JOHN WHITE OF CORDICALL PLANTATION

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ST PETER AND SAINT PAUL, LITTLE GADDESDEN

1. William White: Feoffment, 10 March, 3 Edw.IV. (1) William Hodenale of Little Gaddesdan. (2) William Billyngdon of Hudnall. Three acres of arable land in the fields of Hudnall, viz One acre in le Whetefeeld, next to Claywelle croft on the west, and abutting E. a croft of (1) One acre in the croft called Sondycroft and abutting N. land of (1) in the parish of Gaddesden aforesaid. One acre in Sondycroft, abutting W. a croft of (2) and on the other side the road called Holowey. All which lands are held by (1) of the gift of Robert Goos and Henry Alot sen., feoffees of William Hodenale sen., father of (1) Witnesses: John Umfrey of Hudnall, William White, William Hampton, Hugh Sorry. Seal. 1462/3. Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies, ref. D-X1001/8.
1.1. John White.
1.2. William White. Feoffment, 8 June, 5 Hen.VII. (1) John Hodenall of Hemel Hempstead [‘Hemlamsted’], Herts. (2) John Arnold. Croft called Barrellescroft in Little Gaddesden, with 3 acres of land viz ½a. called Herley lying beneath Horneyhill, abutting lands of John White; ½a. in Southfeld in Midelforlong between lands of John Terry and lands of William White; ½a. in field called le Lee between land of William Newman and lands of William White, abutting E. lands of William White and W. le Wyke of William White; ½a. in field called le Lee between lands of William Jamys and lands of Thomas Pratte, abutting E. lands of William White and W. le Wyke of Walter Newell; ½a. in the field of le Lee between lands of William Jamys and William White, abutting E. land of George Ferreby and W. le Wykeplott of John Edmond; ½a. in the field called le Whetefeld between lands of Henry Allott on both sides; Witnesses: Robert Pare of Great Gaddesden, John Hayde,Walter Newell of Little Gaddesden. Seal. 1490. Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies ref. D-X1001/10. (Little Gaddesden is 25 mls due S. of Newport Pagnell, on the main road – M.S).
1.2.1. William White. PROB 11/41/301: Will of William White, Gentleman of Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. 14 November 1558.
1.2.1.1. John White. Smithe v White. Plaintiffs: Thomas Smithe. Defendants: John White. Subject: property in Calcot, Buckinghamshire. 1558-1579. Nat. Arch. ref. C 3/164/27.
1.2.1.1.1. John White. Bargain and Sale with Feoffment: 1. John and Thomas Maunsell, gents. (sons of Thomas Maunsell, gent. dec.) 2. John White. Farm in Marsh end. 22 May, 40 Eliz I [1598]. Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies, ref. D 27/25.
1.2.1.1.1. Lawrence White. White v George. Plaintiffs: Lawrence White of Caldeceasedotte, Buckinghamshire, gent. Defendant: John, George and John White. Subject of decree: Annuities out of lands of John White, grandfather of plaintiff, in Caldecotte and Newport, Buckinghamshire. Date of decree: 26 February 33 Eliz. 1591 Feb 26. C 78/74/2.
1.2.1.1.1.1. Thomas White, bapt. 20 Nov. 1583, Newport Pagnell; m. Elizabeth Fisher.
1.2.1.1.1.1.1. John White, bapt. 15 Aug. 1624, Newport Pagnell; d. 3 June 1685, Cordicall Plantation, Rehoboth, Pocomoke Hundred, Somerset Co., Maryland.
1.2.1.1.2. George White. PROB 11/201/741: Will of George White, Gentleman of Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. 25 October 1647. Deed of Partition. 1. George White of Newport Pagnell, gent. 2. Cornelius White of Newport Pagnell, gent. Dwelling house, cottage, closes (Felps), lands in Greengrove, Linches and Pitwell fields, Short furlong leys and West meadow [described in schedule]. 21 May, 20 Chas I [1644]. Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies, ref. D 27/27.
1.2.1.1.3.John White. White v Bottome. Plaintiffs: John White. Defendants: John Bottome. Subject: annuity out of the manor of Caldecote, Buckinghamshire. 1596-1616. Nat. Arch. ref. C 3/295/4.

This is obviously a simple sketch, which would be much enhanced by studying feoffment relationships (which were often familial), and the reading of Wills.

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VERY CONNECTED HISTORIES

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ALLERTON CHURCH

COBB/BOND/COUNCIL/LAWRENCE/TOOKE

1. Nicholas Cobb, mariner, m. Susanna Byrd. William Tooke assigned 900 acres of land to Nicholas Cobb on 3 Jan. 1661.
1.1. Edward Cobb, d. 1731, aged 67, m. (1687) Dorothy Bond, dau. of John Bond, son of Thomas Bond, of Wivelscombe, Somerset. Nicholas Cobb appraised the estate of John Bond. Edward Cobb was an executor of his mother-in-law’s Will (D.B. 1, P. 42).
1.1.1. Elizabeth Cobb, m. Robert Lawrence, d. 1739 (almost certainly of the family from Wedmore, Somerset). Robert Lawrence of the Lower Parish of IOW Co. sold Edward Cobb, Jr. 90 acs. from a patent to the said Robert Lawrence on 16 June 1727, south of Blackwater and southwest of Cypress Swamp. On 10 Nov. 1730, Robert Lawrence of Bertie Precinct, NC, sold William Fowler 250 acres on Beaver Dam Swamp in the Lower Parish from a patent dated 28 May 1673, witnessed by Hardy Council, Sr. (son of Hodges Council and Lucy Hardy; the Hodges/Council families being of Wedmore, 27 mls fr. Wivelscombe); Hardy Council, Jr., part of a patent of Robert Lawrence, Sr., who made his Will in Nansemond Co., 2 Jan. 1696. His wife, Mary, signed her name at quaker meetings as ‘Mary Lawrece North Carolina, Widow’. His Will names two son-in laws, Henry Sanders and Richard Taylor. Robert Sr’s dau. Anne, m. Jeremiah Exum; their dau., Mary, m. Jacob RicksWilliam Murphey, and Col. Barnabas McKinnie. Robert Lawrence Sr. received two patents on 25 Aug. 1642, 200 acs. in Lawne’s Creek, adj. the lands of Mr. Harding and the widow Bennett (she being of Wivelscombe, and closely related to the Harris family of that place, see as follows), and 100 acs. in Lawnes Creek, adj. the land of ‘Mr. Tooke‘(see as follows, fr. Barwick, 40 mls fr. Wivelscombe).

On September 28, 1643, he received a patent for 150 acres near the mouth of Lawnes Creek adjoining John Stocker, (n.b.) George Hardie (appraised estate of Edward Harris, d. 1677), and Thomas Gyer for the importation of Thomas Merrick, (n.b.) and Wm. Penny (his family interm. with the Virginia Tuckes and Pitmans of Barwick and Horsington, 15 mls fr. Barwick). His commonly proposed ancestry typifies the ‘straight from Burke’ fictions of many English/American pedigrees.

1.1.1.1. Martha Lawrence, m. Joseph Parker; probable br. of Thomas Parker, d. 1782, as follows.  June 1771: Frances Lawrence, orphan of George Lawrence dec., came into the court and chose James Perry to be her guardian. Bond: Joseph Parker and Humphrey Lawrence. On 2 February 1760, George Lawrence’s lines adjoined those of James Norfleet,  John Lawrence, and Paul Lawrence, and were processioned. He was the son of Robert Lawrence Jr., aforesaid, as per Will, 1744.
1.1.2. Henry Cobb, m. Mary Hardy, 1729. Her true ancestry is easily adduced.
1.1.2.1. William Cobb, m. Elizabeth Lawrence.

On 19 Aug. 1748, Thomas Parker purchased a tract of land 100 acres in size on the south side of the Meherrin River from William Ricks. It was witnessed by Jacob Ricks and John Colson. Thomas Parker bought 50 acres of Land from Thomas Ward, witnessed by William Mufree and Joseph Moore, dated 1763. This tract of land was sold to to William Murphy the deed being signed by Thomas Parker and his wife, Mary Parker, dated 15 Oct 1773, and witnessed by Samuel Cryer and John Parker. (See Parker notes, as follow).

NORFLEET/COUNCIL/HARRIS/TURNER

1. Thomas Norfleet.
1.1. Thomas Norfleet.
1.1.1. Thomas Norfleet,  m. Ruth Blount, dau. of John Blount. Thomas Norfleet. 23 Jan. 1745. August Court, 1746. Sons: Thomas and Marmaduke. Daughters: Sarah, Farby, Susanah, Mary, Elisbeth. Wife and Executrix: Ruth. Executor: Marmaduke Norfleet (brother). Witnesses: Robert Hilliard, John Blount. (J. Bryan Grimes, Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, p. 270, 1910). Thomas Norfleet 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 (ibid., p. 17).
1.1.1.1. Ferebee Norfleet, m. Joshua Joseph Bell, who d. 1793, in Edgecomb Co. NC.
1.1.1.2. Marmaduke Norfleet.
1.1.1.2.1. 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. Executor: Mathew Joyner. Witnesses: Wm. Skinner,  John Blount, John Crumpton. (ibid, p. 153).

2 Apr. 1765: Division of the lands of Marmaduke Norfleet Jr., dec’d, son of Mr. Thomas Norfleet, dec’d. To John Young and Sarah his wife a tract of land where James Hogun now lives on Beaverdam Swamp and Cypress Swamp and 38 acres which was part of 114 acres joining Beaverdam and Blount. To James Harris and Elizabeth his wife her part of the estate, being part of a tract where James Hogun now lives (graves mentioned in the bounds) and 38 acres which was part of 114 acres joining Beaverdam Swamp, Blount, Joshua Bell. To Joshua Bell and Pheriby his wife her part of the estate a part of a tract where James Hogun lives joining Cypress Swamp, Wyatt and 38 acres which was part of 114 acres joining Beaverdam Swamp and Blount. 2 Apr 1765. Signed by William Williams, Moses Horne, Xpher Haynes, James Smith, Michl. Smalley, Oct. Ct. 1765.

12 May 1758: Thomas Turner of Edge Co. to James Smith of same 30 pounds curr money of VA 90 acres joining Cattail Marsh and Marmaduke Norfleet. Wit: Drew Smith, Joshua Williams, Jordan Thomas. Reg. Edge Co. June Ct., 1748. Drew Smith was the br. of Mary Smith, who m. Arthur Bryan, son of John Bryan of Cypress Swamp, and Sarah Smith, who m. William Bryan (Will dated 1761 Edgecombe Co.) of Fishing Creek, br. of Arthur: 3 Aug. 1757: John Fort of Edge Co to Jordan Thomas of Edge Co. 50 pounds VA money 100 acres joining Marmaduke Norfleet, Cane marsh, James Smith and the said Jordan Thomas, land John Richardson transferred to the said Fort all houses buildings, orchards etc part of a grant to John Nairn for 640 acres 5 Apr 1720. Wit: Drew Smith, Williams Waller, Arthur Smith. Reg. Edge Co. Aug. Ct 1757.

1.1.1.2.1.1. James Harris m. 1. Temperance Williams: Martha Joyner witnessed the will of Temperance Williams, wife of James Harris. 1783: Halifax NC. Will of Temperance Harris names daus: Pharaby Harris, Mary Harris, Sally Harris, Elizabeth Harris; son James Harris; son-in-law Norfleet Harriss (step-son). Witnesses: Elisha Dixon, Martha Joyner. Pheraby (sic) Harriss. Martha Joyner was the wife of John Joyner, and likely sister of Temperance Williams, and Elisha Williams, children of Joshua Williams. Elisha Williams witnessed the Wills of Martha Joyner and Temperance (Williams) Harris.

12 Feb. 1785: William Gainer of Halifax Co. to John Drew of same For 333 pounds, 6 shillings, 8 pence. 100 acres in Scotland Neck on South side of Roanoke River, adj. Benjamin Fourman. Wit. Elisha Williams, Thomas Gray, Thomas Boykin. 13 Feb. 1788: James Smith of Halifax Co. to Thomas Blount Whitmal and Jacob Barrow, 50 pounds proclamation money 10 acres on south side of Roanoke River, joining Drew Smith, Arthur Smith, Elisha Williams. James Smith. Wit: Marmaduke Norfleet, Elisha Williams. Aug. Ct. 1788. CC: Wm. Wooten. (Abstracts of Deeds, Halifax Co., NC, 1786-1796).

James Harris was the uncle of William Williams: Elisha Dixon. 21 May 1796 Nov. Ct. 1798 Friend William Williams son of Elisha Williams of Franklin Co., horse, saddle etc. Wit: Hen Baker, Robert Ricks. William Williams witnessed a deed of Abner Harris: D. B. 21 p. 294 Abner Harris of Montgomery Co Tennessee, surviving executor of Elias Harris dec’d to James & B. Harris executors of Isaac Harris dec’d who was executor of Elias Harris dec’d. 26 Aug. 1808. Received 819L 2s 11p; also received was 16L 4s 8p due from the estate of Elias Harris to Benj Whitehead & wife; also received from James & Benj Harris executors a receipt from Oliver Fitts 17 Apr. 1808 for 407L 11s 2; to discharge a judgment obtained by Benj Whitehead & wife against the executors of Elias Harris dec’d. Wit: John Patrick, William Williams. May Ct 1809.

1.1.1.2.1.2. Eli (Elias) Harris.

The said Isaac Harris is commonly taken to be the son of Nathan Harris, whose sons, named in his Will of 1793, included an Isaac but not an Elias. It may be that two groups of close Harris cousins intermarried into the same Williams family, and terms used in Wills, such as ‘brother’ actually signified br.-in-law.

*Elias Harris m. Silvia … D.B.19, p. 445: Benjamin Whitehead & his wife Silvia to Thomas Turner. 25 Jun. 1804. Elias Harriss late of Halifax Co., who was the former husband of sd Silvia, willed to her a life estate to land on Marsh Swamp, joining Isaac Harriss & others, being the land where sd Elias Harriss died. Sd Silvia later married John Hargrove. On 2 Sept. 1797, she & sd Hargrove made an agreement with Isaac Harriss & Abner Harriss (br. and son of Elias) executors of sd Elias Harriss; now sd land to be sold in conformity with the agreement. This deed to make legal the transfer to sd Thomas Turner. 5 shillings. Wit: Benjamin Williams (son of Richard Williams), William Killingsworth. Thomas Turner, as noted, was a neighbour of Marmaduke Norfleet. Richard Williams. Bertie Co. Nov. Term 1782. Nephew Drury Williams. Exec. Benjamin Williams. Test. Marmaduke Norfleet. (See James Robert Bent Hathaway, The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, vols. 1-3, p. 359, 1998). Richard Williams was a nephew of Joshua Williams, as given in the probate of Elisha Williams. Edgecombe County. August 13, 1751. February Court, 1755: Brothers: Solomon Williams, George Williams (bought land fr. Mathew Kinchen, May Court, 1750), Daniel Williams, Joshua Williams, John Williams. Nephew: Richard Williams (son of John). Sisters: Mary Car, Elizabeth Daughtry. Executor: Joshua Williams. Witnesses: James Smith, Drew Smith, George Bell.

1.2. James Norfleet, m. Mary Gordon.
1.2.1. Sarah Norfleet, m. Thomas Parker,  who d. in 1762 in Chowan Co. NC., very likely the son of Joseph Parker, aforsaid.

On 15 Oct. 1763, George Washington passed through the Corapeak area and made the following note in his diary: ‘The main swamp of Oropeake is about ½ a mile onwards from this, where stands the Widow Norfleet’s Mill and Luke Sumner’s plantations … At the mouth of this swamp is a very large meadow of 2 or 3000 acres held by Sumner, Widow Norfleet, Marmaduke Norfleet, Powell and others, and valuable ground it is’.

TURNER/JOYNER/HARRIS

Henry Turner. Jan. 20, 1748. Feb. Court, 1748. Sons: Joseph and Thomas Turner (land on the ‘Cattale Marsh’), Solomon (land on Deep Creek). Daughters: Sarah, Mary and Ollif (negro to each). Wife and Executrix: Mary (three negroes). To sons is also bequeathed negroes. Executor: Matthew Joyner. Witnesses: Matthew Joyner, James Harris, Marmaduke Norfleet. (ibid. p. 382).

Edgecombe Co. D.B. 3, p. 203 (In Halifax Records): Richard Wills and Priscilla his wife of Northampton Co. to James Harris of IOW Co., Va. 8 Feb. 1747 46 pounds current money of Va. 200 acres, joining Cattail marsh, John Nairn, William Gray, William Spier, Henry Walker and High Hill marsh part of a grant to James Turner 5 Apr. 1720 and conveyed by the sd. Turner to John Speir Wit: Thomas Wills, Matthew Joyner Reg. Edg. Co. May Ct. 1748. Matthew Joyner was the br. of Cherry Harris.

Southampton Co. D.B. 3, pp. 208-209, dated 12 May 1763: James Harris and Cherry Boykin (after the death of James Harris Sr., his widow m. John Boykin), both of Halifax Co., to Benjamin Arrington. 160 acs. on the east side of Assomosock Swamp (conveyed to James Harris, decd., by the Nottoway indians on 7 Aug. 1735. Signed James Harris and Cherry Boykin. Wit: Charles Buggs, Charles Simmons and David Herring.

Edgecombe Co. Wills: James Harris, dated 10 Jan. 1749. Feb. Ct. 1749 – Son James Harris, My plantation while I now live and 100 acres on the east side of Deep Creek. Wife Cheary – my plantation in Southampton County on the east side of Assomusuk (She sold this land on 12 May 1763). Son James Harris – Negro Garomy. Son Eli Harris – Negroes Jack, Bess and Stephen – To Matthew Joyner – mare. Three of my mares are to be sold to school my two children. Remaining Estate to my wife.

Edgecombe Co. Estate Records, 1750: Matthew Joyner administrator of James Harris Estate. Cherry Harris gave inventory. IOW W.B 3, p. 97: Will of brother Thomas Joyner, dated 8 April 1728. R. 27 May 1728 … ‘sister Cherry one guinea’ … … ‘brother Mathew one guinea’. They were children of Thomas Joyner, Will dated 13 April 1740.  R. 28 April 1740: ‘I give and bequeath unto my daughter Cherry Harris … one chest and one feather Bed and furniture which she has in her possession already … I give unto my son Mathew Joyner … the plantation whereon I now live with two hundred and forty acres of Land thereunto belonging, one pair of English hand millstones, one iron pott, and one gun’.

Thomas Joyner was the son of Thomas Joyner (br. of *Bridgeman Joyner), his Will dated 21 April. R. 9 Aug. 1708: To wife Elizabeth** plantation where she now lives, at her death to son Thomas Joyner; Henry Turner – 200 acres. To eldest dau. Christian plantation where she now lives; to son Benjamin land between (n.b) William Kinchen and Arthur Purcell; to son James land where Charles Berkett lives; to youngest dau. Martha Joyner, land where the widow Luther lives; to son John, plantation where he lives; to son Nemiah, land; to grandson Thomas Joyner a horse; to cousin (niece) Lucy Joyner, a heifer; to daus. Christian, Elizabeth and Deborah 5 sh. apiece; James, Nemiah, Benjamin and Martin to have their parts at 16. Wits. Wm. West, Jenkins Forman, James Barnes (B. 4, p. 486). *He was a guardian of an orphan of Thomas Harris, d. 1688. **Was she Elizabeth Mann? IOW D.B 1, p. 303, dated 9 June 1683: 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. Signed: Thomas Man and Elizabeth Man.

Mathew Joyner had connection to the Holman family: Samuel Holliman and Elizabeth his wife of Edge. Co. to Matthew Joyner of IOW Co., VA. … 25 pounds current money of Va. 210 acres on Cypress swamp, joining Whitmill, Daniel McDaniel, Thomas Turner and the swamp Wit: Joseph Sumner, Joseph Boykin (his br.-in-law). Reg. Edge. Co. Aug Ct. 1747. Halifax Co., NC D.B. 3, p. 158, dated 19 May 1747.

Henry Turner was a neighbour of Thomas Joyner Sr.: ‘Bridgeman Joyner and wife Ann Joyner to Henry Turner … 50 acres on the north side of Beaver Dam Branch adjoining Thomas Joyner, Sr. and Cypress Swamp’, dated 9 Dec 1699. (IOW D.B 1, p. 305).
Henry Turner of Newport Parish to Jonathan Jones … 200 acres at the Dirty Branch (being land willed him by Thomas Joyner, decd.). Wit: Joseph Turner and Henry Wheeler. Rec. 22 March 1730. (IOW D.B 4, p. 102).

Joseph Powell (of Edgecomb Co., aforsaid) and Thomas Pope to Mathew Powell of IOW … 200 acres on the east side of the main Blackwater (being part of a patent granted to Thomas Joyner, decd., who willed it to Henry Turner, who sold it to Jonathan Jones; his son, George Jones, transferred it to Joseph Powell) adj. Durty Branch, Col. Bridger, Thomas Pope, Blackwater Swamp and Burks Swamp. Signed Joseph Powell and Thomas Pope. Wit: Ratcliffe Boon, Joshua Powell, James Boon and Joseph Wheeler. R. 1 March 1753. (IOW D.B. 7, p. 89).

Ratcliffe Boone, m. Ruth Atkinson, dau. of John Atkinson and Ann Holman, in 1734. His Will was prob. 1787 (W.B. II, p. 72); witnessed by Robert Harris. His son, Daniel Boone, m. Mary Harris, born Surry Co., d. 1814, Pendleton, NC. He was the son of Joseph Boone, d. 19 Feb.. 1728. in Edenton, Chowan, cousin of Nicholas Boone, who m. Mary Pitt, 1709, IOW, dau. of Thomas Pitt, and Mary, dau. of Col. Arthur Smith, and Sarah Jackson.

A BRIEF SUMMARY

1.Thomas Harris, d. 1688.
1.1. Edward Harris, d. 25 March 1734, in IOW, m. Mary Turner, dau. of John Turner, who d. aft 25 March 1705; aunt of John Turner, b. 1687, d. bef. 3 Dec 1761, who m. Priscilla Blount*; their son being Henry Turner, d. 1748, whose Will was witnessed by Matthew Joyner and his br.-in-law, James Harris. Mathew Joyner was the grandson of Thomas Joyner, d. 1708, whose Will bequested Henry Turner 200 acs. Thomas Joyner was the br. of Bridgeman Joyner, guardian of an orphan of Thomas Harris, d. 1688. *Dau. of Benjamin Blount (uncle of John Blount, f.-in-law of Thomas Norfleet); son of Thomas Blount, half br. of Richard Washington of Surry Co., who m. (1681) Elisabeth Jordan, dau. of Arthur Jordan and Elizabeth Bavin. Their dau., Elizabeth, m. Sampson Lanier. Their son, Sampson Lanier Jr. was the father of Rebecca Lanier, who m. Walton Harris.
1.1.1. West Harris.
1.1.2 Nathan Harris, m. Catherine Walton. Nathan’s Will, probated 30 April 1793 names sons, Nathan, Walton, Howell, and Isaac; grandchild Catherine Coleman.
1.1.2.1. Walton Harris, m. Rebecca Lanier.
1.1.3. James Harris, d. 1749, m. Elizabeth Norfleet; br.-in-law of Mathew Joyner.
1.1.3.1. James Harris. Halifax Co. D.B 8, p. 43, dated 20 Feb. 1762: Nicholas Bynum of Halifax Co. to James Harris of same. 8 pounds Virginia money. 50 acres, joining Bird’s Swamp, Bird’s Branch. Nicholas Bynum. Wit: Jess Cooper, Jacob Strickland, Cherry Boykin (his mother). March Ct. 1762. James m. 1. Temperance Williams; 2. Elizabeth Knox: NC D.B 14, p. 437, dated 24 Dec 1813: Elizabeth Harriss, wife of James Harriss, was daughter of Robert Knox, dec’d. (Daniel Highsmith and Lucretia Parker had issue: James, father of Allen, who m. Elizabeth Knox).
1.1.3.1.1. James Harris. Halifax Co. D.B. 19, p. 18, 27 July 1801: James Harris to Richard Jones £100 for 208 acs. ‘Bookers Ferry road below the place cawl’d the old Church on the plumb tree branch of Buffalo Creek and on both sids of Hickies road. Bounded by William Dews line … to Benjamin Chathams line … crossing Hickis road to Olivers Prindill line …James Glass line … to the beginning’. No wit.Signed: James Harris. Rec. 27 July 1801.
1.1.3.2. Eli (Elias) Harris. Hal. D.B., 10 Nov. 1769: Wm. Richardson of Johnson Co to Ely (Elias) Harris of Halifax Co, 10 Nov 1769, 133 pounds VA money, 155 acres which was part of land Joseph Richardson purchased from John Drew, joining John Blunt. Wm Richardson (x). Witnesses: Elisha Williams, John Young, James Harris. Nov. Ct. 1769.

TUCKE

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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).
1.1.1.1. 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.
1.1.1.2. 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.
1.1.1.3. William Tooke.
1.1.1.3. Elizabeth Tooke, m. Michael Ezell.
1.1.1.3.1. 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.* 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. *The Lancaster family of Wedmore, Somerset.
1.1.2. Joane Tucke, m. William Penny, 22 Sept. 1588, Barwick.
1.1.2.1. Dorothy Penny, m. William Pitman, 10 Sep 1609 Horsington (St John); 15 mls fr. Barwick.
1.1.2.1.1. Thomas Pitman, of Virginia, b. c. 1614, by his deposition.

To repeat: Robert Lawrence Sr. received a patent for 150 acres near the mouth of Lawne.s Creek adj. John Stocker, George Hardie, and Thomas Gyer for the importation of Thomas Merrick and Wm. Penny.

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. 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.
1.2.1.1. 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.
1.3.1.1. William Powell, Will probated Jan. 20, 1715, Norfolk Co.
1.3.1.1.1. Eleonor Powell, m. Bartholomew Highsmith.
1.3.1.1.1.1. Daniel Highsmith, m. Ann Beck.
1.3.1.1.1.1.1. Daniel Highsmith, m. Lucretia Parker; their granddau., Elizabeth Highsmith, m. Asa Kirby.

HUTCHINS

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). Hammond v Hutchins. Plaintiffs: William Hammond, clerk. Defendants: John Hutchins of Wiveliscombe. Subject: Deeds entrusted to defendant, including a bond by Thomas Cappes, esquire, and Richard Fitzjames, gentleman. Somerset. (Nat. Arch. ref. C 1/1357/13. 1553-1555). John Hutchins deposed to be 65 years of age in 1574 (Wells City Government records, ref.DD\SAS\C/795/SE/5).
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. Joan Lawrence, alias Hutchins/Thomas Trowbridge.
1.1.1.1. John Trowbridge/Agnes Prowse, dau. of John Prowse/Elizabeth Colwick. The Prowse family were of Tiverton, Devon. John Trowbridge was bapt. 25 March 1570, Taunton (St Mary); he m. Agnes (31 July 1597) in Tiverton.
1.1.1.1.1. Thomas Trowbridge/ Elizabeth Marshall. He was bapt. in April 1598, Taunton (St Mary), and m. Elizabeth, 24 March 1626, in St. Mary’s Arches, Exeter, Devon.
1.1.1.1.1.1. James Trowbridge/Margaret Atherton, 30 Jan. 1659, Dorchester, MA
1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Margaret Trowbridge/Ebenezer Stone. She was bapt. 30 Apr. 1666, Newton, Middlesex Co, MA, and m. 18 March 1686.
1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Mindwell Stone/Ebenezer Woodward; m. 25 Jan. 1716; d. 26 Feb. 1774.
1.1.2. John Hutchins. PROB 11/75/122: Will of John Hutchines or Hutchins of Wiveliscombe, Somerset. 11 February 1590.
1.1.2.1 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, as follows.
1.1.2.2. Thomas Hutchins, alias Lawrence, St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Taunton.
1.1.2.2.1. Mary Hutchins, m. Hugh Parker, in Over Stowey, Somerset, in 1605.
1.1.2.2.2. (I suggest) Francis Hutchins, who held land adj. Thomas Powell.
1.1.2.2.2.1. Richard Hutchins, witnessed land grants of his probable cousin, William Powell, son of Thomas Powell. Richard was also kin, therefore, of William Powell’s ‘loving kinsman John Speight’. William m. Mary Page, on 14 Feb. 1700 (Chapman’s IOW Marriage records), dau. of Thomas Page, whose Will, dated 20 Feb. 1719, named legatees: wife Alice; son Thomas; dau. Rebecka; dau. Mary; dau. Alice. Executor, son John Page. Witnessess: Mary Ricks, Abraham Ricks, and William Powell.

John Page was the son-in-law of Roger Hodges, who granted him 50 acres on the Southern branch of Elizabeth River, Norfolk Co. Recorded: 16 Sept 1696. (The Hodges family of Wedmore, Somerset, will be the subject of another article; their roots are indicated in the data which follows). I suggest that Roger Hodges was the son of John Hodges, who, in 1648, held land adj. Philip Bennett, in Upper Norfolk Co.; C&P, p. 447. Philip Bennett was the br. of Governor Richard Bennett (who, with him, recruited Puritan ministers to serve the Calvinists of Upper Norfolk Co.), and cousin of Thomas Harris, who m. Judith Blake, November 20, 1623, at Wivelscombe; who may have been he who d. in 1672, in Virginia, son of Richard Harris and Elianor Bennett, sister of Edward Bennett of Wivelscombe, later of of St Olave, Southwark, London, and Lawn’s Creek, Virginia.

His dau. Alice Bennett, bapt. in St Olave, m. John Hardy; their dau., Lucy Hardy, m.  Hodges Council (almost certainly of wedmore, Somerset). Elianor Bennett and Edward Bennett were siblings of Thomas Bennett, d. 1616, at Wivelscombe, father of (1) … Bennett, who m. Richard Jackson. Their dau., 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’. George Hardy was an appraiser of the estate of Edward Harris, d. 1677. (2) Richard Bennett Sr., d. 1710. 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. Richard Bennett’s son, James Bennett, witnessed the Will of Joseph Bridger. Prob. Apr. 9, 1685: ‘Son: William land granted to me by escheat of 850 acres formerly belonging to Nathan Floyd, except what is disposed of by me to Francis Hobbs, Mrs. Dorothy Bond, and William Blount. Francis Hobbs was the br. of Margaret Hobbs, first wife of John Harris, son of Thomas Harris (d. 1672) and first wife, Eleanor George.

PARKER

1. Thomas Parker, Esq. of Holbeton, 9 miles south east of Plymouth, Devon.
1.1. William Parker, of Holbeton, and of Shoreditch, in Middlesex, m. Dorothy, dau. of … Muttlebury, of Jordans, near Ilminster, Somerset (25 mls fr. Wivelscombe).
1.1.1. Hugh Parker, of Taunton, Somerset, and Shoreditch, sixth son, fl. 1623, m. (in Over Stowey, Somerset, in 1605) Mary, dau. of Thomas Hutchins, alias Lawrence, of Holway, 12 mls fr. Wivelscombe.
1.1.1.1. Hugh Parker, b. 1607, ‘his third son (his two elder brothers dec.) was heir to his father, and was an alderman of the city of London and paid his fine for sheriff of the said city. He was advanced to the title of Baronet, 12, Car. II. and had the patent limited to himself, and the heirs male of his body, with remainder to his nephew, Henry Parker, Esq., of Honington. Hugh m. Rachel, dau. of … Brown, of Louth, in Lincolnshire, by whom he had no issue; and dying 5 March 1696, aged eighty-nine, was bur. in the chancel, at St. Bride’s church, in Fleet-street, London; and was succeeded in the title, and part of the estate by his said nephew, Sir Henry Parker, son of his brother, Henry (who d. 1670), by Margaret, dau. of John White, of London’ (Mr. Betham)
1.1.1.2. Henry Parker, Painter-Stainer, of Fleet Street, London, and Little Grove, East Barnet, Herts., d. 1670, m. Margaret, dau. of John White, of London.
1.1.1.2.1. Henry Parker, Esq., of Honington, d. 25 Oct. 1713, aged 74. m. Mary (d. 1729), da. of Alexander Hyde, bp. of Salisbury.
1.1.1.2.2. … Parker.
1.1.1.2.2.1. Lawrence Parker (of Edmonton, Middlesex, PROB 11/768/4. 1 February 1749), bequested to his niece, Mary Stafford, dau. of his sister, Mary Stafford, wife of ‘John Stafford, merchant’. John Stafford, nephew of Lawrence Parker: Edge. Co (Halifax) D.B. 3, p. 350, deed dated 17 May 1748, recorded May Ct 1749: William Speight, Edge. Co in the Parish of Edgecombe to William Taylor, parish & county aforesaid, for 28 pds, 10 shillings VA, a tract of 100 acres which was conveyed to said Speight by Anthony Stafford being true and lawful attorney to of John Stafford of London (PA dated 29 May 1746), which said land was bequeathed by the Last Will and Testament of Wm. Murphey, late of Edge. Co aforesaid to Wm. Hurst and was formerly laid out and surveyed for Wm. Opie, signed William Speight,* wit. Saml Williams, Jr., John Bradford, Thomas Parker; whose dau., Rachel, m. Jacob Powell, exec. of his father-in-law’s Will. *As noted, William Powell gifted (1733) to ‘my loving kinsman John Speight’, 50 acres adj. Richard Hutchins & Jacob Powell.
1.1.1.2.2.2. Thomas Parker, d. 1782.
1.1.1.2.2.3. Joseph Parker. d. 1762.
1.1.1.2.2.3.1. Thomas Parker, m. Sarah Norfleet, kinswoman of James Harris, of Halifax Co.

John Comer’s diary (Boston, 1729) mentions that he received a letter in 1727 from a Thomas and Joseph Parker. I suggest that the connection to the Comers is significant.

It is wrong to attach too much importance to the specific English village from which an ancestor came. An example of this concerns the Harris family of Wedmore and Wivelscombe, Somerset. The Harris family intermarried with the Bennetts of Wivelscombe, which accounts for their tenure there. Also, place of marriage was determined by the relative status of the families involved, and whether the bride was a heiress.

The following raw data shows families which lived within 20 mls or so of each other, and which intermarried to a degree unknown in modern times. It can be seen that the Powells of Wedmore were intermarried with the Comers, the Comers with the Webbs, Councells, and Harris; the Webbs with the Millards and Harris; the Millards with the Lawrence; the Lawrence with the Hodges (the local squirearchy), Turners, Blakes, Millards, and Lides (these latter three with the Harris); the Hodges with the Councells and Lancasters, etc.; an almost infinite permutation of cousinships, it seems.

In essence, a closely-knit Englsh kinship group settled in Virginia, then in NC and beyond. The same families had intermarried for centuries (occassionally and advantageously letting in new blood), which, in Darwinian terms, enabled them to survive as a ‘species’in a harsh world. They inhabited a world of villages with 200 or so houses, connected by farm tracks, and centred around the parish church, where they attended, as degrees of cousin, the baptisms, marriages, and funerals which punctuated their everyday farming life, of cattle herding and milking, of crop planting and cider making. Some of the wealthier yeoman families afforded an education for their sons (and, sometimes, daughters), and would host ‘country’ dances, where possible marriages were mulled over by plotting parents. They were quintisentially the English ‘hearts of oak’.

RAW DATA

Edith French/George Marten, 14 Oct. 1588; Taunton (St Mary), 10 mls fr. Wivelscombe, 25 mls fr. Wedmore.
John Lawrence/Joan Coggan, 18 Jun. 1564; Chedzoy (St Mary), 16 mls fr. Wedmore, 18 mls fr. Taunton, 30 mls fr. Wivelscombe.
Joan Frye/Thomas Lawrence, 19 Apr. 1567; Congresbury (St Andrew), 11 mls fr. Wedmore.
Agnes Lawrence/John Prior, 8 May 1570; Over Stowey (St Peter and Paul), 12 mls fr. Wivelscombe; 24 mls fr. Wedmore.
Agnes Lawrence/John Ball, 26 Jun. 1572; Over Stowey.
Edith Lawrence/John Bishopp, 20 Oct. 1572; Over Stowey.
Alice Vowles/John Lawrence, 30 Jan. 1574; Wedmore (St Mary)
Maud Bryant/Henry Lawrence, 9 Sept. 1577; Over Stowey. On 6 August 1752, John Lawrence , Jacob Butler, and James Bryant appraised the estate of William Daughtry.
Tamzin Lawrence/William Savidge, 1 Jul. 1588; Taunton (St Mary).
1. William West/Elinor Browne, 11 Feb. 1579; Milverton, 3mls fr. Wivelscombe.
1.1. Edwarde West, bapt. 28 Mar. 1585.
1.1.1. Thomas West/Tomasine Shepheard, 5 Nov. 1642
1.1.1.1. William West, bapt. 3 Apr. 1643, ‘son of Thomas’.
Mariam Boulgyn/William Lawrence, 29 Jan 1598; Wedmore.
Joan Lawrence/John Frenche, 11 Jul. 1603; Over Stowey.
Joan Turner/Richard Collins, 29 Oct. 1607; Wedmore.
Alice Pryor/Richard Lawrence, 16 Oct. 1609; Over Stowey.
Johane Cruse/John Penney, 2 Jul. 1610; Dulverton (All Saints), 15 mls fr. Wivelscombe.
Susanna Williams/Edward Lawrence, 6 Oct 1610; Wedmore.
Agnes Millard/Thomas Webb, 22 Feb. 1611; Wedmore.
Agnes Bradford/Chr. Frenche, 29 Aug. 1614; Wedmore.
Mary Powell/Francis Frenche, 26 Jun. 1615; Taunton (St Mary).
Margaret Lawrence/William Boulgin, 5 Jun. 1615; Wedmore.
Elizabeth Comer/Thomas Powell, 7 Sep 1615; Wedmore (Perhaps he who settled in Virginia).
Alice Hooper/Richard Powell, Feb. 1616; Taunton.
Elizabeth Daye/John Frenche, 19 Nov. 1616; Stogursey, 14 mls fr. Taunton, 15 mls fr. Wivelscombe, 25 mls fr. Wedmore
Florence Cross/John Frenche, 8 May 1620; Over Stowey.
Elizabeth Lawrence/John Dyer, 11 Jan. 1623; Uphill (St Nicholas).
Joan Webb/George Harris, 28 Apr. 1623; Wedmore.
Mary Webb/ Richard Coomer, 22 Sept. 1625; Wedmore.
Dorothy Lawrence/Henry Hodges, 13 May 1626; Stogursey (St Andrew).
Jane Lawrence/John Millard, 23 Jul. 1628; Stogursey.
Joan Lide/Edward Lawrence, 27 Nov. 1628; Wedmore.
Mary Turner/John Hill, 29 Nov. 1629; Wedmore.
Phillipp Lawrence/Josias Andrews, 22 Jan. 1631; Stogumber (St Mary), 7 mls fr. Wivelscombe, 13 mls fr. Taunton.
Mary Comer/John Councell, 26 Nov. 1631; Wedmore.
Mary Blake/Thomas Lawrence, 24 Oct. 1633; Over Stowey.
John Harris/Agnes Comer, 4 Feb. 1635; Cheddar (St Andrew) 4 mls fr. Wedmore.
Christian Harris/James Collins, 9 Oct. 1637; Cheddar.
Susanna Lancaster/ William Hodges, 5 Apr 1638; Wedmore.
Elizabeth Barber/Thomas Powell, 26 Aug. 1639; Wedmore.
Sarah Hodges/Henry Lawrence, 12 Jan. 1640; Over Stowey.
Mary Lawrence/James Pitt, 11 Feb. 1640; Wedmore.
Mary Hayne/ William Councell, 28 Apr 1646; Wedmore.
Jane Turner/John Lawrence, 20 Oct. 1649; Wedmore.
Joane Harris/Robert Lide, 4 May 1652; Wedmore.
Mary Harris/Thomas Hayne 13 Oct 1655; Wedmore.
Anstice Kirby/William Harris, 20 Jun. 1660; Wedmore.
Alice Webb/Robert Thatcher, 9 Aug 1660; Wedmore.

RAW DATA 2

Some of the most useful genealogical data is derived from burial records. These allow us to ‘reach back in time’, and, when the priest recorded the place of origin of the deceased, it allows for the grouping together on families on a ‘hamlet’ scale.

A number of facts can be deduced from the data which follows:

1. Families of Lancaster and Pitte were established in Wedmore at early times. (The Pittes of Bristol and Virginia probably originated here).
2. The families of Harris and Hodges were neighbors in the small village of ‘Alverton’, i.e Allerton, immediately SW of Chard.
3. The Hutchings were established in Allerton. They were very likely a branch of those intermarried with the Parkers; other families of Allerton were Collins, Edwards, and George.
4. A family of Parker were established in Wedmore. They were probably a branch of those intermarried with the Hutchins (alias Lawrence) at Over Stowey.
5. A family of Jennings were established at Wedmore, also, as the Hutchins, known as ‘alias Lawrence’. The Jennings intermarried with the Kirbys.
7. Families of Bennett, Blake, Counsell, Hobbs, Hodges, Lancaster, Pitte, and Turner were established in Wedmore.

WEDMORE BURIAL RECORDS

1563. Richardus Cowncell de Westham. Joannes Cowncell de Westham.
1565. Thomas f. Richardi Lancaster. Joannes f. Joannis Pitte. Joannes f. Thomae Cowncell. Agnes Hobbes.
1568. Richardus f. Gulielmi Vowles. Gulielmus f. Petri Pitte. Margarita uxor Gulielmi Morris.
1569. Agnes f. Thomae Hodges de Alverton.  Margarita uxor Joannis Hitchinges. *** Ruth et Agnes f. Joannis Hobbes.
Robertus Pitte. Edvardus f. Thomae Blake. Alicia Turner, famula Gulielmi Cowncell. Thomas f. Richardi Webbe,
1570. Rodulphus Parkar. Thomas f. Joannis Cowncell. Rebecca f. Gualteri Voules. Joannes f . Richardi Cowncell. Gulielmus f. Thomae Haine. Joannes f. Thomae Hodges. Gulielmus f. Richardi Lancastle. (Lancaster)
1571. Thomas Hitchinges apprenticius Richardi Martyn fabri ferrari. Johanna f. Henrici Harries de Alverton. Joannes f. Joannis Morrice. Andreas f. Joannis Harries.
1572. Joannes Voules sen. de Wedmore. Robertus f. praedicti Richardi Webbe.
Johanna f. Gulielmi Hitchinges.
1573. Ellina f. Thomae Webbe. Hester f. Thomae Webbe. Gulielmus Voules de Cocklake. Richardus Lancastle (Lancaster) de Blackforde.
1574. Issebella f. Gualteri Voules. Thomas f. Richardi Hobbes. Joannes f. Joannis Harries. Mariana f. Gualteri Voules.
1575. Suzanna f. Gulielmi Kirbie.  Margarita f, Nicolai Morris. Joannes Voules de Wedmore.
1576. Maria f. Joannis Bunne. Edwardus f. Thomae Blake. Andreas f. Walteri Pitte.
1578. Margarita uxor Joannis Cowncell. Editha f. Gulielmi Hitchinges de Alverton.  Agnes f. Thomae Morrise. Isabella uxor Richardi Cowncell de Theale. Agnes uxor Henrici Harries.
1579. Joannes f. Joannis Hitchinges .  Editha uxor Gulielmi Boucher. Mariana f. Gualteri Pitte. Johanna uxor Walteri Pitt.
Joannes f. Walteri Voules. Johanna uxor Walteri Voules. Johanna uxor Joannis Harries de Alverton. Alicia uxor Joannis Cowncell sen. de Theale.
1580. Sept. I. Johanna f. Ellis Lide, quae domi baptizata. Gulielmus f. Joannis Hitchinges. Edvardus Hobbes famulus Joannis Pennarde. Thomas Blake. Jana f. Petri Pitte. Johanna Haine vidua de Cluar.
1581. Issebella f. Richardi Lancastle (Lancaster) Juliana Perie vidua. Edvardus f. Petri Pitte. Agnes uxor Walteri Jeninges alias LawrenceThomas Hitchinges de Sande.
1582. Joannes Cowncell de West Theale.
1583. Joannes f. Joannis Cowncell de Wedmore. Alicia f. Gulielmi Cowncell de Cocklake. Gulielmus Haine frater Thomae Haine.
1584. Joannes Cowncell de Muddeslei. Hannibal f. Thomae Hodges jun.
1585. Joannes Harries de Alverton. Joannes Hitchinges de Sande. Margeria f. Richardi Cowncell de Westham.
1587. Edvardus f. Richardi Cownsell de Theale. Alicia f, Johannae Cownsell viduae de Theale. Alicia f. Joannis Jeninges alias Lawrence.
1588. Jacobus f. Edvardi Frye alias Urche.
1589. Gulielmus f. Richardi Cownsell de Muddeslei. Jana f. Edvardi Frye alias Urche.
Christiana Hitchinges vidua.  Editha Adam famula Magistri Thomae Hodges. Joannes f. Henrici Harrries de Alverton. Alicia f. Gulielmi Millarde. Henricus Harries de Alverton. Elizabetha f. Thomae Blake.
1590. Editha Pitte vidua. Joannes f. Gulielmi Parker. Jane f. Nicolai Powell.  Joannes f. Walter Voules. Richardus Cownsell. Maria f,  Joannis Jeninges alias Lawrence.
1591. Johanna uxor Gulielmi Hitchinges.  Alicia uxor Joannis Harries de Alverton.  Joannes f. Johannse Batte inconjugatae. Johanna uxor Joannis Morrise. Joannes Teeke de Wedmore. Joannes Cownsell de Stowghton. Johanna uxor Thomas Morrise.
1592. Richardus f. Gulielmi Parker. Johanna f. Joannis Cownsell de Crickham. Jasperus f. Joannis Cownsell de Wedmore. Joannes Hutchinges de Sande. Henricus f. Gulielmi Webb. Johanna Cownsell. Rosa f. Gulielmi Morrice. Elizabecha f. Gulielmi Webb.
1593. Johanna uxor Gulielmi Kirbye.  Juliana f. Thomae Kerby.  Elizabetha Pitt. Alicia uxor Joannis Lawrence alias Jeninges.
1594. Joannes Bunne de Muddeslei. Thomas Hayne de Cluar. Gulielmus f. Gulielmi Pitt de Wedmore. Joannes Bunn de Burroughe.
1595. Richardus Hobbes de Wedmore. Johannes Cownsell de Wedmore. Johanna uxor Thomae Kyrbye de Wedmore. Thomas Kirbye de Wedmore.
1597. Johannes Harris famulus Roberti Sherwell de Blackford. Alicia uxor Richardi Langcastle (Lancaster) de Blackford. Margeria f. Willmi Webbe de Sond.
1598. Gulielmus f. Edvardi Fry de Stoughton. Thomas Webb. Isabella Hobbs. Johanna uxor Gulielmi Bunn. Gulielmus Bunn.
1599. Joannes Harris de Alston parochiae de Allerton. Johanna uxor Joannis Lancastle de Blackford. Christiana f. Joannis Jenings alias Lawrence.  Margeria f. Walteri Lawrence alias Jenings.
1600. Alicia uxor Gulielmi Cownsell de Cockelake. Mr. Thomas Hodges. Margeria uxor Gulielmi Bennett.
1601. … uxor Joannis Kerbie.   Amitia Cownsell de Theale. Anthonia uxor Joannis Turner.
1602. Walterus Lawrence alias Jenings senex.
1603. Mable uxor Joannis Pitt de Creickham. Thomas f. Edvardi Webb. Christiana Harris peregrina. Joannes f. Richardi Voules.
1604. Maria f. Joannis Cownsell. Richardus f. Edvardi Webb. Maria uxor Joannis Turner sen.
1605. Joanna f. Joannes Pitt de Crickham. Joannas Pitt de Crickham. Richardus Lancastell (Lancaster). Walterus Collens de Allerton.
1606. Joanna f. Richardi Blake. Alicia Bennett de Blackford, Joanna uxor Joannis Hobbes. Thomae Hayne de Cluar.  Agneta Myllard de Allererton.
1607. Agneta f. Gulielmi Lawrence alias Jennings de Zonde. Maria f. Joannis Kerbie. Joanna uxor Gulielmi Webb.
1608. Gulielmus Huchens de Allerton senexJoannes Blake senex. Alicia f. Thomae Webb de Stoughton. Georgius Cownsell de Heathhouse.
1609. Gulielmus Kerbie.  Gulielmus f. Edvardi Morrice. Agneta uxor Roberti Bunn de Mudsley. Joanna Morris de Sond.
1610. Thomas Hodges. Joanna Edwards de Allerton. Gulielmus f. Joannis Turner. Editha Huchens. Joanna f. Richard George de Allerton.
1611. Brigete uxor Thomas Webb de Sond. Nicolaus Millard. Richardus f. praedicti Joannis Genings. (de Heathhouse). Elizabeth uxor Johannis Counsell de Cocklake. Margareta uxor Nicholai Bunne. Joanna uxor Richardi Brooke alias Hodges. Richardus f. praedicti Johannis Webb. Christiana f. Willmi Pitt de Cluar. Avis uxor Richardi Counsell. Walterus Voules senex.
1612. Georgius Voules. Willmus f. Willmi Pitt de Wedmore. Franciscus Jennings senex.  Johanna Haine vidua et senex. Richard us Counsell de Westham. Johannes Turner senex. Agneta Pitt senex et vidua.

Margerie Jennings, m. John Kirby, 18 Apr. 1631.

What is witnessed here is the multiple layers of kinship which bound families together, like an invisible glue. What is witnessed in Virginia is the surface layer of families, ‘the skin of the onion’ of kinship, with deeper layers often being unseen.

A PROPOSED ANCESTRY

1.
1.1. Henry Harris. Henricus Harries de Alverton, d. 1585
1.2. John Harris. Joannes Harries de Alverton. d. 1585, m. 1. Joanna, d. 1579, 2. Alicia, d. 1585.
1.2.1. William Harris, m. Dorothy West, Aug. 31, 1562, at Wivelscombe.
1.2.1.1. Richard Harris, m. Elianor Bennett, sister of Edward Bennett, of Lawne’s Creek.
1.2.1.1.1. Thomas Harris, cousin of Governor Bennett of Virginia, m. Judith Blake, November 20, 1623, at Wivelscombe, and second-cousin of (1) Anne Bennett, b. 1641, who m., 1st, Theodorick Bland of Westover; their son, Theodorick Bland (born 1663) m. Margaret Mann; their son, John Bland (b. 8 Dec. 1698), m. Ann West; (2) Elizabeth Bennett, sister-in-law of Matilda Scarborough, who m. Lt. Col. John West. Margaret Mann was probably a da. of Thomas Mann, who, with his wife, Elizabeth, sold 150 acres on Blackwater River to Theophilus Joyner, adjoining property owned by William Mayo and (his br.-in-law) Bridgeman Joyner. (Will of Thomas Harris, d. 1688: ‘my sonne William Harris to live with Bridgeman Joyner seven years). This Thomas Harris was probably he who d. in 1672, in Virginia.
1.2.1.1.2. Richard Harris.
1.2.1.1.2.1. John Harris, bapt. 18 Feb 1624, Wivelscombe, ‘son of Richard’, probably he who d. in 1687, in Virginia.
1.2.1.1.2.1.1. Elizabeth Harris, m. Samuel, son of Robert Lancaster Sr. and Sarah, widow of 2nd husband Richard Bennett Sr., d. 1710. B. 5, p. 224: Henry Baker deceased, estate dated 27 April 1701. Witnesses: Robert Lancaster Sr., Nicholas Sessoms, whose da. was Mary Blake, wife of William Blake; the Lancasters being intermarried with the Council family, of Wedmore, Somerset. A br. of the afors. Elianor and Edward Bennett, Thomas Bennett, was bur. on 26 Sept. 1616, at Wivelscombe Church. his grandchildren being (1) Alice Bennett, who 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. Their dau., Lucy Hardy, m. Hodges Council. (2) Their dau., 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. (3) Richard Bennett.In 1669, Thomas Wood, son of Arthur Wood and Sarah Wooten, his mother, ‘relict of Arthur deceased’, deeded him land as ‘Richard Bennett of Blackwater’. 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. Richard Bennett’s son, James Bennett, witnessed the Will of Joseph Bridger. Prob. Apr. 9, 1685: ‘Son: William land granted to me by escheat of 850 acres formerly belonging to Nathan Floyd, except what is disposed of by me to Francis Hobbs, Mrs. Dorothy Bond, and William Blount … To my wife the land on which I now dwell of 850 acres formerly belonging to Capt. Upton … Daus: Martha Godwin, Mary, Elizabeth, and Hester. Wit: James Bennett, Robert Pitt, Samuel Luck, Richard Glover. (B. 2, p. 242). Francis Hobbs was the br. of Margaret Hobbs, first wife of John Harris, son of Thomas Harris (d. 1672) and first wife, Eleanor George.
1.2.1.1.3. George Harris, m. Joan Webb, 28 Apr 1623, Wedmore.
1.2.1.1.4. Robert Harris.
1.2.1.1.4.1. Edward Harris, bapt. 8 Aug. 1624, Cheddar, ‘son of Robert’; probably he who d. in 1677, in Virginia.
1.2.1.1.5. Thomas Harris.
1.2.1.1.5.1. Thomas Harris, bapt. 31 Dec. 1637, Cheddar, ‘son of Thomas’, probably he who d. in 1688, in Virginia.
1.2.1.1.6. John Harris m. Agnes Comer, 4 Feb. 1635, Cheddar.
1.2.1.1.7. Christain Harris, m. James Collins, 9 Oct. 1637, Cheddar.

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TURNERS OF BLETCHINGLEY

Surry Arch. Collections, 1871, makes a general point – that the main line of the Turners ended in heirs female, but takes no note of subsidusry lines: ‘The family of Turner were settled at Ham as early as the time of Richard II. In 15 or 16, and in 20 Richard II., Richard Turnour was one of the members for the borough, and in 43 Elizabeth, John Turner was member. The last of this name, John Turner, died intestate in 1713, leaving his sister Charitee, the wife of Mr. Joseph Cooke, an attorney, his heir; but previously to this the farm had been sold’.

TURNERS OF BLETCHINGLEY

1. John Turner, b. c. 1480.
1.1. John Turner, m. Elizabeth …
1.1.1. Anne Turner/Thomas Walker, 29 Aug. 1546.
1.1.2. Emme Turner/William Burton, 25 Jan. 1550.
1.1.3. Richard Turner, bapt 1541.
1.1.3.1. John Turner, bapt. 11 May 1578.
1.1.3.1.1. John Turner, m. Adrie …
1.1.3.1.1.1. John Turner, m. Charity …
1.1.3.1.1.1.1. John Turner, bapt. 29 Nov. 1678; d. 1713.
1.1.3.1.1.2. George Turner,bapt. 5 Jan. 1655., d.v.p.
1.1.4. John Turner (d. 1607), of Ham, Bletchingley, Surr. s. of John Turner of Ham. m., at least 2s. 4da. (The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981).
1.1.4.1. William Turner, bapt. 13 May 1576.
1.1.5. WIlliam Turner/Anne Eaton, 4 Feb. 1559.
1.1.5.1. Thomas Turner, bapt. 10 Aug. 1567.
1.1.5.1.1. Thomas Turner, bapt. 16 June 1594.
1.2. Mary Turner, m. John Cholmeley, of Bletchingley, d. 1534.

The origins of this family are given in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993: ‘In December 1384, (Richard) Turner, described as ‘of Surrey’, offered sureties to the sheriff of the county for two local men then being sued for trespass. In August 1392 and again in February 1399 he was a juror at the inquisitions post mortem held in Bletchingley on the estates of the 3rd and 4th earls of Stafford. He may have been the Richard Turner of Cranley, Surrey, who in 1398 obtained a royal pardon, although most of his property lay in Bletchingley’.

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CONNECTED HISTORIES OF ENGLAND AND VIRGINIA

BOLLING

1. Robert Bolling, d. 1639, London, m. Ann Clarke, dau. of Thomas Clark.
1.1. John Bolling, m. Mary Carey, d. 1618.
1.1.1. Robert Bolling, m. 1. Jane Rolfe, granddau. of Pocahontas; 2. Ann Stith.
1.1.1.1. John Bolling (by Jane Rolfe), d. 1729, m. (1697) Mary Kennon, dau. of Richard Richard Kennon and Elizabeth Worsham.
1.1.1.1.1. Jane Bolling (1703–1766) m. Colonel Richard Randolph.
1.2. Thomas Bolling, in Virginia bef. 1610.
1.2.1. Richard Bolling, of Norf. Co., d. 1669, m. Elizabeth Ellis.
1.2.1.1. Elizabeth Bolling, m. Richard Powell, as follows.

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. John Powell was granted another 50 acre tract of land in Elizabeth City, adj. lands owned by William Morgan, on May 2, 1638.

All the Powell sons were born in Norfolk Co., VA.

‘Capts Ralph Hamer & Capt W Tucker stand bond for admin of widow Susan Bush, guardian of Sarah Spencer, 10 June 1624 (minutes, p. 42, of Council General Ct. of VA.). 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. 1625 Hog Island. It was probably this Thomas whose name appears in the Muster taken after the 1622 massacre. Thomas was 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 (then in the Upper Co. of New Norfolk, formerly Elizabeth City Co.), ’50a. for his own and 50a. for the personal adv(enture) of a servt.’. On 13 Feb. 1654, he purchased 400 acres on the west side of the Nansemond River. Francis Hutchins held adjacent land, and proved the Will of Thomas Powell.
1.2.1. Nathaniel Powell, m. Lucretia (widow) Corbitt.
1.2.1.1. Thomas and Mary Powell convey to their son, Honorias Powell, 100 acres of land beginning at an ash standing ‘in the line of Colonel Catlett (forest land)’ on a branch adjoining Abraham Stepp’. (1694, Essex Co. VA).
1.2.2. John Powell, m. Mary Coghill, sister to Margaret, John’s 2nd wife.
1.2.2.1. Elias Powell. His wife, Mary, remar. shortly after his death, William Butler, who d. in 1748, in King George Co. VA.
1.2.3. 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 (Hutchins?); sons, Nathaniel, Jacob, William, and Thomas; and dau., Elizabeth. Witnesses were Thomas Powell, Thomas Gale, and Richard Hutchins. She was listed as ‘Widd’o’ Powell in the 1704 IOW Quit Rent Roll, with 480 acS. of land. Also listed were sons, Thomas and William, with 100 and 200 acs. William Powell Sr., with Thomas Gale Sr. and Robert Horning, purchased 168 ACS. on Indian Creek, a branch of Nansemond River, from JOHN Garrett; land formerly granted to John Brian, 13 Oct. 1652. On 23 April 1681, he received a grant for 400 acres on Blackwater, IOW, adjacent to John Watkins, for the transportation of 8 people.
1.2.3.1. William Powell, gifted (1733) to ‘my loving kinsman John Speight’, 50 acres adj. Richard Hutchins & Jacob Powell. (ibid., p. 230). William m. Mary Page, on 14 Feb. 1700.

1.3. Richard Powell, m. Elizabeth Bolling (her sister, Dorothy, m. (by 1673) Roger Bryant, who m. 2. Susannah Clement Powell); she m. 2. William Ellis, 3. John Ferrabee.
1.3.1. Richard Powell, d. bef. 16 June 1673, in Norfolk Co., m. Susannah Clements, dau. of William Clements, mariner, and Mary … Richard Powell left a legacy to his wife’s grandson Richard Creech, son of Henry Creech, d. NC, 1709, whose will named his son-in-law, John Daines. Bartholomew Highsmith, of Portsmouth, Norfolk Co., sold 95 acs. to Abraham Waston, witnessed by Henry Creech. (Crouch).
1.3.1.1. William Powell, Will probated Jan. 20, 1715, Norfolk Co.
1.3.1.1.1. Eleonor Powell, m. Bartholomew Highsmith.
1.3.1.1.1.1. ? Daniel Highsmith m. Ann Beck. Daniel Highsmith’s Will, proved 1 Feb. 1772, left his plantation to his wife Ann, afterward to be divided equally between his sons Daniel and James Highsmith.
1.3.1.1.1.1.1. Daniel Highsmith, m. Lucretia Parker.
1.3.1.1.1.1.1.1. Thomas Highsmith, m. Sarah Wood, bap. 21 April 1751, Morristown, NJ.
1.3.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Elizabeth Highsmith, m. Asa Kirby.
1.3.2. George Powell m. Ann Connor, dau. of Lewis Connor and Elizabeth Daines, dau. of the nephew of Thomas Daines, who m. Mary (Stone) Tucker.
1.3.3. John Powell, m. Susannah Clements, widow of his br.; she m.3. Roger Bryant.
1.3.4. William Powell: ‘Wm. Powell of the Southern branch of Eliz. River in the County of Lower Norfolke … my wife Anne Powwell … my Execur … to my eldest daughter Mary Powell the plantation I live on with its fifty acres of Land as allso fifty acres of Land out of the one hundred & fifty acres that I bought of Mr Newton and that lying on the nearer Side Joyning on my father Williams his Line … unto my daughter Ann Powell one hundred acres of Land Called by the name of the Broad neck being the Remanderng part of the Said one hundred and fifty acres … unto my daughters Elizabeth, Sarah and Keziah white back Stately and their calves … my wife being att prsent with Child … if my Said wife Should remajne a widdow Sixteene yeares and the said neger man faithfully Serve Soe Long my will is that hee bee then free … witnesses: Jn. Ferebee. Thomas Mercer’ (Will dated 18 June 1690, proved 17 June 1691. B. 5, f. 154).

HATHAWAY

1. Robert Hathaway, of Kingscote, Gloucestershire.
1.1. William Hathaway, m. Margaret Hutchins, 29 Nov. 1578, in Kingscote.
1.2. Thomas Hathaway, of Kingscote; 6 mls from both Avening and Tutbury, abodes of the Pitt family. He d. 18 April 1588, in Tutbury.
1.2.1. Thomas Hathaway, d. 1609.
1.2.1.1. Nicholas Hathaway, emigrated to Taunton, MA, in 1640.
1.2.1.1.1. John Hathaway, m. 1. Martha; m. 2. Ruth Dyer.
1.2.1.1.1.1. Isaac Hathaway, m. Mary Pitt, dau. of Peter Pitt and Mary Andrews, first wife of William Hodges, who was very likely to have been the son of William Hodges, churchwarden of Tutbury,in 1655.
1.2.1.1.1.1.1. Hopestill Hathaway, m. m. Richard Wood.
1.2.1.1.1.1.1.1. Richard Wood, blacksmith, m. 2., at Morristown, NJ. Rebecca – d. after Sep. 19, 1756
1.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Sarah Wood, bap. 21 April 1751, Morristown, NJ., m. Thomas Highsmith.

PARKER

1. Thomas Parker, Esq. of Holbeton, 9 miles south east of Plymouth, Devon
1.1. William Parker, of Holbeton, and of Shoreditch, in Middlesex, m. Dorothy, dau. of … Muttlebury, of Jordans, near Ilminster, Somerset,
1.1.1. Hugh Parker, of Taunton, Somerset, and Shoreditch, sixth son, fl. 1623, m. (in Over Stowey, Somerset, in 1605) Mary, dau. of Thomas Hutchins, alias Lawrence, of Holway, St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Taunton.
1.1.1.1. Hugh Parker, b. 1607, ‘his third son (his two elder brothers dec.) was heir to his father, and was an alderman of the city of London. He m. Rachel, dau. of … Brown, of Louth, in Lincolnshire, sans issue.
1.1.2. Henry Parker, Painter-Stainer, of Fleet Street, London, and Little Grove, East Barnet, Herts., d. 1670, m. Margaret, dau. of John White, of London.
1.1.2.1. Henry Parker, Esq., of Honington, d. 25 Oct. 1713, aged 74. m. Mary (d. 1729), da. of Alexander Hyde, bp. of Salisbury 1665–7, sis. of Robert Hyde, 5s. (3 d.v.p.) (The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002).
1.1.2.1.1. Hugh Parker Esq., b. 1673, eldest son, died in his father’s lifetime, obit. 2 Feb. 1712, aged 39.
1.1.2.1.1.1. Sir Henry John Parker, d. 1771, eldest son, m., 23 October 1728, Anne, dau. and heiress of Simon Barwell, Esq., of Leicester, who died, at the age of nineteen, in 1733, leaving two daus, Margaret, died single, and Anne. Sir Henry afterwards married Catharine, dau. of John Page, Esq. of Wandsworth, Surry. He sold Honington manor (1737) to Joseph Townsend, husband of Judith Gore, dau. of John Gore, Esq., of Bush-hill, Edmonton, Middlesex; where, on the floor of All Saints, is the tomb of Lawrence Parker, Esq., who was connected to this London family of Stafford: Stafford v Desbrowe. Plaintiffs: Mary Stafford, spinster of Edmonton, Middlesex (dau. of John Stafford, merchant deceased of London and Mary Stafford his wife). Defendants: Platt Disbrowe, gent, Laurence Parker, Esq of Bush Hill, Middlesex, Mary Stafford, widow, and Ellen Player widow. Nat. Arch. ref. C 11/1496/22. 1731. Bush Hill, Middlesex, three quarters of a mile S. W. from Enfield, in the parish of Edmonton, London.

Will of Laurence Parker of Edmonton, Middlesex, PROB 11/768/4. 1 February 1749. He was considerably wealthy, leaving his wife, Marie, a life interest on £16,000, at 5% p.a.; similar bequests to his daus., Sarah and Susanah; a bequest to his niece, Mary Stafford, dau. of his sister, Mary Stafford, wife of ‘John Stafford, merchant’. Laurence Parker stipulated a contingency to his bequest to his dau. Susanah; one of ‘if she dies before marriage’, suggesting Lawrence to be b. circa 1700., contemp. with Sir Henry John Parker, a probable cousin.

1.1.2.1.2. … Parker
1.1.2.1.2.1. Lawrence Parker. John Stafford, nephew of Lawrence Parker: Edge. Co (Halifax) D.B. 3, p. 350, deed dated 17 May 1748, recorded May Ct 1749. William Speight, Edge. Co in the Parish of Edgecombe to William Taylor, parish & county aforesaid, for 28 pds, 10 shillings VA, a tract of 100 acres which was conveyed to said Speight by Anthony Stafford being true and lawful attorney to of John Stafford of London (PA dated 29 May 1746), which said land was bequeathed by the Last Will and Testament of Wm. Murphey, late of Edge. Co aforesaid to Wm. Hurst and was formerly laid out and surveyed for Wm. Opie, signed William Speight,* wit. Saml Williams, Jr., John Bradford, Thomas Parker; whose dau., Rachel, m. Jacob Powell, exec. of his father-in-law’s Will.
1.1.2.1.2.2. Thomas Parker, d. 1782.

*As noted, William Powell gifted (1733) to ‘my loving kinsman John Speight’, 50 acres adj. Richard Hutchins & Jacob Powell.

It may be reasonable to assume that Francis Hutchins of Virginia was closely related to Thomas Hutchins, alias Lawrence, of Holway, St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Taunton, whose dau. m. Hugh Parker, of Taunton, Somerset.

The Powells were most likely of the branch residing in Taunton, Somerset, neighbours of the Hutchins.

The Highsmiths are difficult to trace in that their name is a standardised version of a north England name with many variations.

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CHILDREN OF THE BRISTOL CHANNEL AND VIRGINIA

 

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Some Harris families of Virginia came from Western England, as did families of Bond, Bridger, Council, Driver, Fulgham, Hobbs, Pitt, Sharpe, and Tucke, particularly from the counties of Somerset and Gloucestershire. They were minor land holders and mariners, who all lived within a very short distance of each other, in an area served by the port of Bristol. Their kinship group contained the very influential family of Bennett, of Wivelscombe (later of Bristol), and Virginia. Another influential family within this group were the Pitts, of Avening, Gloucestershire:

Avening (30 mls from Bristol) 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 trade location.

1. Robert Driver.
1.1. Alice Driver, m. John Winstone, 10 Nov. 1557, in Avening, nr. Bristol.
1.2. Joanne Driver, William Mundon, 9 Oct. 1557, in Avening.
1.3. Robert Driver.
1.3.1. Giles Driver, m. Dorothy Bayley, of wheatenhurst, dau. of John Bayley. His armorial: pale indented argent & azure, 2 lions rampant combatant countercharged. Crest: a dexter arm embowed in armour proper purfle or, a hand grasping a wreath of laurel vert. Will of Giles Driver of Avening, Gloucestershire (30 mls from Bristol), 2 July 1639 (PROB 11/180/571).
1.3.1.1. Elizabeth Driver, m. John Gillman, 16 Oct. 1608, in Avening (St Mary the Virgin).
1.3.1.2. Joan Driver, m. William Say, 13 July 1617, in Avening (St Mary).
1.3.1.3. 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. He was the 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, thus:

(1. Thomas Pitt of Blandford, 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.
1.1.1. Thomas Pitt, probably he who patented 872 ac. in Charles City, 7 Dec, 1641.
1.1.1.1. *Thomas Pitt.
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.
1.1.2.1. Thomas Pitt, d. 1688, m. Mary, dau. of Col. Arthur Smith, and Sarah Jackson.
1.1.2.1.1. 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. William Tucke, m. Christian Holman, 18 July 1571, at Barwick, St Mary Magdalene, Som.; 19 mls fr. West Pennard, Som.; 22 mls fr. Othery, Som.; 27 mls fr. Wedmore, Som.; 40 mls fr. Wivelscombe, Som.
1.1. Margery Holman m. John Carter, 13 Aug. 1573, at West Pennard.
1.2. Thomas Tucke, who m. Mary Collins, 26 Jan. 1604, Barwick. The Collins were intermarried with the Newmans: Ann Newman m. Richard Collins, 25 Jan. 1566, Barwick; the Raulins (interm. with the Fryes of West Pennard, and the Bennetts of Othery (Joane Rawlins m. Richard Bennett, 8 Nov. 1618, Othery), 21 mls fr. Wivelscombe, suggesting a very close familial link to the Bennett/Harris family of that place, from whence Thomas Harris, d. 1672, and Edward Harris, d. 1677, in Virginia): Elizabeth Collins m. John Raulins, 23 Feb. 1574, Barwick; the Gyles: Margery Collins m. Edward Gyles, 6 Feb. 1578, Barwick; the Barnes: Elizabeth Collins m. Thomas Barnes, 28 Nov. 1590, Barwick; the Warrens: Edith Collins m. John Warren, 5 Oct. 1592, Barwick; the Sellyes (a familial link to the Blake/Harris family of Wivelscombe), William Collins m. Mary Sellye, 24 Jul 1598, Barwick; the Kynges: Mary Collins m. William Kynge, 30 Apr. 1599, Barwick; the Fryes (a familial link to the Wedmore families of Harris/Hodges/Council), Ceselye Collins m. John Frye, 26 Jan. 1603, Barwick; n.b. the Holloways (originally of Nunney): Elizabeth Collins m. William Holwaie, 7 Jun. 1604, Barwick.
1.2.1. 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. *It is possible that he was the Robt. Harris who was bapt. 24 Feb 1613 in Othery (St Michael), 21 mls fr. Wivelscombe.
1.2.2. 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, as follows. His children:
1. James (Will in Pasquotank, 1719).
2. Thomas (Will in Middlesex, 1720).
3. Dorothy (m. Joseph Commander, in NC).
4. John (Will in Surry, 1675).
5. Joan (m. John Scott).
7. William (Will in Surry, 1675).
8. Mary (m. 1. …Crew, 2. Edmond Bellson).
1.2.3. William Tooke.
1.2.3. Elizabeth Tooke, m. Michael Ezell.
1.2.3.1. Elizabeth Ezell, m. John Atkinson Jr, son of John Atkinson and Ann Holliman.

*He was probably the br. of Robert Tucke who m. Emma Morrys 13 Apr. 1572, Barwick; with either of them being the father of Joane Tucke, who. m. William Penny, 22 Sept. 1588, Barwick; Richard Tucke, who m. Elizabeth Wiggot, 8 Oct. 1594, Barwick.; Joane Tucke, who m. William Appleby, 28 Dec. 1595, Barwick; Thomas Tucke, who m. Mary Collins, 26 Jan. 1604, Barwick.

There was an established family of Holman at Barwick and West Pennard:

Isabell Holman, bapt. 11 Mar. 1550, in West Pennard (St Nicholas).
John Holman, bapt. 3 Apr. 1554, West Pennard.
Henry Holman, bapt. 10 Jun. 1564, Barwick (St Mary Magdalene).
Margaret Holman, bapt. 16 Feb. 1566, Barwick.

At a later period:

William Holman m. Ann Hill, 12 Oct, 1620, at Puriton (St Michael), 27 mls fr. Barwick
William Holman m. Elenor Owsley, 22 Aug 1625, Cricket St Thomas (St Thomas), 15 mls fr. Barwick; parents of John Holman, bapt. 14 Feb 1626, Cricket St Thomas, 24 mls fr. Milverton, where Richard Holman m. Margaret Owen, 24 Feb. 1655,and were probable parents of James Holman, bapt. 3 Jan. 1664, Milverton, St Michael).

1.1.3. Col. Robert Pitt, d. bef. 9 January 1674, IOW.
1.1.3.1. John Pitt, m. Olive Hardy, widow of Giles Driver, uncle of John Council (of the family from Wedmore, Somerset).
1.1.3.2. Hester Pitt, m. Joseph Bridger.
1.1.2.2.1. Hester Bridger, m. George Williamson, son of Dr. Robert Williamson, and Joan Allen.

On 21 March 1666, Joseph Bridger, patented, with his father-in-law Colonel Robert Pitt and William Burgh, 3000 acres of land on a branch of the Blackwater River. His portion of the land was claimed through his having transported 24 persons to the colony.

1.3.1.3.1. Elizabeth Driver, m. Thomas Yates, 28 Dec. 1647. in Avening (St Mary)
1.3.1.3.2. John Driver, m. Elizabeth Chapman, 5 Nov. 1663, in Tetbury (St Mary) He was mentioned in Henry Chapman’s Will his father-in-law, proved 4 Mar 1685, and was named Trustee for the children of Henry Blake, whose Will was dated 20 Aug. 1662.
1.3.1.4. Robert Driver, m. Joan Baker, 26 Oct. 1615, in Cherington (St Nicholas).
1.3.1.4.1. John Driver, m. Hannah Hobbs, 25 Jan. 1651 Tetbury (St Mary), dau. of John Hobbs and Joane Alloway, who m. 24 Aug 1631, in Tetbury (St Mary). It would not be unreasonable to suppose Hannah Hobbs to be the sister of Francis Hobbs, as follows.
1.3.1.4.1.1. Anne Driver, m. Samuell Millard, 23 Nov. 1668, in Tetbury. The Millards were kin of the Council, Hodges, Harris, and Webb families of Wedmore, Somerset.
1.3.1.4.1.2. Hester Driver, m. Christopher Webb, 6 Apr 1675, in Cherington (St Nicholas).
1.3.1.4.2. Giles Driver, m. 1. Elizabeth: Driver v Cole. Plaintiffs: Giles Driver and Elizabeth Driver his wife. Defendants: John Holgate, [unknown] Cole and others. Place or subject: money, Gloucestershire. Nat. Arch. ref. C 7/450/27. 1662. Thomas Harris, 650 acs. on the N. side of the head of Puscaticon Cr., Lancaster Co., 23 Aug., 1656, p. 392. Adj. land of Oliver Seger, & opposite an Indian Field, Trans. of 13 pers. inc. Giles Driver. 23 Aug. 1656. He m. (1) Elizabeth (Sharpe/Reynolds), (2) Olive Hardy.
1.3.1.4.2.1. Charles Driver, m. Prudence Pitt, dau. of John Pitt and Olive Hardy, probable sister of George Hardy, who witnessed the Will of Edward Harris, d. 1677. The will of John Pitt ‘of ye City of Bristol’, named legatees: father Colonel Robert Pitt; son John land at Chuckatuck, whereon he now lives; son James; son Henry; grandson Robert Pitt; dau. Sarah Norsworthy; dau. Martha Norsworthy; dau. Prudence Driver; dau. Mary Drury; dau.-in-law Ann Bromfield. Recorded 9 Jan. 1703. John and Olive had issue: Martha Pitt, who m. George Norsworthy. Mary Pitt, who m. … Drury. Robert Pitt, who m. Sarah Smith, dau. of Arthur Smith.  Sarah Pitt, who m. Tristam Norsworthy. (Their dau., Sarah Norsworthy, m. John Pitt III, son of Sarah’s brother,John Pitt, Jr.). William Pitt. Prudence Pitt, who m. Charles Driver.
1.3.1.4.2.2. Giles Driver, Mary Reynolds.
1.3.1.4.2.3. Robert Driver, m. Prudence Richards. William Sharpe m. Sarah Richards, 1 Nov. 1658, in Tetbury (St Mary). He was the br. of Thomas Sharpe Jr., who m. Dorothy Chandler, 14 June 1655, in Tetbury, sons of Thomas Sharp Sr., whose sister Elianor, m. William Webb, 28 Aug. 1628, in Tetbury, and who was contemporary to Richard Sharpe, whose dau., Mary, was bapt. 11 Feb. 1625, in Tetbury, and who was most likely the father of Richard Sharpe of Virginia. Sarah Richards was the granddau. of Henry Richards, who m. Katherine Dene, 19 Apr 1610, in Avening (St Mary). She may have been related to Elizabeth Richards, who m. Francis Pitt, 14 Jan. 1632, at Olveston (St Mary the Virgin), 30 mls from Avening, 40 from Wedmore.
1.3.1.4.2.3.1. Prudence Driver, m. Richard Jordan.

1. Thomas Bennett, d. 1616, Wivelscombe, Somerset. 1.1. … Bennett, m. Richard Jackson, who patented 450 acres in IOW adjacent to Justinian Cooper. 1.1.1. 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, aforementioned.

Richard Harris of Wivelscombe, son of William Harris and Dorothy West, who m. 31 Aug. 1562, at Wivelscombe, Somerset, m. Thomas Bennett’s sister, Elianor Bennett, and was the father of Thomas Harris, cousin of Governor Bennett of Virginia, who m. Judith Blake, November 20, 1623, at Wivelscombe; the very likely the father of  Thomas Harris, d. 1672 (whose son, John, m. Margaret Hobbs, sister of Francis Hobbs), and Edward Harris, d. 1677.

Richard Harris was also the br.-in-law of Richard Bennett. In 1669, Thomas Wood, son of Arthur Wood and Sarah Wooten, his mother, ‘relict of Arthur deceased’, deeded him land as ‘Richard Bennett of Blackwater’. 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.

Richard Bennett’s son, James Bennett, witnessed the Will of Joseph Bridger. Prob. 9 April 1685: ‘Son: William land granted to me by escheat of 850 acres formerly belonging to Nathan Floyd, except what is disposed of by me to Francis Hobbs, Mrs. Dorothy Bond, and William Blount … To my wife the land on which I now dwell of 850 acres formerly belonging to Capt. Upton Daus: Martha Godwin, Mary, Elizabeth, and Hester. Wit: James Bennett, Robert Pitt, Samuel Luck, Richard Glover. (B. 2, p. 242).

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1. Robert Hathaway, of Kingscote, Gloucestershire.
1.1. William Hathaway, m. Margaret Hutchins, 29 Nov. 1578, in Kingscote.
1.2. Thomas Hathaway, of Kingscote; 6 mls from both Avening and Tutbury, abodes of the Pitt family. He d. 18 April 1588, in Tutbury.
1.2.1. Thomas Hathaway, d. 1609.
1.2.1.1. Nicholas Hathaway, emigrated to Taunton, MA, in 1640.
1.2.1.1.1. John Hathaway, m. 1. Martha; m. 2. Ruth Dyer.
1.2.1.1.1.1. Isaac Hathaway, m. Mary Pitt, dau. of Peter Pitt and Mary Andrews, first wife of William Hodges, who was very likely to have been the son of William Hodges, churchwarden of Tutbury, in 1655.
1.2.1.1.1.1.1. Hopestill Hathaway, m. Richard Wood.
1.2.1.1.1.1.1.1. Richard Woods, blacksmith, m. 2., at Morristown, NJ. Rebecca …
1.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Sarah Wood, bap. 21 April 1751, Morristown, NJ., m. Thomas Highsmith.

Although it is impossible to exactly identify the ancestry of this Peter Pitt, a statement that he was of the Pitt family associated with Drivers of Tutbury and Avening would seem a reasonable one.

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ODDS AND ENDS – TWO BOONES?

1. Jerome Boune (Boone, most likely contractions of Bourne), m. Katherine Snowe (St Edmunds, Exeter), 15 May 1603. She was probably of the Snowe family of Winkleigh, situated 23 miles from Stoke Cannon, and 28 miles from Exeter. ‘Richard Snowe of Winckerleigh’ married ‘Ann Squire, widow, of the same’, November 6, 1624. (W. Pollard, Marriage Licenses of the Diocese of Exeter from the Bishop’s Registers, Volumes 1-3, p. 93, 1887). It is reasonable to assume that this union brought about the use of Squire as a Christian name in the Boone family. It also made for an association with the Cruse/Cruwys family of Winkleigh, as Thomas Cruse, baptised 1595, married, firstly, on 24 September 1632, Mary Snowe of West Anstey, in Meshaw, near Winkleigh. She was buried on 17 March, 1642. She was probably the granddaughter of this John Snowe: Snowe v Courtney. Plaintiffs: John Snowe and Joan Snowe his wife. Defendants: Philip Courtney and another. subject: property in West Anstey, Devon. Nat. Arch. ref. C 3/289/44. 1601. Thomas Cruse married, secondly, Susan, buried 23 March 1647. Her Will bequested ‘ To Robert Squire Tenne shillinges, To Walter Squire Tenne shillinges’. (PROB 11/204. Proved 10 May 1648). In the same area, ‘Richard Squire of Thorverton’ married ‘Mary Drew of the same’, May 31, 1626. (ibid. p. 96). Thorverton is 20 miles from Winkleigh, 4 miles from Stoke Cannon, and 6 miles from Bradninch. This was either he, or a son and namesake, who is recorded in this court case: Fursdon v Preston. Plaintiffs: Thomas Fursdon, Thomas Adams and Richard Luscombe. Defendants: John Preston clerk, Anthony Turner and Richard Squire. Subject: property in Thorverton, Devon. (Nat. Arch. ref. C 6/76/46. 1665).
1.1. George Boone. He married Joanne Heale, 21 June 1635. Her name was a toponym, derived from Hele, a manor in the parish of Bradninch, the home of the Hele family of that place. (BEB1841, Hele of Fleet; Visitation Devon, 1620). If George Boone was of the social class of the Heles, he may have married Jane Hele, born circa 1619, daughter of Nicholas Hele and Dorothy Stradling, daughter of Richard Stradling of Bristol, probably related to this Edward Stradling: The following apprenticed in Bristol: John Webb to Edward Stradling, 4 years Virginia, May 30 1662.
1.1.1. George Boone, bapt. 19 March 1666. (Stoke Cannon).
1.1.1.1. Squire Boone.
1.1.1.2. Mary Boone, married John Webb.

 

1. John Boone, bapt. 10 June 1599, St Margaret Pattens, London, d. 1663, Charles City, Virginia. He received his master mariners certificate from Capt. William Barker, and lived in Charles city, with Barker and associates.* He m. Anna curtis, 14 April 1622, dau. of Robert Curtis, mariner, of London, and Rotterdam. As I have shown elsewhere, William Barker was a partner of Francis Derrick, both originally of Bristol, who purchased land formerly that of Sergeant John Harris.
1.1. Captain Christopher Boone, bapt 3 May 1624, old Flemmish Par., Lion Street, Amsterdam. He m. Mary Radcliffe, 18 Feb, 1646, in the Dutch Reform Church, Amsterdam. She was bapt. 30 Sept. 1637, in St Petroch, Exeter, original home of the Perry family of London. ‘Zeeman Christopher gehuwde Boone von leeftijd 23 von Rotterdam 18 februari leeftijd von 1646 meisje Mary Radcliffe de dochter von Engeland von schip kapitein Jaspis Radcliffe’.
1.1.1.Thomas Boone, bapt. 18 Dec. 1646, Dutch Reform Church, d. aft.25 Nov. 1723, Chowan, NC. He m. Elizabeth Strickland. On May, 1706, William and Olive Strickland sold him 360 ac. on Blackwater River, adj. Colonel Pitt’s line, patented by William’s father, 20 April, 1680.
1.1.1.1. Joseph Boone, d. 19 Feb.. 1728. in Edenton, Chowan
1.1.1.1.1. Ratcliffe Boone, m. Ruth Atkinson, dau. of John Atkinson and Ann Holliman, in 1734. His Will was prob. 1787 (W.B. II, p. 72); witnessed by Robert Harris.
1.1.1.1.1.1. Daniel Boone, m. Mary Harris, born Surry Co., d. 1814, Pendleton, NC.
1.1.1.1.2. Thomas Boone, m. Hannah Atkinson, 14 Sept. 1769, in Santee SC.
1.1.2. Captain Nicholas Boone, b. 1648, Charles City Co,, d. bef. 1700 in Chowan, m. Geertzke von Hendrikks, 24 Jan. 1675, Dutch Reform Church, Amsterdam.
1.1.2.1. Nicholas Boone, m. Mary Pitt, 1709, IOW, dau. of Thomas Pitt, and  Mary, dau. of Col. Arthur Smith, and Sarah Jackson.
1.2 Captain William Boone, bapt, 29 September 1626, same place as his br., m. Mary Cooke, 5 July 1652, in Widecombe, Devon.
1.3. Captain James Boone, b. 1631, in Leiden, Neth., m. Elizabeth Driver, 16 Jan. 1658, in St Dunstans, London. She was bapt. 22 March 1637, at St Mary, Whitechappel, dau. of Alexander Driver, mariner. James Boone emigrated to Virginia in 1666, as head right of John Prettyman.
1.4. Captain George Boone, bapt. 1623, in Rotterdam, emigrated to Virginia in 1652, as head right of Thomas Todd.

PITTS AND RUFFINS

1. William Ruffin. Edward Chetwin, IOW probate rec., 27 Sept. 1649: Robert Watson and Henry Pitt, exors. William Ruffin m. Elizabeth Atwell, 23 Sept. 1614, in Rotterdam. ‘Gehuwd net van Lenton van der heer leeftijd 32 van Antwerpen Belgie huwd meisje Elizabeth Atwell leeftijd 31 dochtor van schip kapitein Edward Atwell en zeijn vrouw Jane Townes allebei van Leiden op 23 September 1614 de Vlaamse Straat van de leuw van Parochie Rotterdam’. Elizabeth Atwell was the br. of Thomas Atwell, who m. Jane Chetwin, dau. of the said Edward.
1.1. William Ruffin, d. bef. 9 Mar. 1674, IOW.; m. Elizabeth Pitt, 4 Jan. 1642, Dutch Reform Church, Amsterdam. 7 February 1667 William Ruffin empowered his son Robert Ruffin to defend in court the suit of Nicholas Boone. On 9 June 1670, William Ruffin made over to Katherine Thornton 200 acres of land in case of her death to be equally divided between her two children.
1.1.1. Robert Ruffin, b. in 1644, in Amsterdam: ‘Zoon van Robert Ruffin van Heer William Ruffin en zein vrouw Elizabeth Pitt allebei van deize parochie in Amsterdam Nederland doopte 19 Januari 1644’. He m. his second cousin, Elizabeth Watkins. Virginia land grant 20 Apr. 1687, 422 ac. formerly granted to George Watkins … lately found to escheat. He m. Elizabeth Prime bef. 2 Nov. 1673, in Surry Co.; dau. of Edward Prime and his wife, widow Ann Ridley, nee Pitt, wife of Peter Ridley, of IOW. Elizabeth was the half-sister of Nathaniel Ridley, who m. Elizabeth Day, relict of George Watkins, whose land her second husband, Robert Ruffin, recovered when it escheated. The last Will of Mr. Robert Ruffin, proved in Court by the Oaths of Wm. Chambers, Will. Newsum and Robt. Rawlins, and a probate thereof Granted Mrs. Eliza. Ruffin, the Exx.
1.1.1.1. Elizabeth Ruffin, d. aft. 29 Nov. 1743, m. (as widow Taylor) William Kinchen II., who d. bef. 28 Jul. 1735, IOW. John Gibbins, Prob rec. 25 Sept 1721, IOW. Leg. Mr. William Kinchen, Henry Harris, Matthew Harris, Mary Adkins, the daughter of John Adkins, John Jackson, Thomas Harris, the son of Edward Harris, Robert Harris. Exor. Mr. William Kinchen. William Kinchen, probate 28 Jul. 1735, IOW.

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KIN OF SERGEANT JOHN HARRIS?

Nunney, 2 mls from Mells, 20 mls from Wedmore, 24 mls from Over Stowey; 48 mls from Pitminster.

1. Thomas Harrys of Mells, Somerset, England, 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.
1.1.1.1. John Harris, bapt. 17 Feb. 1587, in Mells (St Andrew), m. 1. Grace Haine/Hainie, in 1608, in Mells; 2. Mary Tomlin, 9 Nov. 1620, and was bur. 18 Oct. 1636, in Mells. If this is to be Sergeant John Harris of Virginia, he had remarried shortly after his second marriage, and had returned to England before his death. The connection of a Tomlin family in Virginia to the Fulghams of Pitminster, Somerset, and Virginia (see Matthew Tomlin’s Will, pr. 9 Dec. 1686), and Matthew Tomlin’s son, Matthew, holding land bounded by ‘Thomas Harris’ (d. 1688) Corner Tree’ (B. 2, pp. 570, 571), might lend some credibility to this proposition. Furthermore, 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. In any deliberation about Sergeant John Harris, a connection to St Olave might be significant, as his land was associated with the Felton and Simmons family of that place. Another point, perhaps worth mentioning, is that if Grace Haine was of the Haine family of Wedmore (see as follows), then a kinship connection to the Council and Hodges families of that place is established. This Council family also held property in St Olave, and were undoubtedly of Virginia, and connected there to Thomas Harris, d. 1688. It can be noted that the port of Southwark was a commercial magnet to which provincial families flocked, eager to exploit trading opportunities to the ‘New World’.
1.1.1.1.1. Thomas Harris, m. Alice West, Oct. 1635, in Nunney, d. in Charles City in 1677? 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. Katharine Pearce, 23 May 1608, in Bath (St Michael). 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.
1.1.1.1.1.1. Thomas Harris, bapt. 14 Aug. 1636, in Nunney, d. 1688, m., in London, as a second wife, Dorothie Bassano, in 1662, recorded as being aged 26. She was kin of the Lanier and Hynde families of St Olave, the latter family conducting business with Peter Nusam, the scrivenor. It is not necesarilly the case that she was the mother of all his subsequent children.
1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Edward Harris, Will pr. 25 March 1734; leaving to son Edward land adjoining John Johnson and John Turner; ‘being land which was granted to my father, Thomas Harris’; son Jacob, land on the Flatt Swamp of the Meherrin River; sons Nathan and West Harris, the land granted me on the north side of Warwick Branch; son Daniel, dau. Martha Williamson: son James; wife Mary. Executor, son Nathan Harris. (B. 3, p. 391).
1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Nathan Harris, m. Catherine Walton, dau. of George Walton, who was probably of the Walton family of Rappahanock, who emigrated to Virginia from St Olave.
1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Walton Harris, m. Rebecca Lanier.
1.1.1.1.1.1.2. Robert Harris, m. Anne Fulgham, dau. of Michael Fulgham, whose Will, of 17 Feb. 1690, named dau. Ann Harris, and was witnessed by James Benn, of St Olave, a business partner of Michael Fulgham. Susannah Fulgham, Anne’s sister, m. Hardy Council, son of Hodges Council and Lucy Hardy, in 1705.
1.1.1.1.1.1.3. Thomas Harris. In order for the above construction to be credible, it would have to be this Thomas Harris, who, on 3 March 1690, petitioned that John Echols be summoned to the next court, perhaps to claim against the surviving executor of his grandfather’s estate.
1.1.1.1.2. John Harris, bapt. 1640, in Nunney, m. Margaret Beard, 1664, in Nunney, dau. of Roger Beard and Mary Newport, m. 15 Aug. 1640, in Nunney.
1.1.1.1.3. Roger Harris, bapt. 3 Jun. 1642, in Nunney, m. Ann Slade, 20 May 1669, in Nunney.
1.1.1.1.4. Katherine Harris, bapt. 27 Jun. 1643, in Nunney.
1.1.1.1.5. Ann Harris, bapt. 21 Oct 1646, in Nunney, m. Robert Millard (of Wedmore, see as follows), May 1667, in Nunney.

1.1.1.2. Elizabeth Harris, bapt. 25 Oct 1590, in Mells, m. George Hill, 27 Jan. 1620, in Mells.
1.1.1.2.1. (I fairly suppose) Nicholas Hill, who, on 30 Sept 1664, patented 750 acres in the Upper Parish, part of the estate of the aforementioned Edward Bennett. Thomas Harris. Leg.-son Thomas; son John; land in Corotoman in Lancaster County to son Thomas; Wife Alice; daughter Mary. Major Nicholas Hill and John Jennings overseers. Proved 10 June 1672. Francis Hobbs. Leg.- Alice Davis; cousin John Davis; cousin Margaret Harris the daughter of John Harris. Ex., brother John Harris. Proved 9 June 1688.

1.1.1.3. Ann Harris, bapt. 29 Apr. 1593, in Mells, m. William Clarke 3 June 1616, in Mells.
1.1.1.4. Joane Harris, bapt. 6 Nov. 1597, in Mells, m. Richard Williams, 4 June 1627, in Mells.
1.1.1.5. Thomas Harris, bapt. 24 Mar 1599, in Mells.
1.1.1.6. William Harris, bapt. 3 Oct. 1602, in Mells.
1.1.1.6.1. William Harris, bapt. 12 January 1638, in Mells.

1.1.2. William Harris, m. Dorothy West, Aug. 31, 1562, at Wivelscombe, Somerset.
1.1.2.1. John Harris, m. Lucy Sealy (Sully), w., 24 June 1583, in Over Stowey, 12 miles from Wivelscombe. Lucy was the probable sister of Mary Sealy, who m. Andrew Crosse, of a family that was central to this kinship group, 20 Nov. 1580, at Over Stowey.

Two other families of ‘binding’ importance were those of Mason and Vowle: Henry Mason m. Margory Bennett, on 27 April 1584, in Over stowey, and she was probably of the Wivelscombe Bennetts, as follow. On 21 Nov. 1631, Susanna Vowle m. William Butcher in Over Stowey. In Virginia, on 13 Sept. 1644, Captain John Upton and Margaret his wife sold land to John Mason. The Mason family of Over Stowey were kin of the Bishops of that place: Elizabeth Mason m. Robert Byshoppe, 18 Nov. 1632 (Church of St Peter and Paul). Margaret Upton conveyed land to John Butcher, on 3 Feb. 1651. On 12 June 1657, ‘Mr William Edwards has order from Govre. to patente certaine marsh and wood land formerly granted to James Mason & John Bishopp & by them deserted’ (Foley, Early Virginia Families Along the James River, p. 86, 1974).

Captain John Upton was associated with Thomas Harris, d. 1672, in Virginia: ‘To all Christian People to whom this present deed shall come to be seen I Thomas Harris of Chipoaks in the County of Surry have sold to Christopher Ben all the Lands at the Head of Pagan Creek purchased by me of Mr William Batte and of Mrs Margaret Upton relict of Lieut. Col. John Upton. In Witness whereof I the said Thomas Harris have hereunto set my my Hand & Seal this last Day of February Anno Dom. 1657, in the presence of John Brewer, Thomas Taberer, and Thos. Jones. These present further Witnesseth that I Eleanor the Wife of the above Thomas Harris do hereby give my free consent unto the Sale of the abovementioned premises. (précis of deed, IOW Record of Wills, Deeds, etc., vol. 1, pp. 569, 586-87). Eleanor Harris was Eleanor George, first wife of Thomas Harris, d. 1672. Thomas Taberer was the father-in-law of John Newman, who m. Ruth Taberer, and John Newman was the future brother-in- law of Thomas Harris, who m. 2. Alice Newman, sister of John Newman Jr. and dau. of John Newman Sr.

Thomas Taberer’s dau., Mary, was the wife of William Webb, d. 1712, IOW., grandson of Stephen Webb: Stephen Webb, 250 acs. James City Co., March. 2, 1638, p. 623. Near head of Sunken Marsh, E. upon William Nusam. For the per. adv. of himself
& wife Clare Webb, his son Robert & trans, of William Briggs, and Eliza Morris. This patent renewed & another patent dated Sept. 18, 1636 put unto it & 100 acs. more added to them.

The Mason and Vowle families were mostly of Wedmore, where they were kin of various families, including that of Webb, as given in the parish register:

William Webb & Joan Hickman, 11 Jan. 1590.
Joan Counsell & William Frie, 7 Jun. 1602.
Roger Morris & Joan Frie, 16 Apr. 1604.
John Harris & Penelopie Millard, 9 Sept. 1611.
Mary Kirby & William Counsell, 27 Jan. 1615.
Maude Mason & William Counsell, 3 Oct. 1622.
John Webb & Amy Marten, 10 Nov. 1610.
Agnes Millard & Thomas Webb, 22 Feb. 1611.
Thomas Vowle & Maudlin Morris, 27 Jan. 1613.
Thomas Webb & Mary Hayward, 13 Jan. 1617.
George Harris & Joana Webb, 28 Apr. 1623. He was probably the son of George Harris, bapt. Over Stowey, 17 June 1569, at Over Stowey, who settled in Wedmore.
Mary Webb & Richard Coome, 22 Sept. 1625.
Grace Webb & William Teeke, 26 Oct. 1625.
Margaret Webb & Thomas Lane, 24 Apr. 1626.
Lewis Webb & Thomasin Heath, 6 Mar. 1627.
Grace Pitt & John Haine, 17 Jun. 1633.
Susan Frie & John Haine, 5 Jun. 1634.
Susan Lancaster & William Hodges, 5 Apr. 1638.
Jane Counsell & John Lancaster, 21 Oct. 1647.
Mary Harris & Thomas Haine, 13 Oct. 1655.
William Harris & Anstice Kirby, 20 Jun. 1660.
Robert Thatcher & Alice Webb, 9 Aug. 1660.

As I have mentioned elsewhere, Wedmore was a village of perhaps 300 houses, where most people were close degrees of cousin.

1.1.2. Richard Harris, m. Elianor Bennett, sister of Edward Bennett, at Wivelscombe. Edward Bennett, bapt. 2 Feb. 1577, in Wivelscombe; later of of St Olave, Southwark, London, and Lawn’s Creek, Virginia. His dau. Alice Bennett, bapt. in St Olave, m. John Hardy; their dau., Lucy Hardy, m. Hodges Council. Elianor Bennett and Edward Bennett were siblings of Thomas Bennett, d. 1616, at Wivelscombe, father of:

(1) … Bennett, who m. Richard Jackson, who patented 450 acres in IOW adj, to Justinian Cooper. Their dau., 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’.

George Hardy was an appraiser of the estate of Edward Harris, d. 1677.

(2) Richard Bennett Sr., d. 1710, who lived at Blackwater, in the vicinity of the plantation of Justinian Cooper. In 1669, Thomas Wood, son of Arthur Wood and Sarah Wooten, his mother, ‘relict of Arthur deceased’, deeded him land as ‘Richard Bennett of Blackwater’. 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.

Richard Bennett’s son, James Bennett, witnessed the Will of Joseph Bridger. Prob. Apr. 9, 1685: ‘Son: William land granted to me by escheat of 850 acres formerly belonging to Nathan Floyd, except what is disposed of by me to Francis Hobbs, Mrs. Dorothy Bond, and William Blount. Francis Hobbs was the br. of Margaret Hobbs, first wife of John Harris, son of Thomas Harris (d. 1672) and first wife, Eleanor George.

1.1.1.2.1. Thomas Harris, m. Judith Blake, 20 Nov. 1623, at Wivelscombe. (St Andrew).
1.1.1.2.1.1. John Harris bapt. 18 Feb. 1624,at Wiveliscombe, d. 1687, Virginia.
1.1.1.2.1.1.1. Elizabeth Harris, m. Samuel, son of Robert Lancaster Sr. and Sarah, widow of 2nd husband Richard Bennett Sr., d. 1710. Robert Lancaster Sr. and Nicholas Sessums appraised the estate of Henry Baker, 27 April 1701. Nicholas Sessums emigrated from Bristol, the West country Port in which the Bennetts of Wivelscombe became established. He probably m. 1. Hannah Culmer, the widow of Robert Lane and dau. of Thomas Culmer. Nicholas Sessoms had issue: 1. Thomas, who named one of his sons Culmer. 2. Mary, d. 1742, m. (1704) William Blake, as shown here: ‘Nicholas Sessums of Lawnes Creek Parish, to his daughter, Mary Blake the wife of William Blake of the same, for Love and Affection’ (D.B. 5, p. 302. Recorded 2 May 1704). Thomas Sessums was the father Nicholas Sessums, whose dau., Ivy Sessums, m. John Parker, of Edgecombe Co. John Parker witnessed a deed from Osborne Jeffreys to Nicholas Sessums, dated oct. 2, 1744. Osborn Jeffrey’s owned land next to John Green, husband of Sabra Lee, dau. of John Lee and Mary Bryan, dau. of William Bryan.
1.1.1.1.1.2. Thomas Harris, d. 1672.
1.1.1.1.1.3. Edward Harris, d. 1677.
1.1.3. George Harris, bapt. 17 June 1569, in Over Stowey.
1.1.3.1. George Harris & Joana Webb, 28 Apr. 1623 (Wedmore).
1.1.4. William Harris.
1.1.4.1. Richard Harris, bapt 28 Jan. 1595, at Wivelscombe.
1.1.4.1.1. William Harris, bapt. 9 Dec. 1627, at Nunney.

Although these may seem unconnected threads, considering that the Fulghams of Pitminster, Somerset, England, and Virginia, were intermarried with the merchant family of Green of London, and that the Bennett family was associated with St Olave, Hart Street, Southwark, London, a common strand may be suggested: Henry Sisson (Sessum), Merchant Taylor, of St Olave, Hart Street, m. (14 May 1609) at St Clement Eastcheap. He was probably the father of John Sisson, of St Olave, b. 1643, who m. Ann Green, 19 Dec. 1667. John Bond, a headright of Henry Catelyn, in 1643 (son of William Bond, born 5 Jan. 1583, in Pitminster, neighbour of the Fulghams), assigned 760 acs. on N. side of Rappa. Riv. in Corotoman Riv., to Jno Meredith, excepting 160 acres which belongs to Elizabeth Hutchins, wife of Wm. Hutchins. (Lancaster Co., Court Orders. Recorded 5 Jan. 1656). Elizabeth Hutchins was the dau. of Virginia merchant John Greene of St Giles Cripplegate, London, and the sister of John Greene, also a Virginia merchant. She was also the niece of Virginia merchant Robert Greene (br. of John Greene), and the first-cousin of Martha Greene, dau. of Robert, wife of Anthony Fulgham.

The will of John Bond, dated 16 Jan. 1669, named overseer Lt. Arthur Smith, and was witnessed by John Bennett, son of the aforesaid Edward Bennett, of Wivelscombe, St Olave, and Virginia, who had m. Mary Bourne, dau. of Jasper Bourne of Wells, Somerset (and Elizabeth Norwood, of Stanmore Magna, Middlesex), whose will, dated 1 Feb. 1635, was probated by John Bennett of London, Merchant. Brown’s Somerset Wills, 5th Series, p. 77: ‘Wife Joan. Son, John Bennett of London, merchant, stands bound unto my nephew, Richard Bourne of Lincoln’s End, £100. To grandchildren of my daughter, Elizabeth Bennett, pictures of my late brothers William and Thomas Bourne. Daughter Sylvester, wife of William Hutchinson, Clerke. Grandson, Jasper Fell, son of Henry Fell, late of Hampstead, Middlesex, Gent. Daughter Mary, wife of Edward Bennett merchant. Children of Bennett and Hutchinson. Cosen John Coyne, the Elder of North Petherton, Somerset. Wife’s grandson, John Norwood of London. Wife’s daughter, Elizabeth Ireland, alias Norwood. Sister Jane Bourne, late wife of Roger Bourne of Wells, Somerset, my brother. deceased. My niece, Mrs. Elizabeth Bishop, wife of Thomas Bishop of Minehead. My niece, Susan, wife of Mr. John Cross, M. D., Dec. My son, John Bennett, residuary legatee and executor’. I take it that people commonly given as Jasper Bourne’s sons were, in fact, nephews, to whit: (1) Thomas Bourne, who emigrated to Virginia in 1638, as head right of John Moone, gent., who used it for a patent of 400 ac., dated 2 Nov, 1638. He had m. Susan Harvey, on 17 oct. 1619, at St Giles, Cripplegate, London. Their son, Thomas Bourne, m. (in 1662) a cousin, Mary Bennett, who d. bef. 22 Oct. 1706, in Nansemond. (2) Robert Bourne, the emigrant to Virginia in 1626, where he held 250 ac. in Charles City; other holders being George Cawcott (100 ac.) and Sergeant John Harris (200 ac.). He d. bef. 7 Mar. 1660 in York Co. Jasper Bourne was the son of Richard Bourne, of Wivelscombe.

Edward Bennett’s children:

1. Susan, bapt. 1627 (St Olave)
2. Elizabeth, bapt. 31 May 1629 (St Olave)
3. Silvestra, bapt. 25 Oct. 1630 (St Olave)
4. John, bapt. 17 Feb. 1632 (St Olave)
5. Mary, bapt. 1633 (St Olave)
6. Ann, bapt. 13 March 1634 (St Olave)
7. Jasper, bapt. 3 July 1635 (St Olave)

1.1.1.1.1.2. Thomas Harris, d. 1672.
1.1.1.1.1.3. Edward Harris, d. 1677.
1.1.3. George Harris …
1.1.3.1. George Harris & Joana Webb, 28 Apr. 1623 (Wedmore).
1.1.4. William Harris.
1.1.4.1. Richard Harris, bapt 28 Jan. 1595, at Wivelscombe.
1.
1.1. Alice Blake, m. … Cabull (Cable).
1.2. Humphrey Blake settled in Over Stowey, d. 1558
1.2.1. JOHN Blake, bur. 10 Dec. 1576, in Over Stowey. Will proved, 25 Jan. 1577.
1.2.1.1. Humphrey Blake, Clothier, bur. 1619, in Over Stowey church, m. (1578) Agnes James.
1.2.1.2. William Blake, bur. 1642 in Pitminster (abode of the Fulgham family of virginia).
1.2.1.2.1. William Blake, 1594-1663,the emigrant, of Dorchester, Mass., born in Pitminster. He was granted land in Dorchester on 14 May 1636.
1.2.1.3. Richard Blake of Stogumber, Somerset (abode of the Owsley family of Virginia), born 1562, m. (2) Grace Napcott, 29 May 1589, in Over Stowey.
1.2.1.4. Robert Blake, 1566-1626, m. Eleanor Browne, of Taunton.
1.2.1.4.1. (probably) Judith Blake, m. Thomas Harris, 20 Nov. 1623, at Wivelscombe, son of Richard Harris and Elianor Bennett, son of William Harris and Dorothy West, who m. on 31 Aug. 1562, at Wivelscombe. William Harris was the probable br. of Anstis Harris, who m. Robert wolcott, 8 Sept. 1569, in Wivelscombe, who was most likely related to his namesakes of Wivelscombe: Anne Wolcott, who m. Stephen Teeke, 30 Nov. 1583. Edward Wolcott, who m. Molly Crosse, 20 Oct 1594. Agnes wolcott, who m. John Thompson, 10 Jul. 1605. William Wolcott, who m. Marie Barrow, 11 Jan 1605. Robert Wolcott, who m. Mary Storey, 25 Jan 1606.
1.2.1.4.1.1. John Harris, bapt. 18 Feb 1624, at Wivelscombe, d. 1687, in Virginia.
1.2.1.4.1.2. Thomas Harris, d. 1672, in Virginia.
1.2.1.4.1.3. Edward Harris, d. 1677, in Virginia.
1.2.1.5. Alice Blake, b. 1569, m. James Richards.
1.2.1.6. Ann Blake, m. Thomas Saunders, d. 1609
1.2.1.6.1. Elizabeth Saunders, m. Henry Wolcott, son of John Wolcott (d. 1623), miller, of Tolland, who m., in 1579, Agnes Crosse
1.2.2. Alice Blake, m. George Slocombe.
1.2.3. Thomas Blake, of Wedmore, d. 1580.

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, m., first, in 1638 at Pitminster, Elizabeth Norris, b. 1623 in Bridgwater,Somerset.
1.1.1.1. John Fulgham, b. 1639, at Pitminster.
1.1.1. Anthony Fuljames, m.. secondly, Martha Greene.
1.1.1.2. Michael Fulgham, married Anne Izzard.
1.1.1.2.1. Anne Fulgham, married Robert Harris, son of Thomas Harris, d. 1688.
1.1.1.2.2. Susannah Fulgham, m. Hardy Council, son of Hodges Council Jr. and Lucy Hardy, in 1705.

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THOMAS PARKER OF EDGECOMBE CO.

1. Thomas Parker, Esq. of Holbeton, 9 miles south east of Plymouth, Devon. (Wotten). The pedigree given in the Harl. MS, which is given addition ‘by a later hand’, is accepted as unreliable; and, if connecting this family to to the Parkers of Molton, an additional generation is needed, connecting them to Holbeton, and, perhaps to the Seymours; see concluding genealogical table.

1.1. William Parker, of Holbeton, and of Shoreditch, in Middlesex, m. Dorothy, dau. of … Muttlebury, of Jordans, near Ilminster, Somerset, by whom he had numerous issue. Thomas Gerard recorded, in ‘The Particular Description of the County of Somerset’, for the location of Jordans, that it: ‘Deserves remembrance also, for that it gave the same name unto the ancient Lords of it, of which William de Jordan who lived in Edward the third’s time left by his wife, daughter and heire of John de Lourney, two daughters, ye eldest married to … Muttlebury whose posterity remaine owners of and reside at this place untill this day where they have built a new house. He then describes the relevant arms: ‘Jordan: Asure crusele and a Lyon rampant or. – Lourney: Cheque or and asure, on a chefe asure 2 mulletts – or. Muttlebury: On a bend gules 3 round buckles arg., a – border of the second’. 1594: Memorandum that I Thomas Muttlebury of Jordines in the parishe of Aishill in the countie of Somerset, gentleman, have paid to Christopher Foxe, servaunte to George Lutterell of Dunster in the countie aforesaid, esquire, to the use of his said maister, the full some of five pounds of lawfull monie of England as due to the said George Lutterell for a releif of a whole knightes fee for my manners of Elworthie and Willette in the said countie whiche I doe acknowledge to be holdene of him the said George Luttrell as of his castell of Dunster by knightes service. In witnes wherof I have hereunto putte my hande and seale the ixth daie of November in the xxxvj th yere of the Queenes majesties raigne that now is.Thomas Muttelbery.Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of John Muttelbery, Thomas Searle. Seal affixed. (H. C. Maxwell-Lyte, Documents and Extracts Illustrating the History of the Honour of Dunster, 1917/18).

1.1.1. Hugh Parker, of Taunton, Somerset, and Shoreditch, sixth son, fl. 1623, m. (in Over Stowey, Somerset, in 1605) Mary, dau. of Thomas Hutchins, alias Lawrence, of Holway, St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Taunton; his Will pr. Jan. 1576; br. of John Lawrence alias Hutchins; his Will pr. 12 Sept. 1579, naming his son-in-law Thomas Trowbridge, Mayor of Taunton, d. 1619, his wife Alice (perhaps a Stone), Robert Stone and George Stone being overseers of his Will.

In 1732, William Powell gave a deed of gift of 70 ac. to his dau-in-law, Elizabeth Speight, the wife of John Speight,in the Lower Parish of IOW (B. 4, p. 200). In 1733, he also gifted to ‘my loving kinsman John Speight’ (br. of William), and his wife, Elizabeth, 50 acres adj. Richard Hutchins & Jacob Powell. (ibid., p. 230). William Powell Was the son of William Powell, whose Will, dated 11 December 1695, was witnessed by Richard Hutchins. (B. 1., P. 192). On 20 Nov. 1679, William Powell, of IOW, was granted 257 acres on the Western Branch of the Nansemond River adjacent Thomas Pitt (B. 7, p. 16). This William Powell was the son of Thomas Powell, a neighbour of Francis Hutchins, who was granted ‘200 ac. in Nansemond Co., adjoining Thomas Powell’ (Nugent, p. 327, 26 March 1656).

Thomas Pitt was the son of Henry Pitt: ‘Marriage settlement by deed to lead the uses of a recovery: 1. Henry Pitt, merchant 2. Thomas Dale of Wrington, Somerset, gent., Walter Stephens, mercer, John Price and William Shute, gent. Premises: One messuage in Redcliffe Street, St.Thomas’ (Bristol Record Office, 9 June 1635); who was Captain Henry Pitt, of Pagan Creek, who m. 2. Ann, widow of Robert Watson. His son, Thomas, m. Col. Athur Smith’s dau., Mary. Henry Pitt was the br. of Col. Robert Pitt, d. bef. 9 January 1674, in IOW. He was Captain of the Thunder, a merchant ship out of Bristol, and a Colonel in the Virginia Militia. His son, John Pitt, m. Olive, dau. of John Hardy and Alice Bennett. She m. 1. Giles Driver; 2.John Bromfield, and 3. Lt. Col. John Pitt. The Pitts held land in Portbury, Somerset, through Henry and Robert Pitt’s grandmother, Mary Owen, dau. of Robert Owen, of Bristol, Merchant; see his Will dated Sep. 5, 1614, Codicil Sep. 4, 1615, pr. Feb. 16, 1615-16 (8 Cope). Hugh Parker’s brother, Thomas, was a resident at Portbury, see certificate of residence (E 115/312/28), 1628; it was probably he who m. Margaret Cooke, as follows, and, if so, became a kinsman of the Pitt family, who came to prominence through inheritance from a Cooke ancestress.

The Hutchins family were pivotal members of a kinship group which encompassed such as the Counsell, Hodges, and Lancaster families of Virginia, originating from Wedmore, Somerset. A brief excerpt from parish registers reveals a densely-knit web of associations: Edward Cooke & Diana Hutchins, 1 Aug 1594/ n.b. Elenor Hayward & George Counsell, 20 May 1600/ Alice Counsell & Thomas Huchins, 14 Oct 1605/ Thomas Parker & Margaret Cooke, 9 March 1611/William Turner & Jane Rodney* 28 May 1612/Joan Hayward & John Gibbs, 15 Jul 1612/Grace Stone & Richard Haine 26 Nov 1627/Jane Cook & Thomas Haine 17 Apr 1634/ Susan Lancaster & William Hodges 5 Apr 1638, etc.; this kinship group including a Harris family of Wedmore. *Their son was John Turner, bapt. 20 June 1613.

William Pitt, Merchant of Bristol, was the br.-in-law of Rice Davies, who m. 1. Dorothy, dau. of Maurice Rodney, Esq., of Stoke Rodney, Somerset. Dorothy Rodney’ br., George, was the father of Agnes, who m. Thomas Hodges, Esq.; they being the parents of George Hodges of Wedmore, father of the said William Hodges (See N&Q, Som. and Dors., vols. 20-21, p. 226, 1932). It would seem certain that the Turners of Wedmore were kin of the Pitts. William Pitt, Merchant of Bristol, was the father of Col. Robert Pitt, d. bef. 9 January 1674, IOW. He was Captain of the Thunder, a merchant ship out of Bristol and a Colonel in the Virginia Militia. His son was John Pitt, who married Olive, dau. of John Hardy and Alice Bennett. She married 1. Giles Driver; 2.John Bromfield, and 3. Lt. Col. John Pitt.
Joan Hayward & John Gibbs, 15 July 1612.

The Hutchins family were associated with the Ednys (cousins of the Harris and Bennett families of Wivelscombe, Somerset, and Virginia; the Owsleys of Stoke-Coursey, Somerset, and Virginia (Thomas Owsley b. 11 June 1658, in Stoke-Coursey, m. Ann Harris, dau. of William Harris); the Sellecks of Over Stowey (cousins of the Harris family of that place, thus, also, of the Harris family of Wivelscombe and Wedmore); and the Symes/Simms family of Pitminster (home of the Fulgham family of Virginia), who were associated with the descendants of Thomas Harris, who d. 1688, in Virginia: Hutchins v Edny. Plaintiffs: John Hutchins alias John Laurence. Defendants: William Edny. Subject: money matters, Somerset. (Nat. Arch. ref. C 3/274/96. 1607). Hutchins v Owsley. Plaintiffs: Richard Hutchins. Defendants: William Owsley. Place or subject: money, Somerset. (Nat. Arch. ref. C 7/173/54. 1619). Sellecke v Hutchins. Plaintiffs: William Sellecke. Defendants: Joseph Hutchins and Susan Hutchins his wife. Subject: property in Bridgwater, etc, Somerset. (Nat. Arch. ref. C 5/30/119. 1652). Hutchins v Symes.Plaintiffs: John Hutchins and Elizabeth Hutchins his wife. Defendants: William Symes, Henry Symes and Thomas Symes. Subject: personal estate of the deceased John Symes of Poundisford etc, Somerset and Gloucestershire. (Nat. Arch. ref. C 5/410/167. 1664).

1.1.1.1. Hugh Parker, b. 1607, ‘his third son (his two elder brothers dec.) was heir to his father, and was an alderman of the city of London and paid his fine for sheriff of the said city. He was advanced to the title of Baronet, 12, Car. II. and had the patent limited to himself, and the heirs male of his body, with remainder to his nephew, Henry Parker, Esq., of Honington. Hugh m. Rachel, dau. of … Brown, of Louth, in Lincolnshire, by whom he had no issue; and dying 5 March 1696, aged eighty-nine, was bur. in the chancel, at St. Bride’s church, in Fleet-street, London; and was succeeded in the title, and part of the estate by his said nephew, Sir Henry Parker,* son of his brother, Henry** (who d. 1670), by Margaret, dau. of John White, of London’ (Mr. Betham). *Educ. Merchant Taylors 1650; I. Temple 1658, called 1666. m. 29 Mar. 1665 (with £1,500), Mary (d. 1729), da. of Alexander Hyde, bp. of Salisbury 1665–7, sis. of Robert Hyde, 5s. (3 d.v.p.) 5da. (3 d.v.p.). suc. fa. 1670, uncle Sir Hugh Parker as 2nd Bt. Mar. 1697. Clerk of assize, Oxford circuit Nov. 1660–74; recorder, Evesham 1672–Feb. 1688, Oct. 1688–d.; commr. recusants, Worcs. 1675. Clerk of assize, Oxford circuit Nov. 1660–74; recorder, Evesham 1672–Feb. 1688, Oct. 1688–d.; commr. recusants, Worcs. 1675′ (The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002). **’Henry Parker, Painter-Stainer, of Fleet Street, London and Little Grove, East Barnet, Herts.’ (ibid.)

1.1.1.2. Henry Parker.

1.1.1.2.1. Sir Henry Parker, b. 1641, m. Margaret, dau. of Dr. Alexander Hyde, bishop of Salisbury, son of Sir Lawrance Hyde, of Dynton, in Wiltshire. He purchased the manor of Honington, and rebuilt the church there, and died Oct. 25, 1713, aged 74.

1.1.1.2.1.1. Hugh Parker Esq., b. 1673, eldest son, died in his father’s lifetime, obit. 2 Feb. 1712, aged 39. He and his father were commemorated by a large monument in Honington church. He m. Anne Smith; her tomb is in Westminster Abbey:

‘Here lies the Right Hon. Anne, Countess Dowager of Clanrickard, eldest Daughter of John Smith, Esq, who is interred near this place: She married first, Hugh Parker, Esq. eldest Son of Sir Henry Parker, of Honnington, in the County of Warwick, Baronet, by whom she had Sir Henry-John Parker, Baronet; three other Sons, and three Daughters.

By her second Husband, Michael, Earl of Clanrickard, of the Kingdom of I reland, the Head of the ancient and noble family of the Burke’s, she had Smith, now Earl of Clanrickard, and two Daughters, Lady Anne, and Lady Mary. She died the
first of January, 1732, in the forty-ninth Year of her Age’.

1.1.1.2.1.1.1. Sir Henry John Parker, d. 1771, eldest son, m., 23 October 1728, Anne, dau. and heiress of Simon Barwell, Esq., of Leicester, who died, at the age of nineteen, in 1733, leaving two daus, Margaret, died single, and Anne. Sir Henry afterwards married Catharine, dau. of John Page, Esq. of Wandsworth, Surry, by whom he had Margaret-Sophia, the wife of John Strode, Esq. of South Hill, Somerset, son of Edward Strode and Mary Simpson, of Cumberland.

Sir Henry John Parker sold Honington manor (1737) to Joseph Townsend, husband of Judith Gore, dau. of John Gore, Esq., of  Bush-hill, Edmonton, Middlesex.

This document shows various families connected to Honington:

Mortgage from William Mellish of Albemarle Street in the parish of St. George, Hanover Square, and Thomas Carter of Cork Street, Burlington Gardens, London, esq. (surviving executors of the will of John Baker late of London, deceased, who survived Sir Thomas Drury, deceased) to Judith Townsend of Stanhope Street near Hyde Park, London, widow of Joseph Townsend, deceased (reciting no. ER 3/2041 and that Joseph Townsend died in 1763 leaving Judith his wife, Gore Townsend his only son and heir, and Ann Townsend, now wife of John Tempest of Winyard, co. Durham, him surviving, and reciting that Joseph Townsend made no appointment concerning the sum of £12,000 charged upon his estate in Honington for portions for his younger children and reciting the death of John Gore who was survived by Sir Thomas Drury and John Baker his co-trustees of the marriage settlement) in consideration of £12,000 by Judith Townsend advanced to John Tempest on his marriage with Ann Townsend (which sum had been invested in the purchase of hereditaments at Barmston, co. Durham, and was the sum charged upon the estate of Joseph Townsend at Honington by no. ER 3/2041 to provide portions for the younger children of Joseph Townsend) of the hereditaments at Honington described in no. ER 3/2041 by assignment to her of the term of 300 years, limited by no. ER 3/2041 to the trustees of the settlement to secure the said sum of £12,000. (Honington Hall estate. Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, ref. ER 3/2048. 14 September 1775).

These families include that of ‘Mary Stafford, widow‘: Tempest v Stafford. Plaintiffs: Spurstow Henry Tempest (only son and heir of Spurstow Henry Tempest, gent deceased of Edmonton, Middlesex, and a grandson and heir of John Tempest, gent deceased of Edmonton), infant (by Joseph Richmond). Defendants: Mary Stafford, widow, John Richards, John Jackson and Eleanor Jackson his wife, and John Snee. (Nat. Arch. ref. C 11/813/27. 1744).

As stated, Honington was purchased by John Gore, Esq., of Bush-hill, Edmonton, Middlesex, where, on the floor of All Saints, is the tomb of Lawrence Parker, Esq., who was connected to this London family of Stafford:

1. John Stafford. Appointment to heirs, pursuant to surrender. Sarah wife of Robert Burgess of Barnes, husbandman, daughter of John Stafford late of Barnes, deceased. 3 customary cottages, malting house and 80r. land, 3½ acres in Norton Feild and 2 acres in Westfield, held of manor of Barnes. (London Met. Arch. ref. ACC/0566/019. 1695).

1.1. John Stafford. Assignment of Lease. John Bartlett of Ratcliff Ropemaker to John Stafford the younger of London, merchant. (London Met, Arch., ref. ACC/0349/309 17 Feb. 1696). Shippen v Mead. Plaintiffs: John Shippen, merchant of London and John Stafford, merchant of London and Mary Roberts (executrix of Nicholas Roberts, merchant deceased late of New England, America). Defendants: John Mead, Francis Wyatt, Thomas Brooke, John Hellier, George Brandsford, Robert May, William Brookin and Samuel Bucke. (Nat. Arch. ref. C 11/1797/38. 1714). Will of John Stafford, Merchant of London, PROB 11/584/219. 4 April 1722.

1.1.1. John Stafford. Stafford v Desbrowe. Plaintiffs: Mary Stafford, spinster of Edmonton, Middlesex (daughter of John Stafford, merchant deceased of London and Mary Stafford his wife). Defendants: Platt Disbrowe, gent, Laurence Parker, Esq of Bush Hill, Middlesex, Mary Stafford, widow, and Ellen Player widow. Nat. Arch. ref. C 11/1496/22. 1731. *Bush Hill, Middlesex, three quarters of a mile S. W. from Enfield, in the parish of Edmonton, London.

Will of Laurence Parker of Edmonton, Middlesex, PROB 11/768/4. 1 February 1749. He was considerably wealthy, leaving his wife, Marie, a life interest on £16,000, at 5% p.a.; similar bequests to his daus., Sarah and Susanah, bequests to the 5 children of Charles Hawkins; a bequest to his niece, Mary Stafford, dau. of his sister, Mary Stafford, wife of ‘John Stafford, merchant’. Will of John Stafford, Merchant of Edmonton, Middlesex, PROB 11/645/153. 23 June 1731. Laurence Parker stipulated a contingency to his bequest to his dau. Susanah; one of ‘if she dies before marriage’, suggesting Lawrence to be b. circa 1705-1710, contemporary with Sir Henry John Parker, of Honington, to whom he was very likely a younger brother.

1.1.1.1. John Stafford, nephew of Lawrence Parker: Edge. Co (Halifax) D.B. 3, p. 350, deed dated 17 May 1748, recorded May Ct 1749. William Speight, Edge. Co in the Parish of Edgecombe to William Taylor, parish & county aforesaid, for 28 pds, 10 shillings VA, a tract of 100 acres which was conveyed to said Speight by Anthony Stafford being true and lawful attorney to of John Stafford of London (PA dated 29 May 1746), which said land was bequeathed by the Last Will and Testament of Wm. Murphey, late of Edge. Co aforesaid to Wm. Hurst and was formerly laid out and surveyed for Wm. Opie, signed William Speight, wit. Saml Williams, Jr,, John Bradford, Thomas Parker; whose dau., Rachel, m. Jacob Powell, exec. of his father-in-law’s Will.

Thomas Parker was probably a son of a br. of Hugh Parker Esq., b. 1673 (who probably emigrated to Virginia, in the manner of a younger son seeking his fortune), thus a cousin of Laurence Parker of Edmonton, Middlesex, whose nephew was ‘John Stafford of London’, who sold land to William Speight, whose br., John, was the son-in-law of William Powell, whose family had a long (and probably familial) association with the Hutchins.

Essentially, Thomas Parker was a ‘Hutchins’. All pivotal associations, to the Powells, etc., were likely to have stemmed from this. Other associations (Highsmith/Speight) were peripheral, and likely to have been the result of the Parker family’s intermarriages with families from the North of England. The Powells were most likely of the branch residing in Taunton, Somerset, neighbours of the Hutchins.

Thus:

1. Thomas Parker, Esq. of Holbeton, Devon, b. circa 1525. In the Hundred Roll, temp. Edw. I., the manor of Holbeton is said to have belonged to William Probus (Prous/Prowse). Agnes Prowse, born 14 April 1576, in Tiverton, Devon; d. 6 June 1622, in Taunton, Somerset, was the dau. of John Prowse and Elizabeth Colwick. She m. (1) John Trowbridge, 31 July 1597, in St. Peter’s, Tiverton, Devon, son of Thomas Trowbridge and Joan Lawrence, alias HutchinS, dau. of John Lawrence, alias Hutchins, br. of Thomas Hutchins, alias Lawrence. Thomas Trowbridge was the son of George Trowbridge of Colyton, Devon, and Willmot Parker, who, on chronological grounds, can be assumed a sister of the said Thomas Parker.
1.1. William Parker (b. circa 1550; d. 1628, in Taunton, Somerset), of Holbeton, Devon, and of Shoreditch, Middlesex, m. Dorothy, dau. of … Muttlebury, of Jordans, near Ilminster, Somerset.
1.1.1. Hugh Parker, of Taunton and Shoreditch, m. (in 1605, in Over Stowey, Somerset) Mary, dau. of Thomas Hutchins, alias Lawrence, of Holway, St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Taunton.
1.1.2. Henry Parker. Painter-Stainer, of Fleet Street, London and Little Grove, East Barnet, Herts.
1.1.2.1. Sir Henry Parker, b. 1641, m. Margaret, dau. of Dr. Alexander Hyde, bishop of Salisbury, son of Sir Lawrance Hyde, of Dynton, Wiltshire (and Barbara Castillion, dau. of John Baptista Castillion (i.e. Giovanni Battista Castiglione) of Benham, Berkshire); son of Lawrence Hyde (d. 1590) of West Hatch, Wiltshire, MP for Heytesbury in 1584, by his second wife, Anne Sibell, dau. of Nicholas Sibell of Farningham, Kent, and widow of Matthew Colthurst of Claverton, Somerset.* He was the brother of Henry Hyde, MP, and Sir Nicholas Hyde, d. 1631, Lord Chief Justice. *Born by 1517, s. of Henry Colthurst of Edisford, nr. Clitheroe, Lancs.; Auditor for Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford and Duke of Somerset; mentioned in July 1538 when he had a lease of the tithes of Tywardreath rectory, Cornwall. He obtained the manors of Claverton and Monkton Combe, Somerset. His will shows that he also had properties in Lancashire. Because of this connection to the Seymours, it is possible that the Parkers of Holbeton were of the same stock as those of Molton, who intermarried with the Seymours; in that case, the said Thomas Parker, Esq. of Holbeton, would be a younger son (not grandson) of Thomas Parker of North Molton, b. circa 1495, who m. Elizabeth Frye, dau. of John Frye, of Devon. (Frye: Vert three horses courant argent proper, holding a stag’s horn gules).
1.1.2.1.1. … Parker, br. of Hugh Parker Esq., b. 1673, father of Lawrence Parker, whose nephew was John Stafford, who sold land to William Speight, witnessed by:
1.1.2.1.1.1. Thomas Parker, d. 1782.

The level of inbreeding among these families was of a stupendous nature, rendering exact ancestor determination through analysis of DNA an unsound proposition.
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HARRIS OF SOMERSET MARRIAGES

A common misconception of genealogy places 18th century ancestors in such places as Virginia and Carolina as descendants of very early settlers, when, in fact, emigration from England was a continuous process, and it is as likely as not that an ancestor was kin of the original ‘pathfinder’, if they shared the same connection to other families, that is.

What follows is a record of a substantial number of Harris marriages within a circle centred around Taunton, Somerset, from which a number of Harris emigrated to America in the 17th century and beyond.

This may seem to be a list of unconnected families, yet the extreme opposite is the case.

To take several examples to prove this point:

William HARRIS & Dorothy WEST 31 Aug 1562 Wivelscombe (St Andrew)
John HARRIS & Joan WOLCOTT 6 Feb 1562 Nettlecombe (St Mary)

These locations are 9 mls distant.

The earliest recorded Wolcott of Somerset (they were a Devonshire family) is recorded at Dulverton (14 mls from Wivelscombe, 18 mls from Nettlecombe. His descendant, John Woollcott of Tolland, d. 1623, was executor of the will of Robert Goodgrome of Nettlecombe, in 1592, who was his br.-in-law. Robert left 30 shillings to his sister, Agnes Cross. In 1612, John Woolcott of Tolland, husbandman, made a deposition on behalf of Robert Selleck of Tolland. His son was Henry Wolcott, 1578-1655, who married (1606) Elizabeth Saunders, at Lydiard St. Lawrence, dau. of Thomas Saunders of Lydiard St. Lawrence, and Anne Blake, b. 1584, sister of Elizabeth Blake, wife of Robert Selleck. (This family of Blake held land at Wivelscombe).

Henry Wolcott and his family settled at Dorchester, Massachusetts, where he was registered on the first list of freemen, on 19 October 1630.

The grandson of William Harris and Dorothy West, Thomas Harris, married Judith Blake, November 20, 1623, at Wivelscombe. Thomas was the son Richard Harris, who married Elianor Bennett, and, as such was second-cousin of (1) Anne Bennett, b. 1641, who m., 1st, Theodorick Bland of Westover; their son, Theodorick Bland (born 1663) m. Margaret Mann; their son, John Bland (born 8 Dec. 1698), m. Ann West; (2) Elizabeth Bennett, sister-in-law of Matilda Scarborough, who m. Lt. Col. John West.

Thomas Harris and Judith Blake were very likely the parents of John Harris, d. 1687, in Virginia, whose dau. Elizabeth Harris, m. Samuel, son of Robert Lancaster Sr. and Sarah, widow of 2nd husband Richard Bennett Sr., d. 1710. Robert Lancaster Sr. and Nicholas Sessoms, whose da. was Mary Blake, wife of William Blake, appraised the estate of Henry Baker, 27 April 1701. As I have shown elsewhere, the Lancasters were intermarried with the Councell family, of Wedmore, Somerset, who were kin of the Harris family of that place through being intermarried with such as the Haines the Millards. (John HARRIS & Penelope MILLARD 9 Sept. 1611, Wedmore). The Millards also intermarried with the Harris family of Nunney (Ann HARRIS & Robert MILLARD May 1667, Nunney), from whence came Thomas Harris, who married Alice West, October 1635, in Nunney, juxta Mells (son of John Harris, bapt. 17 Feb 1587, in Mells), and father of Thomas Harris, bapt. 14 August 1636, in Nunney. This may have been the family of Sergeant John Harris, of Virginia. These Wests are easy to trace, in that Alice Harris, a very likely sister of the Thomas who married Alice West, married Philip West, 26 Nov 1632, in Hemington (St Mary), 7 mls from Nunney.

And so on and so forth. Not all the Harris families as follows were related, yet many were, and, within such a deeply inbred kinship circle, to a degree almost unfathomable to the modern mind. It would be easy to pick out no end of other examples from the following list which would illustrate this point, yet its main purpose is to record families that intermarried with Harris, so that those seeking an 18th century Harris ancestor may recognise the same families intermarrying in America. The following list only ‘scratches the surface’, of course, as it was not just about who a particular Harris married, but who the family they had married into had intermarried with.

It was all about colonisation by endless waves of cousins.

HARRIS MARRIAGES: (amended to standard English names and to English from Latin)

Henry HARRIS & Jane GIBBS 3 Aug 1550 Milborne Port (St John the Evangelist)
John HARRIS & Joan GOOCH 21 Jan 1555 Pitminster (St Mary and Andrew)
William HARRIS & Agnes HEALE 22 Apr 1559 Wrington (All Saints)
John HARRIS & Agnes CHIPPE 8 Feb 1559  Frome (St John the Baptist)
John HARRIS & Emet TUCKER 10 Feb 1559 Dulverton (All Saints)
John HARRIS & Grace HALSEY 27 Jun 1560 Othery (St Michael)
John HARRIS & Agnes WHITE 1 Sep 1560 Taunton (St Mary)
… HARRIS & Agnes DUCKE 16 Mar 1561 Kingsbury Episcopi (St Martin)
David HARRIS & Joan COOKE 24 May 1562 Frome
William HARRIS & Dorothy WEST 31 Aug 1562 Wivelscombe (St Andrew)
John HARRIS & Joan WOLCOTT 6 Feb 1562 Nettlecombe (St Mary)
John HARRIS & Margaret BURROW 29 Jun 1564 Stoke St Gregory (St Gregory)
Jone HARRIS & John ROMNEY 19 Jul 1564 Wrington (All Saints)
Robert HARRIS & Margery GREENE 7 May 1565 Meare (St Mary)
Johane HARRIS & Jenkin HOPKINS 8 Sep 1566 Taunton
Walter HARRIS & Agnes KING 23 Jan 1566 Wrington
John HARRIS & Marie WILLIAMS 4 Feb 1567 Crewkerne (St Bartholomew)
Margery HARRIS & John ALLEN 8 Jun 1567 Mells (St Andrew)
Elizabeth HARRIS & Richard STAPLE 20 Jul 1567 Stoke St Gregory
Jonne HARRIS & Thomas SMITHE 16 Oct 1567 Congresbury (St Andrew)
John HARRIS & Maria WILLIAMS 8 Feb 1567/8 Crewkerne
Joan HARRIS & John WOLCOTT 16 May 1568 Nettlecombe
Joan HARRIS & John COLLY 16 May 1568 Nettlecombe
Agnes HARRIS & Richard LAMPLY 9 Aug 1568 Bridgwater (St Mary)
Anstis HARRIS & Robert WOLCOTT 8 Sep 1569 Wivelscombe
Agnes HARRIS & Thomas BROwNE 25 Nov 1570 Taunton
Christian HARRIS & William ROWLEY 29 Jan 1570 Meare
Chrystan HARRIS & John WOOD 10 Jul 1571 Over Stowey (St Peter and Paul)
John HARRIS & Alse ROMNEY 20 May 1572 Wrington
Elizabeth? HARRIS & John PALMER 8 Apr 1573 Crewkerne
Johan HARRIS & John TROYDE 18 Apr 1573 Congresbury (St Andrew)
Elizabeth HARRIS & Henry YOUNG 29 Oct 1573 Long Ashton (All Saints)
John HARRIS & Joan DAY 30 Jun 1574 Meare
Marye HARRIS & Christopher MOORE 27 Nov 1574 Dunster (St George)
Edetha HARRIS & Willm WILKYNS 8 Feb 1574 Beckington (St George)
Julian HARRIS & Christopher MORSE 10 May 1576 Axbridge (St John the Baptist)
Isabell ROWLEY & Alexander HARRIS 30 Jun 1576 Meare
John HARRIS & Annes BATTEN 22 Sep 1576 Wrington
Bartlemew HARRIS & Alice TITEFORD 11 Aug 1577 Stoke St Gregory
Joan HARRIS & Henry VOWLES (als cOOPER) 20 Oct 1577 Congresbury
Willm HARRIS & Elizabetha GREY 27 Jan 1577 Beckington
Richard HARRIS & Christian HOLE 19 Jul 1578 Baltonsborough (St Dunstan)
Margaret HARRIS & John WYNTER Nov 1578 Spaxton (St Margaret)
Rychard HARRIS & Isabell ADAMS 3 Nov 1578 Congresbury (St Andrew)
Alicia HARRIS & Willm PRIOR 13 Feb 1578/9 Beckington (St George)
Bridget HARRIS & John WARR 14 Apr 1580 West Pennard (St Nicholas)
William HARRIS & Agnes WEEKES 13 Apr 1581 Congresbury
Thomas HARRIS & Elinor BUTT 26 May 1581 Cloford (St Mary)
John HARRIS & An HOLWAY 3 Jul 1581 Cloford
Catheryn HARRIS & John ALLEN 9 Jul 1581 Bridgwater
Edeth HARRIS & Thomas BOWEN 30 Aug 1581 Wrington
George HARRIS & Alice POPE 2 Nov 1581 Stanton Prior (St Lawrence)
Elizabeth HARRIS & Thomas GIBBS 17 May 1582 Cloford
John HARRIS & Denese SEDDON 28 Jan 1582 Frome
Joan HARRIS & Robert HURLE 28 Apr 1583 Cloford
John HARRIS & Lucy SULLY 24 Jun 1583 Over Stowey
Joan HARRIS & Richard HAWKER 25 Nov 1583 Stoke St Gregory
Katharen HARRIS & John NEWMAN 3 Aug 1584 Bath (Bath Abbey)
Joan HARRIS & John BEARD 26 Nov 1584 Hemington (St Mary)
Robert HARRIS & Tamsen STEVEN 28 Jan 1584 Halse (St James)
Edward HARRIS & Joan YOUNGE 17 Feb 1584 Wrington
Elizabeth HARRIS & John GEORGE 9 Oct 1585 Congresbury
Joan HARRIS & Richard DAYE 14 Nov 1585 Meare (St Mary)
Joan HARRIS & Robert SEARNE 26 Jan 1585 Frome
Margaret HARRIS & Robert WILLOUGHBY 26 Jan 1585 Horsington (St John)
Jone HARRIS & George HARRIS 7 May 1586 Othery
Alice HARRIS & John TUCKER 2 Jun 1586 Hemington
Elizabeth HARRIS & Walter HARRIS 18 Jun 1587 Othery
Elizabeth HARRIS & Walter SOMER 18 Jun 1587 Othery
William HARRIS & Agnis WALLIS 20 Jun 1587 Wrington
John HARRIS & Charity LUCOCK 13 Nov 1587 Mells
John HARRIS & Elizabeth DANYELL 25 Nov 1587 Over Stowey
James HARRIS & Alice BROWNE 2 Dec 1587 Norton St Philip (St Philip and James)
JoAN HARRIS & Harry BELL 5 Aug 1588 Taunton
Elizabeth HARRIS & John BIGGS 22 Sep 1588 Mells
Mary HARRIS & John NEWMAN 29 Sep 1588 Cloford
Mary HARRIS & John YOUNG 21 Oct 1588 Mells
Thomas HARRIS & Ursula SHEPPERD 6 Feb 1588 Cloford
Elizabeth HARRIS & Thomas BAILEY 3 May 1589 Mells
Rose HARRIS & Francis BARNES 16 Jun 1589 Bath (Bath Abbey)
Adria HARRIS & Henry CLARK 26 Oct 1589 Bridgwater
Joan HARRIS & John WILLET 16 Apr 1590 Nempnett Thrubwell (St Mary)
Joan HARRIS & John ISACK 28 Apr 1590 Dulverton
John HARRIS & one BURNET 5 Oct 1590 Wrington
Robert HARRIS & Elinor PLUNKET 17 Oct 1591 Milborne Port (St John the Evangelist)
Alice HARRIS & William HASWELL 13 Jan 1591 Long Ashton (All Saints)
Elizabeth HARRIS & Richard DODGE 19 Aug 1592 Over Stowey
Elizabeth HARRIS & William SMALE 9 Nov 1592 Hemington
Grace HARRIS & Thomas BALL 1 Dec 1592 Over Stowey
Agnes HARRIS & Bartholomew COLLINS 7 Feb 1592 North Curry (St Peter and Paul)
Alice HARRIS & Thomas WOODLAND 22 May 1593 Othery
Agnes HARRIS & John LYTHIAT 22 Jun 1593 Bridgwater
William HARRIS & Marie HALES 14 Sep 1594 Hemington
Richard HARRIS & Elianor BENNETT 6 Oct 1594 Wivelscombe
John HARRIS & Joan GODDING 17 Oct 1594 Nailsea (Holy Trinity)
Susan HARRIS & Laurence BARNARD 24 Nov 1594 Long Sutton (Holy Trinity)
Thomas HARRIS & Ebbot MOORSFIELD 22 Apr 1595 Bishops Lydeard (St Mary the Virgin)
Thomas HARRIS & Anne WILCOX 1 May 1595 Wanstrow (Blessed Virgin Mary)
Margaret HARRIS & John STEEVENS 3 May 1595 Halse
Agnes HARRIS & Thomas GRIFFIN 20 Sep 1595 Wrington
Thomas HARRIS & Isabel STROUDE 29 Jan 1595 Othery
William HARRIS & Mary SEELY 3 Feb 1595 Stoke St Gregory
Julian HARRIS & Thomas FOXE 10 Oct 1596 North Cheriton (St John the Baptist)
Agnes HARRIS & John EDMOND 24 Oct 1596 Long Sutton
William HARRIS & Joan ANDREWS 7 Nov 1596 Wrington
Anna HARRIS & John DEVERILL 1 Oct 1598 Rode (St Lawrence)
William HARRIS & Agnes QUICK 23 Oct 1598 Taunton
William HARRIS & Briget RUDGE 16 Apr 1599 Hemington
Thomas HARRIS & Ebbott MARSHFIELD 22 Apr 1599 Bishops Lydeard (St Mary the Virgin)
William HARRIS & Elenor COX 1 Nov 1599 Long Sutton
Robert HARRIS & Avice SPENCER 17 Jan 1599 Long Sutton
Margaret HARRIS & Thomas HODDINET 31 Mar 1600 Nunney (All Saints)
Joan HARRIS & Edmund STEVENS 11 Apr 1600 Nailsea
John HARRIS & Alice HAWKINS 20 Apr 1600 Pilton (St John the Baptist)
George HARRIS & Mary POPHAM 9 Jun 1600 Bridgwater
Jone HARRIS & John DAVIE 9 Jun 1600 Stocklinch Ottersey (St Mary)
William HARRIS & Anne HART 20 Jul 1600 Somerset Drayton (St Catherine)
John HARRIS & Joan COLLIER 19 Jul 1601 Nunney
Agnes HARRIS & John RICHMAN 23 Sep 1601 Queen Charlton (St Margaret)
William HARRIS & Elizabethe LONG 8 Oct 1601 Compton Martin (St Michael the Archangel)
Agnes HARRIS & John BAKER 12 Apr 1602 Taunton
Thomas HARRIS & Elizabeth EDWARDS 23 Sep 1602 Milverton (St Michael) (3 mls from Wedmore)
George HARRIS & Agnes CRAFT 16 May 1603 Kingsbury Episcopi (St Martin)
Alice HARRIS & Robert MABBE 21 Nov 1603 Crewkerne (St Bartholomew)
William HARRIS & Cisley BARWELL 16 Apr 1604 Halse
Nicholas HARRIS & Agnes PHILLIPS 1 Dec 1604 Bath (Bath Abbey)
William HARRIS & Elizabeth TUCKER 11 Feb 1604 Rode
Allis HARRIS & Richard WEAVER 2 May 1605 Buckland Dinham (St Michael and All Angels)
Alice HARRIS & Thomas NEVELL 24 May 1605 Langridge (St Mary Magdalene)
Katherine HARRIS & Thomas BAKER 3 May 1606 Stoke St Gregory
Joan HARRIS & John DOVE 3 May 1607 Sutton Montis (Holy Trinity)
Richard HARRIS & Margaret HAYMAN 1 Jul 1607 Bridgwater
Joan HARRIS & Richard SQUIRE 29 Oct 1607 Stoke St Gregory
John HARRIS & Grace HAINE 1608 Mells
Richard HARRIS & Edith BURGESS 14 Jan 1607 Nunney
Thomas HARRIS & Margaret LONG 28 Jan 1607 Hemington
Blanch HARRIS & John SHEPPARD 20 Feb 1607 Kenn (St John the Evangelist)
Tamsyn HARRIS & John HERRING 11 Apr 1608 Bishops Hull (St Peter and Paul)
Walter HARRIS & Agnes BEAMOR Nov 1608 Congresbury
Polidor HARRIS & Christian HART 20 Feb 1608 Broadway (St Aldhelm)
Anne HARRIS & Phillip WILLOUGHBY 7 May 1611 Bridgwater
Frances HARRIS & David HEWLET 21 May 1611 Bridgwater
Richard HARRIS & Elizabeth NORRINGTON 10 Jun 1611 Othery
John HARRIS & LucY EVANS 15 Jul 1611 Tickenham (St Quiricus)
John HARRIS & Penelope MILLARD 9 Sep 1611 Wedmore
Grace HARRIS & William Hewlett 20 Oct 1611 Portbury (St Mary) (connected to the Pitt family of Virginia)
John HARRIS & Anna THORNHILL Nov 1611 Frome
Tamsyn HARRIS & William WEBBER 14 Nov 1611 Halse
Joan HARRIS & William CARPENTER 25 Nov 1611 Bridgwater
Ellen HARRIS & John TAYLER 2 Dec 1611 Milverton
Oliver HARRIS & Marjorie BURGESS 27 Apr 1612 Chedzoy (St Mary)
Maria HARRIS & Peter EWENS 4 May 1612 Bridgwater
John HARRIS & Anstance KEMPE 18 May 1612 Chedzoy
Benjamin HARRIS & Joan WESTOVER 24 Jun 1613 Chapel Allerton
Joan HARRIS & Thomas BULL 28 Oct 1613 Wellow (St Julian)
Elizabeth HARRIS & William RICHARDS 2 May 1614 Long Sutton
William HARRIS & Elizabeth LUCAS 26 May 1614 Rode
William HARRIS & Alice MEDYARD 27 May 1614 Frome
Alice HARRIS & George HASWELL 20 Oct 1614 Pilton (St John the Baptist)
Thomas HARRIS & Isabell LONG 23 Oct 1614 Wrington
Joan HARRIS & Robert SWEETING 29 Jun Bicknoller (St George)
Susan HARRIS & William KENDALL 28 Nov 1615 Rode
William HARRIS & Ursula LANGHORNE 30 Nov 1615 Corton Denham (St Andrew)
Anne HARRIS & William CLARK 3 Jun 1616 Mells
Alice HARRIS & William MORGAN 16 Sep 1616 Evercreech (St Peter)
Katherine HARRIS & John COLLINS 8 Oct 1616 Compton Pauncefoot (Blessed Virgin Mary)
James HARRIS & Dorothy WEARE 21 Oct 1616 Compton Pauncefoot
Alice HARRIS & John MABBOTT 10 Nov 1616 Long Sutton
John HARRIS & Joan LANDSDOWNE 28 Apr 1617 Corston (All Saints)
Lawrence HARRIS & Dorothy LAMBEY 17 Jun 1617 Catcott (St Peter)
Joan HARRIS & William HODGES 23 Jun 1617 Tickenham
Edward HARRIS & Fortune HICKS 3 Aug 1617 Queen Charlton (St Margaret)
Thomas HARRIS & Elizabeth POTTER 10 Aug 1617 Kilmington (St Mary the Virgin)
James HARRIS & Florence BATT 21 Sep 1617 Barwick (St Mary Magdalene)
Elizabeth HARRIS & Richard DEACON 24 Sep 1617 Bath (St Thomas a Becket)
Alice HARRIS & William HUNT 3 Oct 1617 Barrow Gurney
Elinor HARRIS & John CARTER 21 Jan 1617 Wrington
Stephen HARRIS & Jane ADAMS 8 Sep 1618 Ashill (St Mary)
Edward HARRIS & Alice RENDALL 21 Sep 1618 North Barrow (St Nicholas)
Ursula HARRIS & Lionel WHITBEY 13 Apr 1619 West Coker
JOAN HARRIS & William HALLETT 1 May 1619 West Pennard (St Nicholas)
Agnes HARRIS & WillIAM BESSER 9 Aug 1619 Frome
John HARRIS & Susan HOLE 24 Oct 1619 Meare
Elizabeth HARRIS & George HILL & 27 Jan 1619 Mells
Anne HARRIS & Hugh JENKINS 22 May 1620 Stogumber (St Mary)  (from whence the Owsley family ofVirginia)
William HARRIS & Susan MOGFORD 14 Aug 1620 Minehead (St Michael)
Elinor HARRIS & John STOKE 16 Sep 1620 Milverton
Richard HARRIS & Susanna WARREN 12 Oct 1620 Baltonsborough (St Dunstan)
John HARRIS & Mary TOMLIN 9 Nov 1620 Mells
Gertrude HARRIS & Robert BALE 23 Jan 1620/21 Cricket St Thomas (St Thomas)
Edith HARRIS & Thomas DANDO 22 Sep 1621 Long Ashton
Phillip HARRIS & Julyan COOPER 8 Oct 1621 Taunton
Sara HARRIS & John HODGES 1 Mar 1621 Portbury
William HARRIS & Mary JENNINGS 22 Apr 1622 Portbury
Richard HARRIS & Joane BRIDGE 30 Apr 1622 Greinton (St Michael and All Angels)
Thomas HARRIS & Sara POPE 2 May 1622 Radstock (St Nicholas)
Richard HARRIS & Thomasin MILTON 13 May 1622 Kingsbury Episcopi
Oliver HARRIS & Sara BATT 25 May 1622 Chedzoy
William HARRIS & Agnes BAKER 28 May 1622 Stocklinch Ottersey
Mary HARRIS & David STEVENS 20 Jun 1622 Lydeard St Lawrence (St Lawrence with Brompton)
Richard HARRIS & Alice HARRIS 21 Jun 1622 Milverton
Francis HARRIS & Ann SMART 19 Oct 1622 Dunster (St George)
Agnes HARRIS & Richard PETTIN 28 Oct 1622 Stocklinch Ottersey
Sara HARRIS & Thomas SYMES 10 Nov 1622 Radstock (St Nicholas)
Dorothy HARRIS & John SHORLAND 23 Dec 1622 Bradford on Tone (St Giles)
Ann HARRIS & John DIBBLE 20 Jan 1623 West Bagborough (St Pancras)
Ellenor HARRIS & Thomas BEASLY 8 Feb 1623 Runnington (St Peter)
George HARRIS & Joan WEBB 28 Apr 1623 Wedmore
Edmund HARRIS & Mary BRADSHAW 24 Jul 1623 Kenn (St John the Evangelist)
Oliver HARRIS & Joane PARSONS 11 Aug 1623 Chedzoy
Thomas HARRIS & Judith BLAKE 20 Nov 1623 Wivelscombe
Robert HARRIS & Joanna DAVIE 15 Jan 1624 Bicknoller (St George)
Christopher HARRIS & Joan PARSONS 19 Jan 1623 Taunton
George HARRIS & Alice MORGAN 9 Feb 1623 Brean (St Bridget)
Joane HARRIS & John COLLINS 20 Oct 1624 Compton Pauncefoot
Margery HARRIS & Nicholas SWEATMAN 6 Jan 1624 Horsington (St John)
John HARRIS & Florence WINDHAM 10 Jan 1624 St Decumans
Joane HARRIS & Hugh BROWNE 22 Jan 1624 Cricket St Thomas
Jane HARRIS & Gregory ZANE 24 Apr 1625 Ashill
Joane HARRIS & John WARMAN 16 Jun 1625 Othery
Mathew HARRIS & Agnes DANIEL 18 Sep 1625 Christon (St Mary)
Marie HARRIS & Cristofer CABBELL 1626 Wanstrow (Blessed Virgin Mary)
Robert HARRIS & Rachel BROOK 14 Jan 1626 Merriott (All Saints)
Fortune HARRIS & John BRYANT 15 May 1626 Blagdon
Mariam HARRIS & Francis HALES 2 Jul 1626 Hemington
Edward HARRIS & Alice HARRIS 25 Sep 1626 Taunton
Thomas HARRIS & Jane REYNOLD 25 Oct 1626 Merriott (All Saints)
Philippa HARRIS & Robert LUCAS 28 Apr 1627 High Ham
Philippa HARRIS & Robert LUCAS 28 Apr 1627 High Ham
Anne HARRIS & Gabriel WALL May 1627 Othery
Joane HARRIS & Richard WILLIAMS 4 Jun 1627 Mells
Oliver HARRIS & Alice WATTS 15 Aug 1627 Chedzoy
Jane HARRIS & Robert SHEPERD 26 Nov 1627 Othery
Elizabeth HARRIS & William BISHOP 1 May 1628 Combe Florey (St Peter and Paul)
Thomas HARRIS & Elinor JEFFRIES 28 Jul 1628 Cloford
Alce HARRIS & Henry KENNY 27 Oct 1628 Chapel Allerton
Thomas HARRIS & Cecile SCOTT 30 Oct 1628 High Ham
William HARRIS & Dorothy BATH 17 Nov 1628 Blagdon
Edith COTTLE & William HARRIS 25 Nov 1628 Rode
Marie HARRIS & John WILLS 27 Mar 1629 Keynsham (St John)
Elizabeth HARRIS & William CLEMENT Jun 1629 Minehead (St Michael)
Mary HARRIS & John JEFFREY 7 Aug 1629 Stocklinch Ottersey
Steven HARRIS & Mary GIBBS 21 Apr 1630 Lydeard St Lawrence
Thomas HARRIS & Mary CONNER 10 May 1630 Fitzhead (St James)
Joan HARRIS & Walter LOXTON 3 Jun 1630 Baltonsborough (St Dunstan)
Joan HARRIS & John PUNFIELD 3 Jun 1630 East Coker (St Michael)
George HARRIS & Elizabeth SANDS 16 Aug 1630 Keynsham (St John)
William HARRIS & Elizabeth COLLINS 7 Oct 1630 Wrington
Elizabeth HARRIS & John ANDERSON 5 May 1631 Othery
Robert HARRIS & Anstis BURRELL 24 Nov 1631 West Bagborough
Robert HARRIS & Margaret HILL 28 Jan 1632 Milverton
Nicholas HARRIS & Joane COLLIDGE 16 Apr 1632 Frome
Ann HARRIS & WillIAM MITTEN 22 Apr 1632 Rode
Hugh HARRIS & Alice PERRY 29 May 1632 Evercreech (St Peter)
Ann HARRIS & Richard TAYLOR 1 Oct 1632 Nailsea (All Saints)
Edith HARRIS & Henry HARCOMBE 26 Nov 1632 Lydeard St Lawrence
Alce HARRIS & Philipp WEST 26 Nov 1632 Hemington
Mary HARRIS & Edmond SHORT 29 Nov 1632 Hemington
JoaN HARRIS & Ambrose LUDWELL 3 Feb 1632 Frome
Hugh HARRIS & Joane SLEDGE 3 Nov 1633 Publow (All Saints)
John HARRIS & Alice PREW 13 Feb 1634 Othery
Robert HARRIS & Elizabeth BRADLE 2 May 1635 Long Sutton
Thomas HARRIS & Elizabeth THOMAS 29 Jun 1635 Frome
Thomas HARRIS & Alice WEST Oct 1635 Nunney
John HARRIS & JoAN THORNE 2 Oct 1635 Stoke Sub Hamdon (St Mary)
John HARRIS & Marie CLARK 4 Oct 1635 East Coker (St Michael)
John HARRIS & Agnes COMER 4 Feb 1635 Cheddar (St Andrew)
Mary HARRIS & Giles MILTON 25 Sep 1636 Minehead (St Michael)
William HARRIS & Jullian DAVIES 17 Nov 1636 Frome
Christian HARRIS & Edward EDWARDS 21 Nov 1636 Hemington
Thomas HARRIS & Mary HARRISON 22 Nov 1636 Aller
George HARRIS & Jane GAYLORD 19 Dec 1636 Long Sutton
James HARRIS & Mariane APLEN 19 Apr 1637 Milverton
William HARRIS & Maria HAM 5 Oct 1637 High Ham
Christain HARRIS & James COLLINS 9 Oct 1637 Cheddar
Grace HARRIS & John GARDINER 23 Apr 1638 Lydeard St Lawrence
Thomas HARRIS & Eleonor BALL 28 Apr 1638 Baltonsborough
John HARRIS & Alice BUCK 18 Oct 1638 Portbury
Frances HARRIS & Edward HARTNELL 7 Nov 1638 Taunton
William HARRIS & Katherine BRYANT 31 Jan 1638 Stoke St Gregory
Baldwin HARRIS & Frances WYKES 18 Apr 1639 Chelvey (St Bridget)
Thomas HARRIS & Elinor LYMBRY 7 May 1639 Compton Dundon (St Andrew)
John HARRIS & Susan HOLE 24 Oct 1639 Meare
Avis HARRIS & John BUTT 26 Oct 1639 Long Sutton
Mary HARRIS & Cristian DUNNE 25 Jul 1640 Kenn
Joan HARRIS & John OWEN 18 Nov 1640 Blagdon
Roger HARRIS & Mary DANDER 7 May 1641 Keynsham (St John)
Agnes HARRIS & John BRICE 15 Jun 1641 Lydeard St Lawrence
Jane HARRIS & John RICHARDS 10 Jul 1643 Long Sutton
Mary HARRIS & William WILLIS 2 Nov 1643 High Ham
James HARRIS & Agnes BAKER 17 Jan 1644 Milverton
Dorothy HARRIS & Adrian HAYNE 3 Oct 1644 High Ham
Ursula HARRIS & Richard YOUNG 22 Jun 1645 Aller
Agnes HARRIS & William HAYMAN 10 Feb 1645 Puriton
Ebbett HARRIS & George RAWLE 17 Oct 1646 Carhampton (St John the Baptist)
Thomas HARRIS & Susan TROTT 31 Dec 1646 West Bagborough
Susanna HARRIS & Edward POPE 28 Feb 1649 Wookey (St Matthew)
Joane HARRIS & Henry THORNE 15 Jul 1650 West Bagborough
Penelope HARRIS & William MEAD 18 Jan 1650 Wedmore
Robert HARRIS & Joan COCKS 13 May 1651 Compton Bishop (St Andrew)
Marie HARRIS & James BEARD 9 Sep 1651 Cloford
Jane HARRIS & Richard DUNMAN 21 Jan 1652 Milverton
Joan HARRIS & Robert LIDE 4 May 1652 Wedmore
Henry HARRIS & Marie BISHOP 17 Nov 1652 Milverton
Edward HARRIS & Mary PHILLIPS 12 Mar 1653 Street (Holy Trinity)
Robert HARRIS & Margery FROST 28 Sep 1653 St Decumans
Margery HARRIS & William YOUNG 26 Nov 1653 Frome
Christian HARRIS & Thomas LIDE 20 Mar 1654 Mark
Elizabeth HARRIS & James DANDO 3 Jun 1654 High Littleton (Holy Trinity)
William HARRIS & Anne KING 3 Aug 1654 Bridgwater
Dorithy HARRIS & James WEBBER 15 Dec 1654 Stoke St Gregory
William HARRIS & Amy WILLIAMS 1655 Rode
Alice HARRIS & Richard NEVIS Apr 1655 Freshford
John HARRIS & Ann PRATT 10 May 1655 Wambrook (Blessed Virgin Mary)
William HARRIS & Catherine WOODLAND 12 May 1655 High Ham
Margaret HARRIS & Robert COLES 12 Jun 1655 Glastonbury
Mary HARRIS & Thomas HAINE 13 Oct 1655 Wedmore
Mary HARRIS & Edmund THOMAS 25 Mar 1656 Meare
Evan HARRIS & Alice THURBER 14 Apr 1656 Evercreech
Richard HARRIS & Joane THATCHER 14 Apr 1656 Barrow Gurney  (2 mls from Wedmore, and where the Councell family held land)
Hannah HARRIS & Walter LAWRENCE 2 Jun 1656 Worle (St Martin)
John HARRIS Ann MOORE 5 Jun 1656 Kilmersdon
Thomas HARRIS & Susan LANSDOWNE 9 Jun 1656 Radstock (St Nicholas)
John HARRIS & Faith DOGERELL 15 Sep 1656 Bruton
Thomas HARRIS & Mary GOLLEDGE 13 Oct 1656 Bruton
Ann HARRIS & John ALLAWAY 17 Nov 1656 Keynsham
Mary HARRIS & Richard PETTY 17 Dec 1656 Lydeard St Lawrence
John HARRIS & Jane STEVENS 1657 Bath (Bath Abbey)
Anna HARRIS & Edward MERIWEATHER 1657 Bath (Bath Abbey)
Joane HARRIS & Thomas WEEKES 30 Mar 1657 Compton Dando
Richard HARRIS & Joane HART 25 Sep 1657 Mark
Elizabeth HARRIS & Thomas KING Marriage 1658 Worle
Thomas HARRIS & Margery ALDRIDGE 21 Jan 1657 Backwell (St Andrew)
John HARRIS & Rebecca CRUMM 12 Apr 1658 Compton Dando
John HARRIS & Mary PRIEST 8 May 1658 Pitney (St John the Baptist)
Joan HARRIS & John BEST 16 Dec 1658 Othery
Mary HARRIS & John COLLARD 30 Mar 1659 Nettlecombe
Mary HARRIS & Robert CAVELL 18 Apr 1659 Long Ashton
Julian HARRIS & George LILLY 1 Jun 1659 Wedmore
William HARRIS & Edith Mellor 4 Feb 1659 Edington (St George)
William HARRIS & Mary PURNELL 5 Apr 1660 Blagdon
Joane HARRIS & John THATCHER 7 Apr 1660 Pitney
John HARRIS & Elizabeth COX 12 May 1660 Othery
William HARRIS & Anstice KERBY 20 Jun 1660 Wedmore
Barbara HARRIS & Edward RAYMOND 25 Jun 1660 Enmore (St Michael)
Joan HARRIS & Hugh DUNKERTON 11 Sep 1660 Wedmore
Mary HARRIS & Jeffery COMBES 8 Nov 1660 Nunney
Robert HARRIS & Joan ZANE 12 Feb 1660 Pitney
William HARRIS & Mary WILLIAMS 28 Feb 1661 Keynsham
John HARRIS & Susan CHINN 19 May 1662 Othery
Amy HARRIS & William TUCKER 3 Nov 1662 Somerton
Margaret HARRIS & Thomas CLARK 17 Sep 1663 Bishops Hull
John HARRIS & Margaret BEARD 1664 Nunney
John HARRIS & Dorothy HALL 14 Jan 1663 Brent Knoll
Rachell HARRIS & William WILMOT 13 Oct 1664 Wick St Lawrence
Alice HARRIS & Timothy CHICK 2 Nov 1664 High Ham
Richard HARRIS & Hester FLETCHER 22 Dec 1664 Bath (Bath Abbey)
Elinor HARRIS & Richard SMITH 26 Dec 1664 Hemington
Hannah HARRIS & William GRANDON 29 Apr 1665 Bridgwater
Mary HARRIS & Thomas COX May 1665 Blagdon
Mary HARRIS & Thomas COX 26 May 1665 Blagdon
Thomas HARRIS & Mary SALTER 24 Jun 1665 Mark
Mary HARRIS & Richard PITCHER 4 Jul 1665 Merriott
Mary HARRIS & George LOCKE 26 Dec 1665 Long Sutton
Susanna HARRIS & John ROSEWELL 6 Feb 1665 Bath
Susanna HARRIS & William YOUNG 8 Feb 1665 Aller
Elizabeth HARRIS & John MOORE 12 May 1666 Milverton
James HARRIS & Joane COLE 19 May 1666 Edington
Ann HARRIS & Robert MILLARD May 1667 Nunney
David HARRIS & Elizabeth WICKS 26 Dec 1667 Bath
William HARRIS & Joyce MARIOT 30 Jun 1668 Keynsham
Roger HARRIS & Anne SLADE 20 May 1669 Nunney
Miriam HARRIS & John CUTLER 7 Jun 1669 Wedmore
John HARRIS & Ann HALL 1 Aug 1669 Keynsham
John HARRIS & Dorothy EDWARDS 30 May 1670 St Decumans
Alice HARRIS & John GILLETE 20 Jun 1670 Tintinhull (St Margaret)
Richard HARRIS & Margerett LONG 17 Jul 1670 Congresbury
Alice HARRIS & Thomas PERRIN 1 Dec 1670 Martock
Mary HARRIS & George 2 Apr 1671 Dundry (St Michael)
Mathew HARRIS & Joan HOOPER 16 Jul 1671 Taunton
Elizabeth HARRIS & Robert WOOD 4 Jul 1672 Hemington
Jane HARRIS & Robert HEARN 20 Aug 1672 Merriott
Nathaniel HARRIS & Dorothy SALSBURY 3 Apr 1673 Milborne Port (St John the Evangelist)
Elizabeth HARRIS & Cornelius HEALE 5 Dec 1673 Hemington
Hanna HARRIS & William PEARSONS 20 Sep 1674 Hemington
Alice HARRIS & John HEARNE 5 Jan 1674 Taunton
Moses HARRIS & Sarah BEVAN 30 Jan 1674 Taunton (St Mary)
Joan HARRIS & Richard WEBBER 22 Apr 1675 Stogumber (St Mary)
Elizabeth HARRIS & Richard STONE 2 Jul 1675 Bishops Lydeard
Richard HARRIS & Elizabeth HALE 26 Aug 1675 Chard (St Mary the Virgin)
Elizabeth HARRIS & John BROAD 27 Dec 1675 Bath (Twerton-St Michael)
Joan HARRIS & John WATTS 4 Mar 1675  Edington
Thomas HARRIS & Elizabeth CROSS 28 Oct 1676 West Bagborough
Susan HARRIS & William RAWLINGS 27 Nov 1676 Keynsham
John HARRIS & Hannah SHEPHARD 22 Jan 1676 Keynsham
Mary HARRIS & Richard RENDALL 13 Feb 1676 Odcombe (St Peter and Paul)
Roger HARRIS & Charity BURD 3 Nov 1677 Old Cleeve
Humphry HARRIS & Alice SMITH 20 Apr 1678 Bishops Lydeard
Martha HARRIS & Nathaniell BOWDEN 13 Aug 1678 Pitminster (from whence the Fulgham family of Virginia)
Thomas HARRIS & Hester TEBBIT 24 Apr 1679 Cheddar
Mary HARRIS & NicHolas HOPKINS 12 Jun 1679 West Pennard
Grace HARRIS & John HARRIS 30 Jun 1679 Pawlett (St John the Baptist)
George HARRIS & Mary BURTON 19 Feb 1679 Tintinhull
Charity HARRIS & Thomas ROBINS 13 May 1680 Kewstoke (St Paul)
John HARRIS & Mary EASTERBROOKE 13 Jun 1680 Cothelstone (St Thomas of Canterbury)
Rebeccah HARRIS & Richard GRIFFIN 11 Nov 1680 Axbridge (St John the Baptist)
Richard HARRIS & Mary WARREN Dec 1680 Nunney
John HARRIS & Elinor BROWN 8 Oct 1682 Keynsham
Elizabeth HARRIS & William PORCH 19 Feb 1682 Glastonbury
Elizabeth HARRIS & Robert SALWAY 26 Apr 1683 High Littleton (Holy Trinity)
Charity HARRIS & Simon TARPENTON 12 May 1684 Cheddar
William HARRIS & Joan ADAMS 21 May 1684 Milborne Port (St John the Evangelist)
George HARRIS & Martha GRAY 2 Mar 1684 High Littleton (Holy Trinity)
John HARRIS & Joan GRIME 11 Jan 1685 Carhampton
Thomas HARRIS & Joan DELBRIDGE  16 Jan 1685 Dunster
Joan HARRIS & John EWENS 14 Jul 1686 Bicknoller
Elizabeth HARRIS & Thomas WILLMOT 29 Aug 1686 Westbury-sub-Mendip (St Lawrence)
Mary HARRIS & Samuel WILLIS 7 Feb 1686 Hemington
Anne HARRIS & Nicholas BROWNE 28 Mar 1687 Bridgwater
Joyce HARRIS & Thomas DORY 25 Apr 1687 Radstock
Eleanor WEST & Abraham HARRIS 26 Apr 1687 Taunton
Elizabeth HARRIS & Alexander POOLE 29 May 1687 West Quantoxhead (St Etheldreda)
Thomas HARRIS & Susanna PRIOR 16 Jun 1687 Mells
John HARRIS & Jane SEAGAR 19 Aug 1687 Aller
Francis HARRIS & Elizabeth CHINN 29 Oct 1687 Bridgwater
John HARRIS & Joan JAMES 20 Feb 1687 Taunton
Mary HARRIS & Joseph MOTE 16 Apr 1688 Axbridge
Margaret HARRIS & Robert SCOTT 16 Aug 1688 Weston Zoyland (St Mary)
Richard HARRIS & Elizabeth CORNISH 18 Oct 1688 Taunton
George HARRIS & Joane HOLE 2 Apr 1689 Mark
Margaret HARRIS & John LACY 20 May 1689 Axbridge
Isaac HARRIS & Ann HOOPER 4 Oct 1689 Weare
Mary HARPER & William HARRIS 7 May 1691 Mark
John HARRIS & Elizabeth GRAY 19 May 1691 Farmborough (All Saints)
John HARRIS & Mary FRANKLIN 5 Sep 1691 Chedzoy
Andrew HARRIS & Kate BURCOMBE 13 Sep 1691 Cannington
John HARRIS & Joan BURT 17 Sep 1691 Milborne Port
Mary HARRIS & William POOLE 5 Jan 1692 Mark
Elizabeth HARRIS & Henry DAVIES 1 Nov 1692 Stogumber
Elizabeth HARRIS & Henry JOYCE 14 Jun 1693 Beckington
Anne HARRIS & William STANLAKE 6 Sep 1694 Pitminster
Joane HARRIS & Robert THORNE 29 Sep 1694 Carhampton
Robert HARRIS & Mary HILL 29 Jun 1695 Cheddar
Sarah HARRIS & John SPARK 3 Jul 1695 Kilmersdon
Mary HARRIS & John MARKES 14 Jul 1695 Merriott
James HARRIS & Philippa PAUL 26 Sep 1695 Curry Mallet
Mary HARRIS & Samuel HUNT 1696 Banwell (St Andrew)
John HARRIS & Ann COLLINS 15 Feb 1696 Wellington
John HARRIS & Sarah SAVIDGE 4 Jun 1696 Radstock
Thomas HARRIS & Frances NORMAN 16 Jun 1696 Mells
Mary HARRIS & Thomas MANNING 8 Nov 1696 Merriott
Alice HARRIS & Thomas PERCIVAL 12 Nov 1696 Portishead
Catherine HARRIS & Nicholas JEFFRY 1697 Stocklinch Ottersey
Sarah HARRIS & John LITE 1697 East Brent
Agnes HARRIS & Richard WARRY 6 Apr 1697 Chard
John HARRIS & Mary BOWDEN 21 May 1698 Wivelscombe
Mary HARRIS & Francis NORTH 4 Apr 1699 Cothelstone
Ann HARRIS & Edward WILLS 24 Jun 1699 Bridgwater
John HARRIS & Mary PITCHER 4 Mar 1700 Merriott
Stephen HARRIS & Elizabeth DINGLY 15 Mar 1699 Bridgwater
Sarah HARRIS & Charles PEARCE 1 Apr 1700 Bridgwater
Francis HARRIS & Samuel WEBB 15 Apr 1700 Chew Stoke
Grace HARRIS & William WHITE 2 May 1700 Axbridge
Joan HARRIS & James HAYDEN 10 Mar 1700 Backwell
Abraham HARRIS & Grace CURTIS 20 Apr 1701 Limington (St Mary)
Hannah HARRIS & William MEAD 24 Apr 1701 Isle Abbotts
Elizabeth HARRIS & Thomas GREEN 23 Jun 1701 Stratton-on-the-Fosse (St Vigor)
Robirt HARRIS & Mary BURD 19 Jul 1701 Taunton (St James)
Elisabeth TAYLOR & Nathaniel HARRIS 23 Nov 1701 Milborne Port
John HARRIS & Sarah HISCOCK 14 Dec 1701 Bathwick
Joan HARRIS & William MAN 16 Feb 1701/2 Banwell
Jane HARRIS & Richard SYMONDS 7 Apr 1702 Portishead
Joan HARRIS & Richard HAMLIN 27 Oct 1702 Cossington (St Mary)
Sarah HARRIS & Humphrey CHALLENOR 1703 Clutton
James HARRIS & Ruth BUCKLAND 7 Jan 1703 Winscombe (St James)
Abigail HARRIS & Robert HEARNE 30 Mar 1703 Merriott
Isaac HARRIS & Dorothy HAYLAND Apr 1703 Cheddar
John HARRIS & Thomasin DAVIS 1 Apr 1703 Portishead
John HARRIS & Deborah BINDON 3 Apr 1703 Staplegrove (St John)
John HARRIS & Sarah WESTCOTT 28 Jul 1703 Aisholt
Ann HARRIS & Thomas HAINES 30 Dec 1703 Somerset Nailsea
John HARRIS & Joane MORSE 14 Jan 1704 West Bagborough
Richd HARRIS & Margaret PORCH 16 Mar 1703 Marston Bigot (St Leonard)
Anne HARRIS & John THRESHER 6 May 1704 Old Cleeve (St Andrew)
Ann HARRIS & John INGRAM 8 Oct 1704 Enmore (St Michael)
Charles HARRIS & Mary GRIMES 1 Jan 1705 Merriott
Mary HARRIS & Henry WALLIS 30 Jan 1704 Pitney (St John the Baptist)
Edward HARRIS & Elizabeth FRICKER 5 Aug 1705 Frome
Hesther HARRIS & John FRY 1 Oct 1705 Stratton-on-the-Fosse (St Vigor)
Richard HARRIS & Mary BRYANT 20 Nov 1705 Marston Bigot (St Leonard)
Elizabeth HARRIS & Robert LOWRY 27 Jun 1706 Taunton
John HARRIS & Frances BUCKLE 13 Apr 1707 Bathwick
Elizabeth HARRIS & Henry LOCK 5 Apr 1708 Oake (St Bartholomew)
Joseph HARRIS & Elizabeth WALLIS 8 Apr 1708 Clapton Clapton (St Michael)
Joseph HARRIS & Elizabeth WALLIS 8 Apr 1708 Clapton
John HARRIS & Mary ALFORD 15 Apr 1708 Rodney Stoke (St Leonard)
William HARRIS & Mary GOULD 6 Jun 1709 Leigh upon Mendip (St Giles)
Roger HARRIS & Elizabeth BROWN 12 Jul 1709 Bishops Lydeard
Caleb HARRIS & Mary STEPHENS 18 Jun 1710 Blagdon
Edward HARRIS & Elizabeth JOHNSON 29 Aug 1710 Odcombe
Isaac HARRIS & Anne BALE 5 Nov 1710 Corston (All Saints)
Ann HARRIS & Stephen STONE 19 Nov 1710 Nunney
Daniell HARRIS & Elizabeth BARNET 21 Nov 1710 Frome
Jane HARRIS & James HOWARD 31 Jan 1711 Fivehead (St Martin)
Mary HARRIS & William ROSSITER 4 Jun 1711 Crewkerne
Giles HARRIS & Jane BURTON 4 Oct 1711 Bridgwater
Mary HARRIS & John SPRING 6 Oct 1711 Cheddar
Elizabeth HARRIS & John TEMPLER 2 Nov 1711 Taunton
Edward HARRIS & Mary WALLIS 12 Nov 1711 Othery
Roger HARRIS & Mary BOLT 21 Apr 1712 Odcombe
William HARRIS & Sarah MOON 14 May 1712 Chard
Richard HARRIS & Hester PARFITT 16 Oct 1712 Clutton
Elizabeth HARRIS & Edward PINN 4 Jan 1712/13 Bridgwater
Richard HARRIS & Mary LOMBARD 24 Feb 1714 Chard
Sarah HARRIS & Robert ONION 28 Feb 1713 Loxton (St Andrew)
John HARRIS & Sarah PILKINGTON 17 Aug 1714 Merriott
Richard HARRIS & Elisabeth BARNET 23 Aug 1714 Frome
Mary HARRIS & Samuel STONE 5 Feb 1715 Taunton
Rachel HARRIS & Thomas LUCAS 7 May 1715 Nunney
Joseph HARRIS & Elizabeth HEALE 14 May 1715 Timsbury
Sarah HARRIS & James HUNT 4 Aug 1715 Cheddar
Thomas HARRIS & Elizabeth JOHNSON 1716 Odcombe
Mary HARRIS & Samuel STONE 5 Feb 1716 Taunton
Elizabeth HARRIS & Samuel BROWN 19 Feb 1716 Pitminster
Ruth HARRIS & John SAUNDERS 12 Apr 1716 Yatton (St Mary the Virgin)
Hannah HARRIS & Sammuel TROTT 21 May 1716 Cheddar
Jonathan HARRIS & Mary GOLDSTONE 31 May 1716 Stowey
Edward HARRIS & Elizabeth SMITH 6 Sep 1716 Hemington
Alice HARRIS & James SELLICK 15 Nov 1716 Treborough (St Peter)
Margreat HARRIS & John HOLE 29 Jan 1716 East Brent (St Mary the Virgin)
William HARRIS & Ursula RODNEY 28 May 1717 Hutton (St Mary)
William HARRIS & Maria DYKE 20 Oct 1717 Bickenhall
David HARRIS & Mary HART 29 Oct 1717 Winscombe
John HARRIS & Sarah RAWLINS 25 Feb 1717 Keynsham
Elizabeth HARRIS & George POOL 20 Nov 1718 Taunton
John HARRIS & Helen COOKE 22 Apr 1719 East Brent
Mary HARRIS & Henry LOCK 12 Oct 1719 Taunton
Rice HARRIS & Sarah WAY 7 May 1720 Long Ashton
Martha HARRIS & John DANDO 12 Sep 1720 Timsbury
William HARRIS & Sarah COLLIER 13 Nov 1720 Rode
James HARRIS & Anne SYMES 21 Feb 1720 Isle Brewers

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PARKER AND TURNER FAMILIES OF SOMERSET AND VIRGINIA

In part, what follows is a summary of my notes on the likely ancestry of Hodges Councell, of Virginia, but with a focus on the Parker and Turner families.

Many of the intermarried families of Wedmore were tenants of the Manor of Moore (Somerset), and were named in a deposition of 1622 (E 134/20Jas1/Hil8), including; Richd. Hobbs, John Fry, Wm. Councell, senr, Thomas Haine, Thos. Millard, Edwd. Vowles alias Cooke, John Lancaster.

E. Jackson (Wedmore Parish Registers, 1890), gave a rare insight into densly intermarried nature of such parishes as Wedmore; ‘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. Whether that would bring the population up to 1000 1 know not. Judging from the high rate of mortality amongst infants, one would say that the average number to a family must have been smaller then than it is now’.

The parish registers show the same families intermarrying innumerable times.

W. Marston Acres F.R. (Hist, A Brief History of Wedmore, 1954) informed that: In 1612 Richard Counsell of Wedmore was granted a licence to buy butter and cheese within the county of Somerset and to sell the same in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset. … On the 7th May 1655, Jeremy Horler married Ann, widow of George Hodges, who had died only two months earlier. This marriage, which seems to indicate that the Hodges family were on the Parliamentary side in the Civil War,* was of considerable social advantage to Mr. Horler as he thereby gained a residence at the manor-house where he continued to live until his wife’s death in 1684′. Litigation followed: Hodges v Lyte. Plaintiffs: Mary Hodges, and Jane Hodges (heirs of George Hodges). Defendants: George Lyte, Anne Lyte his wife, … Morgan, and others. Subject: rectory of Wedmore, Somerset. (N.A, ref. C 5/23/121). A branch of the Councell family were tenants of their Hodges kinfolk: Lease: Margery Hodges of Heathhouse, Wedmore, widow, to Richard Counsell of Wedmore, husbandman and Joan his wife: Wedmore, Somerset. (Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, ref. 2667/1/36/2. 1655). *Hence an exodus of ‘Parliamentarians’ to Virginia in 1662.

The registers:

Thomas Hobbes & Amisiam Cowncell, 15 April 1564.
William Parker & Antonia Gibbs, 3 Jul 1589; she bapt. 4 Jun 1564; issue:
1. Thomas Parker & Margaret Cooke, 9 March 1611.
2. Richardus Parker bapt. 9 May 1592.
Edward Cooke & Diana Hutchins, 1 Aug 1594.
Elenor Hayward & Georgius Counsell, 20 May 1600.
Aliciam Counsell & Thomas Huchins, 14 Oct 1605.
William Hobbes 7 May 1612 (at Barrow Gurney*) & Elisabeth Everett (7 mls fr. Wedmore, a habitation of the Councell family).
William Turner & Jane Rodney 28 May 1612; issue:
John Turner, bapt. 20 Jun 1613. William Pitt, Merchant of Bristol, was the br.-in-law of Rice Davies, who married ist, Dorothy, dau.of Maurice Rodney, Esq., of Stoke Rodney, Somerset, about whom it was said: ‘he was carelessly bred and married to a smith’s daughter, from whom he was afterwards divorced’ (Mr. Collins). Dorothy Rodney’ br., George, was the father of Agnes, who married Thomas Hodges, Esq.; they being the parents of George Hodges, aforementioned, of Wedmore. (See N&Q, Som. and Dors., vols. 20-21, p. 226, 1932). It would seem certain that the Turners of Wedmore were kin of the Pitts. William Pitt, Merchant of Bristol, was the father of Col. Robert Pitt, d. bef. 9 January 1674, Isle of Wight, VA. He was Captain of the Thunder, a merchant ship out of Bristol and a Colonel in the Virginia Militia. His son was John Pitt, who married Olive, dau. of John Hardy and Alice Bennett. She married 1. Giles Driver; 2.John Bromfield, and 3. Lt. Col. John Pitt.
Joan Hayward & John Gibbs, 15 Jul 1612.
Mariam Kirby & William Counsell, 27 Jan 1615.
Arthur Stokes & Alice Haine, 2 Aug 1619.
Georgius Harris & Joana Webb, 28 April 1623.
Gregory Burnet & Agnes Cooke, 19 Jul 1624.
Thomas Haine & Jane Cooke, 17 Apr 1634.
Johannam Counsell & Gulielmus Frie, 7 June 1602.
Susannam Lancastle & Willielmus Hodges, 5 Apr 1638 (surn. var. Lancaster, Lankester, Langcaster).
Janam Counsell & Johannes Langcastle, 21 Oct 1647.
Joane Harris & Robert Lide, 4 May 1652 Wedmore (surn. var. Lyde, Lyte, Leyde).
Thomas Haine & Mary Harris, 13 Oct 1655
Richard Harris & Joane Thatcher, 14 Apr 1656, in Barrow Gurney.
Anstice Kirby & William Harris, 20 Jun 1660.
Susannam Hayne & Guilielmus Counsell, 30 Apr 1663.

Thus:

1. John Turner, bapt. 20 Jun 1613.

1.1. John Turner, d. aft. 25 Mar 1705 in Isle Of Wight 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. (Thomas Harris, d. 1688, as I have shown elsewhere, almost certainly came from Mells/Nunney, Somerset, and was likely kin of the Tomlin family of those places. The relationship betw. these Harris and those of Wedmore, but 20 mls distant, is unknown, yet was most probably a close one.

1.1.1. Joseph Turner, Will rec. 7 April 1737, in Brunswick County, m. Burchett Lundy, dau. of Elizabeth Burchett (who m. 2. Joseph Perry), and James Lundy. Rachel Wilkinson, Newport Parish: ‘to my kinswoman, the eldest daughter of Joseph Turner by his first wife’. Rachel Wilkinson m. 1. Thomas Parker, whose Will, dated 30 Jan. 1735, named legatees: eldest son William; son Elias; dau. Ann; son Thomas; son Wilkinson; dau. Sabra; dau. Priscilla; grandson Elisha Parker; dau. Rachel. Wife Executrix. Witnesses: Robert King, George Norsworthy, & James Bagnall. Recorded April 26 1736. 2. Joseph Norsworthy, whose will, dated 3 May 1757, mentions wife Rachel and ‘daughter Elizabeth Reynolds’, wife of George Reynolds:

Estate of George Reynolds ordered appraised by Charles Driver, John Smelley Jr., John Brown. Recorded 5 August 1762. (B. 7, p. 192). Charles Fulgham, in his Will, dated 8 November 1765, identifies Martha Reynolds, George Reynolds’ orphaned dau., as ‘cousin’. Rachel Wilkinson was the dau. of Richard Wilkinson, nephew of Ann Wilkinson. The Will of Thomas Griffen, dated 8 November 1669, named legatees: son Thomas the land I bought of Capt. Fulgham and my brother William Godwin to give him assurance of same at court; to Thomas Bush; to God-daughter Ann Wilkinson; wife Ann and unborn child. Witnessess: William Godwin, John Iles & John Pitt.

Rachel Wilkinson was the sister of Ann Wilkinson: The Will of Ann (Wilkinson) Bagnall, dated 30 March 1754, named legatees: dau. Ann; dau. Easter Norsworthy; son Richard; son James; son Nathan; son William; son Samuel; dau. Mary Pitt. Executor: son William Bagnall. Witnesses: Nicholas Parker & Nathaniel Parker. Recorded 7 November 1754.

The Will of Nathaniel Parker of Newport Parish, dated 29 June 1730, named legatees: eldest son Nicholas; son Nathaniel, one-half of my lots in the town of Hampton; wife Ann; dau. Martha; dau. Mary. Executor: brother Nicholas Parker. Witnesses: Thomas Applewhaite, Joseph Bridger, & Thomas Parker. Rec.23 November 1730.

The Will of Francis Parker dated bef. 1 Oct. 1717 named legatees: wife Elizabeth; dau. Martha; son Nicholas land bought of Daniel Batten; son Nathaniel, property in Hampton. My land to be divided by Tristram Norsworthy, Sr. Ececutor, son Nathaniel. Witnesses: Tristram Norsworthy, George Norsworthy, & Joshua Jordan. Rec. 1 October 1717.

1.1.1.1. Mary Turner, m. West Harris.

Thus, it is as likely as not that the said Francis Parker was of the Parker family of Wedmore, or, I would suggest, of the Parker family of Portbury (they may have been synonomous), where the aforesaid William Pitt, who had m. Mary Owen, held property; Mary being a heiress of Robert Owen, of Bristol, Merchant (Will dated 5 Sept. 1614, Codicil 4 Sept. 1615, pr. 16 Feb. 1615-16; 8 Cope), who bequeathed to her ‘Messuages in Portburie, Somerset’.

The ‘New world’ was colonised by deeply interbred kinship groups, which tenaciously clung to their custom of intermarriage.*

Any DNA analysis of claimed living descendants would have to be cognisant of this fact.

Is it likely that members of the Harris family of Wedmore trod on Virginia soil.

Colonisation was an ongoing process. Many followed ‘pathfinding’ kin.

*This truism runs counter to the myth of the American (Hollywood) cult of individualism, and, as such, is suppressed. Darwinism, as the survival of a species (kinship group) through mutual co-operation, is hidden from the less than intelligent by the intelligent. Such is politics. At a fundamental level, genealogy is both politics and psychology, the former manipulating the latter.

Portbury (St Mary).
William Parker, bapt. 9 May 1565.
William Parker & Mary Ann Turner, 2 Nov 1609.
George Parker, bapt. … September 1610, d. 1621.
William Parker, bapt. 4 August 1611.
John Parker, bapt. 2 April 1620.
Ann Parker & George Thomas, 11 September 1632.

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