Some intermarried families of Somerset, England, settled in Virginia, where their kinship ties are very evident. They came from small villages that bordered marshes. Some, such as the Hodges and Lancasters, were of the class of squires; others, such as the Harris, were yeoman tenants on their estates, and kept herds of dairy cattle.
The breadth of intermarriages between successive generations of families was truly staggering, yet the concept of the colonisation of America by closely-knit kinship groups is not widely understood, with many clinging to a Hollywood history of individual enterprise. In Darwinian terms, individual settlers could only conquer their harsh environment as members of a species (kinship group) that survived through combined effort.
The adjacent Villages of Cheddar and Wedmore, and nearby Wivelscombe, were a hub from where several settler families originated.
E. Jackson, Wedmore Parish Registers, 1890: ‘There is a reaper whose name is Death. These are they whom he took from a single parish during a space of 300 years. One naturally asks, What was the population from which he took them? The earliest account of the population of Wedmore that I know of at present is in a Presentment of Jurors, November 26th, 1650. (Lambeth MSS., Vol. XV. 471). It is there said that ‘the Parish of Wedmore consisteth of about 300 families’.
W. Marston Acres F.R. Hist, A Brief History of Wedmore, 1954: ‘The manor of Wedmore (except the park) passed to Queen Mary after her brother’s death in 1553 and she sold it to her Vice-Chamberlain, Sir Henry Jernegan, for £585 17s. 11d. At the accession of Queen Elizabeth in 1558, however, Sir Thomas Gresham, the famous London merchant, obtained the property either by grant or purchase: it then consisted of 150 messuages, 50 tofts, 10 mills, 100 dovecots, 200 gardens, 2,000 acres of pasture, 200 acres of woodland, and 1,000 acres of gorse. In 1577 Gresham sold the manor-house, with some cottages and about 170 acres of land, to Thomas Hodges, and before his death in December 1579, he, disposed of other portions of the manorial estates in small lots. In 1612 Richard Counsell of Wedmore was granted a licence to buy butter and cheesewithin the county of Somerset and to sell the same in Wiltshire,Hampshire and Dorset’.
The manor of Cheddar Fitzwalter or Fitzwaters was granted by King Stephen to Walter Malerbe. In the 15th century it was held by an old Cheddar family named Roo or Roe. In the early part of the 17th century it was in the family of Lancaster.
From an original deed of settlement, dated May 10, 15 James I, between Edward Lancaster of Milverton, Somerset, gent., of the first part; John Lancaster, gent, son and heir apparent of said Edward Lancaster and Dorothy his wife, dau, of Henry Whittington, gent., deceased, of the second part; John Colles of Wiveliseombe, Somerset, Esq., Roger Browne, of same place, gent.; Andrew Whittington of Clifton, Gloucestershire, gent, and William Richars, senr., of Milverton, gent, of the third part, it appears that the manor of ‘Chedder-Fitzwaters’, and the manorhouse, demesne lands in Chedder, ‘which sometime were the inheritaunce, or in the seizin or possession of Edmonde Roe, gent., deceased’, were then ‘in the seizin or possession’ of said Edward Lancaster. This manor, manor-house, &c, and other property in Cheddar, Batcombe, Wynforde, Tarnocke, Wedmore, Allerton, Westbury, Wokey, East Brent, Butcombe, Draycot, and Glastonbury, formerly the inheritance of said Edmonde Roe, were settled on said John Lancaster and his issue.
1. Robert de Chedder, living at Chedder 17 Edw. II. (1324), bore on his seal a chevron between three escallops.
1.1. Robert de Chedder, on 41 Edw. III. (1368) had a grant from Roger Hanam of lands in Chedder, Draycot, Clewer (in Wedmore), and Axbridge.
1.1.1. Sir Richard de Chedder, born at Bristol, 4 Sept. 1379.
1.1.2. Sir Robert de Chedder, born at Bristol, 18 Oct. 1380, heir of his br., burgess of Bristol, m. Joan, dau. and coheir of Simon Hanam, of Gloucester. His wealth and manorial possessions were of legendary proportion.
22.214.171.124. Thomas de Chedder, who d. 21 Henry VI. (1443) seized of the manor of Chedder, and the advowson of the chantry of the blessed Virgin Mary in die church of St. Andrew of Chedder, leaving by Isabel his wife two dauS. his coheiresses, Joan, who m. (1) Richard Stafford, esq., (2) John lord Lisle; and Isabel, who m. John Newton, esq; between whose descendants the family estates were divided, and at length dissipated.
126.96.36.199. Katherine Cheddar, m. Sir John Rodney, Sheriff of Somerset, d. 1400.
188.8.131.52.1. Sir Walter Rodney, Sheriff of Somerset & Dorset, 1413, m. Dorothy St. John.
184.108.40.206.1.1. Sir John Rodney, of Stoke Giffard.
220.127.116.11.1.1.1. Sir Walter Rodney, Sheriff of Somerset & Dorset, fl. 1439., m. Margaret Hungerford, d. 1469, dau. of Sir Walter Hungerford of Heytesbury and Homet, Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset, d. 1449, and Catherine Peverell, dau. of Thomas Peverell. Margaret Hungerford was the sister of (1) Sir Robert Hungerford, 2nd Lord, grandfather of Thomas Hungerford, 1469, who m. Anne Percy, dau. of Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland. (2) Catharine Hungerford, 1493, who m. Sir Richard West, 7th Lord De La Warr, d. 1475. (3) Walter de Hungerford, father of Edmund de Hungerford, d. 1484, in Down Ampney, Glouc., father of Sir John Hungerford of Down Ampney, who m. Margaret, dau. of Edward Blount, of Mangotsfield; father of Sir Anthony Hungerford of Down Ampney, co. Glouc., who, by his first wife, Jane Darell, was the father of Edmund Hungerford, who m. Ursula Frognall (see Hungerfordiana, p. 16). The said Edmond Roe’s co-heiress, Margaret, mentioned in his will dated 1589, m. Sir John Hungerford, son of this Edmund Hungerford.
In the chapel of St Andrew, Cheddar, a stone tomb bears the incription: ‘Here Iyeth the body of Edmund Rooe, Esq., who departed this life the 27th of March, A. D. 1595.’ Arms, 1 and 4, Roe, 2 gules a chevron ermine between three leaves vert. 3, A heart between hands and feet 4, Argent a chevron sable between three annulets gules’ (See Notes and Queries, p. 74, 1863). His Will reads: ‘To my son in law John Hungerford, Gent (son & heir appt to Edmund Hungerford of North Standen co. Wilts., Esq.), my signet of gold wherein the Roo-brik is graven, which I do usually wear. My daughter Margaret Hungerford. My daughter Frances Lancaster. Residue to Ann Hungerford (daughter of my sd daughter Margt), Exix. My brother in law Edmund Hungerford, and my son in law John Irish of Congresbury, Overseers. My manors of Cheddar & Winford. Other lands in many parishes (including Wedmore, Nunney, Wivelscombe). My village of Batcombe. If I have no issue male, half to my daughter Frances Lancaster & to her son John Lancaster, in default, remt to my younger daughter Margaret Hungerford and Edmund Hungerford, her first born. Remainder to my cousin Thomas Roe, son and heir of Nicholas Roe of Glastonbury, decd., then to Thomas Roe, son and heir of John Roe, late of Walton, Somerset’, proved 4 Nov. 1595; see Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills.
There is a pedigree of Lancaster in the Visitation of 1623. Frances Roe m. Edward Lancaster, constable of Taunton castle, in 1597, son of William Lancaster of Milverton, Som. by Jane, dau. of Edward Richards of Lovelinch, Milverton. Edward’s son, John Lancaster, aged 36 in 1628, was the father of Edward Lancaster, born 1613, and John Lancaster, born 1616. The Lancasters were an armigerous family, bearing argent two bars gules; the same as the Lancasters of Richmond, Yorkshire.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Thomas Rodney, d. 1470, m. Isabel.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1. Sir John Rodney of Stoke Giffard (‘Stoke Rodney’).
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.1.1. Sir Walter Rodney, Sherif of Dorset & Somerset, fl. 1511, m. Elizabeth Compton, dau. of Edmund Compton, sister of Sir William. She m. (2) Sir John Chaworth.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1.1. John Rodney, d. 1548, m. Anne Mordaunt, dau. of John, Lord Mordaunt, widow of John Fisher, son of Sir Michael Fisher.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1.1.1. Maurice Rodney, of Stoke Rodney, Sheriff of Somerset, d. 1588, m. Joane Dyer, dau. of Sir Thomas Dyer, of Somerforth.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Dorothy Rodney, m. Rice Davis*.
1. Thomas Pitt of Blandford Forum, North Dorset.
1.1. William Pitt, b. 1578, Bristol (encompasses North Somerset and South Gloucestershire); d. 25 Oct. 1624, in Bristol, Will pr. 3 Feb. 1625; m. Mary Owen: Robert Owen, of Bristol, Merchant. Will dated Sep. 5, 1614, Codicil Sep. 4, 1615, pr. Feb. 16, 1615-16. (8 Cope). My cousin *Rice Davies, esq. My brother in law William Pitt, overseer.
1.1.1. Col. Robert Pitt, d. bef. 9 January 1674, IOW.
22.214.171.124. Col. John Pitt, m. Olive, dau. of John Hardy and Alice Bennett. She m. 1. Giles Driver; 2.John Bromfield.
1.1.2. Captain Henry Pitt, of Pagan Creek, who m. 2. Anne, widow of Robert Watson. He d. c. 1666, as that year his widow m. Captain James Powell.
126.96.36.199. Thomas Pitt, d. 1688, m. Mary, dau. of Col. Arthur Smith, and Sarah Jackson.
188.8.131.52.1. Mary Pitt, m. Nicholas Boone, first-cousin of Joseph Boone, who d. 19 Feb. 1728, in Edenton, Chowan, father of Ratcliffe Boone, who m. (in 1734) Ruth Atkinson, dau. of John Atkinson and Ann Holliman, dau. of Christopher Holliman. His Will was prob. 1787 (W.B. II, p. 72); witnessed by Robert Harris.
1.1.3. Thomas Pitt.
184.108.40.206. Thomas Pitt.*
1. Robert Driver.
1.1. Robert Driver, of Avening, (30 mls from Bristol), which is the next parish to Cherington, less than 2 mls distant. Cherington is 4 mls from Tetbury, and 6 mls from Kingscote. English county delineations can be misleading to American researchers. For instance, Avening is 65 mls from Wedmore, Somerset, and 90 mls from Wivelscombe, Somerset, on the main coastal route. They share the same regional and Bristol trade location.
1.1.1. Giles Driver (pale indented argent & azure, 2 lions rampant combatant countercharged), m. Dorothy Bayley, of Wheatenhurst, dau. of John Bayley. Giles Driver’s Will was probated 2 July 1639 (PROB 11/180/571).
220.127.116.11. John Driver, bur. 12 June 1681, in Avening, m. Elizabeth Bridger, bapt. Slimridge 5 Aug. 1638, bur. 28 Jan 1675; cousin of Joseph Bridger,* of Woodmanscote, in Dursley, 10 mls from Avening, who m. Hester Pitt. Joseph Bridger of Virginia made a bequest to his mother, Mary, still living in Dursley. * Son of Samuel Bridger, d. 1650, Sub-Dean of the College of Gloucester, who held the lease of woodmanscote, second son of Lawrence Bridger, rector of Slimridge, fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, 1568; Canon of Gloucester, 1586 (Foster’s Alumni), whose Will was probated 30 June 1631. One of the tenants of Woodmanscote was *Thomas Pitt, who may have been he who was transported to Virginia, in 1666, by Joseph Bridger).
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1.2. George Rodney, of Over Badgeworth & Congrebury, m. Elizabeth Kirton, dau. of … Kirton, of Cheddar.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1.2.1. Sir John Rodney, of Stoke Rodney, d. 1612, m. Jane Seymour, dau. of Sir Henry Seymour.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.1.2.2. Agnes Rodney, m. Captain Thomas Hodges. ‘At Wedmore is a monument Sacred to the memory of Captain Thomas Hodges of the County of Somerset, esq., who at the siege of Antwerpe, about 1583, with unconquered courage wonne two ensignes from the enemy, where receiving his last wound, he gave three legacies: his soule to his Lord Jesus, his body to be lodged in Flemish earth, his heart to be sent to his dear wife in England’ (Pettigrew’s ‘Tombs’, 1857).
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. Thomas Hodges, d. 1601, m. Eleanor, dau. of John Rosse (Rose) of Shepton Beauchamp. Will of Thomas Hodges, Gentleman of Wedmore, Somerset, prob. 6 Feb. 1601. The familial connection between the Hodge, Lancaster, and Rose families was long standing: Lease. By William Rose of Cheddar and Mary his wife one of the daughters and coheirs of John Lancaster of Milverton Esqr. (br. of Edward) deceased to Samuel Leonard of Wedmore, of One Cottage or House with a Garden and Orchard conteyninge one Yard of Ground with the appurtenances being below Cold Hill in Stoughton in the parish of Wedmore.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.1. George Hodges: In the chancel (St Mary, Wedmore) against the north wall is a small stone monument with this inscription: ‘Neare to this place rest the bodies of George Hodges, Esq; and Ann his wife, since the wife of Jeremy Horler, clerk, in hope of a joyful resurrection. George Hodges d. Feb. 1, 1654. Ann d. July 26, 1684. On another plate, whereon is an effigy of ‘George Hodges, Esq; who lived many years at this place in a pious and religious manner, whose better part was wrapt into the best place, and his mortal lyeth heere interred in the sepulchre of his grandfather and father’. On a grave stone in the nave floor: ‘To the pious memory of William Counsel, of East-Stoughton in the parish of Wedmore, who died June 4, 1671’.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.1.1. Jane Hodges, m. John Strachey, of Sutton Court, Somerset, d. 1674, grandson of William Strachey, Secretary of the Colony of Virginia. (She was co-inheritor of property in St Olave, London).
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.2. John Hodges, m. Margery: Lease: Margery Hodges of Heathhouse, Wedmore, widow, to Richard Counsell of Wedmore, husbandman and Joan his wife: Wedmore, Somerset. 1648. (Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, ref. 2667/1/36/2).
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.3. William Hodges. Counterpart of bargain and sale: George Barber of Ashmore, gent., to William Hodges, gent., (his br.-in-law) messuage etc., Wedmore, Somerset. 1653. (Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, ref. 2667/1/36/5). Counterpart of release: Robert Barber of Ashcombe, Wiltshire, esq., to Edward Counsell of Wedmore, yeoman: Wedmore, Somerset. (Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, ref. 2667/1/36/22). William Hodges m. Susan Lancaster, 5 Apr. 1638, Wedmore; the sister of the aforsaid John Lancaster, born 1616, who m. Jane Counsell, 21 Oct. 1647, Wedmore. Jane Counsell was the sister of John Counsell, bapt. 14 Feb. 1612, who m. Mary Coomer, 26 Nov. 1631, Wedmore, sister of the Agnes, wife of John Harris (of more anon), and Richard Counsell, bapt. 17 Apr. 1614, who m. (1) Jane Taylor, 12 Aug. 1640, Wedmore; (2) Elizabetham Hix (this family also intermarried with that of Harris, of Cheddar.
The Hodges and Lancasters were wealthy and armigerous families, and the aim of their tenants was an intermarriage with them. A route to this would be to intermarry with such as the Counsells. The Harris family were yeomen tenants of the Hodges, in Wedmore, and the Lancasters, in nearby Cheddar. They would have been cattle farmers, who lived in a swampy, misty place.
The county of Somerset, from its local situation, has a large portion of low marsh and boggy land, bordering on the rivers Avon, Yeo, Axe, Brue, and Parret, and the tributary streams — ‘the lle and Ivel. A slight view of these districts confirms the opinion that the whole of these low lands formed, at an early period, large aestuaries, into which the muddy waters of the Bristol Channel poured at high tides, and left the marine alluvial deposits which, in the course of time, have filled them up … the great level of Somerset, called Brent Marsh, situated on the south of the Mendip hills, and bounded by Polden Hill on the south, and Bridgwater bay on the west. It is divided into two branches, extending fifteen miles from the sea, in an easterly direction. The northern portion runs along the base of the Mendip hills, through the parishes of Axbridge, Weare, Cheddar, Rodney Stoke, Westbury, and Wedmore, and was formerly subject to continued inundation in the winter, which remained many months, to the great injury of the health and property of the occupiers of the lands. (Observations on the Great Marshes and Turbaries of the County of Somerset, William Phelps (F.S.A.), p. 6, 1836).
The women would have been very proficient in butter and cheese making. The Harris would have sat in the third row of the church, so were reasonably prosperous and would have had such servants as milk maids.
Their kinship group included the Chapmans, Counsells, Hicks, Hodges, Parkers, Powells, Turners, and Wykes.
1.1. Edward Wiche, m. Sara Chepman, 9 Feb. 1640, Bridgwater (St Mary). 16 mls fr. Wedmore.
1.2. Henry Wiche, m. Joanna Craftman, 5 Jun. 1645, Bridgwater.
1.2.1. Henry Wiche, bapt. 16 Jul 1664, Bridgwater (reg. f. Henry, mother Joan).
188.8.131.52. Henry Wyche.
184.108.40.206.1. Abigail Wyche, m. George Brewer (4 March 1734), son of George Brewer and Sarah Lanier, half-sister of Sampson Lanier Sr., who m. Elizabeth Washington; their son, Thomas Lanier, m. Anne Maclin, dau. of William Maclin Sr. and Katherine Brewer.
When searching for ancestors in Brunswick it is perhaps best to consider that settler families were often pathfinders – cousins would follow, and it can be noted that the said John Harris had descendants who commonly were called Arthur and James. It should not be a case of cramming everyone in the wagon of Nathan Harris.
1.1. William Cowncell.
1.1.1. George Cowncell, bapt. 15 July 1584, m. 2 July 1607, Margery Wyke.
1.2. John Cowncell m. (1) Margaret Browninge, 28 April 1567; (2) Joan Thurston, 13 Aug. 1573, relict of Thomas Hayne, m. 24 May 1565.
1.2.1. Richardus Cowncell, bapt. 4 Apr. 1568 (lived in the hamlet of Westham).
1.2.2. John Cowncell, bapt. 25 Dec. 1569.
220.127.116.11. Alice Cowncell, bapt. 18 Feb. 1588, m. Thomas Huchens, 14 Oct. 1605.
1.3.1. John Cownsell, bapt. 28 Jan. 1599.
1.3.2. Richard Cownsell, bapt. Feb. 2. 1601.
1.3.3. William Cownsell, bapt. 28 Jan. 1604. (Westham).
1.4. John Cowncell, bapt. 1573.
1.4.1. John Cowncell, bapt 28 Nov. 1601, f. Joannis Counsell, m. Mary Coomer, 26 Nov 1631; the sister of Agnes Coomer, who m. John Harris in the adj. parish of Cheddar, 4. Feb. 1635.
1.4.2. Johanna Cowncell, bapt. 28 Nov. 1601 (twin), m. (1) Philip Lawrence, 20 Aug. 1618, (2) John Chapman, 26 April 1624.
1.4.2. Edward Cowncell, bapt. 6 June 1609.
1.4.3. William Cowncell, bapt. 5 Aug. 1610, m. Mary Hayne.
1.4.4. Richard Cowncell, bapt. 3 Sept. 1613 (Blackford), m. (1) Joan Taylor, 12 Aug. 1640, (2) Elizabeth Hix, 12 Aug. 1647, dau. of William Hix and Grace Morton, m. 23 Jan. 1625, and niece of Margaret Hix, who m. Simon Day, 14 Jan. 1632.
18.104.22.168. Hodges Cowncell. Hodges Counsell was the very likely son of Richard Counsell, by either his first or second wife. Richard Counsell was the br.-in-law of Susan Lancaster, and Hodges Counsell may have received his Christian name after her husband, William Hodges (a member of the very influential Hodges family, squires of Wedmore), who was probably his Godfather. This would have been quite a singular, and advantageous, honour. Hodges Council d. bef. 9 Aug. 1699, named as husband of Lucy Hardy in the Will of John Hardy, (B. 2, p. 419), m Alice Bennett. Hodges Council. Leg. eldest son Hodges land on Blackwater, son John the land I bought of Robert Lawrence … daughter Christian the wife of Edward Bryan. (ibid. p. 409). Robert Lawrence Sr. was very likely the son of Philip Lawrence, who m. Joan Counsell, 20 Aug. 1618, Wedmore, the probable aunt of Richard Counsell. Hodges Council’s son, Hardy, m. Susannah Fulgham, dau. of Michael Fulgham, of Pitminster, Somerset. Robert Harris, son of Thomas Harris, d. 1688, m. Anne Fulgham, Susannah’s sister. Whatever the exact relation of the aforementioned John Lancaster to Robert Lancaster of Virginia, it would seem to be a close one. Robert’s son, Samuel, m. a dau. of John Harris, d. 1687, in Virginia.
1.4.5. Jane Cowncell, bapt. 18 Apr. 1618, m. John Lancaster, 21 Oct. 1647.
The Thurston family were established at Thornbury, Gloucestershire, some 40 mls. fr. Wedmore, along the south bank of the Bristol Estuary. As the Bridger family, they held land in Woodmancote. An early patriarch was Thomas Thurston, who m. Allys Hicks, 1n 1539, in Oldbury-on-Severn. Whatever the exact relationship between the various Thurstons, Edward Thurston, of Thornbury, in Chancery Proceedings, 1636, is recorded as being the husband of Judith Gwatkins, dau. of William Gwatkins.
1.1. John Thurston.
1.1.1. William Thurston, bapt. 10 Apr. 1562 f. John.
1.1.2. John Thurston, bapt 30 Apr. 1564 f. John
22.214.171.124. Christiana Thurston, bapt. 28 Oct. 1591, m. John Harris, 8 Oct 1618. He was a likely br. of George Harris.
1.1.3. Thomas Thurston, bapt.20 Aug. 1570.
1.2. Thomas Thurston .
1.2.1. Thomas Thurston, bapt. 10 Feb. 1565, bur. 13 Jan. 1621, f. Thomas, m. (1) Mabel Pitt, 14 Nov. 1603, (2) Alice Cutler, 29 Jan. 1610.
1.2.2. Edith Thurston, bapt. 14 Feb. 1579, f. Thomas, bur. 7 Oct. 1638, m. William Pitt, 4 August 1603, br. of John Pitt who m. Alice Algar, bur. 3 July 1627, dau. of Richard Algar and *Joan Parker, m. May 1577.
126.96.36.199. John Pitt, bapt.5 Dec 1612, m. Margaret Wootten, 22 Apr. 1649.
Richard Algar was the br. of:
1. Flora Algar, who m. John Turner, 26 Nov 1576.
1.1. William Turner, m. Jane Rodney, 28 May 1612.
1.1.1. John Turner, bapt. 14 May 1618, f. William. John Turner, d. aft. 25 Mar. 1705 in IOW Co., m. Mary Tomlin. Thomas Harris, d. 1688, placed his son George with John, whose spoken Will named named sons John, James, William, Joseph, Simon and grandd. Ann Everett; witnessed by Edward Harris, John Johnson, Jenkins Dorman, Wm. Westray, and Mary Tomlin.
188.8.131.52. Thomas Turner.
184.108.40.206.1. Henry Turner. Executor: Matthew Joyner. Witnesses: Matthew Joyner, James Harris, Marmaduke Norfleet.
Joan Parker was the sister of:
1. William Parker, m. Antonia Gibbs, 3 July 1589., br. of *Joan Parker, who, as stated, m. Richard Algar, 1 May 1577 br. of Flora Algar who m. John Turner, 26 Nov 1576.
1.1. William Parker: Edward Cook, 100 acs. in W. branch of Nanzemum Riv., adj. his own and land of William Parker. 17 Mar. 1654, p. 316. Trans, of 2 pers: James Cany, George Gourdon. Edward Cooke was bapt. 9 Sept. 1610, in Wedmore, son of Edward Cooke, bapt. 28 Oct. 1565 and Diana Hutchins, who m. 1 Aug. 1594.
1.2. Thomas Parker, m. Margaret Cooke, 9 March 1612, dau. of the said Edward and Diana.
1.2.1. Richard Parker; d. bef. 23 Apr. 1681 in Nansemond Co.
220.127.116.11. Richard Parker, d. 1698-1704.
18.104.22.168.1. Richard Parker: Granted 304 acres near the head of Bennett’s Creek.
22.214.171.124.1. Peter Parker, named in the Will of his father (1749), as was his br., Jonathon Parker, who was a jurist in a trial concerning James Bland, as follows.
126.96.36.199.1.1. Thomas Parker, d. 1782.
188.8.131.52. Thomas Parker: 23 Apr. 1681: Thomas Duke 430 acs. Up Par. of Nazemond ‘Neare Thomas Harrell: adj. Thomas Parker: the Cross Sw.; & 200 acs. formely belonging to William Wright & 200 acs. granted sa. Wright 18 Mar. 1662 who conveyed to sd. Duke; 230 acs. for trans. of 5 pers. Tho. Duke , Tho. Duke, Fra. Marr, Jno. Deverett, Wm Harring. (B.2, p. 221).
184.108.40.206.1. Thomas Parker, m. Sarah Norfleet; first-cousin of:
1. Thomas Norfleet (m. Ruth Blount) bought adjoining land from Robert Council (NC. Edg. Co. D.B. 1., p. 204), and was mentioned as a neighbour of Robert Council and Thomas Turner (J. Bryan Grimes, Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, p. 17).
1.1. Marmaduke Norfleet.
1.1.1. Elizabeth Norfleet, m. James Harris in Halifax Co, NC., son of: James Harris. 10 Jan. 1749. Feb. Court, 1749. Sons: James (‘my plantation’), Eli. Wife and Executrix: Cheary (sister of Mathew Joyner*). Executor: Mathew Joyner. Witnesses: Wm. Skinner, John Blount, John Crumpton. (ibid, p. 153). Henry Turner: Jan. 20, 1748. Feb. Court, 1748: Executor: Matthew Joyner. Witnesses: Matthew Joyner, James Harris, Marmaduke Norfleet. (ibid. p. 382). * Son of Thomas Joyner, Will dated 13 April 1740; the son of Thomas Joyner (br. of Bridgeman Joyner, the guardia of an orphan of Thomas Harris, d. 1688.
220.127.116.11. James Harris m. 1. Temperance Williams: Martha Joyner witnessed the will of Temperance Williams, wife of James
1. Robert Bennett, m. a dau. of Richarde Edneye, of Wivelscombe, Somerset, Vintner.
1.1. Thomas Bennett.
1.1.1. Richard Bennett. PROB 11/351/440: Will of Richard Bennett of Nansemond River, Virginia. 3 August 1676.
18.104.22.168. Anne Bennett, b. 1641, m. (1) Theodorick Bland, of Westover, (2) Col. St. Leger Codd, of Northumberland Co. Anne Bennett was the dau. of Richard Bennett and Maryann Utie (relict of John Utie), who was governor of Virginia from 1652 to 1655.
22.214.171.124.1. Theodorick Bland (born 1663); m. Margaret Mann, who was highly likely to be of the same family as Thomas Mann: Thomas Joyner, br. of Bridgeman Joyner, a guardian of an orphan of Thomas Harris, d. 1688, bequested in his Will, R. 9 Aug. 1708, ‘to wife Elizabeth the plantation where she now lives, at her death to son Thomas Joyner; Henry Turner – 200 acres’. Was his wife Elizabeth Mann?, dau. of Thomas: ‘Thomas Man and wife Elizabeth Man to Theophilus Joyner (neph. of Bridgeman), 150 acres on Blackwater River and bounded by William Mayo, Bridgeman Joyner and Hodges Counsell, Wit: William Mayo and Richard Booth. Rec: 9 June 1683. Sig. Thomas Man and Elizabeth Man.
126.96.36.199.1.1. James Bland, of Prince William Co., m. Mary Gwatkins. His estate was appraised by Burr Harrison, John Mason, n.b. Mathew Thompson. Rec. 13 Apr. 1709. He gave to son James 125 acres of land near Powell’s Creek on the Occoquan River. He named his wife Margaret, sons Robert Bland, William Bland, James Bland, and John Bland; daus Alice, Hannah, Patience, and Ellin. It is highly probable that Mary Gwatkins was of the Gwatkins family of Thornbury, 11 mls fr. Bristol, and 40 mls fr. Wedmore, connected by a road that ran parallel to the Bristol estuary.
188.8.131.52.1.1.1. James Bland. He was a defendant in a case, the jury of which comprised of Jonathan Parker, James Mussen, Francis Hunt, John Hawkin, Joseph Sumner, Richard Fossaker, Burr Harrison, Joseph Henson, William Matheny, James Monke, Joseph Newton, Xtopher Herring. He m. a dau. of Joseph Buchanan of Stafford Co.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11. William Bland, b. 1728, Stafford Co, Will made 18 Mar. 1775 Duplin Co. NC, pr. July 1775. Son William Bland and wife Rachel, grandson William, other sons, dau Mary Parker. Land on Powells Branch, wits Thomas Lee, Hardy Powell, Rachel Powell.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1. William Bland, b. 1771, m. Mary Parker, dau. of John Parker, son of Thomas Parker of Edgecombe, d. 1782.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1.1. Elizabeth Bland, m. Jacob Highsmith, son of William Highsmith and his cousin Dorcas Highsmith, and grandson of John Highsmith, brother of Daniel Highsmith Jr., who m. Lucretia, dau. of the said Thomas Parker of Edgecombe.
Thus, a point is made: the Blands were associated with Jonathon Parker, and his family were neighbours and kin of the Counsell, Harris, Hodges, Hutchings, Powells, and Turners of Somerset.
John Thurston was the br. of:
1.2. Joan Thurston, who m. (1) Thomas Hayne, 24 May 1565, (2) John Cowncell, 13 Aug. 1573.
1.2.1. Richard Hayne, bapt. 20 Jan. 1579, f. Thomas.
1.2.2. John Hayne.
184.108.40.206. John Hayne, bapt. 23 Dec 1610, f. John.
220.127.116.11.1. Elianor Hayne, m. Richard Lancaster, 27 Apr. 1637.
18.104.22.168.2. Mary Hayne, m. William Cowncell, 28 Apr. 1646.
22.214.171.124.3. Thomas Hayne, m. Jane Cooke, 13 Oct. 1634, dau. of Edward Cooke and Diana Hutchins, who m. 1 Aug. 1594, and sister of Margaret Cooke, who m. Thomas Parker, 9 Mar. 1612, and Edward Cooke jr., bapt. 9 Sept. 1610
126.96.36.199.2.1. Thomas Hayne, m. Mary Harris, 13 Oct. 1655, possibly the dau. of George Harris, who m. Joan Webb, 28 Apr. 1623.
1. Thomas Harrys of Mells, carpenter, b. 1494.
1.1. John Harrys, witnessed a Will in 1554 concerning Mells, Somerset.
1.1.1. John Harris, d. 1616, m. Alice, d. 1599, in Mells.
188.8.131.52. John Harris, bapt. 17 Feb 1587, in Mells (St Andrew), m. 1. Grace Haine, in 1608, in Mells. If this is to be Sergeant John Harris of Virginia, he had remarried before emigrating. If John Harris, as ‘Sergeant’, had a son by Grace Haine, born circa 1609-1612, it is possible that he was apprenticed at the time of his father’s arrival in Virginia, and did not accompany him, and this apprenticeship was in St Olave, Southwark, London, where an influential kinsman, Edward Bennett, of Wivelscombe, Somerset, and Virginia, had established himself. Furthermore, if Grace Haine was of the Haine family of Wedmore, then a kinship connection to the Council and Hodges families of that place is established.
184.108.40.206.1. Thomas Harris, m. Alice West, October 1635, in Nunney (juxta Mells), d. in Charles City in 1677. At a court held Sept. 13, 1677, administration of the estate of Thomas Harris, deceased, was granted to John Echols and John Hardaway, probable brs.-in-law of the said Thomas Harris. Alice West was probably she who was bapt. 16 Sept., in Bath (St Michael), 12 miles from Nunney, and probable dau. of William West, who m. Katharin Pearce, 23 May 1608, in Bath (St Michael).
220.127.116.11.1.1. Thomas Harris, bapt. 14 August 1636, in Nunney, d. 1688, m., in London, Dorothie Bassano (kin of the Lanier family, of St Olave, Southwark, London), in 1662, aged 26.
18.104.22.168.1.1.1. It can not be known if Thomas Harris, d. 1677, had male issue. The William Harris, as follows, may have been his son, or a grandson of William Harris, b. 1599, in Mells, a probable br. of John, b. 1587. William Harris, m. Mary Short, second-cousin of William Short, whose son and dau., John and Mary, m., respectively, Elizabeth Echols and Isaac Echols. Maj. William Rookings, son of William and Jane Rookings who had patented Flying Point, on the Upper Chippokes, in 1638, was sentenced to death in 1677. His Will mentions his cousin, Mary Short’s children. Overseers and guardians were his brother-in-law, Capt. Nicholas Wyatt, of Charles City, and neighbours William Simmons and John King, of Upper Chippokes, all Bacon’s supporters. Mary Short was the wife of William Short, of Charles city Co., and grandmother of Mary Short, wife of William Harris, aforesaid. William Simmons was very likely of the family of ‘Samuel Simons, of St Saviour, Southwark, London, whitebaker’; his Will pr. Nov. 10, 1635, naming Margaret Beale his mother, John Hart his br.-in-law; William Powell of St Saviour, whitebaker, his cousin. (TNA, Prob.11/169, ff.152r-153r). That is, William Powell II., whose plantation was Chippoakes, to which many associated families of Southwark, London, migrated.
1. William Short Sr., d. 1676, Charles City Co., m. Elizabeth Simmons, d. 1676.
1.1. William Short. Originally lived in Charles City Co., on the south side of the James River (later Prince George County); he repatented 1100 acres of land ‘above the head of Chippokes Creek about one and one-half miles up the western most branche’, identifying himself as ‘the son and heir of William Shorts’. The land had been granted to Robert Moseley on Jan. 7, 1649, and then assigned to William Short Sr., on Oct. 28, 1657. (See Tidewater Families of Virginia, p. 544). This was the land identified as adjoining that of Sergeant John Harris: ‘William Lea and Alice (Feltham), his wife, to William Heath, 150 acres … formerly Thomas Felton’s (son of Robert Feltham, vintner,), deceased, and lyeing and being in Southwarke Parish in the County of Surry in Virginia commonly called Upper Chippoakes in the woodes joyneing upon the lands which was John Harryes and neere unto the plantation which was formerly Robert Moseleys, adjoining to a great swamp which divides Surry Co. from Charles Cittie County … one hundred and fifteen acres of said land lyeth in Charles Cittie County adjoining unto the rest of the divident which lyeth in said surry County … Witnesses: Robert Spencer, John Gittings’. (Dated, Oct. 4, 1660. Surry Co. Court Records, R. 10 November 1660.
1.1.1. William Short. The Will of William Short was pr. Sept., 1741, in Surry Co., naming his wife, Susannah (Heath), his sons William and Thomas Short, dau. Mary Harris, grandchildren William, Sarah, Martha (ch. of William Short); granddau. Susanne (dau. of Thomas Short); da. Mary Harris; son-in-law William Harris; William and Thomas Harris (grandsons). He also mentions kinsman Benjamin Heath, to whom he left two cows and calves. Peter and Sarah Vincent were the administrators. The witnesses to his Will were William Heath, Richard Jones, and Richard Bullock (associated with Tyree Harris). The appraisers included John Mason, Christopher Tatum, and William Heath.
22.214.171.124. Mary Short, m. William Harris.
1.2. Thomas Short, moved to Cabin Point, Surry Co., having received a tract of land on Burlin Swamp from his father, on a tributary of upper Chippokes Creek. 1.2.1. William Short, lived in Wyanoak Parish; m. Elizabeth Griffith, dau. of Richard and Griffith of Prince George Co. 126.96.36.199. Cornelius Short, m. a dau. of of Isaac Tynes.
188.8.131.52.1. John Short, m. Elizabeth Echols; he lived in St Clair Co., IL.
184.108.40.206.2. Mary Short, m. (1) Isaac Echols, (2) Joseph Hancock.
Thomas Felton’s son, John Felton, is evidenced here: May 2, 1654: Bond of Robt. Mosley to Jno. Felton. Wit.: John Harris (d. 1687), Sack. Brewster (Crozier Misc. rec. vol. 6, p. 31, 2009). ‘Brewster, Sackford (in Virginia 1655, &c. ), Surry county. In his marriage license, issued in Virginia, April 22, 1655, he is styled ‘Thomas alias Sackford Brewster, of Sackford Hall, in the county of Suffolk, England, gent’, who m. Elizabeth Watkins, widow of John Watkins, of Surry county, Virginia, in 1655′ (EVB). John Watkins received apatent for 850 acres in Surry Co., at the head of Gray’s Creek, for the transportation of 10 persons, including his wife Alice. His son was George Watkins, who m. Elizabeth Prime, the dau. of Edmund Prime and … Ridley. Charles Barham m. Elizabeth Ridley, sister of the wife of Edmund Prime. William Ridley was Elizabeth’s brother. William Ridley’s Will was pr. Oct. 19, 1671 (B. 1, p. 98). His legatees included his da-in-law [stepdaughter] Jane Tuke, wife of William Tuke of Surry Co.; Edmond Prime’s five children, including daus. Elizabeth Prime and Mary Prime, and son John Prime; Mr. Barham’s two daughters, Elizabeth and Perlie; and William Tuke of Surry, ‘my wife’s son-in-law’. He names Mr. Charles Barham as executor. Wit. Thomas Harris, d. 1672.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. William Harris, probably m. a dau. of Nicholas Thompson, who witnessed a deed of Carter Crafford, of Lawnes Creek Parish, with Samuel Lancaster (recorded 2 Nov. 1708; B. 5, p. 401), husband of Elizabeth Harris, of Wedmore, dau. of John Harris, d. 1687.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.1. Thompson Harris. In 1756, Thompson Harris, of Bedford Co., ‘sells to William Heath’, who was a grandson of this William Heath: ‘Indenture between Wm. Lea & his wife Alice, and Wm. Heath, planter, of Southwarke Par., Surry Co., for a parcel of land, 150 acres, formerly Thos. Felton’s deceased, and lyeing and being in Southwarke Parish in the County of Surry in Virginia commonly called Upper Chippoakes in the woodes joyneing upon the lands which was John Harryes (Surry B. I, 1652-1672, p. 161).*Son of Robert Feltham, vintner, of St. Olave, Southwark, London, who m. 2. Elizabeth Olbury, widow of Christopher Woodward, bur. St. Olave, on September 16, 1563.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.2. Thomas Harris, and wife, Sarah (Lane) Harris, Mary Lane and Faith Lane, sell ‘110 acres within the main Swamp and bounded by Col. John Allen’ (1741); daus. of Thomas Lane, d. in 1721 in Surry Co., father-in-law of William Harris.
1.1.2. Thomas Harris, bur. 3 Feb. 1595, in Mells.
220.127.116.11. John Harris, m. Mary Tomlin, 9 November 1620, in Mells. Matthew Tomlin of the Lower Parish of IOW Co. to John Johnson of the same parish, ‘for a valuable consideration’, a 225-acre tract ‘commonly called Pigneck’, bounded by Thomas Harris’s corner tree’, pp. 570-571.
18.104.22.168. Elizabeth Harris, m. George Hill, 27 Jan. 1619, in Mells.
22.214.171.124.1. Nicholas Hill, who, on 30 Sept. 1664, patented 750 acres in the Upper Parish, part of the estate of Edward Bennett, of Wivelscombe, Somerset, and St Olave, London.
1.2. John Harris. ‘Joannes Harries de Alverton’ (juxta Wedmore) d. 1585, m. 1. Joanna, d. 1579, 2. Alicia, d. 1585.
1.2.1. William Harris, m. Dorothy West, 31 Aug. 1562, at Wivelscombe.
126.96.36.199. Richard Harris, m. Elianor Bennett, sister of Edward Bennett, of Lawne’s Creek.
188.8.131.52.1. Thomas Harris, m. Judith Blake, 20 Nov. 1623, Wivelscombe. This Thomas Harris was probably he who d. in 1672, in Virginia. Judith may have been the dau. of Richard Blake and Edith Pitt, m. 4 Nov. 1598, Wedmore, and sister of Joan Blake, who m. Robert Pope, 6 Feb. 1622, Wedmore.
184.108.40.206.2. Richard Harris.
220.127.116.11.2.1. John Harris, bapt. 18 Feb. 1624, Wivelscombe, ‘son of Richard’, probably he who d. in 1687, in Virginia.
18.104.22.168.2.1.1. Elizabeth Harris, m. Samuel, son of Robert Lancaster Sr. and Sarah, widow of 2nd husband Richard Bennett Sr., d. 1710.
1.2.2. John Harris, m. Joan Stubbs, 10 Feb. 1569, Wedmore.
22.214.171.124. Robert Harris. He was probably this Robert Harris: December 1634, William Lacey leased James Tooke 500 acres on the east side of Lawne’s Creek; 26 October 1646, James Tooke to Robert Harris, all my right and title to this lease.
126.96.36.199.1. Edward Harris, bapt. 8 Aug. 1624, Wedmore, ‘son of Robert’; probably he who d. in 1677, in Virginia.
188.8.131.52. Thomas Harris.
184.108.40.206.1. Thomas Harris, bapt. 31 Dec. 1637, Cheddar, ‘son of Thomas’, probably he who d. in 1688, in Virginia.
220.127.116.11.1.1. Robert Harris, m. Anne Fulgham, da. of Michael Fulgham, of Pitminster, Somerset. Susannah Fulgham, Anne’s sister, m. Hardy Council, son of Hodges Council and Lucy Hardy.
18.104.22.168.1.2. Edward Harris, Will pr. 25 March 1734.
22.214.171.124.1.2.1. Nathan Harris.
126.96.36.199.1.2.2. West Harris.
188.8.131.52.1.2.3. James Harris, d. 1749, aforementioned, br.-in-law of Matthew Joyner.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11. James Harris.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Elias Harris, d. 1788, Halifax Co.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1. Abner Harris.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.2. Hugh Harris.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.3. Arthur Harris.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.4. Lucy Harris. ‘Item … I give and bequeath to my daughter Lucy Blanton’. She was the wife of Richard Blanton, br. of William Blanton, the father of Jeremiah Blanton, who m. Sarah Womack, b. 10 Aug. 1782, in Rutherford Co, NC, on 22 Feb. 1799. Jeremiah was the br. of Ruth Hicks.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.5. Sally Harris. ‘Item … I give and bequeath to my daughter Sally Pope, twenty shillings current money’. She probably married into this Pope family: Valentine Braswell and wife, Jean, to Barnaby McKinnie (B. F, No. 1, p. 185, at Edenton), Power of Attorney to acknowledge Sale and relinquish dower to 200 acres land sold John Pope, July 21, 1721, on Aherron Swamp, where John Pope now liveth. Test.: William Pope, Wm. Ledbetter. (Br. of Henry Ledbetter, father of Elizabeth Walton, sister-in-law of Nathan Harris). Craven Co., N. C. Deed Book 2, p. 382. Jan. 10th, 1734:— John Pope Gentleman, of Edgecombe Co., N. C, made deed to William Kinchen, 200 a. of land on the north side of the Meuse river at the head of Horse Creek (land granted John Pope by patent). (Signed) John Pope.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.5. James Harris. b. 2 Nov. 1775 NC, Halifax, d. 5 Oct. 1828, NC, Halifax, m. Winifred Whitmell Williams, dau. of Col. Joseph John Williams, son of Samuel Williams and Elizabeth Alston, dau. of Philip Alston and Winifred Whitmel, b .5 Dec. 1729.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.5.1. Thomas Whitmell Harris, b. 30 Dec. 1810, m. Martha Helen Hardee Kearney, b. 1817, dau. of William Kinchen Kearney, b. 1 Aug. 1785, and Maria Alston b. 25 Dec. 1791, dau. of Lt. Col. William Alston, b. 7 Oct. 1747, and Martha Hardee. William Kinchen Kearney was the son of Philip Kearney and Elizabeth Kinchen, dau. of William Kinchen, b.1 June 1696. Thomas Whitmell Harris and Martha had 11 children. They lived they lived near Panacea Springs, Warren Co.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.5.1.1. James Norfleet Harris, m. Linda Roach; lived MO, Oregon Co, Thayer.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.5.1.2. Henry Ferdinand Harris, m Ann Fowle.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Ferdinand Blackwell Harris.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.5.1.3. Joseph John Williams Harris, m. Roberta Wiggins.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.5.1.4. Thomas Whitmell Harris, inherited Panacea from his father.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.5.1.5. William Kearney Harris.
220.127.116.11.2. John Harris, m. Agnes Coomer, 4 Feb. 1635, Cheddar, sister Elizabeth Coomer, wife of Thomas Powell, m. 7 Sept. 1615, who was almost certainly related to Nicholas Powell, who m. Dorothy Hicks, 11 Feb. 1598.
18.104.22.168.2.1. Arthur Harris.
22.214.171.124.2.1.1. Arthur Harris, bapt. 23 Jun. 1663, Cheddar, f. Arthur.
126.96.36.199.2.1.2. Anthony Harris.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. James Harris, bapt. 21 Mar. 1690, Cheddar, f Anthony.
220.127.116.11.2.2. John Harris.
18.104.22.168.2.2.1. John Harris, bapt. 27 Apr. 1679, Cheddar, f. John.
22.214.171.124.2.2.2. Alice Harris, m. Hix.
1.Sir John Symes, lived at Mells, m. Amy, da. of Thomas Horner esq., of Mells.
1.1. John Symes.
1.1.1. Thomas Symes Jr., evidenced here: Symes v Horner. Plaintiffs, Thomas Symes and Merrill Symes his wife. Defendants, Samuel Horner and Philip Horner. Subject: property in Mells, Somerset. (Nat. Arch., ref. C 5/64/111 1672).
126.96.36.199. ‘John Symes late of Montserrat, West Indies’.
188.8.131.52.1. Elizabeth Symes (da.,not sister), m. a kinsman, Samuel Perry. (See Nat. Arch., ref. C 11/750/12, 1714). 184.108.40.206.1.1. Symes Perry.
1.1.2. Richard Symes (See N&Q, 1890).
220.127.116.11. Adam Symes.
18.104.22.168.1. George Sims, of Brunswick Co.; d. Sept. 1763. He bought land from his brother John Sims, on 5 November 1747, witnessed by Micajah Perry, a cousin.
22.214.171.124.1.1. Adam Sims, m. Elizabeth Walton, da. of George Walton of Brunswick Co., and who was, thus, the br.-in-law of Nathan Harris, grandson of Thomas Harris, d. 1688, and br. of West Harris.
1. Robert Bennett, a tanner, of Wivelscombe, Somerset, m. Elizabeth Edney.
1.1. Thomas Bennett, d. 1616, Wivelscombe. (Br. of Phillip Bennett, who held land adj. John Hodges).
1.1.1. Thomas Bennett, claimed in 1635 as a headright by his uncle, Governor Richard Bennett.
1.2. Edward Bennett, bapt. February 2, 1577, in Wivelscombe; later of of St Olave, Southwark, London, and Lawn’s Creek, Virginia.
1.2.1. Alice Bennett, m. John Hardy. Nugent, C&P vol. 1, p. 569: Mr. John Hardie 1150 acres IOW Co., 5 June 1666. Beginning at upper corner tree of Mathew Tomlins old land, running SSE by Wm. Westwrayers land &c. SW on Mathew Tomlins new land
126.96.36.199. Lucy Hardy, m. Hodges Council.
1.1.2. … Bennett, m. Richard Jackson, who patented 450 acres in IOW adjacent to Justinian Cooper.
188.8.131.52. Mary Jackson, m. Capt. George Hardy, who patented 500 acres on July 17, 1648 ‘lying on east side of Lawne’s Creek extending to main river and along the great river to the creek dividing the same from land of Alice Bennett’. On 19 June 1666, he made a deed to land which belonged to his wife Mary whom he refers to as the ‘daughter of Richard Jackson, dec.’. Her sister, Sarah Jackson, m. Col. Arthur Smith II. George Hardy was an appraiser of the estate of Edward Harris, d. 1677.
1.1.3. Richard Bennett. In 1666, Colonel Arthur Smith made a deed to land at ‘Blackwater’ inherited by his wife, Sarah Jackson, from her ‘grandmother Alice Bennett’. Richard Bennett’s first wife was Anne, who was Charles Barham’s sister (see Douglas Richardson, ‘Plantagenet Ancestry’). Mr. Charles Barham Ex., Thomas Harris (d. 1672) and Thomas Tuke overseers, were officers of the will of William Ridley, who was probably the br. of Elizabeth Ridley, Charles Barham’s wife.
1.3. Elianor Bennett, m. Richard Harris.
HUTCHINS AND POWELL
1. John Hutchins. Yeo v Hutchins. Plaintiffs: John Yeo. Defendants: John Hutchins and Mary (probably Lawrence) Hutchins his wife. Subject: property in Wiveliscombe, Somerset. (Nat. Arch. ref. C 3/201/21 1558-1579).
1.1. John Lawrence, alias Hutchins, of St. James Parish, Taunton, m. Alice (Stone?). His Will, proved 12 Sept. 1579, had Robert and George Stone as overseers.
1.1.1. John Hutchins. PROB 11/75/122: Will of John Hutchines or Hutchins of Wiveliscombe, Somerset. 11 February 1590.
184.108.40.206. John Hutchins: Hutchins v Edny. Plaintiffs: John Hutchins alias John Laurence. Defendants: William Edny. Subject: money matters, Somerset. (Nat. Arch. ref. C 3/274/96. 1607). William Edney was the cousin of Eleanor Bennett (wife of Richard Harris), and Thomas Bennett, of Wivelscombe.
220.127.116.11. Thomas Hutchins, alias Lawrence, of St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Taunton.
18.104.22.168.1. Mary Hutchins, m. Hugh Parker, in Over Stowey, Somerset, in 1605; dau. of Thomas Hutchins, alias Lawrence, of Holway, 12 mls fr. Wivelscombe.
22.214.171.124.2. Thomas Huchens: Aliciam Counsell & Thomas Huchens, 14 Oct. 1605, Wedmore. She was the sister of John Counsell.
126.96.36.199.2.1. Francis Hutchins, held land adj. Thomas Powell.
188.8.131.52.2.2. Amos Hutchins.
184.108.40.206.2.1. ‘Richardus f. Amos & Elizabethae Hutchins de Wedmore’. Richard Hutchins, witnessed land grants of his probable cousin, William Powell.
1. … Powell.
1.1. John Powell. Capt. William Tucker, Elizabeth City Co., 20 Sept. 1624, 150 acs. upon land of Richard Bolton, made up a great SW parting it from land of John Powell & Co, (C&P, p. 29). This land was on Hog Island. In 1612, Capt William Tucker & br., Thomas. each received a bequest of £10 from Henry Stevens, Citizen & Haberdasher of London (husband of Mary Harmor, dau. of Ralph Harmor).
1.2. Thomas Powell, m. Elizabeth Coomer, 7 Sept. 1615, Wedmore. He appears in the Muster taken after the 1622 massacre, listed as a servant of Capt. Ralph Harmor, then living at Hog Island. On 10 June 1637, Thomas patented 100 acs. on the south side of the Nansemond River. Francis Hutchins held adjacent land, and proved the Will of Thomas Powell; most likely as br.-in-law.
1.2.1. William Powell, of IOW, was granted 257 acres on the Western Branch of the Nansemond River adjacent Thomas Pitt (B. 7, p. 16). His will was dated 12 Nov. 1695, and mentioned his wife, Elizabeth (Lawrence?); sons, Nathaniel, Jacob, William, and Thomas; and dau., Elizabeth. Witnesses: Thomas Powell, Thomas Gale, and Richard Hutchins.
220.127.116.11. William Powell, gifted (1733) to ‘my loving kinsman John Speight’, 50 acres adj. Richard Hutchins & Jacob Powell. (ibid., p. 230).
1.3. Richard Powell, m. Elizabeth Bolling (her sister, Dorothy, m. (by 1673) Roger Bryant, who m. 2. Susannah Clement Powell.
1.3.1. Richard Powell, d. bef. 16 June 1673, in Norfolk Co., m. Susannah Clements, dau. of William Clements, mariner; she m. 2. William Ellis, 3. John Ferrabee.
18.104.22.168. William Powell, Will probated Jan. 20, 1715, Norfolk Co.
22.214.171.124.1. Eleonor Powell, m. Bartholomew Highsmith.
126.96.36.199.1.1. Daniel Highsmith, m. Ann Beck.
188.8.131.52.1.1.1. Daniel Highsmith, m. Lucretia Parker; their granddau., Elizabeth Highsmith, m. Asa Kirby.
MARTINS OF WEDMORE
Gulielmus Martin & Johannam Cowncell, 10 May 1567.
Gulielmus Martin & Aliciam White, 22 Jun. 1573.
Gulielmus Martin & Aliciam Jeninges, 7 Jun. 1574.
Johannam Martin & Richardus Coomer, 19 Apr. 1578.
Richardus Martin & Isabellam Pitte, 15 Apr. 1588.
Gulielmus Martin & Aliciam Nicoles, 7 May 1590.
Richardus Martin & Isabellam Pitte, 15 Apr. 1588.
Richardus Martin, bapt. 5 May 1637, f. William.
Robertus Martin, bapt. 31 Dec. 1641, f. William.
Richardus Martin, bapt. 11 Jan. 1643, f. William.
Georgius Martin, bapt. 19 Mar. 1646, f. William.
Robert Martin, bapt. 29 Jul. 1651, f. William.
Mary Martin, bapt. 14 Oct. 1651, f. William.
Robertus Martin, bapt. 21 Feb. 1637, f. Robert.
Philip Martin, f. Robert, m. Barbara …
Susanna Martin, bapt. 5 Aug. 1660, f. Philip.
Johannes Martin, bapt. 12 Apr. 1640, f. Henry.
John Martin & Margery Coomer, 17 Apr. 1637 (Cheddar), sister of Agnes Comer, who m. John Harris, 4 Feb. 1635, Cheddar, uncle of Thomas Harris, d. 1688, Virginia.
Robertus Martin & Editham Pitt, 13 Jul. 1644. The Pitt family of Virginia were originally of Wedmore.
John Martin & Alice Tanner, 7 Oct 1647.
TUCKE, HOLMAN, AND PITMAN
1.1. William Tucke, m. Christian Holman, 18 July 1571, at Barwick, St Mary Magdalene, Som.; 22 mls fr. West Pennard, 27 mls fr. Wedmore; 40 mls fr. Wivelscombe. Margery Holman m. John Carter, 13 Aug. 1573, at West Pennard.
1.1.1. Thomas Tucke, m. Mary Collins, 26 Jan. 1604, Barwick. (I have given elsewhere the intermarriages of the Collins, which connected them to the likes of the Blake/Harris family of Wivelscombe, who intermarried with the Bennetts of that place).
184.108.40.206. James Tooke. December 1634, William Lacey leased James Tooke 500 acres on the east side of Lawne’s Creek; 26 October 1646, James Tooke to Robert Harris, all my right and title to this lease. Will of James Tooke: Leg: Son Thomas, the tract on which I live being a Patent of 800 acres, also a patent called White Marsh and my seal signet ring to daughter Dorothy, the wife of John Harvey (Gov. NC) who are now at Southward; son William. Executor: Son Thomas. R. 2 Feb. 1662. Witnesses: Thomas Carter, Thomas Gwaltney.
220.127.116.11. Thomas Tooke,* b. c. 1610, m. 1. Avis Mascoll, 7 June 1634, Barwick; 2. Mary. He witnessed the Will of William Ridley, with Thomas Harris, d. 1672.
18.104.22.168. William Tooke.
22.214.171.124. Elizabeth Tooke, m. Michael Ezell.
126.96.36.199.1. Elizabeth Ezell, m. John Atkinson Jr., son of John Atkinson and Ann Holliman. John Atkinson was the br. of James Atkinson, d. in IOW after 28 July 1723, who m. Mary Holliman. John and James Atkinson were stepsons of Thomas Pitman, born of his third wife, Martha, by her first husb., Thomas Atkinson. Thomas Pitman’s dau, Elizabeth Pitman, m. Robert Lancaster Jr., br.-in-law of Elizabeth Harris, great-granddau. of Richard Harris, who m. Elianor Bennett, sister of Edward Bennett, of Lawne’s Creek. In the list of tithables in 1702, Thomas was listed on the plantation of Richard Holliman, who may have been his father-in-law, he having firstly m. Mary Holliman.
1.1.2. Joane Tucke, m. William Penny, 22 Sept. 1588, Barwick.
188.8.131.52. Dorothy Penny, m. William Pitman, 10 Sep 1609 Horsington (St John); 15 mls fr. Barwick.
184.108.40.206.1. Thomas Pitman, of Virginia, b. c. 1614, by his deposition.
FULGHAMS OF PITMINSTER
1. William Fuljames, b. c. 1490 at Ing’s Manor, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, settled in Somerset; great-grandfather of:
1.1. John Fuljames, of Angersleigh, Somerset, m. (1603) Sarah Hole, of Barnstaple, Devon. He acquired Woodbrook Farm in Pitminster, an adjacent parish to Angersleigh, and became known as John Fuljames of Woodbrooke, Gent. The Hole family were intermarried with that of Norris: Thomas Hole & Edith Norris, 17 Jan 1602, Dulverton (All Saints).
1.1.1. Anthony Fuljames, born c. 1615 in Pitminster, married, first, in 1638 at Pitminster, Elizabeth Norris, b. 1623 in Bridgwater, Somerset.
220.127.116.11. John Fulgham, b. 1639, at Pitminster.
1.1.1. Anthony Fuljames, m. secondly, Martha Greene.
18.104.22.168. Michael Fulgham, m. Anne Izzard.
22.214.171.124.1. Anne Fulgham, m. Robert Harris, son of Thomas Harris, d. 1688.
126.96.36.199.2. Susannah Fulgham, m. Hardy Council, son of Hodges Council Jr. and Lucy Hardy, in 1705. Her will was recorded October 6, 1757, naming daus. Susannah, Christian Daughtery, Mary Brantley, Martha Fowler, Lucy Johnson, and Ann Lawrence; sons Charles, Michael, Hardy, and Joshua; grandson Willis Council; and grandaus. Selah Council and Sarah Lawrence. Sons Charles and Joshua were named executors. The Will was witnessed by William Murphree and Robert Johnson.
188.8.131.52.3. Anthony Fulgham, married Sarah Wrayford, dau. of Philip Wrayford, of Crediton, Devon. Appraisal of the estate of Anthony Fulgham ordered 24 June 1729. Performed by Francis Williamson, John Little, & Joshua Turner. Recorded 25 Jan. 1731. Sarah Wrayford’s sister, Martha, married Jesse Goodwin.
1.1.2. John Fuljames, Jr. b. June 1613 in Pitminster, married (1635) Prudence Westcott, of Shobrooke, Devon. Her sister, Katherine Westcott, married Edward Hill, born 4 Jan. 1601, Berrynarbor, Devon. Their aunts, Alice and Julian, married, respectively, Arthur Hart of Yarncomb, Henry Reynold of Cheriton Fitzpaine. Their uncle, Phillip, married Elizabeth Tanner, dau. of George Tanner, of Creely. They were children and grandchildren of Thomas Westcote of Raddon, and Mary Roberts, dau. of Richard Roberts of Combmartin. There was some connection to a family of Thatcher: Thatcher v Westcott. Plaintiffs: Avis Thatcher. Defendants: Thomas Westcott, John Fuljames and Arthur Hole. Subject: personal estate of the deceased John Thatcher widow, of Thorverton, Devon. (Nat. Arch. ref. C 6/124/129. 1639).
1.1.4. Sarah Fuljames, b. 21 December, 1624 at Pitminster, m. John Cotton of Silverton, Devon, in 1642, at Pitminster. The Reverend William Cotton, Sarah Fuljames’s father-in-law, was Rector of the Were Family’s church in Silverton. The estates of Counselor John Weare, the head of the Were family in Silverton, and his eldest son, John, Jr., were sequestered in 1648 by Parliament. By 1650, Counselor John Weare, his wife Margaret (Dart) Were, John, Jr., Francis, and Katherine had emigrated to the south side of the eastern branch of the Corotoman River, in Virginia, next to Anthony Fulgham.
By 1647, Anthony was in Northumberland Co., and filed for a 500-acre patent on the south side of the Corotoman River. Anthony married his second wife, Martha Greene, whose great-grandfather, John, was living in St Giles Cripplegate, where his eldest son, John, was born, in 1568. John, Martha’s grandfather, was a merchant. He had issue: John,* b. 1592, Sara, b. 1592, Elizabeth, b. 1594, and Robert (Martha Fulgham’s father), b. 1598, who first appeared in Virginia records in a census taken in 1619. He married Katherine Walker (in St Giles Cripplegate) on 9 Feb. 1618. They had issue: Robert b. 1620 d.v.p., Thomas b. 1621 (married Mary Moone), Elizabeth b. 1622, John b. 1624, d.v.p., Martha b. 1626 (married Anthony Fulgham), John b. 1627, d.v.p.; Jane, b. 1629 (married Robert Smith, of Pitminster); Humphrey, b. 1630. *He had a dau,, Elizabeth, b. 1626 (married William Hutchings) and a son, John b. 1628. Both Elizabeth and John Greene appear as headrights in the land patent of John Weare of Silverton, Devon (and others) dated 7 Sep 1654. John Weare and Anthony Fulgham had close familial connections and cooperated in seating their patents on the Corotoman River between 1647 and 1654.
Lancaster Co. Court Orders, 1652-1655: John Bond assigns to Jno Meredith, excepting 160 acres which belongs to Eliz Hutchins the wife of Wm. Hutchins. Dated 4 Dec 1655. Recorded 5 Jan 1656.
Major John Bond patented 3,000 acres in IOW with John Clarke, p. 489. He appears again as a headright of Col. Robert Pitt in 1664, in 10W. In 1656, Dorothy Bond sold land of her deceased husband, Major John Bond, to Joseph Bridger, who was the brother-in-law of Robert Pitt. Joseph Bridger’s Will (R. April 9, 1685), was witnessed by James Bennett, of Wivelscombe, Somerset, whose family were intermarried with the Harris family of that place. The Bond family were neighbours of the Fulghams in Pitminster.
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