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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sgt. John Harris, gentleman of Jamestown #52ancestors

Sgt. John Harris was founder of the Virginia Company that founded Jamestown and he lived there for a while at the Shirley Plantation. He was the son of Sir William Harris and his wife Alice Smyth who was the daughter of Sir Thomas Smythe, the English Secretary of State. I did not know that England had a Secretary of State then but....            
John Harris was born about 1588-9 in Creeksea England, subscriber of the Third Charter of the Virginia Company of London along with his father. He was residing in Charles City County, Virginia at West and Shirley Hundred on the 16th of February, 1623, with his wife Dorothy and two infants.
In the census taken the 24th of February 1624-1625, John Harris does not show in the census because he was then in England.
We know that John Harris was then in England because the Parish Registers of St. Dunston in the East of Virginia shows, "gent. and Dorothy his wife, borne in the House of Edward Lymbry of Lyne House, Mariner, the same day baptized." He may have returned to England to claim a legacy of L400 given him by his brother William who died in 1622. The designation of "gentleman" in the Parish Register in 1624 would indicate that he was entitled to a coat of arms. All these circumstances show that he was the fourth son of Sir William Harris of Creeksea, England.
That John Harris was a member of the Virginia Company is proven by the fact that while he was in London, Sir Peter Courteen wrote him from Holland about some of the Virginia Company's business. "July 4, 1624, Sir Peter Courteen to John Harris. About the sale of Virginia Tobacco. Thanks him for his pains taken in the Va. Business. Tobacco of Va. will now yield no price, the markets are overlaid." "Memo July 10, 1624. I wrote to Sir Peter to remit to me here in safety." "June 17, 1625. Sir Peter Courteen to John Harris. Desires him to procure patent upon some of the Company's name, John Powell to have leave to sail and bring victuals unto the Plantation of Va. which would be to the company's profit." "Memo answered June 26, that the Virginia Company was moved but could not prevail in regard they are afraid he should go to the West Indies." John returned to Virginia and was residing in the corporation of Charles City in 1626, where he had 200 acres planted. This was the same John Harris because the records show that he had a wife and daughter, both named Dorothy. He was a Burgess member for Shirley Hundred Main, 1627-30. John Harris died in Charles City County before October 14, 1638, for on that date Francis Derrick makes a bill of sale to Richard Johnson as follows: "Whereas John Baker and Dorothy his wife, daughter of the late deceased Serjeant John Harris, have by order of Court at Henrico the 27th day of August last, surrendered unto me, Captain Francis Derrick all right and title which they claim under the dividend of land belonging to the late deceased George Calcott, which was given to the said Dorothy by the last will and testament of the said Calcott as by the surrender in the said court and by the patent and will recorded at James Cittie ect."
-------------------- John Harris and his father help found the Virginia Company. It was their money and contributions that allowed Jamestown to happen. John and his wife Dorothy migrated to Jamestown and their homesite was just north of Jamestown in Shirley Hundred. -----------------------
Birth: 1588 Creeksea Essex, England Death: Oct. 14, 1638 Charles City County Virginia, USA
John Harris was born 1588/9, Creeksea, Essex, England
Son of Sir William (I) and Alice (Smythe) Harris
Husband of Dorothy (Lymbry) Harris
Parents of Thomas Harris (m. Alice West)

Family links:
Parents: William Harris (1563 - 1616) Alice Smythe Harris (1556 - 1615) Spouse: Dorothy Lymbry Harris* Children: Thomas Harris (1614 - 1672)*
  • Calculated relationship

Burial: Unknown

Created by: Georgia Girl Record added: Sep 13, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 58569039
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