m. ABT 1648
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Rev. Thomas HARRISON 1619 - 1682 Repository ID Number: I333
OCCUPATION: Minister, Established Church Of England
RESIDENCE: Hull,ENG; Jamestown, VA; Ipswich, MA;Chester,ENG;Dublin, IRE
BIRTH: 1619, Kingston-Upon-Hull, Yorkshire, ENG CHRISTENING: 1619, Angelican, Episcopal DEATH: 1682, Dublin, Ireland BURIAL: 1682, Dublin, Ireland RESOURCES: See: [S224] [S320] [S67] Father: Richard HARRISON
Family 1 : Dorothy SYMONDS MARRIAGE: ABT 1648, New England, MA [S320]
Dorothy HARRISON Elizabeth HARRISON
Family 2 : Katherine BRADSHAW MARRIAGE: 28 Feb 1660, Chester, ENG [S320]
Thomas HARRISON Katherine HARRISON John HARRISON
+ Isaiah HARRISSON Notes Rev Thomas H. came to the early Jamestown, VA settlement about 1640 as minister of Elizabeth River parish (Anglican, Episcopal). chaplain to Governor of Berkeley (1645-1652).
Rev Thomas , a native of Kingston-Upon-Hull, England, he was of Yorkshire parentage, with residence in London, and was descended from the Durham family of Harrisons, entitled to bear the Yorkshire (London) Arms. He came from the same family as the line of Alderman and Burgess of the city of Hull, which was granted a charter by Edward I in 1299. He was an intimate of the Cromwell family .
Following the second Indian massacre, April 18, 1644, he turned Puritan himself, and in 1648, after refusing to read the Book of Common Prayer, or Administer the Sacrements, abondoned his ministrial office.
He removed to New England where he married Dorothy Symonds, daughter of Samuel Symonds of Ipswich, MA, Deputy Governor of MA, and a native of Great Zeldham, Essex Co, England. He became an Independent or Congregational minister of the gospel.
From MA in 1650, Thomas returned with his family to England as minister at St. Dunstans-in-the-East, London. He then removed to Bromborough Hall, Warrall, Cheshire, and in 1655, accompanied Henry Cromwell (son of the Protector) to Ireland.
Upon the Restoration, Rev. Harrison returned to Chester, where he preached to large congregations in the Cathedral. Following the passing of the "Act of Uniformity" in 1662, he settled permanently in Dublin, and founded there a flourishing dissenting church.
With the rise of the Catholic element under James II, there was little hope for any former followers of Cromwell, or his children. Having been so closely allied with the Cromwell party, Thomas's fortunes were doubtless depleted by the time Isaiah came to America.
Rev. Thomas Harrison died in 1682 in Dublin, Ireland - "A midst general mourning." "He was a complete gentleman", "Much courted for his conversation." He was the author of several works, among them "Old Jacobs Account Cast Up." He left a valuable library. His will recorded in 1682, and other family records was destroyed in the courts' fire of Public Records office of Ireland in the late rebellion of 1922,
Identified by J. Houston Harrison, Settlers By The Long Grey Trail, as the ancestor of the Rockingham Co Va Harrisons is circumstantial, but a good case for his findings, thus this author has accepted the results as reasonably adequate.
J. Houston Harrison conducted a thorough research of the origin of the Harrison families of England and Scotland, see CVii, pp. 77-78. The Harrisons came into England with the Norse Viking Sea Kings 1016-1035. They were among the free Danes of whom Kingsley's hero, Hereward the Wake was one, and the last to withstand William the Conquerer.
Northumberland is the Danish section of England and filled with Harrisons. The name being of Danish patronymic origin more properly spelled Arysen (Aertzsen) and common to this day in Denmark, Sweden and Norway.(Richmond, Va Standard, No. 41, june 12, 1880)
In 1650 he returned to England and became minister of St. Dunstans-in-the-East London. He came an intimate of Henry Cromwell and accompanied him in 1655 to Ireland where he settled permanently in Dublin
After the Restoration and assumption of the English throne by Charles II, He preached to large congregations in the Cathedral at Chester, England, was the author of several works of note, and left a valuable library. [S224] [S320] [S320] [S67]