Second Generation


2. Elias "Eli" HARRISON was born circa 1769 in Botetourt County, Virginia. He died on 5 September 1836 at the age of 67 in Claiborne County, Tennessee.

I have no direct proof that Eli or Elias was another son of Jonathan & Mercy Terry Harrison, but records from Claiborne Co TN suggest that this is true. I have also seen that Jonathan's father was an Elias Harrison.
I have also seen the suggestion that his father was James HARRISON (James served in Rev.War from NC); his mother was Winnie REDDIN.
Eli was married twice - first to Martha Hedgepeth, probably about 1790 or so, and then to Nancy Hail, 19 Aug 1824, Pulaski Co KY. He had children by both wives.
I have a 5th cousin DNA matches to descendants of this line, so it is possible that Eli and my Elisha were probably brothers - that would certainly guarantee Jonathan Harrison was his father.

Manuscript attached to Ancestry family tree had some of the following data which led to additional records, as well as a list of the children of Elias.

3 Mar 1792 Jonathan Harrison sold 100 acres on Marshal's Creek, branch of Big River, in Stokes County, NC to Richard Beasley for 60#'s. Note: 5 Oct 1800. Richard Beasley wrote his will, Stokes, NC and left his estate to wife Martha and named a daughter Patty Harrison. Could this have been the Martha "Patty" who was married to Jonathan's son Eli/Elias? Elias & Martha's two eldest children are said to have been born in NC. This is not the surname usually seen for Elias's wife but then that surname has never had evidence of any proof.

Claiborne, TN, Deeds
23 Oct 1809 Jonathan Harrison Senr, grantor to Elias Harrison for $160. Tract in Claiborne, part of Lot A in Henderson's survey. Norville's line; Snuffer's corner, his line; Davis's line; Renfro's corner, Norville's line. 68 acres. Signed: Jonathan (x) Harrison. Wit: William Weaver, Beverly Markham [Bk. A2, Pg. 219, img 567 FamilySearch.org]
4 Oct 1809 Elias Harrison of Claiborne sold to William Hord a tract on Russell's Creek; line of Stewart's Survey, Neal's line; Hord's grant, 200 acres. Signed: Elias Harrison. Wit: Walter Evans. Acknowledged by Harrison in open court the same day. [Bk. A2, pg.230, img 572, FamilySearch.org]

Ancestry family tree to a DNA match:
1833 Claiborne Co., Tennessee Tax records list Elias and William Harrison.
According to Goodspeed's History of Claiborne Co, Elias was a county trustee from 1818 to 1834.
BIG SPRINGS PRMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH
July the 2nd Saturday 1802. Church met and after worship proceeded to business.1st Opened a door for the reception of members and received by experience Stephen Shelton, Daniel Martin, Elias Harrison, Fanny Runnels, Hannarittar (?) Shelton, Elizabeth Sims, James Sims.
September the 1st Saturday 1802. Church met at Rob Camp meeting house and after worship proceeded to open a door for the reception of members and received by experience Obediah Harrison, Nancy Trent,Gowan Morgan, Jean Stephens, Sarah Medlock
September Second Saturday 1807. Church met at Big Spring and after worship proceeded to business.1st Referd the reference relative to Brother Jesse Dodson to next meeting.2nd Association letter read and approbated.3rd Samuel Bristow dismist by letter.4th Brother William Jones received the call of the church.5th Referd the reference relative to William Hase to next meeting.6th Thomas and Martha Jeffries dismist by letter.7th Appointed Isaac Lane, Peter, Neal, James Sims and Elias Harrison to labour with Sister Nancy Harper for fellowship between her and Ransom Day.8th Appointed the first Saturday in October for next church meeting.
October 1st Saturday 1810. Church met at Big Spring and after worship proceeded to business.1st Received James Cunningham, William and Bevirah Dunsmore by letter.2nd Received Patrick Fitzgarrel, Jona Moore, Rawleigh Shipley, Reuben Harper, Thomas Whitehead, Elizabeth Going, Reuben Rose, Henry Cunningham, Jane Cunningham, Higman Athy, Sarah Jennings, Husk's Fann, Mary Edwards, Rhoda Harrison by experience.
March Second Saturday 1811. Church met at Big Spring and after worship proceeded to business.1st Received Zachariah Austin by experience.2nd Dismist Elias, Martha and Rodah Harrison by letter.3rd Received John Condry and James Cleark by experience.
November Second Saturday 1819. Church met at Big Spring and after worship proceeded to business.1st Received Martha Harrison, James and Mary Hodges and Briant Breading by letter.
May Second Saturday 1820. Church met at Big Spring and after worship proceeded to business. 1st Sister Hester Briant returned her letter of dismission to the church again. 2nd Appointed Brother and Sister McCubbin to converse with Sister Rachel Rice and make report next meeting. 3rd Appointed Brethren Zachariah McCubbin, Isaac Lane, Thomas Hurst and John Neil to attend at Davises Creek meeting house the first Saturday in June to assist them in a matter of difficulty according to their petition. In addition to the above appointment Brother Joab Hill and Brother James Sims is appointed to attend with them. 4th Gave up the following named members for a new constitution, Ritchard Harper, David Huddleston, Thomas Whitehead, James Hodges, Briant Breading, Rheubin Harper, Jemima Huddleston, Nancy Harper, Fanny Smith, Fanney Breading, Mary Hodges, Susannah Whitehead, Elizabeth Harper, Millender Thompson, John Burch, Elizabeth Burch, Martha Harrison.
´╗┐Big Springs Primitive Baptist Church, the oldest church in Tennessee, still stands in Springdale, only about 15 miles from Cumberland Gap. The church was erected during the winter of 1795-96, when the area was still part of North Carolina.
DISMISSED BY LETTER: usually meant person named had transferred to another Baptist Church and asked for letter to new congregation.
ACCEPTED BY LETTER: usually meant person named had a letter from another Baptist Church.
ACCEPTED BY EXPERIENCE: usually meant the person was known and vouched for by anther member.

An Obediah Harrison married Charlotte Potter, 2 Jul 1816, Clark Co, KY, Clark being adjacent to Madison Co where Elisha Harrison was living. He had joined the Big Springs Church in 1802 - too early to have been a son of Eli. Was he another son of Jonathan?

On the 1880 census of Pulaski Co. KY, his daughter, Martha said that she was born in TN, her parents born Virginia. . He was a county Trustee from 1814 until his death in 1836.

Children said to be Rhoda, Daniel, William, Celety, Livinia, Martha, Mary Ann, Catherine and Benjamin.

Thought to be buried Brooks Cemetery, Claiborne, TN

Elias "Eli" HARRISON and Martha [HARRISON] were married circa 1790. Martha [HARRISON] was born circa 1770. She died about 1820 at the age of 50 in Claiborne County, Tennessee.

Although her surname is seen as Hedgepeth or Hudspeth, but there is proof cited. She was more likely Martha Beasley, daughter of Richard.

Martha was probably Martha Beasley:
3 Mar 1792 Jonathan Harrison sold 100 acres on Marshal's Creek, branch of Big River, in Stokes County, NC to Richard Beasley for 60#'s. 5 Oct 1800. Richard Beasley wrote his will, Stokes, NC and left his estate to wife Martha and named a daughter Patty Harrison. Could this have been the Martha "Patty" who was married to Jonathan's son Eli/Elias as his first wife? Elias & Martha's two eldest children are said to have been born in NC. This is not the surname usually seen for Elias's wife but then that surname has never had evidence of any proof.


Elias "Eli" HARRISON and Martha [HARRISON] had the following children:

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Rhoda HARRISON.

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Daniel HARRISON was born in 1792. He died in 1853 at the age of 61.

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iii.

Sarah HARRISON was born in 1801. She died in 1864 at the age of 63.

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William G. HARRISON.

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Celeete/Selity HARRISON.

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Lavina HARRISON.

Elias "Eli" HARRISON and Nancy HAIL were married on 19 August 1824 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. Nancy HAIL was born in 1791 in Franklin County, Virginia. She died on 1 September 1852 at the age of 61 in Pulaski County, Virginia.

1850 Census, Pulaski Co, KY, Hh 851
Thomas Haile, 27. Martha Harrison, 24
Elias Hail 8, John, 6. Berry, 4. Cathrine, 3. Wesley, 1
Nancy Harrison, 59.

Elias "Eli" HARRISON and Nancy HAIL had the following children:

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Martha HARRISON.

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Mary Ann HARRISON was born in 1828.

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Catherine J. HARRISON was born in 1829. She died in 1921 at the age of 92.

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Benjamin Franklin HARRISON was born in 1835.