Descendants of Arthur HARRIS


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18. Joseph HARRIS

Mentioned in his grandfather, Joseph Strong's will of 1707 as his grandson by his daughter Elizabeth the wife of Walter Harris, clockmaker of Maidstone.  Joseph was then under 21.

England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973
Name: Joseph Harris, bachelor of Maidstone
Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 06 Jun 1727
Marriage Place: Tong, Kent, England
Spouse: Catherine Green, spinster of Maidstone
FHL Film Number: 1737095
Reference ID: Item 6

The will of Joseph Harris, goldsmith of Maidstone, can also be found in the National Archives. He seems to have married Katherine, daughter of George Green, and to have occupied premises, inherited from his father-in-law, in Stone Street, Maidstone. He died in 1743.

Joseph Harris Will 1743
I Joseph Harris goldsmith in Stone Street, Maidstone, Kent
Give to my wife Katherine and her heirs forever premises in the occupation of Thomas Harris.  Premises were given by father-in-law George Green - on my marriage to Catherine his daughter.
Proved 23 November 1743

Probate: Joseph Harris Goldsmith of Maidstone Kent 23 Nov 1743

Burial: Joseph Harris
Burial date 30 Sep 1743
Burial place All Saints, Maidstone Kent England
Record source Maidstone All Saints burials 1558-1751
Record set England Deaths & Burials 1538-1991

There appears to be a connection, evident in later records, between the Harris family and Earl Street Presbyterian Chapel in Maidstone (whose pulpit was once occupied by the father of William Hazlitt). It is possible that both the Harris and Strong families were Dissenters as the language used by both Joseph Strong and his grandson Joseph Harris in their wills suggests Nonconformist leanings. Strong, for example, commits his soul ‘into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hopeing through the alone merits of Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to obtaine a full remission of all my transgressions and to be received into those mansions of bliss which he hath purchased and prepared for all true believers’.  Giving one’s children Old Testament names – such as Ephraim – was also a Nonconformist habit.

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Catherine GREEN

Burial: Catherine Harris
Marital status Widowed
Birth year 1701
Age at death 82y
Burial date 01 Mar 1783
Burial place Maidstone Kent England
Record set England Deaths & Burials 1538-1991

Probate Index 11/1101/146
Description: Will of Catherine Harris, Widow of Maidstone, Kent
Date: Written 9 Feb 1776 Proved 08 March 1783
Will mentions the following relationships:
I Catherine Harris of Maidstone Kent
Belongings in Stone street, Maidstone occupied by John Shepherd and Richard ???
Son - Joseph Harris
Son-  George Harris
Son-  Arthur Harris
My two daughters - Mary Tong and Hannah Pollhill
Grandaughters - Elizabeth and Catherine children of Joseph Harris
Servant - Elizabeth Jennings - spinster
Proved - by the oath of George Harris the son, Joseph Harris the son, also Mary Tonge wife of James Tonge and Hannah Polhill, widow, the daughters.

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21. George HARRIS

Kent Burials
George Harris
Burial date 06 Jun 1728
Place Maidstone, All Saints
Church All Saints Kent England
Notes: Of Joseph & Catherine
Record source Maidstone All Saints burials 1558-1751

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23. Hannah HARRIS

No Baptism record found.

Marriage: Hannah Harris
Birth place Maidstone
Marriage date 02 Jan 1764
Marriage place Maidstone
Spouse's name John Pothill
Residence Maidstone, Kent, England
Transcript: John POLHILL of St Saviour Southwark bachelor and Hannah HARRIS spinster otp by licence
Record set England Marriages 1538-1973

Mentioned as Hannah Polhill in the will of her mother Catherine Harris in 1783.

Burial: Hannah Polhill
Burial Date: 06 Aug 1797
Burial Place: All Saints Parish, Maidstone, Kent, England
Reference ID Item 1
Indexing Project (Batch) Number I04953-4
System Origin England-EASy
GS Film number 1736877
Image Number 711

In her will, Catherine Harris leaves her houshold items to her daughter Hannah the wife of Reverend Abraham Harris, and some 300 pound to Reverend Abraham Harris, as well as assets to:
Hannah's brother George Harris
Hannah's brother Joseph Harris
Hannah's sister Mary the wife of James Tonge.

Will of Hannah Polhill of Maidstone, Kent  - Written 3 Feb 1797
My daughter Hannah the wife of the reverend Abraham Harris
My brother George Harris of Maidstone
My brother Joseph Harris
Sister Mary the wife of James Tonge of Chatham
My brother Arthur Harris
Elizabeth Harris the daughter of Arthur Harris
Children of Hannah Harris (not named)
John Tonge of Sittingbourne, Kent
Supplement: 29 Mar 1797
Noted brother Joseph Harris died 10 February 1797
My sister-in-law Mrs Joseph Harris
Friend Fanny Thomas
Proven: 6 Sept 1797 On oath of George Harris the brother, James Tonge and John Tonge.

Obituary: Died Maidstone 1797 - Mrs Polhill mother-in-law of Rev Abraham Harris of the Presbyterian Congregation. Bore her long and distressing illness with exemplary resignation. Funeral service was preached by Rev John Evans of Worship Street London [a Baptist Minister] to a crowded audience, Protestant Dissenters Magazine vole 4 1797.

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