Person:Thomas Harrison (62)

Thomas Harrison, of Linville's Creek, Augusta County, VA
m. BEF 1701
  1. Daniel Harrison, of Smith and Linville's Creek, Augusta County, VA1701 - BEF 1770
  2. Thomas Harrison, of Linville's Creek, Augusta County, VAABT 1704 - 1785
  3. Jeremiah Harrison, of Linville and Smiths Creek, Augusta County, VA1707 - 1798
  4. Abigail HarrisonABT 1710 - 1780
  5. Samuel Harrison, of Linville's Creek, Augusta County, VAABT 1712 - ABT 1790
  • HThomas Harrison, of Linville's Creek, Augusta County, VAABT 1704 - 1785
  • WSarah Cravens1703-1710 - BEF 1764
m. BEF 1735
  1. Abigail HarrisonABT 1735 -
  2. Robert HarrisonBET 1737 AND 1747 - 1797
  3. Jeremiah HarrisonABT 1740 - AFT 1801
  4. Thomas Harrison, Jr.BET 1740 AND 1750 - 1800
  5. John HarrisonBET 1740 AND 1750 - 1806
  6. Davis HarrisonABT 1743 - 1817
  7. Ezekial Harrison1751 - 1834
  8. Reuben Harrison1754 - 1840
  9. Sarah HarrisonABT 1760 -
  • HThomas Harrison, of Linville's Creek, Augusta County, VAABT 1704 - 1785
  • WJane DeLaHaye1700-1715 - BEF 1738
m. BEF 1738
Facts and Events
Name Thomas Harrison, of Linville's Creek, Augusta County, VA
Gender Male
Birth? ABT 1704 Smithtown, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York
Marriage BEF 1735 prob. Virginiato Sarah Cravens
Marriage BEF 1738 to Jane DeLaHaye
Death? 1785 Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Virginia

Thomas Harrison was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 151.--18th February, 1761. Jeremiah (Jerre) Hamson (s/b Harrison) and Catherine ( )to Thomas Harrison, £20, 120 acres by patent, __ _____, 1760, on east draft of Cook's Creek, a branch of Shannandoe River, joining Robert Cravens.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 752.--19th November, 1764. Thomas Harrison and Sarah to Jeremiah Harrison, £__, 212 acres on Dry Fork of Smith's Creek.
  • Page 754.--19th November, 1764. Same (Thomas Harrison and Sarah) to John Harrison, £__, 150 acres on a Sinking Spring Branch of Linvel's Creek; corner Mary Adams.
  • Page 756.--22d November, 1764. Thomas ( ) Harrison and Sarah ( ) to David Berry, £100, two tracts, 429 acres on Muddy Creek--A, 22 acres on Muddy Creek; B, 195 acres.
  • Page 11.--23d May, 1765. Thomas ( ) Harrison, farmer, to John Sheltman, £50, 61 acres on head spring of Cook's Creek, part of 250 acres patented to Thomas. 1744, 15th March. Teste: Felix Sheltman, Jeremiah Harrison. Delivered: Richard Regan, by written order from John Sheltman, 25th July, 1788. (Note: the omission of Sarah (Cravens), Thomas Harrison's wife proves that she died prior to this transaction).

Conflicting Information on Thomas Harrison

Thomas Harrison appears to have 2-3 marriages and there is conflicting information on which children are placed with which wife. More research is necessary to resolve.

Records of Thomas Harrison in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Page 174.--15th May, 1749. Peter Dyer's appraisement by Robert Cravens, Thomas and Jeremiah Harrison.
  • 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 208.--5th January, 1763. John Wright's estate; appraised by John Cravens, Thomas Harrison, John Shalpman: Daniel Young's note; David Smith's ditto; Soloman Turpin's ditto; Peter Watkins' note; John Stewart's ditto; Thomas Bryant's ditto; Skidmore Muncy's note; William Shull's ditto; Charles Differ's ditto; Robert William's ditto.
  • Page 842.--10th December, 1764. Daniel ( ) Young to Samuel Beard, £12. 260 acres at Snodon's Spring. Teste: Thomas Harrison, Egeniah Virden. Jeremiah Harrison.
  • Page 349.--Patent to Thomas Gragg (wife Elizabeth), 1st March, 1773. Teste: Joseph Smith, John Waren, Thomas ( ) Harrison, Henry Ewin.
  • Vol. 2 - McMahon vs. Brown--O. S. 307; N. S. 109--Bill, 28th January, 1820, by William McMahon of Rockingham. On 25th November, 1783, Elizabeth McNeal bought from Thomas Harrison a lot in the town of Harrisonburg. She had previously taken under her charge a boy named Brown and declared she intended the lot for him. But she married James Martin, who very soon after became deranged and then disappeared. Elizabeth remained in Harrisonburg until 1798, when she made a will, devising the land to Brown, who sold to orator. Certain persons, viz: Mary, Jane, Andrew Paxton, James Manany and Margaret, his wife, claim as relatives and heirs of Elizabeth. Deed, 13th May, 1819, by James Brown and Nancy Brown of Licking County, Ohio, to William McMahon of Harrisonburg, above lot in Harrisonburg. Gordon McWilliams deposes, he came to Harrisonburg in May, 1797, when he met James Martin, husband of Elizabeth McNeal. Deed, 25th November, 1783, by Thomas Harrison of Rockingham to Elizabeth McNeal, widow of Rockingham, lot No. 2 in Harrisonburg, being part of 1,290 acres granted by inclusive patent to Thomas Harrison, 1st March, 1773. Will of Elizabeth Martin of Rockingham. Beloved friend James Brown. Corner opposite Mr. Thos. Scott's lot, fronting on Irish Street and Elizabeth Street. Husband, James Martin. Dated 7th March, 1798. Recorded July, 1798.

Information on Thomas Harrison

ABT 1704 - 1785
OCCUPATION: Founder Of Harrisonburg VA
RESIDENCE: Sussex County, DE; Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co.VA
BIRTH: ABT 1704, Smithtown, Suffolk Co, Long Island, NY
DEATH: 1785, Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., VA
RESOURCES: See: P249 [S67] [S224]
Father: Isaiah HARRISSON
Mother: Abigail SMITH

Family 1 : Jane DE LA HAYE
+ Abigail HARRISON
+ Thomas HARRISON Jr.
Family 2 : Sarah (DAVIS ?)
Family 3 : Sarah CRAVENS ?
MARRIAGE: BEF 1764, Harrisonburg, VA
+ Ezekial HARRISON

Notes With brothers Daniel, John, Samuel, Jeremiah was the first to patent land in Rockingham Co, VA. Orange Co record Dec 8, 1739. Named the present Harrisonburg town. Settled at the Head spring of the East Fork of Cook's Creek. All his grants made a total of 2,742 acres.

No record of his marr. to Sarah (Cravens?) is found at Staunton, indications are that they were married prior to the estab. of the Augusta Parish, organized in 1738. (Meade's Vol II p. 317). Marriage records of St. Mark's Parish, from which Augusta was formed, have become lost or destroyed. Sarah's name appears, on a deed in 1764, indicating they were marr. prior to this time. She is thought to be the mother of most, if not all of his children.

An act of the General Assembly at Williamsburg, passed in May 1780, and signed by Thomas Jefferson, governor, estab town of Harrisonburg, County Seat, Rockingham Co, Va. Thomas H. having laid off fifty acres of land into lots and streets. Ref: Henings-Statutes at Large of Va Vol 10, p. 295.

He built the first house of limestone and it still stands directly across the street opposite the northside entrance to the new Methodist Church, corner of Main & Bruce.

Qualified Lt. French & Indian War May 15, 1754. Will dated 21 Feb 1776, wife Sarah and all children, even though his will was destroyed in the burning of the original records of Rockingham in the War-Between-The-States, deeds at Harrisonburg have established his children.

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] [S224]