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Martha Harris (Lake)

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: North Benfleet, Essex, England
Death: April 5, 1700 (75)
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Burial: Unknown Ipswich Essex County Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Lake, of Great Fanton and Margaret Lake
Wife of Thomas Harris Jr
Mother of Thomas Harris; Sgt. John Harris; Elizabeth Gallup; Margaret Harris; Mary Harris and 5 others
Sister of Alice (Reade) West; Daniel Lake; Thomas Lake; Richard Lake; William Lake and 4 others

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About Martha Harris

Martha LAKE 1, 2, 3, 4 was christened 20 Jul 1624 in North Benfleet, Essex, England. She died 5 Apr 1700 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts.

Parents: John Lake (1590-1662) and Margaret Reade (1598-1672).

Martha married Thomas HARRIS (1618-1687) on 15 Nov 1647 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts.


M i Thomas Harris was born on 8 Aug 1648 in Ipswich,Essex Co.,MA. He died before 1687 in Turkey.

F ii Martha Harris was born on 8 Jan 1650/1651 in Ipswich,Essex Co.,MA. She died before 1696 in Ipswich,Essex Co.,MA.

M iii John Harris was born on 7 Jan 1652/1653. He died on 21 Nov 1732.

F iv Elizabeth Harris was born on 8 Feb 1654/1655. She died on 1 Feb 1734.

F v Margaret Harris was born on 6 Aug 1657. She died on 25 Feb 1752.

F vi Mary Harris was born on 31 Jan 1659/1660 in Ipswich,Essex Co.,MA. She died before 1695 in Ipswich,Essex Co.,MA.

M vii William Harris was born on 12 Dec 1661/1664. He died on 31 Dec 1751.

M viii Ebenezer Harris was born about 1665. He died on 16 Apr 1751.




Martha was descended from relatively wealthy landowners in England, her father being a Lake and her mother a Reade. Her aunt Elizabeth was the wife of Governor John Winthrop of Connecticut. A valuable connection which she brought to her marriage to Thomas Harris. Madam Rebecca Symonds, widow of Mrs. Harris' uncle by marriage, Deputy Governor Samuel Symonds, in her will made in 1695, left to "my cousin Martha Harris a good scarf of equal value with my best scarf." In the same will Martha's daughter Margaret was beqeathed by Madam Symonds, a gold ring and L3 in money. Martha's mother Margaret (Reade) Lake resided with Martha and Thomas in her later years.


   1Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995-), 2:865, Los Angeles Public Library, Gen 974 A549.
   2Davis, Walter Goodwin, Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (1885-1966) (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996.), 2:170, Los Angeles Public Library, 929.2 D26-28 1996.
   3Davis, Walter Goodwin, The Ancestry of Bethia Harris, 1748-1833: Wife of Dudley Wildes of Topsfield, Massachusetts (Portland, Maine: Southworth Press, 1934.), p. 56, Family History Library, 929.273 H24d.
   4Gallup, John D., The Genealogical History of the Gallup Family in the United States (Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle Antiquarian Books, 1993.), p. 23, Los Angeles Public Library, 929.2 G175 1993.

DAUGHTER OF JOHN LAKE & MARGARET READ HARRIS (circa 1672), mother DAUGHTER OF EDMUND READ. This lineage is reputed to extend to Charlemagne, 742 - 814. (mothers have a history too)

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Martha Harris's Timeline

July 20, 1624
North Benfleet, Essex, England
July 20, 1624
N Benfleet, Essex, Eng
July 20, 1624
N Benfleet, Essex, Eng
July 20, 1624
North Benfleet, Essex, Eng
July 20, 1624
North Benfleet, Essex, Eng
July 20, 1624
North Fleet, Essex, Eng
October 6, 1635
Age 11
August 5, 1648
Age 24
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
January 7, 1652
Age 27
Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts