Adria Hoare

Female 1604 - 1636  (~ 31 years)


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  • Name Adria Hoare 
    Christened 28 Aug 1604  Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died by 1636  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Adria, first wife of Captain Thomas Harris of early Virginia, was baptized on 28 Aug1604 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, to parents Thomas Hoare and Julyann Tripplett. Adria Hoare arrived in Virginia in1621aboard the Marmaduke.

      In November 1621, the ship Marmaduke arrived at Jamestown, accompanied by the Warwick and Tyger. Among the Marmaduke?s passengers were "one widow and eleven maids" who had been sent over to provide wives for the male settlers. The records of the Virginia Company included a description of each maid. Here is number 10 on the Marmaduke:

      "Audry Hoare Mayd aged 19: borne att Alesburie in Buckenham sheir, her ffather and mother are alive, her father a shoemaker, She hath two Sisters one whereof whose name is Joane Childe, dwelling in the Blackfryers downe in the Lane neer Catherne wheel Shee had a Brother Called Richard Apprentice to a fustian dresser, Shee can doe plaine work and black works and can make all manner of buttons; One Mr Thomas Beling a merchant is her first Cosen and one Mr George Blunden an upholsterer in Cornwall."

      By this description, a picture of Adria's family emerges of middle-class tradesmen rather than "landed gentry." Her father was a shoemaker and at least one brother made cloth.

      Adria married Thomas Harris shortly after her arrival. It seems more likely that they did not know each before her arrival, though at least one researcher speculates the Harris, Hoare, Gurgeny, Woodlieff, Drury families all knew each other in the area of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. If so, when Thomas Harris left for Virginia in 1611 (and likely left Buckingham earlier to prepare and get to the coast), Adria Hoare was only seven years old. It is doubtful he thought of her as a future wife.

      About 1623, the Margaret & John landed at Jamestown. Onboard were children who were vagrants of London. Among them was the ten-year-old Elizabeth. Upon arriving in Jamestown, Elizabeth was indentured to Thomas and Adria Harris for 10 pounds. Elizabeth was to remain with the Harrises until she turned twenty-one or married. Upon her release, Elizabeth was to receive fifty acres of land.

      The other young girl who was living with the Harrises in the two musters was named Anne Woodlase (or Woodleffe). It is known that Anne Woodliffe was related in some way to the Harrises. Anne?s grandfather Drew Woodliffe was of Aylesbury and Peterly, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury being the same place Adria had grown up. A John Hoare swore a deposition on 4 April 1632. It might be possible that Anne Woodliffe's mother was a sister of this John Hoare.

      In1625, a census was made of all the non-Indian inhabitants of Virginia. This tally showed that Thomas, Adria, Anne Woodliffe, and the servant Elizabeth were living at the Neck of Land. The census further reported that the Harrises had 7.5 bushels of corn, 1 bushel of peas, 11 pounds of gunpowder, 2 pounds of lead, 3 fixed pieces, 1 piece of armor, 1 coat of mail, 1 sword, 11 cattle, 30 poultry, 2 houses, and 1 boat. The census did not record that Adria was with child at the time, but soon thereafter, daughter Mary was born.

      Back in England, shortly after learning of the birth of his granddaughter, Adria's father composed his will. The will of Thomas Hoare, cardwainer, of Aylesbury, was dated 31 January 1626/7 and was proved 5 April 1627. The will included the following bequest: "It'm I give to my daughter Awadrye xij d to be paid her when she doth demand it after my desease and also to her daughter xij d." The children of Thomas and Adria Harris were Mary Harris born about 1625 in Henrico Co VA and William Harris born 1629 in Henrico Co VA. In 1636, Thomas Harris recorded a land patent naming his current wife as Joane. Therefore, Adria Hoare Harris was dead by that date. The second wife of Thomas Harris was Joane Vincent, widow of his adjacent neighbor William Vincent.
    Person ID I5820  Root Tree
    Last Modified 9 Oct 2019 

    Father Thomas Hoare,   b. c 1570, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Julyan Tripplett,   b. c 1575, probably Buckingham, ENGLAND Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ENGLAND Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2126  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Thomas Harris,   b. 1586/7, ENGLAND Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. C 1649, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 1621  Jamestowne, Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Mary Harris,   b. c 1625, Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Will 18 Mar 1702/3, Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
     2. William Harris,   b. 1629, Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 3 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F2057  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart