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This is page 1 of 3 tracing covering a branch of the Parris family from the Ightham, Offham & Plaxtol areas of Kent. This branch is connected to the Tomkin family by marriage. We think they are linked to the other Parris families on the site but at the moment we lack the evidence to prove it. If you can help make that link, or if have a connection to any individual or family featured here, contact us. Browse the Parris pages by using the forward/back arrows to the next/previous page or following the numbered e.g. [2] or parental [Parents] links.

The Parris Family of Ightham, Kent

First Generation

1. Robert PARRIS. Born about 1740 in Wrotham & died 7/5/1800 in Ightham. It is possible that Robert was the son of John Parris & Jane Neville.  Robert’s birth, circa 1740, fits neatly between two of John & Jane’s children - Ruth (Bp. 1738) and Thomas (Bp. 1743), both of whom were also born in Wrotham.


On 14/10/1766, when Robert was age about 26, he married Mary LARGE in Plaxtol. Mary was born 1744 & died 6/10/1814 in Ightham.

They had the following children, all born or baptized in Ightham:


(1) George, born 31/8/1767 & baptized 6/9/1767. (2) Mary, born 1768. (3) Olave, born 17/3/1773 & baptized 28/3/1773. (4) Robert [2].
(5) Susannah, born 8/7/1777 & baptized 13/7/1777. (6) John, born 19/1/1779 & baptized 31/1/1779. (7) William [3]. (8) Ann, born 24/1/1783 & baptized 27/2/1783.

Second Generation

2.Link to census Robert PARRIS. [Parents]. Born 24/8/1775 & baptized 3/9/1775, both events in Ightham, Robert died 8/12/1853, age 78 & was buried 9/12/1853 in Plaxtol.

On 9/1/1804, when Robert was age 28, he married Rebecca WICKENDEN in Offham. Rebecca was born about 1778 in Wrotham & died 20/5/1866.

They had the following children, all except Mary baptized in Cuxton:


(1) Mary, baptized 12/10/1806 in Plaxtol. (2) George [4]. (3) Ann, baptized 14/10/1810. (4) Sarah, baptized 3/5/1812. (5) Frances, baptized 13/2/1814. (6) William, baptized 25/12/1815. (7) Elizabeth, baptized 1/3/1818. (8) John Robert, baptized 2/7/1820.


3.Link to census William PARRIS [Parents]. Born 25/1/1781 & baptized 4/2/1781, both events in Ightham. William died 21/3/1867, age 86, & was buried 28/3/1867 in Offham.

On 12/2/1804, when William was age 23, he married Elizabeth HARMON, daughter of Isaac & Mary HARMON, in Stansted. Elizabeth was baptized 12/6/1785 in Addington & died about 1830.

They had the following children, all events in Offham (unless it says otherwise):

(1) Mary, baptized 3/10/1805 & died, age about 4, in 1809 (buried 9/11/1809). (2) William, baptized 26/3/1807 & died, age about  2, in 1809 (buried 22/11/1809). (3) Sarah, baptized 28/3/1809. (4) Frances, baptized 3/2/1811. (5) Ann, baptized 29/11/1812. (6) George [5].
(7) Alice, baptized 16/2/1817 & died, age 2, in 1818 (buried 9/11/1818). (8) Thomas [6]. (9) James [7]. (10) Harriet, baptized 16/10/1823. (11) Elizabeth, baptized 19/3/1826 & died, age about 75, 13/2/1901. On 17/11/1845, when Elizabeth was age 19, she married Thomas NORRIS in West Malling. (12) Clarissa, baptized 4/5/1828.

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