THE IREDELL COUNTY NC HARRISONS. I am giving them this Iredell
Co. title but they are the same Harrisons, apparently, as discussed
in my July 1996 Harrison Notes beginning on p 1. from information
from Betty Jo Hulse. This new information also comes from:
BETTY JO HULSE. She has long been interested in the Iredell Harrisons
since she has felt that there was a connection between the Iredell,
Buncombe and Mecklenburg NC Harrisons.
Query in Journal of Gen. Soc. of Iredell Co. NC Oct 1985... from
James W. Miller, Jr 3505 14th Ave Dr. SW, Hickory NC 28601....Was
Squire Bentley Campbell's mother a Bentley? .. Seeking for info
on Drucilla Harrison, wife of Joseph Harrison. Was her maiden
name Bentley or Hinds/Hines? Some say she was dau of Benjamin
Bentley and b ca 1774 on Bear Creek in Rowan Co (now Davie Co)
and m in Iredell Co. c 1790 to Joseph Harrison. Others say she
was Hinds/Hines. Joseph and Drucilla's son was named Bentley Harrison
and he married Elizabeth Bentley, dau of Squire Bentley, Sr 21
Apr 1820 in Wilkes Co.... Comment: On p 2 of last month's Harrison
notes I wrote of the Watauga Co. NC Harrisons and about the Drucilla
who m Joseph Harrison. This Joseph Harrison was son of Joseph
Harrison and Ann Biles/Bales/Boyles.
me elder Joseph and Ann had in addition to son Joseph, another
son Nathaniel m Christina Phesler and two daughters: Mary m Thomas
Millsap of Wilkes Co, and Martha m JOSHUA DAVIS in Willkes NC.
This not only fits in as the ancestry of the Watauga Co. Harrisons
but JOSHUA DAVIS fits in with the Davises of Buncombe County and
thus with the Harrisons of Buncombe, perhaps.
I should comment that the Watauga Co. Harrison researchers would
have sane disagreement with my observations. They have Joseph
Harrison and Drucilla Bentley (they used to think Hinds) as the
parents of Rev Joseph Harrison b 1799, a prominent Baptist Preacher
and County Registrar of Deeds for many years. But they do not
have Joseph who m Drucilla Bentley as son of Joseph who m Ann
Biles/etc. They have him as son of a John Harrison and they think
that John is somehow from the James River Harrisons, by tradition
and not by data.
I THINK WE HAVE FOUND THE ANCESTRY OF THE WATAUGA HARRISONS AND
THEY ARE OURS! (meaning probably Long Grey Trail Harrisons and
connected to the Stewarts and Lydia (Harrison) Stewart, probable
daughter of ISAIAH HARRISON JR.)
Let me drop that subject for the moment and suggest that there
is evidence for "our" connection to other Harrisons
and related families of Spartanburg and York SC; Rutherford, Burke,
Buncombe, Mecklenburg NC and Greene County IN. I will go through
the raw information but please keep your thoughts on how this
all may fit together.
REVOLUTIONARY PENSION ABSTRACTS. Joshua Davis R.2741 Claiborne
Co. TN 1843. He was 81. First drafted as a private in Rowan Co.
NC 1 Mar 1780 under Capt Richard Pearson, Col. Locke, General
Griffith Rutherford. He marched to SC and there joined troops
under Gen. Gates. In Battle of Camden where Gates was defeated.
About Sept 1780 his term had expired and he was discharged, returned
home but shortly thereafter volunteered again for service under
Jesse Hightine(?), Col Locke and General Rutherford and he was
sent to go against the Tories in Wilmington, but when they got
there none were to be found. He caught the small and was discharged
again. He went into service again as a private under Capt Joseph
Sharpe and was with a small detachment of troops within hearing
of the Battle of Kings Mountain. He served altogether 21 months.
His papers were burned in a housefire. He states that he was born
in Baltimore County, MD in 1762. When called into service he lived
in Rowan County and since has lived in Iredell Co. NC, Hawkins
Co. IN and now in Claiborne Co. IN. ..Joseph Ellis of Grainger
Co. TN gave an affadavit that he lived in Rowan Co and knew Joshua
Davis there and that Joshua was on several tours of duty. This
dated 1843. Col. David Shults of Claiborne Co. IN also gave an
affadavit that he had often heard Joshua Davis tell about his
service in the Revolution but that he said he would not ask for
a pension while he was able to work for a living. He spoke of
this before there was any allowable pension allowed by the US.
James Carpenter of Claiborne made a disposition that he knew Joshua
Davis for 16 years and had often heard him tell of his military
service. His pension application was rejected.
Mrs. Hulse points out that Joshua Davis was in Iredell records
and also had land in Buncombe which was sold in 1849 by Reuben
Deaver. She enclosed copies from Buncombe County Deed Index. The
index has about 200 deeds listed with Davises as Grantees and
about 80 as grantors. This index covers 1 7831850 but of course
Buncombe had not yet been created in 1783. Not until 1790, but
people were moving in there when it was part of Rutherford and
Burke Counties. The one deed mentioning Joshua Davis is listed
as Joshua Davis et al 1171849 book 24 p 486 from Reuben
Deaver. If the same Joshua Davis as in the above pension application,
he would have been 6 years older= 87 years of age. This deed should
be looked up. In my experience most of these deeds of one person
and et al in Buncombe represent one heir acquiring the land of
other joint heirs of the same property, by purchase.
Of the many Davises on these Buncombe deeds, Uriah Davis who is
to be mentioned in other Iredell County records, has perhaps the
most deeds listed for Davises and these are from about 18041817
on Glady Fork of Hominy and Hominy Creek and Ragsdale Creels.
There was also a Uriah Davis et al in 1832 on Hominy as grantee
from Charles O' Kelly and wife. I estimate that Uriah had over
2000 acres on Hominy, 550 of this by state grants 18041806.
Mrs. Hulse points out that Uriah Davis lived in Iredell County
near the Harrisons there. Abraham Davis had deeds to four properties
on Sandy Mush 18041818.
IREDELL DEEDS. Book E. p 128. Abraham Davis of Bundkum County
to Richard Ford 162 a on branch of S Yadkin 24 Jan 1803.
Iredell County was formed Nov. 18, 1788 from Rowan County, so
after the Revolution. The county was not created by the time Joshua
Davis had enlisted from Rowan County, so perhaps his sojourn in
Iredell did not represent a move but just a change in counties.
Most of the land had been granted in Iredell while it was still
Rowan County. There were several boundary changes after Iredell
was farmed: 1793, 1811, 1815 and 1818 between Burke and Wilkes
Counties. A major change was when Alexander County was formed
in 1847 partly out of Iredell. The eastern part of Alexander was
part of Iredell until then. The south boundary of Iredell was
the old boundary between Anson and Rowan as it was in 1753. Originally
Iredell was 45 miles long and 22 miles wide but now about 28 miles
long and 18 miles wide. Bounded by Rowan, Cabaras, Mecklenburg,
Lincoln, Catawba, Alexander, Wilkes, Yadkin and Davie.
B: 202 7 July 1798 NC #103 to Jacob Lewis 200a on Catawba adj
Richard Lewis, Nicholas Massey, James Thomas... probably irrelevant
but Richard and Jacob Lewis are my line and I have considerable
information on them should they become relevant.
B: 204 4 Feb. 1792 NC #7 to JEREMIAH HARRISON 50 sh per 100 a,
50 a on S. Yadkin adj J. Harrison's deeded line... So, Jeremiah
Harrison was already there in 1792 when he got the 50 a grant.
Comment: Rev. Jeremiah Harrison of Buncombe and Murray Co. GA,
according to his obituary of March 4, 1853 died Jan 21, 1853 at
age 68. So, in 1792 he would have been 7 years old and therefore
not this same person. His obituary also says he was born in Rutherford
County, NC. It also says he joined the Methodist church at age
14. mat would be 1 799 which was probably before Bishop Asbury
and entourage made it to the yet to be created Buncombe County,
but perhaps was covering Mecklenburg, Rutherford and that area
and perhaps E. IN, and certainly Augusta Co. VA. Rev. Jeremiah's
close associate (I suspect brother) was Rev. Nathan Thomas Harrison,
my wife's ggg grandfather of Buncombe and Murray GA. Rev. Nathan
was b Oct 20, 1778, according to his obituary and died 18 July
1852. According to these dates he was 7 years older than Rev.
Jeremiah. He professed religion and joined the Methodist Church
in 1803. He was married before he moved to Buncombe (to Sarah
Ogelsby). Place of birth not given in the obituary but tradition
is VA and censuses say NC. Rev. Nathan's son Thomas was b c 1800
and so Rev. Nathan married before 1800 and before coming to Buncombe.
Georgia would have been a great place to meet and marry an Ogelsby
but also NC and TN.
B:204 7 July 1794 (same page as the one above but 2 years and
5 months later does this mean that both recorded at the
same time? Recording date not given). NC #104 to Joshua Davis
30 sh per 100a 50a on So Yadkin adj John Wilson, SOLOMON DAVIS,
Wm Campbell, HARRISON'S LINE. Comment: It appears that these two
deeds on one page are Jeremiah Harrison and Joshua Davis as
next door neighbors with Jeremiah being there first.
B:206 28 Nov 1792. NC #33 to John Stevenson Sr 210 a on Fourth
Creek adj Wm Stevenson... I mention because William Stevenson
went to Buncombe. Fourth Creek runs parallel to S Yadkin and at
its origin is where Wm Stevenson lived and this is very close
to the Harrisons on S Yadkin ..I have an 1808 map of Iredell sent
by Mrs. Hulse showing these locations. This is about in the center
of the county and virtually in the present county seat of Statesville,
B:207 Feb 1795 JOSEPH HARRISON to Moses Owen for 20 lbs, 200a
on br of So Yadkin adj James Stevenson. Orig grant to J. Harrison
1793 . Wm Young Wm Campbell (witnesses or adjacent?) ..note Wm
Campbell adj to Joshua Davis who was ad; to Jeremiah Harrison.
Rec 18 May 1795. .. I do not know location of James Stevenson
but likely in the vicinity of the other Stevensons.
A:164. Hugh Campbell of Iredell sold to JOSEPH HARRISON for 40
lbs 100a being part of a 300a tract granted to Hugh Campbell 8
Oct 1784 adj to Archebald Wasson upper line adj Aaron Freeman
on the north who bought the other 200 a on the main head branch
of the S Yadkin. 20 Mar 1790. Wit: Aaron Freeman. Reg. Dec 23
1790. ..comment: in the same general location as above..
Aaron Freeman also moved to Buncombe and had 14 deeds
in the index for many hundreds of acres. Much on Turkey Creek
but evidently Aaron Sr. and Jr. I have heard that he lived in
what was to become Madison County and an Indian trader and thought
to have an Indian wife.
A:622. 13 Oct 1787 URIAH DAVIS planter of Rowan County to JEREMIAH
HARRISON of the same county for 20 lbs 100 a head branches of
S Yadkin near
See H :184 p 6
his own and SOLOMON DAVIS' line. Originally a grant to said Davis
Nov 4, 1784. Signed Uriah (his mark) (seal) Davis. Wit: Joseph
Harrison (his mark). Rec. open court Nov. 1793. Mrs. Hulse comments
that Iredell did not exist when this deed was made but did exist
when it was recorded. It was Rowan before Iredell created 1788.
B:46 NC grant to JOSEPH HARRISON 200 a adj JAMES STEVENSON to the East 27 Nov 1793. Granted June 19, 1794. .. This is the same tract Joseph sold to Moses Owen in 1795 above.
see M 681
B: 367. JOSEPH HARRISON SR for 300 lbs to JOSEPH HARRISON JR., both of Iredell, main branch of So Yadkin adj Aaron Freeman and James Stevenson, 300 a orig grant to Archibald Wasson and from Wasson to Joseph Harrison Sr.
28 Dec 1787, including also 1 00 a from Hugh Campbell to Joseph Harrison Sr.
20 Mar 1790. (failed to photocopy the rest of this deed) comment: this further establishes three Joseph Harrisons. Junior is too old to be Rev. Joseph Harrison. This should be the Rev's father who m Drucilla Bentley. They in turn had another son Joseph b c 1 799 who became Rev. Joseph Harrison.
see G97 & E21
C: 520. NC Grant to JEREMIAH HARRISON 100 a head branches of Rockey Creek N of Purvieness land, entered 19 Nov 1796 and granted 18 Dec 1795.
see F668 Reg. May 17 1800. comment: The map shows the location via Rockey Creek and John Purviance. This is a short distance north of the previous areas discussed.
E: 169. 8 Sept 1802. ABRAHAM DAVIS OF BUNCOMBE sells to JEREMIAH HARRISON of the county and state aforsaid (Buncombe I presume) for 10 lbs 50 acres in Iredell on a branch of the S. Yadkin, originally granted to Abraham Davis
Dec 18, 1797. Wit: Solomon (his mark) Davis and Uriah Davis.
: It seems peculiar that both Abraham Davis and
Jeremiah Harrison would have moved to Buncombe yet Jeremiah bought
Davis' property in Iredell. In 1802 Rev. Jeremiah Harrison of
Buncombe would have been age 17 a little young to have
been buying property, so probably not him. Yet at this point in
time he appears to be the only Jeremiah Harrison of Buncombe.
Both Rev. Jeremiah and Rev. Nathan had sons named Jeremiah but
not this early. If Jeremiah Harrison was then living in Buncombe
as this deed says, he was evidently living with someone else.
His first deed in Buncombe is dated 1811. This was property he
sold to Jesse Roberts 1819, 100 a Turkey Creek. And. Jeremiah
Harrison was not named on the 1800 census. Abraham Davis had 470
a on Sandy Mush in Buncombe beginning 1804 (Deed Index)
B: 207. Feb 1795 JOSEPH HARRISON to Moses Owen for 20 lbs 200
a on S Yadkin near James Stevenson's line. Orig grant to Joseph
Harrison 1793. Wit: William Young and William Campbell. signed
Joseph (his mark) (seal) Harrison Rec open court Feb 1795 (which
should be easy since property very close to courthouse) comment:
many Owens in early Buncombe but no Moses Owen. Also Campbells
C: 100. May 7, 1797. Thomas Morris, High Sheriff of Iredell on
the one hand and George Erwin of County of Rowan on the other
hand. County Court of Iredell issued two executions against JOSEPH
HARRISON SR. for the sum of 222 pounds 3 shillings with interest
thereon from the 12th day of Oct 1787 until which said sum was
recovered by George Erwin and James Kerr, assignees of Mary Erwin
of Rowan County. Sheriff's sale of goods Chattles, lands and tenements.
(no goods or chattles to be found) The Sheriff took into custody
land on south side Yadkin River bounded by Kermon Spelmans, Peter
Morks(?). Originally granted to said Harrison by Kermon Spelmon
(?) by deed bearing date Jan 8, 1788. At Sheriff's sale 7 May
1797 George Erwin bought for the sum of 18 pds 5 shillings. Comment:
I do not know if we can account for this property of Joseph Sr.
We do not know what happened to Joseph
Sr or when he died or wham he married, but at some point this
family moved to Wilkes County where, as I recall, Rev. Joseph
Harrison was b 1799, but he would be Joseph III 'rd or since we
do not know Joseph I's parents, could be a longer chain than three
D: 450 NC Grant to JOSEPH HARRISON #265. 90 a beginning at AARON
FREEMAN'S Corner on the east to Meadow's line on the east, On
the south by Bentley's corner then east to widow Owen's corner.
1799. (This should be Joseph Harrison II who m Drucilla Bentley
who might then have been pregnant with Rev. Joseph Harrison).
This also has a date of May 13, 1802, perhaps when registered.
E: 21. JEREMIAH HARRISON sells to Robert Gordon for 20 pas, at
head of Rockey Creek being part of a grant to Jeremiah Harrison
Dec 18, 1797, adj James DAVIS' corner divided from the other part
of the tract by a line on top of Little Snaggy Mountain, estimated
92 acres including houses, gardens, woods, waters etc. It is stated
that Jeremiah Harrison is seized of a good sure right of inheritance
of this property. 16 Aug 1802. Signed Jeramiah Harrison and seal.
Wit: George Gordon and JOSHUA DAVIS. Rec in open court August
1802. comment: With this statement that this was a grant to Jeremiah
and also that he had a sure right of inheritance to this, it is
suspicious that this was a Jeremiah Harrison Jr who had inherited
from a Jeremiah Sr. who had the original grant otherwise
why would this be mentioned? In 1802 Rev. Jeremiah Harrison would
be age 17. Could this be he at age 17 selling property? And living
in Buncombe in "Uncle" Thomas Harison's house?
F: 668. 10 June 1806 JEREMIAH HARRISON sells to Nathan Duncan
for 30 pds 50 a on a branch of S Yadkin, Adj Jeremiah Harrison's
line. A stake on 7 a mountain. Orig grant to ABRAHAM DAVIS Dec
18, 1797 then to JEREMIAH HARRISON in 1802 deed. Reference to
an adjoining tract on the south side adjacent to SOLOMON DAVIS
on the east containing 30 acres, being part of a tract granted
to URIAH DAVIS 1784 containing 100 a then conveyed to JEREMIAH
HARRISON, by deed dated 1787. Signed, sealed Jeremiah Harrison
(other deeds with Jeremiah signing with his mark, suggesting two
Jeremiah's Sr. and Jr.) Wit: Johathan Purler (his mark), Solomon
(his mark) Davis. Reg Feb 1808 open court, proved by Solomon Davis.
see E 169 & H 184
G: 97 15 Sept 1806. William Gordon of County Idear State of Kentucky
sells to JEREMIAH HARRISON of Iredell for 20 pds 92 a head branches
of Rockey c:) I Creek orig grant to Jeremiah Harrison Dec 18,
1797 then conveyed by Jeremiah Harrison to ROBERT Gordon by deed?
bearing date of 1802. Adj James Davis corner, north of Purvinces..
Signed William Gordon (seal). Wit: Nathan Duncan, William Davis.
Reg. 10 May 1809 so, Jeremiah Harrison, if he did go to Buncombe
may have returned to Iredell. This is not favorable to the concept
of Rev. Jeremiah Harrison being one of these two Jeremiah Harrisons
of Iredell .
see C:520 p4 & E21
H.: 104. State grant to JEREMIAH HARRISON 50 a on the waters of
Misches Mountain adj Nathan Duncan on the east and JAMES DAVIS
on the north, entered 26 Feb 1811. Grant dated 28 Nov 1812....
This Jeremiah still not in Buncombe!
H: 126. 26 Jan 1813. David Sharpe in his own right end as attorney
for Charles Sharpe, his brother of Iredell County sells to JOSEPH
HARRISON for $70.00 on the branches of South Yadkin adj James
Stephensons, Hendricks corner and George (rest of deed not copied).
comment: Hendricks is a name associated with the Harrisons of
Clark's Fork of Bullock's Creek in York, SC during the Revolution.
Col Hendricks a neighbor and German and a patriot whereas many
of his neighbors were Tories, the most notorious of whom were
the Ponders who in Buncombe were friends of the Harrisons. Ponders
also from Augusta Co. VA.
e H: 184. 14 Nov 1811 JEREMIAH HARRISON sold to NATHAN DUNCAN
for $200 (?) both of Iredell, land, head branches of Yadkin being
part of a grant to URIAH DAVIS Nov 4, 1784 100 a then conveyed
from Euriah Dais to Jeremiah Harrison 1797 and divided from the
other part of the tract by a NorthSouth line across the
said tract leaving out all the apple orchard but one short row
on the west side containing five trees including all that part
of said tract west of the Harrison apple orchard on the said tract
and five apple trees together with all woods waters etc. Signed
Jeremiah Harrison (seal). Wit: Frances Johnson, Hugh Campbell.
Proven in open court by Frances Johnson August 1813.
622 p 3
H: 591. 19 Mar 1814 Hugh Gallaher of Iredell sells to JOSEPH HARRISON 50 a subdivided of a tract of 300 a conveyed to Aaron Freeman by Hugh Campbell. Adj Aaron Freeman on east corner. Wit James and John Stephenson Signed by Hugh Gallaher, his mark Proved in open court Feb 1816 by James Stephenson. Reg May 21 1816.
J: 356 NC grant 653 to JOSEPH HARRISON 135 a on waters of S Yadkin adj Robert Begel, David Robert, BENJAMIN BENTLEY (he was father of Drucilla whom Joseph Harrison II) and his awn land. Entered 30 Oct 1805. Granted 29 Nov 1817. Reg May 13 1818. (Joseph II already married to Drucilla Bentley at this point and the future Rev. Joseph Harrison age 19 in 1818).
M: 636. 1 Nov 1822. Joseph Harrison Sr sells to Joseph Harrison
Jr for $70 adj James Stephensons, corner on Little Rocky Face
Mountain, Hendricks Comer, George Roberts, 140 a . Signed Joseph
Harrison (seal). Wit: BENTLEY HARRISON, Daniel Meadows. Pr in
open court Nov 1826.... Bentley Harrison and Rev. Joseph Harrison
were brothers and sons of Joseph II and Drucilla Bentley. Rev.
Joseph age 27 in 1826.
M: 653. 3 August 1825. JOSEPH HARRISON of the county of WILKES
sells to BENTLEY HARRISON for $150 192 a waters of South Yadkin,
beginning at Daniel Meadows. Signed Joseph Harrison (seal). Wit:
John Stephenson, James F. Stephenson Reg. in open court Nov 1826.
comment: this should be Rev. Joseph then moved to Wilkes selling
to his brother Bentley Harrison.
M:660. 9 Mar 1825. JOSEPH HARRISON JR of county of Wilkes sells
to BENTLEY HARRISON for $130 on branches of S Yadkin 140 a adj
James Stephenson's 2nd corner on Little Rocky Face mountain, Hendricks
corner, George Roberts ..(rest not copied).. again Rev. Joseph
selling to his brother, another piece of property in Iredell.
M:800. 1 May 1827. Pinckney Caldwell, High Sheriff of Iredell
sells property of Joseph Harrison as per execution of Superior
Court of Iredell, at auction for debt of $70 (?) recovered(?)
to Thomas W. Wilson of Wilkes Co. for l and , goods and chattles
(no goods or chattles fauna) l and main branch of Yadkin joining
Hugh Campbell, James Stephenson, containing 300 a , an orig grant
to ARCHIBALD WASON. By Wason to Joseph Harrison Sr to Joseph Harrison
Jr. Thomas W. Wilson bid $20.00 as high bidder and sold to him.
(This deed is somewhat confusing. Debt was to Crawford Wilson
and Campbell? partial payment on this debt before sale? ) I do
not know if this represents Rev. Joseph or his father losing the
M: 681. 26 Oct 1822 JOSEPH HARRISON of Iredell sold to JAMES WILSON
$250.00 main head branch of South Yadkin adj Campbell's 100 a
. Signed Joseph Harrison (seal). Wit: Daniel Wilson, Wm Campbell.
Pr open court Nov 1826. Comment: I suppose this is either Joseph
II or m before moving to Wilkes.
M: 1048. 25 Aug 1826. Pinckney Caldwell, Esq. High Sheriff of
Iredell, a Sheriff's sale of JOHN HARRISON'S land (no goods or
chattles to be found), North bank of Third Creek, Rumbles corner,
Widow Scott's line, Whity line, Morrison's line, about 200 acres.
Put on public sale 21 August 1826. Bought by Elexis Howard as
high bidder for $66. The execution was also against John Hooper
and Robert Simonton who had gone bail for John Harrison in the
sum of $150.20. This sum was recovered from them by Abner and
John Rumple and delivered to the Sheriff.
comment: I do not know if I am interpreting this correctly. It
is a long document, but I am under the impression that JOHN HARRISON
was out on bail for same charge and skipped town and the men who
made bail for him were left holding the bag. They paid but perhaps
they got the proceeds from the sale of John Harrison's land. The
location of the property means little to me. The only identifier
I can locate on the map is Third Creek. This creek crosses most
of the county east to west in the center of the county. Part of
this could be close to the other Harrison locations but other
parts of Third Creek could be distant from the Harrisons previously
discussed. At this point I have no idea who this John Harrison
P: 165. 9 Jan 1829. BENJAMIN BENTLEY SR. sold to BENTLEY HARRISON
for $300. 142 a S fork of S Yadkin, Daniel Meadow's Corner, (not
all copied)... Bentley Harrison brother of Rev. Joseph Harrison
and both sons of Joseph Harrison II and Drucilla Bentley. Drucilla
daughter of Benjamin Bentley.
I would like to point out that the above deeds are abstracts done
by me from the complete typed dens by Betty Jo Hulse. In addition
she has done plats of many of these showing neighbors and this
in turn pretty well locates these on Iredell Maps. In addition,
she has often identified the same properties going through more
than one transfer of ownership My abstracts are inadequate to
make these plat drawings but the complete deeds are often specific
as to survey data which I have not put in my abstracts. I am making
these notations by hand on the typed deed abstracts.
ANOTHER DEED. Iredell E 120. JOHN STEVENSON of BUNKUM Co. NC to
George Flowers 400a on S Yadkin, 1802... so old Harrison friend
and neighbor moved to Buncombe! In Buncombe John Stevenson had
222 acres plus on Crab Tree Creek with first purchase in 1802
Joseph Harrison and Ann Biles (Bayles?/Boyles?) June 30, 1762.
Wit: Joseph Harrison, Sr. David and Samuel STEWART !!! This establishes
some connection of these Watauga Harrisons to Stewarts who are
also connected to Isaiah Harrison Jr.
IREDELL COUNTY TRACES (Genealogical Society Journal) date? p 25
under Book Reviews.
MY STEWART AND OTHER KIN OF IREDELL COUNTY, NC by Jeanette H.
Kelly 1987 900 pages. Order from author 243 Amity Drive, York
SC 29745 $35.00 plus $1.50 postage. This also contains related
families of Allen, Stikeleather, Brown, Wallace, Lawson and Tolbert..
(no mention of Harrisons in this review)
NORTH CAROLINA GAZETTEER , P 483/4. Only one SWAN PONDS LISTED.
A natural pond about 1 1/2 miles long in the Neuse River lowgrounds
of Johnston County. There are many other Swan Islands, Creeks,
Points etc but I know of several
other Swan Ponds in NC, not listed. (An Isaiah Harrison lived
at Swan Ponds, NC very early , 1753.
ANOTHER IREDELL DEED we do not have, but in Land Records Index:
John and Elizabeth Harrison sold to John Feamster 1825 M: 105.
This is a Quit Claim Deed. Comment The main John Harrison who
interests us is of Buncombe who m a Davis, but this is not likely
to be the same one who jumped bail and got out of Iredell leaving
property. We do not have a deed showing John Harrison acquiring
land in Iredell. Perhaps this means that his land was inherited
or that he acquired it before Iredell was formed out of Rowan.
Of course, Iredell would be a good place for a Harrison to meet
and marry a Davis.
MRS HULSE COMMENTS: On the Iredell deeds, M: 800 the land sold
at Sheriff's sale appears to be the same land that Campbell sold
to Joseph Harrison Sr in 1790 and Sheriff took it in 1797. But
Joseph I. sold it to Joseph II in 1796, and the Sheriff takes
it again in 1827. (This does not make much sense unless the first
Sheriff's sale was to a friend of Joseph Harrison who turned it
back to Joseph I.)
SOME ROWAN HARRISON DEEDS. Index only.
William Harrison sold seven properties from 17621768. They
were to Francis Quinne Taylor (twice); Eli ? ; Elenor Dunn; John
Frohock; Alexander Martin and someone else unnamed... John Frohock
was the famous land speculator and disliked politician, always
foreclosing on widows and orphans and such and a target of the
NC Regulators. Alexander Martin was the name of the future Gov.
of NC. He lived in Guilford Co after it was
formed from Rowan
but owned property as did his brother and cousins in Surry
Benjamin Harrison bought property from Samuel Forster in 1814.
I do not know who this might be.
JOSEPH HARRISON bought two properties from Anthony Funderburg,
2: 281 and 2:282 at least one of which (or both) dated Jan 30
1758. This could be Joseph I of what was to become Iredell. There
is also a deed 1787 2:504 Joseph Harrison bought from Archibald
Wason. See deed Iredell A: 1 64 in which Hugh Campbell sold to
Joseph Harrison 1790 100 a adjacent to Archibald Wasson. ...This
all suggests that Joseph Harrison was perhaps the eldest Harrison
of the area since he bought in 1758.
R. Gillispie sold to WILLIAM HARRISON and J. STUART 1762/4 and
James Carter and Hugh Foster sold to WIILLAM HARRISON and Ed.
Cusick 1 762/4.
I am presuming that this William Harrison is the one who was an
attorney and Inn keeper in Salisbury as detailed in the book CAROLINA
CRADLE, WHICH I will be getting into.
Comment by Mrs. Hulse about Deed Book E: 169. This is the one
where in 1802 Abraham Davis of Buncombe and Jeremiah Harrison
of "aforesaid" County (which is Buncombe) are involved.
Abraham Davis was on Sandy Mush in Buncombe by 1804 deed and a
JOSEPH HARRISON got land in 1802 on Sandy Mush. We have been considering
this Joseph Harrison deed on Sandy Mush as the same Joseph Harrison
who m Margaret Hill and had other property on Turkey Creek, but
this is not necessarily the same Joseph. In Buncombe Deed Book
A p 89 Joseph Harrison Sr. sells land on Sandy Mush to a
William Harrison. We had speculated about this Joseph Sr, implying
that there was a Jr and we knew of no Joseph Jr as son of Joseph
and Margaret Hill. So, this could be a different JOSEPH
HARRISON SR. This could be JOSEPH HARRISON SR. of Iredell . He
sold to William Harrison and we do not know about i Harrison as
a member of the Buncombe Harrison families. We also do not know
a William Harrison in Iredell for that matter but there could
Also, in A: 622 it refers to Uriah Davis as a planter of Rowan
County and Jeremiah Harrison was also a planter of county and
state "aforesaid" which means Rowan also.. unless the
clerk wrote wrongly out of habit. Anyway, the fact that Jeremiah
got land in 1787 implies that he is at least 18 years of age.
If he belonged to Joseph of Iredell (Rowan) he could have been
older than 21 in 1787. In the 1790 census of Iredell, Jeremiah's
age is given as 1626 and maybe too old to be the one in
Buncombe in the 1810 census (?).
She comments about "Swan Ponds". In [coking at a map
of 1760 (An Isaiah Harrison got a grant there in 1753 when it
was Anson County) and Anson borders were indistinct, to put it
mildly. "Swan Ponds" could very well have been in York,
SC area for instance. Dr. Rider thinks Swan Ponds could be in
Wilkes County, NC and as I recall, I once found that possibility
Dennis Carrell, father in law of her Nathaniel Harrison (from
Buncombe to Shelby Co. AL with Carrolls), went to Hawkins Co.
TN when he left Buncombe about 1814. He deeded his land in Buncombe
to his mother and father in 1815. He made a pension application
for the Rev. War but it was rejected. He was 4 years younger than
Joshua Davis. It appears that they may have known each other,
though Joshua Davis' rejected pension application does not say
anything about living in Buncombe, though he had land there (the
et al deed) or in Claiborne Co. TN which is noted on his application
for a pension.
She points out that
got a grant at "Swan
Ponds" in 1753 and Joseph Harrison got a grant in Rowan in
Interesting! In LGT Isaiah Harrison Jr was exec
of estate of Joseph Harrison before he left Augusta County. This
deceased Joseph Harrison may or may not have been his son. A Joseph
could have been a son of some other brother such. as Gideon who
died before the move to Augusta VA. Isaiah Jr could very well
have had a son Joseph also, and a Jeremiah, as far as that goes.
After all, Isaiah Jr had a younger half brother named Jeremiah.
CAROLINA CRADLE by Robert W. Ramsey. This classic book is subtitled,
"Settlement of the Northwest Carolina Frontier 17371762",
and this is largely about early Rowan County when the county was
huge and before it was subdivided into many counties.
p 106. Chapter, The Trading Camp Settlement 17501762. John
and Peter Dill and John mamas, all three of wham were in the Shenandoah
Valley in 1746 settled on the bank of the SOUTH YADKIN RIVER where
it flaws into the Yadkin. (Though this is the same South Yadkin
were, this is further east
and would be in present Rowan County near Salisbury). The Dill
family was in Maryland before 1675. John manes seems to have originated
in Sussex Co. Deleware (as did LGT Harrisons before Virginia)..
A majority of the pioneers in this settlement migrated from the
shores of Chesapeake Bay. Besides the Craigs, Dills, and Howards,
they included William HARRISON Edward Cusick .. The Evans, Gardiner,
HARRISON and Cusick (or CUSACK) families settled in Maryland before
1720. William HARRISON, who was in Carolina by April 1752, originated
among the Harrisons of Charles and St. Mary's counties, Maryland.
The family was in Charles County by 1654. The progenitors of Thomas
Evans settled in Calvert, St. Mary's and Somerset counties between
1677 and 1714.. Edward Cusick in St. Mary's by 1703.
p 110 footnote. marriage of Joseph Harrison, June 30, 1762 in
County marriage records.
Comment: Cusick on previously cited deed. I mention Evans not
because I have run into them in Rowan or Iredell but there were
Evans and Harrison intermarriages in LGT. Dills were also in Rutherford
Co. NC later and were also involved with the Harrisons of THE
VENTURERS in SC.
p 131. This discusses the religion of many of the early settlers.
The Davis family was either Quaker or Baptist in origin..Harrisons
were not Scots Irish and not Presbyterians but likely Quaker,
Baptist. Anglican or Catholic, as were Dills, Dunns, Evans, Thomas
Hamptons, Harmosn, Craigs and George Cusick.
p 179. This mentions a case of Attorney William Harrison. Henry
Kingsbury brought suit against George Cusick for trespass. Harrison
pointed out that Cusick was a person of good character, considerable
wealth and was held in high esteem. He had obtained great profit
and gains by such his Trading and Dealing. Nevertheless, continued
Harrison, on Oct 1, 1754, Cusick had twice called Kingsbury a
Rogue, a thief and a villain for which slander he was bringing
This book has an index but not a complete one. I have a note stuck
in the book that William Harrison, a lawyer and Innkeeper, had
children: Peter, Richard, Sarah and Thomas. This appears to have
come from a list in the appendix p 206 which lists William Harrison
and these others as Quakers in the records of Monthly Meetings
in Middletown, Bucks County, PA 16751747. These are not
necessarily the correct family.
p 207 Appendix is a list of Quakers arriving in Philadelphia 16821729
and it includes: Richard Harrison 1716 from West River MD and
WILLIAM HARRISON from The Clifts, MD. in 1705
p 209. A list of occupations 17471762 lists William Harrison
as an attorney and inn keeper. He lived in Salisbury. Edward Cusick
also listed as inn keeper, Hugh Forster as a saddler, Squire Boone
Sr as a weaver (father of Daniel Boone), John Frohock as a miller
(he was also political boss)
I have a strong feeling that somewhere I have the children of
William Harrison and his ancestry but I have not yet found it.
I do not think that the Josephs and Jeremiahs are connected to
p 96....the Stevensons .. William Stevenson was living on Maryland's
Eastern &ore by 1672. It is probable that few families contributed
a greater number of persons to the southward movement than the
Stevensons. Andrew, David, James' Thomas, John and William Stevenson
were all in the valley of VA between 1740 and 1755 (Augusta County)
p 85. In June 1753, John McGuire was appointed to the Rowan court
to be constable on the south side of the Yadkin. It may have been
he who (in company with Christopher Gist, Barney Curran, HENRY
STEWART, and William Jenkins was hired by George Washington in
October 1753, to guide a party traveling to visit the French Commander
in the Ohio Valley.
p 119. Names acquiring land in the Irish Settlement.. James and
p 189. Rev. Hugh McAden (Presbyterian pioneer) made a trip 1755
and 1756 from his inane in New Castle Delaware, into the Rowan
area... me Carolina frontier consisted of individuals of every
description.. It has been said of James Stewart, who lived on
Third Creek, that he "had much to hinder him in his Christian
life. He lived when infidelity was rampant, not only in this region
but also in other parts of the world. mere were those near akin
to him who openly denied the Christian faith. It is evident that
the Reverend McAden would not have been welcome in every home.
"(From a speech at Thiatira Church at its Centennial Celebration
1855 in Salisbury."
THE WATAUGA HARRISONS. This information comes from WATAUGA COUNTY
NC HERITAGE which has a number of articles mostly written by Winifred
Hampton. It also comes from correspondence with her, though none
recently. The information is extensive and there is meticulous
detail of descendants, many of wham are alive and well and with
photographs. I consider this very reliable information on later
generations but early ancestry is not determined and I think wrong.
I believe that these Harrisons are the same line as the Josephs
and Jeremiahs of Iredell to which this paper has so far been devoted.
I further believe that they are Long Grey Trail Harrisons and
perhaps descended from Isaiah Harrison Jr or closely related to
him. I will attempt to cover only the early ancestry of this line.
Winifred Hampton's great aunt, Jane Cook Greer, grew up in Rev.
Joseph Harrison's home and in her later years she related much
family history to Winifred Hampton who recorded it. (Greers of
Mecklenburg NC and Greene, TN were closely associated with "our"
Harrisons and Hoods of those areas). mere is the story by Jane
Cook Greer about a letter from President William Henry Harrison
to Rev. Joseph Harrison addressed, "Dear Cousin". Mrs
Hampton recalls seeing the letter as a child but the letter dissappeared.
Rev. Joseph Harrison, Jr 17991874 was a preacher at Historic
Three Forks Baptist church at Boone, NC. He is buried in the Cook
Family cemetery at Bamboo, a suburb of Boone. He was the son of
Joseph Harrison Sr 17681860 and Drucilla Bentley 1 772
(Here comes the part with which I disagree) Joseph Harrison Sr
was the son of JOHN HARRISON who had come from the tidewater area
of VA. John Harrison's family settled on the headwaters of the
South Yadkin River in Iredell Co. NC, but later moved to the Richlands
on the headwaters of the Main Yadkin River in Wilkes County, NC.
(The part where I differ is on John Harrison. It appears to me
that Joseph Harrison Sr who m Drucilla Bentley was the son of
Joseph Harrison who m Ann Bayles/Biles/Boyles 1762 in Iredell
with David and Samuel Stewart as witnesses. Of course I could
be wrong. Joseph Harrison I called Sr does not have to be the
father of Joseph II called Jr who m Drucilla Bentley)
Joseph 'Harrison II who m Drucilla Bentley had a brother Benjamin
who went to Indiana Territory. This is a tradition no proof.
If true he could have been there at the same time as General William
Joseph II and Drucilla had, in addition to Rev. Joseph, Daniel
Harrison about whom nothing is known, and Bentley Harrison who
went to Georgia, and Benjamin Harrison who remained in Watauga
and is ancestor to many of the Watauga Harrisons. Benjamin m Fanny
Rev. Joseph m Nancy Price. He was ordained 1833 at Yadkin Baptist
Church in Wilkes Co. Watauga County was formed in 1849 and he
was made the first Registrar of Deeds. He served from 18501860
and again 18651870. He was out of office during the Civil
War because of his open disagreement with slavery and the south.
He was a "Red String" Baptist. They wore a red string
in their lapels to signify sympathy to the Union cause. Though
Watauga had many such Union sympathizers as did neighboring E.
TN, the state of NC was committed to the South. He helped to organize
numerous churches and one of these was Mount Vernon Baptist Church
which joined the Stony Fork Association which was composed of
churches which were prounion.
I will chart same of these Watauga Harrison, mostly to show naming
BENJAMIN HARRISON m Fanny Price (The brother of Rev. Joseph)
NATHAN 18261865, killed as a Union soldier, m Hannah Eliza
Nathan lived in the Richlands, Caldwell Co.
David Jesse m Sophronia Story
Mary Elizabeth m Thomas Day
Jeremiah William m Malinda Cook
Martin 18281869 m Sara Jane Critcher, he a school teacher and Baptist minister
William Henry 18501924 (perhaps he is the one who wrote the "Dear
Cousin" letter signed by William Henry Harrison)
Candice Queen Victoria 18691897
Additional children of Benjamin Harrison and Fanny Price were:
Reuben, Patsy, Naomi, Rachel, Drucilla, Jenny, Mary (who m NATHAN
HARRISON son of Rev. Joseph Harrison), Susie died young.
Children of Rev. Joseph Harrison and Nancy Price.
Linda m Bradshaw
NATHAN m Mary Polly Harrison, dau of Benjamin Harrison. Their
ch: Fanny Price, Calvin, JOSEPH, Gentry, Nancy, Sarah, Jane, Martha.
(Nathan had 2nd wife Caroline Hamlet by whom he had Billy and
Mary m John Butler Cook. They had a daughter Delphia who m JEREMIAH
Harrison, son of NATHAN HARRISON.
Martha m Vandyke
JOSEPH 1843 ? Winifred Hampton calls him Joseph III. I would
call him Joseph IV... In Buncombe 1870 there was a Rev. Joseph
Harrison on the census. I wonder if this was he. Nothing else
known by the Watauga Harrisons.
I have been struck with the names of the Watauga Harrisons as
being especially similar to the Greene County TN Harrisons. Once
I made cemetery lists of both places and compared them. They had
many of the same names but they were not the sane individuals
because they were buried in their appropriate counties and their
dates were different. This similarity of Buncombe names is also
notable and LGT names. Watauga is one of the few places I have
found the name Nathan, which of course is of interest to me because
of Rev. Nathan Harrison.
MISCELLANEOUS WATAUGA INFORMATION, WATAUGA HERITAGE Art 336.
married Elizabeth Bentley April 21, 1820 and lived
in Union County, GA. According to a letter written by Bentley
July 27, 1863 to his neice, Martha Harrison Vandyke, he had three
sons and one daughter. Two sons were killed in
Franklin and Alfred. Bentley's other son John went to California
during the Gold Rush. He never returned and his parents assumed
that he was robbed and killed.
Rev. Joseph and his wife moved from Iredell to the mountains to
a section which was then Ashe County but became part of Watauga
County when it was created in 1849.
Comment: Interesting that Bentley moved to Union Co. GA. This
is where the Rev. Jeremiah Harrison family moved when they left
Macon County NC (next door) and before moving to Murray Co. GA.
and part of the family moved back to Macon Co NC to found the
Harrison family that lives there now. I have been concerned about
Jeremiah Harrison in Union Co. GA. His wife's Addington
family had also moved there, but there were two later generation
Jeremiah Harrisons. One was son of Rev. Nathan and one the son
of Rev. Jeremiah and I am concerned that since both are said to
have gone to Union Co. GA that either that is not true or that
the two have been confused. Now we learn that Bentley Harrison
was also there and about the same time with his sons Franklin,
Alfred and John. I wonder if John, in going on the Gold Rush,
was in contact with Rev. Thomas Harrison and family at St. Clair
Co. IL who were also involved with the Gold Rush in that Rev.
Thomas was handling gold for some of them and his nephew Posey
Grantham went on the gold rush and wrote a book about it.
WATAUGA HERITAGE OF NC, Vol I. Art #5. Bishop Asbury recorded
in his Journal six visits to Watauga County (before it was Watauga)
between 1788 and 1793. ...That is considerably earlier than his
visits to Buncombe. So, no doubt he covered other NC areas too
on the same trips where he could be exposed again to Harrisons
of the LGT family who had migrated to the Carolinas. So the concern
I expressed earlier about NC Harrisons getting to know Methodism
so early does not apply.
Art # 229. THE WILLIAM HARRISON EDMISTEN FAMILY. At the Battle
of King's Mountain William Edmisten from Virginia was fighting
on the American side. On the British side a soldier James Blair
was killed. After the war was over William Edmiston m Blair's
widow, Elizabeth Suddreth Blair. To them was born a son William
who m Nancy Garner and they later moved to Caldwell County, NC
(adj to Watauga). There they had a son William Harrison Edmisten
who moved to Watauga. He was a prosperous man. Thomas H. Blair
deeded him 420 acres of the original Three Forks tract of land
for $2400. This tract bordered on Historic Three Forks Baptist
Church. He was a Confederate soldier and a descendant was Rufus
L. Edmisten, Attorney General of NC.... comment: No explanation
is given for his middle name of Harrison but it is notable that
there are many people of Watauga with the middle name of Harrison.
I am thinking of the Battle of King's Mountain and the Harrisons
there at Clark's Fork of Bullock's Creek. me Harrison name could
just as well come from his Blair Ancestry. He could have acquired
the name by friendship of his parents with the Harrisons of Caldwell
County, but if so, that honor was probably misplaced since the
Harrisons were pro Union and Harrison Edmisten was Confederate.
#294309. Greers/Griers. mere are numerous articles about
this family. I mention because of the corrections between Griers/Greers,
Harrisons and Hoods in Mecklenburg NC and Greene Co. TN. Many
of them have both Harrison and Hood ancestry in those areas. They
descend from James Grier who arrived in Baltimore, MD Nov 2, 1674
where he m Ann Taylor. Over the generations the family moved to
Grayson Co. VA and Pittsylvania Co. VA, Franklin Co. VA and AUGUSTA
CO VA. Later to NC. The move from Augusta Co. VA to Rowan Co.
NC was 1765. They ended up in what was to become Wilkes County.
Griers were members of Three Forks Baptist. (I am skipping many
generations and many branches of this family which has apparently
been well worked out and published. I recall a trip we made to
Danville, VA to do some research where Bill Grier was in charge
of the genealogy library that day. He introduced me to the Hoods
and I introduced him to the Harrisons which we both shared. He
had a Grier book and a Hood book and I had LGT.
#414424. The Mast Family. There was some involvement with
the Watauga Harrisons but they are interesting on their awn. me
MAST GENERAL STORE in Watauga County at Valle Crucis is a major
tourist attraction which we visited. This is in the mountains.
We went there by a tortuous road which had a sign
that no vehicle longer than 20 feet could make the curves on the
road! We arrived finally at Mast's ramshackle store and at first
it appeared that no one else was there. We discovered a huge parking
lot behind it along with a shopping center for fine women's clothing
that was not visible from the front of the store. We also learned
that a major highway provided easy access if one was coming from
the area of Smoky Mountain National Park or Knoxville. The original
old store is huge with everything imaginable for sale from minor
crafts to coffins. It is as much a museum as it is a store. The
crowds were huge but only so many people at a time were permitted
in the original store for fire safety reasons. I expect their
real money is from the modern dress shops and gift shops hidden
in the parking area. This is also the site of a movie we saw on
TV a few years later about poor mountain children who were orphans
but were afraid to tell anyone for fear the social workers would
come and get them. They gathered ginseng and herbs from the mountains
and sold it to Mast General Store.
The Masts were German but lived in Switzerland. John Mast was
born there in 1 740. A group of them came to America from Rotterdam
to Philadelphia in 1750. They were Mennonites in PA for about
10 years but were attacked by Indians in 1760 and had to seek
a more protective location. They moved to Berks Co. PA where John
Mast's uncle Jacob Mast became a Mennonite Bishop. John
however at the age of 20 left and settled Randolph Co. NC in 1
764. John had a large family there and his son Joseph is the one
who moved to Watauga in the 1780's with wife Eve Bowers and settled
at Valle Crucis. This has never been a real town but it is a beautiful
site with a falls and an Episcopal Church School which was still
in operation in the 1940's or so but maybe no longer.
Joseph had a son John and John had a daughter Nancy who married
a Farthing and they had a son named Henry Harrison Farthing. I
do not know where the Harrison came from. John also had a son
JOSEPH HARRISON MAST b 1827 d 1915. Another son Eli b 1813.
He m a Dugger and there was an Emanuel Dugger who m Elizabeth
Harrison in 1842. They lived in Johnson County, IN. I think I
recall reading somewhere that one of the Harrison boys from the
Joseph Harrison II ancestry worked at the Mast store and married
into the family.
# 16 20. The Bentley family. Moses Bentley Jr was b July
1800 in Iredell, that part which is now Alexander County. His
parents were Moses and Mary Bentley. They lived near the Rocky
Face Mountain and in 1805 they moved to Burke County which is
now the counties of Alexander and Caldwell
Moses Jr was
m to Caroline Sloop and they had a son ABEL HARRISON BENTLEY born
1840 in Iredell County died 1925 Blountville, IN. Abel m his first
cousin Nancy Caroline Keller in 1860 dau of Aquilla and Mary Bentley
Keller. Abel's brother Phillip Alexander Bentley m Martha Bradshaw
daughter of Willis and LINDA HARRISON BRADSHAW.
But, nothing is said about ancestry of Moses Bentley. I think
it was Benjamin of Iredell County who also had daughter Drucilla
Bentley who m Joseph Harrison II and were parents of Rev. Joseph
The name of Abel Harrison Bentley is curious. We are familiar
with Abel Hill Harrison, son of Joseph Harrison and Margaret Hill
of Buncombe. Margaret's father was ABEL HILL. Abel Hill Harrison
moved to Georgia at Villa Rica where he was a state legislator
and a prominent merchant and noted as a philosopher. He also lived
to a ripe old age and died leaving no children and a considerable
estate. He had outlived all of his siblings and so his
estate had to be distributed to neices and nephews and their heirs.
This resulted in an official court ordered genealogy of the Harrison
family of Joseph and Margaret Hill Harrison and all of their descendants!
I have no reasonable explanation for the name Abel Harrison Bentley..
#66. The Davis Family. George Davis b Mecklenburg Co. NC 1765.
His wife was Sarah McElroy dau of John and Martha McElroy and
she b Prince Edward Co. VA 1762. They had 10 children: Sarah,
Golston, Martha, Jane, Holden, Violet, Elizabeth, William, Amelia,
Nancy. Most of these were born on Cove Creek Ashe County. Some
of these lived in Watauga County including Golston, a prominent
man. Comment: No connection with the Iredell/Buncombe Davises
that I can see, but interesting that they from Mecklenburg NC,
so full of Harrisons. We are looking for a John Davis but none
in this family.
#11 7. Hampton Descendants by Winifred Hampton. She goes back
to William Hampton b 1592, Middlesex, England, son of Laurence
Hampton Sr. William came to Gloucester Co. VA (now Matthews Co).
His son John m Mary Mann and they had John Jr. who m Mary Wade
May 1, 171 2. She was dau of James Wade.
So far, this is also the ancestry of the famous Wade Hampton of
VA and SC whose sister Elizabeth married James Harrison of THE
John Hampton Jr who m Mary Wade was father of Captain Anthony
Hampton 17151776 of the Rangers of Rowan Co. NC. He was
a member of the Colonial Assembly from Surry Co. NC. At the time
of his death he was considered the wealthiest man in America.
He was the father of Wade Hampton of SC who in turn was considered
the wealthiest man in America. He was also the father of Elizabeth
who m James Harrison.
In this article Winifred Hampton does not connect this to the
Watauga Hamptons. However, in Vol I Art 320 and 323 she does come
close to correcting her ancestry to this. She descends from Thomas
Hampton who came from Virginia to the Surry/ Wilkes area by 1772,
ancestor of the Watauga Hamptons. He had a son Jeremiah b 1780.
Jeremiah had a son Aaron m Mary Cook. Aaron had a dau Hannah Eliza
b 1830 m NATHAN HARRISON.
Aaron also had a son Emanuel b 1836 who had a son Jordon b 1856
m Rachel Coffey. They had Jesse Amos Hampton m Vertie Harrison.
They were the parents of Winifred. They lived with Vertie's parents
Jeremiah (Jerry) and Delphia Harrison because of Delphia's health.
She was an invalid for a number of years. Also living with them
was Hannah Eliza Hampton Harrison, widow of NATHAN HARRISON above.
Connection of Thomas Hampton of VA to the earlier Hamptons of
VA is not shown but probably assumed. As I recall, Worth Ray commented
that the Watauga Harrisons were from Anthony Hampton but were
not closely related to Wade Hampton Apparently, Winifred Hampton
does not accept the connection to Anthony Hampton but she does
believe there is a connection enough so to write the first
Hampton article above without connecting to her awn Thomas.
SKETCHES OF NORTH CAROLINA by Rev. William Henry Foote, 1846,
ALLISONS a prominent family of Iredell.
DAVISES are involved in this book but I do not recognize the ones who ended up in Buncombe. p 481. Robert Davis son of Andrew Davis, one of the first settlers on Reedy Creek, in the Rocky River congregation joined in an oath with about 9 others of the congregation to assist each other in attacking an arms and ammunition convoy of Gov. Tryon's government since these arms were to be used against the populace in the Regulator War. They blackened their faces and dressed as Indians. They waylaid the convoy, harmed no one but poured all of the powder out on the ground, laid a trail of powder and destroyed it all in a gigantic explosion. One of the leaders of this
enterprise was William Alexander of the Sugar Creek Congregation and was known as "Black Billy" afterwards. Others of this party included James, William and John White, sons of James White, William White, a cousin, Robert Carrothers, Benjamin Cochran, James Ashmore and Joshua Hedley. This Rocky River Congregation had same prominent members, mostly from Maryland or PA, including Col Robert and Samuel Harris, Moses Shelby, David Caldwell, the Morrison family and Adam Alexander. These Presbyterian Churches were not united in their support for the Regulators(A Rev. David Caldwell who was a prominent educator was active in trying to moderate the militancy of the Regulators but I do not know if he was the same as the David Caldwell of Rocky Creek). p 485. There was a Rev. Thomas Davis and Rev's J. LeRoy and William B. Davies/Davis. They were Presbyterian Ministers educated under a Mr. Wilson who was a successor to the Rev. David Caldwell, about 1800.
p 459. Rev. William C. Davis, also spelled Davies, was frequently under fire for some of his theological teachings, by the other ministers. p 467. Rev. Wm. C. Davis was pastor of Bullock's Creek Presbyterian Church in SC. He was finally suspended from his pastoral duties in 1811.
p 246. Providence Church (of Mecklenburg near McAlpin's Creek
and where Harrisons and Hoods were pert of the congregation and
community which came from Augusta VA) and Clear Creek, now called
Philadelphia Church and nearby made a written agreement 1770 to
locate and share a minister. Signers for Providence included Thomas
Black and ROBERT STEWART. For Clear Creek the signers included
A HISTORY OF ROWAN COUNTY, NC by Rev. Jethro Rumple. This is a
very old book but reprinted with a new index in 1978.
p 54, 1753. A list of Constables by the first court of Rowan includes
DAVID STEWART to cover the area of the North Side of the Yadkin
from Muddy Creek and upward. Comment is made that Rowan was so
big and scattered out that same of the constables were 100 miles
from the seat of justice in Salisbury.
Comment: We know abaft this and the area near Winston Salem where
the Stewarts lived. Also that there was a "Swan Creek"
not far from here. This is also about the same time that Isaiah
Harrison, presumably Jr, acquired property on "Swan Ponds".
It would be convenient to think that Isaiah Harrison and the Stewarts
lived close together and maybe they did at same point like when
Nathaniel Harrison, Revolutionary soldier, married Jemima Stewart
against the opposition of her father because of Nathaniel's "mixed
blood". At this point let me make remarks about various Swan
Ponds, in addition to "Swan Creek".
The Swan Ponds I have mostly heard of was the inane of Waightstill
Avery in Burke County NC, not far from Morganton, and on the Catawba
River and one of the still well known areas because of this being
the famous home of the famous Waightstill Avery. But he also owned
600 acres on the French Broad River above Cain Creek and below
Davidson's Creek (now Mill's River) in present Buncombe County.
He sold this to one of the first settlers of Buncombe, Benjamin
Hawkins. This is at the present site of "Biltmore",
the Vanderbilt "Castle". There was a swampy backwater
area there known as "Swan Ponds" and the 600 acre site
was also known as "Swan Ponds" on the deed of Avery
to Hawkins. This was apparently filled in with the construction
There was another "Swan Ponds" in the area of the Nolichucky
River in Greene County, TN, known by that name when this was the
State of Franklin. This Swan Ponds was connected with William
Davidson, Esq from Swannano who
was a JP for Greene Co. Swannanoah was of course in Eastern Buncombe County from the River of the same name, and this, on the headwaters of the Catawba closeby was also close to Avery's Swan Ponds, so perhaps the names of these derive from Avery's first use of it at his plush home.
p 65. This is a picture of a marker erected by DAR commemorating the Boone Trail in 1769 in Salisbury, NC. It states: "BOONE TRAIL 1769 From this town Richard Henderson and Company despatched Daniel Boone, John Findlay, JOHN STUART, Joseph Holden, James Mooney and William Cooley to explore the wilderness of Kentucky."I am a bit familiar with John Stuart and Daniel Boone. He is in the history books and historical novels about Daniel Boone.
He was a buddy of Boone and frequent hunting partner. He was with Boone in Virginia apparently before and after their sojourn in Rowan County. During the Indian troubles of the French and Indian War, Boone and presumably John Stuart left Rowan for safety and went to Culpeper Co. VA as a safe area, yet He and Stuart made expensive hunting trips from there to the wilderness areas. So, John Stuart could very well be a Stewart of Augusta VA in Harrison territory, since Daniel Boone was also as a child.
p 178. This is about President George Washington's trip to the hinterlands after the Revolutionary War and during his Presidency. This included a trip to Salisbury. As Washington and his party approached Salisbury on the Concord Road, same halfmile from town and at this point near where Mr. Samuel Harrison "now lives", he was met by a company of boys of Salisbury p 235. This is a writeup on the Craig Family of Rowan. I mention this because the Harrisons were involved with Rev. John Craig of Tinkling Spring
Presbyterian Church in Augusta VA, who baptized some of them. This Rev. Craig apparently made a couple of trips to Rowan and Mecklenburg NC and was apparently responsible for a significant migration of Augusta inhabitants to migrate to Mecklenburg centered around their church of Providence Presbyterian near McAlpin's Creek and site of the Harrisons there, and Hoods and Blacks, etc. However, Rev. Craig evidently died before the settlement was made and Rev. Craighead was very prominent in this area. But there were also Craigs in this area. From this writeup on these later Craigs, they were no obvious relationship to Rev. Craig of Augusta. These Rowan Craigs came directly from Scotland to Rowan. They came because of their support of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the retaliation after the Battle of Culloden. These Craigs go back to early Scotland. It was John Craig, one of the Scottish Reformers with John Knox who proclaimed the banns of marriage between Queen Mary and James Bothwell, but he denounced the union. The Craigs of Rowan lived on the South Yadkin as did the Harrisons of Iredell, but the Craigs were considerably downstream from the Harrisons near the juncture of the S Yadkin with the N Yadkin and near Salisbury
p 272. About President Polk's forefathers. His mother was Jean Knox dau of James Knox of Rowan (Mecklenburg area I think) James Knox son of John Knox b 1708 Scotland and moved to Ireland. He m Jean Gracy whose mother's name was Jean Sinclair a relative of the famous John Knox the Reformer. John and Jean came to America c 1740 and they bought land on the south side of Third Creek which land had been granted by Earl Granville to JAMES STEWART. (Sinclairs also related them to Royal Governor Gabriel Johnston of NC as were some other Johnstons of Lincoln/Tryon and Mecklenburg.
p 290, About Methodists in Rowan County. Jesse Lee was contemporary with Bishop Asbury and headed the Methodist movement in Rowan. Bishop Asbury preached in Salisbury in 1785 and held two annual conferences there in 1786 and 1787. (I would think he would have visited the }Harrisons also in the Providence Presbyterian Church area where they also built Harrison Methodist
Church. In fact, I recall that in his journal he told about visiting
the Harrison there but I do not recall the date nor did he give
the first names of the Harrisons. )
p 292. About camp meetings jointly held by Presbyterians and Methodists.
In 1807, Iredell Circuit, embracing Iredell County, was set off
from Yadkin and Salisbury Circuits (Methodists). Methodism was
prospering in this area.
p 312. About Episcopalians. The Rev. Robert Davis whose history
is unknown to the author was officiating in this area 1821-23.
.. About the year 1794, a number of Episcopal families removed
from Maryland to the western part of Rowan, among them.. Barbers,
Gardners, Chunns, HARRISONS, (and more). Bishop Thomas Davis ...
Mr SAMUEL R. HARRISON of Salisbury, and many others are descendants
of those who first came out with the Maryland Colony... comment:
This is suggestive that perhaps Samuel R. Harrison is descended
from William Harrison, early lawyer and Inn keeper of Salisbury
who came from Maryland as described on page 9 of this report about
Note also the name Samuel R. Harrison. I know of two others by
the same name. There was Rev. Samuel R. Harrison of Harrison Methodist
Church in Mecklenburg and later of KY who was from the LGT Harrisons
and about the same age as Rev. Jeremiah Harrison and Rev. Nathan
Harrison. Rev. Nathan named one of his sons Samuel Robert Harrison.
He too was a Methodist minister who moved to Walton County, GA
where he has many descendants... I see a likely connection between
Rev. Nathan and Rev. Samuel R of Harrison Methodist Church, but
I suspect that the Episcopal Samuel R. Harrison of Salisbury is
p 316. Episcopal Churches. The 13th annual convention met at St.
Luke's Church, Salisbury, May 23, 1829. The lay delegates from
Christ Church were Charles Mills, BENJAMIN HARRISON, David Cowan
and Dr. W. H. Trent. Comment: I do not know where Christ Church
was but apparently Rowan County. I do not know who Benjamin Harrison
was but since Episcopal perhaps related to Samuel R. Harrison...
Thomas Davis Jr was also there. He was later Rector of the Parish
and Bishop of South Carolina.
p 327. Still Episcopalians. Rev. Francis J. Murdock was b Buncombe
County 317, 1846, ordained deacon in St. Lukes Church Salisbury
1868 and at the present time (1881 ) he is the incumbent of the
parish. In a confirmation class May 16, 1840 was.. Samuel R. Harrison..
Comment: I seem to recall that there is more about this Harrison
family of Samuel R. of Salisbury. I recall something about him
owning a furniture store. I do not recall the source, but these
Harrisons of Rowan need to be figured out! I think I have some
information on these lines, perhaps from Betty Jo Hulse, but it
FROM BETTY JO HULSE, a while back. This is evidently a Rowan deed
and we are familiar with. the property just west of Winston Salem.
p 55 30 Aug 1 779. Benjamin and Joseph STEWART to Matthew Brooks,
520 pounds, 384 acres East side Yadkin River. being 508 acres
Granville grant to SAMUEL STEWART Sr. Wit: William Thornton, Agnes
PRICE and James Blackwell. Signed Benjamin (X) Stewart, Joseph
(X) Stewart and Elizabeth (X) Stewart. Comment: One of the items
here that interests me is Agnes PRICE. Recall Nancy and Fanny
Price who married Rev. Joseph Harrison and his brother Benjamin
Harrison of the Watauga Harrisons. See p 11 & 12. I doubt
that this is the same Benjamin Harrison as mentioned above on
HERITAGE IREDELL COUNTY NC. #596. STEVENSON FAMILY. There were
several Stephenson/Stephenson families of Iredell and it is not
known just how they
are all related. During the time of the Rev. War there were James,
Robert, John and Hugh. James settled near Rocky Face Mountain
on the S Yadkin, now in Alexander County. He arrived sometime
after 1768 from Maryland, since his son William was b 1768 in
Maryland. John Stevenson, of the same general area, died c 1794
and his execs were sons living in Greene Co. GA.... Robert Stevenson
bought 220 a 1 770 on Fourth Creek. He died and his estate sold
the property to ABNER STEWART in 1809 for $1200.
Art #600. JAMES STEWART. He had son Thomas. He is called "James
Stewart of Middle Fork of Rocky Creek, by STEWART CLAN MAGAZINE.
But there were three James Stewarts in Iredell at the same time
in 1790. This James Stewart is believed to have cane from Augusta
Co. VA. He entered 410a 1 778 in Rowan, which property became
Iredell when it was formed. He later sold 100 acres of this property
to JOHN STEWART in 1794 and the remaining acreage to Thomas Moore
in 1795. In 1794 he bought of John Shaw 200 acres on Snow Creek
in Iredell and periodically he purchased additional properties
in this area. In his will of 1812 he did not name all of his children
but in a court case they were named in 1 880 (1 880??.. so late?).
They were: William, Thomas, Alexander, James, Robert, SAMUEL,
Peggy Thompson wife of William Thamapson, Elizabeth Stewart, and
Jane Stewart Daniel wife of Yerby Daniel. Same of this family
moved to Lincoln Co. TN where they are written up in GOODSPEED.
#604. RALPH STEWART. Thought to be closely related to John Stewart
of Fourth Creek. JOHN STEWART was a Rev. War Vet and had a pension
application which said that he was b in Augusta Co. VA about 1753.
In 1762 guardians were appointed for James, Ralph and John Stewart,
minor children of James and Ann (Lafferty) Stewart of Augusta
County, VA.. (I find no Laffertys in index of LGT)
ROWAN COUNTY HERITAGE Art L 82. THYATIRA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH probably
founded 1747, ten miles west of Salisbury (getting very close
to Iredell and the Harrisons, Stewarts and Stevensons). In their
cemetery are many early settlers of prominence such as the Polks
and Knoxes. THOMAS AND NAOMI GILLESPIE who were also ancestors
of President James Knox Polk were also buried here. In 1958 a
legacy left in the will of Mr. E.H. Harrison of $10,000 established
the Thyatira Memorial Association. Other large gifts have been
addled to this and a museum has been created named the Thyatira
Heritage Museum in a separate building. One of the more interesting
displays are pictures of King George and Queen Charlotte that
were hanging in Mrs. Elizabeth Maxwell Steele's tavern in Salisbury
before the Revolution. During the War, General Greene came through
Salisbury and stopped at her tavern. She gave him all the money
she had. He took King George's picture and wrote on the back,
"O George hide thy face and mourn". men he hung it back,
face to the wall. (I understand that these pictures were long
hanging in the Salisbury Post Office, faces to the wall.)
#L 148. FROM THE PICKLER FILE. Book 3 Page 55, Jan 21, 1756 John
Garret, a planter signed like a German gives to his grandson,
John Blanckanbacler (both of Rowan) 233 acres on the bank of Yadkin
River witnessed by WILLIAM HARRISON & Mark Whiteaker and acknowledged
Jan 20, 1756. (This should be William Harrison, the lawyer and
#780. THE REED/REID FAMILY. This is probably the family that Davis
Harrison's two daughters married into. Part of this family moved
to Greene County GA as did Davis Harrison but Harrison moved again
to KY to join his brother Jeremiah. But his two daughters, married
to Reeds stayed in GA.
The land of George Reid of Jackson Co. GA later fell into the
new county of Gwinnett from which DeKalb was created. A Bible
record shows his children.
Among them: Alexander b 19 Aug 1771 d 3 Dec 1836 Jackson County
GA m LYDIA HARRISON (no children) and Henry b 3 Feb 1773 d after
1853 Caroll Co. GA m EDITH HARRISON, sister to Lydia (17 reported
children). Comment: I do not know if these were Davis Harrison's
daughters or not but what interests me is Carroll County. This
is where more Harrisons from Buncombe came; namely Nathaniel Harrison
after he left the office of County Clerk of Buncombe From Carroll
County he was a state legislator and I believe, later a judge.
His brother Abel Hill Harrison was nearby in Villa Rica, GA, also
a State legislator and prosperous merchant.
ROWAN COUNTY REGISTER August 1996
David Stewart 136 a @ $470. 3 black polls
Robert Stewart deed. 160 a @ $400. 1 black poll
John Stewart 65 a @$266 1 White poll, 2 black polls
(where there is no white poll means that the male is over 45 years
old or under 12 years).
FROM BO SMITH. He is the one whose wife is descended from ZADOC
HARRISON. I have written about this line a number of times and
I even wrote about another Zadoc Harrison who was a prominent
Choctaw Indian, business man and banker. I have reported previously
as Zadoc's ancestry has been uncovered. Zadoc was son of Moses
Harrison and Moses son of James Harrison of Edgefield, SC. Now
much more fascinating information has been uncovered. This is
now a book and he sent me a copy.
Briefly, James Harrison of Edgefield was the son of William Harrison
b c 1710 who lived in Craven Co. NC which was earlier part of
Onslow Co. NC. Moses Harrison, son of James was b 1 771 in Craven
Co. NC and he married Abigail Morgan 1798 in SC. (I have previously
reported on Moses and his descendants). James was a Rev. War Vet
and he had a brother William also of Edgefield.
I have previously also reported that Betty Jo Hulse, ran into
the William Harrison family in Coffey County, (previously Dale
Co) Alabama and found many other Harrisons in this vicinity who
were probably descendants. mere she found Martha Harrison age
100 in 1850 and working from her, found that she was widow of
William and from Edgefield and had a probable brother named James.
So, Bo's James and Mrs. Hulse's work on William all fits together
and so a large body of Harrisons have been put together who derive
from a William Harrison b c1710 in Onslow Co. NC. Now the mystery
remaining is the ancestry of this early William Harrison.
The ancestry of Abigail Morgan who m Moses Harrison has also been
traced back a piece. She was dau of William Morgan b c 1742 Onslow
Co. NC and died after 1810 in Edgefield Co. SC. William Morgan
was son of Nathan Morgan b c 1 720 died 1 754 in Craven Co. NC
and m to Sarah . The Morgans and Harrisons lived close together
in Onslow/Craven NC and even closer together
in Edgefield Co. SC.
It also turns out that these Morgans are also the ancestors of
Barry Mason, a fellow researcher for many years with whom I share
many ancestors such as Masons and Lewises. He has done considerable
research on these Morgans and it is a good bet that these Morgans
are also the ancestors of my wife Frances from the Ebbs side of
Moreover, I have previously become involved with these Morgans
in Onslow and Edgecombe Counties, NC since they were intermarried
with Johnstons there. I am now satisfied that these are not my
Johnstons but I did rather extensive work on them before I decided
they were not my ancestors. These particular Johnstons are closely
involved with the Marquise of Armandale, Gilbert Johnstone Jr,
who was outlawed by the King of England, and came to America to
hide out under the protection of his uncle, Royal Gov. Gabriel
Johnston of NC.
I will not attempt to cover all of this but maybe I can particularize
some of this Harrison information. First from Betty Jo Hulse's
"Harrisons of Alabama". Coffee County Alabama was created
1841 from Dale Co. In the 1850 census there were 11 Harrison families
and two other households with Harrison members. I will name heads
only of these households but of course the members of the families
are listed: John age 22, Thomas age 49, William 22, William 61
and living in the house was Washington Weeks 21, James 28, John
23 living next door to Joseph D. Weeks, Benjamin 21, John 50,
James 25, John 48, Alia 19 (male). There was also Isaac Weeks
38 with a large family and living with them was MARTHA HARRISON
age 100, birthplace unknown. Also listed in Wm Blair House was
Mary C. Harrison age 2. There are about 56 Harrisons total listed
here and it is suspicious that married female Harrisons were in
Weeks Houses. Virtually all born in AL but older ones b GA and
SC. One, a John, was b NC and aged Martha's birthplace was unknown.
Martha's husband William was dead in 1850 but his military service
and pension application was extensive and names his widow Martha
and she was still trying to get her entitlement to the pension
in 1853 when she was 103 and in 1854 at age 1041 William was found
in "SC Roster of Patriots in the American Revolution"
and on the same page and with service under the same officers
was JAMES HARRISON of Edgefield.
In Edgefield SC the plantation of James, William and their father
William was quite extensive involving a number of deeds and located
on Cloud Creek which runs into the Little Saluda River and then
into main Saluda River, but also property, very close, on Moore
Creek and Chinquapin Creek, a branch of the Edisto and Tiger Creek,
a branch of Shaw's Creek of Edisto. The Morgans were in the same
area. This is very close to the border with Aiken County SC.
Interestingly the land on Chinquapin was granted when all adjacent
borders were on empty land. Harrisons apparently named the branch
Chinquapin themselves and named it for where they lived on "Little
Chinquapin" in Craven/ Onslow Co. NC. The Morgans lived just
south of them on "Bachelor's Delight Creek and Swamp".
There were four Harrison families living in Edgefield in the late
1700's. 1. Benjamin Harrison, wife Mary Walpole. He was from Brunswick
Co. VA (and I have written about this family before, researched
by Mrs. Hulse) 2. Robert Harrison, wife Martha Baugh, also from
Brunswick VA. 3. James Harrison, wife Sukey and children living
on Cuffeytown Creek in
the Northwestern section of the county as early as 1772 (not the James I am writing about).
4. James Harrison, wife Ann, and children including Moses Harrison living in the Cloud Creek area in the Southeastern corner of the County. This is the one we are discussing. He b c1735 d 1800 Edgefield. Their children:
William 1758after 1832 m Martha
James c 1 763 before 1785 m ?
Ann b c 1 768
MOSES (ancestor) b 1771 Craven Co. NC d 1832 in Wilkinson Co. GA m ABIGAIL MORGAN.
Mary b c 1773 m Reynolds
Jemima b c 1775.
FROM BETTY JO HULSE. I forgot to include this earlier in this
paper. She had previously met J.T. Stewart in the courthouse in
Dobson, Surry County NC, on her research trip earlier this summer
(p 9 of my July 1996 Harrison Notes). She has received further
information from him. He is descended of David Stewart and researches
Stewarts. He has written several articles in Stokes County History
books as well as the Rowan Co. Heritage book. He is the author
of the Rowan Heritage Article I enclosed in my Nov. 1995 Harrison
Notes about Stewarts and Isaiah Harrison Jr. He has been stimulated
into looking into the Jemima Stewart/Nathaniel Harrison marriage.
We knew that Jemima in her pension application made mention of
a daughter Margaret, the "widow Grimes". Mr. Stewart
found a Benjamin Grimes in Stokes Co. in the 1830 census. He was
30 40 with 1 m under 5, 1 f under 5, and a female 2030 and
a female 5060 years old. He also found the marriage of Benjamin
Grimes to Margaret HARRIS. Aug 4, 1825. This certainly appears
to be Nathaniel and Jemima's daughter in spite of the name Harris
instead of Harrison.
Mr. Stewart also found that a Benjamin Stewart probably moved
to SW VA or a NW County in NC. Mrs. Hulse does not find a Benjamin
Stewart in Buncombe land records.
She also makes a correction to an item in my July 1996 Harrison
Notes, p 3, line 7 in which I said "even though LGT says
that Joseph who died in Augusta 1748 was the son of Isaiah Jr.
that it is not necessarily so". Actually, IN does not say
that. It says that he "was probably his son". This,
of course is important since we are talking about the Joseph Harrisons
of Surry/Stakes/Iredell/Rowan such as in the ancestry of the Watauga
Harrisons and Joseph's ancestry may very well be "airs"
too such as Isaiah Jr or perhaps Gideon, the brother who
died before the move to Augusta VA, but probably had children
who came and were perhaps associated with Isaiah Jr.
She also sent me follow up information on some Harrisons previously
discussed. One is BARZILLA Harrison who was on the tax lists of
Surry Co. NC. She has his pension record. He was m to an Ann and
she applied twice for a pension, once in 1844 and again in 1846
when she was 92 years old. Barzilla died in April of 1817. Her
pension applications were made in Bedford Co. TN and she m Barzilla
12 Dec 1775. There is part of a page from a Bible record that
gives the names of two children: Temperence and first son Richard
Harrison. Temperence b Nov 1 776 and Richard b Nov 9, 1 778.
She sent some records on JOSEPH HARRISON who was m to Maryan Gregory.
Joseph served in the Revolution as a substitute for his father
WILLIAM HARRISON. Joseph and Maryan were m in Bedford Co. VA 25
Nov 1791. He could not have been the child of Joseph Harrison
who was in Surry Co NC ca 1 762 (since he was son of William).
me Bible record tells who his children were and that sort of eliminates
his family as being of the LGT family since he
was from Bedford Co. VA. This also takes care of one of the Surry County William Harrisons. Of course since he m in Bedford it does not necessarily mean that he was born there just that he married there. He was b 1765 Wonder who his father William was and where he came from?
Enclosed was a letter dated August 29, 1935 to Marion Gooding of Jacksonville, FL from A.D. Hiller executive Assistant to the Administrator (I presume of the National Archives about Joseph Harrison who m Maryan or Mary Ann Gregory. The information comes from his pension file R 4676. He was b May 18, 1765. Place of birth or name of parents not given. He enlisted at Surry Courthouse NC Mar 1, 1781 in Col John Armstrong's NC Regiment. He was detached by said Colonel to assist Quartermaster George Elliott and was discharged Mar 6, 1782. He was granted a pension May 9, 1836 while a resident of Surry Co NC where he stated he had lived for 40 years. He died Aug 16, 1839. He m in Bedford Co. VA Nov 25, 1791 Mary Ann Gregory who was b Feb 14, 1772. Joseph and Mary Ann had the following children:
In 1836 the soldier, Joseph Harrison, referred to a daughter, aged 33 (***) who lived with him and had a child 3 years old but names not given.
One of the documents to his pension application was a letter from
James Harrison (his mark) of Gallium (?) Co. Ohio, township of
Springfield. He said he was well acquainted with Joseph Harrison
of Surry County NC in the times of the Rev. War and that he served
as a substitute in the place of William Harrison his father. James
Harrison's relationship, if any, to Joseph is not mentioned. Another
letter from the same place and time and witnesses said about the
same and was signed by Ann (Larliss?).
A SEEDBED OF THE REPUBLIC by Robert Douthat Stoner (about
Botetourt Co. VA). I accidentally came across this in my Hawkins
file. In 1782 in the county, rearrangements were made as to who
was in what "Company" for taxing and other purposes.
Many names are listed as changed from one company to another,
but also the term "company" was changed to "District".
"That Capt. John Cartmill's, viz: (a list including) THOMAS
HARRISON be considered 34th District. Others of Capt. Cartmill's
were moved to 36th District including John, James and Alexander
THE TINKLING SPRING: HEADWATERS OF FREEDOM. P 443. This is in
the appendix and a list of members of this historic Presbyterian
Church, many of whose members moved to Providence Presbyterian
in Mecklenburg NC, including Harrisons. This is a list of contributors
about 1826 and includes: Robert Orr, Robert Stuart, GEORGE HARRISON,
James and William Black, JOSEPH HARRISSON, and Archibald Stuart.
NOTICE.. On p 29 of my July 1996 Harrison Notes under "Harrison
Histories" from HARRISON HERALD, I mention Thomas Perrin
Harrison, Prof of English b Abbeville SC 1864, son of Eugene and
Mary Eunice (Perrin) Harrison died 1949. I remember more about
this family. He had a son, also named Thomas who was a Professor
at the University of Texas and he wrote a genealogy book about
his Harrisons, partly based on his father's work. me son is now
dead but he lived, after retirement, in the area where Buncombe
and Hay wood Counties join, which makes him suspect of being a
Buncombe County Harrison. Not so. He is from James Harrison who
m Elizabeth Hampton THE VENTURERS. His book complements
THE VENTURERS in that it follows his line more thoroughly than
the book does.
FROM HELEN NIEWENDORP. She has "another" Thomas Harrison..
this time an Indian!. She gets this from Teddy Roosevelt's book,
WINNING THE WEST, Vol II pp 377378. "Chicamaugas were
, mainly lowertown Cherokees. One of the leading chiefs
was John Watts, who was of mixed blood. Among all these southern
Indians, half breeds were far more numerous than among the northern
Indians. When the halfbreeds lived with their mother's people
they usually became the deadliest enemies of their father's race.
Yet the halfbreeds generally preserved the father's name."
(Helen interjects: Note Thomas Harrison on the Reservation Roll..
I will get to that).
"A" Harrison (no given name) from Tennessee on the Henderson
Roll 1835. Also a Jonathan Mulkey from Tennessee on this Roll...
comnent: recall that Jonathan Mulkey with P of A from Thomas Harrison
sold Thomas' Horse Creek property for him and Thomas Harrison
was then of "Sparkanburg" SC in 1788.. see p 15 my Harrison
Notes July 1996. Of course there were numerous Thomas Harrisons
and there were a number of Jonathan Mulkeys who were Baptist Preachers
of considerable note. One Rev. Jonathan Mulkey was married to
a Cherokee and probably had son Jonathan who would be a half breed.
However 1788 may be too early for the halfbreed Jonathan
Mulkey to be around.
Helen sent information on the "Rolls". The Henderson
Roll, mentioned above was in 1835 and was a census of over 16,000
Cherokee residing in AL, GA, TN and NC to be removed to Oklahoma
under the treaty of New Echota.
There were other Rolls. The Reservation Roll of 1817 was a listing
of those desiring a 640 acre tract in the
to reside there in lieu of removing to Arkansas/Oklahoma. Upon
the death of the reservee, or the abandonment of the property,
title was to revert to the state... On this Roll was THOMAS HARRISON...
Comment: I think I recall running into this Thomas Harrison in
Georgia with the information that he had a farm and a family and
that he had the choice of staying as a white man or taking Indian
status and getting a grant of land in Indian Territory. (my memory
be imperfect on this). Something that attracted Helen's
attention was the fact that in 1817 the Cherokee ceded to the
United States land in Tennessee along Sequatchie River and North
of Little Sequatchie River. This would be in the vicinity north
of Chattanooga near Dunlap. Could this be the location of an Indian
halfbreed named Thomas Harrison?
From the book OLD FRONTIERS by John P. Brown 1938 she found the
locations of the five lower towns of the Cherokee. Nicajack at
TN; Running Water on the east side
of the Tennessee River below the present Hales Bar Locks and Dam;
Long Island on the Island of the same name at Bridgeport, AL and
the eastern bank; Crow Town on Crow Creek near Stevenson, AL 1/2
mile from mouth of creek, on farm owned (1936) by Dr. G. L. Austin;
Lookout Town on the east side of Lookout Creek, 1 mile north of
She has learned of sources of information that she is trying to
These include, EARLY ENGLISH TRADERS AMONG CHEROKEES by Mary U. Rothrock, an E. TN Historical Society publication of 1934. Also AMERICAN STATE
PAPERS, INDIAN AFFAIRS, VOL I, by Govt Printing Office 1816. Also Vol IV which is about l and in the Territory South of the Ohio South west Territory.
She also found the following:
June 8, 1790 Michael Harrison appointed /commissioned as Sheriff of Washington Co. TN.
Nov 3, 1790 Michael Harrison appointed /commissioned Captain in Cavalry
Apr 26, 1793 Solomon Harrison was Lt. of Knox Regiment.
Nov 3, 1794 Gov. Blount letter to Secy of War.. "I am of the opinion the appointment of Mr. Dinsmore to reside in The Nation will have happy effects but I would advise that his general residence be in Wills Town in preference to the Turkeys." Silas Dinsmore was of New Hampshire, appointed Lt. U.S.
Army June 2, 1794 and resigned July 17, 1794. (Dinsmore was the
one who wrote a report to Gov. John Sevier of TN as requested
by the Gov to report on whites living among the Cherokee . In
this report was Thomas Harrison, Indian Trader and Blacksmith).
Mar 23, 1795. Secretary of War, letter to Gov. Blount of Territory
Southwest of the Ohio River Regarding instructions given Mr. Dinsmoor
that the Creeks must not be suffered to pass through the Cherokee
country to war" against the frontier citizens. The instructions
direct Mr Dinsmoor to impress the Cherokees with the dangers they
in cur. "If the Cherokees are required to intercept the Creeks
and if they resist, to use force, that is to kill them and war
between the two Nations ensues, we could not abandon the Cherokees
without disgrace as well as danger. We would have to encounter
an open war with the Creek Nation. (Willstown was near present
Ft. Payne, Alabama )
HAYWOOD COUNTY, NC FAMILIES by Alice R. Cook. p 28, a writeup on the Evans family. James Harrison Evans 18461926 m Ruth Anderson. His parents were John Evans 18161901 and Mollie Bird. Their son Francis Bird Evans m Elizabeth Mehaffey. There was also a Jesse Evans m 1858 Mary Sorrells. The father of John was Rev. John C. Evans 17951885 m Susann b 1792 who d at age 82.
Comment: Though none of this is very important there are a number of interesting items besides the middle name of Harrison. Two Evans of E. TN were married to daughters of Thomas Harrison of Harrisonburg, VA and they were heirs of Thomas. Birds were intermarried with Harrisons of Greene County, TN of Harrison Methodist Church. Sorrells of nearby Macon County NC were intermarried with descendants of Rev. Jeremiah Harrison. There was also a mysterious early Jeremiah Harrison of GA who m a Sorrells.
p 51. Kirkpatrick Family. Joseph Kirkpatrick b 1776, d 1848; Revolutionary War; Iredell County cam e to Burke County about 1790 and settled in Fines Creek area of Haywood; m and had son Silas Fain m Jane Wood... Comment: If I am not mistaken this is The family of which there was a marriage to a Harrison woman, and I am thinking that it was Joseph Kirkpatrick. She could be a female of the Buncombe Harrison family.
Verrrry interesting about coming from Iredell to Burke to Haywood, in view of the Harrisons of Iredell.
p 65. Medford Family. R. Eldridge Medford s of Jonas Medford was 18201895 m Rebecca Robinson. One of their daughters, Haseltine b 1847 m JOE A HARRISON, and another daughter Sarah A. m NOAH HARRISON. (I do not know the ancestry of Joe or Noah Harrison)
FROM CONNIE FIELDS. We have corresponded on Davises as they are
connected with my lines of Newberry Co. SC, but she sends same
information of interest for Buncombe Co. Davises:
1850 census Macon Co. NC. #681696. Polly Davis age 60, fem.
b Lincoln Co. NC, Catherine Davis age 36 fem b Macon Co., William
Davis age 24 b Macon, Burton Davis age 11 b Macon, Seth Davis
age 8 b Macon, Noomi age 16 fem b Buncombe NC. [Polly is believed
to be a daughter of Isham Davis b 1758 Chetaws Dist. SC.
Several families migrated from Buncombe to KY. Her ancestor, William
Woodward evidently went with Broughton families to Clay and Knox
Counties in the year 1808 and the second son John Woodward was
b there in KY. Same Broughton families who are listed on the early
Buncombe censuses stayed in these counties. On 28 Mar 1808 Woodward
Braughton purchased 150 a in Clay County. Witnesses were William
Woodward and ISHAM DAVIS. These two men returned from KY to NC.
She also included data from her Davises in Knox Co. KY. This is
especially important because Helen Niewendorp's John Harrison
of early Buncombe m a Davis who was dau of John Davis who operated
the ferry across the French Broad and they moved first to Knox
Co. KY!!! I have put her in touch with Helen and I hope this will
be productive of more information. It is interesting that Rev.
Isham Davis was from the Peedee River of SC. This is suggestive
that he was of the Welsh Neck Baptist Settlement there. Davis
is a Welsh name derived from David.
FROM Ann HARRIS. She is from Becky Bonner's HARRISON REPOSITORY
and thus contacted me. She has little on her Harrisons. Her Great
great grandfather was Gaines Harrison Sr. b Dec 1839 in AL and
m Angelina . This is an interesting name: Gaines no doubt
from a surname which is basically a Virginia family. I could not
help her there E=, she is quite familiar with ISAIAH HARRISON
JR. and LGT because his daughter LYDIA HARRISON was married to
her husband's 5th great grandfather SAMUEL STEWART!.. so, her
husband; is a Harris but descended from Isaiah Harrison. I do
not know the details but I am expecting to hear more from her
FROM JULIE H. GANIS. She writes about Owen Harrison whom I mentioned
in my July 1996 Harrison Notes, p 10. She has some information
He was son of Robert Harrison and in 1807 Owen was an orphan.
Rowan Co. Estate record of Robert Harrison.
Owen 17971834, m Sarah Reeves 17971838 on Jan 20,
1813. They are both buried at Christ Episcopal Church along with
Margareta b c 1808 d 1856, wife of Hezekiah Terner Harrison. (Is
this the one who became very wealthy and died in KY?). Interesting
that Owen was Episcopal, as was Samuel R. of Salisbury, and perhaps
Owen's father Robert).
1820 Rowan Co. census HARRISONS: p 276 Kindal 2645, Benjamin
2645, Owen 2645, Richard 1626, (Are all of these
orphaned children of Robert Harrison? now grown up?)
Rowan Co. Estate Records: Owen 1834 orphans Richard and
Matthew (guardian: Wm. Barker). Samuel R. and William (guardian
James Alexander). ... well... so, Samuel R. a son of Owen. Recall
that I mentioned Samuel R. the name of a Methodist Rev. Samuel
R. Harrison of Harrison Methodist Church and moved to KY, and
Samuel Robert, also a Rev. and son of Rev. Nathan Harrison and
lived in Walton Co. GA.
See July 1996 Harrison Notes p 10 in reference to above.
FROM JOSEPH HAMMOND. He sent me a copy of a letter he had written
to someone else. In this letter he summarized his Harrison ancestry
which I think bears repeating here in its rather concise form.
His grandparents were Joseph Carroll Hammond I 18591920
and Amanda Caroline Daniel 18651928. They lived in Texas.
She was dau of:
Julius B. Daniel and Elizabeth Caroline HARRISON 18451878 from MS to TX. She was dau of Samuel M. Harrison b 1820 Humphreys Co. TN m Sarah Goodwin. He son of Benjamin Harrison 1775 to 1792 m Sarah Bradley prob. Fairfield Co. SC. He son of Probably William Harrison of Fairfield SC who was on the 1790 census there. He probably came from Richmond Co. VA.
Benjamin Harrison above and Sarah Bradley had children: William,
Almina m James Guest, Mary Minerva m John Stanley, James Marshall,
Samuel M. (above), Betty m a Carnes,
Sarah Bradley's mother was a Bryant. Mr. Hammond, in his family,
has a tradition of being related to the James River Harrisons
(it seems everybody has that tradition .. wrongly). He cannot
find any such connection but he is seeking to prove the tradition
wrong by pursuing it.
THE HARRISON HERALD, continued from July 1996 Notes.
p 30. Miss Fanneal Harrison, educator, b Decatur GA June 12 1882,
dau of Zadoc Daniel and Laura (Hendree) Harrison... a long list
of educational achievements.. with American Red Cross in Czechoslovakia,
Austria, Poland and France 191421. Hoover Relief, Belgium
192123. Director and owner of OutOfDoor School
Sarasota Florida since 1924. Episcopalian.... comment This is
a close relative of Bo Smith's wife who is also descended from
Zadoc and Laura (Hendree) Harrison.
p 30. Burr Powell Harrison, former Congressman b Winchester, VA
1904. s of Thomas Walter and Nellie (Cover) Harrison. Also a lawyer
of the firm Of Harrison and Johnston, Judge and director of numerous
institutions including Madison College in Harrisonburg, VA. Died
1973. Comment: With the name Burr, we can be pretty sure he is
from the Burr Harrison family.
p 30. James Leftwich Harrison b Atlanta GA 1895 s of Thomas PERRIN
and Adelia (Lake) Harrison m Pauline Carrington Muggs. He moved
to NY where he was a banker. I mention because of the middle name
of Perrin. The Harrisons of Zadock Harrison line had connections
to Perrins as Law partner.
p 31. Alfred Craven Harrison Jr. b Philadelphia 1875 s of Sr and
Kate De Forest (Shelden) Harrison m Marie Gibson of KY. Explorer,
Archeologist, anthropologist. Scientific work S. America, Borneo,
Peking, China, Russia, Mongolia, Siberia and just about every
other exotic place. He had a sugar plantation in Cuba that he
called home along with Philadelphia... I mention because of the
middle name of Craven, passed dawn. Perhaps a LGT Harrison for
p 37. This is a reprint of my HARRISON NOTES of 111594.
I mention because I ran into something I wrote about Davises from
material from Helen Niewendorp. She goes into the military pension
record of ISHAM DAVIS mentioned on p 25 of this paper under FROM
CONNIE FIELDS. He was SC line. b 1758 Peedee River in Cheraws
District. Applied for pension in Macon Co. NC 1832 and died there
1835. M Winifred Woodward, a widow, 1783 about 12 miles from Edgefield
Courthouse SC. In 1843 the widow applied from Macon Co. NC age
82 for pension.
An Elizabeth Woodward of Buncombe stated that she had known her
for fifty years in 1843, so that would mean that they were not
sisters but more likely sisters in law with Elizabeth Woodward
of Buncombe who was probably married to a Woodward. They had three
children according to her pension application. However, in the
1800 census of Buncombe Isham Davis is shown as 20010 32010
00. That totals 7 children. Perhaps she lost four of them.
After all they would have been up in years too in 1843. Comment:
If Isham Davis is related to John Davis whose daughter m John
Harrison of Buncombe, this is somewhat similar to Ezekiel John
who m Lydia Harrison. The John Family is evidently Welsh and also
apparently canes from the Welsh Baptist Settlement which originated
in Pencader Hundred of Delaware and later expanded to the Peedee
River in SC where they formed another Welsh Baptist settlement
at Welsh Neck.
p 3966. This is a very extensive virtually a book,
writeup by Linda Nickerson, in small print. This is ABRAHAM HARRISON
and his descendants. As an introduction, Linda Nickerson comments
that probably all of the Harrisons of America are from the same
family in England but that just how they fit together, no one
has figured this out. She mentions Fairfax Harrison and the book
he coauthored with his brother General Francis Burton Harrison,
HARRISONS OF SKIMINO) (which I have). She says that he had probably
done more than anyone else (unless it was his brother) to sort
out these Harrison families in England. These Harrison brothers,
besides the book also wrote extensively about this research in
Virginia Magazine of History ad Biography, over many years.
She comments that Skimino in York County, VA was the site of a
never of very early Harrisons whose families have not been delineated.
Many but not all Harrisons there were Quaker and "Skimino"
was the name of their Monthly Meeting. She implies that Abraham
Harrison may have been connected to one of these. Yet he was much
later to America. He was a sailor of Great Britain and the story
goes that he was one of seven brothers who came from England.
His wife was Courtney Allison who frequently resided with her
uncle, mamas Temple, when her husband was gone to sea, before
coming to America. The tradition is that once he was gone for
six years and when he returned he packed up his family and came
to America, either to PA or MD. Then they moved to NC in that
part of Guilford County that became Randolph County.
Their known children:
Allen m Catherine Nelson and moved to Montgomery CO. Indiana
Father Abraham died 1806 Randolph Co. NC. It is not known about
Abraham or of all the children but sane were Quaker and sane moved
to Indiana and Illinois.
Abraham Harrison might have been born in America and possibly
NC. His wife Courtney Allison could be Ellison (Ellison a prominent
Quaker name). Abraham was Captain of the ship "Jamaica"
probably based in London. There is also the story that Abraham
was "cousin" of President William Henry Harrison
but who isn't?
ANOTHER HARRISON FAMILY. SUSANNAH HARRISON 1832186870.
by Elizabeth F. Randolph. She was the daughter of Robert and Bathsheba
Harrison born in VA. Her two brothers were George and Robert Harrison
and her five sisters were Mary, Nancy, Elizabeth, Jane and Julie
Ann. Her parents moved to Ohio by 1820. Father Robert died 23
Oct 1843 when Susanna was 11.
Susanna m Job Fitz Randolph son of James Lockwood Fitz and Letitia
Randolph of Ohio. These Harrisons lived Gallia Co. Ohio. The Fitz
of Fitz Randolph was dropped to plain Randolph. Their children
1. Missouri Randolph b 1856 in town of Harrison, Gallia Co . Ohio
m Albert Louis McIntyre in Missouri. She died 1937 Iron Co . MO.
Missouri was b 3 years before Susannah m Randolph..?..
2. John Wesley Randolph 1858.1860 in Ohio, also born before Susanna
3. John Wesley Randolph b 1860 (same name as deceased little brother)
Ohio. Moved Washington Co. MO. M Lauretta Ferbia Taylor. 5 children
4. James Sherman Randolph b 1866 Gallia Co . Ohio m Sadie Elizabeth
Smith and died Iron Co. MO.
5. Leticia Randolph b 1868 m Augustus Hesse and resided in Harrison
Township in Gallia Co OH.
They were Methodists and supported the Union in the Civil War
as one might guess by the middle name of Wesley and Sherman of
two children. Job Randolph, a Union soldier was a shoe maker and
captured and held prisoner in Andersonville where he was in very
poor health. After the war he applied for an Invalid Pension on
the basis that he could no longer do shoemaking. Susanna died
about 1870 perhaps before her mother and left the small children.
Job Randolph married again in 1870 to Nancy White age 17 in Ohio
and in 1872 they moved to Missouri
Susanna's father Robert Harrison, b in VA, parents unknown. He
m Bathsheba with perhaps the surname of Ledman or Leadman. The
descendants of these children I already named are numerous but
none of their names or marriages suggest anything to me... There
was also a James Harrison in Gallia Ohio but no connection is
found. James Harrison was m to Gemima Moore and had a son George
Comment: I tried to connect this Robert Harrison to the LGT but
I was unable to do so.
This completes THE HARRISON HERALD of 1995.
ASBURY'S GEORGIA VISITS. This is a small book of 56 pages by the
North Georgia Conference of the Methodist Church, which has taken
from Bishop Asbury's Journals the parts describing his travels
in Georgia. I was not aware that he traveled in GA, but he did
and rather extensively, at least in Northern GA and Savannah between
1788 and 1815. He died in 1816 in Spotsylvania Co.. VA on his
way to Baltimore. He was buried there but his body disinterred
and reburied in Baltimore with BISHOP MCKENDREE officiating for
one of the largest funerals ever witnessed by the city.
Nowhere in this book do I see the name Harrison, at least by name,
but he does from time to time mention old friends whom he visited
in Virginia with cut naming them.
The early Harrisons in GA who came from the Mecklenburg area with
some friends and relatives were in the area of Burke and Greene
County and I particularly remember Brier Creek as one of the sites.
And then it appears that many of them returned to NC/SC area around
York SC/Rutherford NC and Christian and Fayette Counties KY. Perhaps
their paths crossed with Bishop Asbury in GA. Certainly their
paths crossed in Augusta Co. VA and Mecklenburg NC, but perhaps
also in Iredell /Rowan since Asbury was in those places much
earlier than he was in Buncombe. He also mentions the long trip
he made from Kentucky to Georgia.
p 15. Monday Mar 1, 1790. We crossed at Augusta, in Georgia, and
rode to Sandy Creek Church.. thence we proceeded to Briar Creek.
Tuesday March 2, 1790. I preached at an old church near Waynesborough,
at Thomas Wyche's in the evening.
p 25. Monday December 2, 1799. We rode 12 miles, in a very damp
day, to the widow STEWARD ' S... (Her) house stands between Greene
and Oglethorpe Counties. (Is Steward=Stewart?... About this time
one of his accompanying assistant preachers was Jesse Lee. I mention
because Jeremiah Harrison, son of Rev. Nathan married a Lee and
had to travel to VA to marry her)
p 30. Dec. 10, 1800. We came to Edmund Butler's in Hancock County.
The people had thrown down the old, but had not yet finished their
new meeting house... very cold ...Moses BLACK after this brought
the people to the dwelling house. Comment: I mention because early
Hancock had Harrisons and Lords there, but I am not sure whether
p 31. Monday Dec 15, 1800. We got over Savannah River at Robert
Martin's Ferry. a few miles above Petersburg. Here I called upon
a family I had often visited in Virginia. I found the parents
had grown old and that they had lost sane of their children....
Harrisons? I cannot pinpoint this location but it was only 5 days
after the above in Hancock. On the day of Dec. 14th they were
in Elbert County after an arduous trip, so I presume that he was
crossing the Savannah River into Abbeville, SC where we crossed
a few years ago, but on a big bridge because now it is a lake
created by a dam.
On a number of occasions he mentions Maryland and Maryland West,
apparently implying that he ran into Marylanders he knew there
who had moved to GA in sections he called "Maryland West".
p 40. Friday Dec 23, 1803. At Sparta, notwithstanding the races,
we had a full house at Lucas' Retreat... There are many hindrances
to the work of God in this section of the country same
evitable and same inevitable: amongst the first are Sabbath markets,
rum, races, and rioting...
p 42. Wednesday Nov. 6, 1805. We rode to Mr. Pope's, Oglethorpe.
I preached at the new chapel. Joseph (Crawford preached at GENERAL
p 47. Monday Dec 22, 1806. We rode to General Stewart's (The day
before he preached at Henry Pope's in Oglethorpe Co.
p 50. Saturday Nov 7, 1807. We came to General JOHN Stewart 's.
(me night before he had preached at Henry Pope's).
p 54. Dec 4, 1814 (last trip to GA).. mind too strong for the
body.. the weather has occasioned me much suffering, not withstanding
the kindness and good dinners of friends, and the convenience
of my covered cradle on wheels. (I presume that he is now rather
infirm but unstopable but now traveling in a horse and buggy (cradle
on wheels) that is covered from the weather.
p 55. Wednesday Dec 14, 1814. Rode twenty miles to Nicholas Ware's.
When I see mother STEWARD'S children I rejoice. Holy woman! thou
didst not believe, and live, and weep, and pray, and die in vain;
neither for thyself, nor for thy children, nor thy children's
children. Verily there is a reward for the righteous.