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Robert Overton Harris, Sr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: St. Peters Parish, New Kent County, Virginia, Colonial America
Death: Died in Albemarle County, Virginia, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Albemarle, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of William Harris, Sr. and Temperance Harris
Husband of Mourning Gleason Harris
Father of Anna Dabney; Christopher Overton Harris, Sr.; Tyree Harris, Sr.; Mary Harris; Mourning Glenn Jouette and 10 others
Brother of Elizabeth Hudson; Benjamin O. Harris; William C Harris, Jr.; Jemima Overton; Edward "Ned" Harris and 6 others
Half brother of Claiborn Ned Harris and James Overton Harris

Occupation: Served in the House of Burgesses, Sheriff, Commission of Justices & Peace, County Surveyor, Major
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About Robert Overton Harris, Sr.

Major in Virginia Militia; First surveyor of Louisa County, VA in 1742; represented Hanover County in House of Burgesses.

Oldest son of Wm & Temperance Harris. Will proved 8 Aug 1765. -------------------- Major in Virginia Militia; First surveyor of Louisa County, VA in 1742; represented Hanover County in House of Burgesses.

Oldest son of Wm & Temperance Harris. Will proved 8 Aug 1765.

"In the name of God, Amen. I, Robert Harris of the County of Albemarle, being of perfect mind, and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following: first and principally I recommend my soul to God, who gave it me, not doubting but through the merits of my blessed Saviour to have full pardon and remission of my sins, and my body, I recommend to the earth from whence it came, to be buried in such manner, as my executors hereafter named shall see fit. And as touching such temporal estate as it hath pleased God to bestow on me, I give and dispose of in manner and form following. Imprinis: I give and bequeath to my son, Christopher Harris, forty acres of woodland, ground lying and being in the County of Albemarle, on a large spur of the Blue Ridge of Mountains near to a place commonly called and known by the name of Bear Cornfield to him and his heirs and assigns forever. Item: I give and bequeath to my son William Harris, after the decease of my loving wife Mourning Harris, all the lands which I hold in County of Albemarle to him and his heirs forever. Item: I leave to my loving wife, Mourning Harris, the sole use and benefit of all the lands and plantations during her natural life which is above given to my son William Harris after her decease. Item: I leave to the said loving wife, the sole use and benefit during her natural life, six slaves, that is to say Harry, Peter, and Dick, men: Patta and Nancy: women. Item: My will and desire is after the decease of my wife, that if my negro man Harry should be then living in that case I give and bequeath the said Harry to my son Robert Harris, Jr. to be his and his heirs. Item: My will and desire is, after the decease of my wife, that my negro man Peter, he then be living in that case, I give and bequeath the said Peter to my son Tyree Harris to him and his heirs. Item: My will and desire is, after the decease of my wife, that if my other four negroes Dick, Aaron, men and Patta and Nancy, women be then living I give and bequeath them and their increase to my son William Harris, to him and his heirs. Item: My will and desire is that if my son William should die before he reaches lawful age or without issue, this in that case he the said William Harris should be further educated and charges thereof shall be payed out of the estate given him, after the whole being sold, by my executors herein after named, and the remainder of the money arising from such sale be equally divided amongst all my children, or other legal representations. Item: My will and desire is that my son William Harris to be under the tuition and direction and government of my son-in-law John Rodes until he shall attain lawful age. Item: I give and bequeath to my loving wife when all my lawful debts and financial expenses be paid, all the residue of my estate be it of whatever nature or quality forever to her and her heirs forever. I do constitute and nominate and appoint my sons-in-law John Rodes and William Shelton, to be my executors of this my last will and testament, as witnesses, my hand and seal this eighteenth day of June the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty five. signed Robert Harris L. S. signed, sealed in the presence of Daniel Maupin, John Mullins, James William, Maupin, Courtly Mullins.

-------------------- Major Robert Harris (b. Abt. 1696, d. Abt. 1765)Robert Harris (son of William Harris and Temperance Overton) was born Abt. 1696 in Hanover, Virginia, and died Abt. 1765 in Brown's Cove, Albemarle, Virginia. He married Mourning Glenn on 13 January 1719/20, daughter of James Glenn and Mourning Winn.

Notes for Robert Harris:

MAJOR ROBERT HARRIS OF ALBEMARLE COUNTY. He was born in Hanover County and was the oldest son of Capt. William Harris and Termperance Overton his wife. He spent his early years in Hanover County and was elected to the General Assembly with William Merriwether. They sat as Burgesses in the session that convened 1 Nov 1738. He also served in the session which began 22 May 1740 and on 1 Aug 1740. In the session for 6 May 1742 Robert Harris and John Chiswell were the Burgesses from Hanover County and in the next session of 4 Sept 1744 William Merriwether was in the place of Robert Harris who had accepted the place of Surveyor in Louisa County. Robert Harris was in the first commission of the peace for Louisa County in 1742 and it is probable that he at that time resided at his plantation on Little River, which he had purchased from Benjamin Harris and Sarah, his wife and which he later conyeyed to his son Tyre Harris. He received four grants of land which lay in what became Louisa County and it was in this area that he established his home, which he later gave to his son Tyree: (1) Robert Harris, Hanover County, 400 acres of land adjoining the land of Col. Henry Duke, on Newfound River, 16 June 1727. (2) Robert Harris, 400 acres between the North Anna and Little River, 28 Sept. 1728. (3) Robert Harris, Hanover County, land on the south side of Little River, adjoining his own land, 95 acres, 20 July 1738. (4) Robert Harris, 400 acres on both sides of Rock Creek, 15 Sept. 1752. Major Robert Harris was appointed Sheriff of Louisa County in 1751 and served the usual two year term. He had been surveyor of the county since its erection in 1742. He was included in the commission of justices named in 1752 but soon after this he disposed of his property in Louisa and moved to Brown's Cove on Doyle's River in Albemarle County, where he had acquired a large tract of land. He resided there until his death in 1765. His wife, Mouring Harris, survived him until 1776 when she died leaving a will in which she named Robert Harris, her deceased husband.

The will of Robert Harris reads as follows: In the Name of God, Amen. I Robert Harris of the County of Albemarle, being in perfect mind and memory, do make and ordain this my list will and testament, in manner and form following. First and principally, I recommend my soul to the Almighty God, who gave it to me not doubting but thru the merits of my Blessed Saviour to have full pardon and remission of my sins and my body, I recommend to the earth from whence it came to be buried in such manner, as my executor hereafter named shall see fit. And as touching such temporal estate as it hath pleased God to bestow on me, I give and dispose of in manner and form following: Imprimis, I give and bequeath to my son, Christopher Harris, forty acres of woodland ground lying and being in the County of Albemarle, on a large spur of the Blue Ridge of mountains near the place commonly called and known by the name of "Bear Cornfield" to him and his heirs forever. Item: I give and bequeath to my son, William Harris, after the decease of my loving wife, Mourning Harris, all the land which I hold in the County of Albemarle to him and his heirs forever. Item: I leave my wife, Mourning Harris, the sole use and benefit of all the lands and plantatin during her natural life, which is above given to my son Wiliam, after her decease. Item: My will and desire after the decease of my wife that my negro man, Harry should he then be living in that case I give and bequeath the said Harry to my son Robert Harris, junior, to him and his heirs forever. Item: My will and desire is after the decease of my loving wife that my negro man Peter, should then he then be living, in that case, I give and bequeath the said Peter to my son Tyre Harris, to him and his heirs forever. Item: My will and desire is, that my son William Harris should die before attaining the lawful age or without issue, that in that case, he the said William Harris, should be further educated, the charges thereof shall be paid out of the estate given him, after the whole being sold, by my executors herein after named, and the remainder of the money arising from such sale be equally divided amongst all my children or their legal representatives. Item: My will and desire is that my son William Harris be under the tuition, direction and government of my son-in-law John Rodes, until he shall attain lawful age. Item: I give and bequeath to my loving wife when all of my debts and funeral expenses is paid, all the residue of my estate, be it of whatever nature or quality soever, to her and her heirs forever. I do constitute and appoint my son-in-law John Roades and William Shelton to be my executors of this my last will and testament. As witness my hands and seal this eighteenth day of June in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty five. Robert Harris {Seal} Signed, sealed, etc. in the presence of Daniel Maupin John Mullins James William Maupin Courtney Mullins

At a Court held for the County of Albemarle the eighth day of August 1765, this will and presented in Court, proved by the oath of Daniel Maupin and William Maupin wintesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on motion of John Rodes and William Shelton, the executors named therein, certificate is granted them or obtaining a probate thereof in due form, on giving security, where upon they with David Rodes and Christopher Harris their securities entered into and acknowledged their bond according to law. Henry Frye Clerk*

  • Albemarle County, Virginia Will Book 1, page 8

A copy of this will is in HISTORY AND GENEALOGIES by W. Harris Miller, page 267. It was dated 18 Jun 1765.

The following family record was furnished by the late Hon. John T. Harris of Harrisonburg, VA.: An Authentic List of the Children of Major Robert Harris Albemarle County, VA ANNA born 32 Mar 1724. married John Dabney CHRISTOPHER born 17 Feb 1725. married (1) Mary Dabney (2) Agnes McCord TYREE born 8 Apr 1728. married (1) Elizabeth Chapmen (2) Mary Ann Simpson MARY born 10 Feb 1729 died 1819. married James Harris MOURNING GLENN born 27 Mar 1732. married John Jouett LUCY born 12 Apr 1734. married William Shelton SARAH born 24 May 1736. married John Rodes ROBERT born 8 Mar 1741. married Lucretia Brown RACHEL born 24th Jun 1744. married William Dalton FRANCES born 27 Jan 1746. maried Joel Crawford WILLIAM born 15 Nov 1752. maried (1) Miss Michie (2)--- Thompson

Source: The Virginia Genealogist article on THREE WILLIAM HARRISES IN HANOVER COUNTY by Malcolm Hart Harris, West Point, Virginia pages 6-10

More About Robert Harris and Mourning Glenn: Marriage: 13 January 1719/20

Children of Robert Harris and Mourning Glenn are:

+Robert Harris, b. 08 March 1740/41, Virginia, d. Abt. 1809, Surry County, North Carolina.

-------------------- House of Burgesses 1736-1737

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Maj Robert Overton Harris, Sr.'s Timeline

1696
1696
New Kent County, Virginia, Colonial America
1696
St Peter's Parish, New Kent, Virginia
1701
1701
Age 5
1704
1704
Age 8
1720
January 13, 1720
Age 24
Hanover Co., VA
1724
March 31, 1724
Age 28
Hanover County, Virginia, Colonial America
1725
February 17, 1725
Age 29
St Martins Parish, Hanover, Virginia
1728
April 8, 1728
Age 32
Hanover, Virginia
1729
February 10, 1729
Age 33
Louisa Co., VA
1732
March 27, 1732
Age 36
Hanover, Hanover, VA, USA