Benjamin Harrison IV

Benjamin Harrison IV

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Benjamin Harrison IV
Born in Charles City, Charles Co, Virginia, USA
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Husband of — married in Corotoman, Lancaster Co, Virginia, USA
Died before in Charles City, Charles Co, Virginia, USA
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Date: 1695
Place: Berekeley, Charles City, Va,


Date: 12 Jul 1745
Place: Berkley Plantation (Charles City County), Virginia, USA
Cause: Struck by lightening


Husband: Benjamin Chichelle IV Harrison
Wife: Anne Carter
Marriage 1722, Corotoman, Lancaster, Virginia, United States : Source: #S17


Child: John Harrison
Child: Elizabeth Harrison
Child: Martha Harrison
Child: Lucy Harrison
Child: Mary Harrison
Child: Henry Harrison
Child: Elizabeth Betty Harrison
Child: Benjamin V Harrison
Child: Sarah Harrison


Note: Benjamin (IV) Harrison was born in about 1694 at Berkeley Plantation (Charles City County) Virginia, and died on 12 July 1745 in Berkeley Plantation (Charles City County) Virginia. He married Anne Carter about 1722. She was born 1696 in Corotoman (Lancaster County) Virginia, and died in 1743 at Berkeley Plantation (Charles City County) Virginia. She was the daughter of Robert Carter of Lancaster County Virginia and Judith Armistead. Benjamin (IV) inherited Berkeley upon the death of his father, Benjamin (III) Harrison <index17.html>, and was the builder of the present house. Benjamin (IV) was killed by lightning and died along with his two daughters. He died leaving Berkeley to his son Benjamin (V). He served in the House of Burgesses, and was the High Sheriff of Charles City County, Virginia.
Berkeley Plantation is a place of firsts: In 1619, Captain John Woodlief and 38 men knelt on the land to observe what is generally considered to be America's first true Thanksgiving. It is also the place where the military song ?Taps? was first composed. Additionally it is the birthplace of three famous Harrison's ? Benjamin (V) Harrison, Signer of the Declaration of Independence; William Henry Harrison, the ninth President of the United States; and his grandson Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President. Captain Woodlief and his crew survived Jamestown during the ?starving time.? They were very resourceful farmers, planting everything from corn and wheat, to grapevines and tobacco. It was of course, tobacco, which flourished and became the later generations' cash crop. Despite their successes, English financiers were unimpressed and replaced Captain Woodlief with George Thorpe a few years later. One of Thorpe's self-appointed tasks was to convert the Indians to Christianity. Perhaps his most famous accomplishment, though, was the distillation of America's first whiskey, another first for Berkeley. Thorpe's colony grew quickly, but ended just as abruptly with an Indian Massacre. On Good Friday, March 22, 1622, the Indians launched a surprise attack on Berkeley, killing or fatally wounding all of the settlers with the possible exception of a few escapees.

In 1691, the Harrison family bought the Berkeley property. Benjamin (III) Harrison, attorney general and treasurer of Virginia turned Berkeley into one of the country's first commercial shipyards at Harrison's Landing. Benjamin (IV) Harrison built the plantation's Georgian mansion in 1726 for his wife Anne Carter, who was the daughter of Virginia's wealthiest colonial, Robert ?King? Carter. During the American Revolution, the mansion withstood an attack from Benedict Arnold's British soldiers, but the plantation itself was badly damaged. Berkeley managed to survive after the war and continued its prominent role in history. America's first ten presidents were all guests at Berkeley Plantation, the ninth having been born on the plantation. Upon William Henry Harrison's election in 1841, he returned to his birth room to pen his inaugural address.

The Civil War brought the temporary desertion of Berkeley Plantation. In 1862, Union General George McClellan and his troops took up residence on the property, using the mansion as a field hospital. A Civil war cannonball remains lodged in one of the property's outbuildings. After the war, Berkeley Plantation remained vacated until John Jamieson; a former drummer boy with McClellan's troops bought the property in 1905. Jamieson's son, Malcolm, set about restoring the mansion and returning the property to a working plantation. The Georgian mansion is the oldest three-story brick house in Virginia that can prove its date. The construction date and initials of its first owners, Benjamin (IV) Harrison, and his wife Anne, are carved into the side of the house. It is also the first example of a pediment roof in the United States. Thomas Jefferson inspired interior designs such as the Adam woodwork and double arches of the ?Great Rooms?.

Benjamin Harrison left a will dated 17 Oct 1743, presented at court August 1745. Legatees were: Wife Ann, children (all underage) Benjamin, Carter Henry, Henry, Robert, Nathaniel, Charles, Betty, Anne, and Lucy.

The will of Benjamin (IV) Harrison[1]

Berkeley Plantation

  1. Transcription found at This web page is authored by Scott Duncan. All information listed without a reference should be verified. Benjamin Harrisson left a will dated 17 Oct 1743, presented at court August 1745. Legatees were: Wife Ann, children (all underage) Benjamin, Carter Henry, Henry, Robert, Nathaniel, Charles, Betty, Anne, and Lucy.

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On November 8, 2014 at 05:31GMT Isara Argent wrote:

"Benjamin Harrison of "Berkeley," was the oldest son of Colonel Benjamin Harrison, of the council of state. He was born in 1673; was attorney-general, 1699, and burgess in 1705-1706, during which session he was speaker; treasurer of the colony. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Major Lewis Burwell. He died April 10, 1730, leaving issue--Benjamin (q. v.) and Elizabeth.

Eminent lawyer and assisted in the revision of the laws of the Colony, 1700; served as Treasurer, Attorney General and Speaker of the House of Burgesses. He was a local supporter of the Established Church. The public erected a monument to his memory in the Old Westover Churchyard

He became the owner of Berkeley, following the death of Giles Bland, son of John Bland, the previous owner, when he was hanged by Governor Sir William Berkeley in 1676, after participating in the Rebellion under Bacon. Although he was only three years old at the time, it is probable that his father, purchased it for him while he was still young.

Berkeley Hundred was comprised of about eight thousand acres on the James River in Virginia, and was a land grant of the London Company, in 1618, to Sir William Throckmorton, Sir George Yeardley and Richard Berkeley and John Smith of Nibley. It was named for Richard Berkeley. In 1619, the "good ship Margaret" of Bristol sailed for Virginia and brought thirty-five settlers to the new Town and Hundred of Berkeley. In 1622, a terrible massacre took place and nine people were brutally slain at Berkeley. For several years, thereafter, the plantation lay abandoned, until William Tucker and others got possession of it in 1636, and it became the property of John Bland, a merchant of London.

He died at age thirty-seven in 1710, and his tomb may be seen today at the site of Old Westover Church, on the river near Westover. The inscription on the tomb is in Latin and Greek. His wife, Elizabeth Burwell, is buried beside him and her tomb bears the Family Coat of Arms.

He apparently suffered from gout, and may have had a heart attack following a game of cricket he played in March from which he never fully recovered.

Benjamin III left only one male heir - Benjamin IV."

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