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Joane Harris (unknown)

Also Known As: "Vincent", "not Joan Osborne"
Birthplace: Little Hadham, Hertford, England, UK
Death: after September 01, 1656
Curles Plantation, Henrico, Virginia Colony
Immediate Family:

Wife of William Vincent and Captain Thomas Harris, Ancient Planter

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About Joane Harris


Joane Harris, widow Vincent was born on January 28, 1597 in Little Hadham, Hertford, England, UK.

Joane married William Vincent.

Joane married Captain Thomas Harris, Ancient Planter in 1646 in Virginia, Colonial America.

She died after September 1, 1656 in Curles Plantation, Henrico, Virginia Colony.

2nd wife of Capt. Thomas Harris. Widow of William Vincent. Immigration: on the Mary & James Virginia


Proper interpretation of the existing records established that the second wife of Thomas Harris had to be the widowed neighbor, Joane Vincent.


Adria was first wife of Thomas, she is on the 1623 muster and Joan was his 2nd wife.  Capt. Thomas Harris repatented the Gurganey land which was left him by Anne Guraney who was the widow of Edward Gurganey.    Capt. Thomas Harris relationship is not determined in this will but it has been assumed he must be related due to this will.   We do not know when Adria died but we do know Thomas married Joan by 1635.   We only know of two children for Captain Thomas Harris.   This does not mean there may not have been others.   It has long been speculated that Adria was the mother of Mary and Joanne was the mother of William but this cannot be proven at this writing.

The discovery that there was an Adria Hoare, of Buckinghamshire, on the Marmaduke in 1621 among that first group of eleven "single maidens," has led us to explore whether there was a possibility Adria Hoare was Adria Harris. In one of Capt. Thomas Harris applications he indicates 'his land is next to the Gurganey land to the South and also Joane (Joan), his second wife, had land adjoining on the North.' It is possible that Adria was actually Audry Hoare and not Adria Gurganey as proposed in the past. Joan (Unknown), was the second wife, but we have absolutely no evidence that she was an Osborne. In fact, we have a statement by the person who first came up with this admitting she made it up.

Early records clearly prove that Adria was the first wife of Capt. Thomas Harris. Publications have cited the "Witchcraft Trials" as a date for the death of Adria in 1626 but research has proven this to be false. This leaves open the possibility that Adria may well have lived longer than previously thought. Now we can only say she was dead by the 1635 patent that names "Joan" as the second wife.

Captain Thomas Harris states in one of his applications that his land is next to the Gurgany land and also Johnan (Joanne) , his second wife, had land adjoining on the North.   The important point here is that we do not know the maiden names of either of  his wives.   In our notes we discovered that one writer that reported his wife just made it up because they knew Harris property connected to this families property.    Once we admit we do not know, we can begin to search for the truth.



"6 March 1625/26 - This involves a court case that is far more interesting than the old "witchcraft trial" story. This time it really does involve Thomas Harris of Henrico.".

"Richard Taylor says that Joane Vincent should testify that Thomas Harris has slept with 7 out of the 14 women in the local church. He also says that she has knowledge of an incident where Thomas Harris supposedly "made faste the door" and would have "layne with a women against her will." Joane Vincent was apparently the local gossip. This wasn't the only time she was known to have made sexual allegations concerning some of her neighbors. Analyzing the 1624/25 muster, we can see there were indeed exactly 14 women on the Neck of Land list. Other than the 15 year old servant Elizabeth Perkinson, they were all married to the local men, so I guess we know where this was going. Obviously, Richard Taylor, at 51 and being the oldest guy around, wasn't keeping his 22 year old wife happy and must have felt some personal threat from the 39 year old Thomas Harris. Apparently Joane Vincent was not willing to repeat her gossip in court and no charges were ever brought against Thomas Harris."

"Hard to know what to make of all this, especially considering Thomas Harris was married to Joane Vincent ten years later. When we couple these allegations about Thomas Harris with the idea that he married three widows to acquire the land they controlled, we begin to get a very interesting picture of what type of person Thomas Harris was and what his position was in the community. Obviously, the women liked him a lot."


"Nor was Joan Vincent's squabble with Thomas Harris the first time that she had been before the Jamestown council, which in the colony was forced to take on the role of a church court, assuming the responsibility for policing morality that would in England have belonged to the local archdeacon. In 1624 there had been a series of episodes in which she had made sexual allegations against another of her neighbours. Having claimed that Alice Boyse, one of the newcomers to the Neck of Land, had given birth to a bastard, Joan was taken to court. Failing to prove her contention, she was condemned to stand in a white sheet before the congregation and ask Alice's pardon. This she refused to do. She then appealed to the council, but her appeal was dismissed. Unrepentant, she then accused Alice of causing trouble at Jordan's Journey between Samuel Jordan and his wife because of Samuel's great love for Alice, and further alleged that Alice and her husband 'had made ... an arswarde Bargane before [they] were maryed'. Alice thereupon sought to have Joan prove her slanders and be censured.?


Thomas Capt.6 Harris (William Sr.5, Arthur4, William3, Arthur2, William1) was born 1586 in Crixse,Essex, England, and died 1658 in Henrico, Virginia. He married

(1) Adria Gurganey 1611 in Henrico, Virginia. She was born 1598 in Crixco, Essex, England, and died 1626 in Jamestown,Jamestown City,Virginia. He married

(2) Joane Osborne 11 Sep 1626 in Woodham Ferrers Crixie,Essex,England. She was born 1601 in Crixco, Essex, England, and died 1633 in Jamestown,Virginia. He married

(3) Joane Gurgany 1629 in England. She was born 1598 in Crixco, Essex, England.

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Joane Harris's Timeline

January 28, 1597
Little Hadham, Hertford, England, UK
September 1, 1656
Age 59
Curles Plantation, Henrico, Virginia Colony