Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison (1742 - 1807)

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Benjamin Harrison
Born in Brandon, Prince George, Virginia colonymap
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Col. Benjamin Harrison Born: February 13, 1743 - Brandon, Prince George, Virginia Died: August 7, 1807 - Brandon, Prince George, Virginia Parentage: Col. Nathaniel & Mary Cole (Digges) Harrison Marriage: Anne Randolph 1766 in Virginia, Elizabeth "Betsy" Page, Evelyn Taylor Byrd

Marriage: Elizabeth October 4, 1770 in Virginia

Marriage: Evelyn Taylor Byrd January 29, 1788 in Surry County, Virginia

Education: Ben was a student at William & Mary from 1758-62. Career: House of Delegates from, 1770-80, 1783-84. May have been a delegate during the years, 1800 and 1803-1806, or it was his cousin, Benj. Harrison of "Puddledock," also of Prince George County. William & Mary: Board of Visitors in 1777 (Other years?) Member of the first Executive Council in Virginia under it's first Constitution. He resigned the position and his father took his place.

Burial: Brandon Plantation Cemetery in Prince George County, Va. He was the only son of Nathaniel Harrison and Mary Digges

The original 5000 acre property was acquired by John Martin in 1616 and was named Brandon after his wife’s family. Martin sold it to a Richard Quiney (claim to fame: his brother married Shakespeare’s daughter, Judith) in 1635 and Quiney sold it to Nathaniel Harrison in 1720. Nathaniel was brother to Benjamin Harrison III, who was ancestor to the Harrison presidents. The property remained with the Harrisons until 1926, when it was sold to Pennsylvania banker, Robert W. Daniel, Sr. Daniel had Virginia ties: he had been born in Richmond and was a Randolph. The property is still almost 4500 acres and a thriving agricultural (corn, wheat, soybean and timber) business.

The house was built in 1765 and family lore has it that it was designed by Thomas Jefferson.


  • Marcus Abbott Haskins, WFT Vol 2 Tree #1060.FTW, (1995), "Electronic."


  • Arik Russell, firsthand knowledge. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Arik and others.

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On 19 Jan 2017 at 18:55 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

footnote on p 387 says Benjamin of Brandon, Prince George, Virginia was born 1743 & died 1807 (footnote is on his being certified on Oct. 30, 1776, as having been elected as delegate for the county). Those dates match dates for this profile (assuming 1742 birth is "old style"... WikiTree guidelines are to use new style when only 4 digits can be entered, so Feb. 1742/3 would be given in datafield as 1743).

Virginia Legislative Papers (Continued) The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography Vol. 17, No. 4 (Oct., 1909), pp. 364-383 Published by: Virginia Historical Society Stable URL:

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