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John Harrison b. 25 Sept 1691 Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY, d. May 1771 Augusta Co., VA, m. Phoebe
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"John Harrison was born September 25, 1691 and died prior to May 21, 1771. His will was dated 30 Jul 1769 and Proved 21 May 1771 in Rockingham County, VA. "In the ancient town Book B, of Oyster Bay, fol. 19a, there occurs a quaint old record reading as follows: (Oyster Bay Town Records, Vol II, 1691-1704, p. 390) "John Harrison the Sone of above said Isaiah Harrison was Borne in Oysterbay the 25th day of September Annoq Domini 1691."
"First Settlers in the Region of Harrisonburg": "The five brothers in the little band of Harrison emigrants from Delaware have been identified as John, Daniel, Thomas, Jeremiah, and Samuel. All of them appear on the early records of Orange Court. Isaiah, Jr. evidently arrived somewhat later as no record of him is found until after the Court of Augusta County was established. Samuel does no appear in the Delaware deeds, probably owing to his not being of age when his father divided "Maiden Plantation". John Harrison, (1691-1771), for he spelled his name, the son of Isaiah Harrison and wife Elizabeth Wright, was born at "Suckscall's Wigwam," Oyster Bay, Long Island, in the Province of New York, according to the ancient Town Book "B," Fol. 19a, "the 25th Day of September Annoq Domini 1691, and died testate, May ?, 1771, in what is now Rockingham County, Virginia. (See pages 21, 13, and 123. His will, dated July 30, 1769, and proven May 21, 1771, recorded in Augusta County Will Book No. 4, page 398 at Staunton, Virginia, reads as follows: (Spelling left much as recorded) His parents were Isaiah Harrison and Elizabeth Wright of Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York. Land Record Henrico County; Original Source Page Name: 332 Name: John Stewart Date: 1725 Comment: 1,600 acres Virginia County Records, X Index to Land Grants Henrico County. Book No. 12. John Harrison, Sr in his will styled himself a "cordwinder". This is the term by which he identified himself in his bond to John Sullovant on April 12, 1737, when selling his land in Sussex, Delaware. (Cordwain was the term applied to the Spanish shoe leather used to make shoes and boots worn by military officers and other gentry..the best leather). The trade was Cordwainer but was later called by him cordwinder. Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850 Name: John, Sr. Harrison Date: 20 Sep 1765 Location: Augusta County, Virginia Property: Part of two tracts: 1st contains 117 acres on Smith's Creek; the other tract contains 83 acres on Smith's Creek. Notes: This land record was originally published in "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County" by Lyman Chalkley. Remarks: John Harrison, Sr., to son, Reuben. 10. 1st tract part of 234 acres patented to John, 25 Jun 1747; the other tract is part of 166 acres patented to John, 25 Jun 1747. Description: Grantor Book_Date: 12-426 Note glw: He is distributing the land that he had originally given to John Jr. who died in 1763 to his son Reuben.
Court Record: Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850 about John, Sr. Harrison (Mistakenly edited Jr but Jr was dead before 1769, so this is John Sr Harrison. glw) Name: John, Sr Harrison Date: 30 Jul 1769 Location: Augusta County, Virginia Notes: This probate record was originally published in "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County" by Lyman Chalkley. Remarks: John (Sr) Harrison's will, cordwinder -- To wife, Phoebe; to son Zebulun; to son Reuben, the Long Meadow plantation; to daughter, Pheby Moore; to daughter, Ann Langdon. Executors, sons Zebulon and Reuben. A Baptist minister to preach his funeral sarment Description: Witness Book_Date: WB4-398 Prove Date: 21 May 1771 Record: "Settlers by the Long Grey Trail" gives us some history: The Harrisons first located in Delaware about eight miles west of Lewes, which at the time was one of the ports of entry for immigrants to Pennsylvania. On April 12, 1737, John Harrison entered into bond to dispose of his Delaware home, and on October 4th, of the same year, completed the sale. With his father and brothers and relatives in a party of sixteen, he moved with his family, a pioneer to the Valley of the Shenandoah. All the pioneer Harrisons apparently came into the valley from Delaware with the exception of Isaiah. John Harrison, the pioneer, made his final settlement at the great Spring, on the old Indian Trail. Today known as Lacy Spring, in Rockingham County, Virginia. A short distance to the east of the spring is an old mill site on Smiths Creek, and in the meadow is the family burial ground. In the same area just west of John Harrison, his half brothers, Thomas settled at Harrisonburg; Capt Daniel settled at Dayton; Jeremiah settled between Thomas, Daniel and Samuel at Linville. Robert Cravens who married Mary Harrison, John's full sister settled near Thomas. Alexander Herron who married John's half sister Abigail settled near Daniel. Isaiah Harrison, Jr. settled in this area before he moved to North Carolina. He was the only full brother of John then living. John's first survey is dated November 12, 1740. The first reference found on the Court Order Books at Orange to John or any of his family, is that pertaining to his suit vs. Robert Luney (Looney), at July court in 1741. (over a long gun) Orange court had jurisdiction at this time over the region West of the Great Mountains, the seat of the court was very much detached from the settlers on the Shenandoah. The organization of the militia was one of the first events to take place in establishing the local government. On February 24, 1742, John Harrison was commissioned "Lieutenant." A grant of land was given to John Jr. shortly before his commission. Roads were nonexistent except for the old Indian Trail and the "Long Grey Trail". the settlers settled the areas just outside the Trail, but close to it. The laying out of the Indian Road, the first highway up the Valley, occurred earlier in 1745. This first road followed the old Indian trail and is known as The Long Grey Trail. For the section transversing present Rockingham, John, and Capt. Daniel Harrison, and Robert Cravens, were among the overseers appointed to begin this historic thoroughfare. At the time, John had not yet patented his land, but had located on the old trail. A few miles further south, Daniel had patented land along its route at what is now Smithland, and Thomas at present Harrisonburg. Robert Cravens too was on or near the old trial south of the last point. Daniel's land on Naked Creek, yet further to the south was also near The Long Grey Trail, as it runs today. "In the ancient town Book B, of Oyster Bay, fol. 19a, there occurs a quaint old record reading as follows: (Oyster Bay Town Records, Vol II, 1691-1704, p. 390) "John Harrison the Sone of above said Isaiah Harrison was Borne in Oysterbay the 25th day of September Annoq Domini 1691." John Harrison, (1691-1771), for he spelled his name, the son of Isaiah Harrison and wife Elizabeth Wright, was born at "Suckscall's Wigwam," Oyster Bay, Long Island, in the Province of New York, according to the ancient Town Book "B," Fol. 19a, "the 25th Day of September Annoq Domini 1691, and died testate, May ?, 1771, in what is now Rockingham County, Virginia. (See pages 21, 13, and 123. His will, dated July 30, 1769, and proven May 21, 1771, recorded in Augusta County Will Book No. 4, page 398 at Staunton, Virginia, reads as follows: (Spelling left much as recorded)
"Will of John Harrison" "In the name of God Amen"---written the 30th day of July 1769 in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and Sixty Nine. I John Harrison of Augusta County and Colony of Virginia, Cordwinder, being of Perfect Mind and Memory & no disorder but that of old age thanks be given unto God for his Mercy and therefore calling unto mind the Mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to dye do make Ordain this my last Will and Testament in writing that is to say. Principally and first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of God that who gave it and as for my Body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a Christian like and desant Manner at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the General resurrection I shall receive the same again by Mighty powere of God and as touching such Worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and from. Imprimiss: It is my Will & I ordain in the first place that my well beloved wife, Phebe Harrison enjoy my Plantation on which I now dwell without disturbance during her natural life together with my movable estate and with my slaves and increase of them to worke for her Maintenance during her Natural life. And it is further my Will and I do order my land whereon I now dwell being a part of two surveys which has been divided I do leave my well beloved son Zebulon Harrison his heirs and Assigns forever. And further my survey which is also Pattained known by the name of the long Meadow which is Part thereof and is described in the Pattain I give my son Reuben Harrison and his heirs and assigns forever. Which land above named shall be freely possessed and enjoyed by my above named sons and their heirs after their above named Mother decease and not before. Furthermore I will that after he decease all my Movable estate be appraised and sold according to law except my Negro wench Jenny if my daughter Phebe Moore shall see cause to take her at the Praisment for so much of her shire of my estate as she shall be Appraised to if it shall amount to more than her shire she shall pay the overplus to the other heirs and if she does not see cause to take her she shall be sold with the rest of my Slaves in being. In the first Part, the half of my Movable estate is to be equally divided between Zebulon Harrison and Phebe Moore and the other half of my Movable Estate to Reuben Harrison and for my Daughter Ann Langdon I leave her one shilling Starling. And I do make Constitute and ordain my well beloved sons Zebulon Harrison and Reuben Harrison that is above mentioned my sole executors of his my last will and testament. And I furthermore ordain my said Executors that they provide a Baptist Minister if they can so do with Conveniency to Preach my Funeral Sarment if noon of them is to be had that then they provide some other Christian minister for it as Proposed for that Service to pay him twenty Shillings. I furthermore order that they pay all my Just debts and funeral charges out of my movables and such charges shall be levied before such estate suffers division as aforesaid Legaisse & Executors by me before this time named willed Bequeathed Ratifing & Confirming this & no other to be my last and only will and testament. In Witness whereof I have set my hand this day & year above written. John Harrison....Seal John Harrison, Jr, his son, was never married and had been killed before the will was written so he was not mentioned. John, Reuben and Zebulon lived near their father and was very present in the last years of his life. (Note: I cannot find how he was killed as of now)
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