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LT William Harris
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Birth: 1633, England
Death: May 16, 1698
Stafford County
Virginia, USA

Soldier. William Harris died on 16 May 1698, less than two months after composing his will. He was laid to rest in a grave located near the banks of Neabsco Creek, on the land that he, Thomas Baxter and Burr Harrys had patented in 1669. His final resting place was marked with an ornately engraved stone and is best described in the OFHS Newsletter of December 1986, p. 6, wherein "The top and bottom ends and sides of the top surface of the stone are beveled and the center of the stone surface is flat where the inscription is given. The beveled portions contain three symbols....A cherub, signifying the beginning of life, is carved at the top of the stone. At the right-hand side, a sabre is carved, representing Lt. Harris's military service. A carving at the foot of the stone, appearing to be a bow, is in reality a tipped over hour glass signifying that life is finished." The tombstone was originally of a "table" style, elevated on four corner leg-posts, and a popular style of the 17th century. A sketch of the stone, still elevated on its leg posts, was drawn by Katherine Haynes prior to its relocation and is depicted in D'Anne Evans' Prince William County: A Pictorial History (The Donning Company Publishers, Norfolk, 1989, p. 14). A short article also appears in the 1898 Volume 4 edition of the William and Mary Quarterly from 1896. Anticipating the beginning of highway construction, the gravestone was removed from its original site to Pohick Episcopal Church shortly before 3 November 1953. This site was selected because Pohich Church was the only Anglican church in the area at the time of Harris's death. The church vestry minutes of that date record:
"It was reported that Capt. Joyce had obtained a container of soil from the Lt. Harris gravesite, representative of the remains of Lt. Harris, Died: 1698, having a tombstone originally on the Neabsco Creek, Prince William County, Va, now having been moved to Pohick Church Cemetery." (Pohich Church Vestry Book, 1942-1969, p. 194)



 
 
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  Ann Harris Wheeler (1670 - 1739)*
 
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Inscription:
HEARE LYES BODEY OF LIEUT WILLEAME HERRIS WHO DIED MAY Y. 16: 1698: AGED: 65 YEARS: BY BIRTH A BRITAINE: A GOOD SOLDIER A GOOD HUSBAND & KINDE: NEIGHBOR.

 
Burial:
Pohick Episcopal Church Cemetery
Lorton
Fairfax County
Virginia, USA
 
Created by: W & L
Record added: Aug 15, 2008
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LT William Harris
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HAPPY VETERANS DAY 9TH GREAT GRAND FATHER.
-Anonymous
 Added: Nov. 9, 2016
Rest in Peace my 8th Great Grandfather
- Michael Housley
 Added: Oct. 12, 2016
A Rose for my 11th generation great grandfather
- Barbara A Johnston
 Added: Jun. 28, 2015
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