Charles Harris - Andrea Mason Family Group

Parents   Parents
Charles Harris Andrea Mason
b. b. ?
d. 25 May 1722 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts d. ?
Relationship Events
Marriage 3 Dec 1721 Charles Harris to Andrea Mason in Marblehead
Marriage 20 Nov 1723 Peter Leonard to Andrea Mason Harris in Marblehead
John Harris b. 6 Jan 1718, bp. 24 Mar 1728 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 1739.
Robert Harris b. 12 Nov 1721, bp. 24 Mar 1728 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts; eight children: Rebecca, Robert, Sarah, Sarah, John, Deliverance, Mason, and William Harris; d. estate probated May 1767 in Marblehead

What We Know About This Family

An Overview of Their Lives

Charles Harris and Andrea Harris left a few concrete records in Marblehead, then disappeared. Their parentage cannot be ascertained. There were two men named John Harris who lived in Marblehead according to the Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America by Henry Whittemore: 1) John Harris, a fisherman, had in 1673 a wife Sarah, and 2) John Harris, 1674, weaver, had a wife Hannah in 1692.

The timing of the two above-named John's suggest that they could be father and son. Whether they're the parents or grandparents of Charles Harris would need to be determined by examination of the probate records if any exist.

There are four marriages for persons with the surname "Mason" recorded in Marblehead, Massachusetts at approximately the same time. It is possible that these four are siblings, and they might provide a hint as to the parentage of Andrea Mason. There are records of baptisms for several sons of Thomas and Jane Eden in Marblehead, but then all trace is lost. The other two had no records of children or and could not be further traced.

  1. Jane Mason and Thomas Eden m. 30 Mar 1719
  2. Andrea Mason and Charles Harris m. 3 Dec 1721
  3. Philip Mason and widow Mary Woodler 6 Oct 1724 and
  4. Robert Mason and Barbara Oaks of Lynn 4 Mar 1726.

The names "Charles" and "Andrea" do not appear to have been given to subsequent generations, although Andrea's maiden name "Mason" was given to one of her grandchildren.

Charles and Andrea were married on 3 Dec 1721, and Charles died on 25 May 1722, a little over five months later. Their two sons were born before their marriage.

Andrea Mason Harris married her second husband Peter Leonard 20 Nov 1723.


About the Children

  • John Harris. I found a court record from Andrea and Peter Leonard dated 29 Feb 1739 asking that Nathan Bowen be appointed administrator of her son's interest in a fishing voyage. They stated that John had died without wife or children.

  • Robert Harris, our direct ancestor, married Rebecca (Rebekah) Bassett. Together they had eight children, and all four of their sons, Robert, John, Mason, and William, served in the Revolutionary War. Robert was a glazier by trade.


Proof of Relationship

The records available are proof with the added plus of a son of Robert being named "Mason."

What Else We Need to Learn

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 only partially complete. Research of the records in Marblehead might reveal the date of Andrea's death and most importantly, information about the origins of both Charles Harris and Andrea Mason.


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