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John Harris, 14th Great Grandfather

121336845_138640248243“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.” Susan B. Anthony

John died fairly young, yet his parents lived into their 70’s and 80’s. Although, I have not found any proof that he was in the war, but at this time the persecution of Catholics and Protestants was at its zenith. Even rumors from someone could get you tortured, and possibly killed.

John is my 14 great grandfather going back to Alda Tribble, the mother of my grandfather Ernest E. Gray. The record below was Created by: Marjorie Harris McLean Record added: Dec 07, 2013

John Harris, yeoman of Hatherup, county of Gloucester, England, born as early as 1513 in England. He married Anne  about 1533. His will was dated October 22, 1553, and proved June 4, 1554. Left the lease of the house in which he dwelt to his daughter Alice Wynchcumbe (Winchkome, Winchcombe) and if she should die before it expired, the remainder of the term was to belong to her daughter. His two sons, William and John Harris, received seventy-two acres of land, a sheep pasture and also ten sheep and a bullock apiece. The residuary legatee and executrix was his wife Anne Harris. (Plus names of overseers and witnesses). The will of Annis Harris, widow, of Hatherup, was made June 17, 1585, and proved Feb. 5, 1585/6. She gave her daughter Alice Winchcombe a new gown, three sheets, etc. and made small personal gifts to Anne, James, John and Thomas Winchcombe, William, Anthony, and John Harris the younger and some friends. The residuary legatee and executor was Richard Harris.
Note:
Hatherup and Fairford, two neighboring parishes in the county of Gloucester, and the printed index of wills at Gloucester, containing references to several wills of Harrises of Hatherup brought the search to a satisfactory conclusion. Hatherup is situated on a hill rising from the valley of the river Coln in one of the most picturesque districts of Gloucestershire. The village itself is a mere appendage to the manorhouse, now called Hatherup Castle and the home of Sir Thomas Bazeley.

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