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William Harris (1672 - 1746)

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William Harris
Born in Henrico County, Colony of Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [half], [half], and
Husband of — married in Albemarle County, Colony of Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Norfolk, Colony of Virginiamap
Profile last modified | Created 30 Dec 2010 | Last significant change: 19 May 2019
21:42: James Luper III edited the Biography for William Harris (1672-1746). (Bio edit) [Thank James for this]
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from [Adventurers of Purse and Person]

  • William Harris, of Henrico, New Kent, Hanover, and Louisa counties, Virginia, son of Major William Harris son of Captain Thomas Harris of Jamestown. (page 270, footnote 57)
  • William Harris...was under 16 years old in April 1678 and probably was born in the early 1670s, as he moved with his mother and stepfather [George Alves] to New Kent County.... "William Harris, son of Maj. William Harris, deceased, now of New Kent County, carpenter, joined by his wife Mary" sold "250 acres which had been devised by his father to his half-brother Thomas, 31 July 1694.[52] (page 269)
  • ..."apparently was the land bequeathed by Thomas to his half-sister" Love Harris, "which had escheated" (page 269, footnote 52)
  • He married Mary _____. Issue: William, Thomas, Elizabeth, George, John, Stephen, Edward, David (pages 270-271; however, footnote 57 page 270 seems to say that the seven sons had traditionally been attributed to Thomas)


Marriage 1 Mary Giles b: in The Forks, Hanover Co, VA
Married: in Albemarle, VA
1. Richard Harris b: ABT 1694
2. David Harris b: ABT 1696
3. Edward Harris b: ABT 1697
4. Elizabeth Harris b: 2 NOV 1698 in Hanover Co, VA
5. George Harris b: 13 APR 1701
6. John Harris b: ABT 28 MAR 1704
7. William Harris b: 1710 in Henrico Co, VA
8. Thomas Harris b: 1712 in The Forks, Hanover, VA
9. Stephen Harris b: 1714
Genforum: After the death of Major William Harris, his widow Alice remarried to George Alves. It seems certain that Alice was mother of William Harris, Jr. and Edward Harris for in his will, Major William Harris stated that: "MY YOUNGEST SONS (WILLIAM & EDWARD) TO LIVE WITH THEIR MOTHER TILL THE AGE OF SIXTEEN." The following abstracts further show that William Harris, Jr. was son of Alice, that the widow Alice remarried to George Alves, and that Edward Harris was the youngest son of Maj. William and Alice Harris:
From book: HENRICO COUNTY, VIRGINIA DEEDS 1677-1705, by Benjamin B. Weisiger III.
(Henrico Co VA Rec. Bk. No. 2, 1678-1693, p 137) [Henrico Ct. Feb. 1682/83] The Complaint of GEORGE ALVIS AGST MR RICHARD LYGON COMMENCING AN ORPHN OF MAJR WILLM HARRIS dec'd (BY NAME WILLIAM HARRIS) is referred until the next Court and then the sd Mr Lygon is to appear and bring the Indenture betwixt him and the orphn to the court, and there Exibitt it in the p'sents of the sd Orphn
(Henrico Co VA Rec. Bk.. #2, 1678-1695, p.139) [Henrico Ct., April 2, 1683] In the suite of GEORGE ALVIS AS MARRYING ALICE THE RELICT OF MAJR WITT [SIC] HARRIS dec'd (CONCERNING WILLIAM HARRIS AN ORPHN OF THE SD dec'd) AGST MR. RICHD LYGON, the sd Alvis declaring that he doth not use his endeavour for educating and maintining the sd Orphn according to the Indenture, wch Indenture being exhibited and the orphn present, and the Court thereupon concerning the allegacons aforesd not true, it is ordered that the orphn served his time, and that Mr. Lygon perform his part of the sd Indenture.
(Henrico Co VA Will & Deed Bk. 1688-1697, p. 646) William Byrd of Charles City Co for a tract of 225 accres assured to me by WILLIAM HARRIS, SON OF MAJ. WILLIAM HARRIS, late of Henrico Co dec'd, make over TO EDWARD HARRIS, SON OF SAID MAJ. WM HARRIS, AND YOUNGEST BROTHER OF SAID WILLIAM ABOVE, all my right in a tract on south side of James River near a place CALLED THE WARE, which Maj. Harris died seized of, and since escheated, except land I have already conveyed and except 225 acres since conveyed to me by William Harris 1 Oct. 1692.
2 Aug. 1697
No witnesses
Signed: William Byrd -- Rec: 1 Aug. 1697.
(Henrico Co VA Will & Deed Bk. 1799-1697, p. 505) 31 July 1694. WILLIAM HARRIS, SON OF MAJ. WILLIAM HARRIS, dec'd, now of St. Peters Parish, New Kent Co carpenter, to Sarah Knibb, widow, of County & Parish of Henrico, for £51/10, land on south side of James River, BELOW A RUN CALLED THE WARE; BEING PART OF LAND MAJ. HARRIS DIED SEIZED OF, AND WAS PART GIVEN BY HIS WILL TO HIS SON THOMAS HARRIS, ALSO dec'd, bounded by the river, land of Joseph Tanner, dec'd, Peter Ashbrook, road from The Falls to the Hundred, 250 acres, which land lately escheated to His Majesty and was conveyed by Hon. William Byrd to above William Harris. 1 Oct. 1692.
/s/ William Harris
Wit: George Alves, All. Clerke
Mary Harris, wife of William Harris, appoints Allanson Clerk her attorney to relinquish her dower right in above land. 28 July 1694
Wit: George Alves, Alice (A) Alves


I removed "Junior" from this profile. Although the Genforum discussion given above refers to him as Junior, the other information given above does not use it, and there's no reason he would have used Junior in his lifetime: his father died when he was a teenager or younger and the family, headed by George Alves, moved to a different county.

Research Notes

  • A son of "Wm. Harris", John Harris, was christened on 28 March 1703, "Christening Place" was St Peter's Parish, New Kent County, Virginia.[1]
    • Location note: "St. Peter's Parish was formed in 1679. It served James City Co. to 1767 and then New Kent Co. to after 1785." (see the Category page for citations).

1. Richard Harris b: ca 1694 2. David Harris b: ca 1696 3. Edward Harris b: ca 1697 4. Elizabeth Harris b: 2 NOV 1698 in Hanover Co VA 5. George Harris b: 13 APR 1701 6. John Harris b: ca 28 MAR 1704 7. William Harris b: 1710 in Henrico Co VA [his daughter Agnes m John Cawthon, and their daughter m David Alvis Jr] 8. Thomas Harris b: 1712 in The Forks, Hanover Co VA 9. Stephen Harris b: 1714 10. Also possibly a daughter Agnes Harris, who married William Gilliam.


  1. "Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917," database, FamilySearch (5 December 2014), Wm. Harris in entry for John Harris, ; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 6,048,679.
  • This William Harris is discussed in part three of Three William Harrises in Hanover County, by Malcom Hart Harris, Vol. 22, pp 187-193.

  • John Frederick Dorman, Adventurers of Purse and Person Vol. 2: 269-270.

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On 24 Feb 2019 at 18:09 GMT Teresa Downey wrote:

Please see Harris-11530. That profile has the exact same spouse. Doesn't appear the two men are the same based on birth/death info but the wife needs to be removed from one.

On 31 Dec 2018 at 14:58 GMT Katherine (Alvis) Patterson wrote:

Harris-11530 and Harris-886 do not represent the same person because: Several men with this name.

On 13 Nov 2018 at 12:03 GMT Edna (Niblett) Wood wrote:

My DNA proven Sherwood Harris of Granville Co. NC is listed as being born to Richard Harris, son of this William Harris. Some of my ancestors appear to have started their American lives in Henrico Co. VA coming from Southwark Eng. These ancestors are: Harris, Williamson, Underwood. These three families ventured to the west from VA to NC, SC, GA, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.

On 13 Nov 2018 at 11:54 GMT Edna (Niblett) Wood wrote:

Hanover County VA was not established until November 26, 1720. This new county was taken from the area of New Kent Co. VA, so Elizabeth Harris who was b. in 1698 was likely born in New Kent Co. VA. which was established in 1654 from York Co. VA. Henrico Co. VA was established in 1634 but was a shire before it became a County.

On 27 Dec 2016 at 20:11 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

dang. Just saw same places/dates on Harris-1917 - husband of Temperance Overton.

Any source/support for this William also being married to Mary Giles with son Stephen? The other William has a son Stephen with Temperance as mom.

On 27 Dec 2016 at 20:07 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Harris-16517 and Harris-2867 appear to represent the same person because: different death years, but same month/day & same locations/birth date.

On 6 Dec 2016 at 20:16 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

a lead? p 166 has lots of New Kent County Harrises (1704, I think it was)

On 29 Aug 2015 at 02:49 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

see the New Kent/Hanover section of Harris Families from England to America. I've been trying to "follow the land" & "The Forks" seems specific to Thomas Harris, who Tom King says is not related to Capt. Robert Harris (see Tom's comment on Harris-2633) - see also information collected on Clements-389, wife of Thomas Harris (Harris-1913), which seem to be a separate group from the Crixse folks & have managed to stay separate during several bouts of merging messes. I tread very carefully with profiles created by gedcoms addded by Bill LaBach. He was an excellent researcher & the connections revealed by his contributions cannot be duplicated if lost (he died in 2014).

On 13 Dec 2014 at 17:02 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi! You might want to take a look at - looks like the same person as this Thomas, but it's had a lot of merges and reading through the biographies, I'm not sure if he actually is (information in the datafields look like a match; a lot of "not this Thomas" in text). Cheers, Liz

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