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Burr Harrison, Sr.

Also Known As: ""The Immigrant"; of Chopawamsic"
Birthplace: St. Margaret's Parish, Westminster, London, Middlesex, England
Death: December 08, 1706 (68)
Chopawamsic, Stafford County, Virginia
Place of Burial: Prince William County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Cuthbert Harrison, of Acaster & Caton, Esq. and Susanna (Lanedale) Harrison
Husband of Mary Lettice Scarlett; Mary Harrison and Sarah Frances Harrison
Father of Daniel Harrison; Margaret Lou Bland; Sybil Whitledge; Capt. Thomas Harrison; Burr Harrison, Jr. and 2 others
Brother of William Harrison; Francis Harrison; Joseph Harrison; Sarah Elizabeth Simmons; Alexander Harrison and 6 others

Occupation: Gentleman planter. ambassador to the Piscataway
Managed by: Kevin Lawrence Hanit
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About Burr Harrison "the immigrant"

The first Harrison to settle in Virginia was Burr Harrison (1637-1706) who served as a justice of Stafford County, incited the people of Stafford to take up arms against the Indians and Catholics in Parson Waugh’s tumult of 1689, and was appointed as ambassador to the Piscataway Indians by Gov.Nicholas in 1699. The Harrison estate was in the path of an early Indian hunting ground. Also buried here are Burr Harrison’s wife, Sara Frances Burdett Harrison, and his grandson, who inherited the plantation, Burr Harrison II. Thomas Harrison, 1665-1746, the First Lieutenant of Prince William County and one of the first trustees of Dumfries is buried here along with his wife, Sophia C. Short Harrison. The cemetery also contains the graves of John Nelson Tolson, 1796-1851, Frances Harrison Peyton, and Anne Barnes Harrison. The Harrison family were the proprietors of the Missouri Mills and owned another plantation near Charleston, S. C.

A commemorative plaque was recently placed at the cemetery by descendants of the Harrison family.


  • Virginia Division of Historic Landmarks Survey Form (Possibly written June 1987; am unsure of original date.); Original Owner: Harrison family.  Original Use: Cemetery.  Present Owner: United State Marine Corps. Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia.
  • "Five Generations of the Family of Burr HARRISON of Virginia, 1650-1800," John P. Alcock, Heritage Books, Inc., 1990.
  • A Brief History of the Harrisons in Virginia, Henry Tazewell Harrison, (April 2, 1915).


Family Data Collection - Births about Burr Harrison

Name: Burr Harrison Father: Cuthbert E Harrison Mother: Susanna Birth Date: 26 Dec 1637 City: Westminister County: York Country: England Source Information:

Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Births [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001.


U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Sarah Frances Burdette

Name: Sarah Frances Burdette Gender: Female Spouse Name: Burr Harrison Spouse Birth Year: 1637 Marriage Year: 1664 Number Pages: 1

Source Citation: Source number: 689.016; Source type: Pedigree chart; Number of Pages: 1; .

Source Information:

Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

Original data: This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived from an array of materials including pedigree charts, family history articles, querie.

In the article, "Harrison of North Virginia" by W. G. Stanard, published in the "Virginia Magazine of History and Biography," Vol. XXIII (1915), pp. 214-216; 331-333; and 443-445, Stanard refers to an old family bible record as a primary source for one line of the family, although he does not further identify it. According to the article, the contents of the bible record included:

Burr HARRISON was the "eldest son of Cuthbert HARRISON, born in the City of Westminster in the parish of St. Margarets, the 28th day of December 1637." Stanard adds that the parish register confirms that Cuthbert HARRISON was baptized at St. Margaret's, Westminster (Greater London), Middlesex, England, on 3 Jan 1637/8, and that he was recorded as a justice of Stafford Co, VA in 1698. He died in 1706 according to "a family account." A later issue includes from Dr. J. H. Berkeley of Baltimore the added information that the parish entry indicated Cuthbert was the s/o a Cuthbert HARRISON who was also father of a second son, Alexander, baptized at St. Margaret's in 1644. The latter parish register entry listed the mother's name as Susan.


Family Data Collection - Deaths about Burr Harrison

Name: Burr Harrison Death Date: 1706 City: Stafford State: VA Country: USA

Source Information:

Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Deaths [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001.

Burr Harrison emigrated to VA and settled in Stafford Co. He was a justice of that county in 1698 and sent by the House of Burgesses on an embassy to the Piscataway Indians in 1699. Burr Harrison first shows up in Virginia in 1654, as indentured to a Thomas Meades. Meades is believed to have originaly settled in Maryland and that Burr Harrison came from Maryland with him. Maryland records that might confirm this theory are lost. Church records from the Dettington Parish of Prince William Co. indicate that Burr Harrison was the son of a Cuthbert Harrison and baptized In St. Margaret's Parish, Westminister, England. The original records at St. Margaret's, while not exactly matching the dates from Dettington Parish, seem to be close enough to correlate. They also seem to indicate that Cuthbert and his family had left St. Margaret's Parish by 1652. Again, confirmation of the arrival date of this Harrison family in the New World rests with records from Maryland or Virginia that are missing or have been destroyed. Although there are siblings mentioned in the church records from St. Margaret's, no confirmation of them has been found in colonial records, nor of Burr's parents.

Burr Harrison progressed from an indentured servant, to an overseer, and from there to a tenant. Finally Burr acquired land of his own along the Chopawomsic River, in what is now Stafford Co. This land would remain in the Harrison family at least the next 150 years. Except for those noted to have moved away, this Harrison family remained in northern Virginia, in the area of what is now the counties of Stafford, Prince William, Fauquier and Fairfax.


  • Lineage book of the order of Washington
  • Publications of the harleian society
  • Virginia historical magazine p.214
  • genealogy a journal of American ancestry vol 7 p.49
  • life of marmaduke rawdon of York
  • calander of correspondence of George Washington...vol1. p.109
  • encyclopedia of Va. biography vol 1 p. 286, 354
  • wikitree, ancestry, mocavo, archive.org,...google
  • Reference: MyHeritage Family Trees - SmartCopy: Jul 8 2017, 4:27:03 UTC

Per Ray (#47188697), He was baptized 28 Dec 1637 at Westminister, Parish of St Margarets, Yorkshire, England, the son of Cuthbert Harrison and Susanna. Many researchers give his baptism date as his birth date, but he was likely at least a month old at the time of his baptism.

Burr Harrison Burr Harrison 1637-1706 1637

Birth • 0 Sources 28 December 1637 Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom 1706 Age 68 Death • 0 Sources 8 December 1706 Chopawamsic, Stafford, Virginia, United States No Image Available


Burre Harris, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975" Family Members SPOUSES AND CHILDREN Burr Harrison Burr Harrison 1637-1706 Marriage: 1654 North Carolina, United States Sarah Frances Burdette Sarah Frances Burdette 1636-1698 Children (13) Margaret Harrison Margaret Harrison 1655-1711 Daniel Webster Harrison Daniel Webster Harrison 1658-1728 Margaret Lou Harrison Margaret Lou Harrison 1659-1770 Cuthbert Harrison Cuthbert Harrison 1660- William Harrison William Harrison 1663-1745 Thomas Harrison Thomas Harrison 1665-1746 Frances Anne Harrison Frances Anne Harrison 1665-1751 Burr Harrison Jr. Burr Harrison Jr. 1668-1722 Sarah Burdette Harrison Sarah Burdette Harrison 1668-1689 Mary Harrison Mary Harrison 1670-1732 Mary Harrison Mary Harrison 1671-1730 Sybil Harrison Sybil Harrison 1672-1733 Sibby Harrison Sibby Harrison - PARENTS AND SIBLINGS Cuthbert Harrison Cuthbert Harrison 1607-1699 Marriage: 1629 Westminster,London, England Susannah Burr Susannah Burr 1611-1668 Children (12) William Harrison William Harrison 1632- Francis Harrison Francis Harrison 1633- Richard Harrison Richard Harrison 1636-1677 Burr Harrison Burr Harrison 1637-1706 Joseph Harrison Joseph Harrison 1639-1673 Elizabeth Harrison Elizabeth Harrison 1641-1695 Alexander Harrison Alexander Harrison 1644-1697 Benjamin Harrison Benjamin Harrison 1645- Thomas Harrison 1647-1716 Cuthbert Harrison 1649-1699 Sarah Harrison 1652- Lennox Harrison 1659-1707


Thomas Harrison of Knaresborough, Yorkshire Line- The Family of Cuthbert and Burr Harrison of Colonial Virginia Knaresborough is near Leeds, in Yorkshire. This lineage is from the Visitation of Yorkshire, 1612 as cited in J. Houston Harrison's Settlers by the Long Grey Trail (1935). The arms of this family are given as: "Azure three demi lions erased Or. Crest: A demi lion as in the arms, holding a laurel wreath vertical." These arms are also the arms of Col. Burr Harrison of Chappawamsie, VA, 1722, which solidifies the connection Burr Harrison's line to this older English family. Dugdale's Visitation of Yorkshire, 1665 also discusses the descent from Thomas Harrison and Johan on p. 269 as "Harrisons of Allerthorpe. The Cuthbert Harrison line is comprised of descendants of Cuthbert Harrison who came from London, England and settled in Stafford County, Virginia.

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Burr Harrison "the immigrant"'s Timeline

December 18, 1637
Westminster, London, Middlesex, England
December 26, 1637
Westminster, London, Middlesex, England
December 28, 1637
St. Margaret's, Westminster, Eng
Age 20
Surry, Surry County, Virginia, United States
Age 21
New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States
September 7, 1665
Age 27
Chipawansic, Stafford County, Virginia Colony
Age 27
Stafford, Stafford County, Virginia, United States
Age 30
London, Middlesex, England
Age 38