Nancy Agnes Binnegar1

ID#43, b. 1779, d. April 1857
Parents: possibly John Binnegar/Binegar and Ann Marpol.
Several researchers with family trees on show John Binnegar/Binegar and Ann Marl as the parents of Nancy Agnes. I found a marriage record between these two, but nothing definitive on to tie them to Nancy. Relying heavily on Harris researcher Cindy Petrini's family tree, it looks to me like that John Binegar was probably Nancy's brother, not her father. Cindy identified Ann Marpol as Nancy's mother, and John Binnegar as her father. She showed one John born circa 1737 and the other in 1767.

There is a gravestone in the Harris family plot on Fork Ridge for "Mary, wife of Enoch Marpole" which suggests a connection between the Harris and Marpole families. The "e" is near the edge of the stone and could easily be overlooked - perhaps that is where Marpol comes from. Researching Marpole/Marpol in the vital records for Marshall County, I found a death record for Joseph Marple, son of Enoch and Mary. So at this point, I have three potential maiden names for Nancy's mother: Marpol, Marpole or Marple.

In summary ... and this is not yet proven in my mind ... it looks like Nancy may have had a brother, John, who was born in 1767 and married Ann Marl in 1800; Nancy's father may have been John who was born circa 1737 and married Ann Marpol.2,3

Birth date: 1779.2,3 It has also been reported that Nancy was born about 1778.4
Birth place: Frederick County, Virginia.2,3 It has also been reported that Nancy was born in Maryland.5

Commonly known by her middle name, spelled by many as Agnes, but appearing as Agness on her gravestone.6

Nancy married John Harris Sr. on 20 August 1801 in Frederick County, Virginia.7 According to Frances (Terrill) Bonar, they were married at the Hopewell Friends Meeting House. If true, this Meeting House that is located a few miles north of Winchester, Virginia, leaves me wondering about Quaker ties.8,9 From what I've read, any Quaker who married a non-Quaker was dismissed from the church; a marriage "out of unity" referred to this situation, which required a lengthy process of "making amends" to avoid dismissal. This indicates to me that both parties would have to be Quaker to be married in a Quaker church; yet I have not been able to confirm that either John or Nancy was a Quaker.10

It has been reported by multiple researchers that Nancy died on 05 August 1856.1 However, it may be that Nancy died in April 1857 in Marshall County, Virginia. Nancy's gravestone is seriously eroded, especially around the outer edges. As a result, the last number of the year is questionable; yet it looks to me like a "7" is a much better fit than a "6". As for the month, I see "Apr" rather than "Aug."2,3,6 Nancy's body was interred in the Harris Family Cemetery, Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, (West) Virginia; her name appears on the gravestone as "Agness Harris."6

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Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1820Ohio County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of John Harris (her husband) as a female age "26 & under 45."
(Official Census Date: 07 August 1820)11
1830Ohio County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of John Harris (her husband) as a female age "40 & under 50"
(Official Census Date: 01 June 1830)12
1840Marshall County, VirginiaAgnus Harris, head of a family of four (2 males, 2 females), believed to be the female age "60 & under 70"
(Official Census Date: 01 June 1840)13
1850Marshall County, VirginiaAgnes Harris, female, age 72, born in Va, unable to read or write
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1850)4

Deceased Children of Nancy Agnes Binnegar and John Harris:

Family Line(s):
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=30 Apr 2016


  1. [S136] "Petrini & Brown Ancestor Tree," online, downloaded 10 May 2004. Title of family tree subsequently changed to "Brown Lenon Family Ancestry."
  2. [S62] "The Harris Family," Clarence S. Harris,.
  3. [S66] "One of the three original Harris'," Clarence S. Harris,.
  4. [S1075] Benjamin Harris household, 1850 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, 33rd District, pages 328 stamped (655 handwritten) and 328B, National Archives micropublication M432_959.
  5. [S1138] Uriah Harris household, 1900 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron District, Enumeration District 67, sheet 12A, National Archives micropublication T623_1765.
  6. [S363] Digital photograph of Agness Harris gravestone in Harris family plot (Fork Ridge, Marshall County, WV); photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 05 June 2004.
  7. [S63] Certificate, John Harris and Nancy Binnegar marriage of 20 August 1801, Frederick County, Virginia.
  8. [S240] Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850, online (Provo, Utah: Inc.).
  9. [S23] Marshall County Historical Society, compiler, History of Marshall County West Virginia, 1984, "John Harris Family" submitted by Celesta Ann Bonar Ebersole, p. 152.
  10. [S1205] Quaker Marriage, "Woodward Genealogy," online…, downloaded 10 June 2011.
  11. [S2162] John Harris household, 1820 U.S. Census, Ohio County, Virginia, page 19 stamped, National Archives micropublication M33_140.
  12. [S333] John Harris Senr. household, 1830 U.S. Census, Ohio County, Virginia, Western District, page 219, National Archives micropublication M19_198.
  13. [S2214] Agnus Harris household, 1840 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, Western District, page 268 stamped, National Archives micropublication M704_568.
  14. [S1517] Benjamin Harris, Marshall County Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 4132553_00073.jpg.