William Harris

Male 1609 - 1682


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  • Name  William Harris  [1
    Born  1609  probably, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Died  20 Feb 1682  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • William was born in 1609, came to Boston in the ship "Lyon," with his brother Thomas Harris and Roger Williams, and was one of the six persons who arrived in 1636 at Providence as founders of that place. He moved to the Pawtuxet Purchase, now Warwick, in 1638, and was one of the thirty-nine signers of the compact for good government in 1640. A man of marked, positive character, he became antagonistic to Roger Williams, but was popular in the colony, and filled many important posts of honor and trust. He was commissioner in 1660, 1662-63; deputy in 1665-66 and 1672-73; assistant from 1666 to 1670, and from 1673 to 1676; a member of the town council from 1670 to 1677, and general solicitor in 1671. He made a voyage to England in 1677, in the interest of himself and friends, in the settlement of disputes regarding the proprietorship of lands in Pawtuxet. He subsequently made three other voyages, and on the fourth, in 1679, was taken prisoner by a barbary corsair and carried to Algiers, where he was sold as a slave in the market, February 4, 1680. Subsequently he was ransomed at a cost of twelve hundred dollars, and traveled through France and Spain, reaching London only three days before his death, in 1681. His wife Susanna survived him until the next year.
      !New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Third Series, Volume IV

      Mr. Harris was a strange man, and nothing but strange things could be expected from him. He was taken captive on a voyage to England by an Algerian pirate. He was ransomed after a year and went to England, where he died.
      !Record of the Borden Family
    Person ID  I27156  Bryant
    Last Modified  24 Jun 2006 

    Father  Harris 
    Family ID  F2351  Group Sheet

    Family  Susannah,   b. Abt 1614, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1682, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1630 
    Children 
     1. Mary Harris,   b. Abt 1630, probably, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1718, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Howlong Harris,   b. Abt 1632, probably, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1708, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Andrew Harris,   b. 1635, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 1686, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Susannah Harris,   b. 1642, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1677, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Toleration Harris,   b. 1645, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F2350  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1609 - probably, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Feb 1682 - London, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S274] Ancestral File (R), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998).

    2. [S141] IGI, LDS.


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