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Elizabeth Harrison (Bassett)

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: "Eltham", Charles City County, Province of Virginia, Colonial America
Death: circa 1792 (57-65)
"Berkeley Plantation", Charles City County, Province of Virginia, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Berkeley Plantation Charles City Charles City County Virginia, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Colonel William Bassett IV and Elizabeth Churchill
Wife of Gov. Benjamin Harrison, signer of the "Declaration of Independence"
Mother of Elizabeth "Betsy" Barner; Ann Coupland; Benjamin Harrison, VI, of Berkeley; Lucy Randolph; Rep. Carter Harrison and 3 others
Sister of William Bassett, V; Col Burwell Bassett; Priscilla Bassett; Judith Bassett and Joanna Stith

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About Elizabeth Harrison

Elizabeth Bassett

  • Birth: Dec. 13, 1730 - Eltham, New Kent County, Virginia, USA
  • Death: 1792 Berkeley Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia, USA

Wife of Benjamin Harrison, Governor of Virginia and signer of the Declaration of Independence; mother of President William Henry Harrison and great-grandmother of President Benjamin Harrison.

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Elizabeth BASSETT was the daughter of William BASSETT and Elizabeth CHURCHILL.

She married Benjamin HARRISON ABT 1749. He was born 5 APR 1726 in "Berkeley", Charles City Co., VA, and died 24 APR 1790 in "Berkeley", Charles City Co., VA. He was buried in "Berkeley", Charles City Co., VA. He was the son of Benjamin HARRISON and Ann CARTER.

Children of Elizabeth BASSETT and Benjamin HARRISON are:

  1. Lucy Bassett HARRISON was born ABT 1749 in "Berkeley", Charles City Co., VA, and died SEP 1809 in Staunton, VA. She married Peyton RANDOLPH 1773, son of William RANDOLPH and Ann Carter HARRISON. He was born ABT 1749 in "Wilton", Henrico Co., VA, and died 1784.
  2. Elizabeth Bassett HARRISON was born ABT 1751 in "Berkeley", Charles City Co., VA.
  3. Anne Bassett HARRISON was born 21 MAY 1753 in "Berkeley", Charles City Co., VA, and died 30 APR 1821 in "Berkeley", Charles City Co., VA. She married David O'Shields COUPLAND 1775. He was born ABT 1749 in Nansemond Co., VA, and died 9 JUN 1822 in "Springfield", Cumberland Co., VA. She married Darby DANIEL AFT 1822. He was born ABT 1752.
  4. Benjamin Bassett HARRISON was born ABT 1755 in "Berkeley", Charles City Co., VA, and died 1799. He married Susanna RANDOLPH 6 APR 1776, daughter of Richard RANDOLPH and Nancy Anne MEADE. She was born 10 APR 1753 in "Curles", Henrico Co., VA, and died 3 DEC 1781. He married Anna MERCER 1785, daughter of James MERCER. She was born 6 SEP 1760 in "Marlborough", Stafford Co., VA, and died 28 AUG 1787.
  5. Benjamin Carter HARRISON was born ABT 1758 in "Berkeley", Charles City Co., VA, and died 1804. He married Mary Howell Allen. She was born ABT 1760 in Hanover Co., VA.
  6. Sarah Bassett HARRISON was born ABT 1770 in "Berkeley", Charles City Co., VA, and died 1812 in "Weyanoke", Charles City Co., VA. She married John MINGE 1795, son of David MINGE and Christiana SHIELDS. He was born ABT 1768.
  7. William Henry HARRISON was born 9 FEB 1773 in "Berkeley", Charles City Co., VA, and died 4 APR 1841 in Washington, DC. He married Anna Tuthill SYMMES 25 NOV 1795, daughter of John Cleves SYMMES. She was born 25 JUL 1775 in Morristown, NJ, and died 25 FEB 1864 in North Bend, OH.
  8. Carter Bassett HARRISON was born ABT 1780, and died 1 JUN 1815 in Sussex Co., VA. He married Elizabeth Collier HARRISON, daughter of Collier HARRISON and Christiana SHIELDS. She was born ABT 1790 in "Kittewan", Charles City Co., VA.

Source: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=randyj2222&id=I14804

Burial:

  • Berkeley Plantation
  • Charles City
  • Charles City County
  • Virginia, USA

  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Garver Graver
  • Record added: Aug 02, 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 6654901

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Benjamin Harrison V and Elizabeth Bassett were second cousins. 7 children:

  1. Elizabeth Harrison b.1751, Berkeley, Charles City Co. VA m.1 William Brickman m. 2_ Edmundson d. after 1791, Virginia
  2. Ann Harrison b.21_May_1753, Berkeley, Charles City Co. VA m.9_Mar_1775, Berkeley, Charles City Co. VA to David O. Coupland d.30_Apr_1831, Berkeley, Charles City Co. VA
  3. Benjamin Harrison VI b.1755, Berkeley, Charles City Co. VA d.11_Aug_1799, Berkeley, Charles City Co. VA
  4. Carter Bassett Harrison b. Berkeley, Charles City Co. VA d.14_Apr_1808, Maycox, Prince George Co. VA m1) Jane Byrd m2) Mary Howell Allen
  5. Lucy Harrison b. Berkeley, Charles City Co. VA m1).1763 Peyton Randolph m2) 785 Anthony Singleton d.Sep_1809, Staunton VA
  6. Sarah Harrison b.1770, Berleley, Charles City Co, VA m John Minge d.27_Feb_1812, Weyanoke, Charles City Co. VA
  7. William Henry Harrison, President of the USA, b 9 Feb 1773, Berkeley Plantation, Charles City VA d.4_Apr_1841, Washington DC m Anna Tuthill Symes

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Elizabeth Bassett Harrison

                   Elizabeth Bassett married Benjamin Harrison, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  She was the daughter of Colonel William Bassett and was born about 1741 or 1742 on her father's estate "Eltham" in Kent County.  We do not know much about her girlhood or even the exact day of her birth or marriage.  We do know that she was famous for "her beauty and her accomplishments as a girl" and for "her exemplary piety and benevolence" in her later life.  We also know that she was related to many of the "most noted families of Virginia" and that "her father was a man of wealth and social prominence."  It is probably safe to assume that "she was a gracious hostess" and "a mother of the true Old Dominion type" because her sons and daughters were of "such high character."
                   Benjamin Harrison was the son of Benjamin Harrison, "one of the largest landholders and one of the most prominent men of Virginia, and Anne Carter, "daughter of Robert Carter, "King Carter of Corotoman," Lancaster County, Speaker of the House of Burgesses and Rector of William and Mary College.  Benjamin Harrison, the father, was killed by a lightning strike, when Benjamin, his son, was still a minor.  As the eldest of six sons, Benjamin became the head of the house and owner of the estate known as Berkley.  After his marriage to Elizabeth, he took her home to Berkley, and they lived there the remainder of their lives.
                   Benjamin was very active in the patriot cause of liberty and served with honor in many different and important offices.  He was Speaker of the House of Burgesses, Governor of Virginia, a member of several Continental Congresses, and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
                   Numerous children were born to Benjamin and Elizabeth, but only seven survived infancy - three sons and four daughters.  Two daughters were killed in the same stroke of lightning that killed their father.  The children are as follows:  1) Benjamin (worked in the counting room of Robert Morris in Philadelphia; visited Europe where he made several important business connections; served as Paymaster General of the Southern Department during the Revolutionary War; established himself as a merchant in Philadelphia where he gained a large fortune which he sacrificed to help Robert Morris in his need; married twice, first to Anne Mercer and second to Susannah Randolph); 2) Carter Bassett (graduated from William and Mary College; became a lawyer; served in both the State Legislature and as a member of Congress in 1793; married Mary Howell Allen); 3) William Henry Harrison (was educated at Hampden Sidney College in Virginia; served in the army; became President of the United States in 1841; married Anne Symmes; great-grandfather of President Benjamin Harrison); 4) Lucy (married her cousin, Peyton Randolph, nephew of Peyton Randolph, the first President of Congress); 5) Anne (married David O. Copeland ); 6) Sarah (married John Wing of Weynoke).  There was no mention of the fourth daughter.

http://causeofliberty.blogspot.com/2011/10/elizabeth-bassett-harrison.html

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Elizabeth Harrison's Timeline

1730
December 13, 1730
Charles City County, Province of Virginia, Colonial America
1750
1750
Age 19
Charles City Co., VA, USA
1753
May 21, 1753
Age 22
Charles City, VA, USA
1755
September 9, 1755
Age 24
Charles City, Charles City County, Virginia, United States
1755
Age 24
Charles City, VA, USA
1756
1756
Age 25
Charles City County, Province of Virginia
1759
March 20, 1759
Age 28
Charles City, VA, USA
1770
November 1770
Age 39
Berkeley, Charles City County, Virginia
1773
February 9, 1773
Age 42
Charles City County, VA, USA