Brittain, James, Jr.

James Brittain, Jr., son of James Brittain, Sr. and Delilah Stringfield, was born 8 May 1803, Buncombe Co, NC. His death date and place are not know, yet he was on the 1870 and 1880 census of Greenville Co, SC, and we assume he died there. (His birth date is recorded in an old Bible in the possession of Mrs. Velma Sumrell of Asheville, NC.) James Brittain, Jr. married (1) Rachel R. (probably daughter of James McConnell Smith and “Polly” Patton of Buncombe Co. This is only tradition and not documented as yet.) Rachel R. Brittain was b. 12 July 1812, Buncombe Co, NC; d. 31 Dec. 1853; bur. Mills River Methodist Cemetery, Henderson Co, NC.

There are many deeds, court minutes, and other records of James Brittain Jr. recorded in both Buncombe and Henderson Counties. He is listed with his father, brothers and some brothers-in-law on some deeds.

Children of James Brittain Jr. and Rachel R. (Smith?) were:

1. Samuel P. Brittain, b. 30 Jan. 1834, Buncombe Co, NC. Married in Rutherford Co, 27 March 1855 to Sarah Ursula Harris, b. 7 Oct. 1834, Rutherford Co; d. 31 May 1904. She was the daughter of John Washington Harris and his wife Sarah Whiteside. Their children:

a. John Washington Brittain, died young
b. J.W. Brittain, again
c. Rachel Lanna Brittain
d. Leila Chichosa Brittain
e. Mary T. Brittain
f. William C. Brittain2. Mary Salome Brittain, b. ca 1839, Henderson Co, NC. She married William Nelson Harrison on 16 April 1856. They separated, and Mary managed the “Florence Crittendon Home for Girls” in Knoxville, TN. William was on the 1900 census of Henderson Co. living alone, and listed as a widower. She died April 7, 1912 in Henderson Co.
Their children:a. Rachel [Harrison], b. Feb. 20, 1857; d. Sept 3, 1952; bur. Roanoke, VA; m.
Thomas Stansill.
b. John M. Harris [sic], who moved to Russellville, Ala; married twice.
c. Cornelia Alein Harris [sic], b. ca 1864; d. ca 1897, Henderson Co; m. Walter C. Harris who d. 1904, Henderson Co.
d. Ella Swannono Harris [sic], b. Aug. 9, 1866; d. 1950, Buncombe Co, NC.
Married (1) Lewis Tunstill, train engineer, killed on Saluda Mountain; m.(2) July
28, 1897 to Robert Franklin Cline, b. Dec. 12, 1870, Catawba Co, NC; d. Dec 31,
1949, Buncombe Co, NC.
e. William Nelson Harris [sic], Jr., b. after 1870. No further information. Note: There is a 1919 marriage record in Henderson Co. for Willian N. Harris and Eva Phyllis Stevens. It is not known if this is a son of the above family or not.

ALOB, February 1985, Vol. VI, #2, p. 85-10

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