Notes from Mary Louise Heckenkemper LeBoeuf 2008
Overview and interesting facts about the HARRISONS.
John HARRISON was born about 1470 in England is the 12th Great Grandfather of Mary Louise Heckenkemper LeBoeuf.
His son Peter (11th Great Grandfather) was born about 1520 in England and became the grandfather of Benjamin III who became the owner of “Berkeley” Plantation.
Berkeley” Plantation was the site of the First Thanksgiving in 1619, more than a year before the Mayflower set sail for Plymouth. One reason we have heard so little about the Virginia Thanksgiving is that most of the settlers at “Berkeley” Plantation were killed in Indian raids in 1622.
President John F. Kennedy acknowledged Virginia's claim in his official Thanksgiving Day Proclamation for 1963 - less than three weeks before his death. 100 years before that, President Abraham Lincoln designated a November Thursday as Thanksgiving Day.
“Berkeley” also stakes a claim as the site of the first distillation of bourbon whiskey in America, when Episcopal missionary George Thorpe produced the beverage in 1862 and declared, “A brew of corn and maize is much better than British ale.”
That same summer, “Berkeley” garnered another first when Union General Daniel A. Butterfield composed the "Taps" melody, customarily used as a "lights out" bugle call, while camped on the grounds.
One of Peter’s grandsons William Henry HARRISON became President of the United States. He was born September 2, 1773 at “Berkeley” Plantation, Charles City Co., VA and died April 4, 1841 at the White House, Washington DC. He was also known as “Tippecanoe”. William Henry is a 6th cousin 6 times removed from the writer of this genealogy. William Henry’s Grandson Benjamin HARRISON became President of the United States in 1889 and is the 8th cousin 4 times removed from the writer. We are not related in a direct line to this branch of HARRISONS.
Our direct line relationship follows with another of Peter’s sons:
Anthony of Over (10th Great Grandfather) was born in 1563 in England and came to Virginia with his wife, his son Anthony II, and his nephew Benjamin in 1630. (This Benjamin is allegedly the ancestor of Ben the Signer of the Declaration of Independence).
Anthony of Over’s son:
Anthony II (9th GGfather) was born in 1610 in England came to America with his wife and son Andrew Richard who was born in England in 1628 and died in England before 1667.
Anthony II’s son:
Andrew Richard (8th GGfather) was born about 1620 in Cripplegate, ENG and died before 1667 in London, ENG.
Andrew Richard’s son:
Andrew (7th GGfather) was born in 1648 in England. He came into two inheritances by the time he was about 24. His father died in 1667 and his uncle John died in 1669. In 1669 he married Margaret BARBER and in 1684 after Margaret’s death he married Eleanor ELLITT.
In 1672 he conveyed title to his land and all of his right to his properties over to his mother Margaret indicating that all his interests had been extinguished. Andrew is not mentioned in his mother’s will in 1675 and it seems easy to imagine that since he had left England, she would not have known if he was still alive.
By this time Andrew was in Virginia and began to buy property and settle with his family and is the subject of the history chronicled in James Edward HARRISON’s 1985 book titled “ANDREW HARRISON OF ESSEX CO., VIRGINIA”.
William (6th GGfather) was born in 1683 in Goochland, VA and died in 1742 in Virginia.
Andrew II (5th GGfather) was born in Essex Co., VA and eventually settled in Caswell Co., NC where he died in 1774. He married Mary DILLARD in 1739 when she was only 16. She died in 1747 at 24, after the birth of Thomas, her third child. Andrew then married Mary’s sister Jane DILLARD and they moved to his plantation on the Dan River in NC.
Andrew II and Mary’s son:
Thomas (4th GGfather) was born in 1747. He married Mary KENNON whose father was a Signer of the Mecklenburg, NC, Declaration of Independence (freedom from Great Britain) on May 20, 1775.
Mary died in 1781 in Caswell Co., NC and Bishop-to-be-Francis ASBURY preached the funeral sermon. The Bishop was a good friend of Mary’s brother Charles KENNON.
In 1787, six years after his wife Mary KENNON died, Andrew returned to Caroline Co., VA to wed his second wife, Mary Jane PENDLETON. She was born in 1756 in Hanover, VA and died after 1800. She was the daughter of Judge John Pendleton.
John Pendleton was a Burgess from King & Queen Co., VA, in 1795 and his second marriage was with Sarah Madison, first cousin to President James Madison. He signed many Revolutionary Treasury Notes.
Thomas and Mary KENNON had two sons that both follow in the genealogy picture.
1. Andrew (3rd GGfather) was born in 1774. He married Mildred Howell READE (3rd GGrandmother).
Andrew and Mildred READE’s daughter:
Mildred Lewis HARRISON (2nd GGmother) who was born in 1807 married Rev. Robert L. HARRISON (2nd GGfather), her first cousin, son of Capt. Thomas D. and Mildred JOHNSTON.
2. Capt. Thomas D. (3rd GGfather) who was born in 1776 married Mildred JOHNSTON. Their son:
Rev. Robert L. HARRISON (2nd GGfather) married Mildred Lewis HARRISON, (2nd GGmother) his first cousin, daughter of Andrew and Mildred Howell Reade.
NOTE: Mildred Howell READE was the 3rd Great Grandaughter of Mildred READE who was born in 1642 and married Augustine WARNER II.
1st daughter Mildred WARNER was born in 1670 and married Capt. Lawrence WASHINGTON and is the grandmother of President George WASHINGTON.
2nd daughter Elizabeth Isabella WARNER was born in 1972 and married John LEWIS II and is the 2nd Great Grandmother of Meriwether LEWIS who was born in 1774.
3rd daughter Mary WARNER was born in 1664 and married John SMITH, Jr. and is the 7th Great Grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II of England. (The writer is the 9th cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.)
Andrew and Mildred Howell READE also had a daughter Elizabeth Jane who married Dr. Samuel DABNEY and relocated to Tennessee about 1815. Elizabeth Jane died after 1850 in Clarksville, TN. The DABNEY family and Mildred READE’s family intermarried and possibly traveled together from North Carolina to Tennessee.
Samuel Dabney's mother was Jane MERIWETHER (6th great grandmother) who was born in 1757 and was the Aunt of Meriwether LEWIS who with Col. Clark made the expedition to the mouth of the Colombia River 1804/6.
Jane Meriwether’s sister Mildred married Dr. Ruben LEWIS, the brother of Meriwether LEWIS. (first cousin 6 times removed),
Robert L. & Mildred Lewis (HARRISON) HARRISON (2nd GGparents) married in 1833 and after Mildred’s father Andrew died in 1839, Robert L. & Mildred and some of their family traveled about 450 miles to Kentucky, then to Tennessee. About 1846 they traveled another 350 miles to Dallas Co., AR, settling in the woods near Princeton, AR.
Robert & Mildred’s first three children were born in North Carolina, their next four children were born in Tennessee after 1840, and their last three were born in Arkansas.
Robert L. had received some land from his Grandfather Capt. (Major) Thomas HARRISON in Caswell Co., NC and this land was handled by John J. Harley in Robert’s absence. Robert was a Preacher.
Robert L. & Mildred Lewis had a son, Rev. Edmund Robert HARRISON (GGfather) who was born in 1837. He married Amanda Camelle HARSHAW (GGmother) who was born in 1840.
Amanda’s lineage begins with the immigrant Daniel HARSHAW (4th GGfather) who was born in 1742. He settled in York Co., South Carolina.
Hugh was born in 1774 and married Mary Scott. (3rd GG Parents).
Hugh and Mary Scott’s son:
Daniel was born in 1811 and married Mary Narcissa DOWDLE (2nd GGparents).
In 1839, the immigrant Daniel’s grandson Daniel (2ndGGfather) and Mary DOWDLE left York Co., SC and traveled to Marshall Co., Mississippi with his wife’s parents Allen and Martha Mintre Cavanah DOWDLE.
They were there about thirteen years and their daughter Amanda Camelle (GGmother) was born in Holly Springs, MS in 1840.
In 1852 Amanda and her parents moved to Hickory Plains, Arkansas where Amanda and Rev. Edmund R. HARRISON (GGparents) were married in 1866.
Edmund ‘s father was a preacher before him. Edmund was licensed to preach in 1860 and remained a Methodist Episcopal Circuit Riding preacher until his death in 1883. He was a chaplain in the Confederate Services Army in 1864.
Edmund and Amanda’s son:
Daniel (Bopo) Harshaw HARRISON (Grandfather) was born in 1867. He was a master car builder for the Santa Fe Railroad and met his wife Mary Anne WOOD (Grandmother) in Indiana when he was working there. They married in 1895.
Their children were all born in Princeton, IN except their youngest daughter Leona Cecelia who was born in 1902 in Louisville, KY.
Gertrude Ann (Mother of Mary Louise Heckenkemper LeBoeuf) was born in Princeton, IN in 1900 and said she “lived in seven states and territories by the time she was seven years old.”
The family usually traveled and resided with Daniel wherever he was assigned.
Mary Anne and the children traveled “free” on the railroad and made annual trips back to visit her mother, Amanda Camelle, and sisters in Indiana each summer. During one of their visits the summer of 1903 their one-year-old daughter Leona died and was buried in the churchyard across the street from her Grandmothers home in Jasper, Indiana.
Mary Anne and the children continued their summer trips to Indiana until Mary Anne’s death in 1914 from apoplexy in Dallas, TX. Gertrude Ann was only thirteen at that time.
Mary Anne WOOD and her first husband Robert ELDER adopted a daughter, Pearl. After Robert died, Mary Anne married Daniel HARSHAW HARRISON and he welcomed Pearl into the family. After Pearl was grown she also adopted a son Patrick who was sent to her on the Orphan Train that was bringing children from the flu epidemic in New York in 1918 to new homes in Oklahoma. Pat was born in 1916 and was only four years old when he arrived in Oklahoma to the open and loving arms of Pearl and her father and sisters and brothers.
Mary Anne WOOD was the daughter of James Patterson WOOD and Sarah Louisiana MCLAUGHLIN (GG parents).
Sarah’s Great Grandmother was Martha JENNINGS who was born in 1727 and married James Thomas ASBURY (4th GGparents).
Their daughter Elizabeth was born in 1753 and married Charles MCLAUGHLIN, Jr. (3rd GGparents).
Their son Daniel MCLAUGHLIN was born in 1779 and married Sarah NEIGHBORS (2nd GGparents).
Their daughter was Sarah Louisiana MCLAUGHLIN (GGmother).
Sarah Louisiana’s Grandmother Martha JENNINGS was apparently the ancestor associated with “The England Money.”
For many years the JENNINGS fortune (known in the family as the England Money) was a great matter of discussion among the older members of the HARRISON/WOOD family descended from Martha JENNINGS.
My Mother, Gertrude HARRISON Heckenkemper says she can remember her Aunts sitting around the table late at night when she and her Mother and brothers and sisters were visiting in Indiana, discussing the money.
All of those concerned in the lawsuit died never knowing the results. They were victims of the men calling themselves attorneys who approached the JENNINGS families along the east coast, claiming to have information linking them to the JENNINGS Fortune.
As to the JENNINGS estate, apparently all of Sir Humphrey JENNINGS' estate went to his grandson, William Of Acton, because Humphrey had disowned his sons who came to America.
On 19 June 1798, William JENNINGS (or Jennens) died at Acton Place in County Suffolk, England, aged about 97 years. William was described as a “crusty old bachelor” and a miser, but he had amassed a fortune that some called the largest of any commoner in Britain. He left no heirs, and no will. He died in 1799 leaving a large estate in iron mines and factories valued at about 40,000,000 lbs. Sterling.
Humphrey JENNINGS was blessed with a number of beautiful daughters and their father being a rich man, they married into the titled families of England. The heirs of Humphrey JENNINGS have the property today, but they bear other names than JENNINGS.
It seems that there were two parts to the estate, the huge amount still owned by William of Acton AND the part that he willed to his mother, but she predeceased him. He had never bothered to change that part of his estate.
The part that was William's was claimed by Humphrey's daughter, Elizabeth, for her infant child, and awarded to them by the courts. But then, the infant died, and Elizabeth's husband's bastard son stepped in and claimed it for himself. His name was Curzon, and with all that money, he became a powerful figure in England, eventually becoming Lord Curzon.
If you visit England, you will see statues of him all over the place. The second part of the estate was that which belonged to his mother. It was turned over to the court and from that day forward the only people who got rich were the Lawyers. They kept it going for years, may be still going on, who knows?
Some of the JENNINGS in England spent their fortunes trying to collect, and later committed suicide, broke and disillusioned. The letters received by Americans were a scam.
The JENNINGS lawsuit, which also figures in the family story (South Carolina JENNINGS in 1760s--following), is referred to in Bleak House by Charles Dickens on the first page, and throughout the novel--the family is called Jaundice (sp?) and the lawsuit is referred to as Jaundice vs. Jaundice. (Jarndyce and Jarndyce)
My Mother, Gertrude Ann Harrison, daughter of Daniel and Mary Anne, was born in 1900 and married William John Heckenkemper in 1928 in Muskogee, OK. They lived there until their three children were born. In 1933, William was transferred to Tulsa, OK with his company and William and Gertrude lived there until their deaths.
Our family is like the branches of a tree.
We may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.
Each of us will always be a part of the other.
Not all the information in this research has been proven. Where possible information has been verified with census, wills, and etc. It is hoped that these pages will provide an aid to anyone in their own research as I have been helped many times in my research.
Genealogy includes so much subject matter that one finds it necessary to make choices regarding which subjects to pursue in depth. American Migration has fascinated me from the very beginning of my genealogical research.
The earliest European settlements in the United States were concentrated on the East Coast. As the country and population have grown, people have slowly migrated towards the West Coast. In the beginning, people moved west because that was where some of the best and cheapest farmland was. At the time of the Revolutionary War, soldiers were offered free land as payment for their services. In the mid-19th century, the government offered free land to homesteaders who would live and make improvements on a piece of prairie land.
Aside from the desire for land, however, there were other reasons that led people to migrate west. Natural and economic disasters also encouraged people to move west and find a place to start over. Others just wanted to see the frontier and the open spaces.
Now, on to the whole story!
DESCENDANTS OF JOHN HARRISON 1470-1838
JOHN HARRISON (12th GGfather of the author, Mary Louise Heckenkemper, 1930) is our earliest known HARRISON ancestor. He was born about 1470 in St Andrews, Cambridgeshire, England and died there about 1538.
The written history of this family begins with the will of John HARRISON of St. Andrews, Cambridge, England recorded in 1538 in which John mentions his sons, Peter, Hugh, George, and Richard.
His four children were:
1. HUGH of London was born about 1519 and died about 1593 in Cambridgeshire and had a son Peter.
2. PETER of Cambridge was born about 1520 in Cambridgeshire and died there in 1593.
3. GEORGE of St. Andrew Holb'n, England was born about 1521 and died about 1583. He had a wife Elizabeth and a daughter Elizabeth.
4. RICHARD was born about 1523.
(By the 15th or 16th centuries there were HARRISONS settled all over England, especially to the south. It is not unlikely that John, while a descendant of the original HARRISONS of Durham and, was closely related to the Standins and Lancaster HARRISONS who had earlier drifted south.)
PETER HARRISON, (11th GGfather) son of John of Cambridgeshire, England was born about 1520 in Cambridgeshire and died in 1593 in Cambridgeshire, England.
PETER b. About 1520 DESCENDANTS
Peter’s children were:
1. RICHARD PETER was born about 1555 in Cambridgeshire and died about 1593 in Virginia. In 1583 he married Margaret PILKINGTON. He was the 4th great-grandfather of President William Henry HARRISON and the 6th great-grandfather of President Benjamin HARRISON.
MORE INFORMATION ON RICHARD PETER’S DESCENDANTS PRESIDENT WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON AND PRESIDENT BENJAMIN HARRISON CAN BE FOUND ON PAGES 12 - 17
2. PETER OF SAVESAY was born about 1557 in Cambridgeshire.
3. NORTH was born about 1559 in Cambridgeshire
4. WILLIAM was born about 1562 in Cambridgeshire and died about 1620 in England.
5. ANTHONY OF OVER was born about 1563 in Over, Cambridge, ENGLAND and died in 1650 in VA.
ANTHONY OF OVER, (10th GGfather), son of Peter, was born in 1563 in Over, Cambridge, England, and died in 1650 in New Kent Co., Virginia. Anthony was probably a lawyer. He came to Virginia with his son Anthony and his nephew Benjamin in 1630. His brother Richard Peter died in 1593 in Virginia and possibly came to America with them.
Anthony’s children were:
1. ANTHONY II was born in 1610 in Over, Cambridge, ENG and died in 1660 in Virginia.
2. PETER was born about 1612 in Over, Cambridge, ENG and married Margaret HARRISON.
3. ELLEN was born about 1614 in Over, Cambridge, ENG and married David LINDSEY.
4. JOHN was born about 1620 in Over, Cambridge, ENG
ANTHONY II, (9th GGfather), son of Anthony of Over, was born in 1610 in Over, Cambridge, England and died in 1660 in Virginia. Anthony II along with his wife and son Andrew Richard, immigrated with his father Anthony to Northumberland Co., VA along with his cousin Benjamin (allegedly the ancestor of Ben the Signer of the Declaration of Independence) by 1630 accompanied or induced to come through the efforts of Samuel Bonnam.
Anthony II’s children were:
1. ANDREW RICHARD was born in 1628 in Cripplegate, ENGLAND and died before September 13, 1667 in London, ENGLAND.
2. GEORGE was born about 1630 in Westmoreland Co., VA and left a will in 1713 in Westmoreland Co., VA. He married Anne RUST, daughter of Samuel, who made a will in 1717. They had four children, James, Thomas, George and Peter.
3. ANDREW was born about 1632 in Northumberland Co. VA and died in 1686 in VA. He married Thomasina RAINES.
4. JAMES was born about 1634 in Essex Co. Rappahannock, VA and died there in 1712. James married George Mott's widow Elizabeth PRIGG-MOTT, and daughter of John and Jane PRIGG, after her husband George MOTT died in 1674.
ANDREW RICHARD b. About 1610 IS THE SON WE WILL FOLLOW
ANDREW RICHARD, (8th great grandfather), son of Anthony II, was born in 1628 in Cripplegate, England. He died before September 16, 1667 in London, ENG. He married Margaret BARBER of St. Giles, Cripplegate, London on August 28, 1636 in Cripplegate, England. She was born about 1628 in St. Giles, Cripplegate and died March 8, 1675 in London, England. Andrew had patented lands by July 6, 1664. There is no record of his presumed military experience although Freemen of his time had a militia obligation. He was a tripeman. Andrew also seemed to have been equipped for service as either a pikeman who is a soldier armed with a pike, or a dragoon who is a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed calvalrymen.
Margaret was left a life estate in several properties by the will of Andrew Richard. Her will proved at London on March 8, 1676 left all of her property and belongings to her brothers and sister and their children. This is fundamental evidence that Andrew, her only living child, immigrated to Virginia and was never heard from.
In 1674 the poet John Milton was buried beneath the chancel, inside the church of St. Giles. Subject to payment of considerable fees for such privilege, a custom of burying the dead under the pews of the church had been introduced by 1665. The parish register of St. Giles Cripplegate gives the burial places of Margaret HARRISON and Andrew HARRISON as within the walls of the church.
Margaret HARRISON affixed to her will a male seal (seals from that time had gender) presumably one that had belonged to her late husband, Andrew Richard. This seal appears to be identical to those arms confirmed in 1616 to Sir John HARRISON of London.
Andrew Richard and Margaret’s children were:
1. ANDREW was born December 30, 1648 in Cripplegate, ENG (London) and died April 20, 1718 in St Mary’s Parish, Essex Co., VA. On April 23, 1669, he married (1) Elizabeth PALMER who was born in 1651 in
St. Clement Danes, ENG. In 1684 after Elizabeth’s death, he married (2) Eleanor Long ELLITT, daughter of Samuel ELLITT and Elizabeth of New Kent, VA.
2. JOHN was born May 6, 1651 in Cripplegate, ENGLAND and died in 1669 in England possibly of Plague.
Andrew’s history is chronicled in James Edward HARRISON’s 1985 book titled “ANDREW HARRISON OF ESSEX CO., VIRGINIA” By James Edward Harrison, 1985.
Some of the following information is taken from this book.
ANDREW, (7th GGrandfather), son of Andrew Richard and Margaret BARBER, was born December 30, 1648 and Christened Jan 7, 1648, in St. Giles Cripplegate, London, Middlesex Co., ENG. He died April 20, 1718 in St. Mary's Parish, Essex Co., VA. On April 22, 1669 he (1) married Elizabeth PALMER in St. Clement Danes, ENG. She was born in 1651 in St. Clement Danes, ENG. In 1684, after Elizabeth’s death, he married Eleanor Long ELLITT in Virginia. She was the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth ELLITT of New Kent, VA. She was born in 1642 in New Kent, VA and died after 1692 in Virginia.
INFORMATION ON CRIPPLEGATE CAN BE FOUND ON PAGE 45.
Andrew’s ancestry is well documented with circumstantial evidence of neighbors and friends in Virginia and Cripplegate, ENG, concluding that Andrew who died 1718 in Essex Co., VA was in fact the son of Andrew HARRISON (a tripe man) and Margaret BARBER of Cripplegate. (A tripeman is one who processes or sells tripe, the muscular lining of beef stomach.)
One month after Andrew was born Charles I went to his death on the headsman’s block.
Andrew’s childhood was in the years of Cromwell’s Commonwealth and when he was eleven the English monarchy was restored.
In August 1662, eight months after being apprenticed to John Driver, a shoemaker of Old Street in Cripplegate parish, he was admitted to Merchant Taylors School in London.
By June 1665 he was no longer listed as a student. 1665 was a time of plague and it is speculated that his parents may have taken young Andrew out of school and the family may have fled London. His father died in 1667.
In April 1669 Andrew’s uncle John, also a tripe seller, wrote a will naming Andrew as principal beneficiary and sole executor. On October 3, 1671, Andrew gave power-of-attorney to a John Hinde to settle Andrew’s interest in land that his mother and father had purchased in 1664. Hinde conveyed title to the land over to Andrew’s mother Margaret HARRISON, a widow, on May 17, 1672. Andrew was about 24 and had come into two inheritances, first from his father and second from his uncle.
Andrew conveyed to his mother Margaret, a widow, all of his right to his properties at Old Windsor, Twickenham, and Egham. These properties were devised to Margaret’s “sister” Dorothy and her nephew, Robert BARBER indicating the Andrew’s interest had been extinguished.
In an agreement the same year Andrew quit-claimed to his Mother Margaret, widow, his interest in property described as one messuage (dwelling house with adjacent buildings and land), one cottage, three barns, two stables, three gardens, two cartilages, three orchards, ten and nine acres of land, two acres of meadow and one acre of woodland. Stated consideration for the conveyance was 60 pounds sterling, an amount that would have been enough to take Andrew and his family to America, if that was what he had in mind.
In 1672 an attorney acting in Andrew’s behalf, surrendered five acres of meadow or pasture called leBraches, and one-half acre of meadow in Longe Meade, both in the manor of Egham, property that had been acquired in 1664 by his father Andrew Richard of London, and his wife Margaret, to his mother Margaret.
Andrew is not mentioned in his mother’s will in 1675. It seems easy to imagine she was disappointed after he made his financial agreements with her and left the country and she could not have known whether or not he was still alive.
Andrew made his first appearance in Rappahannock County, Virginia, as a headright for Cadwallader JONES.
(In 1618, the headright system was introduced as a means to solve the labor shortage. Colonists already residing in Virginia were granted two headrights, meaning two tracts of 50 acres each, or a total of 100 acres of land. Wealthy individuals could accumulate headrights by paying for the passage of poor individuals. Most of the workers who entered Virginia under this arrangement came as indentured servants - people who paid for their transportation by pledging to perform five to seven years of labor for the landowner).
In April 1684, the Rappahannock Court recognized a headright claim by JONES for the transportation of 24 men from England. Included in the list were Andrew HARRISON and John BATTAILE.
While this 1684 claim is the first record of either man in Virginia, it should be noted that both were freemen, with no headright.
Headrights were given to settlers coming to Virginia from England or Europe, on occasion a headright was given to men already in Virginia, especially for onerous or hazardous duty such as Fort duty on an advanced frontier, etc.
The connection between Andrew and John BATTAILE as headrights to Cadwallader JONES has been established. Joseph BATTAILE, Under-Sheriff for the south side of the Rappahannock, had married Catherine TALIAFERRO, who had been a ward of Cadwallader JONES following her father’s death.
In 1708 Andrew was appointed guardian for Elizabeth, the daughter of John BATTAILE, deceased, and two years later she married Andrew’s son Andrew, Jr.
A lawsuit some years later revealed that Andrew had leased land in Virginia in 1683, and other records show that he served as a juryman shortly after this claim on him as a headright.
After coming to the Rappahannock Valley, he settled on Golden Vale Creek in an area that, by the time of his death, became St Mary’s Parish of Essex County, VA. Golden Vale Creek was named by the earliest settlers, and still carries the name. It flows into the southern side of the Rappahannock River about two miles below Port Royal. Port Royal is located 51 miles south of Washington D.C. Andrew had patents on Golden Vale Creek, St. Mary's Parish, Essex Co. VA as early as 1684. The town was established in 1744 and was one of the principal shipping points on the Rappahannock River in colonial times.
In 1686 he purchased 130 acres of land on Golden Vale Creek for 3,000 pounds of “good sound Oreinco Tobbaco in Caske” and cancellation of a debt for an additional 20,000 pounds of tobacco. This tobacco that was cultivated and exported to England by John Rolfe, husband of Pocahontas, can be credited with making Jamestown the first permanent English colony in the New World bringing the settlement from wretched failure to giddying success
These 130 acres were conveyed to his son Andrew, Jr. in 1710 reserving to Andrew and his wife a life estate in use of the land. The inventory of his estate describes the house on Golden Lane that was home to his son, Andrew, Jr. who was 23 years old, and the items of personal property that were appraised September 16,1667 at a value of 189 pounds 17 shillings and one pence. In 1710, at the same time that Andrew gave 130 acres to Andrew, Jr., he gave his son William 270 acres near the head of Golden Vale Creek. In 1727, this land was subsumed into the newly formed Caroline County.
Andrew served as constable for Essex County for a number of years beginning in 1699.
In 1704, he and Richard LONG and Samuel ELLIOT received a land grant of 813 acres in the Golden Vale for the purpose of bringing headrights from England. Subsequently they received patents for nearly 2,000 acres.
He supposedly was the brother of Judge James HARRISON of Old Rappahannock Co. In 1704 he was granted land southwest of Golden Vale on the Mattaponi River in King and Queen Co. VA. He died testate in 1718 at the age of 70 and named four children in his will.
Will of Andrew HARRISON of St. Mary's Parish in the County of Essex, being grown very aged and at this time very sick and weak in body, dated April 28, 1718.
My beloved wife Eleanor my executrix.
My son Andrew and my son in law Gabriel LONG as Trustees and overseers to assist her in the performing of this my last will.
I have already settled three of my children, viz. William, Andrew and Elizabeth on lands on which they now live, viz. to my son William 270 acres and to my son Andrew 200 acres and to my daughteer Elizabeth 200 acres, all which my lands they are now possessed with and which I now give to them.
I have put into the hands of Wm. Stannard bills and exchange for L 65.12.6 sterling for him to buy me two Negroes; my loveing wife have the use of these negroes or that money during her natural life or widowhood and after her decease to my daughter Margarett LONG and her three youngest sons viz. Richd. And Gabril and William, to be equally divided as soon as they shall all come to the age of twenty years if my wife dye before.
If my wife should dye before either of them comes to that age, my son in law Gabriel LONG have the use of them till they come to that age, to give them schooling, that is to learn them to read and write and cost account.
To my daughter Margaret LONG after the decease of my loveing wife one feather bed and bolster and pillows and rugg and blankets.
Unto my son William after the decease of my loveing wife one feather bed and bedstead and all the furniture belonging to it.
Unto my son William a chest and all my wearing cloaths and the cloth which I have to make me cloaths on and my riding sadle after my decease.
Unto my son William after the decease of my loveing wife one ovell table.
Unto my son William after the decease of my loveing wife one large iron pott.
Unto my son Andrew after the decease of my loveing wife one feather bed and bolster and pillows and all manner of furniture belonging to itt, and one large iron pott.
The rest of my personall and moveable estate after the death of my loveing wife to be equally divided among my four children viz. William and Andrew and Elizabeth and Margarett.
Andrew (A H) HARRISON
Wit: Jno ELLITTs, William (X) DAVISON, Mary (X) HARRISON 18 November, 1718.
John ELLITTs declared on oath that the said Andrew HARRISON was in perfect sence and memory at the time of making his will.
16 December, 1718. Further proved by Wm. Davison and Mary Davison
17 March 1718/19 Further proved by Elianor HARRISON, executrix.
Page 55: original pages 102-103 Andrew HARRISON late of Parish of St. Mary. Inventory.
June 2, 1719. Made pursuant to order of 17 March 1718/19. Total valuation L113.13.10 1/2, including two Negroes valued at L58 and one white servant at L10. Signed Elianr.(X) HARRISON. Jno. Ray, John Catlett Jun,Robt. Kay
In the year after Andrew’s death, a firm of merchants from Bristol, ENG sued Andrew HARRISON, Jr. The suit stretched through six courts with continuances and motions. Andrew ended up losing and having to pay damages of 300 pounds of tobacco, plus lost time for his witnesses and some court costs.
INFORMATION ON HISTORY OF ESSEX CO., VA CAN BE FUND ON PAGE 45.
Children of Andrew and Elizabeth PALMER:
1. JOHN HARRISON was born April 7, 1670 in St. Clement Danes, ENG and died about 1750.
2. LAWRENCE HARRISON was born in 1672 in Essex Co., VA and died before January 14, 1772 in Bedford Co., PA. He, in right of (assigned by) George Washington, located 267 acres in Augusta Co., VA, embracing Fort Necessity, in 1767. He married Catherine MARMADUKE in 1748.
In 1684, after Elizabeth’s death, Andrew married (2) Eleanor LONG ELLITT, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth ELLITT, in St Clement Danes, ENG. She was born in 1642 in New Kent, VA and died in 1658.
Children of Andrew and Eleanor ELLITT are:
1. WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON, SR. was born in 1683 in Goochland, VA and died in April 1742 in Essex Co., VA. He married Hannah CHRISTOPHER in 1713 in Goochland Co., VA.
2. ANDREW HARRISON, JR. was born in 1687 in Essex Co., VA and died in 1753 in Essex Co., VA. He married Elizabeth Battle BATTAILE in 1710 Essex Co., VA, St. Mary's Parish. She was the daughter of Capt. John BATTAILE, Captain of Rangers against the Indians in 1692 and a Member of The House Of Burgesses, Essex Co. VA the same year. Andrew and Elizabeth had six children: Battaile, Charles, Lawrence, John, Elizabeth and Margaret.
3. ELIZABETH HARRISON was born in 1690 in Essex Co., VA and married Thomas MUNDAY. He was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth MUNDAY. Elizabeth and Thomas had three children: John, Harrison, and Edmund.
4. MARGARET HARRISON was born in 1692 in Essex Co., VA and married Gabriel LONG in 1719. He was the son of Jeremiah and Frances LONG. They had six children: Henry, Edward, Philip, Richard, Gabriel and William LONG.
Family tradition says that Andrew was of the James River family of HARRISON’s, Cousin of General William Henry HARRISON, who was President of the United States, and of the Berkley and Brandon HARRISONS.
TIMELINE OF ANDREW HARRISON AND ELEANOR ELLITT:
1642 Eleanor ELLITT was born in New Kent, VA
1648 Andrew born in St Giles Cripplegate, London, ENG
1651 Elizabeth PALMER born in St Clement Danes, ENG
1669 Andrew married Elizabeth PALMER in St Clement Danes, ENG
1670 John, son of Andrew and Elizabeth PALMER was born.
1672 Lawrence, son of Andrew and Elizabeth PALMER was born
1683 William Henry, son of Andrew and Eleanor, was born in Essex Co., VA
1684 Andrew married Eleanor LONG ELLITT in Essex Co., VA
1684 Andrew was on list by Cadwalder Jones claiming headright
1685 Andrew had patents on Golden Vale Creek, St Mary’s Parish, Essex Co., VA
1687 Andrew, son of Andrew and Eleanor, was born in 1667 in Essex Co., VA
1690 Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew and Eleanor, was born in Essex Co., VA
1692 Margaret, daughter of Andrew and Eleanor, was born in Essex Co., VA
1718 Andrew died in St Mary’s Parish, Essex Co., VA
WILLIAM HENRY, (6th GGfather), son of Andrew and Eleanor LONG ELLITT, was born in 1683 in Goochland Co., VA and died in April 1742 in Essex Co., VA. He married Hannah CHRISTOPHER in 1713 in Goochland Co., VA. She was the daughter of Robert CHRISTOPHER and Ann EATON and was born June 27, 1688 in Northumberland Co., VA and died in 1770 in Essex Co., VA.
In 1710, at the same time that Andrew settled 130 acres on his son Andrew, Jr., he gave his son William 270 acres near the head of Golden Vale Creek on the south side of the Rappahannock River. This land was in St Mary’s Parish, where he lived, prior to July 14, 1738. In 1727, this land was subsumed into the newly formed Caroline County, VA.
William was executor of his father, Andrew’s will, and lived in Essex Co., VA up to the time of the erection of Caroline Co., in 1727 and then until his death in April 1742.
Children of William and Hannah CHRISTOPHER are:
1. ANDREW HARRISON, II was born in 1715 in Essex Co, VA and died in 1774 in Orange Co, NC.
2. ELIZABETH HARRISON was born about 1716 in Essex Co., VA and died in Granville Co., NC. She married John TERRILL.
3. CHARLES HARRISON was born in 1717 in Orange Co., VA and died August 1762 in Albemarle Co., VA. He married (1) Sarah on January 20, 1762 and (2) Frances Hughland EUBANK daughter of Richard EUBANK.
4. THOMAS HARRISON was born about 1718 and died in 1747 in Caroline Co., VA. He married Elizabeth (Margaret) HARDISON about 1745
5. BENJAMIN HARRISON was born about 1720 in VA and died October 11, 1778 in Pittsylvania Co., VA. He married (1) Sarah BULLARD and (2) Priscila CARY.
6. JOHN HARRISON was born about 1730 in Essex Co., VA and died in 1761 in Halifax Co., VA. He married Sarah DANIEL. Their eight children were: James, Andrew, Richard, John, Mary, Martha, Isham and Elizabeth.
7. JAMES HARRISON was born about 1732 in Virginia and died in 1809 in Pitts. Co., VA. He married Mary BUCKLEY.
8. MARGARET HARRISON was born about 1735 in Virginia and died in 1747. She married Thomas HARRISON who was unrelated and born about 1730 and died in 1746.
9. WILLIAM HARRISON was born about 1736 in Prince Edward Co., Essex, VA and died March 18, 1765 in King William Co., VA. He married (1) Jane and (2) Mary GRAY. He had a son Christopher who married Mary SHELTON.
TIMELINE OF WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON 1683 AND HANNAH CHRISTOPHER
1683 William born in Goochland Co., VA
1688 Hannah CHRISTOPHER born in Northumberland Co., VA
1710 John son of William and Hannah, was born
1712 William, son of William and Hannah, was born
1711 Elizabeth, daughter of William and Hannah, was born – died in Granville Co., NC
1713 William married Hannah CHRISTOPHER in Goochland Co., VA
1715 Andrew, son of William and Hannah was born in Essex Co., VA
1717 Charles, son of William and Hannah, was born in Orange Co., VA
1770 Hannah CHRISTOPHER died in Essex Co., VA
1718 Thomas, son of William and Hannah, was born
1720 Benjamin, son of William and Hannah, was born in VA
1732 James, son of William and Hannah, was born
1735 Margaret, daughter of William and Hannah, was born
1738 William was succeeded as Constable of Caroline County.
1742 William Henry, son of Andrew and Eleanor died in Caroline Co., VA
1747 Thomas, son of William and Hannah died in Caroline Co., VA
1747 Margaret, daughter of William and Hannah, died
1748 Benjamin, son of William and Hannah, died in Pittsylvania Co., VA
1761 John, son of William and Hannah, died in Halifax Co., VA
1762 Charles, son of William and Hannah, died in Albemarle Co., VA
1765 William, son of William and Hannah, died in King William Co., VA
1770 Hannah CHRISTOPHER died in Essex Co., VA
1774 Andrew, son of William and Hannah, died in Orange Co., NC
1809 James, son of William and Hannah, died in Pittsylvania Co., VA
ANDREW II, (5th GGfather), son of William Henry and Hannah CHRISTOPHER, was born in 1715 in Essex Co., VA and died in 1774 in Orange Co., NC that became Caswell Co., NC where his will is recorded.
In 1739 he married Mary DILLARD who was born in 1722 in Virginia and who died in 1749.
Mary and her sister Jane (Andrew’s second wife) were both orphans. Mary was only 16 when she married Andrew in 1739 and she died two years after her third child Thomas was born. Andrew was only about 24 when he and Mary married.
In 1751 he married Mary’s sister Jane DILLARD who was born about 1733.
Andrew II lived in Goochland Co. in 1757 and moved from Goochland Co., VA in 1761, and bought lands in Pittsylvania and Halifax counties in Virginia and Caswell Co., NC. Andrew set up a mill on Moon’s Creek by the time he died in 1774.
His will was probated in Hillsboro, N.C. and was dated in the "Providence of Orange" (the Caswell county of today).
Andrew’s will is recorded in the Clerk's office in Hillsboro, Orange County. Andrew owned large quantities of land in Caswell (then Orange).
My dwelling house sits on land that was a drill ground for Major Thomas HARRISON's battalion in the Revolution. He camped for one winter on his own land. I have talked with old men who saw all this with their own eyes.
WILL OF ANDREW HARRISON II
In the Name of God, Amen. I Andrew HARRISON of Orange County in the Province of North Carolina, being very sick and weak of body tho; of perfect mind and memory, but calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life, do make and ordain this my last will and testament and do dispose of all my estate in manner and form following, (to-wit) Imprimis, I lend unto my well beloved wife Jane HARRISON the use of the plantation whereon I now live, likewise the land and plantation on Moore’s Creek, likewise a water grist mill on said Creek all which she is to have during her natural life or widow-hood without any intercession, likewise I lend unto her one Negro woman names Sarah and one named Isabella and one Negro man named George and their future progeny during her life or widow-hood and after her death the said Negroes to be equally divided among six of my children, to-wit Milley Moore, Elizabeth HARRISON, Ninian HARRISON, Molly HARRISON, Jane HARRISON and Andrew HARRISON.
Item, I give unto my son Ninian HARRISON who is at present of unsound mind the tract of land on Moore’s Creek, the place always intended for him after the death of his mother provided he should recover his proper senses it is to extend down the said Creek to a marked line which is the dividing line between him and his youngest brother Andrew HARRISON, I also give him Negro boy named Bob and one Negro girl named Phillis and their future progeny.
I also give him one horse, one mare, two cows and calves and also two sows and pigs to him and his heirs forever PROVIDED he should recover his proper sensed so as to be capable of managing the same but if he should never come to his proper senses I desire that the above mentioned Negroes and stock after his death be equally divided amongst my children and it is my desire that my son Ninian HARRISON and his estate be under the management of William HARRISON and Thomas HARRISON, his two brothers, who is to act as Trustees for him until he shall be capable to act for himself.
Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Milley MOORE and her heirs forever one Negro woman named Juday and one Negro girl named Pegg. Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth HARRISON and her heirs forever one Negro girl named Rose and one named Esther.
Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Molly HARRISON and her heirs forever one Negro girl named Chloe and one named Frank.
Item I bequeath unto my daughter Jane HARRISON and her heirs forever one Negro girl named Rachel and one named Nancy.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Andrew HARRISON and his heirs forever the tract of land whereon I now dwell and water grist mill on Moore’s Creek together with all the vacant land that I have improved or intended to be improved adjoining the mill after the death of his mother or widow-hood, the land and plantation on Moore’s Creek which is intended for my son Ninian if he should die without heir to descent to my son Andrew and if he should die without lawful heir to be sold and the money arising to be equally divided amongst all my children.
I also give and bequeath unto my son Andrew HARRISON one Negro boy named Little Bob and one Negro girl named Aggy, Likewise on silver cann with my name engraved thereon and if my son Andrew should die without a lawful heir, I desire that all his part of my estate above mentioned should be sold and the money arising be equally divided amongst the rest of my children.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann WARE and her heirs forever on Negro girl named Isabella,
Item, It is my will and desire that all the rest of my estate not herein mentioned or disposed of may, after my just debts shall be paid, be equally divided amongst all six of my children, Mille MOORE, Elizabeth HARRISON, Molly HARRISON, Nancy HARRISON, and Andrew HARRISON to them and their heirs forever after their mother’s death.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my two sons, William HARRISON and Thomas HARRISON, Five Shillings each as they have already received an equal part of my estate.
Item, If any of my children should die without heir it is my desire that the estate of my child or children shall be equally divided amongst all the rest of my children.
Item, I give unto Margaret Bayn one cow and calf, I also appoint William HARRISON, Thomas HARRISON, John WARE and William MOORE my whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament herein revoking and denying and disannulling all other wills by me formerly made, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, this 16th day of May, 1773.
N.B. The words “to descend to my son Andrew HARRISON if he should die without lawful heirs” interlined before signed.
ANDREW HARRISON, (Seal)
Signed, sealed published and declared to be the last Will and testament of the testator in presence of ROBT. PAYNE, and CHAS. BURTON.
The will of the old Andrew is recorded in the Clerk's office in Hillsboro, Orange County.
Andrew owned large quantities of land in Caswell (then Orange). His dwelling house sits on land that was a drill ground for Major Thomas HARRISON's battalion in the Revolution. He camped for one winter on his own land. Some old men saw all this with their own eyes.
Children of ANDREW II AND MARY DILLARD:
1. ANN HARRISON was born in 1738 in Goochland Co., VA and died about 1812. She married John Ware on May 25, 1756. John was born December 12, 1735 and is the son of James WARE and Agnes PACE of Gloucester Co., VA.
2. COL. WILLIAM HARRISON was born November 29, 1739 in Goochland Co., VA, and died January 25, 1811 in Pittsylvania Co., VA. He married Anna PAYNE in Goochland Co. December 4, 1763. She was the daughter of Josias PAYNE and his wife, Anna FLEMING.
Anna was the sister of Col. John PAYNE, who was the father of Dolly MADISON.
William was one of the trustees appointed to lay out the town of Danville, VA in 1793. He was Captain of the Goochland Militia in 1763 and moved to Pittsylvania County in 1811. He and his wife were witnesses to the will of Colonel Charles LEWIS of "The Byrd".
His family bible records 12 children. Some died young, but those who lived to manhood and womanhood were:
Susanna, was born in 1766 and married her cousin William WARE;
Robert married his cousin, the daughter of Robert PAYNE;
Jane married Henry (Hendley) STONE;
Mary Dillard married Edmund RICHARDSON, son of James RICHARDSON; and
Anna PAYNE married Col. Daniel COLEMAN of Goochland and Pittsylvania; Joshua PAYNE, George WOODSON, and Charles PAYNE who married Susannah Burton PRICE.
William Porter HARRISON and his youngest brother Nathaniel HARRISON, went south.
With Robert PAYNE (his wife's brother), and others, he was appointed to have the channel of Roanoke and Dan Rivers cleared.
3. MAJ. THOMAS D. HARRISON was born in 1747 in Goochland Co., VA and died January 20, 1799 in Caswell Co., NC. Thomas married twice (1) Mary KENNON on February 22, 1768 and (2) Jane PENDLETON in 1787.
In 1751, after Mary’s death about 1749, Andrew married her sister Jane DILLARD who was born about 1733 and died in 1809 in Caswell Co., NC. When Andrew died Jane occupied his plantation on the Dan River near Providence, NC.
CHILDREN OF ANDREW II AND JANE DILLARD ARE:
1. MILDRED (MILLEY) HARRISON was born in 1757 in Goochland Co., VA and died in 1787. She married Col. William MOORE. He was born in 1751 in Orange Co., NC and died in Smith Co., TN.
2. ELIZABETH (BETTY/BETSY) HARRISON was born in 1758 and died before March 3, 1807. She married (1) John TEAGUE in 1773. He was born about 1757. She married (2) William KENNON in 1798. He was born about 1757 in Granville Co., NC and died in 1807.
3. MARY (MOLLY) HARRISON was born in 1760 in Goochland Co., VA. She was married at 16 in 1776 to Capt. Robert BURTON who died in 1789. In 1790 she married Joseph DAMERON in Caswell Co., NC. Both Molly and Joseph had died by 1818.
4. NINIAN HARRISON, Andrew III’s fourth son, was born in 1760 and died unmarried in 1800 at age 40 in Goochland Co., VA. He was 13 when his father Andrew died. He was Non-Compos Mentis. In 1790 he had 500 acres of land.
5. JANE (MISS JANE) HARRISON was born in 1763 and died in 1799 in Caswell Co., NC. She was not married as of 1798.
6. ANDREW HARRISON, III was born March 24, 1764 and married (1) Nancy WILLIAMSON April 31, 1785, daughter of Stephen WILLIAMSON and his wife Elisabeth EDMUNDS of Goochland and Caswell counties. They had seven children. In 1803 he married (2) Mary RICHARDSON, daughter of James RICHARDSON, of Pittsylvania County. Andrew and Mary also had seven children.
There are two deeds on record in Goochland made to Andrew III bearing the same date, 1754. At his Majesties Honorable Council of Jan 25, 1773 at Newbern amongst numerous others a claim of Andrew HARRISON for 6 pounds 15 shillings for expenses occurred "in the late expedition against the insurgents" was by committee moved to be disallowed.
He was a signer of Petition for formation of Caswell county, In Federal Census of 1790, he, Thomas and Ninian were listed among Caswell taxpayers.
TIMELINE OF ANDREW AND MARY AND JANE DILLARD:
1715 Andrew born in Essex Co., VA
1722 Mary DILLARD born in VA
1733 Jane DILLARD (Mary’s sister) born
1738 Daughter Ann, daughter of Andrew and Mary DILLARD, was born
1739 Andrew married Mary DILLARD
1739 Col William, son of Andrew and Mary DILLARD, was born in Goochland Co., VA
1747 Major Thomas, son of Andrew and Mary DILLARD, was born in 1747 in Goochland Co., VA
1749 Mary DILLARD died
1750 Andrew married (2) Jane DILLARD
1757 Daughter Mildred (Milley), daughter of Andrew and Jane, was born in Goochland Co., VA
1757 Daughter Elizabeth (Betty/Betsy), daughter of Andrew and Jane was born
1760 Daughter Mary (Molly), daughter of Andrew and Jane, was born
1760 Ninian, son of Andrew and Jane, was born
1761 Andrew moved from Goochland Co, VA and bought lands in Pittsylvania and Halifax counties in VA and in Caswell Co, NC
1763 Daughter Jane (Miss Jane), daughter of Andrew and Jane, was born
1765 Andrew, III, son of Andrew and Jane, was born
1774 Andrew died in Orange Co., NC
1809 Jane DILLARD died in Caswell Co., NC
MAJ. THOMAS D. b. 1747 IS THE CHILD WE WILL FOLLOW.
MAJOR THOMAS D. HARRISON, (4th GGfather), son of Andrew and Mary DILLARD, was born in 1747 in Goochland Co., VA and died January 20, 1799 in Caswell Co., NC.
On February 22, 1768 in St. James Northern, Goochland, VA, he married Mary KENNON, the daughter of Col. William KENNON, Jr., deceased, (Signer of Mecklenberg, NC Declaration of Independence, May 20, 1775 – Freedom from Great Britian) and Elizabeth LEWIS, daughter of Col. Charles LEWIS of “The Byrd”, Goochland County, at St. James Northam, Goochland Co., NC. Mary was born in 1750 in Caswell Co., NC and died March 3, 1781 in Caswell Co., NC.
Mary KENNON, wife of Major Thomas D. HARRISON was a descendant of John KENNON who was born about 1625 in Conjuror’s Neck, Henrico Co., VA.
INFORMATION ON THE ANCESTORS OF MARY KENNON
Caswell County was formed in 1777 from Orange. The act was to become effective June 1, 1777. It was named in honor of Richard CASWELL, member of the first Continental Congress, first governor of North Carolina after the Declaration of Independence, and Major General in the Revolutionary army. It is in the north central section of the State and is bounded by Person, Orange Alamance and Rockingham counties, and by the state of Virginia.
Orange County was formed in 1752 from Johnston, Bladen and Granville. It was named in honor of the infant William V of Orange. It is in the central section of the State and is bounded by Durham, Chatham, Alamance, Caswell and Person counties. The first courthouse was authorized to be established in 1754 where the western path crossed the Eno River on the land of James Watson.
Land - Crown to Thomas HARRISON 1-30-1773 - 400 acres in Dobbs on the S. Side of Bear Creek, joining HARRISON’s own land & Arthur WILLIAMSON'S, also 300 acres same as above.
10-26-1767 - 96 acres in Dobbs on N side of Nuce River - being a Pocoson at the head of Short Swamp making out of Bair Creek called Parkers Pocoson formerly Manns Pocoson.
Major Thomas land - 3000 acres (left to him by his father).
In March 1781, Bishop-to-be Francis ASBURY recorded in his Journal, a recognized standard work, that
“ I preached the funeral sermon of the wife of Mr. T. HARRISON (Mary KENNON) of Dan River. Although there was snow on the ground, many people attended to whom I spoke on 1 Cor. Sv, 57, 58.
Mr. HARRISON appears to be deeply distressed at the loss of his wife; I hope it will terminate in a concern for his own soul. He offered me a large reward for my services – money is not my object.
I have great affection for Charles KENNON (Mary’s brother), one of the most sensible Calvinists in these parts he acknowledges he found his religion among the Methodists his system he borrowed from Witsius. Fletcher has cured him of the disease of disputation (controversy) he reads him with delight even while he is prostrating the pillars against which he leans.”
Both Thomas and his brother William are named in the Journal and the Inventory of Thomas’ estate lists several books and tracts that ASBURY carried with him for distribution to pioneer Methodists.
Thomas ASBURY ,the older half brother of Bishop Francis ASBURY, was born in Stafford Co, England about 1730 to Susan Whipple and Joseph ASBURY. At age 15, he ran away to sea, shipping as a cabin boy. He was disowned by his father as he was an avowed infidel. He came to America.
In Virginia he met and endeavored to marry Susannah JENNINGS (parents unknown). Her father objected and took his daughter aboard a ship that was sailing for England. That night, Thomas ASBURY came aboard the vessel, shot the guard and took Susannah JENNINGS into the forest. There they lived for several months with the Indians.
Susannah JENNINGS father abandoned her and sailed for England. Thomas ASBURY brought her into a Virginia settlement and married her on December 12th, 1751, according to the rites of the Church of England, where he begat sons and daughters. Children's names are: John Monroe, David Lawrence, Dorsey, William Wesley, Elizabeth, Mary, Michael Alexander, James Sidney and Malissa.
Bishop Francis ASBURY was a transplanted Englishman who became the first circuit-riding preacher. When he traveled rural America in the 1700s, he was known as “The Prophet of the LONG Road,” logging over 275,000 miles during his 50-year career. The circuit riders were explorers who knew the roads, towns, villages and trails throughout the large expanse of the west. After the American frontier was tamed, the days of the traveling preacher ended as well.
Major Thomas D. HARRISON’s Grandson Rev. Robert L. HARRISON (2nd GGfather) was also a minister and his Great-Grandson Rev. Edmund Robert HARRISON (GGfather) was a circuit-riding Methodist/Episcopal minister in Arkansas during the 1860’s and until his death in 1883.
In 1817, HARRISON’s Chapel, formerly the “Camp Ground”, was located on Thomas’ far-reaching holdings, well known in the neighborhood as “Antioch”. Antioch was located in the area of Blanche and Milton on the Dan River.
Thomas was a Major in the of North Carolina troops in the Revolutionary War and was one of the first Justices of Caswell Co. appointed by Richard CASWELL. He enlisted in the Army on December 21, 1776 for three years and was known to encamp his men on his own land during the winter.
Thomas was militia Major in the new County of Caswell. In 1787, six years after his wife Mary KENNON died, he returned to Caroline Co., VA to wed his second wife, Mary Jane PENDLETON. She was born in 1756 in Hanover, VA and died after 1800. She was the daughter of Judge John PENDLETON and Phoebe JAMES.
John PENDLETON was a Burgess from King & Queen Co., Virginia, in 1795 and his second marriage was with Sarah MADISON, first cousin to President James MADISON. He signed many Revolutionary Treasury Notes.
Major Thomas HARRISON EVENTS LEADING TO HIS APPOINTMENT AS MAJOR
After the Mecklenburg convention May 20th, 1775 declaring the colony free and independent there was assembled at Hillsboro, Aug 21st of the same year the first meeting of the people in representative capacity at which was begun the military organization of the colony. This work was completed at the Fourth Provincial Council held at Halifax April 4th, 1776.
At this last Council among "Field Officers Appointed for Each County" were the following for Orange Northern Regiment -- Col. Jas. Saunders, Lt. Col. Wm. Moore, 1st Major John Paine and 2nd Major Thos. HARRISON. "This finished the military organization of the state. The names of these men are preserved, that they be known, as men who in times that tried men's souls stood up for their country and our liberties" --
Roll of Lt. Col. Harney's Company, 2nd N. C. Battalion, Commanded by Col. Jno. Patton, White Plains, (N. Y.) Sept 9th 1778. Thos. HARRISON enlisted Dec. 21st, 1776 for 3 years.
"A List of Cloathing Received by the twelve months recruits from Caswell County”, 24th of May 1782. Thos. HARRISON is listed as one of those in charge of distribution.
At the Newbern Session of the General Assembly opened April 8, 1777, an act was passed May 9, 1777 establishing the County of Caswell from the Northern part of Orange to be effective on June 1st. Incorporated in the act was the appointment of Jas. Saunders, Wm. Moore, Thos. HARRISON, Jno. Paine and Jno. Atkinson as Commissioners to select the courthouse location, let the public buildings and start the machinery of government.
After the sundry workings of a legislative body it was passed Dec. 14, and "An Act for Extending the Navigation of Roanoke River" Thos. HARRISON was appointed one of the Trustees "for extending the navigation of Roanoke river from the falls upward."
[Note--It is of interest that his brother, William, performed a similar service for Virginia.]
November 1, 1790 at the General Assembly held at Fayetteville, NC, Mr. Robert PAYNE, Senator from Caswell Co., presented a bill that was passed establishing a town and tobacco inspection station on the Dan River on the lands of Thomas HARRISON.
In 1791 Thomas’ brother William wrote a letter commenting on Thomas’s safe arrival at Antioch, near Blanch, by brig from Eatons Ferry in Warren County.
Thomas had gone by boat up the Roanoke and Dan Rivers lending credence to the belief that the river might be more easily cleared for regular transportation than most people anticipated. They were looking for an inexpensive and easy way of getting produce to market and even hoped that the way might be open to Norfolk, VA.
Notice in Thomas’ will of his desire that his slaves be freed. It sounds like the laws did not permit it. If a slave risked his life to save his master, he was often freed by “manumission”.
Will of Major Thomas HARRISON
In the Name of God, Amen.
I Thomas HARRISON of the County of Caswell being of perfect health and memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory world do make and appoint this my last Will and Testament. In Manner and form following Viz. State of North Carolina.
It is my wish and desire if the laws of North Carolina should ever take place for freeing of slaves, for them to be set at liberty, I give my lands to be equally divided among my sons and for each son to have his lot of land where he has built and improved and for the said lands to be laid off in lot and divided as to quality and quantity, William, Andrew, Thomas, Charles, John and Robert.
I give one hundred and fifty pounds to each of my daughters Elizabeth, Jean, Mildred, Patsy and for the money to be raised out of the state, and it is my wish and desire for my estate not to be divided during my present wifes life or widowhood. Then for an equal division to take place among my heirs with respect to my perishable property it is my wish and desire for my estate to educate my children.
I do appoint my son William and Andrew HARRISON and my wife executors of my estate giving under my hand and seal this Twentieth day of January one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine.
Thomas HARRISON (Seal) Witness in my presence of us: Andrew HARRISON Senr, Jean HARRISON (Jurat), Jane HARRISON (Jurat) NC, Caswell County.
Caswell County Court Records January 1806
Page 227 shows a division of Negroes of Thomas HARRISON to 8 legatees: Samuel Smith, John HARRISON, Charles HARRISON, Robert HARRISON, William HARRISON, Andrew HARRISON, Jane HARRISON and Thomas HARRISON.
Page 176 shows division of 11 negroes of estate of Jane HARRISON to: John WARE, William HARRISON, heirs of Thomas HARRISON, heirs of Mildred MOORE, heirs of Elizabeth KENNON, Joseph Dameron, and Andrew HARRISON, SR.
Page 178 shows estate of Jane HARRISON in account with Andrew HARRISON, Adm.
Marriage Bond of Thomas HARRISON
Know all Men by these Presents, that We Thomas HARRISON and William HARRISON, -- of the County of Goochland are held and firmly Bound unto our Sovereign Lord King George the Third, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith etc. in the sum of Fifty Pounds current Money of Virginia; Which payment to be made to our said Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs & successors. We bind ourselves and every of us, our and every of Our Heirs, Executors & Administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these Presents. Witness our hands and seals this 22nd day of February 1768.
The Condition of the above Obligation is such, that if there is not any Lawful Cause to obstruct a Marriage intended to be had and solemnized between the above Bound Thomas HARRISON and Mary Kannon, Daughter of Elizabeth Kannon, of the above mentioned County, & Orphan of William Kannon deceased, Then the above Obligation to be void, Else in full Force.
Signed, Sealed & Delivered In Presence of THOMAS HARRISON WILLIAM HARRISON
A copy from the original filed as a record in the office of the clerk of the Circuit Court of the County of Goochland, in the State of Virginia.
Teste; P. G. Miller, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Goochland Co., Virginia. November 13, 1913
CHILDREN OF MAJ. THOMAS HARRISON AND MARY KENNON:
1. WILLIAM KENNON HARRISON was born in 1769 and died in 1816, Caswell Co., NC. He married MARY HOWELL READE on March 28, 1798, in Pitts. Co, VA. She was born about 1769 and died about 1837.
2. CHARLES KENNON HARRISON was born in 1770 in Caswell Co., NC and died in 1847. He married (1) SARAH BARBOUR who was born about 1770. He married (2) MARTHA STOKES on May 05, 1818 in Caswell Co., NC. She was born about 1770.
3. ELIZABETH HARRISON was born February 28, 1772 in Caswell Co., NC and died December 17, 1838. She married Samuel SMITH Jr. on May 15, 1792 in Caswell Co., NC
4. ANDREW HARRISON was born in 1774 in Caswell Co., NC and died November 13,1839 in Caswell Co., NC. He married Mildred Howell READE on January 5, 1796 in Charlotte Co., VA.
5. JEAN HARRISON was born about 1775 in Caswell Co., NC.
6. THOMAS D. CAPT. JR. HARRISON was born in 1776 in Caswell Co. and died January 03, 1832, in Caswell Co., NC. He married (1) Jennie BURTON on March 8, 1798 and (2) Mildred JOHNSTON on November 4, 1807 in Caswell Co., NC
7. PATSY HARRISON was born about 1777 in Caswell Co., NC.
8. JOHN HARRISON was born about 1778 in Caswell Co., NC.
9. ROBERT HARRISON was born about 1780 in Caswell Co., NC.
10. MILDRED HARRISON was born about 1781 in Caswell Co., NC.
CHILDREN OF MAJ. THOMAS HARRISON AND MARY PENDLETON ARE:
1. JOHN PENDLETON HARRISON was born in 1787 in Caswell Co., NC and died in 1849. He married Margaret Catherine SATTERWHITE from Granville Co., NC
2. ROBERT PENDLETON HARRISON was born in 1789 in Caswell Co., NC.
3. JANE HARRISON was born in 1792. She married Smith DOWNEY who was born about 1792, Granville Co., NC.
4. MILDRED HARRISON was born in 1794 in Caswell Co., NC.
5. PATSY HARRISON was born in 1796 in Caswell Co., NC.
TIMELINE OF MAJOR THOMAS D. AND MARY KENNON AND MARY JANE PENDLETON
1747 Maj. Thomas born in Goochland Co., VA
1750 Mary KENNON born in Caswell Co., NC
1756 Mary Jane PENDLETON born in Hanover, VA.
1768 Maj. Thomas married Mary KENNON in Goochland Co., VA
1769 William KENNON, son of Thomas and Mary KENNON, was born
1770 Charles KENNON, son of Thomas and Mary KENNON, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1772 Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Mary KENNON, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1774 Andrew, son of Thomas and Mary KENNON, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1776 Jean, son of Thomas and Mary KENNON, was born
1776 Caswell County formed from Orange County
1776 Maj. Thomas was militia in new county of Caswell
1776 Capt. Thomas D. Jr. was born in Caswell Co., NC
1777 Patsy, daughter of Thomas and Mary KENNON, was born
1774 Maj. Thomas was Major of North Carolina Troops during the Rev. Was.
1778 John, son of Thomas and Mary KENNON, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1780 Robert, son of Thomas and Mary KENNON, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1781 Mildred, daughter of Thomas and Mary KENNON, was born
1781 Mary KENNON died in Caswell Co., NC
1782 Bishop ASBURY preached the funeral sermon of Mary KENNON HARRISON at “Antioch”
1787 Maj. Thomas returned to Caroline Co., VA
1787 Thomas married Mary Jane PENDLETON in Caroline Co., VA
1788 John PENDLETON, son of Thomas and Mary Jane born in Caswell Co., NC
1789 Robert PENDLETON, son of Thomas and Mary Jane born in Caswell Co., NC
1792 Jane, daughter of Thomas and Mary Jane born in Caswell Co., NC
1794 Mildred, daughter of Thomas and Mary Jane born in Caswell Co., NC
1796 Patsy, daughter of Thomas and Mary Jane born in Caswell Co., NC
1799 Maj. Thomas died in Caswell Co., NC
1816 William KENNON, son of Thomas and Mary KENNON, died in Caswell Co., NC
1832 Capt Thomas D. died in Caswell Co., NC
1849 Son John PENDLETON died
ANDREW & CAPT. THOMAS -------- TWO SONS OF MAJOR THOMAS AND MARY KENNON ARE THE CHILDREN WE WILL FOLLOW.
Andrew married his 2nd cousin Mildred Howell READETheir daughter Mildred Lewis HARRISON married her 1st cousin Robert L. HARRISON
Capt. Thomas married Mildred JOHNSTON
Their son Robert L. HARRISON married his 1st cousin Mildred Lewis HARRISON
ANDREW (3rd GGfather), son of Major Thomas D. and Mary KENNON, was born in 1774 in Caswell Co., NC, and died November 13, 1839 in Caswell Co., NC. He married his second cousin, Mildred Howell READE on January 5, 1796 in Charlotte Co., VA. She was born about 1781 in Bushy Forest, Charlotte Co., VA and died January 10, 1843 in Caswell Co., NC. She was the daughter of Col. Jonathan READE and Jane L. LEWIS.
After Andrew and Mildred’s death, some of their family traveled to Kentucky, then to Tennessee, and after 1852 to Dallas Co., AR, settling in the woods near Princeton, AR.
It is not known how many of the family traveled to Kentucky and Tennessee, but while living in Tennessee, on the way to Arkansas, one of their daughters, Elizabeth Jane died after 1850 in Clarksville, TN.
Children of ANDREW and MILDRED READE:
1. ELIZABETH JANE HARRISON was born in 1797, in Caswell Co., NC and died after 1850, in Montgomery Co., TN. In Caswell Co., NC on April 8, 1817,Elizabeth married Dr. Samuel DABNEY, Jr. who had moved to Montgomery Co., TN after the death from consumption of his first wife Mildred HOPSON, the daughter of John & Mary (Polly) Hopson of Caswell Co., NC.
In a letter dated 23 November 1815, Samuel DABNEY wrote to his mother Jane DABNEY, telling of his plans to move his slaves to Tennessee along with himself and family.
In a letter dated 26 December 1820, Frank DABNEY at Meriville, Kentucky, to his brother Charles DABNEY, he described the land and its yield--tobacco and corn; and the fortunate situation of their brother Samuel DABNEY seven miles from Clarksville.
Dr. Samuel, Jr. was born Mar 1, 1778 and died in 1833. He was one of the five practicing physicians in Caswell Co., NC in 1810. He was the son of Samuel DABNEY, Sr. who was born in 1747 and died in December of 1812 in Louisa Co., VA and his wife Jane MERIWETHER who was born April 8, 1757 and died about 1811.
Jane was the daughter of Thomas MERIWETHER (1714-1756) and Elizabeth THORNTON (and was the Aunt of Meriwether LEWIS who with Col. Clark made the expedition to the mouth of the Colombia River 1804/6.). Jane’s sister Mildred married Dr. Ruben LEWIS, the brother of Meriwether LEWIS.
The DABNEY and READE families intermarried and possibly traveled to Tennessee together.
Andrew and Mildred’s daughters, Mildred Lewis, Pauline Cabel, and their sons Jonathan Reade, Edmund Reade, and William Kelso all died in Dallas Co., AR.
There is a letter dated 26 September 1817, from Frank DABNEY at Richmond to his sister-in-law Mildred DABNEY, telling of the opening of the New Eagle Hotel, and family, and personal matters.
Writing in a letter dated 3 January 1819, John T. DABNEY at Port Royal, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, described to his sister, Miss Mildred M. DABNEY at Louisa Co., Virginia, his stay with Dr. Hopson, the people in Tennessee, their easy manners, and other details.
Elizabeth Jane was listed as head of household in 1840 Montgomery County Census. After Samuel, Jr. died, Jane raised her children assisted by her brother-in-law, Col. Charles DABNEY in Cub Creek, VA.
The 1850 census shows Mrs. Elizabeth DABNEY (b. ca 1798 NC) and her sister Almysa HARRISON, age 25 (b. ca 1825 NC) living in the household along with William Land DABNEY (b. ca 1810 VA).
Elizabeth and Samuel, Jr. had seven children:
1. Lucy DABNEY, married a SMITH of Clarksville, TN:
2. Margaret DABNEY married Calvin F. VANCE of Memphis;
3. Edmund DABNEY was a Physician in Ringold, TN;
4. Louisa DABNEY married her cousin, George Francis DABNEY of DeSoto, MS;
5. Samuel Hopson DABNEY, MD married Cordilia Lewis MINOR who was born May 4, 1810 and died March 12, 1843. She was the daughter of Dabney MINOR Jr. (1799-1822).
6. Mary Ann DABNEY married Thomas COTTRELL. (They had Mary Grover COTTRELL who married Dr. James W. GRAY as his first wife.)
7. Cordilia Lewis DABNEY was born in 1838 in TN and died July 31, 1895. She married Dr. James W. GRAY (1822-1907) as his second wife.
2. NANCY (ANN) L. HARRISON was born in 1799, in Caswell Co., NC. She married Alexander BOYD, JR., December 09, 1819, in Caswell Co., NC. He was born about 1798.
3. JONATHAN REID HARRISON was born 1802, in Caswell Co., NC and died after 1870, in Carthage, Dallas Co., AR.
4. MILDRED LEWIS HARRISON was born 1807, in Caswell Co., NC and died in 1867 in Dallas Co., AR. On February 19. 1833, she married her first cousin Robert L. HARRISON, son of Capt. Thomas and Mildred Johnston HARRISON. Robert was born about 1803.
5. MARGARET H. HARRISON was born about 1810 in Caswell Co., NC.
6. ANN ELIZA HARRISON was born in 1810 in Caswell Co., NC and died after 1850 in TN or AR. She married Smith YOUNG on May 10, 1824 in Caswell Co., NC. He was born about 1800.
7. JUDGE EDMOND REID HARRISON was born August 13, 1813 in Caswell Co., NC and died August 13, 1865 in Cleveland Co., AR. On April 13, 1844, he married Eliza Jane HARRISON, daughter of a first cousin Charles Payne HARRISON and Susannah Burton PRICE, in Dallas Co. Eliza Jane was born January 06, 1824 in Caswell Co., NC and died December 14, 1901 in Cleveland Co., AR. She was buried in Fordyce, AR.
8. WILLIAM KELSO HARRISON was born July 14, 1817 in Caswell Co., NC and died about 1895 in Carthage, Dallas Co., AR. He married (1) Martha Jane VERSER on October 21, 1839 in Caswell Co. NC. She was born April-22-1820 in Charlotte Co., VA and died after. 1855 in Dallas Co., AR.
He married (2) Mary Ann ARCHER on April 7, 1858 in Dallas Co., AR. She was born about 1837. He married (3) Frances Hill CARTER on May 16, 1860 in Dallas Co., AR. She was born in 1844 and died in 1912.
9. ALMYRA R HARRISON was born in 1825 in Caswell Co., NC and died after 1870 in Montgomery Co., TN.
10. PAULINE CABLER HARRISON was born in 1827 in Caswell Co., NC and died in September 1863 in Dallas Co, AR. She married her second cousin, Maj. James HARRISON, son of Charles Payne HARRISON and Susannah Burton PRICE. He was born September 20, 1829 in Caswell Co., NC and died June 23, 1889 in Dallas Co., AR.
11. THOMAS R. HARRISON was born about 1829, in Caswell Co., NC
Andrew’s 2nd wife, Mildred Howell READE (his 2nd Cousin) was the daughter of Col. Jonathan READE and Jane L. LEWIS. Jonathan’s parents were Clement READE and Mary HILL, daughter of Isaac HILL and Margaret JENNINGS. Jane LEWIS’ parents were John and Jane LEWIS.
Mildred’s ancestors on her Mother, Jane L. LEWIS side numbered from the Sir Edmund LEWIS line, about 1520 and on her Father’s side to the Andrew READE line from 1536.
Andrew and Mildred Howell READE’s
daughter Mildred Lewis HARRISON married her 1st cousin Robert L. HARRISON
Capt. Thomas and Mildred JOHNSTON’s
son Robert L. HARRISON married his 1st cousin Mildred Lewis HARRISON
(See next page)
Andrew and Mildred’s Daughter Mildred LEWIS HARRISON was born in 1807 in Caswell Co., NC and died in Dallas Co., AR in 1867. She was married on February 19, 1833 to her first cousin, Reverend Robert L. HARRISON, (the son of her uncle Capt. Thomas D. HARRISON, Jr. and Mildred JOHNSTON).
TIMELINE OF ANDREW AND MILDRED HOWELL READE
1774 Andrew, son of Major Thomas D. and Mary KENNON HARRISON, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1779 Mildred, daughter of Jonathan READE and Jane LEWIS, was born in Pittslvania Co., VA
1796 Andrew married Mildred Howell READE in Charlotte City, VA
1797 Elizabeth Jane daughter of Andrew HARRISON and Mildred READE, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1799 Nancy Ann L., daughter of Andrew HARRISON and Mildred READE, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1802 Jonathan READE, son of Andrew HARRISON and Mildred READE, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1806 Thomas R, son of Andrew HARRISON and Mildred READE, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1807 Mildred LEWIS, daughter of Andrew HARRISON and Mildred READE, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1810 Margaret H., daughter of Andrew HARRISON and Mildred READE, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1810 Ann Eliza, daughter of Andrew HARRISON and Mildred READE, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1811 Judge Edmund READE, son of Andrew HARRISON and Mildred READE, was born in Caswell Co., NC.
1817 William KELSO READE, son of Andrew HARRISON and Mildred READE, was born in Caswell Co., NC.
1843 Mildred, daughter of Jonathan READE and Jane LEWIS died in Caswell Co., NC
1850 Nancy Ann, daughter of Andrew and Mildred READE, married Alexander BOYD, Jr. in Caswell Co., NC
1850 Elizabeth Jane, daughter of Andrew HARRISON and Mildred READE died in Montgomery Co., TN
1867 Mildred LEWIS, daughter of Andrew HARRISON and Mildred READE died in Dallas Co., AR
1870 Jonathan READE, son of Andrew HARRISON and Mildred READE died in Dallas Co., AR
1895 William KELSO READE, son of Andrew HARRISON and Mildred READE died in Dallas Co., AR
CAPT. THOMAS D. HARRISON, Jr., (3rdGGfather), son of Major Thomas D. HARRISON and Mary KENNON, was born in 1776 and died January 3, 1832 in Caswell Co., NC. On March 9, 1798 Capt. Thomas D. married Jane (Jenny) BURTON in Caswell Co., NC. She was born about 1782 and died about 1802. She was the daughter of Noel and Lacy BURTON. Andrew HARRISON (son of Thomas) was the Bondsmen/Witness to the marriage to Jenny BURTON.
Child of Capt. Thomas D. and Jenny BURTON:
1. MARY (POLLIE) KENNON HARRISON was born in 1802 and died in 1840. She married Abisha SLADE who was the inventor of “bright leaf” tobacco in North Carolina. They had two daughters Mary Jane who died in Caswell Co., NC May 31, 1869 and married a Wadlington in 1828 and Sallie Elisabeth who was born in 1839 and died in 1910.
In 1777 Thomas, Jr. was appointed to a commission to find and lay off the place where the courthouse, prison, and stocks would be built and to see that they were built in Caswell Co.
Gov. Caswell commissioned him as a justice of Caswell County. In 1791 a public warehouse to inspect tobacco and flour was established on his land on the Dan River. In January 1791 it was ordered that David Shelton, Charles Boulton, and Michael Montgomery be appointed inspectors of tobacco at the Public Ware House as established by State General Assembly on lands of Thomas HARRISON on Dan River by the name of “Antioch”.
This activity seems to have ceased in 1793 when inspector David Shelton resigned. He owned land between Providence and Blanch, and it is thought that the warehouse was located in the vicinity of Blanch.
After Jenny’s death in 1802, Thomas married (2) Mildred JOHNSTON (3rd GGrandmother) on November 4, 1807. John P. HARRISON was the Bondsmen/Witness. Mildred was born February 28, 1788 and died after 1840. She was the daughter of Dr. Lancelot JOHNSTON and Zerurah RICE. Lancelot JOHNSTON was a surgeon to both Continental troops and to the militia in the Revolutionary War. He was born in Ireland in 1748 and educated at the University of Dublin. He returned to his home on Lick Fork of Moon’s Creek near Locust Hill and practiced medicine until he died on September 19, 1832 at the age of 84.
INFORMATION ON Dr. LANCELOT JOHNSTON IS ON PAGE 124-127
Children of CAPT. THOMAS D., Jr. AND MILDRED JOHNSTON
1. ROBERT L. HARRISON was born in 1810 in North Carolina and died in 1871 in Dallas Co., AR. He was married on February 19, 1833 his first cousin, Mildred LEWIS HARRISON, the daughter of his uncle Andrew HARRISON and Mildred Howell READE. (see page 18).
2. WILLIAM JOHNSTON HARRISON was born June 18, 1811 in Caswell Co., NC and died December 30, 1884 in Sparta, LA. He married (1) Sarah An ELLINGTON on November 11, 1830 and (2) Temperance YARBROUGH on June 6, 1833.
3. ARAMINTA HARRISON was born in 1815 in Caswell Co., NC and married Joseph JETER October 17, 1837 in Caswell Co., NC.
4. ANN SMITH HARRISON was born on March 4, 1819 in Caswell Co., NC and died February 5, 1887 and is buried in Springville Cemetery, Coushatta, LA. On November 15, 1837, she married William T. SHARP who was born November 12, 1804 in Mecklenburg, VA and died June 2, 1854 and is buried at Old Homer Cemetery, Homer, Claiborne Parish, LA.
5. ELIZABETH J. HARRISON was born in 1820 in Caswell Co., NC and married George W. THOMPSON February 20, 1836 in Fayette Co., TN.
6. LOUISA GARDINER HARRISON was born April 12, 1827 in Caswell Co., NC and died about 1900. She married James Monroe THOMASSON on October 5, 1843 in Caswell Co., NC.
7. JACK HARRISON was born in about 1830 and went west and was never heard from.
TIMELINE OF CAPT. THOMAS D., Jr., MILDRED JOHNSTON and JENNY BURTON:
1776 Capt. Thomas D., son of Major Thomas D. and Mary KENNON, was born
1777 Thomas was appointed to a commission to find and lay off the place where the courthouse, prison, and stocks would be built and to see that they were built in Caswell Co. He was a Major in the NC unit in the Revolutionary War.
1782 Jenny BURTON was born in Caswell Co., NC
1788 Mildred JOHNSTON was born
1791 A public warehouse to inspect tobacco and flour was established on his land on the Dan River
1798 Capt. Thomas D. married Jane (Jenny) BURTON
1807 Capt. Thomas D, son of Major Thomas D. and Mary KENNON, married Mildred JOHNSTON.
1809 Jack HARRISON, son of Capt. Thomas D., Jr. and Mildred JOHNSTON, was born
1810 Robert L. HARRISON, son of Capt. Thomas D., Jr. and Mildred JOHNSTON, was born in NC
1811 William JOHNSTON HARRISON, son of Capt. Thomas D., Jr. and Mildred JOHNSTON, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1815 Arminta HARRISON daughter of Capt. Thomas D., Jr. and Mildred JOHNSTON, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1819 Ann Smith HARRISON daughter of Capt. Thomas D., Jr. and Mildred JOHNSTON, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1820 Elizabeth J. HARRISON daughter of Capt. Thomas D., Jr. and Mildred JOHNSTON, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1827 Louisa Gardiner HARRISON daughter of Capt. Thomas D., Jr. and Mildred JOHNSTON, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1832 Capt. Thomas D., son of Major Thomas D. and Mary KENNON, died in Caswell Co., NC
REV. ROBERT L. HARRISON, (2nd GGrandfather) Son of Capt. Thomas HARRISON & Mildred JOHNSTON and his wife, (first cousin) MILDRED LEWIS HARRISON (2nd GGrandmother), Daughter of Andrew HARRISON and Mildred Howell READE ARE THE CHILDREN WE WILL FOLLOW
REV. ROBERT L. HARRISON, (2nd GGfather), son of Capt. Thomas HARRISON and Mildred JOHNSTON, was born in 1810 in North Carolina and died in 1871 in Dallas Co., AR. He was married his 1st cousin Mildred LEWIS HARRISON (2nd GGmother) on February 19, 1833 to in Caswell Co., NC. She was the daughter of his uncle Andrew HARRISON and Mildred Howell READE.
Mildred LEWIS HARRISON was born in 1807 in Caswell Co., NC and died in Dallas Co., AR in 1867. Their first three children, Thomas Coke was born in 1834, Elizabeth Virginia in 1836, and Edmund Robert in 1837, were all born in Caswell Co., NC
In 1837 Robert was allowed $25 for rebuilding and repairing the bridge near Andrew HARRISON’S property where the old bridge stood. In 1838 he was allowed $47 for building a new bridge across Moon’s Creek at Walton’s Mill.
After their son Edmund was born in Caswell County in 1837 and by the time he was about a year old, they moved to Montgomery Co., TN. Montgomery County is located in Middle Tennessee, one of the state's three "grand divisions." It was formed in 1796 from portions of Tennessee County and is bordered by the counties of Stewart, Houston, Dickson, Cheatham and Robertson on three sides and by Kentucky on the fourth side. Clarksville, the county seat, is a peninsula at the confluence of the Cumberland and Red Rivers. There were a number of friends and families that made this move with them.
Montgomery Co., TN
The distance from NC to TN is about 450 miles as the crow flies.
Montgomery Co., TN
Robert and Mildred and family lived in Tennessee about ten years where their next four children were born. Jane E. was born in 1840, Robert in 1842, William A. in 1844, and Mildred M. in 1846. After their daughter Mildred was born in 1846 they moved to Dallas Co., AR.
Relatives that died in Montgomery Co., TN:
· Elizabeth Warner READE was born January 16, 1788 in Bushy Forest, Charlotte, VA and died in Montgomery Co., TN. , She was the daughter of Col. Jonathan READE and Jane LEWIS.
· Elizabeth Jane HARRISON, daughter of Andrew and Mildred Reade HARRISON was born in 1797 in Caswell Co., NC and died after 1850 in Clarksville, TN.
· Jane E. HARRISON, daughter of Robert L. and Mildred Lewis HARRISON was born in 1840 in Montgomery Co., TN and died there.
Robert and Mildred then traveled to Dallas Co., AR, arriving there in 1847 and settled in a wooded area outside of Princeton, AR.
The distance from TN to AR is about 347 miles as the crow flies
Their last three children, George in 1847, Sophonia in 1850 and LeRoy in 1852 were born in Dallas Co., AR.
Settlers came rapidly to the new county and the first census count taken in 1850 listed the population at 6,877and by 1860 it was up to 8,283. Then came the War Between the States and the area was hit hard. Princeton, where Robert and Mildred had set up their homestead, was a crossroads for the military from Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Camden and Arkadelphia. Gen Steele’s northern army retreated through Princeton early in 1864 with Gen. Kirby Smith’s Confederates under Gen. Marmaduke and Gen. Fagan in pursuit.
DALLAS COUNTY ARKANSAS 1895
Dallas County was first conceived in 1844, carved from the gently rolling timberlands of Clark and Bradley Counties, and named in honor of U. S. Vice President George M. Dallas. On January 1, 1845, the county was established, and this newly created town, Princeton, was declared the governmental center. Princeton had become a bustling small town prior to the Civil War; however, the arrival of the railroad in the southeastern corner of the county contributed to the rise of Fordyce and Princeton’s loss of county seat status.
By 1871 when Robert died the population of Dallas County had dropped to an all time low of only 5,707, according to the 1870 census.
1850 Census Smith Township, Dallas Co., Arkansas
Robert HARRISON 45 Farmer NC
Mildred L. 43 NC
Thomas C. 15 NC
Elizabeth V. 14 NC
Edmund 12 NC
Paulina 12 NC
Jane E. 10 Tenn
Robert 8 Tenn
William A. 6 Tenn
Mildred M. 4 Tenn
George 3 Ark.
Daniel Verser (probably brother of first cousin WILLIAM KELSO HARRISON’s wife Martha Verser)
1860 Census – Chester Township,Dallas Co., AR, lists above names+10 years and adds two more children and shows the entire household as born in NC:
Cleveland Co., Arkansas History
Dorsey County was formed by act of Legislature, April 1 7, 1873. In 188 its name was changed to Cleveland County, in honor of S. Grover CLEVELAND, then President of the United States, it not being deemed desirable by a majority of the citizens to longer perpetrate the memory of Stephen W. (" Star Route ") in the name of the county. The first meeting of the Dorsey County Board of Supervisors was held at Pleasant Ridge, on May 17, 1873, and organized with Jo Gray as president. Little was accomplished beyond the division of the county into townships. At the next meeting, at Toledo, June 2, the residence of N. V. Barnett was declared a temporary courthouse. The county seat was located at Toledo, July 7, and the county purchased the residence in that village of M. T. McGehee, for a courthouse, and remodeled it for such use. It was a large well-arranged frame building, the ground floor providing accommodations for the several county officials, while the courtroom was above. This building was burned about 2 A. M. March 9, 1889, and the fire is believed to have been of incendiary origin.
A few of the early settlers in what is now Cleveland County west of the Saline River were Edmund HARRISON and M. J. HARRISON, the HARRISON family, Judge J. M. MERIWETHER, and Nicholas TALIAFERRO and family.
Robert had received some land from his Grandfather Capt. (Major) Thomas HARRISON in Caswell Co., NC and this land was handled by John J. Harley in Robert’s absence.
CHILDREN OF ROBERT L. AND MILDRED L. HARRISON ARE:
1. THOMAS COKE HARRISON was born on May 01, 1834 in Caswell Co., NC and died December 09, 1862 in AR.
2. ELIZABETH VIRGINIA HARRISON was born in 1836 in Caswell Co., NC. She married. William S. WALTERS who was born in 1856 in Yatobusha Co., MS. William, the youngest son of Joel Hawson WALTERS and Martha P DODSON. He and his first wife Cora PERKINS, and their four children, live on one of the best-cultivated farms in the county. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, in which he was a deacon and a Royal Arch. After William WALTER's first wife died he married Virginia HARRISON, daughter of Robert L. & Mildred L. HARRISON.
3. EDMUND ROBERT REV. HARRISON was born December 04, 1837 in Caswell Co., NC and died on July 31, 1883 in Oppelo, AR at the age of 46.
4. JANE E. HARRISON was born in 1840 in Montgomery Co., TN and died in Montgomery Co., TN
5. ROBERT HARRISON was born in 1842 in Montgomery Co., TN and died August 11, 1893 in Dallas Co., AR. He is buried in Macedonia Cemetery near Lea Family Cemetery where his wife Priscilla is buried. He married Priscilla Frances LEA on October 24, 1869 in Dallas Co., AR. She was born in 1842 in Caswell Co., NC, and is buried in Lea Family Cemetery, Dallas, Co. AR. Her family moved from Caswell Co., NC November 28, 1847 to Dallas Co., AR.
The Lea Cemetery (White) is located: 150 feet West of County Road about 3 miles south of HWY 8 about ½ mile south of Macedonia Methodist Church and Cemetery. Was known as Hollywood Community, Dallas Co., AR.
6. WM. A. HARRISON was born in 1844 in Montgomery Co., TN.
7. MILDRED M. HARRISON was born in 1846 in Montgomery Co., TN.
8. GEORGE HARRISON was born in 1847 in Dallas Co., AR.
9. SOPHONIA HARRISON was born in 1850 in Dallas Co., AR
10. LEROY HARRISON was born in 1852 in Dallas Co., AR.
HARRISON Cemetery record names Cleveland Co., AR
Annie Mae Boyd
C. E. (Bud)
Edmond A., Jr.
Jessie C., Sr.
TIMELINE FOR REV. ROBERT L. and. MILDRED LEWIS HARRISON
1807 Mildred was born in Caswell Co., NC
1810 Robert was born in NC
1833 Robert L married his cousin Mildred L in Caswell Co., NC
1834 Thomas Coke, son of Robert & Mildred was born in Caswell Co., NC
1835 Elizabeth Virginia, daughter of Robert & Mildred, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1836 Rev. Edmund Robert, son of Robert & Mildred, was born in Caswell Co., NC
1840 Jane E., daughter of Robert & Mildred, was born in TN and died in Montgomery Co., TN
1841 Robert, son of Robert & Mildred, was born in Montgomery Co., TN
1844 William A., son of Robert & Mildred, was born in Montgomery Co., TN
1845 George, son of Robert & Mildred, was born in Dallas Co., AR
1847 Mildred M., daughter of Robert & Mildred, was born in Dallas Co., AR
1850 Sophonia, daughter of Robert & Mildred, was born in Dallas Co., AR
1851 LeRoy, son of Robert & Mildred, was born in Dallas Co., AR
1860 Census of Chester Township, Dallas Co., AR shows Robert and Mildred and family
1862 Thomas Coke, son of Robert & Mildred, died in Dallas Co., AR
1867 Mildred died in Dallas Co., AR
1869 Robert, son of Robert & Mildred, married Priscilla F. Lea in Dallas Co., AR
1871 Robert died in Dallas Co., AR
1883 Rev. Edmund Robert, son of Robert & Mildred, died in Oppello, AR
REV. EDMUND ROBERT b. 1837 m. AMANDA CAMELLE HARSHAW b. 1840
IS THE CHILD WE WILL FOLLOW.
REV. EDMUND ROBERT HARRISON, (GGfather), son of Robert L. and Mildred L. HARRISON, was born December 04, 1837 in Caswell Co., NC, and died July 31, 1883 in Oppelo, AR at the age of 46. Edmund moved with his family from Caswell Co., NC to Tennessee, then to Dallas Co., AR. At the age of 28 he married AMANDA CAMELLE HARSHAW on October 03, 1866 in Hickory Plains, AR. He was listed on the marriage license as from Dallas Co., AR. She was the daughter of DANIEL HARSHAW and MARY NARCISSA DOWDLE. Amanda was born October 28, 1840 in Holly Springs, Marshall Co., MS and died December 27, 1894 in Hickory Plains, AR at age 54. She had come to Hickory Plains with her family from Holly Springs, MS in 1872 when she was about 12 years old and married Edmund when she was 26.
INFORMATION ON AMANDA CAMELLE’S ANCESTORS IS ON PAGE 58.
Edmund’s father was a preacher before him. Edmund was converted in his youth in the year 1851 at the age of 14, under the ministry of Dr. A. R. Winfield. He was licensed to preach in the year 1860. At the session of the Little Rock Conference in 1861, he was admitted into the traveling connection, and traveled in the Conference till the fall of 1866, when he located. He was ordained Deacon in 1864 and Elder on October 14, 1866 in the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He remained in the local ranks thirteen years, and in 1880 was readmitted into the Little Rock Conference and transferred to the Arkansas Conference, and was appointed to the Point Remove Circuit, which he served one year. At the next Conference in 1881, he was appointed to the Oppelo Circuit, where he remained until his death in 1883. Rev. Edmund and Amanda are both buried in Hickory Plains Cemetery, Hickory Plains, Arkansas along with their son Edmund who died as a young child before 1883.
1870 Census - Plum Bayou, Jefferson, Arkansas -
1880 Census - Owen, Pulaski, Arkansas -
168 CLERICAL CREDENTIALS OF EDMUND R. HARRISON.
Know all men by these present that I George F. Pierce, one of the Bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, under the protection of Almighty God, and with a single eye to his glory, by the imposition of my hands and prayers, being appointed by the Elders present, I have this day set apart Edmund R. HARRISON for the office of an elder in the said Methodist Episcopal Church South a man who in the Judgement of the Little Rock Conference is well gratified for that work, and he is hereby recommended to all whom it may concern as a proper person to administer the sacraments and ordinances, and to feed the flock of Christ, so LONG as his spirit and practice are such as become the gospel of Christ and he continueth to hold fast to the form of sound words, according to the established doctrines of the gospel.
In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this 14th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight-hundred and sixty-six. Signed - Geo. F. Pierce
Filed for record and duly recorded January 3, 1867. J.L. Chatham, Clerk and Ex Officio, Recorder.
Rev. E. R. HARRISON to and married A.C. HARSHAW - This is to certify that Rev. E. R. HARRISON and Miss A. C. HARSHAW were joined together in the Holy estate of Matrimony by me on the 3rd day of Oct. 1866, they both being of lawful age, he being a citizen of Dallas Co., Ark & she of Prairie Co., Ark. My credentials being recorded at Brownsville, Ark. on the 9th day of February 1866. -- BORN G. Johnson MARRIEDC. Recorded October 17, 1866 - Wm.Goodman, Clerk
A DOCUMENT OF MARRIAGE - BY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE - E. R. HARRISON
#283 - John MARRIED Johnson to Nancy A. Ersterland
I E. R. HARRISON an acting and duly commissioned Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Dallas in the State of Ark. and I do hereby Certify that on the 20th day of October 1857 in the county and State aforesaid I did duly join in marriage - John MARRIED JOHNSTON of said Dallas County aged twenty on years and Nancy A. Ersterland of said County of Dallas and State of Arkansas aged Eighteen years, by and with the consent of their parents of the said Nancy A. Ersterland, and them and these decelared them Husband and Wife. Given under my hand this 21st October 1837. E. R. HARRISON J.P. Dallas County. The above Marriage Certificate was filed for Record in my office on the 21st day of November 1857 & the same duly Recorded this Dec. 1st, 1857.
FROM - HISTORY OF METHODISM IN ARKANSAS -
Edmund R. HARRISON was the son of R. L. and Mildred L. HARRISON; was born December 4, 1837, and died July 31, 1883. His father was a preacher before him He was converted in his youth in the year 1851, under the ministry of Dr. A. R. Winfield He was licensed to preach in the year 1860, and was ordained Deacon in 1864 and Elder in 1866. He was married to Miss A. C. HARSHAW at Hickory Plains, Ark., October 3, 1866. At the session of the Little Rock Conference in 1861, he was admitted into the traveling connection, and traveled in the Conference till the fall of 1866, when he located. He remained in the local ranks thirteen years, and in 1880 was readmitted into the Little Rock Conference and transferred to the Arkansas Conference, and was appointed to the Point Remove Circuit, which he served one year. At the next Conference he was appointed to the Oppello Circuit, where he remained that year - 1881 - and this Conference year till his death. He died in peace in his own home, leaving his wife and four children to mourn his departure. Brother HARRISON was a good man and desired to do good He was not demonstrative in spirit nor labor, but loved God and his cause. He was prevented from doing that amount of itinerant work which he desired to do by matters which he regarded sufficient to justify his course in reference to his itinerant life. In peace he closed his earthly course, and laying his armor by, passed into rest - into the home of the just. God bless the bereaved ones at home! -- Jerome Haralson._
1860 Census - Pigeon Roost ,Prairie, Arkansas Amanda Age 19 born in Mississippi - with parents - shown as
1870 Census - Plum Bayou, Jefferson, Arkansas – Edmond, Farmer, 32, Amanda 25 and two children -
1880 Census - Owen, Pulaski, Arkansas - Edmond, Minister, 42, Amanda 35 and four children -
1880 Arkansas Census - Vol. 11 - ED 154 - Sheet 19 - Line 28
H-625 Pulaski County Owen MCD 6-25-1880
Father Mother born born born
HARRISON, Edmond W M 42 NC NC NC
Amanda C. Wife 35 MI SC SC
Daniel S 12 AR NC MI
Mary D 7 " " "
Edmond S 5 " " "
Leroy S 2 " " "
Not shown in the 1880 census was William R. HARRISON who was born September 4, 1881.
NOTE: While researching Rev. Edmund and Amanda, I noticed the 1880 census did not list their youngest child William R. William R was an uncle I had known all my life and I knew he was the brother of my Grandfather Daniel Harshaw HARRISON. When Edmund died in 1883 his obituary listed him as leaving a wife and four children. I had known “Uncle Will” as he was called all my life and began to wonder why he wasn’t listed. I searched the Social Security Death Index, knowing that he had died in Kansas City, MO or KS and could not find him. I finally remembered he worked for the Railroad. There is no Railroad Death Index and the railroad employees are not listed on the SSDI. The SSDI only listed first names, no middle initial and William HARRISON is a pretty common name. No one in the family knew when his birthday was, but one day as I was searching the index I could mentally hear my Mother say “Uncle Will and I share the same birthday”. That did it; I began to look in the SSDI for a September 4 birthday between 1880 and 1883 and finally found him. Listed along with his name was the notation “long time railroad employee”.
Listed in the Prairie Co., AR cemetery index I find an E. R. HARRISON, which would be Rev. Edmund R. HARRISON and an E. M. HARRISON who is probably Edmund the son of Edmund and Amanda who was born in 1875, which would account for the “four” children instead of “five” that there would have been if one of them hadn’t died before Rev. Edmund died in 1883. There was no death date listed for E.M. HARRISON in the cemetery listing.
ARKANSAS CONFEDERATE AND UNION SOLDIERS BURIAL PLACES
HARRISON, EDMUND 36th U.S.C. Inf., Section 6, No 3226, USA
National Cemetery, Ft Smith, AR
According to Methodist Archives, showing pastoral appointments, when Daniel was born December 21, 1867. Edmund was appointed to Hampton, Camden District, Calhoun Co., AR. He was there from 1865 until appointed to Maumelle, Little Rock District, Pulaski Co., AR in 1879. Daniel was born in Hickory Plains/DesArc, AR so Amanda must have gone home to her parents’ home in Hickory Plains to have the baby while Edmund was on the Circuit.
In 1873, when Mary was born and 1875 when Edmund was born, he is still shown as appointed to Hampton.
In 1879, when Leroy was born, he was appointed to Maumelle, so he could have either been born in Maumelle or Hampton.
In 1881, when William R. was born, he was appointed to Oppelo Circuit, Morrilton District, so he could have been born there or Point Remove, Lewisburg District, Conway Co., AR.
Edmund and Amanda’s marriage license was recorded, October 27, 1866 at Brownsville, AR. He was appointed to Brownsville in 1861, but was appointed to Hampton in 1865 – 1879 at the time of their marriage. His death notice in “Arkansas Conference 1883” publication says he and Amanda were married at Hickory Plains, Prairie Co., October 3, 1866.
He served as Chaplain the Confederate Services Army in 1864.
He was a Justice of the Peace in Dallas Co., AR in 1857
Arkansas Land Records show T R
Edmund R Cleveland Co Sec 32 8S 12W 40 acres 3-1-1855
Edmund Pulaski Co Sec 29 1N 13W 80 acres 6-30-1882
CLEVELAND COUNTY is situated in the southeast part of the State, in the third tier of counties from the Louisiana State line, and in the third from the Mississippi State line. Dorsey County was formed by act of Legislature, April 1 7, 1873. In 1882 its name was changed to Cleveland County, in honor of S. Grover Cleveland, then President of the United States.
It is bounded north by Dallas, Grant and Jefferson Counties; east by Lincoln and Drew Counties; south by Bradley County, and west by Calhoun and Dallas Counties. The Saline River flows in a southeasterly course through the central part of the county, and in the central and northern parts receives several small tributary streams.)
Among the early settlers in what is now Cleveland County, west of the Saline River were, EDMUND HARRISON, M. J. HARRISON, DANIEL HARRISON, WILLIAM G. HARRISON, the HARRISON family, T. M. DANSBY, and Judge J. M. MERIWETHER.
Oppelo is a small church just outside of Morrilton, AR, in Conway County where Edmund was appointed in 1881. It was on a circuit that could change from time to time as to which churches were included. It presently includes Oppelo, Adona, Houston. One minister pastored all the churchs in the circuit, and the parsonage, or home for the pastor, was in Oppelo.
Oppelo is located on a rise of land, tucked in a bend of the Arkansas River as it passes through the southern portion of Conway County. The was first settled be adventurous immigrants from the eastern US around the 1820’s when Cadron, down river, was in its salad-days (when it was at its peak).
HISTORY OFPRAIRIE CO. AND DES ARC, AR. IS ON PAGE 68.
The inscription on Amanda Camelle’s grave in Hickory Plains, AR:
“Our Mother Amanda C., wife of Rev. E. R. HARRISON,
Born Oct. 28, 1840 Died. Dec 27, 1894
Asleep in Jesus
Mother thou hast from us flown
To the regions far above
We to thee erect this stone
Concentrated by Our Love.”
HICKORY PLAINS CEMETERY Prairie Co., Arkansas
Prairie County, Section 10, Township 4 North, Range 7 West On Highway 13 just south of the junction of
Highways 13 and 38 at Hickory Plains
A few of the Harrison’s buried in this cemetery are shown. (For a larger list please see DOC. 4). The Cemetery is located between the Hickory Plains Methodist and Baptist Churches. The cemetery's caretaker related that there are supposedly a number of Civil War soldiers buried here in unmarked sites. This is still an active cemetery as of 1970.
HARRISON, Allis U.
HARRISON, Amanda C.
HARRISON, Benjamin Rufus
HARRISON, Buford R.
HARRISON, Cora Jane
HARRISON, Dora D.
HARRISON, E.M. (Probably son of ER & Amanda)
Information from the Methodist Seminary Library in Texas says Edmund (listed as Edwin) R. HARRISON was listed as being at Oppelo as pastor in 1883. The Pastoral appointments listed for Edmund are: See MAP on page 27.
1861 Brownsville Des Arc District, Washita Conference
1862 Bayou Metre Circuit Little Rock District Arkansas County
1863 Hot Springs Arkadelphia District Hot Springs County
1864 Chaplain in C.S. Army (name given as E.R. HARRISON)
1865 Hampton Camden District Calhoun County
1879 Maumelle Little Rock District Pulaski County
1880 Transferred to Arkansas Conference
Appointed to Point Remove Lewisburg District Conway County
1881 Oppelo Circuit Morrilton District Perry County
Children of REV.EDMUND HARRISON and AMANDA HARSHAW are:
1. DANIEL HARSHAW (BOPO) was born December 21, 1867 in Hickory Plains, AR and died December 27, 1955, in Muskogee, OK. He married Mary Anne WOOD May 04, 1895 in Princeton, IN. She was born July 22, 1859 in Huntingburg, IN and died March 11, 1914 in Dallas, TX.
2. MARY was born in1873.
3. EDMUND was born in 1875 and died before 1883.
4. LEROY was born 1879
5. WILLIAM R. (Will) was born September 4, 1881 in AR and died in July 1967 in Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO. He was a long time railroad worker and retired before 1951. He married Dora HARRISON) who was born August 31, 1891 and died in August 1976 in Clay Co., MO. They had one son William Lynn who was born about 1920.
TIMELINE OF REV EDMUND ROBERT HARRISON & AMANDA HARSHAW
1837 Edmund Robert HARRISON born in North Carolina
1840 Amanda Camelle HARSHAW born in Marshall Co., MS
1851 Rev E. R. HARRISON converted
1855 Rev. E.R. HARRISON purchased 40 acres in Cleveland Co., AR
1860 Rev E. R. HARRISON licensed to preach
1861 Rev E. R. HARRISON 1861 to 1866 Traveled in Conference
1861 Appointed to Washita Conference, Brownsville, Des Arc District
1862 Appointed to Bayou Meto Circuit, Little Rock District
1863 Appointed to Hot Springs, Arkadelphia District
1864 Rev E. R. HARRISON - Ordained Deacon
1864 Chaplain in C.S. Army
1865 Appointed to Hampton, Camden District
1866 Rev E. R. HARRISON married Amanda HARSHAW in Hickory Plains, AR.
1866 Rev E. R. HARRISON - Ordained Elder
1866 Rev E. R. HARRISON 1866 to 1880 remained in Local Ranks - Located
1867 Son Daniel Harshaw was born In Hickory Plains, AR
1867 Rev. E.R. HARRISON Clerical Credentials
1873 Daughter Mary was born in Hickory Plains, AR
1875 Son Edmund was born in Hickory Plains, AR and died before 1883.
1879 Son Leroy was born in Hickory Plains, AR
1879 Appointed to Maumelle, Little Rock District
1880 Rev E. R. HARRISON readmitted to Little Rock Conference
1880 Edmund, Amanda, Daniel, Mary, Edmond, and Leroy – shown in Arkansas Census
1880 Appointed to Point Remove, Lewisburg District
1881 Son William R. was born in Hickory Plains, AR
1881 Appointed to Oppelo Circuit, Morrilton District
1882 Rev. E.R. HARRISON purchased 80 acres in Pulaski Co., AR
1883 Rev. E.R. HARRISON was Pastor at Oppelo, AR
1883 Rev. E.R. HARRISON died in Oppelo, AR
1894 Amanda Camelle HARSHAW died in Hickory Plains, AR
DANIEL HARSHAW HARRISON m. MARY ANNE (ELDER) WOOD IS THE CHILD WE WILL FOLLOW
DANIEL HARSHAW (BOPO) HARRISON, (Grandfather), son of REV.EDMUND ROBERT and AMANDA CAMELLE HARSHAW, was born December 21, 1867 in Hickory Plains, AR and died December 27, 1955, in Muskogee, OK.
He married Mary Anne WOOD, daughter of James Patterson WOOD and Sarah Louisiana MCLAUGHLIN, on May 04, 1895 in Princeton, IN. She was born July 22, 1859 in Huntingburg, IN and died March 11, 1914 in Dallas, TX.
INFORMATION ON ANCESTORS OF MARY ANNE WOOD IS ON PAGE 75 - 96
Mary Anne married (1) Robert ELDER about 1892. He was born about 1859 and died before 1895. They adopted a daughter Pearl KILCOYNE shortly before Robert died and gave her the name of ELDER.
After Robert’s death, Mary Anne married (2) Daniel Harshaw (BOPO) HARRISON May 04, 1895 in Princeton, IN and Pearl was made a part of that family. Daniel did not officially adopt her, but she was fully a welcomed and loved member of the family. Mary Anne and Daniel are both buried in Greenhill Cemetery, Muskogee, OK.
ARKANSAS LAND PURCHASES
Last name First name Init County Sec Twp Rng Acres Date
HARRISON DANIEL Union 23 18S 13W 160 1889/06/27
If this is our Daniel, he would have been unmarried and 22 at the time of this purchase.
1870 and 1880 census show:
1870 Census - Plum Bayou, Jefferson, Arkansas - Age 3 was born in Arkansas - with parents
1880 Census - Owen, Pulaski, Arkansas - Age 12 was born in Arkansas - with parents
Daniel was a Master Car Builder for the Santa Fe railroad. A Master Car Builder was someone who had experience in all phases of building and maintaining the railroads passenger and freight cars. He would get his crew organized building new cars then move on to another town to get another crew building more cars. Daniel traveled a great deal with his job, so it is probable that he was working in Indiana when he met and married Mary Anne WOOD in Princeton, IN. After they were married they lived in Princeton where five children were born.
Apparently in 1899 Daniel was working in Pullman, IL for the Pullman Company. He sent a letter to Amanda dated Pullman, IL 11-13-1899 telling her “we have 84 cars to yet build and 30 of them will be built today”.
Here is a bit about what had happened just before that time:
George M. Pullman for the Pullman Palace Car Company built the town of Pullman in 1880-84 as a planned model industrial town. In early 1880, George Pullman purchased nearly 4,000 acres about fourteen miles south of downtown Chicago, just west of Lake Calumet and surrounding the Illinois Central Railroad to build his model town in 1880.
Organized in 1867, the company manufactured sleeping cars and operated them under contract to the railroads. Pullman began by remodeling two old day-coaches of the Chicago and Alton Railroad into sleeping cars, immediately finding favor with travelers and establishing a demand for improved traveling accommodations. In 1863 he finalized his design for the "Pioneer" and began the construction of a sleeping car which was destined to associate the Pullman name with railway comfort.
"Pullman city is the only city of the world built artistically in every part, and from a central thought within one man."
The housing was well constructed with many "modern" conveniences for 1880's standards such as indoor plumbing, sewage, and a gas works. The parks and streets were pleasantly landscaped. The town would not be complete without public facilities such as stores and office buildings. The Arcade building and Market hall filled this need with spaces rented to private business (not company stores as is commonly assumed). A bank, library, theatre, post office, church, parks and recreational facilities were provided as part of the town.
The Pullman Strike was a disturbing event in Illinois history.
Pullman created Pullman City to house his employees. It was on a three-thousand-acre tract located south of Chicago in the area of 114th Street and Cottage Grove. His workers were required to live in Pullman City. They were also expected to accept cuts in pay and not criticize workloads. Pullman charged money for use of the library. Clergy had to pay rent to use the church. "He wasn't a man to let you pray for free," it was claimed in The Call, a socialist newspaper.
In 1893, because of a depression, factory wages at the company fell about twenty-five percent, but the rents George Pullman charged did not decrease. If a Pullman worker went into debt, the money was taken from his paycheck.
Because of the way George Mortimer Pullman, founder and president of the Pullman Palace Car Company treated his workers, on May 11,1894, three thousand Pullman workers went on a "wildcat" strike, that is, without authorization of their union. Many of the strikers belonged to the American Railroad Union (ARU) founded by Eugene V. Debs who saw men working for low wages, some of which were injured or killed because of unsafe equipment. He was determined to make things better.
On June 26, 1894, some ARU members refused to allow any train with a Pullman car to move, except those with mail cars. Debs did not want federal troops to get involved, and he knew that if the U.S. mail was tampered with, the troops would be there immediately.
The railroads had formed an organization called the General Managers Association. They announced that no one could tell them whom to hire, whom to fire, or how they should pay their workers. The twenty-four railroads that were part of the General Managers Association immediately tried to end the strike. They announced that any switchman who refused to move rail cars would be fired.
Debs’ union announced that if a switchman was fired because he refused to move Pullman cars all the union members would walk off the job. By June 29, fifty thousand men had quit their jobs. Crowds of people who supported the strike began stopping trains. Soon there was no movement on the rails west of Chicago. In some places, fights broke out.
In order to break the strike, the railroads needed help from federal troops. Getting their assistance, however, was a difficult task. The railroads could only get help from federal troops if the President agreed. President Grover Cleveland said that he would only send the aid of government troops if a governor requested them.
The governor of Illinois did not want to request troops because he believed that workers should have the same rights as their bosses. These ideas made the General Managers Association uneasy. The railroad managers started flooding the newspapers with stories that made Debs' American Railroad Union seem like a violent and lawless gang and portrayed Eugene Debs as a radical. They claimed that unrest had always ended in violence and threatened that this strike would be the same. The railroads began sending people to work on railroads as strikebreakers or scabs.
Attorney General Richard Olney supported the General Managers Association because he believed that the railroads had the right to do things their way, and if the workers disagreed with the treatment they were receiving, they could quit. On June 29, 1894, Debs went to Blue Island and asked the railroad workers there if they would support the strike. The railroad workers there felt they were being discriminated against. Angry railroad workers in Blue Island began destroying the yards and burning anything that was flammable. Attorney General Olney requested President Cleveland to send federal troops into Chicago to break the strike.
On July 2, 1894, Olney obtained an injunction from a federal court saying that the strike was illegal. When the strikers did not return to work the next day, President Cleveland sent federal troops into Chicago. This enraged strikers, and rioters began stopping trains, smashing switches, and, again, setting fire to anything that would burn. On July 7, another mob stopped soldiers escorting a train through the downtown Chicago area. Many people were killed or wounded from bullets.
On July 10, 1894, Debs and three other union leaders were arrested for interfering with U.S. mail. They were released within a few hours, but Debs realized that continuing the strike would be a lost cause because of the federal troops.
Most railroad workers resumed their old jobs and received the same wages as before. Some workers were put on a blacklist, which meant that no railroad in the United States was allowed to hire them. On July 17, 1894, Debs was sent back to jail and served a term of six months in jail. The union he had created no longer existed when he got out of jail.
The Pullman Strike was important because it was the first time a federal injunction had ever been used to break up a strike. George Pullman was no longer regarded as an enlightened employer who took care of his workers, but as a greedy and intolerant man. He was offended by his workers' ingratitude. Pullman worried that people would try to steal what was his from him. Shortly before he died in 1897, he requested that his grave be lined in concrete to keep looters from robbing him.
In 1901 Daniel was transferred to Louisville, KY where on January 28,1902, their daughter Leona Cecelia was born.
I can remember my mother (Gertrude “Peggy” HARRISON Heckenkemper) talking of all the places they lived as her father was transferred from town to town: Hot Springs, AR; Hartshorne, OK; Muskogee, OK; Haileyville, OK. Gertrude used to say she had lived in seven states and territories by the time she was 7 years old, remember Oklahoma was not a state until 1907 (the year she was 7) so she lived in Indian Territory before that. She was born in Princeton, IN and lived in Louisville, KY; St. Louis, MO; Owensboro, KY; McAlester, OK; Hot Springs, AR; Shawnee, OK; Haileyville, OK; and McAlester, OK.
(Gertrude’s story written in 1986 when she was 86 years old can be seen starting on PAGE 137)
During the summers Mary Anne and the children would go to Jasper, IN by train (Daniel had a family pass since he worked for the railroad) to see their Grandmother (Sarah Louisiana MCLAUGHLIN WOOD) and her four sisters and their families. Ellen & Joseph SIMS, Annie (Susanna) & Nicholas COMMISKEY, and Clara & John PICKHART all lived in Jasper, IN; and Jane MCLAUGHLIN (daughter of Jemima MCLAUGHLIN who was the Grand daughter of Daniel MCLAUGHLIN and who married John MCLAUGHLIN, (not a known relative of Jemima’s Father Daniel) lived in Selvin, IN.
PICTURE OF MARY ANNE WOOD PAGE 96
PICTURE OF SARAH LOUISIANA AND HER TWO SISTERS ON PAGE 104
The summer of 1903, while visiting in Indiana, Daniel & Mary Anne’s baby Leona became ill and died at the grandmother’s home. Leona was only about 18 months old. The funeral was held in the church in Huntingburg where her Aunt Ellen SIMS lived. Leona was buried in the cemetery in the churchyard across the street from her Grandmother’s home. The family returned to McAlester and they continued their trips to Indiana each summer until Gertrude’s mother Mary Anne died eleven years later in 1914.
Sometime before 1912, Daniel & Mary Anne bought eight lots in a new addition in Muskogee, OK called “Cromwell Heights” north of the city. They built a house and had a big garden and a cow.
In 1912 Daniel was transferred to Hot Springs, AR, but they kept their home in Muskogee and their daughter Pearl NESTER and her husband moved in until the family returned to Muskogee about a year later.
In 1914 the family was living in Muskogee and Daniel was on assignment for the railroad in Dallas, Texas. He became ill and Mary Anne went to Dallas to take care of him. Mary Anne had a heart attack while in Dallas and died on March 11, 1914. Her Death Certificate lists cause of death as Apoplexy, which is defined as a sudden diminution or loss of consciousness, sensation, and voluntary motion caused by rupture or obstruction of an artery of the brain.
At home in Muskogee, the children, Mary, Bill, Dan, Clara, and Gertrude were planning a party at their home for some of their friends. Mary and Bill (twins) were 18, Dan was 17, Clara 15 and Gertrude 13. Daniel called one of their neighbors in Muskogee to tell them of Mary Anne’s death, and the neighbor suggested that the children not be notified of the death until the next day, after the party. The body had to be shipped back to Muskogee for burial and the children could do nothing until Daniel arrived back in Muskogee to make arrangements for the funeral and burial.
CHILD OF MARY ANNE WOOD AND ROBERT ELDER:
1. CLARA PEARL (KILCOYNE) ELDER was born March 21, 1885 and died of Acute Congestive Heart Failure on March 13, 1958, in Washington, D.C. Family talk said she was the daughter of a good family friend who was not able to support her and Mary and Robert adopted her. Robert died shortly after her adoption, about 1890. Pearl married ALBERT C. NESTER who was born about 1885. They were divorced before 1924.
CHILD OF CLARA PEARL ELDER NESTER:
1. LOUIS PATRICK NESTER was born January 7, 1916, St. Ann's Hospital, New York, NY and died of Lung Cancer, January 31, 1989 in Spanaway, Washington. He was adopted by Pearl on June 16, 1924 from the New York Foundling Hospital in New York. His birth name was Gregory GERRITY. His Father’s name was Andrew MCCARTY, 23, and his Mother’s name was Helena GERRITY, 18, (according to his birth certificate) both probably from Brattleboro, VT. His name was officially changed on June 16, 1924 to Louis Patrick NESTER. He was four years old when he arrived in Muskogee, OK. Pat was on one of the Orphan trains that came through Oklahoma. Most of the children chosen to travel on the Orphan Trains had at least one living parent, but if one parent had died, the surviving parent often could not support and care for the children. Many mothers died in garment factory fires or in childbirth, or in the flu epidemic of 1918. Most of the children stayed on the trains for about three days. They slept in their seats or stretched out on the floor under the seats. Each train carried about 125 children and a few Children’s Aid agents traveling with them. His mother Pearl was divorced by the time he arrived. At that time it was almost impossible for a single female to adopt a child. He was a much loved and welcomed child. His adoption was arranged through one of the Priests at Subiaco Academy in Subiaco, AR and one of the Priests in Muskogee, OK.
NOTE FROM MARY LOU: I found out that Pat NESTER was an Orphan Train child. I was reading an article about Orphan trains coming to Oklahoma and it seemed that he fit the time and place. I wrote to the New York Foundling Hospital and received his birth Certificate. His mother Helena GERRITY had him admitted to the NY Foundling Hospital and surrendered him for adoption. She was only 18 and had no way of caring for him. He was born 1-7-1916 in St. Ann's Hospital, a maternity hospital attached to the NY Foundling Hospital. He was named Gregory GERRITY and remained at the hospital until June 17, 1920, when he went by train to the home of Pearl NESTER in Oklahoma. She legally adopted him on June 16, 1924. His father's name was Andrew MCCARTY. He was 23. They were both from Brattleboro, Vermont.
Pearl's note to the Sisters read:
Dear Sisters: Please send me "Boy" 2 1/2 to 4 years the very prettiest Black eyed black haired boy you have. Sincerely Pearl NESTER
The "notice of arrival" addressed to Mrs. Pearl NESTER, Muskogee, OK states:
We take pleasure of notifying you that the little boy which you so kindly ordered will arrive at "Sapulpa S&L & Frisco Train Thursday June 17 on train due to arrive at 3-40 PM and ask that you kindly be a Railway Station to receive child 30 minutes before train is due and avoid any possibility of missing connection as train will not wait should you not be there.
The name of child, date of birth, and name and address of party to whom child is assigned will be found sewn in the Coat of boy and in the hem of Dress of girl.
This receipt must be signed in ink by both husband and wife, and is to be given up in exchange for child who will have corresponding number. Yours very truly, Sisters of Charity
The "Receipt for Child" says, "We beg to acknowledge receipt of the little orphan as numbered above and promise, faithfully to raise said child in the Roman Catholic faith and to send him to school and give him all the advantages that we would give to a child of our own, and report to Sisters of Charity as to health and general conditions when requester, notifying them of any change in address".
This receipt dated June 17, shows Husband as deceased and shows Pearl's address as 319 Laurence St. Sapulpa,OK.
Pearl's letter dated June 23, 1920, Muskogee, OK
Sister Anna Michella:
My little boy arrived safely at Sapulpa, OK, June 17, 1920, and he certainly is a little darling. It would be impossible not to love him.
I would like very much to have his record and if agreeable with you to adopt him as soon as possible.
He is well and seems to be very happy, but when he says his little prayers he always says "God bless me and leave me with my mother, and sometimes he say his mother will come after him soon".
Please advise me to his records, adoption, etc.
I am attaching hereto slip as requester.
Thanking you for my beautiful boy, I am, Yours sincerely, Clara P. NESTER
Pat’s adoption papers were signed June 14, 1924 and his name was also legally changed that day to Louis Patrick NESTER.
CHILDREN OF MARY ANNE WOOD AND DANIEL HARRISON ARE:
1. MARY was born January 29, 1896 in Princeton, IN and died February 21, 1970 in Arlington, TX. She married HUBERT JOSEPH ROSS December 31, 1925 in Muskogee, OK. He was born January 29, 1898 in Coalgate, OK, and died February 07, 1951 in Muskogee, OK. Hubert is buried in Greenhill Cemetery, Muskogee, OK.
MARY HARRISON: is a Twin to William
Children of MARY HARRISON and HUBERT ROSS are:
1. KATHLEEN ROSS was born March 10, 1927, Muskogee, OK. She married AL BROUILLETTE who was born January 9, 1927 and died May 2000, in Arlington, TX.
2. MARY ANN ROSS, was born October 01, 1928, Muskogee, OK. She married PETE MORGAN December 2, 1950 in Muskogee, OK. He was born February 1, 1920, in Tams, W.VA. and died May 3, 2008 in San Marcos, California.
3. DOROTHY ROSS, was born January 23, 1931, in Muskogee, OK. She married BRYAN EARLS, June 21, 1952, in Muskogee, OK. He was born June 3, 1932, in Oklahoma City, OK; and died August 13, 1993, Del City, OK.
DOROTHY ROSS: is a twin to Dolores
4. DOLORES ROSS was born January 23, 1931, in Muskogee, OK; and died December 27, 2001 in Albuquerque, NM. She married FRANK ROSS, October 15, 1952, in Muskogee, OK. He was born September 09, 1930, Webbers Falls, OK.
DOLORES ROSS: is a Twin to Dorothy
2. WILLIAM was born January 29, 1896 in Princeton, IN, and died January 29, 1975 in Muskogee, OK. He married LILLIAN MCCARTHY in 1921 in Muskogee, OK. She was born in 1900 in Wichita, KS, and died in 1966 in Muskogee, OK. They are both buried in Greenhill Cemetery, Muskogee, OK. William died on his 79th birthday.
WILLIAM HARRISON: is a Twin to Mary
Children of WILLIAM HARRISON and LILLIAN MCCARTHY are:
1. BILLY HARRISON was born 1923, Muskogee, OK; died December 24, 1933, Muskogee, OK.
COMMENTS FROM RICHARD HARRISON (Brother) January, 1993
“Billy died of diphtheria - a real scourge in the days before immunizations. It would fit with his being hospitalized with a "throat condition". When diphtheria is fulminating, as Billy's apparently was, a thick membrane forms over the interior air passages, and the inability to breathe plus the toxemia results in death. Apparently a tracheotomy (hole in the windpipe) was performed, but too late. The diagnosis of diphtheria makes medical sense to me. The diagnosis of tonsillitis and tonsillectomy under the circumstances does not. I don't know how or where I became fixed on scarlet fever as the cause of death. Louise (Sibbitt) said I just didn't ask the right person – her”!!
Billy died on Christmas Eve, 1933. Christmas was a sad event for my folks in the following years according to Eileen (Sibbitt) Bird. She says, “Billy was a natural child, not adopted. Lillian apparently had a difficult labor and traumatic delivery. She was told she should not have other children. The marriage was celibate after Billy's birth. Such power the Church had in the twenties. They wanted children, hence the adoptions after Billy's death”.
2. RICHARD HARRISON, was born December 13, 1928, in Independence, KS and died in Norman, OK April 1, 2007. William and Lillian adopted Richard after their son Billy’s death in 1933. He married LOUISE HARRISON), June 11, 1971, in Norman, OK. She was born about 1928. RICHARD: --was an Anesthesiologist
3. JACK HARRISON, was born June 10, 1929. William and Lillian adopted him after their son Billy’s death in 1933.
3. DANIEL HARRISON was born April 26, 1897 and died November 30, 1978 in Muskogee, OK. He married MARIE RINEY in 1924 in Muskogee, OK. She was born in 1896 in St. Paul, KS and died February 1966 in Muskogee, OK. They are both buried in Greenhill Cemetery, Muskogee, OK.
Children of DANIEL HARRISON and MARIE RINEY are:
1. DANIEL HARRISON, JR., was born July 19, 1926, in St. Charles, MO and died August 22, 1992, in Muskogee, OK. He married JANICE STUBBS on June 10, 1950, in Muskogee, OK. She was born about 1926.
2. ROBERT HARRISON was born June 21, 1931 in St. Charles, MO. He married MONIQUE GILBERT on June 18, 1955, in Lewiston, ME. She was born March 14, 1935 in Lewiston, ME.
4. CLARA AMANDA HARRISON was born September 28, 1898 and died March 17, 1977 in Muskogee, OK. She married LEROY KERSHAW. He was born December 06, 1880 and died June 25, 1969 in Muskogee, OK. They are both buried in Greenhill Cemetery, Muskogee, OK.
Children of CLARA HARRISON and LEROY KERSHAW are:
1. PATRICIA KERSHAW was born July 1, 1925 in Muskogee, OK and died October 5, 1993 in Muskogee, OK. She married EDWIN J. LIPPMANN, SR. on June 13, 1945 in Muskogee, OK. He was born in 1921 in Columbus, GA.
2. ELIZABETH J. KERSHAW was born September 15, 1927 in Muskogee, OK and died June 21, 2000 in Stephensville, Michigan. She married LEO B. KUNKELon November 27, 1948 in Muskogee, OK. He was born December 1, 1924 in New York, NY and died May 9, 2008 in Grand Rapids, MI. They are both buried at Hicklry Bluff Cemetery, Stevensville, MI.
ELIZABETH is a Twin to ROBERT
3. ROBERT KERSHAW was born September 15, 1927 in Muskogee, OK and died December 07, 1992 in Muskogee, OK. He married MARY ELIZABETH SNYDERWINE on June 10, 1950 in Washington, D.C. She was born December 1, 1930 in Sharon, PA.
ROBERT is a Twin to ELIZABETH
4. JEAN KERSHAW was born June 2, 1933 in Muskogee, OK. She married GEORGE BOEHM on April 4, 1964. He was born August 11, 1929 in New England, ND and died December 20, 1986 in Muskogee, OK. JEAN is a Twin to JOAN
5. JOAN KERSHAW was born June 2, 1933 in Muskogee, OK. She married DALE RUSSELL PUTNAM on February 23, 1963 in Muskogee, OK. He was born January 31, 1933.
JOAN is a Twin to JEAN
5. GERTRUDE ANN was born September 4, 1900 at #10 Water Street in Princeton, IN and died December 13, 1989 in Tulsa, OK. She married WILLIAM JOHN HECKENKEMPER on November 12, 1928 in Muskogee, OK. He was the son of JOSEPH HECKENKEMPER and ANNA WOLTERS HECKENKEMPER. He was born January 1, 1887 in Damiensville, IL and died May 18, 1969 in Tulsa, OK.
Children of GERTRUDE HARRISON and WILLIAM HECKENKEMPER are:
1. WILLIAM JOSEPH HECKENKEMPER was born November 7, 1929 in Muskogee, OK. He married BARBARA JEAN BRADLEY on February 2, 1952 in Tulsa, OK. She was born June 24, 1929 in Tulsa, OK.
2. MARY LOUISE HECKENKEMPER was born November 25, 1930 in Muskogee, OK. She married RONALD JOSEPH LEBOEUF on August 30, 1952 in Tulsa, OK. He was born June 24, 1930 in Tulsa, OK.
3. JOHN ANTHONY HECKENKEMPER was born June 6, 1933 in Muskogee, OK. He married BETTIE JO FERGUSON on April 11, 1953 in Tulsa, OK. She was born September 16, 1934 in Tulsa, OK.
6. LEONA CECELIA HARRISON was born on January 28, 1902 in Louisville, KY and died in 1903 in Jasper, IN. She was buried in the churchyard in Jasper, IN (directly across the street from her Grandmother’s home.)
TIMELINE FOR DANIEL HARSHAW HARRISON AND MARY ANNE WOOD:
(Some of these moving dates are approximate due to non-accurate information.)
1859 Mary Anne WOOD was born in Huntington, IN
1867 Daniel was born in Hickory Plains, AR
1884 Pearl Kilcoyne Elder was born in Huntington or Princeton, IN
1889 Daniel purchased 160 acres of land in Union Co., AR
1896 Twins - Mary & William HARRISON were born in Princeton, IN
1897 Daniel HARRISON was born in Princeton, IN
1898 Clara Amanda HARRISON was born in Princeton, IN
1900 Gertrude Ann HARRISON was born in Princeton, IN
1902 Leona Cecelia HARRISON was born in Louisville, KY
1902 Daniel & family moved to St. Louis, MO
1903 Daniel & family moved to Louisville, KY
1903 Daniel & family moved to McAlester, OK (Indian Territory)
1904 Daniel & family moved to Owensboro, KY
1905 Daniel & family moved to Hot Springs, AR
1906 Daniel & family moved to Van Buren, AR
1907 Daniel & family moved to Haileyville, OK (Indian Territory)
1908 Daniel & family moved to Van Buren, AR
1909 Daniel & family moved to Shawnee, OK (now state of Oklahoma)
1910 Daniel & family moved to Muskogee, OK, November 10, 1910
1912 Daniel & family moved to Hot Springs, AR
1913 Daniel & family moved back to Muskogee, OK
1914 Daniel was sent to Dallas, TX to work. The family stayed in Muskogee.
1914 Mary Anne Died in Dallas, TX, March 11, 1914
1955 Daniel died in Muskogee, OK, December 27, 1955
Before their Mother, Mary Anne WOOD HARRISON died in 1914, Mary Ann’s Mother Sarah Louisiana MCLAUGHLIN WOOD who was born February 23, 1827 in Perry County, Indiana and died September 27, 1913 in Jasper, Indiana, said she did not want to live to see another child die before she did.
Sarah Louisiana had already buried her infant daughter Sarah Anne in 1847 before she was a year old, and sons James Washington in 1865 at age 4, William Mack in 1887 at age 38, John Chrysostom in 1889 at age 22, Daniel Zedekiah in 1906 at age 52, and a granddaughter, Mary Ann’s daughter Leona who died in Sarah’s home in Jasper in 1903 at the age of 1.