1814. William Weatherford (Red Eagle) surrenders to Gen. Andrew Jackson and cede their lands to the federal government. This opens approximately half of present-day AL to white settlement.
37 1817 Alabama Territory is created when Congress passes an act to divide the Mississippi Territory and admit it into the union as a state. Alabama will remain a territory for two more years.
39 1819 Alabama admitted to the United States
55 1835 Alabama gold rush begins in the east-centrl hill country.
57 1837 The Second Creek war begins in 1836. In 1837 The Battle of Hobdy's Bridge becomes the last indian battle in AL.
60 1840 Alabama reports a total population of 590,756 on the 1940 Federal Census. This includes 335,185 whites, 255,571 blacks, 253,532 slaves, zero Native Americans, and others.
70 1850 State population=771,623. The 1850 Federal Census reveals the White population=426,514; African-American population=345,109; Slave population=342,844; Free black population=2,265; Urban population=35,179; Rural population=736,444; Cotton production in bales=564,429; Corn production in bushels=28,754,048; Number of manufacturing establishments=1,026.
3 1783 The hot air balloon is invented by Michel and Montgolfier and the first people in modern history fly at an altitude of 1800 m.
5 1785 The power loom was invented by Cartwright to produce cloth.
13 1793 The cotton gin was invented by Whitney.
19 1799 The Rosetta Stone was discovered
20 1800 The first battery was invented by Volta
27 1807 The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
34 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
50 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
59 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
64 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
73 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
76 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
79 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
20 1800 NEWS HEADLINES: Seat of U.S. government moves from Philadelphia to Washington DC
31 1811 NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
32 1812 NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
48 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
54 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
9 1789 The capitol of North Carolina moves from New Bern to Raleigh and North Carolina becomes the 12th state of the United States of America.
50 1830 The U.S. Government begins forcing Cherokee Indians from their homes in what becomes known as the Trail of Tears. Many Cherokee hide in the mountains of North Carolina and surrounding states.
7 1787 Constitution of the United States is signed
13 1793 Alexander McGillivray, the head of the Creek Indian Nation, dies. A restlessness begins to grow among the Indians in what is now Georgia, Alabama and Northern Florida as town chiefs via for the vacant leadership role.
14 1794 The United States establishes the Navy
18 1798 Mississippi Territory organized from Georgia's western land claims. It includes what will later become portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida,
23 1803 Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
24 1804 The Seminole warrior later known as Osceola is born near Tuskegee, AL.
25 1805 Federal Road project begins after the Creek Indians give the U.S. permission to develop a “horse path” through their nation that will provide better mail delivery between Washington City (DC) and New Orleans. Soon settlers are traveling and settling along this path to settle the southern frontier.
26 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
31 1811 By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
40 1820 The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
50 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
55 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
57 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
60 1840 Oregon Trail is established
62 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
75 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
80 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
3 1783 Peace established at Versailles between France, England, Spain and United States; Britain cedes all lands west to the Mississippi River
7 1787 Catherine the Great leads Russia into war with Turkey
8 1788 Russia begins war with Sweden
9 1789 French feudal system is abolished with the Declaration of Rights of Man. Outbreak of hostilities in France with the fall of the Bastille on July 14; Revolution in Austrian Netherlands declares independence as Belgium
12 1792 French Revolutionary Wars begin and the French royal family is imprisoned the following year
13 1793 Marie Antoinette is executed; Fugitive Slave Act passed; Roman Catholic faith is banned in France; France declares war on Britain and Holland.
15 1795 White Terror and bread riots in Paris
16 1796 Napoleon marries Josephine de Beauharnais
17 1797 Napoleon proclaims the Venetian Constitution, founds Ligurian Republic in Genoa
53 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico

Mary Spivey
Born about 1790 and died about 1855.
They were married 12/14/1809.

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The Children of Harris Parish

John D. Parish
Born in an unknown place about 1805 and died somewhere in Florida about 1865. He was about 60 years old.

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Wyatt Wesley Parish
Born somewhere in Georgia about 1808 and died in Bainbridge, Georgia about 1836. He was about 28 years old.

He married Sarah Wester on September 12, 1826 in Telfair Co, Ga.
William Green Parish
Mahaly Parish
Wyatt W. Parish Jr.(3/18/1828 -5/7/1892 Bruce, FL) married Eveline B. Sk...
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Wiley James Parish
Born somewhere in Georgia about 1810 and died somewhere in Florida about 1860. He was about 50 years old.

Wiley, his wife and his oldest child were born somewhere in Georgia. Around 1839 they moved to Northern Florida. Tax records indicate they lived in Gadsden County Florida between 1840 and 1856. They...
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Thomas Marshall Parish
Born somewhere in Georgia on August 8, 1812 and died in Blountstown, Florida on June 16, 1895. He was 82 years old.

In the 1880 and 1885 census Thomas states his father was born in NC and mother was born in VA.
Thomas was a minister at Antioch Baptist Church (now Nettle Ridge Baptist in Blountstown, FL) in 1...
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Martha Parish
Born somewhere in Georgia about 1816 and died somewhere in Georgia about 1870. She was about 54 years old.

Possibly the sister of Wyatt, Wiley and Thomas. She married David Redding on January 1, 1837. ...
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