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Elizabeth Lucy Harrison (Bassett)

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Eltham, Charles City, Charles City County, Virginia, United States
Death: 1792 (61)
"Berkeley Plantation", Charles City County, Virginia
Place of Burial: Berkeley Plantation Charles City Charles City County Virginia, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Col. William Bassett, IV and Elizabeth Bassett
Wife of Gov. Benjamin Harrison, signer of the "Declaration of Independence"
Mother of Elizabeth "Betsy" Barner; Ann Coupland; Benjamin Harrison, VI; Benjamin Harrison, of Berkeley; Rep. Carter Harrison and 5 others
Sister of William Bassett, V; Burwell Bassett; Priscilla Bassett; Judith Bassett and Joanna Stith

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About Elizabeth Lucy 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.



  • Benjamin Harrison (1726 - 1791)*


  1. Benjamin Harrison VI (1755 - 1799)*
  2. Carter Basset Harrison (1756 - 1808)*
  3. Sarah Harrison Minge (1770 - 1812)*
  4. William Henry Harrison (1773 - 1841)*

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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


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



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.


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Elizabeth Lucy Harrison's Timeline

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