THOMAS HARRIS OF VIRGINIA

1636-1688

These are a series of postings from my blog http://walterfitzgilbertdehamilton.wordpress.com/

They are in reverse order, with my final thoughts appearing first.

They concern the very likely ancestry of Thomas Harris, d. 1672, Edward Harris, d. 1677, Thomas Harris, d. 1677, John Harris, d. 1687, and Thomas Harris, d. 1688; all in Virginia. They also concern such families as that of Hodges Counsell, and Robert Lancaster; and, the family of Bennett, the central family within their kinship group, about which all other families 'orbited'.

These families came from Somerset, England, and specifically from a small circle centred on Taunton. They came from small villages where virtually everyone was a cousin or second-cousin of everyone else. This distorts the results of DNA analysis:  Endogamous population members are related many times over in unknown ways, thus, predicted third or fourth cousins are actually sixth or seventh cousins, or are even more distantly related. Endogamous groups show matches 'closer than actual'. Multiple marriages between first, second and third cousins means that everyone is effectively related to everyone else multiple times over within a very short time period.


HARRIS OF SOMERSET AND VIRGINIA

1. Thomas Harrys of Mells, carpenter, b. 1494. Description: Depositions as to the late abbot of Glastonbury (Somerset) taken at Wells (Somerset) before Nicholas Fitzjames esq and John Mawdleyn’ gent, king’s surveyors. Thomas Harrys of Mells, carpenter, 50, deposes that the tenement and mills were in great decay, and that for his labour he received £7 from Burges. He also received £10 for repairing the grist mill. (E 135/2/32. 24 Apil, 1544).

1.1. John Harrys, witnessed a Will in 1554 concerning Mells.

1.1.1. John Harris, d. 1616.

1.1.1.1. John Harris, bapt. 17 Feb 1587, in Mells (St Andrew).

1.1.1.1.1. Thomas Harris, d. 1677, m. Alice West, October 1635, in Nunney (juxta Mells).

1.1.1.1.1.1. Thomas Harris, bapt. 14 August 1636, in Nunney, d. 1688.

1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Robert Harris, m. Anne Fulgham, dau. of Michael Fulgham, whose Will of February 17, 1690, named dau. Ann Harris, and was witnessed by James Benn.
Susannah Fulgham, Anne’s sister, married Hardy Council, son of Hodges Council Jr. and Lucy Hardy, in 1705.

The Fulghams came from Pitminster, Somerset, as did the Symes family. Sir John Symes lived at Mells. He m. Amy, the dau. of Thomas Horner esq., of Mells. A son was John Symes, the father of 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). His son was 'John Symes late of Montserrat, West Indies', whose dau, m. Samuel Perry. (Nat. Arch., ref. C 11/750/12. 1714).

These Perrys were of Wellington, Somerset, and cousins of the Symes, both families having intermarried with that of Pyne (see Will of William Symes; dated 4 June and proved 27 July 1597 by Elizabeth Symes the relict; 66 Cobham).

Richard Symes was the probable brother of the said Thomas Symes Jr. (See N&Q, 1890). His son was probably Adam Symes, father of 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 distant cousin. John Sims Jr., of Montserrat, was killed at the Battle of Port Mahon, and left a will stating he had no wife or male children, and gave his estate to a nephew and Godson, Symes Perry, son of Samuel Perry, and his wife, Elizabeth, who was a dau. to John Symes Jr. (See Symes v. Symes, Nat. Arch., ref. C 11/750/12. 1714).

George Sims was the father of Adam Sims, who m. Elizabeth Walton, dau. of George Walton of Brunswick Co., and who was, thus, the brother-in-law of Nathan Harris. It is commonly supposed that Nathan was the grandson of Thomas Harris, d. 1688. Nathan Harris was the br. of West Harris.

1.1.2. Thomas Harris, bur. 3 February 1595, in Mells.

1.1.2.1. John Harris, m. Mary Tomlin, 9 November 1620, in Mells. Matthew Tomlin of the Lower Parish of Isle of Wight County 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 January 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.

1.2. William Harris, m. Dorothy West, Aug. 31, 1562, at Wivelscombe, Somerset.

1.2.1. Richard Harris, m. Elianor Bennett, sister of the said Edward Bennett.

1.2.1.1. Thomas Harris, cousin of Governor Bennett of Virginia, who m. Judith Blake, November 20, 1623, at Wivelscombe, and second-cousin of 1. Anne Bennett, b. 1641, who married, 1st, Theodorick Bland of Westover; their son, Theodorick Bland (born 1663) m. Margaret Mann; their son, John Bland (born December 8, 1698), m. Ann West.; 2. Elizabeth Bennett, sister-in-law of Matilda Scarborough, who m. Lt. Col. John West. Margaret Mann was probably a dau. 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 brother-in-law) and Bridgeman Joyner. B. 1., p. 603: Thomas Man of Isle of Wight sells to Henry Hearne of Nansemond 100 acres on Corowaugh Swamp adj. James Johnson. Teste: James Bryan, Bridgeman Joyner, and James Benn.

Thomas Harris, Will  recorded 9 October 1688: ‘Son William to live with Bridgman Joyner’. (B.2, p.286)

1.2.1.1.1. John Harris, d. 1687, m. Unity … 10 April 1704: Deed of Thomas Blake of Upper Par., to son William Blake and Mary his wife, 100 acres in Upper Parish, Isle of Wight Co., VA, (Alice Blake signs dower) Wit: Thos. Tooke, John Smith. (ibid. p. 653). Nicholas Sessoms gave a similar tract to his dau., Mary Blake, and son-in-law William Blake. These appear to have been marriage gifts.

Surry Co., B. 5, p. 224: Henry Baker deceased, estate dated April 27th 1701. Witnesses: Robert Lancaster, Nicholas Sessoms, and Charles Savage. Sarah Baker Executrix of Estate. Robert Lancaster Sr. married Sarah, widow of 2nd husband, Richard Bennett Sr., d. 1710.

A br. of the afors. Elianor and Edward Bennett, Thomas Bennett, was buried on September 26, 1616 at Wivelscombe Church. He had issue:

(1) Thomas Bennett, who was claimed in 1635 as a headright by his uncle, Governor Richard Bennett. This Thomas d. in 1642, in Lawnes Creek; marrying, secondly, bef. Oct. 10, 1624, Alice, ‘formerly the widow of one Pierce’, for at the General Court in October, 1624, ‘Elizabeth Pierce chose her father in law (stepfather), Thomas Bennett, as her guardian’ (V.M. 20, p. 155).

Thomas Bennett and Alice Pierce had issue, Alice Bennett, who  m. (1) John Hardy. Hardy, John: Leg. dau. Olive Driver, wife of Giles Driver; dau. Lucy Councill, wife of Hodges Councill; dau. Debora Hardy; dau. Olive Driver’s two children; dau. Lucy Councill’s three children; my wife’s grandchild John Johnson; son-in-law Robert Burnett; William Mayo. Wife Alice Extx. D. October 7, 1675. R. June 9, 1677. Wit: Richard Rennalds. Nugent, C&P vol. 1, p. 569: Mr. John Hardie (Sr.) 1150 acres IOW Co, 5 June 1666. Beginning at upper corner tree of Mathew Tomlin's old land, running SSE by Wm. Westwrayers land &c.SW on Mathew Tomlins new land, then S &C.Trans. of 23 persons. (2) Thomas Johnson.

Robert Lancaster’s son, Samuel, m. Elizabeth Harris, dau. of John and Unity Harris.

As I have shown elsewhere, the Hodges and Counsell families were highly likely to have been of Wedmore , Somerset (as the Lancasters), and, as the Bennetts of Wivelscombe, had strong ties to the parish of St Olave, London.

This presents parallel worlds of association; one is defined by the continuining intermarriages of families within their kinship group; another by association purely through shared business interests (Westraye and Benn families were established in St Olave); and another by association to the most powerful family within a kinship group. In this regard, this Harris family orbited the Bennetts as the Earth does the Sun.

(2) … Bennett, m. Richard Jackson, who patented 450 acres in Isle of Wight adjacent to Justinian Cooper. Their dau., Mary Jackson, m. Capt. George Hardy, who patented 500 acres on July 17, 1648 ‘lying on east side of Lawne’s Creek extending to main river and along the great river to the creek dividing the same from land of Alice Bennett’. On June 19, 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. He lived at Blackwater, in the vicinity of the plantations of Justinian Cooper and Francis England. 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 named Anne, who was Charles Barham’s sister (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 brother of Elizabeth Ridley, Charles Barham’s wife.

The wife mentioned in his Will was named Sarah, who subsequently married, heretofore given, Robert Lancaster, whose will was probated in 1720.

Richard Bennett’s son, James, 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 brother of Margaret Hobbs, 1st wife of John Harris, son of Thomas Harris, d. 1672, and his first wife, Eleanor George.

1.2.1.1.2. Thomas Harris, d. 1672.

1.2.1.1.3. Edward Harris, d. 1677.

1. Thomas Harrys of Mells, carpenter, b. 1494: Depositions as to the late abbot of Glastonbury (Somerset) taken at Wells (Somerset) before Nicholas Fitzjames esq and John Mawdleyn’ gent, king’s surveyors. Thomas Harrys of Mells, carpenter, 50, deposes that the tenement and mills were in great decay, and that for his labour he received £7 from Burges.
1.1. John Harrys, witnessed a Will in 1554 concerning Mells.
1.1.1. John Harris, d. 1616.
1.1.1.1. John Harris, bapt. 17 Feb 1587, in Mells (St Andrew).
1.1.1.1.1. Thomas Harris, d. 1677, m. Alice West, October 1635, in Nunney (juxta Wells).
1.1.1.1.1.1. Thomas Harris, bapt. 14 August 1636, in Nunney, d. 1688. Probably he who m. Dorothie Bassano, in London, in 1662, aged 26, given her links to the Lanier family. Her sister married a Tucker.
1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Robert Harris, m. Anne Fulgham, dau. of Michael Fulgham, whose Will of February 17, 1690, named dau. Ann Harris, and was witnessed by James Benn. Susannah Fulgham, Anne’s sister, married Hardy Council, son of Hodges Council Jr. and Lucy Hardy, in 1705. The Fulghams came from Pitminster, Somerset, as did the Symes family.
(1. Sir John Symes, lived at Mells, m. Amy, the dau. of Thomas Horner esq., of Mells.
1.1. John Symes
1.1.1. Thomas Symes Jr. 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 (dau.,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, who m. Elizabeth Walton, dau. of George Walton of Brunswick Co., and who was, thus, the brother-in-law of Nathan Harris, grandson of Thomas Harris, d. 1688, and br. of West Harris).
1.1.2. Thomas Harris, bur. 3 February 1595, in Mells.
1.1.2.1. John Harris, m. Mary Tomlin, 9 November 1620, in Mells. Matthew Tomlin of the Lower Parish of Isle of Wight County 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 January 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.
1.2. William Harris, m. Dorothy West, Aug. 31, 1562, at Wivelscombe, Somerset.
1.2.1. Richard Harris, m. Elianor Bennett, sister of the said Edward Bennett
1.2.1.1. Thomas Harris, cousin of Governor Bennett  of Virginia, who m. Judith Blake, November 20, 1623, at Wivelscombe, and second-cousin of 1. Anne Bennett, b. 1641, who married, 1st, Theodorick Bland of Westover; their son, Theodorick Bland (born 1663) m. Margaret Mann; their son, John Bland (born December 8, 1698), m. Ann West.; 2. Elizabeth Bennett, sister-in-law of Matilda Scarborough, who m. Lt. Col. John West.
Margaret Mann was probably a dau. 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 brother-in-law) and Bridgeman Joyner. (Will of Thomas Harris, d. 1688: ‘my sonne William Harris to live with Bridgeman Joyner seven years).
1.2.1.1.1. John Harris, d. 1687, m. Unity …
1.2.1.1.1.1. Elizabeth Harris, m. a 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 April 27th 1701. Witnesses: Robert Lancaster, Nicholas Sessoms, whose dau. was Mary Blake, wife of William Blake.
A br. of the afors. Elianor and Edward Bennett, Thomas Bennett, was buried on September 26, 1616 at Wivelscombe Church. He had issue:
(1. Thomas Bennett, who was claimed in 1635 as a headright by his uncle, Governor Richard Bennett
1.1. Alice Bennett, m. (1) John Hardy. Nugent, C&P vol. 1, p. 569: Mr. John Hardie (Sr.) 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. Lucy Councill, m. Hodges Council.
2. … Bennett, m. Richard Jackson, who patented 450 acres in Isle of Wight adjacent to Justinian Cooper
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 June 19, 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. He lived at Blackwater, in the vicinity of the plantations of Justinian Cooper and Francis England. 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. His first wife was Anne, who was Charles Barham’s sister (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 brother 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 brother of Margaret Hobbs, 1st wife of John Harris, son of Thomas Harris d. 1672 and 1st wife Eleanor George).
1.2.1.1.2. Thomas Harris, d. 1672.
1.2.1.1.3. Edward Harris, d. 1677.

Alice West was probably she who was bapt. 16 Sept., in Bath (St Michael), 12 miles from Nunney, and probable dau. of William West, who m. Katharin Pearce, 23 May 1608, in Bath (St Michael). This makes sense in the following context:

23 April 1681, D.B. 1, pp. 468-469: George Peirce received 400a on the branches of the Blackwater in Isle of Wight County. Bounds: Mr. Achley’s line, Phillip Rayford, and said Peirce’s land by a former survey. George Peirce and Anne Peirce assigned all right and title to this land to John and Thomas Williams. Witness: Thomas Jones. Acknowledged in open court on 10 October 1681. Anne relinquished her dower right. Deed recorded 10 October 1681. Land Office Patents No. 6, 1666-1679, p. 519: Pearse, 21 Sept 1674, Nansemond Co., VA, 2100 acres by a branch of the Blackwater; adjoining the land of Colo. Pitt. P. 315: Moore, John: Appraisal by Phillip Raiford and George Pierce. D. March 6, 1692. (D.B. 2, p 33). George Pierce was the father of Philip Pierce, father of Nathan Pierce: 23 November 1752, D.B. 9, p. 70: Robert Coggan and his wife Mary Coggan sold 100 acres to John Stephens. Bounds: Mr. Beverly. Signed Robert Coggan and Mary Coggan. Witnesses: Edmund Westray, Jacob Stephens, and Nathan Pearce. Recorded 1 Feb. 1753. John Westray’s Will (23 Dec. 1755 named his wife Anne and six children: sons John, Edmund and Benjamin Westray; daus. Ann Pierce, Martha and Mary Westray. John Westray was the eldest son of William Westwray. He acquired 200 acres from Henry West on 20 May 1722 (adjacent to William Westwray’s land), and land from Robert West, as noted in John’s Will. Thomas Harris, 240 acs., 27 Apr. 1686, p. 511. Adj. Mathew Tomlin; Mrs. Hardy; William Westray; & John Turner. (Nugent).


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ALICE WEST

Nunney is 2 miles from Mells.

William Harris bapt. 9 Dec 1627 Nunney (All Saints)
Alice West & Thomas Harris Oct 1635 Nunney
Thomas Harris bapt. 14 Aug 1636 Nunney
John Harris bapt … … 1640 Nunney

Nunney deeds. DD\BR\ls/8. Leases for lives of property in manors of Nunney and Nunney Maudley by members of the Whitchurch family: Joseph of Frome Selwood, mercer, Henry of London, ‘gould-weaver’, William the elder, merchant and William, esq. (his son), both of Frome Selwood … Tenants’ names:- Chancellor, Coombes, Dear, Ellis of Leigh-on-Mendip, Grymes, Harris of Mells, Miles, Smith, Williams, Woodhouse of Marston Bigot, Yeoman. 1629-1709.

Sir Elias De la Mere, knt. was sheriff of Wilts in the second of Henry V. but died without issue; but Eleanor, his eldest sister, became heiress to the whole estate lying in Somersetshire. This Eleanor was married to William Paulet, esq. serjeant at law, second son to Sir John Paulet, of Melcombe, in this county. He died in 1435. By this marriage Nunney Castle came into the family of Paulet, and the grandson of the pair was the celebrated William Powlett, the first Marquis of Winchester.

The Harris family of Nunney/Mells intermarried into families (Clarke/Hills) which may have been the same as those intermarried with the Sims.

Margery Harris & John Allin, 8 Jun 1567, Mells (St Andrew)
Elizabeth Harris & John Bygges, 22 Sep 1588, Mells.
Mary Harris & John Young, 21 Oct 1588, Mells.
Elizabeth Harris & Thomas Bayley, 3 May 1589, Mells.
Thomas Harris, bur. 3 Feb 1595, Mells.
Thomas Harris, bapt. 10 Jun 1595, Mells.
Thomas Harris, bapt. 24 Mar 1599, Mells.
Grace Hanny & John Harris, 1608, Mells.
Anne Harris & William Clarke, 3 Jun 1616, Mells.
John Harris, bur. 13 Oct 1616, Mells.
Elizabeth Harris & George Hill, 27 Jan 1619, Mells, possibly related to Nicholas Hill, who, on 30 Sept 1664, patented 750 acres in the Upper Parish, part of the estate of Edward Bennett, whose dau., Silvester, he married. (She was bapt. 25 Oct 1630, Parish of St. Olave, Hart Street, London). Edward Bennett was the uncle of Richard Bennett, whose Will of 15 March 1674 bequested: ‘To cousin Silvester, the wife of Maj. Nicholas Hill, 12,000 lbs. tobacco’. Edward Bennett was the brother of Elianor Bennett. who m. Richard Harris, son of William Harris and Dorothy West, who m. Aug. 31, 1562, at Wivelscombe, as follows. Given a later marriage between Harris and West (Alice West & Thomas Harris, 1635,  in Nunney, as given, it is suggested that what is evidenced are marriages with a kinship group, wherein the same families continued to intermarry, in this case, within a small area centred on Taunton.
Mary Tomlin & John Harris, 9 Nov 1620, Mells.
Joane Harris & Richard Williams, 4 Jun 1627, Mells.
William Harris, bapt. 12 Jan 1637, Mells.

BENNETT AND HARRIS

1. Robert Bennett, m. a dau. of Richarde Edneye, of Wivelscombe, Som., Vintner.
1.1. Thomas Bennett.
1.1.1. Richard Bennett. PROB 11/351/440. Description: Will of Richard Bennett of Nansemond River, Virginia. 3 August 1676.
1.1.1.1. Anne Bennett, b. 1641, married, 1st, Theodorick Bland of Westover, 2nd, Colonel St. Leger Codd of Northumberland county, Virginia, and afterward of Maryland.
1.1.1.1.1. Theodorick Bland (born 1663); m. Margaret Mann* When his father died in 1671, Bland inherited Westover Plantation and joined with his brother, Richard, in its ownership. The brothers eventually conveyed 1,200 acres of the property to William Byrd Sr. in 1688 for 300L and 10,000 pounds of tobacco and cask. Byrd’s grandson built a Georgian mansion there in the 1750s.
1.1.1.1.1.1. John Bland (born December 8, 1698); m. Ann West.
1.1.1.1.1.2. Richard Bland (born August 11, 1665); m. 2. Elizabeth Randolph, the dau. of William Randolph.
1.1.1.2. Elizabeth Bennett, b. 1645, m. Col. Charles Scarborough of Accomac county, son of Edmond Scarborough, whose dau., Matilda, m. Lt. Col. John West, circa 1660, in Accomack Co, VA.
1.2. Edward Bennett. To repeat: Nicholas Hill, on 30 Sept 1664, patented 750 acres in the Upper Parish, part of the estate of Edward Bennett, whose dau., Silvester, he married.
1.3. Elianor Bennett. m. Richard Harris, Oct. 6, 1594, at Wivelscombe; son of William Harris and Dorothy West, m. Aug. 31, 1562, at Wivelscombe.
1.3.1. Thomas Harris, cousin of Governor Bennett, m. Judith Blake, November 20, 1623, at Wivelscombe.
1.3.1.1. ? Second-cousin of 1. Anne Bennett, mother of Theodorick Bland, who m. Margaret Mann; 2. Elizabeth Bennett, sister-in-law of Matilda Scarborough, who m. Lt. Col. John West.
1.3.1.1.1.?
1.4. Thomas Bennett Jr., bapt. 5 Nov 1603, Wivelscombe, m. Agnes Beard.
1.4.1. John Bennett, m. Mary Sawyer.
1.4.1.1. William Bennett, d. 18 Feb. 1684, Middlesex, VA, m. Mary Smith.
1.4.1.1.1. William Bennett, m. Sarah Brumwell, bapt. 2 Nov 1679, Middlesex.
1.4.1.1.1.1. Richard Bennett, m. Elizabeth Rice, sister of Mary Rice, who m. John Sims, see as follows: John Sims, d. 1769, in Granville Co., N.C., m. Sarah Bullock, dau. of Richard Bullock: Richard Bullock and Ann, his wife, of the Province of North Carolina to Thomas Shelton of Louisa Co., 12 pds-10 s. currt. money. 50 acres … sd Bullock’s and Sheltons their corner in John Metlock’s line … pine near the road. /s/ Richard Bullock. Acknowledged before us 25 Apr. 1757; proved by oaths of Tyree Harris, John Matlock and Elizabeth Harris. (D.B. B, pp. 170-172).

SYMES OF PITMINSTER

1. William Symes; Will dated 4 June and proved 27 July 1597 by Elizabeth Symes the relict (66 Cobham). Poor of Chard & Pitminster. Rt Hon. Sir Ed. Seymour, Knt. Lord Seymour of Pomeroy, Devon, by deed of 29 Nov. 31 Eliz. hath granted me an annuity of 100 marks out of the demesne of Bury Pomeroy for 99 years, if Eliz. my wife & Hen. & James my sons shall so long live. To my s. John Symes £2000 according to the covenants betw. me & Sir John Popham, Knt., Chief Justice, & Tho. Horner, Esq. To my s. Hen. 1000 marks. My s. Robt £500. My s. Wm. £500 at 21. My d. Eliz. 1000 marks. My dau. Margt 1000 marks at 21 or marriage. My dau. Margery Pyne 1000 marks. (Another dau., Alice, m. William Hodges). Jasper Pyne my s.-in-l. living in Charde. My Manors of Barwick, Bowre, 24 & Stoford, co. Som., & Frankham, co. Dorset. Mill in West Coker & lands in Taunton. My manor house in Charde to Eliz. my wife for her life, & she to be Ex’trix. John Pyne, Esq., Roger Hill, Gent., & my bro. in l. Hugh Hill, Gent., to be Supervisors. He married Elizabeth Hill, in 1570, dau. of Robert Hill ,of Poundisford, and Alice Clarke, of Taunton. Elizabeth Hill’s br., Hugh Hill, m. Mary, dau. of John Bond, of London.

(John Bond, Esq. was appointed, in 1588, captain of the isle of Portland, at the time of the expected invasion by the Spanish armada. He m. (1583), Margaret, dau. of Richard Pitt, Esq. of North Crickett, Somerset. Will of Richard Pitt of Cricket Malherbe, merchant, dated 21 July, 1617, pr. by son Matthew 1 June, 1622. Poor of Weymouth & Melcombe Regis, £5 – To John Pitt, my son, all my lands in Broadway, Dorset, called Redlands, & in Anstey & Hilton, with the house I purchased of my uncle Francis Laces, also houses in Melcombe Regis, &c. To my son Matthew Pitt, houses in Waymouth, &c. Sums of £ … to Richard Pitt, son of John Pitt, to Denys Bond, son of my daughter Margaret, to Daniel, son of my daughter Mary Merish, to Richard, son of my daughter Edith Yeo, to Benjamin, son of my son Matthew Pitt, to John Pitt, son of my son Matthew Pitt, to Richard Swayne, son of my daughter Judith Swayne, to John Ashe, son of my daughter Grace Ash.

John Bond was the brother of George Bond, bapt. 22 January 1556, and Henry Bond, baptised 1 October 1559, in Steeple, Dorset; a parish association with the Lawrence and Washington families, allied through the marriage of Edmund Lawrence with heiress Agnes de Wessington, in 1390. The Lawrences moved to Steeple in 1540, while John Washington, a member of a junior branch of Agnes’ family, moved to Virginia. John’s great grandson, George, became the first President of America. The Lawrence estate was purchased by the Bond family of Lutton. George Bond or Henry Bond may have been the grandfather Major John Bond of Virginia).

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, married secondly, Martha Greene.
1.1.1.2. Michael Fulgham, married Anne Izzard.
1.1.1.2.1. Anne Fulgham, married Robert Harris, son of Thomas Harris, d. 1688.
1.1.1.2.2. Susannah Fulgham, married 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. Elizabeth Fuljames, b. 11 June 1621, at Pitminster, m. (14 July 1642) Hugh Bond, of Broadway, Somerset, at Pitminster, kin of the Bonds of Steeple (William Bond of Lutton, ancestor of the Bonds of Steeple, was the brother of John Bond of Buckland Newton, Dorset, father of William Bond of Buckland Newton, whose Will dated 17 March, 15 Elizabeth, 1573, proved 10 June following, names his son William, then under 24 years of age, his son John Bond, and John the son of the said John; also his wife Isabell Bond, and his son-in-law Thomas Harris (not Sir Thomas). Issue of William Bond and Dionise Bourman: 1. William Bond, born c. 1524 Buckland Newton, Somerset, d. 30 May 1576, buried 14 Jun 1576, at St. Helen, Bishopsgate, Surrey.
1.1.3. 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, married 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, wherec 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).

SYMES cont.

1.1. John Symes, M.P. for Somerset, d. 1658, m. Amy Horner, dau. of the said Tho. Horner, Esq., of Mells Park, b. 1547, M.P. for Somerset, 1585, and high-sheriff, 1607, who m. 1st, Elizabeth Pollard; 2ndly, Jane, dau. of Sir John Popham, Knt. of Littlecott, Wilts; and 3rdly, Elizabeth. By his 2nd wife, Jane Popham, who d. 1591, he left at his decease, in 1612, an eldest son and heir, Sir John, Knt. of Mells, M.P. for Dorsetshire, b. about 1580. He m. Anne, dau. of Sir George Speke, of While Lackington, and by her, who d. 1666, left at his decease, in 1659, with other issue, a dau., Anne, m. 1662 to John Harrington, Esq., and a son and heir, Sir George Horner, Knt. of Mells, b. 1604, M.P. from 1642 to 1660, who m. Anne, dau. of Sir Henry Pool, and had, George, his heir, and Samuel, etc. Nunney Deeds: ‘land in the South Field conveyed by Samuel Horner of Mells, esq., to Philippa his sister'(DD\BR\u/15, 1663).

John Symes, b. 4 March 1572, matriculated from Exeter College, Oxford at the early age of 14 and received his B.A. September 7, 1591. He matriculated in Lincoln’s Inn, 1589.

The Will of John Symes was dated 5 Oct. 1658; proved 19 Dec. 1661: To be bur. at Frampton Cotterell, co. Glouc. To my neph. Arthur Symes £100 at the end of his apprenticeship. I am possessed of many years to come & undetermined of the Mansion of Poundsford, my Ex’ors shall convey it to Wm Symes, 1st s. of Jno Symes, decd, he not to vex or prosecute any suit against Hen. & Tho. Symes. To my 2 nieces Eliz. & Grace Symes £800 to be pd out of Poundsford. John & Ed. Symes, sons of my s. Tho. Symes. All residue to my sons Hen.* & Tho. Symes, Ex’ors.

A monumental inscription to his memory in Frampton Church is engraved on a brass plate surmounted with the arms of Symes: Azure, three escallops in pale or; impaling those of Horner: Sable, three talbots passant argent, two and one. ‘Here lyeth the body of John Symes of Poundisford, in the Parish of Pitminster in the county of Somerset, Esquire, he was born on the 4th day of March, 1572 (in the 12th year of Queen Elizabeth). He lived soberly, righteously, and godly, and died on the 21st day of October 1661 … (he had) also a numerous posterity even of children and children’s children, to the number of 100 and upwards, descended from his loynes (by his only wife Amy, the dau. of Thomas Horner, of Cloford, in the county of Somerset, Esquire).

BERKELEY AND SYMES

Post-nuptial settlement of Richard Berkeley and Elizabeth, dau. of *Henry Symes of Frampton Cotterell, 1656; memoranda about £2,455 of Sir Maurice Berkeley’s debts paid by Symes, lands sold to Symes, £2,000 allowed by Symes to Richard Berkeley as a marriage portion. (Gloucestershire Archives, ref. D2700/OP1/6. 1656-c.1660).

Maurice Berkeley was the son of Richard Berkeley, M.P., who, in 1619, inspired by the example of George Thorpe, joined the Virginia Company, and, in partnership with John Smith, projected a settlement to be called Berkeley. However his colonial venture ended in failure in the massacre of 1622. In 1620, his eldest son, Maurice, to whom he gave up the ancestral home, was returned for Gloucestershire. (J. E. Gethyn-Jones, ‘Berkeley Plantation’, Bristol and Glos. Arch. Soc. Trans. xciv. 5-17. 23). Richard Berkeley was a kinsman of John Berkeley, who was killed in the massacre of 1622, who was sent by the Virginia Company to establish iron works at the Falling Creek, which empties into the James River not far below Richmond. His son, Maurice Berkeley, married Barbara, dau. of Sir Walter Longe, and had issue, ‘Edward and others’. Edward is believed to have been father of Edmund Berkeley, who married Mary …, who married, secondly, John Mann.

The Manns and Berkeleys were in some way connected with Col. Thomas Pettus of LittleTown’, James City county, a member of the council. The York records have under date March 24, 1698, a reference to Mr. Edmund Berkeley’s difference with Major Lewis Burwell, ‘one of the surviving exors of Col. Thomas Pettus, deced’. There is also a power of attorney from ‘Mary Mann of the parish of Abingdon, county of Gloucester, the executrix appointed by the will of Elizabeth Pettus, dau. of Thomas Pettus, gent, deceased'[son of Col. Thomas Pettus], to James Bray, of James City county, who married Mourning, widow of Thomas Pettus, Jr. Was Mary Mann a daughter of Col. Pettus, and therefore aunt of Elizabeth Pettus?

George Thorpe was born at Wanswell Court, the family estate in Gloucestershire. The eldest surviving son of Nicholas Thorpe and his first wife, Mary Wilkes, alias Mason, he was baptized in the parish of Berkeley on January 1, 1576. After his wife’s death in 1610, Thorpe married Margaret Harris on February 21, 1611, in Saint Pancras, Soper’s Lane, in London. She was the dau. and h. of David Harris of Bristol, Glos., son of David Harris ‘grocer and alderman’ of Bristol, d. 1582. He had made his will on 4 Oct., directing that he should be buried in the church of St. Nicholas where his father and first wife lay (Margery, wid. of Thomas Browne of Bristol). To his second wife Margaret he left a share of their dwelling house with his son David, leaving a third part to his dau. Alice and her husband Ralph Bennett should they desire it. David Harris Jr. had two brothers. David Harris Sr. was the son of John Harris of Bristol, and Alice. Given the various ‘guestimates’ of the ancestry of Ralph Bennet, it may be fair to suggest that he was of the family of Bennett, of Wivelscombe, Somerset, Bristol, Glos., and Virginia. In that the Bennetts of Wivelscombe intermarried with the Harris of that place, another suggestion is that these Harris may be descendents of John Harris of Bristol, aforesaid. Such would be a typical hallmark of closely intermarried kinship groups of this time. Both the Harris of Mells and Wivelscombe intermarries with families of West.

The grandson of Richard Berkeley and Elizabeth Symes was Norborne Berkeley, Governor of Virginia.

Sir Maurice Berkeley owed money to Denis Bond, aforesaid, son-in-law of Richard Pitt: Bond v Berkeley. Plaintiffs: Dennis Bond. Defendants: Sir Maurice Berkeley kt and others. Subject: property in Church Knowle, Dorset. Nat. Arch., ref. C 6/41/82. 1653.

Henry, William, and Thomas Symes were parties to various transactions:

Assignment in fee. 1a Henry Symes of Frampton Cotterell, Gloucs, esquire, 1b Thomas Symes of Winterbourne, Gloucs, esquire, 2 Sir William Strode of Newnham, knight. The manor of Middlezoy. Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, ref. 349/7/6 1662.

Cooper v Symes. Plaintiffs: John Cooper and Grace Cooper his wife. Defendants: William Symes, Henry Symes and Thomas Symes. Subject: property in Pitminster, Somerset. Nat. Arch., ref. C 6/161/21. 1662.

Hutchens v Symes. Plaintiffs: John Hutchens and Elizabeth Hutchens, his wife. Defendants: William Symes, Henry Symes and Thomas Symes. Subject: property in Pounsford etc, Somerset, Gloucestershire. Nat. Arch., ref. C 5/613/79. 1664. It can be recalled that John Fuljames, born 1592, had a dau,, Elizabeth, b. 1626, who married William Hutchings.

Berkeley v Watts. Plaintiffs: George Berkeley infant, of Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire, by Henry Symes esq, his next friend. Defendants: John Watts yeoman, of Ashton, Somerset, Ralph Willett and Sarah Willett (alias Sarah Thorpe) his wife. Subject: Payment of rent for a messuage and land held in trust for the life of the plaintiff: mentions John Dennis esq, of Pucklechurch, Somerset, [unknown] Thorpe esq, of Gloucestershire and Richard Berkeley: property in Stoke Gifford, Gloucestershire. Nat. Arch., ref. C 6/385/89. 1682.

Symes v Meredith. Plaintiffs: Henry Symes. Defendants: John Meredith, Thomas Symes, John Symes, Edward Symes, Henry Symes, Charles Symes and others. Subject: property in Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire. Nat. Arch., ref. C 6/240/33. 1680.

1.1.1. Thomas Symes, 1600-1682. m. Amy Bridges, dau. of Edward Bridges, and Philippa, dau. of Sir George Speke. His father’s Will abstract records that he was the br. of Henry and John Symes, d.v.p., the latter being the father of William Symes and 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).

Thomas Symes held property in Winterbourne, Gloucestershire. Thomas Symes is recorded here: Symes v Symes. Document type: Bill and two answers. Plaintiffs: Edmund Symes, esq of Poles Down, Surrey (a younger son of Thomas Symes, esq deceased late of Winterbourne, Gloucestershire) Henry Symes (another son of said Thomas Symes) William Symes (son and executor of Charles Symes, clerk deceased late Compton Martin, another son of said Thomas Symes) Samuel Parry (Perry) and Elizabeth Parry his wife (a daughter and executrix of John Symes late of Montserrat, West Indies) and Mary Symes of London (widow and executrix of William Symes, another son of said Thomas Symes). Defendants: Merrell Symes, widow, Richard Symes, esq and Symes Symes. Nat. Arch., ref. C 11/750/12. 1714. Richard Symes was probably a son of Henry Symes.

These Perrys were of Wellington, Somerset. James Perry, of Wellington, yeoman: Wife Frances Perry residuary legatee and executrix. Witnesses: Henry Coleman, Richard Glassock. Pr. by Frances Perry the relict the last of February, 1645–6. (P. C. C. 14 Twisse). ‘Wife Frances Perry all other testator’s lands not else bequeathed for her life, except onehouse and garden lot called Plynner given to testator by Thomasine Pyne‘. The Pynes were cousins of the Symes, as given: William Symes; Will dated 4 June and proved 27 July 1597.

1.1.2. John Symes.
1.1.2.1. William Symes and his cousin, Richard Symes, embarked to Isle of Wight, Virginia. Richard returned to England. William received a land grant in New Kent County, where he settled with his family, dying there in 1726.
1.1.2.1.1. John Sims Sr. m. Mary Rice:

(1. Thomas Rice, of Bristol. He may have been related to George Rice and Richard Rice: PROB 11/260/215. Will of George Rice, Gentleman of Bristol, Gloucestershire, 14 November 1656. PROB 11/152/759. Will of Richard Rice, Woollen Draper of Bristol, Gloucestershire, 30 November 1627. The Bennetts, of Wivelscombe, became merchants of Bristol.
1.1. Thomas Rice Jr., d. 1743, m. Joyce …
1.1.1. David Rice, named in the 1759 Will of Richard Austin as a recipient of land on the North Fork of Sandy River.
1.1.2. Mary Rice, m. John Sims.
1.1.3. Elizabeth Rice, m. Richard Bennett, born 1 May 1709, Christ Church Parish, Middlesex Co., desc. of John Bennett, bapt. 10 July 1624, Wivelscombe, Somerset, first-cousin of Thomas Harris (first-cousin of Governor Bennett), who m. Judith Blake, November 20, 1623, at Wivelscombe).
1.1.2.1.1.1. John Sims, d. 1769, in Granville Co., N.C., m. Sarah Bullock, dau. of Richard Bullock: Richard Bullock and Ann, his wife, of the Province of North Carolina to Thomas Shelton of Louisa Co., 12 pds-10 s. currt. money. 50 acres … sd Bullock’s and Sheltons their corner in John Metlock’s line … pine near the road. /s/ Richard Bullock. Acknowledged before us 25 Apr. 1757; proved by oaths of Tyree Harris, John Matlock and Elizabeth Harris. (D.B. B, pp. 170-172).

In 1745, in Louisa Co., Nathaniel Williams was witness to a deed of Benjamin Harris & his wife Sarah of St Martin’s Par. to Robert Harris of Fredericksville Par. John Matlock’s line is mentioned: Louisa Co. D.B. A, p. 187, 25 Jun 1745: Benjamin Harris and Sarah, his wife, of St. Martin’s Par., Louisa Co., to Robert Harris of Fredericksville Par., Louisa Co. 50 pds currt money. 400 A in Fredericksville Par…land whereon sd. Harris now lives … at head of Rocky branch in Harper Ratclift’s line … Ratclift’s and John Matlock’s line … granted to John Blair of the city of Williamsburg, Esqr., by patent 17 Mar 1736; conveyed to Benjamin Harris by deed at the Capitol, 23 Oct. 1742. /s/ Benja. Harris, Sarah Harris. Wit: Joseph Fox, Jeremiah Glen, Rich. Yancey, Nathl. Williams. 25 June 1745 ack. by Benja. Harris, Sarah, his wife, gave consent.

It can not be stated who these Harris were, despite various claims being made.

1.1.3. Henry Symes.

1.1.3.1. Richard Sims. He is recorded here: Symes v. E. Bristol and another Petition of Richard Symes, Katharine Stokes, widow, John Coggs, citizen and goldsmith of London, and John Blow, Doctor of Music, and Mary Masters, the surviving executors of Roger Hewitt, Gentleman, deceased, creditors by judgment of Sir William Bassett, late of Claverton, co. Somerset, Knt., deceased, on behalf of themselves and such others who shall take the benefit and contribute towards the charges thereof. (Parliamentary Archives, ref. HL/PO/JO/10/6/55/1966. Jan. 1704). Sir William Bassett succeeded Sir George Speke, aforesaid, Richard’s grandfather, as M.P. for Bath.

1.1.3.1.1. Adam Sims. In that Adam Sims does not appear in Virginia records before 1719, but is certainly of the Sims family of Somerset and Antigua, a reasonable suggestion would make him a son of Richard Symes esq, mentioned in Symes v Symes, as given, of familial connected to the Perrys of Montserrat.

This indenture made this seventh day of August in the year of Our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and nineteen, between Francis Coleman, Junr. and Mary his wife of the County of Prince George of the one part and Adam Sims of thesame place on the other part, Witnesseth, that the said Francis Coleman, Junr. and Mary his wife for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings sterling to him in hand paid, by the said Adam Sims, whereof he doth hereby acknowledgereceipt, hath bargained and sold unto the said Adam Sims, etc. … one parcel or tract of land containing one hundred and fifty acres bonded, Viz: Beginning at the lower corner of trees, of the dividend land, whereon John Ledbetter now lives … Signed Sealed and Delivered by Francis and Mary Coleman in the presence of: Robert Munford, Geo. Tillman & Richard Cocke. Adam Symes conveyed the same land to John Ledbetter on the 6 January 1720. Given that Pitminster is only 18 miles from Colyton, Devon, George Tillman may have been of the family of George Tillman esq., of Colyton. The Ledbetter and Tillman families were intermarried.

We have Given granted and Confirmed and by these presents for us our heirs and Successors do give grant and Confirm unto Adam Sims of Brunswick County one Certain Tract or parcell of Land Containing Two hundred and fifty acreslying and being on the South side of Meherrin River in the County of Brunswick aforesaid and bounded as followeth (to wit) Beginning at three Trees chopt Inwards at a Corner of the Land of Mrs. Chapman and William Letbetters thence along the said Chapman’s line South forty one degrees East one hundred and seventy poles to a hiccory thence South twenty six degrees East one hundred and twenty four poles to a hiccory thence South seventy degrees West two hundred poles to Three trees chopt inwards thence North thirty degrees West one hundred and twenty eight poles to a Red Oak thence North thirty one and a half degrees East seventy poles to a pine a Corner Tree of William Letbetters, etc. Witness our Trusty and Wellbeloved Robert Carter ofour said Colony and Dominion at Williamsburg under the Seal of our said Colony the Thirty first day of October One Thousand Seven hundred and Twenty Six in the Thirteenth year of our Rein. Robert Carter.

1.1.1.2.1.1. George Sims, of Brunswick Co.; d. Sept. 1763, m. Martha Walton. He received a grant in Brunswick Co. for four hundred acres of land on 13 August 1743 (B. 21, p. 456). He also bought land from his brother John Sims on 5 November 1747, witnessed by Micajah Perry, a distant cousin. John Sims Jr. of Antigua, was killed at the Battle of Port Mahon, and left a will stating he had no wife or children, and gave his estate to a nephew and Godson, Symes Parry (Perry), son of Samuel Parry, and his wife, Elizabeth, who was a sister to John Symes Jr. (See Symes v. Symes).
1.1.1.2.1.1.1. Adam Sims, m. Elizabeth Walton, dau. of George Walton of Brunswick Co.
George Wallton and Eizabeth Rowe had the following Children:
1. Mary Walton, m. Richard Ledbetter.
2. John Walton, m. Rebecca Roe.
3. Elizabeth Walton, m. Adam Sims Jr.
4. Catherine Walton, m. Nathan Harris. Granville County, Va Wills 13 Apr. 1793: Nathan Harris, wife Catherine Walton Sons: Walton Harris, Nathaniel Harris, Howell Harris, Isaac Harris, Hubbard Harris, David Harris; daus. Jane Williams, Elizabeth Allen, Anna Patrick; grandchild Catherine Coleman. It is commonly supposed that Nathan was the grandson of Thomas Harris, d. 1688. Nathan Harris was the brother of West Harris, whose son, West Harris Jr., b. 28 March 1756, d. 26 July 1826, m. Edith Ledbetter.
5. Isaac Rowe Walton, m. Elizabeth Ledbetter.

At best, only a tentative suggestion can be given; that the Thomas Harris who married Alice West in October 1635, in Nunney juxta Mells (possibly kin of the Symes family), was the Thomas Harris who d. in 1677, in Virginia, and was the father of Thomas Harris, bapt. 14 Aug 1636, in Nunney, who died in 1688 in Virginia. 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). The probable father of Thomas Harris, who m. Alice West, was John Harris, bapt. 17 Feb 1587, in Mells (St Andrew).

This makes sense in the following context:

23 April 1681, D.B. 1, pp. 468-469: George Peirce received 400a on the branches of the Blackwater in Isle of Wight County. Bounds: Mr. Achley’s line, Phillip Rayford, and said Peirce’s land by a former survey. George Peirce and Anne Peirce assigned all right and title to this land to John and Thomas Williams. Witness: Thomas Jones. Acknowledged in open court on 10 October 1681. Anne relinquished her dower right. Deed recorded 10 October 1681. Land Office Patents No. 6, 1666-1679, p. 519: Pearse, 21 Sept 1674, Nansemond Co., VA, 2100 acres by a branch of the Blackwater; adjoining the land of Colo. Pitt. P. 315: Moore, John: Appraisal by Phillip Raiford and George Pierce. D. March 6, 1692. (D.B. 2, p 33). George Pierce was the father of Philip Pierce, father of Nathan Pierce: 23 November 1752, D.B. 9, p. 70: Robert Coggan and his wife Mary Coggan sold 100 acres to John Stephens. Bounds: Mr. Beverly. Signed Robert Coggan and Mary Coggan. Witnesses: Edmund Westray, Jacob Stephens, and Nathan Pearce. Recorded 1 Feb. 1753. John Westray’s Will (23 Dec. 1755 named his wife Anne and six children: sons John, Edmund and Benjamin Westray; daus. Ann Pierce, Martha and Mary Westray. John Westray was the eldest son of William Westwray. He acquired 200 acres from Henry West on 20 May 1722 (adjacent to William Westwray’s land), and land from Robert West, as noted in John’s Will. Thomas Harris, 240 acs., 27 Apr. 1686, p. 511. Adj. Mathew Tomlin; Mrs. Hardy; William Westray; & John Turner. (Nugent).

This branch of Harris were probably closely related to their namesakes of Wivelscombe, kin of the Bennett family, and also intermarried with a family of West.

What was probably witnessed in Virginia was the shared associations of a Harris family of various degrees of cousinship, living within a small circle, centred on Taunton.

The importance of the Bassano, Bennett, Feltham, Hodges, Counsell, Lanier, and Walton families’ connections to St Olave Parish, Southwark, London, seems significant.

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VIRGINIA HAYSTACK


There is a priceless piece of information contained in a Will of 1685; that Nathaniel Upton of Fitzhead was related to Henry Upton of Burlescombe, whose son, William, leaves a bequest to ‘Mrs. Paris Sloughter’, that is, the wife of ‘Paris Sloughter’.

The forename ‘Paris’ is almost singularly attached to the Slaughter family of Over Slaughter, Gloucestershire, where church monuments confirm that John Slaughter and his wife Elianor Baghott (dau. of Charles Bagehott of Holborn, gent), were the parents of Paris Slaughter Esq., d. February 26, 1597. His inheritor was Chambers Slaughter, d. 1646, of Upper Slaughter Hall, co. Gloucester, of whom it is adduced that a younger brother was John Slaughter, the emigrant to Virginia, whose son, William, sealed a bond in 1685 with the armorial of the Slaughter family of Over Slaughter; argent, a saltire azure (Rudder’s Gloucestershire, p. 666). Rob. son of Mary de Sloutre, Lord William of Sloctre, Alan Le Sloughtre, Hen. de Sloctres, Rob. son of Gerard de Sloctre, are witnesses to very ancient deeds of Winchcombe abbey.

The Paris Slaughter of 1685 is evidenced here: Slaughter v Carter. Plaintiffs: Anne Slaughter and Paris Slaughter. Defendants: John Carter. Place or subject: personal estate of John Carter, Charlton Abbots, Gloucestershire. Nat. Arch., ref. C 7/483/29. 1670.

The familial relationship between the Slaughters and the Carters is probably given here: Robert Pannil, Will probated 3 April, 1717. Money in hands of Mr. William Dawkins , merchant in London , to the poor people of Sepulchre parish; my wife’s brother in London, Mr. Henry Williamson, his sister Elizabeth and his sister Jane ; god-daughter Barbara, daughter of William Carter. Legacy to Elinor Carter, to Will Carter, god-daughter Barbara ye daughter of Samuel Kerchevall, god-son Robert Strother, David Jones, son of Lewis Jones, Robert Taylor, god-daughter Mary Tutt. Gifts to the church of Hanover parish. Residue to friends Francis Slaughter Sen., and Samuel Wharton executors. Witness Simon Miller &c. *Daughter of William Underwood.

Francis Slaughter, eldest son of John Slaughter, died about 1657 in Essex Co. Virginia. He married a a step-dau. of John Upton, and sister of Ann Underwood:

Capt. John Upton was commander-in-chief of Isle of Wight county, was a member of he House of Burgesses, and muster-master-general. His will, dated 16 Jan., 1651-’52, was proved in Isle of Wight county December 16, 1652. (Vol. VII., p. 220.) His son, John Upton, died without issue. His widow, Margaret Upton, had issue by a former husband (1) William, (2), Elizabeth, (3) Sarah, (4) Margaret and (5) Ann Underwood. She removed to Lancaster county, and married, thirdly, in 1657, Thomas Lucas, Sr. The will of Thomas Lucas was dated Dec. 14, 1669, and was proved March 14, 1673. (Virginia Magazine, III., p. 61.) Of the daughters, Elizabeth married, first, Capt. Francis Slaughter, of Rappahannock county, who was a justice, and died about 1657. Issue, Francis Slaughter, Jr. She married, secondly, Col. John Catlett, of Rappahannock county. She married, thirdly, in 1672, Rev. Amory Butler. Her will is on record in Tappahannock, dated May 17, 1673, proved June 16, 1673. (Virginia Magazine, III., 64)

Returning to Nathaniel Upton of Fitzhead (relative of Henry Upton of Burlescombe, whose son, William, leaves a bequest to ‘Mrs. Paris Sloughter’), it can be seen that his family intermarried with that of the Blakes of Over Stowey, Somerset, who also held land in Milverton (near Wedmore) and Wivelscombe, Somerset; this latter place being where Thomas Harris married Judith Blake, on November 20, 1623; she being certainly of this family:

1. Humphrey Blake, of Old Hall, Eastontown, Andover, Hampshire, m. Agnes James, of Tuxwell Manor, Spaxton
1.1. John Blake b. 19 OCT 1521 in Over-Stowey, Co. Somersetshire Burial: 10 DEC 1576 in the chancel of the Over Stowey Church He succeeded to the manor of Plainfield and to other estates. He received by will the patron age of the church at Aisholt, co. Somerset will proved 25 January 1576.
To eldest son, Humfrey Blake all tenements in Plainfield … To son William Blake, all my land in the parish of Bishops Lydeard in Busshops Woode and Busshops downe … To son Richarde Blake all my land in Wurstin in the parish of Burnham late in the tenure and ocupation of Nicholas Sheperd and now in the tenure of one Smithes and of the widow Everett’s children … To Johan,* my wife and son Richard all my interest in the Rectorie or personange of Over Stowey … To dau. Alice Richardes, ten shillings and six shillings to each of her children … To dau. Anne Saunders, ten shillings … Overseers: The right Worshipful Mr. Thomas Mallett, Esq., Robert Blake … Witnesses: Samuel Mercer, Robert Blockinge, Ottywell Artur, Richard Blake, Robert Black, Thomas Blake (brother?), Humfrie Blake, William Blake, and Richard Blacke. *Joan Rawson, of Over-Stowey.
1.1.1. William Blake.
1.1.2. Richard Blake bapt 1 Jan 1563.
1.1.3. Robert Blake bapt bef. 12 MAY 1566.
1.1.4. Humphrey Blake, d. bef 10 Mar 1619.

People then become confounded. It was not this latter Humphrey Blake who m. (23 Sept. 1639) Elizabeth Upton, daughter of Nathaniel and Catherine Upton of Fitzhead, Somerset. This is probably his grandson, son of his son, Humphrey, bapt. 13 Nov. 1580.

Nathaniel Upton of Fitzhead, Som, gent. Will dated 11 Oct. 1650. He names his son, George (bapt. 28 May 1626, m. Ann Sellicke, 9 Feb 1647), daughter, Joane, his grandchildren: Humphrey, Nathaniel, Arthur, Roger,and John Blake. George Upton of Fitzhead, Somerset, gent. Dated 15 Oct. 1689. He bequests to ‘to poor of Milverton (next to wedmore) 20s’ … Nathaniel my son my lands in Huish-Chamflewer, Chattworthy, Brompton Ralph, Over Stowey, Stogursey, and Spraxton, Somerset, and to his heirs for ever … to Priscilla Collins my daughter £15 per annum for life to be paid to her use … my kinsman John Harrison of Fitzhead, gent (133 Dyke).

Catherine Upton of of Fitzhead, Somerset, widow. Dated 28 June 1665. To be buried in Fitzhead Churchyard near my son Roger Studyeard; to poor of Fitzhead, of Wilscombe (Wivelscombe), and of Milverton; to my daughter Mary, ux. Alexander Harrison, gent., £40; to Ames Harrison one of the sons of said Alexander Harrison 20s.; to Alexander, John, William, Roger, George, Katherine, and Mary, sons and daughters of my son-in-law Alexander Harrison and Mary his wife, each £20 at 21; to my daughter Elizabeth Blake, late wife of Humfry Blake, gent., dec’d, £40; and to John Blake son of said Humfry Blake 20s.; to Nathaniel, Arthur, Roger, Elizabeth, and Mary Blake, my grandchildren, sons and daughters of said Humfry Blake, each £20 at 21; to my kinsman Henry Upton* of Burlescombe, gent., £10; to John Robbins, son of James Robbins, gent., my brother, dec’d, £10, or, if he be dead, same to his sisters Dorothy Robbins and Jane Robbins; to my kinswoman Frances Thorn £10; to Robert, Mary, Frances, Roger, and Alexander Wynter, sons and daughters of my kinsman John Winter, dec’d, each 40s. at 21; to Roger Upton my grandchild my silver tankard, etc.; to Katherine, Anne, and Elizabeth Upton, children of my son George Upton, each £20; residue to my son George Upton, and
appoint him executor. Proved 16 Feb. 1665-6 by ex’or. (35 Mico.)

*Henry Upton, of Burlescombe, Devon, gent. Dated 17 Nov. 1674. To be buried by my father in Burlescombe Churchyard. To William* my son my mess, and tenement in Stawleigh, Somerset; to Henry my son two tenements, etc., in Burlescombe; to my daughter Sarah Upton the messuage, etc., in which I dwell; to my grandchildren James, Mary, and Elizabeth Cadbury each 20s. when 15; residue to daughter Sarah, and appoint her executrix. Proved 7 July 1675 by exec’x. (79 Dycer).

*William Upton of London, factor. Dated 24 June 1685. To James Cadbury son of my brother James Cadbury by his former wife Elizabeth|| £50 at 21, but if he die before, then same to his sister Elizabeth Cadbury at 18 or marriage; to my niece Elizabeth Upton, daughter of my late brother Henry Upton, late of Burlescombe, dec’d, £100 at 18 or marriage; to poor of Burlescombe £12; to Mrs. Paris Sloughter and George Gresham each 20s. for a ring; all my lands, etc., and residue of personalty to my sister Sarah Upton, and appoint her executrix. Proved 8 Oct. 1685 by exec’x. (127 Cann).

The Uptons were originally from Cornwall: Upton v Baker. Plaintiffs: John Upton of Somerset, son of William Upton. Defendants: John Baker, prior of Launceston. Subject: Detention of deeds relating to a messuage and land in Launceston. Cornwall. C 1/684/1. 1529-1532.

They intermarried with a family of Butcher (Annes Butcher & John Underwood, July 1570, Stowey (St Nicholas and the Blessed Virgin Mary), and became kin to the Vowles; Susanna Vowles & William Butcher, 21 Nov 1631, Stowey. Margaret Upton, in Virginia, made a deed conveying land to John Butcher dated 3 February 1651; she styled herself as Widow of Capt. John Upton, whom she had married by 13 Sept. 1644, when ‘Captain John Upton and Margaret his wife sold land to John Mason. The Mason family of Stowey were kin of the Bishops: Elizabeth Mason & Robert Byshoppe, 18 Nov. 1632, Over Stowey (St Peter and Paul). On 12 June 1657, ‘Mr William Edwards has order from Govre. to patente certaine marsh and wood land formerly granted to James Mason & John Bishopp & by them deserted’ (Louise Pledge Heath Foley, Early Virginia Families Along the James River, p. 86, 1974). The Vowle family were mostly of Wedmore, where they were kin of various families:

Johannam Counsell & Gulielmus Frie 7 Jun 1602 Wedmore
Joannes Harris & Penelopie Millard 9 September 1611 Wedmore
Agnetam Millard & Thomas Webb 22 Feb 1611 Wedmore
Rebecca Blake & Thomas Skinner 23 Sep 1611 Milverton (juxta Wedmore)
Mariam Kirby & William Counsell 27 Jan 1615 Wedmore
Maude Mason & Willielmus Counsell 3 Oct 1622 Wedmore
Georgius Harris & Joana Webb 28 April 1623 Wedmore
Joannam Taylor & Richardus Counsell 12 Aug 1640 Wedmore
Mary Vowles & John Millerd 18 Jul 1654 Wedmore
Joane Thatcher & Richard Harris 14 Apr 1656 Barrow Gurney (juxta Wedmore), residence of the Counsell family.
Bethsheba Vowles & Thomas Webb 9 Oct 1656 Wedmore
William Harris & Anstice Kerbey 20 June 1660 Wedmore
Robert Thatcher & Alice Webb 09 Aug 1660 Wedmore

It is likely that Judith Blake, who m. Thomas Harris, November 20, 1623, at Wivelscombe, was of the family intermarried with the Uptons, who held land at Wedmore and Wivelscombe.

Capt. John Batte bought land in Isle of Wight County from John Upton on 3 Feb. 1654. In 1657, Thomas Harris, d. 1672, sold a tract of land he had acquired from William Batte and Mrs. Margaret Upton, widow of Lt. Col. John Upton; whose Will was proved by oaths of William Underwood and Edward Skinner, 16 Jan. 1652. Witnesses: John Gallins, James Taylor (W&M, vol. 7, no. 4., pp. 205-315, Apr. 1899).

It is likely that the Uptons of Virginia were of the family described heretobefore.

In tracing the ancestry of Virginia colonists, it is rare to get within a parish of the answer, let alone a field in that parish, the haystack within the field, the needle within it; yet, in conjunction with my notes on Hodges Counsell of Virginia,  The Real Harris, and Harris and West, at least the haystack is in sight, I suggest.

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HARRIS AND WEST

1. Robert Bennett, m. a dau. of Richarde Edneye, of Wivelscombe, Som., Vintner.
1.1. Thomas Bennett.
1.1.1. Richard Bennett. PROB 11/351/440. Description: Will of Richard Bennett of Nansemond River, Virginia. 3 August 1676.
1.1.1.1. Anne Bennett, b. 1641, married, 1st, Theodorick Bland of Westover, 2nd, Colonel St. Leger Codd of Northumberland county, Virginia, and afterward of Maryland.
1.1.1.1.1. Theodorick Bland (born 1663); m. Margaret Mann* When his father died in 1671, Bland inherited Westover Plantation and joined with his brother, Richard, in its ownership. The brothers eventually conveyed 1,200 acres of the property to William Byrd Sr. in 1688 for 300L and 10,000 pounds of tobacco and cask. Byrd’s grandson built a Georgian mansion there in the 1750s.
1.1.1.1.1.1. John Bland (born December 8, 1698); m. Ann West.
1.1.1.1.1.2. Richard Bland (born August 11, 1665); m. 2. Elizabeth Randolph, the dau. of William Randolph 1.1.1.2. Elizabeth Bennett, b. 1645, m. Col. Charles Scarborough of Accomac county, son of Edmond Scarborough, whose dau., Matilda, m. Lt. Col. John West, circa 1660, in Accomack Co, VA. John was born 7 Apr 1638 in England, the son of Anthony West and Anne … He died 27 May 1703, in Nandua, Acc. Co, aged 65. He was a carpenter and shipbuilder.

‘A number of appointees of the King were suspected of being papists, and 2 new members of the VA Council were alleged to have been selected because of their Catholicism. This led Colonel Charles Scarburgh, of Accomac, a man as bold and fearless as his father before him and an aspirant to the office of Councillor, to exclaim in great anger in the presence of the Governor, Lord Howard, ‘that his Majesty King James would wear out the Church of England, for that when there were any vacant offices, he supplied them with men of a different persuasion.’ The indiscreet Scarburgh was at once arrested for such treasonable utterances, but not until he had voiced the sentiments of the colonists in general. He at once became the hero of the people’ (Ye kingdome of Accawmache).

1.1.1.2.1. ‘Bennett Scarborough, Gent., of Accomack, one of the sons of Col. Charles Scarburgh, decd., by Elizabeth his wife, now lately also deceased, who was the dau. of Major Richard Bennett of ‘Nanziman’ River in Virginia, also dec’d, and Temperance his wife, and Henry Scarburgh of Accomack, Gent., another of the sons of the said Charles and Elizabeth, and Winnifred his wife; and Mary Leatherbury of the said county of Accomack, widow, one of the daus., and John Bagwell and Tabitha his wife, another of the daus., and William Black (Blake) of said county, Clark, and Sarah his wife, another of the daus. of the said Charles and Elizabeth; and Scarburgh Drummond, son and heir of Elizabeth, who was the wife of Captain Richard Drummond, now both lately deceased, another of the daus.; and George Parker, Jnr., son and heir of Ann, lately decd., who was the wife of Major George Parker, another of the daus. of the said Charles and Elizabeth, and Elizabeth his wife, to George Dashiell of Somerset County, Gent., conveying all rights to ‘Bennett’s Adventure’ (Somerset Co., MD, B. 1, p 192, 2 Oct. 1721; cited in ‘Adventurers’, p. 546).
1.2. Elianor Bennett. m. Richard Harris, Oct. 6, 1594, at Wivelscombe; son of William Harris and Dorothy West, m. Aug. 31, 1562, at Wivelscombe.
1.2.1. Thomas Harris, m. Judith Blake, November 20, 1623, at Wivelscombe. *Cousin of Governor Bennett.
1.2.1.1. ? Second-cousin of 1. Anne Bennett, mother of Theodorick Bland, who m. Margaret Mann; 2. Elizabeth Bennett, sister-in-law of Matilda Scarborough, who m. Lt. Col. John West.
1.2.1.1.1.?

*She was probably related to Nicholas Mann, one of 26 persons transported to the colonies by Justinian Cooper. Justinian Cooper patented 2,400 acres in Isle of Wight on 16 March 1642. (See B. 1, pt. II, p. 874, and C&P, Vol. 1, p. 142-143).

She was probably the dau. of Thomas Mann, who, with his wife Eliz., sold 150 acres on Blackwater River to Theophilus Joyner in exchange for 2,050 pounds of tobacco. The 150 acres was part of the above mentioned 300 acre grant to Thomas Mann dated 22 September 1682. The site was adjoining property owned by Wm. Mayo and Bridgeman Joyner. Wit: Wm. Mayo and Richard Booth. (Boddie, p. 594).

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THE REAL HARRIS

Some of the families St Olave, Hart Street, Southwark, London, originated in a West Country triangle. If you imagine this triangle to be 70 mls along its base, with two sides of 40 mls, and slightly tilted to the right, you have an area which encompasses Wivelscombe to the west (in Somerset), Glastonbury (in Somerset), Wimborne, and Blandforforum (in Dorset) to the east, and Wedmore (in Somerset) to the north. They were all connected by roads which passed through Taunton. It is far more accurate to consider people as neighbours of a region, rather than giving them county affiliations. People in this triangle would have all talked with a very distinctive West Country accent, and may have chatted over several tankards of Somerset cider in Taunton on Friday night.

One notable family of this region and of Isle of Wight Co., Virginia, were the Oliffes, recorded in a Chancery Suit (Cooper v. White, &c.,) of April 20, 1631. Ann Oliffe was the niece of John White gent, d. 1635 (of Oakeford Fitzpaine, Dorset; 6 mls from Blandforforum), and of William Willis of Pamphill, in Wimborne Minster, yeoman, d. 1636. She was the sister of Robert Oliffe, and stepdau. of Christopher Lawne of Blandforforum, who had married her mother, Susan.

Christopher Lawne and his step family were religious (Puritan) refugees in Amsterdam, where they would have attended the Ancient Church of Amsterdam. Edward Bennett (merchant of London) was an elder of this Church; he being the son of Robert Bennett, a tanner, of Wivelscombe, and Elizabeth Edney, baptised February 2, 1577.

Ann Oliffe’s second marriage was to Justinian Cooper. She had first married James Harrison. Ann Oliffe payed for her own adventure, and invested £40 with the Virginia Company.

Edward Bennett established a colony near that of Christopher Lawne.

The registers of Wivelscombe show that Richard Harris married Edward Bennett’s sister, b. March 5, 1567, on October 6, 1594. Richard would appear to be the son of William Harris and Dorothy West, who married on August 31, 1562, at Wivelscombe.

It is strongly suggested, however, that this Harris family resided at both Wivelscombe and Kingsbury Episcopi, near Glastonbury, some thirty miles distant, as the father of a John Harris, baptised at Wivelcombe, is recorded as being ‘of Glastonbury’. Such nearby, dual residency of families was common, and it may be noted that there was a Bennett family resident at Kingsbury Episcopi. The vastly intertwined nature of English kinship groups, which replicated themselves in colonial Virginia, were centuries in the making, and their threads of repeatedly intermarrying families can rarely be unpicked.

However, this may be a reasonable supposition:

1.
1.1. William Harris and Dorothy West, Aug. 31, 1562, at Wivelscombe.
1.1.1. Richard Harris, m. Elianor Bennett, sister of Edward Bennett, Oct. 6, 1594, at Wivelscombe. Their brother, Thomas Bennett, b. April 2, 1570, was the grandfather of Richard Bennett, Governor of the Virginia Assembly, 1652.
1.1.1.1. Thomas Harris, m. Judith Blake, November 20, 1623, at Wivelscombe.
1.2. … Harris, m. Agnes Ducke, March 16, 1561, at Kingsbury Episcopi.
1.2.1. …
1.2.1.1. Richard Harris, m. Thomasin Milton, May 13, 1622, at Kingsbury Episcopi
1.2.1.1.1. John Harris, bapt. Feb. 2, 1624, Wivelscombe, his father, Richard, be ing recorded as ‘of Glastonbury’.
1.2.1.2. John Harris, m. Anstes Pittard, Oct. 6, 1622, who was very likely related to Edith Pittard, who m. William Hodges, Sept. 30, 1634, at Kingsbury Episcopi. It is more likely than not that it was this John Harris who was ‘John Harris, Husbandman of Glastonbury, Somerset‘, whose Will was probated June 20, 1654 (PROB 11/242/423). He mentions a brother and sister (not named), his wife, Mary, who is to have all his goods and chattels during her lifetime, which are to pass to his only son, Thomas Harris, on her death. He makes a charitable bequest of £5 to his parish. His will is proved on the oath of his son, Thomas.
1.2.1.2.1. Thomas Harris, born c. 1623-5. It may have been this Thomas Harris, or the Thomas who m. Judith Blake, who was associated with Wells, juxta Glastonbury, along with Peter West and William Bodye (Cecily Chicke widow v James Clutterbooke, William Parker, Peter West, Thomas Harris, William Body and Thomas Rood: money matters, Somerset. 1650.  (Nat. Arch., ref. C 10/9/21 ). The Bodyes were a Glastonbury family, see PROB 11/243/40; Will of William Bodye of Glastonbury, Somerset, November 28, 1654. In 1677, Thomas Harris, d. 1688, in Virginia, witnessed a deed signed by William Boddie.
1.2. Anstis Harris, m. Robert Wolcott on September 8, 1569, at Wivelscombe.

Given that a large family of Blake resided at Wedmore, it may point to the Harris of that place, Kingsbury Episcopi, and Wivelscombe being regional kin.

Some of the Blake marriages recorded in the Wedmore registers (St Mary) may have significance to colonists of early Virginia:

Isabell Blake & Thomas Rainold 7 Feb 1594
Edeth Pytt & Richard Blake 4 Nov 1598
Grace Blake & Richard Adames 12 Nov 1601
Joanam Blake & Robertus Pope 6 Feb 1622
Margeriam Blake & Johannes Smith 11 Apr 1627
Joanam Champeney & Richardus Blake 29 Oct 1629

Wedmore was written about by E. Jackson, in ‘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.” 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’.

A small extract from the registers examplifies more than a thousand words of theory the ‘second-cousinship’ nature of English parishes:

Thomas Hobbes & Amisiam Cowncell 15 April 1564
Johannam Counsell & Gulielmus Frie 7 Jun 1602
Joannes Harris & Penelopie Millard 9 September 1611
Agnetam Millard & Thomas Webb 22 Feb 1611 Wedmore
Anne Hodges (da. of Captain Thomas Hodges), bapt. at Wedmore (Aug. 1612), m. George Lyte, of Leighterton, Glouc.
Mariam Kirby & William Counsell 27 Jan 1615
Georgius Harris & Joana Webb 28 April 1623
Graciam Stone & Richardus Haine 26 Nov 1627
Graciam Pitt & Johannes Haine 17 Jun 1633
Susannam Lancastle & Willielmus Hodges 5 Apr 1638 (surn. var. Lancaster, Lankester, Langcaster)
Joane Harris & Robert Lide 4 May 1652  (surn. var. Lyde, Lyd, Leyde, Lide, Layde, Lyte, Lite, Leyte).
Joane Thatcher & Richard Harris 14 Apr 1656 Barrow Gurney (7mls from Wedmore), residence of the Counsell family.
William Harris & Anstice Kerbey 20 June 1660
Robert Thatcher & Alice Webb 9 Aug 1660
Susannam Hayne & Guilielmus Counsell 30 Apr 1663
Joannam Tanner & Joannes Cousell 9 Jan 1666
Edvardus Harris 8 August 1624, father: Robti Harris
Johes Harris 5 December 1629, father: Roberti Harris
Benjaminus Harris 8 July 1638 father: Benjamini Harris, mother: Joannae

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

In the north chapel of Wedmore Church is part of a monument tothe Hodges family which incorporates brasses to Captain Thomas Hodges, who was killed at the siege of Antwerp in 1583, and his son George, who died in 1634: they were the son and grandson of the Thomas Hodges who bought the manor of Wedmore in 1577. The body of Captain Hodges was buried in Flanders, but his heart was sent to England for burial: the inscription on his brass concludes with theverse:- “Here lyes his wounded heart for whome one kingdom was too small a room; Two kingdoms therefore have thought good to part so stout a body and so brave a heart”.

The Councell and Hobbs family, as given, were intermarried from an early period, and were often at odds:

(Hobbs v Councell. Plaintiffs: John Hobbs. Defendants: William Councell. Subject: property in Barrow Gurney, Somerset Nat. Arch., ref. C 3/275/51, 1596-1616) This litigious relationship continued: Court of Chancery: Six Clerks Office: Pleadings, Series II, Elizabeth I to Interregnum. Councell v Counsell. Plaintiffs: Ruth Councell.Defendants: Thomas Hobbs and [unknown] Counsell. Place or subject: property in Tooley Street, Southwark, Surrey. C 7/83/109. 1688. The Church of St Olave was situated on Tooley Street.

The overwhelming likelihood is that Hodges Counsell, of Virginia, was a son of the Hodges and Counsell families associated with Wedmore.

As with the Bennetts, families of the ‘Harris Triangle’ were associated with St Olave, Southwark, and its thriving port, the gateway to European and ‘New World’ trade, to which the sons of provincial families flocked, establishing residence, and hoping for new found wealth. They would have become acquainted with the established merchants of this place, such as William Harris, evidenced here: ‘Peter Pope, notary public, in Rotterdam, Holland. That John Shepeard of Rotterdam appoints ‘his well beloved brother Wm Harris’ to receive ac/s from Wm. Underwood or James Williamson, merchants, living in Virginia, particularly for all goods delivered the said Williamson in the absence of (William) Underwood … late end of the year 1648′ (Beverly Fleet). William Harris married a sister of John Sheppard. (TNA,PROB 11/318/482, Will of John Shepheard, Grocer of Southwark, November 14, 1665).

This presents two parallel worlds of association; one is defined by the continuining intermarriages of families within their kinship group, as exampled in the Wedmore parish registers; the other by association purely through shared business interests. Thus, in colonial Virginia, it is difficult to seperate families of the same name which, though, not kin by descent or marriage, are joined by the DNA of trade, otherwise, in Virginia, known as tobacco.

A legion of early settler families resided in Southwark – Arnold, Bennett, England, Felton, Griffin, Holman, King, Newsam, Paine, Powell, Walton, Westraye, Woodward, Yeardley, to name but few – who were often intermarried. A conclusion is that there were different families of Harris in colonial Virginia which appear as one through sharing non-familial associations.

The Bennett family of Wivelscombe seem to be the familial link which may be used to identify the origins of a Harris family of Virginia.

The Bennetts:

1. Robert Bennett, m. Elizabeth Edney. His will, probated in Nov. 1603, lists a number of Children; others may beinferred from the christeningslisted in the parish registers. He had as many as 15 Children, some having the same name as earlier children who had died. Thomas Bennet, his eldest surviving son, was bapt. at Wiveliscombe on April 2, 1570. He was the sole executor of his father’s will in 1603. One of Thomas’s sons, Richard Bennet, bapt. Aug. 6, 1609, became Governor of Virginia.
1.1. Thomas Bennett. He was buried on September 26, 1616 at Wivelscombe Church. In the adjoining Parish of Milverton, three miles distant, a Thomas Bennett is recorded as marrying Anstie Tomson (Somerset marriages, vol. 13, p. 102).
1.1.1. Thomas Bennett, who was claimed in 1635 as a headright by his uncle, Governor Richard Bennett. This Thomas d. in 1642, in Lawnes Creek; marrying, secondly, bef. Oct. 10, 1624, Alice, ‘formerly the widow of one Pierce’, for at the General Court in October, 1624, ‘Elizabeth Pierce chose her father in law (stepfather), Thomas Bennett, as her guardian’ (V.M. 20, p. 155).
Alice (Pierce) Bennett lived in the vicinity of Lawne’s Creek, for on June 10, 1642 George Hardy received a grant of 300 acres upon the eastermost side of Lawne’s Creek adjacent to Alice Bennett. On June 19, 1642, John Stocker patented 200 acres adjoining Mr. Hardy’s land and the widow Bennett. She bought 150 acres from her neighbour, Justinian Cooper, on April 2, 1644, for a cow and a calf and a barrel of corn.

Justinian Cooper had previously patented 1050 acres in 1636 lying at the head of Lawne’s Creek. Alice Bennett, sometime after this purchase from Justinian Cooper, deeded the same to her granddaughters Sarah and Mary Jackson.

1.1.1.1. Alice Bennett (m. 2. Thomas Johnson), m. 1. John Hardy. Hardy, John: Leg. daughter Olive Driver, wife of Giles Driver; daughter Lucy Councill, wife of Hodges Councill; daughter Debora Hardy; daughter Olive Driver’s two children; daughter Lucy Councill’s three children; my wife’s grandchild John Johnson; son-in-law Robert Burnett; William Mayo. Wife Alice Extx. D. October 7, 1675. R. June 9, 1677. Wit: Richard Rennalds. Nugent, C&P vol. 1, p. 569: Mr. John Hardie (Sr.) 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, then S &C.Trans. Of 23 persons.
1.1.1.1.1. Lucy Counsell. ‘I give to my dau Lucy Councill the wife of Hodges Councill one tract of land on the Southeast of the said Branch or swamp that the former land is joyned unto, extending in its full bounds to the line of Wm. West’s and so running up the Pocoson to the said parcel of land. I do freely give and bequeath to her and to any of her heirs lawfully begotten of her body and to their hiers forever. W.B 2, p. 146

1.2. Elianor Bennett, m. Richard Harris, almost certainly the son of William Harris and Dorothy West.

As is evident, Harris of this family were varying degrees of cousin of those associated with both Thomas Harris, d. 1672, Edward Harris, d. 1677, John Harris, d. 1687, and Thomas Harris, d. 1688.

1.1.2. … Bennett, m. Richard Jackson, who patented 450 acres in Isle of Wight 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 June 19, 1666, he made a deed to land which belonged to his wife Mary whom he refers to as the ‘daughter of Richard Jackson, dec.’

George Hardy presented the will of Edward Harris, d. 1677.

1.1.2.2. Sarah Jackson, m. Col. Arthur Smith II.
1.1.3. Richard Bennett. He lived at Blackwater, in the vicinity of the plantations of Justinian Cooper and Francis England, of St Olave. 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 named Anne, who was Charles Barham’s sister (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 brother of Elizabeth Ridley, Charles Barham’s wife.

The wife mentioned in his Will was named Sarah, who subsequently married Robert Lancaster, whose will was probated in 1720. Sarah (Bennett) Lancaster’s Will was probated January 29, 1723. Richard Bennett, Sr., died in 1709. 15 years before his death he made a deed of land in Surry to Ann Bell, a married granddaughter.

Robert Lancaster’s son, Samuel, m. Elizabeth Harris, dau. of John Harris (d. 1687) and Unity Harris.

1.1.3.1. Susan Bennett, m. Daniel Lewis.
1.1.3.2. James Bennett, who is mentioned as ‘godson’ in the will of Joyce Cripps, wife of George Cripps and former wife of Francis England, April 8, 1679. As given, Justinian Cooper deeded land to James’ grandmother, Alice Bennett in 1644 and that Cooper’s land was adjacent to that of Francis England. England made his will the 13th of March 1677 as ‘Francis England of Blackwater’. ‘I, James Bennett, of Southwark Parish in the County of Surry, give to my son William Bennett plantation on which he now lives in part of a tract formerly bought of Charles Binns; to my son James 20 sh.; to my son John all my carpenters and coopers tools now in his possession. To daus. Anne, Martha, Mary and Sarah, personalty. To my daughter Bridget the use of my best house as much land as she can work. To my son Samuel the use of my plantation where he now lives. After death of Samuel and his wife without male issue I give plantation to my grandson, Thomas Bennett, son of William Bennett… Samuel to be exr’. Teste; Charles Binns, William Goodwyn, Wm. Batt, Wm. Clark. Probated Oct. 17, 1752. (Wills 3, p. 804).

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 brother of Margaret Hobbs, 1st wife of John Harris, son of Thomas Harris d. 1672 and 1st wife Eleanor George.

1.1.3.3. Richard Bennett. In 1699, he was given the plantation ‘bought of William Miles in 1656’ by his father, Richard, Sr. The name of Richard’s wife is unknown. He made his will in 1720, as follows, ‘I, Richard Bennett, of the Upper Parish of Isle of Wight, give to son Richard 200 acres of land where he now lives; to my son James the other 200 acres where he now lives, it being a conveyance of 400 acres taken out Mr. John Cofer’s patent of 1450 acres; to Jane Cofer and her two sons Robert and John Cofer, my plantation whereon I now live, it being part of the land which was bought of William Miles. Also to Jane Cofer a small trunk and a gold ring; to Richard Cofer my long gun. To Magdalen Cofer a great pewter dish and basin; to Frances Mangum my granddaughter a feather bed and furniture; to dau. Silvester, dishes and plates. Jane Cofer and William Allen, exrs. My trusty friends, John and James Carter to the overseers’. Deborah Portis, Widow of John Portis, appoints Richard Bennett, son of Richard Bennett, Sr. and Thomas Harris,* her attorneys. Wits: Francis Floyd, Thos. Wilson, Benj. Drewit. Rec. Nov 21, 1704. IOW B. 2, pp. 16-17.

*Thomas Harris, son of Thomas Harris d. 1688?

1.1.3.3.1. Richard Bennett, according to the Quit rents for Surry in 1704, he was holding 200 acres in that county. This may be the 200 acres on which he was living at the time of his father’s death. On May 23, 1744, John Langston of Surry deeded Robert Gray 200 acres on north side of Black Swamp in Surrey which he had purchased of Richard Bennett. Richard Bennett died intestate in Surry in 1735. Inventory of his estate was recorded in January 21, 1735. His personal property was appraised at 51 pounds by James Washington, Wm. Evans and Thomas Bell.
1.1.3.3.2. Ann Bennett (Bell). Ann Bell, lately Ann Bennett, a dau.of Richard Bennett, Jr., of the Upper Par. of IOW Co., was married to John Bell with the consent of her gr/father Richard Bennett, Sr.. Richard Bennett Sr. gives Ann Bell, his gr/dau., ‘for love and affection … four score acres in the Lower Par., of Surry Co., pt. of 630 ac. escheated to sd. Bennett, Sr., and b/b the W/S of Pocatnick Swamp, and the land of my son James Bennett. Sig: Richard Bennett Wits: John Bell, James Bennett, Joseph Ford. Rec. Sept 4, 1694. Surry B. 5, p. 17. Thomas Harris, 40 acs. Isle of Wight Co. At the head of one of the branches of Pagan Cr., bounded with his own land on N. E., Fran. Smith on S. W., Thomas Prichard on S. E. & John Davis on N. W. Trans. of Peter Bell. Rec. 14 Aug. 1652. C&P 1, p. 205. The Will of Captaine Henry Browne, prob. Surry co., Feb. 20 1739: ‘I forgive the following people debts they owe me – John Bynam, Edward Harris, Richard Bennet, John Bell’.

1.3. Edward Bennett, a wealthy London merchant, who lived in the parish of St Olave. He was Deputy-Governor of the British Merchants of Holland. On November 21, 1621, he obtained a patent for a plantation which was conditional on the settling of 200 immigrants. (See William and Mary Quarterly, Second Series, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Apr., 1933), pp. 117-130). In 1656, his nephew, Governor Bennett, was in England negotiating with Lord Baltimore, and made the following affidavit in the Admiralty Court in the case of Ewers against Watts, February 12, 1657; ‘I Richard Bennett, an inhabitant of Virginia but at present living in London, born at Wilscombe in the county of Somerset, aged 49 years or thereabouts’.
1.3.1. Sylvester Bennett bapt. Oct. 25, 1630 (St. Olave), m. there Major Nicholas Hill. They received 750 acs. in the Up. Par. of Is. of Wight Co., Sept. 30, 1664, ‘being the moiety of 1500 acs. appertayning unto the sd. Silvester & her sister, who were daughters and Coheires to Mr. Edward Bennett, decd. Beg. upon the top of a bank of James Riv. &c. & running to place called the Rocks. Part of devdt. of 1500 acs. granted to Richard Bennett, Esqr., assigned to Major Nicholas Hill as property belonging to Mary Bland & sd. Silvester, as by deed of partition dated 8 Apr. 1663 between Tho. Bland, Esqr. Atty of Thomas Bland & Mary (Bennett), his wife, & Major Nicholas Hill & Silvester, his wife’.

Sylvester Bennett’s stepfather was a ‘Mr. Spencer’, who, given the St Olave provenance of the Bennetts, may have been related to the William Spencer who m. Alice on June 23, 1622, at St Olave. In the muster of January 24 1624, William Spencer resided at James Island with his wife Alice and their daughter, Alice. Their two surviving daus. were Anne, wife of Captain William Cockerham, and Elizabeth, who m. 1. Major Robert Sheppard (bef. 1654) of James City; Thomas Warren, of Ripple Court, Kent. Major Robert Sheppard and Elizabeth Spencer had issue: Anne Shephard, who m. 1. Thomas Hart, 2. William Newsome. On June 22, 1635, Captain William Pierce patented 2000 acres upon Lawne’s Creek near the land of William Spencer. (C & P. p. 29).

A Newsom family of St Olave were members of the Scrvenors Company; they conveyed property, and negotiated loans on behalf of clients wishing to fund a business venture, or pay off debt.

Returning now to the Thomas Harris who m. Judith Blake, November 20, 1623, at Wivelscombe: It is suggested that the following Blake family were of this stock.

William Phillips dying intestate, also rep. by his relict, recorded 18 Jun 1681, Security George Bell, Thomas Blake. (Chapman, p. 152).

20 Oct 1691: Francis Nicholson granted to Maj. Arthur Allen 170 acres near Mr. Tooke, Capt. England, Thomas. Blake and Ed. Brantley (Boddie, p. 639).

9 Aug 1692: Arthur Allen of Lawnes Creek Par. sells to Robert Flake of Upper Par. 170 acres lying between Thomas Tooke, Capt. England,Thomas Blake and Edmund Brantley. (ibid. p. 607).

9 Jun 1702: Thomas Blake and Alice his wife sell to John Prime for 3000lb. tobo. 100 acres of land in I. of W. Co., part of a patent of 400 acres granted him 20 Oct 1670, adj. Thomas Tooke. Wit: Ar. Smith, John Brown. (ibid. p. 647).

10 Apr 1704: Deed of Thomas Blake of Upper Par., to son William Blake and Mary his wife, 100 acres in Upper Parish, Isle of Wight Co., VA, (Alice Blake signs dower) Wit: Thos. Tooke, John Smith. (ibid. p. 653). Nicholas Sessoms gave a similar tract to his daughter Mary Blake and son-in-law William Blake.These appear to have been marriage gifts.

April 27th 1701: Henry Baker deceased estate dated April 27th 1701. Witnesses: Robert Lancaster, Nicholas Sessoms, and Charles Savage. Sarah Baker Executrix of Estate. (Surry Co., VA, Wills and Administrations Book 5, p. 224)

To repeat: Richard Bennett’s first wife was named Anne, who was Charles Barham’s sister (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 brother of Elizabeth Ridley, Charles Barham’s wife.

As can be easily adduced, Richard Bennett (being the nephew of Elianor Bennett, who m. Richard Harris, and cousin of their son, Thomas Harris, who m. Judith Blake, November 20, 1623, they being grandson ans son of  William Harris and Dorothy West), is central to understanding thr roots of a particular Harris family of Virginia.

Richard Bennett was:

1. Brother of the wife of Richard Jackson, whose dau. m. George Hardy, presenter of the Will of Edward Harris, d. 1677.

2. Father of Richard Bennett, who, with Thomas Harris (son of Thomas Harris, d. 1688) was attorney of the Will of John Portis.

3. Uncle of Alice Bennett, wife of John Hardy; their dau., Lucy, being the wife of Hodges Counsell. John Hardy’s land adjoined that of Matthew Tomlin and william Westraye, also neighbours of Thomas Harris, d. 1688.

4. The Husband of Ann Barham, sister of Charles Barham, connected with Thomas Harris, d. 1672, and Thomas Tuke, with William Ridley’s Will.

It would be idle to speculate the exact nature of the relationship between these Harris, but it can be said without equivocation that it was evidenly a close one; for, to suggest otherwise, is to defy the laws of ‘genealogical gravitation’ that so bound English families to their close kinsfolk.

If the Harris myths of the past are cast aside, and the aim of descending from Harris (‘Captain’ and ‘Sergeant’) icons of early Virginia with it (these demonstrably dying without living male issue), then respect can be given to a yeoman class of Somerset settlers, who, in their farmhouse kitchen, dined on coarse bread, beef, lamb, and pork, washed down with homemade beer or cider, as they watched their daughters practice ‘country’ dances on the kitchen’s large stone floor. These were fiercely independent people, not tenants, who had their sons educated (sometimes their daughters), and who may have suscribed to the local newspaper. They were not descendants of Lords, but, knowing the value of the plough and hard work, were none the worse for that, I suggest.

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HODGES COUNSELL OF VIRGINIA

The Counsell and Hobbs families were intermarried from an early period (Hobbs v Councell. Plaintiffs: John Hobbs. Defendants: William Councell. Subject: property in Barrow Gurney, Somerset (Nat. Arch., ref. C 3/275/51, 1596-1616); with Thomas Hobbes marrying (15 April 1564) Amisiam Cowncell, at Wedmore, a residence of the Counsell family.

This litigious relationship continued: Court of Chancery: Six Clerks Office: Pleadings, Series II, Elizabeth I to Interregnum. Councell v Counsell. Plaintiffs: Ruth Councell.Defendants: Thomas Hobbs and [unknown] Counsell. Place or subject: property in Tooley Street, Southwark, Surrey. C 7/83/109. 1688. The Church of St Olave’s was situated on Tooley Street.

Court of Chancery: Six Clerks Office: Pleadings before 1714, Hamilton: Councell v Tibbott. Plaintiffs: William Councell. Defendants: Benjamin Tibbott and John Tibbott. Place or subject: property in Barrow Gurney, Somerset.  (Nat. Arch., ref. C 7/498/23. 1670). (Susanna Hobbes, 17 August 1630, Barrow Gurney, spouse William Tibbot). Court of Chancery: Six Clerks Office: Pleadings before 1714, Hamilton: Councell v Councell. Plaintiffs: George Councell. Defendants: John Councell. Place or subject: property in Wedmore, Somerset. (Nat. Arch., ref.  C 7/58/20. 1680).

Such families had tenurial connections:

Exchequer: King’s Remembrancer: Depositions taken by Commission James I: Sir Thos. Checke alias Chick, Knt., Wm. Long, Richd. Hobbs, Thos. Clarke, John Edgill, John Pool, John Whitting, Wm. Burg, and others, tenants of the manor of Moore (Somerset). v. Wm. Boulting, John Fry alias Urch, Simon Smeethes, Wm. Tutton, Wm. Councell, senr., Fras. Haggatt, Richd. Manyman, Wm. Phippin, Edwd. Webb, Richard Champion, John Wall, Thomas Haine, John Avock, Wm. Kelson, Walter Spencer, junr., Roger Spencer, Richd. Mulford, Thos. Millard, Edwd. Vowles alias Cooke, John Lancaster, John Kelson.: Manor of Moore. Meets and bounds. Customs of manor. Right of common. Touching also the customs of the manors of East Mark. Mudflie, Churchland, Huntspill, and Ethington.: Somerset. (E 134/20Jas1/Hil8. 1622).

Barrow Gurney deeds:

‘Richmans Tenement, Yeatmans Tenement, Brocks Tenement and Barrowstreet House; Lower Meade, North Close, West Close, 2 parcels in Further North Close, 6 parcels in great inclosure of Thos. Hort, 4 parcels in new inclosure of John Hobbes, 3 parcels in inclosure of Rich. Kinge, 3 parcels in Southfield upon the Marshe, 4 parcels at Longdowne, 1 parcel in inclosure of Thos. Hort of Backwell adj. Southfield, 6 parcels in Westfield, Hillclose, 5 parcels in Slade inclosure of John Gregory adj. Westfield, 5 parcels in inclosure of Francis James, esq. at the 4 Ashes in Westfield, 1a. in Puxhead of Wm. Steevens, 1a. in inclosure of Rich. Sage in Northfield, ½a. in inclosure of John Thomas in Northfield, ½a. in Northfield, 2 parcels in inclosure of Wm. Steevens, 7 parcels in Northmeades, parcel on Rudgwood, 1r. in Sidnam, 2 parcels in Eastfield in close of John Patch, 2 parcels in Longethornefield, parcels of 18a. belonging to Brockes Tenement, Poole Meades, 2 parcels in Westfield, 3 parcels in Northmeades, Lake, pasture and shoote for 20 oxen on Harcliffe Hill with common of pasture and fuel on Barrow Hill and the Bushe of Barrow, all in Barrow Gurney; bargain and sale by Wm. Hannam, Thos. Holbrooke, John Walter and Wm. Crosse to Thos. Hort and John Hasell. Moiety of great wood called the North Parke of 20a. in Barrow Gurney near the Ridings on E. part, bargain and sale in 1601 by Nich. Veel, Arthur Plaier and Thos. Blagden to Rich. son of Rich. Wilkes als. Wheeler of Bedminster. Messuage and lands called Pease Land, Pride near Northmeades, 1½a. near Dedill, 1a. in Southfield on E. of Waterslade, all late copyhold of Barrow Gurney manor; bargain and sale in 1601 by Hannam, Holbrooke, Walter and Crosse to John Horte the elder of Barrow, yeo. Messuage and 44a. land in [Barrow ?]; powers of attorney to deliver seisin to Rob. Cottrell of Long Ashton, gent.: Philip Langley of Mangotsfield, co. Glouc., to Thos. Harris and Edm. Parsons, and by Cottrell to Rich. Thomas als. Brooke to receive seizin. Youngs House, cottage, and 12a. called Shippen als. Shipton Closes, in Barrow; valuation of premises in 1637/8 at £100 by Sir Rich. Wiseman of Bristol, Bart., in respect of sale by Wm. Counsell of Barrow, yeo., to Francis Doddington. Manor of Barrow Gurney; messuage in Farleigh in Backwell, occupied by Rich. Arthure; messuage in Redcliffe St., Bristol, occupied by Thos. Wilde; messuage in Felton in Winford occupied by Wm. Batt; deed to lead uses of recovery in 1638 by John s. of Robt. Cottrell of Long Ashton, gent., to Rich. Mogge the younger of Welton, gent., and Thos. Harris of Barrow, yeo.' (Somerset Heritage Centre, ref. DD\GB/38. 1601-1638).

‘Capital messuage and lands in Dundry and Chew Magna, formerly occupied by John Cottrell grandfather of John Cottrell of Long Ashton; 3 messuages and lands in Dundry, occupied by Jas. Hasell; parcels of land in Barrow occupied by John Horte; 2a. woody ground in Barrow, occupied by Eliz. Griffin; 5 messuages and lands in Barrow, occupied by John Patch, Wm. Hobbes, Jos. Brock, John Thomas als. Brooke and Thos. Harris; 3 messuages’ and lands in Winford and Long Ashton, occupied by Wm. Sheppard and John Horte.  (Somerset Heritage Centre, ref. DD\GB/37. 1615).

Wedmore Deed:

‘Co’part Lease. Indenture. James Thatcher of Barrington, yeoman, to Joseph Counsell of Cocklake in parish of Wedmore, husbandman: in cons of marriage shortly to be solemnized between Counsell and Thatcher’s daughter Joane: Close of meadow called Southams, containing 5 acres, in Wedmore: bounded on E. by land of John Urch, and on W. by land of William Boultinge. With shrouds of all trees, hedge growes, underwoods and starved trees, without making any waste. Premises now in tenure of Boultinge, of Theale in parish of Wedmore. Term: 99 years from death of John Boultinge of Blackford in parish of Wedmore, gent. Rent: 3s. p.a. first payable at [Lady Day] or Michaelmas after John Boultinge’s death. Lessor’s right to repossess for 40 days’ arrears of rent. Signed: Joseph Counsell. Seal: merchants’ (Bristol Record Office, ref. 21789/5. 18 May 1681. This evidences a relationship between the Councell, Thatcher, and Harris families: ‘Joane Thatcher & Richard Harris, 14 Apr 1656, Barrow Gurney‘.

As will be shown more fully, out of the 300 or so families who lived at Wedmore, a significant number were kinfolk; members of an English kinship group, in which the same families intermarried over successive generations, evidenced by the following register entries a thousand fold more strongly than by attempting to explain the concept of such groups (who replicated their associational dynamics in Virginia) to people of our modern, isolated world.

Johannam Counsell & Gulielmus Frie 7 Jun 1602 Wedmore
Joannes Harris & Penelopie sic Pillard (Millard) 9 September 1611 Wedmore
Agnetam Millerd & Thomas Webb 22 Feb 1611/12 Wedmore
Anne Hodges (da. of Captain Thomas Hodges), bapt. at Wedmore (Aug. 1612), m. George Lyte, of Leighterton, Glouc.).
Mariam Kirby & William Counsell 27 Jan 1615 Wedmore
Georgius Harris & Joana Webb 28 April 1623 Wedmore
Graciam Stone & Richardus Haine 26 Nov 1627 Wedmore
Graciam Pitt & Johannes Haine 17 Jun 1633 Wedmore
Janam Cook & Thomas Haine 17 Apr 1634 Wedmore
Susannam Frye & Johannes Haine 5 Jun 1634 Wedmore
Susannam Lancastle & Willielmus Hodges 5 Apr 1638 Wedmore (surn. var. Lancaster, Lankester, Langcaster)
Janam Counsell & Johannes Langcastle 21 Oct 1647 Wedmore
Joane Harris & Robert Lide 4 May 1652 Wedmore (surn. var. Lyde, Lyd, Leyde, Lide, Layde, Lyte, Lite, Leyte).
Mary Harris & Thomas Haine 13 Oct 1655 Wedmore
Joane Thatcher & Richard Harris 14 Apr 1656 Barrow Gurney (7mls from Wedmore)
William Harris & Anstice Kerbey 20 June 1660 Wedmore
Robert Thatcher & Alice Webb 09 Aug 1660 Wedmore
Susannam Hayne & Guilielmus Counsell 30 Apr 1663 Wedmore
Joannam Tanner & Joannes Cousell 9 Jan 1666 Wedmore
(Grace Hanny (Haine) & John Harris 1608 Mells
John Harris & Mary Tomlin 9 November 1620 Mells (20 mls from Wedmore).

Wedmore is 16 miles (on the main road) from Charlton Mackrell Parish, where lived Thomas Lyte, whose  4th son was Captain William Light of St Kitts plantation in Henrico Co. Virginia, who transported many prominent families to Lancaster Co., including members of Washington family. The marriage of Joane Harris to Robert Lyte in 1652 may be significant to any Harris/Washington association in Virginia.

Weare, South Brent deeds: Mess. or ten. and 22a. land occupied by John Bray, mess. and ten. and 24a. land occupied by Wm. Clement, mess. or ten. and 36a. occ. by Dorothy Bulpaine, 11a. land occ. by John Parsons, mess. and ten. and 26a. land occ. by Wm. Hoder(?), 6½a. land occ. by Edw. Churchowse all in South Brent, 1a. land at Longland in Weare, mess. and ten. and 15a. land occ. by Thos. Brooke, 2a. land occ. by Hy. Symes, mess. and ten. and 40a. land occ. by Rich. Counsell, all in Wedmore, sold by co-heirs of Geo. Hodges* (d. 1655) to Wm. Prowse of Compton Bishop. (Somerset Heritage Centre, ref. DD\FD/10. 1665). *Esq.

Hodges v Lyte. Plaintiffs: Mary Hodges, and Jane Hodges (heirs of George Hodges). Defendants: George Lyte, Anne Lyte his wife, … Morgan, and others. Subject: rectory of Wedmore, Somerset. N.A, ref. C 5/23/121. 1655. Morgan v Horler. Plaintiffs: William Morgan, Barbara Morgan his wife, George Lyte and Anne Lyte his wife. Defendants: Jeremy Horler, Anne Horler, Mary Hodges and Jane Hodges. Subject: property in Wedmore. (N.A. ref. C 6/131/123 1655). 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).

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.” 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’.

W. Marston Acres F.R. Hist, A Brief History of Wedmore, 1954: From the Domesday Survey of 1086 it appears that a large part ofthe Isle of Wedmore had by that time divided into manors, these representing grants of land made by the Saxon kings apart from the manor of Wedmore which the kings had reserved for their own use until Edward the Confessor granted it to Bishop Giso for the church of Wells. The manors of Allerton (11 hides), Weare (6 hides), Alston Sutton in Weare (5 hides), Badgworth (2 hides) and Ternoc in Badgworth (1 hide) were all held by Walter de Douai as tenant-in-chief, and the small manorof Clewer (3 virgates) by the Bishop of Coutances, all these manors being let to sub-tenants. Mark, Blackford and Mudgley were then included in the manor of Wedmore; Panborough, consisting only of six acres of land and three arpents of vineyard, was in the possession of the Abbot of Glastonbury; and Bagley, with only half a virgate of arable in addition to meadows and woodland, was held by Roger de Courcelle.

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.

The manor of Mudgley was bought by Sir William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke, in 1553, but he sold it two years later, and the property changed hands frequently until 1609, when Richard Bridges sold the estate, consisting of 386 acres, with twelve tenements and four cottages,in five portions, to Nicholas Wykes of Wells, John Litheat of Mudgley, William Boulting of Wedmore, John Fry of Mudgley, and Richard Counsell of Mudgley.

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 publicity given to this matter may have led to the minister’s resignationfor in 1654 Jeremy Horler was appointed to succeed him. 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

Late in the 17th century the manor of Wedmore passed into new ownership after having been in the possession of the Hodges family forover a hundred years. George Hodges, who died in March 1655, had no male issue, but his widow, Ann, who shortly afterwards married Jeremy Horler, continued to occupy the manor-house until her death in 1684.The estate then passed to Jane, the younger of her two daughters by her first husband, who had become the wife of John Strachey of Sutton Court, near Bristol, in 1662, and before 1700 she had sold it to Sir Thomas Bridges of Keynsham.

In the north chapel of Wedmore Church is part of a monument tothe Hodges family which incorporates brasses to Captain Thomas Hodges, who was killed at the siege of Antwerp in 1583, and his son George, who died in 1634: they were the son and grandson of the Thomas Hodges who bought the manor of Wedmore in 1577. The body of Captain Hodges was buried in Flanders, but his heart was sent to England for burial: the inscription on his brass concludes with theverse:- “Here lyes his wounded heart for whome one kingdom was too small a room; Two kingdoms therefore have thought good to part so stout a body and so brave a heart”.

‘Georgius Hodges 17 June 1611 Wedmore, father: Georgii Hodges’: Wedmore, Weare, South Brent deeds: Mess. or ten. and 22a. land occupied by John Bray, mess. and ten. and 24a. land occupied by Wm. Clement, mess. or ten. and 36a. occ. by Dorothy Bulpaine, 11a. land occ. by John Parsons, mess. and ten. and 26a. land occ. by Wm. Holder, 6½a. land occ. by Edw. Churchowse all in South Brent, 1a. land at Longland in Weare, mess. and ten. and 15a. land occ. by Thos. Brooke, 2a. land occ. by Hy. Symes, mess. and ten. and 40a. land occ. by Rich. Counsell, all in Wedmore, sold by co-heirs of Geo. Hodges* (d. 1655) to Wm. Prowse of Compton Bishop. (Somerset Heritage Centre, ref. DD\FD/10. 1665).

Parish Registers

Thomas Hobbes 15 April 1564 & Amisiam Cowncell Wedmore (St Mary)
Mariam Grifin & Edmund Counsell 28 Apr 1579 Wedmore
Elenar Hayward & Georgius Counsell 20 May 1600 Wedmore
Johannam Counsell & Gulielmus Frie 7 Jun 1602 Wedmore
Aliciam Counsell & Thomas Huchens 14 Oct 1605 Wedmore
Agnetam Counsell & Robertus Coxe 4 Aug 1606 Wedmore
Margery Wykes & George Counsell 12 Jul 1607 Wedmore
Rachell Lovell & Joannes Counsell 14 Feb 1607 Wedmore
Elianor Counsell & John Genings 10 May 1610 Wedmore
Joan Knightingale & John Counsell 2 Jun 1613 Wedmore
Mariam Kirbye William Counsell 27 Jan 1615 Wedmore
Joannam Counsell & Philippus Laurence 20 Aug 1618 Wedmore
Joannam Counsell & Johannes Stokes 15 Oct 1621 Wedmore
Maude Mason & William Counsell 3 Oct 1622 Wedmore
Prudence Counsell & John Britten 29 Jan 1628 Wedmore
Mariam Smith & Richardus Counsell 12 Aug 1630 Wedmore
Alice Coles & William Counsell 25 May 1635 Wedmore
Christian Counsell Henry Poole 31 Oct 1636 Wedmore
Susannam Lancastle (Lancaster) & Willielmus Hodges 05 Apr 1638 Wedmore

Mariam Counsell & Willielmus Lovell 7 Nov 1639 Wedmore
Joannam Taylor & Richardus Counsell 12 Aug 1640 Wedmore
Elizabetham Hix & Richardus Counsell 12 Aug 1647 Wedmore
Janam Counsell & Johannes Lancastle 21 Oct 1647 Wedmore
Christian Counsell John Lancastle 8 Oct 1649 Wedmore
Jane Champney & Edward Counsell 1 Mar 1650 Wedmore
Isabell Counsell & George Look 10 May 1651 Wedmore
Anne Jefferies & John Counsell 10 Oct 1654 Wedmore
Margaret Joanes & John Counsell 14 May 1655 Wedmore
Susannam Hayne & Guilielmus Counsell 30 Apr 1663 Wedmore
Joannam Tanner & Joannes Counsell 9 Jan 1666 Wedmore
Bridget Counsell & Thomas Hodges 14 Apr 1707 Long Ashton (All Saints)

HODGES AND DUKE

PROB 11/97/80. Will of Thomas Hodges, Gentleman of Wedmore, Somerset. 6 Feb 1601.
PROB 11/208/751. Will of Thomas Hodges of Wedmore. 23 July 1649.

‘Giffard of Tiverton. — Roger Giffard, esq. (fourth son of Sir Roger Giffard, of Brightlegh, knight), married, first Audria, daughter of Sir Lewis Stukeley, of Affeton, knight, the relict of Yeo of Braunton, sans issue; secondly he married Agnes, daughter 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 Richord, daughter of John Prouz of Tiverton, the widow of Walrond, of the same, and had issue George; who married a daughter of Thomas Hodges, of Wedmore near Wells, Somerset, the relict of Lawrence Giffard, of Wellington in Somerset, and had issue, Roger, and Margaret married to Reskymer of Cornwall. Roger married a daughter of Roger Catford, of Petherton near Halberton’ (Thomas Westcote, A View of Devonshire in MDCXXX: With a Pedigree of Most of Its Gentry, p. 629, 1845).

‘Duke, of Poer-Hayes in Budleigh, of Ottery St. Mary, of Prinne, and of Otterton, esq.— Arms.— Per fess argent and azure, three chaplets counterchanged crescent. Richard Duke, of Poer-Hayes (son and heir of Cecily, daughter and heir of Robert Poer of Poer-Hayes), married and had issue Richard; who married and had issue Richard and Henry. Henry married Maud, daughter of Roger Whyte of Ottery St. Mary, and had issue Richard, John. Richard Duke, of Ottery St. Mary (sheriff of Devon 1565), married, first a daughter of John Frank of Yorkshire, issue Christian, married to George Brook, second son to George, Lord Cobham; secondly he married Joan, daughter to John Hobby of London, issue Richard, who died young.

John Duke, of Prinne (brother of Richard and second son of Henry of Ottery St. Mary), married, first Ellen, daughter of Thomas Widdleton, and had issue Gilbert, Richard, Thomas sans issue, Joan, Edith; secondly Agnes, daughter of John Grindal, of London, merchant, the relict of Parker of Lindon, Sprint, and Grast, and had issue Roger, Alexander, sans issue.

Richard Duke, of Otterton (second son and heir), married Katharine, daughter of George Prideaux, of Nutwell, sergeant-at-law, and had issue Richard, Robert, Martha (married to Hugh Chichester of Widworthy); Joan, (to Nicholas Stonehouse of Kent, Margaret, (to Nicholas Putt); secondly he married and had issue Humphrey, Thomas, Ann (married to Elias Bartlet, of Branscombs, Mary unmarried, Frances (wife to Philip Channon of Hayne in Ottery St. Mary); Elizabeth (to Humphrey Walrond); Philippa was married to Arthur Harris.

Richard Duke, of Otterton, son and heir, married Margaret, daughter of Sir Arthur Basset, of Heanton, knight, and hath issue Richard, Robert, Arthur, Humphrey, Basset, Thomas, John, Elizabeth, Frances. Richard, son and heir, married. Robert, second son of Richard, (on whom he settled his land, for that his eldest son, Richard, matched against his will and consent), married Sarah, daughter of Richard Reynell, of Creedy-Widger, sq., and hath issue Richard and Mary.

Robert Duke, second son of Richard, married Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Collins of Ottery St. Mary, and hath issue Robert, William, Grace’ (ibid. p. 560)

Parish Registers cont.

Georgius Hodges 17 June 1611 Wedmore, father: Georgii Hodges.
Anna Hodges August 1612 Wedmore father: Georgii Hodges
Jacobus Hodges 9 September 1613 Wedmore
Agatha Hodges 25 August 1614 Wedmore father: Georgii Hodges
Margareta Hodges 1 September 1615 Wedmore, father: Georgii Hodges
Elizabetha Hodges 19 November 1616 Wedmore father: Georgii Hodges
Barbara Hodges 20 November 1617 Wedmore father: Georgii
Sara Hodges 8 June 1634 Wedmore, father: Johis Hodges
Johes Hodges 22 May 1636 Wedmore, father: Johis Hodges mother: Alicia
Wm Hodges 5 April 1638 Wedmore, spouse: Susanam Langcastle (Lancaster)
Maria Hodges 3 June 1639 Wedmore, father: W’mi Hodges
Wm Hodges 22 January 1640 Wedmore, father: John Hodges mother: Gertruda
Wm Hodges 2 February 1640 Wedmore, father: Wm Hodges
Ric’S Hodges 15 January 1642 Wedmore, father: W’mi Hodges mother: Susana
Agatha Hodges 13 October 1644 Wedmore, death: 9 January 1657 father: Johannis Hodges mother: Gertrudae
Elizabetha Hodges 15 October 1645 Wedmore, father: Wmi Hodges mother:Susannae
Jacobus Hodges 18 July 1647 Wedmore, father: Willim Hodges mother: Susan
Margareta Hodges 11 September 1647 Wedmore, father: Johis Hodges mother: Gertrude
Johes Hodges 3 March 1649 Wedmore, father: Johes Hodges mother: Gertruda
Anne Hodges 11 May 1652 Wedmore, father William
Sara Hodges Andrew Richards 20 Jun 1653 Wedmore
Anne Hodges Jerimy Horler 7 May 1655 Wedmore
Elizabeth Hodges 2 June 1655 Wedmore father: Richard Hodges
James Hodges 7 December 1654 Wedmore, father: William Hodges
Anne Hodges 19 February 1656 Wedmore, father: Richard Hodges
Anne Hodges 27 February 1657, father: Richard Hodges
Jane Hodges 24 April 1659 Wedmore father: William Hodges
Joanna Hodges 14 October 1691 Barrow Gurney, spouse: Samuel Sharp

Joannes Lancascell 8 November 1562 Wedmore, father: Joannis Lancascell
Thomas Lancaster 31 May 1565 Wedmore, Wedmore, father: Richardi Lancaster
Agnes Lancaster 31 May 1565 Wedmore, father: Richardi Lancaster
Joannes Lancastle 24 October 1574 Wedmore, father: Richard Lancastle
Elizabetha Lancastle 14 May 1580 Wedmore father: Richardi Lancastle
Suzanna Lancastle 12 September 1600 Wedmore father: Richardi Lancastle
Gratia Lancastell 13 March 1603 Wedmore father: Richardi Lancastell
Joannes Lancastell 6 June 1605 Wedmore, spouse: Cicilia Meade
Richardus Lancastle 31 January 1607 Wedmore, father: Joannis Lancastle
Joannes Lancastell 29 November 1610 Wedmore, father: Joannis Lancastell
Thomas Lancastell 29 November 1610 Wedmore, father: Joannis Lancastell
symon Langcastle 25 December 1612 Wedmore, father: Johis Langcastle
Joana Langcastle 5 February 1614 Wedmore, Wedmore, Johis Langcastle
Willmus Langcastle 21 October 1616 Wedmore, spouse: Alicia Looke
Agneta Langcastle 1 March 1619 Wedmore, father: Willim Langcastle
Gracia Langcastle 21 January 1629 Wedmore, spouse: Edwedus Champenye
Agnetam Lancastle 16 November 1637 Wedmore, spouse: Francisc’S Smith
Susanam Langcastle 5 April 1638 Wedmore, spouse: Wm Hodges
Johannes Lancastle 4 June 1640 Wedmore father: Richardi Lancastle mother: Ellianorae
Ricus Lancastle 18 February 1644 Wedmore, father: Rici Lancastle mother: Ellianor
Gracia Langcastle 28 August 1647 Wedmore, father: Rici Langcastle mother: Hellina
Johes Langcastell 6 October 1649 Wedmore, spouse: Christiana Counsell
Richardus Lancastle 27 April 1637 Wedmore, spouse: Elianora Hayne
Johes Langcastle 21 October 1647 Wedmore, spouse: Janam Counsell
Johes Langcastell 6 October 1649 Wedmore, spouse: Christiana Counsell
Jana Langcastle 11 September 1650 Wedmore father: Johannis Langcastle mother: Christianae
Maria Lancastle 16 February 1664 Wedmore father: Joannis Lancastle
Richardus Lancastle 4 July 1680 Wedmore father: Johannis Lancastle

Agnes Hobbs 29 September 1569 Wedmore father: Gulielmus Hobbs
Thomas Hobbs 4 May 1609 Wedmore, spouse: Jana Browning
Joannes Hobbs 24 August 1609 Wedmore father: Thomas Hobbs
Thomas Hobbes 2 May 1611 Wedmore, father: Thomae Hobbes
William Hobbes 7 May 1612 Barrow Gurney spouse Elisabeth Everett
Richardus Hobs 31 October 1619 Wedmore, father: Thomae Hobs
Andrew Hobs 30 September 1621 Wedmore, father: Thomae Hobs
Susanna Hobbes 17 August 1630 Barrow Gurney, spouse William Tibbot
Johes Hobbs 18 October 1640 Wedmore, spouse Anne Hobbes
Penelope Hobbs 4 September 1642 Wedmore father: Johannis Hobbs mother: Janae
Johannes Hobbs 30 June 1644 Wedmore father: Johannis Hobbs mother: Janae
Rachell Hobbs 8 December 1646 Wedmore,father: Johis Hobbs mother Jana
Thomas Hobbes 6 September 1649 Wedmore, father: Johis Hobbes mother: Isabella
Gertrude Hobbs 3 February 1651 Wedmore father: John Hobbs mother: Jane
John Hobbes 3 June 1654 Wedmore father: Hugh Hobbes
Anne Hobbes 10 July 1654 Wedmore, father: Andrew Hobbes
Andrew Hobbes 1 March 1657 Wedmore, father: Andrew Hobbes
Thomas Hobbs 12 December 1659 Wedmore, spouse: Elizabeth Day

Joannes Harris 9 September 1611 Wedmore, spouse: Penelopie Millard
Thomas Harris March 1612 Barrow Gurney death: 12 June 1617 father: Thomas Harris
Johes Harris 13 December 1612 Wedmore, father: Johis Harris
Anne Harris 3 June 1616 Mells, spouse: William Clarke
Joanna Harris 15 December 1616 Wedmore father: Johannis
Susan Harris 6 February 1620 Wedmore father: Benjamin Harris
Elizabeth Harris 27 January 1620 Mells, spouse: George Hill
John Harris 9 November 1620 Mells, spouse: Mary Tomlin
Penelope Harris 1 November 1620 Wedmore father: Johannis
Radulphus Harris 18 November 1621 Wedmore, father: Benjamin Harris
Georgius Harris 28 April 1623 Wedmore, spouse: Joana Webb
Joanna Harris 4 October 1623 death: 9 September 1637 father: Benjamin Harris
Edvardus Harris 8 August 1624 Wedmore, father: Robti Harris
John Harris 27 Apr 1625 Barrow Gurney
Joane Harris 4 June 1627 Mells, spouse: Richard Williams
Johes Harris 5 December 1629 Wedmore, father: Roberti Harris
Editha Harris 13 March 1630 Wedmore, father: Benjamin Harris
William Harris Jun 1630 Barrow Gurney
Elizabetha Harris 23 August 1635 Wedmore, father: Benjamin Harris mother: Joanna
Benjaminus Harris 8 July 1638 Wedmore father: Benjamini Harris mother: Joannae
Cornelius Harris 11 October 1644 Wedmore father: Adriani Harris mother: Franciscae
Maria Harris 10 January 1647 17 January 1647 Wedmore father: Adryani Harris mother: Franciscae
Josephus Harris 6 November 1649 Wedmore, Somerset, England father: Adrianus Harris mother: Francisca
Penelope Harris 18 January 1650 Wedmore, spouse: Willmus Mead
Joane Harris 4 May 1652 Wedmore, spouse: Robt Lide
Elisabeth Harris 13 May 1652 Wedmore, Wedmore, father: Adryan Harris
Francis Harris 26 March 1655 Wedmore, father: Adrian Harris
Mary Harris & Thomas Haine 5 August 1655 Wedmore
Joane Thatcher & Richard Harris 14 Apr 1656 Barrow Gurney
Anstice Kerbey & William Harris 20 Jun 1660 Wedmore
Julian Harris 18 June 1659 Wedmore, spouse: George Evily (Everly)
Joane Harris 11 September 1660 Wedmore, spouse: Hugh Dunkerton

Aliciam Browning & Edwardus Webb 14 May 1601 Wedmore
Amy Marten & Joannes Webb 10 Nov 1610 Wedmore
Agnetam Millerd Thomas Webb 22 Feb 1611 Wedmore
Mariam Hayward & Thomas Webb 13 Jan 1617 Wedmore
Susannam Webb & Thomas Edes 3 Oct 1622 Wedmore
Joanam Webb & Georgius Harris 28 Apr 1623 Wedmore
Mariam Webb Richardus Coome 22 Sep 1625 Wedmore
Graciam Webb & Willielmus Teek 26 Oct 1625 Wedmore
Margaretam Webb & Thomas Lane 24 Apr 1626 Wedmore
Joannam Chalcroft & Georgius Webb 27 Apr 1626 Wedmore
Thomasin Heathe & Lewis Webb 6 Mar 1627 Wedmore
Aliciam Kirby & Johannes Sutton 13 Jan 1628 Wedmore (St Mary)
Margerie Jenings & Johannes Kirby 18 Apr 1631 Wedmore
Margerie James & Johannes Kirby 18 Apr 1631 Wedmore
Christabellam Napper & Johannes Webb 15 May 1646 Wedmore
Mariam Webb & Josephus Davies 9 Apr 1648 Wedmore
Elizabeth Fisher & Leonard Webb 16 Aug 1653 Wedmore
Joane Lane & John Webb 26 Sep 1653 Wedmore
Justin Webb & Edward Churchouse 21 Mar 1653 Wedmore
Bethsabe Vowles & Thomas Webb 9 Oct 1656 Wedmore
Robert Thatcher & Alice Webb 9 Aug 1660 Wedmore

Joannes Lancasle & Cicely Mead 6 Jun 1605 Wedmore
Richard Meade & Elinoram Mason 1 May 1606 Wedmore
Hester Meade & Richardus Millard 17 Nov 1625 Wedmore
Susannam Meade & Thomas Wodam 8 Nov 1632 Wedmore
Avis Lane & Robertus Meade 20 Nov 1635 Wedmore
Hesteram Bowle Robertus Meade 16 May 1644 Wedmore

Mariam Fenell & Humfridus Haine 23 Jan 1611 Wedmore
Issabellam Haine & Leonardus Winscombe 27 Aug 1612 Wedmore
Joanam Britten & Edvardus Haine 6 Oct 1614 Wedmore
Doritheam Haine & Jacobus Lane 13 Jan 1616 Wedmore
Aliciam & Haine & Arthur Stokes 2 Aug 1619 Wedmore
Issabellam Haine & Johannes Whorton 15 Oct 1623 Wedmore
Graciam Stone & Richardus Haine 26 Nov 1627 Wedmore
Graciam Pitt & Johannes Haine 17 Jun 1633 Wedmore
Janam Cooke & Thomas Haine 17 Apr 1634 Wedmore
Susannam Frye & J ohannes Haine 5 Jun 1634 Wedmore
Mary Harris & Thomas Haine 13 Oct 1655 Wedmore

Joannam Lide & Edwardus Lawrence 27 Nov 1628 Wedmore
Joane Harris & Robert Lide 4 May 1652 Wedmore

These are preliminary notes.

The Counsell and Hobbs families of Wedmore were in dispute over property in St Olave’s, Southwark, which may have led to members of their kinship group being established there. It can be noted that Richard, son of Thomas and Ellen Lancaster, was born 23 July 1657 in St Olave’s, and his brother, John, on 1 Jan 1660. This parish was also the residence of Hardie, Westraye and Johnson families; the latter of which were transportees to Virginia of people connected to St Olave’s (as I will show in a later post); the former family is tenurially associated with the Thomas Harris who d. in 1688 in Virginia (whose family was linked to Hodges Counsell). A Hobbs family intermarried into the family of Thomas Harris who d. in 1672 in Virginia. These Harris may have been father and son, or uncle and nephew.

A Lancaster family were linked to John and Unity Harris of Virginia. Was John the brother of Thomas, d. 1672?

There is much work to be done; documents to be consulted, and registers to be examined.

There probably need to be a disambiguation between Harris families of Southwark and those of Wedmore.

The link to the Duke family and to Arthur Harris of Hayne is of interest.

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BASSANO, LANIER, HARRIS
 
1. Anthony Bassano (Bassan, Bassani), m. Elena de Nasi, da. of Benedetto de Nasi.
1.1. Edward Bassano (1551-1615), m. Alice Austin, Jan. 13, 1583. PROB 11/139/42: Will of Edward Bassano of Hoxton, London, Middlesex. 20 May 1622.
1.1.1. Daniel Bassano. He acquired extensive holdings in Sussex: ‘Bargain and sale enrolled and covenant to levy a fine for £900. Thomas Stanley of West Peckham in Kent, esq and William Stanley of the Middle Temple, gent, to Richard Shepharde of Peasmarsh, esq. 120a of land in Peasmarsh, occupied by Francis Sampson, yeoman, under a former lease to George Sampson TS and his wife Mary and WS and his wife Ann to levy a fine to RS. Acknowledged before John Page, master in chancery, and enrolled by Edward Cantrell’ (DUN 30/10. 10 Feb 1648).
1.1.1.1. Noel Bassano.
1.1.1.1.1. Noel Bassano, witnessed the Will of Thomas Grendon. He here refers to his nephew, … Painter, ‘the lost sheepe being now found or rather taken  must be speedily disposed of or else he will certainly come to the gallows … after noe little trouble we have at last disposed of my Brother Painter’s untoward sonn, he is consigned to a verry Eminent Merchant in Virginia’ (Mr. Grendon). With account of moneys disbursed, including repayment of money stolen. D-X464/3/9. 8 Aug. 1682. Noel Bassano had Shropshire associations through his family’s intermarriage to the Whittons, and theirs to the Lutrells (and theirs to the Holland/Cocke/Harris/Langford families): Bassano v Whitton. Plaintiffs: Noel Bassano. Defendants: Edward Whitton. Subject: money matters, Middlesex. C 6/72/12. 1677. Many of the Bassanos were interred in Church of England parish churches, St Leonard, Shoreditch, as an example, but, although they may have attended Protestant services, this had been a camouflage: Nowell Bassano was confirmed a trustee of the first Synagogue on Creechurch Lane on 28 Jan. 1686. (Peter D Matthews, Shakespeare Exhumed: The Bassano Chronicles, 2013).
1.1.1.1.1.1. Noel Bassano, m. Katherine Oast (LML). Nowell Bassano, b. Dec. 14, 1676, London. West v Buck. Plaintiffs: Thomas West, silk dyer of St Paul Covent Garden, Middlesex. Defendants: William Buck, gent, Nowell Bassano and Katherine Bassano his wife. C 11/983/36. 1720.
1.2. Arthur Bassano, m. Margaret, see  PROB 11/144/134: Will of Arthur Bassano, Gentleman of All Hallows Barking, City of London. September 13, 1624.
1.2.1. Camela Bassano, m. ‘Henry Whitton of Lamberhvrst’.
1.2.2. Anthony Bassano, m. Dorothy Hinde, da. of John Hinde, Salter, of London. Calendar of Wills in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1657-1660. Bassano, Anthony, gent., All Hallowes Staining, 1658. Inherited the lands of his wife’s father, including a house at Mark Lane and freehold and copyhold land at Walthamstow. Of Mark Lane in the Parish of All Saints Barking, London, Gentleman Organist to Kings James VI. and Charles I. Mentioned in the Wills of his father, dated July 14, 1623, and son John, 1654 (signed pedigree in 1633).
1.2.2.1. John Bassano, bapt. Nov. 6, 1608., obit. 1653, m. (1) (April 1, 1635) Anne Lloyd. PCC Will proved Sept. 27, 1655. ‘Bassano, John, gent., Walthamstow, Essex’. Dec. 2, 1651. Holywell (Hoxton) documents, held at Lincolnshire Archives: Grant of the residue of a term of 1000 years of lands mentioned in Holywell 54/20. John Balguy to Edward Harington, linen-draper and John Bassano of Walthamstow. Seal. July 11, 1653, ibid.: Declaration that they are trustees in an indenture bargain and sale of sheep-walks in Aunby and Essendine made by Robert Harrington of Leytonstone to John Balguy of Stamford Esq. John Bassano of Leytonstone, county Essex, Edward Harington of London, linen-draper. Seals.
1.2.2.1.1. John Bassano, b. April 26, 1636, All Hallows, m. Bridget … ‘June 26 Edward Kinaston, of S’ Alban’s, Wood Street, London, Salter, Bach. , ab’ 35, & Bridget Bassano, of Walthamstow, Essex, Widow, ab’ 30; at S’ Martin’s in Pields’. LML 1672.
1.2.2.1.2. Dorothie Bassano, m. (1662) ‘Thomas Harris, of S’ Leonard, East Cheap (Shoreditch), Salter, Widr, ab’ 26 (b. 1636), & Dorothy Bessana, of S’ Lawrence Jury, Spr, ab’ 19, her parents dead; consent of eldest brother John Bezana her guardian; at S’ Mary le Bow, London. Mar 28 Feb. 1662'.
1.2.2.1.3. Frances Bassano, m. John Tucker. ‘Tucker, John, of Clifford’s Inn, Middlesex, gent., 24, and Frances Bassano, spinster, 18, her parents dead, and she living with her brother, John Bassano, of Walthamstow, Essex, gent., who consents. Dec. 2, 1669’ (LML). Tucker v Bassano. Plaintiffs: John Tucker and Frances Tucker his wife. Defendants: John Bassano, John Searle, Peter Lloyd, John Hicks and others. Subject: lands in personal estate of the deceased John Bassano, of Walthamstow, and Stratford, Essex. C 6/289/20. 1671.
1.2.2.1.4. Anne Bassano, m. … Hicks. Searle v Hicks. Plaintiffs: John Searle and Peter Lloyd. Defendants: John Hicks, Anne Hicks his wife and John Herris. Subject: lands and personal estate of the deceased John Bassano, in Bacton, Suffolk, and Walthamstow, Essex. C 6/288/86. 1673.
1.2.2.1.4. Thomas, William, Andrew.
1.2.2.2. Jane Bassano, m. Oliver Lowe. Whether related to Thomas Lowe is unknown: ‘Elizabeth Harris & Thomas Lowe 15 Nov. 1596’ (S’ Leonard, East Cheap).
1.2.2.3. Margaret Bassano, m. Robert Seymour.
1.2.2.4. Anne Bassano, m. Henry Dove, mercer, Of London.
1.2.2.5. Elizabeth Bassano, m. … Elliot.
1.2.2.6. Joan, Allen, Athur, Daniel, William, Richard, Henry. Quit claim: Henry Bassano of Ditchling, gent. and Anne Borrer, widow of Ditchling to Edward Harreden of Ditchling, innholder, all claim in messuage late Perkinses. HOW/86/16. Oct 1667.
1.3. Lucretia Bassano, m. Nicholas Lanier, obit. May 31, 1610, East Greenwich, Kent, m. (Feb. 14, 1570, All Hallows, Barking, London, Lucretia Bassano.
1.3.1. Clement Lanier, obit. 1661, m. 1627 (Kent) Hannah Collett. He was bur. in St. Alphage’s, Greenwich, Kent.
1.3.1.1. John Lanier, b. Oct. 1631 in Lewisham, d. in Prince George Co, VA , m. Lucrece …
1.3.1.1.1. John Lanier Jr., obit 1719, Prince George Co, VA., m. (1) (1677) Katherine Sampson in Charles City County; (2) Sarah Edmunds. Nicholas Spenser to Peter Wycke & John Leneare 1482 acres 3 rood & 24 poles of land lying et being in the Co. of Charles Citty, & in the pish of Westover & on thee S side of James Riv. being due by & for the transportacon of 30 psons into this Collony whose names (inc.) Margt. Proktor Tho.Bagwell, Jone Bagwel, Wm. Waydor, Walter Collins, Betty Bulmer, Jon. Weaver, Wm. Gill, Bryan Smith, Jon. Lumpton, Jon. Pasmore, Mary Pasmore, Tho. Jent, Tho. Jennings, Alex. Maly, Oliver Symonds, Walter Chiles, Hen. Justen. Jon. Shorney. Jon. Shand, Sarah Cole, Wm. Haywood, Ellen Hayward, Jon. Kendal, James Hows, Xpher. Br., Jon. Gibson, Jon. Matham … at a Crnr. … w. oake, belonging to John Harris land’ (VPB 7, p. 339, 20 November 1683). (John Harris 250 acr. Charles City county, Wayenoke Par. S. side James River, 16 April 1683, p. 246. Beg, by the Otter Dams main SW.; transp. 5 persons: Hugh Carter, Thomas Holder, Robt. Barnes, Robert Huet, Edmond Taylor). ‘In The Name of God, Amen. I John Lanier in the County of Prince George, being verry weak and ailling in Body, but in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God therefore, it is appointed for all men once to dye. I do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say, principally and first of all, I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of God that gave it and for my Body, I commend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian Like and Decent manner, to the Discretion of my Executor nothing Doubting but at the general resurrection, I shall receive the same again, by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless in this Life, I give Devise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First. I give to my son Robert Lanier one shilling. 2’ly. I give to my son John Lanier one shilling. 3’ly. I give to my son Sampson Lanier twelve shillings. 4’ly. I give to Daughter Sarah Brewer one cow or heifer of three years old. 5’ly. Witnessed by Henry Peebles, neighbour at Otterdams.
1.3.1.1.1.1. Sampson Lanier Sr., b. 1682, Charles City, obit. May 5, 1743, Brunswick County, VA., m. Elizabeth Washington, da. of Richard Washington.
1.3.1.1.1.1.1. Sampson Lanier, obit. Sept. 2, 1757, Brunswick County, m. Elizabeth Chamberlain
1.3.1.1.1.1.1.1. Rebecca Lanier, b. Dec. 16, 1744 , d. Jul. 1818 in Green County, Georgia, m. Walton Harris, b. February 6, 1739, d. Jul. 20, 1809 in Green, GA.
1.3.1.1.1.1.1.2. Burwell Lanier, d. 1812 Anson Co., N.C.
1.3.1.1.1.1.1.2. Buckner Lanier, d. 1811, Sussex Co.; m. 2. (1783), Rebecca, wid. of Arthur Williamson.
1.3.1.1.1.2. John Lanier, m. Elizabeth Bird.
(1. William Bird and Hannah Grendon, da. Col. Thomas Grendon.
1.1. Thomas was in possession of his father’s grist mill, 1674-5, left three daughters, as shown by a March 4, 1728 deed from Elizabeth Lanier (wife of John Lanier) which conveyed to Richard Jones and his wife Tabitha, ‘daughter of Thomas Bird, who by his will dated January 21, 1680, devised land to his three daughters, Mary, now deceased, and Elizabeth and Tabitha, 300 acres on the South Branch of Upper Chippokes Creek, Surry County, VA.
1.1.1. Elizabeth Bird, m. John Lanier.
1.1.1.1. Bird Thomas Lanier, he was appointed by Brunswick Co. court to serve as overseer for a new road to Shining Creek. He was made Constable. On 1/2/1737 got a land warrant for 312 acres on south side of Great Creek in Brunswick Co.; sold this land in 1739.
1.1.1.1.1. Lemuel Lanier, m. Sarah Hardy.
1.1.1.1.2. Bird Lanier, m. Sarah Oast.

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