Anna (Symmes) Harrison
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Anna Tuthill (Symmes) Harrison (1775 - 1864)

Anna Tuthill Harrison formerly Symmes
Born in Sussex, New Jerseymap
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Wife of — married 25 Nov 1795 in Elopedmap
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Died at age 88 in North Bend, Hamilton, Ohio, United Statesmap
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Bio by: Donald Greyfield on Find A Grave

Presidential First Lady. She was born Anna Symmes on a farm near Morristown, New Jersey, the daughter of a judge and a senator. With the death of her mother, she was taken to live with her grandparents in New York City, New York and received a superior education. As an adult, she joined her father on his extensive land holdings along the Ohio River near Cincinnati. While in Lexington, Kentucky awaiting the completion of a house, she met the future President William Henry Harrison. Her father would not give his blessings to this marriage. However, while away on business, they were secretly wed. The marriage produced ten children. Her husband had a successful career in the army and in politics. After her father's death, she inherited a farm in North Bend, Ohio which became known as "The Bend". The children kept the Harrison's in constant debt with their educating and marriages, and Anna Harrison outlived them all but one. When her husband was elected to the United States Presidency at the age of sixty-eight, she was recovering from a serious illness and waiting until feeling better before attempting the journey to join her husband in Washington, DC. During his inauguration President Harrison caught pneumonia and died 31 days into his term. Anna was packing when word of her husband’s death arrived. After a state funeral in Washington, he was interred in Congressional Cemetery there. However, Anna selected a site on a knoll near Congress Green Cemetery in North Bend, where her father was buried, and began construction of a final burial place. A few years later, he was brought home and placed in the tomb. It fell into neglect after her death and the family deeded it to the state of Ohio who erected the imposing monument over the tomb and maintain the site. Anna Harrison outlived her husband by twenty-two years. Other than the tomb, nothing physical remains in North Bend, the town founded by her father. Their 22-room residence, "The Bend", burned to the ground. The property was sold and divided while today a golf course surrounds the burial site where many foundations of buildings are still visible. The chapel where President Harrison lay in state was demolished. Anna was forced to live at the home of her only living child where she died at the age of 88 and was placed in the Harrison vault. She holds the distinction of being the wife of a president and grandmother to another, Benjamin Harrison.


Source S25
Author: Gary Boyd Roberts
Title: Notable Kin, Volume One
Publication: Name: Name: Carl Boyer, 3rd; Location: Santa Clarita, California; Date: 1998;;
Published in cooperation with the New England Historic genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts
North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 for Anna Symmes
D Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book : NSDAR : Volume 088 : 1911
Source Citation
Book Title: Lineage Book : NSDAR : Volume 088 : 1911
Title: Lineage Book : NSDAR : Volume 088 : 1911
Source Information
U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
Name Anna Tuthill Harrison
Maiden Name Symmes
Birth Date 25 Jul 1775
Birth Place Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, United States of America
Death Date 25 Feb 1864
Death Place North Bend, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States of America
Cemetery William Henry Harrison Tomb State Memorial
Burial or Cremation Place North Bend, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States of America
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Father John Cleves Symmes
Mother Anna Symmes
Spouse William Henry Harrison
Children John Scott Harrison

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Sue I created a page for the cemetery where Anna is buried. Link is
posted by Ed Burke

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