|Robert Harris||Rebecca Bassett||Robert Girdler||Mary Pederick|
|b. 12 Nov 1721 in Marblehead||bp. Sep 1718||b.13 Oct 1721 in Marblehead||b. Nov 172 in Marblehead|
|d. Apr 1767 in Marblehead||d. ? in Marblehead||d. 8 Aug 1815 in Marblehead||d. 28 Jul 1801|
|John Harris||Eleanor Girdler|
|b. 4 Jul 1749 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts||b. 25 Oct 1756 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|d. 4 Aug 1826 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts||d. d. 31 Jul 1805 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Marriage||17 Feb 1774||John Harris to Eleanor Girdler in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Eleanor Harris b. 30 Aug 1774 in Marblehead; m. 24 Nov 1799 in Marblehead Cornelius Phillips Brimblecom (b. 6 Aug 1775 in Marblehead and d. 30 Apr 1812 abroad); three children: Cornelius, Cornelius, and John Harris Brimblecom; d. 24 Aug 1823 in Marblehead|
|Robert Harris b. 7 Oct 1776 in Marblehead; m. 7 Feb 1802 in Marblehead Hannah Brown (bp. 9 Jan 1785 and d. 31 Aug 1858 in Marblehead); six children: Hannah, Eleanor, Robert Harris, Edward B., Ellen G., and Benjamin Pedrick Harris; d. 25 Dec 1814 in Marblehead|
|Rebecca Harris b. 31 Jan 1779 in Marblehead; m. 24 Jan 1802 in Marblehead Joseph Goodwin (b. 31 Jan 1779 and d, 30 Sep 1837 in Marblehead); three children: Infant, Joseph, and Rebecca Goodwin; d. 29 Aug 1808 in Marblehead|
|John Harris b. 17 Oct 1781 and d. 16 Aug 1783 in Marblehead|
|John Harris b. 24 Feb 1784 and d, 10 Nov 1853 in Marblehead|
|Ebenezer Reed Harris b. 9 Jul 1786; m. in Marblehead 22 Sep 1811 Margaret Thompson (bp. 21 Feb 1790 and d. 4 Jan 1759 in Marblehead); seven children: Ebenezer Reed Jr., John, Robert Girdler, Richard T., Benjamin Franklin, Margaret, and Samuel Thompson Harris; d. 4 Jun 1848 in Marblehead|
|Sarah Harris b. 4 Jun 1789 in Marblehead, m. 18 Feb 1810 in Marblehead John Doak (bp. 11 Oct 1789 and d. 1 Jul 1854 in Marblehead); seven children: John, Sarah, Eleanor,, Benjamin, Mary, Elizabeth, and Infant Doak; d. in Marblehead 17 Jul 1838 in Marblehead|
|Joseph Harris b. 3 Mar 1792 and d. 21 Mar 1793 in Marblehead|
|Joseph Harris b. 10 May 1794 in Marblehead; m. 1) 30 Jan 1820 in Marblehead Martha Martin (b. 3 Feb 1799 and d. 27 Mar 1866 in Marblehead); 13 children: Elizabeth Ellen, Thomas Martin, Joseph Jr., John Frank George S., Richard Pedrick Adams, Thomas Martin, Peter Martin, Robert Girdler, Calvin Briggs, Martha W., Mary Ann Brown, and Harriet Stoddard Harris; 2) Jane McKelvy Lemon Brooks 1 Jul 1768 in Marblehead; d. 30 Jan 1870 in Marblehead|
|Thomas Pedrick Harris b. 16 Nov 1796 and d. 25 Oct 1827 in Marblehead|
|Benjamin Franklin Harris b. 21 Dec 1799 and d. 4 Jan 1800 in Marblehead|
John Harris and his three brothers Robert, Mason, and William were Revolutionary War patriots.
John and his wife Eleanor were married in 1774, shortly before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In his will, census records, and other documents, he was called a "gentleman" and titled Esquire. I cannot yet find information about what these terms meant in this time period in America, but they seem to apply to literate men of good social standing who own land.
March 3, 1808 in an article in The Essex Register, it was announced that the town elected Selectmen, most of whom had offices in 1775. One of these selectmen is named as John Harris. The Selectmen of Marblehead wrote a letter to the Selectmen of Boston in August of 1808 "expressing their sentiments" over the request to the President about the embargo. John Harris as Selectman signed this letter.
In 1813, The Essex Register published an announcement "By Order of Court" concerning a Public Auction to be held on the 6th of March for the real estate of Joseph Girdler, "late of Marblehead, in the county of Essex, mariner, deceased." The Administrator of Joseph Girdler's estate was John Harris. Joseph's widow died very soon after her husband and the administration was then taken over by John Harris, After an inventory of assets and debts was taken, the latter exceeded the former, and the estate was deemed insolvent. Three years later, John would have to deal with another insolvent estate when his son Robert died. On 3 Feb 1816, The Salem Gazette by "Order of Court" a sale of the estate of "Robert Harris, Jr." John Harris is listed as the administrator of this estate. Robert died in 1814, and his widow turned the administration of her husband's estate over to her father-in-law.
John and Eleanor had eleven children, the last being born about five years before Eleanor's death in 1805. John and Eleanor buried three of their children soon after their births: the first John in 1783; the first Joseph in 1794; and Benjamin Franklin, the child we can assume they named for the American patriot of the time, in 1800 at only 14 days of age. All three of these babies are buried in the Unitarian Universalist Cemetery in Marblehead.
John Harris died at the age of 77 of tuberculosis in Marblehead and was buried with his wife, Eleanor, at Old Burial Hill. John owned several pieces of real estate, which he devised to his children and their heirs. A copy of the important excerpts of his will appear in the documents section, but I've summarized the bequests:
The real estate appraised in his will in addition to that specified above and some of which was probably that of his deceased wife Eleanor, was a small house, barn, and land on Mugford Street; 2/3 of a home near the new wharf; a piece of garden land by Bartoll's; 1/3 garden lot, 10 acres at the lower part of the town; a 15-acre lot of land in Ferry Lane; 5 acres in the so-called "Three Sisters" pasture; one cow right in the lower division; one lot of land near Capt. Blackler's tomb; 5 lots of land in Chesterfield New Hampshire.
In spite of tuberculosis, John had a longer life than any of his children. Our direct descendant, Joseph. came very close.
The goal of this project is to trace every line of ancestry to the arrival of its first immigrant to America. The basic information of each couple is considered complete when we know the dates of birth, marriage, and death for both spouses. their parents' names (or whether they were the immigrant), and the child or children in our ancestry line.
The research on this family is complete.