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William Harris

Birthdate: (95)
Birthplace: Hatherop, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: May 17, 1714 (91-99)
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Middletown, Middlesex, Ma
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Harris; Thomas Harris; Elizabeth Harris and Elizabeth Stitson
Husband of Lydia Harris; Elizabeth Harris; Alice and Edith Harris
Father of Martha Coit; Mary Gilbert; Elizabeth Harris; Hannah Whitmore and Patience Markham
Brother of Anna Maverick; John Harris; Thomas Harris; Anthony Harris; Daniel Harris and 6 others

Occupation: Ferryman
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About William Harris

  • The New England historical and genealogical register (1847) for the year 1848 - Vol. II
  • WILLIAM HARRIS, (son of Elizabeth,) had a house-lot granted to him in Rowley, adjacent to the lot of John Harris, 10, 11, 1643-4. His wife "Eedy" or Edith was admitted to the church at Charlestown, in 1642. They removed to Rowley before 1646, and their daughter Mary was born there 1, 1, 1645[-6 ?]. William Harris bought land in Malden of his "father-in-law, Wm. Stitson," and sold the same 12, 4, 1652, his wife "Edee" relinquishing dower. At that time he seems to have been living in Charlestown, where he was also in 1653, and was called "yeoman." He bought a house and land in Hartford, Conn., of William Williams, April 16, 1659. Subsequently he removed to Middletown, where " Eudith," his "wife," "departed this life August 5, 1685)." Mr. William Harris is said to have died in 1717, at an advanced age. He does not seem to have had any sons, and no record of the births of his daughters, except of Mary, the eldest, has been found. Their names, however, are known by sundry deeds of real estate conveyed to them by their father, in his life-time, in 1668, 1671, and 1678, and also by the probate records, where some of their names appear. They were Mary, Martha, Elizabeth, Hannah, and Patience. Mary was married first to John Ward of Middletown, and secondly to John Gilbert, whom also she survived. By her first husband she had John, 1665, Andrew, 1667, Esther, 1669, Mary, 1672, William, 1674, Samuel, 1679, and another who died in infancy. Martha was married to William Coit of New London. Elizabeth was married to Edward Foster of Middletown. Hannah was married, Feb. 8, 1654-5, to Lieut. Francis Wetmore of Middletown, and had ten children, the oldest of whom was named Edith. This
  • child, "Edith, daughter of Lieut. Francis Wetmore, late of Middletown, dec'd ., and granddaughter of William Harris, late of the same town, deceased, aged 10 years, on the 9th of Sept., 1700." Patience, the fifth daughter of Mr. William Harris, married Daniel Markham of Middletown. On the 3d of August, 1722, there was a distribution of property of William Harris, deceased, to the "heirs of Mary Gilbert, deceased, to heirs of Martha Coit, deceased, to Elizabeth Foster, Hannah Whitmore, and Patience Markham."


  • Encyclopedia of Massachusetts, biographical--genealogical Vol. 10
  • (I) Daniel Markham, immigrant ancestor of the line herein traced, was born in Plumstead Manor, near Norwich, England, of which city his brother Matthew was mayor in 1634. The brother Matthew had a son, also named Daniel, who was a colonel in the British Army and came to New York with the Duke of York in 1664; the last named Daniel was the ancestor of Admiral Markham, of the British Navy, whose mother, brothers, and sisters, were living in Independence, Iowa, in 1903. Daniel (2) Markham, the immigrant ancestor, arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1665, and in 1665 removed to Middletown, Connecticut, where he became a freeman in 1674, and where he was prominent in the affairs of church and State. He married (first), November 3, 1669, Elizabeth Whitmore, daughter of Lieutenant Francis Whitmore, of Cambridge. She died about 1676, and he married (second) Patience Harris, daughter of William Harris, of Middletown. Children of the first marriage were : Daniel, Elizabeth, and James, of further mention. To the second marriage, also, three children were born: Martha, who died in infancy; Martha, and Edith.


William Harris, born 1619 in Hatherup, Gloucester, England; died May 17, 1714 in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut; married (1) Lydia Wright; married (2) Edith Bligh 1641 in Massachusetts.

Parents: Thomas Harris and Elizabeth Hills

 Notes for William Harris:

William Harris of Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1642, was the brother of Anthony and Daniel, and was probably brought in youth to Massachusetts by his parents. He had five daughters, the second born in 1646. He afterward removed to Middletown, Connecticut and died in 1717.

William, Thomas, and, John Harris were among the first settlers of Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts in 1644, and Daniel came soon after; each had a two acre home lot laid out to him. The lots being of two acres each, shows that they were all men of property and importance. These four house lots were all adjoining each other, which would indicate that they may have been brothers; and Daniel and William were certainly brothers.


  • BLY, Edith
  • b. ABT 1620
  • d. 5 AUG 1685 Middletown, Middlesex, CT.
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 1641
  • Spouse: HARRIS, William
  • b. ABT 1620 Hatherup, Glouces, England
  • d. 17 MAY 1714 Middletown, Middlesex, CT.
  • Children:
    • HARRIS, Mary
    • HARRIS, Martha
    • HARRIS, Hannah
    • HARRIS, Patience
    • HARRIS, Elizabeth
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  • Patience Harris Markham
  • Birth: 1648 Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death: Mar. 19, 1732 Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
  • Patience was a daughter of Edith Bligh and William Harris of Middletown, Connecticut.
  • She was the second wife of widower, Deacon Daniel Markham of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He had settled at Middletown, Connecticut shortly after the death of his first wife, Elizabeth Whitmore, in 1676.
  • They were married 2 January 1677 at Middletown.
  • Their children were: Martha Markham, born 16 August 1680; Martha Markham II, born 7 January 1685; Edith Markham, born 11 May 1694.
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  • Spouse:
  • Daniel Markham (1641 - 1712)
  • Burial: Body lost or destroyed
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 108185054
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William Harris's Timeline

Hatherop, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Age 23
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
July 1, 1645
Age 26
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut
March 1, 1646
Age 27
Middletown, Connecticut Colony
Age 27
Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut
Age 29
Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States
May 17, 1714
Age 95
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
December 3, 1929
Age 95