Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Thomas Harris

Male Bef 1654 - 1686  (> 32 years)


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  • Name Thomas Harris 
    Born Bef 28 Mar 1654  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Jul 1686  Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I001832  Tree1
    Last Modified 16 May 2019 

    Father Thomas Harris,   b. Bef 1630,   d. 28 Mar 1654, St. Mary's County, Maryland - written Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 24 years) 
    Mother Anne MNU Harris,   b. Abt 1626, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between Jan 1658/59 and Apr 1664, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years) 
    Married Bef 28 Mar 1654  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F01186  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Pope,   b. Abt 1661, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1686, Charles County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years) 
    Married Bef 3 Apr 1680  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Bathsheba Harris,   b. Abt 1677, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1706, Wicomico Hundred, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years)
     2. Mary Harris,   b. 16 Nov 1680, Piccawaxen, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Thomas Harris,   b. 6 Feb 1682/83, Piccawaxen, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1733, Charles County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     4. John Harris,   b. 5 Mar 1683/84, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1754, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 16 May 2019 
    Family ID F01176  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Harriss, Thomas, 30th Feb., 1684; 19th July, 1686.
      To daus. Bathsheba and Mary, personalty.
      To son Thomas at 19 yrs. of age, land (unnamed)
      To unborn child if a son, personalty; if dau., 20 A. (unnamed).
      To wife Mary, extx., dower rights.
      Test: Chas. Musgrave, Henry Hagen, Mary Owsey, Edw. Gattly. 4. 21
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      Thomas & Mary Harriss 9.192 I CH £173.17.4 Nov 23 1686
      Appraisers: John Corts (also John Courts), Ralph Smith.
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      Thomas Harris 22.90 I CH £109.6.10 Dec 13 1702
      Appraisers: Robert Yates, John Leverett.
      Administrators/Executors: Mr. Thomas Harris, Mr. John Harris, Mrs. Bersheba Nicholls.

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      May 14, 1686 - Exhibited will of Thomas Harris (planter, Charles Co.), constituting Mary executrix. Said Mary married Richard Land, and is now deceased. Said Land was granted administration. Humphrey Warren to administer oath.
      Source: Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 13, p. 343.

      Harris, Thomas [Sr.] and wife Anne ______ - Thomas Harris m. Anne _____ and d. during the period Mar. 28-May 1, 1654 in St. Mary’s Co., Md.
      Sources: (1) Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 1, p. 9, and (2) Archives of Maryland, Vol. 10, p. 377.
      He is considered a Charles Co. pioneer because he died on land that would become Charles Co. when it was created in 1658. Thomas and Ann Harris had one child, son Thomas Harris [Jr.], who was still a minor on Mar. 28, 1654 when the will was made.
      Source: Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 1, p. 9. After Thomas Harris [Sr.] died, his widow Anne m. by Aug. 1658 Robert Henley.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Court Records, Liber A, pp. 17 and 34. Anne was still living in Jan. 1658/9.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Court Records, Liber A, p. 34. Robert Henley m. 2nd Sarah, the widow of Francis Batchelor. Francis Batchelor died between Nov. 1663 and Mar. 1663/4, and Robert had m. his widow Sarah by Apr. 1664.
      Sources: (1) Charles Co., Md. Court Records, Liber B, pp. 244 and 276, and (2) Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 1E, p. 33.
      This means that Robert Henley’s 1st wife Mrs. Anne Harris d. between Jan. 1658/9 and Apr. 1664. The Apr. 1664 record is the only one ever found for Sarah after she had m. Henley. Sarah died at some point within the next 20 years because she was deceased when Robert Henley made his Charles Co., Md. will on Feb. 15, 1683/4.
      Source: Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 1, p. 129. Robert Henley had only one child, a dau. Charity Henley, who by Oct. 4, 1680 had m. John Courts and given birth to a dau. Charity Courts.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Court Records, Liber P, p. 210, and Liber Q, p. 7. The scarcity of records for Henley’s two wives makes it difficult to know whether Charity Henley’s mother was Anne or Sarah, but such dates as we have and the fact that Mrs. Charity Henley Courts named her only other daughter Anne Courts (rather than Sarah Courts) somewhat favors Anne as being Charity’s mother. Also, the mother of Charity’s husband John Courts was named Margaret and his sisters were named Elizabeth and Margaret, so Anne is not an obvious Courts family name at this time. Finally, Robert Henley’s Feb. 1683/4 will names his Harris stepgrandaughters but not his Batchelor stepdaughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Batchelor Waukop/Wahob (wife of Archibald) who later m. William Smith.
      Thomas Harris [Jr.] - m. Mary ______ and d. testate by Nov. 25, 1685 in Charles Co., Md.
      Sources: (1) Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 13, p. 258, and (2) Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 2, p. 4. By May 14, 1686, Mary had m. Richard Land and died. Source: Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 13, p. 343.
      Charity Henley - m. John Courts.
      Source: Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 1, p. 129. John Courts died testate by Nov. 2, 1702 in Charles Co., Md., and by Sep. 7, 1703 his widow Charity had m. John Contee.
      Sources: (1) Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 3, p. 23, and (2) Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 19A, pp. 178 and 187-90.
      Charity died in Charles Co. between Oct. 16, 1704 and Aug. 16, 1708.
      Sources: (1) Maryland Prerogative Court, Inventories & Accounts, Liber 3, p. 386, (2) Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 3, p. 111, and (3) Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 21, p. 48.

      Nov. 1676 - Pope, John, son of Francis Pope, deceased, doth choose Thomas Harris to be his guardian. (Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber F, p. 230.)

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      Henly, Robert, Pyckywaxen,Chas. County, 15th Feb., 1683; 31st Mch., 1684.
      To Bethsheba and Mary, daus. of Thomas Harris, Eliza: Nicholls and grandddau. Charity, dau. of John and Charity Courts, personalty. To son-in law John Courts, Charity, his wife, and hrs., residue of estate, real and personal.
      Ex. Son-in-law John Courts afsd.
      Test: Edward Lee, Richd. Gent, Cleborne Lomax, Margaret Maystis. 4. 31.
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      Charles County Circuit Court, Birth, Deaths & Marriage Records, Liber Q
      Harris, John, s/o Thomas and Mary Harris of Pickawaxon, b. 5 Mar 1684
      Harris, Mary, d/o Thomas and Mary Harris of Pickawaxon, b. 16 Nov 1680
      Harris, Thomas, s/o Thomas and Mary Harris of Pickawaxon, b. 6 Feb 1682
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      May 23, 1901 - St Mary's County Beacon
      http://searches2.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ifetch2?/u1/textindices/M/MDSTMARY+2 002+181685203+F
      "The Harris Family

      John Francis Harris, now the oldest living representative of the well-known Harris family, give us the following history of the family in Maryland, which is copied from an old record now in his possession:

      About the year 1650 a certain Thomas HARRIS emigrated with his wife and servant man, John HAMLINSTON, from England to America. He had a grant of three hundred acres of land in Maryland, which he took up in the neighborhood of Pickawaxon in William and Mary Parish, Charles County, and which is known by the name of Harris' Land or the Land of Harris, as appears by the patent recorded for the land office of the Western Shore. The said land descended to Thomas HARRIS, son of the aforementioned Thomas HARRIS, who was born February 26, 1683, and who married Martha STANDBURY, daughter of John and Arabella STANDBURY, September 28, 1704. It afterwards descended to John HARRIS, son of the above mentioned Thomas HARRIS and of Martha, his wife, who was born May 25, 1708, and who married Catharine MUSGROVE, daughter of Charles and Catharine MUSGROVE. The land next descended to Thomas HARRIS, son of the above mentioned John and Catharine HARRIS, who was born August 1, 1741, and who married Anne GWINN, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth GWINN February 119, 1764. The issue of this marriage was: Eleanor HARRIS, John HARRIS, Martha HARRIS, born March 26, 1768, and who married John MADDOX, Thomas HARRIS, born December 31, 1769, who married Eleanor DAVIDSON, Elizabeth HARRIS, Joseph HARRIS, born August 7, 1778, who married Susanna REEDER, John Francis HARRIS, born March 22, 1775, who married Ruth STUNSTILL, Kitty HARRIS, born July 30, 1776, who married William VINCENT, Benjamin Gwinn HARRIS, Gwinn HARRIS, Violetta HARRIS, born May 33, 1782, who married F.P. BARBER, Nathan HARRIS, born September 5, 1785, who married Mary CLAGETT, Morgan HARRIS, born November 16, 1787, who married Anna MORSON and after whose death he married Etheldra CHAPMAN."
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      Thomas Pope 5.203 A CH #40007 #41275 Jul 11 1678
      Mentions: Philip Lynes her security.
      Payments to: Mr. Mathew Hill, Mathew Paine, Nicholas Skidmore, Stephen Murtey, Richard Doc, John Fanning, Philip Lynes, Thomas Baker, Richard Allen, Thomas Dent for John Woodbeze & Co., Thomas Russell, Thomas Clipsham, Capt. John Allen, Isacke Mason, Capt. Gerard. Slye, Robert Neale, Joseph Cornell, John Davies, William Hinsey guardian for Richard Smith's orphan, Hon. Thomas Notley, Esq., Maj. Benjamin Rozer, Thomas Harris guardian of John Pope (son of Francis Pope), Thomas Clipsham (administrator of Charles Grigory), John Sanders, Richard Ambrose, Samuell Rasponby, John Borland (overseer upon Smith's plantation--Thomas Pope was Smith's guardian), Stephen Murtey.
      Administratrix: Mary Pope.
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      Charles County Circuit Court Liber H, Page 290
      3 Apr 1680; Indenture from Thomas Harris, planter, to Ralph Smith and Sarah his wife, the relict of Col. John Duglas; exchange of land; a parcel of land at the head of Petit's Creek part of land now in possession of Thomas Harris; bound by Pope's Hollow and land of Thomas Petits; containing 20 acres; /s/Thomas Haris; wit. Henry Bonner, Rando. Brandt; acknowledged by Mary Haris, wife of Thomas
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      Charles County Circuit Court Liber H, Page 291
      3 Apr 1680; Indenture from Ralph Smith and Sarah his wife, relict of Col. John Duglas, to Thomas Harris, planter; exchange of land; a parcel adjoining Thomas Harris; containing 20 acres; /s/ Raiph Smith (mark), Sarah Smith
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Piccawaxen or Wm&Mary: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 289-8: HARRIS: 300 acres; Possession of - 300 Acres - Harris, Thomas : Surveyed 15 May 1651 for Thomas Harris near the head of Petites Creek:

      Harrisnon Island, 300 Acres; Certificate
      Developer/Owner: Harris, Thomas 1651 Patent Record AB and H, p. 153 0 0 MSA S 1587-1863

      Harrisnon Island, 300 Acres; Patent
      Developer/Owner: Harris, Thomas 1651 Patent Record AB and H, p. 136 0 0 MSA S 1587-1864
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      An Orphan Court held 9 Aug 1664
      Commissioners Present: Mr. Henry Addames, Mr. Francis Pope,
      Mr. James Lindsey, Mr. William Marshall
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 9 Aug 1664, Page 346
      Inventory of the estate of Thomas Harris, son of Thomas Harris, deceased; includes several items of livestock; presented by Mr. Robert Hundly, Mr. William Marshall and Mr. Francis Pope in open court held for the orphans 9 Aug 1664; /s/ George Thompson

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