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15 February, 2011

Mystery Monday - REWARD for Mary Harris, Missing, 1921

James "Jim" Henry Harris
Photo courtesy Steve Harris, Harris Family researcher

Mary Harris (12 Dec 1905- 16 October 1971) was the daughter of James "Jim" Henry Harris (1869-1956) and Mary Alice Cantrell ( 1879-1917).  According to the marriage license found on Bartow Genweb, James Henry and Mary Alice were married 4 May 1899 in Bartow County, GA.

James Henry Harris was the son of William Nelson Harris and Nancy Arminda Stephens. He was born in Ducktown, Tennessee. In 1880 James was listed as a child of this family and was enumerated in the Shoal Creek, Cherokee, NC census.

In the 1900 US Census James Henry and his family were residing in Ridge Valley, Floyd County, GA. By 1910, they had moved to Kingston, Bartow County and were enumerated in that census. Listed in this 1910 household with James and Mary are are Wm. C., 17, Laymon,14, Cantrell, 8, Mary B., 5, Katie, 3, Bernice, 1, and Forest Phinizy, 23, who is a black, single laborer on the farm.

Neither Steve Harris, family researcher, nor I have not been able to locate them in the 1920 census.

In 1930 census, James is listed with no occupation, 60 and widowed, found living in Rome, Floyd County, GA. In his household are A. Bernice, daughter, 21 who is a looper in the hosiery mill; C. Duell, son, 19, who is a pressman in the rayon mill; and Mildred V., 17, who is also a looper in the hosiery mill.

According to Steve Harris, who also furnished the photo of Jim Harris, in 1930, Mary Bell Harris, the missing daughter, is found living in the household of her cousin, Harry Brantley and his wife, Fay W. Brantley in the 140 Militia District of Union Point Town, Green County, GA census. She is listed as divorced. Harry Brantley's occupation is "Car Repair." No occupation is listed for Fay or Mary.

Steve Harris was unaware of the newspaper ad offering a reward for Mary Bell. His records indicate she she married Joe Bowdin and died 16 October, 1971, in Los Angeles, California.

Revised from original post dated February 14, 2010.

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