[Bolling5] .George Alves, Thomas Harris
eperry4616 at aol.com
eperry4616 at aol.com
Thu Oct 27 19:04:52 EDT 2011
Belva, who is on this list, is a Group 8 Harris researcher. The following is posted on Harris GenForum.
A number of children have been given for Major William Harris but his will clearly shows that he only had three sons – Thomas, William and Edward. It appears reasonable to assume that Major William Harris was married twice since Thomas was apparently somewhat older than William and Edward.
The following Will of Maj. William Harris was posted on another message board by Janice Mauldin Castleman in 1999 - From "Capt. Thomas Harris 1586-1658 Immigrant 1611 A Rough Manuscript" by W. Lee Harris (Dallas Library, no copyright)
"PERSONAL WILL OF MAJOR WILLIAM HARRIS
Not knowing what the Lord hath ordained or at what time He may take me out of this life, I do settle my estate of lands, as follows:---
I give and bequeath TO MY SON THOMAS HARRIS ALL MY LAND BELOW THE WARE and keep the Ware run as his bounds till it shall come to ye spring at ye head, and then to follow ye Bottome on ye lower side of the clearing of John Rabon to the Hundred Road Path and then a straight course, or road, to the land of Colonel Peter Ashbrook, but, in no case, to cross Pocket's Path.
TO MY YOUNGER SONS, WILLIAM AND EDWARD HARRIS, I give the rest of my dividend, William the plantation where I now live, and Edward to have ye land next to Ashbrook but William to extend outward one hundred yards beyond the clearing of John Rabon, on the path called Pocket's Path, and thence on a straight course to ye Red Water.
MY YOUNGEST SONS (WILLIAM & EDWARD) TO LIVE WITH THEIR MOTHER TILL THE AGE OF SIXTEEN if she marry, but if not till the age of nineteen years.
My will is that MY WIFE, ALICE, live on the plantation during her life, but to not hinder my son William at the head of ye Ware, if he come to himself.
I desire my friends, Mr. Thomas Cocke and Mr. William Randolph, to see that this, my Will, is performed.
In witness of every part hereof, I put my hand, on this the first day of February, 1678.
(signed) William Harris
Signed in Presence of:
Proved in Henrico Co., VA Court, the 20th day of April 1678
WILL OF THOMAS HARRIS
(Henrico Co. Will & Deed Bk. 1677-1792, p. 90 In the name of God, Amen, I, THOMAS HARRIS, being very ill and sicke and very weake, make this my last Will and Testament, being in sound mind and perfect memory. First I bequeath my soul to God who gave it, & my body to the earth from whence it came. I give and bequeath UNTO MY SISTER-IN-LAW, LOUE HARRIS, MY LAND AT YE WARE, ACCORDING TO THE BOUNDS SETT IN MY FATHER’S WILL, to her and her heirs forever and give her as much power of the afores’d land as I myself had in my lifetime. I give and bequeath UNTO MY COZEN, RICHARD LYGON, all my horses, mares or folds y’t can be found or to be said or proved to be mine to him and his heirs forever, they not being given by my Grandfather into the hands of the overseers for the true and honest p’formance of this my last will. I have hereunto sett my hand and seale In the years of our Lord God, February the 10th, Anno 1678-9. Thomas Harris.
Teste: ALICE (X) HARRIS, Mary (X) Lygon, Junr. - : Richard Lygon.
Proved in Henrico County Court the 2nd day of June, 1679, by the oath of Mrs. Mary Lygon, the younger.
Tste: Wm. Randolph, Cl. Cur. And recorded , per W. Rid p’h.
Note that Thomas leaves his land “at ye Ware” to his sister-in-law Loue Harris. The identity of Loue remains a mystery. It might be possible that Maj. Wm. Harris had a son, unknown to us, who left a widow. Her name has been variously shown as “Luce,” as “Love,” and Weisiger, in his abstract of the will, shows her as “Core” Harris. She is not found in the records after this and it is assumed she died as the land he left her “escheated to His Majesty” and was later conveyed from William Byrd to William Harris, Jr., brother of Thomas Harris.
After the death of Major William Harris, his widow Alice remarried to George Alves. It seems certain that Alice was mother of William Harris, Jr. and Edward Harris for in his will, Major William Harris stated that: "MY YOUNGEST SONS (WILLIAM & EDWARD) TO LIVE WITH THEIR MOTHER TILL THE AGE OF SIXTEEN." The following abstracts further show that William Harris, Jr. was son of Alice, that the widow Alice remarried to George Alves, and that Edward Harris was the youngest son of Maj. William and Alice Harris:
>From book: HENRICO COUNTY, VIRGINIA DEEDS 1677-1705, by Benjamin B. Weisiger III.
(Henrico Co., VA Rec. Bk. No. 2, 1678-1693, p 137) [Henrico Ct. Feb. 1682/83] The Complaint of GEORGE ALVIS AGST MR RICHARD LYGON COMMENCING AN ORPHN OF MAJR WILLM HARRIS DECD (BY NAME WILLIAM HARRIS) is referred until the next Court and then the sd Mr Lygon is to appear and bring the Indenture betwixt him and the orphn to the court, and there Exibitt it in the p’sents of the sd Orphn
(Henrico Co., VA Rec. Bk.. #2, 1678-1695, p.139) [Henrico Ct., April 2, 1683] In the suite of GEORGE ALVIS AS MARRYING ALICE THE RELICT OF MAJR WITT [SIC] HARRIS DECD (CONCERNING WILLIAM HARRIS AN ORPHN OF THE SD DECD) AGST MR. RICHD LYGON, the sd Alvis declaring that he doth not use his endeavour for educating and maintining the sd Orphn according to the Indenture, wch Indenture being exhibited and the orphn present, and the Court thereupon concerning the allegacons aforesd not true, it is ordered that the orphn served his time, and that Mr. Lygon perform his part of the sd Indenture.
(Henrico Co., VA Will & Deed Bk. 1688-1697, p. 646) William Byrd of Charles City Co., for a tract of 225 accres assured to me by WILLIAM HARRIS, SON OF MAJ. WILLIAM HARRIS, late of Henrico Co., dec’d, make over TO EDWARD HARRIS, SON OF SAID MAJ. WM HARRIS, AND YOUNGEST BROTHER OF SAID WILLIAM ABOVE, all my right in a tract on south side of James River near a place CALLED THE WARE, which Maj. Harris died seized of, and since escheated, except land I have already conveyed and except 225 acres since conveyed to me by William Harris 1 Oct. 1692.
2 Aug. 1697
Signed: William Byrd – Rec: 1 Aug. 1697.
The following deeds leave no doubt that Thomas Harris, son of Major William Harris, was deceased before 1692, thus could not be the Thomas Harris who died 1729/30. Note also the property “The Ware” involved below is mentioned in the will of Thomas Harris who d. 1679.
>From book: HENRICO COUNTY, VIRGINIA DEEDS 1677-1705, by Benjamin B. Weisiger III
(Henrico Co., VA Will & Deed Bk. 1799-1697, p. 346) William Byrd of Henrico Co., Esq. for 220 acres of land CONVEYED TO ME BY WILLIAM HARRIS, SON OF MAJ. WILLIAM HARRIS, DEC’D, being land on south side of James River at place called “The Ware,” given by will of dec’d, to his son William, grants to said William Harris, LAND BELOW THE WARE RUN, WHICH SAID MAJ. WM. HARRIS, DEC’D, DIED SEIZED OF AND IS PART GIVEN TO HIS SON THOMAS HARRIS (ALSO DEC’D), bounded by the river, Joseph Tanner, dec’d, and land sold by Maj. Harris to Peter Ashbrook, 250 acres. 1 Oct. 1692
/s/ William Byrd
Wit: Wm. Soane, George Alves Rec. 1 Oct. 1692
(Henrico Co., VA Deed & Will Bk. 1688-1697, p. 347) WILLIAM HARRIS, SON OF MAJ. WILLIAM HARRIS, DEC’D., for a tract of 250 acres, now conveyed to me by Hon. William Byrd, Esq., being that tract on south side of James River CALLED “THE WARE,” GIVE BY MAJ. HARRIS TO HIS SON THOMAS HARRIS, DEC’D, and since escheated to His Majesty, sells to said Byrd a tract also on south side of James River, PART OF A TRACT MAJ. HARRIS DIED SEIZED OF ON WARE RUN, 225 ACRES, 1 Oct. 1692.
/s/ William Harris
Wit: Wm. Soane, George Alves
Rec: 1 Oct. 1692
(Henrico Co., VA Will & Deed Bk. 1799-1697, p. 505) 31 July 1694. WILLIAM HARRIS, SON OF MAJ. WILLIAM HARRIS, dec’d, now of St. Peters Parish, New Kent Co., carpenter, to Sarah Knibb, widow, of County & Parish of Henrico, for £51/10, land on south side of James River, BELOW A RUN CALLED THE WARE; BEING PART OF LAND MAJ. HARRIS DIED SEIZED OF, AND WAS PART GIVEN BY HIS WILL TO HIS SON THOMAS HARRIS, ALSO DEC’D, bounded by the river, land of Joseph Tanner, dec’d, Peter Ashbrook, road from The Falls to the Hundred, 250 acres, which land lately escheated to His Majesty and was conveyed by Hon. William Byrd to above William Harris. 1 Oct. 1692.
/s/ William Harris
Wit: George Alves, All. Clerke
Mary Harris, wife of William Harris, appoints Allanson Clerk her attorney to relinquish her dower right in above land. 28 July 1694
Wit: George Alves, Alice (A) Alves
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the BollingResearch