To the right is a copy of a survey map of the Fall Creek estate of the Rev. Samuel Harris, prepared by surveyor Joshua W. Blarney in 1800 for the heirs of the noted Baptist preacher who came to Pittsylvania County in 1748.
The tract contained 5120 acres on Fall Creek between Chatham and Danville. One son, Benjamin, was bequeathed 2050 acres and his brother, Nathaniel, inherited 3070 acres adjoining.
This was only a portion of the holdings of Rev. Harris when he departed this life in 1799. He left other acreage to a son, Samuel Jr., and tracts to two daughters also.
The Rev. Mr. Harris was a vital person in the American Revolution in Pittsylvania County and afterwards became a well-known Baptist preacher who figured prominently in the struggle for religious freedom in Virginia.
The significance of this map is that the structure shown in the upper center of the map was the Harris home that doubled as a Baptist Church which was founded by Harris after he was licensed to preach in the county 1785.
Harris had a 4000-acre plantation on Strawberry Creek also. Some church historians erroneously assumed that this home on Strawberry Creek served as the church founded by this famous man. “Not so,” say those in the know. They cite proof that it was the home pictured here.
Pittsylvania's Eighteenth-Century Grist Mills
Pittsylvania's Nineteenth-Century Grist Mills
Thirty-Nine Lashes, Well Laid On
Pittsylvania County's Historic Courthouse
Clement: History of Pittsylvania County
Fitzgerald: Pittsylvania: Homes and People of the Past
Hurt: Eighteenth Century Landmarks of Pittsylvania County
Hurt: An Intimate History of the American Revolution in Pittsylvania County
Dodson: Footprints from the Old Survey Books
Byrd: Histories of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina
Jones: Tales About People in a Small Town
Herman Melton's online articles are posted by Mitchells Publications and the Sims-Mitchell House as part of an effort to document Pittsylvania County, Chatham, and Danville, Virginia.
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