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Isaiah Harrison

Birth
Chester, Cheshire West and Chester Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England
Death 1738 (aged 71–72)
Rockingham County, Virginia, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 150128513 · View Source
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Isaiah Harrison (1666-1738) came to America from England about January 2, 1687. This is the date of the first mention of his name in the Oyster Bay, Queen's Co., Long Island records. He was a blacksmith. According to "Settlers by the Long Gray Trail" he was the son of Rev. Dr. Thomas Harrison, chaplain to Henry Cromwell. About 1689 or near after, Isaiah's first wife died and then about 1700 he married second, Abigail Smith. On April 20, 1702, he sold all of his Oyster Bay lands, his wife Abigail joining him in signing the deeds. The same day he bought 500 acres of land on the western bank of the Nissequogue River, at Smithtown, Long Island, to which he removed with his family. There he bought 200 acres more, September 23, 1708; this land being on the eastern side of the river opposite his home tract. His second wife is thought to have been of the Smithtown family. The children of Isaiah and his wife Abigail, were all born at Smithtown, Long Island.

Isaiah sold his home place at Smithtown, June 12, 1721, and very shortly therafter removed with his family to Sussex County, Delaware, where he bought 900 acres of land known as Maiden Plantation---about eight miles west of Lewes---June 22, 1721. After his removal to Delaware he sold his remaining 200 acres at Smithtown, April 28, 1722, his wife Abigail also signing the deed. She is thought to have died about 1732. This year, on October 10th, for a nominal sum, he deeded to each of his sons, Daniel,Thomas, and Jeremiah, 250 acres of Maiden Plantation, her name being missing from these deeds. Later, on May 7th, 1736, he disposed of his remaining 150 acres of Maiden Plantation, also without her signature.

About 1737, Isaiah Harrison and his family of five sons and two of his daughters set out for Virginia. (son, Gideon died; son, Isaiah Jr. and Elizabeth may have remained behind). The family probably camped for about two years on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River before "taking up" land. During this time, Isaiah died and was buried near the "White House".

Houston Harrison, "Settlers Along the Gray Tail"

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  • Added: 2 Aug 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 150128513
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Isaiah Harrison (25 Sep 1666–1738), Find A Grave Memorial no. 150128513, ; Maintained by CW (contributor 47143447) Unknown.