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

Richard Harrison

Male Abt 1745 - Aft 1794  (~ 50 years)


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  • Name Richard Harrison 
    Born Abt 1745  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1794  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I48060  Tree1
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2022 

    Father Joseph Hanson Harrison,   b. 2 Jun 1722, Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1785, Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary MNU Harrison,   b. Abt 1726, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 30 Jun 1773, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1742  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1293  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne MNU Harrison,   d. Aft 1794, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F13144  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Contributed by Shirley Middleton Moller

      Charles County, Wills, 1780-1791, page 86
      Page 60. Capt. Joseph H. Harrison's Will. [Faded parts]
      I, Joseph Hanson Harrison, of CC, am of sound mind and memory. Firstly, I want all my just debts paid.
      To my daughter Dorothy - all my real estate.
      To my daughter Mary Hutcheson - 1 walnut coaufat [?] and 1 large gilt looking glass [both now at George Hutcheson's], during her natural life, and after her death to my grandson William Hutcheson.
      To my son Joseph White Harrison - 1 desk which was my father's, and is now at George Hutcheson's.
      To my granddaughter Mary Hutcheson - 1 small walnut table.
      To my granddaughter Jean Hutcheson - 1small oval table, which is now at George Hutcheson's.
      To my son Richard Harrison - a young Negro man named George; also my silver watch [now in the hands of one Short at Alverson executrix to Cerrefrisond]
      To my sister Elizabeth Mastin - 2 blue _ C_ [now at George Hutcheson's.
      To my niece Mary Mastin - 1 small looking glass with a gilt frame, now at my sister Elizabeth's.
      To my daughter Dorothy - the rest of my estate. I want Dorothy to treat Negro Poll with great tenderness, and that she give a deed of freedom to sd Negro Poll, within the next 5 years.
      Executor: my worthy nephew, friend & benefactor, Colo Robert Townshend Hooe, of the Town of Alexandria.
      Signed Oct 8, 1784 - Jo. H. Harrison. Wit - Rose Townshend
      Knox, Richard B. Meek, Will. Harrison.
      Probated May 28, 1785 by Col. William Harrison, one of the witnesses. The executor renounced the executorship. Signed
      at Alexandria Dec 16, 1784 - R. Hooe.
      On May 28, 1785, Letters of Administration were granted to Dorothy Harrison; her securities were Col. Wm. Harrison & Mary Mastin.
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      Charles County Land Records 1775-1782; Liber V#3; Page 596, Jul 17, 1782 from the Honorable Daniel of Saint Thomas Jenifer of Anne Arundel County, Esq, to Messieurs Richard and Joseph Harrison of Virginia, for 5 shillings sterling, a lot in the Town of Port Tobacco on the east side of the road leading through sd Town, opposite Mrs. Rachael Forry's lot, and adjoining a lot commonly called Kinsmans Lot, and the same that the afd Daniel of Saint Thomas Jenifer conveyed to messieurs Hooe Stone and Company. Signed - Dan of St. Thos Jenifer, Wit - A.C. Hanson (a Judge of General Court), R. Couden, Recorded Aug 7, 1782.
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      Charles County Land Records 1775-1782; Liber V#3; Page 597. Aug 9, 1782 from Joseph White Harrison, merchant of the Borough of Alexandria, Virginia, to Richard Harrison, merchant of the same place, but at present of the City of Cadiz in Spain. Whereas the Honorable Daniel of Saint Thomas Jenifer was seized in fee simple of a moiety or half part of a certain lot in the Town of Port Tobacco in CC on the east side of the road leading through the sd Town and opposite to a lot belonging to Rachael Forry on the west side of the sd road and adjoining a lot commonly called Kinsmans Lot or Lots. lying on the east side and NE corner of sd lot, in consequence of a Copartnership and settlement between him and Robert Townsend Hooe, Esq, of the Borough of Alexandria afd, the whole of which lot sd Daniel of Saint Thomas Jenifer had formerly sold to Hooe Stone and Company, and being so seized by a CC deed dated Jul 17, 1782, conveyed the sd moiety of sd lot to sd Richard and Joseph Harrison, whereby they became jointly seized of the same in fee. Now this deed witnesses that sd Joseph White Harrison, for 5 shillings to him in hand paid by sd Richard Harrison, herein conveyed is all of ad Joseph White Harrison's right to sd moiety of sd lot. Signed - Joseph W. Harrison, Wit - Rob. H. Harrison (a Judge of the General Court). Recorded Aug 10, 1782.
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      Charles County Land Records 1775-1782; Liber V#3; Page 599. Power of attorney. Whereas the commercial concerns of Robert Townshend Hooe of Virginia, Richard Harrison of the City of Cadiz, in Spain, and Joseph White Harrison of Virginia, late partners in trade, was dissolved last Oct 17, and as on settlement of the original stock and profits of the partners afd, whose business was known by the name Hooe & Harrison, it is found that a considerable sum of money will justly fall to the share of the afd Joseph White Harrison from the late Concern afd, whose subject and effects is in the hands of Robert Townshend Hooe and Richard Harrison, partners at present under the name Hooe Harrison, and as the subject of the late Concern afd was made up of outstanding debts and other effects, and sd Hooe, acting partner in the late concern of Hooe Harrison and in the present concern of Hooe & Harrison, has thought it proper, in order to do sd Joseph White Harrison ample and speedy justice, to set apart and make over to the sd Joseph, among other effects, several debts due to the concern of Hooe & Harrison. Therefore, be it known that I, Robert Townshend Hooe, for myself and my partner, Richard Harrison afd, do assign to the afd Joseph White Harrison the respective sums of money due the late concern of Hooe Harrison in the hands of the following persons, to wit, James Taylor, Thomas Reeder, Alexander Knox, William Urquhart, Alexander H. Magruder, Ignatius Ryan, Leatch Ireland, Walter Pye, Gerard Causin, Benjamin Spiker, Peter Carbury, William Lauder, Henry Barnes, John Heard, William Jones, John Clements, Reubin Dye, Levi Thomas, Joseph Speake, Josiah Gordon, John Addison, Richard Thompson, William Barnhouse & Garland Callis, all of Maryland, Henry Fitzhugh, William Cook, George Johnston, Samuel Poling, Edmund Carnes, Daniel Black, Charles Gallihue, Spotswood Grimes and Churchhill, Burwell & Savage, Nicholas Fleece, John Robertson, Robert Boggess, John Herndon, Charles Lee, John Hall, Samuel Love, and Joseph Caverly, all of Virginia, Charles Willing of Barbados, Henry Lloyd of the Town of Boston, and Mayne & Company of Lisbon in Portugal. And to the intent that sd Joseph White Harrison may have it in his power to compel payments where unreasonable delays or unjust evasions are made, I hereby give him, for the express purpose of recovering the sums due from the afd persons and no other, the following letter of attorney, viz - I, Robert Townshend Hooe, acting partner in the late Concerns of Hooe & Harrisons at Port Tobacco and at Alexandria, Virginia, and at present acting partner in the Concerns of Hooe & Harrisons at Port Tobacco and at Alexandria, Virginia, merchant, appoint Joseph White Harrison my true and faithful attorney and the true and faithful attorney of Richard Harrison afd, for me and for him, but to sd Joseph's own use, to recover of all of the debtors before herein mentioned, the sums they owe on the Books of Hooe Harrisons afd, by bond, penal bill, note of hand, open account, protested bills of exchange, accepted orders, or otherwise. Signed Mar 4, 1782 - R. Hooe for himself and his partner, Richard Harrison, at present in Cadiz. Wit - Wm Lyles Jr, John Sanders, Joseph Robinson, Thomas Wilkinson.
      At a Court held for Fairfax County on Mar 19, 1782, Robert Townshend Hooe, for himself and his partner, Richard Harrison, acknowledged this power of attorney. Recorded Aug 13, 1782.
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      Charles County Land Records 1792-1796; Liber N#4; Page 311. Deed, Power of Attorney, Probates, and acknowledgment. Apr 17, 1794 from Robert Townshend Hooe of the Town of Alexandria, VA, and Richard Harrison and Anne, his wife, of the City of Philadelphia, to Humphrey Barnes of Charles Town in CC, for $1000, lot #37 in Charles Town (commonly called Port Tobacco). Signed - RTHooe, R Harrison, Ann Harrison, Wit - John Muncaster, P Marsteller, and Robert Mease as to RTH; Garrett Cottringer, James Patton, and George W. Craik as to Rh & AH.
      We, Robert Townshend Hooe of Alexandria, VA, and Richard Harrison of the City of Philadelphia, have appointed our friends, Daniel Jenifer, John Beale Turner, and Robert Fergusson of Charles Town commonly called Port Tobacco, one or more of them, to be our lawful attorney, to acknowledge a deed made between ad Hooe and Richard Harrison and Anne, his wife, of the one part, and Humphrey Barnes of the other part, dated Apr 17, 1794. Signed Apr 18, 1794 - RTHooe, R Harrison. Wit - John Muncaster, P Marsteller, and Robert Mease as to RTH; Garrett Cottringer, James Patton, and George W Craik as to RH.
      Alexandria, VA. Sd Hooe, on Apr 18, 1794, appeared before me, Mayor of sd Town, and acknowledged the within power of attorney. Signed - Robert Mease, Mayor. Recorded Oct 10, 1794,
      City of Philadelphia. On Apr 23, 1794, Richard Harrison appeared before me, Matthew Clarkson, Mayor of sd City, and acknowledged the within power of attorney. Signed - Matth. Clarkson, Mayor.
      Acknowledged in CC by John Muncaster and James Patton before M.J. Stone, Esq, Chief Judge, and Henry Barnes*.
      All of the above was acknowledged on Oct 10, 1794 by sd Hooe and Richard Harrison by John Beale Turner, their attorney, before Michael Jenifer Stone, Chief Justice, and Henry Barnes, Associate,Justice of CC, (See acknowledgement of dower, page 451}
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      Charles County Land Records 1792-1796; Liber N#4; Page 451_ Acknowledgement. On Aug 24, 1795, Ann Harrison, wife of Richard Harrison, of the City of Philadelphia, did acknowledge and relinquish to Humphrey Barnes, all her right of dower to a lot #37 in Charles Town commonly called Port Tobacco, and also to all buildings and improvements thereon, which lot was, by CC deed dated Apr 17, 1794, and recorded Oct 10, 1794, by Robert Townshend Hooe and Richard Harrison, conveyed to sd Humphrey Barnes, and which deed sd Ann Harrison joined as a party. Acknowledged before M.J. Stone* and Henry Barnes*. Recorded Aug 25, 1795. {See deed from Hooe & Harrison to Barnes, page 311}

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      Richard Harrison and his brother-in-law, Walter Hoxton, owned a fleet of merchant ships which played a major role in supplying food and supplies to Washington's Continental Army during the War of Independence. When General Washington's Army was spending a miserable winter at Valley Forge, PA, the British Fleet bottled the fleets of Richard Harrison and Walter Hoxton in Chesapeake Bay, depriving the Continental Army of much needed food and ammunition. Richard, in order to keep the war effort alive, recruited every able bodied man in the streets of the towns of Baltimore and Annapolis to board his ships and fight their way out of the Chesapeake Bay, past the British Fleet patrolling between Capes Henry and Charles. Fortunately fog intervened as the fleet of merchant ships (29 total) encountered the British Fleet of an equal number. The merchant ships sailed in closely and the men boarded the British ships in such great numbers that they were able to burn several to the water line and inflict enough damage to the steerage of the others that they were able to sail out of the Bay with a slight loss of men and only one ship to the British. From other ports along the East Coast and from foreign ports they brought in the much needed food and munitions under cover of darkness to Washington's Continental

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