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J. Benjamin CHAMBLER
Harriet SULLIVAN - HARRIS
WARNING:  The identity of Harriet's husband is based on circumstantial evidence (see below).  I think the evidendence is sufficient to make the connection, but we really need something conclusive.  Their marriage record would be ideal.  As to why Benjamin and Harriet appear to be estranged, there's no obvious answer.  Perhaps the "deal" offered to Benjamin by William HARRIS in 1871 (see below) was intended to bring him back home to Harriet.  On the other hand, perhaps Benjamin was hard pressed to make a living, and he was "working out," possibly only briefly, but on June 1st, which meant he wasn't enumerated at home.
Probable Husband:  J. Benjamin CHAMBLEE / CHAMBLISS / CHAMBLER
Birth:  1819/20, NC
Death:  aft. 1871, but apparently bef. 1880 census
Occupation:  farm laborer
Marriage:
Wife:  Harriet SULLIVAN - HARRIS
Birth:  1835, GA
Death:  aft. 1880 census
Occupation:  homemaker
Apparently Adoptive Father:  William HARRIS
Apparently Adoptive Mother:  Dicy MILLER
Children born in Franklin Co., GA:
1.  Ellin / Ellen CHAMBLER, b. 1862/3
2.  Dicy C. S. CHAMBLER, b. Oct 1867
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Georgia

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  a female child (æ 5-9) is living with William HARRIS and his wife in Franklin Co., GA (q.v.).

3.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  cannot find Benjamin.  Harriet SULIVAN (æ 14, b. GA) is living in Franklin Co., GA, with William & Dicy HARRIS (q.v.).

4a.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #51 of 153):  Carnesville P.O., Franklin Co., GA, Roll M653_121, p. 591, PN 51, 349/349, enumerated 28 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
John Haley 28 M   Farmer 700 225 SC
Kiziah  " 31 F         Ga
Mary M  " 9/12 F         "
Benjamin Chambler 40 M   Hireling     NC
Benjamin is the only CHAMBLER indexed in the entire state of Georgia, and he is listed just 11 households from Harriet (see next source).

4b.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #50 of 153):  Carnesville P.O., Franklin Co., GA, Roll M653_121, p. 590, PN 50, 338/338, enumerated 28 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
William Harris 63 M   Farmer 300 250 Ga
Dicy       " 61 F         SC
Harriet    " 20 F         Ga

5a.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #16 of 17):  Carnesville P.O., 263 Dist., Franklin Co., GA, Roll M593_150, p. 68B, PN 36, 279/264, enumerated 14 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Chambler Benjam 50 M W Farm laborer     N Carolina
This time, Benjamin is enumerated 39 households from Harriet, and he isn't the only CHAMBLER in the county.

5b.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #11-12 of 17):  Carnesville P.O., 263 District, Franklin Co., GA, Roll, pp. 66A-66B, PN 31-32, 240/226, enumerated 11 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Harris William 76 M W Farmer 100 200 Georgia
______ Dicy 71 F W Keeping house     S Carolina
Jordain Bettie 29 F W House Keeper     Georgia
Chambler Harriet 33 F W       Georgia
________ Ellin  7 F W       Georgia
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Jordain Margret  3 F W       Georgia
Chambler Dicy  2 F W       Georgia

6a.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Benjamin.

6b.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #19 of 22):  Dooley's Dist., 263 G.M. Dist., Franklin Co., GA, Roll 147, p. 516C, PN 38, SD 2, ED 27, enumerated 19 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 13 15 24 25 26
277 277 Harris William W M 90     /   Farmer   Ga NC NC
    ______ Dicy W F 81 Wife   /   At Home Crippled SCa SCa SCa
    Camblee Harriet W F 46     / / Keeping house Cold Ga Ga Ga
    _______ Vassey C S W F 11 Dau /     At Home   Ga NC Ga

7.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

8.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, at least not as Harriet CHAMBLER (or variation).

9.  Archive of the CHAMBLEE Surname Mailing List (online at RootsWeb.com):  a message there includes this item:
(Letter)
From: A.C. Carson, Lawyer, Carnesville, GA
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I also find where William Harris deeded 45 acres of land to J. Benjamin Chamblee.  This land is described as adjoining James Blackwell, Elias Roach, Jeppsie Atkinson.  The consideration of this deed was for Chamblee to take care of Harris and his wife during their natural life.  It also had on it the following personal property: one cripple sorrel mare, cow and yearling, household and kitchen furniture belonging to Harris.  Also it carried a promise of a U.S. Pension for service rendered during the War of 1812, provided Harris was successful in obtaining it.  It also stated that if Benjamin Chamblee failed to carry out his contract, the deed was void.  It was witnessed by Thomas Morris and T.O. Burruss and attested by Alex White N.P. date Nov. 6, 1871.  The old record does not show the grantees and as some of them are in the archive in the state capitol, it was not possible for me to make a complete search...

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10.  Public Member Tree (online at Ancestry.com).  A file there has an image of the above letter linked to it.

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