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Adria (Osborne) Harris (abt. 1598 - aft. 1625)

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Adria Harris formerly Osborne
Born about in Little Hadham, Hertfordshire, Englandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Mother of
Died after in James City, Virginiamap
Profile last modified | Created 31 May 2011
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Adria (Osborne) Harris was a US Southern Colonist.

Jamestown had two Thomas Harrises who each married a woman named Adria. Adria Hoare ([Hoare-184]), who arrived in Virginia at age 19 in 1621 married Thomas Harris.

This Adria ([Osborne-575]) may have been the wife of the other Thomas Harris: "Leftenat" Harris at "Archur's Hoop," (Archer's Hope) listed in the February 1623/24 muster.[1]

Adria Hoare ([Hoare-184]) was christened in 1604 in Aylesbury.[2] Many online trees erroneously give her birth as 25 Apr 1602, in Little Hadham, Hertford, England.

"There are 3 children with christening/baptism recorded Little Hadham, Hertford, England in Vital Records Index -British Isles, no parents listed. Edward OSBORNE b/c 16 Jan 1596 Joan OSBORNE 28 Jan 1598 Agnis OSBORNE 25 Apr 1602 If Adria could have been baptised Agnis. :Also found: father of above Thomas OSBORNE Edmond OSBORNE = 12 Feb 1614 recorded in Aldbury, Hertford, England Source: Paul & Dorothy Tobler"[3]
Death in 1626, in Jamestown, James Cittie, is frequently mis-assigned to Adria Hoare-184 (she was living in 1627) and is probably for the wife of Thomas Harris of the witchcraft trial.[4][5] The following deposition is probably from him also:
"Thomas Harris submitted a deposition in General Court that his wife, Adria, died between the census of 1624 and 1626. This deposition presented by her husband, Captain Thomas Harris, states that he is due land on the account of his deceased wife being an ancient planter." Land Office Book #1, page 615[6]

Thomas Osborne is listed in the 1624/25 Jamestown Muster.[7] She was 23 at the time of the 1624/25 Jamestown muster (see her profile for more information).

Dorman, p. 9 (then Harris, p. 330, 338) showed her as Adria Osborne. Dorman has since corrected this information.[4]

Research Notes

Research by J. Phillip Harris shows the first wife of Thomas Harris to be Adria Hoare and the second to be Joane, widow of William Vincent.[4] This contradicts both the theory that his first wife was the daughter of Edward and Ann Gurganey and the theory that Edward Gurganey was the step-father of Adria and Joan Osbourne, marrying the widow of their sea-captain father, and that Adria was Thomas Harris's first wife and Joan was his second.
From Harris Genforum, #5337 post, "Capt Thomas Harris, Osborne and Gurganey," by Cynthia Harris Mills, camills41[at], 8 Jan 2000:

"Adria Osborn and her sister Joan, both married Thomas Harris. She also made several trips from America to England. She arrived in America with a kinswoman, Ann Wood or Woods. I am surprised that someone has not discovered the information which can be found in very old records in the Fairfax County Library. Their father was Capt Thomas Osborn, a ship's captain. He died shortly after arriving in America and his widow, Ann, married Edward Gurganey, who happened to own land next to Thomas Harris. Later Thomas Harris claimed an inheritance from Edward Gurganey's estate in the name of his wife Joan or Adria"
Adria Osborne & Adria Gurganey the same person ?
Answer: No. Adria Gurganey does not exist. Adria Hoare came to America in Nov 1621. ~ Liz Shifflett, see Hoare-184 & Gurganey-2 for details.
Adria and Joan's father was Capt. Thomas Osborn, a ship's captain. He died shortly after arriving in America and his widow Ann married Edward Gurganey who happened to own land next to Thomas Harris. Later Thomas Harris claimed an inheritance from Edward Gurganey's estate in the name of his wife Joan or Adria. Adria Osborn and her sister, Joan, both married Thomas Harris. She also made several trips from America to England. She arrived in America with a kinswoman, Ann Wood or Woods.
I crossed through that last. A kinswoman, Ann Woodliffe, is shown in the household of Thomas & Adria (Hoare) Harris. ~ Liz Shifflett, see Harris-751 for details.


  1. 1623 Living and Dead
  2. See the profile for Adria Hoare.
  3. from Gurganey-2, with an Ancestry source link
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 J Phillip Harris, "Captain Thomas Harris: Establishing a True History," posted by Glenn Gohr in Rootsweb
  5. See this Encyclopedia Virginia article for details about the witch trial.
  6. from Rootsweb post by Pat CLARE, 6/6/2001, citing "Virginia Historical Magazine, Vol 26, page 12" from "Capt. Thomas Harris - 1568-1658 - Immigrant 1611 - A Rough Manuscript - by Malcolm W. Harris, Prof. W. Lee Harris, Olive & Joe C. Harris, and other contributors, 1966"
  7. Jamestown 1624/25 Muster>

    Witch Trial

    Testimony at a 1626 witch trial accounts for much confusion, but courtesy of J. Phillip Harris's research, it also provides support that two different Thomas Harrises married two different Adrias:

    Some of the charges involved Joan Wright making predictions of various people dying, all of which can be identified as known residents of the Jamestown area. Among those was the betrothed fiancée of someone named Thomas Harris. Various records show that there was another individual named Thomas Harris who arrived at Jamestown in 1620 on the Temperance under the employ of Governor Yeardley. He is listed in the 1623/24 muster as "Leftenat" Harris at Archers Hope, just across the creek from Jamestown. He later married Alice Fitts and was dead by 1628 when she was listed as widow, Alice Harris, in court records in Jamestown. Nothing about the timeline or location of events concerning the trial can be tied to Thomas Harris of Henrico while various circumstantial connections can be made with "Leftenat" Harris and Alice Fitts. At the time Joan Wright made her predictions, Thomas Harris of Henrico had already been married for at least two years so the prediction could not have been about any "betrothed fiancée" connected with him.<ref></ref>

    For additional information, please see the article the above was taken from, "Captain Thomas Harris: Establishing a True History."

    Not Her

    The wife of the other Thomas Harris, Adria Hoare-184, arrived in Virginia in November 1621 aboard the Marmaduke.<ref>Dorman, p. 9</li></ol></ref>
  • 2.Author: GPC CD#510; Title: Colonial Virginia Source Records 1600's-1700's (Page: marriages Vol I Part III pg221, 223; Vol II Part II pg 135)
  • Dorman, John Frederick. Adventurers of Purse and Person.
  • Harris, Malcolm H. History of Louisa County, Virginia. Dietz Press, Richmond, VA, 1936
  • Marmaduke passenger list. The Adria listed is Adria Hoare. The information was pulled from 1624/25 Jamestown muster. See Adria Harris, Jamestown Muster, January 1624/5
  • WikiTree profile Osborne-575 created through the import of MOORMAN FAMILY.GED on May 31, 2011 by Mary Elizabeth Stewart. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Mary Elizabeth and others.

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On 16 Dec 2016 at 20:54 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi Louise! I forgot to change the birth info in the datafields. The year was based on Dorman saying Adria (Hoare) was 23 when she arrived in Virginia, but she gave her age as 23 at the time of the 1624/25 Jamestown Muster.

I'm tempted to leave Crixse, even though someone has shared baptism info for an "Agnis" that is probably her, as it is possible that the Lieutenant Thomas Harris of the 1623/24 muster is connected to that family.

(note - I just corrected the years in my post - I had referenced the same muster, but "Leftenant Harris" at Archur's Hoop is listed in the 1623/4 muster, with Thomas Harris listed at "ye Neak of Land" & Thomas with Adria, at Neck of Land, are in the 1624/25 muster.)

On 13 Dec 2016 at 07:17 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Osborne-610 and Osborne-575 appear to represent the same person because: these are duplicates (same dates/places). please merge. Thanks!

On 13 Dec 2016 at 06:14 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

ah. I believe this is the Adria who married the Thomas Harris who is covered in the witch trial.

(too much to fit here, so I'll edit bio)

On 7 Aug 2014 at 19:34 GMT Louise (Griffith) Sigle wrote:


Rejected matches › Adria Gurganey (abt.1600-)

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