Isaiah "The Emigrant" Harrison, Sr. (1666 - 1737) MP

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Birthplace: Chester, Cheshire, England
Death: Died in Shenandoah County, Province of Virginia
Occupation: Founder Rockingham VA, The Harrison immigrant
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About Isaiah "The Emigrant" Harrison, Sr.

  • As a refugee from Dublin sailed from Chester or nearby Liverpool, Eng, on the ship "Spotted Calf" in 1687. Landing first at Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY. As was the custom boys of genteel families and younger sons of noble families were trained to some trade, he was a blacksmith. His full signature appears on all deeds and papers at Oyster Bay, evidence that he had been taught to write in his youth.

A freeholder in Oyster Bay Town records Jan 2, 1687. Purchase of 100 acres at Suckscalls" Wigam from John Wright, his first wife's cousin, Jan 16, 1688 for sixty pounds current money of NY. The land was part of the general purchase from the Matenacocke Indians made Jan 9, 1685. Suckscall was an Indian Chief and his Wigwarm was located at what is now known as Brookville (Wolver Hollow), Long Island. Isaiah was the first white man to live on the site. Recorded in Book "B" of the Ancient Town Book of Oyster Bay Jan 2, 1687

Apr 20, 1702 sale of Oyster Bay land recorded , purchase of land at Smithtown from William Lawrence, 500 acres Suffolk Co, NY . Jun 12 1721 sold to Amos Willitts, and purchased 900 acres in Sussex Co, Delaware. "Maiden Plantation". Deeded to sons, Daniel, Thomas, & Jeremiah, 250 acres each.

Sold May 7, 1736. With the exception of Elizabeth & Gideon (who had died), He departed for Virginia with a party of sixteen. He arr. in what is now Alexandria, VA, crossed the Blue Ridge at Thornton's Gap and settled near Lewes, an early colonial port (oldest light house in America). For two years they surveyed the area and camped near Linville's Creek where Isaiah died in 1738. The Harrisons explored the region between the North River and the South Fork into high lands in the present vicinity of Harrisonburg, VA, in 1738.

Other early settlers included the Cravens, Smiths, Herrings, and Lincolns. Paraphased from House of Cravens.

Alexander Herring, Senior, and Isaiah Harrison passed away while residing in Delaware. Both died within the three year period beginning in 1735 and concluding in 1738. Shortly after their deaths, the migration of their children to Virginia began. Some of the Harrisons were settled in the vicinity of what is now Harrisonburg, Virginia in Rockingham County as early as 1738.

House of Cravens: 5 brothers from Delaware are John, Daniel, Thomas, Jeremiah and Samuel the first to locate in Rockingham Co, VA. Later Isaiah, Jr, and Mary, the eldest dau md to Robt Cravens, Sr came. All of Isaiah's living descendants settled here. Thomas named the present Harrisonburg town.

A tradition exist in the descendant families to the effect that Pres. Wm Henry Harrison and his grandson, Pres. Benj Harrison were descendants of Isaiah Harrison. No reliable evidence confirming such tradition has been found. J. Houston Harrison had heard of the same tradition, and devoted considerable research in that connection, his findings failed to substantiate the tradition. Those Harrison families were descendants of Harrisons who settled early in Eastern Virginia, and were known as the James River branch of Harrisons. It is quite possible, however that there may have been some distant relationship between them and Rev. Thomas Harrison, the probable father of Isaiah Harrison.

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Isaiah Harrison, Sr.'s Timeline

1666
September 25, 1666
Chester, Cheshire, England
September 25, 1666
St Peters Church-Chester, Chester, England, Great Britain
1688
1688
Age 21
1688
Age 21
Queens, Oyster Bay, NY
1689
September 27, 1689
Age 23
Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY
1691
September 25, 1691
Age 25
Oyster Bay, Long Island, Nassau Co., NY
1694
June 25, 1694
Age 27
Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY
1696
May 25, 1696
Age 29
Long Island City, Queens, New York City, New York, USA
1698
March 30, 1698
Age 31
Oyster Bay, Nassau, New York, USA
1700
1700
Age 33
Huntington(?), Long Island, NY