About Thomas Harris, Sr., of Lancaster & Isle of Wight
"This Thomas Harris is believed to be the son of the Edward Harris who died in 1652 in Lancaster Co., VA. His first wife was Eleanor George, dau of Nicholas George who died in 1761 in Lancaster. Eleanor died before 1761 as she is not mentioned in her father's will. Her son John Harris gave a power of attorney to his beloved uncle Nicholas George to sell the land in Lancaster that he had received from his father's will in 1672."
Thomas Harris married:
- (1) Eleanor George and had son, John Harris, obit. 1713,
- (2) Alice Newman and had several daus., and one son, Thomas Harris, obit 1712, who m. Judith Edwards.
Thomas Harris "came from Lancaster County, Virginia of unknown parents." [Also seen as Edward Harris]
Thomas was in Surry County, with wife Eleanor, in February 1657/8, as shown by a "Deed of Bargain & Sale" between "Thomas HARRIS of Chipoaks in the County of Surry" and Christopher Benn.
Not only does this deed show that Thomas and Eleanor were in Surry County, selling land in Isle of Wight County, but it was witnessed by Thomas Taberer:
"The land deed of 1658: This is Thomas Harris, died 1672, with his first wife Eleanor George, living for awhile in Surry County, Virginia, . . . The witness Thomas Taberer was the father in law to John Newman, who married Ruth Taberer, and John Newman was the future brother in law to Thomas Harris, died 1672, who married as his 2nd wife, Alice Newman, sister of John Newman Jr. and daughter of John Newman Sr. and Robyn Atterton." from Harris Hunters forum
Thomas Harris and his wife Alice are in the deed records of Isle of Wight County, Virginia October 20, 1664 and November 1667. Those records involve John Bond, who in January 1663 sold "One Corne mill standing att the head of the Pagan Creek in the said County of the Isle of Wight" to Thomas Harris. The 1667 record was the sale of the mill to Giles Dryver.
Will of Thomas Harris 1672- Isle of Wight County Virginia
Transcribed by Vance C. Harris
In the name of God Amen the one and thirtieth day of March in the yeare of our Lord God 1672 I Thomas Harris, being of whole mind, And in good and pfect remembrance land and praise be unto Almightie God, make and ordaine this my last will in manner and forme folloneinge that is to say. First I comend my soule unto Almightie God, my maker and redeemer and my body to the Earth to be decently buried, And as for my worldly estate which God hath blest me with. I dispose of as followeth:
Inp'mis for the land which I now live uppon It is my will and desire that the same shalle equallie dividid betweene my two sonnes John and Thomas Harris and both of them to live uppon it;
Item for my land which I have att the Indian Towne, which is in quantitie two hundred and sixtie Acres which doth propirlie belonge to me, I give and bequeath the said land to my sonne Thomas, and his heirs forever;
Item for my land being in Corotoman in the county of Lanckaster, being seaven hundred Acres, I bequeath unto my Eldest Sonne John Harris and to his heirs forever;
Item It is my will that if either of my sonnes should happen to dye and have no yssue then the survivinge sonne to Enjoy all my lands herein mentuined. And pylis to belonge to him and his heires forever. But if my sonne John should happen to marry and have children then what lande I have herein this my will bequeathed unto him shall of right belong to him and his heires Lawfully begotten;
Item it is my will that my loveing wife Alice Harris shall live on the plantation I am now seated on duringe her naturall life. And not to be any waie disturbed or molested by my sonnes as aforesaid, and to have her due part of all other, my lands herein bequeathed duringe her life;
Item it is my will that an Iron Grey Mare and a brown bay dark [phillee?] about the age of two years old in June next shall both they and all theire increase for a joint stock for use and binifitt of my children;
Item I give and bequieth unto Mary Harris my daughter if she live to be married to be delivered her on her wedding day one silver tankard, a feather bed with furniture, one brass Kettle, of sixteene gallions, three pewter dishes three plates, six spoones, a cowe and calfe, and two heifferes;
Item I will and ordaine my loveing wife Alice Harris to be whole executrix of this my last will and testament and have all the rest of my estate which I am now possessed with all her absolute dispose, trusting in her care and goodness for the allowing of the rest of my children not mentioned in this my will a share and proportion of my estate;
Item I requeste and desire my loveinge friends Major Nicholas Hill and John Jennings to be overseers to see this my last will and testament performed, revokeing all other wills whatsoever formerlie by me made to the confirmation of each. I hereunto sett my hand and seale, the day and yeare above written.
Sealed and delivered in p'sence of Frances Hobbs Lewis Rogers
This will is proved by the oaths of Capt Ffrances Hobbs and Lewis Rogers in open court held for the Isle of Wight County this tenth day of June 1672 and then recorded John Jennings Cir:Cur
The POA is noted in "The Five Thomas Harrises of Isle of Wight County, Virginia" by John A Brayton in the 2nd chapter on the Thomas Harris d1672. Just now looked in this book and it has the full text of the POA and the deeds. They are in Lancaster CO., VA Deed Bk 4, 1662-1689, pgs 206/7 the two deeds and pg 208 the POA, acknowledge on 13 Jan 1675, recorded 19 Jan 1675
CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 3; Pg 319
THOMAS HARRIS, 650 acs. on th N. side of the head of Puscaticon Cr Lancaster Co., 23 Aug. 1656, p. 392 Adj. land of Oliver Seger, & opposit an Indian feild. Trans. of 13 pers Richard Dorman, Alexandr. Lawrence Peter Tibball, Henry Jones, John Yau Elenor Ogestor, Elinr. Harris, Lay Davis, Patrick Wishart, Peter Crolehan Dan. Coningham, Giles Dryver.
Thomas Harris, Sr., of Lancaster & Isle of Wight's Timeline
Came To VA
Lancaster County, Virginia
Lancaster County, Virginia
Isle of Wight County, Virginia
June 10, 1672
Isle of Wight County, Virginia
June 4, 1929
March 21, 1930