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2112. John GIBSON-[93592] 3 was born about 1595 in London ., England.

General Notes: ID: I7853
Name: William Gibson
Sex: M
Birth: ABOUT 1629 in Caton, Lancashire, England
Death: 11-20-1684 in Lombard Street, London

Father: John Gibson b: 10-17-1595 in of Leas, Lancashire

Marriage 1 Elizabeth Thompson b: ABOUT 1630 in Crossmore, Lancashire,England
Patience Gibson b: 5-31-1674

John married (name unknown).3

The child from this marriage was:

1056       i.   William GIBSON -[93589] (born about 1629 in Caton, Lancashire, England - died on 20 Nov 1684 in Lombard Street, London)

2560. Jacob WEBER-[91568],1,2,4,5,6 son of Johann Anton WEBER -[91590] and Maria Margarethe HERR -[91601], was born about 1688 in Zurich, Switzerland and died about 1747 in Lancaster Co. PA.,, at age 59.

Jacob married Anne BAUMAN -[91579] [MRIN:48424] 1,2,4,5.,6

Children from this marriage were:

1280       i.   John WEAVER -[91545] (born about 1723 - died about 1803)

         ii.   Jacob WEBER -[75067] was born about 1719.

        iii.   John [Hans] WEBER -[75069] was born in 1723.

         iv.   Anna WEBER -[75070] was born in 1727.

          v.   Mary WEBER -[75071] was born about 1727.

         vi.   Henry WEBER -[75072] was born on 22 Feb 1732.

        vii.   Samuel WEBER -[75073] was born about 1732.

       viii.   George WEBER -[75074] was born in 1733.

         ix.   Barbara WEBER -[75078] was born in 1758 and died in 1831,, at age 73.

          x.   George WEBER -[75080] was born in 1763 and died in 1845,, at age 82.

         xi.   Joseph WEBER -[75081] was born in 1765 and died in 1824,, at age 59.

        xii.   Elizabeth WEBER -[75082] was born in 1768 and died in 1853,, at age 85.

       xiii.   Abraham WEBER -[75083] was born in 1771.

        xiv.   Anna WEBER -[75087] died in 1727 at Sea.

2561. Anne BAUMAN-[91579],1,2,4,5,6 daughter of Wendel BAUMAN -[91679] and Ann BAUMAN -[91690], was born about 1705 in Zurich, Switzerland and died about 1777 in Landcaster Co. PA.,, at age 72.

Anne married Jacob WEBER -[91568] [MRIN:48424] 1,2,4,5.,6

2562. Doric (Yost) BUCKWALTER-[73249] 1,2,15 was born in 1702 and died in 1782,, at age 80.

General Notes: !Indices & Supplement to Who was Henry weaver (1732-1807) Buried PineBank
Cemetery, Mount Joy Township, Adams Co., PA by Robert Kean Weaver, St.
Augustine, Florida 32086. Published 1985.

Doric married (name unknown) 1,2.,15

The child from this marriage was:

1281       i.   Barbara BUCKWALTER -[86271] (born on 16 Oct 1730 in Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania - died in Feb 1796 in Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania)

2576. Johann Christoph CRECELIUS-[73653],1,2,10 son of Johnanes CRECELIUS -[73887] and Kaharina DREYLING -[73888], was born on 3 Aug 1652 in Nauheim, Nassau, Germany and died before 1724,, before age 73.

Noted events in his life were:

Twin: Hans Georg Crecelius.

Johann married Anna Catherina CONRAD -[73654] [MRIN:40665] in Feb 1680 in Herinen, Amt Kirberg, Nassau, Germany 1,2.,10

Children from this marriage were:

          i.   Anna Elisabethe CRECELIUS -[73899] was born on 25 Feb 1681.

1288      ii.   Johannes CRECELIUS -[73405] (born on 24 Feb 1682 in Heringen, Kirberg, Germany - died on 21 Feb 1760 in Reichelsheim, Germany)

        iii.   Elisabethe Margarethe CRECELIUS -[73901] was born on 8 Oct 1685 in Heringen, Amt Kirberg, Nassau, Germany.

         iv.   Johannes Jacob CRECELIUS -[73903] was born on 27 Feb 1687 in Heringen, Amt Kirberg, Nassau, Germany and died on 8 Dec 1762 in Heringen, Amt Kirberg, Nassau, Germany,, at age 75.

          v.   Elisabethe Catherine CRECELIUS -[73904] was born on 21 May 1689 in Heringen, Amt Kirberg, Nassau, Germany.

         vi.   Unname Dau CRECELIUS -[74061] was born on 16 Nov 1691 in Heringen, Amt Kirberg, Nassau, Germany.

        vii.   Johann Philipp CRECELIUS -[74062] was born about Mar 1693 in Heringen, Amt Kirberg, Nassau, Germany and died in Germany,.

       viii.   Unnamed Daughter CRECELIUS -[73905] was born on 14 Jun 1696 in Heringen, Amt Kirberg, Nassau, Germany and died on 14 Jun 1696 in Heringen, Amt Kirberg, Nassau, Germany,.

         ix.   Anna Margarethe CRECELIUS -[73906] was born on 18 Dec 1698 in Heringen, Amt Kirberg, Nassau, Germany.

2577. Anna Catherina CONRAD-[73654],1,2,10 daughter of Han Dietrich CONRAD -[73885] and Anna Maria BONART -[73886], was born about 1659 in Heringen, Amt Kirberg, Nassau, Germany and died on 22 Apr 1753 in Reichelsheim Wetterau, Germany,, at age 94.

Anna married Johann Christoph CRECELIUS -[73653] [MRIN:40665] in Feb 1680 in Herinen, Amt Kirberg, Nassau, Germany 1,2.,10

2592. Hans LANDIS-[93457] 1,2,4,5,6 was born about 1645 in Zurich, Switzerland and died about 1704 in Zurich, Switzerland,, at age 59.

Hans married Ann WITMER -[93468] [MRIN:49310] 1,2,4,5.,6

The child from this marriage was:

1296       i.   Benjamin LANDIS -[93434] (born about 1700 in Zurich, Switzerland - died about 1765 in Zurich, Switzerland)

2593. Ann WITMER-[93468] 1,2,4,5,6 was born about 1690 in Zurich, Switzerland and died about 1753 in Zurich, Switzerland,, at age 63.

Ann married Hans LANDIS -[93457] [MRIN:49310] 1,2,4,5.,6

2598. Hans HERR-[93501] 1,2,4,5,6 was born about 1628 in Zurich, Switzerland and died about 1689 in Zurich, Switzerland,, at age 61.

Hans married Margareth KOCH -[93512] [MRIN:49336] 1,2,4,5.,6

The child from this marriage was:

1299       i.   Maria (Magdalena) HERR -[93490] (born about 1663 in Zurich, Switzerland - died about 1746 in Zurich, Switzerland)

2599. Margareth KOCH-[93512] 1,2,4,5,6 was born about 1642 in Zurich, Switzerland and died about 1697 in Zurich, Switzerland,, at age 55.

Margareth married Hans HERR -[93501] [MRIN:49336] 1,2,4,5.,6

3778. Ralph SHEPARD-[92834],1,2,4,5,6 son of Issac SHEPARD -[92901], was born about 1606 and died about 1667,, at age 61.

Ralph married Thanks Lord PERKINS -[92845] [MRIN:49034] 1,2,4,5.,6

The child from this marriage was:

1889       i.   Trial SHEPARD -[92823] (born on 19 Dec 1641 - died about 1712)

3779. Thanks Lord PERKINS-[92845],1,2,4,5,6 daughter of Thomas LORD -[92912] and Dorothy BIRD -[92923], was born about 1612 and died about 1674,, at age 62.

Thanks married Ralph SHEPARD -[92834] [MRIN:49034] 1,2,4,5.,6

3780. Richard PARKE-[92856],1,2,4,5,6 son of William PARKE -[93056] and Mary MANNING -[93067], was born on 8 Aug 1609 and died about 1777,, at age 168.

Richard married Margery CRANE -[92867] [MRIN:49047] 1,2,4,5.,6

The child from this marriage was:

1890       i.   Thomas PARK -[92790] (born on 2 Nov 1628 - died on 11 Aug 1690)

3781. Margery CRANE-[92867],1,2,4,5,6 daughter of Jasper CRANE -[93100] and Mrs. CRANE -[93112], was born about 1595 and died about 1668,, at age 73.

Margery married Richard PARKE -[92856] [MRIN:49047] 1,2,4,5.,6

3782. Edward DIKES-[92878] 1,2,4,5,6 was born about 1616 and died about 1683,, at age 67.

Edward married Jane WILKINSON -[92890] [MRIN:49063] 1,2,4,5.,6

The child from this marriage was:

1891       i.   Abigail DIX -[92801] (born on 21 May 1637 - died on 3 Feb 1691)

3783. Jane WILKINSON-[92890],1,2,4,5,6 daughter of William WILKINSON -[93682] and Anne TEASDALE -[93683], was born about 1615 and died about 1688,, at age 73.

Jane married Edward DIKES -[92878] [MRIN:49063] 1,2,4,5.,6

3784. John WHITCOMB-[93670],1,2,4,5,6 son of William WHITCOMB -[93674] and Dorothy TAYLOR -[93675], was born about 1558 in London, England and died about 1648 in Sherbour, England,, at age 90.

John married (name unknown) 1,2,4,5.,6

The child from this marriage was:

1892       i.   Jonathan WHITCOMB -[92767] (born on 14 Sep 1628 - died in Feb 1690)

3788. Thomas JOCELYN-[93671],1,2,4,5,6 son of Ralph JOSSELYN -[70940] and Mary BRIGHT -[93678], was born about 1592 in Esse, England and died on 3 Jan 1660 in La. USA,, at age 68.

Thomas married Rebecca MARLOWE -[93672] [MRIN:49430] 1,2,4,5.,6

The child from this marriage was:

1894       i.   Abraham JOCELYN -[92745] (born about 1619 - died on 9 Jul 1670)

3789. Rebecca MARLOWE-[93672] 1,2,4,5,6 was born in 1592 in London, England and died in 1636 in La. USA,, at age 44.

Rebecca married Thomas JOCELYN -[93671] [MRIN:49430] 1,2,4,5.,6

3790. Phillip HAMPSON-[93673] 1,2,4,5,6 was born in 1601 in London, Eng. and died in 1654 in London, Eng.,, at age 53.

Phillip married (name unknown) 1,2,4,5.,6

The child from this marriage was:

1895       i.   Beatrice HAMPSON -[92756] (born on 15 Jul 1623 - died on 11 Jan 1711)

3840. Robert HARRIS-[71538],1,2,9 son of Thomas HARRIS -[71542] and Adria OSBORNE -[71543], was born on an unknown date and died in 1701 in Blissland Parish VA,, at age 66.

General Notes: From: "James P. Harris" <jpharris@juno.com>
Subject: [HARRIS-VA] William Harris 1621 Part 1
Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 10:19:29 -0400

May 1, 2001
By J. Phillip Harris

Part 1 - The introduction to William Harris of Jamestown

A few weeks ago, while gathering information about the possibleEnglish
origins of Capt. Thomas Harris, I stumbled across somethingthat turned
out to be a major discovery in a mystery I have long beentrying to
solve. It had nothing to do with Capt. Thomas Harris. It wasabout
William Harris who came to Virginia with William Claiborne in1621. For
over twenty years I have been gathering bits and pieces ofinformation
about this William Harris but I could never really get a senseof
identity on him. It has always appeared that he left nodistinct Harris
descendant lines like the other Harris immigrants. For thisreason, no
one ever seemed interested in finding out who he was orconnecting back
to him. I believe that is about to change.

If you are a descendant of the William Harris/TemperanceOverton line or
the Robert Harris/Mourning Glen line of Hanover County, youwill be very
interested in this. If you are a descendant of the Matthew
Harris/Elizabeth Lee line of Louisa, Albemarle and NelsonCounties and
beyond, you will be interested in this. If you are adescendant of the
George Fuller Harris line of Pittsylvania County, Virginia andLincoln
County, Kentucky, you will be interested in this. I nowbelieve William
Harris, who came to Virginia in 1621, is your immigrant Harrisancestor.

The key to this was discovering the village of Willingale Doein Essex,
England. Willingale Doe is about eight miles west ofChelmsford in
Essex. For those who were upset by my attack on the misuse ofLDS
databases, you will be glad to know that it was discovery ofthe
extracted parish records for Willingale Doe on the LDSInternational
Genealogical Index that first opened the door on all of this.I hope I
have sufficiently "eaten crow" for my misdirected attack. Inow think
the IGI is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Incredibly, what we have within a ONE SQUARE MILE area aroundWillingale
Doe in the year 1600 are the following places:

1. Shellow Bowells - the village where Edward Harris residedfor most of
his adult life. Edward Harris was the youngest overall son ofWilliam
Harris of Southminster by his third wife, Agnes Rutter.

2. Torrell Hall - the home of the Henry Josselyn family and hisdaughter
Anne who married Edward Harris as his second wife in 1583. TheJosselyns
were cousins to the nearby family of Sir Thomas Gates of GoodEaster, who
became one of the early governors of the Virginia colony.

3. Little Burch Hall - the home of the John Butler/JaneElliott family
and their daughter Elizabeth, who was to marry WilliamClaiborne in
Virginia c1635. This family also included Elizabeth's olderbrothers
John and Thomas Butler who both eventually came to Virginia andsettled
in Claiborne's Kent Island settlement in the upper ChesapeakeBay. The
brother of the senior John Butler was Capt. Nathaniel Butler ofnearby
Roxwell who was to become the Governor of Bermuda from 1619 to1622 and
who later sat on the Council of Virginia with WilliamClaiborne.

4. Willingale Doe - the village where we find the parishrecords for the
entire William Harris/Joan Hardings family including their sonWilliam,
who was born in 1596.

When we begin to expand out from these four families and lookat the
marriages of the children and other associated families in theWillingale
Doe, Shellow Bowells and Roxwell parish records, we find anumber of
interconnections between all four of the families. As it turnsout, the
key to discovering our Harris history in England AND Virginialies not in
the association with William Claiborne but in the variousconnections to
the Butler family.

I am first going to propose the entire line as I now believe itoccurred.
It will cover the six generations starting with William Harrisof
Southminster and going through the first three generations inVirginia.
What will follow after that will be a detailed explanation anddiscussion
of existing evidence that hopefully will support myconclusions.

Please understand, this is all new. You will not find thisproposed
anywhere else. I am the first to go down this path. For thisreason, I
do not expect nor desire any of this to be accepted untilothers have
followed the same path and come to similar conclusions. Myobjective in
this is to leave a clear path of evidence and logic that otherscan
follow, but each of you must do the research and arrive at yourown

William Harris of Southminster, High Sheriff of Essex
married 1st Johanna Smith c1515
Had a total of three wives and thirteen children, the oldestbeing son
William Harris.

William Harris
married Jane Semer of "Brawghinge" (probably Bocking) c1540
Only one known child, a son William Harris.

William Harris of Willingale Doe, Essex.
c1545- after1601
married Joan Hardings 6 May 1576
i. Ellen 1586
ii. Elizabeth 1590
iii. John 1593
iv. WILLIAM 1596
v. Thomas 1596 (William and Thomas were possibly twins)
vi. Edward 1599
vii. Alice 1601

William Harris - came to Virginia in 1621 as a surveyor withWilliam
1596-c1656 (born in Willingale Doe, Essex - died at Jamestown,Virginia)
married (possibly) Ellen Burrows c1624, daughter of AnthonyBurrows.
i. James
ii. William
iii. Robert

1. James Harris c1625-after 1667 - settled first in York Countyc1647,
later in Westmoreland County c1662.
2. William Harris c1630-unknown (est. c1690) - lived atJamestown in
i. Robert - see Generation 6.
ii. William - in James City County in 1704, died in York Countyc1739
iii. Thomas - died in York County c1728, married to Beatrice.
3. Robert Harris c1635-1701 - settled on Ware Creek in New KentCounty
i. -------> William Harris/Temperance Overton line of HanoverCounty.
ii. -------> Robert Harris/Mourning Glen line of HanoverCounty.

Robert Harris c1660-1716 - settled in York County near Yorktownc1682
married 1st Mary Albritton c1693
i. Robert Harris - married Mary Starke ------> George FullerHarris line
ii. Matthew Harris - married Elizabeth Lee ------> MatthewHarris line
iii. John Harris - remained in York County.
married 2nd Anne Fuller, widow of George Fuller.

For the most part, all of the information needed to constructthis can be
found in commonly available sources, either online or at mostlarger
libraries. The predominant sources are:
1. The IGI parish records at LDS FamilySearch (batches beginwith prefix
"C" or "M").
2. The Visitations of Essex of 1552 and 1558
3. Cavaliers and Pioneers Volumes I and II (Nugent I and NugentII) -
land patent records.
4. Various volumes of the Virginia Genealogies series (also onFTM CDs or
online at Genealogy.com if you have a subscription).
5. A biography on William Caliborne called Virginia Venturerpublished in
1954, or any other suitable biography on William Claiborne.

I would also suggest a good map of Virginia, preferably theDeLorme Atlas
of topographical maps that exists for each state as well as adetailed
driving atlas of Great Britain showing the towns and villages.

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From: "James P. Harris" <jpharris@juno.com>
Subject: [HARRIS-VA] William Harris 1621 Part 2
Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 10:20:27 -0400

PART 2 - Why I believe William Harris of Willingale Doe was thegrandson
of William Harris of Southminster.

The main records we have to rely on for William Harris ofSouthminster
are the Visitations of Essex 1552. Essentially thatinformation tells us
the basics about the first three generations. William Harrisfirst
married Joanna Smith, had son and heir William who married JaneSemer,
and who likewise had a son named William. The Visitations ofEssex 1558
go on to list all three wives, all thirteen of his children, aswell as a
number of his grandchildren. Since he was a prominent Essexofficial,
there are other court records that substantiate the time periodin which
he lived. His will in 1556 confirms five of his sons, that hislast wife
was named Agnes (Rutter), and lists the properties he owned.The five
surviving sons that were still living in 1556 were William andVincent by
the first marriage, Arthur by the second marriage, andChristopher and
Edward by the third marriage. (A full copy of the willsubmitted by Nol
Robertson can be found in the archives of Harris-Va onRootsweb.) Even
if the Visitations of Essex are inaccurate, we know that he didhave
those five sons, and he names them in that order in his will.The oldest
son William actually does not receive a legacy from his fatherin the
will. Wording in the will implies that the son William Harrishad
already been provided for and was well established in 1556. Itis stated
that he had already been assigned property that was not namedin the
will. We do not know the location of that property.

Although there are few actual parish records for the early1500s, we can
estimate by various sources that William Harris married hisfirst wife
Johanna Smith around 1515. With thirteen children, if WilliamHarris
averaged one child every two years over all three wives, thatwould put
the last child being born in 1541. We already know from the1556 will
that Christopher and Edward Harris were still underage in 1556confirming
that Edward, the last son, was probably not born until around1540-1545.
If William, the first son, was born shortly after the 1515marriage, then
he was just coming of age, marrying, and having his first sonWilliam in
that same 1540-1545 time period. That means William Harris of
Southminster had a son Edward and a grandson William who were
approximately the same age.

The parish records of Willingale Doe (IGI M058661) tell us thatWilliam
Harris married Joan Hardings on 6 May 1576. That is a perfect30 year
cycle from 1516 (1516-1546-1576), giving the distinctpossibility of
William Harris of Willingale Doe to be the third generationWilliam.
Edward Harris married Anne Josselyn 9 July 1583 in ShellowBowells (IGI
7134017). He had first married Elizabeth Barrington around1575 (no IGI
record). The Barringtons were from Hatfield Broad Oak aboutsix miles
from Shellow Bowells and Willingale Doe. It is very apparentthat Edward
Harris and William Harris were almost the same age and livedwithin a
half mile of each other. They have all the appearances of afamily
relationship. The only possible relationship in the knownfamily that
would fit this criteria of a William being the same age asEdward Harris
would be that of the uncle and nephew described above.

One other connection can be gleaned from the 1556 will. ThomasKinge was
listed a number of times as the personal servant of WilliamHarris of
Southminster and received a small legacy. The will also listeda
daughter (unnamed) of the third wife, Agnes Rutter, by herprevious
marriage and the daughter was stated to be the wife of RichardKinge of
Bockinge. Bockinge was also the home of Joanne Cooke, thesecond wife of
William Harris as well as the home of Jane Semer who marriedthe second
generation William Harris. Bockinge is twelve miles fromWillingale Doe
straight up the old Roman road from London. Two of thechildren of
William Harris of Willingale Doe married members of the Kingefamily of
Halstead. Halstead is just a couple of miles outside ofBockinge along
the same road. The two marriages were Thomas Harris to SarahKinge 25
Mar 1617 and Alice Harris to Thomas Kinge 24 Nov 1618 (IGI8205631).
Sarah and Thomas Kinge were the children of Richard Kinge, both
christened in Colchester, Essex in 1587 and 1592 respectively(IGI
812134, 812135). It appears that Richard Kinge was thegrandson of Agnes
Rutter who, of course, was also the mother of Edward Harris.

Considering the compelling evidence, I feel very comfortable indrawing
the conclusion that William Harris of Willingale Doe was thegrandson of
William Harris of Southminster and nephew of Edward Harris ofShellow

Side Note: I will not use any of the possibilities concerningCapt.
Thomas Harris in support of my conclusions about the identityof William
Harris since none of the theories about Capt. Thomas Harris canbe proven
yet. One of those theories is that Thomas Harris was the sonof Edward
Harris and Anne Josselyn. Obviously, if that theory were toend up being
validated, it would not only support my conclusions aboutWilliam Harris,
but taken together would have major implications concerning thewhole
history of the Harris family in England and their involvementwith the
settlement of Virginia.

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From: "James P. Harris" <jpharris@juno.com>
Subject: [HARRIS-VA] William Harris 1621 Part 3
Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 10:21:14 -0400

PART 3 - Why I believe William Harris born in Willingale Doe in1596, son
of William Harris, is the same William Harris who came toVirginia in
1621 with William Claiborne.

We need to start with the one major piece of information thathas always
been there concerning William Harris who came to Virginia in1621. That
is the first land patent for William Claiborne that wasrecorded on 3
June 1624 (Nugent I pg6). It was for the property that wouldform his
first plantation at "Kecoughtan" (Elizabeth City or laterHampton). In
it Claiborne claims the patent for transportation of threepersons,
William Harris who came in the "George" in 1621 and John Phippsand
William Morris who came in the "Tyger" in 1621. All of thisinformation
is contained within the patent itself. These four menrepresent the
survey crew sent over by the Virginia Company in 1621 to startlaying out
a new town at Jamestown, with William Claiborne in the newposition as
Surveyor General.

The obvious connection between William Harris and WilliamClaiborne is
with Elizabeth Butler. She was practically thenext-door-neighbor of
William Harris in Willingale Doe and then married WilliamClaiborne in
1635. But this connection has more to do with explaining howWilliam
Claiborne eventually met his wife than it does with linking himto
William Harris in 1621. In 1621, William Claiborne had not yetmet his
future wife nor any of her family. So the big question comesin "how did
these four men come together to become the new survey crew in1621?"

First we need a little background on William Claiborne. Thisis where a
biography on Claiborne comes in handy. Since he later becameSecretary
of State and Deputy Governor of Virginia and played such anactive role
in the early history, there is a wealth of material on him.Actually,
the best genealogical study of William Claiborne was made byClayton
Torrence for a series in the Virginia Magazine of History. A
consolidated version can be found in Genealogies of VirginiaFamilies,
Virginia Magazine of History, Volume II, pages 39-70. It istotally
factual, contains no speculation, and refutes a number ofincorrect myths
previously written about William Claiborne.

Claiborne was born in Crayford, Kent in 1600. His father,Thomas, died
when he was young and his mother, Sara, never remarried afterthat. She
had first been married to Roger James, a prominent minister inStepney.
While Claiborne was growing up, his mother maintained homesboth in
Stepney and in Crayford. She was quite a socialite in Londonsociety and
William Wiseman, a prominent attorney who lived in Laindon,Essex,
attended to her affairs through both husbands and beyond.Claiborne
attended Cambridge and majored in math and science. He gainedthe
reputation of being somewhat of a student activist during atime when the
colleges and universities of England were involved in a periodof liberal

At about that same time, the Virginia Company was facing acrisis. The
settlement in Virginia had not been profitable and the companywas facing
a threatened dissolution by the king. The leadership of theCompany was
split between the older military group led by Sir Thomas Smyth,and the
younger more business oriented group led by Sir Edwin Sandysand Nicholas
Farrar. Farrar had strong ties to Cambridge and WilliamClaiborne had
caught his eye as a result of Claiborne's involvement instudent affairs.
A new leadership group, from Governor on down, was beingformed to send
to Virginia. There was a lot of internal political maneuveringto see
which group could place their preferred candidates in whichpositions.

The position of Surveyor was to go to Richard Norewood. He hadbeen the
surveyor to Virginia in 1616 under Samuel Argall. Sadly tosay, Argall
had governed in such a way that Norewood left no records of hiswork
during that time. That is why the land records we haveavailable today
do not start until 1624 with Claiborne's work. RichardNorewood had next
gone to Bermuda as surveyor in 1619 with Capt. NathanielButler, the new
Governor to Bermuda. Remember that Nathaniel Butler was theuncle of
Elizabeth Butler and was from Roxwell, just three miles fromWillingale
Doe. For some reason, probably the organizational politicswithin the
Virginia Company, negotiations with Richard Norewood broke downat the
last minute, and the 21 year old William Claiborne foundhimself
appointed to the surveyor position. He had little over a monthto go
before departure and had no experience as a surveyor.

How did Claiborne come in contact with his three-man surveycrew on such
short notice? There is no indication he had met any of themprior to
that. William Harris was 25 years old from Willingale Doe.John Phipps
appears to be from Hornechurch, Essex, the son of AlexanderPhipps and
Agnes Bright (IGI C042221 and M042221) and was born in 1602making him 19
years old. I might mention that the will of William Harris of
Southminster in 1556 mentions a parcel of land "bought fromPhipps."
William Harris and John Phipps would maintain a closerelationship all
the way into the 1650s in Virginia. William Morris was the sonof
William Morris and Agnes Petchie of Blackmore (IGI M035981),just three
miles south of Willingale Doe. He was 18 years old. There isno answer
to our question in the records, but we might speculate at thispoint.

Theory #1. William Harris, being 25 years old in 1621 andclosely
associated with Capt. Nathaniel Butler, may have already goneto Bermuda
with him in 1619 and learned the surveying trade under RichardNorewood.
Harris may have already recruited the other two younger Essexmen to be
ready to go when it appeared Norewood would be appointed to thesurveyor
position. Even if William Harris had not gone to Bermuda anddidn't know
Norewood, his association with Nathaniel Butler may have sethim up for
the job. Claiborne may have just inherited the whole crew bydefault as
a result of Norewood's preparation.

Theory #2. William Harris, Phipps and Morris may have alreadybeen an
established survey crew in Essex. Claiborne's family attorney,William
Wiseman, was located just 12 miles from Willingale Doe inLaindon and
perhaps William Harris had been involved in doing work for him
previously. When Claiborne needed to put together a crew onsuch short
notice, he would no doubt have turned to Wiseman for help.

Whatever way they came together, on 24 July 1621 the group ofyoung
surveyors were ready to depart for Virginia; William Claiborne21,
William Harris 25, John Phipps 19, and William Morris 18. TheVirginia
Company was to pay the passage for Claiborne and twoassistants.
Claiborne would pay for the other assistant. They had a threeyear
contract and their objective was to lay out a new town atJamestown and
establish an orderly system to provide for the individualownership of
land in Virginia.


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From: "James P. Harris" <jpharris@juno.com>
Subject: [HARRIS-VA] William Harris 1621 Part 4
Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 10:22:14 -0400

PART 4 - William Harris in Virginia.
(Most of the historical information in this section can bepulled from
various sources on the history of Jamestown as well as from thebiography
of William Claiborne.)

The "George", with Claiborne and Harris reached Jamestown inOctober
without any problem. The "Tyger", with Phipps and Morris wasblown off
course and chased by pirates and ended up two months late.Also on board
the "George" were Sir Francis Wyatt, the new Governor, and Dr.John
Potts, the new physician. Normally, upon reaching Jamestown,all new
settlers were housed in the "Block House." Claiborne, however,was
invited to live with Governor Wyatt, while William Harris livedwith Dr.
Potts in the house provided to him. We might assume Phipps andMorris
received the same privilege. This is important because later,we see a
few instances of land deals involving Potts, Harris, andPhipps. It was
Dr. Potts who patented the large piece of property behindArcher's Hope
that he called "Harrop". Much of the interior part of thisparcel was
later sectioned off to become the "Middle Plantation" which weknow
eventually became Williamsburg. More on that later.

Initially, the surveyors worked on laying off a new town forJamestown.
Jamestown was not really an island at the time and the locationof the
new town was on the "back of the island" where the neck of theJamestown
peninsula attached to the mainland. Also located at this pointon the
mainland was the "Glass House" where the colonists had a glassblowing
operation until 1624. The Glass House was located about wherethe
Jamestown Festival Park is located today. Again, this willbecome
important later in land deals involving William Harris.

Eventually, the surveyors began to branch out and do work inother
locations, going as far up the James River as Henricus andacross the Bay
to the recent Eastern Shore settlements. They traveledeverywhere by
water, with Claiborne being supplied with a small sloop.Claiborne
became particularly interested in exploring farther up theChesapeake
Bay. He was very ambitious and wanted to establish settlementsfor the
production of tobacco in various locations. By 1626, Claibornehad
established active plantations at Kecoughtan, Archer's Hope,and Blount
Point on the lower Peninsula and also over on the EasternShore.
Kecoughtan (Hampton, Va.), being the more centralized location,became
Claiborne's home base of operations.

The initial expansion away from Jamestown was thwarted somewhatby the
massacre of 1622. The surviving colonists, who had begun tospread out
to individual land parcels, tended to pull back temporarilyinto the
original settlements for protection. You can readily see thisin the
muster of 1623. We find William Harris listed among the namesof those
at Elizabeth City, the new name for the Kecoughtan settlement.That was
one of the few places that had not been attacked in themassacre of 1622.
Also listed at Elizabeth City were the names Alice Harris andElinor
Harris. Since many of the newer computer files listing themuster
records alphabetize the names, it makes it appear that therewas some
association between these three Harris people. When you vieworiginal
listings, however, you will see the three are named in separate
locations. In the same listing, other known families alwaysappear
together. Harris was a very common name, and the fact that thethree
were not listed together makes me believe there was noconnection between
them. I did pursue records on these two women but foundnothing that
would make me change my opinion at this point in time.

William Harris was located at Elizabeth City because he wasacting as
overseer for William Claiborne's plantation at Kecoughtan. TheVirginia
Company was dissolved in 1625 and another new leadership groupwas
established with Virginia as a royal colony. Claiborne hadfriends in
high places and was named to the Council of Virginia at age 24and
appointed Secretary of State at age 26. He had already begunto become
involved with the exploration of the upper Chesapeake Bay allthe way to
what is now Pennsylvania. While William Claiborne was involvedwith his
explorations and the official affairs of his position, WilliamHarris
managed Claiborne's plantation affairs on the Peninsula. Alsolocated at
Elizabeth City at this time was Anthony Burrows and John Laydonwho had
married Burrow's sister Anne in the first marriage in Virginia.John
Laydon had come to Jamestown in 1607 with the very firstvoyage. The
local official in the Elizabeth City area was Capt. RaleighCroshaw who
had come to Virginia in 1608 on the second supply. Croshaw had
accompanied Claiborne on his explorations and, with just a fewmen, had
successfully defended a remote trading outpost up on thePotomac River in
the 1622 attack. Burrows, Laydon, and the Croshaw family wouldall have
future involvement with William Harris and his family.

In 1624, the expansion into other areas of the lower VirginiaPeninsula
began to occur. To understand the migration patterns of thenext two
generations of this Harris family, even in such a small area,one needs
to understand a little about the geography of the VirginiaPeninsula.
The whole center section of the Peninsula running almost up to
Williamsburg was one big cypress swamp back in the early 1600s.The
swamp was the headwaters of the Back Bay and Poquoson River.The only
high land was along the banks of the James and York Rivers,which
consisted of sediment deposits washed down by ancient floods.The
Chiskiak Indians (under Powhatan) lived along the banks of theYork
River. The colonists lived along the banks of the James River.The
swamp in the middle was as impassable as a river. In fact, itwas more
impassable because, you could at least float across a river.To get from
one side of the Peninsula to the other, one had to go up theriver to
near Williamsburg before crossing over and coming down theother side.
This fact allowed the colonists and the Indians to co-exist onopposite
sides of the Peninsula until almost 1635.

In part, for carrying out his duties as Surveyor, Claibornereceived a
grant of 250 acres at Archer's Hope just below Jamestown in Dec1625. In
May 1626 he received an additional grant of 500 acres nearBlount Point
on the neck of land between the Warwick River and Deep Creek.At about
the same time William Harris received a grant at Blount Pointin
partnership with Anthony Burrows (see Leyden, Nugent I pg11).The
location of this parcel was inland from the main river,directly across
Deep Creek from the William Claiborne patent and adjacent toJohn Laydon.
Deep Creek could be entered by large sailing vessels so thiseffectively
gave Claiborne, Harris, Burrows and Laydon control of the creekas the
only deep water harbor in that area. William Harris patentedtwo
additional parcels at Blount Point in 1628 on the main river(Nugent I
pg12). While Claiborne's grant was permanent, the grants forWilliam
Harris, Burrows and Laydon were all ten year leases payablewith annual
amounts of tobacco. This indicates the land was for tobaccoplanting
only, and there was no intention of residing there. It isalmost certain
that William Harris returned at this time to reside atJamestown while
managing all of the various properties along the river fromJamestown to
Blount Point for himself and Claiborne. He would reside atJamestown for
the rest of his life. In 1636, at the expiration of theleases, John
Laydon permanently re-patented all of the above parcels atBlount Point
(Nugent I pg38), although he continued to live at ElizabethCity as
William Claiborne's neighbor. Laydon apparently retained theBlount
Point properties until his death around 1650 (see Hall, NugentI pg396).

There are a couple of things significant about the partnership
arrangement with Anthony Burrows. Burrows was older, born inLondon in
1581 (IGI P001531). His age was stated to be 44 in the musterof 1625.
He had been in Virginia since 1614 and had apparently broughthis family
with him. He had a brother named James and that was also thename of his
only son born in 1607. His daughter was named Ellen and shewas born in
1599 in London (all the same IGI record). Although there isnever any
direct statement, it later appears that James Harris ofYorktown is the
son of William Harris. Since James Harris first begins toappear in the
York County court records in 1647, he would have to be theoldest son of
William Harris and would have to have been born around 1625.This all
leads me to believe that William Harris had married, mostlikely to Ellen
Burrows, the daughter of Anthony Burrows and had named hisfirst son
James, after (or perhaps in honor of) Ellen Burrows' brother.William
Harris being married to Anthony Burrows' daughter and JohnLaydon to
Burrows' sister would account for the land relationship betweenthe three
at Blount Point in the 1620s and 1630s.

Claiborne made his first return voyage to England in the fallof 1630.
He would return to Virginia in the May of 1631. The purpose ofthe visit
was to secure financing for his Kent Island venture in theupper
Chesapeake and to recruit settlers. There are records thatcould be
interpreted to show that William Harris accompanied him toEngland. Two
patents by neighbors of Claiborne almost 40 years later containthe list
of headright claims that resulted from the return voyage toVirginia (see
Talbott & Downes, 1667, Nugent II pg27 and Goodrich, 1672,Nugent II
pg116). Claiborne never used these claims and assigned them toothers at
some point. We know they were from the 1631 voyage because ofa number
of the names on the list, in particularly that of WilliamDawson. Both
Claiborne and Lord Baltimore laid claim to Kent Island,resulting in a 20
year dispute that Claiborne eventually lost. On 23 April 1635,a ship
belonging to Lord Baltimore fired on one of Claiborne's ships,killing
three men including William Dawson. Ironically, Dawson'sheadright claim
wasn't used until almost 40 years after his death. WilliamHarris, who
in 1667 had died a decade earlier, was the first name on thelist behind
Claiborne's, followed by John Phipps and William Morris. Doesthis mean
they all made the voyage, or is it just an example of theflagrant abuse
of the headright system that was common at that time? I nowtend to
interpret this as being the latter. It just doesn't make sensethat
William Harris would go back to England with Claiborne. IfClaiborne was
going to be gone for nine months, he would need William Harristo remain
in Virginia to manage the plantations on the Peninsula.

Whether William Harris accompanied Claiborne or not, Claiborneapparently
made a visit to Willingale Doe, perhaps to consort withNathaniel Butler
who was trying to establish a settlement of his own onProvidence Island
in the Bahamas. For whatever reason, Claiborne was introducedto the
household of John Butler at Little Burch Hall. It was herethat he met
the 21 year old Elizabeth Butler. He also met her olderbrothers, John
and Thomas. John Butler was the same age as Claiborne, born 7Dec 1600
in Roxwell Parish (IGI C042551). Thomas Butler was slightlyyounger and
in 1625 had married Joan Mount-Stephen of Stepney, who was thewidow of a
personal friend of Claiborne's brother Thomas Claiborne. WhenClaiborne
returned to Virginia in May 1631 he was accompanied by his ownbrother,
Thomas Claiborne and his wife Jane, as well as by Thomas Butlerand his
wife Joan. Both families would be among the first settlers onKent
Island. Thomas Butler would eventually return to England, butin 1635,
John Butler and his entire family came to Virginia. JohnButler brought
with him his younger sister Elizabeth, now 25. ElizabethButler and
William Claiborne were married at the plantation at Kecoughtanwhere they
continued to live for a number of years. Capt. John Butlerbecame the
primary official at the Kent Island settlement for Claiborne.He died in
1642 but left a number of sons on Kent Island. While this mayall seem
irrelevant to William Harris, it will soon become apparent howit all
ties in.


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From: "James P. Harris" <jpharris@juno.com>
Subject: [HARRIS-VA] William Harris 1621 Part 5
Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 10:23:13 -0400

Part 5 - William Harris at Jamestown.

Back in Virginia around 1630 the idea was proposed to build apalisade
across the Peninsula for protection against the Indians. Dr.John Potts
donated a portion of his land behind Archer's Hope and thepalisade (a
ditch and a berm - a symbolic fence) was built across the ridgebetween
Archer's Hope Creek, which flowed into the James and QueensCreek, which
flowed into the York. The settlers were given incentives tobuild their
homes along the palisade to act as watches. The settlementbecame known
as the "Middle Plantation" and later Williamsburg. Among thefirst to
take advantage of this were the two sons of Raleigh Croshaw,the old
Claiborne cohort from Elizabeth City in the 1625 muster. Theywere
Joseph and Richard Croshaw. The Indians at Yorktown soon gotthe hint
they were on the wrong side of the fence and moved out by 1635allowing
the settlers to begin moving into the area along the banks ofthe York
River. This all provided opportunity for William Harris andJohn Phipps
as the official surveyors and much of the land patent activitythey are
involved in reflects this. Surveyors at that time were morelike the
real estate agents of today. They knew about the landopportunities and
would "retain" any deserted and left over properties. Theofficial
surveyors controlled the headright claims which were used muchlike
vouchers, often sold for cash or tobacco. This provided the"financing"
that someone might need to acquire the property by patent.Many of the
patent records in which Harris and Phipps are listed have themassigning
property to others. One of the best examples of this is thepatent for
the old "Glass House" property at Jamestown acquired by Col.Francis
Morrison in 1653 (Nugent 1 pg240 & 313). There are no lessthan three
known surveyors listed among the numerous people this propertypassed
through including Harris and Phipps. Other surveyors workingaround the
Jamestown/York County area were John Senior and James Cockett(see note,
Nugent I pg160).

William Harris and John Phipps, both together and separately,appear to
have accumulated various parcels and lots around Jamestown.Later
patents indicate that William Harris's main residence wasprobably just
west of the Glass House at Jamestown about where the ferrylanding is
today (Nugent I pg305). John Phipps was involved with a parcelof land
in Jamestown that was part of the original parcel patented byDr. John
Potts, and he was also involved with a deal that included theruins of
the old Block House at Jamestown (Nugent I pg340 & 451,Knowles). Later
in 1674 the son of John Phipps, who was also named John,patented 1100
acres just north of the William Harris property (Nugent IIpg152).

By 1637 the York County settlers had already begun to breachtheir own
palisade and move into Indian land on the other side. The areabetween
Queens Creek and Ware Creek was called the "Indian Fields." Itwas a
series of vast communal fields the Indians used for plantingcorn.
Again, it was Joseph and Richard Croshaw who were the first tomove into
the area. In 1637 and 1638, they each patented a few thousandacres
about where the Camp Peary government center is located today(Nugent I
pg222). They controlled most of the land in that area for thenext 20-25
years. Around 1647 we begin to see a number of mentions in theold York
County court records for James Harris who appears to be theoldest son of
William Harris. Court and patent records show that hisproperty was a
straight assignment/sale from Joseph Croshaw that did not useheadright
claims. The parcel was located about where the Camp Peary exiton
Interstate 64 is located today. This is only about six milesfrom the
William Harris land at Jamestown. (Nugent I pg222 Croshaw;Nugent I
pg440 Meekins; Nugent II pg324 Hansford).

Meanwhile, up north, Claiborne's Kent Island settlers werecoming under
increasing harassment by the Maryland Catholics under LordBaltimore who
was pressing his claim for the Island. A number of thesesettlers left
Kent Island and settled along the southern shore of the PotomacRiver in
what was to become Westmoreland County in Virginia. At thetime this was
land that was designated Indian territory and was not supposedto be open
to the colonist. This type of thing was happening in otherareas of
Virginia as well and finally resulted in another Indianuprising in 1644.
As a result, William Claiborne was given command of a militiathat
attacked the Indians at their main town just above what is nowWest
Point, Virginia at the head of the York River. The town wasdestroyed
and most of the Indians soon migrated west to the mountains,completely
out of the region. This opened the way for the colonist tofreely pour
into the former Indian lands. Around 1650, Claiborne finallygave up his
battle to keep Kent Island under Virginia rule. Most of therest of the
settlers at Kent Island left and joined the other refugees onthe Potomac
in Virginia, including the remaining Butler family members. As
compensation for his loss, William Claiborne received a grantof 5000
acres in 1652 that was the site of the former Indian town hehad
annihilated in 1644 (Nugent I pg244 - renewed in 1653 due to anerror).
The headright claims used for the grant consisted of the namesof many of
the settlers from Kent Island. Included on that list was hisnephew,
John Butler, the son of Elizabeth's brother John. WilliamClaiborne soon
began to build on the new property and finally made the movefrom
Elizabeth City to "Romancoke" in 1661. John Butler joined hisuncle in
the Tidewater Virginia area and on 17 Feb 1652 patented land onthe south
side of the York River very near James Harris. Incredibly, theland was
by assignment/sale from Joseph Croshaw (Nugent I pg271).

It actually gets even better.

After the Restoration in 1661, Charles II promised all theunclaimed land
in the Northern Neck to seven of his rich cronies. Thisstarted a mad
scramble by the current Northern Neck settlers to establishvalid claims
on their property. It was a surveyor's dream. ApparentlyJames Harris
and the younger John Phipps had learned the art (and business)of
surveying from their fathers. Beginning in 1662, John Phipps,James
Harris, AND John Butler, all second generation offspring, startappearing
in a number of Northern Neck patents. These patents follow thesame
multiple-assignment pattern that was typical of the earlierWilliam
Harris/John Phipps patents at Jamestown (see Nugent I pg432,Boswell).
In one Westmoreland County patent, James Harris received 60acres by sale
from Thomas Butler, the brother of John Butler (Nugent Ipg471). Another
patent was a partnership deal through assignments by JohnButler to
Christopher Butler, a third Butler brother (Nugent I pg537).Most
likely, James Harris, like Phipps, eventually returned to theJamestown
area after things settled down in the Northern Neck.

Thus, after forty years, we have come full circle. We have thesecond
generation descendants of two Willingale Doe families stillshowing an
association with each. All five men, Harris, Phipps, and thethree
Butler brothers can be linked to members of the original surveycrew of
1621. Of the original members of that crew, only WilliamClaiborne
himself was still left. His last official correspondence wasin 1677,
and he is thought to have died around 1678 at Romancoke.

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From: "James P. Harris" <jpharris@juno.com>
Subject: [HARRIS-VA] William Harris 1621 Part 6
Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 10:24:11 -0400

Part 6 - The Harris descendant lines.

With an identity for James Harris and his association withJoseph Croshaw
now established, we can turn our attention to Robert Harris,whom I
believe was the third son of William Harris. I will return tothe second
son, William, shortly. The first record referring to RobertHarris
occurs in 1659 (see Browne, Nugent I pg389). From this and anumber of
other records, it can be established that the land of RobertHarris was
on the northern side of Ware Creek just east of present dayBarhamsville,
Virginia. This also establishes that Robert Harris wasprobably born
about 1630-1635. It has been stated in various studies onRobert Harris
of Ware Creek that there was no patent recorded for hisproperty there.
That is not correct. The patent (Nugent I pg489) isincorrectly listed
as Robert Harrison. It is probably a transcribing error thatcould have
occurred at any number of times. An extensive search showsthere was no
one named Robert Harrison in that place at that time, and theproperty
described in the patent is precisely that which, in all othercases, is
listed as Robert Harris. The patent was recorded on 6 Dec 1662and is
for 389 acres. Although the property had been patentedpreviously, the
transfer to Robert Harris came as an assignment from none otherthan
Richard Croshaw. As with the earlier assignments by JosephCroshaw to
James Harris and John Butler, there were no headright claims sothe
property was either sold or a gift by Richard Croshaw. Theredefinitely
appeared to be an on-going relationship between the Croshawfamily and
the Harris family, probably indicating a marriage somewhere inthat
second generation.

Most of the property patented in the Ware Creek area at thattime was
being settled by people from the Jamestown area. This 389 acreparcel
had first been patented by James Houlding in 1653. Houldinghad been
listed as a headright claim by Thomas Nowells in 1648. Nowells(Knowles)
and his brother were property owners in Jamestown and were partof the
deal with John Phipps on the Block House property. There wasan old
Indian road, Rickahock Path, which led straight out from theMiddle
Plantation area. Today, Route 60/30 roughly follows the oldpath and
passes very close to the Robert Harris property, a distance ofabout 15
miles from the William Harris property at Jamestown. Ofcourse, it is
important to show that one of the neighboring property ownersof Robert
Harris was William Overton who was the father of TemperanceOverton
(Nugent II pg218).

The one thing I refuse to use as support for my conclusions isthe myth
about Mary Claiborne Rice being the wife of this Robert Harris.It
simply is not true. There is a very valid explanation for thiswhole
story. One simply has to examine the factual records as wellas Rice
genealogy. Thomas Rice came to Virginia in 1683, which isconfirmed by
records in the Bristol Register. He married a woman namedMarcey, and
St. Peter's Parish records in New Kent County show them havinga son,
Edward, born on 17 April 1690 (IGI North America C504901).This Edward
Rice died in Goochland County in 1769 and in his will named hiswife Mary
who was said to be a Claiborne. The name "Claiborne" oftenappears as a
given name among the Rice descendants. Whether this Mary Riceremarried
a Harris is not known nor does it matter. The whole storyoccurred two
generations after the traditional Harris genealogy has ithappening. The
sad thing is that Rice researchers figured this out a long timeago, but
Harris researchers continue to hang on to the falseinformation. William
Claiborne had only one daughter, Jane, who married ThomasBrereton about
1658. There was no Mary Claiborne in Robert Harris's time.There was no
Edward Rice in that time. You will not find a single validrecord that
lists anyone by either one of those names in that period oftime. It was
always said that Robert Harris named his first son Williamafter his
famous father-in-law. That, of course, cannot be true becauseWilliam
Claiborne was not his father-in-law. But he probably did namehim after
his own father, William Harris of Jamestown.

I will not examine, nor challenge the traditional Harrisgenealogy that
names the two sons of Robert Harris as William and Robert andhas them
migrating up river to "The Forks" area around what is nowDoswell in
Hanover County. Traditional Harris genealogy has Capt. WilliamHarris of
Hanover marrying Temperance Overton and establishing a longline of well
documented Harris family history including his son, RobertHarris who
married Mourning Glen. While the descendants of Robert Harrismay not be
in dispute, his ancestry has always been one of wildspeculation. Most
reasonable Harris researchers have already determined that hecould NOT
be the son of Capt. Thomas Harris of Henrico, nor that he camefrom Wales
in 1650 (proven to be a concocted newspaper story). Hopefullynow, this
will give the William Harris/Temperance Overton peoplesomething more
substantial to follow.

Interesting Side Note: According to the records of St. Paul'sParish,
Hanover, when the parish was formed in 1704, William Harris was
immediately appointed to be Surveyor for the parish. Was theknowledge
of the profession something that was handed down fromgeneration to

We will now return to the second son of William Harris ofJamestown.
There is so little information in the records on this son,named William.
What there is, however, is pretty precise. A James CityCounty patent
record dated 1 Oct 1658 (Nugent 1 pg388) states that WilliamHarris, son
of William Harris "late deceased" records a claim on a 1/2 acrelot just
above the "dwelling house" of said Harris and running into theIsland.
What this tells us is that this William Harris is definitelythe son of
William Harris of Jamestown, and that William Harris, theimmigrant from
Willingale Doe, has recently died. We can also infer that thelot
involved is one of those in the town of Jamestown and WilliamHarris the
son still resides on the property just to the west ofJamestown. Since
James City County records were so completely destroyed, we haveno other
court records to rely on. The next mention of a land record iswith the
Quit Rents of 1704. Those records list William Harris ashaving 140
acres in James City County. Since William Harris, the son wasalready
"of age" in 1658, he had to have been born around 1630. Inthat case, he
would have been in his 70s in 1704. Perhaps the William Harrisin 1704
was a next generation, the grandson of William Harris ofJamestown.

The colonial capital of Virginia was moved to Williamsburg in1698.
After that, Jamestown fell into ruin as an active town and portwhile
Yorktown began to flourish. While there are no furtherindications of
anyone named Harris in what few James City County recordsexist, there
are three men who appear to be in the same generation in theYork County
records in the early 1700s, a William Harris, Robert Harris,and Thomas
Harris. The one we know the most about is Robert Harris whowrote his
will in 1712 and died in 1716. Land patent records firstestablish him
in 1680 (Nugent II pg207, Whittacar). The property can beprecisely
located to be just inside the York County line right at thepoint where
York County, James City County, and Warwick County (now NewportNews)
come together at one point (Nugent II pg317). The main roadfrom
Williamsburg to Yorktown was referred to as the "Horse Path"and the
Robert Harris land was just on the western side of this road.It is now
located inside the Naval Weapons Center and is about 10 milesfrom
Jamestown. The property first belonged to William Brocas ofWarwick
County and was adjacent to the property of Henry Lee on thenorth and
Edward Baptist on the east. There would be marriages involvedwith both
of these families. When Robert Harris died in 1716, his sonswere just
coming of age. Only Matthew appeared to be married at thattime. That
places the sons as being born in the 1690-95 period which worksout with
Robert Harris being born around 1655-60 and that, in turn,works out with
the William Harris at Jamestown coming of age around 1655.Although
there appear to be no firm records to definitely link RobertHarris of
Yorktown to William Harris of Jamestown, the proximity, demiseof
Jamestown, and near-perfect timeline would certainly seem tosuggest the

The unidentified William Harris who appears in the samegeneration as
Robert Harris in York County died in 1739. He may have beenthe William
Harris who still retained the Jamestown property in 1704.There was also
a Thomas Harris who shows up in the Charles Parish records asbeing
married to a Beatrice. York County records show his inventorybeing
taken in 1728. It will take further research to establish adefinite
connection between these two men and William Harris ofJamestown. For
now it just appears to be a likely assumption.

Two of the sons of Robert Harris of Yorktown lead to welldocumented
Harris descendant lines, which I will not examine or questionin this
text. Matthew Harris married Elizabeth Lee and their offspringmigrated
up the York River watershed, leaving descendants in variouscounties all
the way to the mountains of Virginia around Albemarle County.The oldest
son Robert Harris married Mary Starke and that, in a roundaboutway, led
to the George Fuller Harris line. George Fuller Harrismigrated to
Pittsylvania County, Virginia by 1782 and then to LincolnCounty,
Kentucky by 1810, leaving descendants in both places. Youngestson John
Harris remained in York County where he left descendants whoare, as yet,

That actually brings us to six complete generations of theHarris family
and into a seventh, beginning all the way back in 1500 inSouthminster,
Essex and running through the late 1700s in Virginia andbeyond. This is
only a beginning. I feel there is much more to discoverthroughout this.
I hope anyone who reads this will go back and look through allthe
records they can. I hope this leads others to discover somenew path I
may have overlooked. As I said in the beginning, this shouldnot be
accepted until others have examined the records and arrived atthe same
conclusions. I will be glad to answer any questions or discussany
challenges concerning the ideas I have proposed in this text.I would
very much like to hear from you if this helps you. You maycontact me at
my e-mail address and I actively post on and monitor theHarris-Va mail
list. I am afraid I have little beyond these six generationsand can
supply few details on the descendant lines once they leave theVirginia
Peninsula. For anyone looking for that kind of information, Iwould
refer you to the discussions on the Harris-Va mail list onRootsweb.com
and the archives for that mail list. I am posting this text onthe
Harris-Va, Harris-Hunters, and Harris mail lists. I will alsosupply it
to the Harris-Hunters website. Unfortunately, I have to breakit down
into smaller sections to post it on the Rootsweb lists. Anyonewho would
like the entire file intact can contact me. I will be able tosupply it
as either a text file or Word file in an attachment.

Phil Harris
Richmond, Virginia

Robert married Mary Rice CLAIBORNE -[71539] [MRIN:39959] 1,2.,9

The child from this marriage was:

1920       i.   William HARRIS -[71536] (born in 1657 in Broomfield Essex, England - died on 21 Oct 1726 in Cedar Hill VA)

3841. Mary Rice CLAIBORNE-[71539],1,2,9 daughter of Col. William CLAIBORNE -[71544] and Elizabeth Jane BUTLER -[71545], was born in 1630 in Elizabeth City VA and died on 9 Feb 1709 in Glen Carin Doswellva,, at age 79.

Mary married Robert HARRIS -[71538] [MRIN:39959] 1,2.,9

3842. William OVERTON-[71540],1,2,9 son of Robert OVERTON -[71547] and Ann GARDNER -[71548], was born on 3 Dec 1638 in England and died in 1697 in Jamestown VA,, at age 59.

William married Mary Elizabeth WATERS -[71541] [MRIN:39960] 1,2.,9

The child from this marriage was:

1921       i.   Temperance OVERTON -[71537] (born on 2 Mar 1679 in New Kent County VA - died on 19 Feb 1710 in Cedar Hill VA)

3843. Mary Elizabeth WATERS-[71541],1,2,9 daughter of Samual WATERS -[71549] and Ann UNKNOWN -[71550], was born on 30 Dec 1634.

Mary married William OVERTON -[71540] [MRIN:39960] 1,2.,9

4036. Edward CALAIBORNE-[93234],1,2,4,5,6 son of Richard CLEBURNE -[93256] and Elizabeth LANDCASTER -[93267], was born about 1558 and died about 1590,, at age 32.

Edward married G... BELLINGHAM -[93245] [MRIN:49237] 1,2,4,5.,6

The child from this marriage was:

2018       i.   Unknown CALAIBORNE -[93211] (born about 1643 - died about 1667)

4037. G... BELLINGHAM-[93245] 1,2,4,5,6 was born about 1558 and died about 1594,, at age 36.

G... married Edward CALAIBORNE -[93234] [MRIN:49237] 1,2,4,5.,6 This Web Site Is The Genealogy Chart Going Back To ADAM and EVE And The Ancestry Of About 6 Of the Original 1620 Plymouth Colony Residents. Cooke, Pope, Warren, Soule, Alden, Mullins, Cobb, Perry, ...ETC...

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