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Richard Harrison, III

Also Known As: "Richard Harrison I", "Richard Harrison Sr."
Birthplace: West Kirby, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Branford, New Haven County, Connecticut, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Branford, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Harrison II and Alice Harrison (Rathbone)
Husband of Margaret Harrison (Picke); Sarah Yorke and Anne Harrison
Father of Sgt. Richard Harrison; Margaret Harrison; Ens. Thomas Harrison; Ellen Thompson; Samuel Harrison and 4 others
Brother of Margery Harrison; Elizabeth Harrison; William Harrison; Thomas Harrison; Richard Harrison and 5 others
Half brother of Annette Harrison; Ellen Harrison; John Harrison and John Harrison

Occupation: Coat of Arms
Managed by: Richard McKay Cryan
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About Richard Harrison

  • Came 1638 to Boston, next to Wethersfield; pioneer to New Haven.
  • Alt dates: b 1593; d. 25 Oct; ancestry shown doubtful?

Richard Harrison, eldest child of Richard and Ellen Harrison, was born at West Kirby on March 31, 1595. He married on July 28, 1619 Margaret Picke, who was born in about 1598. She was the daughter of Thomas Picke, who was born in 1568 in West Kirby and died in 1643. Following the death of his wife Margaret, Richard Harrison came to New England with his seven children. He was one of a company of proprietors who took possession of the settlement of Tokoket, later called Branford, in New Haven Colony in the spring of 1644. New Haven was originally settled in 1638 by 500 Puritans lead by the Reverend John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton, a wealthy London merchant. The settlement was initially known as Quinnipiac, its Indian name, but was renamed in 1640 for the port city of Newhaven in England. New Haven, along with three adjacent towns, formed the New Haven Colony in 1643 with Theophilus Eaton, the first governor. Richard Harrison took the oath of allegiance at New Haven on August 5, 1644. He signed the divisions of  land at Branford on July 1, 1646. This document is apparently the first existing record of the Branford settlement and is called Old Harrison in Branford records. Richard Harrison died at Branford on October 25, 1653. Four of his children [Richard, Elizabeth, Samuel and Marie] married and settled in New Haven Colony but later, in 1666, moved to Newark, New Jersey.


  • I'm having trouble identifying the wife of Richard Harrison (1595-1653). Some genealogies posted on the web have his wife as Sarah Yorke and others identify her as Margaret Picke. Both lines indicate Richard was born in England and immigrated to Branford, New Haven, CT. Can anyone give documented proof of the "real" wife?


  • 238. Harrisons of New Jersey - a Partial Genealogy, Jean Harrison Stokes Childs, self published - Mrs. Benjamin R. Childs, Newville, PA; 1990.
  • 284. Atwood, History of New Haven Conn.
  • Harrison Heritage December 1981 Vol. I No. 4



There is much controversy regarding the following: Another son Benjamin Harrison d. 1648; m. Mary ------; settled in the James River, Virginia Colony. He was the ancestor of the Presidents Harrisons and Signer of the Declaration of Independence. 1st Clerk of the Council of Virginia in 1633 and Member of the House of Burgesses in 1642. A land grant on record in the Virginia Land Registry Office was made to him for 200 acres in "Warrosquinoake County", July 20, 1635. The house was known as "Wakefield", now Surrey County, on the James River and is the oldes of the many Harrisons homes in Virginia. It was burned by Benedict Arnold during the Revolution, but has since been rebuilt and still remains as one of the famous beautiful old houses along the James. 

See record # 495 for details of the differences in authors documentation of this line. 

SLGT indicates that Dinah was dau and heire of Richard. [S223] [S224] [S67] 

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Richard Harrison's Timeline

March 31, 1593
West Kirby, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom
Age 26
West Kirby, Cheshire, England
Age 30
West Kirby, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
December 2, 1627
Age 34
West Kirby, Cheshire, England
March 25, 1630
Age 36
West Kirby, Cheshire , England
Age 38
Age 40
Branford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States