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THE HARRIS’S - BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

The earliest Harris ancestor I know of is William Harris born Oct 1591 in Buckinghamshire. This information is provided by Ralph Harris and much of the information below is thanks to him.

These Harris's are not direct ancestors of the Harris line, but are connected through the marriage of Len Simmons and Mary Harrisin 1777.. So will cover these Harris's heree with the Small Simmons link.

Williams had two children Thomas, born 1626 in Stadhampton and William born 1 Mar 1628 in Stadhampton.

Williams born 1628 married Esperance Wood 10th May 1686 and had 5 children with her.

John Harris born 19th Jun 1657 in Flitton with Silsoe, Bedfordshire
Elizabeth Harris born Feb 27th 1669 in Flitton with Silsoe, Bedfordshire
Theopholis Harris born 21 OCt 1670 in Flitton with Silsoe, Bedfordshire
Charles Harris born 27th May 1672 in Flitton with Silsoe, Bedfordshire
Ann Harris born 6th May 1674 in Flitton with Silsoe, Bedfordshire.

This line comes down from John Harris 1657, when he married Ann Smart 15 Dec 1698 in Maulden, Bedfordshire.

They had 4 children.

John Harris born Sept 10, 1699 in Shillington, Bedfordshire
William Harris born 8th Marc 1701 in Shillington, Bedfordshire
Thomas Harris born Sept 10 1704 in Shillington, Bedfordshire
Elizabeth Harris born May 2nd 1708 in Shllington, Bedfordshire

The line continues from John 1699 who married Elizabeth Goldsmith Dec 24th 1727 in Shillington, Bedfordshire

The following year I think that the couple had their first child, a son, and given what had gone before, they named him John.

John, christened in Shillington 24th October 1728

John Harris born 1728, at the age of 23 married Mary Hill in Lower Gravenhurst, Bedford, and they had at least 9 children.

Family Group Sheet

Subject* John HARRIS (730)
Birth: __ ___ 1728 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Christning* 24 Oct 1728 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Marriage* 25 Apr 1751 Lower Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire.
Father* John HARRIS (773) (b. 1699, )
Mother* Elizabeth Goldsmith (774) (chr. 1 Jun 1701, )
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Spouse* Mary HILL (731)

Father*
Mother*
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Nine Known Children
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F Mary HARRIS (732)
Birth* __ ___ 1751 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Christning: 28 Aug 1751 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
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M John HARRIS (724)
Birth* __ ___ 1753 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Christning: 11 Jul 1753 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Marriage* 2 Nov 1774 Grace BULL (725) (chr. 29 Oct 1752, ); Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Son: __ ___ 1775 John HARRIS (714); Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Daughter: __ ___ 1777 Mary HARRIS (726); Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Son: __ ___ 1781 James HARRIS (728); Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Daughter: __ ___ 1784 Elizabeth HARRIS (729); Shillington, Bedfordshire.
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F Elizabeth HARRIS (733)
Birth* __ ___ 1755 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Christning: 4 Feb 1755 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
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F Ann HARRIS (895)
Birth* __ ___ 1758 Shillington, Bedford.
Christning: 24 Mar 1758 Shillington, Bedford.
Marriage* 22 Nov 1780 Jos HILL (930); Shillington, Bedfordshire.
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F Sarah HARRIS (893)
Birth* __ ___ 1759 Shillington, Bedford.
Christning: 30 Jan 1760 Shillington, Bedford.
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F Esther HARRIS (929)
Birth* __ ___ 1761 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Christning: 23 Oct 1761 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
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F Susan HARRIS (928)
Birth* __ ___ 1763 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Christning: 14 Dec 1763 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
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F Hannah HARRIS (896)
Birth* __ ___ 1767 Shillington, Bedford.
Christning: 22 Nov 1767 Shillington, Bedford.
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M Thomas HARRIS (927)
Birth* __ ___ 1770 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Christning: 8 Aug 1770 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
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The line continues down through the 2nd child, John Harris, christened 11th July 1753.  John was born in Shillington, and at the age of about 21, he married Grace Bull. Grace was also born in Shillington, and was christened there on the 27th October 1752 and on 2nd Nov 1774 they were married, again, in Shillington. So far I have found that the couple had 4 children.

Family Group Sheet

Subject* John HARRIS (724)
Birth* __ ___ 1753 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Christning: 11 Jul 1753 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Marriage* 2 Nov 1774 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Father* John HARRIS (730) (chr. 24 Oct 1728, )
Mother* Mary HILL (731)
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Spouse* Grace BULL (725)
Birth: __ ___ 1752 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Christning* 29 Oct 1752 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Burial* 3 Apr 1787 Shillington.
Father*
Mother*
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Four Known Children
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M John HARRIS (714)
Birth* __ ___ 1775 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Christning: 10 Sep 1775 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Marriage* after __ ___ 1791 Mary (--?--) (715)
Daughter: __ ___ 1798 Ann HARRIS (897); Shillington, Bedford.
Daughter: __ ___ 1801 Mary HARRIS (716); Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Son: __ ___ 1804 William HARRIS (647); Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Son: __ ___ 1806 John HARRIS (718); Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Son: __ ___ 1810 James HARRIS (723); Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Daughter: __ ___ 1812 Sarah HARRIS (894); Shillington, Bedford.
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F Mary HARRIS (726)
Birth* __ ___ 1777 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Christning: 8 Oct 1777 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Marriage* 30 Sep 1802 Len SIMONS (727); Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Daughter: __ ___ 1806 Mary SIMONS (648); Shillington, Bedford.
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M James HARRIS (728)
Birth* __ ___ 1781 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Christning: 24 Jun 1781 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
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F Elizabeth HARRIS (729)
Birth* __ ___ 1784 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Christning: 1 Feb 1784 Shillington, Bedfordshire.
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There is a record in the Bishops transcripts of Shillington showing a burial of a Grace Harris, 3rd April 1787. No age is given but it could be our Grace Bull. I have not found any more children after 1784, so it probably is her.

Records have been found showing the marriage of a Mary Harris, which could be the first daughter above to Len Simmons on 30th September 1802. The same Len Simmons pops up later on 1841 and 1851 census living with my Harris family.

Mary Harris and Len Simmons had a daughter Mary Simmons born around 1806 in Shillington and she would marry William Harris my 3 great grandfather.