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Edward Harrison  gave money in England towards supplies for the Plantations in Virginia.


Henry Harrison of Surry Co. VA, uncle of Benjamin Harrison of Berkeley (the testator), was appointed to the Council in 1730. He died in 1732, leaving his estate to his nephew, Benjamin Harrison.


William Harrison mentioned in 1752 in the Vestry Book of Newport Parish, Isle of Wight Co. VA. [other names in book are: Bell, Scotts, Jordan, Dering, Ward, etc. and James Shirley and Elizabeth Shirley].


From an old family Bible of the Smiths of "Shooter Hill", Middlesex Co. VA, it appears Elizabeth, daughter of John Smith of "Puritan" Gloucester Co. VA and his wife, Mary Warner, was born May 26, 1690 and married April 1, 1708 to Henry Harrison.  


There is recorded in Prince George Co. VA a deed dated 1738 from Francis Willis and Elizabeth, his wife, and Benjamin Harrison, exectux and ex'tors of Henry Harrison. 


Elizabeth Harrison married Peyton Randolph, President of the First Continental Congress.


Benjamin Harrison's will mentions "Shirley Road" runs to the Ford on Kimadges  Creek 


From Tidewater VA Families May 1996 page 33-35

Andrew Harrison m. Thomasin _____ lived Rappahannock Co. VA in the part that became Richmond Co. They were of Farnham Parish, Richmond Co. in 1686 when he died. His sons were:

1. Andrew d. 1718 St. Marys Parish, Essex Co. VA. Married Eleanor_____ (in 1720 part of Spotsylvania Co. was formed from Essex Co.)

(1). Eliz. m. Thomas Munday

(2). Margaret m. Gabriel Long

(3). Wm. died 1741. Lived Caroline Co. VA.  His wife wad Hannah___. Securites of his will were: Richard Hampton and Robert Taliafero. Proved by: Nicholas Ware and John Dillard.

A. Charles, was of Caroline, Goochland and Albermarle Co. VA

(4). Andrew  lived Goochland, Albermarle Co. VA and later lived in Orange Co. NC that became Caswell County NC.

A. Battille  lived Spotsylvania Co., Brumfield Parish, Culpeper Co. and Amherst Co. VA where he died in 1776.

(a).  Elizabeth Harrison m. William Tinsley

(b). Frnaces Harrison m.Richard Lee

(c). Rueben Harrison died in Barren Co. Ky  1824.

(e). John Harrison died in Bedford Co. VA

(f). Richard Harrison

(g). James Harrison born 1755 Culpeper Co. VA , lived Amhurst Co. VA. In 1832   to Rockbridge Co. VA

(h). William Harrison

Some of this family lived in Augusta Co., Yohogania Co. VA, Cumberland, Bedford and Westmoreland Co. PA


2. Robert, lived Richmond and Westmoreland Co. VA [Richard Shirley of 1669 St Stephens Parish, Northumberland Co. VA sold land to Robert Harrison in 1715. Also, George Eskridge received a certificate for the transportation of a Robert Harrison in 1704/05 and Archibald Shirsly and Jane Shirley].

3. John, lived Stafford Co. VA

4. Thomas born Farnham Parish, Richmond Co. VA,   lived Stafford Co. VA

5. Wm. born Farnham Parish, Richmond Co. VA, llived Stafford Co. VA   ________________________

In 1643 Mrs. Harmer in right of Mr. Charles Harmer for transportation of John Harrison and John Searley.


Maryland info on Harrisons,

John Calvert, born 1692, a grandson of Gov Leonard Calvert, married Eliz.Harrison, daughter of Benjamin Harrison III of VA. In 1724 he moved with his family to Prince William Co. VA. His son, Thomas Calvert, married Sarah Harrison, and they had several children including a daughter, Eliz Calvert born about 1724.

According to family tradition, John Lawrence born about 1720, married Eliz.Calvert...

Richard Harrison, a member of which the main branch was established in VA, settled in Anne Arundel Co. Md.  about 1651. He was a business associate of William Holland and was a prosperous merchant. When the Abington family sold their lands in Calvert Co. , their lands were acquired by Richard Harrison, Col. Wm. Holland, and Samuel Chew. Richard Harrison, Jr., 1665-1716, was the first of his family to reside in Calvert Co. Md.   His son, Samuel Harrison, inherited his plantation in 1733. 


Thomas Harrison Jr is listed in 1765 Peyton's district in Prince William Co. VA.  Burr Harrison, his brother Cuthbert Harrison and father Capt Thomas Harrison, are listed in another 1765 PW district.


Camden District South Carolina...William Shurley personally appeared before me BURR HARRISON Esq, Justice of the Peace for Camden Dist and made oath that the above is just and  true acct and that he has never received any part or satisfaction for the   same. Sworn before me May 6th 1785.

This Burr Harrison died in Chester SC around 1820s.



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