Yorkshire, Eng where he was born, married, and had children.
Early Virginia Immigrants by Green, p 147/8 lists William Harper brought over to Upper Norfolk Co., VA 1638 by Epaphroditus Lawson. By investigating birth place of other men brought over by Epaphroditus Lawson suggests Yorkshire, England as place of origin.
10/6/1654 William Harper was paid 1000 lbs tobo for informing against Toby Horton who loaned a gun to the Indians.
1/22/1655 Lancaster Co, VA. William Harp Sr of Rappahannock Co, to son John Harper, specifics unknown.
7/3/1666 From county deed records:
WHEREAS I WILLIAM HARPER of the County of Rappa. hath in my possession and keeping two cows and two cow calves belonging properly to my Daughter ELIZA. HARPER being the increase of one Cow given to her formerly by her God Mother Mrs. ELIZA. CLAPHAM and the late Wife of Mr. ALEXR. FLEMING the markes of the sd Catle being marked as Vizt. Cropt on both Eares wth two Slitts in ye right Eares and a half moone in the left the two cows going by the name of Patch and Nancey the one a Browne Cow & the other a Blacke Cow which sd Cattle aforesd I desire may be recorded for the proper use and Accompt of my Daughter Elizabeth aforesd to wch end I Wm. Harper by these presents have constituted ordained and appoynted in my place and steed my trusty and Loveing Friend JOHN RYMAN my true and Lawfull Attorney to acknowledge & Surrendr: up in Court for my use the aforemenconed Catle wth all the increase to and for the use and proper accompt of my Daughter Eliza. Rattifying & confirming allowing wth my sd Attorney shall doe or cause to be done in the Execucon of the Premises as if my selfe were personally present in Testimony whereof I have sett my hand and seale this 3d of July 1666
In presence of EDWARD ROWZEE,
Recognit in Cur Com Rappa 4th Die July Ano 1666