Harrison Heritage December 1982 Vol. 2 Number 4

Harrison Heritage December 1982
Vomune II Number 4

Ruth Harrison Jones, Editor and Publisher

Table Of Contents

Harrisons of the Civil War 317
Bible Records 319
James Harrison of Kendal, England 320
Cemetery Records, Stark Co, Ohio 321
I.M. Harrison of Missouri & Michigan 322
Edward Harrison & son William of Virginia 322
The Family of President Benjamin Harrison, Part 2 324
Cemetery Records, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 326
Some Harrison Revolutionary War Soldiers 329
Some Harrisons in the War of 1812 335
Abstracts of North Carolina Wills 336
Inquiries 341
The Descendants of Isaiah Harrison 342
More Harrison Researchers 344

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The list of Civil War veterans of the HARRISON family that follows is composed of both Union and Confederate Solders.

p. 319 December 1982


Bible was printed by Hubbaard Bros. Philadelphia, PA in 1973.

William Henry Harrison, born 8 Oct 1851, died 20 Jun 1917, both in Maquoketa, IA. Adah Whitfield, born 26 Nov 1851 near Leeds, England, died 14 Dec 1937 in Maquoketa. William H. Harrison and Adah Whitfield were married 11 Oct 1876.

Children of William Henry and Adah Whitfield Harrison:
John Benjamin, born 25 Nov 1877, died 4 Nov 1948. (Married Nan Johnson, adopted a child named Helen).

Harry, born 16 Nov 1880, died 24 Aug 1881.

William Henry, born 7 Aug 1882, died 4 Oct 1960. (Married Cora Maginnis. They had a child named Marian.)

Edith May, born 26 Apr 1887, died 21 Mar 1971. (Married Paul Broderson. They had Children, Walter, born 2 Feb 1918, died Jan 1945, Helen, born 13 Jan 1919.)

Walter Mitchell, born 8 Aug 1893. (Married Nora Lutz, had children Walter and John.)

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THE BENJAMIN HARRISON FAMILY BIBLE was printed by Holden and Dawson, Halifax, England in 1803

Benjamin Harrison, born 31 Mar 1804, Hull, England, died 21 Oct 1891, Maquoketa, IA.

Children of Benjamin and Ann Hull Harrison: (Two died in infancy, not named.)

Benjamin Harrison married Sarah Berry 11 Oct 1848. She was born 21 May 1811 in

Source: HAWKEYE HERITAGE, vol. 10, No. 1 (1975) pp 16 and 18



In the Book of Arrivals, found in the History of Bucks County, PA, by H. H. Battles, is this entry: JAMES HARRISON, aged about 57 years, came in the "Submission" in October 1682, arriving at Choptank River, MD.

"Prominent among the persecuted sect of the
day was JAMES HARRISON, shoemaker of
Stiall Green in Cheshire. He was a minister
and in 1655 'traveled in the service of the gospel,
in the north of England.' In the same year he
married Anne Heath 'who bore him a daughter the
7th day of the 2nd month 1660, and was called Phebe--"

It was in this year, that James Harrison, William Janney and James Brown and their associates were thrown into prison, then released in 1661, only to be icarcerated in various prisons. In 1668, he HARRISON removed form Cheshire.

JAMES HARRISON, to whom Penn had entrusted the management of his private estate died 6th of the 8th month, 1687.

source: PENNSYLVANIA TRAVELER, Vol. 8, #4 (1975) p. 31.

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Submitted by: Robert Cunningham, 13320 Couwlier, Warren, Michigan 48089

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I. M. HARRISON, M.D., is a native of Missouri. He graduated at the University of Michigan in 1880, and afterwards at the St. Louis Medical College; he took a post-graduate course. He began practice at Warrensburg, Missouri in the fall of 1880. In June 1882, he located at Manistee, where he is engaged in practice. Dr. Harrison belongs to the regular school of practice.

AGNES B. HARRISON, wife of Dr. I. M. Harrison, is a graduate of the medical department of the University of Michigan, and has been in practice since the summer of 1881. She is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a daughter of W. W. Barlow of that city. She was married to Dr. I. M. Harrison, December 5, 1881.

Submitted by: Robert Cunningham, 13320 Couwlier, Warren, MI 48089


Edward Harrison and Son William of Virginia

Quoted from THE VIRGINIA GENEALOGIST, Vol. 16 (1972) p. 226-227

Sarah (Butler) Slaughter Harrison, the mother of Ezekiel Slaughter, was a daughter of Alice Butler of King William County. The name of her first husband is unknown. By him she had a son Ezekiel and a daughter Elizabeth who married Israel Whinfrey.

Her second husband was Edward Harrison of Henrico County who died in 1742. On the first Monday in April 1742 it was ordered "that Sarah Harrison, the Widow and Relict of Edward Harrison, Deceased be summonded to appear at the next Court...to declare whether she will take Administration of the Estate of her said dec'd Husband." She relinquished her right on 3 May 1742. The inventory of Edward Harrison's estate was dated 20 July 1742 and recorded in February 1746: "Appraised all the Estate of Edward Harrison both in Richmond Town and on his Plantation at Long Acre." William Gray was administrator.

On 7 September 1750, William Harrison, orphan of Edward Harrison, chose Israel Winfrey as his guardian. He reached full age shortly thereafter for his will, dated 28 August 1753, described him as "late of the County of Chesterfield but now of Augusta County." He gave to his mother Sarah Harrison for life 287 acres including the plantation where she lived, "to make of the Compliment out of another Survey thereunto adjoining known by the name of Long Acre." To his daughter Molley Harrison he gave 187 acres after the death of his mother and including the plantation where she lived and to his wife Elizabeth during her widowhood, he gave "my Plantation at Long Accres with all the land not before lent to my Mother."

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A son was to be "Baptized William" and when his wife and mother died his estate was to go to William and Molly and "if both my children die under age and without issue the estate hereby given them reverts to my said mother and a Negro Tom was loaned to his wife. He mentioned that his half-brother, Ezekiel Slaughter had sold land in King William County to which he had a claim and also mentioned his uncle Samuel Butler and directed that 150 acres in Augusta County purchased from Col. John Buchanan be sold. "My half brother Ezekiel Slaughter and like brother-in-law, Israel Winfrey" were named executors but Winfrey declined to serve. When the will was submitted for proof George Reyner Turner and Mary Jennings, two of the witnesses, questioned "his proper senses" in Court. The inventory of his estate was recorded 22 Sept 1755 and listed Hagar and Tom with a notation they were in dispute and were not valued.

A year before William Harrison died he and his half-brother, Ezekiel took out land grants, both dated 16 November 1752. William received 787 acres in the counties of Chesterfield and Cumberland on the "Head of the lower Manakin Creek, the Head Branches of Swift Creek on both sides of Buckingham Road." Ezekiel received in the counties of Chesterfield and Cumberland, 400 acres on the "South side of James River on the lower Manakin Creek".

William Harrison of Chesterfield County, on 18 December 1752 sold 200 acres to John Dorram. The land adjoining Thomas Watkins, John James Dupe, Charles Clark and the said William Harrison. The witnesses were Ezekiel Slaughter Mary Moore and William Dorram.

In the will of Sarah Harrison, dated 22 January 1781, she gave to her grandson Fleming Wooldridge, a tract of 100 acres in Chesterfield County, "it being the tract whereon I now live." To her grandson Harrison Wooldridge she gave a tract of land in Powhatan County of 187 acres." This was the total amount of land she received from William Harrison which was to go to his children at her death and it appears that they had either released the land to her or that they were deceased without issue. Sarah Harrison gave to her son Ezekiel Slaughter, one shilling sterling. By 1781, he was living in Halifax County. She mentioned her daughter Elizabeth Winfrey, named her "well beloved Friend William Woodridge" executor, named William Wooldridge's sons Fleming, Harrison, Edmund and William, and her granddaughter, Polley Wooldridge, "daughter of William Woodridge". Since the land which came from the Harrisons was given to her Wooldridge grandchildren, it appears that her daughter, Mrs. Wooldridge was a child of Edward Harrison.

It is probable that there was another Slaughter daughter who married Crowley Howlett and died without issue. The will of Crowley Howlett of Chesterfield County, dated 2 November 1750, gave a tract of land and two Negroes to his "friend Ezekiel Slaughter," together with his ready money, cattle and a bed. He loaned a negro Bob to "my loving Mother Sarah Harrison" during her life and after her decease he was to return to Ezekiel Slaughter.

--Sources: Deed and Will Books of Halifax, Cumberland and Chesterfield Counties. State of Virginia.

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The Family Of President Benjamin Harrison

....from a Family Album, the Harrison Home
Indianapolis, Indiana - Part Two

.....Submitted by Shirley Vaughn, 1209 Apache, Wichita, KS 67207


Riley Towers Apartments now stand on the site of the small frame cottage where Mary Scott Harrison, the only daughter of Ben and Caroline Harrison, was born. It was April 3, 1858, and Mary or "Mamie" as she was known throughout her life was a "perfect little beauty" according to her aunt Jennie. She attended a private academy in Indianapolis and was given painting and piano lessons. After High School, she attended the Ogontz Seminary in Pennsylvania.

Mamie was 18 when her family moved into their dream house on North Delaware Street. She was described as "bewitching, graceful, intelligent, industrious and a good understudy for her mother who assisted in giving the traditional New Year's Open House". At 23 when her father became a U.S. Senator, she moved with her parents to Washington. Though she dutifully accompanied her mother on "first calls" to senators, judges and the President, she confided to a cousin that "Washington is not a very pleasant place for young ladies as there are so few young gentlemen". She herself was more interested in a young Indianapolis businessman, James Robert McKee. By the time her brother, Russell, married May Saunders, Mamie and Robert were engaged and were attendants in the wedding.

On November 5, 1884, Mamie and Robert were married in the First Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. The INDIANAPOLIS JOURNAL described the wedding and reception as "one of the most notable society events that this city has ever seen." Five hundred invitations were issued to the reception at the Harrison residence. The JOURNAL stated that 'the house was decorated in the best possible taste. The presents which were credited as the most elaborate and costly ever given at such an occasion in this city were not displayed. The reception was an elaborate affair in all respects". Following a trip in the east, the couple made their home at Senator Harrison's until the end of his term. Benjamin H. "Baby" McKee was born March 15, 1887, and Mary Lodge was born July 4, 1888.

In 1889 the McKees became part of the White House family, although Robert's business required that he travel most of the time. Letters to him from Mamie and Carrie give much information about life of the First Family. "Baby" McKee was the favorite of both his grandfather and the press. An 1890 magazine reports a typical incident: "While the President, standing on a ship's deck, began to address a crowd in the Navy Yard at Washington, 'Baby' set up a howl, which he would not still, except in Grandpa's arms. So, holding the child close to his breast, he concluded his remarks."

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The Family Of President Benjamin Harrison - Cont.

Mamie, blessed with her mother's charm and her father's executive ability, assumed a great deal of responsibility due to Carrie's frequent illnesses. However, she and May Harrison were able to take a trip to England and the continent while the children vacationed with the grandparents in Cape May.

Mamie and May are credited with inspiring the first dance in the White House. This brought forth a storm of criticism from all parts of the country as being too undignified a proceeding to be permitted in the historic mansion. Mamie had been known since girlhood as a beautiful dancer as well as a brilliant conversationalist with a keen sense of humor. She had her father's skill in relating a story. She was active in many organizations in Washington, New York and Greenwich, NT. Her Indianapolis affiliations included the Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Propyleum, and the Woman's Club.

After Carrie's death in the White House and her father's defeat in his bid for a second term, she returned home with him and for the next few years divided her time between Indianapolis and Greenwich where her husband was vice-president with General Electric. When her father announced his intention to marry Mary Lord Dimmick, she opposed it as she felt the memory of her mother would be lost. The marriage caused a split with her father and she never visited his home again.

It was Mamie who preserved so much of Carrie's clothing, jewelry, and personal mementos. Several years after her death in 1930, Robert McKee presented the items to the Home.

"Baby" McKee represented the National City Bank in Paris, France, for many years. He and his wife, Constance Magnett, had one daughter Patricia. Mary Lodge married Kurt H. Reisinger and had two daughters, Edmee and Mary.



Elizabeth Harrison Walker has the distinction of being one of the few children born to an ex-president. Her father, Benjamin was 63 years old when she was born in the house at 1230 North Delaware on February 21, 1897. The previous year, Ben, a widower for nearly four years, married Mary Lord Dimmick, his first wife's niece, in New York and returned to Indianapolis immediately. Although Elizabeth knew her father only four years, they enjoyed a close companionship, playing in the yard and taking long walks about the city. Mary and Elizabeth sailed for France with Ben who representated Venezuela in a border dispute with British Guiana, but the ex-president declined generous offers of all-expense paid trips to Europe and Japan when his family could not accompany him. Family vacations were usually spent in the Adirondacks or along the New Jersey shore.

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The Family Of President Benjamin Harrison - Cont.

Elizabeth completed her sophomore year at Tudor Hall, Indianapolis, before moving east with her mother in 1913. She attended Westover School in Middlebury, CT and accompanied her mother on a tour of Europe before entering New York University where she received her law degree. In 1918 she was admitted to the New York Bar and a year later to the Indiana Bar. At the time, the Indianapolis News reported that she was undecided about her immediate future. We do not know if she practiced law at that time. In 1821 she married James Blaine Walker, a Cornell Law School graduate, who became a manufacturing executive and later turned to banking. His business background and a life-long interest in history made him well qualified to write "The Epic of American Industry" in 1949. The Walkers had two children, Benjamin Harrison Walker and Mary Jane Walker. The children first visited the Harrison Memorial Home when in Indianapolis for their grandmother's funeral in 1948.

Elizabeth Harrison Walker became a well-known professional woman. She was founder, editor and publisher of "Cues On the News", a monthly news service for women investors that was distributed by banks throughout the country. Earlier she had been Secretary for the Commission for Economic Development and its only woman member. She was a well known speaker on radio and TV until her death in 1955.

Benjamin Harrison Walker graduated from Princeton and the Harvard Law School and served in the Army Air Corps in WWII. He became Counsel for Equitable Life Assurance and married Elizabeth Sillcocks. They have two sons James Harrison and Benjamin Harrison, both live in New York.

Dr. Jane Harrison Walker was educated at Westover School, Bryn Mawr, and Cornell.

She is a chest specialist in New York and is married to Newell Garfield, Jr. They have one daughter, Elizabeth.






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CORYLAND BAPTIST CEMETERY (uncertain if located in Tioga Co., or Wells Township, Bradford County...probably on line.)



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COWANESQUE LAKE PROJECT...caused cemetery to be moved

NOTE: Editor, Ruth Harrison Jones visited many of these cemeteries in the Spring of 1982. These buried in Lawrenceville, Nelson and Cowanesque Lake are her ancestors. She needs help with identification of these buried in Wellsboro Cemetery. The names of Leonard and Jefferson Harrison Families are listed among those attending a family reunion in early 1900's....same reunion attended by grandfather and great-grandfather of Ruth H. Jones.

There seems to be a LEONARD HARRISON STATE PARK in Wellsboro, PA. Can anyone help identify this man and/or his brother, Jefferson Harrison. Also, in the March 1981 issue of HARRISON HERITAGE, page 107, is a biographical sketch of William Harrison and his wife, Catherine Meek, parents of Leonard, Jefferson, Mary, Albert, Sarah, William and Catherine, as printed in HISTORY OF TIOGA COUNTY, PA, by R. C. Brown, 1897.





"Good Reader, blame not the wrytter for what
is myssing in this Booke is not his faults.
Wat he hath faounde --- as nere as possybel
He coulde hath set downe."

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Some Harrison Revolutionary War Soldiers

(extracted from D.A.R. records by Betty Jo Hulse)

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Some Harrisons In The War Of 1812

From National Society U.S. Daughters of 1812, Ancestor Index.

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Abstracts Of North Carolina Wills

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HH2.4-75 I am looking for the ancestry of Susan Harrison, wife of Benjamin Wolfe (1799-1885). They married between 1820-1822 in Luzerne Co., PA. (?). She died there 1834-1842.

Dorothy Denung Ward, 5402 E. McKellips, # 147, Mesa, AZ 85205


HH2.4- Need additional details regarding Bledsoe Harrison as found in 1850 census, State of California, El Dorado County. At that time he was listed as age 22, born KY.

Olive L. Currier (Mrs. Richard) 255 The Esplanade, Apt 903, Venice, FL 33595

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The Descendants Of Isaiah Harrison (1666-1738)

ISAIAH HARRISON, the immigrant ancestor, was the son of Rev. Thomas Harrison, native of Kingston-Upon-Hull, Yorkshire, England, who died an independent or Congregational minister of the gospel, in Dublin, Ireland, 1682, and his wife Katherine Bradshaw, daughter of Edward Bradshaw of London and Bromborough Hall, England.

Isaiah is thought to have been born in or near, the city of Chester, England, as a refugee from Dublin, sailed from this old port, or nearby Liverpool, which at that time was rapidly supplanting Chester as a point of departure, due to the silting of the River Dee, on the ship known as the "Spotted Calf", in 1687, landing first, Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York. He died about 1728 in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

Isaiah Harrison came as a blacksmith to Oyster Bay, his name first appears in the town records when he was a freeholder, 2 January 1687. The following year, he purchased 100 acres of land at Suckscalls' Wigam from John Wright, his first wife's cousin, on 16 January 1668, for sixty pounds current money of New York. On this land he made his home. Since this land had been purchased from the Matenacocke Indians only three years previously, there is little doubt that Isaiah was the first white man to live on the site. His house is mentioned in a deed dated 10 November 1695, which records the purchase of an additional 81 acres of land holdings.

Isaiah Harrison was married first, in 1688, about a year after his settlement at Oyster Bay, to Elizabeth Wright, daughter of Gideon and Elizabeth Townsend Wright. Elizabeth died about 1698, leaving him with 5 small children. In 1700 Isaiah married second, Abigail Smith, thought to be the daughter of Jonathan Smith and his wife, Sarah Brewster, who was the son of the immigrant Richard Smith. (Patentee of Smithtown, L. I., New York, early 1600's.)

On April 20, 1702, Isaiah Harrison sold his entire possession of land at Oyster Bay and with his wife, Abigail moved the family to Smithtown. He purchased a tract of land for 400 pounds from William Lawrence, on April 20, 1702. The new home consisted of 500 acres of woodland on the west side of the Nissequoque River in the County of Suffolk, Long Island, New York. It was here that Isaiah and his wife, Abigail made their home and raised their children, along with his children by his first wife, Elizabeth. In 1708, he added another 200 acres.

On June 12, 1721, Isaiah Harrison sold the 500 acre home place at Smithtown to Amos Willitts and moved with his family to Sussex county, Delaware, where he bought 900 acres of land, known as "Maiden Plantation". He sold the remaining 200 acres at Smithtown to Richard Willitts on April 28, 1722. Up until this time Abigail's name appeared on all deeds. Her name was missing from deeds after April 28, 1722; so it is thought that she died in 1722. In the Spring of 172=37, Isaiah, his five sons and daughters, except Elizabeth and Gideon (who had died) with their wives, husbands and children, left Delaware and set out for the Valley of Virginia. This party of 16 went by the way of what is now Alexandria, Virginia, crossing the Blue Ridge at Thornton's Gap. As their former home was only 8 miles from Lewes, they no doubt embarked from Lewes on a sailing vessel, going by water to the old town of Belhaven on the Potomac. After winding their way along the South Fork of the Shenandoah, indications are that the Harrisons

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The Descendants Of Isaiah Harrison (1666-1738) - Cont.

camped near Naked Creek and on Linville's Creek for about two years, while exploring and preparing to take up land. Sickness broke out among them and it was here that Isaiah Harrison died in 1738. He is said to be buried by the banks of the Shenandoah in the present "White House" neighborhood. His children and grandchildren explored their way southwesterly and settled in the present vicinity of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Each of the separate families patented land and built houses.

The children of Isaiah Harrison were as follows:

By his first wife, Elizabeth Wright:

  1. Isaiah Harrison, Jr. - b 27 Sept 1689, Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY. He did not go to Virginia with the family; was living in the southern part of West Jersey in 1737. In about 1750, he went to Craven County, South Carolina from Rockingham Co., VA. Nothing more is known of his family, when or where he died.
  2. John Harrison - b 25 Sept 1691, Oyster Bay, d May 1771 m Phoebe ??? ca 1720 (b 1686-d 6 Dec 1793). He went with family to Virginia in 1737. His will, dated 30 July 1769, proved 21 May 1771, recorded in Augusta Co., VA names all his children: (Zebulon, John, deceased, Phoebe, Ann and Reuben).
  3. Gideon Harrison - b 25 June 1694, Oyster Bay d 1729 Sussex Co., Delaware. He was married, her name is not known.
  4. Mary Harrison - b 25 May 1696 d 1781. m Robert Cravens ca 1721.
  5. Elizabeth Harrison - b 30 March 1689 probably died young.
  6. Elizabeth Wright Harrison died shortly after the birth of her youngest daughter, Elizabeth.

    Children of Isaiah Harrison by his second wife, Abigail Smith:

  7. Daniel Harrison - b 1701; d 10 July 1770, m (1) Margaret Cravens m (2) Sarah Stephenson. His will was recorded in Augusta Co., VA. Children by first wife, Margaret were: Robert, Daniel, Jesse, Mary, Jane, Abigail and Benjamin. There were no children by second wife.
  8. Thomas Harrison - b 1704 at Smithtown, L. I., d 1785, Harrisonburg, VA. He m (1) Jane DeLaHaye and (2) Sarah Cravens. Children (all by second wife): Abigail, Jeremiah, Davis, Robert, John, Thomas, Ezekiel, Reuben and Sarah.
  9. Jeremiah Harrison - b 1707 at Smithtown, L. I., d 1777 Rockingham Co., Virginia. He m Catherine ???; their children included: Lydia Donnell, Nehemiah, Josiah, Jeremiah, Hester and Benjamin. Little is known of this family.

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    The Descendants Of Isaiah Harrison (1666-1738) - Cont.

  11. Abigail Harrison - b 1710 Smithtown, L. I., d 1780 in VA. She married Alexander Herring, Jr. at Sussex Co., Delaware. She was the great-grandmother of Abraham Lincoln, the President.
  12. Samuel Harrison - b 1712, Smithtown, L. I., d 1790, Augusta Co., VA. He migrated with the family in 1739. His wife's name was Mary ???. They moved to Craven Co., South Carolina during the French and Indian War, but returned to Augusta and were residents there by 18 Nov 1762. It is not known if they left any children.

All of Isaiah Harrison's children (except Elizabeth) settled in the region around what is now Harrisonburg, VA. The town being founded by son, Thomas Harrison. The five brothers who went with their father in 1739 have been identified as John, Daniel, Thomas, Jeremiah and Samuel.

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