Contributed by Martha Mewborn Marble
The study of the Greene County Harper family was started by Julia
Moseley Combs and others many years ago. Julia published a booklet on
part of the family and some of the documentation and notes she had
are included in this study; however, there are some major differences
due to new information.
No one had ever been able to sort this family and our speculation is
still not proven but what we have been able to document does fall
into place for the first time. Our premise is that Alexander and
Francis Harper were brothers NOT father and son and all the available
documentation appears to support this premise. It is not known where
they were from but most likely Maryland as the names used in this
family are found there but no link has been made at this time. The
name Blaney is probably a key to such a link.
We feel that John who settled in what became Lenoir County was a
possible brother as the name Blaney was also used in that line. We
welcome information on the Lenoir County family to this project.
There may have been another brother who settled in Craven County.
Thanks to Roger Kammerer's newspaper research, the line of Alexander
is fairly proven but the line of Francis is not. It is done mostly on
process of elimination and family tradition and it could be wrong.
The Alexander line has fallen into place because of several Bibles
found recently and posted although by the third generation some links
start to get a little shaky.
Several people have worked on putting this line together for this
project - Julia Moseley Combs, Brenda Stocks, Ruth Fentress, Francis
Hodges and Martha Mewborn Marble and people who have posted the new
Alexander HARPER Descendants
Cordelia HARPER/Ben Rasberry
Francis HARPER Family
Jesse HARPER Family of Lenoir County
HARPER Census Records
HARPERS in Taxlists
HARPERS in Court Records
HARPERS in Miscellaneous Records