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Descendants of Sir William Harris


Generation No. 2


2. JOHN4 HARRIS (SIR WILLIAM3, ARTHUR2, WILLIAM1) (Source: Russell B. Patch, 1439 18th Ave., Columbus, GA 31901 (1972), A Genealogical History on the Harris Family, self published 1972.) was born 1588 in Crixith, in Essex, England (Source: Robert E. Harris, From Essex England To The Sunny Southern U.S.A. A Harris Family Journey, (Genealogy Press, Atlanta, Georgia, 1994), 3.), and died Bef. 10/14/1638 in Charles City County, Virginia (Source: (1) Robert E. Harris, From Essex England To The Sunny Southern U.S.A. A Harris Family Journey, (Genealogy Press, Atlanta, Georgia, 1994), 3., (2) Colonial Papers, 113, Land transaction 10/14/1638 mentions "John Baker and wife, Dorothy, daughter of the deceased Sergeant John Harris."). He married DOROTHY COLCOTT OF HOUSE OF LYMBRY (Source: Virginia Historical Magazine, Vol. 25, p. 343.) in England (Source: (1) Colonial, 20., (2) Robert E. Harris, From Essex England To The Sunny Southern U.S.A. A Harris Family Journey, (Genealogy Press, Atlanta, Georgia, 1994), 3.), daughter of EDWARD OF THE HOUSE OF LYMBRY. She died in Charles City County, Virginia.

Notes for J
OHN HARRIS:
In the beginning, there was Creeksea. Or was it Crixseth? how about Crixey?

Robert E. Harris on page 1 of his book has this to say about JOHN HARRIS' birthplace:

"The very old village of Cricksea (or Creeksea) exists today on this peninsula [on the north bank of the River Crouch, 40-50 miles NE of London] in Essex County. Creeksea is located about 2 miles west of Burnham-on-the-Crouch and about 18 miles inland from the North Sea. Anciently called "Danes Island," this area was inhabited largely by Norman families after the conquest in 1066. (From THE HISTORY OF AN ENGLISH VILLAGE--CRICKSEA--by Donald A. Rooke, who also quoted English historians, Morant and John Norden.)"

Same page, he continues:

"Creeksea Place, the home of Sir William Harris, is located in the Village of Creeksea. The name of this village and estate has been spelled in various ways through the centuries, including Crixseth, A saxon expression meaning Creek of the Sea. We call it, simply, Creeksea."

Harris goes on to explain more about the ancestral home and the history of the Virginia Company's various charters and the Harris/Smythe et al involvement with the latter.

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From Russell Patch: John "may have returned to England to claim his legacy of 400 L given him by his brother William who died in 1622. The designation of "gentleman" in the Parish Register in 1624 would indicate that he was entitled to a court of arms. All these circumstances [Mr. Patch had already listed several other facts] tend to show that he was very probably the fourth son of Sir William Harris of Crixe, Essex."

"That John Harris was a member of the Virginia Company is proven by the fact that while he was in London, Sir Peter Courteen wrote him from Holland about some of the Virginia Company's business. Cal. S.P. Col. Series, Vol. 1675/6: ' 4 July 1624, Sir Peter Courteen to John Harris. About the sale of Va. tbclo. Thanks him for his pains taken in the Va. Business. Tobacco of Va. will now yield no price, the marketshare overlaid.' ' Memo 10 July 1624. I wrote to Sir Peter to remit to me here in safety.'

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OHN HARRIS:
Census: 2/16/1622-23, Charles City County, West & Shirley Hundred; "Since this census was taken in the dead of winter,... we presume that this family arrived in the colony from England at least as early as the preceeding year, 1622." (Source: (1) Robert E. Harris, From Essex England To The Sunny Southern U.S.A. A Harris Family Journey, (Genealogy Press, Atlanta, Georgia, 1994), 3., (2) Colonial Papers., (3) Calendar of State Papers, Colonial series, (London, 1860-1969.), 65., (4) Russell B. Patch, 1439 18th Ave., Columbus, GA 31901 (1972), A Genealogical History on the Harris Family, self published 1972.)
Immigration: Bef. 2/16/1622-23, Member of 3rd Va. Charter; subscriber for 37 L, 10 s (Source: Brown, Alexander, 1843-1906., The Genesis of the United States, (London, W. Heinemann, 1890.).)
Legislator: Bet. 1627 - 1630, Represented Shirley Hundred in VA House of Burgesses (Source: (1) Robert E. Harris, From Essex England To The Sunny Southern U.S.A. A Harris Family Journey, (Genealogy Press, Atlanta, Georgia, 1994), 4., (2) Burgess Journals.)
Planted land 1: 4/1635, 700 acres in Long Field (Source: Robert E. Harris, From Essex England To The Sunny Southern U.S.A. A Harris Family Journey, (Genealogy Press, Atlanta, Georgia, 1994), 4.)
Planted land 2: 1626, 200 acres in Charles City County (Source: (1) Robert E. Harris, From Essex England To The Sunny Southern U.S.A. A Harris Family Journey, (Genealogy Press, Atlanta, Georgia, 1994), 4., (2) John Camden Hotten, The Original Lists of Persons of Quality, etc., (New York, Empire State Book Co. [n.d.]), V. 12, p. 268.)

Notes for D
OROTHY COLCOTT OF HOUSE OF LYMBRY:
"John married Dorothy Calcott in England. Dorothy received an inheritance from one of her relatives, George Calcott. Perhaps, George was her father." Robt. E. Harris, p. 3

From St. Dunston parish registers in Stepney, London, May 1, 1624: "John, sonne of John Harris of Virginia, gent, and Dorothy, his wife, borne in the House of Edward Lymbry of Lyme House, mariner, the same day baptized..."
New England Gen. Reg., Vol. 46, p. 146-148; cited by Russell Patch

From this, some genealogists have assumed that Dorothy was the one borne in the house of Edward Lymbry; others, that the baby John was born there, but still connect Dorothy to the "house of Lymbry."

More About D
OROTHY COLCOTT OF HOUSE OF LYMBRY:
Inheritance: land from George Calcott (Source: (1) Robert E. Harris, From Essex England To The Sunny Southern U.S.A. A Harris Family Journey, (Genealogy Press, Atlanta, Georgia, 1994), 3., (2) Colonial Papers, 113.)
     
Children of J
OHN HARRIS and DOROTHY LYMBRY are:
3. i.   THOMAS5 HARRIS, b. 1614, England; d. 1672, Isle of Wight County, Virginia.
4. ii.   DOROTHY HARRIS, b. 1619, England; d. 1684.
  iii.   JOHN HARRIS (Source: Robert E. Harris, From Essex England To The Sunny Southern U.S.A. A Harris Family Journey, (Genealogy Press, Atlanta, Georgia, 1994), 9.), b. 5/1/1624, London, England (Source: Robert E. Harris, From Essex England To The Sunny Southern U.S.A. A Harris Family Journey, (Genealogy Press, Atlanta, Georgia, 1994), 4.); d. Aft. 1/1/1663-64 (Source: Charles City Record 1664-1665, 487.).
  iv.   ROBERT HARRIS (Source: Russell B. Patch, 1439 18th Ave., Columbus, GA 31901 (1972), A Genealogical History on the Harris Family, self published 1972.).
  Notes for ROBERT HARRIS:
Some genealogists question whether Robert was born to this John and Dorothy. .



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