CHILDREN OF THE SOMERSET MARSH

HOUSE

i.
1. Thomas Howse, m. ‘Susana Hixe‘, 28 May 1638, in Compton Martin, Somerset (St Michael the Archangel).
1.1. Thomas House, m. Francis Millard on 29 May 1664, in Compton Martin, she bapt. 10 June 1628, da. of Henry Millard and ‘Alison Hickes‘, who m. on 16 Apr. 1621. The Millard and Hix families were of the many threads that bound a densely-woven kinship network, including those of Harris, Hodges and Cowncell, which inhabited the swampy lands near Wedmore, Somerset. It is not an exaggeration to state that everyone was a cousin of sorts of everyone else.

ii.
What is witnessed in many Virginia land deeds is a continuation of English associations, which were of a paticular importance that is rarely considered, that being one of continuing deference to a social and economic elite. For instance, anyone marrying into the Hodges/Cowncell family in Virginia were associating themselves with the squirearchy of Wedmore, and this would have been of great advantage to those relatives still living in Wedmore. When Thomas Harris, who d. 1688, made provision for his orphan to be placed with Hodges Cowncell, it was similar to asking the local squire to be his Godfather. Many English settlers had not gained any type of freedom by one fell swoop of migration, as their families were still tenants in England of the families they courted in Virginia. Wrong moves brought about repercussions back home as much as good ones.

iii.
The Howse family were primarily of North Curry, with Thomas Howse marrying at the abode of influential (Hix) in-laws, a very common practice. He was almost certainly related to ‘Mary House’, bapt. 8 April 1638, in Compton Martin, dau. of Edward, who may have been she who supposedly m. Henry Ledbetter, who m., secondly, Sarah Tomlin.

iv.
On 29 April 1668, a patent was issued by Sir William Berkeley to Henry Ledbetter for 224 acres of land in Charles City Co., reciting that 125 acres had been sold to Henry’s unnamed father. On 29 Oct. 1668, a patent was issued to Robert Coleman for 283 acres adj. Henry Ledbetter (B. 6, p. 189). This may have been the Robert Coleman who was involved in a court case of 30 Jan. 1688 in Westmoreland Co. (Robert Coleman vs. Thomas Stone), recounting that Robert bought a horse from John Wright, but the horse was found in the possession of Thomas Stone. It may be of relevance that Richard Coleman m. Grace Stone, 23 Sept. 1626, in Taunton, 8 mls fr. North Curry.

v.
1.1.1. James House, bapt. 1 Sept. 1666, Compton Martin. John Duke and John Taylor Duke witnessed the will of James House in Brunswick, 9 Feb. 1735.
1.1.1.1. Thomas House, bapt. 19 Mar. 1692, Compton Martin; f. James & Sarah.
1.1.1.2. James House, bapt. 13 Mar. 1697, in Compton Martin, f. James & Sarah.
1.1.1.2.1. Isaac House. Indenture made 5 June 1746 between Isaac House of St. Andrews Parish, Brunswick Co., and Richard Ramsom of same, £35, North side of the three Creeks, 84a. Signed Isaac House. Witnesses: John Wall, Junr., James Maclin, son of William Maclin.

vi.
The connection of the Maclins to Somerset is this:
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1.1. Edward Wiche, m. Sara Chapman, 9 Feb. 1640, Bridgwater (St Mary). 16 mls fr. Wedmore.
1.2. Henry Wiche, m. Joanna Craftman, 5 Jun. 1645, Bridgwater.
1.2.1. Henry Wiche, bapt. 16 Jul 1664, Bridgwater (f. Henry and Joan).
1.2.1.1. Henry Wyche.
1.1.1.1.1. Abigail Wyche, m. George Brewer (4 March 1734), son of George Brewer and Sarah Lanier, half-sister of Sampson Lanier Sr., who m. Elizabeth Washington; their son, Thomas Lanier, m. Anne Maclin, dau. of William Maclin Sr. and Katherine Brewer.

vii.
Indenture and Memroandum ackn. by Isaac House. Court, 4 June 1747, Mary the wife of the within named Isaac House personally appeared and relinquished her right of dower. (B. 3, p. 190). Indenture made 8 Dec. 1746 between Peter Daniel of St. Andrews Parish, Brunswick Co., and Isaac Howze of same, £6 10 Shillings, 532a, near Crabhouse Run, beginning at a pine where Howzes now line touch mine North twenty six degrees East four hundred poles to Howzes old line Which Includes by the surveyors account two hundred sixty acres. Signed Peter Daniel. Witnesses: Lewis Parham, Roger Tillman, Richard Lanier.* Indenture ackn. by Peter Daniel. (ibid, p. 257). *Richard Lanier was the son of Richard Lanier, uncle of Rebecca Lanier, wife of Walton Harris. A dau. of Isaac House married a Lanier; possibly Buckner Lanier, br. of Rebecca.

viii.
Peter Daniel’s son, William, probably m. Sarah Brown, d. 1795, dau. of Richard Brown and Frances Sexton, dau. of Archibald Sexton. William was the br. of Randle Daniel, husband of Lucy Lanier (relict of Shepherd Lanier, desc. of Sampson Lanier Sr’s br., Nicholas.

ix.
1. Sampson Lanier, born 1682, Will pr. 1743, Brunswick, m. Elizabeth Washington.
1.1. Thomas Lanier, m. Ann Maclin, dau. of William.
1.1.1. William Lanier, d. 1802, m. Elizabeth Burch, sister of Jenny Burch, d. 1798, in Brunswick, wife of Isham Trotter, the neighbour of Thomas Harris, of Little Cedar Creek (see para. xxxiii.).
1.2. Sampson Lanier Jr.
1.2.1. Rebecca Lanier, m. Walton Harris.
1.2.2. Winifred Lanier, m. Drury Ledbetter.
1.2.3. Major Lewis Lanier, b. 1750, m. Rebecca Duke; she m. 2. Capt. John Washington, of Walnut Grove, Granville Co., NC . Rebecca Duke was the dau. of William Duke, born c. 1732; her sister Mary, m. Isaac House Jr.; their br. was William Duke, b. c. 1757, who moved to Hardeman Co., and may have been the father of Merrit Duke of that place, who m. 1. Winifred Brown, dau. of John Brown.

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1.Thomas Ducke, m. a sister of Dunston Walton; one of the largest exporters of broadcloths. (See Dunston Walton. P.C.C., last will and testament, pr. 29 March 1572).
1.1. …
1.1.1. Thomas Ducke of Hambridge was bound over to this Sessions for refusinge to give any maintenance unto fower poore children of one George Ducke sonne of the said Thomas Ducke. General Sessions Of the Peace held at Wells, the 8th, 9th, l0th, and 11th days of January, 8 Charles (1632-3).
1.1. George Ducke, m. Margery Cooke. She was probably a cousin of the Parkers: William Parker, m. Antonia Gibbs, 3 July 1589, in wedmore; their son, William Parker, was associated with ‘Edward Cook, 100 acs. in W. branch of Nanzemum Riv., adj. his own and land of William Parker. 17 Mar. 1654 (B.1. p. 316). Edward Cooke was bapt. 9 Sept. 1610, in Wedmore, son of Edward Cooke, bapt. 28 Oct. 1565 and Diana Hutchins, who m. 1 Aug. 1594. William Parker’s br., Thomas, m. Margaret Cooke, 9 March 1612, dau. of the said Edward and Diana. Thomas Parker was the great-grandfather of Richard Parker. 15 Oct. 1698: Richard Parker 48 acs. Nansamond Co.; E. side of the S. br. of Nansamond River; adj. Thomas Parker; Thomas Harrell; Thomas Duke; and Rich’d Parker’s Cross Sw. patent. (B.3. p. 24).
1.2. John Ducke, born 1607, Curry Rivel, this being a manor in which his Walton relations held land. In that the name John was used in the Duke family, and this John Duke is as likely to be the father of Thomas Duke of Virginia as is br., George, he is tentatively suggested as the Duke ancestor.
1.2.1. Thomas Duke, b. c. 1632. 23 Apr. 1681: Thomas Duke 430 acs. Up Par. of Nazemond ‘Neare Thomas Harrell: adj. Thomas Parker: the Cross Sw.; & 200 acs. formely belonging to William Wright & 200 acs. granted sa. Wright 18 Mar. 1662 who conveyed to sd. Duke; 230 acs. for trans. of 5 pers. Tho. Duke (himself), Tho. Duke (his son), Fra. Marr, Jno. Deverett, Wm Harring. (B.2, p. 221). Thomas Duke Jr. & John Duke, his brother, 49 acs (N.L.) Up. Par. of Nansemond Co.; on the W’wd side of the S’n br. of Nansemond Riv; Beg. in line of Thomas Duke, their father, near land of Francis Mace. (B.3, p. 119).
1.2.1.1. Thomas Ducke Jr.. b. c. 1657, may have m. a dau. of Richard Taylor of Nansemond, who, on 20 April 1694, patented 293 acs. on the head of the branches that runs into Kingsale Swamp, adj. his own land, and that of Robert Brewer. (B 8, p. 344). 5 June 1747: Mary Brewer, 46 acs. on s. side of Nansemond river, adj. Thomas Duke, John Duke, and Paul Brewer decd. (B. 5, p. 239).
1.2.1.1.1. John Taylor Duke, b. c. 1682. What follows is not the traditional attempt to amalgamate this particular family of Duke with that of Byrd, but is likely to be more authentic.
1.2.1.1.1.1. William Duke, of Rocky Creek, Brunswick Co., b. c. 1707, d. 1675, m. 1. Thamar Taylor, a probable kinswoman.
1.2.1.1.1.1.1. William Duke, m. Mary Green, dau. of Edward Green, of Brunswick; a widow, with a dau. named Winifred, of (it seems likely) John Brown. (See para xxxvi.). Isaac Howze to Edward Green, both of Bute Co. 5 pds. for 100 A. on S. Prong of Redy Creek at mouth of Pon Branch adj. Wm. Howze, part of a Granville grant to William Howze. Wit: James Harrison, Obed. Green, William Green. (Warren Co., B. 2, p. 314).
1.2.1.1.1.1.1.1. Merrit Duke, m. his step-sister, Winifred Brown.
1.2.1.1.1.1.1.2. Green Duke, m. Mary Parham.
1.2.1.1.1.1.1.3. Sarah Duke, m. Thomas Christmas.
1.2.1.1.1.2. Robert Duke.
1.2.1.2. John Duke, b. c. 1657, m. Ann Pugh.
1.2.1.2.1. John Duke, b. c. 1682. Daniel Pugh willed 250 acs. adj. Cross Swamp to his grandson, John Duke ‘being the son & heir of his daughter Ann’, 26 Apr. 1711. John Duke and John Taylor Duke witnessed the will of James House in Brunswick, 9 Feb. 1735, grandfather of Isaac House. In that Isaac House was associated with William Merritt, the wife of Edward Green may be suggested.

xi.
The Last Will and Testament of Isaac House, dated 26 Oct. 1775: In the name of God amen, I Isaac House of the Co. of Brunswick being in perfect health but as it is allotted once and for all to die for what Estate it hath pleased God to bestow on me I dispose of in form and manner following. Item, I give & bequeath to my daughter Amy Lanier one shilling & her heirs for ever Item, I give & bequeath to my da. Elizabeth Tillman one Shilling & her heirs Item, I give & bequeath to my da. Frances Robertson one shilling & her heirs. Item, I give & bequeath to my da. Mary Robertson’s children one shilling and their heirs. Item, I give & bequeath to my da. Tabitha Brinkleys children one shilling & their heirs. Item, I give & bequeath to my five Sons, William, John, Isaac, Isham, James the Legacies that was given in their possession to them and their heirs forever and likewise the Legacies given to my daus. & had in possession to them and their Heirs for ever. Item, I give and bequeath to my son James the plantation I now live on by estimation Three hundred & forty eight acres to him and his heirs forever. Item, I Likewise, give all the remaining part of my estate after my debts and funeral charges and legacies are all paid I desire may be equally divided between my four sons & my son Johns Children, the children to have a fifth part to them & their heirs forever. I also do make Constitute and appoint my four son’s William, Isaac, Isham, & James to be my whole and sole executors of this my last Will and Testament desiring my said estate may not come to an appraisment. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of October in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred & Seventy Five. Isaac House seal, in the presence of Mark W. Edwards, George Tatum, John Avery, Meritt Birdsong, Jurate.

xii.
1.1.1.2.1.1. John House. Isaac House of Brunswick Co., for love and affection which I have &; do bear to my loving son John House of same, 200a, on n. side of Stoney Hill Run, being part of 288a purchased by me of one Michael O’Donolley to whom the same was granted by letters patent dated 20 Setpember 1742 and by the said Michael O’Donalley sold &; conveyed to me the said Isaac House by deed acknowledged 2 Jan. 1745, which said 200a is the whole of the said 288a that lies on the n. side of the said run. Signed Isaac House. Court, 3 Sept. 1747, deed ackn. by Isaac House. (B. 3, p. 341).

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1.1.1.2.1.1. William House. Isaac House of Brunswick Co. for love and affection which I have &; do bear to my Loving son William House Junr. of same, 200a, being all the Land I hold on the north side of Stoney Hill Run by me not heretofore given to my son John (ibid.). Bute Co., NC., Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (BCQS), 1767-1779. Wednesday after the second Tuesday in February 1768. Ordered that the following persons lay off a Road, leading from Capt Hawkins into the Cross Road, coming into the Shocko Road, near the piney Meadow agreeable to a former order, (to wit) Philemon Hawkins, Jno. Hawkins, William House, Willm House, Peter Green, Peter Kimball, Jn’o Jackson, Richd Moore, James Moore, Jno Moore, Thos. Green, Jno. Bell, Isaac House, Ellis Marquis, Benj. Kimball, Will’m Moore, Jno Purdie, Jonathan Johnston, Charles Allen, Joseph Purdie, & the Hands who were formerly were appointed, are still cont’d to open & work on the Road hereby appointed to be laid off, Jno Moore to be added to the former list of Hands. BCQS, 11 May 1768: Petit Jurors to wit. William Duke,* Young McLemore, Joseph Duke, Isaac House, James Ransom, Nathaniel Bullock, Thos Roberson, Joseph Person, Rich’d Proctor, Philip Burford, Drury Bobbitt, William Cheek.

xiv.
On 4 Feb. 1733, John Taylor Duke of Brunswick Co. purchased of Burrel Brown and his wife Mary 100 acres of land in Brunswick Co. on the s. side of the Meherrin River ‘Beginning at a Red Oak on the South Side of Rocky Run’. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of John Duke, Charles Stewart, Thomas Tapley, and Lawrence House (B. 1, p. 106). John Duke, the witness, was John Duke, Gent., probable cousin of John Taylor Duke, neighbour of Lawrence House in Brunswick Co.

xv.
BCQS 15 Nov. 1769: Isaac House, Joseph Edwards, James House, Parsons Rackley, John Dinkis, James Harrison, Robert Allen, Drury Bobbett, Britain Harris,* Richard White, John Pardue, John Hudson. BCQS, 16 Feb. 1775: The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for a road to be opened from William Dukes mill on Fishing Creek crossing the South Fork of the said Creek at Dentons Ford, thence the near & most convenient way into Col’o Hawkins road near Mr Bullocks old Field, Ordered that the said Way be viewed by William Duke, Green Duke, William Brown, John Brown, John Bowdon, James Riggin, William Walker, Ellis Marcus, James Cauthorn, John Christmas Jr., Thomas Christmas, Isaac House, William Green, Peter Green, John Bayley, William Merritt, Young McLamore, Nathaniel Peebles & Joseph Duke, and it is also Ordered that Green Duke be Overseer of the said Road & That he open the same with the hands of William Merritt, James Denton, Charles & John Wortham & John Jenkins.

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*Son of Daniel Harris, br.of Nathan and West Harris. On 8 Dec. 1743 Daniel Harris purchased 290 acs. of land on the n. side of Little Fishing Creek, located in what subsequently became Granville, Bute, and Warren Counties.

xvii.
This Indenture made the eleventh Day of July 1787 between William Merritt Senior of Brunswick Co. of the one part and Merritt Birdsong of the same County his grandson of the other part … for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which he hath and beareth unto the said Merritt Birdsong his grandson and for his better maintenance and support in the world …doth give grant alien enfeoff and confirm unto the said Merritt Birdsong … a tract or parcel of land whereon the said Merritt Birdsong and his father James Birdsong now live containing by estimation two hundred and sixty acres …situate in the Co. on the n. side of Sturgeon Creek and bounded as follows, beg. at Edmunds Stith’s corner hickory on the said Creek thence along his lines North three degrees West one hundred and sixty eight poles to a great white oake North seventy eight degrees East eighty eight poles to a great red oak North twenty one degrees West one hundred and eight poles to Merritt Cely corner small black jack thence along his lines East sixty six poles to a small red oak South one and an half degrees West eighty poles to a small red oak South forty eight degrees East ninety four poles to a stone near a small branch North forty four degrees East forty two and an half poles to a small hickory South sixty two and an half degrees East thirty one poles to a white oak on the Long Branch thence down the said branch as it meanders to Nathaniel Harrison’s line thence along the said Harrison’s line s. eighty nine degrees West one hundred poles to a dead hickory South sixteen degrees West twenty poles to a white oak on Sturgeon Creek aforesaid thence up the said Creek as it meanders to the beg. … Signed by William Merritt and witnessed by Arad Welton, William Short, William Cely, Merritt Cely, and Merritt House. Brunswick Co. Court 23 July 1787. (B. 14, p. 297).

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1.1.2. Thomas House, bapt. 12 Aug. 1677, in Compton Martin. Capt. John Duke was named executor and Katherine House as executrix in the will of Thomas House in Brunswick, dated 16 Feb. 1734: Thomas House of the Co. of Brunswick, planter, being weak in body … I give my wife my land I now live on as long as she lives and after her decease to my son Thomas House; my wife seven pounds in money. My aforesaid son sixteen pounds cash. My da. Hanah House one hundred acres of land joining to James House’s land that is now John Bates.* The remainder part of my estate is to be equally divided among my children. My wife executrix and Capt. John Duke executor. Wit: John Taylor Duke, David Case.  On 3 July 1731, Thomas Howse of the Co. of Surry, Planter, deeded to John Davis of same county, in consideration of the naturel love and effection which he beareth for his son James Howse (Surry Co. Deeds, 1730-1733, pp. 114-115). On 7 Oct. 1733, John Davis appointed surveyor of highway from Thomas Howse’s to Harrison Quarter, called Sweeds, that all male laboring tythes belonging to Thomas Howse – Thomas Howse Jr., James Howse and William Howse & others – assist in clearning same. (Brunswick Order, B. 1, p. 37).
1.1.2.1. Thomas House Jr. to William House, 175 acres, recorded 17 May 1727, a portion of 350 A granted to said Thomas House by patent dated at Williamsburg. 22 Feb. 1724. (ibid.).
1.1.2.2. William Howse.
1.1.2.3. James Howse. Indenture made the 26th day of April, 1762, between James House and Joshua Hix, for 20 pounds, conveying 50 acres on North side of the Otterdam Swamp. Signed by James House and Mary House. Names of witnesses not given. Indenture and Memorandum of Livery of Seizin were acknowledged in Court by James House and Mary, his wife, relinquished her right of dower. (B. 7, p. 105).
1.1.2.4. Lawrence Howse, d.v.p., petitions under oath to become administrator of Thomas Howse, decd.
1.1.2.5. Isham Howse.
1.1.2.6. Isaac House.

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1. John Bates, m. Deborah Wilkins, 31 Oct 1679, Compton Martin. He was probably the grandson of John Bates and Agnes Wikes, m. 19 May 1597, Compton Martin, son of his son, John Bates, bapt. 4 Mar. 1598.
1.1. *John Bates, bapt. 18 Nov. 1682.
1.2. William Bates, bapt. 30 Nov. 1684.
1.3. Thomas Bates, bapt. May 1687.
1.4. James Bates, bapt. 18 Aug. 1689.

BROWNE

xx.
1.
1.1. Richard Brown, m. Elizabeth Hicks, 23 Dec. 1690, Compton Martin.
1.1.1. Richard Brown, bapt. 10 Jan 1692.
1.2. John Brown, m. Jane, Compton Martin Reg.
1.2.1. John Brown, bapt. 14 Jul. 1681, Compton Martin. John Brown, the elder of Surry Co. conveyed land to Robert Hix the younger, 1735. (ibid., p. 191). Noah Brown fr. Wm. Moore land granted Thomas Cook 23 March 1715, 200 acres. Wit. John Duke, John Brown, Wm. Kimball, 13 Jul. 1735. (ibid. 224).

xxi.
1.2.2.1. Richard Browne (probably m. Frances Sexton), and Wm. Eaton of Prince Georges Co., 455 a., adj. Henry Bates, John Duke, Adam Tapley, Wm. Hough, John Brown. Wit: John Brown, Noah Browne, Frances Brown, wife of Richard, concurs to sale. Apr. 4, 1737. B. I, p. 325. Major Pryor and Anne, his wife of Brunswick Co., VA to Richard Brown of Northampton County, N.C. 350 acres on south side of Nottoway River southside of Rocky Run on lines of John Taylor Duke, James Loftin and others. (B. 3, pp. 615-617).

xxii.
Indenture made 13 January 1747, between Richard Brown of Brunswick Co. and Major Pryor of same, £150, 350a, on South side of Nottaway River. Signed Richard Brown. Witnesses: Charles Royall, Titus Singleton, John Collier. Court Feburary 4, 1747, Indenture &; Memorandum proved by oaths of Charles Royall Titus Singleton &; John Collier. (B.3, p. 378). 13 Oct. 1727: John & Richard Brown, of Surry Co.: 230a, (N.L.), Brunswick Co., on S. side of Roanoak River; adj. Charles Kimball’s land. (C&P 2, p. 181).

xxiii.
29 Dec. 1762: Richard Brown of Brunswick Co. to his son William Brown of Prince George Co.: 420a which was a patent to sd Richard Brown 20 Sept. 1758. Wit: Richard Brown Jr., Martha Atkison, William Atkison, Daniel Jackson. Richard Brown, LWT pr. 26 April 1773: my son Richard Brown my son, William Brown, my son, Lewis Brown, my son John Brown, my dau. Sarah Daniel.

xxiv.
1.2.2.1.1. John Brown. Indenture made the 24th day of November, 1760, between John Brown and Olive, his wife, of Nottoway Parrish, Southampton Co., parties of the first part, and Thomas Harrison, for 42 pounds 10 shillings, conveying 143 acres of which lower part of land bounded by land of Peter Simmons and upper part of land bounded by lands of John Butts and John Jackson, and being part of a larger tract formerly belonging to John Denton, deceased, and by John Denton devised to Elizabeth Harper, wife of George Harper, and by them sold to William Lindsey by deed recorded in Williamsburgh and by William Lindsey conveyed unto the said John Brown by deed dated 26 Feb. 1754. Signed by John Brown and Olive Brown. Wit. Jas. Stewart, James Harrison. (B. 6, p. 600).

xxv.
The will of William Collier, proved 26 Nov. 1759, named son-in-law David Lucas and wife Elizabeth; son Howell Collier; son Nathaniel Collier; son-in-law James Harrison and wife Sarah; sons Moses Collier, Frederick Collier, Drury Collier and William Collier (under age 18). Sons Howell, Nathaniel and Moses named executors. Witnesses Robert Lanier, Wm. Green and Mary Collier.

xxvi.
One of william Collier’s sons left a Will pr. in Northampton Co. Dec. Court 1793, naming Wife Susannah, dau. Nancy, son Jonathan, son Green, son James, daughs Sarah and Jane. Extrs: Joshua Collier, William Horton, William Brewer. Wits: William Collier, Drury Collier. Edward Walton of Chatham Co. NC was named guardian of his minor children, Sarah, Jane, and Jonathan. (NC B. 2, p. 37).

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6 March 1739. O. S., p. 298. William Collier is appointed Overseer of the Road from Benjamin Harrison’s Mill the most Convenient Way to the Court House Road the nearest way towards the Cut Bank Bridge and that Ambrose Jackson, Thomas Jackson, Edward Goodrich, Thomas Denton, Edward Denton, Stephen Sissons, William Sissons, Joseph Shearing, John Shearing, John Peoples, Peter Simmons, William Gower, George Harper and their tyths assist in clearing the same.

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Peter Simmons Sr. of Brunswick Co. His Will mentions grandsons Peter & Littleberry Simmons, both under age. granddau. Charity Harwell, grandson James Vaughn, dau. Sarah Harwell, Merritt & Sarah Harwell. Wit. Alexander Watson, Wm. Cook, Wm. Harrison. Pr. 27 Jun. 1768. (B. 10, p. 513). App. of slaves & personal est., by Frederick Maclin, Benja. Seawell and Valentine Owen. Rec. 26 Sept. 1768. (B. 3, p. 497).

xxix.
30 Jan. 1740: John Taylor Duke, 273 ac in Brunswick Co. on both sides of the Old Field Br on the N. side of the Old Co. line, adj. Sisum & Peter Simmons. (B. 20, p. 135). John Taylor Duke & his wife Jane of Brunswick Co. to Richard Lanier of same. 5 May 1743. 213 acres which was part of a patent to the said John Taylor Duke dated 30 Jan. 1741, joining Old Field Branch or Back Branch, Peter Simmons. Wit: Thomas Lanier, Sampson Lanier, John Maclin. Proved 6 May 1743. On 26 March 1751, John and Susanna Maclin of St. Andrews Psh., Brunswick Co., sold to William Lindsey of same 143 acres adj. Peter Simmons, John Butts, John Jackson, and the Little Meadow. The deed was wit. by Henry Duke, James Cook, and *Micajah Perry (kinsman of Adam Simmes). (B. 5, p. 443).

xxx.
27 Apr. 1759. Brunswick Co. Peter Simmons Sr. & Peter Simmons Jr. named executors in Will of Thos. Harwell. Probated 29 July 1760. (B. 3., p. 443). 20 Dec. 1755: Peter Simmons, Planter, of Brunswick Deed to Geo. Woodroof £50, orig. gtd John Ledbetter by patent 25 Nov. 1753, rec’d at Williamsburg. Deed recorded 5 July 1754 to Joseph Fisher. 199 ac. in Brunswick of n. side Meherrin R., adj former Ralph Jackson’s now Adam Simme’s line, on a br of Meherrin incl. all the islands below the sd cor. /s/ Peter & Elizabeth Simmons. (B. 4., p. 117).

xxxi.
1. Sir John Symes, lived at Mells, Somerset, m. Amy, da. of Thomas Horner esq., of Mells.
1.1. John Symes.
1.1.1. Thomas Symes Jr., evidenced here: Symes v Horner. Plaintiffs, Thomas Symes and Merrill Symes his wife. Defendants, Samuel Horner and Philip Horner. Subject: property in Mells, Somerset. (Nat. Arch., ref. C 5/64/111 1672).
1.1.1.1. ‘John Symes late of Montserrat, West Indies’.
1.1.1.1.1. Elizabeth Symes (da.,not sister), m. a kinsman, Samuel Perry. (See Nat. Arch., ref. C 11/750/12, 1714). 1.1.1.1.1.1. Symes Perry.
1.1.2. Richard Symes (See N&Q, 1890).
1.1.2.1. Adam Symes.
1.1.2.1.1. George Sims, of Brunswick Co.; d. Sept. 1763. He bought land from his br. John Sims, on 5 Nov. 1747, witnessed by *Micajah Perry, a cousin.
1.1.2.1.1.1. Adam Sims, m. Elizabeth Walton, da. of George Walton of Brunswick Co., and who was, thus, the br.-in-law of Nathan Harris, grandson of Thomas Harris, d. 1688, and br. of West Harris.

xxxii.
1.2.2.1.1. John Brown. This Indenture made this 21st Day of October 1790 between Freeman Jordan of the Co. of Brunswick of the one part & Randall Rhodes of the Co. aforesaid of the other part … for and in consideration of the sum of forty four pounds ten shillings … hath bargained sold and confirmed and said Freeman Jordan for himself and his wife Anne . . . doth by these presents grant bargain sell & confirm unto the said Randall Rhodes … one tract of land containing one hundred & seventy eight acres …situate lying and being the Co. of Brunswick in the Parish of Saint Andrews on the South side of Little Cedar Creek and bounded as follows beginning at Thomas Harriss corner white oak on the creek thence along his line North seventy four degrees West twelve poles to his corner white oak on Middle Cedar Creek thence up the sd. creek to the mouth of a branch just above a large rock thence up the said branch to Henry Maclins corner poplar on the same thence along his line North eighty degrees East one hundred and ninety poles to his corner Hickory on Little Cedar Creek thence down the sd. creek as it meanders to the beginning … Signed by Freeman Jordan and Ann Jordan, and witnessed by Jesse Turner, Arthur Smith, John Brown, and William Barrow. Witnessed by Jesse Turner, Arthur Smith, John Brown, and William Barrow. 25 July 1791. (B. 15, p. 110).

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1.2.2.1.1.1. Thomas Brown. The Thomas Harris of Little Cedar Creek was very probably a kinsman of Isham Trotter, who m. Jenny Burch, 22 Nov. 1773, in Brunswick; their dau., Martha, m. Thomas Brown, 24 Oct. 1803. Jenny Burch was the sister of Elizabeth Burch, wife of William Lanier, son of Thomas Lanier and Ann Maclin, dau. of William Maclin, as per will of 1751. Thomas Lanier was the uncle of Rebecca Lanier, wife of Walton Harris. Thomas Harris of Little Cedar Creek was very likely of this Harris family. Rebecca Lanier’s br., Burwell, deeded Thomas Brown 100 acs. in Anson Co. on 14 May 1797. The connection of the Brown and Harris families and those associated with them to Somerset is never far away:

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Thomas Harris was a neighbour of Isham Trotter: This Indenture made the twentieth Day of April 1787 between William Buckhannon of the County of Dinwiddie and Edward Holloway and his wife of the County of Meclinburg of the one part and Isham Trotter of the Co. of Brunswick and parish of Saint Andrews of the other part … for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred forty one pounds … do grant bargain and sell unto the said Isham Trotter … One certain tract and parcel of land lying in the Co. of Brunswick and Parish of Saint Andrews and adjoining the lands of Isham Trotter, Thomas Harris and the lands of James Crook and James McKenny and Isaac Jones old tract now the property of his wife Hannah Jones and also the lands of Rubin Allen and containing by survey two hundred and fifty four acres … Signed by William Buckhannon, Edward Holloway and Nancy Holloway and witnessed by John Edmundson, Mason Hardiway and William Hardiway, Jr. Brunswick Co. Court the 25th Day of June 1787. This Indenture was proved by the oaths of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. (B. 14, p. 294). W. Jr. [Cpt] Hardaway, m. Elizabeth Hicks, 25 Oct. 1784.

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As I have shown elsewhere, the mother of Hodges Cowncell was very likely to have been Elizabeth Hix of Wedmore. John Harris of Cheddar, Somerset (br. of Thomas Harris, bapt. 31 Dec. 1637, Cheddar, probably he who d. in 1688, in Virginia), was the grandfather of Alice Harris, who married into the Hix family. This John Harris was also the father of Arthur Harris, etc, and it would be surprising if the descendants of Thomas Harris, d. 1688, were not accompanied by a number of Somerset cousins. The tendency has been to assign almost every Harris to either Nathan or West Harris, which is certainly not the case.

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1.2.2.1.1.1. John Brown, m. Mary Green, dau. of Edward Green, of Brunswick, who subsequently m. William Duke.
1.2.2.1.1.1.1. Winifred Brown, m. Merrit Duke, son of William Duke and Mary (Green) Brown. Isaac Howze to Edward Green, both of Bute Co. 5 Pds. for 100 A. on S. Prong of Redy Creek at mouth of Pon Branch adj. Wm. Howze, part of a Granville grant to William Howze. Wit: James Harrison, Obed. Green, William Green. (Warren Co., B. 2, p. 314). John Duke and John Taylor Duke witnessed the Will of James House in Brunswick, 9 Feb. 1735. John Taylor Duke was the probable grandfather of William Duke, who  m. Mary (Green) Brown. James House was the grandfather of Isaac House. This is an example of the continuation of a Somerset kinship group.

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1.2.2.2. Burwell Brown, LWT pr. 27 Mar. 1756. 1732-1737, Brunswick Court Orders: Robert Hicks Jr., Burrell Brown, Batt Peterson, and Matthew Parham ordered to appraise the estate of John Smith dec’d. 7 Aug. 1740: He was security for Burchet Turner, administratrix of Joseph Turner dec’d. The Court ordered her, the now Mrs. Edward Green and her husband, to make up an account of her Admin. of the Estate and return to the same court. 1748, Bruns. Co. Court Records: Burrell Brown Gent. took a list of tithtables in the lower eastern part on the SS of the Meherrin.
1.2.2.2.1. Irvin Brown, not 21 years of age in 1756.
1.2.2.3. Jeremiah Brown. To repeat: 1 July 1740: Indenture between James Parham to Bertie Province NC and John Tooke of Surry Co. for 5 shillings, a tract of 440 acres on the N. side of Fountaine Creek; Brunswick Co., except 100 acres to Jeremiah Brown granted by patent 2 Feb. 1724 to said James Parham. Wit. Batt Peterson, John Peterson, Burwell Brown.

JACKSON

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It would be worth persuing the suggestion that these Jacksons were of Combe Hay, Somerset, where, on 23 Apr. 1604, Miles Jackson gent m. Elinor Damijon, and John Millard m. Elizabeth Tucke on 11 Feb. 1604. Combe Hay is only 12 mls fr. where the Symes family held land in Nunney.

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Ambrose Jackson Jr. – To my son Henry – £10 cash after his mother’s death. To my dau. Anne Harwell – £10 cash after her mother’s death. To my dau. Tabitha Simms – £10 cash after her mother’s death. To my son John – the plantation where I now live & all its land, but my wife to have her lifetime on it. Wit: Thomas Lanier, Ralph Jackson, Daniel Jackson, John Ogburn. Returned to Court 1 May 1746. (Brunswick, B. 2, p. 93). Ambrose Jackson’s mother m. secondly Hinchea Mabry, 22 June 1747. Ambrose Jackson Jr’s uncle, Ralph Jackson of Surry co., was granted, on 11 July 1719, 25 acres on n. side of the Meherrin River in Surry on Hix’s line by Wyche’s line. This land was sold to Hix in 1728. Ralph Jackson of Surry Co. bought from William Kimball of Brunswick Co. 125 acres on the n. side of Little Creek of Three Creeks, 13-14 Jan. 1728. Another uncle was John Jackson: John Jackson planter of Brunswick Co. to Adams Sims planter of same. 22 Feb. 1739, £7s 10. 50 acs. which was part of a 200 acre patent to sd John Jackson, dated 22 Feb. 1724. Wit. Mary Jackson, Margaret Jackson, Esther Jackson, John Chapman. 3 July 1740. (B. 2, p. 444). Indenture made the 4th day of June, 1747, between Margaret Jackson and Sampson Lanier, for 10 pounds and 15 shillings, conveying 50 acres, being that certain tract given the said Margaret Jackson, by her father, John Jackson, located on n. side of Meherrin River, and bounded by the lands of John Jackson, Adam Sims and M. Chamberlin. Acknowledged in Court on 4 June 1747. (B. 3, p. 326). John Jackson & his wife Rebecca of Brunswick Co. to Robert Hicks of Surry Co. 4 Nov 1742. £50 VA. Hicks’ release from Jackson for 425 acres which was part of a patent to sd John Jackson dated Sept. 1728, on the n. side of Ready Creek, joining James Parham. Wit. Edward Tatum, Jesse Tatum. (ibid., p. 536).

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Adam Sims witnessed the Will of John Jackson, proved 1 Jan. 1746. John Jackson, son of Ambrose Jackson Jr., was associated with John Harris, William Duke, and Joshua Mabry: 12 Nov. 1774, Bute Co. NC Court Minutes.The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for a road to be opened from Houses road at or near John Jacksons’s path the nearest & best way into the road leading to Blacks ferry, at or near John Harriss,* Ordered that William Duke … John Jackson … etc. Ambrose Jackson Jr’s son, Henry, m. 1. Ann Mabry, dau. of Hinchia Mabry, 2. On 21 Dec. 1783, at age 43, Ann Broadnax, dau. of William Broadnax. Henry Jackson witnessed the deed on 18 Jan. 1764 of William Duke to John Jackson, his father, for 300 acres on Owens Creek in Granville Co., NC. On 30 Jan. 1774, William Cheek sold to Henry Jackson, both of Bute Co., NC, for £20 200 acres in Bute County on Pore Creek to Poplar Springs Branch down the Meadow Spring to Barren Lick Branch, adjoining Solomon Alston. Witness Samuel Magnum. August Court 1774. Henry Jackson with his brother James was in the list of taxables, 1771, in Philemon Hawkins’ District of Bute Co. Court minutes of Bute Co. show that in 1769 Green Duke, William Duke, James House, James Harrison and Henry Jackson were ordered to work on a road. Henry’s dau, Abigail, m. John Duncan. Land grant: 2 Sept. 1793, to John Dunkin, 11 shillings 7d, 249 acres surveyed 19 Jan. 1790 in Dist. 96, Edgefield Co., on waters of Clouds Creek, bounded by line running SE by John Dunkins land, SW by Thomas Harris land, other sides vacant. Abigail’s br’s. were James Jackson and John Jackson, who witnessed a deed of his brother James in Greene Co., GA, in 1792 and on 5 Oct. 1795 purchased land there from John Johnson. John Jackson’s son was Greenberry Jackson. *Who was this John Harris?

TUCKE

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1.1. William Tucke, m. Christian Holman, 18 July 1571, at Barwick, St Mary Magdalene, 27 mls fr. Wedmore
1.1.1. Thomas Tucke, m. Mary Collins, 26 Jan. 1604, Barwick.
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.
1.1.1.1.1. William Tooke. On 29 November 1672, he testified that his age was 46. William Tooke sold 900 acres of land in IOW Co. on 3 Jan. 1661; land patented by James Tooke, 11 Nov. 1640.
1.1.1.1.1.1. John Tooke of Surry Co., left a will proved 15 Feb. 1720. He appointed John Parson and William Ezell executors and John Parson, Samuel Sebrell, and James Pyland as trustees. A codicil named William Ezell as guardian of his son, John.
1.1.1.1.1.1.1. 4 July 1745, Brunswick Co. Indenture: Between John Tooke of Brunswick, Black Smith, and Absalom Atkinson of Isle of Wight, school master, 50 pounds, beginning at a Live Oak on the north side of Fountain’s Creek in the County of Brunswick aforesaid thence North East one hundred pole to a white oak thence north northwest sixty four pole to a gum thence along a line of markt trees to a red oak standing above the head of a branch call’d Jerry’s Branch and so down the said branch to the said Fountain’s Creek and down the said Creek to the first station it being part of a tract of land granted to James Parham by patent bearing date the twenty second day of February in the Year of Lord one thousand Seven hundred and twenty four when belonging to the IOW Co. and so granted to the said John Tooke by the said James Parham by deeds the whole tract by patent containing four hundred and forty acres and this part purchased by the said Absalom Atkinson containing by estimation two hundred acres. Signed John Tooke. Witnesses: Theophilus Feild, William Embry, Thomas Embry. Indenture and Memorandum acknowledged by John Tooke. (B. 3, p. 39).

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2 April 1747, Brunswick Co. We, William Southerland and Robert Southerland Brunswick Co., VA, 30 pounds, paid by Absalom Atkinson of IOW Co., 186 acs. on south side of Fountain’s Creek, patent dated Sept. 22, 1739 granted to John New & by the said John New conveyed to the aforesaid William Southerland and Robert Southerland, dated 1 Mar. 1743. Signed William Southerland and Robert Southerland. Witnessess: William Ezel Jr., John Batt, and William Ezell. Memorandum 1 Mar. 1743. Witnesses: Peter Wych, William Ezell Jr, John Batt. Court June 7, 1744, Indenture and Memorandum proved by the oaths of Peter Wych and William Ezell Jr. Court Apr. 2, 1747, proved by oath of John Batt. (B. 3, p. 281).

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1 July 1740: Indenture between James Parham to Bertie Province NC. and John Tooke of Surry Co. for 5 shillings a tract of 440 acres on the N. side of Fountaine Creek; Brunswick Co., except 100 acres to Jeremiah Brown granted by patent 2 Feb. 1724 to said James Parham. Wit: Batt Peterson, John Peterson, Burwell Brown, Edward Green, John Bishop, James Judkins. (B. 2, p. 63).

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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. (The proposition that this Thomas Harris was not closely associated with Thomas Harris, d. 1688 was always less than credible.
1.1.1.3. Elizabeth Tooke, m. Michael Ezell.
1.1.1.3.1. Elizabeth Ezell, m. John Atkinson Jr., son of John Atkinson, br. of Aaron and Absolem Atkinson, and Ann Holman.
1.1.1.3.1.1. William Atkinson. Indenture made 4 July 1745, between William Atkinson of Southwark Parish, Surry Co., and John Parker of St. Andrew Parish, Brunswick Co., for £22, for land on both side of Stoney Creek, the same being granted to William Atkinson by Letters Patent dated 25 Nov. 1733. Signed: William Atkinson. Witnesses: John Twitty, William Irby, Benjamin Lanier. (B. 3, p. 43).

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West Harris &  Joseph Green of Granville Co., North Carolina for £40, paid by John Atkinson & Aaron Atkinson of Brunswick Co., Virginia, on s. side of Fountains Creek, 300 ac., and is part of 900a granted to John Bradford by Patent dated 13 Oct. 1727 & afterwards granted to Joseph Turner of Brunswick Co., St. Andrew Parish, by Deeds of Lease & release, dated 2 April 1735, and afterwards given by Will to the daus. of the said Joseph, Mary, and Ann, which are now the wives of the said West Harris and Joseph Green, dated 5 May 1748. Signed West Harris, Joseph Green, Mary Harris, Anne Green. Witnesses: Absalom Atkinson, William Ezell Jr., James Parham. Court May 5, 1748, deed and memorandum were acknowledged by West Harris & Joseph Green and Mary the wife of the said West, and Anne the wife of the said Joseph appeared and relinquished their Right of Dower. (ibid.. p. 414).
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.

Ad.

Thr first record of the Howse family specifically connected to North Curry was a purchase of the Chantry house in North Curry: Bargain and sale. 1. Executors of the will of William Lyle, esq. 2 Robert Howse of London, clothworker, Thomas Howse of Gregorie Stoke, Somerset, yeoman and Philip Cawse of Cowne, Somerset, gent. Chantrie House, North Corie, Somerset. 1560. (Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, ref. 372/3/3/10).

The relationship between Robert and Thomas Howse is not known, but it seems likely that they were brothers, with the property in North Curry decending to the sons of Thomas.

Robert Howse, Clothworker, was sheriff of London, August 10, 1587. His daughter married Sir Thomas Hayes, d. 1617, Lord Mayor of London in 1614. Their dau. m. Sir Henry Boothby, 1st Baronet.

The sons of Thomas Howse appear to be:

(1) William House, who m. Elizabeth White on 30 Apr. 1564, in North Curry (St Peter and Paul).

(2) John Howse, who m. Margaret Hobbs on 30 January 1570, in Stoke Gregory. He is a defendant in several court cases: Babbe v Howse. Plaintiffs: Nicholas Babbe. Defendants: John Howse. Subject: Charge of fraud; copy of court roll of the manor of North Curry, Somerset, the inheritance of the dean and chapter of Wells. 1558-1603. National Archives (N.A), reference C 2/Eliz/B27/21). Dean of Wells v Howse. Plaintiffs: Dean and Chapter of Wells Cathedral. Defendants: John Howse, John Martyne, Anthony Kinglake, Richard Barker, Richard Stevens and John Dure. Subject: common of pasture of the manor of North Curry, Somerset. 1603-1625. (N.A. ref. C 2/JasI/W3/3).

(3) Thomas Howse, who m. Agnes Tullyot on 27 Jan. 1571, in Stoke Gregory. He died in 1629: PROB 11/155/657: Will of Thomas Howse of North Curry, Somerset, 6 June 1629.

(4) Jerome House, who m. Alice Powell on 6 Jun. 1573, in Stoke Gregory. PROB 11/276/226: Will of Alice Howse, Widow of North Curry, Somerset 6 May 1658. Their son was Edward Howse, defendant in a case brought by his probable cousin: Howse v Howse. Plaintiffs: William Howse. Defendants: Alice Howse, widow, and Edward Howse. Subject: copyhold held of the manor of North Curry, Somerset. 1648. (N.A. ref. C 5/612/204).

Either John, Thomas, or Jerome Howse was the father of Christopher Howse, who m. Elizabeth Trapnell on 4 May 1601, in North Curry; their grandson was Christopher House jun., who m. Mary Gully on 1 June 1646, in North Curry. They were probably ancestors of the following Howse of North Curry: Christopher House who m. Radiyan Bray on 27 April 1674; Christopher House who m. Mary Bond on 21 February 1723; and ‘Christopher House of the parish of Stoke St Gregory widower’ who m. ‘Eleanor Morgan of the same parish spinster’ on 12 August 1767.

John Howse was the father of (1) Nicholas Howse, who m. Jane Butcher in 1615, parents of John Howse, bapt. 23 June 1618, in North Curry. (2) Edward Howse.
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A DUKE FAMILY OF VIRGINIA

There were obviously as many families of Duke/Ducke of Virginia as there were of Harris, and the tendency to seek a common ancestor is fanciful. However, concerning the origins of a Ducke family connected to those of Parker and Merrit, a suggestion may be made, which, although not seeming to have any direct bearing on the ancestry of such as the Harris, may point to shared connections – a ‘continuation of associations’, from Somerset to the New world.

Much about Somerset can be gleaned from ‘Sessions of the Peace’, which were courts held in various locations, to settle local disputes, mete out punishments, arrange for tax collection, and oversee the maintenance of local roads and bridges. They were resided over by local dignatories, such as the Barbers, Bulls, Rodneys, Rosses, and Symes. The Rodneys were intermarried with the Hodges, the Rosses with the Lancasters of Virginia; Rice Davies was connected to the Pitts of Virginia.

In the following court, a case against Thomas Ducke was considered:

GENERAL SESSIONS OF THE PEACE HELD AT WELLS, the 8th, 9th, l0th, and 11th days of January, 8 Charles (1632-3), before Sir William Portman, Baronet, Sir Ralph Hopton, K.B., Sir Ferdinand Gorge, Sir Robert Phelipps, Sir Edward Rodney, Knights, Gerard Wood, D.D., Paul Godwyn, D.D., Robert Hopton, John Harrington, Francis Barber, John Farewell, Richard Cole, Rice Davies, James Farewell, and Abraham Burrell, Esquires.

Whereas Thomas Ducke of Hambridge was bound over to this Sessions for refusinge to give any maintenance unto fower poore children of one George Ducke sonne of the said Thomas Ducke but sufferinge the said children to lye uppon the charge of the parishe of Kingsbury the said Thomas Ducke beinge a man of sufficiency and grandfather of the said children, yt is at this Sessions ordered by the consent of the said Thomas Ducke that he the said Thomas Ducke shall allow and pay unto the Overseers of the poore of the said parishe of Kingsbury the some of six pounds yearly and to bee payd monthly from this tyme for and towards the releife of the said fower children and to bee by them imployed accordingly, and this paiment to continue untill a suite now Dependinge in his Maj’ies high Court of Chancery betweene the said Thomas Ducke and Ruben Cooke and Margery Ducke concerninge the same bee fully heard and ended. (S.A, Ixix, ii, 69).

Thus, Thomas Ducke was of deep pocket.

His son, George, had married Margery Cooke. Thomas Ducke was born circa 1580. He is mentioned in another sessional hearing of 1 September 1630: ‘Thomas Ducke may alienate a messuage in Hambridge in parish of Curry Rivel, Som. to William Coward, gent‘. His son, John, is recorded as being baptised in Curry Rivel: 31 January 1607, ‘John s. of Thomas Ducke’. He was alive in 1648: Ducke v Lye. Plaintiffs: Thomas Ducke. Defendants: John Lye. Place or subject: property in Hambridge, Somerset. (Nat. Arch ref. C 7/412/31). It can be assumed that a namesake mentioned in a court case of 1698 was a descendant of his: Ducke v Starre. Plaintiffs: Thomas Ducke. Defendants: John Starre, Marie Eliot, Thomas Moore, John Lie, William Barker and John Greene. Subject: title deeds of premises in Curry Rivel, Somerset. (Nat. Arch ref. C 3/485/1).

Thomas Duke was the grandson, I reasonably suppose, of a Thomas Duke who married into the family of John Walton, of High Ham, Somerset:

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1.1. John Walton. Oct. 17, 1549, Proved by Thomas Walton, May 4, 1551. (14 Bucke). Buried in the Church of High Ham, in the Chauncell, between Mr Dyer, sometime Parson of the same Church, and my two wives. To the Cathedral Church of Wells, 6 d. To the mayntenance of Goddis Dyvyne Service in the Church of Netherham, six good wether sheepe. … To my son Alexander Walton, my purchase in West Monckton, with appurtenances. To my son Andrew Walton & his heirs, all my lands in Langport Easton, Langport Weston, Som’ … To my daughter Joane Walton, £40, and ‘oon flate pece with a cover of silver parcel gilted, and oon bedde with appurtenances’, she to be ordered in her marriage by Sir Thomas Dyer, Kt, and William & Thomas Walton, her brothers. To my daughter Elisabeth Walton, £40, & the same to my daughter Agnes Walton. To my cousin Richard Walton, son of my brother William Walton,* the elder, my wood knyfe. 12d to the poor people of two Alms houses in Glastonbury. Residue to my son Thomas Walton, Exr. My brother Walton, & my gossip Uppham, overseers. ‘And I beseche the Lyvyn God Recyve my soule unto His endless mercy’.
1.2. *William Walton, of Shapwick, Somerset, m. 1. Joan  (2. Elizabeth). See Weaver’s Visitations of the County of Somerset, p. 134, 1885.
1.2.1. Dunston Walton. P.C.C., last will and testament, proved 29 March 1572, of Dunstan Walton (d. 19 March 1572), brother-in-law of the poet, Thomas Watson (d. 1592). After his death, his widow, Blanche (d. 24 April 1593), m. the London grocer and mercer, John Lambert. After his death, she married the London Lord Mayor, Thomas Skinner. The testator leaves bequests to his wife’s brother, John Watson (d. 19 December 1574)and sister, Anne (nee Watson) Ducke (d. 18 October 1574) and her daughter, Blanche. Ann Walton had firstly m. Thomas Watson, and, secondly, Thomas Ducke. Dunston Walton was one of the largest exporters of broadcloths.
1.2.2. Richard Walton. Cal. Pat. 1553-4, 89; lease of Shapwick.
1.2.2.1. Richard Walton, of Shapwick, Som. Esqr. Feb. 8, 1609. Admn. to Jane Worth, alias Walton, daughter of deceased.
1.2.2.2. Thomas Walton, of Shapwick, Som, Esqr. March 6, 1610. Proved April 29, 1611. (34 Wood) To be buried near my wife in the Chancel of Shapwick Church. To Richard, my son, my lands, &c, in Butleigh Wooton, Compton Dundon, Streate, Langporte Eston, Langport Weston, Weeke Perham, Curry Rivell, Drayton, &c, & elsewhere, to him & his heirs. In default, to my said daughter. Residue of my goods to my son Richard Walton, Exr. My friends, John Maye, Esqr, my brother William Walton, & Richard Hadley, clerk, overseers, to each £6. 13. 4. Proved by William Walton, brother, one of the overseers, during the minority of Richard Walton, son.
1.2.2.2.1. Richard Walton. The Waltons intermarried with the Martins: Nov. 1658. *Richard Walton, of Baltonsborough, Som., granted to Thomas Godwyn, uncle & Guardian assigned to Thomas Martyn, a minor, son of Thomas Martyn, nephew & next-of-kin to Richard Walton, deceased, because Thomas Martyn, the elder, & William Martyn, the nephew, have renounced the administration.  A Martin family of Wedmore intermarried with the Cowncells of that place; ‘Gulielmus Martin & Johannam Cowncell, 10 May 1567′.
1.2.2.3. William Walton, of Wooton Butleigh, Som. gent. Jany. 28 1616-17. Proved by Ann Walton, relict, during the minority of Francis Walton. (59 Weldon) … Also the Tithes of Moorlinch, parcel of the Rectory of Shapwicke, Mary Coke, my kins- woman. My son Francis Walton, Exr.
1.2.2.3.1. Francis walton.
1.2.3. Thomas Walton, d. 1576, Richard’s step-brother.
1.2.3.1. Thomas Walton, d. 1622.
1.2.3.1.1. Francis Walton, conveyed Shapwick manor to Abraham Burrell

Thus, Thomas Ducke of Curry Rivel was a neighbour of his Walton kinsfolk, one of whom mentioned in his will ‘Mary Coke, my kins-woman’. (Cooke).

The North/South road from Wedmore runs through High Ham after 12 miles, and Curry Rivel after 20 miles. This, however, disguises the potential nearness of families, as southerly hamlets of Wedmore meet with the northerly ones of High Ham, the same relationship obviously being shared with the hamlets of High Ham and Curry Rivel.

A Browning family were of Wedmore:

1. Richard Browning
1.1. Margaret Browninge, m. John Cowncell, 28 Apr 1567, leading to Hodges cowncell, I suggest.
1.2. Richard Browning.
1.2.1. John Browning.
1.2.1.1. John Browning, bapt. 15 May 1587.
1.2.1.2. Robert Browninge, bapt. 22 Jan. 1588.
1.2.1.2.1. Christiana Browning, bapt. 21 Jan. 1609.
1.2.1.2.1.1. Thomas Browning, bapt. 5 Feb. 1633.
1.2.1.3. Thomas Browning, bapt. 31 Mar. 1595.
1.2.2. Jane Browning, bapt. 7 Feb. 1601, m. Henry Marten, 28 Apr. 1623.

A Parker family were of Wedmore:

1. William Parker, m. Antonia Gibbs, 3 July 1589
1.1. William Parker: Edward Cook, 100 acs. in W. branch of Nanzemum Riv., adj. his own and land of William Parker. 17 Mar. 1654, p. 316. Edward Cooke was bapt. 9 Sept. 1610, in Wedmore, son of Edward Cooke, bapt. 28 Oct. 1565 and Diana Hutchins, who m. 1 Aug. 1594. Edward Cooke Sr. was probably the br. of Benjamin Cooke, whose son, John Cooke, was bapt. 30 Nov. 1602.
1.2. Thomas Parker, m. Margaret Cooke, 9 March 1612, dau. of the said Edward and Diana.
1.2.1. Richard Parker; d. bef. 23 Apr. 1681 in Nansemond Co.
1.2.1.1. Richard Parker, d. 1698-1704.
1.2.1.1.1. Richard Parker: Granted 304 acres near the head of Bennett’s Creek. 15 Oct. 1698: Richard Parker 48 acs. Nansamond Co.; E. side of the S. br. of Nansamond River; adj. Thomas Parker; Thomas Harrell; Thomas Duke; & Rich’d Parker’s Cross Sw. patent. (B.3. p.24)
1.2.1.1.1.1. Peter Parker, named in the Will of his father (1749), as was his br., Jonathon Parker, who was a jurist in a trial concerning James Bland.
1.2.1.1.1.1.1. Thomas Parker, d. 1782.
1.2.1.2. Thomas Parker: 23 Apr. 1681: Thomas Duke 430 acs. Up Par. of Nazemond ‘Neare Thomas Harrell: adj. Thomas Parker: the Cross Sw.; & 200 acs. formely belonging to William Wright & 200 acs. granted sa. Wright 18 Mar. 1662 who conveyed to sd. Duke; 230 acs. for trans. of 5 pers. Tho. Duke , Tho. Duke, Fra. Marr, Jno. Deverett, Wm Harring. (B.2, p. 221).  16 Apr. 1683: Thomas Parker 150 acs. Up. Par. of Nansimund. Beg. at Col Thomas Dew, at the mouth of Craeny Cr., issueing out of the southern br. including Racoone Island. (B. 2, P. 258). 25 Mar. 1700: Daniel Pugh willed 250 acs. adj. Cross Swamp to his grandson, John Duke ‘being the son & heir of his daughter Ann’ (Pugh). 26 Apr. 1711: Thomas Duke Jr & John Duke , his brother, 49 acs (N.L.) Up. Par. of Nansemond Co.; on the W’wd side of the S’n br. of Nansemond Riv; Beg. in line of Thomas Duke, their father, near land of Francis Mace. (B.3, p. 119). 1 March 1719: Samuel Merriot 640 acs. Chowan Precinct; joining John Pipkin, the sd. Merriot, ye Beaver Dam Branch, John Duke, John Drury & Joseph Ballard. (Hoffmann 3047).
1.2.1.3. Francis Parker. 16 Apr. 1683: Francis Parker 20 acs. Up. Par. of Nansimind “In the line of Hood’s Neck , in possession of sd. Parker; to Cross Swamp Pattent , granted his father Richard Parker Sr. Adj. Jerico, now belonging to Col. Thomas Dew.” (ibid.)

The Harrells intermarried with the Scotts:

On January 13, 1745, Richard Harrell Sr., a planter from Perquimans County sold 210 acres in Perquimans Co. to his son-in-law, James Scott. This land was just above the Roanoke River, in southern Bertie County. Richard’s Will was probated in the April Court of 1762. It named his sons, Dempsey, James and John; his grandsons Jacob and Jonathon Duke; his daughter,Martha Sheppard; his son, Richard; and his daughters, Zilpha Scott, Elizabeth Spivey, Sarah Hobbs, Ann Felton, Margaret Hill, and Mary Eason. He named his wife, Margaret, and son, John, executors. The witnesses were John Scott, James Scott, and Nicholas Stallings.

The Harrells intermarried with the Higgs:

In his will written on July 21, 1767, John Harrell named his sons Moses, Bayley, Lemuel, and Solomon; his daughters, Judah Higgs and Lucy Davenport; his sons, Amos and Gideon. His sons, Baley and Lemuel, were named as executors. The witnesses were Nicholas Skinner, Jacob Harrell, and John Higgs.

On 4 May l659, Thomas Browning sold his land on Hoskins Creek to John Cooke. (Rapp. B. 2, p.55). John Cooke assigned to Thomas Meader, dec’d, and given by will to Thomas Meader, orphan on 9 April 1664. (C&P, pp. 477-478).

Did Francis Browning, whomever he was, m. Rachel Merrit?

A Merrit family were of High Ham, neighbours of the waltons, into which family the Duckes intermarried.

John Meriot & Elizabeth Marden, 7 May 1603.
John Meriot & Julianna Scott, 3 June 1611.
John Meryott & Maria Stacie, 30 May 1636.
John Merriott & Christianna Higges, 3 May 1641.
Nicholas Merriott 7 Joanna Petty, 23 May 1641.
Thomas Meriat had son, Thomas baptized at High Ham, 2 May 1622.
Thomas Meriott of High Ham, Will proved 15 May 1634, wife Margaret.

Was Thomas Duke of Nansemond the son of George Duke, son of Thomas Duke?

It seems a reasonable conjecture.
Ad.

Thomas Ducke of Hambridge, and Thomas Ducke of Priddy, are mentioned in the Will of Robert Ducke, rector of Charlton Mackrell, Will pr. 20 Nov. 1583 (TNA Prob. 11166, fol. 118v). He also names John Holman, and res. leg. and exec. William Harrys. That the chantry of Charlton Mackrell church was vested in Sir Thomas Bell and Richard Duke, it may reasonably be presumed that Robert Ducke’s office arose from a family connection, as most did. Sir John Horsey held the advowson, and in 1567 presented John Sprynt as rector, Richard Duke’s kinsman.

Richard Duke, d. 1572, was Clerk of the Court of Augmentations, who acquired large grants of former monastic lands in the West Country following the Dissolution of the Monasteries. He was Sheriff of Devon in 1563–64. He was b. ‘by 1515, 1st s. of Henry Duke by Maud, da. of Roger White. educ. Temple, adm. 8 Feb. 1533. m. (1) by Apr. 1539, Elizabeth, da. of John Franke of Yorks., 1da.; (2) settlement 20 Apr. 1562, Joan, da. of Thomas Hoby or Halby of London, wid. of William Pantin of London and John Sprint of Bristol, Glos. 1s. d.v.p. The Dukes are said to have lived at Otterton from the time of Edward III and the manor became Richard Duke’s chief residence outside London’. (The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982).

It is reasonable to assume that Thomas Ducke of Hambridge was of the Otterton pedigree, as suggested by Vivian, the antiquarian, which offers the only feasible account of the Ducke pedigree on chronological grounds, and is not the usual amalgam of different families. It can be added that the first record I can find that connects the Duckes of Otterton with Poherhayes is a letter dated 26 Jul.1584 from the father of Sir walter Raleigh requesting to purchase a farm from Richard Ducke of Otterton, d. 1606, in Hays, formerly called Poers-Hay, now Dukes-Hays, citing that he was born there. Any connection before this is of the ‘it is said’ category. It may also be added that I can not find evidence of the Duckes being mentioned in the cartulary of Otterton Priory, as is sometimes claimed; and said to ‘connect’ them to the Poers, who are frequently mentioned.

1. … Ducke, it is said, m. Cecily Poer, dau. of Roger Poer of Poerhayes, temp. Richard II.; 1377-1399. There was ‘it is said’ a shield on the front of a house immediately on the north side of Otterton church, on which appeared the arms of Ducke and Poer, quartered, ‘Ducke 1 and 4, per fess, argent and azure, 3 chaplets counterchanged; 2 and 3, for Le Poer, per pale wavy, or and azure. The practice of erroneously quartering arms with those of a supposed ancestress was common enough in the ‘visitation’ period, especially by a family who ‘had made good’ and which sought a salubrious association.
1.1. Richard Ducke. (Vivian).
1.1.1. Richard Ducke. (Vivian).
1.1.1.1. Richard Ducke, Mayor of Exeter. In 1522, he reformed the ale-houses and made landlords responsible for the good behaviour of their customers. (Vivian).

1.1.1.2. Henry Ducke, born c. 1480, merchant of Exeter, m. Maud White, dau. of Roger White of Ottery St. Mary. (Hist. Parl. Trust).
1.1.1.2.1. Richard Duke, Sheriff of Devon, born by 1515, d. 1572. The manor of Otterton in 1540 was purchased of Henry VIII. by Richard Ducke, esq., a clerk of the Augmentation Court, for the sum of £1727 4.9. 2d. This new proprietor, as we are told by Sir William Pole, (Collections, p. 151) “builded a fayre howse in this place on an ascent over the river Otter, which driveth his miles underneath the howse”.
1.1.1.2.1.1. Christiana Duke, m. George Sprint.
1.1.1.2.2. John Ducke of Prynne, Devon, m. 1. Ellen Midleton, dau of Thomas Midleton. 2. Agnes, dau. of John Grindal, relict of Sprint and Parker.
1.1.1.2.2.1. Richard Ducke of Otterton, bur. 21 Mar. 1606, m. 1. Martha Parker, d. 1582, dau. of John Parker, a merchant of London, which might be suggestive of the origins if the Parkers of Wedmore; consider: Release 1. Richard Duke of Otterton, esquire, 2 George Parker, son and heir apparent of Edmund Parker. Fee farm rent of £5 issuing out of the manor and barton of Boringdon. Consideration £80. 19 May 1673. (Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, ref. 69/M/2/25. That ‘William Harrys’ was the exec. of Robert Ducke, rector of Charlton Mackrell, might also suggest a Devonshire connection of the Harris family of Wedmore/Cheddar.

1. Sir Roger Giffard of Brightlegh, m. Margaret, dau. and heir of John Coblegh of Brightlegh.
1.1.John Giffard, m. Mary, dau. of Sir Richard Grenvile, of Buckland-Monachorum.
1.1.1.John Giffard, m. Honor Erle, dau. of … Erle of Charborough, in Dorsetshire.
1.1.1.1. Arthur Giffard, m. Ann, dau. of Thomas Legh, of Northam, esq., and had issue: Mary (n.b. m. Hugh Wyot of Braunton), Elizabeth, (m. Arthur Harris, Esq., recorder of Great Torrington, and younger brother of John Harris, of Hayne, Esq., sans issue).
1.2. Roger Giffard, esq., m. secondly, Agnes, dau. of John Grindal, of London, merchant, the relict of John Duke of Otterton, before that of Grail, ere that the relict of Sprint, but first the widow of Parker of London, sans issue; thirdly he married a dau. of John Prouz of Tiverton, the widow of Walrond, of the same, and had issue George; who m. a dau. of Thomas Hodges, of Wedmore near Wells, Somerset.

Another point of the compass which points to the origins of Thomas Ducke of Curry Rivel is his grant to William Coward, a kinsman of sorts.

1 September 1630: Thomas Ducke may alienate (grant) a messuage in Hambridge in parish of Curry Rivel, Som. to William Coward gent.

This informs of a connection between Thomas Ducke and Arthur Duck:

1. John Coward, of West Pennard, Somerset, Yeoman. Will proved Feb. 7, 1591, by Thomas & Elizabeth Coward. (16 Harrington). To be buried in the churchyard, near my father & wife. My father Robert Coward, decd. Edward Coward, my son. Thomas & Elizabeth, my children. John Whytinge, my brother in law. Cogitation of marriage between Thomas Coward, my son, & Mary, daughter of William Watkyns, of Wells, gent.
1.1. Thomas Coward, of Wells, Somerset, gent. Will proved Apr. 27, 1621, by Mary Coward the relict, & Thomas Coward the son. (30 Dale). To be buried at St Cuthberts. To my younger son William Coward, the mansion in Chamberlain Street, where Hugh Halswell, Esq., now dwelleth. My son Thomas, & my wife Mary, Exors. Arthur Duck, Chancellor to the Bishop of Bath & Wells, Timothy Revett, D.D., Archdeacon of Bath, Thomas Southworth, Recorder of Wells, & (his br.) Henry Southworth, Overseers. My sister Elizabeth Walton, widow, & her four children. Edward Southworth (d. by 1573), of Salmesbury, Lancashire, Mercer of London, who settled in Wells, Som. by 1564, m. Jane, da. of Edward Lloyd of Llwynymaen, Salop; their son, Henry, was the father of Margaret (Southworth) Duck, Wife of Arthur Duck, as follows. Edward Southworth was named in the Will of Dunstan Walton (‘my cousin, Edward Sothwarthe (Southworth), and to his wife, forty shillings in money’), br.-in-law of Thomas Ducke,as heretobefore given.

In reading that which follows it should be recognised that Heavitree is 10 mls fr. Otterton, Devon.

1. Richard Ducke. Lease. 1. Roger Leighe of Sowton, yeoman. 2. Richard Ducke of Heavitree, yeoman. 1. in right of his wife Elizabeth and wardship of her son John Clemente alias Fishe is seised of a fourth part of St. Loyes, which he leases to 2. Fine: £33. Rent: 10s.Term: 17 years from 1 June. 29 September, 1498. (Devon Archives and Local Studies Service, ref. 3004A/PFT 59).

1. Philip Duck. PROB 11/48/619: Will of Phillip Duck, Husbandman of Heavitree, Devon. 16 November 1566. Grant: 1. John Predyaux of Upton Pyne, esq. 2. Thomas Charelton, Richard Wylls, Richard Mounstevyn at Wyndeyeat, Philip Duck, John Lee at Mare and John Pyne, all husbandmen of Heavitree. The Church House, Heavitree. 13 January, 1550. (ibid. 3004A/PFT 32).  Feoffment: 1. John Drewe, Esq., 2. Richard Mounstephyn, John Pyne, John Legh of Whipton, Philip Ducke, William Tayllor and John Legh of Wonford. Messuage or tenement called St. Lowes. 14 October, 1557. (ibid. 3004A/PFT 52).

1.1. John Duck. Lease 1. Roger Ayshforde of Tale, Payhembury, Esq., and Elizabeth his wife 2. William Taylor of Heavitree. Fourth part of capital messuage called St. Loyes at Wonford, now leased to William Taylor, John Leighe, Philip Mountestephen and John Duck under a lease of 8 October, 1567 Fine: £12. Rent: 10s. 10 April, 1583. (ibid., 3004A/PFT 54).

1.1.1. Richard Duck (d.1605) of Heavitree, Devon, m. Joanna, dau. of  John Kelly, Esq. son of Oliver Kelly, Esq. the Lord of Heavitree, granted land 11th Sept. 1516, for the erection of the Church-house. Duck’s Almshouse, in this parish, for 4 poor persons, was founded by Richard Duck, of Mount Radford, Esq. In 1589, he purchased the ground (from the Kellys) for the erection of the building, and conveyed the same to Trustees, by his deed, 25th Nov. 1603. Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Devon, etc., G. Oliver and J. P. Jones. In 1536, Henry Trecarell Esq., of Trecarell, alleged that Oliver Kelly of Southwick in Devon had married his dau., Lora, without his consent. Loras sister was married to William Kelly of Radcliffe in Devon. The salient point being that the Kellys of Heavitree, Southwick, and Ratcliffe were very likely the same family. The dau. of Michael Kelly, esq. of Ratcliffe, m. John Harris, Esq. of Stone, father of of William Harris, who m. the heiress Thomasine Hayne, of Hayne. The Harris of Hayne held Mount Radford, the Duckes being their tenants. Bargain and sale 1. William Hurst of Oxton, esq. 2. Richard Ducke of Heavitree, yeoman. Piece of land, 24 perches, in the north end of close called Longe acre, between the road from Exeter to Honiton on the north and Butts Lane on the east, with lands of Oliver Kelly, Esq., on the west and the rest of Longe acre on the south, now occupied by Joan Pyne, widow, and on which 1. had begun to erect almshouses Consideration: 40s. 13 February, 1590. (ibid. 3004A/PFT 25). Lease for lives, further covenant. 1. Richard Ducke, John Pyne and Roger Menyfye of Heavitree, yeoman. 2. William Walrond, esq. Premises: capital messuage or mansion house (no parish, but endorsed ‘St. Loyes’). 1598. (ibid. 1926 B/W/L/12/5). Assignment: 1. Richard Ducke, John Pyne and Roger Mynefie of Heavitree, yeomen. 2. William Bruton, gent., Philip Ducke, John German, Thomas Leighe, John Payne, Ralph Paidge and John Pyne the younger, all of Heavitree, yeomen. 1. assign to 2. the profits of their lease PFT 57, to be used for the benefit of the parish. 29 December, 1599 (ibid. 3004A/PFT 62). Lease: 1. John Clement alias Fyshe of Sowton alias Clyst Fomison, yeoman. 2. Richard Ducke, William Taylor, John Pynde, John Isacke, and Philip Mounstephen. Fourth part of tenement called St. Lowes. Term: 21 years. Rent: 10s. 10 October, 1577. (ibid. 3004A/PFT 53). Thus, a clear line of association is made between this Richard Ducke and his great-grandfather.

1.1.1.1. Arthur Duck, of Wyke Chaumpflour. By a settlement, 1621, on the marriage of William (son of William Bull of Wells, gent.) and Jane (a daughter of Henry Southworth of Wells, esq.), Henry Southworth conveyed the manor in trust for his three daughters, Jane, Margaret and Elizabeth. Elizabeth died in 1621, and Margaret married Arthur Duck. One moiety of the manor, therefore, passed into the Bull family. (Somerset Heritage Centre, ref. DD\SG/1).

1.1.1.2. Nicholas Duck, bapt. 30 Nov. 1569, 2nd s. of Richard Duck (admon. 20 Apr. 1605) of Heavitree, Devon and his w. Joan; bro. of Arthur.2 educ. Exeter Coll. Oxf. 1584; New Inn; L. Inn 1589, called 1598. m. 6 Oct. 1601, Grace, da. of Thomas Walker of Exeter, 1s. d. 28 Aug. 1628.

1.1.1.2.1. Richard Duck (1603–1656), eldest son and heir. During the Civil War Mount Radford House and the parish church of St Leonard’s were fortified by the Royalists in defence of the City of Exeter.He married Bridget Drewe, daughter of Sir Thomas Drewe* (d. 1651) of The Grange, Broadhembury, Devon, Sheriff of Devon in 1612. *Or on a Fess Wavy Sable; 3 Lozenges of the First. 2. Ermin, a Lion passant Gules armed and langued Azure. Ducke, Richard, of Devon, arm. fil. nat. max. Wadham Coll., matric. xd May, 1620, aged 16; sup. for B.A. 3 July, 1622. bar.-at-law, Lincoln’s Inn, 1629 (as son and
heir of Nicholas, of the city of Exeter, and a bencher), of Mount R. Bargain and sale. 1. Robert Shapcott of Bradninch, Esq. 1. Robert Shapcott of Bradninch, Esq. 2. Nathaniel Pyne of Heavitree, gent. Richard Duck and Richard Taylor of Heavitree. Recites will of Henry Walrond late of Bradfield, Esq., 1649, of which 1. was an executor. Moiety of three messuages and 9 a. of land called St. Loyes, part of the manor of Wonford, lately occupied by Thomas Isacke, Esq., Richard Lee and John Mynefee, yeoman. 1. appoints Francis Giels of Pinhoe, gent., and Philip Duck of Heavitree, gent., as attornies. Consideration: £140. Endorsed with livery of seisin, 24 May, 1658. (Devon Archives and Local Studies Service, ref. 3004A/PFT 7).

1.1.1.2.1.1. Nicholas Duck (1630–1667), eldest son and heir, who married his cousin Martha Duck (d. 1674), eldest daughter and co-heiress of his great-uncle the “vastly rich” Sir Arthur Duck (1580–1649), a Doctor of Civil Law, a Royalist in the Civil War, MP for Minehead in Somerset and an author of several works.

Combining the two points of the compass that fix Thomas Ducke of Curry Rivel to other Devonshire Duckes, the following suggestion is made:

1. Richard Ducke; being Richard Ducke of Heavitree, yeoman, 10 mls fr. Otterton.
1.1. Richard Ducke, Mayor of Exeter in 1522.
1.2. Henry Ducke, born c. 1480, merchant of Exeter, m. Maud White, dau. of Roger White of Ottery St. Mary.
1.2.1. Richard Duke, Sheriff of Devon, born by 1515, d. 1572; purchased the manor of Otterton in 1540. It may be recalled that Thomas Ducke of Hambridge was mentioned in the Will of Robert Ducke, rector of Charlton Mackrell, Will pr. 20 Nov. 1583 (TNA Prob. 11166, fol. 118v), and that the chantry of Charlton Mackrell church was vested in Sir Thomas Bell and Richard Duke; and that it may reasonably be presumed that Robert Ducke’s office arose from a family connection, as most did. Sir John Horsey held the advowson, and in 1567 presented John Sprynt as rector, Richard Duke’s kinsman.
1.2.1.1. Christiana Duke, m. George Sprint.
1.2.2. John Ducke of Prynne, Devon, m. 1. Ellen Midleton, dau of Thomas Midleton. 2. Agnes, dau. of John Grindal.
1.2.2.1. Richard Ducke of Otterton, bur. 21 Mar. 1606, m. 1. Martha Parker, d. 1582, dau. of John Parker, a merchant of London, by a first wife; his second wife being the said Agnes, dau. of John Grindal, who subsequently married Roger Giffard, esq., who, by a subsequent wife, had a son, George; who m. a dau. of Thomas Hodges, of Wedmore near Wells, Somerset. Roger Giffard’s great-nephew, Arthur Giffard, m. Ann, dau. of Thomas Legh, of Northam, esq., their dau., Elizabeth, m. Arthur Harris, Esq., recorder of Great Torrington, and younger brother of John Harris, of Hayne, Esq.
1.3. Philip Duck.
1.3.1. John Duck.
1.3.1.1. Richard Duck (d.1605), married into the same family of Kelly as the wife of John Harris, Esq. of Stone, father of William Harris, who m. the heiress Thomasine Hayne, of Hayne. The Harris of Hayne held Mount Radford, the Duckes being their tenants.
1.3.1.1.1. Arthur Duck, m. Margaret Southworth, dau. of Henry Southworth of Wells, esq., son of Edward Southworth, who was named in the Will of Dunstan Walton (‘my cousin, Edward Sothwarthe (Southworth), and to his wife, forty shillings in money’), br.-in-law of Thomas Ducke, who I suggest was either a younger br. of Richard Duke, Sheriff of Devon, or a br. of Richard Duck (d.1605).

What is witnessed is the purchase of manors after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, with families moving to new abodes.

An interesting point in the deeds concerning Heavitree is the recording of associated families. Those that lived next each other were usually kin.

It would be relatively easy at this juncture to focus on the connections of a family of House, of Compton Martin, Somerset, to the families of Cowncell, Harris, Hayne, Hodges, and Parker, described in other notes as intermarried with such families as the Cooks, Haynes, Hix, Millards, Parkers, and Webbs; however, another focus deserving attention is that connecting them to families of Ducke, Bates, and Brown. The following extracts are extensive, because, although many genealogical strands do not surface in Virginia, some that do may be less well known than the common ones, and researchers may recognise them as being pertinent to their particular family.

(Compton Martin is 12 mls. fr. Wedmore. North Curry is 20 mls fr. Wedmore.

William House/Elizabeth White, 30 Apr. 1564, North Curry (St Peter and Paul)
margaret House/John Sharpe, 10 Oct. 1565, North Curry.
John House/Thamesin Samme, 3 May 1589, North Curry.
Christopher/House Elizabeth Trapnel, 9 May 1601, North Curry.
Richard House/ Alice Voules, 20 Oct. 1603, Wedmore.
Nicholas House/Jane Boucher, 1615, North Curry.
Thomas House/Julian Stevens, 7 Jul. 1623, North Curry.
Sibell House/ Gregory Dirrham, 5 Jul. 1629, North Curry.
Julian House/John Napper, 21 Feb. 1630, North Curry.
Christian House/James Hurston, 6 May 1633, North Curry.

Elizabeth House Laurence Stacie, 6 Nov. 1634, North Curry.
John Meryott & Maria Stacie, 30 May 1636, High Ham.

Thomas House/Susana Hixe, 28 May 1638, Compton Martin (St Michael the Archangel).
John Brown, bapt. 14 Jul. 1681, Compton Martin, ‘f. John,* m. Jane’.
Elizabeth Hicks/Richard Brown, 23 Dec. 1690, Compton Martin; issue: **Richard Brown, bapt. 10 Jan 1692; John Brown, bapt. 14 Jul. 1681, Compton Martin, f. John,* m. Jane.
‘Exchange Quarterly’, 1967, Vo. 8, Iss. 43:
*John Brown, the elder of Surry Co. to Robert Hix the younger, land, 1735, I, p. 191
Noah Brown fr. Wm. Moore land granted Thomas Cook Mar. 23, 1715, 200 acres, wit. John Duke, John Brown, Wm. Lynball, Jul. 13, 1735; I, p. 224.
**Richard Browne and Wm. Eaton of Prince Georges Co., 455 a. (bor. by Henry Bates, John Duke, Adam Tapley, Wm. Hough, John Brown); Wit: John Brown, Noah Browne, Frances Brown, wife of Richard, concurs to sale. Apr. 4, 1737, Book I, p. 325.
John Brown & Mary to Hinchey Mabry, 340a. conveyed to Brown by James Matthews Feb. 8, 1703, Oct. 28, 1735 at Williamsburg, I, p. 391.
John Bates/Deborah Wilkins, 31 Oct 1679, Compton Martin; issue: John Bates,* bapt. 18 Nov 1682 William, bapt. 30 Nov. 1684; Thomas, bapt. May 1687, James, bapt. 18 Aug. 1689.
Will of Thomas House of the County of Brunswick, planter, being weak in body, dated 16 Feb. 1734: I give my wife my land I now live on as long as she lives and after her decease to my son Thomas House; my wife seven pounds in money. My aforesaid son sixteen pounds cash. My daughter Hanah House one hundred acres of land joining to **James House’s land that is now John Bates. The remainder part of my estate is to be equally divided among my children. My wife executrix and Capt. John Duke executor. Thomas House, jur. Wit: John Taylor Duke David Case 5 June 1735. Presented in Court by Katherine House, executrix, and John Duke, executor. Proved by John Taylor Duke and David Case. ”

Thomas House/Francis Millard, 29 May 1664, Compton Martin, she bapt. 10 Jun 1628, dau. of Henry Millard/Als Hickes, m. 16 Apr. 1621., issue: 1. James House bapt. 1 Sep 1666 Compton Martin. John Duke and John Taylor Duke witnessed the will of James House in Brunswick, 9 Feb. 1735. The two proved this will on 1 May 1735 in court. 2. Thomas House, bapt. 30 Jan. 1667, Compton Martin, d.v.p. 3. Thomas House, bapt. 12 Aug 1677, Compton Martin. Capt. John Duke was named executor and Katherine House as executrix in the will of Thomas House in Brunswick on 16 Feb. 1734. The will was witnessed by John Taylor Duke and David Case. It was proved in court on 5 June 1735 by John Taylor Duke and David Case. Thomas House: ‘To my daughter Hanah House – 100 acrres ‘joining James House’s land that is now *John Bates‘.
Thomas House, bapt. 19 Mar. 1692, Compton Martin; f. James, m. Sarah.
James House, bapt. 13 Mar. 1697, Compton Martin, f. James, m. Sarah.

Frances Millard/ Richard Cooke, 5 Oct. 1598, Compton Martin.
Elianor House/John Baker, 2 Jul. 1641, North Curry.
Rebecca House/ John Stevens, 11 Nov. 1641, North Curry.
Edward House/Deborra Bridge, 23 Apr. 1656, North Curry.
Deborah House/Jacob Montague, 26 Oct. 1673, Wedmore.
Adrian House/Deborah Collins, 25 Apr. 1678, North Curry.
Rachel House/ Charles Durston, 1 Dec. 1679, North Curry.
Alice House/Edward Urch, 10 Mar. 1680, Wedmore.
Anne House/Samuel Webbe, 3 May 1681, North Curry.
Thomas House/Elnor Councel, 5 Nov. 1682, Edington (St George). 9 mls. fr. Wedmore.
Edith House/Joseph Urch, 7 Feb. 1683, Wedmore.
Joannes House/Mariam Hayne, 11 May 1686, Wedmore.
Mary House/Joshua Collins, 23 May 1687, North Curry.
Jone House/ Tho. Rowsell, 16 Jan. 1687, North Curry.

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SOMERSET FAMILIES IN VIRGINIA

Some intermarried families of Somerset, England, settled in Virginia, where their kinship ties are very evident. They came from small villages that bordered marshes. Some, such as the Hodges and Lancasters, were of the class of squires; others, such as the Harris, were yeoman tenants on their estates, and kept herds of dairy cattle.

The breadth of intermarriages between successive generations of families was truly staggering, yet the concept of the colonisation of America by closely-knit kinship groups is not widely understood, with many clinging to a Hollywood history of individual enterprise. In Darwinian terms, individual settlers could only conquer their harsh environment as members of a species (kinship group) that survived through combined effort.

The adjacent Villages of Cheddar and Wedmore, and nearby Wivelscombe, were a hub from where several settler families originated.

E. Jackson, Wedmore Parish Registers, 1890: ‘There is a reaper whose name is Death. These are they whom he took from a single parish during a space of 300 years. One naturally asks, What was the population from which he took them? The earliest account of the population of Wedmore that I know of at present is in a Presentment of Jurors, November 26th, 1650. (Lambeth MSS., Vol. XV. 471). It is there said that ‘the Parish of Wedmore consisteth of about 300 families’.

W. Marston Acres F.R. Hist, A Brief History of Wedmore, 1954: ‘The manor of Wedmore (except the park) passed to Queen Mary after her brother’s death in 1553 and she sold it to her Vice-Chamberlain, Sir Henry Jernegan, for £585 17s. 11d. At the accession of Queen Elizabeth in 1558, however, Sir Thomas Gresham, the famous London merchant, obtained the property either by grant or purchase: it then consisted of 150 messuages, 50 tofts, 10 mills, 100 dovecots, 200 gardens, 2,000 acres of pasture, 200 acres of woodland, and 1,000 acres of gorse. In 1577 Gresham sold the manor-house, with some cottages and about 170 acres of land, to Thomas Hodges, and before his death in December 1579, he, disposed of other portions of the manorial estates in small lots. In 1612 Richard Counsell of Wedmore was granted a licence to buy butter and cheesewithin the county of Somerset and to sell the same in Wiltshire,Hampshire and Dorset’.

The manor of Cheddar Fitzwalter or Fitzwaters was granted by King Stephen to Walter Malerbe. In the 15th century it was held by an old Cheddar family named Roo or Roe. In the early part of the 17th century it was in the family of Lancaster.

From an original deed of settlement, dated May 10, 15 James I, between Edward Lancaster of Milverton, Somerset, gent., of the first part; John Lancaster, gent, son and heir apparent of said Edward Lancaster and Dorothy his wife, dau, of Henry Whittington, gent., deceased, of the second part; John Colles of Wiveliseombe, Somerset, Esq., Roger Browne, of same place, gent.; Andrew Whittington of Clifton, Gloucestershire, gent, and William Richars, senr., of Milverton, gent, of the third part, it appears that the manor of ‘Chedder-Fitzwaters’, and the manorhouse, demesne lands in Chedder, ‘which sometime were the inheritaunce, or in the seizin or possession of Edmonde Roe, gent., deceased’, were then ‘in the seizin or possession’ of said Edward Lancaster. This manor, manor-house, &c, and other property in Cheddar, Batcombe, Wynforde, Tarnocke, Wedmore, Allerton, Westbury, Wokey, East Brent, Butcombe, Draycot, and Glastonbury, formerly the inheritance of said Edmonde Roe, were settled on said John Lancaster and his issue.

RODNEY
1. Robert de Chedder, living at Chedder 17 Edw. II. (1324), bore on his seal a chevron between three escallops.
1.1. Robert de Chedder, on 41 Edw. III. (1368) had a grant from Roger Hanam of lands in Chedder, Draycot, Clewer (in Wedmore), and Axbridge.
1.1.1. Sir Richard de Chedder, born at Bristol, 4 Sept. 1379.
1.1.2. Sir Robert de Chedder, born at Bristol, 18 Oct. 1380, heir of his br., burgess of Bristol, m. Joan, dau. and coheir of Simon Hanam, of Gloucester. His wealth and manorial possessions were of legendary proportion.
1.1.2.1. Thomas de Chedder, who d. 21 Henry VI. (1443) seized of the manor of Chedder, and the advowson of the chantry of the blessed Virgin Mary in die church of St. Andrew of Chedder, leaving by Isabel his wife two dauS. his coheiresses, Joan, who m. (1) Richard Stafford, esq., (2) John lord Lisle; and Isabel, who m. John Newton, esq; between whose descendants the family estates were divided, and at length dissipated.
1.1.2.2. Katherine Cheddar, m. Sir John Rodney, Sheriff of Somerset, d. 1400.
1.1.2.2.1. Sir Walter Rodney, Sheriff of Somerset & Dorset, 1413, m. Dorothy St. John.
1.1.2.2.1.1. Sir John Rodney, of Stoke Giffard.
1.1.2.2.1.1.1. Sir Walter Rodney, Sheriff of Somerset & Dorset, fl. 1439., m. Margaret Hungerford, d. 1469, dau. of Sir Walter Hungerford of Heytesbury and Homet, Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset, d. 1449, and Catherine Peverell, dau. of Thomas Peverell. Margaret Hungerford was the sister of (1) Sir Robert Hungerford, 2nd Lord, grandfather of Thomas Hungerford, 1469, who m. Anne Percy, dau. of Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland. (2) Catharine Hungerford, 1493, who m. Sir Richard West, 7th Lord De La Warr, d. 1475. (3) Walter de Hungerford, father of Edmund de Hungerford, d. 1484, in Down Ampney, Glouc., father of Sir John Hungerford of Down Ampney, who m. Margaret, dau. of Edward Blount, of Mangotsfield; father of Sir Anthony Hungerford of Down Ampney, co. Glouc., who, by his first wife, Jane Darell, was the father of Edmund Hungerford, who m. Ursula Frognall (see Hungerfordiana, p. 16). The said Edmond Roe’s co-heiress, Margaret, mentioned in his will dated 1589, m. Sir John Hungerford, son of this Edmund Hungerford.

In the chapel of St Andrew, Cheddar, a stone tomb bears the incription: ‘Here Iyeth the body of Edmund Rooe, Esq., who departed this life the 27th of March, A. D. 1595.’ Arms, 1 and 4, Roe, 2 gules a chevron ermine between three leaves vert. 3, A heart between hands and feet 4, Argent a chevron sable between three annulets gules’ (See Notes and Queries, p. 74, 1863). His Will reads: ‘To my son in law John Hungerford, Gent (son & heir appt to Edmund Hungerford of North Standen co. Wilts., Esq.), my signet of gold wherein the Roo-brik is graven, which I do usually wear. My daughter Margaret Hungerford. My daughter Frances Lancaster. Residue to Ann Hungerford (daughter of my sd daughter Margt), Exix. My brother in law Edmund Hungerford, and my son in law John Irish of Congresbury, Overseers. My manors of Cheddar & Winford. Other lands in many parishes (including Wedmore, Nunney, Wivelscombe). My village of Batcombe. If I have no issue male, half to my daughter Frances Lancaster & to her son John Lancaster, in default, remt to my younger daughter Margaret Hungerford and Edmund Hungerford, her first born. Remainder to my cousin Thomas Roe, son and heir of Nicholas Roe of Glastonbury, decd., then to Thomas Roe, son and heir of John Roe, late of Walton, Somerset’, proved 4 Nov. 1595; see Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills.

There is a pedigree of Lancaster in the Visitation of 1623. Frances Roe m. Edward Lancaster, constable of Taunton castle, in 1597, son of William Lancaster of Milverton, Som. by Jane, dau. of Edward Richards of Lovelinch, Milverton. Edward’s son, John Lancaster, aged 36 in 1628, was the father of Edward Lancaster, born 1613, and John Lancaster, born 1616. The Lancasters were an armigerous family, bearing argent two bars gules; the same as the Lancasters of Richmond, Yorkshire.

1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1. Thomas Rodney, d. 1470, m. Isabel.
1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1. Sir John Rodney of Stoke Giffard (‘Stoke Rodney’).
1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1. Sir Walter Rodney, Sherif of Dorset & Somerset, fl. 1511, m. Elizabeth Compton, dau. of Edmund Compton, sister of Sir William. She m. (2) Sir John Chaworth.
1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1. John Rodney, d. 1548, m. Anne Mordaunt, dau. of John, Lord Mordaunt, widow of John Fisher, son of Sir Michael Fisher.
1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Maurice Rodney, of Stoke Rodney, Sheriff of Somerset, d. 1588, m. Joane Dyer, dau. of Sir Thomas Dyer, of Somerforth.
1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Dorothy Rodney, m. Rice Davis*.

PITT
1. Thomas Pitt of Blandford Forum, North Dorset.
1.1. William Pitt, b. 1578, Bristol (encompasses North Somerset and South Gloucestershire); d. 25 Oct. 1624, in Bristol, Will pr. 3 Feb. 1625; m. Mary Owen: Robert Owen, of Bristol, Merchant. Will dated Sep. 5, 1614, Codicil Sep. 4, 1615, pr. Feb. 16, 1615-16. (8 Cope). My cousin *Rice Davies, esq. My brother in law William Pitt, overseer.
1.1.1. Col. Robert Pitt, d. bef. 9 January 1674, IOW.
1.1.1.1. Col. John Pitt, m. Olive, dau. of John Hardy and Alice Bennett. She m. 1. Giles Driver; 2.John Bromfield.
1.1.2. Captain Henry Pitt, of Pagan Creek, who m. 2. Anne, widow of Robert Watson. He d. c. 1666, as that year his widow m. Captain James Powell.
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.
1.1.3. Thomas Pitt.
1.1.3.1. Thomas Pitt.*

DRIVER
1. Robert Driver.
1.1. Robert Driver, of Avening, (30 mls from Bristol), which is the next parish to Cherington, less than 2 mls distant. Cherington is 4 mls from Tetbury, and 6 mls from Kingscote. English county delineations can be misleading to American researchers. For instance, Avening is 65 mls from Wedmore, Somerset, and 90 mls from Wivelscombe, Somerset, on the main coastal route. They share the same regional and Bristol trade location.
1.1.1. Giles Driver (pale indented argent & azure, 2 lions rampant combatant countercharged), m. Dorothy Bayley, of Wheatenhurst, dau. of John Bayley. Giles Driver’s Will was probated 2 July 1639 (PROB 11/180/571).
1.1.1.1. John Driver, bur. 12 June 1681, in Avening, m. Elizabeth Bridger, bapt. Slimridge 5 Aug. 1638, bur. 28 Jan 1675; cousin of Joseph Bridger,* of Woodmanscote, in Dursley, 10 mls from Avening, who m. Hester Pitt. Joseph Bridger of Virginia made a bequest to his mother, Mary, still living in Dursley. * Son of Samuel Bridger, d. 1650, Sub-Dean of the College of Gloucester, who held the lease of woodmanscote, second son of Lawrence Bridger, rector of Slimridge, fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, 1568; Canon of Gloucester, 1586 (Foster’s Alumni), whose Will was probated 30 June 1631. One of the tenants of Woodmanscote was *Thomas Pitt, who may have been he who was transported to Virginia, in 1666, by Joseph Bridger).

RODNEY cont.
1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.2. George Rodney, of Over Badgeworth & Congrebury, m. Elizabeth Kirton, dau. of … Kirton, of Cheddar.
1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.2.1. Sir John Rodney, of Stoke Rodney, d. 1612, m. Jane Seymour, dau. of Sir Henry Seymour.
1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.2.2. Agnes Rodney, m. Captain Thomas Hodges. ‘At Wedmore is a monument Sacred to the memory of Captain Thomas Hodges of the County of Somerset, esq., who at the siege of Antwerpe, about 1583, with unconquered courage wonne two ensignes from the enemy, where receiving his last wound, he gave three legacies: his soule to his Lord Jesus, his body to be lodged in Flemish earth, his heart to be sent to his dear wife in England’ (Pettigrew’s ‘Tombs’, 1857).
1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.2.2.1. Thomas Hodges, d. 1601, m. Eleanor, dau. of John Rosse (Rose) of Shepton Beauchamp. Will of Thomas Hodges, Gentleman of Wedmore, Somerset, prob. 6 Feb. 1601. The familial connection between the Hodge, Lancaster, and Rose families was long standing: Lease. By William Rose of Cheddar and Mary his wife one of the daughters and coheirs of John Lancaster of Milverton Esqr. (br. of Edward) deceased to Samuel Leonard of Wedmore, of One Cottage or House with a Garden and Orchard conteyninge one Yard of Ground with the appurtenances being below Cold Hill in Stoughton in the parish of Wedmore.
1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.2.2.1.1. George Hodges: In the chancel (St Mary, Wedmore) against the north wall is a small stone monument with this inscription: ‘Neare to this place rest the bodies of George Hodges, Esq; and Ann his wife, since the wife of Jeremy Horler, clerk, in hope of a joyful resurrection. George Hodges d. Feb. 1, 1654. Ann d. July 26, 1684. On another plate, whereon is an effigy of ‘George Hodges, Esq; who lived many years at this place in a pious and religious manner, whose better part was wrapt into the best place, and his mortal lyeth heere interred in the sepulchre of his grandfather and father’. On a grave stone in the nave floor: ‘To the pious memory of William Counsel, of East-Stoughton in the parish of Wedmore, who died June 4, 1671’.
1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.2.2.1.1.1. Jane Hodges, m. John Strachey, of Sutton Court, Somerset, d. 1674, grandson of William Strachey, Secretary of the Colony of Virginia. (She was co-inheritor of property in St Olave, London).
1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.2.2.1.2. John Hodges, m. Margery: Lease: Margery Hodges of Heathhouse, Wedmore, widow, to Richard Counsell of Wedmore, husbandman and Joan his wife: Wedmore, Somerset. 1648. (Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, ref. 2667/1/36/2).
1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.2.2.1.3. William Hodges. Counterpart of bargain and sale: George Barber of Ashmore, gent., to William Hodges, gent., (his br.-in-law) messuage etc., Wedmore, Somerset. 1653. (Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, ref. 2667/1/36/5). Counterpart of release: Robert Barber of Ashcombe, Wiltshire, esq., to Edward Counsell of Wedmore, yeoman: Wedmore, Somerset. (Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, ref. 2667/1/36/22). William Hodges m. Susan Lancaster, 5 Apr. 1638, Wedmore; the sister of the aforsaid John Lancaster, born 1616, who m. Jane Counsell, 21 Oct. 1647, Wedmore. Jane Counsell was the sister of John Counsell, bapt. 14 Feb. 1612, who m. Mary Coomer, 26 Nov. 1631, Wedmore, sister of the Agnes, wife of John Harris (of more anon), and Richard Counsell, bapt. 17 Apr. 1614, who m. (1) Jane Taylor, 12 Aug. 1640, Wedmore; (2) Elizabetham Hix (this family also intermarried with that of Harris, of Cheddar.

The Hodges and Lancasters were wealthy and armigerous families, and the aim of their tenants was an intermarriage with them. A route to this would be to intermarry with such as the Counsells. The Harris family were yeomen tenants of the Hodges, in Wedmore, and the Lancasters, in nearby Cheddar. They would have been cattle farmers, who lived in a swampy, misty place.

The county of Somerset, from its local situation, has a large portion of low marsh and boggy land, bordering on the rivers Avon, Yeo, Axe, Brue, and Parret, and the tributary streams — ‘the lle and Ivel. A slight view of these districts confirms the opinion that the whole of these low lands formed, at an early period, large aestuaries, into which the muddy waters of the Bristol Channel poured at high tides, and left the marine alluvial deposits which, in the course of time, have filled them up … the great level of Somerset, called Brent Marsh, situated on the south of the Mendip hills, and bounded by Polden Hill on the south, and Bridgwater bay on the west. It is divided into two branches, extending fifteen miles from the sea, in an easterly direction. The northern portion runs along the base of the Mendip hills, through the parishes of Axbridge, Weare, Cheddar, Rodney Stoke, Westbury, and Wedmore, and was formerly subject to continued inundation in the winter, which remained many months, to the great injury of the health and property of the occupiers of the lands. (Observations on the Great Marshes and Turbaries of the County of Somerset, William Phelps (F.S.A.), p. 6, 1836).

The women would have been very proficient in butter and cheese making. The Harris would have sat in the third row of the church, so were reasonably prosperous and would have had such servants as milk maids.

Their kinship group included the Chapmans, Counsells, Hicks, Hodges, Parkers, Powells, Turners, and Wykes.
1. …
1.1. Edward Wiche, m. Sara Chepman, 9 Feb. 1640, Bridgwater (St Mary). 16 mls fr. Wedmore.
1.2. Henry Wiche, m. Joanna Craftman, 5 Jun. 1645, Bridgwater.
1.2.1. Henry Wiche, bapt. 16 Jul 1664, Bridgwater (reg. f. Henry, mother Joan).
1.2.1.1. Henry Wyche.
1.1.1.1.1. Abigail Wyche, m. George Brewer (4 March 1734), son of George Brewer and Sarah Lanier, half-sister of Sampson Lanier Sr., who m. Elizabeth Washington; their son, Thomas Lanier, m. Anne Maclin, dau. of William Maclin Sr. and Katherine Brewer.

When searching for ancestors in Brunswick it is perhaps best to consider that settler families were often pathfinders – cousins would follow, and it can be noted that the said John Harris had descendants who commonly were called Arthur and James. It should not be a case of cramming everyone in the wagon of Nathan Harris.

COWNCELL
1.
1.1. William Cowncell.
1.1.1. George Cowncell, bapt. 15 July 1584, m. 2 July 1607, Margery Wyke.
1.2. John Cowncell m. (1) Margaret Browninge, 28 April 1567; (2) Joan Thurston, 13 Aug. 1573, relict of Thomas Hayne, m. 24 May 1565.
1.2.1. Richardus Cowncell, bapt. 4 Apr. 1568 (lived in the hamlet of Westham).
1.2.2. John Cowncell, bapt. 25 Dec. 1569.
1.2.2.1. Alice Cowncell, bapt. 18 Feb. 1588, m. Thomas Huchens, 14 Oct. 1605.
1.3.1. John Cownsell, bapt. 28 Jan. 1599.
1.3.2. Richard Cownsell, bapt. Feb. 2. 1601.
1.3.3. William Cownsell, bapt. 28 Jan. 1604. (Westham).
1.4. John Cowncell, bapt. 1573.
1.4.1. John Cowncell, bapt 28 Nov. 1601, f. Joannis Counsell, m. Mary Coomer, 26 Nov 1631; the sister of Agnes Coomer, who m. John Harris in the adj. parish of Cheddar, 4. Feb. 1635.
1.4.2. Johanna Cowncell, bapt. 28 Nov. 1601 (twin), m. (1) Philip Lawrence, 20 Aug. 1618, (2) John Chapman, 26 April 1624.
1.4.2. Edward Cowncell, bapt. 6 June 1609.
1.4.3. William Cowncell, bapt. 5 Aug. 1610, m. Mary Hayne.
1.4.4. Richard Cowncell, bapt. 3 Sept. 1613 (Blackford), m. (1) Joan Taylor, 12 Aug. 1640, (2) Elizabeth Hix, 12 Aug. 1647, dau. of William Hix and Grace Morton, m. 23 Jan. 1625, and niece of Margaret Hix, who m. Simon Day, 14 Jan. 1632.
1.4.4.1. Hodges Cowncell. Hodges Counsell was the very likely son of Richard Counsell, by either his first or second wife. Richard Counsell was the br.-in-law of Susan Lancaster, and Hodges Counsell may have received his Christian name after her husband, William Hodges (a member of the very influential Hodges family, squires of Wedmore), who was probably his Godfather. This would have been quite a singular, and advantageous, honour. Hodges Council d. bef. 9 Aug. 1699, named as husband of Lucy Hardy in the Will of John Hardy, (B. 2, p. 419), m Alice Bennett. Hodges Council. Leg. eldest son Hodges land on Blackwater, son John the land I bought of Robert Lawrence … daughter Christian the wife of Edward Bryan. (ibid. p. 409). Robert Lawrence Sr. was very likely the son of Philip Lawrence, who m. Joan Counsell, 20 Aug. 1618, Wedmore, the probable aunt of Richard Counsell. Hodges Council’s son, Hardy, m. Susannah Fulgham, dau. of Michael Fulgham, of Pitminster, Somerset. Robert Harris, son of Thomas Harris, d. 1688, m. Anne Fulgham, Susannah’s sister. Whatever the exact relation of the aforementioned John Lancaster to Robert Lancaster of Virginia, it would seem to be a close one. Robert’s son, Samuel, m. a dau. of John Harris, d. 1687, in Virginia.
1.4.5. Jane Cowncell, bapt. 18 Apr. 1618, m. John Lancaster, 21 Oct. 1647.

THURSTON
The Thurston family were established at Thornbury, Gloucestershire, some 40 mls. fr. Wedmore, along the south bank of the Bristol Estuary. As the Bridger family, they held land in Woodmancote. An early patriarch was Thomas Thurston, who m. Allys Hicks, 1n 1539, in Oldbury-on-Severn. Whatever the exact relationship between the various Thurstons, Edward Thurston, of Thornbury, in Chancery Proceedings, 1636, is recorded as being the husband of Judith Gwatkins, dau. of William Gwatkins.
1.
1.1. John Thurston.
1.1.1. William Thurston, bapt. 10 Apr. 1562 f. John.
1.1.2. John Thurston, bapt 30 Apr. 1564 f. John
1.1.2.1. Christiana Thurston, bapt. 28 Oct. 1591, m. John Harris, 8 Oct 1618. He was a likely br. of George Harris.
1.1.3. Thomas Thurston, bapt.20 Aug. 1570.
1.2. Thomas Thurston .
1.2.1. Thomas Thurston, bapt. 10 Feb. 1565, bur. 13 Jan. 1621, f. Thomas, m. (1) Mabel Pitt, 14 Nov. 1603, (2) Alice Cutler, 29 Jan. 1610.
1.2.2. Edith Thurston, bapt. 14 Feb. 1579, f. Thomas, bur. 7 Oct. 1638, m. William Pitt, 4 August 1603, br. of John Pitt who m. Alice Algar, bur. 3 July 1627, dau. of Richard Algar and *Joan Parker, m. May 1577.
1.2.2.1. John Pitt, bapt.5 Dec 1612, m. Margaret Wootten, 22 Apr. 1649.

ALGAR
Richard Algar was the br. of:
1. Flora Algar, who m. John Turner, 26 Nov 1576.
1.1. William Turner, m. Jane Rodney, 28 May 1612.
1.1.1. John Turner, bapt. 14 May 1618, f. William. John Turner, d. aft. 25 Mar. 1705 in IOW Co., m. Mary Tomlin. Thomas Harris, d. 1688, placed his son George with John, whose spoken Will named named sons John, James, William, Joseph, Simon and grandd. Ann Everett; witnessed by Edward Harris, John Johnson, Jenkins Dorman, Wm. Westray, and Mary Tomlin.
1.1.1.1. Thomas Turner.
1.1.1.1.1. Henry Turner. Executor: Matthew Joyner. Witnesses: Matthew Joyner, James Harris, Marmaduke Norfleet.

PARKER
Joan Parker was the sister of:
1. William Parker, m. Antonia Gibbs, 3 July 1589., br. of *Joan Parker, who, as stated, m. Richard Algar, 1 May 1577 br. of Flora Algar who m. John Turner, 26 Nov 1576.
1.1. William Parker: Edward Cook, 100 acs. in W. branch of Nanzemum Riv., adj. his own and land of William Parker. 17 Mar. 1654, p. 316. Trans, of 2 pers: James Cany, George Gourdon. Edward Cooke was bapt. 9 Sept. 1610, in Wedmore, son of Edward Cooke, bapt. 28 Oct. 1565 and Diana Hutchins, who m. 1 Aug. 1594.
1.2. Thomas Parker, m. Margaret Cooke, 9 March 1612, dau. of the said Edward and Diana.
1.2.1. Richard Parker; d. bef. 23 Apr. 1681 in Nansemond Co.
1.2.1.1. Richard Parker, d. 1698-1704.
1.2.1.1.1. Richard Parker: Granted 304 acres near the head of Bennett’s Creek.
1.2.1.1.1. Peter Parker, named in the Will of his father (1749), as was his br., Jonathon Parker, who was a jurist in a trial concerning James Bland, as follows.
1.2.1.1.1.1. Thomas Parker, d. 1782.
1.2.1.2. Thomas Parker: 23 Apr. 1681: Thomas Duke 430 acs. Up Par. of Nazemond ‘Neare Thomas Harrell: adj. Thomas Parker: the Cross Sw.; & 200 acs. formely belonging to William Wright & 200 acs. granted sa. Wright 18 Mar. 1662 who conveyed to sd. Duke; 230 acs. for trans. of 5 pers. Tho. Duke , Tho. Duke, Fra. Marr, Jno. Deverett, Wm Harring. (B.2, p. 221).
1.2.1.2.1. Thomas Parker, m. Sarah Norfleet; first-cousin of:

1. Thomas Norfleet (m. Ruth Blount) bought adjoining land from Robert Council (NC. Edg. Co. D.B. 1., p. 204), and was mentioned as a neighbour of Robert Council and Thomas Turner  (J. Bryan Grimes, Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, p. 17).
1.1. Marmaduke Norfleet.
1.1.1. Elizabeth Norfleet, m. James Harris in Halifax Co, NC., son of: James Harris. 10 Jan. 1749. Feb. Court, 1749. Sons: James (‘my plantation’), Eli. Wife and Executrix: Cheary (sister of Mathew Joyner*). Executor: Mathew Joyner. Witnesses: Wm. Skinner, John Blount, John Crumpton. (ibid, p. 153). Henry Turner: Jan. 20, 1748. Feb. Court, 1748: Executor: Matthew Joyner. Witnesses: Matthew Joyner, James Harris, Marmaduke Norfleet. (ibid. p. 382). * Son of Thomas Joyner, Will dated 13 April 1740; the son of Thomas Joyner (br. of Bridgeman Joyner, the guardia of an orphan of Thomas Harris, d. 1688.
1.1.1.1. James Harris m. 1. Temperance Williams: Martha Joyner witnessed the will of Temperance Williams, wife of James

BLAND
1. Robert Bennett, m. a dau. of Richarde Edneye, of Wivelscombe, Somerset, Vintner.
1.1. Thomas Bennett.
1.1.1. Richard Bennett. PROB 11/351/440: Will of Richard Bennett of Nansemond River, Virginia. 3 August 1676.
1.1.1.1. Anne Bennett, b. 1641, m. (1) Theodorick Bland, of Westover, (2) Col. St. Leger Codd, of Northumberland Co. Anne Bennett was the dau. of Richard Bennett and Maryann Utie (relict of John Utie), who was governor of Virginia from 1652 to 1655.
1.1.1.1.1. Theodorick Bland (born 1663); m. Margaret Mann, who was highly likely to be of the same family as Thomas Mann: Thomas Joyner, br. of Bridgeman Joyner, a guardian of an orphan of Thomas Harris, d. 1688, bequested in his Will, R. 9 Aug. 1708, ‘to wife Elizabeth the plantation where she now lives, at her death to son Thomas Joyner; Henry Turner – 200 acres’. Was his wife Elizabeth Mann?, dau. of Thomas: ‘Thomas Man and wife Elizabeth Man to Theophilus Joyner (neph. of Bridgeman), 150 acres on Blackwater River and bounded by William Mayo, Bridgeman Joyner and Hodges Counsell, Wit: William Mayo and Richard Booth. Rec: 9 June 1683. Sig. Thomas Man and Elizabeth Man.
1.1.1.1.1.1. James Bland, of Prince William Co., m. Mary Gwatkins. His estate was appraised by Burr Harrison, John Mason, n.b. Mathew Thompson. Rec. 13 Apr. 1709. He gave to son James 125 acres of land near Powell’s Creek on the Occoquan River. He named his wife Margaret, sons Robert Bland, William Bland, James Bland, and John Bland; daus Alice, Hannah, Patience, and Ellin. It is highly probable that Mary Gwatkins was of the Gwatkins family of Thornbury, 11 mls fr. Bristol, and 40 mls fr. Wedmore, connected by a road that ran parallel to the Bristol estuary.
1.1.1.1.1.1.1. James Bland. He was a defendant in a case, the jury of which comprised of Jonathan Parker, James Mussen, Francis Hunt, John Hawkin, Joseph Sumner, Richard Fossaker, Burr Harrison, Joseph Henson, William Matheny, James Monke, Joseph Newton, Xtopher Herring. He m. a dau. of Joseph Buchanan of Stafford Co.
1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. William Bland, b. 1728, Stafford Co, Will made 18 Mar. 1775 Duplin Co. NC, pr. July 1775. Son William Bland and wife Rachel, grandson William, other sons, dau Mary Parker. Land on Powells Branch, wits Thomas Lee, Hardy Powell, Rachel Powell.
1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. William Bland, b. 1771, m. Mary Parker, dau. of John Parker, son of Thomas Parker of Edgecombe, d. 1782.
1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Elizabeth Bland, m. Jacob Highsmith, son of William Highsmith and his cousin Dorcas Highsmith, and grandson of John Highsmith, brother of Daniel Highsmith Jr., who m. Lucretia, dau. of the said Thomas Parker of Edgecombe.

Thus, a point is made: the Blands were associated with Jonathon Parker, and his family were neighbours and kin of the Counsell, Harris, Hodges, Hutchings, Powells, and Turners of Somerset.

THURSTON cont.
John Thurston was the br. of:
1.2. Joan Thurston, who m. (1) Thomas Hayne, 24 May 1565, (2) John Cowncell, 13 Aug. 1573.
1.2.1. Richard Hayne, bapt. 20 Jan. 1579, f. Thomas.
1.2.2. John Hayne.
1.2.2.1. John Hayne, bapt. 23 Dec 1610, f. John.
1.2.2.1.1. Elianor Hayne, m. Richard Lancaster, 27 Apr. 1637.
1.2.2.1.2. Mary Hayne, m. William Cowncell, 28 Apr. 1646.
1.2.2.1.3. Thomas Hayne, m. Jane Cooke, 13 Oct. 1634, dau. of Edward Cooke and Diana Hutchins, who m. 1 Aug. 1594, and sister of Margaret Cooke, who m. Thomas Parker, 9 Mar. 1612, and Edward Cooke jr., bapt. 9 Sept. 1610
1.2.2.1.2.1. Thomas Hayne, m. Mary Harris, 13 Oct. 1655, possibly the dau. of George Harris, who m. Joan Webb, 28 Apr. 1623.

HARRIS
1. Thomas Harrys of Mells, carpenter, b. 1494.
1.1. John Harrys, witnessed a Will in 1554 concerning Mells, Somerset.
1.1.1. John Harris, d. 1616, m. Alice, d. 1599, in Mells.
1.1.1.1. John Harris, bapt. 17 Feb 1587, in Mells (St Andrew), m. 1. Grace Haine, in 1608, in Mells. If this is to be Sergeant John Harris of Virginia, he had remarried before emigrating. If John Harris, as ‘Sergeant’, had a son by Grace Haine, born circa 1609-1612, it is possible that he was apprenticed at the time of his father’s arrival in Virginia, and did not accompany him, and this apprenticeship was in St Olave, Southwark, London, where an influential kinsman, Edward Bennett, of Wivelscombe, Somerset, and Virginia, had established himself. Furthermore, if Grace Haine was of the Haine family of Wedmore, then a kinship connection to the Council and Hodges families of that place is established.
1.1.1.1.1. Thomas Harris, m. Alice West, October 1635, in Nunney (juxta Mells), d. in Charles City in 1677. At a court held Sept. 13, 1677, administration of the estate of Thomas Harris, deceased, was granted to John Echols and John Hardaway, probable brs.-in-law of the said Thomas Harris. Alice West was probably she who was bapt. 16 Sept., in Bath (St Michael), 12 miles from Nunney, and probable dau. of William West, who m. Katharin Pearce, 23 May 1608, in Bath (St Michael).
1.1.1.1.1.1. Thomas Harris, bapt. 14 August 1636, in Nunney, d. 1688, m., in London, Dorothie Bassano (kin of the Lanier family, of St Olave, Southwark, London), in 1662, aged 26.
1.1.1.1.1.1.1. It can not be known if Thomas Harris, d. 1677, had male issue. The William Harris, as follows, may have been his son, or a grandson of William Harris, b. 1599, in Mells, a probable br. of John, b. 1587. William Harris, m. Mary Short, second-cousin of William Short, whose son and dau., John and Mary, m., respectively, Elizabeth Echols and Isaac Echols. Maj. William Rookings, son of William and Jane Rookings who had patented Flying Point, on the Upper Chippokes, in 1638, was sentenced to death in 1677. His Will mentions his cousin, Mary Short’s children. Overseers and guardians were his brother-in-law, Capt. Nicholas Wyatt, of Charles City, and neighbours William Simmons and John King, of Upper Chippokes, all Bacon’s supporters. Mary Short was the wife of William Short, of Charles city Co., and grandmother of Mary Short, wife of William Harris, aforesaid. William Simmons was very likely of the family of ‘Samuel Simons, of St Saviour, Southwark, London, whitebaker’; his Will pr. Nov. 10, 1635, naming Margaret Beale his mother, John Hart his br.-in-law; William Powell of St Saviour, whitebaker, his cousin. (TNA, Prob.11/169, ff.152r-153r). That is, William Powell II., whose plantation was Chippoakes, to which many associated families of Southwark, London, migrated.

1. William Short Sr., d. 1676, Charles City Co., m. Elizabeth Simmons, d. 1676.
1.1. William Short. Originally lived in Charles City Co., on the south side of the James River (later Prince George County); he repatented 1100 acres of land ‘above the head of Chippokes Creek about one and one-half miles up the western most branche’, identifying himself as ‘the son and heir of William Shorts’. The land had been granted to Robert Moseley on Jan. 7, 1649, and then assigned to William Short Sr., on Oct. 28, 1657. (See Tidewater Families of Virginia, p. 544). This was the land identified as adjoining that of Sergeant John Harris: ‘William Lea and Alice (Feltham), his wife, to William Heath, 150 acres … formerly Thomas Felton’s (son of Robert Feltham, vintner,), deceased, and lyeing and being in Southwarke Parish in the County of Surry in Virginia commonly called Upper Chippoakes in the woodes joyneing upon the lands which was John Harryes and neere unto the plantation which was formerly Robert Moseleys, adjoining to a great swamp which divides Surry Co. from Charles Cittie County … one hundred and fifteen acres of said land lyeth in Charles Cittie County adjoining unto the rest of the divident which lyeth in said surry County … Witnesses: Robert Spencer, John Gittings’. (Dated, Oct. 4, 1660. Surry Co. Court Records, R. 10 November 1660.
1.1.1. William Short. The Will of William Short was pr. Sept., 1741, in Surry Co., naming his wife, Susannah (Heath), his sons William and Thomas Short, dau. Mary Harris, grandchildren William, Sarah, Martha (ch. of William Short); granddau. Susanne (dau. of Thomas Short); da. Mary Harris; son-in-law William Harris; William and Thomas Harris (grandsons). He also mentions kinsman Benjamin Heath, to whom he left two cows and calves. Peter and Sarah Vincent were the administrators. The witnesses to his Will were William Heath, Richard Jones, and Richard Bullock (associated with Tyree Harris). The appraisers included John Mason, Christopher Tatum, and William Heath.
1.1.1.1. Mary Short, m. William Harris.
1.2. Thomas Short, moved to Cabin Point, Surry Co., having received a tract of land on Burlin Swamp from his father, on a tributary of upper Chippokes Creek. 1.2.1. William Short, lived in Wyanoak Parish; m. Elizabeth Griffith, dau. of Richard and Griffith of Prince George Co. 1.2.1.1. Cornelius Short, m. a dau. of of Isaac Tynes.
1.2.1.1.1. John Short, m. Elizabeth Echols; he lived in St Clair Co., IL.
1.2.1.1.2. Mary Short, m. (1) Isaac Echols, (2) Joseph Hancock.

Thomas Felton’s son, John Felton, is evidenced here: May 2, 1654: Bond of Robt. Mosley to Jno. Felton. Wit.: John Harris (d. 1687), Sack. Brewster (Crozier Misc. rec. vol. 6, p. 31, 2009). ‘Brewster, Sackford (in Virginia 1655, &c. ), Surry county. In his marriage license, issued in Virginia, April 22, 1655, he is styled ‘Thomas alias Sackford Brewster, of Sackford Hall, in the county of Suffolk, England, gent’, who m. Elizabeth Watkins, widow of John Watkins, of Surry county, Virginia, in 1655′ (EVB). John Watkins received apatent for 850 acres in Surry Co., at the head of Gray’s Creek, for the transportation of 10 persons, including his wife Alice. His son was George Watkins, who m. Elizabeth Prime, the dau. of Edmund Prime and … Ridley. Charles Barham m. Elizabeth Ridley, sister of the wife of Edmund Prime. William Ridley was Elizabeth’s brother. William Ridley’s Will was pr. Oct. 19, 1671 (B. 1, p. 98). His legatees included his da-in-law [stepdaughter] Jane Tuke, wife of William Tuke of Surry Co.; Edmond Prime’s five children, including daus. Elizabeth Prime and Mary Prime, and son John Prime; Mr. Barham’s two daughters, Elizabeth and Perlie; and William Tuke of Surry, ‘my wife’s son-in-law’. He names Mr. Charles Barham as executor. Wit. Thomas Harris, d. 1672.

1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. William Harris, probably m. a dau. of Nicholas Thompson, who witnessed a deed of Carter Crafford, of Lawnes Creek Parish, with Samuel Lancaster (recorded 2 Nov. 1708; B. 5, p. 401), husband of Elizabeth Harris, of Wedmore, dau. of John Harris, d. 1687.
1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Thompson Harris. In 1756, Thompson Harris, of Bedford Co., ‘sells to William Heath’, who was a grandson of this William Heath: ‘Indenture between Wm. Lea & his wife Alice, and Wm. Heath, planter, of Southwarke Par., Surry Co., for a parcel of land, 150 acres, formerly Thos. Felton’s deceased, and lyeing and being in Southwarke Parish in the County of Surry in Virginia commonly called Upper Chippoakes in the woodes joyneing upon the lands which was John Harryes (Surry B. I, 1652-1672, p. 161).*Son of Robert Feltham, vintner, of St. Olave, Southwark, London, who m. 2. Elizabeth Olbury, widow of Christopher Woodward, bur. St. Olave, on September 16, 1563.
1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.2. Thomas Harris, and wife, Sarah (Lane) Harris, Mary Lane and Faith Lane, sell ‘110 acres within the main Swamp and bounded by Col. John Allen’ (1741); daus. of Thomas Lane, d. in 1721 in Surry Co., father-in-law of William Harris.

1.1.2. Thomas Harris, bur. 3 Feb. 1595, in Mells.
1.1.2.1. John Harris, m. Mary Tomlin, 9 November 1620, in Mells. Matthew Tomlin of the Lower Parish of IOW Co. to John Johnson of the same parish, ‘for a valuable consideration’, a 225-acre tract ‘commonly called Pigneck’, bounded by Thomas Harris’s corner tree’, pp. 570-571.
1.1.2.2. Elizabeth Harris, m. George Hill, 27 Jan. 1619, in Mells.
1.1.2.2.1. Nicholas Hill, who, on 30 Sept. 1664, patented 750 acres in the Upper Parish, part of the estate of Edward Bennett, of Wivelscombe, Somerset, and St Olave, London.

1.2. John Harris. ‘Joannes Harries de Alverton’ (juxta Wedmore) d. 1585, m. 1. Joanna, d. 1579, 2. Alicia, d. 1585.
1.2.1. William Harris, m. Dorothy West, 31 Aug. 1562, at Wivelscombe.
1.2.1.1. Richard Harris, m. Elianor Bennett, sister of Edward Bennett, of Lawne’s Creek.
1.2.1.1.1. Thomas Harris, m. Judith Blake, 20 Nov. 1623, Wivelscombe. This Thomas Harris was probably he who d. in 1672, in Virginia. Judith may have been the dau. of Richard Blake and Edith Pitt, m. 4 Nov. 1598, Wedmore, and sister of Joan Blake, who m. Robert Pope, 6 Feb. 1622, Wedmore.
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.
1.2.2. John Harris, m. Joan Stubbs, 10 Feb. 1569, Wedmore.
1.2.2.1. Robert Harris. He was probably this Robert Harris: December 1634, William Lacey leased James Tooke 500 acres on the east side of Lawne’s Creek; 26 October 1646, James Tooke to Robert Harris, all my right and title to this lease.
1.2.2.1.1. Edward Harris, bapt. 8 Aug. 1624, Wedmore, ‘son of Robert’; probably he who d. in 1677, in Virginia.
1.2.2.2. Thomas Harris.
1.2.2.2.1. Thomas Harris, bapt. 31 Dec. 1637, Cheddar, ‘son of Thomas’, probably he who d. in 1688, in Virginia.
1.2.2.2.1.1. Robert Harris, m. Anne Fulgham, da. of Michael Fulgham, of Pitminster, Somerset. Susannah Fulgham, Anne’s sister, m. Hardy Council, son of Hodges Council and Lucy Hardy.
1.2.2.2.1.2. Edward Harris, Will pr. 25 March 1734.
1.2.2.2.1.2.1. Nathan Harris.
1.2.2.2.1.2.2. West Harris.
1.2.2.2.1.2.3. James Harris, d. 1749, aforementioned, br.-in-law of Matthew Joyner.
1.2.2.2.1.2.3.1. James Harris.
1.2.2.2.1.2.3.2. Elias Harris, d. 1788, Halifax Co.
1.2.2.2.1.2.3.2.1. Abner Harris.
1.2.2.2.1.2.3.2.2. Hugh Harris.
1.2.2.2.1.2.3.2.3. Arthur Harris.
1.2.2.2.1.2.3.2.4. Lucy Harris. ‘Item … I give and bequeath to my daughter Lucy Blanton’. She was the wife of Richard Blanton, br. of William Blanton, the father of Jeremiah Blanton, who m. Sarah Womack, b. 10 Aug. 1782, in Rutherford Co, NC, on 22 Feb. 1799. Jeremiah was the br. of Ruth Hicks.
1.2.2.2.1.2.3.2.5. Sally Harris. ‘Item … I give and bequeath to my daughter Sally Pope, twenty shillings current money’. She probably married into this Pope family: Valentine Braswell and wife, Jean, to Barnaby McKinnie (B. F, No. 1, p. 185, at Edenton), Power of Attorney to acknowledge Sale and relinquish dower to 200 acres land sold John Pope, July 21, 1721, on Aherron Swamp, where John Pope now liveth. Test.: William Pope, Wm. Ledbetter. (Br. of Henry Ledbetter, father of Elizabeth Walton, sister-in-law of Nathan Harris). Craven Co., N. C. Deed Book 2, p. 382. Jan. 10th, 1734:— John Pope Gentleman, of Edgecombe Co., N. C, made deed to William Kinchen, 200 a. of land on the north side of the Meuse river at the head of Horse Creek (land granted John Pope by patent). (Signed) John Pope.
1.2.2.2.1.2.3.2.5. James Harris. b. 2 Nov. 1775 NC, Halifax, d. 5 Oct. 1828, NC, Halifax, m. Winifred Whitmell Williams, dau. of Col. Joseph John Williams, son of Samuel Williams and Elizabeth Alston, dau. of Philip Alston and Winifred Whitmel, b .5 Dec. 1729.
1.2.2.2.1.2.3.2.5.1. Thomas Whitmell Harris, b. 30 Dec. 1810, m. Martha Helen Hardee Kearney, b. 1817, dau. of William Kinchen Kearney, b. 1 Aug. 1785, and Maria Alston b. 25 Dec. 1791, dau. of Lt. Col. William Alston, b. 7 Oct. 1747, and Martha Hardee. William Kinchen Kearney was the son of Philip Kearney and Elizabeth Kinchen, dau. of William Kinchen, b.1 June 1696. Thomas Whitmell Harris and Martha had 11 children. They lived they lived near Panacea Springs, Warren Co.
1.2.2.2.1.2.3.2.5.1.1. James Norfleet Harris, m. Linda Roach; lived MO, Oregon Co, Thayer.
1.2.2.2.1.2.3.2.5.1.2. Henry Ferdinand Harris, m Ann Fowle.
1.2.2.2.1.2.3.2.5.1.2.1. Ferdinand Blackwell Harris.
1.2.2.2.1.2.3.2.5.1.3. Joseph John Williams Harris, m. Roberta Wiggins.
1.2.2.2.1.2.3.2.5.1.4. Thomas Whitmell Harris, inherited Panacea from his father.
1.2.2.2.1.2.3.2.5.1.5. William Kearney Harris.
1.2.2.2.2. John Harris, m. Agnes Coomer, 4 Feb. 1635, Cheddar, sister Elizabeth Coomer, wife of Thomas Powell, m. 7 Sept. 1615, who was almost certainly related to Nicholas Powell, who m. Dorothy Hicks, 11 Feb. 1598.
1.2.2.2.2.1. Arthur Harris.
1.2.2.2.2.1.1. Arthur Harris, bapt. 23 Jun. 1663, Cheddar, f. Arthur.
1.2.2.2.2.1.2. Anthony Harris.
1.2.2.2.2.1.2.1. James Harris, bapt. 21 Mar. 1690, Cheddar, f Anthony.
1.2.2.2.2.2. John Harris.
1.2.2.2.2.2.1. John Harris, bapt. 27 Apr. 1679, Cheddar, f. John.
1.2.2.2.2.2.2. Alice Harris, m. Hix.

SYMES
1.Sir John Symes, lived at Mells, m. Amy, da. of Thomas Horner esq., of Mells.
1.1. John Symes.
1.1.1. Thomas Symes Jr., evidenced here: Symes v Horner. Plaintiffs, Thomas Symes and Merrill Symes his wife. Defendants, Samuel Horner and Philip Horner. Subject: property in Mells, Somerset. (Nat. Arch., ref. C 5/64/111 1672).
1.1.1.1. ‘John Symes late of Montserrat, West Indies’.
1.1.1.1.1. Elizabeth Symes (da.,not sister), m. a kinsman, Samuel Perry. (See Nat. Arch., ref. C 11/750/12, 1714). 1.1.1.1.1.1. Symes Perry.
1.1.2. Richard Symes (See N&Q, 1890).
1.1.2.1. Adam Symes.
1.1.2.1.1. George Sims, of Brunswick Co.; d. Sept. 1763. He bought land from his brother John Sims, on 5 November 1747, witnessed by Micajah Perry, a cousin.
1.1.2.1.1.1. Adam Sims, m. Elizabeth Walton, da. of George Walton of Brunswick Co., and who was, thus, the br.-in-law of Nathan Harris, grandson of Thomas Harris, d. 1688, and br. of West Harris.

BENNETT
1. Robert Bennett, a tanner, of Wivelscombe, Somerset, m. Elizabeth Edney.
1.1. Thomas Bennett, d. 1616, Wivelscombe. (Br. of Phillip Bennett, who held land adj. John Hodges).
1.1.1. Thomas Bennett, claimed in 1635 as a headright by his uncle, Governor Richard Bennett.
1.2. Edward Bennett, bapt. February 2, 1577, in Wivelscombe; later of of St Olave, Southwark, London, and Lawn’s Creek, Virginia.
1.2.1. Alice Bennett, m. John Hardy. Nugent, C&P vol. 1, p. 569: Mr. John Hardie 1150 acres IOW Co., 5 June 1666. Beginning at upper corner tree of Mathew Tomlins old land, running SSE by Wm. Westwrayers land &c. SW on Mathew Tomlins new land
1.2.1.1. Lucy Hardy, m. Hodges Council.
1.1.2. … Bennett, m. Richard Jackson, who patented 450 acres in IOW adjacent to Justinian Cooper.
1.1.2.1. 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 II. George Hardy was an appraiser of the estate of Edward Harris, d. 1677.
1.1.3. Richard Bennett. In 1666, Colonel Arthur Smith made a deed to land at ‘Blackwater’ inherited by his wife, Sarah Jackson, from her ‘grandmother Alice Bennett’. Richard Bennett’s first wife was Anne, who was Charles Barham’s sister (see Douglas Richardson, ‘Plantagenet Ancestry’). Mr. Charles Barham Ex., Thomas Harris (d. 1672) and Thomas Tuke overseers, were officers of the will of William Ridley, who was probably the br. of Elizabeth Ridley, Charles Barham’s wife.
1.3. Elianor Bennett, m. Richard Harris.

HUTCHINS AND POWELL
1. John Hutchins. Yeo v Hutchins. Plaintiffs: John Yeo. Defendants: John Hutchins and Mary (probably Lawrence) Hutchins his wife. Subject: property in Wiveliscombe, Somerset. (Nat. Arch. ref. C 3/201/21 1558-1579).
1.1. John Lawrence, alias Hutchins, of St. James Parish, Taunton, m. Alice (Stone?). His Will, proved 12 Sept. 1579, had Robert and George Stone as overseers.
1.1.1. John Hutchins. PROB 11/75/122: Will of John Hutchines or Hutchins of Wiveliscombe, Somerset. 11 February 1590.
1.1.1.1. 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.
1.1.1.2. Thomas Hutchins, alias Lawrence, of St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Taunton.
1.1.1.2.1. Mary Hutchins, m. Hugh Parker, in Over Stowey, Somerset, in 1605; dau. of Thomas Hutchins, alias Lawrence, of Holway, 12 mls fr. Wivelscombe.
1.1.1.2.2. Thomas Huchens: Aliciam Counsell & Thomas Huchens, 14 Oct. 1605, Wedmore. She was the sister of John Counsell.
1.1.1.2.2.1. Francis Hutchins, held land adj. Thomas Powell.
1.1.1.2.2.2. Amos Hutchins.
1.1.2.2.2.1. ‘Richardus f. Amos & Elizabethae Hutchins de Wedmore’. Richard Hutchins, witnessed land grants of his probable cousin, William Powell.

POWELL
1. … Powell.
1.1. John Powell. Capt. William Tucker, Elizabeth City Co., 20 Sept. 1624, 150 acs. upon land of Richard Bolton, made up a great SW parting it from land of John Powell & Co, (C&P, p. 29). This land was on Hog Island. In 1612, Capt William Tucker & br., Thomas. each received a bequest of £10 from Henry Stevens, Citizen & Haberdasher of London (husband of Mary Harmor, dau. of Ralph Harmor).
1.2. Thomas Powell, m. Elizabeth Coomer, 7 Sept. 1615, Wedmore. He appears in the Muster taken after the 1622 massacre, listed as a servant of Capt. Ralph Harmor, then living at Hog Island. On 10 June 1637, Thomas patented 100 acs. on the south side of the Nansemond River. Francis Hutchins held adjacent land, and proved the Will of Thomas Powell; most likely as br.-in-law.
1.2.1. William Powell, of IOW, was granted 257 acres on the Western Branch of the Nansemond River adjacent Thomas Pitt (B. 7, p. 16). His will was dated 12 Nov. 1695, and mentioned his wife, Elizabeth (Lawrence?); sons, Nathaniel, Jacob, William, and Thomas; and dau., Elizabeth. Witnesses: Thomas Powell, Thomas Gale, and Richard Hutchins.
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.

MARTINS OF WEDMORE
Gulielmus Martin & Johannam Cowncell, 10 May 1567.
Gulielmus Martin & Aliciam White, 22 Jun. 1573.
Gulielmus Martin & Aliciam Jeninges, 7 Jun. 1574.
Johannam Martin & Richardus Coomer, 19 Apr. 1578.
Richardus Martin & Isabellam Pitte, 15 Apr. 1588.
Gulielmus Martin & Aliciam Nicoles, 7 May 1590.
Richardus Martin & Isabellam Pitte, 15 Apr. 1588.
William Martin.
Richardus Martin, bapt. 5 May 1637, f. William.
Robertus Martin, bapt. 31 Dec. 1641, f. William.
Richardus Martin, bapt. 11 Jan. 1643, f. William.
Georgius Martin, bapt. 19 Mar. 1646, f. William.
Robert Martin, bapt. 29 Jul. 1651, f. William.
Mary Martin, bapt. 14 Oct. 1651, f. William.
Robert Martin.
Robertus Martin, bapt. 21 Feb. 1637, f. Robert.
Philip Martin, f. Robert, m. Barbara …
Susanna Martin, bapt. 5 Aug. 1660, f. Philip.
Henry Martin.
Johannes Martin, bapt. 12 Apr. 1640, f. Henry.
John Martin & Margery Coomer, 17 Apr. 1637 (Cheddar), sister of Agnes Comer, who m. John Harris, 4 Feb. 1635, Cheddar, uncle of Thomas Harris, d. 1688, Virginia.
Robertus Martin & Editham Pitt, 13 Jul. 1644. The Pitt family of Virginia were originally of Wedmore.
John Martin & Alice Tanner, 7 Oct 1647.

TUCKE, HOLMAN, AND PITMAN
1.
1.1. 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., br.-in-law of Elizabeth Harris, great-granddau. of Richard Harris, who m. Elianor Bennett, sister of Edward Bennett, of Lawne’s Creek. In the list of tithables in 1702, Thomas was listed on the plantation of Richard Holliman, who may have been his father-in-law, he having firstly m. Mary Holliman.
1.1.2. Joane Tucke, m. William Penny, 22 Sept. 1588, Barwick.
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.

FULGHAMS OF PITMINSTER
1. William Fuljames, b. c. 1490 at Ing’s Manor, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, settled in Somerset; great-grandfather of:
1.1.  John Fuljames, of Angersleigh, Somerset, m. (1603) Sarah Hole, of Barnstaple, Devon. He acquired Woodbrook Farm in Pitminster, an adjacent parish to Angersleigh, and became known as John Fuljames of Woodbrooke, Gent. The Hole family were intermarried with that of Norris: Thomas Hole & Edith Norris, 17 Jan 1602, Dulverton (All Saints).
1.1.1. Anthony Fuljames, born c. 1615 in Pitminster, married, first, in 1638 at Pitminster, Elizabeth Norris, b. 1623 in Bridgwater, Somerset.
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, m. Anne Izzard.
1.1.1.2.1. Anne Fulgham, m. 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. Her will was recorded October 6, 1757, naming daus. Susannah, Christian Daughtery, Mary Brantley, Martha Fowler, Lucy Johnson, and Ann Lawrence; sons Charles, Michael, Hardy, and Joshua; grandson Willis Council; and grandaus. Selah Council and Sarah Lawrence. Sons Charles and Joshua were named executors. The Will was witnessed by William Murphree and Robert Johnson.
1.1.1.2.3. Anthony Fulgham, married Sarah Wrayford, dau. of Philip Wrayford, of Crediton, Devon. Appraisal of the estate of Anthony Fulgham ordered 24 June 1729. Performed by Francis Williamson, John Little, & Joshua Turner. Recorded 25 Jan. 1731. Sarah Wrayford’s sister, Martha, married Jesse Goodwin.
1.1.2. John Fuljames, Jr. b. June 1613 in Pitminster, married (1635) Prudence Westcott, of Shobrooke, Devon. Her sister, Katherine Westcott, married Edward Hill, born 4 Jan. 1601, Berrynarbor, Devon. Their aunts, Alice and Julian, married, respectively, Arthur Hart of Yarncomb, Henry Reynold of Cheriton Fitzpaine. Their uncle, Phillip, married Elizabeth Tanner, dau. of George Tanner, of Creely. They were children and grandchildren of Thomas Westcote of Raddon, and Mary Roberts, dau. of Richard Roberts of Combmartin. There was some connection to a family of Thatcher: Thatcher v Westcott. Plaintiffs: Avis Thatcher. Defendants: Thomas Westcott, John Fuljames and Arthur Hole. Subject: personal estate of the deceased John Thatcher widow, of Thorverton, Devon. (Nat. Arch. ref. C 6/124/129. 1639).
1.1.4. Sarah Fuljames, b. 21 December, 1624 at Pitminster, m. John Cotton of Silverton, Devon, in 1642, at Pitminster. The Reverend William Cotton, Sarah Fuljames’s father-in-law, was Rector of the Were Family’s church in Silverton. The estates of Counselor John Weare, the head of the Were family in Silverton, and his eldest son, John, Jr., were sequestered in 1648 by Parliament. By 1650, Counselor John Weare, his wife Margaret (Dart) Were, John, Jr., Francis, and Katherine had emigrated to the south side of the eastern branch of the Corotoman River, in Virginia, next to Anthony Fulgham.

By 1647, Anthony was in Northumberland Co., and filed for a 500-acre patent on the south side of the Corotoman River. Anthony married his second wife, Martha Greene, whose great-grandfather, John, was living in St Giles Cripplegate, where his eldest son, John, was born, in 1568. John, Martha’s grandfather, was a merchant. He had issue: John,* b. 1592, Sara, b. 1592, Elizabeth, b. 1594, and Robert (Martha Fulgham’s father), b. 1598, who first appeared in Virginia records in a census taken in 1619. He married Katherine Walker (in St Giles Cripplegate) on 9 Feb. 1618. They had issue: Robert b. 1620 d.v.p., Thomas b. 1621 (married Mary Moone), Elizabeth b. 1622, John b. 1624, d.v.p., Martha b. 1626 (married Anthony Fulgham), John b. 1627, d.v.p.; Jane, b. 1629 (married Robert Smith, of Pitminster); Humphrey, b. 1630. *He had a dau,, Elizabeth, b. 1626 (married William Hutchings) and a son, John b. 1628. Both Elizabeth and John Greene appear as headrights in the land patent of John Weare of Silverton, Devon (and others) dated 7 Sep 1654. John Weare and Anthony Fulgham had close familial connections and cooperated in seating their patents on the Corotoman River between 1647 and 1654.

Lancaster Co. Court Orders, 1652-1655: John Bond assigns to Jno Meredith, excepting 160 acres which belongs to Eliz Hutchins the wife of Wm. Hutchins. Dated 4 Dec 1655. Recorded 5 Jan 1656.

Major John Bond patented 3,000 acres in IOW with John Clarke, p. 489. He appears again as a headright of Col. Robert Pitt in 1664, in 10W. In 1656, Dorothy Bond sold land of her deceased husband, Major John Bond, to Joseph Bridger, who was the brother-in-law of Robert Pitt. Joseph Bridger’s Will (R. April 9, 1685), was witnessed by James Bennett, of Wivelscombe, Somerset, whose family were intermarried with the Harris family of that place. The Bond family were neighbours of the Fulghams in Pitminster.
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HAMILTON FAIRY TALES

 

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One of the earliest genealogical fairy tales was repeated by John Eaton Reid in 1864, who made the grandiose claim that ‘The Scotch Hamiltons are descended from the Hamiltons of Leicestershire, a branch from the stock of the illustrious Earls of Leicester’ (1).

Mr Reid at least spared the reader the more poetic fabrications of this period: ‘This illustrious family is said to be descended from Sir William de Hamilton, one of the sons of William de Bellomont, 3d Earl of Leicester. Sir William’s son, Sir Gilbert Hamilton, having spoken in admiration of Robert the Bruce, at the court of Edward I. received a blow from John de Spencer, who conceived the discourse was derogatory to his master. This led, on the following day, to an encounter in which Spencer fell, and Hamilton fled for safety to Scotland in 1323. Having been closely pursued in his flight, Hamilton and his servant changed clothes with two woodcutters, and, taking the saws of the workmen, they were in the act of cutting an oak-tree when his pursuers passed. Perceiving his servant to notice them, Sir Gilbert cried out to him ‘Through!’ which word, with the oak and saw through it, he took for his crest in remembrance and commemoration of his escape. He afterwards became a favourite with Robert Bruce, and from an old manuscript it appears that he was one of seven knights who ‘kept the king’s person’ in the field of Bannockburn, and afterwards continued with him till his death, and attended his burial at Dunfermline. Sir Walter de Hamilton, the son of Sir Gilbert, acquired the lands of Cadzow, in the sheriffdom of Lanark, and others; and from him was descended, in the fifth degree, Sir James Hamilton of Cadzow, who was the first peer of the family’ (2).

I only repeat such an account as to demonstrate the absolute depths of the historical fantasy attached to the Hamilton name. It is an Hans Anderson version of history, of a type that when nothing is known the gap is filled with grandiose stories attributed to such worthies as ‘Mr. It Is Said’.

The last account at least as one saving grace, as it does not attempt to plot a defined path of exact ancestry from a proposed ancestor; fictions that were commonly composed and unquestioningly copied. Another example of a more honest approach was given by John D’Alton in 1838: ‘In 1474 Sir James Hamilton, Lord Hamilton of Cadzow, (was) a lineal descendant of William de Hamilton who first assumed the name’. Such vague terms as ‘lineal descendant’ freed the writer from scrutiny by proof. Where such proof was lacking a more prestigious colleague of ‘Mr. It Is Said’ was wheeled out as a source of authority for what was claimed, who was usually called ‘Mr. Antiquary Of No Little Fame’, who had access to ‘writs in my hand’ (completely unknown to history).

A such acquainted ‘genealogical astrologist’ was Egerton Brydges, who shamelessly proclaimed about Gilbert (the real ancestor of the ducal Hamiltons): ‘My former author further informs me that he was matched with a lady of the family of the Randolphs, raised in that reign to the honour of Earl of Murray, by whom he had two sons, Sir Walter his successor, and Sir John Hamilton of Rossaven, Knight, of whom sprung the family of Prestoun and its branches’. Not content with this single piece of pedigree-making, Mr. Brydges informs us that the ancestry of many families named Hamilton can be traced to the patriarch Gilbert, naming as sons of John Hamilton, ‘James his successor, David, who first founded the family of Dalserf … of whom the Hamiltons of Blackburn, Allarshaw, Ladyland, Green, and others derive themselves. Thomas, of whom descended the house of Raploch, out of which issued the Hamiltons of Torrence, Stanhouse, Woodhall, Aikenhead, Dechmont, and Barns. It is as if being informed of a common ancestry of the Tribes of Israel; writ large in stone, and not to be disputed. (3).

Therein lay another example of creative thinking. The term ‘of whom sprung the family’ was used continuously by writers who vied with each other to compose an ancestry of the Hamiltons, which strung together a number of people of that name into a cohesive arrangement, designed to show a distinct lineal descent from Gilbert. It mattered little if the genealogical beads in these strings were only known to ‘Mr. It Is Said’ and his friends.

Striking examples of making a statement without proof were given by George Robinson in 1820, who repeated the compositions of ‘Douglas and Wood, in their respective Peerages’, who claimed that ‘Walter, the second son of David Hamilton of Cadzow’ was the ancestor of the Hamiltons of Camskeith and of the ‘Hamilton of Grange in Ayrshire’. Mr. Robinson bravely put such ‘historical’ claims into perspective: ‘The first notice that has come under my own observation of the Hamiltons of Camskeith is in the Scots Acts of Parliament, lately published, vol. II. p. 428,434, and 438, where John Hamilton of Camskeith appears as one of the curators of James Hamilton of Fynart. This was in 1542. From this personage the line of succession can be traced downwards with some degree of certainty. Let him therefore be stated as the first in this deduction, without tracing them individually farther back’ (4).

This last sentence should be the benchmark of Hamilton enquiry. It is certainly recorded that David, son of Walter bore three cinquefoils pierced; on the shield surrounded by tracery, ‘sigill. David Filii Walter’ — appended to Act of the Parliament of Scotland settling the Succession to the Crown, 1371, and that Walter FitzGilbert, in 1296, as a Lanarkshire proprietor, swore fealty to Edward I. Little else of these early times is as safe.

In creating direct lines of descent to ‘Hamilton Princes’, any number of present day Hamiltons claim descent from Gilbert, wherehas in the majority of cases it is just a case of ‘the name is the same’.

An article in the The Herald and Genealogist, 1867, expressed similar sentiments:

ORIGIN AND DESCENT OF THE HAMILTONS.

The Pedigree of the Hamilton Family. By Audi Alteram Partem. London, S. A. Mowels, 142, Sloane Street, S.W. 1867. Sm. 8to. pp. 32.

‘The writer of this brief but very pretentious essay has deemed it necessary to enlist in his support a subscription which includes the names of an Earl, two Viscounts, a Baron, a Right Honourable, and several Baronets and M.P.’s of the name of Hamilton; but it will be readily shown that he is quite unworthy of their confidence.

Though called in the Preface an “Examination” of the Hamilton Pedigree, the work is little more than a reproduction of the ancient and exploded legends handed down by Crawford and Douglas, with some other “authorities,” the value of which will be seen as we proceed. The author assigns as his reason for his self-imposed task the perusal by him of an article on the Hamilton-Douglases which appeared in the Spectator of October 1864.

At pp. 8 and 9 he proceeds to demolish the Spectator (itself not deeply versant with the subject) by remarking that Burton’s account (the Historian of Leicestershire) “is not one of mere conjecture but of certainty, and was no doubt the result of very careful investigation and research. It is most probable also that he possessed far greater opportunities of arriving at the truth than any modern genealogist (?) as it is well known that many valuable (?) pedigrees and documents were lost or destroyed during the civil war which soon after ensued.” A.A.P. shows his whole case, and begs the question, in these feeble observations. Because Burton, a country squire, who wrote about 1623, nearly four centuries after the alleged Hambledon emigration to Scotland, had probably access to some family pedigrees (a most trustworthy source!) which were afterwards lost, ergo, his account is one of certainty, not conjecture, and no one must presume to dispute it now, although we have access to original records, &c. of which worthy Burton probably never heard.

We think our readers may now form a tolerably correct estimate of this pamphlet, the ” summing-up” of which (pp. 31-2) is a marvellous specimen of reasoning in a circle. It may be added that it is full of errors in dates and names of places, and bears evidence of hasty and careless preparation … we should like to see a “little more” strictly legal evidence to show how some of these affiliate themselves to the ducal stem‘ (5).

This may seem harmless stuff, yet it takes a distinctly modern turn to the unsavoury.

Janet Douglas, daughter of Sir James Douglas of Dalkeith, the mother it is supposed of James Hamilton of Cadzow, is accused of having an extra-marital affair. On what certain grounds?, it may be asked, for such a charge at this time was of an serious nature in devoutly Catholic Scotland. On that genealogical rock of modern certainty, that the DNA of some living Hamiltons differs from that of others, ergo Janet Douglas was an adultress!

It is one thing to adhere to the ridiculous, but entirely another to propose the contemptuous.

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References:

1. John Eaton Reid, History of the County of Bute: And Families Connected Therewith, p. 177, 1864.

2. The Topographical, Statistical, and Historical Gazetteer of Scotland, p. 739, 1853.

3. Egerton Brydges, Peerage of England, p. 515, 1812.

4. George Robertson, Topographical Description of Ayrshire, p. 169, 1820.

5. The Herald and Genealogist, p. 452, 1867.

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HODGES, RODNEY, AND TURNER

I. … Hodges.
1.1. Thomas Hodges.
1.1.1. Thomas Hodges.* The Will of Giles Hodges, of Middle Chinnocke, Somerset, gent, was proved Aug. 7, 1591, by Alice the relict. (61 Barber). ‘My friend Henry Compton,of Wigbeere, South Petherton. My son in law Walter Hodges, pf Podmore Milton, gent my Rectory of Charlton Adams & lands in Charlton Mackrell. Lands in Chilton Domer of the demise of Bartholomew Horsley, esq’. John & Thomas Hodges, my sons. William Hodges, son of Thomas Hodges, my brother, decd. My wife Alice. My daughters Susan, Ann, & Johan, all under 21. My son Giles Hodges. William, son of my son William. John, Giles, & *Thomas, sons of Thomas Hodges, my brother, decd. John Smythe, my son in law. Alice, my wife, Exix. Francis Clyfton, her brother, gent John Hodges, gent., my brother,an Overseer’.

Thomas Hodges married into the very well connected and influential family of Rodney:

1. George Rodney. 1.1. Maurice Rodney, Esq., m. Joan, dau. of Sir Thomas Dyer of Somerford, Co., Wilts. 1.1.1. Dorothy wife of Rice Davis* of the Middle Temple, and of Tickenham, Esq. 1.2. Agatha Rodney, m. Captain Thomas Hodges, d. 1583: ‘At Wedmore is a monument Sacred to the memory of Captain Thomas Hodges of the County of Somerset, esq., who at the siege of Antwerpe, about 1583, with unconquered courage wonne two ensignes from the enemy, where receiving his last wound, he gave three legacies: his soule to his Lord Jesus, his body to be lodged in Flemish earth, his heart to be sent to his dear wife in England’ (Pettigrew’s ‘Tombs’, 1857).

1.1.1.1. Thomas Hodges was his only son by Agatha, dau. of George Rodney. He m. Eleanor, dau. of John Rosse (Rose) of Shepton Beauchamp, Somerset. Will of Thomas Hodges, Gentleman of Wedmore, Somerset, prob. 6 Feb. 1601.

The familial connection between the Hodge, Lancaster, and Rose families was long standing: Lease. By William Rose of Cheddar and Mary his wife one of the daughters and coheirs of John Lancaster of Milverton Esqr. deceased to Samuel Leonard of Wedmore, of One Cottage or House with a Garden and Orchard conteyninge one Yard of Ground with the appurtenances being below Cold Hill in Stoughton in the parish of Wedmore late in the possession of one John Paviour and now of the said Samuel Leonard. And 3 half-acres of arrable land in Stoughton fields (that is to say) one half-acre in Old Shillinge way, the land late John Paine on the West side and ½-acre in Stoneshill the land of William Counsell on the East side, and the other ½-acre in Suitbill acre the land of Edward Counsell in the West side, all which said premises were late in the possession of William Bush and now of the said Samuel Leonard. All which Cottage and premises are parcell of the Manor of Cheddar Fitzwaters. 10 May 1698.

*William Pitt m. Mary Owen: Robert Owen, of Bristol, Merchant. Will dated Sep. 5, 1614, Codicil Sep. 4, 1615, pr. Feb. 16, 1615-16. (8 Cope). My cousin Rice Davies, esq. My brother in law William Pitt, overseer. Rice Davies, Esq., of Tickenham, married ist, Dorothy, dau. of Maurice Rodney, Esq., and sister of Sir George Rodney, by whom (who died Jan. 2, 1604). William Pitt’s son, Col. Robert Pitt, d. bef. 9 January 1674, IOW, was the father of John Pitt, who m. Olive, dau. of John Hardy and Alice Bennett. She m. 1. Giles Driver; 2.John Bromfield, and 3. Lt. Col. John Pitt.

1.1.1.1.1. George Hodges: In the chancel (St Mary, Wedmore) against the north wall is a small stone monument with this inscription: ‘Neare to this place rest the bodies of George Hodges, Esq; and Ann his wife, since the wife of Jeremy Horler, clerk, in hope of a joyful resurrection. George Hodges d. Feb. 1, 1654. Ann d. July 26, 1684. On another plate, whereon is an effigy of ‘George Hodges, Esq; who lived many years at this place in a pious and religious manner, whose better part was wrapt into the best place, and his mortal lyeth heere interred in the sepulchre of his grandfather and father’. On a grave stone in the nave floor: ‘To the pious memory of William Counsel, of East-Stoughton in the parish of Wedmore, who died June 4, 1671’.

1.1.1.1.1.1. Mary Hodges, m. George Lyte.

1.1.1.1.1.2. Jane Hodges. Hodges v Lyte. Plaintiffs: Mary Hodges, and Jane Hodges. Defendants: George Lyte, Anne Lyte his wife, William Morgan, and others. Subject: rectory of Wedmore, Somerset. 1655. (Nat. Arch. ref. C 5/23/121). Jane m. John Strachey, of Sutton Court, Somerset, d. 1674, grandson of William Strachey, Secretary of the Colony of Virginia.

1.1.1.1.2. Thomas Hodges, M.P. for Ilchester, 1646. He was of Wedmore, Somerset. Will proved July 23, 1649. (PROB 11/208/751).

1.1.1.1.3. John Hodges: Lease: John Hodges, gent., to George Barber of Ashmore, Dorset, gent.: messuage etc., Wedmore, Somerset. (Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, ref. 2667/1/36/4). He m. Margery … : Lease: Margery Hodges of Heathhouse, Wedmore, widow, to Richard Counsell of Wedmore, husbandman and Joan his wife: Wedmore, Somerset. 1648. (Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, ref. 2667/1/36/2).

1.1.1.1.4. William Hodges: Counterpart of bargain and sale: George Barber of Ashmore, gent., to William Hodges, gent., messuage etc., Wedmore, Somerset. 1653. (Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, ref. 2667/1/36/5). Counterpart of release: Robert Barber of Ashcombe, Wiltshire, esq., to Edward Counsell of Wedmore, yeoman: Wedmore, Somerset. (Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, ref. 2667/1/36/22).

The Counsell and Hobbs families were intermarried from an early period, in Wedmore, Somerset: Thomas Hobbes & Amisiam Cowncell 15 April 1564, Wedmore, St Mary. This brought about a litigious relationship, concerning property in nearby Barrow Gurney, a Councell abode (see Nat. Arch., ref. C 3/275/51, 1596-1616).

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, and 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’. Some of the Counsell 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).

The central importance of the Rodneys:

The registers –

William Parker & Antonia Gibbs, 3 Jul. 1589; she bapt. 4 Jun 1564; issue:
1. Thomas Parker & Margaret Cooke, 9 Mar. 1611
2. Richardus Parker, bapt. 9 May 1592, d. inf
3. Thomas Parker, m. Margaretam Cooke, 9 March 1612, dau. of ‘Edvardus Cooke’ and ‘Dienam Hutchinges’, m. 1 Aug 1594.
Edward Cooke & Diana Hutchins, 1 Aug. 1594.
Elenor Hayward & Georgius Counsell, 20 May 1600.
Aliciam Counsell & Thomas Huchins, 14 Oct. 1605.
William Turner & Jane Rodney, 28 May 1612; issue:
John Turner: Johannes Turner, bapt. 14 May 1618, f. William.

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).

John Turner, d. aft. 25 Mar 1705 in IOW Co., m. Mary Tomlin. Thomas Harris, d. 1688, placed his son George with John, whose spoken Will named named sons John, James, William, Joseph, Simon and grandd. Ann Everett; witnessed by Edward Harris, John Johnson, Jenkins Dorman, Wm Westray, and Mary Tomlin.

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; daughter Rachel. Wife Executrix. Witnesses: Robert King, George Norsworthy, & James Bagnall. Recorded Apr. 26 1736.

Joan Hayward & John Gibbs, 15 Jul 1612.
Mariam Kirby & William Counsell, 27 Jan. 1615.
Elizabeth Comer & Thomas Powell, 7 Sep 1615; Wedmore (Perhaps he who settled in Virginia).
Joannam Counsell & Philippus Laurence, 20 Aug. 1618. Maud Bryan(t) & Henry Lawrence, 9 Sept. 1577; Over Stowey. On 6 August 1752, John Lawrence , Jacob Butler, and James Bryant appraised the estate of William Daughtry.
Georgius Harris & Joana Webb, 28 Apr. 1623.
Gregory Burnet & Agnes Cooke, 19 Jul. 1624.
Thomas Haine & Jane Cooke, 17 Apr. 1634.
Mariam Counsell & John Phippen, 25 May 1635.
Susannam Lancastle & Willielmus Hodges, 5 Apr. 1638 (surn. var. Lancaster, Lankester, Langcaster).
Janam Counsell & Johannes Langcastle, 21 Oct. 1647.
Thomas Haine & Mary Harris, 13 Oct. 1655.
Anstice Kirby & William Harris, 20 Jun. 1660.
Susannam Hayne & Guilielmus Counsell, 30 Apr. 1663.

Hodges Council d. bef. 9 Aug. 1699, named as husband of Lucy Hardy in the Will of John Hardy, (B. 2, p. 419). He m. Lucy Hardy, dau.of John Hardy and Alice Bennett. Hodges Council. Leg. eldest son Hodges land on Blackwater, son John the land I bought of Robert Lawrence … daughter Christian the wife of Edward Bryan. (ibid. p. 409). Robert Lawrence Sr. was very likely the son of Philip Lawrence: ‘Joannam Counsell & Philippus Laurence’, 20 Aug. 1618, Wedmore.

1. Hodges Council.
1.1. Hardy council, m Susannah Fulgham, dau. of Michael Fulgham, of Pitminster, Somerset.
1.2. Hodges Council. On 28 Oct 1690, Francis Nicholson granted to Hodges Council ‘the Younger’and Thomas Mann for the importation of 4 persons, 200 acres adjoiningJohn Brown at Kingsale Swamp. On 19 Sept. 1691, Hodges Council and Thomas Mann sold this same parcel to William Keell of the Lower Parish of IOW. (B. 1, p. 40).
1.2.1. Christina Council, d. 1743, m. Edward Bryan.

Their connection to the Rodneys gave much weight to the Turners.

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HARRIS, KITTERELL, PARKER

They circled the Bennetts:

1. Robert Bennett, a tanner, of Wivelscombe, Somerset, m. Elizabeth Edney.

(1.  John Hutchins. Yeo v Hutchins. Plaintiffs: John Yeo. Defendants: John Hutchins and Mary (probably Lawrence) Hutchins his wife. Subject: property in Wiveliscombe, Somerset. (Nat. Arch. ref. C 3/201/21 1558-1579); 1.1. John Lawrence, alias Hutchins, of St. James Parish, Taunton, m. Alice (Stone?). His Will, proved 12 Sept. 1579, had Robert and George Stone as overseers. 1.1.1. John Hutchins. PROB 11/75/122: Will of John Hutchines or Hutchins of Wiveliscombe, Somerset. 11 February 1590. 1.1.1.1. 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. 1.1.1.2. Thomas Hutchins, alias Lawrence, of St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Taunton. 1.1.1.2.1. Mary Hutchins, m. Hugh Parker, in Over Stowey, Somerset, in 1605; dau. of Thomas Hutchins, alias Lawrence, of Holway, 12 mls fr. Wivelscombe. 1.1.1.2.2. Thomas Huchens: Aliciam Counsell & Thomas Huchens, 14 Oct. 1605, Wedmore. She was the sister of John Counsell.* 1.1.1.2.2.1. Francis Hutchins, held land adj. Thomas Powell. 1.1.1.2.2.2. Amos Hutchins. 1.1.2.2.2.1. Richardus f. Amos & Elizabethae Hutchins de Wedmore. Richard Hutchins, witnessed land grants of his probable cousin, William Powell, son of William Powell, and grandson of Thomas Powell. 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; very likely son of John Hodges, who, in 1648, held land adj. Philip Bennett (in Upper Norfolk Co.; C&P, p. 447), as follows. The afors. Thomas Powell was almost certainly he who m. Elizabeth Comer, 7 Sept. 1615; Wedmore, making William Powell a kinsman of the Counsell/Harris/Hodges/Hutchins/Lancasters. His son, William, is recorded here: ‘Willmus f. Thomae Powell’ 12 july 1629, Wedmore.

The pedigree of the said Hugh Parker (of the ‘Parker family of London’, who wed Mary Hutchins, is contrived, so as to claim descent from the Parkers of Molton, Devon. The earliest notice that I find of this family occurs in the records of the Star Chamber: Plaintiff: George Payne Defendant: William Goodman, Pole Parker, alias Phillipes, William Stone, Richard Algare, and others place or subject: Forcible ejection, seizure of tithe corn, &c. at Wedmore parsonage. County: Somerset. 1553-558. (Nat. Arch, ref. STAC 4/7/24).

Description: Plaintiff: John Gunthorpe, dean of Wells Defendant: Hugh Hardwich, Richard Dwale, John Mopham, Robert Counsellor, William Algar, John of Maresey, and others Place or Subject: Destruction of a dyke on Wedmore Moor County: Som., temp. Hen. VII, 1489-1509. (Nat. Arch, ref. STAC 1/1/36). (This is the oldest reference I can find of the Counsellor/Counsell family).

The association with the family of Algar was long standing:

St Mary, Wedmore: The ‘shadow’ Parkers.

1.’Gulielmus Parker‘ m. ‘Antoniam Gibbs’, 3 July 1589., br. of ‘Johannam Parker’, who m. Richardus Algar, 1 May 1577. The Algars were interm. with such families as Jennings (Julian Jeninges & John Algar, 20 June 1573); Turner (Flora Algar & John Turner, 26 Nov 1576); Bennett (Margery Algar & William Benet, 31 Aug. 1584; Coome/Coomer (Agnetam Algar & Thomas Coome, 19 Jan. 1589; Counsell (Matildam Counsell & Thomas Algar, 18 Apr. 1607); Voule/Vowle (Elizabeth Algar & William Voules, 6 Nov. 1617); Thatcher (Aliciam Thacher & Richardus Algar, 12 Nov. 1618); Hobbs (Janam Hobbs & Richardus Algar, 5 June 1634. In essence, these Parkers were an integral part of the Harris/Hodges/Counsell/Lawrence/Powell etc. kinship network evidenced in Virginia and beyond.
1.1. Joannes Parker, bapt. 26 Apr. 1590, d. inf.
1.2. Richardus Parker, bapt. 9 May 1592, d. inf.
1.3. Thomas Parker, m. Margaretam Cooke, 9 March 1612, dau. of ‘Edvardus Cooke’ and ‘Dienam Hutchinges‘, m. 1 Aug 1594.
1.3.1. Richard Parker; d. bef. 23 Apr. 1681 in Nansemond Co.
1.3.1.1. Richard Parker, d. 1698-1704.
1.3.1.1.1. Richard Parker.
1.3.1.1.1.1. Daniel Parker, d. betw. Nov. 1780 and May 1781, m. Mary Sumner.
1.3.1.1.1.1.1. Mary Parker, m. John Kitterell, son of Jonathon Kitterell and Ann Durrant, dau. of Thomas Durrant and Sarah Cooke. 1750, list of Demsey Sumner – John Kitrell 4 tithes. On 23 March 1723, Jonathan Kitterell of Chowan sold to Richard Parker of the Upper Parish of Nansmond 50 acres joining John Stallings, White Pott Pocoson, Thomas Beaglin and sd. Kitterell, witnessed by George Spivey.
1.3.1.1.1.1.1.1. Jonathon Kitterell, m. Elizabeth Bryant.
1.3.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Rachel Kitterell, d. 1841, Abbeville County, South Carolina, m. John Harris, d. 1831. According to Granville Co. D.B. I, p. 167, John Harris and his wife Rachel sold land to John Waldrop on December 24, 1770. His will (Abbeville Probate Court) mentions his wife Milly, his sons William, Robert, John, and Thomas S., and his daughters Elizabeth, Polly, Sarah,Caroline, Peggy, Milly, and Louisa Catherine. At the time he died some of these children were under age. It may be of note that Catherall family deeds, 1652-1720, held by the Surrey History Centre, includes records of estates held in Somerset, England.
1.3.1.1.1.1.1.2. Mary Kitterell, m. Miles Riddick.
1.3.1.1.1.1.2. Ruth Parker, m. Micajah Riddick.
1.3.1.1.1.2. Alice Parker, m. … Daughtery.
1.3.1.1.2. (n.b. this) Francis Parker. Bertie Co., NC Deeds, vol ii. 1725-1730. August 10, 1725: William Bennett & wife Grace Bennett to Nicolas Boon, for 8 pds – 100 ac. ‘which I purchased of Richard Braswell, dec’d. on May 14, 1723, on S/S Meherrin Riv., adj. William Kinchen on Middle Br., Wt. Thos. Jenkins, Fr.Parker, Joseph Colpeper, Aug. Crt. August 11, 1730: William Bennett & wife Grace Bennett to David Hopper, 430 AC on S/S Morratuck Riv., and Eastimost side of Deep Crk., being patent grtd. William Bennett on Aug. 1, 1726. Wit: William Whitehead, William Cain. William Cain (Bertie Precinct will 1733) named in his will a son William and devised to him 290 acres purchased of William Whitehead. William Cain had purchased this land on 6 Nov. 1726 which was part of a patent of 490 acres 16 Aug 1720 to Whitehead and adjoined the lands of Thomas Bryant, sd Whitehead and William Bennett.
1.3.1.1.2.1. Thomas Parker, d. 1782, m. Rachel Cain.

1.3.1.1.3. Thomas Parker. ‘To all people, etc. whereas, etc…. Now know ye that I, the said Sr. Henry Chicheley, Kt., his Majesties Deputy Governor, do give and grant unto Thomas, Richard and Frances Parker, the three sons of Richard Parker, dec’d. one thousand four hundred and twenty acres of land on the marsh adjoining, lying and being in the souther branch of nansemond, beginning at a red oak standing on a point to the northward of Cranny Creek mouth and opposite to a small island called Cranny Isle … formerly granted to the said Richard Parker, Senr. by pattent the 18th March 1662. B. 7, pp. 93-94
1.3.1.1.3.1. Thomas Parker, m. Sarah Norfleet; first-cousin of: 1. Thomas Norfleet (m. Ruth Blount) bought adjoining land from Robert Council (NC. Edg. Co. D.B. 1., p. 204), and was mentioned as a neighbour of Robert Council and Thomas Turner (J. Bryan Grimes, Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, p. 17). 1.1. Marmaduke Norfleet. 1.1.1. Elizabeth Norfleet, m. James Harris in Halifax Co, NC., son of: James Harris. 10 Jan. 1749. Feb. Court, 1749. Sons: James (‘my plantation’), Eli. Wife and Executrix: Cheary (sister of Mathew Joyner). Executor: Mathew Joyner. Witnesses: Wm. Skinner, John Blount, John Crumpton. (ibid, p. 153). 2 Apr. 1765: Division of the lands of Marmaduke Norfleet Jr., dec’d, son of Mr. Thomas Norfleet, dec’d … To James Harris and Elizabeth his wife her part of the estate. Signed by William Williams, Moses Horne, Xpher Haynes, James Smith, Michl. Smalley, Oct. Ct. 1765. 1.1.1.1. 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. 1.1.1.2. Elias Harris (not of the Nathan Harris family – 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).

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. Henry Turner. Jan. 20, 1748. Feb. Court, 1748: Executor: Matthew Joyner. Witnesses: Matthew Joyner, James Harris, Marmaduke Norfleet. (ibid. p. 382). 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; 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. 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. (See previous notes for the Somerset origins of the Holmans).

1.3.1.1.3.2. Joseph Parker.
1.3.1.1.3.3. John Parker. An entry in the Journal of John Comer of Boston in 1729 says that he received a letter two years previous from a Baptist Church in NC signed by three sons of Thomas Parker: Thomas, Joseph, and John.
1.3.1.1.3.2. Peter Parker. d. before Apr. 1720, Chowan Co., NC. In 1714, his land adjoined 387 acres in Chowan Precinct that was purchased by Thomas Parker.

These Parkers may have originated in Worcester: Petitioners: Thomas Erle of Bristol, John Parker of Worcester, Philip Pole, Pain Gascoigne, Richard Manus, Richard Hunte of Tewksbury, Robert Roket and others. Addressees: Commons of parliament. Nature of request: The petitioners state that a ship chartered by them at Michaelmas in the King’s ninth year to go to Bordeaux was stolen, with the merchandise it contained, by the people of St Malo. They complained to the King, who sent letters of the privy seal to the Duke of Brittany, who ordered the people of St Malo to make restitution: but they have refused to do so, although the petitioners have sued for this for a year and a helf. They request that mark or reprisal might be granted to them for the value of the ship and merchandise, against the people of St Malo. Datable to c. 1432 with reference to Michaelmas in the King’s ninth year [1430] and to the petitioners’ suit of a year and a half. (SC 8/96/4757).

Charter of John Reseley of Fownhope. Description: To John Kewal, John Motelodge, John Smythe, John Poydras and John Parker. Concerns property in Littelhope in Fownhope With 5 red wax seals. 26 September 1429. (Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, ref. 705:134/1531/76/21).
Returning to the family connections of these Parkers in Wedmore:

Copy of Court roll of the Manor of Chedder Fitzwaters. Being the admission of Thomas Hickes, by Richard Hickes, Gentleman, Steward to Edward Lancaster Lord of the Manor, to One house and orchard, except sufficient plough way on the east side of the path, now in the tenure of John Harris (uncle of Edward Harris, d. 1677, and Thomas Harris, d. 1688, of Cheddar, thence Virginia; close kin of Hodges Counsell. (John Harris m. Agnes Comer, 4 Feb. 1635, Cheddar, adj. Wedmore – M.S.), except ten feet of land in the North-west corner. Thomas Hickes and … his wife and Thomas Hickes, the younger, their son, in survivorship. 19 May 1681.

These connections were familial: Elizabetham Hix & Richardus Counsell, 12 Aug. 1647, Wedmore. Richard Counsell was the son of the aforesaid *John Counsell: 1. John Counsell. 1.1. Jane Counsell; Jana Counsell, bapt. 4 Oct. 1610, ‘f. John’, m. John Lancaster, probably as second husband: ‘Janam Counsell & Johannes Langcastle’ (surname variant of Lancaster, as per registers), 21 Oct. 1647, Wedmore. 1.2. John Counsell, bapt. 14 Feb. 1612, m. Mary Comer, 26 Nov. 1631, Wedmore, sister of the aforesaid Agnes, wife of John Harris. 1.3. Richard Counsell, bapt. 17 Apr 1614, ‘f. John’, m. Jane Taylor; Joannam Taylor & Richardus Counsell, 12 Aug. 1640, Wedmore. 1.4. William Counsell, bapt. 23 Nov. 1617, Wedmore, who m. Mary Hayne: ‘Willmus Councell & Mariam Hayne, 28 April 1646, Wedmore’, her br. Thomas being the husband of Jane Cooke: Thomas Haine & Janam Cooke, 13 Oct. 1634. (It may be recalled that Thomas Parker, m. Margaretam Cooke, 9 March 1612, dau. of ‘Edvardus Cooke’ and ‘Dienam Hutchinges’, m. 1 Aug 1594). Thomas Haine and Jane Cooke had issue, Thomas, who m. Mary Harris, 13 Oct. 1655, Wedmore, possibly the dau. of George Harris, who m. Joan Webb, 28 Apr 1623, Wedmore, as follows. The said John Counsell, father of Jane, bapt. 1610, was the br. of William Counsell, husband of Mary Kirbye, m. 27 Jan. 1616, Wedmore; whose family interm. with that of Harris: William Harris & Anstice Kerbey, 20 Jun 1660; he being a likely son of the aformentioned George Harris.

John Lancaster was the br. of Susan Lancaster: ‘Susannam Lancastle & Willielmus Hodges‘, 5 Apr. 1638, Wedmore. Hodges Counsell was the very likely son of Richard Counsell, by either his first or second wife, Elizabetham Hix. Richard Counsell was the br.-in-law of Susan Lancaster, and Hodges Counsell would have received his Christian name after her husband, William Hodges (a member of the very influential Hodges family, squires of Wedmore), who was probably his Godfather. This would have been quite a singular, and advantageous, honour. Richard Counsell was a tenant of George Hodges (br. of William): ‘Mess. or ten. and 22a. land occupied by John Bray, mess. and ten. and 24a. land occupied by Wm. Clement … ‘mess. and ten. and 40a. land occ. by Rich. Counsell, all in Wedmore, sold by co-heirs of Geo. Hodges to Wm. Prowse of Compton Bishop’ (Wedmore, Weare, South Brent deeds, ref.DD\FD/10). The Harris family were intermarried with the Hicks: ‘Aliciam Harrice & Johannes Hickes’, 4 Aug. 1694, Wedmore.

This indicates an important point – the same levels of deference would have been shown in Virginia to those related to the local Squire’s family in England, where their relatives were tenants.

As stated, 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).

1.1. Thomas Bennett, d. 1616, Wivelscombe. (Br. of the afors. Phillip Bennett, who held land adj. John Hodges).
1.1.1. Thomas Bennett, claimed in 1635 as a headright by his uncle, Governor Richard Bennett.
1.2. Edward Bennett, bapt. February 2, 1577, in Wivelscombe; later of of St Olave, Southwark, London, and Lawn’s Creek, Virginia.
1.2.1. Alice Bennett, m. John Hardy. Nugent, C&P vol. 1, p. 569: Mr. John Hardie 1150 acres IOW Co., 5 June 1666. Beginning at upper corner tree of Mathew Tomlins old land, running SSE by Wm. Westwrayers land &c. SW on Mathew Tomlins new land. John Hardy m. 2. Alice Tucker, widow of Arthur Allen. Her daus. were Katherine Allen, who m. Robert Johnson, and Joan Allen, who m. Dr Robert Williamson, John Burnett, and Reuben Proctor.
1.1.1.1. Lucy Hardy, m. Hodges Council.
1.1.2. … Bennett, m. Richard Jackson, who patented 450 acres in IOW adjacent to Justinian Cooper.
1.1.2.1. 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 II. George Hardy was an appraiser of the estate of Edward Harris, d. 1677.
1.1.3. 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. Francis Hobbs was the br. of Margaret Hobbs, first wife of John Harris, son of Thomas Harris (d. 1672) and first wife, Eleanor George.

1.1.3.1. Richard Bennett.
1.1.3.1.1. William Bennett. Surry Co, Va. Tithe List, 10 June 1693, Lawne’s Creek. John Mangom 1 tithe. Frances Bennett, James Bennett 1 tithe; William Bennett 1 tithe. Bertie Co., NC Deeds.  B. 2, 10 Aug. 1725: William Bennett & wife Grace Bennett to Nicolas Boon (see previous notes for connection to the Holmans), for 8 pds, – 100 Acs. ‘which I purchased of Richard Braswell, dec’d. on May 14, 1723, on S/S Meherrin Riv., adj. William Kinchen on Middle Br., Wit: Thos. Jenkins, Francis Parker, Joseph Colpeper, Aug. Crt. 11 Aug. 1730: William Bennett & wife Grace Bennett to David Hopper, 430 acs. on S/S Morratuck Riv., and Eastimost side of Deep Crk., being patent grtd. William Bennett Aug. 1 Aug. 1726. Wit: William Whitehead, William Cain. William Cain named in his will (1733) a son William and devised to him 290 acs. purchased of William Whitehead on 6 Nov. 1726; part of a patent of 490 acs. granted 16 Aug. 1720 to Whitehead, adjoining the lands of Thomas Bryant, Whitehead, and William Bennett.

On 9 Jan. 1706, Robt. Lawrence, ‘son & heir’ of Robt. Lawrence, dec’d, sold to Robt. Crawford of Lawne’s Creek 150 acs. ‘grtd my father 28 Sept. 1643’, which lay next to the land of the Widow Alice Bennett. Robt. Lawrence Jr’s deed was endorsed by William Bennett: ‘This day being the 8th of April, 1706, William Bennett has given peaceable possession of these premises to Robt. Lawrence of IOW Co. in the presence of these witnesses, Carter Crawford, William Brantley. Hodges Counsell d. bef. 9 Aug. 1699, named as husband of Lucy Hardy in the Will of John Hardy, (B. 2, p. 419). He m. Lucy Hardy, dau.of John Hardy and Alice Bennett. Hodges Council. Leg. eldest son Hodges land on Blackwater, son John the land I bought of Robert Lawrence … daughter Christian the wife of Edward Bryan. (ibid. p. 409). Robert Lawrence Sr. was very likely the son of Philip Lawrence: ‘Joannam Counsell & Philippus Laurence’, 20 Aug. 1618 Wedmore.
1.1.3.1.1.1. Christian Bennett, m. Absolum Langston, son of John Langston and Mary Mangum.
1.1.3.1.1.2. Sarah Bennett, m. Solomon Langston, br. of John.
1.1.3.1.1.3. Ann Bennett: IOW B. 2, p. 468: Will of Matthew Fones, proved 9 Aug. 1704, names Wife Abigail, son Robert, son John, son Thomas … to Thomas Fones the son of John Fones; dau. Mary; Ann Bennett, dau. of William Bennett. Extrx, wife. Capt. Arthur Smith to make equal division of estate. Witness, Thomas Woods, who in 1699 deeded land to Richard Bennett of ‘Blackwater’.
1.3. Elianor Bennett, m. Richard Harris, son of William Harris, who m. Dorothy West, Aug. 31, 1562, at Wivelscombe, Somerset.
1.3.1. Thomas Harris, m. Judith Blake, 20 Nov. 1623, at Wivelscombe, very likely the Thomas Harris who d. 1672, in Virginia.

These Harris in context:
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1.1. John Harris. Joannes Harries de Alverton. d. 1585, m. 1. Joanna, d. 1579, 2. Alicia, d. 1585.
1.1.1. William Harris, m. Dorothy West, Aug. 31, 1562, at Wivelscombe.
1.1.1.1. Richard Harris, m. Elianor Bennett, sister of Edward Bennett, of Lawne’s Creek.
1.1.1.1.1. Thomas Harris, cousin of Governor Bennett of Virginia, m. Judith Blake, 20 Nov. 1623, 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.
1.1.1.1.2. Richard Harris.
1.1.1.1.2.1. John Harris, bapt. 18 Feb. 1624, Wivelscombe, ‘son of Richard’, probably he who d. in 1687, in Virginia.
1.1.1.1.2.1.1. Elizabeth Harris, m. Samuel, son of Robert Lancaster Sr. and Sarah, widow of 2nd husband Richard Bennett Sr., d. 1710. B. 5, p. 224
1.1.1.1.3. George Harris, m. Joan Webb, 28 Apr 1623, Wedmore. The Webbs were an important cog in the Hodges kinship group; one example of many connections being the marriage of ‘Richardus Coomer & Mariam Webb, 22 Sept. 1625, Wedmore).
1.1.1.1.4. Robert Harris.
1.1.1.1.4.1. Edward Harris, bapt. 8 Aug. 1624, Wedmore, ‘son of Robert’; probably he who d. in 1677, in Virginia.
1.1.1.1.5. Thomas Harris.
1.1.1.1.5.1. Thomas Harris, bapt. 31 Dec. 1637, Cheddar, ‘son of Thomas’, probably he who d. in 1688, in Virginia.
1.1.1.1.6. John Harris m. Agnes Comer, 4 Feb. 1635, Cheddar.
1.2.1.1.7. Christain Harris, m. James Collins, 9 Oct. 1637, Cheddar, whose br., Ward Collins, m. Gertrude Stone, 8 Oct. 1632, Wedmore; she of a family much intermarried with this kinship group.

The vast majority of the families mentioned in this account  all lived within a thirty mile radius of each other, many within 10 miles, and were a very interbred kinship group that settled in Virginia and beyond. There were many such colonising groups, which drew on the strength of  ‘relationships in common’, to overcome the harsh realities facing them. They survived as a species.

Proposed genealogies of American settlers that do not exhibit such ‘continuation of associations’ as indicated in these notes are invariably false.

It is the ‘perpetuation method’ of English family kinship groups that has to be grasped.

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COLVILLE, COMYN, HAMILTON, AND UMFRAMVILLE

 

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It would be a remarkable occurrence by the kinship system operating at the time if Walter FitzGilbert de Hamilton was not a son of Gilbert de Colville, shown in the Writs of Military Service of 1292 as Gilbertus Coleville, a son of Walter de Colville; of a family well established in Scotland, and which were kin of the Comyns and Umframvilles. He was given the confiscated lands of the former family, and his descendants used the armorial bearings of the latter.

1. Richard de Comyn, Justiciar, m. (1) … (2) Hextilda, dau. of Uchtred of Tynedale. Richard de Cumyn, styled the Chancellor’s nephew, appears to have been the first of the name who held lands in Scotland. Lynton-Ruderic, now “West Linton,” in Peeblesshire, was granted to him by Prince Henry, son and heir of King David I., probably on his marriage with Hextilda, that prince’s cousin. Richard de Cumyn, styled the Chancellor’s nephew, appears to have been the first of the name who held lands in Scotland. Lynton-Ruderic, now ‘West Linton’, in Peeblesshire, was granted to him by Prince Henry, son and heir of King David I., probably on his marriage with Hextilda, that prince’s cousin. We find in Origines Parochiales Scotiae, that, between the years 1152-59, Richard Comyn gave to the monks of St Mary of Kelso ‘the Church of Lynton-Ruderic, with all its rights, and half a caracute of land in the township, for the soul’s rest of his lord ‘Earl Henry, and of his own son John, whose bodies were buried there (in Kelso), on condition that he himself, and Hextild his wife, and their children, should be received into the brotherhood of the convent, and be made partakers of its spiritual benefits’. Between 1165 and 1189, Richard Cumyn, with consent of Hextild his wife, and of his heirs, gave to the Augustines of the Holyrood, Edinburgh, ‘the whole lands of Sloparisfield’. This grant is confirmed by the donor’s son, William Comyn’.

1.1. Richard Comyn, eldest son of the Justiciar by his first marriage.

1.1.1. John Comyn, married Matilda, Countess of Angus, and became in her right Earl of Angus. John Comyn died in France in 1241-42 whilst on a mission there, leaving an infant son, Bertrald, who died the following year. ‘Obeiit Johannes Cumin, Comes de Angus, in Francia’ — Chronica de Mailros’. Matilda married, secondly, Gilbert de Umfraville, Lord of Redesdale, &c., who also became in her right Earl of Angus. Their only son, ‘Gilbert de Umfraville, eighth Earl of Angus, who died in 1307-8, married the third daughter of Alexander Comyn, Earl of Buchan.— Wyntoun, vol. ii. p. 55. He got with her the manor of Whitwicke, in Leicestershire, and divers other lands and possessions in England, of which he then had livery.

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1. Gilbert Crispin I.
1.1. Gilbert Crispin II., Seigneure de Tillières.
1.1.1. Gilbert Crispin III., m. Hersende de Brezolles, kinswoman of Albert Ribaut, and became enfeoffed in Armentières.
1.2. William Crispin/Colville I. (ob. ante 1084), m. Eve de Montfort, sister of Simon I de Montfort L’Amaury (W. Frolich, trsl., The Letters of Anselme of Canterbury, 1990-1994, nos. 22, 98, 118, and 147).
1.2.1. Wlliam Crispin II. m. Agnes Mauvoisin.
1.2.1.1. Philip de Coleville, of Heton and Oxenhame, in the county of Roxburgh, Scotland.
1.2.1.1.1. Thomas de Colville (cognomento ‘the Scot’), obit. 1219, Constable of Dumfries Castle
1.2.1.1.1.1. John de Colville, of Oxnam. His parentage is confirmed by the attestation (1316) of his granddaughter, ‘domine Eustachie Lachene’, relating to ‘ecclesie de Oucheltrye’ (Melrose Liber, t. ii., 400, p. 363).
1.2.1.1.1.1.1. William de Colville, of Spindlestone, Northumberland. The aforementioned attestation of ‘domine Eustachie Lachene’, states that ‘avus suus dominus Johannes de Coluille’ was succeeded by ‘filius suus legitimus Willelmus’, who married ‘filiam domini Johanis de Normanville’.
1.2.1.1.1.1.1.1. Thomas de Colville, ob. ante 1280 (Melrose Liber, t. ii., 400, p. 363).
1.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Robert de Colville, d. bef. Apr. 2, 1341, m. Katerina (The Scots Peerage, Vol. II, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 539).
1.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Robert de Colville, obit. c. 1397.
1.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Thomas de Colville, ob. ante February 4, 1403, born in Formartine, Aberdeenshire, m. Margaret Lindsay, dau. of James de Lindsay and Margaret Keith, dau. of Sir William Keith and Margaret Fraser. Margaret Keith’s sister, Janet Keith, m. Sir David Hamilton of Cadzow, 3rd Laird of Cadzow (c. 1330–1390), son of David FitzWalter (FitzGilbert) of Cadzow. David Hamilton was the first of the family recorded as formally using the surname Hamilton, appearing in a writ of 1375 as ‘David de Hamylton, son and heir of David FitzWalter’. Formantine had been held by the Comyns: Petition to the King by John Comyn, Earl of Buchan, complaining that he is deprived of his lands of the thanage of Formartine and Dereleye and distrained for a rent quitclaimed to him by John Balliol, late King; with endorsement ordering an inquisition to be returned to the next parliament. March 1305. Nat. Arch. ref. C47/22/5/66.
1.2.1.2. Thomas de Coleville, m. Matilda d’Aubigny, probably a close relative of Roger (d’Aubigny) de Mowbray, his overlord. (Thomas de Coleville was the ancestor of the Stanhopes).
1.2.1.2.1. Philip de Colville, held land in Thimbleby and Sigston, Yorkshire. He m. Engelisa, dau. and heir of Robert Ingram, a tenant of the Brus fee in Heslerton.
1.2.1.2.1.1. William de Colville, m. Maud d’Albini (Brito), dau. of Ralph d’Albini (Brito). William held one night’s fee of Robert de Gand in Lincs., husband of Gunnora d’Albini (Brito), Maud’s sister. Ralph d’Albini (Brito) was the uncle of William Albini I. (Brito), who m. Matilda, the dau. of Odonel de Umframville (grandfather of Gilbert de Umframville I.) whose family armorial was gules, 3 cinque foils or.
1.2.1.2.1.1.1. William de Colville, m. Beatrice de Stuteville. Her sister, Alice de Stuteville, m. Roger de Merlay, son of Ralph de Merlay, Lord of Morpeth, Northumberland, and Juliana of Dunbar, dau. of Gospatric II. of Dunbar. Roger de Merlay and Alice de Stuteville had issue: Roger de Merlay, who m. Margery de Umframville, dau. of Richard Umframville, and sister of Gilbert de Umframville I.
1.2.1.2.1.1.1.1. Roger de Colville of Bytham Castle, Lincolnshire. ‘Roger de Colville, son and heir of Beatrice gave his share (of the Yorkshire lands of Anselm de Stutteville) to Alice his sister, whose dau. and heir Maud was m. to William de St Quintin’ (William Farrer, Charles Travis Clay, Early Yorkshire Charters: vol. 9, The Stuteville Fee).
1.2.1.2.1.1.1.1.1. Walter de Colville, m. … d’ Albini Brito, of Aubourn and Counthorpe, Lincs., dau. of Odenel d’ Albini Brito, son of William d’Albini Brito I. and Matilda, dau of Odonel de Umframville. Walter de Colville bore or, a fess gules, as a descendant of the Coxwold Colvilles, who bore or a fess gules charged with three lions rampant argent – the charge being the arms of Fauconberge, with which the Colvilles intermarried. Sir Walter de Colville’s lands in Barrow and Thistleton (Rutland) were seized in 1265, but they were restored, and he died holding 2 virgates here of Sir Richard de Seyton by the service of 1 lb. pepper yearly (Cal. Inq. ii, no. 227).
1.2.1.2.1.1.1.1.1.1. Roger de Colville of Bytham Castle, Sheriff of Norfolk & Suffolk, b. c. 1240, d. 1287. He m. Margaret, dau of Richard de Braose, of Stinton, Norfolk, and Alice de Ros, dau. of William de Ros and Agatha de Clare. Richard de Braose was the br. of William de Braose, Lord of Bramber, whose third wife was Mary de Ros, dau. of Robert de Ros and Isabel de’Albini (Brito), whose cousin, Isabel, a dau. of Odenel d’Albini, m. Walter de Colville.
1.2.1.2.1.1.1.1.1.2. Gilbert de Colville. The Writs of Military Service show (1292) Gilbertus Coleville performing military service in Scotland ‘due from Gilbertus de Neville’, his kinsman, through the Merlays.
1.2.1.2.1.1.1.1.1.2.1. Walter FitzGilbert de Hamilton. He first appears in January 10, 1295, as a witness to a charter by James, the High Steward of Scotland. Robert de Brus granted to Walter Fitz-Gilbert the whole tenement of Machan which belonged to John Comyn in 1320. It was a medieval ‘norm’ to give forfeited lands to a member of the ‘disgraced’ family. John Comyn was the cousin of his namesake, husband of Alice de Ros, close kinswoman of Walter FitzGilbert. Walter’s descendants bore gules, 3 cinque foils or.
1.2.1.2.1.1.2. Thomas de Colville, m. Asceline, half-sister of Robert de Quincy. Saher de Quency, d. 1190, m., in 1162, Asceline, widow of Geoffrey de Waterville, sister and coh. of William Peverel, of Bourn, co. Cambridge (who d. on Crusade, 1147-48), da. of Robert Peverel, of the same, by his wife Adelicia. 1. Saher de Quincy, m. (after 1136) Matilda de Saint Liz, relict of Roger FitzGilbert de Clare, and mother of Matilda FitzRobert de Clare, wife of William d’Albini Brito II., their son marrying Maud de Umframville, their granddau. being the wife of Walter de Colville, as shown. 1.1. Saher de Quincy II., m. (1162) Asceline, relict of Geoffrey de Waterville. 1.1.1. Robert de Quincy, granted the ancient castle of Forfar by his cousin, William I of Scotland, m. Orabella. His half-sister, Asceline, m. Thomas de Colville, br. of William de Colville, who m. Maud d’Albini Brito, niece of William d’Albini Brito II. 1.1.1.1. Saher de Quincy, one of the 25 sureties of the Magna Carta. The arms of Saher de Quincy are described as or, a fesse gules, which suggest a close affinity to the Colville family. Saher de Quincy m. Margaret de Beaumont, dau. and heir of Robert de Beaumont, 3rd Earl of Leicester. 1.1.1.1.1. Roger de Quincy. 1.1.1.1.1. Elizabeth de Quincey, m. Alexander de Comyn, 6th Earl of Buchan, Constable of Scotland (obit. 1290), son of William Comyn and Margaret, Countess of Buchan. Alexander Comyn was uncle of John Comyn, who m. Isabella de Ros, close kinswoman of Walter FitzGilbert. 1.1.1.1.1.1. Elizabeth Comyn, m. Gilbert de Umframville II., Earl of Angus.
1.2.1.2.1.1.3. Philip de Colville, fl. 1268.
1.2.1.2.1.1.3.1. William de Colville, fl. 1270, of Thimbleby & Sigston, d. bef. Feb. 17, 1299, held land in West Heslerton in 1284 (Feudal Aids).
1.2.1.2.1.1.3.1.1. Robert de Colville, fl. 1300-24, tenant of the Brus fee in East Heslerton in 1302. (ibid.).In 1300, Robert de Colville was at the muster at Carlisle, and was responsible for conscripting local men to fight in the Scotland.
1.2.1.2.1.1.3.1.1.1. Sir Robert de Colville, fl. 1330, m. Elizabeth, dau. and heir of Sir John Conyers.
1.2.1.2.1.1.3.1.1.1.1. Sir William de Colville, fl. 1359-76; m. (1) Joan, dau. of John, Lord Faucomberge; (2) Joan St. Quintin.
1.1.2. Robert de d’Armentières, held Whatton of Gilbert de Gand. Domesd. tom. i. fol. 56 b.
1.1.2.1. William de Whatton, pogenitor of the families of Newmarch and Wormley.

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1. Odonel de Umframville. His dau., Matilda, m. William Albini I. (Brito). He was the nephew of Ralph d’Albini (Brito), whose dau., William’s cousin, Maud d’Albini (Brito), m. William de Colville. They were the parents of William de Colville,*  who m. Beatrice de Stuteville, sister of Alice de Stuteville, who m. Roger de Merlay; their son, Roger de Merlay, m. Margery de Umframville, dau. of Richard Umframville, and sister of Gilbert de Umframville I. The latter William de Colville’s grandson, Walter de Colville, m. … d’ Albini Brito, of Aubourn and Counthorpe, Lincs., dau. of Odenel d’ Albini Brito, son of William d’Albini Brito I. and Matilda, dau of Odonel de Umframville. Walter de Colville bore or, a fess gules, as a descendant of the Coxwold Colvilles, who bore or a fess gules charged with three lions rampant argent – the charge being the arms of Fauconberge, with which the Colvilles intermarried. Walter’s son, was Gilbert de Colville: The Writs of Military Service show (1292) Gilbertus Coleville performing military service in Scotland ‘due from Gilbertus de Neville’, his kinsman, through the Merlays. *He was the br. of Thomas de Colville, who m. Asceline, half-sister of Robert de Quincy, son of Saher de Quincy, who m. (after 1136) Matilda de Saint Liz, relict of Roger FitzGilbert de Clare, and mother of Matilda FitzRobert de Clare, wife of William d’Albini BrIto II., their son marrying Maud de Umframville, their granddau. being the wife of Walter de Colville. Robert de Quincy’s son, Saher de Quincy, bore or, a fesse gules, the exact arms of the Colvilles of Coxwold. Saher’s granddau., Elizabeth de Quincey, m. Alexander de Comyn, whose nephew, John Comyn, m. Isabella de Ross.
1.1. Richard de Umframville, Lord of Redesdale, Baron of Prudhoe, did homage for his father’s lands in 1226.
1.1.1. Gilbert de Umframville, succeeded to his father’s titles and lands.
1.1.1.1. Gilbert de Umframville, m. Elizabeth Comyn, dau. of Alexander Comyn, Earl of Buchan; the said Alexander being the second-cousin of Alice Comyn, who m. Geoffrey de Mowbray, whose family were overlords and very likely kin of the Colvilles.
1.1.1.1.1. Robert de Umfreville, Earl of Angus, d. 12 Apr 1325; m. (1) 1303, Lucy de Kyme, dau. of Philip, 1st Lord Kyme, MP 1295, d. bef. 2 Apr 1323, and his wife, Joan Bigod, dau. of Sir Hugh Bigod, Chief Justice of England. [Ancestral Roots, Line 224-31]. Philip de Kyme was the son of William de Kyme, of Sleaford, Lincolnshire, and Lucy de Ros, dau. of William de Ros, of Hamlake, who was the sister of Robert de Ros, who m. Isabel, dau. and heiress of William de Albini, feudal lord of Belvoir, in Leicestershire, by whom he acquired Belvoir Castle, co. Lincoln, and other extensive landed possessions.
He d. 16 June, 1285, leaving issue by the heiress of Belvoir, William, his successor; Robert, knighted 1296; and Isabel, who m. Walter de Fauconberge, of Skelton, Yorkshire, whose sister, Joan, m. William de Colville.

Gilbert de Colville’s family were probably tenants of their neighbours and kin in Rutland. Their domain of Bytham is only 14 mls from Hambleton, from which the Hamiltons most likely derived their toponym: ‘Gilbert de Umframvill, earl of Angus, to settle the manors of Birtley and Otterbourne, and the demesne lands of Harlow (Hirlawe), on himself, Elizabeth his wife, and his heirs, retaining the barony of Prudhoe and liberty of Redesdale (Northumberland), and the reversion of the manors of Hambleton and Overton (Rutland), now held for life by Margaret, late wife of Gilbert his son, and the reversions of rents in Birtley and Whelpington (Northumberland), and the earldom of Angus (Scotland). N’humb. Rutland. Scotland. 1302/3. (Nat. Arch. ref. C 143/43/13).
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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

1.
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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