George Maris Jr.

(aka) George Morris


Born: 1632 in ?

Died: 15 Jan 1704/05 in Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania

Father: George Maris (? – 1656-1659)

Mother: Alice Collier (c. 1600 – ?)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Alice ? (? – 1698/99)

Married: ? in (unknown)

Child: Alice Maris (1660 – 1726)

Child: George Edward Maris (1662 – 1753)

Child: Elizabeth Maris (1665 – ?)

Child: Ann Maris (1667 – 1710)

Child: John Maris (1669 – 1747/48)

Child: Richard Maris (1672 – 1745)


A shoemaker by trade, George was also an active member of the Society of Friends. The following is quoted from "A Collection of the Sufferings of the People called Quakers."

[1670; Page 71] At Grafton-Flyferd some Soldiers of the Band called the Clergy-Band, came to a Meeting at the House of George Maris, and informed against several Persons there, against whom a Warrant was issued by John Packington, of Westwood, and Samuel Sands, of Ambersley, Justices, by which were taken the several Quantities of Goods following, viz. From Francis Fincher, all his Goods for a Fine of 20 l. From George Maris Goods worth 20 l. And from William Sale, and John Tombs to the Value of 1 l. 14 s.
. . .
The said George Maris's Fine was for the Meeting being at his House. He was afterward taken by an Assize Process, and sent to Prison on the 23d of the Month called July 1670, and continued there above eight Months, but never knew for what Cause he was so long imprisoned.

An assize was essentially a circuit court; royal justices were sent around the country on specific circuits to hear serious cases, both civil and criminal, twice a year.

Ultimately, George and his family immigrated to the Province of Pennsylvania. They arrived in the Province of Pennsylvania on the "Bristol Comfort" (John Read, master) on 1 Oct 1683 at Upland. It appears that they spent a short time at Darby prior to settling in Springfield township.

In Pennsylvania, a patent dated 30 July 1684 granted 400 acres located in Springfield Township (Chester County). George named the home he built there, "Home House."

The home was replaced (or extensively altered) in 1722 by his grandson George Maris, but still known as Home House. It remained in the family's possession at least until the family reunion in 1883, held in celebration of the 200-year anniversary of George Maris' arrival in Pennsylvania.

George was one of the justices holding the courts for Chester county, 1684-89, 1691-93; a member of the Chester County Assembly, 1684-1688, 1690, 1692-93; and a member of the Chester County Provincial Council, 1695.

He was also one of the signers of a declaration against George Keith (1638-1716), founder of the "Christian Quakers" (also called Keithian Quakers, or just Kethians), the first schism in the Society of Friends. Though a prosecution for sedition was generally not successful, it did succeed in taking the momentum out of the Kethian movement. Ultimately, Keith joined the Episcopal Church in London.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 31 Jan 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

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A Collection of the Sufferings of the People called Quakers
by Joseph Besse; 2 volumes, London: L. Hinde, 1753. Full Title: "A collection of the sufferings of the people called Quakers, for the testimony of a good conscience from the time of their being first distinguished by that name in the year 1650 to the time of the act commonly called the Act of toleration granted to Protestant dissenters in the first year of the reign of King William the Third and Queen Mary in the year 1689." [applies to notes]
Genealogy of the Dunwoody and Hood Families and Collateral Branches
by Gilbert Cope; Minneapolis: Tribune Printing Co., 1987. [applies to name]
Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684
by Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr (editor); Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1970. [applies to name, alias, birth, death]
The Maris Family in the United States
by George L. & Annie M. Maris; 1885. [applies to name, birth, death, marriage, notes]
Web: Pennsylvania State Archives [applies to notes]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

George may have been born on 2 Dec 1632 in Worcestershire, England.

Over the years the Home House was subdivided among children, until the remaining core parcel (30 acres and a rod) was sold in 1912 to Josiah Smith.

The 1922 Home House appears to still exist as an historic building of some type, and is listed by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. However, I'm not sure what its actual status is.