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

Benjamin Harrison

Male 1695 - 1745  (50 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Harrison  [1
    Born 1695  Berekely Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Jul 1745  Berekely Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I033807  Tree1
    Last Modified 11 Apr 2021 

    Father Benjamin Harrison,   b. 1673, Indian Fields, Surry County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1710, 'Berekely Plantation', Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Burwell,   b. Jun 1677, Abbington Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1734, 'Berekely Plantation', Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Married 1695  Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F18381  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne Carter,   b. 1702, Corotman, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1791, Berekely Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 1721  Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Anne Carlin Harrison,   b. 1722, Berkeley, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1745, Wilton, Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
     2. Elizabeth Harrison,   b. Abt 1725, Berekely Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1783, Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
     3. Benjamin Harrison,   b. 13 Dec 1730, Berekely Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1791, Berekely Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     4. Henry Randolph Harrison,   b. Abt 1728, Berekely Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1772, Sussex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years)
     5. Hannah Harrison,   b. 1730, Berekely Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1745, Berekely Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)
     6. Carter Henry Harrison,   b. 22 Aug 1732, Berekely Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1796, Clifton, Cumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     7. Lucy Harrison,   b. Aft 1736, Berekely Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1745, Berekely Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 7 years)
     8. Nathaniel Harrison,   b. 30 Sep 1742, Berekely Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1782, Berekely Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
    Last Modified 11 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F14940  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Contributed by Carolyn Whitaker
      Will of Benjamin Harrison written 17 Oct 1743 Charles City County, Virginia
      names wife Ann
      son Henry dead and buried on Berkley Plantation (to be decently buried on Berkley Plantation near my little dear son Henry's grave)
      son Benjamin
      son Carter Henry
      son Henry
      son Robert
      son Nathaniel
      son Charles
      daughter Betty - (see below obtained letters of administration, who married in 1746 Peyton Randolph, 1st President of Continental Congress, had no children)
      daughter Anne (married William Randolph III of Wilton, see below obtained letters of administration)
      daughter Lucy (see Maryland newspaper, 1745 struck by lightening)
      daughter Hannah (see Maryland newspaper, 1745 struck by lightening)

      Charles City County, August Court 1745
      The above written Last will and Testament of Col Benjamin Harrison Dec'd was presented in court by WILLIAM RANDOLPH Gent and WIFE (NOTE: WOULD BE ANNE HARRISON) and MISS BETTY HARRISON, WHO MADE OATH there and being proved by the oath of Joseph Royall one of the witnesses thereto is admited to Record, and the said Joseph Royall also on his oath declared he saw John Stith and Robert West the other two witnesses sign the said will as witnesses, and ON THE MOTION of the said WILLIAM RANDOLPH and MISS BETTY HARRISON, and performing what is usual on such cases. CERTIFICATE is GRANTED THEM FOR OBTAINING LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION with the said will annext in due forme Durante Minori estate of Benjamin Harrison son and heirs of the Dec'd.
      Test Lewellin Eppes, Clk. Curia

      THE WIFE OF WILLIAM RANDOLPH WAS ANNE HARRISON, DTR OF BENJAMIN. Both girls would had to be at least 18 years old to qualify to administer the estate. So Lucy and Hannah are the two youngest girls. Son Benjamin would have only been 19 years old at the time and not old enough to serve as executor.

      Maryland Gazette, Annapolis, July 18, 1745
      Last Friday evening July 12 a most terrible accident happened in Charles City County; when a violent thunder gust arose, and lightning struck the house of Col. Benjamin Harrison, of Berkley, which kill'd him, and his two youngest daughters. He lived some minutes, but tho' a vein was opened by Dr Monger who happened to be on the spot, and was knock'd down by the lightning, but received little damage, it proved in vain, and he expired without speaking a word. His two daughters died instantly. The most melancholy affair was given a general concern, and particularly to all who were acquainted with the deceased. Col. Harrison had been many years a worthy representative of his county in assembly, and first in the commission of the peace, and his daughters very promising young ladies.

  • Sources 
    1. [S958925] Magazine of Virginia Genealogy Vol 17 1979, 34.

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