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Adria Harris (Hoare)

Also Known As: "Harris; Adria", "Adia", "Audry", "Andria", "Adria", "Audria"
Birthplace: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Death: Died in James City Co, VA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Hoare and Julyan Tripplett
Wife of Thomas Harris and Capt. Thomas Harris, I
Mother of Mary Lygon; Edward Harris; Elizabeth Warner and Thomas Harris

Occupation: Immigrated 1621/11
Managed by: Pete Van Voast
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About Adria Harris

See the "About Me" for Capt. Harris, Sr.'s profile for more info.

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Andria Gurganey was not the wife of Thomas Harris

I just recently was approved as a member of the Jamestowne Society. I had made application with Edward Gurganey as my qualifying ancestor. But the papers came back with notations that the there is doubt that Edward Gurganey had a daughter, Adria. I was instead approved under Capt Thomas Harris, Burgess. In fact the society's verifying genealogist, Lyndon Hart, had written an article dealing with the subject of Adia. [see Mag. of Virginia Gen., Vol 34 Winter 1996 No 1 P51ff].Essentially it argued that Adry, wife of Thomas Harris, was actually Audry Hoare, a maiden who came to Virginia aboard the ship Marmaduke in August 1621. She was born at Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, bp 28 Aug 1604. Her parents were Thomas Hoare and Julyan Tripplett. My genealogist, Paul Reed, has researched this further and says, "This is the ONLY Audry among the list of women to be transported to Virginia on the Marmaduke bound for Virginia in August 1621 [it arrived in November 1621]. Her age matches the age of Adria, wife of Thomas Harris." He went on to conclude that Audry was actually one and the same as Adria. Therefore, there is no direct connection with Edward Gurganey. However, the land patent issued in feb 1638/39 to Thomas Harris still suggests that there was a connection between Gurganey and Harris or Hoare. Note, the key to this is that Gurganey and Hoare families were both in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. And so was the Woodliffe family! So it now is certain that Thomas Harris' wife was Adry aka Adria aka Audry Hoare. [not Gurganey as has long been believed]. ...

Jim Hancock <>


Thomas Harris aged 38 yeares in the PROSPEROUS in May Adria Hoare his wife aged 23 yeares in the MARMADUKE in NOvember 1621 Ann Woodlase theire kinswoman aged 7 yeares

following information in "Southside Virginia Familes, Volume II by Boddie. The chapter title is "Descendants of Edward Gurgany, Member of First General Assembly, 1619". To set the scene, Edward died before his wife Anne. In her will dated Feb. 11, 1619-20, she bequeathed their land to Thomas Harris, who had evidently married their daughter Adrai. This is shown in a grant to Capt. Thomas Harris July 12, 1637 of 400 acres of land, "Due as followeth 400 acres being granted to Edward Gurgany by order of Court, being date Oct. 1, 1617 from the late Treasurer and Company and bequeathed by Ann Gurgany widow and relict of said Edward Gurgany to the said Thomas Harris by her last will bearing date Feb.11, AD 1619-20 (C.p.60).

"Captain Thomas Harris was married twice. His fist wife was ADRAI Hoare an ancient PLANTER, proven by the following land grant to "Capt. Thomas Harris, 820 acres known by the name of "Longfield" Henrico County , 26 Feb. 1638---100 acres for his own personal adventure, 100 acres for his first wife ADRY HARRIS, as being ancient Planters & 620 acres for the transportation of 13 persons. (C.P. 101).

At a witchcraft trial held in Jamestown, Sept. 11, 1626, "Rebecca Gray was a witness against goodwife "Wright" the suspected witch. She swore that "goodwife Wright did tell her that she told Thomas Harris he should bury his first wife, being then betrothed unto him, which came to pass" (ColSurry-77i). To indulge in such a prophecy in those days seems to have been very detrimental. Anyway Adrai Harris died sometime before September 1626.

Adrai Hoare was an ancient Planter. This meant that she came to Virginia before November 1616, the time of the going away of Sir Thomas Dale. Now Edward Gurgany came over in 1608. Adrai, if his daughter, was married to Thomas Harris before the date of her mother's will, Feb. 11, 1619-20. At a minimum she would be probably 16 years of age at that date. She was married before that date, how long before is not known. Her birth was about 1604 or earlier. She would therefore be about four years of age at the time he came over in 1608 and Gurganey probably brought over his wife and daughter much later but at least before 1616 for her to be an Ancient Planter. Who else among the ancient Planters but Edward Gurgany and his wife could have been the father and mother of " ancient Planter" Adrai Harris?

Captain THOMAS HARRIS, an ancient Planter having come over in 1611, was a member of the House of Burgesses from Charles City in 1623/24 and from Henrico in 1639-47. Adrai Harris died about 1626, and Thomas Harris married apparently in 1626 a second wife whose first name was "Joan". There is no clue to her family name and it is positively unknown. (See V.H.G.-199)

Adria Hoare, his wife, age 23, came in the Marmaduke in November 1621, and Ann Woodlase, their kinswoman, aged 7." William & Mary Quarterly: "Henrico County, Virginia, Beginnings of its Families," by William Clayton Torrence.

It is certain that one was named Adria, and a later one Joane, e.g. from the 1623/24 census, and a 1635 land grant, respectively. It seems that Adria might be a GURGANEY, because of a substantial bequest made to HARRIS by Ann GURGANEY, widow of Edward GURGANEY, in her will of 1619. In 1635, a grant mentions HARRIS' then wife Joane, and his land from the estate of Edward "VIRGANY." I have seen a reasoned argument based on the first document that claims Adria was a GURGANEY (prob). I have seen an argument based on the second, that concludes that Joane was a GURGANEY (prob). Combined, it would seem to me more likely that, IF either one was a GURGANEY, it is more likely Adria. Edward GURGANEY arrived in Virginia 1608. But that Charles City muster says, regarding Thomas HARRIS, "...Adria his wife, aged 23 years in the Marmaduke in Nov. 1621." suppose it's possible that Edward and Ann GURGANEY left a 7 yr old daughter behind in England for 13 years?? Frankly, I'm skeptical that either was a GURGANEY.


  • Aka (Facts Pg): Adria Osborne or Gurganey
  • Cause of Death: Apparently complications of childbirth
  • Immigrated: 1621, On Marmaduke (father Capt Thomas OSBORNE

Note: This info not proven

According to a transcription of the actual ship's manifest for the "Marmaduke" ADRIA HARRIS Nov 1621 voyage was the passenger, age 23 at muster, wife of THOMAS HARRIS who arrived on the "Prosperous".Clearly they were married in England, and NOT in Virginia. This coupled with the fact that ANNE CHAPMAN GURGANEY left 400 acres of land to THOMAS HARRIS in her will makes me firmly believe that the wife of THOMAS HARRIS was ADRIA GURGANEY and not ADRIA HOARE, who supposedly arrived in Virginia unmarried.

Betty Tartas 8/5/2013

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Adria Harris's Timeline

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Age 1
Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
Age 1
Virginia, United States
January 1, 1625
Age 21
Henrico County, Virginia, United States
September 1, 1626
Age 22
James City Co, VA