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Five Generations of Connecticut Harrisons

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Mrs. Francis Harrison Corbin, “Five Generations of Connecticut Harrisons,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 70[1916]. [LINK]

Richard Harrison of Newark

14 May 2008 Leave a comment

Source: Richard W. Cook, “Richard Harrison of Newark,” Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 57[1982].

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RICHARD WILSON COOK (1903-1981) was one of those accomplished students of genealogy who, when it came time to reduce his research notes to a manuscript, favored us by putting his findings into the classical format eschewing cumbersome numbering systems and confusing arrangements of facts. During his lifetime, Dick Cook contributed much to the Society and its Magazine including his series of studies entitled “Early Families of Newark,” of which this is one.

1. RICHARD HARRISON, born possibly ca. 1596, died October 25, 1653 at Branford, Connecticut. He came from West Kirby, Cheshire, England, to New Haven, later removing to Branford.

Children:

+2. Richard, b. ca. 1662.

+3. Elizabeth, b. ca. 1625.

+4. Thomas, bp. Dec. 2, 1627.

+5. Ellen, b. 163-

+6. Mary.

2. RICHARD HARRISON, son of Richard HARRISON (#1), born ca. 1622, died 168-, married Sarah HUBBARD, daughter of George and Mary HUBBARD, born ca. 1625. George HUBBARD was born ca. 1594, died January 1682/3; Mary HUBBARD died September 14, 1676 in Guilford, Connecticut. Richard HARRISON came from Branford in 1666 with the group to found the Town of Newark. He was active in Town affairs. In May 1668 he was one of the Agents from Newark who established the line with the Agents from Elizabeth Town. The same year the Town bargained with Deacon WARD, Sarj. Richard HARRISON, and Sarj. Edward RIGS to build a meeting house for seventeen pounds. At the Town Meeting, August 12, 1673, Sarj’t HARRISON was chosen one of the Deputies to go to Wood bridge. He took the Oath of Allegiance to the Dutch, September 1673 (GMNJ 12:83). Richard HARRISON of Newark received a patent to 152 acres September 30, 1675 (NJA 21:21). At the Town Meeting, May 16, 1683 he announced he was turning over his rights to the Corn Mill, having bought out Mr. Treat’s share, to his sons Sam’l, Joseph, and George HARRISON, who agreed to accept the Mill subject to the conditions agreed to by the original Builders and Operators, Mr. Robert TREAT and Sarj’t Richard HARRISON.  In the list of those owing Quit-rents in New Work, 1685, is Richard HERRISEN for 152 acres.(NJHSP, New Series, 15:239)

Children:

+7. John, b. prob. 1645

+8. Samuel b. prob. ca. 1648

+9. Joseph, b. prob. ca. 1651

+10. Benjamin, b. July 30, 1655

11. Ann, b. Nov. 2, 1657, d. Nov. 8, 1657 (Branford Vital Records, Amer. Gene., vol. XII)

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+12. George, b. Dec. 31, 1658

+13. Daniel, b. 1662

+14. Mary, b. 1664-65.

3. ELIZABETH HARRISON, daughter of Richard HARRISON (#1), born ca. 1625, married first ca. 1655 Henry LYNE, married second John LAMPSON, married third John MORRIS. She is named in three instruments recorded June 18, 1668. First, Certificate that Hopestill LYNE, 6 to 7 years old, the daughter of Henry LYNE of New Haven in New England, son of John LYNE of Badby, Northamptonshire, which Henry died January 14, 1662, and had the child Hopestill by his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Richard HARRISON of West Kerby, Cheshire, is still alive as sworn to by Richard HARRISON, Thomas JOHNSON, William MEAKER, and Ellen JOHNSON. Second, Appointment as guardians of Hopestill LYNE, her mother Elizabeth and her present husband John MORRIS of Newark. Third, John and Elizabeth MORRIS, late of New Haven, in New England, now of Newark, N.J., guardians of Hopestill LYNE gave power of attorney to Samuel WILLIS of Hartford, New England, for the management of the child’s property (NJA 21:29, 30).

John MORRIS of Newark died intestate. On November 5, 1675 letters of administration were granted to the widow Elizabeth (NJA 21:38; 23:328).

On November 22, 1690 John MORRIS of Newark deeded 20 acres in Newark on the Pissaick River, bounded north by Samuel HARRISON (NJA 21:268). On February 24, 1692/3 John MORRIS of Newark, son and heir proper in law of John MORRIS, dec’d, gave a quit-claim to his brother Philipp MORRIS of Newark for all property devised by their mother Elizabeth MORRIS (ibid. p. 210). On March 25, 1694 administration of the estate of Philipp MORRIS, deceased, intestate, was granted to the widow Johanna. He died December 5, 1693. (NJA 21:210; 23:329)

4. THOMAS HARRISON, son of Richard HARRISON (#1), baptised December 2, 1627 at Branford, Connecticut. He married first Mrs. Dorothy THOMPSON and second, on March 29, 1666 at Branford, Mrs. Elizabeth STENT. It would appear that Thomas HARRISON intended to go to Newark with his brother, but did not. In the Newark Town Records, Meeting of February 6, 1667, it is stated that as Thomas HARRISON had deserted his lot before recording it, he was not entered in the drawing of places for the choosing of lots.

5. ELLEN HARRISON, daughter of Richard HARRISON (#1), born 163-, died supposedly November 2, 1694, supposedly married first February 25, 1650 at Branford, Connecticut, John THOMPSON, married second Thomas JOHNSON, born ca. 1630, died November 5, 1694. Thomas JOHNSON was one of the original founders of Newark and was active in town affairs. On December 17, 1669 he, as Constable of Newark, was ordered to publish the recall of TREAT’s and CRAINE’s commissions as Justices of the Peace (NJA 21:30). Thomas JOHNSON of Newark, about 64 years old, in his will dated November 2, 1694 and proved November 21, 1694 names sons Joseph, John, Thomas, and Eliphalet the youngest who is named executor (NJA 21:215-16; 23:265).

6. MARY HARRISON, daughter of Richard HARRISON (#1), supposedly married at Branford, Connecticut, November 27, 1662 Thomas PIERSON, probably a kinsman of the Rev. Abraham PIERSON. Thomas PIERSON senior of Newark in his will dated Janu-

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ary 12, 1697/8 and proved March 1, 1700/1 names his children Samuel, Thomas the youngest son, Hannah, Abigail, Mary, and Elizabeth. Executor was his son Samuel LYON. (NJA 21:326) It would appear from this that Thomas PIERSON married 2nd a widow LYON with a son Samuel.

7. JOHN HARRISON, son of Richard HARRISON (#2), born probably 1645, died probably 1675-76 although it may have been earlier as he did not take the Oath of Allegiance to the Dutch, September 1673, as did his of-age brothers (18 and over). John HARRISON on October 30, 1666 signed with the others from Branford the agreement concerning the new town on the Passaick River in the Province of New Jersey. He was active in Town affairs. On May 26, 1673 John HARRISON drew his number for his place in a new drawing for lots. On March 14, 1676 the inventory of the estate of John HARRISON was made. On March 16, 1675/6 letters of administration on the estate of John HARRISON, dec’d, were granted to his brother Samuel HARRISON. (NJA 21:39, 40)

8. SAMUEL HARRISON, son of Richard HARRISON (#2), born probably ca. 1648, died 1724, married Mary WARD, daughter of Sarj’t John WARD, Sr., and Sarah —-, born June 11, 1654 at Branford, Connecticut, died April 16, 1738, aged 85 years, buried in the Old Newark Burying Ground. For more about the ancestry of Mary WARD see GMNY 57:59-60.

Samuell HARRISSON took the Oath of Allegiance to the Dutch, September 1673. On January 27, 1695/6 a Patent was issued to Samuel, Joseph, and Daniel HARRISON, all of Newark, for 100 acres in two lots (NJA 21:257). On August 8, 1696 a Patent was issued to Samuel HARRISON of Newark for 116 acres, of which 16 acres was in the right of John WARD senior, dec’d, his father-in-law (ibid, p. 248). On August 22, 1696 Samuel HARRISON of Newark and wife Mary deeded 20 acres in Newark Township (ibid. p. 269). In the list of persons in Essex County paying Quit-rents, 1696, is Samuell HARRISON for 120 acres and 116 acres (NJHSP, New Series, 15:375). Peter CUNDICT of Newark, clothier, in his will dated February 7, 1713/4 and proved May 19, 1714 names his wife Mary, various children all under 21, with wife as sole executrix with Dr. George HARRISON and brother-in-law Samuel HARRISON as overseers (NJA 23:122).

Samuel HARRISON of Newark yeoman, in his will dated January 7, 1712/3 and proved December 12, 1724 names his wife Mary and his children Samuel, John, Mary wife of Peter CUNDIT, Sarah wife of Nathaniel WARD, Susannah wife of Samuel WARD, Abigail, and Elenor. Wife sole executrix. (NJA 23:210-11, 214)

9. JOSEPH HARRISON, son of Richard HARRISON (#2), born probably ca. 1651, married Dorcas WARD, daughter of Sarj’t John WARD, Sr., and Sarah —-, born March 10, 1662/3 at Branford, Connecticut, died January 25, 1738/9 in her 76th year, buried in the Old Newark Burying Ground. For more about the ancestry of Dorcas WARD see GMNJ 57:59-60. Joseph HARRISON was active in Town affairs, first being named when he was a witness to a Town agreement, 1673. He took the Oath of Allegiance to the Dutch, September 1673 (GMNJ 12:84). He is on the list of persons owing Quit-rents in Newark, 1685, on 65 acres and in 1696 on 103 acres and 100 acres (NJHSP, New Series 15:375). According to Samuel H. CONGAR (Shaw, History of Essex and Hudson Counties, New Jersey, 1:358) he was living in 1742, aged 93, when he testified concerning the 1666 purchase and bounds of the Town. He is said to have had children Joseph, Stephen, Richard, Nathaniel, Elizabeth wife of Caleb BALDWIN, Phebe

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wife of John WARD, and Mary SAFRON.

10. BENJAMIN HARRISON, son of Richard HARRISON (#2), born July 30, 1655 in Branford, Connecticut, married Mary PLUM, daughter of Samuel and Hannah PLUM, born April 1, 1653 at Branford. Benjamin HERRISSON took the Oath of Allegiance to the Dutch, September 1673 (GMNJ 12:85). At the Newark Town Meeting January 1, 1690/1 it was voted to pay the wages of several soldiers including Benjamin HARRISON. His name was included in the list of 1715 of those concerned with the fence on the Common Line. He is said to have had a son Abraham.

12. GEORGE HARRISON, son of Richard HARRISON (#2), born December 31, 1658 at Branford, Connecticut, died April 22, 1715 in his 57th year, married Mary —–. At a Newark Town Meeting January 2, 1687/8 George HARRISON was accepted as Constable to replace Thomas RICHARDS. Then on the 9th he signed the list of Planters who were agreeing to pay their share toward supporting the minister. On November 4, 1694 he was one of the witnesses to the will of John CRANE senior, dated November 4, 1694 (NJA 21:216). He was on the list of those owing Quit-rents in Essex County, 1696, for 50 acres. (NJHSP, New Series, 15:376) George HARRISON of Essex County in his will dated January 1, 1713/4 and proved August 11, 1715 names his wife Mary and children Isaac, George, and Mary (NJA 23:210, 212).

13. DANIEL HARRISON, son of Richard HARRISON (#2), born 1662, died December 19, 1738 in his 77th year, married Abigail BALL, daughter of Edward BALL and Abigail BATCHLEY, born probably ca. 1671. Daniel HARRISON was buried in the Old Newark Burying Ground. In the list of persons paying Quit-rents, 1696, in Essex County is Daniel HARRISON on 45 acres (NJHSP, New Series, 15:375). At the Newark Town Meeting, April 11, 1705, Daniel HARRISON was voted to be a Fence Viewer for part of the Common Line of Fence. Daniel HARRISON of Newark, signed “his mark” to his will dated March 13, 1737, proved December 26, 1738, and in it refers to the children of his daughters Lydia BALDWIN and Abigail FARRAND both deceased, names his sons Daniel and Moses who are appointed executors, and his grandson Jonathan HARRISON under 21 (NJA 30:222).

Children:

15. Lydia, b. ca. 1691, d. Jan. 1736/7, m. John BALDWIN, Jr., & Hannah OSBORNE, b. 1686, d. Dec. 21, 1732, in 47th yr. Both Lydia and her husband John BALDWIN were buried in the Old Newark Burying Grd. Their stones were later removed to the First Pres. Chyd (GMNJ 38:21).

16. Abigail, b. poss. ca. 1695, d. before 1738, m. Samuel FARRAND, b. 1681, d. Sept. 16, 1750 aged 69y. & 6m. He m. 2nd Hannah —-, who died Oct. 18, 1748 in 63rd yr. and was buried in the Old Newark Burying Grd. Her gravestone was removed to the crypt in Fairmount Cem. (GMNJ 29:16). Samuel FARRAND of Newark in his will dated Sept. 3, 1747 and proved Jan. 2, 1750 names his children Daniel, Samuel, Ebenezer, Nathaniel, Joseph, Sarah, Phebe, Hannah, & Elizabeth, wife Hannah as one of executors (NJA 30:172).

17. Daniel, b. 1700-1701, d. Oct. 19, 1748, aged 47 yrs., m. Abigail —-, b. 1709, d. Nov. 11, 1789 in 81st yr. Abigail was buried in the Old Newark Burying Grd, and her gravestone was one of those removed to the crypt in Fairmount Cem. (GMNJ 29:17).

18. Moses, b. ca. 1708, d. Feb. 18, 1765 in 57th yr., m. Abigail FOSTER. Moses HARRISON was buried in the Old Newark Burying Grd, and his gravestone was later removed to the Fairmount Cem. crypt. Moses HARRISON of Newark in his will dated January 18, 1755 and proved Feb. 27, 1765 names his daughter Mary DOD and under age daughters Anna, Demaras, Abigail, & Sarah, and son Jonas who was one of the executors (NJA 33:180).

19. Jonathan, b. ca. 1712, d. Dec. 9, 1732 in 21st yr., buried Old Newark Burying Grd.

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14. MARY HARRISON, daughter of Richard HARRISON (#2), born 1664-65, died November 15, 1732 in her 68th year, married Samuel PIERSON, born 1663-64, died March 19, 1730 in his 67th year. Both were buried in the cemetery of the First Presbyterian Church of Orange, New Jersey. At the Newark Town Meeting, January 1, 1686/7 Samuel PIERSON was admitted as a Planter. Samuel PIERSON of Newark, carpenter, in his will dated March 13, 1729/30 and proved April 15, 1730 names his wife Mary as sole executrix and his sons Joseph, Samuel, James, Daniel, and Caleb, and daughters Jemima, Mary, and Hannah; refers to home farm as adjoining John HARRISON and Samuel FARRAND (NJA 23:365).