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Arthur Harris

Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England
Death: June 10, 1674 (60-68)
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of NN Harris and NN Harris
Husband of Martha Harris
Father of Isaac Harris; Samuel Harris; Mary Harris and Martha Snell

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About Arthur Harris

1. ARTHUR1 HARRIS1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 was born Abt. 1610 in Plymouth, Devon, England, and died Jan 10, 1673/74 in Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. Burial: King's Chapel Burial Ground, Boston, MA

Parents: Not known

He married MARTHA (WINSLOW) Abt. 1640 in Duxbury, Plymouth. She was born 1609 in England, and died Dec 28, 1699 in Boston, Mass.


i. ISAAC HARRIS, b. Abt. 1644, Duxbury, Mass.; d. Jan 22, 1706/07, Bridgewater, Mass..

ii. SAMUEL HARRIS b. Abt. 1645, Bridgewater, Mass.18; d. Nov 02, 1678, Boston, Mass.19; m. HANNAH ?20; b. Abt. 1645.

iii. MARY HARRIS b. Abt. 1647, Bridgewater, Mass; d. Aft. 1717; m. JOHN WINCHCOMB1676, Bridgewater or Boston; b. Abt. 1645, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts.

iv. MARTHA HARRIS, b. May 1650, Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; d. Abt. 1728, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts.




We begin our history with Arthur Harris (c.1610-1674) who was born in Plymouth, Devon, England. His date of birth is uncertain, with some sources saying 1599, (this may be a confusion with another Arthur Harris of Virginia) and others 1610. It is reasonably certain that his wife was born about 1609, (see her notes). He came to Bridgewater, Mass. in 1625 (or perhaps as late as 1640) and was granted lands in Duxbury in 1640. He was only fifteen at the time he came to the New World. We know nothing, at this point, as to how he came. Perhaps he sailed with his parents, or as a child ordered by the courts under someone else's care. This needs further study.

He was one of the original proprietors of Bridgewater, and first settlers of West Bridgewater in 1652. He married Martha Winslow, perhaps in 1630 or 1640 (more likely). Arthur moved back to Bridgewater, from West Bridgewater, and then to Boston, where he died June 10, 1674. Martha died on December28, 1699 and they are both buried in King's Chapel Burial Ground, in Boston. Arthur and Martha had at least four children.

A reference says that Robert Latham "brought a suit for slander against Arthur Harris on March 2, 1668 at Plymouth, MA." Robert was the father of Mercy Latham, who married Arthur's son Isaac, and Robert later petitioned the court for relief of the neglect of his daughter. We read about this again in our discussion of son Isaac, below.

Who was Arthur Harris? Although some internet records show the parents and other ancestors for Arthur, these are confusing, and often relate to other lines that have been mixed in error.

According to the Genealogical Papers of R.V. Harris in the Archives of Nova Scotia, "Arthur Harris was 'undoubtedly a member of the family of Harris (or Harrys) of Hayne in Devon, which was allied to the families of Harris of Radford, Devon and Rosewarne in Cornwall and his descent from the Earl of Devon 'is to be inferred. The first Earl of Devon was Hugh Courtenay, created by Edward III in 1335. An Eminent member of the family was John Harrys of Hayne (b 1510?), a lawyer of repute, reader at Lincoln's Inn in 1535, Sergeant 1540, King's Sergeant and Recorder of the City of Exeter."

The Courtenay family is well documented, including links to the Harris family. Following the descendants of the Harris of Hayne family of Devon, there are two or three Arthurs, but information on each of them is to little to confirm the link.

Coat of Arms: R.V. Harris was convinced that the arms of the Arthur Harris family, "three crescents within a bordure argent", are those of the Harris of Hayne family, described in Burke's Landed Gentry and other works of English genealogy and heraldry. The three crescents were said to represent three crusades.


1. "Harris, Arthur St. George, initial source of Harris study," Much of the original material in this family history was originally collected by Arthur St. George Harris and his father, Reginald Vanderbilt Harris. Apparently much of the information is available in the Nova Scotia Archives.

2. Latter Day Saints, Web Site.

3. Mitchell, Nahum, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1840, pg 175, This text originally printed in Boston by Kidder and Wright, 32 Congress Street, 1840; reprinted by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Mass. 1897. Reproduced on the Internet by the Bridgewater Genealogical Society at

4. Winsor, Justin: History of Duxbury, Mass., with Genealogical Registers. Boston:Crosby and Nichols, 1849..

5. General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Two, (James Chilton, Richard More, Thomas Rogers), Sherman, Robert M., Ed..

6. Jones, Roderick Bissell, "Harrises in Boston Before 1700", undated.

7. Savage, James A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Before 1692.

9. New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 345, "Arthur Harris (-1774) mar Martha (?Lake/Winslow?) in 1630? 1640?, living at Roxbury, Boston, Duxbury and Bridgewater."

10. Pope, Charles, The Pioneers of Massachusetts, 241, "Arthur Harris (aka Harrison) of Duxbury, at about 1643. Propr. 1 June 1640. He resided at Boston. Will dated 17 March 1673, probated 7 July 1674, bequested to eldest son Isaac, son Samuel, and daughter Mary; rest to wife who was to care for other children. The son Samuel died in 1678 and bequested to his wife Hannah, his brother Isaac, sisters Mary Snell and ... Winchcorne, and their children." On the same page is a reference to "Thomas Harris, fisherman, seaman of Ipswich, married Martha Lake 15 Nov 1647."

Additional reading:

Whittemore, Henry. Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America: With a Brief History of Those of the First Generation and References to the Various Local Histories, and Other Sources of Information Where Additional Data May Be Found. Baltimore, MD: Reprinted for Clearfield Co. by Genealogical Pub. Co, 1995. Print.

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Arthur Harris (1627 - 1674)

'Arthur Harris

Born 1627 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Son of Anthony Harris and Elizabeth (Unknown) Harris

[sibling(s) unknown]

Husband of Martha (Unk.) Harris — married [date unknown] [location unknown]

Father of Mary (Harris) Winchcomb, Isaac Harris, Samuel Harris and Martha (Harris) Snell

Died 10 Jun 1674 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts

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Arthur Harris was of Duxbury, Massachusetts, in 1640.

He was an original proprietor at Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

His will was dated 1673 Boston, he died at Boston, between March and July 1674.

The maiden name of his wife is unknown.

She was NOT Martha Lake.


Husband: Arthur Harris

Wife: Martha Lake


Date: ABT 164 Place: Bridgewater, Plymouth, Ma


"History of Bridgewater MA." Mitchell pp 175 176 "New. Eng. Hist. Gen. Register" vol. 159 pp 269--273 Source S32 Title: Ancestral File (TM) Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Publication: June 1998 (c), data as of 5 JAN 1998 Repository: #REPO6 Repository REPO6 Name: Family History Library Address: 35 N West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA

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Arthur Harris's Timeline

Plymouth, Devon, England
Age 34
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Age 36
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
January 8, 1650
Age 40
Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Age 40
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
June 10, 1674
Age 64
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Age 64
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts