I am new to the forum, but have found so many of my answers here that I want to try to help others.
I am also up against a brick wall with Diana Manners, but the Thomas Harris she was married to was my 6th or 7th maternal great grandfather. He was indeed the first clerk of Court for the Berkely Precinct of Perquimans/Albermarle County which was a part of what eventually became North Carolina. It was a part of Virginia at the time they moved down from what is, I think, Henrico County, Virginia. I am in the process of moving into deeper research and documentation through the NC State Library and Archives as well as the National Archives and Virginia sources.
Seek help in any of the Early Histories of Perquimans County books (there are some of the pages scanned into Ancestry.com) and also, any court documents. I say that, because I have found out from some very helpful folks at the State Libraries that my family legends of Diana (Whom I have taken to calling "Lady Diana" were true. She was a wife of a clerk of court and court was held in the Harris family home, which also later served as the Foster and White Family home. Also, "Lady Diana" was VERY VERY Litigious. She was named in many, many higher court records, even after she married her later husbands. As one of the lovely ladies at the state library said, "Diana wasn't exactly a stay at home lady of her times. She was a lady who could take care of herself and business."
Hope this helps in any way and I hope that I find more. "Lady Diana" fascinates me. She is my grandmother, but somehow I cannot see her sitting at home knitting me a wrap or even passing on family recipes. I have her in my mind as sort of a "Scarlett O'Hara" Character who would have made the comments about never being hungry again....She has really lent herself to being one of the pillars that holds up my fascination with my family history.
Email me if you need to and put the name Diana Manners in the subject. I will email more when I am able to dig into the more meaty tomes of court records.
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