Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Thomas Harrison

Male 1665 - 1746  (80 years)


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  • Name Thomas Harrison  [1
    Born 7 Sep 1665  Chopawamsic, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Aug 1746  Chopawamsic, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I012459  Tree1
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2021 

    Father Burr Harrison,   b. 28 Dec 1637, St. Margaret's Parish, Westminster, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1706, Chopawamsic, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Frances Burditt,   b. Bef 1641,   d. Between 1690 and 1692, Chopawamsic, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 49 years) 
    Married Abt 1657  Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F08150  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sythia "Seth" Elizabeth Short,   b. Abt 1666, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1720, Chopawamsic, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Married Abt 1685  Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Amy {unproven| Harrison,   b. Abt 1686, Chopawamsic, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1767, Bute County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
     2. Sythia Harrison,   b. Abt 1688, Chopawamsic, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Sep 1723, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years)
     3. Catherine Harrison,   b. 1692, Chopawamsic, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1735, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
     4. Burr Harrison,   b. 21 May 1699, Chopawamsic, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1775, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     5. Elizabeth Harrison,   b. Abt 1700, Chopawamsic, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1746, Hamilton Parish, Fauquier County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)
     6. Thomas Harrison,   b. 1702, Chopawamsic, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1773, Fauquier County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     7. Anne Frances Harrison,   b. Abt 1709, Chopawamsic, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Jane Harrison,   b. Bef 1712, Chopawamsic, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Cuthbert Harrison,   b. 1712, Chopawamsic, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1768, Dettingen Parish, Fauquier County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     10. Elizabeth Harrison,   b. Abt 1715, Chopawamsic, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Matthew Harrison,   b. Abt 1717, Chopawamsic, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. George Harrison,   b. Abt 1719, Chopawamsic, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F06660  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • http://www.fauquierhistory.com/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Vol_6No_3.pdf

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      from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~markfreeman/harrison.html

      Notes for Capt. Thomas Harrison:
      May have been born 1668. Member of House of Burgesses, 1741-1746.

      About 1707 Captain Thomas Harrison moved the family, including his second son and namesake, to the late father's seat on the Chappawamsic. The captain had gained his military title in 1703 in the Stafford militia, and was Colonel after 1731. He served under Col. George Mason, Co.. Rice Hooe and Maj. William Fitzhugh. He was a justice of the Stafford court and in 1731, when Prince William was carved out of the older county, he was first-ranked of its original thirteen justices. He was also the first county lieutenant commanding its militia, a post he held almost continuously until his death at age 81 in 1746.
      The earliest mention of Thomas Harrison Jr. is found in the 1724 Overwharton Parish Register of tobacco planters. In the first agricultural production control act in U.S. history, Virginia had limited each grower to 6000 plants per "laboring person" plus 3000 per male between 10 and 16 years of age.
      In accord with this law Captain Harrison declared 44,024 plants, making him the biggest grower in the parish, and he listed his son among the men on his plantation.

      He should not be confused with the Thomas Harrison that purchased land in Stafford from William Green in 1685/6, as he was not yet an adult.

      Notes for Sithia Elizabeth Short:
      Her name was likely Seth Short.

      From: "Two May Families - of Hollow Square, Greene County, Alabama" by Berenice May Fuller, Getweay Press 1988, page 300,
      "What these sources do not agree about is the name of his wife. In 'Maryland Genealogies', Vol. I p. 233, (published by Genealogical Pub. County, 1980), she is designated as Sythia Elizabeth Short. One descendant, Walter Harrison (1863-1955) also names Sythia Short. On the memorial marker in the Harrison Cemetery the name is Sophia C. Short. South Carolina genealogist Leonardo Andrea, using the Index of Wills in Stafford County, Virginia, shows Wills recorded for Thomas Harrison and his wife Anna. This could be a different Thomas Harrison." [This could also be a second spouse]

      The will of John West reports that she was "Seith Harrison, the wife of Captain Thomas Harrison", and she received 500 lbs of tobacco to buy a mourning ring. Coindicentally, he also left 1000 lbs of tobacco to "Seith Lucas, the wife of Henry Lucas." Might they have been related?
      The only other woman known to have had this name were a daughter and three granddaughters of Capt. Thomas Harrison and Seth Linton, the daughter of Moses Linton. The last was a godchild of the Capt. Harrison called his residence "Retirement," the name assigned by "Old Captain Brent" to his home on Aquia Creek.
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      vickie7293@msn.com
      Vickie Miller
      According to the following abstract, Capt Thomas Harrison gave land to Sith the d/o Moses Linton. Do you know why?
      1729-April 26 Stafford Co VA:Will of Moses Linton -Gson: William Morris 100A part of the 700A; Dau: Sith-land in Murumpsco (Par.?) given her by Cpt. Thomas Harrison; Dau: Frances Linton 100A near the falls of Ocquocan adj. Robertsonís land; Gson: Thomas Church 100A part of 700A on Broad Run adj. Arrington; Gdau: Margaret Church; Leg: Henry Peyton 500A part of certain tract of land 700A on Broad Run of Ocquocan adj. Arrington; wife: Margaret; Exors: Wife, Margaret, Moses Quarles & Valentine Peyton wit: Willm Linton, Benj. Grayson, Moses Linton, Charles Morris proven June 11, 1729 pp351-352 (p70 3 5/3
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      The Washington Ancestry and Records of the McClain, Johnson and Forty Other Colonial American Families, Volume 1, Page 368

      [Council Journal of Virginia, C.o., 5:1420, pp. 47,

      48]: "1721, April 27. The Governor, with the advice of the Council, is pleas'd to nominate Justices of the peace for the new erected County of Prince William, viz: Thomas Harrison, Dennis McCarty, Willm Linton, Francis Awbry, Robert Jones, Burr Harrison & Moses Quarles of the Quorum; and Leonard Barker, Wm Harrison, Valentine Barker, John Wright, John Allen, Willm Hackney, and Joseph Hudnal, Gent."
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      STAFFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA DEED AND WILL BOOK, 1686 - 1689; THE ANTIENT PRESS
      pp. 20-21 TO ALL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE to whom these presents shall come I WM. GREENE of Stafford County Planter this 11 day of January in ye yeare I685 And in ye first yeare of the Reigne of or Sovereigne Lord KING JAMES the Second Now Know Yee that I the said WM. GREENE for ye sume of two thousand five hundred pounds of Tobo in Caske to be pd by THOMAS HARRISON of ye same County Planter In manner following to ye said WM. GREENE that is to say the sume of two thousand pounds of Tobo and Caske this present yeare and five hundred in the yeare following, to the sd by the sd THOMAS HARRISON his heires or assignes and in consideration of the Tobo aforesaid I the said WM. GREENE have sold ye said THOMAS HARRISON a tract of land containing two hundred acres of land in ye aforesd County of Stafford being pt of a devident or tract of land containing Twelve hundred acres formerly belonging to Mr. WM. GREENE ye Elder Father to ye aforesaid WM. GREENE given and left unto him by his said Fathers Last Will & Testament as upon Record in ye County Court said tract of land beginning at a gum just below ye Plantn his said Father formerly seated and soe running ye breadth of two hundred acres up ye Runn called ACCOTINCKE In Witness whereof I have sett my hand & seale ye day &year above
      In presence of CHARLES BALDRIDGE, WM_ GREENE WM. DOWNEING, RICH. BRYANT
      This Sale of Land was acknowledged in ye County Court of Stafford by CHAR: BALDRIDGE Attorney of WM. GREENE to ye within named THOMAS HARRISON this 9 day of Decembr. 1686, And then was recorded
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I WM. GREENE of Stafford County doe appoint CHA: BALDRIDGE to bee my true and lawfull Attorney in my stead to acknowledge to THOS. HARRISON in ye County aforesd Two hundred acres of land as by Deed of Sale doth appeare. As Witness my hand & Seale ye 4 December 1686
      Test RICH. BRIANT, WM. GREENE THOMAS MARAM
      Recorded in ye County Court of Staff& this 9 day of Decembr. 1686
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      STAFFORD COUNTY VA DEED BOOK J; 1722-1728; THE ANTIENT PRESS
      pp. 36-37 Know all men by these presents that I THOS. HARRISON of the Retirement of County Stafford doth farm lett unto JOHN SUMERS of same County 100 acres being part of a Patent granted Major JOHN WEST, Mr. WILLIAM HARRISON, Mr. THOMAS PEARSON and the said Thomas Harrison the whole being 4639 acres in Stafford County .. Beginning at marked white oak standing on the North side of Turkey Cock Branch .. up .. on the North side for breadth of a hundred acres of land square Including the Plat that the said Summers hath now settled on the said Turkey Cock branch during the naturall lives of the said John Sumers and SETH his wife and for life of his son JOHN SUMERS .. paying yearly just sum of 500 pounds of Tobacco and caske according to law after the 10th October .. loth agree on Death of one of the aforesaid lives that he may have liberty of paying a Double rent to putt in another of his children's lives ..
      Presence Burr Harrison, Thos. Harrison
      Elizabeth x Coleri John x Summers
      Att a Court held for Stafford County 11th September 1723 Then came Thomas Harrison Gent. personally acknowledged the within Deed .. ordered to be recorded and is accordingly.
      Memorandum The said Thomas Harrison doth acquitt John Sumers of four years
      rent from the day of the Date it hears ..
      Thos. Harrison
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      A Quit Rent Roll of 1723; Taken from the Register of Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia; 1,629 acres, Paid 781 Lbs. Tobacco
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      1731 - 1732 Prince William County, Virginia Deeds, Liber A {June Whitehurst Johnson}:
      Pages 79-81. Aug. 17, 1731. Burdet Harrison to Robert Stephens
      Burdet Harrison of Prince William and Robt Stephens of same. for 1600 lb. of Tob.... on south branch of Pohick of Hancock Lee....part of warrant dated 1729 by Burdett and Andrew Smar and Thos. Harrison....161 a....land near head of south run of Pohick....lying between land of Andrew Smar and Thomas Harrison. Burdet (B) Harrison
      Wit: Wm. Payne, David Davies, Richard Higgins.
      Recd. of Robert Stephens sum of 1600 weight Tob. and wit. by David Davies, Charles (his mark) Griffith.
      At Court on Aug. 19, 1731. Burdet Harrison acknowledged this Deed of Sale with receipt endorsed. Jane wife of Burdet relinquished her right of Dower.
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      Prince William Co VA Bond Book 1732-1847
      May 16th 1733 (D-B1-40)
      Know all men by these presents that we Thomas Harrison Jun., Thomas Harrison, and John Farrow all of the County of Prince William Gent. are held and firmly bound unto our Sovereign Lord GEORGE the Second by the Grace of God of Great Brittain France and Ireland, King Defender of the Faith &c. in the sum of One Thousand Pounds Sterling Money of Great Brittain. To be paid to our said Lord the King his heirs and successors to the which pay--- well and truly to be made we bind our selves and every of us our and every of our heirs executors and administrators for the whole and in the whole jointly and severally firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seals dated the sixteenth day of May in the year of our Lord God One thousand seven hundred and thirty three.
      The Condition of the above Obligation is such that whereas the above bound Thomas Harrison Jun. hath this day produced in the County Court of Prince William a commission from the Honorable William Gooch Esq. his Majesties suit Governour and Commander in Chief of this Colony and Dominion of Virginia bearing date the nineteenth day of April last past. Constituting and appointing the said Thomas Harrison jun. Sheriff of the said County of Prince William. Now the said Thomas Harrison Jun. do and shall in all matters and things whatsoever relating to his said office of Sheriff well and truly behave himself and do and shall truly and faithfully perform the said office in all things. Then the above obligation to be void otherwise to be and remain in full force and virtue. Sealed and delivered in the presence of Catesby Cocke
      Thomas Harrison SEAL
      John Farrow SEAL
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      1738-RENT ROLLS - Prince William County, VA
      Harrison, Burr
      Harrison, Thomas
      Harrison, Thomas jr

  • Sources 
    1. [S044750] Burr Harrison.
      Five Generations of the Family of Burr Harrison of Virginia 1650-1800
      Author: John P. Alcock
      Publication: Published 1991 by Heritage Books, Inc., 1540 E Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie, Maryland 20716
      ISBN 1-55613-378-

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