Ruth Harrison Jones, Editor and Publisher
|Ohio Cemetery Inscriptions||490|
|Our Readers Write||491|
|Certificate of Death, James A. Harrison||492|
|A HARRISON Genealogy, MSS from DAR Library||493|
|Wills of the Harrison Family in Barbados||496|
|Zebulon Harrison of New York & Virginia||506|
|John Harrison, Father of Zebulon||507|
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I think that I shall never see
Fran Gooley, 3093 Stevenson Drive, Prebble Beach, Ca 93953
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|William||R.||Harrison, Jr.||28 March 1931||(page 35)|
|USN Korea||27 April 1978|
|John||A.||Harrison||2 Feb 1899||(page 172)|
|(Ohio pvt., Trp. E, 312 Cavalry, WWI)||24 Aug 1957||(page 65)|
Warren, MI 48089
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Helen Harrison White, 2300 South 25th Street, Apt. 113, Arlington, VA 22206 has sent a death notice (copy on following page).
It was received in error, from Vital Records, Washington, DC.
Mrs. White is researching her grandfather, James T. Harrison who was a carpenter. The 1900 census gives the following information:
b. April 1845 (55 years of age)
815 20th St. N.W., Washington, DC
Son: Thomas B. - 24 yrs. old, b. Aug 1875, Washington DC
Dau.: Annie E. - 21 yrs. old, b. Jan 1879
Son: John W. - 20 yrs. old, b. Mar 1880
She would like to share information on any of the above.
She is hoping that the death certificate printed here will be of help to some one who may be looking for a James A. Harrison, who died in 1898 at age 52; a physician who was born in Ohio.
.....A SERIES OF NOTES ON EARLY NEW JERSEY SETTLERS.....
Contributed by: Miss F. M. Pumyea, 391 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ (1936)
"JOHN HARRISON an early settler of Rocky Hill, Monmouth Co., NJ, built in 1717, the first mill on the Millstone. It stood on the east side of the river, near the present mill.
It is supposed that he resided where the old Berrian house stands in which Washington wrote his farewell address."
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DEATH CERTIFICATE of James A. Harrison, who died July 4, 1898 Washington DC at age 52; a physician who was born in Ohio. Father born VA, mother b. Ohio. Resident of DC 25 years.
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The following PREFACE is from A HARRISON GENEALOGY, a manuscript in the DAR Library in Washington, DC. Compiled by Katherine Epps Bundick a member of the John Houston Chapter, NSDAR. It was written in 1977 and dedicated "...to my mother, Mrs. Sue Harrison Epps".
Where did this Harrison family originate? The answer seems to be England, but when and from what part is still a mystery.
The first known ancestor appears to have been Rebecca Harrison who appeared, in 1675, with her son Gabriell Harrison, in the Court Order Books of Charles City County, Virginia, although Gabriell was first mentioned in 1673. No early Will or Deed Books exist for this period that would give the name of Rebecca's husband. The names William, Thomas, and Nathaniel seem to be possible candidates.
William Harrison appears often in the Court Order Books of Charles City County, Virginia, and the records of Prince George County (formed from Charles City County) show that Thomas and Rebecca Harrison were Executors of William Harrison, deceased. These might have been children of Rebecca Harrison.
The New England Genealogical Register states that Thomas, Richard, Benjamin, and Nathaniel Harrison were born in England and settled in New England as early as 1654, and that Benjamin and Nathaniel Harrison went to Virginia. We know that Benjamin is purported to be the founder of the James River Harrison line. If Nathaniel were the husband of Rebecca Harrison, this would explain the connection of this Harrison line to the James River line that has been claimed by so many of the older members of this family. The duplication of family names in both lines seems to support the theory, but this is only speculation.
It's also possible that this family descended from Thomas Harrison, who married Rebecca Carr on the 13th of March, 1669, in St. James, Clerkenwell Parish, Middlesex County, England. The Registers of St. James also show that Gabriell Harrison married Mary Coffey on the 7th of July, 1668. A search of subsequent records of this parish does not show any children born to Gabriell and Mary Harrison or to Rebecca and Thomas Harrison. There were no Rebecca and/or Gabriell Harrisons recorded in the Burial notices between the years 1551 and 1754; thus it's possible that they might have emigrated to the Colonies. If this were true, then Gabriell would have been Rebecca's step-son, instead of her son.
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PREFACE - cont.
The book, Tennessee Cousins, by Worth S. Ray, offers another possibility to the question of the origin of our family line. Mr. Ray has included known members of this family in the chart that appears on age 536 of his book. Arthur Harrison, d. 1783, and Gabriel Harrison, d. 1779, are shown as sons of William Harrison. This is not correct. Arthur was the son of Gabriel Harrison of Prince George County, Virginia, and Gabriel was the son of Arthur's brother, Nathaniel Harrison of Brunswick County, Virginia. Mr. Ray claims that they were descendants of Stephen Harrison of Kendall, who was a member of the Harrisons of Gobions Manor, Northampton, England.
The line of Stephen Harrison of Kendall also appears in Middlesex Pedigrees, published by the Harleian Society. By an odd coincidence, Clerkenwell Parish is in Middlesex County.
There is also a possibility that Rebecca Harrison, who was imported to Charles City County, Virginia, by Howell Pryse who received 50 acres, in 1658, for her passage, was the mother of Gabriell Harrison. Was she already married, or did she come as a single woman, a widow with a son or step-son, or did she join her husband who had already emigrated to Virginia?
The above possibilities are pure speculation but might provide a clue for further research on the origin of this Harrison line. In any case, this family has been endowed with a fierce family pride that runs throughout the whole family. Without exception all believe that they have an honorable heritage.
K. E. B.
On the following page is a chart found in the manuscript.
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REBECCA HARRISON - in Charles City Co., VA 1675 GABRIELL HARRISON - in Charles City Co., VA 1673 & 1675 GABRIEL HARRISON - in Prince George Co., VA 1719 - 1748 / / / / BENJAMIN, d. 1794 / NATHANIEL, d. 1796 / -m- Olive (Smith ?) ARTHUR HARRISON, b. 1720, d. 1783 Issue________ -m- 1st, Frances Thweatt / -m- 2nd, Joan (Brown) Owen, d. 1787 / Issue: / PETERSON HARRISON / STITH HARRISON / ELIZA. HARRISON -m- CUTHBERT HARRISON / ANSWORTH HARRISON -m- DOLLY STONE / LEWIS HARRISON / FRANCES HARRISON -m- EPHRAIM PARHAM /_____________________________________________________________ / / / / / GABRIEL, d. 1779 / / / POLLY -M- ? Smith -m- Sarah A. Blick / / OLIVE -m- Stephen Smith Issue: / / / NATHANIEL CHARLES, d. 1818 CUTHBERT, d. 1815____ / JANE -m- 1st, ? -m- Eliz. Harrison / / JAMES -m- 2nd, Betsy Gladish / / SARAH ANNE Issue: / Issue: CHARLES BENJ. -m- Sylvia Bass / HARRISON K. SMITH JAMES / / STERLING W. " / Issue:__/ JOHN I. " / CUTHBERT " Issue:________________ / FRANCIS T. GABRIEL " EDMUND HARRISON GABRIEL ELIZABETH " WILLIAM HARRISON ANNY MARTHA A. " SMITH HARRISON, d. 1866___ NATHANIEL OLIVE " ARIANNA HARRISON / MARTHA P. REBECCA M. " JOHN HARRISON / OLIVE STEPHEN A. " ELIZA HARRISON / POLLY POLLY " SUSAN HARRISON / / -m- 1st, Harriett Ann Turbeville -m- 2nd, Mary Jane Epperson Issue: MARCELLUS W. HARRISON, d. 1864 (Civil War) MARTHA ANN HARRISON, m. Benja. McDowell Hamlet RICHARD SMITH HARRISON, d. 1864 (Civil War) LUCY ANN HARRISON - died young OCTAVIUS ALEXANDER HARRISON, m. Martha Samford LEONIDAS SAMUEL HARRISON, m. Emily M. White ROSA GENIEVA HARRISON, m. Thomas T. Elmore GEORGE LITTLETON HARRISON, m. Mary C. Peebles ROBERT BOYD HARRISON, m. Annie Myrick WILLIAM VIRGINIUS HARRISON, m. Lydia C. White IDA F. HARRISON(b. 2nd marr.), m. Archibald Goodwyn
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Zebulon Harrison was born about 1718 in Smithtown, L. I. New York and moved to Augusta, now Rockingham Co., VA in 1737, where he died in 1792. He was the son of John Harrison and his wife, Phoebe, and the grandson of Isaiah Harrison and his first wife Elizabeth Wright Harrison. (see Vol. II, No. 4, HARRISON HERITAGE).
Zebulon married his cousin, a young widow, Margaret Cravens Primrose while he was on a trip from Augusta Co. to Morristown, New Jersey. The marriage took place on July 23, 1747. Margaret was the daughter of Robert Cravens, Sr. and his wife Mary Harrison Cravens. Margaret was born about 1724 and died in 1800.
Zebulon and Margaret settled on Smith's Creek, near his father and patented 814 acres of land. During the Revolutionary War they furnished supplies to the American Army including horses, cattle, corn, hay and food.
Like all the Harrison's before him, he was a pillar in the Baptist Church, both at Smith's and Linville Creek. Zebulon and Margaret are both buried in the old unmarked burial ground, near Lacey Springs.
Their children were as follows:
Together with the daughters of Gideon Harrison, the last three children named above were mention in the will of Josiah Harrison, recorded 18 November 1820; proved in Christian Co., Kentucky.
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John Harrison was born 25 September 1691 at Suckscall's Wigwam, Oyster Bay, L. I. New York. He was the second child of Isiah and his wife Elizabeth Wright. John married Phoebe _____________, ca 1720. She was born in 1686 and died 6 December 1793. John died in May 1771.
Oyster Bay was the home of John Harrison until he was eleven years of age. Following the death of his mother and his father's second marriage, the family moved to Smithtown, L. I. It was here that he grew to adulthood, was married and at least two of his children were born here, before moving on to Delaware in 1721. Records show that he bought land on 2 Dec 1729 at Broad Creek, Sussex County. By profession he was a cordwinder, or maker of high grade footwear, boots and shoes, such as were worn by military officers and the gentry. He had undoubtedly been taught the trade by his grandfather, Gideon Wright on the many visits John made to visit his grandparents, after the death of his mother, Elizabeth Wright.
John Harrison sold his Delaware land in 1737 and with his family joined a party of sixteen persons for a journey to the Shenandoah Valley. He settled at Big Spring (Lacey Springs) in Rockingham County, Virginia, near his brothers. This was wilderness country in 1737, with untold hardships. Home...was a log cabin, there were no roads, food was mainly wild game. The Harrisons went to work to improve living conditions.
In 1742, a local government was established and a Militia was organized. John was commissioned a "Lieutenant". He and his sons were granted more than 23 patents, totaling 5000 acres of Valley lands. John was one of nine founders of a Baptist Church; the second Baptist Church to be organized "West of the Great Mountains."
Their children included:
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Willard Saunders, 1211 St. Paul St., Apt 4A, Baltimore MD 21202 asks that the following data be corrected:
Vol. IV, No. 1 p. 486
Mrs. Betty Meek, 4534 Driftwood Dr., Taylorsville, Utah 84107 is trying to trace a JOSEPH HARRISON BRUCE, b. abt. 1821, Baden-Baden, Germany.
First child born, KY 1840/41.
Second child born, IL 1845.
Third child born, WI 1847.
Other children born in CA, family arriving there 1849/50
Issue: Eugene, Marcellus, Maria Theresa, Joseph, Emma, Benjamin, George Oscar, Clara Alice, Robert E.
She would appreciate hearing from anyone who has information on the above.
HH 4.2 - 135 Seeking parents and birthplace of James (J.?) HARRISON and his wife Mahulda (Posey or Baxley). Both born in Georgia. Found in census for Coosa Co., AL in 1850, 1860, 1870 and in Polk Co., AR 1880, 1900 and 1910.
Martha J. m. William Belyer
Would like to correspond with anyone researching this line.
HARRISON HERITAGE (ISSN 0740-9001) was a family genealogical quarterly.
Many thanks to Melody Deocampo for transcribing this issue.