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Sir William Harris, Kt. High Sheriff of Essex

Also Known As: "Sir William Harris"
Birthplace: Woodham Mortimer, Southminster, Essex, England
Death: November 20, 1616 (60)
Crixsea, Kent, England
Place of Burial: Crixsea, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Arthur Harris, Esq., High Sheriff of Essex; Dorothy Harris and Dorthy Harris
Husband of Lady Alice Harris and Alice Harris
Father of John Harris; Sir Arthur Herrys, of Creeksea, Kt.; Sgt. John Harris; William Harris; Thomas Harris, of Crixsea and 5 others
Brother of Dorothy Kempe

Occupation: knight, land owner, Virginia Company incorporator, Knight; landowner, High Sheriff of Essex County England, subscriber of the Virginia Company, landowner, and High Sheriff, Sir, Wiliiam of Crixie
Y DNA Haplogroup: I-M253
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About Sir William Harris, of Creeksea, Kt.

Sir William Harris was Knighted on July 23, 1603 at Otelands by King James I, the king who gave us the current version on the Bible. Sir William lived at Creeksea, Essex England in a large mansion that still exists today. He and his wife are buried at a nearby Church called All Saints.

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William Sr.5 Harris (Arthur4, William3, Arthur2, William1) was born 21 Sep 1556 in Woodham,Ferrers,Crixse, Essex, England, and died 14 Nov 1616 in Crixse,Essex, England. He married Alice Smith 06 May 1583 in Saint Gavriel, Fenchhurch, London, England. She was born 1556 in Weston Harper,Kent,England, and died 20 Nov 1615 in Crixe,Kent, England.

More About William Harris and Alice Smith:

Marriage: 06 May 1583, Saint Gavriel, Fenchhurch, London, England

Children of William Harris and Alice Smith are:

  • i. Dorothy Harris.
  • ii. Arthur Harris, born 1584 in Woodham Mortimer,Essex,England.
  • iii. William Harris, born 1585 in Woodham Mortimer,Essex,England.
  • iv. Thomas Capt. Harris, born 1586 in Crixse,Essex, England; died 1658 in Henrico, Virginia.
  • v. John Harris, born 1588 in Crixco, Essex, England.
  • vi. Mary Harris, born 1592 in Crixco, Essex, England.
  • vii. Frances Harris, born 1594 in Crixco, Essex, England.
  • viii. Elizabeth Harris, born 1596 in Crixco, Essex, England.
  • Wadmore, J.F. (1887). "Thomas Smythe, of Westenhanger, Commonly Called Customer Smythe". Archaeologia Cantiana. XVII. London: Mitchell & Hughes. page 203 Will of Thomas Smythe. "To the children of his daughter Alice, wife of William Harris, the sum of £550 to be divided."
  • Ibid page 207 Will of Alice (Judde) Smith, 1598. "To her daughter Harris (Alice) ... to her son Thomas Harris ... and to her daughter Dora Harris ..." "To William Harris £50 ..."

Sir William Harris (21 September 1556 – 14 November 1616) was an English knight, land owner, and a notable incorporator in the third Virginia Company of London.

This Harris family appears to have originated some 40 to 50 miles east-north-east of London and on the north bank of the River Crouch. The village of Cricksea (or Creeksea) exists today on this peninsula in Essex County. Creeksea is located about two miles west of Burnham-on-the-Crouch and about 18 miles inland from the North Sea. Anciently called "Danes Island", this area was inhabited largely by Norman families after the conquest in 1066.

Sir William Harris was knighted on 23 July 1603 at Whitehall on the eve of the coronation of James I.[2] His elevation to the knighthood was the result of military service in Ireland during the Nine Years' War along with his cousin Sir William Harris of Shenfield, Essex.[3]

William Harris was born on 21 September 1556 in Essex.[4] His parents were Sir Arthur Harris and Dorothy Waldegrave.[5] He made his home at Creeksea Place Manor [6] Harris Arms of William's grandfather and namesake, presumed to be similar or the same as Sir William's

William married Alice Smythe on 6 May 1583 in St Gabriel Fenchurch, London, England. Alice was the daughter of Thomas Smythe[7][8] of Westenhanger, Kent.

The children of Sir William Harris and Lady Alice Harris were:[9][10]

Sir Arthur Harris b 1584....d 9 Jan 1632 William Harris b 1585....d 1622 in Lincolns Inn, Middlesex. Thomas Harris b 1586....d 1617 in England, unmarried and without issue John Harris b 1588....d by 14 Oct 1638 in Charles City Co., Va. Alice Harris married Sir Henry Mildmay[11] Frances Harris married Mr. Roope Elizabeth Harris Mary Harris married Gyles Browne

Virginia Company Obverse and Reverse of the Seal of the Virginia Company

Sir William Harris, his brother in law, Sir Thomas Smythe and his son, Sir Arthur Harris, each, were Incorporators and Subscribers to the third charter of the Virginia Company of London, and each paid £75 as their subscription.[12] Both Harris and Smythe were very interested in the development of Virginia. They exerted their influence to secure money, men, equipment, supplies, and ships for the colonization efforts.[13]

Lady Alice died 10 November 1615 and Sir William on 14 Nov 1616. Both are buried at All Saints Church in Creeksea.[1] All Saints still displays a depiction of Sir William and his sword, a rapier, which was found in Creeksea Place and given to the church.

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Sir William Harris, of Creeksea, Kt.'s Timeline

September 21, 1556
Southminster, Essex, England
Age 27
Woodham Mortimer, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Age 27
Creeksea Place, Essex, England
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Woodham Mortimer, Essex, England
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Crixse, Essex, , England
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Crixse, Essex, , England
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