10. Eliza HARRIS
was christened on 13 Apr 1836 in Black Torrington, Devon, England.53 She was born about 1836 in England. She
appeared in the census in Jun 1841 in Black Torrington, Devon, England, age 2.
She died after 1906. She is reference number 78. Eliza
Harris, who married William Knox, has proved to be the most illusive Harris descendent.
There is a christening record in Black Torrington for Eliza on 13 Apr 1836.
The 1841 census for Black Torrington shows her age as 2. If she was born around
1836 she would have been closer to 5 years old in 1841. The census also shows
an older sister, Elizabeth, who is 15. There is a christening record Black Torrington
for another Eliza, dated 5 Jul 1829. However, it is probable that the first
Eliza was deceased prior to the birth of the second Eliza.
The 1850 census for John and Mary Harris in Clay, Onondaga County, New York,
show an Elizabeth, age 13. This age matches much more closely the christening
record from 1836. It is likely that this Elizabeth is the same person as Eliza.
There is no further mention of the older Elizabeth after the 1841 census in
Black Torrington. No manifest has been located for the trip to Hamilton, Ontario,
Canada, by the family. A further search of records in Hamilton may turn up further
clues to Elizabeth and Eliza.
Miners 1906 History of Richland County, Pg. 463-4, which had information
given by Eliza's brother, Thomas, indicates that Eliza is the husband of William
Knox and they are living in Michigan in 1906. No search has turned up a couple
that would match William and Eliza. No information is known about William Knox,
other than his name, nor do we know where in Michigan they may have lived. A
search has been done of the 1880 U.S. census and the 1881 Canadian census. No
one that matches William and Eliza have yet been found.
KNOX is reference number 2976.