William Harris1,2,3,4,5

#2251, b. circa 1620, d. before 1688
FatherThomas Harris b. c 1590, d. b 1634
MotherElizabeth (?) b. c 1588, d. 16 Feb 1669/70


Edith Dorney b. c 1620


     William Harris was born circa 1620 at England.6,3 He married Edith Dorney before 1642.7 William Harris died before 1688.

Other Events

     In 1630 William Harris and his parents emigrated from England to Winnissimmett (Chelsea), Suffolk, Mass.8 His estate was probated on 7 November 1719 at Middletown, Middlesex, Conn.9

Time Line

Birthc 1620, England6,3
Emigration1630, Winnissimmett (Chelsea), Suffolk, MassThomas Harris8
Marriageb 1642Edith Dorney7
Birth of Daughterc 1650Hannah Harris
Birth of Daughterc 1653Patience Harris
Deathb 1688
Probate1719, Middletown, Middlesex, Conn9
ChartsDescendants of Thomas Harris
Pedigree of Edward Collins Whitmore
Pedigree of Frank Farnsworth Starr


Probate Found
Middletown First Settler


  1. James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, 4 vols. (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1860-1862), 2:365.
  2. Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston: NEHGS, 2011), 2:707.
  3. Gale Ion Harris, "The Brothers William and Daniel Harris of Middletown, Connecticut," NEHG Register 164 (2010):165-174, 281-291; 165 (2011):062-067, at 164:166.
  4. Dwight Brainerd and Donald Lines Jacobus, Ancestry of Thomas Chalmers Brainerd (Montreal: The Author, 1948, Reprinted by Higginson Book Company, Salem, Mass), 156.
  5. R W. Bacon, "In-Depth First Settler Profile: William Harris (1650) / Edith (______) Harris", Society of Middletown First Settlers Descendants (2007).
  6. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, 3 vols. (Boston: NEHGS, 1996), 2:865.
  7. Harris, "The Harris Brothers" , Register, 164:167.
  8. Anderson, GMB, 2:864.
  9. Charles Williams Manwaring, A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, 3 vols. (Hartford: RS Peck & Company, 1904-1906), 2:396.