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Burr Harrison, I
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To a great grandfather
- Robin Hensley-Smoot
 Added: Nov. 2, 2013
 
My 7th great grandfather. Thanks to the person who took photo of the memorial marker!
- Marda Godsey
 Added: Sep. 13, 2013
 
Burr and Sarah Harrison, ancestors of President Barack Obama and other well-known Americans.
- Mark Hale
 Added: Jul. 21, 2012
 
Virginia Division of Historic Landmarks Survey Form (Possibly written June 1987; am unsure of original date.) Original Owner: Harrison FamilyDate: Early 18th c.-19th centuryOriginal Owner: Harrison familyOriginal Use: CemeteryPresent Owner: United State Marine CorpsQuantico Marine Corps BaseQuantico, VirginiaPresent use: CemeteryAcreage: Less than one acreCondition of environs: GoodNote any archaeological interest: Possibly. According to Herb Gibson, the siteof Chopawamsic, the 17th Century Harrison family seat, is nearby. Nothingremains above ground.Architectural description: The Harrison family cemetery, now located on theQuantico Marine Base, is an early cemetery located east of Rt. 620 not farfrom the site of Chopawamsic, the seat of the Harrison family. There areseveral early carved stone markers and many of the graves are unmarked. Thecemetery is surrounded by a grove of trees.Historical significance: The Harrison Family Cemetery is in the generavicinity of Chopawamsic, the 17th Century house site of the Harrison family.The first Harrison to settle in Virginia was Burr Harrison (1637-1706) whoserved as a justice of Stafford County, incited the people of Stafford totake up arms against the Indians and Catholics in Parson Waugh's tumult of1689, and was appointed as ambassador to the Piscataway Indians by Gov.Nicholas in 1699. The Harrison estate was in the path of an early Indianhunting ground. Also buried here are Burr Harrison's wife, Sara FrancesBurdett Harrison, and his grandson, who inherited the plantation, BurrHarrison II. Thomas Harrison, 1665-1746, the First Lieutenant of PrinceWilliam County and one of the first trustees of Dumfries is buried here alongwith his wife, Sophia C. Short Harrison. The cemetery also contains the gravesof John Nelson Tolson, 1796-1851, Frances Harrison Peyton, and Anne BarnesHarrison. The Harrison family were the proprietors of the Missouri Mills andowned another plantation near Charleston, S. C. A commemorative plaque was recently placed at the cemetery by descendants ofthe Harrison family.
- genie-in-az
 Added: Aug. 12, 2011
 

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 Added: Oct. 15, 2009
 
 
 
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