Person:Thomas Harrison (59)

m. ABT 1648
  1. Dorothy HarrisonBET 1648 AND 1652 - 1653
  2. Elizabeth Harrison1649 -
m. 28 FEB 1659/60
  1. Thomas Harrison1661 -
  2. Isaiah Harrison1663 - 1738
  3. Katherine Harrison1663 -
  4. John HarrisonABT 1665 -
Facts and Events
Name Thomas Harrison
Gender Male
Birth? 1619 Kingston-Upon-Hull, Yorkshire, England
Marriage ABT 1648 New England, Massachusettsto Dorothy Symonds
Marriage 28 FEB 1659/60 Chester, Englandto Katherine Bradshaw
Death? 1682 Dublin, Ireland

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]

 Katherine 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]