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Benjamin HARRISON, I

Male Abt 1594 - 1649  (~ 48 years)


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  • Name Benjamin HARRISON 
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    Born Abt Dec 1594  Possibly St. Giles, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened Dec 1594  Possibly St. Giles, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN KD2W-J3 
    Died Between 1643 and 1649  Probably "Wakefield," Surry County, VA or Jamestown, James County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Benjamin HARRISON I is shown here as a son of Richard HARRISON in order to stimulate further research; the compiler has no conclusive proof of any such relationship. According to some sources, Benjamin HARRISON I was possibly a son of Thomas HARRISON I of Gobion's Manor, Northamptonshire, England, and Elizabeth BERNARD of Abington, Northamptonshire, England. See, e.g., Roberts, Gary Boyd, Ancestors of American Presidents, Santa Clarita, CA: Carl Boyer, 3rd, 1995, p. 18.

      (2) Source: The Harrison Genealogy Repository <http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~harrisonrep/>.

      (3) Roberts, Gary Boyd, Ancestors of American Presidents, Santa Clarita, CA: Carl Boyer, 3rd, 1995, p. 17:

      Benjamin Harrison, poss. bp. St. Giles, Northamptonshire, England Dec. 1594-prob. Wakefield, Surry Co., Va. or Jamestown between 1643 & 1649.

      (4) Family History: Virginia Genealogies #1, pre-1600 to 1900s, Genealogies of Virginia Families III, Fl-Ha, Harrison of James River, pp. 687-688 [database online, Genealogy.com], © The Generations Network, March 3, 2008:

      In all English speaking countries Harrison is a numerously represented surname. This holds good in Virginia as elsewhere. The Virginia census of 1782-5, which only covers a part of the State shows families of the name in a large number of counties. There have been all over the State, numerous families of Harrison not at all related to each other.

      In addition to the family here treated of, there is in print but little in regard to any of the other families of the name, except the Harrisons of Rockingham county; the family descended from the emigrant Burr Harrison, which has been termed for convenience. "Harrison of Northern Virginia" . . . ; and the Harrisons of York County, &c., whose genealogy has been published in "The Harrisons of Sciminoe."

      Mr. C. P. Keith, while preparing his "Ancestry of Benjamin Harrison", made, without success, extensive investigations with a view to ascertaining the English ancestry of Benjamin Harrison, the emigrant to Virginia. All that can be said of him is that he must have been a man of education and of some influence to have obtained the important position of Clerk of the Council soon after his arrival in the Colony. . . .

      BENJAMIN HARRISON came to Virginia some time before March 15, 1633-4, when he signed a document as Clerk of the Council. On July 7, 1635 he had a grant for 200 acres on Warrosquoiacke Creek, which he had bought the year before from John Davis. He also had a grant, dated March 24, 1643, for 500 acres on the south side of James River, which was regranted October 9, 1649 to Benjamin Harrison, "son and heir of Benjamin Harrison, deceased." Benjamin Harrison, the emigrant was a member of the Rouse of Burgesses at the session of April, 1642. Though his plantation was in that part of James City County which is now Surry, the duties of his office probably kept him much at Jamestown. He died between 1643 or more probably 1645 and 1649. It has been stated that there were formerly in the churchyard at Jamestown fragments of a tomb of a Benjamin Harrison. If this account is correct it is probable that this was the tomb of the emigrant.

      If he made a will it was destroyed in the records of James City County.

      Benjamin Harrison married Mary _____. She married secondly Benjamin Sidway of Surry County. . . .

      Benjamin and Mary Harrison had issue[:] . . .

      [1] Benjamin. . . .

      [2] Peter. His step-father, Benjamin Sidway, in 1652, conveyed to him, as "Peter Harrison, orphan of Benjamin Harrison, deceased", a tract of land, and in a patent, dated 1655, he is referred to as "son of Benjamin Harrison, deceased, and son-in-law [step-son] of Benjamin Sidway". As he is not named in his mother's will it seems probable he was dead without issue at the time she made it.
    Person ID I16073  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2018 

    Father Richard HARRISON,   b. Abt 1565, Over, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1603, Accomac County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Margaret PILKINGTON 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1583  Standish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7200  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary (HARRISON),   d. Between 1 Mar and 29 May 1688 
    Married Bef 20 Sep 1645 
    Children 
     1. Benjamin HARRISON, II,   b. 20 Sep 1645, Southwark, Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1713, "Wakefield," Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)  [natural]
     2. Peter HARRISON,   d. Bef 1 Mar 1688  [natural]
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2018 10:37:02 
    Family ID F7188  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart