Daniel Harrison, of Smith and Linville's Creek, Augusta County, VA
d.BEF 25 AUG 1770
m. BEF 1701
- Daniel Harrison, of Smith and Linville's Creek, Augusta County, VA1701 - BEF 1770
- Thomas Harrison, of Linville's Creek, Augusta County, VAABT 1704 - 1785
- Jeremiah Harrison, of Linville and Smiths Creek, Augusta County, VA1707 - 1798
- Abigail HarrisonABT 1710 - 1780
- Samuel Harrison, of Linville's Creek, Augusta County, VAABT 1712 - ABT 1790
- H. Daniel Harrison, of Smith and Linville's Creek, Augusta County, VA1701 - BEF 1770
- W. Sarah UnknownBef 1744 -
m. JUL 1761
Facts and Events
Daniel Harrison was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Daniel Harrison received a patent of 400 acres "on head of Dry Fork of Smith's Creek", 20th August 1741, (as listed below). This land was conveyed by him to his son Robert, 16th March, 1748, (as listed below).
- Daniel Harrison received a patent of 400 acres patented to Daniel, 25th September, 1746; Love's line, corner with Daniel Harrison's part of said tract, (as listed below) (Note: the "said tract" refers to the 200-acre tract below).
- Daniel Harrison received a patent of 200 acres on a branch of Muddy Creek, patented to Daniel, 5th September, 1749, (as listed below)
- Daniel Harrison received a patent of 120 acres, 15th December, 1755, on North River of Shanando above the Gap in the mountain including the third fork of said river, an island below the fork, (as listed below).
- Page 336.--23d June, 1763. Jonathan Douglas to Daniel Harrison, £40, 306 acres, part of two tracts of 400 acres each, whereof Nicholas and Henry Mace and Patrick Quin possess the other part, the one tract granted to Jonathan by Thomas Beal, of Frederick County, Maryland, 1755; the other patented to Jonathan, 11th July, 1761, on head of Broad Run, a branch of North River of Shanandoe, whereon said Douglas now lives Mortgage. (Note: this record may be for Daniel Harrison, Jr.).
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 586.--28th February, 1749. Daniel Harrison, Gent., to Arthur Johnston, 190 acres; 10 acres; Cook's Creek (Harrison's stonehouse).
- Page 29.--27th November, 1751. Daniel Harrison and Margaret, to John McCluer, 387 acres. Muddy Creek, on north side North River. Teste: James Kilburn, Ro. Renick. Patented to Daniel, 5th September, 1746.
- Page 539.--16th March, 1758. Daniel Harrison to Robert Harrison, £40, 400 acres on head of Dry Fork of Smith's Creek. Delivered: Captain Daniel Smith, January, 1763.
- Page 303.--31st June, 1763. Daniel Harrison to Charles Man, £25, 120 acres patented to Daniel, 15th December, 1755, on North River of Shanando above the Gap in the mountain including the third fork of said river, an island below the fork.
- Page 305.--22d June, 1763. Daniel Harrison and Sarah to James Green, £9, 100 acres in north fork of Linwell's Creek. Teste: James Gamwill, Charles Donnelly.
- Page 307.--22d June, 1763. Same to same (Daniel Harrison and Sarah to James Green), £23, 250 acres on a draft of Linvell's Creek joining on west the land Bryan and Linvel lived on; line of survey of Joseph Bryan.
- Page 553.--14th November, 1764. Daniel Harrison and Sarah to Daniel and Jesse Harrison, his grandchildren, sons of Jesse Harrison, £20, 400 acres on head Linville's Creek, Jos. Hite's line. Delivered: Benj. Bowman, by order of Jesse Harrison, 18th February, 179.
- Page 556.--22d March, 1764. Same (Daniel Harrison and Sarah) to Jesse Harrison, his son, £40, two tracts, one containing 200 acres on a branch of Muddy Creek, patented to Daniel, 5th September, 1749; corner said Daniel, the other containing 200 joining the former, being part of 400 acres patented to Daniel, 25th September, 1746; Love's line, corner with Daniel Harrison's part of said tract. Delivered: Jessey Harrison, March, 1783.
- Page 6999.--21st August, 1764. Daniel Harrison and Sarah ( ) to Daniel Harrison, his son, £20, 200 acres, part of 400 patented to Daniel, 25th September, 1746; corner Jesse Harrison's part of same tract. Teste: Joseph Gamwell.
- Page 398.--14th October, 1765. Daniel Harrison to Daniel Smith £50 200 acres on Muddy Creek and Dry River, high bank of rocks opposite an island. Delivered: Daniel Smith, March Court, 1772. (Note: Daniel Smith was a son-in-law of Daniel Harrison).
- Page 244.--21st March, 1770. Daniel Harrison and Sarah to Felix Gilbert. On 23d June, 1763, Jonathan Douglass mortgaged to Daniel 306 acres on head of Broad Run, a branch of North River of Shanandore being parts of two tracts of 400 acres each, one patented to Jonathan 11th July, 1761. the other purchased by Jonathan from one Thomas Beal of Maryland, the remainder now in possession of Nicholas and Henry Mace and Patrick Quin, being the land whereon Jonathan then lived. Jonathan failed to pay the debt. wherefore Daniel brought bill in Augusta County Court; decree rendered 25th March. 1769. Now, £55. Teste: James McDowell, Wm. Patton. Delivered: Felix Gilbert, March, 1773. (Note: this record may be for Daniel Harrison, Jr.).
Will of Daniel Harrison
- Page 408.--8th June, 1767. Daniel Harrison's will--To wife; to Sarah Stevenson, his wife's daughter; to son, Benjamin Harrison, youngest son; to children. Teste: Andrew Johnson, John Johnson, Robt. Brown, Andrew Johnson's deposition taken in Culpeper County, 13th May, 1771, before James Barbour, Jr., and Robert Throckmorton. Proved, 25th August, 1770, by John Johnson. Executors qualified as above, vid., pages 339, 340.
- Page 339 (vid pp. 409-10).--25th August, 1770. Benj. Harrison's bond (with Andw. Bird and David Bell) as administrator of Danl. Harrison.
- Page 340 (vid pp. 409-10).--25th August, 1770. Sarah Harrison's bond (with Abrm. Smith) as executrix of Daniel Harrison.
Records of Daniel Harrison in Augusta County, VA
- Page 16.--19th July, 1748. Jacob Dye and wife Mary, farmer, to Ephraim Love, late of Lancaster County, Penna. Delivered: Wm. Hopkins, 6th March, 1753. Muddy Creek; corner Daniel Harrison, Wm. White, Wm. Carroll.
- Page 144.--20th August, 1748. Samuel Harrison to Mary, his wife, to Jno. Wright. Cooks Creek. Teste: Daniel Harrison, Samuel Newman.
- Page 282.--26th February, 1750. Charles Gallagher's appraisement, by Jeremiah Harrison, Daniel Harrison, Robert Cravens. (Here James Porteus ceases to be scribe, vid. page 93, supra.)
- Page 322.--1st March, 1750-51. John Wilkins' ( ) bond as administrator, of Thos. Wilkins, with sureties Daniel Harrison, Robert Young.
- Page 516.--2d May, 1752. Joseph Powel to John Wright, 400 acres on head of Dry Fork of Smith's Creek on Irish Road. Teste: Thomas Harrison and Daniel Harrison.
- Page 67.--22d August, 1754. John Bowyer's indemnifying bond to Archibald Alexander, with sureties James Lockhart, Andrew Hays, Wm. Woods. Alexander had given Bowyer power of attorney to act for him in signing deeds to the Borden lands. Teste: Francis Bealey (Beaty), Jas. Thomson, Daniel Harrison.
- Page 97.--20th March, 1755. Daniel Harrison's bond as guardian (chosen) to John Scot, orphan of Saml. Scot, with sureties David Stewart, Robert McClenachan.
- Page 180.--24th November, 1756. James Lockhart's bond (with John Trimble, Wm. Long, Danl. Harrison) for collection of County levy.
- Page 180.--15th December, 1756. Adam Dickinson's bond (with Wallace Estill, Danl. Harrison) as administrator of Humphrey Madison.
- Page 381.--1st February, 1757. John (Jacob) Gardner to Jno. Craven and Jno. Wright, £100, 310 acres on East Fork of Cook's Creek and a draft of Smith's Creek, Daniel Harrison's land, granted to Jacob. 16th August, 1756. Teste: Ro. Craven ( ), Samuel Hemphill, Matt. and Robert Black. Delivered: Jno. Wright, August, 1758.
- Page 185.--16th March, 1757. John Hinton's bond (with Daniel Harrison, Sampson Archer) as guardian (chosen) to Thomas O'Neal (aged 16), orphan of John O'Neal.
- Page 233---16th March, 1758. Martha Claypole's bond (with Daniel Harrison) as administratrix of William Claypole.
- Page 325.--20th January, 1759. Arthur Jonson's will--To sons John and Andrew Jonson, tract testator now lives on, with adjoining survey called Hunters Gulley; to son Arthur, tract adjoining Ellick Herrin's line; to wife (pregnant), executrix (estate, if she do not marry); to remaining children, viz: Jane, Sarah, Mary Jonson. Teste: Danl. Harrison, Saml. Hemphill, Edward McGarry. Proved, 15th August, 1759, by Harrison and Hemphill. Widow, Margaret qualified, with Daniel Love and Robert Cravens.
- Page 354.--19th March, 1760. Arthur Johnston's appraisement, by Danl. Harrison, Saml. Hemphill, Jno. Cravens.
- Page 60.--4th May, 1761. Robert Harrison's will--Father, Daniel, best hat; brother, Jesse. £10 for Jesse's daughter Ann when she arrives to 18; brother, Daniel; brother-in-law. Daniel Smith, watch and £20 for schooling Smith's son, Robert Smith; brother, Benjamin; sisters, Mary and Abigail. Executors, Daniel Smith and Jesse Harrison. Teste: Silas Hart, Hugh Hamilton, Wm. Minter, Wm. Gragg. Proved, 18th August, 1761, by Hamilton and Minter. Executors qualified, with Wm. Preston and Michael Warren.
- Page 241.--19th August, 1761. Daniel Harrison's bond (with John Trimble), as guardian (appointed) to Jane Claypole, orphan of Wm. Claypole.
- Page 180.--13th August, 1762. Arthur Johnston's estate, appraised by Samuel Hemphill, Daniel Harrison, John Cravens.
- Page 382.--10th September, 1763. Daniel Pouder and Jemiah ( ) to Joseph Rutherford, £150, 310 acres on head of East Fork of Cook's Creek, and a draft of Smith's Creek, black oak near Daniel Harrison's land, patented to Jacob Garner, 16th August, 1756, conveyed by Garner to John Cravens and John Wright, and by Cravens and Wright to Daniel. Teste: Daniel Smith, Felix Shellman, Patrick ( ) Fraysher, John Scott. Delivered: Reuben Rutherford, May, 1768.
- Page 706.--21st June, 1764. George and William Skillem to Walter Crow, £__, 343 acres patented to William Skillem, deceased, 30th August, 1743, and devised by William that his sons, George and William, should dispose of same on head of a draft of Linville's Creek on Daniel Harrison's road. Teste: James Hughes. James Huston, Robt. Russell. Delivered: Walter Crow. October, 1766. Acknowledged by George.
- Page 370.--21st November, 1764. Silas Hart's (sheriff) bond (with Danl. Harrison, Andw. Erwin, Jno. Hopkins, Archd. Hopkins, Geo. Anderson, Wm. Anderson) to collect officers' fees. (Note: additional similar records for Silas Hart to collect taxes and quit rent).
- Page 759.--22d November, 1764. Abraham Smitli and Sarah to Daniel Smith, £243, two tracts adjoining each other, on head of Dry Fork of Smith's Creek: A, 400 acres patented to Daniel Harrison, 20th August, 1741 and conveyed by him to his son Robert, 16th March, 1748, and purchased by Abraham from executors of Robert, end of the Timber Bottom; B, 260 acres patented to said Robert Harrison, 20th August, 1741, and sold to Abraham by his executors, end of Timber Bottom; corner Daniel Harrison, Robert Cravens's line. Delivered: Daniel, May, 1765.
- Page 21.--16th May, 1768. Francis Green and Margaret ( ) to Evan Thomas, 5 shillings, 240 acres on Middle Branch of Linvel's Creek joining one Hite and near a survey of Daniel Harrison patented to Francis, 29th May, 1760; also a tract containing 20 acres joining his own land patented to Francis, 10th November, 1757, Daniel Harrison's line; Hite's line. Teste: Robert Culwell, Thomas Pickens, Thomas Bowen. Delivered: Evan Thomas. 24th November, 1787.
- Page 296.--21st March, 1769. John McClure (McCleward) and Mary to Barney (Begney) Murray and John Huston, £60, 200 acres on Muddy Creek, patented to Daniel Harrison, and conveyed by him to said McClore.
- Page 256.--McClure to Morris Morris. Delivered: Morris Morris, Jr., 16th August, 1800. Teste: John Malcom. Thomas Reed. Patented to Daniel Harrison, 25th September, 1746.
- Page 174.--5th August, 1775. Joseph Sawin (Sawings) nnd Katharine and Henry Sawin and Jennet to Abraham Smith. Patented to Daniel Harrison and by him conveyed to Daniel Smith, 14th October, 1765.
Information on Daniel Harrison's Plantation
Daniel Harrison Plantation.
Dayton, Virginia, 6 miles southwest of Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Route #42.
Daniel Harrison by grant survey made December 8, 1738.
Benjamin Harrison, son of Daniel, by inheritance from his father, 1819.
Peachy Harrison, son of Benjamin, by inheritance from his father, 1848.
John Allebaugh from executors of Peachy Harrison about 1849 or 1850.
J.N. Liggett from John Allebaugh by deed, March 18, 1856.
William H. and Solomon Burtner from J.N. Liggett, by deed, December 10, 1866.
Solomon Burtner from William H. Burtner, by deed of division, April 20, 1870.
E.L. Kooger, present owner, deed from L.L. Conrad, special commissioner, November 28, 1817.
This house is a rectangular, two and a half story stone house with gabled roof and two brick chimneys, one on each end. There are four windows on the front double windows, with ten by fifteen-inch panes. The porch is one-story with four square columns and a flat roof. You enter the house from this porch through a paneled door, which has sidelights and an oblong transom.
The house has four large rooms and the ceiling are nine feet high. The walls are papered. There is an open string stairway going up from a wide hall. All the doors are the paneled type.
The house is constructed of limestone, with heavy walls. (Could not enter; did not see the interior of house.)
Daniel Harrison (1701-1770) the eldest son of Isaiah Harrison and his second wife, Abigail Smith, was born at Smithtown, Long Island, 1701. Isaiah’s first wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Gideon and Elizabeth (Townsend) Wright.
Isaiah Harrison came to America about the year 1688, as he first appears at Oyster Bay under that date, where at a "Town meeting he was given and granted, one whole right of commonage and upon ye old purchase of ye town, with all privileges thereto belonging as other such Particular rights have", etc. conditioned upon continuing to be an inhabitant of the town for seven years. By this grant he was made a freeholder of the town and as such freeholder, entitled to the right of participating in the town affairs. Mention is made of the old purchase; this was the purchase of 1653, from the Indians.
On the 19th. Of September, 1677, a patent of confirmation for the lands previously bought from the natives, was obtained of Governor Andros, in which the proprietors were named as Henry Townsend, Sr., Nicholas Wright, Thomas Townsend, Gideon Wright and others, "on ye behalf of themselves and their associates ye freeholders and inhabitants of ye said towne their heirs, successors and assigns". This patent was recorded by order of the Governor at the request of the inhabitants the 20th day of November 1685.
As these men were at the time of the patent, the influential townsmen of Oyster Bay, no doubt it was through the inducement of one of these or some member of their families that Isaiah Harrison came to locate in the town. Oyster Bay, Long Island, was first permanently settled in the year 1653, and the first transfer of land was by Indian deed, dated that year.
It was at Oyster Bay that Isaiah’s first wife, Elizabeth, died, between 1698 and 1702, leaving him with five small motherless children, and where he married his second wife, Abigail. He sold his holdings here and purchased a tract of five hundred acres in Suffolk County, for four hundred pounds, five hundred acres in Suffolk County, for four hundred pounds, April 20, 1702, and moved to Smithtown, Long Island, where his son, Daniel Harrison was born. Isaiah Harrison sold his homeplace at Smithtown, June 21, 1721, and shortly after removed with his family to Sussex County, Delaware, where he bought nine hundred acres of land known as Maiden Plantation. About eight miles west of Lewes, on this plantation, his wife, Abigail died, about 1732. Isaiah’s children by his two marriages, were ten in number, seven of them boys.
Daniel Harrison, eldest son by his second wife Abigail, moved with the rest of the family to Maiden Plantation and after the death of Abigail, the estate was divided up among the children.
All the sons and daughters of Isaiah, with the exception of Gideon and possibly Elizabeth, settled in the region around Harrisonburg, Daniel locating at the head spring of Cooks Creek about 1738. His original tract on Naked Creek was in what is now Augusta County, just south of the Augusta-Rockingham line.
On August 20th, 1741, Daniel’s second patent was for four hundred acres on the Dry Fork of Smiths Creek, his son Robert patenting two hundred six acres at the same time along this fork and adjoining his fathers. Both of these patents embraced the tract later known as Smithland (some fifty-four acres being added by Robert by purchase) the first county Seat of Rockingham County.
Daniel Harrison married first, Margaret Cravens, in 1724; his second wife was Sarah Stephenson, widow of William Stephenson. He finally settled on the Head Spring of Cooks Creek, nor Dayton, where the old stone house now stands in the edge of the town. This house was built by him about 1749 or before. This old home plantation remained in the Harrison family through succeeding generations for one hundred twelve years, passing by inheritance first to Daniel’s son Benjamin and next to his grandson, Peachy Harrison, who lived in Harrisonburg a prominent physician and extensive land owner as well. Although Daniel Harrison and his sons were granted some four thousand two hundred ninety four acres of Augusta county lands in seventeen patents, all except three of them being issued to Daniel himself.
Daniel Harrison had his share in public affairs and took a leading part in the early development of this part of the Valley of Virginia. He was deputy sheriff of the County of Augusta and a captain in the militia in the deference of the community in the Indian Troubles.
Daniel Harrison’s sons, grandsons and descendants have been men of prominence, filling places of distinction and responsibility in the communities in which they lived, as well as in the professions of medicine, law and education. Peachy Harrison, as said before, was a prominent physician in Harrisonburg, as was his son, Peachy Rush Harrison; another son of Peachy Harrison was Gesture Harrison, one of the first nine graduates of the university of Virginia and later becoming famous as an educator in that institution. He entered her halls in 1825 and graduated in the Degrees of Medicine and Ancient languages in July 1828, and in august of that year, was appointed Professor of the School of Ancient Languages at the University. He held this position until near his death, or for over thirty years. Harrison Hall in our Virginia State Teachers College at Harrisonburg is named for him and his portrait now adorns the University Library in the rotunda at the head of the lawn. It has been said of him, "he was perhaps the most important figure in the educational history of the Southern States in the period before the War Between the States?
SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
Rockingham County Court Records, Harrisonburg Virginia.
Settlers by the Long Grey Trail, Dayton, Virginia, 1935.
Capt. Daniel HARRISON Sr.
ABT 1701 - 10 Jul 1770
Repository ID Number: I271
OCCUPATION: Pioneer Of Old Augusta Co, VA, French And Indian War Soldier
RESIDENCE: Sussex County, DE; 1738- Augusta Co., VA
BIRTH: ABT 1701, Smithtown, Long Island, NY
DEATH: 10 Jul 1770, Near Present Day Dayton, VA
BURIAL: (Thought To Be Episcopal Churchyard Submerged)
RESOURCES: See Notes [S67] [S441]
Father: Isaiah HARRISSON
Mother: Abigail SMITH
Family 1 : Margaret CRAVENS
MARRIAGE: 1724, Sussex Co, DE
+ Daniel HARRISON Jr
+ Jesse HARRISON
+ Mary HARRISON
+ Jane HARRISON
+ Abigail HARRISON
+ Benjamin HARRISON
Family 2 : Sarah
MARRIAGE: Jul 1761, Augusta Co, VA
With John, Thomas, Jeremiah and Samuel left Delaware. First to patent land in Rockingham Co, Va Dec 8, 1738, Orange Co, Va Record.
Under sheriff of Augusta Co 1751; qualified Captain Aug 19 1752, for the second time, having first been appointed under the jurisdiction of the Orange Co.
French & Indian War soldier and pioneer to Old Augusta Co. died July 10, 1770 (Booger). Buried in the early Episcopal churchyard near his home at the present town of Dayton, north section of today's cemetery. The site of Old Erection, the church of the early Presbyterians, in the same locality has become submerged under Silver Lake. All bodies were moved to the newer part of the cemetery, but no trace of Daniel's grave can now be located. In 1767 he signed his Will rec Aug Co Will Bk 4 p. 408 at Staunton. (Original Will also on record)
1889 letter of Judge Harvey Harrison,a son of Joseph Harrison (son of Gideon Harrison), wrote that great grandfather was Daniel, Sr. of Rockingham Co, VA. Harvey said, "five sons of Daniel, Sr. came to Madison Co., AL in 1806, from E. TN: Daniel, Jesse, James, Gideon, and Michael,"
Page 553. - 14 Nov 1763. Daniel Harrison and Sarah to Daniel and Jesse Harrison, his grandchildren, sons of Jesse Harrison, L20, 400 acres on head Linville's Creek, Jos. Hite's line. Delivered: Benj Bowman, by order of Jesse Harrison, 18 Feb 1793.
Page 556 - 22 Mar 1764. Same to Jesse Harrison, his son, L40, two tracts, one containing 200 acres on a branch of Muddy Creek, patented to Daniel, 5 Dec 1749; corner said Daniel, the other containing 200 joining the former, being part of 400 acres patented to Daniel, 25 Sep 1746; Love's line, corner with Daniel Harrison's part of said tract, Delivered: Jessey Harrison, March, 1783.
Page 699. - 21 Aug 1764. Daniel Harrison and Sarah to Daniel Harrison, his son, L20, 200 acres, part of 400 patented to Daniel, 25 Sep 1746; corner Jesse Harrison's part of same tract. Teste: Joseph Gamwell.
Page 398 - 14 Oct 1765. Daniel Harrison to Daniel Smith, L50, 200 acres on Muddy Creek and Dry River, high bank of rocks opposite an island. Delivered: Daniel Smith, March Court 1772..
Page 408. - 8 June, 1767. Daniel Harrison's will - To wife; to Sarah Stevenson, his wife's daughter; to son, Benjamin Harrison, youngest son; to children. Teste: Andrew Johnson, John Johnson, Robt. Brown, Andrew Johnson's deposition taken in Culpeper Co. 13 May 1771, before James Barbour, Jr. and Robert Throckmorton. Proved, 25 Aug 1770 by John Johnson. Executors qualified as above, vid., pages 339,340.
Page 339 (vid pp. 409-10}. 25 August 1770.
Benj. Harrison's bond (with Andw. Bird and David Bell) as administrator of Danl. Harrison.
Page 340 (vid pp. 409-10) - 25 August 1770.
Sarah Harrison's bond (with Abrm. Smith) as executrix of Daniel Harriso
PA Gen Mag, Vol I, p. 660: Submitted to Harrison Heritage, Sep 1982, p. 295. A transfer of land in Rockingham co. VA, 8 Apr 1799, between James Green and Mary, his wife, cites that this land was first granted to Daniel HARRISON on 15 Dec 1755.
PA Gen Mag, Vol I, p. 664: Submitted to Harrison Heritage, Sep 1982, p. 295. Abstracts of Patents, VA Land Office, Richmond, General Index 1623-1774. George III to James GREEN, 200 A. of land lying and being in the county of Augusta on the branch of Muddy Creek near land of John O'Neal and Thomas HARRISON. [S224] [S45] [S441] [S441]