THE HARRIS FAMILY OF EAST SUSSEX AND VIRGINIA

It has been a difficult task to trace the ancestors of a particular English family of Harris which established itself in colonial Virginia. To do so, it has been necessary to trace many of the families associated with them in Virginia to their common ancestral home in Sussex, England. I feel that this has been done to such a satisfactory degree that the ancestry of this Harris family is now established beyond question.

Various Harris families, those of Captain Thomas Harris, and Thomas Harris, d. 1688, in Virginia, are not related, as once thought. They do share one common element - they were not from Essex. The old assumption of a common Harris origin from Crixse  is debunked. The entire Crixse concept was built on an assumption of a close attachment to the Smythe family of Virginia (which was a distant one), allied to a 'ready made' Harris pedigree given by such as Mr. Burke, and an attractive assumption of a direct (female) link to the Percy family - at best, tenuous. That is, however good the research into the Harris of Crixse, it had no relevance to Virginia. There is no evidence of 'continuation of associations' between them and the various Harris families of Virginia.

A basic premise of genealogical research of early English settlers of Virginia is that they were part of a kinship system that aided such settlement. In one sense, Virginia was not predominantly colonised by individuals, but by 'collectives' - English kinship groups. Such groups protected and enhanced their members interests by promoting marriages within them, with marriages between very close degrees of cousins being frequent, leading to many lineages terminating through lack of a male heir. It was a very intricate and many layered web, with two families of second-cousins often intermarrying within the families of each others in-laws; blood-ties being strengthened by non-consanguineous ones. It was such 'social' groups that dominated the colonisation of large areas of seventeenth-century Virginia. They were of the 'deed-making' class of the lesser gentry; not able to break the monopoly of power held by their richer confederates, but rich enough to finance overseas emigration of family members, who would intermarry in Virginia with those from their English kinship circle. Essentially, these people were English in a foreign land, and maintained English ways of arranging marriages. Obviously, chance encounters led to some marriages if an advantage was to be had, but they were mostly the province of those of a lesser social standing, who embarked to the 'New World' seeking to escape from the tyranny of the hierarchial English class system. Many English pedigrees ascribed to Virginian families are taken from the pages of Burke's genealogical tomes, too understandably enough, in that such pedigrees often commenced (falsely) with a 'companion of the Conqueror', or included some other grandee. The ascribed pedigree shows no English correlation to families intermarried with in Virginia, thus are most likely to be false.

Overiding this basic model of social enterprise was the relationship of families to the dominant family or families within their group. Powerful families provided the economic 'umbrella' under which families operated. Around such families as the Coverts, Gorings, and Pelhams  orbited an array of lesser families, including that of Harris, from which were the Virginians, Thomas Harris, d. 1688, and Thomas Harris, d. 1672, who were of the same stock - small landowners in the East Sussex iron ore region, some of whom also established themselves in trade in London. Thomas Harris,  d. 1688,  was an haberdasher of East Cheap, London, as his father, and most definitely not the son of the iconic 'Sergeant Harris', who had no recorded male heirs, but, nevertheless, is attractive to 'pedigree makers'.

The birth, marriage, and death records quoted within are extracted from the records of Ditchling Church, and St. Leoanards, Shoreditch, London. I apologise for the several false trails I have previously suggested.

The continued association of the Harris family with the family of Goring, and with Mayfield, suggests a connection to Henry de Baydenne of Mayfield, s.l. 1357; his name in the vernacular being Harry, from which Thomas Harry, noted in a deed of 1356 concerning 'Retherfield' (5 mls from Mayfield) may have taken his name, of which he is the first noted in the Sussex Feet of Fines.

Sir Godfrey Waleys III. On his brother's death, without issue, Sir Godfrey, on October 13, 1303, rendered homage to the archbishop for 3 knights fees at Glynde, Buxted, Thanington and Lossenham. It is probable that Sir Godfrey's sons (John Waleys, his heir, William Waleys, Thomas Waleys, and Godfrey Waleys) were children of his first marriage with the dau. of Sir Henry Tregoz and Margaret Goring.

The first-known lord of Glynde was Richard Waleys I, who was holding four knights fees of the Archbishop of Canterbury at Glynde and Buxted in Sussex, Thanington and Lossenham in Kent according to a late twelfth century list of knights of the archbishop. Waleys (Walensis) was a common name meaning 'of Wales', but this may have little exact meaning, and could have referred to a Norman who had Welsh maternal descent, or simply held land in Wales. Richard's father may have been the Robert Waleys who witnessed a notification to the barons of Kent in 1161-8, paid 40s. with Ralph, the clerk, for the lands of his brother William to the Sheriff of Kent in 1163-4, and owned land in Little Horsted in c. 1170. The first mention of Richard Waleys I. is on the Sussex portion of the Pipe Roll, 1178-9, for the payment of 10 marks for his right to I fee in Thanington, Kent.

Between 1318-22, Sir Godfrey Waley's son, William Waleys, is thus recorded: 'William Waleys v. William son of William Waleys; a messuage and 50 acres in Maghefeld; to William Waleys to hold for life by render of a rose at Nativity of St. John Baptist, with reversion to William son of William and his heirs' ('Sussex Fines: 11-15 Edward II', An abstract of Feet of Fines for the County of Sussex: vol. 3: 1308-1509 (1916), pp. 34-52). The younger William is recorded as Willo de Bayndenne in the 1332 Subsiduary Roll for Mayfield, wherein his father is also recorded. It would seem that his son was Henry (Harry) de Bayndenne, recorded here being enfeoffed of his uncle, Sir John de Waleys: 'Demise from (a) John le Waleys, kt., to (b) Henry (Harry) de Bayndenne and w. Alice' (June 12, 1340). Henry de Bayndenne appears in deeds until 1357.

(The family of Tresgoz took its name from Trégots, near St. Lo in the Department of Manche in Normandy (Anglo-Norman Families, Harl. Soc. ciii., 106). William de Tresgoz in 1130 held land in Essex and Norfolk (Pipe R. 31 Hen. I ., 60. 95), and was then farming the estates of William Peverel of London (ibid. 135). Contemporary with William was Robert de Tresgoz who gave land at St. Croix (Calvados) to the Abbey of St. Stephen at Caen when, shortly before his death, he became a monk there; this gift was among those confirmed to the Abbey by Henry II. in 1156 (Cal. Doc. France, 160). John de Tresgoz and Philip de Tresgoz established the Sussex branch of the family. They occur together on February 2, 1158, as witnesses of a charter by which William, Earl of Arundel, gave the church of Ansleville in Normandy to the Abbey of Montebourg (Cal. Doc. France, 315). In 1168, they are jointly said to owe 3½ marks scutage for 3½ knights’ fees in Sussex (Pipe Roll 14 Hen. II. (P.R.S., 195).

Another possible origin of this Harris family may have been that of Tresgoz; this account detailing their intermarriage with the Waleys. The point here is that their succession proceeded along a line of Henrys (Harrys); and it is possible that the Harris family stemmed from one of their younger sons. Specifically, the Tresgoz family came from the canton Tessy-sur-Vire, commune Troisgots or Troisgoths, a name suggestive of Ansfroy the Dane, known as le Goth or le Goz. The ancestor of the Tresgoz of this account, Robert de Tresgoz, married Sibilla de Ewyas, descendant of Raoul de Mantes, son of Dreux Comte de Mantes and his wife Godgifu of England. Florence of Worcester calls Raoul the 'son of King Edward's sister').

Sussex Feet of Fines. The majority of places mentioned are within 5-10 mls of Mayfield.. They were at the centre of the Sussex iron ore industry, from which such as the Gorings derived their wealth. A clear line of succession can not be adduced, but it seems certain that Richard Harris, haberdasher,  as follows, was of this stock.

(1356) Thomas Harry v. John Sewale and Joan his wife; a messuage, 30 acres of land, 6 acres of wood, 10 acres of marsh and 8d. rent in Retherfeld; to Thomas for 100 marks. (File 64. No. 33.) (1379) John Harry v. John Frensshe and Isabel his wife and John Holesford and Alice his wife; a messuage, 19 acres of land, 1 acre of meadow in Ryngmere; to John Harry. (File 74. No. 7.) (1382) John Harry v. John Bradyn and Joan his wife; 7 acres of meadow in Ryngemere; to John Harry (File 74. No. 34). (1397) Nicholas Mallyng v. John Harry and Alice his wife; a messuage, 35 acres of land, 5 acres of meadow, 2s. 2d. rent in Ryngemere; to John and Alice for life, to hold by render of a rose at Midsummer, reversion to Nicholas and his heirs (File 79. No. 1). (1398) William Harry v. William Hope and Isabel his wife; a messuage in Saleherst; to William Harry (File 79. No. 16). Salehurst is a parish, in the union of Ticehurst.. Part of the parish boundary forms part of the county boundary with neighbour Hawkhurst, Kent The civil parish is Salehurst and Robertsbridge.1400. Robert Harry, witness to a deed concerning land near that of Richard Peris  in Seaford. 1 piece of land lying near the market place in Seaford, abutting E. on the residence (placeam) built by Walter Launcelonoye, W. on a piece of ground of Richard Peris,  S. on the highway. 3a. meadow in the marsh of Seaford. (1410) Thomas Oxenbregge v. Stephen Harry and Joan his wife; a messuage, 34 acres of land, 2 acres of meadow, 35 acres of pasture, 20 acres of wood, 34 acres of heath in Pesemerssh;  to Thomas (File 82. No. 13). 1438.  Grant by John Gotle, esq, and John atte Bertone, John Greneford the elder, John Perys and John Harry to John atte Broke of Northiam for all time at 12d annual rent Two parcels of heath land in Northiam ... John Perys and John Harry acquired from the feoffees of Henry Gotele. 1463. Feoffment by Robert Wevere of Brede to Robert Harry and Thomas Andrewe of Brede. Lands and tenements in the fee and parish of Brede which Robert Wevere recently inherited from John Wevere deceased, his brother. 1471-1472. Fragment of a grant (Arch. of Roberts Family of Ticehurst). William a Wyke of Brede to Robert Oxenbregge ... and except (the lands which he and) Thomas a Wyke had by the feoffment of John Harry of Brede, deceased. 1527. Robert Harris sen., mentioned in a deed as dec'd, concerning land in Seaford called Perry(s).  Robert Harris Jr.

1. Richard Harris, haberdasher,  connected with land called 'John Harry's land', m. Joan Fuller. She was undoubdtedly of this family: (1471) Conveyance. Robert Braban of Salehurst, Robert Kent, James atte Forde Robert Funtyner of Hawkhurst and John Fuller son of Richard Fuller of Salehurst ... The upper part (32a) of Kingesland (60a) in Salehurst. (1492) Feoffment. Thomas Mascall of Salehurst to Thomas Oxenbregge of Brede, esq, John Shoeswell, Edward Horden and William Braban. A piece of land in Salehurst called Swantwysell in Salehurst (N: highway from Hurst Green (Herst) to Swiftsden; S: land late Thomas Etchingham, kt; E: Laurence Harmere's land; W: land of Belherst), Robert Fuller attorney to deliver seisin. The aforementioned deeds strongly suggest a familial connection between the families of Harris, Perys (FitzPiers) and Oxenbregge.

1.1. Robert Harris, Master in Chancery, M.P. Steyning,  obit. 1588. Bernard Randolph Esq., b. Ticehurst , Aug. 7, 1500, m., 20 Feb 1548, (1) Joan Fuller, relict of ... Harrys, haberdasher, of London, by whom she had issue, Robert Harris. Bernard Randolph had issue by Joan Fuller, John Randolph, who m. (1570) Isabella Lunsford; her Will, made May 27 Eliz; proved October 7, 1585, mentions 'Robert Harrys, Launcelott Bathurste, William Kempton, and William Rowe executors of my late father in law Barnard Randolphe deceased'. Isabella's br., John Lunsford, m. Anne Apsley; their son, Thomas Lunsford, m. (1) Katherine Fludd, March 7, 1598, in Greenwich, St. Alphage, Kent, son of Sir Thomas Lunsford and Barbara Lewknor. Katherine Fludd was the aunt of Colonel John Fludd,  b. 1603 in Chichester, Sussex, died 1661 in Surry Co. Virginia. He m. (2) Fortune Jordan, dau. of Arthur Jordan.

1.2. Rowland Harris,  m. 'Katherine Alline, widdowe' , Nov. 24, 1563. He had at least one son - Robert Harris, bapt. Jan. 24, 1567, Mitcham. He was also the possible father of Alexander Harris: Nuncup will. Mem. that Rowlande Harris of Lewsham (Lewisham), gent, latelie deceased. His wife Katheren Harris and his son Alexander Harris his ex. Probate Apr. 16, 1603 to Alexander Harris. 1.2.1. Robert Harris, bapt. Jan. 24, 1567, son of Rowland Harris, would seem to be the father of Robert Herys, esq. master in chancery (ob. 1653); whose dau., Katherine Harris, m. William Paynter, who conveyed the manor of Woodmansterne, the site of the manor, and lands here, to Sir Edmund Bowyer of Camberwell. A cousin, Thomas Paynter, m. a sister of Nowell Bassano . The Will of William Paynter's sister-in-law gives evidence of the connection of these families to the Gorings, relatives of the Coverts of Slaugham. Probate of Will, 2 Dec. 1695 of Martha Painter of Findon, widow. Legacies or bequests to dau. of Elizabeth Kent, sister-in-law of testatrix, Charles Goring, snr., of Highden in Washington, esq., Mrs. Martha Midleton, goddaughter of testatrix, William Painter and Elizabeth Kent, brother and sister of husband of testatrix ... Executors: Sir Henry Goring, bart., and Christian Goring, his dau., of Highden. Witnesses: Ann Bitches, Henry Butcher, Ro. Edsaw.

1.3. Thomas Harris, vicar of Ditchling,  15 mls. from Steyning. Ditchling was tenurially connected to Agnes Warren, who m. William Bassano, br. of Daniel Bassano, and, therefore, uncle of Noel Bassano, father of his namesake, who witnessed the Will of Thomas Grendon; and cousin of Anthony Bassano, whose dau., Dorothy, m. (1662) Thomas Harris, b. 1636, d. 1688. 1.3.1. Thomas Harris. Thomas Harris,*  bapt. Ditchling April 28, 1589. Witnessed the Will of Sir Walter Covert in 1631. i. Richard Covert of Slaugham, whose dau. m. Alexander Sheppard. ii. Sir Walter Covert of Slaugham, d. 1631; ii. Jane Covert, m. Henry Smith; iii. Jane Smith m. (1) Ninian Burrell (2) Sir Peter Courthop; he m. (1) Elizabeth Sharpey; and had issue: Frances Courthope, m. to Thomas Pettyward; their dau, Jane Pettyward, m. Thomas Lanier, grandson of Nicholas Lanier and Lucrese Bassano. *His wife was a legatee of the wife of Richard Covert. *Conveyance from (a) Sir George Snelling of West Grinstead, kt., to (b) Robert Morley of Glynde, esq. Consideration £260. June, 20, 1614. Tithes of lands called Hawkesden Park, the Barnes, Little Baynden, Highams, Wynters and Gilhop in Mayfield in occ. of (b) and of William Peckham, John Noaks, William Penkhurst, Laurence Hilder, John Savage, and ... Boardman. Lands of (b) in Bibleham quarter in Mayfield, excepting lands called Great Baynden in occ. of William Milborne, gent. The parties covenant to levy a fine of the premises to the use of (b). Witnesses: N. Jordans, John Pey, Thomas Harris. Francis Shirley esq. obit. Mar. 20, 1578, son Thomas esq., age 21 and more - Sussex Post Mortem Inquisitions 1485-1649, m. Barbara Blount; dau. Cecily Shirley - co-heir of the manor of West Grinstead, m. (1) Sir George Snelling, (2) William Blount.

(1. Richard Berham,steward of Sir John Pelham of Laughton, ob. ante Jan. 27, 1480, m. Anna Bosse, whose family are recorded in Waleys deeds, c. 14th. cent. 1.1. Nicholas Barham. 1.1.1. John Barham, ob. ante June 19, 1555. Thomas Barham, ob. ante Sept. 26, 1595, m. Mildred Franklyn. Robert Barham, m. Susanna Sare. The Sares were tenants of the Manor of Sprevers, as were the Bathursts, as per deed Aug. 31, 1600, concerning John Bathurst of Mayfield, Clothier, whose son was Robt. Bathurst of Lechlade Co. Glouc., whose son,Edward Bathurst, was the father of Lancelot Bathurst. His dau., Mary Bathurst, m. Francis Meriwether, son of Nicholas Meriwether. On October 8, 1677, Bartholomew Owen granted Power of Attorney to Nicholas Meriwether and on January 31, 1677, Jone Owen was granted administration of the estate of Bartholomew Owen, deceased ... Richard Jordan purchased land which was part of Bartholomew Owen’s 1673 patent of 648 acres on Johnchecochunk Swamp ... Nov. 13, 1679 Deed: Richard Jordan Sr. to Joseph Woory, 363 acres formerly granted by Gov. Chichely at northwest side of the head of Lower Bay Creek and mouth of Cypress Creek … to corner tree of Richard Reynolds, Jr... Witness: Wm. Crawford, Jno. Combe (Isle of Wight County Deed Book 1, p. 414). Nov, 15, 1684: Richard Jordan Junr. and Elizabeth Jordan witnesses to deed of Thomas Waller (Surry County Deeds & Wills Book 3, p. 17). Robert Barham, Jr., 1598-1648, Katherine Filmer. Captain Charles Barham, 1626-1683'. Thomas Harris, d. 1672. Co-overseer, with Thomas Tuke, of the Will of William Ridley. Charles Barham  m. Elizabeth Ridley, probably William's sister. Nicholas Barham, of Butts, in Wadhurst, Sussex. John Barham, d. August 7, 1583, Fayercouch, Wadhurst, Sussex; m. Alice Isted, 1560, dau of Richard Isted of the Moate in Mayfield, East Sussex) by Joane his wife, who in her Will dated Aug. 11, 1557 mentions 'John Byrham my sone in lawe' and 'Alice Byrham my doughter'. Alice Isted was the sister of Thomas Isted the elder: Fine. 1595. Thomas Stolyon, querent, and Thomas Isted the elder and Thomas Isted the younger, gent, deforciants One messuage, two cottages ...  in Mayfield. Thomas Isted Jr. was the father of Richard Isted Sr. Apr. 1, 1654: John Apsley,* surviving trustee of Margaret Dobell of Todham, widow, to William Thomas of Fockington, esq., and Richard Isted of Lewes, gent. ... Witnesses:- Thomas Harris, (b. 1589, aforementioned), Richard Isted, junr. *His mother was a dau. of John Rootes, gent. **His sister, Dorothy, m. John Fuller. The Dobells were intermarried with the Coverts, hence the connection to Thomas Harris. John Barham, m. Elizabeth Willard, who m. (2) Henry Hart, Gentleman, of Sellinge, Kent, whose Will was proved on Sept. 28, 1625, at Canterbury, by his son William Hart. Richard Barham, m. Bennet Taylor, Oct. 14, 1594, at Waldron, dau. of Thomas Taylor of Lindfield, Sussex. William Barham, of Isfield, m. Anne Fuller, Nov. 4, 1594, in Buxted. 

Deed. Jan. 22, 1670. Between William West, citizen and draper of London, and Elizabeth his wife, and Ambrose Isted, citizen and stationer of London. Signature of Wm. West and Elizabeth West. Witnesses:- Richard Isted, John Wood. William West b. c. 1636, St. Leonard, Eastcheap, London. Appreticeship: Freed on Oct. 23, 1661, by Edward Cook. Occupation: Draper. Distinction: Citizen of London. William West's father was Thomas West, of Woodmancote,* Sussex, armiger (See Boyd's 'Citizens of London' record no. 2080).  William West m. (1) Elizabeth Smith of Peckham. William West's br., Walter, m. Elizabeth Shirley, dau. of Thomas Shirley, Preston, Sussex, obit. May 16, 1654, and Elizabeth Stapley, dau. of Drew Stapley.  Elizabeth Shirley was the aunt of her namesake, who m. William Boys of Hawkhurst, Kent, March 10, 1677, in St. Leonard`s, London.

1. Thomas West, of Woodmancote, Sussex, armiger. 1.1.  William West b. c. 1636, St. Leonard, Eastcheap, London. Apprenticeship: Freed on Oct. 23, 1661, by Edward Cook. Occupation: Draper. Distinction: Citizen of London. See Boyd's 'Citizens of London' record no. 2080. 1.2. ... West, may have m., ante 1662, Thomas Harris, haberdasher, of St. Leonard, Eastcheap, London, obit. 1688, Virginia. Thomas Harris, wid., b. 1636, m. (1662) Dorothy Bassano. 1.2.1. Edward Harris. West Harris. 1.3.Thomas West junr. of Walderne, yeoman, m. a dau. of John Fuller, b. 1617, d. 1679, grandson of John Fuller, gent., i.e. Deed of Acknowledgment. Dec. 16  1618. By John Baker of Mayfeild, gent., to Thomas Aynscombe of Mayfeild, esq., that a way which John Fuller, gent., Richard Maynard deceased, and others, farmers & occupiers of the Furnace of the said John Baker called Olde Myll in Mayfeild. John Fuller Sr. was the br. of William Fuller, who m., St. Leonard, Eastcheap, London, Phoebie Harris, sister of William Harris, aforementioned. 'Phoebie Harris & William Fuller 15 Oct 1588'. William Barham, of Isfield being William and John Fuller's  br.-in-law.

1. Richard Stapely owned land in Henfield and Woodmancote. 1.1. John Stapley I, inherited a house in the Cliff in Lewes, which he sold to Stephen Chatfield, (Will of Stephen Chatfield, 1536. Lewes Archdeaconry, Ala, p. 21). He married Elizabeth, dau. of William Apsley of Thakeham, and in 1548, he, John Apsley and Nicholas Eversfield received a quitclaim of the Manors of Canneshorne, and Hodore and tenements in East Grinstead and Hartfield. (S.R.S., XIX, p. 88). 1.1.1. William, the eldest of John's 10 children, By his first wife, Joan, dau. of John Culpepper of Wakehurst, there were 8 children. His fourth son Drew Stapely (1568-1637) is described in 1639 (Inquisition post mortem, S.R.S. XIV, p. 216) as of Worth and Southwark, citizen of London and he left lands in Crawley, Ifield, Chiddingly, Wisborough Green, Worth, Southwark and Guildford. William's second wife was Bridget, widow of John Eversfield of Worth. John Stapley II, William's eldest son, who inherited the estate in 1602 died only 4 years after his father. By his marriage to Elizabeth, daughter of Anthony Stapley of Framfield, he had a son, John and a daughter Elizabeth who married firstly Henry Coulthurst of Cuckfield and London, citizen and secondly Hall Ravenscroft of Horsham. (Thus, the Stapleys were cousins of the Bridger and Shepherd/Spencer families, as herein). John left Elizabeth, Hurstlands or an annuity in his will. (P.C.C. 99 Windebank and extracts in Add. MS. 4731, in E.S.R.O). His son, John Stapley III, succeeded to Twineham Manor, Hickstead Place, Puryland and other lands in Twineham and Hurstpierpoint in 1606. (Inquisition post mortem, S.R.S. XIV, p. 216) It was probably (For notes on the case see. Add MS. 4758 in E.S.R.O) this John Stapley who owned a house, formerly Chambers in Lewes (See S.R.S., XXXIV, p. 9) and in 1627 he purchased the Manor of Legh in Cuckfield (S.R.S., XIX, p. 269). though when he died he left instructions for it to be sold. (S.R.S., XIV, p. 217.) John married Mary, dau. of Samuel Boys, esq., of Hawkhurst, co. Kent.
Partition between heirs in gavelkind. Sept. 27 1643. John Robbins of Hinxhill in Kent, gent, and his brothers Henry Robbins of Hawkhurst in Kent, clothier and Matthew Robbins* of Hawkhurst, yeoman (sons of John Robbins of Hawkhurst, yeoman, deceased), to Thomas Roade of Hawkhurst, clothier, in trust ... Two pieces of land called Almshouse Fields on the den of Witheringhope in Hawkhurst (E: parsonage lands; S: land of John Baker, as above given, John Baker of Mayfield, bt; W: lane from Hawkhurst Moor to...; N: land of John Fuller*), occupied by JR and HR ... * As given, his dau. m. Thomas West jr., whose sister may have been the first wife of Thomas Harris, b. 1636, of Eastcheap, London ... Messuage, barn, buildings, orchard, garden and five pieces of land on the den of Benenden in Benenden (E, S: lands of Christ Church, Canterbury and lands of heirs of Richard Sharpe, clerk ... Messuage, barn, buildings, orchard, garden and ten pieces of land on the den of Seysely (S: lands of heirs of Humphrey Wightwicke and William Pixe's lands; W: John Fuller's lands; two pieces of land and one of wood (5a) in Benenden (W: William Spencer's land; N: land of the heirs of Richard Alphie; S: lane from Benenden to Biddenden ... The Sharpes and Spencers were long established at Benenden, and it was from these that the Sharpe and Spencer families of Virginia, associated with that of Harris, probably arose.

This Robbins family had strong links to Ticehurst: March 16, 1639. Quitclaim by Elizabeth Hunt of Ticehurst, widow of William Hunt of Ticehurst, yeoman, deceased, and John Robbins of Hawkhurst, Kent, yeoman, to John Robertes of Boarzell in Ticehurst, esq, of their rights ...They also had ties to the Apsleys: Will of Matthew Robbins - 1668. To mother Mrs Katharine Robbins for life, remainder to nephew Richard Austin: the rents of all his land in Benenden and Rolvenden, being a messuage called Kirsford. To Arthur Apsley (son of sister Mary, deceased ... To John and Henry Austin, sons of sister Katharine ...

Thomas Joyner: Headright of Elizabeth and Rachell Robbins, orphans of Edward Robbins, pat 350 acres* for transport of 7 persons, June 1646. He lived in Northampton Co. and d. (1695) IOW Co. Nunc. Will witnessed by son, Theophpolis, aged 35. Thomas m. Sarah Edwards, and also had issue: Bridgman Joyner, who Thomas Harris, d. 1688, instructed that his son should be in his care. *Adj. land of Samuell Scott, Mr. Taylor & John Salvadge (Savage), Trns. of 7 Pers: Edward Robbins, Thomas Joyner, Oliver -----, Lawrence Stanfeild, Nicho. Rainhard, Abra. Boothes, Anthony James.

Richard Beard, of South River, came from Virginia with his brother-in-law, Colonel William Burgess. His wife Rachel, was a sister of Mrs. Elizabeth Burgess, both daus. of Edward Robbins. He took up 'Beard's Habitation', on Beards Creek, and built Beards Mill. He represented Anne Arundel in the Assemblies of 1662 and 1663.

It can reasonably be assumed that Edward Robbins was of the Hawkhurst family, and  Richard Beard was of the Boord family, intermarried with the Stapleys, and that Colonel William Burgess was of that family of Rotherfield (juxta Mayfield), as represented by this William Burgess: Deeds of Heaths Farm Plumpton. On April 15, 1596, Richard Leeche of Sheffield esq and Charity his wife leased two thirds of Plumpton Common to George Gorringe of Lewes esq., Henry Bowyer of Cuckfield esq., and Richard Jefferay of South Malling gent ... Pebworth sold to Robert Frere of Plumpton gent on 30 Nov 1649, he sold to William Burgess for £200, March 22, 1651.

Thomas Boord of Lindfield, Sussex, d. 1601.
m. (1561) Elizabeth Stapley, dau of John Stapley of Framfield.
A. Ninian Boord of Paxhill in Lindfield, d.1606.
m. (1593) Margaret Morley, dau of William Morley of Glynde; m 2. Nicholas Jordan.
i. Herbert Boorde of Paxhill, 1602-1648.
m. Mary Drury, dau of John Drury of Chichester.
a. George Boorde of Paxhill.
b. John Boord of Lindfield, 1628-1697.
m. Elizabeth Newnam of Lindfield.
c. Judith Boorde, b. 1638.
m. John Stapley of Lindfield Robert Harris. Conveyance of a reversion for £120. Jan. 11, 1664. Robert Harris of Mayfield, miller, and William Relfe of Rotherfield, butcher, to (WR's brother) Robert Relfe of Mayfield, yeoman. Reversion, on the death of William Relfe the elder of Mayfield, yeoman, of a messuage called Spratts Reed in Mayfield, with barns and land  Recites: bequest by John Relfe of Mayfield, cooper, that Ann Relfe has since died but that William Relfe the elder survives; that RR holds the reversion under WR's settlement of 1661; of the consideration, £50 paid to RH, £70 to WR. W: John Houghton, William Stone. John Harris. Power of attorney. Feb. 28, 1659. Mary Stapeley, widow and administratrix of John Stapeley of Newhaven yeoman to her father Thomas Day of Mayfield yeoman, to obtain from William Colepepper of Goudhurst, Kent, money due under bond of £300 to JS, 16 Mar 1638, which was a counterbond for a joint bond to Edmund Calverley of Chiddingly yeoman for the payment of £41, which was WC's debt. W: John Harris, Robert Robbinson, Richard Stapley. Thomas Harris, d. 1672. On March 2, 1658, Thomas Harris received 1,000 acres in Isle of Wight Co. upon a swamp running into the westerly branch of Nansemond River. This patent was renewed March 18, 1662, he received 600 acres in Lancaster Co. bounding northeast upon a branch of Corotoman River and upon land of one Hawkes, southeast upon land of William Thatcher, etc. 'Hawkes' was very likely of that family associated with the Hobbs of St, Leonard, Eastcheap, London. Thomas Harris of Surry sold to Christopher Benn all the land at Pagan Point, purchased from William Batte and Mrs. Margaret Upton. Thomas Harris m. (1) Eleanor George and had son, John Harris, obit. 1713, (2) Alice Newman and had several daus., and a son, Thomas Harris, obit. 1712,  who m. Judith Edwards1. John Harris. Appraisal by Reuben Proctor, William Balmer, Elias Hodges and Roger Hodges. Signed Elizabeth Harris. August 8, 1713. John Harris of the Upper Parish: Legacy - dau. Alice; dau. Elizabeth; dau. Isabel; land given me by Hugh Campbell; wife Mary; dau. Susanna; dau. Anne; dau. Mary; dau. Martha. Wife Executrix. Overseers, Mathew Jordan and John Scott. Dated February 12, 1712. Recorded May 25, 1713. Witness: Judith Harris, William Story, Matthew Jordan. Thomas Harris. Appraisal by R. Proctor, John Harrison, Philip Wheadon, James Wilson. Signed: Judith Harris. March 23, 1712/1713. Judith (Edwards) Harris was 2nd wife of Thomas Harris Jr.

1. Richard Sheppard of Pesmarsh, Sussex. 1.1. Robert Sheppard, m (1) Elizabeth, dau. of Alexander Wells of Rye, Sussex. 1.1.1. Alexander Sheppard (bur. 1616, Peasemarsh) whose m. (1) Elizabeth Covert (bur. April 22, 1587, Peasemarsh), dau. of Richard Covert of Slaugham. 1.1. Robert Sheppard, m (2) Agnes, dau. of Thomas Byrchett of Rye, Sussex 1.1.1. Robert Sheppard of Tenterden, Kent, m. Elizabeth James, dau. of Martin James of Smerden, Kent. Robert Sheppard, b. circ. 1600 in Kent, England, and died ant. July 5, 1654 in Surry Co., m. Elizabeth Spencer. Robert Sheppard and Elizabeth Spencer had three sons, John, Robert 'of Lawne's Creek, gent', and William, all of whom died without issue. Their dau., Anne Sheppard, m. Thomas Hart. Elizabeth Spencer Shepherd m. (2) Captain Thomas Warren:

(1. Robert Flake. 1.1. Alice Flake, m. William Gwaltney. 1.1.1. Anne Gwaltney, m. John Boykin. Edward Boykin, Sr. patented 520 acres on the Blackwater in 1683, and Arthur Allen sold him 525 acres at Blackwater Aug. 9, 1692. Arthur Allen of 'Lawnes Creek Parish, Surry Co.,' on Feb. 5, 1702, sold to Edward Boykin of the Upper Parish of Isle of Wight one half of 800 acres of land in the Quit Rents of 1704. His son, John Boykin, ob. May 5, 1729, IOW, m. a dau. of William Gwaltney Sr. and Alice Flake, their dau., Anne, may have m. Robert Harris. IOW. D.B. 5, p. 252, 1737-1738: 'Edward Boykin of NC to Robert Harris Jr. of IOW for 5lbs about 50 acres on ss Balckwater and bounded on east side by Berbeckew branch, line between Robert Harris Jr.* and part of patent of 325 acres granted to he said Boykin, Aug 1731; witness: John Washington, Arthur Williamson, Joseph Williamson. Renowned Harris researcher, Mary Harris, concludes that the said 50 acres was part of Anne Boykin's dowry. Alice Flake was a dau. Mathias Flake and Alice Warren, dau. of Capt. Thomas Warren,  bapt. Jan. 30 1624; ob. ante Sept. 24, 1670, Surry County. Will Book 1, p. 377. He was the son of William Warren (1597-1631), of Ripple, Kent, who m. Catherine Gookin. *Desc. of Thomas Harris, d. 1688, cousin of Edward Harris, obit. 1677. Captain Thomas Warren m. Elizabeth (Spencer) Shephard, whose family, as shown, were intermarried with the family of Walter Covert.

William Newsome, of Lawne's Creek Parish, Surry County, obit. Sept. 5, 1691, m. Anne Sheppard-Hart, dau. of Major Sheppard and Elizabeth Spencer. The connection of William Newsome to various Harris came about through his connections to the Sheppards, who had intermarried with the Coverts of Slaugham.

Bargain and sale. Feb. 10, 1648. 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, Feb. 21, 1648. W: Guy Hunt, Francis Lombe, Thomas Fletcher, John Gallant, Nicholas Wall; Daniel Bassano, Alexander Radcliffe, Moyses Soane, Peter Sanders. Daniel Bassano was the grandfather of Noel Bassano, who witnessed the Will of Thomas Grendon. Almost certainly, from this Sampson stock, came Katherine Sampson, wife of John Lanier Jr., as follows. John Harris, bapt. Ditchling, June 21, 1586 ('son of Thomas'). George Harris - George Harris deceased by Oct. 4, 1663, when his widow Sarah, as administratrix, gave Thomas Grendon power of attorney to collect debts. There were no children. His nuncupative Will, as 'George Harris of Westover, Charles City County in Virginia in parts beyond the seas',  was recorded in London on March 24, 1672. Mentioned are his wife, his sister, who is not named, and his brother, Thomas Harris, a merchant in London. In 1674, as brother and heir to George Harris, Thomas sold 1200 acres known as Causey’s Care in Charles City Co., Va., to Thomas Grendon, Jr., who at that time was the third husband of his sister-in-law Sarah, widow of George Harris. The Will of Walter Aston, son of Colonel Walter Aston,  was filed in Charles City County in 1666. The witnesses to his will were John Drury and William Harris. Lieut. Col. Walter Aston's, dau., Susan, m., in 1657, (2) William Batte esq. Thomas Harris, obit. 1672, sold to Christopher Benn all the land at Pagan Point, purchased from William Batte and Mrs. Margaret Upton. Colonel Aston was associated with the Luxford/Goring/Covert families of East Sussex/Kent. Conveyance, May 2, 1651: 'In consideration of £600, from Sir Peter Richant of Aylesford, co. Kent, kt., Peter Richant, esq., his son and heir apparent, Walter Aston of London, merchant,  and John Aston of London, gent., to George Luxford of Stuckles in Hurstpierpoint, gent'. Enfeoffment, 1659, between (a) John Luxford of Ockley in Keymer, gent., to (b) Henry Goringe, gent., Edward Everisfield, gent., Anthony Everisfield, gent.,* all of Cobden, and (brother of a) George Luxford of Stuckles in Hurstpierpoint, gent. Manor of Ockley and lands and tenements in Keymer, Ditchling, Cuckfield and Clayton ... (a) has enfoeffed the premises to the use of (b) during the life of (a), and after his decease for 41 years. Mary Luxford, as his wife, is to have annuity of £100 from the premises. The residue is to go to Edward, his eldest s., and John, his second s. Witnesses: Edward Henshawe, John Buddock'.

*Attested copy. Release from the executor of Frances Bridger,* late of Ashurst, spinster, deceased, and Anthony Eversfield of Highden in Washington, gent., to Samuel Luck, from all claim on the Prison House etc. arising out of a judgement in the courts at Westminster concerning £1200 due from John Eversfield aforesaid to Frances Bridger, 7 September 1658. 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. *Daughter of Henry Bridger and Jane Ravenscroft. (As follows) Henry Bridger, father of Richard, bapt, Jan. 29, 1584; Deputy Lieutenant of Sussex, 1626; m. at Sub-Deanery of Chichester (Apr. 6, 1613) to Jane Ravenscroft (bapt. 1586) eldest dau. of John Ravenscroft of Horsham, Governor of Steyning Grammar School, 1630. Jane's sister, Mary, m. Nicholas Sheppard, 1606, in Horsham. Their sons, Thomas and Reverend Nicholas Sheppard (Will prob. 1680, PCC  51 North) m., respectively, Katherine Michell and Judith Covert. dau. of Walter Covert. Sarah Sheppard, dau. of Thomas, m. William Blount of Horsham.

The Goring and Rootes families were connected: Settlement. Nov. 20, 1611. Between William Michelborne of Chichester, gent., and Sir George Goring of Danny, (grandfather of William Michelborne's first wife), William Newton of Southover near Lewes, esq., and James Rootes of Ditchelinge, esq ... in consideration of an intended marriage between the said W. M. and Elizabeth, one of the sisters of the said James Rootes.

Conveyance of £2,400. Nov. 25, 1648. From (a) Edward Bysshe the elder of Smallfield, Surrey, esquire, William White of Worth, esquire, Haule Ravenscroft * of Horsham, esquire, Ralph Boord of Hurstpierpoint, esquire, and Thomas Luxford, formerly of Wivelsfield and since of Ditchling, gentleman, to (b) Walter Burrell of Holmsteed, Cuckfield, esquire, and John Burrell of Cuckfield, gentleman, and William Fetiplace, gentleman, and John Pickeringe, gentleman. Manor of Leigh in Cuckfield and Hurstpierpoint. .... Witnesses: Thomas Snattper, John Whitbread, John Howell, Richard Beaumont, John Kettelby, Edward Ackworth, Thomas Ellis, William Hamlin, John Pursle, John Rootes. *Sisters Jane, m. Henry Bridger,* and Mary, m. Nicholas Shepherd, son of Thomas Sheppard ... Stephen Hamlin of Virginia was almost certainly of the same family as William Hamlin, aform. Mr. Stephen Hamelin, 1250 acres, Charles City County, 26 October 1650 ... Due said Hamelin for transportation of 25 persons ... Thomas Harris, Robert Taylor ... Stephen Hamlin ... 1250 a. lying on north side of Flower de Hundredth ... bound on N. by land purchaesed by Mr. Pace ... 'Paces Paines' plantation was owned successively by a Mr. Ravenscroft, George Hamlin, and Mr. Drew. *'Bridger, Captn. Joseph 6 Jany. 1668. Isle of Wight County. 1000 a. On a swamp that runs into the west branch of Nansemond river, formerly Gtd. Thomas Harris March 2nd 1658 & renewed in his name Mar. 18, 1662 & by him deserted &c.'.

The Drews were kin of the Lunsfords and Taylers: Conveyance and Covenant. Sept. 30, 1672. (a) Edward Drew of Tystroffe in West Hoathly yeo. and Ann his wife (b) Samuel Creed of St Clements in Hastings, and Margaret his wife (c) John Lunsford  of St Clements in Hastings, mercer and Mary his wife. (d) Richard Ellis of All Saints in Hastings and Sarah his wife (the wives all being daughters of John Taylor late of East Grinstead gent. dec'd. (e) John Pickering of Cuckfield gent. (f) John Hurst of Cuckfield only son and heir of Thomas Hurst late of Cuckfield, mercer dec'd. and Elizabeth his wife now also dec'd. she being another daughter of the late John Taylor. General Release. Feb. 17, 1677. By John Tayler, late of New Shoram, mercer, to 'Mr Samuell White' of Horsham - in consideration of £1250 - of all claims and demands and all his estate and interest in a messuage and lands called Tottingworth in Heathfield. Witnesses:- John Allen, John Drew, Edward Drew senr. These Drews may have been the descendants of Stephen Drew. Reconveyance by feoffees. Sept. 18, 1438. John Potter of Hailsham and Richard ate Broke of Willingdon to William Ombrays of Jevington ... W: Thomas Reynold, Richard Reynold, John Cook, Stephen Drew, John Gylkyn.

Other families associated with that of Harris in Virginia are given in this grant: Jan. 21, 1631. William Newton of Lindfield, gent, and Nicholas Newton, son of George Newton of Lindfield, gent, to Thomas Chaloner the elder of Lindfield, esq.  The manors called South Malling Lindfield of the Deane ... W: Herbert Boord,* Isaac Allen, Walter Jordan, Francis West, Samuel Blunt, Edward Weller, John Mathewe, Henry Faulconer, i.e. feoffees of the Pelhams and the same families that were connected to the Harris kinship group: Sir Walter Covert (his Will witnessed by Thomas Harris, grandson of his namesake, the vicar of Ditchling) m. (2) Jane, dau. of Sir John Sherley of Isfield, son of Thomas Sherley and Anne Pelham. Sir John Sherley m. 1st Jane Sherley, dau. of Sir Thomas Sherley of Wiston and Anne Kempe; m. 2nd Dorothy, March 14, 1607 Cuckfield, Sussex, widow of Sir Henry Bowyer, dau. of George Goring. *1615. Attested contemporary copy of a conveyance, from Nicholas Jordan of Lindfield, esq., Robert Morley of Glynde, esq., and Thomas Shepard of Horsham, gent., to John Leiceter of Steyning, yeo. Nicholas Jordan  had married Robert Morley's sister, Margaret, relict of Ninian Boord; Robert was the father of Herbert Morley. 1616/17. Final Concord between Nicholas Jordan, esq., and William Roberts, gent., pl., v. Robert and Anthony Morley, esqrs. def. Consideration £500. Manor of Baynden, 7 messuages, 250a. land, 80a. meadow, 230a. pasture, 500a. wood in Mayfield and Heathfield. Thomas Boord (d. 1602) was succeeded by his son Ninian Boord (d. 1606), whose son Herbert conveyed it in 1623 to Henry Chatfield, who in 1669 sold it to Edward Jones Jr., whose dau. Frances owned Thomas Floods farm in Lancing, i.e. Bargain and Sale. Jan. 1642. By Sir William Goring and Henry Goring to John Alford of Offington esq., executor of the Will of Thomas Fludd late of Broadwater, gent., decd. and Judith Floud sole daughter of the said Thomas Floud - for £200 - of a messuage &c. in Launcing ... Witnesses:- Henry Bishoppe, Edward Scott, Thos. Smith. Alice Harris, m. Robert Drury, father of John Drury, aforsaid. William Harris, witnessed the Will of Walter Aston Jr. in 1666, with his nephew, John Drury. Thomas Harris. In 1674, as brother and heir to George Harris, Thomas sold 1200 acres known as Causey’s Care in Charles City Co., Va., to Thomas Grendon, Jr., who at that time was the third husband of his sister-in-law Sarah, widow of George Harris. 1.3.2. Edward Harris. Assignment from Sir Paul Bayning to John Fagge of Brensett, esq. June 7, 1625. In respect of a recognisance in statute staple, 18 June 1613, in £300, from John Catlett* of Sittingbourne, yeo., to Paul Bayning, snr., of London, now dec'd., and said Sir Paul, for the payment of an annual rent of £130 due upon lease, June 16, 1613, and which lease has, by deed of even date, been granted to said John Fagge. Witnesses: Edward Bishope, Thomas Ventris, Edward Harris. *Grandfather of (1) Elizabeth Catlett, who m. Francis Taliaferro, son of Robert Taliaferro, b. Nov. 11, 1626, Stepney, and Catherine Debnam (Grymes), step-dau. of Rev. Charles Grymes of 'Brandon', Gloucester Co.; (2) Col. John Catlett, who m. Margaret Underwood, who m. (2) Capt. John Upton. 'Richard Harris & Elizabeth Barton w 26 JAN 1603'.  1.3.3. Edward Harris. 'Edward Harris & Margaret Grene NOV 1599'. Edward Harris  was associated  tenurially with the Catletts of Kent. Thomas Harris to wife Alice Harris. May 1, 1668. Power of Attorney. These p'sents Witnesseth That I Thomas Harris Planter in the Isle of Wight Planter doe Constitute Ordeyn appoint and authorize my well beloved Wife Alce Harris my true and Lawfull Attorney to Levy arrest sue or implead, acquitt or discharge any person or persons whatsoever that shall or doth any wayes stand ingaged either by Bill, Bonds or Accompts, or any other waies howsoever to me the said Thomas Harris, further I the aforesaid Thomas Harris doe authorize my said Attorney to answer all suits that may or shall depend ag.t me, And upon occasion to Confess Judgem.t in my behalfe And whatsoever my said Attorney shall Act or doe in performance of ye p'mises These p'sents shall oblidge me my heires Ex.rs and Assignes to rattifie & Confirme in as ample manner as if I my selfe were personall p'sent as Witness my hand & Seal ye 1.st day of May 1668. Signed Sealed & deliv'ed in ye p'sence Tho: Harris. Sigill of us Jno Flower, Jno Harris. Thomas Harris, 850 acres, Surry County, 13 February 1657, page 168, (250). On south side of James River & N.W. & S.E. sides of the head of the Sunken Marsh, above and below the mill, northerly on the Rich Neck & land of Robert Webb & Mr. Edwards lands, Easterly on William Carter, Southerly on Chipoaks Path to the mill & on Mr. Green's land. 300 acres granted unto Mr. Jno. Holmwood 26 October 1650 and by Himwood assigned to said Harris & 550 acres for transportstion of 11 persons. William Harris, sonn and heire of Thomas Harris, 850 acres, Surry County, South James River, on N.W. & S.E. sides of the Sunken Marsh above and below the mill, 2 June 1668, page 155. Adjoining the Rich Neck, Robert Webb, Mr. Edwards, William Carter, Chipoakes Path and Mr. Green. Granted said Thomas 13 February 1657 & due said William as sonn &c. Surry County, Virginia Deeds; 4 January 1685 ... William Harris and wife Mary Harris to William Newsum ... 220 acres now in the tenure of Mr. John Harris (land is part of 850 acres formerly granted to Thomas Harris dec'd on Feb. 19, 1657). Land is bounded by Richard Brigge(s) dec'd, William Newett, Thomas Jarrett, the Sunken Marsh Path and William Gray. Witness: Robert Ruffin, John Harris. Recorded: 5 January 1685. William (X) Harris. Mary (X) Harris. William Harris was not an only son: 'John Harris s. Thomas Harris & Alice 18 APR 1636'.

William Newitt was very likely of the family of Nevett, associated withthis kinship group: Bond in £80. May 28, 1642. From (a) William Hippisley of Westminster, co. Middx., esq., John Davis of Westminster, gent., and Thomas Nevett, citizen and goldsmith of London, to (b) John Greene of London, gent., br. of wife of Edward Harris, aform., for the payment of £520 by (a) to (b) on 29 Nov. 1642. Witnesses: Francis Mose (public notary), Joseph Cooke. The Will of Thomas Nevett, (also spelt Knevet and Knevett), was probated December 19, 1655; his son Richard was bapt. April 14, 1626 at St. Mary Woolnoth, London. John Harris, obit. 1686. In May of 1660, Thomas Harris, obit. 1672, appointed Thomas Culmore of Surry County as his attorney to receive of Robert Spencer all tobacco due him in that county. On November 5, 1666, John Harris appointed his 'loving friend' Robert Spencer as his attorney in Surry County to collect a debt owed by William Corker. These records seem to indicate a relationship between Thomas Harris and John Harris through Robert Spencer. John Harris: Estate by Unity Harris, widow and administratrix of John Harris. May 3, 1687. Signed Wm Newsums, John Clarke, Wm. Newitt. 'Agnes Harris & John Parker 16 OCTOBER 1625'. 'Elizabeth Harris & Thomas Lowe' (Their son m. Jane Bassano, sister of Dorothy, who m. Thomas Harris, 1662) 15 NOV 1596'. n.b. 'William Lowe & Mary Hodges 1 AUG 1596'. 'Robert Lowe & Katherine Bridges 30 APR 1609'. Dau. of Thomas Bridger, bapt. Dec. 14, 1561, whose sister, Denise, m. (Sept. 27, 1579) John Green. Katherine was the first-cousin of Henry Bridger, father of Richard, bapt, Jan. 29, 1584; Deputy Lieutenant of Sussex, 1626; m. at Sub-Deanery of Chichester (Apr. 6, 1613) to Jane Ravenscroft (bapt. 1586) eldest dau. of John Ravenscroft of Horsham, Governor of Steyning Grammar School, 1630. Jane's sister, Mary, m. Nicholas Sheppard, 1606, in Horsham. Their sons, Thomas and Reverend Nicholas Sheppard (Will prob. 1680, PCC  51 North) m., respectively, Katherine Michell and Judith Covert. dau. of Walter Covert. Sarah Sheppard, dau. of Thomas, m. William Blount of Horsham. 'Anne Harris & John Drake 27 DEC 1598'. 'Laurence Harris & Margaret Wright w 28 NOV 1605'.John Edwards, b. circ. 1640, m. Ann Wright Griffen, dau. of Thomas Wright of IOW, relict of Thomas Griffen who had died prior to April 9, 1670. John Edwards d. ante April 1, 1677, when Anne m. William Relison. This Edwards and Anne had two sons, Robert Edwards and James Edwards. 'I Wm. Boddie give to Anne Relison's eldest sonne, Robert Edwards, one Brown Cow' (IOW D.B.1, p. 357. Before 1682, Anne married for the last time to James Tullagh. Feb. 9, 1703, 'Arthur Smith and wife Mary to Robert Edwards 150a, part of 500a granted said Smith in 1702, lapsed by my father Col. Arthur Smith, bid by land of my father, Josiah Harris(on) and James Tullaugh, wit: Wm Green, Tho Summerell' (IOW D.B. 1, p 405).

William Hunt died intestate after April 9, 1666, and by May 1, 1668 his relict m. Richard Parker, when he was granted administration, in right of his wife, on William Hunt's estate. Her only known issue by Parker was Richard Parker Jr., who was listed as an 'Orphan' on March 25, 1682, when the Court stated that 'half of her thirds was due him'. On 4th May 4, 1682, William Hunt, with Arthur Allen and Benjamin Harris(on) as securities, gave bond for him to pay Richard Parker, orphan son of Richard Parker, dec'd, a child's part of his 'late mother, Judith Parker's, estate when of age'.

Nov. 25, 1657, Lancaster; William White and wife Anne sell 150 acres to William Thatcher. Wit: Samuel Gooch, Thomas Rootes ... Apr. 1, 1660 (Lancaster) VA. Will of Thomas Rootes. Thomas Marshall, Samuel Cusher. God-son Thomas Roten (Wroughton). Sister, Roten. Sister, Anne White. God-son, Thomas Edwards, son to Jno Edwards, chirugeon. Elizabeth Robinson's two children. Exec.: John Edwards, chirugeon. Wit. Jno. Flower,* Nich. George. W.B. 2, p. 387. Lancaster County Court 24th of May 1659: 'It appeareinge to the Cort: that Nich: George Senr. did about 14 yeres since give unto John Nicholls one Heyfer for the use of his two Daughters, Dorothy, now the Wife of John Edwards, and Eliz. her Sister, is now deced. It is ordered that the sd Cowe with all her female increase bee delivered unto the sd. John Edwards by the sd. Nicholls'. 'Jan. 1661: John Nichols to John Edwards, Cooper. 900 a SE side of Corotoman R. Edwards cov'ts that he will reserve 500 a for his wife & children. Wit. George & Mary Flower'. Abstracts of Lancaster County, Virginia, Wills 1653-1800, p. 166: 'John Nichols Will Rec. Jan. 6, 1669. 'Sarah Lunsford, dau. of Ann Lunsford, Charles Carpenter Jr., John Edwards, my son-in-law's two orphans and my son Nicholas his daughter, & My son John his daughter. Exors. Stephen Chilton & John Berry. Wits: Thomas Shirley, John Flower. W.B. Loose Wills'.

 *Perpetual lease. October 1589. For £20 yearly to Cuckfield Grammar School, from (a) to (b) Thomas Pelham of Laughton esq. Property  (in) Barnefield and Holmefield (16½ a.) (juxta Mayfield) in E. Hoathly and Laughton. Recites the will of Edmund Flower, citizen and merchant tailor of London, devising certain lands as an endowment for Cuckfield Free Grammar School and bequeathing a further £100 to purchase land worth £5 yearly for the same purpose; and also that by deed of 17 Henry VIII Ninian Burrell, clerk. Conveyance. March 2, 1611. Richard Bennett of Rodmell, husbandman, to John White of Lewes, butcher. A messuage and garden in St Mary Lane in Lewes St John the Baptist, sometime Villars, then occupied by ... Parson, Thomas Flower and Nicholas Lucke. W: Henry Cobie, Thomas Cannon, Richard Goodwen. Note Will of Joseph Bridger, as given.

The Edwards family are probably recorded in the following deeds: Hailsham: Grant. Apr. 18, 1654. By William Thomas of Fokeington, esq., to Ralph Edwards of Jevington, yeoman, of 6 pieces of land in Ride Laine in Jevington, of which 3 ac. bound to the hedge, S., R. Edwards, N.; 6 ac. to the said 3 ac., E. and Broughton Holt, S.; 2 ac. to R. Edwards's 1 ac. adjoining Broughton Holt, S. and the said 6 ac. N.; 1 ac. in the Upper furlong in Ride Laine, to R. Edwards, S. & N.; 1 ac. in the same, to Broughton Holt, S. and R. Edwards, N. - in exchange for the lands comprised in the next abstracted Deed. Counterpart with signature of Ralph Edwards and seal (R.E.). Witnesses: Ben. Scarlett, John Caly. ... Marriage settlement for £300. May 1, 1626. William Jorden of Berwick, gent and William Edwards of Eastbourne, mercer, and Ralph Edwards of Jevington, yeoman. WJ to marry WE's natural sister Mary Edwards. W: John Taylar, Simon Bennett, Benjamin Scarlett. ... Bond in £300. Sept 10, 1645. John Covert of Slaugham Esq, Richard Shepherd of Peasmarsh Esq, John Edwardes of Tenterden, Kent, gent,and Joel Burges of Tenterden, Kent gent to William Thomas of London Esq.

1.4. Richard Harris. 1.4.1. 'Thomas Harris & Margaret Norden 16 JUL 1571'. Ann Norden, m. Nov. 24, 1645, in Waldron, John Fuller (first cousin of his namesake, aforementioned, whose dau. m. Thomas  West of Woodmancote), son of Joseph Fuller. 'William Harris & Elizabeth Searle 24 JUL 1596'. Thomas Harris, obit. Sept. 5, 1636. Thomas Harris, haberdasher, of St. Leonard, Eastcheap, London, obit. 1688, Virginia. Thomas Harris, b. 1636, m. (1662), as a widower, Dorothy Bassano. It is possible that his first wife was a sister of William West, and Thomas West of Woodmancote and St. Leonard, Eastcheap, London, and that his first son, Edward, was of that union, naming a son West Harris.

(1. Nicholas Lanier, obit. May 31, 1610, East Greenwich, Kent, m. (Feb. 14, 1570, All Hallows, Barking, London, Lucretia Bassano, sister of: Edward Bassano, father of Daniel Bassano, father of Noel Bassano Sr, father of his namesake, who witnessed the Will of Thomas Grendon; cousins of Anthony Bassano, father of Dorothy Bassano, who m. (1662) Thomas Harris, b. 1636, d. 1688, Virginia. His Will stating that 'my Sonne William Harris, to live with Bridgeman Joyner seven yeares'. Edward Harris, eldest son inherited the plantation owned by his father, Thomas Harris. Children of Edward Harris: 1. Daniel Harris; b. 1695; d. 1765. 2. Edward Harris; b. 1698; d. 1740. 3. Jacob Harris; b. 1701; d. 1762. 4. Martha Harris; b. 1705; m. ... Williamson. 5. Ann Harris; b. 1709. 6. Nathan Harris; b. 1712; d. 1793. 7. West Harris; b. Aug. 4, 1715; d. May 14, 1795. 8. James Harris; b. 1718. Nathan Harris; b. 1712; d. 1793, received, from his father, the lower one-half of 250 acres of land on the north side of Warwick Branch in Isle of Wight County, m. (1737) Catherine Walton, dau. of Colonel George Walton, in Brunswick County, Virginia. Their children: 1. Walton Harris; b. February 6, 1739; d. July 20, 1809. 2. Nathan Harris. 3. Isaac Harris; b. 1808. 4. David Harris; b. c. 1743; d. 1807. 5. Elias Harris; d. 1788. 6. Rowland Harris. 7. Hubbard (Herbert) Harris. 8. Gideon Harris; d. 1787. 9. Howell Harris; d. 1807 in Brunswick County, Virginia. Walton Harris, m. Rebecca Lanier, as follows. Children of Rebecca Lanier and Walton Harris: 1. Buckner Harris; b. 1761; d. May 5, 1814. 2. Sampson Harris; b. April 11, 1763; d. 1807. 3. Joel Harris; died in childhood. 4. Augustine Harris; b. January 30, 1767; d. June 21, 1836.5. Edwin Harris; b. 1769; d. 1831. 6. Nathan Harris. 7. Simeon Harris; died in childhood. 8. Walton Harris; b. July 10, 1775; d. April 23, 1820. 9. Elizabeth Harris; married John Crews. 10. Jeptha Vining Harris; b. April 27, 1782; d. June 29, 1856).

(1.1. Clement Lanier, obit. 1661, m. 1627 (Kent, England) Hannah Collett. He was bur. in St. Alphege's, Greenwich, Kent. 1.1.1. John Lanier, b. Oct 1631 in Lewisham, d. in Prince George Co, VA , m. Lucrece ... John Lanier's second-cousin, Thomas Lanier m. Jane Pettyward: To repeat, Thomas Harris witnessed the Will of Sir Walter Covert in 1631. i. Richard Covert. ii Sir Walter Covert of Slaugham, d. 1631; ii. Jane Covert, mar. Henry Smith; iii. Jane Smith mar. (1) Ninian Burrell (2) Sir Peter Courthop; he mar. (1) Elizabeth Sharpey; and had issue: Frances Courthop, mar. to Thomas Pettyward; their dau, Jane Pettyward, mar. Thomas Lanier, grandson of Nicholas Lanier and Lucrese Bassano. John Lanier Jr. , obit 1719, mar. (1) (1677) Katherine Sampson in Charles City County; (2) Sarah Edmunds . Sampson Lanier Sr., b. 1682, Charles City, obit. May 5, 1743, Brunswick County, VA., m. Elizabeth Washington, dau. of Richard Washington and Elizabeth Jordan. Sampson Lanier, obit. Sept. 2, 1757, Brunswick County, m. Elizabeth Chamberlain 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.). 'John Harris & Ursula Lockley w 22 AUG 1623'. Other (St. Leonard0 Lockley marriages included 'Francis Allin & Jane Lockley 8 FEB 1635', and (n.b.) 'John George & Margerie Lockley 21 JUL 1611'). In October 1661, Edward Lockley m. Elizabeth, widow of John Hansford, father of Col. Thomas Hansford. Edward Lockley was the br. of John Lockley, merchant of London, Virginia tobacco trader. 'Harris, John, of St. Leonard, Shoreditch, Middlesex, tailor, and Ursula Lockley, of same, widow of Roger Lockley, brewer at St. Leonard aforesaid'. In 1651, Richard Hansford was granted a patent for lands at West's creek, in York county, and among the head rights were John and Elizabeth Hansford. In 1658, Mr, John Hansford entered land in the same locality; and in 1662, Thomas Hansford obtained a re-grant for the same. In 1653, John Hansford obtained a grant for 950 acres in Gloucester county, north of the narrows of Mattaponi, and among the head rights were John and Elizabeth Hansford. The probability is that Richard Hansford was a brother of John Hansford, who was the father of Thomas, mentioned as taking out the patent in 1662 for John Hansford's land on West's creek.' Thomas Hansford, the third son of Mr. John Hansford, was born about 1646, as I infer from his deposition, dated January 9, 1671, which states that he was then twenty-five years old. He came into possession of his property, both real and personal, November 12, 1667, and the order states that 'he was then of age'. After his father's death he was under the guardianship of Mr. Edward Lockley, a rich merchant of Virginia, largely interested in the tobacco trade, who had married Mrs. Hansford, the mother of Thomas, on October 10, 1661. Edward Harris, obit. 1677, Virginia. His estate was appraised by Richard Hansford.

Edward Harris died intestate in IOW, with inventory worth 9685 lbs. of tobacco, filed by George Hardy on June 9,1677. Martha Harris, late wife of Edward Harris was deceased on April 4, 1676. George Hardy presented an inventory of her estate in Orphans Court May 1677. The Will of his great-nephew, Edward Harris, dated Aug. 26, 1739, named legatees: son Edward, land on the Blackwater; son Lewis, land on Three Creeks which I bought of John Dortch; son Joel; son Amos; son Hardy; daughter Mary; daughter Ann; wife Ann. Timothy Thorpe and Owen Mirick to divide the land between sons Joel and Amos. Executors wife and son Edward Harris. Witnesses: Nathaniel Ridley* & Timothy Thorpe. Recorded Sept. 22, 1740.

*Nephew of Elizabeth Ridley,who m. Charles Barham; his son was James Ridley (whose Will was witnessed by Hardy Harris), who m. Jane Smith, dau. of Arthur Smith and Mary Bromfield, dau. of John Bromfield and Olive Hardy. Nathaniel Ridley's widow m. Matthew Jones; their dau., Anne, m. Thomas Holt. It is reasonable to suggest that these Hardys, Bromfields, and Holts, were, as Edward Harris Sr. of those families recorded in the registers of St. Leonard, Eastcheap. London. It may be noted that Thomas Holt was the son of Randal Holt, whose Will was witnessed by John Goring. Randal Holt had m. Elizabeth Hansford, dau. of John Hansford and Elizabeth Goring, who can be reasonably supposed a descendant of Sir William Goring and Elizabeth Covert.

It is  possible that these the Bromfields are also recorded in Sussex, England: Mortgage for £30 by Thomas Thorpe of Sussex, gent, to Robert Steede of a messuage, barn and land in Lamberhurst, abutting the river dividing Kent and Sussex, occupied by TT and Richard Bromfield, ante 1608. Thomas Thorpe was baptised on Jan. 25, 1567, in East Grinstead; he m. Elizabeth Holmden; their son, Richard was baptised on July 1595, in Lingfield. He was buried in 1649 in East Grinstead. He m. Mary Rogers, dau. of Philip Rogers, Citizen of London, Grocer of St. Leonard, Eastcheap, London (PCC: 89 Capell). Mary's br., Daniel, of Horsted Keynes and Ardingly, Sussex, m. Alice Thorpe, sister of Richard. Thomas Thorpe's sister, Mercy, m. George Turner, Esq., of Lingfield, who was buried there on Mar. 3, 1624. Their son, John Turner was named in the 1609 Will of his grandfather. Thomas Thorpe's br., Giles Thorpe of Isfield (a neighbour of the Barhams and Courthopes), m. Rachell Parker, possibly the dau. of Thomas Parker and Susan Lucke, who married on July 11, 1580, in Mayfield, Sussex. The Will of Philip Rogers, proved Oct. 19, 1613, mentions his br's. John and William, his 'sister Joyce Bond', 'my nephew Thomas Bond'; 'my sister in law Margaret Grymes widow'. He leaves a bequest to the poor of St. Leonard, Eastcheap. John Harris, obit. 1713, m. (1) Elizabeth Church. Lease for 21 years at an annual rent of 5s. and two fat hens. Sir Henry Goring of Burton, kt., to Thomas Sandham of Woolavington, yeoman. April 1, 1620. Close near Pleckenham. Lands in Woolavington in occ. of said Thomas Sandham. Husbandry covenants. Witnesses: William Garrett and Thomas Church. Covenant. June 2/3 1646. (a) Sir William Goring* of Burton, bart., and Dame Bridgett Goring, his wife, and (b) Edward Payler of Petworth, esq. And the lands, tenements &c. and common of pasture for 30 sheep of Sir William in Sutton and Coates in the tenure of Thomas Church (23a.). *Son of Henry Goreinge of Wappingthorn in Steyning, esq., as follows. Chapman's Isle of Wight County Marriages, in its abstracts of the Quaker Minute Book - Lower Virginia Meeting, 1673-1709, records the marriage of John Harris and Elizabeth Church of Isle of Wight County, on the 13th day of the 4th month 1689. John Harris's Will names his wife Mary', and so it is suggested that Elizabeth Church died prior to that time. The Will of John Harris of the Upper Parish (dated Feb. 12, 1713) named legatees: daughter Alice; daughter Elizabeth; daughter Isabel; land given me by Hugh Campbell of Cureweak; Lawrence Brown, when he is free; wife Mary; daughter Susanna; daughter Anne; daughter Mary; daughter Martha. Wife Executrix. Overseers, Mathew Jordan & John Scott. Witnessess: Judith Harris, William Story & Mathew Jordan. Alice Harris, m. Thomas Fiveash. Mayfield and Five Ashes is a civil parish in the High Weald of East Sussex. Surrender by George Hill and admission of Edward Fiveash; surrender by Edward Fiveash and admission of John Mose. May 3, 1669. Conveyance. In consideration of £20, from Anthony Mills of Ewhurst, co. Surrey, innkeeper (only brother and heir of Eleanor Mose (as above) to Henry Goreinge* of Wappingthorn in Steyning, esq. *Bapt. 6 Apr. 1646, 2nd s. of Henry Goring; educ. Queen’s, Oxf. 1662. m. (1) 17 Oct. 1667, Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Anthony Morewood of Alfreton, Derbys., 2s. (1 d.v.p.); (2) 2 Feb. 1676, Mary, da. and coh. of Sir John Covert,* 1st Bt., of Slaugham, Suss., 3s. (1 d.v.p.). *Bapt. June 3, 1620, 3rd but 2nd surv. s. of Sir Walter Covert of Maidstone, Kent by Anne, da. of John Covert of Ewhurst, Suss., and h. to her uncle Sir Walter Covert of Slaugham. educ. Jesus, Camb. 1637. m. aft. 1641, Isabella, da. of Sir William Leigh of Longborough, Glos., wid. of Gervase Warmestry, registrar of Worcester dioc., 1s. d.v.p. 4da. suc. bro. 1643; kntd. 19 June 1660; cr. Bt. 2 July 1660. Isabel Harris, m. (1) Nicholas Fulgham, obit. 1736. (2) Benjamin Weston. HG4. Deed of Covenant by way of Settlement. Grant. Mar 1647. By John Weston of Inchreede in Retherfield, yeoman, with Thomas Weston of Mayfield, yeoman, youngest son of the said John - in consideration of a marriage already had between the said Thos. Weston and Silvester (Doble) his wife Witnesses:- William Weston, Will. Doble. Bargain and Sale. Jan. 10, 1642. Sir William Goring and Henry Goring (a close friend of Robert Shepherd) to John Alford of Offington, Sussex, esq., executor of the Will of Thomas Fludd late of Broadwater, gent., decd. and Judith Floud sole daughter of the said Thomas Floud - for £200 - of a messuage &c. in Launcing, with a croft of 2 ac. adjoining. Witnesses:- Henry Bishoppe, Edward Scott, Thos. Smith. Henry Bishop esq. was the son of Sir Edward Bishop, cousin of Edward Scott, who, with Henry Goring et al. was an exor. of the Will of Sir Edward Bishop. Edward Scott was a business partner of Walter Weston, maltster: Agreement. Sept. 8, 1638. To buy in all such barley as is to be malted this year in (2)'s malthouse at Broadwater. (1) Edward Scott of Offington, Sussex, gent. (2) Walter Weston of Brodewater, yeoman. 'Jane Harris & Samuel White 3 JAN 1590'. 'Phoebie Harris & William Fuller 15 Oct 1588'. William Barham, of Isfield being William Fuller's br.-in-law.


Nathaniel Ridley married Elizabeth Day, daughter of Col. James Day and Silvester, dau. of Edward Bennett. Will of James Day (1): Children, Elizabeth, James, Thomas, William Day to each of them 300L sterl.; to be paid to dau. Elizabeth at 18 or marriage and his sons at 21; for raising of money for several legacies and "for the better and more orderly bringing up and educating my said children, that my two freehold messuage and tenemts with their apptences, now in ye sevall occupacons of Jno. Toft and ye widdow Michell and scituate lying and being in Broadstreet within or near ye precinct and circuit of ye late dissolved House, Priory or Monastery, commonly called ye Augustine ffryars in ye parish of St. Peters, ye poor, in London, be immediately put to sale and disposed of to ye best advantage,and I doe hereby enable authorize and empower my good andworthy ffriends Mr. Micajah Perry, Mr. Thomas Lane, Mr. Richard Perry, &c., to dispose of &c. I give and bequeath to my sonne James Day my watch, my silver headed cane, my seal and coat of armes and my Rapier; Aunt Mrs. Silvestra Hill, Brother and Sister Chapman, Brother and Sister Swan; to Mrs. Isabella Haveild, Mr. Jno. Haveild, Major Henry Baker, Major Henry Tooker, Major Arthur Allen 20s. apeice to buy each of them a Ring. Wife Mary Day. Dated 10 Aug., 1700; proved 9 Jan.,1700-1. By codicil he mentions "his ever honored mother Mrs. Mary Cropley," (1) and bequeaths to her 10 pds. sterling (Isle of Wight county records, from Wlm and Mary Quarterly).

Deed of feoffment.  Aug. 13, 1658. Thomas Barham and William Barham, sons of John Barham late of Scragoake in Wadhurst, co. Sussex, decd., to William Weston of Mayfeild, yeoman ... containing 10 ac. lying in Mayfield to a lane from the High street to Cusuplie (?) fornace ... Quitclaim. Dec. 5, 1631. Elizabeth Martyn of Mayfield, widow of Henry Martyn, deceased, and her son Thomas Martyn, to Stephen Penkherst, the elder, of Mayfield, gent. Rights in lands formerly waste of the Manor of Mayfield and all common pasture and common liberties belonging to EM, in springs, wells, marles called marlepetts, loam called loampetts, and a sandy place called Sandpetts and gravell petts near the high street ... Witnesses: Thomas Houghton, Thomas Daye, William Weston ... Conveyance. Jun. 9, 1652. Abraham Lucke of Warbleton, husbandman and his wife Elizabeth (daughter of Thomas Boreman of Fairlight, yeoman, deceased) and their second son Hugh Lucke (brother of Thomas Lucke deceased) to John Baker of Mayfield, esq. Property lately occupied by Thomas Beale, now Abraham Weston ... W: Thomas Houghton, John Baker of Gildredge [in Withyham], Richard Furby, Robert Foster.

Conveyance. July 12, 1586. Sir Thomas Browne of Betchworth in Dorking (co. Surr.), kt., to Francis Hobbes of Nuthurst, gent. Messuage and lands (48a.) called Alice Land in Nuthurst, late in occ. of Robert Bennat. Witnesses - Henry Locksmythe, Richard Daye (of Mayfield - M.S) ... Conveyance. May 9, 1621. Helen Hobbs of 'Ellisworth' (co. Cambs, wid. of Francis Hobbs, decd., and Richard Hobbs, their son, to Drue Stapley of Southwark (co. Surr.), grocer, and Arthur Woodgate of Horsham, yeo ... Witnesses - George Hobbs, Steven Baker.

 Conveyance. Nov. 2, 1644. William Fowle of Riverhall in Wadhurst, esq, son and heir of William Fowle, gent, deceased, to William Daye of the same, farmer ... Messuage abutting S on the King's Highway from Wadhurst to Rotherfield, W and N on the lands of Stephen Penkherst. William Fowle gent, deceased, held the premises by foeffment of ( n.b. see previous notes) Thomas Aynscombe, gent, deceased, by deed 8 Sep 1610. Thomas Aynscombe held by grant of Henry Nevill by deed of 14 Aug 1597. Witnesses: Thomas Houghton, William Brian, William Doble, John Lucke, Richard Reade ... Conveyance. Oct. 14, 1647. William Day of Wadhurst, yeoman, to Richard Luck of Durgates in Wadhurst, yeoman. Messuage ... from Wadhurst to Rotherfield, W and N on the lands of Stephen Penkherst, gent, E on the King's Highway from Besbidge Hill to Frant. Witnesses: David Holland, William Kitchenham, John Luck, George Courthope.

Grant. Sept. 10, 1649. By Richard Thorpe of Worth, co. Sussex, gent., to Elizabeth Thorpe of Lingfeild, co. Surrey, spinster, his sister, of an annuity of £21 out of a messuage in Worth called Gibes Aven and 40 ac. in tenure of said R. T., and also out of a messuage called Wooton in Fowington, co. Sussex, and 200 ac. of land belonging, in occupation of John Staples, and 40 ac. meadow and pasture called Avery land in Worth in occupation of Thomas Ridley, and 20 ac. called the Venn lands in Worth in occupation of Mercy Martyn, widow. The said rent to be paid at the dwelling house of William Saxby called Newplace in Lingfeild. Signature of Richard Thorpe. Witnesses: Peter Aylworth, Edward Lucas, Edw. Linfeild. ... Counterpart of Deed of Feoffment. Feb. 20, 1655. Thomas Daye of Maighfeild, yeoman, to John Mount of Maighfield husbandman Witnesses:- John Courthopp, Thomas Burges (mk), Henry Rellfe.

Assignment. Oct. 6, 1668. Thomas Weston of Willingdon, yeoman, and John Fennell of Eastbourne, yeoman, to Thomas Weston of Cranbrooke, co. Kent, clothier - for £250 - of a mortgage dated 3 April, 17 Chas. II., by the said Thos Weston of Willingdon to the said John Fennell of a messuage or tenement with barns, malthouse &c. and 11 pieces of land, meadow &c. containing 40 ac. called Colkins Mill farm in the occupation of Alexander Martyn junr. in Mayfield.Witnesses: Peter Bodle, Richard Ellis, John Lake, Richard Hoare

Assignment. Jan. 23, 1671 By John Bodle of Eastgrinsted, butcher, to Nicholas Arnoll of Worth, mercer - for £20.- of an Annuity of 20s. given by Richard Cole of Eastgrinsted, gent., by his Will dated 4 Dec., 21 Chas. II., to the said John Bodle issuing out of lands called Westland in Worth containing 40 ac. in the occupation of Edward Ridley. late the lands of Abraham Edwards, gent., and theretofore of Roger Harling late of Worth decd., butting E. to the highway between Crawlwys Down and Copthorne, W. to lands called Rovant, N. to land in the occupation of the said Edw. Ridley and S. to a woppleway from Crawleys Down to Rovant land. Signature, John Bodle. Witnesses:- Tho. Moore, Alex. Luxford, Allen Browne. Thomas Harris, d. 1672. Co-overseer, with Thomas Tuke, of the Will of William Ridley. Charles Barham  m. Elizabeth Ridley, probably William's sister.

These are the connections. The Harris were various degrees of cousins, who intermarried with various degrees of cousins; patterns repeated over hundreds of years in England, to be repeated in Virginia. The marriages of countless, unrecorded siblings would have strengthened the links of their kinship group. It can not be known to whom some of this Harris family married, but it is certain that those marriages would have explained much about the composition of this kinship group, and its continuation in Virginia.


The Harris family I write about were Fullers in the maternal line, and shared the same female ancestress who m. 2. Bernard Randolph Esq., b. Ticehurst, Sussex, Aug. 7, 1500, m. 20 Feb 1548 (1) Joan Fuller, relict of ... Harrys, haberdasher, of London - it is from this cousinship tie that a direct link to Richard Washington is made - Bernard Randolph had issue by Joan Fuller: John Randolph, who m. (1570) Isabella Lunsford. Isabella's br., John Lunsford, m. Anne Apsley; their son, Thomas Lunsford, m. (1) Katherine Fludd (March 7, 1598, in Greenwich, St. Alphage, Kent), aunt of Colonel John Fludd, b. 1603 in Chichester, Sussex, died 1661 in Surry Co. Virginia. He m. (2) Fortune Jordan, dau. of Arthur Jordan; her sister, Elizabeth Jordan, m. Richard Washington, his dau. being Elizabeth Lanier. The immediate Harris cousins of this group married into a family of Allen -  Rowland Harris, m. "Katherine Alline" ("widdowe"), Nov. 24, 1563.The Harris branch I have documented were much connected to the Laniers through the Bassanos. They were also 'cousins'of the Sampsons through the Fullers. John Fuller of Waldron made a Will in 1614 witnessed by Samuel Sampson, his son, Richard Fuller of Waldron, in a feoffment of 1628, received  a warranty from Richard Sampson "against the heirs of Katherine Sampson dec'd his sister". Two sons of John Fuller, Cheney and Samuel, were recorded (in Bonds agreed between their brother Samuel in 1634 with their br.-in-law Phillip Wasse) as being "beyond the seas" - given the link to the Boys family of Hawkhurst, I imagine that to be Virginia. Apart from being maternally Fuller, the later Harris were close cousins of these Fullers through the marriage of Phoebe Harris and William Fuller, as decribed previously. In some way I can not as yet decypher this group, including the Wests, were associated with a family of Edmonds, William West was their tenant in Yapton.

1.1. Arthur Bassano. 
1.1.1. Anthony Bassano II Richard Bassano, witnessed Will of Clement Lanier's mother in law.  
1.2. Edward Bassano.
1.2.1. John Bassano, bapt. Nov. 6, 1608., obit. 1653, m. (1) (April 1, 1635) Anne Lloyd. PCC; Will proved Sept. 27, 1655. Dorothy Bassano Harris, b. 1643, (named in Will of br. John), m. Thomas Harris. 'Thomas Harris, of S' Leonard, East Cheap, Salter, Widr, ab' 26, & 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.  28 Feb 1662
1.3. Lucreece Bassano, m. Nicolas Lanier.
1.3.1.  Clement Lanier - Will of Anne Carter, w., of London (PCC, Prob. 11/201, q.189, Mar. 31 1647;
pr. 27 Sept, 1647, by Clement Lanyer and his wife Hannah, dau. of the deceased ... Witnesses: Richard Bassano ... Codicil: 8 June 1647: Witnesses: Richard Bassano; Jno Crewe.
1.3.1. John Lanier, m. Lucreece .. Lanier, m. (2) Sarah ... Nicholas Lanier, m. Mary Shepherd. Lanier, m. (1) Katherine Sampson,in Charles City County, dau. of John Sampson. Sampson Lanier Sr., b. 1682, Charles City, obit. May 5, 1743, Brunswick County, VA., m. Elizabeth Washington, dau. of Richard Washington and Elizabeth Jordan. ...  Sampson Lanier, obit. Sept. 2, 1757, Brunswick County, m. Elizabeth Chamberlain Rebecca Lanier, b. Dec. 16, 1744 , d. Jul. 1818 in Green County, Georgia, m. Walton Harris, great-grandson of Thomas Harris, d. 1688?

Court Book of Assemblies, Hundreds and Sessions. 130v sale for £200 to John Samson (son of Richard) of the King's Green (Peasmarsh) from Stone Barn Wall leading to Mr White's land called Cony Field 1655, father of George Sampson. 344v Final concord (1675) George Sampson and wife Philippa, Samuel Horne and wife Elizabeth, Samuel Eldred and wife Frances to John Weeks the elder gent, John Weeks the younger gent and Mary Weeks. George Sampson, Will 3 March 1685 ...'niece Lanieer ... overseas ... daughter of b***er John'. These families were long connected: Grant by Robert Shepherd of Peasmarsh, gent, to Edmund Wekes of Peasmarsh, Francis Jorden ... John Sampson and William Sampson sons of John Sampson of Dew. 26 Jan 1570.

The Harris and Bassano families held land in Shoreditch (St. Leonard parish) since 1571. I have  previously documented their births, marriages, and deaths. 

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