The descendants of John Parris & Jane Neville of Wrotham, Kent, are documented here. The family had links with the neighbouring villages, in particular Halling, Snodland, Ridley & Stansted. Some emigrated to the United States to establish the family in Illinois, Nebraska & California.
We think that another Parris branch from the Offham area was linked to John & Jane. This branch is covered as well. If you have any links to any individual or family herecontact us.
Variations in the surname’s spelling appear in the records e.g. Parrish, Paris. For consistency, we use the most common useage - Parris throughout.
Wrotham stands on the Pilgrims' Way in Kent, at the foot of the North Downs. It was described in the early 1870s as a “small town, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred… at the foot of chalk hills, 6 miles east of Sevenoaks”. The name first occurs as Uurotaham in 788 which means 'homestead of a man called Wrōta”. It was known in the Domesday Book (1086) as Broteham.
The village of Halling, consisting of Lower Halling, Upper Halling & North Halling, is scattered over some 5 km along the River Medway parallel to the Pilgrims' Way. Chalk & lime quarrying in Halling supported the cement industry, provided many families with work and helped to improve the area’s transport infrastructure.