Harrison Heritage Vol. V No. 1 March 1985

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Maragaret Frances b. 17 Oct 1858 d. 8 Jul 1866
James Lawson b. 11 Feb 1860 d. 18 Nov 1945
John Benton b. 5 Sep 1865 d. 5 Feb 1932
Walter Scott b. 29 Apr 1877  
Ora Ann. b. 16 Mar 1880  
Robert Henderson b. 2 Feb 1882 d. 1974
JOHN BENTON HARRISON m. Margaret Jane Neill. Their children were: Eva, Clint, Neill, John Oscar, Benton, and Allie Mae.
JAMES LAWSON HARRISON m. Emma Eugene Henry (b. 5 Dec 1865) in Atascosa Co., TX 23 Dec 1885. They were successful farmers. Their children: Ollie and Etna, d. young; Herman, David, J. L., Arie Adna, Dovie Hazel.
EUEL SEXTON HARRISON m. Emma Mathis. Their children: Essie, Dudley, and Stafford.
WILLIAM RENFRO m. Lottie. Their children: Vertna and Vera.
THOMAS D. HARRISON m. Marcial Witten. Their children: Joe Dee and Charlie.
VAUGHN MILLS HARRISON m. Julia Mathis. Child: Helen. M. (2) Myrtle Dunn Tomlinson 1908. Children: Curtis and Grace.
WALTER SCOTT HARRISON m. Emma Timberlake. Children: Harry and Madie.
AXIE HARRISON m. Sam Beadle and had one daughter, Roxie.
ROBERT HARRISON M. Audrey Dutton. Their children: Buelah, Bobby and Lois.

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DAVID MALONE HARRISON s/o James Lawson and Emma Eugene Henry, m. Mary Ethel Robert. Their sons were Waylan and Verlin.

(The above contributed by Waylan D. Harrison, Box 59 Farm-Road 1470, Leming TX 78050.)

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5.2. - 164 Does anyone have a Joel Harrison b. ca 1825 in AL in their family? He married Martha Weeks 22 Mar 1849 in Shelby Co., AL. He was s/o Nathaniel Harrison and Peggie Crowson. In 1860 C we find him listed next door to his brother Dennis Carroll Harrison who is my great grandfather. The census lists: Joel age 35, b. AL; Martha age 30, b. AL; Jim age 5, b. MC; Joel age 2, b. MS. I would like to know where Joel went. My great grandfather was found in Fannin TX in 1870. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who might have helpful information.
Ramona Harrison Smith, Rt. 1 Box 497S, Pope MS, 38658. (601) 563-5728



5.2 - 165 Harriet Harrison, d/o Mary Wilson and Littleberry Harrison, is my great grandmother. She was b. in 1842 in TN. Her brother Richard b. MS in 1845. Before 1850, the family moved to Lone Oak, Hunt Co. TX where the other children were born. Littleberry died there probably between 1865 and 1870 as his wife Mary is listed as head of household then and has a child, Mary age 6. Mary Wilson Harrison married again in 1871. Any help will be appreciated.
Peggy Bass, 7720 Guenivere Way, Citrus Heights, CA 95610



5.2 - 166 Need proof and more complete data for family of Joshua Harrison, probably a s/o Josias who d. 1803 in Montgomery Co. MD and wife, Elizabeth Holland Harrison. Joshua b. MD ca 1759; m. ca 1799 to Sarah Selman, perhaps a d/o Jonathan and Elizabeth (Battee) Selman. Moved to Hardin Co., KY 1784. He was taxed in 1792 and a witness in 1807 in Nelson Co., KY. He appears on the census records each time with his wife in the next younger age bracket, in 1800 Hardin Co.; 1810 Shelby Co, KY age 26-45; 1820 Martin Co., IN 45+; 1830 in Montgomery Co. IN age 50-60. Joshua d. 1839 in Harrison Co., IN age 80, so the 1839 data may Joshua Jr.

Their children seem to include: 1) Joshua Jr. b. 6 June 1780; m. Sarah Parish; 2) Caleb, a fighter in the battle of Tippecanoe, who possibly m. Elizabeth Dever; 3) Nancy m. 8 June 1797 John Swank; 4) John b. 5 Jan 1787/89 m. Polly Ashby; 5) Eli b. 7 Jun 1792 KY, m. Nancy Ashby; 6) Elizabeth m. 3 Apr 1807 to cousin Ezekiel, s/o Greenberry Harrison; 7) Mary m. John Ray; and my ancestors for whom I seek dates, etc. 8) Sarah m. 12 July 1815 Washington McGhee. (HARRISON HERITAGE has published records of this family on pp. 166, 228, And 273.)

Mrs. Miles S. Quinn, 81682 N. Pacific Hwy,. Creswell, OR 97426


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5.2 - 167 Would like to correspond and/or exchange information with any one who has the following names in their family tree: Jeremiah of KY, NC, SC, GA, TN or TX; Bentley of NC, SC, GA, TN; Isaiah of VA, KY NC, SC GA, TN; Nehemiah of VA, KY, NC, SC, GA, TN; Josiah of VA, KY, NC, SC, GA, TN; Davis of the same; Gideon of the same; Michael of VA, TN, AL; Nathaniel of NC, TN, AL, SC, GA; and Abel of NC, SC, GA; and. Joel of NC, AL, MS, TN, TX Will answer all correspondence and be glad to reimburse you any postage costs or copying expenses.
Betty Jo Hulse, 281 Aborla Lane, Walnut, CA 91789


Location: On old road off of Highway 61, to Alcorn A. & M. College in Jefferson Co., MS. Sec. 15 Tion Rie.

Note: Joseph Harrison, father of James G. Harrison (b. 1833) was a Revolutionary Soldier. Ref: Family Records Mississippi Rev. Soldiers, by Alice Tracy Welch, p. 135. Pub 1955

James G. Harrison d. 4 Jun 1833
Elizabeth, wife d. 26 Dec 1839
Mary Eliz. D/of David and Mary d. 13 Jul 1845
Elizabeth, d/o Isaac and Frances d. 1853
Mary Ann, wife of David d. 1827
Sarah, wife of David Gibson d. 19 Apr 1861
Rosannah, wife of Lewis Norris d. 28 Aug 1833 age 20
Letitia Buell, consort of Kilburn Buell d. 18 Jul 1847


Born: Alexander, VA; 4 Feb 1858. Parents; Luther Dinwinnie and Martha Johnson
Married: 1) Clara Bennett 2) Alice Adams 3) Mattie Busch
Children: (1) Warren Luther (2) Luther Adam, Martha Johnson. Two others died before his own death.
Occupation: physician and planter; His practice of medicine won him statewide prominence in Tutwiler, MS. He studied law and won the LL.B degree from Georgetown University in 1881. He never practiced law but chose medicine instead, graduating in the class of 1888 from Louisville Medical College.

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Community work: Mayor of Tutwiler 1900 - 1904. President of the Bank of Tutwiler from 1906 - 1916. Alderman from 1920 - 22.
Church: An elder in the Presbyterian Church, teacher of the Young Menís Bible Class.
Author: "Radical treatment of Inguinal Hernea," and "Treatment of Malarial Hermaturea."
Character: A deeply kind and understanding man; intelligent; sympathetic nature; successful in business; an able leader.
His wives: Clara Bennet was the niece of Belva Lockwood, the woman lawyer.
  Alice Adams was the granddaughter of Governor Adams of NC.

Submitted by Ramona Harrison Smith, Rt. I Box 407S, Pope, MS 38658


by Thomas Shourds

Following is listing from the index of this book

Ann 102
Esther 309, 403
Henrietta 199
Israel 309, 465
James 502, 503
John 417
Joseph 309
Joshua 513
Josiah 199, 207
Julia 109, 199
Lydia 196, 199
Maria 199
Sarah 233, 309

This book available at Salem County historical Society, 79 Market St., Salem, NJ 08079 and other Genealogical Libraries.

Submitted by Mrs. A. G. Harrison, P.O. Box Z, Crossville, TN 38555

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Harrison Manor, Home of Richard and Ruth Buckman Harrison, in Burlington County, NJ

SORRY! .... Missing

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Will of Richard Harrison, 1739

SORRY! .... Missing

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. . . . CONTINUED FROM March issue (page 564)

John Harrison, the son of William (the heir to five pounds of his fatherís estate) had one known brother Thomas. When more information on the life of William is found, we shall print same.

John and Thomas were not only brothers, but good friends as well, in spite of their differences in religious beliefs. Many second and third generations of this family became Baptists. This would be true of John, while Thomas remained a Quaker. John had purchased his fatherís land and quitclaimed half of it to his brother, Thomas.

Prior to the 21 September 1759 marriage of John Harrison to Mary Giberson (Gybertson), Mary was named in the will of her father, Gisbert Giberson. The will was filed 1758 and proved 9 May 1766. Gilbert Gibersonís will states that, "Hannah, my beloved wife is to receive the benefit of all lands in Allentown. Fifty pounds is to be given to grandson, John; son of my son, John, deceased." His sons, Gilbert and William were to receive the Plantation after the death of their mother. His seven daughters were to receive one hundred pounds each. They were Elizabeth, Esther, Hannah, Moribah, Helena, Lydia and MARY.

Daughters Elizabeth and Esther were to receive twenty pounds less that the others, having already received as much. His son, Gilbert and brother-in-law, Samuel Parent were to be the Executors of the estate. The inventory listed: 8 slaves, 41 sheep with lambs, 22 shotes, 6 mares, 15 cows with calves, furniture, Delft dishes, silver, saddles, etc.

So, it appears that his wife was Hannah Parent, who in 19 July, filed her will leaving "to the heirs of deceased son, John ... the residue of the estate." Personal belongings were left to her five surviving daughters, Elizabeth, Esther, Helena, Lydia and Mary. And to her granddaughters, Meribah daughter of my daughter, Meribah and to Elizabeth, daughter of my daughter, Hannah. "Grandma Gibersonís" will ... witnessed by Gilbert Giberson, John Everingham and James Gaston. The last were probably, sons-in-law.

As previously stated, John and Mary Giberson Harrison had five children; John, Sarah, Mary, Catherine and Isaac. Following the death Mary, (time unknown at present), John married Catherine _____, who, as it turned out was a problem to her stepson, John.

Johnís will of 10 June 1798, states that "Wife Catherine is to have the west room in the dwelling house and full use of kitchen during her lifetime. He ordered that firewood be cut and brought in the house for her. She was to get twelve pounds per year from the estate which "I give to my son, John Harrison". Catherine was to receive benefit of all the grain, to be kept winter and summer on the plantation; she was to have the bed and bedding and furniture presently in the west room. She was to keep all household and kitchen furniture which she brought with her, "when she moved into my house after our marriage."

Son, John was given, "the Home Plantation, whereon I now live, all furnishings except those belonging to Catherine. John "is to receive all my Cedar Swamps and other out-lands, he is to pay all the debts and legacies by me given. I also give unto my son, John, my Negro boy, named Dan, until he arrives at the age of thirty

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years. And if the said Negro should live to the age of thirty years, that then he be set at liberty to work for himself."

To his daughter, Sarah Randolph, he gave the sum of fifty pounds, to be paid out of the estate of "my son, John". It was to be paid in small payments of five pounds each. "If John may think that Sarah stands in the need of money, John may maintain Sarah and her five children until her husband comes to take care of her and the five children." John, Sr. gave to his daughters Catherine Wildes and Mary Wildes, the sum of fifty pounds each. John, Jr. was to pay this from his estate, one year after the death of John, Sr. To his minor son, Isaac, John gave, "the sum of three hundred pounds, to be paid as follows: One hundred fifty pounds when Isaac arrives at the age of 21 years and the remaining one hundred and fifty pounds at age 25." John Harrison was to pay this out of his share of the estate. He appointed executors, John Harrison and John Lawrence.

It is to be concluded that John Harrison, Sr. was a man of great detail and not a lot of trust in his children ... perhaps with good reason.

The will of John, Sr. was proved on 7 July 1798; intentory (inventory?); 23 July 1789 by Anthony Woodward and John Hankins. There is nothing in the will to indicate that John, Jr. was living at home, in fact, there is a John Harrison listed in the "Ratables", residing in New Barbadoes Twp., Bergen County, NJ in 1793. This would be the land now known as West Milford, Passiac Co., NJ. A John Harrison paid taxes there in 1790; since this land is not mentioned in the will of John Senior, it is to be presumed that John, Jr. is the tax payer. He would have at that time been about 28 years of age. The West Milford area today, is a beautiful wooded, resort community, so it would be the kind of place in the late 1700s that would beckon to an adventurous young man.

John Harrison, Jr. had married Charity Cowperthwaite in 1796, so he must have come down from the hills occasionally. Charity was the daughter of John and Ann (Potter) Cowperthwaite, a wealthy family of the Quaker belief. This family traces its origin to England (Westmoreland) and the Scandinavian countries. The name means "cattle rancher". They were living in Upper Freehold, Monmouth County at the time of the marriage. Charity had only one sister and one brother. Her sister, Mary became the wife of Benjamin Woodward, son of Anthony, Jr. Her brother was Jonathan; he married Rebecca Poinset in 1781. During the Revolutionary War the Cowperthwaite family members took different sides, some fled to Canada, others to Pennsylvania; while some stayed, calling themselves "Fighting Quakers". Others left the Quaker religion because of unapproved marriages or nonconformism.

So John and Charity had been married for two years when John, Sr. died leaving considerable responsibility on the shoulders of his son. It was also the year that their first son, JOEL HARRISON was born. From the recorded deeds of the next few years, it appears that John was a busy person spending his new fortune. In 1801 (march 5) John Harrison is living on his fatherís plantation and purchased another tract of land with house, etc in Dover Twp. The seller is William Imlay; the price was $800. The following year, he purchased additional acreage adjoining making this another plantation. It seems from the records, that he moved his family to the new plantation at Dover. This is a coastal community, just south of Pt. Pleasant near Silverton. They had a second son, whom they named "John" and it was probably a relief to get away from his step-mother, Catherine who occupies the west room and has to have her wood carried in and the profit from the grain going into her bank account. Not only did John get away from her ... he forgot all about her. On 7 December 1803, Catherine went to court and got a judgement against John for $1600.00 plus damages. She was joined by AppolloWoodward, (Charityís sisterís in-laws), in the suit. Woodward claming that John Harrison owed him $3320.00 plus damages. When John did not respond to the terms


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of the judgement, the High Sheriff of Monmouth County, seized all of Johnís property until such time as the debts were paid. The indenture, recorded 10 December 1803 indicates that a recent sale had occurred in which John received $11.185.91 from property on the eastside of Crosswicks Creek.

Apparently, everyone was satisfied, as two years later, on 12 Dec 1805; John sells the Dover Plantation to the same Apollo Woodward and an Anthony Reckless. However, John is now living in Stafford Township, some 30 miles south of Dover. The area is today a wildlife refuge. This man did like to explore the frontiers. Later that same month, John sells a Cumberland acreage to Woodward. This was probably land on the Delaware Bay.

It is hard to keep up with this man and his land dealings. However, we do know that Charity died in 1831 at Imlaytown, Upper Freehold, Monmouth County, which was probably the Home Plantation of John, Sr. Her son, Thomas is the administrator of her will. The inventory was made 24 Dec 1831 and included treasures she had inherited from her family. Of interest is a large spinning wheel, spectacles, several books, 6 windsor chairs, Cherrywood table and chest, dinnerware and silver ... . iron pots and carpeting.

In addition to Joel, John and Thomas, this Harrison family had a son William and two or three daughters (probably Mary, Ann, Sarah and Hannah, named for the mothers and grandmothers).

Following the death of Charity, John married Mary (Copperthwaite Woodward) ?? . From present research, it appears that, John, Jr. died in 1852, Morris Twp. Morris Co., NJ. A John S. Harrison, making his will on 29 January 1852 left all his possessions to his beloved wife, Mary. There is a tombstone, in the Lawrenceville, PA Cemetery (located near the graves of Joelís Family) which has the inscription:

died November 18, 1856
AGE 83 years

The conclusion is that when John died, Mary went to West Milford in Passaic Co. to live with Joel. Joel and his family moved to the Lawrenceville area in 1853.




Editorís Note: In June, I am visiting the Salt Lake City Library. I sincerely hope to determine the whereabouts of William Harrison from 1710 to 1728, and to learn more about John Harrison, Jr. and his family.

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RUTH HARRISON JONES, Editor and Publisher.
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