I'm searching for Sapience Harrison who applied to William Penn for a land grant of 200 acres in Appoquinimink Hundred on February 2, 1723. Later documents list his name as Sapiens Harris. Sapiens probably died in the early days of December,1750. His will was probated on December 15, 1750.
Sapiens and his wife Catharine, had two sons, Joseph and Jacob. Jacob died in 1754. Joesph Lived until 1777. Their descendents farmed for many years in New Castle County, and married into many local families including: Caulk, Wheldin, Griffin, Nash, Sinclair (or St Clair?)Barkus (Kent County), Allston, Reynolds, Brockson, Bostick, Ball, Robinson, Benn, Donoho, and Lattomus. Many of them also settled in Cecil County, Maryland.
I would be very grateful for any additional suggestions/information/insights/speculations about Sapiens and Catherine's origins,and where I should go next to find them. Also,any ideas about why they might have changed the family name? Family legend has them coming from England with baby Joseph, and being related to nobility (but what family legend doesn't?)
good luck in your research,
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