Ruth Harrison Jones, Editor and Publisher
|Known Ancestry of the Presidents Harrison .................................||742|
|Unknown Possible Ancestors of the Presidents Harrison ................||743|
|Notes on Benjamin and Priscilla Harrison
of Cumberland County, Virginia ...........................................
|Settlers By the Long Grey Trail .............................................||752|
|Virginia Harrisons Who Migrated to Missouri ................................||753|
|Pioneer Families of Missouri ...................................................||764|
Benjamin Harrison came to Virginia before 3/15/1633 - 34; when he was
signed as Clerk of the Council. He was young - in his thirties - and a
well-educated man. He was said to have a brother. Some say the brother's
name was Peter, some say Richard. Some say the brother came to the colonies
and some say he stayed in England. Anyway, Benjamin married Mary. Mary's
last name is questionable also. The Flood family seems to have the most
evidence to back up a claim to her.
Benjamin, Clerk of the Council, and Mary had two sons: Benjamin
and Peter. Benjamin died about 1645 and his widow, Mary married Benjamin
Sidway of Surry County. They had one son, Thomas Sidway. Mary's will, dated
3/1687 /88 mentioned only her sons Benjamin Harrison and Thomas Sidway.
Evidently Peter died young without issue.
Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Mary, was born 9/20/1645 and died 1/30-1712-13.
He married Hannah, born 2/13/1651-52, died 2/16/1698-99. They had children:
Sarah, Benjamin, Nathaniel, Hannah and Henry.
Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Hannah, was born about 1673, and died
1710. He married Elizabeth Burwell, daughter of Lewis Burwell. Elizabeth
1734, age 57. Their children: Benjamin, Elizabeth and Nathaniel.
Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth, died 1744. He married Anne
Carter, daughter of Robert Carter. He and Anne had nine children: the third
child was Benjamin.
Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Anne, was born 1726, died 1791. He was
one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He married Elizabeth
Bassett. They had seven children; the youngest was William Henry.
William Henry, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth, was born 2/9/1773 and
died 4/4/1841 while President of the United States. He married Anna Symmes,
daughter of John C. Symmes. They had ten children; the fifth child was
John Scout, son of William Henry and Anna, was born 4/4/1804, and died
5/1878. He married Elizabeth Irwin. They had nine children; the second
child was Benjamin.
Benjamin, son of John Scott and Elizabeth, was born 8/20/1833, and died 3/13/1901. He married Caroline Lavina Scott and they had two children. Russell Benjamin and Mary. Caroline died while Benjamin was 23rd President of the United States. After Caroline's death, Benjamin married a widow, Mrs. Dimmick, and had one child: Elizabeth.
POSSIBLE ANCESTORS OF THE PRESIDENTS HARRISON
Since Benjamin Harrison, Clerk of the Council of Virginia in 1634, is
the earliest certainly known ancestor of the Presidents, his identity is
the one in question and the identity of a possible brother.
The brother Thomas, born 1695, married Hannah Morrison and had six sons:
John, Benjamin, Thomas, Samuel, Daniel and James. All the sons came to
America. All enlisted in the Revolutionary War. All had families except
Thomas, Jr. All but John and Thomas, Jr. were killed in the war.
The brother Benjamin had sons: Benjamin and Robert; both sons came to
America. Robert settled in Maryland and had a son, Governor Robert Harrison
of Maryland. Benjamin settled in Virginia and is said by some county histories
(History of Audrain County, Mo., for one) to the ancestor of the Presidents.
While Harrions of this name did all these things, their claim to the ancestry of the Presidents Harrison is late in time and not recognized by authorities.
Worth S. Ray, in his book "Tennessee Cousin", thinks Benjamin Harrison, Clerk of the Council, was son of Richard Harrison, the Master's Mate who was killed in 1603 by Indians on the Virginia coast. Richard left money with a brother, Peter Harrison of Warmington, only for a son, Peter. No mention was made of a son, Benjamin. There is a strange coincidence to back up Worth S. Ray's claim. Tichard Harrison married Margaret Pilkington. A Margaret Pilkington and her husband, William, were found living next to Benjamin Harrison, Clerk of the Council, in Virginia - as a mother or a close relative, would follow to a new country and settle nearby.
Francis Burton Harrison, writer and scholar, spent many years in England
attempting to solve the mystery of the identity of Benjamin Harrison, Clerk
of the Council. He submitted possible answers:
There was a family of Harrisons of Stationer Company of London. One member of this family, John, left a will in 1612 and mentioned four sons: John, Philip, Josias, and Benjamin. Of all the members of this family and of all the John's Sons, Benjamin is the only one who did not appear later in the records of the Stationer Company of London as apprentice or freeman. As a member of this company, this Benjamin would have been an well-educated man as was Benjamin of Virginia.
John, the son, left a will in 1652 in which he mentioned an "unkind
son, Richard", who left him in old age to go to America. This Richard
was identified as Richard Harrison of New Haven, Conn. Some authorities
claim this Richard was the brother of Benjamin, Clerk of the Council in
Virginia. This Harrison family was related to the Cambridege Harrisons.
Many authorities believe that Benjamin Harrison, Clerk of the Council in Virginia, had a brother, Peter, who was Clerk of the Peace in Cambridge, England, in 1632.
This Peter, Clerk of the Peace in Cambridge, was born in 1607 in Belton
Co., Rutlandshire, England. He married Eleanor Ryvers in Cambridge in 1627-8.
A daughter, Ellen, was born 1630 and a son, George in 1632-3. North Harrison,
grandson of John of Cambridge, assisted Peter to this appointment as Clerk
of the Peace.
Peter Harrison of Warmington left a will in 1605. In this will were
mentioned sons John and Peter; a daughter, Eleanor; and Peter, son of Richard
In 1632, Eleanor, by then widow of the Bishop of Ross, wrote the Privy
Council of England with complaints about Irish land grants and also stated
that her nephew, Peter Harrison, Clerk of the Peace of Cambridge, had improperly
withheld funds from her.
These children of Peter of Warmington are interesting and their stories
are worth the telling:
The elder son, John Harrison, was Governor of Bermuda in 1623. In about
1600, he was with the ill-fated Earl of Essex in the campaign against Ireland.
The Earl of Essex returned to England in six months to lose his head under
Queen Elizabeth. John, however, stayed three full years and returned on
the ascension of King James to the throne. John entered the service of
James' eldest son, Prince Henry, and stayed with him ten years until the
death of Prince Henry. After this time, John became acting Governor of
Bermuda. John was either very careless or a poor judge of money matters
as he returned to England in debt and never recovered his fortunes. As
a man of influence, however, in Bermuda, John would have been influential
in obtaining the post of Clerk of the Council in Virginia for a son or
The younger son, Peter Harrison II of Hindley Co., Lancaster, was born
1591 and died 1673. He was twice married; the first time to Elizabeth Ashton
who died 1626-7. Peter was an attorney and sent all four of his sons to
the University of Cambridge. After Peter's death, his two older sons by
Elizabeth, sued their stepmother for a larger share of their father's estate.
Soon after this, the two sons, Peter and John, removed to Virginia. The
one son, Peter, was identified as Rev. Peter Harrison of Cheadle. He was
born 1615 and would have been too young to be Clerk of the Peace in 1632.
The daughter, Eleanor (Ellen) Harrison, like her brother, John, entered
court service and attended the frivolous Queen of King James. She subsequently
married David Lindsay, Bishop of Ross, as his second wife. The Bishop of
Ross had sons by his first marriage. One, David Lindsay, later became Rev.
David Lindsay of Lancaster Co., VA. Eleanor and the Bishop lived at an
outpost and, when people visited (as they and their servants were wont
to do in those days), there was no place further to go-so they just stayed
and ate the Bishop and Eleanor out of house and home. Eleanor urged the
Bishop to ask the King for aid. The Bishop was genuinely fond of King James;
having fought with him in his youth, accompanied the king to claim his
bride, and baptized the little Prince Charles- later to become the unhappy
King Charles I of England. Bishop Ross was reluctant to make demands of
his King; so Eleanor petitioned for land grants in Ireland. The King refused
but later granted the Bishop's oldest son, Sir Jerome Lindsay, vast lands
in Ireland. By 1613 the old Bishop was dead. Some twenty years later, Eleanor
bombarded the Privy Council; reciting the story of the Irish land grants
and complaining about her nephew, Peter Harrison, Clerk of the Peace in
So- Eleanor's brother, Peter Harrison II of Hindly, had a son, Peter, but he was too young to be Clerk of the Peace in 1632. Richard Harrison, the Master's Mate was killed by Indians, had a son, Peter, but Richard was thought too old to be another brother of Eleanor's; thus precluding his son Peter from the position of Eleanor's nephew. By process of elimination, this leaves only John of Bermuda as the father of Peter, Clerk of the Peace in Cambridge and, if tradition is to be believed, the father of Benjamin, Clerk of the Council of Virginia and ancestor of Presidents Harrison.
When the Derbyshire branch of Harrison's split, one branch became known as the "Gobion Manor" Harrison's, the other branch became the "Goldsmith" Harrison's. A descendant of Stephen Harrison of Westmoreland Co., Thomas Harrison, married Elizabeth Bernard. This was in the time of King Henry VIII. Thomas and Elizabeth were "Gobion Manor" Harrisons and had seven sons: Thomas, Jonathan, Joseph, William, Richard, Francis, and Benjamin. After Thomas died, Elizabeth married Henry Travel of Warwick and the family seemed to disappear. The one son, the youngest, was born in December of 1594. In 1628, a Benjamin Harrison in Bermuda signed a "Poor Planters' Petition" along with other planters including a Robert Harrison, possible son of North Harrison. All evidence points to the fact that this Benjamin was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth of "Gobion Manor". Dr. Alexander Brown and Charles P. Keith both agree that the Benjamin who signed the petition in Bermuda was the same Benjamin who showed up in Virginia a few years later and became the Clerk of the Council and the ancestor of the Presidents Harrison.
Take your choice of any of these stories. One nice thing is - no one,
at this writing, can prove you wrong!
Note: Author and date of writing are unknown.
In addition to the James River and Prince William lines there was "Skimino" Harrison family that had long been settled in VA. when the valley of VA was opened for settlement. This line was founded by Richard Harrison (1600-1664) born in St. Nicholas Parish, in the town of Colchester, county of Essex, England, who emigrated to VA. By 1634 when he was found paying tithes in respect to a patent of land on Queens Creek, in Skimino Hundred, Middletown, later Burton Parish, York Co. His close kinsman, Dr. Jeremy Harrison settled near him.
Richard Harrison married Elizabeth Besouth and had issue: John, (who
married Mary Hall), William (1646-1713) married Mary Hubbard), James, Anne
William married Mary Hubbard, the daughter of Matthew Hubbard, a renowned
planter and had among others, William II (1675-1727) who married Anne Ratcliffe.
William II in turn had a son William III (1705-1771) who married Margaret
Maupin and had a son William IV, embraced his wife's faith and in 1817
sold his Queen's Creek property and removed (via Winchester, the Cumberland
Road, Wheeling etc.) to near Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, a VA. settlement of Quakers.
His eldest son Samuel Jordan Harrison (1771-1846) settled in Lynchburg,
VA. William, another son of William IV followed his brother to Lynchburg.
(See Aris Sonis Focisque, "The Harrisons of Skimino" by Fairfax
Dr. Jeremiah (Jeremy) Harrison and his brother John, sons of Sydney Harrison of St. Runwalds Parish, Colchester, England.
John Bapt. 12/31/1610-----will 12/5/1690
Jeremiah Bapt. 12/31/1612 ---He had wife Frances
Frances Harrison, widow granted in 1654-1000 acres in Westmoreland Co.
In 1655-1000 acres granted to her brother-in-law, John Harrison in tail,
remainder to her, remainder to Giles Brent of peace in said Co. p. 43
Notes on families related by Charles Keith, Philadelphia 1893
p. 16 The Connecticut family founded by Richard Harrison who came to
New Haven with his grown children from West Kirby in Cheshire, England.
Took oath of allegiance 5/5/1644 and died Oct. 25, 1653. His children:
John d. 1647
Joseph b. 1647
Samuel b. 1652
The best evidence now at hand concerning the Harrison family is that
it consisted of the widowed mother, her three sons and three daughters.
We do not know their father's name, or the maiden name of their mother,
no do we certainly know where they came from, although it is a family tradition
that they came from North Carolina. Of the three daughters one was married
to a man named Wheeler when they came to this state; they settled in Franklin
County and never lived here. Eliza married Noah Giesler, and her biography
will be found under that name. Matilda, the third daughter, married a Reeve,
she lived in Rolla something like sixty years ago, but relatives have had
no touch with her for many years. So far as I now know, she had no children.
The three sons are William, Lewis, and Tyree Harrison.
In a note in his family Bible William Harrison records
that he was born on the Sura River in North Carolina Dec 7, 1897. A
river in the northwestern part of that state has much the same sound as
'Sura' and it is likely the family lived on the headwaters of the Dan River,
not far from the Virginia line. He first came to Missouri in 1826, when
he was nineteen years old-whether to this part of the state or not is unknown.
Evidently he continued to wander for several additional years, for he was
married to Nancy Shepard of Mason Co., Kentucky, before 1833. The family
tradition is that he and his bride came here in 1833, and that all the
family came together. He first lived on the Camp Ground at the crossing
of the Bourbeuse on the Camp Ground Road, for many years owned by James
Moreland and now owned by his widow. After some years there he sold that
place and bought a farm on Lanes Prairie, where lived until his death on
March 8, 1896, being survived for several years by his widow.
Mrs. Shepard, the mother of Mrs. William Harrison, later came to this
country and spent the declining years of her life and died here. In addition
to Mrs. Harrison, she was the mother of Mrs. Augustus Pinnell, elsewhere
mentioned, and of Mrs. Permelia West; the last, a widow, left no descendants
so far as known.
William Harrison's family consisted of six children living to maturity:
Jasper, John Milton, Mary, Permelia, Eliza and Alice. Of these Mary J.
married George W., Clymer of Crawford Co., and died May 10, 1916, aged
about seventy-eight years, childless. With the exception of a few years
at Vienna, Mr. and Mrs. Clymer made their home at Vichy the last fifty
years of their lives.
Permelia Harrison, who was born March 4, 1812, married Lafayette Murry, who came here as a child in 1838. His father, Thomas Murry, was a boat builder and worked at his trade over a wide territory; his mother was a Noblett. The family evidently lived in Tennessee. When it was
decided they should move to their relatives here, a date in the future
was set when the father would meet his wife and children in St. Louis and
accompany them to their new home. The wife and children were there on time,
but no tidings were ever received of the father. While waiting for his
appearance, his wife, too, sickened and died, leaving her two children
among strangers. Relatives brought them here where they grew to man and
womanhood and lived the remainder of their lives. In his youth and early
manhood 'Lafe' Murry was one of the old-time ox team freighters from this
country to St. Louis, taking from two to three weeks to make the round
trip. He later farmed on the Bourbeuse and operated power machinery of
all kinds, dying at Vichy July 11, 1924. Mrs. Murry survived her husband
until January 8, 1935. Lafayette and Permelia Murry were the parents of
three children living to maturity, of which two, William S. of St. James,
and Lida, wife of A. J. Smith of Mount Vernon, Texas, survive. The third
child, Lillie, wife of W.Z. Wills of Belle, who was born April 17, 1872,
died at Belle April 26, 1936, also leaving three children by a prior marriage:
Mrs. Myrtle Carter and Mrs. N.T. Clark, both of Kansas City, Missouri,
and William Gibbons of Fort Peck, Montana.
Eliza M. Harrison married G. W., son of Elizah Jones, and her descendants
are listed under that name. Alice Harrison, who married James Stokes November
21, 1878, is long since dead, leaving one son, Marvin, whose last address,
some two years ago, was Gladewater, Texas.
John Milton Harrison was the father of eight children by his marriage to Jane, daughter of George II Coppedge Senior. Of these eight, John Pinckney of DeSoto, Missouri, Boney who lives in Iowa, Waldo and Edward are living; Frances died single; Allen married and died childless; Margaret married William Jose, and both she and her husband have been dead many years leaving two children: William Junior died single and the other, Myrtle, at last accounts lived in or near Denver, Colorado; her married name is not known.
Georgia Ann, the remaining daughter of John Milton Harrison, is also
dead. Five children were born of her marriage with John Finn, of whom two,
Gladys and an infant, are dead: Elsie, Charles, and Richard Finn, the surviving
children live in and near St. James.
William Jasper Harrison, the remaining child of William, has been dead
about twenty years. He was married December 31, 1871, to Anna, daughter
of Daniel Mosier, and lived his entire life in the High Gate vicinity.
He is survived by his widow, who lives at the home place, and four of the
five children born to them: GB (Bert) Harrison married Alice, daughter
of Burr Rogers of Crawford County, and lives at Muskogee, Oklahoma. Everett
J. Harrison who married Etta Mizell, and Ora Harrison who married C.C.
Bennetsen, both live in Phelps County. William Austin Harrison, who married
Ollie, daughter of Frank Cooper, lives about a mile east of High Gate near
the Jakes Prairie road. Walter Harrison, the remaining child, married Nellie
Andrews of Pacific and died leaving one child, Edna, whose present address
is not at hand.
Lewis Harrison, probably the youngest of the three original brothers, was born in North Carolina August 6, 1812, and died here December 28, 1879. His first wife was Esther Gregory Hutchison, daughter of James Hutchison. If he came here with the rest of the family it is likely they married here. She was born May 1, 1816, and seven children were born to them that lived to the time of her death, May 16, 1855. Of the seven William Alexander and Clark Monroe Harrison died in early life, single. John Henry Harrison, born April 17, 1847, started to Texas in 1867 and was never known to have reached his destination. A nephew, Dolph Harrison of Belle, has a letter written July 15, 1877, by Allen L. Stone, his uncle's companion on the trip, from Fort Smith, Arkansas, advising that they were leaving the next day for the Choctaw nation, and to
address them at San Antonio, Texas. No further word was ever received,
and the family believes they were both murdered by robbers somewhere in
the Indian Nation. The remaining four children of this marriage were: Laodicea
Narcissus, who was born March 18, 1839, and died December 19, 1923 (she
married Robert J. Walker and her descendants are given under his name);
Malissa Jane (Jennie) Harrison, born April 27, 1841, died in June, 1932.
She was three times married. First to a Smithers by whom she had one daughter,
Josephine, now widow of Robert Dickinson of Rolla: second to "Doss"
Coppedge, by whom she had no children, and third to a Stephenson. One child,
Lulu, born of the last marriage, is now Mrs. Lulu Clark of Colorado.
Thomas Jefferson Harrison was born April 6, 1850, and died November
29, 1930. He was married April 27, 1873, to Missouri Elizabeth, daughter
of William S. Johnson, and after living on the Dry Fork something like
thirty years they moved to Belle about the time the town was laid out,
and made that place their home, and where they both died. Their four children,
all living, are William H. Adolphus, Grace, wife of Oliver Travis, and
Cecil, wife of Rainey Ridenhour, all of Belle.
Marshall Columbus Harrison, the youngest child of the first marriage, was born January 11, 1853, and died December 14, 1930, slightly over two weeks after the death of his brother Thomas. He was three times married: first on February 1, 1880, to Mollie E., daughter of William W. Hildebrand, who died within a few months. His second wife's name is not known; they had one daughter, Fannie E., now widow of John W. Gibson, who lives in Warren County. His third marriage was to Mary J., daughter of Robert Gibson, and about the time of this marriage he, in company with his son-and brother-in-law, John W. Gibson, established a store on the old Vienna and Rolla road, the post office in connection being known as Cadmus. They successfully operated this business a number of years,
and after disposing of the store Mr. Harrison spent some time in Texas
and California before returning here, where he died. Mr. Gibson also spent
some time in Texas, finally returning here and living, first, on the lower
Bourbeuse, in Gasconade County, and later in the Missouri bottom, where
he died. The three surviving children of the third marriage are: Louise
E. Harrison, Mrs. Elizabeth Reidy, and Mrs. Anna C. Harrison Squire, all
of San Diego, California.
Lewis Harrison's second marriage in 1856 was to Elizabeth Ann Sellers,
who was born January 21, 1833, and died February 6, 1857. One child, Lewis
Harvey Harrison, was born of this marriage on January 13, 1857; he died
April 5, 1936. He married Mary L., daughter of James M. Coppedge, and after
living in this county for some years they moved to St. Louis, where they
made their home the remainder of their lives, and where all but one of
the living children now reside. They are: Ernest, Charles, Raymond, Everett,
Harvey, and Virginia, now Mrs. Arthur Hale, George, the other living child,
is in Cincinnati, Ohio. Two children are deceased; Tressie married William
Fogarty, and left no children; Margaret, wife of William Arbeiter, left
one son, William Arbeiter Junior, also in St. Louis.
Lewis Harrison's third marriage was in 1859, to Nancy Jane Jamison of
Callaway County, who was born March 1, 1836, and died February 22, 1902.
Of the four children born of this marriage Benjamin Franklin Harrison died
in infancy; Olive Medora Harrison was born June 30, 1867, and died February
10, 1931. She was married to G. W. Crum in 1888 and her account will be
found under her married name. The other two children born of this marriage
were Sterling Price and Joseph Albert Harrison.
Sterling Price Harrison was born April 17, 1863, and died March 4, 1890. His wife was Anna B., daughter of Robert Gibson, and he was the father of two sons: Claude
S. who was born July 3, 1889, and died single April 29, 1912, and Frank,
who is married and lives in St. Louis.
Joseph Albert Harrison, the youngest son and second youngest child,
was born March 25, 1865, and died February 24, 1915. He was married June
26, 1892, to Dora A., daughter of Thomas A. Bray, who survives him as do
five of their six children: Guy in the south; Jessie, now Mrs. Everett
Wallace of Belle; Thomas and Audrey of St. Louis; and Ruth, now Mrs. Rudolph,
of Troy, Missouri; Hermina, who married after the family moved to St. Louis,
is dead, leaving no children.
Tyree Harrison, the remaining brother, whose birth date is not at hand,
was married to Frances Malone in either Virginia or North Carolina some
years before coming here, and may have been the oldest of the three; indeed,
he may have been the oldest child in the family. He seems to have lived
all his Maries County life a few miles down the Bourbeuse from his brother
Lewis, and if he did any moving around after settling on the place the
fact has not been preserved. He died at an advanced age in 1892, and was
survived for some years by his widow. Their family living to maturity consisted
of two sons and five daughters.
John Tyree Harrison, the oldest son, married Eliza Haynes and moved
to Jasper County so long ago that relatives here almost entirely lost touch
with this branch of the family. Both he and his wife died at Purcell in
Jasper County, leaving several daughters and at least one son, John Tyree
Harrison Junior, whose present address and marital status are not at hand.
The other son, Francis Marion Harrison, married Ellen Davis of Crawford County in 1868, and after making their home in this county a number of years moved to Cherokee County, Kansas, where Mrs. Harrison died about 1885. Mr. Harrison continued to make his home in southeastern
Kansas until about 1930, when he moved to the home of his daughter,
Mrs. J. A. Tipton, in East St. Louis, at which place he made his home until
his death in 1935 at the age of ninety years. He had ninety-nine descendants
at the time of his death. His living children are: Lula, now Mrs. J. A.
Tipton of East St. Louis; Horace of Pittsburgh, Kansas; Wilson and Edith
at Columbus Kansas, and Della at Springfield, Missouri. Two daughters,
Mattie and Ella, are dead, the former in California and the latter at Galena,
Kansas. With the exception of Mrs. Tipton, the girls' married names have
not been obtained.
Emeline Harrison, daughter of Tyree, married Jackson Bullock, and during
their short married life the young couple made their home between Safe
and High Gate in this county. Both died before reaching middle age. They
were the parents of four children, some or all of who made their home with
their grandparents until their majority. Of the four, two are still living:
Mary, the only daughter, married William Davis of Crawford County; they
live at High Gate, where they recently celebrated their sixtieth wedding
anniversary. A. T. Bullock, the surviving son, lived in this county most
of his life, and later moved to and now lives in St. James.
Thomas S. Bullock, the oldest child of Jackson and Emeline Bullock,
has been dead many years. His wife was Mary Mizell. They were the parents
of three children, of whom one son, Frank, survives and lives in Los Angeles.
La Mara, the only daughter, died single. William B. Bullock, the remaining
son, was born September 7, 1887, and died November 3, 1937. He spent the
latter part of his life at St. James, where his widow still lives, and
is survived by eight children: Delmar, Dawson, John, Eugene, Sylvia, Mary,
Theodosia, and Shirley Bullock.
William T. Bullock, the remaining child of Jackson and Emeline Bullock, is also long since deceased, as is his son, Robert, by his first marriage to Mary Hart. Robert
married Mary Wools, and is survived by his widow and their three children,
Everett, Myrl, and Clarence, all of this county. The other three children
of the marriage with Mary Hart, all yet living, are: Ida, wife of Lee Reed
of this county, and Louis and Thomas, both of St. James. William T. Bullock
was also the father of three children by his later marriage to Mrs. Belle
Jackson, nee Smith; Goldie in St. Louis, Chester at St. James, and John
at Berryman, Missouri.
Sarah Jane Harrison, daughter of Tyree, married James Bullock, brother
of Jackson. They were the parents of eight children, of whom three are
yet living: Columbus C. lives at Bonne Terre, Louis near St. James, and
Eliza, wife of James Tipton, at Galena, Kansas. Of the five who have passed
away, William T., John, and Frances died single. Marion Bullock, also deceased,
left two children John of Oklahoma and Reuben Terre. Ollie Bullock, the
remaining child of James, married a Key and moved to and died at Galena,
Kansas, a number of years ago. Her two children, John and Fern Key, lived
there at last accounts, the later's married name is not known.
Elizabeth Harrison daughter of Tyree, was the second wife of G. W. Matlock.
They are both long since dead, but so far as known the six children born
of this marriage are all living. They are: Charles, Matthew, Thomas, Stonewall,
Robert E., and Ada, now Mrs. C. B. East; all are thought to live in St.
Louis and Phelps County.
Lavina C., daughter of Tyree Harrison, was born March 13, 1838, and was married to Phillip Carroll II, who was born January 9, 1838, and died January 4, 1899. His wife survived him some time but her death date is not at hand. They lived their entire lives and both died in this county, but only one of their descendants, Lydia, wife of James Letterman, now lives here. Laura Carroll, the other daughter, married Peter F. Letterman, for many years a teacher, businessman, and State Representative of this
county, and died childless some five years ago. Mr. Letterman has lived
in Denver for nearly twenty years.
William Carroll, the only son born of this marriage to live to maturity,
married Jane, daughter of Joseph Stockton, and lived in Phelps County at
the time of his death some few years ago. He is survived by his widow who
lives at Roila, and five of the seven children born to them: Mabel who
married Jack Mitchell, Helene who married a Bruner, and Austin, all live
in and near Rolla; Guy lives at Cape Girardeau, and Clinton at Memphis,
Missouri. Hazel Carroll married Ralph Kilgore in Phelps County where both
of them died, leaving one daughter, Betty Jo. Clyde Carroll, the oldest
son of William, is also dead; he is survived by his widow, the former Gertie
Branstetter, and their four children, Eugene, Keith, Catherine L., and
a baby daughter. The family lives in Memphis, Missouri, the home of his
widow before her marriage.
Arminta Harrison, the remaining daughter of Tyree, married W. R. Francis.
She died in Gasconade County November 2, 1935. No children were born to
In common with the Masseys and several other families, the Hutchisons
differ with each other over the spelling of their name. Most of them now
here spell it 'Hutchison.' But an active minority cling to 'Hutcheson.'
And this difference exists back to 1785-as far back as the family has been
traced. At that time the 'e's' were in the majority, fifteen families using
this form of spelling being listed in Virginia to only six using 'i's.'
Owing to the fact that the branch of the family we believe to have intermarried
with the Gregorys use the 'i' form, I have adopted this spelling, which
I believe is the one most generally used here. However, descendants of
James Hutchison here spell their name with the 'e' and he may have used
this form also. No example of his signature has come to light.
Richard and Charles Hutchison in 1785 lived in Mecklenburg
County, Virginia, as did Richard and Roger Gregory; all were slave owners.
James Hutchison was born in Virginia in 1785, and Mary Gregory was born
there December 23, 1786. They were married in Virginia, but nothing further
is certainly known of their ancestry, or the date of their marriage. However,
since the family names do not occur together in any other Virginia county,
it is likely that they descended from the above families listed in Mecklenburg
James Hutchison and his wife must have left Virginia soon after their
wedding, for they lived more than twenty years in Tennessee, and all their
children were born there. Most of this time they lived in Greene County,
which was also the home of Joseph Hutchison, another Maries County pioneer
but no traceable relationship. If the family tradition is correct, Robartus
was nine years old when they came here, then they arrived in 1834, for
he was born in 1825. Their first land entry here, however, was in 1839,
when James Hutchison entered land on the Boubeuse later for many years
owned by A. T. Bullock, on which he likely made his home until his death
on May 4, 1848. His widow followed him to the grave January 19, 1849. Both
are buried in Rock Springs Cemetery.
Of the eleven children born of this marriage, no record has been found
for three, and they are thought to have died in infancy. The other eight
were: Esther, William, James M., Martha, Mary E., John G., Robertus E.,
and Benjamin Hutchison. Esther was the first wife of Lewis Harrison, and
her descendants are recorded under that name elsewhere in this chapter.
Mary E. married first John Davault, and second Phillip Johnson; no children
were born of either marriage. James M. moved to Lawrence County so many
years ago that all connections with relatives here have been broken. Martha,
who married a Blackwell, removed to Indian Territory about the same time.
No list of the descendants of either of them has been obtained.
Mo. 8 pp. 341-343 Salt Lake City G.S. Library. A Pioneer History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri by William S. Bryan & Robert Rose. Publ. By Bryan & Co., St. Louis, MO
HARRISON-- The Harrison family, of which there are several members in Callaway County, is one of the most distinguished in America. It sprang from some of the best blood of England, and has given to that country and America several of their most celebrated characters. John, Benjamin, and Thomas Harrison were sons of a family of English nobility, and were born in the town of Feuby, Yorkshire. John was born is 1693, and became a great inventor. Among his inventions were a chronometer and gridiron. He also invented the pendulum for clocks, for which the British crown paid him 20,000 pounds. He died in Red Lion Square, London, in 1776. Benjamin Harrison was born in 1694. He had two sons, Benjamin and Robert. The former was the father of Hon. Benjamin Harrison, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and who was the father of General William Henry Harrison, President of the United States. Robert Harrison was the father of Hon. Robert Harrison, the great jurist. Thomas, the younger brother of John and Benjamin Harrison, was born in 1695. He married Hannah Morrison, of England, by whom he had six sons-John, Benjamin, Thomas, Jr., Samuel, Daniel and James all of whom came to America after the death of their parents, and settled in the State of Maryland. When the revolutionary war began they all enlisted in the American army, and John and Thomas were soon promoted, the former to the rank of captain and the latter to that of Colonel. The other four brothers were killed, and each left families, but of these we have no account. Captain John Harrison married a Miss Malone, of Maryland, and settled in Botetourt county, Virginia. He had six sons-Thomas, Samuel, John, Benjamin, Daniel and James. Colonel Thomas Harrison never married. He was a shrewd
business man, and made a great deal of money while in the army, most of which he invested in lands in the Valley of Virginia, and at his death he left his property to his nephew, Thomas, son of Captain John Harrison. This nephew married Margaret Billops, of Virginia, and removed with his parents to South Carolina, but returned to Virginia after their deaths, and settled in Montgomery County. He had ten children by his first wife, of whom he raised eight, vis.: Edward, John, Thomas, Samuel, James, Elizabeth, Sarah and Polly. His second wife was Nancy Crawley, of Virginia, by whom he had-Nancy, Margaret and William D. He was married the third time to Jane Childress, of Virginia, by whom he had-Cynthia, Andrew L., Eliza J., and Benjamin R. In the fall of 1819 he removed with his family to Missouri, and settle on the Booneslick road in Callaway County, where he died in Virginia. His second son, John was born in Boutetourt county, Va., October 7, 1791. (See portrait; page 228.) He volunteered in the war of 1812, and was promoted to the rank of Major. He was married in 1816, to Mary Crockett, of Virginia, and in 1817 he came to Missouri with his family consisting of his wife and one child, Thomas. He settled first in Saline County, but removed to Boone in 1819. In 1827 he settled on Harrison's Branch in Callaway County, where he died February 19, 1871. His wife died August 1, 1873. Major Harrison had seven children-Thomas, Crockett, Benjamin F., Samuel, James M., Rebecca, and Virginia. Thomas and Crockett were blown up on a steamship boat at New Orleans in 1849, and the former was seriously injured. Thomas, brother of Major John Harrison, married Sarah Potts, of Virginia, by whom he had had: William, John T., Samuel P., Mary, Nancy, Margaret and Lucy. He settled on Harrison's Branch, in Callaway County,. In 1832 he went to St. Louis on business and on his return died of cholera, at St. Charles, on the 8th of June, in the 42nd year of his age. His widow is still living. In early days Mr. Harrison belonged to the Regulators of Callaway County, and when the Indians, who sometimes passed through the county on their way to Washington City, would steal anything, or commit other depredations, the Regulators would catch them and whip them. One day an old Indian set the woods on fire, and Mr. Harrison caught him and whipped him, and then took his gun lock off and kept it, so that he could not shoot any one for revenge. Judge James Harrison came to Missouri with his brother, Major John Harrison, in 1817, and settled with him in Saline County. In 1819 he removed to Boone County, where, in 1821, he married Rebecca Crockett. In 1830 he settled in Audrain County, and the following year he was appointed presiding Judge of the County Court by Gov. Boggs,
but resigned the office soon after. He was Justice of the Peace for
a number of years and was elected to the Legislature three times. He died
in 1875, three days before his 80th birthday. He had twelve
children-Thomas J., Samuel C., John, James, William, Margaret R., Jane,
Mary A., Nancy, Sarah, Virginia, and Lucy. Samuel, brother of Major John
Harrison, left Virginia for the west in 1819, and was never heard of again.
He was doubtless robbed and murdered, as the route between the East and
West was infested with robbers at various places, at that time. Elizabeth
and Sarah Harrison married and lived in Virginia. Polly married and settled
in Wisconsin. Margaret married Charles McIntire, of Audrain County. William
D. Harrison was married first to Mary E. Bourn, and after her death he
married her sister, Effie. He lives in Audrain County. Cynthia married
Alfred Kebbe, of Texas. Eliza J. married Jeptha Yates, of Callaway County,
and died September 21, 1873. Andrew L. and Benjamin R. are bachelors, and
live in Callaway County. James Harrison, son of Captain John Harrison,
of the revolutionary war, married Louisa Duncan, of South Carolina, and
settled in Washington county, Mo., in 1819. John and Daniel, his brothers,
married and settled in Alabama, and Samuel and Benjamin married and settled
6.4 - 206 Thomas HARRISON, b ca 1775, son of Major Thomas HARRISON (d.
1799, Caswell Co., NC) went to Fayette County or Madison County, TN with
wife, Mildred JOHNSTON, ca 1840. He apparently died 1843, Fayette County.
Youngest daughter, Louisa, married James M. THOMASON, 1843, Fayette County.
Other children: Thomas (?), Robert, William, Anne, Elizabeth, Arminta.
From where did the presumed emigrant to America, Andrew I and wife, Eleanor
come? (before 1704) Wish to correspond with descendants and have information
Betty Nuss, PO Box 342, Weatherford, TX 76086
6.4 - 207 I have a very interesting letter written by P. McKinnon from
Grundy Co. Missouri, July 22, 1863 to his uncle, my great grandfather,
Reuban Campbell HARRISON. I will send copy to descendant who writes to
Jean Antrim, 1100 Oakridege Court, Bel Air, Maryland 21014
6.4 - 208 We descend from a Benjamin Harrison, a Revolutionary War Patriot,
who is the father of Elizabeth Harrison. She was born in 1742 in Charles
City County, Virginia and she married about 1760, John BARNER. She died
after 1789 in Brunswick County, Virginia. We would like to correspond with
anyone who can provide further information regarding this family.
Joe & Renee Jones, PO Box 185, Blytheville, Arkansas 72316-0185
6.4 -209 Would like to contact anyone with HARRISON ancestors in the
following shires of England between 1800-1860: Lincoln, Derby, Rutland
and Leicester. Especially any who had any members who married with the
PELL family. Also, any descendant of Mark HARRISON WHO D. 1898 IN Independence,
Garey D. Cearlock, 7319 Tustin Road, Salinas, Ca 93907
6.4 - 210 Wish all information on ancestors and descendants of Moses
Harrison, b. ca 1808, New Jersey. Married Sarah WARD early 1830's. Resided
Newwark and Bloomfield, NJ. Children: Charles, Rebecca Louisa (Ennis),
Argaidas Milton (m. Helen), Theodore P. (m. Amelia ROE), Emmons Monroe
(m Mary KITCHELL), Mary A., Wilbur (m. Mary Jane LAWRENCE).
Gail Benson, 21258 SW 98th Avenue, Tualatin, OR 97062
HARRISON HERITAGE (ISSN 0740-9001) was a family genealogical quarterly.
Many thanks to Cathy Cadd for transcribing this issue for us.
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