Honor Harris married Walter Bound in 1700 at Warleggan, when they were described as both of the parish of St Neot. An initial search for Honor’s baptism did not produce any particularly likely entries. However, probate records allow her mother and four siblings to be identified and the family can then be traced in the St Neot parish registers.


The will of Martha Harris of Warleggan, spinster, written and proved in 1735, mentions: her brother Edward Harris and his three children; her sister Honour Bound; her sister Tamosin Rewse or Rowse, widow, and her two daughters; her nephew John Bound and his daughter Elizabeth; Elizabeth Willcock the daughter of her sister Honour; and Annis Udy the daughter of her sister Honour.[1]


The will of Thomizine Harris of St Neot, dated 12 January 1714 and proved on 28 November 1715, mentions: her son Edward Harris; her daughter Martha; her brother Silas Lobb; her daughter Honor; and her daughter Thomizine.[2]


The will of Hugh Harris or Harres of St Neot, dated 14 August 1694, mentions his sister Martha, brother Edward, sister Honor, sister Thamson and mother Thamson.[3]


From the St Neot parish registers, it is evident that Honor and her siblings were children of a John Harris. He was perhaps the John Harris buried at St Neot on 15 January 1686/87.[4] The baptism entry for Thomasine Harris in 1673 gives the residence of John Harris as Polscop. This, in combination with the will of John Taprell of St Neot, written in 1659 and proved in 1660, helps to identify the parents of John Harris. John Taprell states “I give unto Mary Taprell my wife all my right in Lower Polscopp during her life and after her death I give it unto John Harris my Cusson of the parish of Cardinham” and gives “unto John Harris my Cusson all my right title and interest in Higher Polscopp within the parish of St Nyott”.[5] It therefore appears that John Harris was a son of the Hugh Harris and Martha Taprell who were married at Cardinham in 1615. The use of the names Martha and Hugh for children of John Harris provides onomastic support for the identification.


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1          HUGH HARRIS of Cardinham, Cornwall, died ca 1641.[6] He married on 29 January 1614/15 at Cardinham, MARTHA TAPRELL,[7] daughter of John Taprell. Martha was baptised on 20 March 1591/92 at St Neot.[8]


Children of Hugh and Martha (Taprell) Harris:

                i               THOMAS HARRIS of Cardinham.[9]

2              ii             JOHN HARRIS; m THOMASINE LOBB.

iii            MARY HARRIS, bap 1623, Cardinham.[10]


2          JOHN HARRIS of Polscop, St Neot, married THOMASINE LOBB, daughter of Silas and Honor (Arthur) Lobb (see here). Thomasine was baptised on 18 February 1634/35 at Warleggan and buried on 18 October 1715 at St Neot.


Children of John and Thomasine (Lobb) Harris:[11]

                                i               MARTHA HARRIS, bap 13 Jan 1660/61, St Neot,[12] bur 26 Sep 1735, Warleggan.[13]

                                ii              HUGH HARRIS, bap 30 Nov 1663, St Neot,[14] bur 24 Aug 1694, St Neot.[15]

                                iii             EDWARD HARRIS of Lanivet, yeoman, bap 3 Jun 1666, St Neot,[16] bur 22 Aug 1747, Lanivet;[17] m 1 Apr 1700, Helland, CATHERINE.[18]

                                iv             HONOR HARRIS, bur 4 Mar 1743/44, St Neot;[19] m 16 Apr 1700, Warleggan, WALTER BOUND[20] (see here).

                                v              THOMASINE HARRIS, bap 23 Apr 1673, St Neot;[21] m 10 Apr 1699, St Thomas by Launceston, JAMES ROWSE.[22]

[1] Kresen Kernow, AP/H/4624.

[2] Kresen Kernow, AP/H/4091.

[3] Kresen Kernow, AP/H/2460. The inventory of goods after Hugh’s death was taken in September 1694.

[4] St Neot parish registers.

[5] National Archives, PROB 11/298/194.

[6] Kresen Kernow, AP/H/1068.

[7] Cardinham bishop’s transcripts.

[8] St Neot parish registers.

[9] Kresen Kernow, AP/H/1068.

[10] Cardinham bishop’s transcripts.

[11] Other children of a John Harris were baptised at St Neot in the same period, but more than one John Harris was in the area at the time. John Harris and Jane Davy were married at St Neot in 1668.

[12] St Neot parish registers.

[13] Warleggan parish registers.

[14] St Neot parish registers.

[15] St Neot parish registers.

[16] St Neot parish registers.

[17] Lanivet parish registers; Kresen Kernow, AP/H/5000; Cornwall Memorial Inscriptions (online at www.findmypast.co.uk). The 1735 will of Martha Harris shows that Edward was living in 1735 and had three children. The will of Edward Harris of Lanivet, written and proved in 1747, mentions three children, and his monumental inscription gives his age as 81, matching the 1666 baptism of Edward Harris at St Neot.

[18] W.P.W. Phillimore, Thomas Taylor and Mrs J.H. Glencross, eds, Cornwall Parish Registers: Marriages, vol. 4 (London, 1903), 87.

[19] St Neot parish registers.

[20] Warleggan parish registers.

[21] St Neot parish registers.

[22] St Thomas by Launceston parish registers.