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Amos Garris was born Aug 1638 in Garryson, Yorkshire, England317, and died 1684 in Jackson, Northampton, North Carolina, USA317.

 Includes NotesNotes for Amos Garris:
This is compiled by:
Dr. Charles Howard Garris
351 Coach Lamp Lane
Houston, Texas 77060
In this as in any Family Tree there are errors. We wish for you to send me any corrections you find.
I want to thank contributors to this effort from all over the United States.
Emma Lee Garris Jarvis with Athelene Garris wrote a great book of the Nehemiah Garris I family of Greenville-Littlefield, Pitt, North Carolina.
The surname Garris is first recorded in England in 1204 by Nicholas de Gerdiston, page 131 of Dr. Reany's British Surnames. Nicholas came from Parish of Garriston in the North Riding of County Yorkshire, England, a riding being one of the four divisions or ridings of Yorkshire County.

The surname was originally preceded by "de", French for " of" or "from" which was the language of England in 1204. The surname means a person who came from Garriston (ton-town). Garris means Gerard. Ger (spear, leader0 ard(powerful). Powerful leader. Name brought over to England by the Anglo-Norman. The town means "Gerard's town". Hence Garris is an an ancestral address as it identifies where a person came from. Garris is believed to be associated with the English meaning "One who prided themselves for others". "Advisor to a King", "A Mighty Warrior".

By 1300 A.D. French suffixes like "de" were dropped and the name became Garris. The "ton" also was dropped. People were only called after their former place of residence after they had left it, so one would onlly by chance find Garris families in Garriston itself. The town or rather Parish was near York. In York in 1400 there were 22 Garriston, Garrishs, Garrish, Gerish, Gerrish, Garrison, Garson, and Garris families found recorded in the Guila (trade) lists of York. They were working as glovers, printers, jewelers, saddlers, etc.

Our Garris ancestor in America prior to 1654 is in the book of Cavaliers and Pioneers, and abstract of Virginia land patents and grants, 1623 to 1800 by Nell Marion Nugent, Vol I, 1934 page 233. In the second column of page 233 under the section Richard Jacob, it lists Amos Garryson. This is Amos Garris, the name Garryson was spelled by the way it sounded. We are often called Garrison, Garrett. In 1686 we find that Amos Garris died and left a will in Northampton County, Virginia.

He came in 1652 to Northampton, Virginia. The pensula across Chesapeake Bay. From there he went to Southampton County Virginia on the border with North Carolina and Northampton County NC. Bought 300 acres partly in Virginia and mostly in North Carolina between Jackson and Roanoke Rapids, NC. around Margarettsville, NC.

Richard Jacobs paid the way over for Amos Garris, James Matts, James Tuck, Joan Bene-,and Sarah

They came by ship from London, England to Virginia looking for a better life. Some were looking for riches, others for freedom. They came from all walks of life. Many were owners in the Virginia Company, some came as indentured servants, and some came to get out of jail. Many were well educated and wealthy, but were unprepared for the rigors of life in the New World. Life was hard.

On December 20, 1606 the first fleet of ships left London for Virginia. They arrived on May 14, 1607 in Virginia. On June 22, 1607 the ship Newport left for England for supplies and returned to Jamestown, Virginia on January 1608 with supplies and about 100 new settlers. Only 38 survivors of the original settlers were found. The ship Newport returned to London for a 2nd load of supplies and returned to Virginia in October 1608. The ship returned to London in late 1608 with a cargo of pitch, tar, glasse, frankincense, and soap ashes among other things. On May 23, 1609 a second charter of the Virginia Company was issued replacing the council with a governor who had absolute control. August 11, 1609 Sir George Sommers arrived with 6 ships. The Sea Venture wrecked on Bermuda with 200-300 men women and children on board. On September 10, 1609 Captain John Smith returned to England. The winter of 1609-1610 Jamestown again suffered another disaster. This time became known as the starving time. Desperate colonists ate doggies, catts, ratts, and myce many simply lost the will to live. By spring of 1610 all but 60 of the town of 500 settlers had died.

They came to the Massachusetts Bay area from England in 1630 leat by John Winthrop. This group of settlers were known as the Puritans. They grew in numbers from about 1000 to 10,000 in 10 years.

They continued to come. First from western Europe, then eastern Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and from all over the world. They came for economic, freedom, adventure and some were brought over against their will.

Descendants of John, Amos IV, say James Matts was his master and taught him blacksmithing as well as other skills.
He was freed in 1666 after serving 14 years.
The usual occupations of Garris are ministers, musicians, composers, writers, teachers, politicians, farmers, nursing. Garris means Mighty Warrior, Advisor to a King and one who takes pride in doing for others.Psalms 31:23 states that God loves a Proud Doer.

Prior to Yorkshire, England the Garris go back to the Netherlands, France, the Castle at Gariga, Spain in 400 A.D. , Prussia-the founding province of Hapsburgs Germany, Israel-Josephus-who lived A.D. 39-106 wrote of the village of Garis near the Greek colony of Sephorus in 67 A.D., then I found a Nicholas Garis who immgrated from Greece to Kansas City, Kansas in 1920. The Greeks were descended from Noah, Japheth, Madai-Medes, Macedonians, Greeks. There are Garris in almost every country including Italy, Turkey, Ireland where there is a City of Garris about 30 miles east of Dublin. William The Conqueror was of the house of York in Netherlands and in conquering England at Hastings in 1066 founded York. Shire means county. so Yorkshire. Garris being mighty warriors and Advisors to the King were awarded a vice kingship in Garris, Ireland, hence the city of Garris, Ireland. There is a John Garris who immigrated from Germany to Pennsylvania in 1900 and there were a lot of earlier Garris descendants who moved to Chester county near Philadelphia, Pa as well as near Pittsburg in western Pennsylvania.

More About Amos Garris:
Date born 2: Abt. 1634, Northampton, Virginia.318
Died 2: Unknown

Children of Amos Garris are:
  1. +Richard Garris, b. 1681, Northampton, Virginia, USA319, d. 19 Apr 1751, Northampton, Virginia320.
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