Benjamin Harrison V

Benjamin Harrison V (1726 - 1791)

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Gov Benjamin "Signer of US Declaration of Independence" Harrison V
Born in Berkley Plantation (Charles City Co), Colony of Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1748 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Berkeley Plantation (Charles City Co), Virginia, USAmap
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Preceded by
Acting Governor
David Jameson
Benjamin Harrison V
5th Governor
of Virginia
Succeeded by
6th Governor
Patrick Henry



Gov Benjamin Harrison V was a Founding Father in the American Revolution
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Benjamin Harrison V is Notable.
  • Benjamin Harrison signed the Declaration of Independence
  • Birth: 5 Apr 1726 Charles City, Charles, Virginia, United States Source: #S17
  • Death: Date: 24 Apr 1791. Charles City, Charles, Virginia, United States. Source: #S17
Benjamin Harrison was born on 5 April 1726 on Berkeley Plantation in Charles City County, Virginia, the fourth of eleven children and the oldest of seven sons of Benjamin Harrison and Anne Carter.
In 1748, when he was about twenty-two, he married Elizabeth Bassett. She bore him twelve children, five sons and seven daughters:
  1. Elizabeth Harrison
  2. Anne Harrison
  3. Benjamin Harrison
  4. Carter Harrison
  5. Lucy Harrison
  6. Sarah Harrison
  7. William Harrison
  8. Fairleanah Harrison
  9. Judith Harrison
  10. Zephaniah Harrison
  11. Carter Bassett Harrison
  12. Benjamin Harrison.
On 24 April 1791, a few weeks after his sixty-fifth birthday, Benjamin died of unknown causes at Berkeley after a dinner party celebrating his final electoral success.[1]


Will of Benjamin Harrison of Berkley. Charles City Co., VA, WB 1, pp. 56-59, w. 3 Jan 1780, codicil w. 8 Jan 1780, p. 16 June (1791?). Digital image at -

wife Elizabeth Harrison
son William Henry Harrison (under age)
daughter Sarah Harrison (under age)
son Carter Bassett Harrison - land at Cabin Point, “at the death of his Aunt Stith I give him the Negro I lent her.”
son Benjamin
daughter Elizabeth Rickman
daughter Anne Coupland
daughter Lucy Randolph
granddaughter Betty Randolph
grandson William Randolph
niece Ann Bassett
nephew Carter Bassett
my four daughters
No executors named
No witnesses
At probate, the will was proved by William Christian and Otway Byrd. Administration was granted to Benjamin Harrison and Carter B. Harrison, Benjamin Harrison of Brandon and Otway Byrd, their securities.


Benjamin was born in 1726. He was the son of Benjamin Harrison IV. He passed away in 1791.

Benjamin was born in Charles City County, Virginia. He was an American planter and merchant, a revolutionary leader and a Founding Father of the United States. He received his higher education at the College of William and Mary. Harrison was a representative to the Virginia House of Burgesses for Surry County, Virginia (1756–1758, 1785–1786), and Charles City County (1766–1776, 1787–1790). He was a Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1777 and, during the Second Continental Congress, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Harrison served as Virginia's fifth governor from 1781 to 1784.[1] His direct descendants include two U.S. Presidents—his son William Henry Harrison and great-grandson Benjamin Harrison.

Gravestone for Benjamin Harrison V
Gravestone for Benjamin Harrison V


COL Benjamin Harrison, V
Birth: 5 Apr 1726 Berkeley, Charles City County, Virginia; Death: 24 Apr 1791 (aged 65) Berkeley, Charles City County, Virginia, USA; Burial: Berkeley Plantation Graveyard, Charles City, Charles City County, Virginia, USA. Memorial #: 2784.
Bio: Declaration of Independence Signer. Born in Charles City County, Virginia, he attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, but left the college before graduating, returning home to manage his family estate after his father was killed by lightning. At age 23 he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses, where he served for the next twenty-five years. Elected to the First Continental Congress in 1774, he shared a house in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with fellow Virginian George Washington. Benjamin Harrison would serve in the First and Second Continental Congresses, from 1774 to 1777. A large man at 6 feet 4 inches and 240 pounds, Harrison once picked up the much smaller John Hancock and set him on the President’s chair, quipping “We will show Mother Britain how little we care for her by making a Massachusetts man our president.” As Chairman of the Committee for the Whole, he presided over the debates that resulted in the Declaration of Independence. While in Congress, he helped establish the three major governmental departments of War, the Navy, and the State Department. Leaving Congress in the fall of 1777, he returned to Virginia, where he served as Governor from 1781 to 1784. Near the end of the war, he had to flee to the interior of Virginia to avoid being captured by the British Army. Leaving behind politics, he returned to his family’s estate and died there in 1791 at the age of 64. He was the father of 9th United States President William Henry Harrison and the Great-Grandfather of 23rd United States President Benjamin Harrison.
Family Members: Parents: Benjamin Harrison (1694-1745), Anne Carter Harrison (1704-1745); Spouse: Elizabeth Bassett Harrison (1730-1792); Siblings: Hannah Harrison (Unknown-1745), Lucy Harrison (Unknown-1745), Elizabeth Harrison Randolph (Unknown-1783), Sarah Harrison Hobbs (Unknown-1812), Henry Harrison (?-?), Anne Carter Harrison Randolph (1723-1745), Henry Harrison (1735-1775), Carter Henry Harrison (1736-1793), Nathaniel Harrison (1742-1782), Charles Harrison (1742-1793), Charles Harrison (1742-1796); Children: Anne Harrison Coupland (Unknown-1821), Carter Bassett Harrison (1752-1808), Benjamin Harrison (1755-1799), Sarah Harrison Minge (1770-1812), Fairleanah Eleanor Harrison Wheeler (1771-1851), William Henry Harrison (1773-1841).[2]

Research Notes

Find a Grave info needs to be paraphrased. Baty-260 14:09, 16 November 2019 (UTC)


  1. Wikipedia:Benjamin Harrison V
  2. Maintained by Find A Grave, “COL Benjamin Harrison, V,” Record added 26 Apr 1998. URL: Accessed 27 October 2018.


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Harrison-13681 and Harrison-899 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, (both are the V) same parents, same dates. Clearly the same date. Please merge.
I'm removing Tabitha (m Collier) as daughter of this Benjamin & his wife. She is the daughter of Benjamin Harrison of Brunswick County, named in that Benjamin's 1789 will (proved 1790, Brunswick county).
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Harrison-8044 and Harrison-899 appear to represent the same person because: Vitals Match. Duplicate profiles.
posted by Edward Hogan III
8th cousins 8 times removed can I get my 23andme Paternal R1b1b2a Maternal J1c2 information added And myGedmatch #M416339 I don't know how to add this Please add Thanks and 2nd cousins 7 times removed
posted by Donnie Blackstone
Benjamin is my 2nd Cousin 8 times removed.
posted by Brian (Phillips) Ward

Benjamin is 14 degrees from Donald Howard, 12 degrees from Julia Howe and 11 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.