Harris Family of Essex, England, and Virginia
Arthur Harris b abt 1473, of Essex, England. He md Joan Percy abt 1495, daughter of Sir Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, and Maud Herbert.
Child of Arthur Harris and Joan Percy was:
William Harris b abt 1498, of Pritwell, Essex, England, d 1556. He md  Joan Smythe abt 1525,  Joanna Cooke, and  Anne Rutter. Joan Smythe was b abt 1504.
Child of William Harris and Jane Semer was:
William Harris, immigrant, ch 1596, Willingale Doe, Essex, England. He md (prob) Ellen
Burrows abt 1625, daughter of Anthony Burrows. She was b abt 1605.
Child of William Harris and Ellen Burrows was:
Maj. Robert Harris, b abt 1640, of New Kent, VA, d 1701, New Kent, VA. He md Elizabeth (Mary) Claiborne [a] abt 1666, dau of Col. William Claiborne and Elizabeth Boteler.
Children of William Harris and Temperance Overton were:
Maj. Robert Harris [b] b abt 1696, Hanover, VA, d bef 8 Aug 1765, Albemarle, VA. He md Mourning Glenn 13 Jan 1720, daughter of James Glenn and Mourning Winn. She was b abt 1702, New Kent, VA, d 8 May 1775, Albemarle, VA.
The connection of Major Robert Harris, as son of William Harris is based upon the research of William L. Deyo (former President of the Virginia Genealogical Society), published in his three-part booklet The Family and Ancestry of William Dabney of Virginia and His Two Wives, Jane Quarles and Anna Harris, Additions and Corrections, and Latest Findings on the Harris Family. Through research and analysis of the records in England and Virginia, and using the Harris research of J. McFarland Williams as a springboard, he presents compelling evidence, based upon the intricate familial interconnections of the Harris family with the Boteler/Butler and other families, both in England and in Virginia. He also mentions that in following the latest research on the Harrises, that he found misinterpretation of the records in England, which he verified by obtaining the wills of every Harris individual shown in the above lineage preceding Major Robert Harris. William Harris, shown here as father of Major Robert Harris, was "servant" to Col. William Claiborne, in this case such descriptive title being actually "apprentice". Tradition has long stated that Major Robert Harris married the daughter of Col. Claiborne, and only recently has it been acknowledged that Claiborne did indeed have a second daughter. She is called Mary according to tradition, but Mr. Deyo states that similarly to William Overton's wife (called Mary in some records but Elizabeth in the will of her mother), her name was Elizabeth, and that Mary was her christening name and the one she chose to use. The compelling interconnections and familial relationships are far too complex to address here, and the author invites any who are interested in Mr. Deyo's research to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
a. The following record is offered as proof that Col. William Claiborne had more than one daughter.
b. Born in Hanover County, Virginia, Maj. Robert Harris was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from Hanover County in the assembly of 1736-40, and in the session of 6 May 1742. In the session of 4 Sep 1744, William Meriwether represented Hanover in place of Robert Harris, who had accepted the place of surveyor of Louisa County, where he settled in 1742. He also served as Justice of the Peace for Louisa County in 1742. He later removed to Albemarle County, where his will was recorded in 1765.
WLD; Virginia Genealogies and Biographies, Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Burgesses and Other Prominent Persons, Volume I, p 252; Southern Genealogies, Historical Southern Families, Volume XIX, Harris of Hanover County, p 107-108; William Deyo.
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