The First Four Generations of Captain Thomas Harris
With Notations Where Proof is Still Required
This work will be posted to Harris-VA and Harris-Hunters LISTS at RootsWeb.com
ten (10) separate postings. The first posting will be the explanatory cover
letter followed by the nine (9) sections of THE FIRST FOUR GENERATIONS OF
(CAPTAIN) THOMAS HARRIS.
Genealogists have long encountered the problems of erroneous information
being put into print and this information then being perpetuated in
subsequent publications. The ancestors and the descendants of Captain
Thomas Harris have not been immune to these problems.
The purpose of this effort was to provide all interested researchers
document regarding the currently known first four generations of Capt. Thomas
Harris b. 1586 of England that can be documented and/or noted where proof is
still required. This information should not be taken as the only information
available on this family but the only information that this group of
researchers currently has available to them. We would encourage anyone that
has additional proof or documentation for this family line to post the
information on all of the Harris LISTS on RootsWeb. The family tree
provided below represents the results of nearly two hundred pages of
discussions and documentation. This file is too large to send through the
LISTS but is available to anyone upon request. Researchers interested in
this family, and the discussions and sources known and used by this group
should have a copy of this file. Please contact Chuck Harris at
firstname.lastname@example.org who will download the file to you.
This work began by reviewing a combined file from individuals from the
Harris-VA list on RootsWeb that formed a few years ago. This combined file
produced a family tree of Capt. Thomas Harris that contained errors but
provided a starting point for this research/editing group. This group of
researchers/editors consists of Barbara Doying, Fran Fletcher, Glenn Gohr,
Chuck Harris, Phil Harris, Noel Robertson, Elizabeth Russo, Ken Schwarzburg
and Paul Tobler. It should be noted that these researchers are not
necessarily descendants of Capt. Thomas Harris and are providing this effort
to establish a base of history for this Harris line.
This work does not attempt to prove the ancestry of Captain Thomas Harris.
That work is continuing by this group and others and will be published or
posted at a later date. The note in the following paragraph will provide
some clarification on Thomas Harris, son of Sir William Harris. This is
important because many researchers have erroneously thought Capt. Thomas
Harris was this Thomas Harris.
"For anyone coming in late, a will ( added FYI probated 8 July 1617)
discovered in Essex, England and published in this country as early as 1910
that proved that Thomas Harris, the son of Sir William Harris of Creeksea,
died in 1617 and never came to Virginia. Therefore, the Capt. Thomas Harris
that came to Virginia in 1611 and died in Henrico (will 1649) WAS NOT the son
of Sir William Harris of Creeksea, nor was he the brother of John Harris who
settled at Shirley Hundred in Virginia. This fact has only recently come to
be acknowledged by many of us, and unfortunately there remains a vast number
of genealogies out in the public sector that still carry the incorrect
information." (Phil Harris March 3, 2001)
Note: This will was provided earlier to the Harris-VA LIST in RootsWeb by
Captain Thomas Harris states in one of his applications that his land
to the Gurgany land and also Johnan (Joanne) , his second wife, had land
adjoining on the North. The important point here is that we do not know the
maiden names of either of his wives. In our notes we discovered that one
writer that reported his wife just made it up because they knew Harris
property connected to this families property. Once we admit we do not
know, we can begin to search for the truth.
Adria was first wife of Thomas, she is on the 1623 muster and Joan was
2nd wife. Capt. Thomas Harris repatented the Gurganey land which was left
him by Anne Guraney who was the widow of Edward Gurganey. Capt. Thomas
Harris relationship is not determined in this will but it has been assumed he
must be related due to this will. We do not know when Adria died but we do
know Thomas married Joan by 1635. We only know of two children for Captain
Thomas Harris. This does not mean there may not have been others. It has
long been speculated that Adria was the mother of Mary and Joanne was the
mother of William but this cannot be proven at this writing.
The only reference for the birth date for Mary Harris is from
Ligon Family and Connections, 1947, p. 844 in which it is stated: "Mary
Harris, who in a deposition in Henrico Co., gave the date of her birth as
1625." Judging from the Census of Virginia in 1624, compiled by Fred R.
Langford, taken on 24 Jan 1624/5 which lists Adria as the wife of Thomas
Harris, and does not list a child, plus the deposition date of birth as 1625
leads to believe that Adria was the mother of Mary. There is no way yet
suggested to know for sure which wife was the mother of William. The
specific dates for William appears to be very well documented.
The First Four Generations of (Captain) Thomas Harris
1  Thomas Harris 1586 - 1657 (or 1585 fmf) b: 1586, England d: 1657
Henrico Co, VA
The work submitted by James P. Harris to Harris-VA on April 12,2002
the possibility that Thomas Harris may have emigrated to Virginia from
Buckinghamshire. This does not, of course, indicate he was born there.
I have a pamphlet, written by Wincie Harris, entitled History Sketches of the
Harris Family, who came to Alabama from North Carolina in 1819, read at the
Centennial Anniversary of their arrival near Akron, Alabama. This article
states that The Harris ancestry hailed from Buckingham, England, a
parliamentary and municipal town of great antiquity, fifth-eight miles from
London. Again, this does not prove anything, it only raises a possibility
that he Thomas Harris may have emigrated from Buckinghamshire. KS 5/13/02
Born in England and arrived in Virginia in 1611 on the ship Prosperous.
Capt. Thomas Harris was not the third son of Sir William Harris and Alice
Smyth. Sir William and Alice did have a son named Thomas but he died in
England and his will, probated 8 July 1617, was recorded there. This clearly
dictates this was not Capt. Thomas Harris. We do not know the parentage of
Capt. Thomas Harris but work is continuing in this search. We do have a clue
from ship records that Capt. Thomas Harris had kinswoman, age 7 years (born
1616), named Anne Woodliffe (Woodlase or Woodley in another list)) who is
living with Thomas and Adria Harris in the 1624/25 muster is related, as
Thomas Harris called her "kinsman". Note, possible double ff's recorded and
may have caused trouble for those that have tried to search in this. Also
note that Capt. Thomas Harris may have had a connection to the house of
Thomas Harris (Captain), age 38 at the time of the 1624 muster in (taken on
24 Jan 1624) Charles City County, VA. According to this muster, Thomas Harris
located at the Neck of Land, Charles City County, VA and was married to
Adria. They did not have any children recorded at this time.
Capt. Thomas Harris owned land that the "Rebel" Nathanial Bacon was on at the
time of Bacon's Rebellion. This land was escheated and William Randolph
appears to have acquired most of this land according to the land records.
.. .........+Adria (Unknown)- first wife of Capt. Thomas Harris. (possibly
Hoare - but not proven- Gurganey & Osborne as reported by many are not
likely) 1598 (or 1601) - 1626 b: in (Creeksea, Essex, England-not proven) d:
(September 11, 1626-not proven-see all notes below especially one from Pat
Harris which may confirm this date and is unrelated to witchcraft trial) in
Jamestown, James City Co, VA m: Abt. 1621
Adria came to Virginia from England in the Marmaduke in November 1621
according to the muster of 1624 of Charles City Co., VA. Adria, age 23 would
have been born in 1601. We do not know if Capt. Thomas and Adria were married
before 1621 which could only be proven by her last name on the Marmadukes
1621 passenger list. This needs to be researched. If her name was something
besides Harris then they were married between 1621 and 1623 when she was on
the first VA muster of 1623 as Capt. Thomas Harris's wife at Neck of Land,
Charles City County, Va.
The discovery that there was an Adria Hoare, of Buckinghamshire, on the
Marmaduke in 1621 among that first group of eleven "single maidens," has led
us to explore whether there was a possibility Adria Hoare was Adria Harris.
In one of Capt. Thomas Harris applications he indicates 'his land is next to
the Gurganey land to the South and also Joane (Joan), his second wife, had
land adjoining on the North.' It is possible that Adria was actually Audry
Hoare and not Adria Gurganey as proposed in the past. Joan (Unknown), was the
second wife, but we have absolutely no evidence that she was an Osborne. In
fact, we have a statement by the person who first came up with this admitting
she made it up.
Early records clearly prove that Adria was the first wife of Capt. Thomas
Harris. Publications have cited the "Witchcraft Trials" as a date for the
death of Adria in 1626 but research has proven this to be false. This leaves
open the possibility that Adria may well have lived longer than previously
thought. Now we can only say she was dead by the 1635 patent that names
"Joan" as the second wife.
I never mentioned to you until my last letter that I had run across a 163-
passenger list mentioning Adry and Elizabeth Harris to Va. and only mentioned
it then after Phil had come across the truth on the witchcraft thing. My
passenger list of 163-? raises the possibility she may have lived beyond 1626
and died before 1634-5. That could be handled by "between 1626 and 1634. fmf
Fran, do you have the details of this list? ch
The 162425 muster lists an Elizabeth, no last name, as servant in the
household of Thomas Harris. Her ship of entry was the Margaret & John in
1620. In Frans above note if the girl is Elizabeth Harris, this raises
another question of who she is? From what we are learning I have no problem
with extending death date for Adria Harris to possibly about 1634. KS 7-8-01
A search of records listed in the International Genealogical Index on
yielded these two recorded events. Both records are in the same church.
Marriage, 30 Nov 1581, Drewe Woodliffe to Katherine Duncombe,
Saint Mary, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. They were the parents of
John Woodliffe, father of Anne Woodliffe.
Christening, 25 Aug 1604, Audry Hoare, daughter of Thomas Hoare,
Saint Mary, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England.
In the muster, Adria Harris is listed as being 23 and arriving on the
Marmaduke in November 1621 meaning she was about 20 when she arrived. The
muster was taken in February on 24 January 1624/25. The christening date for
Audry Hoare was August 1604. Giving up to a year's delay from the birth would
put the difference between those dates at 21 to 22 years. If the Audrey Hoare
in the christening and the Adria Hoare on the Marmaduke are the same, then
she would be 17 or 18 years old when she made the voyage. Perhaps she
stretched the age a bit to qualify to come to Virginia. This wouldn't be the
first time a 17 year old has tried to pass herself off as 19.
Aylesbury, in 1600 wasn't all that big of a town. It was where the
Woodliffe family was centered. These are the records surrounding the family
of John Woodliffe in Buckinghamshire:
1. 30 Nov 1581, marriage of the parents (see above).
2. 27 Dec 1584, Christening of John Woodliffe, Dinton, Buckinghamshire.
(Dinton is a few miles west outside of Aylesbury.)
3. John Woodliffe grew up at Peterley Manor, Prestwood.
(Prestwood is to the south of Aylesbury along the main road from London to
4. 5 Jan 1609 (probably 1 May, 1609 see below), John Woodliffe and Mary
Archard married, Steventon, Buckinghamshire. (Steventon is farther west
along the main road to Gloucester.)
In reference to date in 4. above.
http://members.home.net/teylu/woodlief/engl.html covering Woodlief English
ancestry gives date as 1 May 1609. English dating of 1/5/1609 would refer to
May 5, not Jan 5. This should be May 1, not May 5. KS 5/13/02
No other records on Audrey Hoare could be found other than the christening
record. Searching for the Hoare family, and in particular, men named Thomas
Hoare around that time finds a number of Hoares centered around Cirencester,
Gloucestershire, which is right on the line between Gloucestershire and
Buckinghamshire about twenty miles west of Aylesbury. There is a Thomas Hoare
christening there in 1584 which is exactly twenty years before the Audry
A search on the ancestry of Mary Archard provided nothing. Searching
Archard family shows them concentrated around Corsham, Wiltshire to the south
of Gloucester but there are a number of christening and marriage records for
Archards in small villages just to the south of Cirencester in
This would tend to suggest that it may have been Audry Hoare and Mary
who were the ones related back in England.. John Woodliffe is known to have
traveled back and forth between Virginia and England a number of times. We
know that Mary Archard Woodliffe and two children went to Virginia with him
on one of the return trips before 1619. There would have been ample
opportunity for John Woodliffe to communicate to Audry Hoare what things were
like in Virginia. It is also hard to imagine that a 17 or 18 year old girl
would go to Virginia by herself unless there was someone already there that
would be waiting for her.
Now let's take another look at the records on Thomas Harris that could
potentially provide information about who he was married to.
1. 1 Oct 1617, Edward Gurganey patents 400 acres called Longfields.
2. 11 Feb 1619, Anne Gurganey, widow, wills the 400 acres to Thomas Harris.
3. Nov 1621, the Marmaduke arrives carrying Thomas Harris' future wife.
4. 1624 & 1625, the musters establishing that Thomas Harris is married to
5. 11 Sep 1626, the witchcraft trial. Testimony of Rebecca Graye was
that "Goodwife Wright" told Thomas Harris "He should bury his first wife to
whom he was betrothed" and it came to pass. But as you will read below this
claim does not appear to involve Capt. Thomas Harris and the use of this date
as Adria's death is very circumspect.
True, this date for Adria's death is from secondary evidence, but it still
could be accurate. It seems like James P. Harris thought that the Thomas
Harris mentioned in this witchcraft trial was actually another Thomas Harris
who lived further down the way in Elizabeth City-see notes on "The Witchcraft
Trial" later on in the family listing. If this trial really refers to another
Thomas Harris, then that fact with evidences should be included in this
discourse to remove all doubts. Has anyone been able to find the actual court
document that tells about the Witchcraft trial? We need a better source than
Boddie & the other genealogists who have quoted this in order to determine
the location & whether or not this is Capt. Thomas Harris or some other
6. 11 Nov 1635, patent - property to south is Gurganey land, to the
north is land of wife "Joane Harris", west on the river.
7. 12 Jul 1637, patent that references the 1619 will from Anne Gurganey.
8. 25 Feb 1638, Longfields property again. Rights as Ancient Planters for him
and his "first wife Adry".
What does this tell us?
A. The first wife was "Adry". He was married to her in 1624 and 1625.
She was reported dead by Sep 1626 from earlier incorrect interpretations of
"The Witchcraft Trials" but this interpretation has now been revisited and
this date cannot be validated.
B. In 1621, when she arrived on the Marmaduke, she was somewhere between the
ages of 17 and 20 depending on whether she was Audrey Hoare or Adria
C. He probably could not have been married to her in Feb 1619 when Anne
Gurganey willed the land because, at best, she would have only been about 17
and she was probably younger than that. A 33 year old man married to a 17
year old girl is a bit of a push but cannot be totally dismissed.
D. Was "Adry" a misspelling of Audry or Adria?
E. The second wife was "Joane". He was married to her by 1635.
F. Joane Harris had land of her own that was adjacent (north) to the
land of Thomas Harris. The Gurganey land was also adjacent (south) but on the
OPPOSITE side of the Harris property. The Harris property was over 800 acres
and ran along the river. It clearly separated the Joane Harris property to
the North and the Gurganey property to the South. There is nothing to suggest
the two were connected which is the theory that has most often been used to
try and establish that her name was Joane Gurganey. It would be more likely
that she was a neighboring widow whom Thomas Harris remarried. As far as her
being a daughter of Thomas Osborne, the Osborne property was on a different
loop in the river, on the opposite bank, and was about five miles away. The
land held by Joane Harris cannot connect her with Thomas Osborne either.
It seems to me this would be a good place to enter an abridged account of the
information submitted by James P. Harris on June 5, 2001 entitled "2nd wife
of Capt. Thomas Harris IDENTIFIED. His info naming her as Joane Vincent seems
very reasonable and an obvious place to again do away with the Osborne name.
INSERTED HERE IN COMPLETE FORM -
DO WE WANT TO ABRIDGE THIS?
Yes, I think this note about the 2nd wife should be abridged some, with a
reference to the date when this message was originally posted to the
Also, James P. Harris gives the scenario that William Vincent was dead before
1635 in order for Joane Vincent to marry Capt. Thomas Harris. Do we KNOW that
William Vincent was deceased by this time? A search into some Vincent family
records might shed some light on this. (And if this scenario really is true,
then weâ€™d want to know about our Vincent relatives anyway-even if they are
step-children, etc. They still might have had land dealings & other
transactions with the Harrises if there is a connection.)
In its entirety:
2nd Wife of Capt. Thomas Harris IDENTIFIED
From: email@example.com (James P. Harris) HARRIS-VA-L@rootsweb.com
The non-alphabetized list for the 1624 Muster for the settlement at
of Land goes, in part, like this:
-- William Vincent, age 39, by the Mary & James (no date)
-- Joane, his wife, age 42
-- Thomas Harris, age 38, by the Prosperous, May 1611
-- Adria, his wife, age 23, by the Marmaduke, Nov 1621
-- Ann Woodlasse, their kinswoman, age 7
-- Elizabeth, a servant, age 15, by Margaret & John 1620
-- John Price, age 40, by Star (no date)
-- Ann, his wife, age 21, by Francis Bonaventure, Aug 1620
-- Mary, a child, 3 months
Does this order mean anything? It certainly does. An analysis of the
land patent records in Cavaliers and Pioneers shows that the properties
for William Vincent, Thomas Harris, and John Price stretched along the
second curl of the James River from north to south in that same order.
The area today is called Curles Neck and is the site of an archaeological
project on the old Curles Plantation.
Joane Vincent, the wife of William Vincent is the ONLY person with the
name of "Joane" in the 1624 muster list for the "Neck of Land"
Witness these abstracts of the following patents in Cavaliers and
Pioneers Volume I:
Thomas Harris, 11 Nov 1635
Southward upon land of Edward Virgany (Gurganey).
Northward upon LAND OF Joane Harris, his wife.
West upon the river.
East into the woods.
This designates that his wife Joane had her own land and it was to the
north and on the opposite side of Thomas Harris's property from that of
Edward Gurganey who died in 1616. Thomas Harris already had possession
of the Gurganey property. How did Joane Harris have her own land that
was separate from the land of Thomas Harris?
Elizabeth Balhash, 2 May 1638
Within Four Mile Creek near Curles.
South by west upon land of William Vincent. (doesn't mean he was alive)
Granted 9 Dec 1636.
Four Mile Creek still has that name and empties into the river at the
northern tip of the second curl.
Mathew Gough, 25 July 1639
West upon river.
South on land of Balhash.
100 acres part formerly granted to William Vincent, deceased.
Additional patents show that the land first granted to John Price is,
that point in time, in possession of Robert Hallom and is on the river to
the southeast and adjacent to Thomas Harris.
My read from all of this:
William Vincent owned the land on the north side of the Thomas Harris
William Vincent was dead before 1635.
Adria/Audrey Harris, the 1st wife of Thomas Harris had also died sometime
prior to 1635.
Thomas Harris remarried Joane Vincent, the widow of his adjacent neighbor
This produces the perfect match and explanation for the 1635 patent
Once the idea is accepted that Capt. Thomas Harris secondly married
Vincent, then we have some answers to a few other questions that have
plagued Harris researchers about Capt. Thomas Harris. If Joane Vincent
was 42 in 1624, then she was born in 1582. By 1635 she was age 53 and
Capt. Thomas Harris was age 49. I doubt if she was the mother of his son
William Harris. Most likely the two children of Capt. Thomas Harris,
Mary and William, were both by his first wife Adria. We already know the
"witchcraft trial" incident never happened so there is no reason place
the death of Adria Harris before 1626. She probably died much closer to
Another question. Is it possible that the 3 month old child, Mary, was
Mary Harris, the daughter of Thomas and Adria Harris. Perhaps this was a
whole group that was living together for safety after the massacre.
Comments, questions, challenges??
A note about the declaration that "Adry" Harris was an Ancient Planter.
has always been used to suggest that she had come to Virginia before 1616 as
a child, had returned to England and came back on the Marmaduke in 1621. This
argument has been used to try and make her the daughter of Edward and Anne
Gurganey, who were also Ancient Planters. The headright system was run very
loosely. The rules for the Ancient Planters said that their heirs and assigns
could also each get 100 acres as Ancient Planters. I think all Thomas Harris
was doing here was using the "heirs and assigns" loophole to gain another 100
acres. You find it in other patents as well. It was a common practice.
The big question here is why did Anne Gurganey bequeath the 400 acres
Thomas Harris in 1619? It doesn't appear he was married at all at that point.
Does this suggest there was some other prior relationship with Edward or Anne
Gurganey? Note that it was Anne who made the bequest and not Edward Gurganey,
who apparently had died sometime between 1617 and 1619. Edward Gurganey had
come to Jamestown in 1608. Anne had to come at some later time. Perhaps she
herself was related to Thomas Harris in some way back in England.
With the possible Woodliffe/Archard connection, it is possible there
more solid evidence now that the first wife of Thomas Harris was Audry Hoare.
Even the name of the first and only child of Thomas Harris and Audry Hoare
can now be explained. Daughter Mary, who would become Mary Harris Ligon, was
probably named in honor of kinswoman Mary Archard who had died and left her
own daughter to be cared for by Audry (Hoare?) Harris and her husband Thomas
The Witchcraft Trial
The "witchcraft trial" date was used to determine the date of Adria Harris
death. If the witchcraft doesn't pertain to Captain Thomas Harris, then the
date for Adria's death is also null and void. The story about the witchcraft
trial can be found in Ligon, The Ligon Family and Connections, 1947, p. 843
which quotes from Virginia Magazine, Vol. 26, p. 13 as follows: Adria
Gurganey...died before September 11, 1626, for at a General Court held on
that day one "Rebecka Graye swore and examineth, sayeth that ye good wife
Wright did tell this deponent that she told Thomas Harris he should bury his
first wife being then betrothed unto him, which came to pass". Prophecy in
those days, if fulfilled, usually resulted in a complaint for witchcraft.
It seems the whole story may have been borrowed by some over zealous
descendant. According to what one researcher read, it took place down in
Elizabeth City and had nothing to do with Capt. Thomas Harris or any Harris
for that matter. It involved the "wife of Goodman Wright", not "Goodwife
Wright". According to the 1625 muster, Elizabeth City is where Goodman Wright
and his wife are listed.
Who is the researcher that read this & placed the location as Elizabeth City?
We need to find this in a court document to determine the location and if
this is Capt. Thomas Harris or not-gg
Also, I believe in colonial times that often a person wife was called
"Goodwife" of "Goody." This was a term of endearment.
The 1626 date of the trial is what Harris researchers have always used
determine that Adria/Audry Harris had already died. If the whole thing wasn't
about her then she may have lived quite a bit longer. The land patent listing
"Joane" as the second wife of Thomas Harris wasn't until 1635. It has always
been stated that Mary Harris must have been the daughter of Adria while
William Harris had to be the son of Joane. Perhaps Adria was actually the
mother of both children.
We need confirmation on this? PH
Subj: [HARRIS-VA] Capt. Thos. Harris - wives
>From the Virginia Historical Magazine, Vol 26, page 12
"Thomas Harris submitted a deposition in General Court that his wife,
died between the census of 1624 and 1626. This deposition presented by her
husband, Captain Thomas Harris, states that he is due land on the account of
his deceased wife being an ancient planter." Land Office Book #1, page 615
This is paragraph from "Capt. Thomas Harris - 1568-1658 - Immigrant
1611 - A
Rough Manuscript - by Malcolm W. Harris, Prof. W. Lee Harris, Olive & Joe C.
Harris, and other contributors, 1966"
This seems to assure that Adria was dead between 1624 and 1626 and not
........ 2 Mary Harris 1625 - 1704 b: 1625 in Creeksea, Essex County,
England, (Probably) d: 1704 in (Age 79), Henrico, VA
Mary Harris Ligon's will is available showing children and marriages.
............ +Thomas Lygon (b. abt 1622/23) b: in Madresfield,
Worchestershire, Eng d: in ,Henrico, VA m: Abt. 1648 in Virginia, Henrico Co,
................... 3 Johanne Mary Lyggon 1653 - 1726 b: 1653 in Henrico
County, Virginia, VA d: November 07, 1726 in Henrico County, Virginia, (Will)
....................... +Robert Hancock 1653 - 1728 (or 1650-1709 Probate?)
b: 1653 in ,of Henrico d: 1728 m: Abt. 1672 in Henrico Co, VA
b: 1673 in Piggott, Lower Norfolk Co., VA (Henrico, Co. VA?)
d: Bef. 1727 in Henrico, VA (now Chesterfield, or Amelia Co., VA)
+Arthur MOSELEY II
b: 1666 in Henrico Co., VA (later Norfolk Co.)
m: October 1688 in St. Johns Church, Henrico Co., VA
d: Bet. 22 February 1727/28 - 06 July 1730 in "Redwater Lake", Henrico Co.,
Father: Arthur MOSELEY, I, Immigrant Mother: Sarah HANCOCK
4.. Mary HANCOCK
b: 1675 in Lynnhaven Parish, Henrico Co., VA d: Unknown
+John Ward HATCHER, Sr.
b: Bet. 1672 - 1673 in Henrico Co., VA m: 1690 in Henrico Co., VA
d: Abt. 1740 in Edgecombe Prec., NC Father: Edward` HATCHER
Mother: Mary` WARD
b: 1678 in Lynnhaven Parish, Henrico Co., VA d: 1719
4 Johan HANCOCK b: 1680 in Henrico Co., VA
d: 1760 in Chesterfield Co., VA
+Samuel HANCOCK b: 1675 in Lower Norfolk, VA
m: 15 April 1700 in Henrico Co., VA d: 1760 in Chesterfield, VA
Father: William HANCOCK, Sr. Mother: Elizabeth COCKCROFT
4 Elizabeth HANCOCK b: 1682 in Henrico Co., VA d: 1731
+John Sutton FARRAR b: 1693 in Charles City, Henrico Co., VA
m: Abt. 1710 d: Abt. 1731 in Goochland Co., VA Father: John FARRAR
Mother: Temperance BROWNE
4 Robert HANCOCK, Jr. b: 1684 in Henrico Co., VA d: 1745
+Margaret? b: Abt. 1685
4  Phoebe HANCOCK b: 1686 in Henrico Co., VA
d: Abt. 1750
+Thomas BAILEY b: Abt. 1680 in Varina Parish, Henrico Co., VA
m: Abt. 1702 in Henrico Co., VA d: 21 December 1723 in Henrico Co., VA
*2nd Husband of  Phoebe HANCOCK:
+Nicholas GILES b: Abt. 1690 in Henrico Co., VA m: Abt. 1725 in Henrico Co.,
VA (2nd husband) Father: William GILES Mother: Bethania KNOWLES
................... 3 Richard LIGGON/LIGON 1657 - 1724 (or 1657-1704) b: 1657
in ,Henrico Co., VA. d: 1724 in ,Henrico Co., VA.
....................... + Mary WORSHAM 1658 - b: 1658 in ,Henrico, VA d: in
,Henrico, VA? m: March 05, 1680 in Henrico Co, VA
.............................. 4 Matthew LIGGON/LIGON
.................................. +Elizabeth Anderson
............................. 4 Henry LIGGON/LIGON 1687 - 1762 b: Abt. 1687
in ,Henrico, VA d: 1762
................................. +Sarah LIGGON (need proof) 1687 - 1785 b:
Abt. 1687 d: 1785
............................. 4 Sarah LIGGON/LIGON 1689 - (need proof) b:
Abt. 1689 in ,Henrico, VA
................................. +Richard GRILLS 1689 - (need proof) b: Abt.
............................. 4 Mary LIGGON/LIGON 1694 - 1749 b: 1694 in
,Henrico, VA d: Abt. 1749 in ,Prince George, VA
................................ +John Coleman 1694 - (or 1688-1749) b: 1694
in ,Prince George, VA m: in ,Henrico, VA
................... 3 Matthew LIGON 1659 - 1691 (or 1659-1689) b: 1659 in
Henrico County, Virginia, VA d: Bef. April 01, 1691 in (Not Married)
................... 3 William LIGON 1660 - 1689 (or 1652-1689) b: 1660 in
Malvern Hills, Henrico, VA d: 1689 in ,Henrico, VA
+Mary TANNER - 1689 (or 1656-1711) b: in ,of Henrico, VA d: Abt. 1689 m: Abt.
1679 in Henrico, VA Father: Joseph Tanner Mother: Mary Browne
............................. 4 John LIGON 1673 - b: Abt. 1673 in ,Henrico,
VA (need proof)
............................. 4 Thomas LIGGON 1680 - 1705 (or 1674-1705) b:
Abt. 1680 in Henrico Co, VA d: 1705 in ,Henrico, VA
................................. +Elizabeth WORSHAM 1677 - (or
1674-1742/43)b: Abt. 1677 in ,Henrico, VA m: March 15, 1697 Father: John
............................. 4 William LIGON 1682 - 1764 b: 1682 in
,Henrico, VA d: 1764 in Amelia Co, VA
................................. +Elizabeth BATTE 1682 - 1764 b: 1682 in
Charles City, VA d: Aft. 1764 m: 1703 in St. John's, Henrico, VA Father:
....................................................5. Joseph Ligon
+ Judith Stewart (see note of change in Joseph 1687 below)
............................. 4 Mary Phoebe 1685 - b: Abt. 1685 in Henrico
1st Wm. Anderson
¦m. 2nd Peter Rowlett
............................. 4 Joseph LIGON 1687 - 1751 (or 1684-1745) b:
Abt. 1687 in Henrico Co, VA d: November 17, 1751 in Chesterfield Co, VA (or
17 Nov 1753 )
................................. +wife is unknown. No Proof of wife -
originally thought to be Judith Stewart but this actually to Joseph, son of
William Ligon Jr. 1682 -1764 and Elizabeth Batte.
............................. 4 Lucretia (Lucy) LIGON 1689 - b: Aft. August
01, 1689 in Henrico Co, VA
................... 3 Hugh LIGON (note may be Henry but if it is don't
confuse this with the Henry so Richard Ligon & Mary Worsham?) 1661 - 1704 b:
1661 in Henrico County, Virginia, VA d: Aft. 1704 in ,Virginia
....................... +Elizabeth Walthall b: in ,of Henrico, VA m: October
16, 1689 Father: William Walthall
................... (2nd)Wife of  Hugh LIGON:
....................... +Jane (widow Price) PEW m: Aft. 1711
................... 3 Mary LIGON 1662 - 1686 b: Abt. 1662 in Henrico County,
Virginia d: Bef. 1686 in VA.
....................... +Thomas FARRAR (1660-1742)
.................................. 4. Thomas Farrar, Jr. b. 1685 -?
*2nd Wife of Thomas Harris:
.. +Joane - (Joan last name not proven)-birth and death unkown. 1605 - (or
1601-1635) b: Abt. 1605 in England m: Abt. 1627 in Henrico Co, VA (married by
Based on the previous work submitted by Phil Harris the above data is all
wrong. About the best we can say is birth and death not known. KS 5/13/02
POSSIBLE CHANGE HERE******
........ 2 (Major) William Harris 1629 - 1677/78 b: Abt. 1629 in Henrico
County, VA d: February 01, 1678 in Henrico County, VA
............ +Lucy (Lucy Day Stewart..see fmf below) (1629-1660) m: Bef. 1657
(Based on the above ref of Adria dying later, it would be more likely to
place 2 (Major) William Harris under reference to the first wife of Thomas
Harris. KS 5/13/02) (but not with the information provided by Pat Harris that
seems to prove the date of death of Adria)
>From Adventurers of Purse and Person, 2nd edition 1964, p. 384
WILL OF MAJOR WILLIAM HARRIS
Not knowing what the Lord hath ordained or at what tyme he may take out of
this life, I doe settle my estate of lands as followeth: I give & bequeath to
my sonne Thomas all my lands below the ware and to keep the ware run for his
Bownes till it shall come to ye spring at ye hed & then to follow a bottom on
ye lower side of the clearing of John Rabon, to the hundred roade path, and
then on a straight roade or course to the land of Coll. Petter Ashbrooke, but
in no case to cross pocketts' path; to my younger sonns Wm. & Edward Harris,
I give the rest of my dividend, Wm. to have the plantation where I now live &
Edward ye land next Ashbrooke. But Wm. to extend outwards one hundred yards
beyond ye clearing of John Rabon on the path called pocketts' path & thence
on a straight course to ye redd watter & Edward the Heds, vizdt: to Petter
Ashbrooke's line as allsoe to ye Ashen swamp above, to them & their Heires;
neyther to sell unless the one to ye other & if eyther die without ishew, the
land to come to ye survivor; my two younger sons to live with their mother
till ye age of sixteene, if shee marry; if not, till 19 years of age. My will
is that my wife live on the plantation during her life but not to hinder my
sonne Wm. at the head of ye Ware if he come for himself. I desyre my friends
Mr. Thomas Cocke & Mr. Wm. Randolph to see this my will performed. In witness
of every pte.
hereof, I putt to my hand this 20th day of April, 1678.
Signed Wm. Harris
Signed in ye presence of Rich. Lygon ye mark of X
Proved in Henrico County Court the first day of Feby., 1678/79 by the oath of
Ann Steward, one of the witnesses to the will above written,
and entered amongst the records of the sd. Court per. Wm. Randolph Cl. Cur.
Henrico County Records (Deeds & Wills) 1677-1692, p. 68 (KS 7-8-2001)
The fact that a William Harris in early 1600, not the one that married
Overton, etc. because they came later into records, died in Baconâ€™s Rebellion
has bothered some researchers for a long time. They speculate, if Major
William Harris had an older son, William Harris, that married Mary Wells, it
might explain the fact that a William Harris in that time slot died at the
time of Bacon's Rebellion.
Historical Note: Nathaniel Bacons, "Declaration of the People" was dated
August 3, 1676 and was signed by some Virginia planters. None of these
signatures were by any Harris. Nathaniel was a leader of Baconâ€™s Rebellion
when Governor (Sir) William Berkeley failed to take quick action in 1676 to
repel an Indian invasion. Nathaniel Bacon signed as "Generall by Consent of
the people." After Bacon lead a force and defeated the Indians, he attempted
to make the governor reform colonial policies. Bacon led an army that
captured and burned Jamestown. He controlled the colony briefly in 1676. When
Nathaniel Bacon suddenly died in 1676 from the effects of malaria, the revolt
Somehow, Major William Harris had either disposed of his property named
Longfield to the Rebel or was allowing him to live there as Bacon was living
there at the time. It is a fact that "The Slashes" next to Longfield were
confiscated because of complicity in Bacon's Rebellion. It is also a fact
that Bacon was residing at Longfield at the time of the rebellion. It is also
a fact that a William Harris died in the rebellion and another account states
that he was hung. The land was not measured and the boundaries set until
almost 1700. There does not appear to be very much information about who
participated in the Rebellion but Nathaniel Bacon, "the Rebel", resided at
Longfield. There appears to have been three Nathaniel Bacons in Virginia
during this period. William Randolph eventually bought the Slashes from the
Crown for 150L.
Some researchers believe we may have two William Harrises to deal with. The
records of bacons Rebellion state that a William Harris died. Major William
Harris was supposedly killed by Indians but his son Thomas, by Lucy Stewart,
died shortly after his father. William Ligon, eldest son of Thomas Ligon and
Mary Harris, died at about the same time. His land was escheated and sold
because it was vacant and land known as the "Slashes" on the James River
owned by William Harris was seized because of complicity in Bacons Rebellion.
When you review the following information, it is possible to come to the
conclusion listed below about the children, specifically, William or Williams
of this family.
1. Three Wm Harris's by Malcolm Hart Harris
2. Will's of Thomas & his father Wm Harris
3. Misc info on Deeds etc.
Capt. William's two younger sons ages were under 16 at the time of his
and should be noted. As to their marriages, it is believed they were married
to their Mary's, both by the time they left Henrico, whether the ceremony was
held in Hanover or New Kent has not been proven but they are not in New Kent
church records that are currently available. Henrico deeds indicate they both
had wives while still in Henrico.
................... 3 Thomas Harris 1657 - 1678/79 or 1651-1678) b: Abt. 1657
in Perhaps Charles City Co, VA d: Bef. February 10, 1679 in Henrico Co, VA
(Thomas died unmarried)
(.................... 3 Love Harris???) (possibly a step sister by means
first marriage of Lucy Day Stewart) (I think this reference should be
completely omitted. Ken 7-8-2001see ref. below)
Thomas Harris mentions Love Harris as his sister-in-law in his will. Whether
he means this as his half sister or really his sister-in-law is not known.
The time frame indicated for Love Harris is good in that if she were born
about 1675 she would be expected to marry about 1695 or 1697. Love is
believed to possibly be the step sister of Thomas from an earlier marriage of
(Alice Unknown KS 7-8-2001)Lucy Day Stewart. This can be explained as
follows: Elizabeth (3) was probably the last child of Major William and Alice
and therefore the full sister of both William (3) and Edward (3). The Archer
information that she was the only full sister of William (3) would indicate
that Love (3) was a half sister of William (3) and Alice, was the mother of
both. Evidently Love came with Alice when she married Major William Harris.
This would make Alice the mother of Love and Major William the stepfather.
One theory that I have not pursued fully is that the Thomas Harris who wrote
the will and died unmarried could be a son of Capt. Thomas Harris (instead a
son of Maj. William Harris). Do we really know for sure where this Thomas
fits into the family, with so many Thomases & Williams running around? My
feeling is that the "Love" Harris or "Loue" Harris could actually be the same
as Lucy Stewart Harris, wife of Maj. William Harris. The old handwriting
would be difficult to read in the will. Were there any other women at that
time running around with the name of "Love"? Or should the name really be
listed as "Loue," "Lou," or Lucy? If this Thomas that died unmarried is a son
of Capt. Thomas Harris, then his sister-in-law could be Lucy Stewart Harris,
wife of Maj. William Harris.--gg
........ *2nd Wife of William Harris:
............ +Alice (unknown) ?- 1696 (no proof that she was a Stewart?
1648-1697) b: in VA d: Aft. 1696 in New Kent County, VA m: Abt. 1670 in
Henrico County, VA
................... 3 William Harris 1672 - 1743 (or 1673-1748) b: Abt.
in Henrico County, VA d: Abt. 1743 in Henrico County, VA
....................... +Mary (unknown)
....................... +Mary Willis 1673-1748 (need more proof-have will of
Edward) m: Abt. 1684 Father: Edward Willis Mother: Mary ? (note-if the
marriage date and d.o.b. are accurate Mary would have married at age 11)
or Mary Giles 1675-1757 Note: there hasn't been any proof shown to even
propose this marriage?
We do not have enough proof to identify this Mary. The recent submission of
transcripts of the records of Hanover Co., VA in the Wm & Mary Quarterly,
Vol. 21, No. 1 concerning the will of Edward Willis of St. Paul Parish, June
3, 1735, indicate that two transcribers name the grandson as Dan'l Harris
rather than David Harris as previously considered. It seems that the use of
the name David Harris was the reason to consider William Harris' wife as Mary
Willis. KS 5/13/02
The will of Edward Willis indicates we consider Mary Willis as the spouse
William Harris. The will itself does not provide absolute proof but clearly
provides enough evidence for further study. This will is readily available to
researchers and is in the archive file supporting this documentation.
[It would be helpful to list the date this will was posted to the list
who the poster was.]
Will of Edward Willis:
Source: Hanover County, VA. Court Records 1733-1735. Deeds, Wills and
Inventories. Will p. 301-302. Abstracts by Rosalie Edith Davis.
Obtained-St. Louis County Library- 4-2001 ch
p. 301-302 WILL 14 March 1734/35
I Edward Willis of St. Pauls Par., Hanover Co., being of sound and perfect
memor do make this my last will and Testament. I give my soul to almighty
God and my body to the earth to be Interred with Christian Buriall at the
discretion of my Executrix; I give to my beloved wife Mary Willis my land
and plantation whereon I now live being 134 acres; to my grandson David
Harris lb 15 currt. money; I give to Mary Bassett Seven pounds to be payed
in goods in a store as also one Cow and Calf I dessier may be Delivered to
her without trouble being Due from her fathers Estate and in my possession.
I give to my Kinsman David Willis my Gunn that is my Chois Hunting Gunn.
The rest of my Estate of what Nature soever I give to my beloved wife Mary
whom I do ordain to be my sole Executirx; my will and desire further is that
my Estate be not brought to any appraisement.
Edward (W) Willis
Wit: Hew (H) Case, Elizabeth Acree, Edwd. Harris
1 May 1735 proved partly by the oath of Edward Harriss
7 Aug. 1735 proved fully by the oath of Elizabeth Acree
p. 303-304 Inventory of the Estate of Edward Willis Decd.
Lists in detail his personal assets. Isaac Winston Adminr. Appraised by us
the Subscribers George (A) Addoms, Robt. Walker, John (J) Johnes Sept. 17th
It has long been reported that this Williams wife was Mary Giles. Searches
for sources of this information have been totally uneventful. We do know the
following: William Giles and Bethania Knowles had a daughter named Mary who
would have been too young to have been the mother of children born 1695
(Edward "Ned" Harris) and the others. In addition, this Mary Giles married
twice, first to Thomas Hardin(g) and second to Thomas Hughes. We have not
discovered another William Giles with a daughter named Mary in the area at
this time period at this writing. A search for other Mary Giles in other
counties and other states did not tie to this family.
.......................................4 Elizabeth Harris (birthdate
proven) 1698 -(or 1698-1771)b: Bef. November 27, 1698 in St. Peter's, New
Kent Co, VA
................................ + (Unknown Acree- need proof here)fmf m:
Bef. 1735- this Acree name comes from those that determined the Elizabeth
Acree that witnessed the will of Edward Willis was this Elizabeth. -need
proof ) m: Bef. 1735
......................................4 William Harris 1695 - 1770 b: Abt.
1695 d: 1770
................................. + (Possibly Gilliam?-no proof) m: March 24,
............................. *2nd Wife of  William Harris:
................................. +Judith Pride Hudson 1715 - 1796 ( Judith
proven by will below- need proof of Hudson) b: Abt. 1715 in Henrico, VA d:
1796 in Mecklenberg, VA m: Abt. 1729 Father:11111n I Mother: Martha Briggs
............................. 4 Thomas Harris 1697 - 1787 (or 1712?) (will
was 1787 see note below) 1697 in King and Queen Co, VA d: 1787 in Prince
Edward Co, VA
................................. +Elizabeth Lindsey
............................. 4 Edward Harris (Ned) 1700 - 1747 (or
1695-1751) b: Abt. 1700 d: Aft. 1747 in Louisa Co?, VA
................................. + Anne (Unknown) ( need proof)
or Edward Harris 1695-1751
md Mary (Unknown)
issue was Brittain Harris - (need proof)
.............................. 4 George Harris 1701 - b: Bef. April 13, 1701
in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent County, VA
George Harris born 13 of April 1701 or baptised that date at St Peters New
Kent co Va. George lived in Louisa co Va. in 1750 fmf
.............................. 4 John Harris 1703 - 1786 (1704-1786) b: March
28, 1703 d: December 1786 in Hanover County, VA
................................. +Mary Tinsley 1705 - 1786 b: Abt. 1705 in
VA d: Bef. 1786 in VA m: Abt. 1738 in Hanover County, VA
............................ .... 4 Stephen Harris 1705 - 1770 (or b. 1714)
(abt 1771) b: Abt. 1705 d: Aft. 1770
............................. *2nd Wife of Stephen Harris:
................................. +Mourning (unknown) d. Still alive in 1782,
Hanover Co, VA.
............................. 4 David Harris 1708 - 1781 (christened 1701) b:
1708 in St. Paul's, Hanover Co, VA d: Aft. 1781 in Hanover County, VA
................................. +Jane Landy Richardson (widow) - 1760 b: in
VA d: Bef. 1760 in Hanover Co, VA m: 1727 in Hanover County, VA [I believe I
have read that she was the widow of Mark Richardson.]
................... 3 Edward E. Harris
....................... + 1st wife (Mary unknown)
Henrico Co., VA Wills, Deeds, etc. 1697-1704, p. 117 states "Edward Harris of
New Kent Co. & Mary, his wife, sell 360 ac on S. side of James River, called
'The Ware' to George Alves of same, 7 Sep 1698."
Edward E (3) from a record transcribed long ago that stated Edward Edmund
Harris. Source of this record is unknown.
1714, 16 June patented 230 Acres in St Pauls Parish in what was New Kent on
West fork of Horsepen creek. See patent book 10 pp 87. He still owned a
plantation in New Kent in 1719 proved by patent book 10 pp 431 which reads,
"A patent to Thomas Johnson on the branches of Stonehouse Creek by EDWARD
HARRIS PLANTATION (part of land description)"
.............................4.........Anne Harris born 24 Nov. 1700 in New
Kent County, St. Peter's Parish, VA. The only child of this marriage that we
1704 New Kent quit rent roll lists him as Carpenter owning 100 acres of land.
....................... + 2nd wife of  Edward E. Harris: (where does
middle initial E. come from?)
....................... +Elizabeth (unknown?) m: Abt. 1703 (by 1704) in New
Kent Co, VA
............................4..... Edward S Harris (or Edward E. Harris (1704
-?) b: November 27, 1704 as first child. St Peters recorded 27Nov 1704
.....................................+ wife (Unity unknown -need proof) m:
....................................5..... Edward Harris born 6 Feb 1726 /27
St Peters records. (old style date) Recorded as their first child.
....................................5...... Elizabeth Harris born 1 August
1730 St Peters New Kent
Both Edward (4) and his wife Unity must have died by 1740 as St. Peters
parish paid Bartlett Taylor on Sept 29 1740 for keeping Elizabeth Harris (5).
.............................4 ...... Sarah Harris 20 Jan 1705/6 (old
date)St Peters b: January 20, 1706 in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent County, VA
NOTHING FURTHER KNOWN
.............................4 ...... Judith Harris 5 Jan 1708/9
date) St Peters records. b: January 05, 1709
.................................+ Hugh Ray .................................
+Hugh Ray (need proof) m: April 27, 1739 in Hanover Co, VA
Marriage for a Judith Harris in the correct time frame who married 27 April
1739 at Cedar Creek Quaker. This could be a good clue to follow up. Did she
become a Quaker?
..............................4...... John Harris 24 April 1710 St Peters
Parish, New Kent County, VA records. NOTHING FURTHER KNOWN
.............................4......Thomas Harris b: June 14, 1712 in St.
Peter's Parish, New Kent County, VA NOTHING FURTHER KNOW
............................ 4 Anne Harris
................... *2nd Wife of Edward E. Harris:
....................... +Elizabeth (unknown)
............................ 4 Edward E. Harris
................................. + (Unity Unknown-need proof)
............................ 4 Sarah Harris
............................ 4 Judith Harris
................................. +Hugh Ray (need proof)
............................ 4 John Harris
............................ 4 Thomas Harris
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