Record of the Descendants of Vincent Meigs by Henry Benjamin Meigs
Harris, Walter, embarked March 5, 1631, came to Plymouth upon an engagement with Mr. John Atwood, of London, under command of Mr. John Done, of Plymouth for five years; was transferred to Henry Howland April 8, 1633.
Walter, of Dorchester, frm. June 2, 1641, signed the inv. of John Pope in 1649. (P. of M. p 215.)
Walter Harris died Nov. 6, 1654. A vessel called the William and Francis came to America in 1632, bringing among its passengers, Walter Harris, who settled in Weymouth, where he remained about twenty years and then came to Pequot Harbor. On his first application for a house lot he is styled of Dorchester, which makes it probable that his last temporary abiding place had been in that town.
He had two sons, Gabriel and Thomas. His wife, whose maiden name was Mary Fry, survived him less than three months. One inventory and settlement of estate sufficed for both. The non-cupative will of Mrs. Harris will be given at large omitting only the customary formula at the commencement. It is one of the oldest wills extant in the County and is rich in allusions to costume and furniture. From a clause in this will it may be inferred that Thomas Harris had been betrothed to Rebecca, daughter of Obadiah Bruen. This young man, according to tradition, had been sent to England to recover some property that had fallen to the family, and was supposed to have been lost at sea, as he was never heard of afterward.
The last Will and Testament of Mary Harriss, taken from her owne mouth, this 19th day of Jan., 1655;
I give to my eldest daughter, Sarah Lane, the bigest brass pan, and
to her daughter Mary, a silver spoone, and
to her daughter Sarah, the bigest pewter dish and one silken ribon.
Likewise, I give to her daughter Mary, a pewter candlestick.
I give to my daughter, Mary Lawrence, my blew mohere peticote and my straw hatt and a fether boulster, and
to her eldest sonne I give a silver spoone.
To her second sonne a silver whissle
I give more to my daughter Mary, my next brass pann and a thrum cushion, and
to her youngest sonne I give a pewter Sassen,
I give to my youngest daughter, Elizabeth [Weeks],
a peece of red broadcloth, being about two yeards, alsoe
a damask livery cloth,
a gold ring, a silver spoone,
a fether bed and a boulster; alsoe I give to my daughter Elizabeth,
my best hatt, my gowne,
a brass kettle and
a woolen jacket for her husband; alsoe I give to my daughter Elizabeth,
thirty shillings, alsoe
a red whittle [which is a short cloak],
a white apron and a new white neck cloth; alsoe
I give to my three daughters aforesaid, a quarter part to each of them of the dyaper table cloth and ten shillings apeece.
I give to my sister Megges, [Thomasin Fry Meigs] a red peticote, a cloth jacket, a silke hud, a quoife [cap], a cross cloth and a neck cloth.
I give to my cozin Calib Rawlins, ten shillings.
I give to my two cossns [nieces], Mary [Fry Pierce] and Elizabeth Fry [Fiske], each of them, five shillings.
I give to Mary Barnet a red stuff wescote.
I give to my Daughter Elizabeth, my great chest.
To my daughter Mary, a ciffer [some kind of cap or head dress] and a white neck cloth.
To my sister, Hannah [Fry] Rawlin, my best cross cloth.
To my brother Rawlin, a lised band.
To my two kinswomen, Elizabeth Hubbard and Mary Stevins, five shillings apeece.
I give to my brother Megges, his three youngest children, two shillings, sixe pence apeece.
I give to my sonne Thomas, ten shillings, if he do come home or be alive.
I give to Rebekah Bruen, a pynt pott of pewter, a new petticoate and wascoat, which she is to spin herselfe; also an old bible and a hatt which was my sonne Thomas, his hatt.
I give to my sonne Gabriel, my house, land, cattle and service with all other goodes, real and personal in Pequot or any other place, and doe make him my sole executor to this my will. Witness my hand.
The mark of (X) Mary Harriss.