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  • Name Benjamin HARRISON 
    Suffix II 
    Born 20 Sep 1645  Southwark, Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN KD2W-LF 
    Died 30 Jan 1713  "Wakefield," Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Roberts, Gary Boyd, Ancestors of American Presidents, Santa Clarita, CA: Carl Boyer, 3rd, 1995, p. 16:

      Benjamin Harrison, Jr., Southwark, Surry County, Va. 20 Sept. 1645-Wakefield, Surry Co. 30 Jan. 1712/3.

      (2) Family History: Virginia Genealogies #1, pre-1600 to 1900s, Genealogies of Virginia Families III, Fl-Ha, Harrison of James River, pp. 688-692 [database online,], © The Generations Network, March 3, 2008:

      BENJAMIN HARRISON, of "Wakefield", Surry County, was born September 20, 1645, and died January 30, 1712-13. In an assessment of Southwark Parish 1668 he had 5 tithables listed, and in a Surry County tithable list in 1687 he reported 21. It was only in the 18th Century that great tracts of land were worked and very large numbers of servants and slaves were owned by Virginia planters.

      As early as 1671 Benjamin Harrison was a Justice of Surry and he was sheriff of the county in 1679. He was a member of the House of Burgesses for Surry at the Sessions of June 1680, November 1682, April 1692, September 1696 and September 1698. He was appointed member of Council in 1698 and remained a member of that body until his death. He married Hannah _____, whose surname is unknown.

      The following is a copy of the will of Benjamin Harrison:


      "IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I Benjamin Harrison of Surry County knowing ye uncertainty of man's life and how unfit we are when pains and sickness comes upon us to settle our worldly affairs I do therefore with due consideration make and ordain this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking making void and null all other former wills by me made.

      First I bequeath my soul to Almighty GOD that gave it me steadfastly believing through ye merits of my blessed redeemer Jesus Christ I shall receive full and absolute pardon for all my sins. My body I commit to ye earth from whence it was taken to be decently buried at ye discretion of my executor and for ye worldly estate that GOD of His mercy and goodness He has bestowed upon me I dispose of that in manner following

      Item: I give to my son Nathaniel one hundred acres of land whereon his mill now stands half an acre of land in ye town of Folwerdy [Flowedieu] Hundred and all my land in Martins Brandon in Prince George County all of which parcells of land I give to my said son and his heirs forever.

      I give to my son Henry ye plantation whereon I now live with ye remaining part of ye land I bought of John Barker which is not already conveyed to him I also give him four hundred and fifty acres of land in one patent and one hundred and 15 acres of land in one other patent and all my land at Cabin Point all joining to my plantation land which several parcells or tracts of land I give unto my said son and to his heirs forever I also give to my said son all ye Negroes and other slaves that shall belong to my plantation at ye time of my death and all ye slaves that live at Cabin Point I also give him all my cattell horses mules sheep and hogs that belong to ye said two plantations I also give him all my plate and household goods as furniture, silver, wooden, pewter, brass and iron with all my bedding and all of my books I also give him my new sloop Henry with all my boats and ye sails and what else I have sent for for ye use of said sloop if it please God it come safe in

      But my will is that in case my son Henry should dey without an heir of his body lawfully begotten then my will is that all ye real estate that I have given to my son Henry should goe to my son Nathaniel and to his heirs forever he paying my grandson Benjamin Harrison one hundred pounds current money out of ye said estate

      Item: I give unto William Stringer my three hundred and fifty acres of land on the south side of Blackwater swamp where my quarter now is to him and ye lawful heirs male of his body forever but for want of such heir or in case he remove out of ye country then my will is that ye said land do goe unto my son Henry and ye lawful heirs of his body forever And for want of such heir I give to my son Nathaniel and to his heirs forever I also give unto ye said Stringer one male negro not under 15 nor above 30 years of age and two cows and calves.

      Item: I give unto Joel Barker that part of my land at ye Wild Cat that lies on ye south side of ye branch whereon he now lives to him and his heirs forever

      Item: I give 20 lbs sterling to buy ornaments for ye Chapel and that my executor take care to provide them so soon as may be after ye new Chapel is built and my will is that five acres of my land be laid out where ye old Chapel now stands and that it be held for that use forever.

      Item: I give unto my daughter Sarah four hundred pounds current money or sterling

      Item: I give unto my daughter Hannah four hundred pounds current money or sterling

      Item: I give unto my grandson Benjamin Harrison four hundred pounds current money or sterling to be paid to him when he comes to age

      Item: I give to every one of my grandchildren one hundred pounds current money or sterling apiece to be paid to each of them as they come of age or marry which shall first happen my grandson Benjamin Harrison only excepted he being already provided for

      Item: My will is that after my just debts and legacies above mentioned with my funeral charges be fully satisfied then I give all ye rest of my estate unto my son Nathaniel whom I do appoint my full and sole executor whether money in England or Barbadoes debts here in ye country goods in ye store or what else soever it be of what kind or quality soever that it is not already given away this my will.

      In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 16th day of April 1711.

      Benjamin Harrison. (sealed with a loop)

      Signed and sealed in ye presence of

      Thomas Cocke
      George Rochelle
      William Short
      John Jyns


      I give to my son Henry besides what is above expressed these following debts Viz: John Somers his debt Richard Hamlin his debt John Vaughen his debt Capt. Clements his debt Ye debt due from William Harts estate and all my crops.

      At a Court held at Southwark for the County of Surry Feb. 18th 1712 the above mentioned will of Benjamin Harrison Esq. was presented in Court by Nathaniel Harrison executor thereof who made oath thereto and being proved by the oaths of Thos. Cocke William Short John Jyns witnesses thereto the same is ordered to be recorded and is recorded by

      John Allen
      Cl. Cur."

      Benjamin Harrison was buried at the old church at Cabin Point. His epitaph is as follows:

      "Here lyeth the body of the Hon'ble
      Who did justice, loved mercy, and
      walked humbly with his God,
      was always loyall to his Prince,
      and a great benefactor to his Country.
      He was born in this Parish, the 20th
      day of September, 1645, and departed
      this life the 30th day of
      January 1712-13"

      The tomb of his wife Hannah, also formerly at Cabin Point Church only states that she was born Feb. 13, 1651-2, and died Feb. 16, 1698-9.

      Since the destruction of this old church at Cabin Point it is believed that these tombs have been removed to the family burying ground at Brandon. It will be noted, from Benjamin Harrison's will that he owned a portion of the noted Brandon or Martin's Brandon estate. The remainder was purchased from the English owners by his son Nathaniel Harrison.

      Benjamin and Hannah Harrison had issue: . . .

      [1] Sarah. . .

      [2] Benjamin. . .

      [3] Nathaniel. . .

      [4] Hannah, born at Indian Fields, Southwark parish, Surry county, December 15, 1678; married "the eleventh day of November, being Thursday, Anno. Dom., 1672", Philip Ludwell of "Greenspring" and "Rich Neck", James City County, and died April 4, 1731. (Ludwell Bible). Philip Ludwell, second of the name in Virginia, was born Feb. 4, 1672, and died Jan. II, 1726-27. He was Speaker of the House of Burgesses 1695, appointed to the Council in 1702, and Auditor General 1711-16. Hannah (Harrison) Ludwell was, through her daughter, Mrs. Hannah Lee, grandmother of Richard Henry, Francis Lightfoot, Arthur and William Lee, and through another daughter, Mrs. Lucy Grymes, ancestress of Generals Henry and Robert E. Lee. Mrs. Ludwell's tomb in the churchyard at Jamestown bears the following epitaph:

      "Under this Stone lies interred The Body of Mrs Hannah Ludwell, relict of The Hon'ble Col. Philip Ludwell Esqr., By whom she has left one son and two daughters. After a most exemplary Life spent in Cheerful innocence and Constant Exercise of Piety, Charity and Hospitality, she Patiently Submitted to Death on the 4th day of April 1731, in the 52d year of her age." . . .

      [5] Henry.

      (3) Family History: Virginia Genealogies #1, pre-1600 to 1900s, Genealogies of Virginia Families III, Fl-Ha, Harrison of James River, p. 698 [database online,], © The Generations Network, March 3, 2008:


      Benjamin Harrison, Sr. [the second], of "Wakefield" was one of the Charter trustees of William and Mary College 1692-3, and his son Nathaniel was a visitor in 1723 &c.

      In addition to Mrs. Blair and Mrs. Ludwell, Benjamin Harrison [the second], of "Wakefield," had a daughter, Elizabeth, who married Benjamin Edwards of Surry County and died before her father. Her epitaph states that she died at the age of seventeen, She left one child, Benjamin Edwards. In an order, 1722, William Edwards give [sic] directions as to ??100 left her son Benjamin by the son's grandfather, Col. Benj. Harrison. In one of Governor Nicholson's letters he states that William Edwards married a daughter of "Col. Harrison."
    Person ID I16076  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2019 

    Father Benjamin HARRISON, I,   b. Abt Dec 1594, Possibly St. Giles, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1643 and 1649, Probably "Wakefield," Surry County, VA or Jamestown, James County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary (HARRISON),   d. Between 1 Mar and 29 May 1688 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Bef 20 Sep 1645 
    Family ID F7188  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hannah (HARRISON),   b. 13 Feb 1652,   d. 16 Feb 1699  (Age 47 years) 
     1. Sarah HARRISON,   b. 14 Aug 1679,   d. 5 May 1713  (Age 33 years)  [natural]
     2. Henry HARRISON,   b. Abt 1692,   d. 24 Sep 1732  (Age ~ 40 years)  [natural]
     3. Elizabeth HARRISON,   b. Abt 1685,   d. Bef 30 Jan 1713  (Age ~ 28 years)  [natural]
     4. Benjamin HARRISON, III,   b. Abt 1673,   d. 10 Apr 1710, "Berkeley," Charles City County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)  [natural]
     5. Nathaniel HARRISON,   b. 8 Apr 1677,   d. 30 Nov 1727  (Age 50 years)  [natural]
     6. Hannah HARRISON,   b. 15 Dec 1678, "Indian Fields," Southwark, Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1731  (Age 52 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2019 17:10:02 
    Family ID F7190  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart