There is a record in the Isle of Wight County, Virginia Marriage records that cite a will written in 1745 and recorded in the Southampton County, Virginia Will Book which indicates that John Harris married Mary Drew, daughter of Edward Drew. Presumably this marriage had occurred at least one generation earlier (30-40 years) in Isle of Wight County. In the same will book, there is a marriage indicated between Benjamin Lain and Ann Drew, daughter of Edward Drew, also referenced for the 1745 will.
The only way that I could separate the various Harris lines in Isle of Wight County, Virginia was to study and record the land grants, land patents, land deeds, orphan court records, Wills and Probates and then create a census from those records that showed who the neighbors and associates were in the Pagan River area along the James River and then create another census of those neighbors and associates in the area of the Blackwater River in conjunction with the Warwick Branch, Pig Swamp Branch and various other minor streams in that area which is about 18-20 miles southwest of the James River.
The result of this study was that the Harris family line of the Pagan River area was as follows: Thomas Harris 1616- 1672; Thomas Harris Jr. 1667-1713; Edward Harris 1704-1782. This is my Harris line and not closely related to those Harris of the Blackwater River. As best I can determine, Thomas Harris and sister Dorothy Harris Bond moved to Isle of Wight County, Virginia, in about 1646, bringing their teenage orphan siblings with them which included Robert and Edward. Their brother John Harris settled in the Lawnes Creek area about 8 to 10 miles away, but in adjoining Surry County, Virginia.
The Harris family line of the Blackwater River area is as follows: Thomas Harris d. 1688; Edward Harris d. 1733; Edward Harris d. 1739. This is the group who lived side by side with the Turner families and the Hardy families and the Thorpe families and are intertwined and associated through the land records as well as the wills and probates. This is the same group of Harris living mostly on the south side of the Blackwater River, so that when Southampton County was created from Isle of Wight County, these families became residents of Southampton County and many of this group later migrated to the Three Creeks area; Cortawaugh Swamp; the Nottaway River area and the Meherrin River area in the southern part of Southampton County.
Some of the confusion which had to be explained was the fact that a George Hardy was closely associated with Edward and Martha Harris in the Pagan River area and that another group of Hardy families were closely associated with the Harris families on the Blackwater River. It is probably just coincidence of migratory patterns as there seems to be no connection between the two Harris lines, proven by DNA results, but there probably is a connection between the two Hardy lines since they are sometimes referred to each other as "kinsman", usually meaning cousins. It is well to remember that Harris is a very common name while Hardy is much less common.
In the period of about 1645 to about 1775, there may have been as many as 6 separate Harris lines in Isle of Wight County. In the 1600's there appears to be 3 separate and distinct Harris lines in that county.
Edward Harris d. 1677 could not possibly be the father of Thomas d. 1688; or Thomas d. 1672; or Robert d. 1666; or John d. 1686., as these all appear to be in the same generation and the DNA record eliminates Thomas d. 1688 from the other 4 Harris, of whom, I believe are brothers. The line of Thomas Harris d. 1688 also carries very different naming patterns as well as having settled in different locations many years apart and having as associates, an entirely different group from that of my Harris line of Thomas d. 1672. Most Harris researchers agree on one thing though: Thomas Harris d. 1688 seems to have dropped in from Mars or outer space.