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TitleRecords of the Harris family of Cublington and Aston Abbotts, 1720-1926, also genealogical and historical notes, 20th century
DescriptionThomas Harris of Cublington (baptized 4 March 1653/4, died 1724) had several children, including Thomas (d. 1763) and George. All three are all described in documents as joiners, though George Harris is also described as architect (Buckinghamshire Session Records, 1713). He is known to have been architect of County Hall in Aylesbury.

Thomas Harris of Cublington (d. 1763) married and had a son Thomas Harris (d. 1746). He also married but died before his father. Three of the younger Thomas Harris's sons survived into adulthood:
Thomas Harris (d.1791), captain in the 28th Regiment of Foot, who married Mary (d.1808)
John Harris of Aston Abbotts (d.1810)
Joseph Harris of Cublington (d.1778).

Joseph Harris (d. 1778) married Susanna Green (died 1829), daughter of William Green. Her son Thomas Harris (1767-1839) took over lands in Aston Abbotts which later became Long Moor Farm. Thomas had also purchased Southend Farm in Cublington in 1822.

William Harris (1817-63) was the heir and only surviving son of Thomas Harris, his mother being Thomas's second wife, Mary Mole. William married Mary Biggs (1818-87) and the family had several children. After William's early death, the Cublington property passed to trustees, while Mary continued as tenant of the Aston Abbotts property.

The children of William and Mary Harris were:

Joseph (1840-1921). Became managing clerk to a London solicitors' firm and a member of the Salvation Army; seems to have been relied on to arrange many of his family's financial, business and testamentary affairs, as shown in his correspondence.

Thomas Harris (b. 1842)

Mary Jane Harris ('Jennie') (b. 1844). Married John Hedges of The Warren, Stewkley, in 1869.

Anne Harris ('Annie') (born 1847, died around 1923). Never married, and moved from Long Moor Farm to Southend Farm when George Hedley Harris married.

James Harris (b.1850). Emigrated to Australia.

Elizabeth Harris (b. 1853). Married Joseph Elliott of Woburn Sands.

John Harris (b.1856).

George Hedley Harris (1859-1926), known as Hedley. Worked with his mother on Long Moor Farm and assumed the tenancy after her death, and also acquired Southend Farm from his father's trustees in 1888. [He had two daughters, Miss Dorothy Harris and Mrs Birks, from whom this collection came to the Record Office.]

Rent receipts and tenancy agreements show that the land in Aston Abbotts, which later became Long Moor Farm, was rented by Susanna Harris and her descendants successively from the Earls of Chesterfield until the 1830s, then from the Dukes of Buckingham, and after about 1850 from Lord Overstone. The Overstone estate was later purchased by Lord Wantage and was broken up in the 1920s.

Table of Contents

Deeds:

1 - 16 properties in Cublington, 1720-1888

Papers relating to leases and tenancies:

17-30 premises in Aston Abbotts, 1791-1892
31-35 premises in Cublington, 1791-1822

Farming records:

36-37 day books, 1825-1838, 1847-1850
38-40 agreements and declarations, 1857-1883
41 accounts, 1874-1884
42-44 valuations, 1850-1925

45-65 Testamentary records, 1778 - c.1923

66-67 Auction sale particulars, 1822, 1886

68-87 Correspondence 1843-1922

Personal and family papers:

88-96 Harris family, 1790-1926
97-98 Biggs family, 19th cent
99-100 Hedges family, 1869-1912

101-109 Genealogical notes, 20the cent

110-112 Miscellaneous ?18th cent, 1964, 1993

113-114 Additional items presented in 1995
Access_StatusOpen
Date1720-1993
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