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Alice (Smythe) Harris (bef. 1564 - abt. 1615)

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Lady Alice Harris formerly Smythe aka Smith
Born before in London, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in St Gabriel Fenchurch, Londonmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Cricksea, Essex, Englandmap
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Categories: Creeksea, Essex | All Hallows Lombard Street, City of London | St Gabriel Fenchurch, City of London.



She was baptised Alice Smith on 21 Dec 1564 at All Hallows, Lombard Street, London[1].

Alice was recorded in the Smythe pedigree taken during the visitation of London in 1568 as the daughter of Thomas Smythe and Alice (Judde) Smythe[2].

A portrait of Alice Smythe (private collection) is believed to be by Ketel, painted in 1579[3].

In the will of her father, the will made on 22 May 1591 and proved on 29 October 1591[4] she was noted as the wife of William Herrys esq. Her father bequeathed £250 to the children (not named) of Alice and William, the sum to be equally divided between them.

Alice was a beneficiary of the will of her mother, Alice, the will made on 10 Jul 1592[5]. The will referred to her husband William Harris and their children Thomas, Arthur, Alice and Dorathie.

In the Harris Pedigree in the Visitation of Essex in 1612[6] she was recorded as Alice, wife of Sir William Harris of Crixse, and the mother of four sons and four daughters. Her eldest son was recorded as Sir Arthur Harris, then followed William (2nd son) of Lincoln's Inn, Thomas (3rd son) and John (4th son). Her eldest daughter was Alice, wife of Sir Henry Mildmay, followed by Mary (2nd daughter) married to Gyles Browne esq., Frances (3rd daughter) and Elizabeth (4th daughter).

Given that the will of her mother, Alice (Judde) Smythe indicates she had an elder son called Thomas and a daughter called Dorathie, both of whom presumably died as children, then there were at least ten children born to Alice and her husband, Sir William Harris.

She was also noted In the Smythe pedigree from the visitation of Kent in 1619[7] in which she was recorded as the wife of William Harris of Woodham, Essex.

Alice was recorded in the will of her brother, Robert Smythe of London, the will made on 01 Dec 1600 and proved on 28 Jan 1600/1601[8].

In the will of her sister, Lady Katherine (Smythe) Scott, the will made on 11 Jan 1616/1617, Alice was noted as being deceased[9].

The death of Lady Alice Harris was noted in the Visitation of Essex of 1612[10] as follows: "Sir William Harris of Crixse where he and his ladye is buryed, he died in Novem. a° 1616, and she in November a° d'ni 1615".


Wife of William Harris ~ married May 06, 1583, St. Gabriel's, Fenchurch (or Fen Church) Street, London, United Kingdom.[11][12]

Children of Alyce Smythe and William Harris:

i. William Harris (b. 1584)
ii. Arthur Harris (b. 1585)
iii. John Harris (b. 1586)
iv. Thomas Harris (b. 1587)
v. Alice Harris (b. 1590)
vi. Mary Harris (b. 1592)
vii. Frances Harris (b. 1594)
viii. Elizabeth Harris (b. 1596)[13]
  • Lady Alice Anne Smythe
  • Alice /Smith/[14]


1594 Crixie,,Essex,England
1615-11 Crixe,,Kent,England[15]
November 10, 1615, Crixe, Kent, England[16]
November 10, 1616, Crixe, Kent, England[17]


Ancestry image, Title: Sir William Harris and Lady Alice Smyth Harris


  1. All Hallows, Lombard Street. Parish Register.
  2. Visitation of London, 1568: With Additional Pedigrees, 1569-90, the Arms of the City Companies, and a London Subsidy Roll, 1589. Publications of the Harleian Society. Vols 109-110. Edited by Stanford H and Rawlins SW. 1963.
  3. Hearn K (1995) Dynasties : painting in Tudor and Jacobean England 1530-1630. Tate Publishing.
  4. Will of Thomas Smythe of London. 29 Oct 1591. PROB 11/78/226. National Archives.
  5. Will of Alice Smythe, Widow of London. 11 May 1598. PROB 11/91/377. National Archives.
  6. The Visitations of Essex 1552-1636. Publications of the Harleian Society. Vol XIII. Edited by Walter C Metcalfe 1878. Harris Pedigree. Volume I p213
  7. The Visitation of Kent. Taken in the Years 1619-1621. The Publications of the Harleian Society Vol XLII. Edited by Robert Hovenden 1898.
  8. Will of Robert Smithe, Gentleman of London. 1601. PROB 11/97/37. National Archives.
  9. Will of Katherine Scott, late Wife of Nettlestead, Kent. 12 March 1617. PROB 11/129/289. National Archives.
  10. The Visitations of Essex 1552-1636. Publications of the Harleian Society. Vol XIII. Edited by Walter C Metcalfe 1878. Harris Pedigree. Volume I p213
  11. Find-a-Grave entry
  14. Source: #S00023
  15. Source: S11486023: Ancestry Family Trees
  16. Smythe Smith-4
  17. Smythe-91

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  • S-1615183909: London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 Author: Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1812. London, England: London Metropolitan Archives. Images produced by permission of the City of London Corporation Libraries Note: APID: 1,1624::0

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On 15 Apr 2017 at 22:30 GMT Steve Hunt wrote:

Regarding the date of burial of Alice - 'find a grave' is unreliable as no contemporary source is provided. The only contemporary source known at this time is the visitation of Essex 1612 which just states Nov 1615.

On 10 Oct 2015 at 18:30 GMT Katharine (Mounger) Jones wrote:

Smythe-589 and Smythe-91 appear to represent the same person because: Same dates, locations, parents, siblings.

On 22 Mar 2015 at 23:27 GMT Jayme (Mullins) Arrington wrote:

Smith Smyth-1 and Smythe-91 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, spouse, father, & dates

On 24 Aug 2014 at 21:49 GMT Kitty (Cooper) Smith wrote:

Hi Robert! Please add some family connections to this profile. Who was she related to and how? Thank you!

Alice is 13 degrees from George Bush, 19 degrees from Rick San Soucie and 13 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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