This page is divided into three sections--DNA Tested Harrison Lines, Major English Harrison Lines, & Harrison Lines Not Yet Tested

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DNA Tested Harrison Family Lines

These lines currently have early American or English heads. As we make connections with older families in the UK, we will be able to group them into the appropriate family of origin. If you are a Harrison with a known place of origin (for example Nottingham, England), in the UK before 1800 whose family is not yet represented in the project, please e-mail John Harrison at jharrison3@nc.rr.com as we have sponsorships to cover part or all of the testing costs! You can also see our sponsorship info by clicking the "Recruitment" tab at the top of the page.

Lineage 1-The William Harrison of Surry County, North Carolina Line
This Harrison line is likely related to one of the Virginia or eastern North Carolina colonial Harrison families. William Harrison was in Surry (now Surry and Yadkin Counties), NC, and his children resided in the Surry, Yadkin and Guilford Co., NC area and in Spartanburg, SC before migtating west. This line is haplogroup R1b1a2a1a1b4b . This is the "Niall of the Nine Hostages" haplogroup.


George Harrison b. 1756 Culpeper Co., VA and John Harrison b. 1760 King George Co., VA, may be sons of Andrew Harrison b. 1728 King George Co., VA. This line matches the line above of William Harrison b. abt 1730 probably in Virginia. There is a 66/67 marker match, indicating about a 98% likelihood of a common ancestor within about 10 generations, so there is a close relationship between these lines.


The information on this Harrison family comes from the December 1986 issue of Harrison Heritage, p. 753, which is posted in the Harrison Genealogy Repository. According to the article, a widowed mother came to Missouri from North Carolina with her three sons and three daughters. The bible of son William Harrison states that he was born, "on the Sura River," which is probably the Yadkin or Dan Rivers near what is now Surry County, North Carolina near the Virginia border. While this line matches 12/12 markers, additional testing shows a genetic distance of 9 markers. This makes a connection less certain, but there is still a 43% chance of a common Harrison ancestor since 1700, and a 71% chance of a common Harrison ancestor since 1600. Given the proximity of these family, the use of the name "Tyree", and the fact this line doesn't closely match any other Harrison lineage, it is currently still considered part of lineage 1.



Lineage 2-The Harrison of Charles City County, Brunswick & Cumberland County, Virginia Line

This is an old colonial Harrison line with the oldest known Harrison ancestor born about 1621, probably in England. This line is haplogroup R1b1a2.



This Harrison family has been traced back to Brandon Parish, Prince George Co., VA. According to Cincinnati, the Queen City: 1788-1912, by Charles Goss (1912), Edmond Harrison was from Virginia, and Martha Pitts was born in North Carolina. A daughter, Maria, was born about 1807 in North Carolina. Assuming Edmund was born about 1770, he married probably by 1800 in North Carolina, where he had several children before moving west to Nashville, TN. by 1810. This Harrison family came to Ohio by 1815, and settled in Cincinnati.It matches the line of William Harrison b. 1621 on a perfect 37/37 markers, meaning that there is a better than 97% chance of a common Harrison ancestor within 8 generations, and a 99.6% chance of a common Harrison ancestor within 12 generations.

This John Harrison b. 1760, according to family history, came from Brunswick Co., VA. There is an exact 37/37 match between member H-218, H-101, and H-46 above, indicating that there is a close connection between these families.
The line of Henry Harrison b. abt 1737 has a 35/37 match with members H-218, H-101, and H-46 above, indicating that there is a better than 91% chance of a connection between these Harrison families.


The Benjamin Harrison family of Cumberland County, Virginia has been the source of much confusion for generations owing to the fact that there were at least two, and perhaps three, Benjamin Harrisons who may--or may not--have been related living in the same area. For a good discussion of these Benjamin Harrisons, see http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~harrisonrep/hhdocs/ben_pris.htm.

According to census records, the father of Grandison G. Harrison was born in North Carolina, and married Elizabeth in Virginia. The family then moved to Giles Co., TN about 1847 and later to Colbert Co., AL. There is a 35/37 marker match to the lines of H-46, H-101, and H-218, indicating a 90% chance of a common male Harrison ancestor within the last 12 generations.


Lineage 3 - The "Long Grey Trail" Harrisons
This is a large family group comprised of descendants of Isaiah Harrison who migrated from Oyster Bay, Long Island down into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in the early 1700s. The data are compiled largely from the seminal work on this family, Settlers by the Long Grey Trail, by J. Houston Harrison, 1935. Dates of the third and fourth generation are also from family files located in the Harrison Genealogy Repository: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~harrisonrep. The connection of Andrew Harrison (1771-1824) and Robert Harrison (c1780-1821) comes from Suzanne Bonadeo[suzeb AT biip.net], who found a land record dated 15 Dec 1817 and stated "... Heirs of Jesse Harrison receive a land grant for 789 acres in Jefferson Co., KY...Heirs Robert Harrison of Harrison Co., KY; Jesse and Ann Harrison of Rockingham (VA); Daniel Harrison of Clark Co. (KY); and Andrew Harrison of Champaign Co., OH." This line is haplogroup I1.




The information on this Harrison family is from Charles Harrison's entry in The Heritage of Polk County, TN 1839-1997, and from Harrison Notes,Feb. 1998, by Dr. Charles Johnson http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~harrisonrep/Johnson/JHN0298part1.htm



The Harrison line below of Rev. Nathan Thomas Harrison b. 20 Oct 1778 comes from North Carolina or Virginia. The obituary of Rev. Harrison in the Southern Christian Advocate 17 Sep 1852, p. 64 gives his birth place as North Carolina; however, Georgia descendants give it as Virginia. This line matches Lineage 3, The "Long Grey Trail" Harrisons, perfectly on 67 out of 67 markers. This gives a 98.96% chance of a common ancestor within 8 generations, and a 99.9% chance within 12 generations.


According to family researchers, this line of Harrisons may be descended from Benjamin Harrison b. c1765, who resided in Abbeville Co., SC. This line has an exact 27/27 match to the "Long Grey Trail Harrison line.


The James Harrison of County Monaghan, Ireland Line
This line comes from Ireland, but is clearly part of Lineage Group 3. There is a four marker mismatch on 37 markers, meaning that there is a 90% likelihood of a common Harrison ancestor since about the year 1500. The lines likely connect in the UK or Ireland back in the 1500s or 1600s. This line was researched and compiled by Polly Lynn (pkLjdL AT gmail.com), who has extensive information on later generations not included here.

Based on the 34/37 marker match, the line of Hugh Harrison of County Monaghan, Ireland shares a common male Harrison ancestor with the line of James Harrison b. 1738 above. There is a 93% probability within the last 16 generations, or 400 years, so the common ancestor likely lived in the 1600s in Ireland or the UK.
The information on this Harrison family is from Elizabeth Chadwick Stanford, Leaves From The Chadwick/Harrison Family Trees, 1997. There is an excellent, 36/37 marker match to member H-225, listed above, meaning that there is a 97% chance of a common male Harrison ancestor in the last 12 generations, or roughly 300 years. There is also a 33/37 marker match to member H-202, indicating an 84% chance of a common male Harrison in the last 400 years.


The line of George Trible is part of the lineage 3 Harrison group, and most closely matches the Irish branch of the family as it not only closely matches, but also has the same value of "20" for marker 570, indicating a likely early mutation that happened after the English and Irish branches of the family split, but far enough back that all of the tested members of the Irish line carry that marker value.


Lineage 4 - The Andrew Harrison Line of Virginia
The descendants of Andrew Harrison are discussed in "Andrew Harrison and Other Early Harrisons" by Abner Harrison,
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~harrisonrep/AbnerH/ANDRTOC.HTM The family is said to have its earliest known origin in the will of John Harrison of St. Andrews, Cambridgeshire, who died in 1538. This line is haplogroup R1b1a2.


The John Harrison and Sarah Daniel of Halifax Co., VA Line
Researchers have tried for generations to determine conclusively who the parents of John Harrison, who died in 1761 in Halifax Co., VA, were. There have been a number of theories advanced, but it is now clear that this line is connected to the line of Andrew Harrison, as it matches 34 out of 37 with other members of this family group.

The line of William H. Harrison below matches the line of John Harrison and Sarah Daniel above on 34 out of 37 markers, indicating about a 90% chance of a common ancestor in the last 12 generations.


Some researchers state that William Henry Harrison b. 1768 was the son of George Harrison b. abt 1740 VA. Other researchers state that he was born in Chesterfield Co., VA, and was the son of Henry Harrison b. abt 1730 and Elizabeth Avery. Still others state he was the son of Benjamin Harrison IV b. 1728 Surry Co., VA, and Anne Carter of the presidential line. This line matches the Anthony Harrison of Over / Andrew Harrison line on 34/37 markers.


Lineage 5-The Cheshire, England and Westmoreland County, Virginia Harrisons
The American founder of this line settled in Virginia in the 1670s, and many descendants of this line have been found in the South--particularly in South Carolina and Alabama. There is a 60/67 marker match to a Harrison family from Tytherington, Cheshire, England. This means that there is a 58% probability of a common Harrison ancestor in the last 16 generations, or since 1600, and a 92% chance of a common Harrison since the year 1400, so there is a definite connection between the Virginia and Cheshire, England branches of this Harrison family. This line is haplogroup R1b1a2.

This Harrison line according to family letters came from England to VA, but it appears they quickly moved into Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas. More information on this Harrison line can be found at http://www.harrisonslanding.com . This line matches H-2 above on 66 of 67 markers, and matches H-25, below, on 35/37... another close match. There is a perfect 67/67 match between H-143 and H-176. All of the members of Lineage Group 5 share identical values for the first 12 markers.

The lineage of John Harrison of Carroll Co., VA matches the line of Robert Henry Harrison on 36 of 37 markers, meaning there is a 97.4% chance of a common Harrison ancestor within 12 generations.


The line of Vincent Dilliard Harrison of Tennessee also matches the line of Robert Henry Harrison on 36 of 37 markers, meaning there is a 97.4% chance of a common Harrison ancestor within 12 generations.

This Harrison line descends from the well-known line of Battile Harrison, which is listed in lineage group 4. There is an excellent match to the line of H-2 above, on 66 of 67 markers, and matches H-143 on all 67 markers meaning there is a better than 99.9% chance of a common ancestor since about 1600. The likely explanation is that one of the early generations attributed to Andrew Harrison, lineage 4, really belongs to George Harrison, lineage 5. Testing of other known descendants of this line will determine where the incorrect link is, so the line can properly be placed in lineage 5.





In the 1870 census, James, Abner, and John are listed in the household of Rachel Harrison b. 1830. Listed in the household is a William Harrison b. 1819 GA, but he is not listed as the head of the household. It is possible that he was a brother-in-law, and not the husband of Rachel Harrison.

James Harrison b. 1827 Logan County, Kentucky is believed to be the father of Ulysses S. Grant Harrison of Indiana, but it is not yet proven. This James Harrison was the son of James Gabriel Harrison b. 1776 who married Elizabeth York, and is part of the line of Nathaniel Harrison b. abt 1718 Prince George Co., VA, who married Olive Smith. That line is listed below in the untested lines section. Testing other descendants of that line can prove whether that connection is correct. It is clear, though, from the 33/34 match, that this line is part of lineage 5.



This Harrison line has an 60/67 match to members H-143 and H-167, and there is a 92% chance of a common ancestor between the English and American branches of this family.

This Harrison line has an 66/67 match to members H-143 and H-176, and there is a 94% chance of a common ancestor between these branches of this Harrison family in the last 8 generations, and a 99% of a common ancestor in the last 12 generations.




Lineage 6-The Talbot County, Maryland Harrisons
This family group is comprised of descendants of Robert Harrison who came from England and settled in Talbot County, Maryland. The data here were compiled by John K. Maddy in Harrison Heritage, Sept. 1982, which can be found at the Harrison Genealogy Repository: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~harrisonrep . This line is haplogroup R1b1a2.

The line of William Harrison b. 1811 Maryland has a 36/37 match to the lineage 6 Harrisons, meaning that there is a 97% likelihood of a common male Harrison ancestor within the last 12 generations, or roughly 300 years.

Lineage 7-The Robert Harrison Line of England and Boston
Robert Harrison married Arabella Talbot. Her brother, St. George Talbot, was born in Dover, England in 1662, and died in New York City in 1767 at the age of 105. He left money to his sister, Arabella's children, and William Harrison, son of Robert and Arabella, contested the will. If Arabella and Robert Harrison married in England, then there is a possibility that Robert was from--or lived in--Dover before coming to Boston. Information on the Jonas Harrison family comes from Samuel W. Asbury's, "Jonas Harrison, Legendary and Historical," Southwestern Historical Quarterly v.45 (January 1942). Jonas Harrison was a prominent attorney in Buffalo, NY before coming to Texas, where he was a active in the Conventions of 1832 and 1835. This line is haplogroup I1.


Lineage 8-The James Mason Harrison of Calvert County, Maryland Line
This Maryland family group from Calvert County, Maryland is a separate family from other colonial Maryland Harrisons since its members belong to the R1a1a haplogroup. Descendants of this line moved into Virginia and Tennessee.


The line of Richard Harrison has a 24/25 match to the line of James Mason Harrison above. Given that they are both Harrisons from Calvert County with a 24/25 match, there is a connection between these two lines. The line below is duplicated in lineage 13, since another descendant of Richard Harrison has an R1b haplogroup result, and it is not clear where the error or adoption event took place.


Lineage 9-The William Harrison of Isle of Wight County, Virginia and North Carolina Line
This Harrison family settled in Isle of Wight Co., VA but does not appear to be closely related to Lineage 2 above. This line is haplogroup R1b1a2.


Lineage 10-The William Harrison Line of Lyme, Connecticut Line
This Harrison family settled in Lyme, Connecticut. It is not related to any of the other New England Harrisons. This line is haplogroup J2



Lineage 11-The William Harrison of Rockingham County, NC Line
This line is descended from William Harrison who was likely from one of the southside Virginia or eastern North Carolina Harrison families. This William Harrison may be the son of another William Harrison who was a close neighbor in Rockingham Co., NC and died about 1824. This William Harrison had known sons Nathaniel Harrison b. abt 1750-60 of Blount Co., TN, and Jesse Harrison of Greene Co., TN. This line is haplogroup R1b1a2.


Lineage 12-The Richard John Harrison of Yorkshire, England Line
Harrisons of Keyingham and Hull, Yorkshire. This line is haplogroup R1b1a2.



Lineage 13-The Benjamin Harrison of Calvert County, Maryland Line

This Harrison line settled in Calvert County, Maryland, and, while some were farmers, many were sailors and the family moved around the Chesapeake Bay area between Virginia and Maryland. This line is haplogroup R1b1. While we do not yet have descendants tested from the earliest generations of the Calvert Co., MD Harrisons, it is likely that this line descends from the following Harrison line that begins with Richard Harrison, who moved from the Virginia colonies to Anne Arundel Co., MD in 1651. This line was compiled from a number of sources including Charles F. Stein's History of Calvert County, Maryland (1960). The Harrisons of Calvert are often mixed up with Harrisons of Talbot Co., MD and the Virginia Harrisons, so we would appreciate any additions or corrections.

Richard Harrison listed below as the head of the tested line is likely descended from one of these Calvert County Harrisons. There is either an adoption event, or just an incorrect connection, since member H-57 is haplogroup R1b, and member number H-124 is R1a, and a match to the R1a Calvert County Harrisons above in lineage 8. We need more Calvert County Harrisons tested to be able to sort out which lines are lineage 8, and which are lineage 13.


Lineage 14-The George Harrison of Holbeck, Leeds, Yorkshire Line
Harrisons of Holbeck, Leeds, Yorkshire. This line is haplogroup R1b1a2.



Lineage 15-The Henry Harrison of Carlton in Coverdale and Grewelthorpe, Yorkshire Line

Information on this line is courtesy of Barbara Bradley and supplemented by the Yorkshire census records. Information she has gathered on Grewelthorpe, Yorkshire families can be found at: http://www.grewelthorpe.org.uk/Family-History . This line is haplogroup R1b1a2

The line of Joseph Harrison of Pennsylvania, below, matches the line of Henry Harrison of Yorkshire, England, on 35 of 37 markers, meaning that there is a 90% chance of a common Harrison ancestor in the last 12 generations, and a 97% chance of a common ancestor in the last 16 generations, or 400 years.

Lineage 16-The Richard Harrison of West Kirby, Cheshire, Branford, Connecticut & Orange, New Jersey Line
Information on the early generations of this line are from Jean Harrison Stokes Childs, The Harrisons of New Jersey (1988). This line is haplogroup R1b1a2a1a1b4

While clearly a part of lineage 16, the line of William Henry Harrison is a very close match to the line of Jabez Harrison. Since both Harrison lines are from New Jersey, there may be a common ancestor either there, or back in Connecticut.

The family of Isaac C. Harrison is related to lineage 16; however, it is not clear how far back the common Harrison ancestor lived. There is a 46% chance of a common ancestor since about 1700, but a 90% chance of a common ancestor since the lifetime of this line's progenitor--Richard Harrison b. 1559.


Lineage 17-The William Harrison of Barnard Castle, Durham Line
According to J. Houston Harrison, "The Auckland country lies to the southwest of Durham city, the principle town being Bishop Auckland on the road from Durham to Barnard Castle, which last is located about ten miles southwest of Bishop Auckland, and is on the Tees, the boundary with Yorkshire" (p. 83). The line below, although younger, is also from the same area where the Rowland Harrison family listed below (in the Durham, England section) lived. This line is haplogroup R1b1a2


Lineage 18-The Leonardus Harrison of Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire Line
This line is from the well-researched site on the Harrison and related families, "Storm & Company," by Roy Storm at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~stormrhb/ . Much of this family lived in eastern Yorkshire along the coast. This line is haplogroup I2b


Lineage 19-The Joseph Harrison of Cumberland Line
This lineage of Cumberland Harrisons went from Whitehaven, Cumberland, up to Leeds, Yorkshire. The census indicates that the men in this family were primarily ship's carpenters and painters. This line is haplogroup R1b1a2.



Lineage 20-The Richard Harrison Line of London

This Harrison line has been traced back to London, England. Descendants on this line moved to Sussex, England, and Canada. This line is haplogroup I1.



Lineage 21-The Edward Harrison Line of Gloucestershire
This Harrison line has been traced back to South Cerney, Gloucestershire, England. This line is haplogroup I2b.


Lineage 22-The 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. The data here are from Two May Families of Hollow Square, Green County, Alabama, by Bernice May Fuller as cited in Harrison Notes, 2 April 1994,by Charles W. Johnson, at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~harrisonrep/Johnson/JHN040294.htm and from A Brief History of the First Harrisons of Virginia, by Henry T. Harrison (1915) at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~harrisonrep/harrbios/HenryTazewellHarrison.htm
The families of John & Thomas Harrison b. Fairfax Co., VA, are listed in the Harrison Genealogy Repository: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~harrisonrep/Harrison/d0085/g0000081.html#I3108.
Information on the Illinois branch of this family comes from the Biographical Album of Fulton County, IL (1890), p. 824-825.
This family is haplogroup R1b1a2.


The line of William Harrison is related to the line of Thomas Harrison of Yorkshire, but the match is distant at 32/37 markers. This indicates that the line above and the line of William Harrison below shared a common ancestor about 16 generations ago.


The line of Jesse Harris of Buncombe Co., NC and Tennessee has a perfect 37/37 match to the line of William Harrison above. This means there is a 99.6% chance of a common ancestor within the last 12 generations. It is not yet clear if the common ancestor was in North Carolina, or in England.


Lineage 23-The William Harrison of England Line
This family originated in England, and descendants moved to Canada. It is haplogroup R1b1a2.



Lineage 24-The Ralph Harrison of Durham, England Line
This line was traced back to Ralph Harrison, who was sexton of Hart, Durham, by Brian Harrison. The family moved from Hart to Bishop Auckland, Durham. It is haplogroup R1b1a2.


Lineage 25-The Thomas Harrison of Cumberland, England Line
This lineage was first noted in the Visitations of London, 1633, 1634, 1635 as cited in J. Houston Harrison's Settlers by the Long Grey Trail (1935). While the family was residing in London in the 1630's, its origins in Greystoke, Cumberland, make it a northern family. Greystoke is not far from Bishop Auckland, Durham, and Yorkshire, where several English Harrison families had an ancestral home. The arms of this family are "Or on a fesse sable, three eagles displayed of the field, a crescent for difference. Crest: on a chapeau sable turned up and indented azure an eagles head Or, changed with a crescent." Information on the early lines of this Cumberland Harrison family as well as the Philadelphia, PA descendants of the line also comes from the well-documented book, Harrison, Waples, and Allied Families, by William Welsh Harrison (1910). It is haplogroup I2b.

The Harrison family lost the patent to their Greystoke lands to the D'acre family in the 1500s, and the members of the family spread to London, and to Stoneraise, in the parish of Westward, about 10 miles from Carlisle. William Welsh Harrison gives three early wills from the area of Harrisons who are most likely descended from this branch of the Harrison family. It is not known if they are any of the individuals listed above.

The will of William Harreson was witnessed by John and Nicholas Harreson.


The Harrison line continues in Stoneraise with the descendants of Thomas Harrison b. abt 1630. Descendants of this line settled in Philadelphia, PA.


Lineage 26-The Lodawick / Ludwig Harrison of Rowan County, North Carolina Line
The family of Lodawick Harrison came from Rowan County, North Carolina, through Tennessee, and ended up in Fayette Co., IL. According to the 1880 Sharon Twp., Fayette Co., IL census, the father of Ludwick Harrison was born in Virginia, and his mother was born in North Carolina. This family is not closely related to any of the other Rowan County, NC Harrisons, nor is it closely related to any of the other Harrison lines. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2.

Eli Harrison was born in Jones Co., GA, and migrated west through Alabama and Mississippi, ending up in Texas. According to the census, his father was born in North Carolina. This family matches the family of Ludwick/Lodawick Harrison above on 63 of 67 markers.


Lineage 27-The Edward W. Harrison of Virginia Line
The Edward Harrison family came from Virginia, and later generations went to Alabama and Texas. He married Frances Wilburn July 10, 1787 in Greensville Co., VA. This county is near Brunswick County and the North Carolina border. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2.



The line of Wyatt Harrison b. 1798 in North Carolina has a 34/37 marker match to the line of Edward Harrison above, indicating a common Harrison ancestor existed between these two families.

The father of David Harrison b. 1837 in Georgia connects back to North Carolina, where the line of Wyatt Harrison (above) originated. There is a 35/37 marker match to the line of Wyatt Harrison above, indicating a common male Harrison ancestor existed between these two families.


Lineage 28-The Thomas Harrison of Maryland Line
This Harrison line comes from Maryland by way of North Carolina. Thomas Harrison, who was born in 1760, and his brother Richard, were brought to North Carolina by Isaac Robinson to the Lincoln County area. They were raised as orphans without education. Richard Harrison wrote in his Revolutionary War Pension application that he was "born in Mereland and brought to NC by Isaac Robinson." This family is haplogroup E1b1b1.


Lineage 29-The Richard Harrison of Lancashire Line
The line of Richard Harrison b. 1574 is discussed in the book The History of the Parish of Kirkham: In the County of Lancaster (1874) by Henry Fishwick, and a pedigree of "Harrison of Bankfield" appears on p. 188. The line of Cuthbert Harrison is also discussed in the Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society (1911) Charles William Sutton, ed., p. 114-147 and takes a number of generations of this family well into the 1800's. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2.

The line of William Harrison b. 1769 in Virgina is most likely descended from the line of Richard Harrison of Lancashire. It was tested 20/20 match to participant H-80 from the line above.



Lineage 30-The William Harrison of West Yorkshire Line
The line of William Harrison probably came from West Yorkshire. The sons of William Harrison were baptized in Broughton-in-Craven, West Yorkshire. This family is haplogroup Q.


Lineage 31-The Harrison of Staffordshire, England and Augusta Co., VA Line
The line of Thomas Harrison came to Tazewell County from Augusta and Boutetourt Counties. This family has been connected to the Burr Harrison line (lineage 22), but the DNA does not confirm that relationship. The Wiseman Family and Allied Lines by Eugene Wiseman (1991) discusses this line, and states that Thomas Harrison, progenitor of the Harrison family of Warren Co, TN was born ca. 1740 Botetourt Co. VA, and was the son of John Harrison, Jr. and grandson of John Harrison, Sr. The senior John Harrison was born between 1697 and 1710 and died in Botetourt Co. in 1786. No other tested families match this line. There is a match between the Harrisons of Staffordshire, England, and the Harrisons of Augusta Co., Virginia. This indicates a better than 97% chance of a common ancestor since 1600. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2a1a1b.


This Harrison family was from the Birmingham, England area, and lived primarily in West Bromwich. It matches members H-95 and H-127 on 35 of 37 markers, indicating a 90% or better chance of a common Harrison since the late 1600s connecting these families.


The line of Philip Harrison of Wednesbury, Staffordshire, matches the line of John Harrison above on 65/67 markers. This means that there is a 97% chance of a common Harrison ancestor within the last 12 generations, a 99.5% chance of a common Harrison ancestor within the last 16 generations or about 400 years, so these lines are unquestionably related, and share a common English ancestor. It is possible that the John Harrison above was the son of Philip Harrison listed below.


The line of Thomas Harrison b. 1800 has a 66/67 match to the line of Thomas Harrison b. 1750 Augusta County, Virginia and the line of Philip Harrison b. 1720 Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England. This means that there is a 99.33% chance that there is a common Harrison ancestor on this line since the year 1600, and a 99.99% chance of a common ancestor in the last 20 generations, or since the year 1500.



Lineage 32-The Robert Harrison of Virginia or Georgia Line
According to the 1850 census of Smith County, Mississippi, Robert Harrison listed his birthplace as Virginia. Other family members noted Georgia as their father's birthplace, so it is not clear whether Robert Harrison was born in Virginia and migrated to Georgia before moving west to Alabama and Mississippi, or if he was born in Georgia. This family is haplogroup G.


Lineage 33-The Robert Harrison of Lancashire Line
Robert Harrion b. abt 1770 and his wife Sarah baptized their children in St. Mary the Virgin Church, Prescot, Lancashire, from 1797 to 1800. There were several Robert Harrisons in his age group attending this church, so it is not clear which of the Harrison families of Prescot that Robert was born into. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2.


Lineage 34-The James River / Presidential Harrison Line
Many Harrison family genealogists are interested in seeing if there is a connection between their family and the line of the Harrison presidents and signer of Declaration of Independence. We have a well-documented line that run through Montgomery Pike Harrison. Clarence W. Harrison b. 1882, was the grandson of William Henry Harrison II, who was raised by his grandfather, President William Henry Harrison after John Cleves Symmes Harrison died young. Many Harrisons have a family legend passed down through the generations that their Harrison ancestor was a "cousin of the president." Using DNA, we can now support, or refute, those old stories. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2.

According to family lore, William Henry Bassett b. 1795 was raised by Elizabeth Harrison Rickman, daughter of Benjamin Harrison IV, "The Signer," and Elizabeth Bassett. William Bassett's Y-DNA does not match any of the other known Bassett family's; however, his descendant has a 63/67 match to the James River Harrison line DNA... indicating that in addition to being raised by the Harrison family, William Bassett was likely the son of one of the James River Harrisons.


Lineage 35-The Harrison Line of Prince William, Culpepper, or Loudoun Co., VA
This Harrison line originated in Virginia, and spread through Kentucky into Indiana and Illinois. While the two branches of the family have not yet found their connection, it is clear that they are related. They are not closely related to any of the other Harrison lines, and are one of the few haplogroup R1a1a Harrison families.

The line of William Harrison matches the line of John Groves Harrison on 65 of 67 markers, meaning there is a 97% chance of a common ancestor within the last 12 generations.



Lineage 36-The Cuthbert Harrison Line of Barnwell, South Carolina and Georgia
This line, like lineage 22, goes back to Burr Harrison and Frances Burdette. Unlike lineage 22, however, this line is haplogroup I1. There are not enough 17th century Harrison lines tested yet to be sure whether Burr Harrison was haplogroup R or I, so one of these lines will need to be adjusted in the earliest generations.

The line of Charles Harrison has a 36/37 match to the line above, and given the match, common surname, and that they are from the same part of South Carolina, there is clearly a common ancestor.


Lineage 37-The Captain Samuel Harrison of York Co., Virginia and Florida Line
This Harrison line originated in Yorktown, and went south to Florida after the Revolutionary War. This family is discussed in Memoirs of Florida by Rowland Rerick, v. 2 (1902), p. 545. The members of this line match on 36 of 37 markers, meaning there is a 97% chance of a common Harrison ancestor within 12 generations. This Harrison line is haplogroup R1a1a.


Lineage 38-The Samuel Harrison Line of Harpers Ferry, Virginia and Indiana
This Harrison line originated in Harpers Ferry, Virginia and went to Indiana in the early 1800s. This Harrison line is haplogroup R1b1a2.

There is a 35/37 match between the lines of Samuel Harrison above, and of William Henry Harrison listed below. This indicates a 90% likelihood of a common Harrison ancestor within the last 12 generations.There is a biography of Absolom Harrison and family on Rootsweb at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lostclans/aa_susan_bio.htm


Lineage 39-The William Harrison of Scotland and Berkeley, Virginia Line
The family of Bazel Harrison is given in the American Biographical History of Eminent and Self-Made Men-Michigan vol. (1878), p. 31-32. There is a genetic distance of three on one marker of the line of H-211 that makes the connections appear more distant than they likely are between branches of this family. The other two mismatches are one-step on two fast-moving markers. There is a 76% chance these lines connect within the last 12 generations, and a 91% chance they connect within the last roughly 400 years. This lineage is haplogroup R1a1a.

According to family tradition, Greenberry Harrison was the son of a William Harrison. The line of Greenberry Harrison is a 36/37 match with the line of Robert Harrison below. This lineage is haplogroup R1a1a.

The line of Richard Harrison has a 36/37 match to the line of Robert S. Harrison, and a 35/37 match to the line of Greenberry Harrison above, meaning that these families have a 98% chance of a common Harrison ancestor in the last 300 years.

The line of Robert Harrison has a 35 or 36/37 marker match with the other lineage 39 Harrison families, meaning there is a 98% chance all of these families are related.


Lineage 40-The John "Jackey" Harrison Line of Virginia and Ohio
This lineage is haplogroup R1b1a2.


The lineage of Samuel Harrison of Bedford Co., Tennessee matches the line of John W. Harrison above on 35 of 37 markers, meaning there is an 88.2% chance of a common Harrison ancestor within 12 generations, and a 96.3% chance within 16 generations.


Lineage 41-The James Harrison Line of Northumberland, England
This Harrison family resided in North Shields, Northumberland, and South Shields, Durham, and is haplogroup I1a. It is not closely related to any of the other English Harrison families.


Lineage 42-The Harrison Line of Middlesex and Derbyshire, England and Virginia
The earliest known member of this line is Captain Thomas Harrison, master of the ship, "Honour," who married Alice Moore of Stepney Parish. He married second, Elizabeth Stott, in 1646 at St. Dunstan's Church, Stepney. The English branch of this family also comes from Horsely Woodhouse, Derbyshire. There is a 65/67 match to a Harrison line from Albemarle Parish, Sussex County, Virginia. There is a 66/67 match between the Derbyshire line and the line of Daniel Harrison of Lancaster County, and an exact 37/37 match between the line of Thomas Harrison and that of Daniel Harrison. The 66/67 match between the English and American lines of this family indicate a 99.3% chance of a common ancestor within 12 generations. This family is haplogroup I2b1.

Edward and Daniel Harrison were in Virginia in the early 1640s. Edward was in Rappahanock Co., VA by 1642, when he patented 550 acres. He died by 10 May 1679. Daniel (or Daniell) Harrison was in Lancaster County, VA by 1642. He owned land near Edward, and may have been related.





Lineage 43-The Robert Harrison Line of Gallia Co., Ohio
This Harrison line came from Virginia, and were early settlers in Ohio. This family is haplogroup I1.

Lineage 44-The Thomas Harrison Line of Wigan, Lancashire
This Harrison line came from Wigan, Lancashire. This family is haplogroup R1b.


Lineage 45-The Thomas Harrison Line of Scotland and Luzerene, Pennsylvania
This Harrison line originated in or near Barony, Lanark, Scotland, and migrated to Pennsylvania. This family is haplogroup R1b1.


Lineage 46-The Richard Harrison Line of Virginia and Georgia
This Harrison family came from Virginia, and settled in Georgia. Research on the line comes from Stephanie Ray. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2

There is a 66/67 marker match between a member of this line and the line of John Brothers, b. 1629 res. Nansemond Co., VA. It is not clear if there was an early adoption between these lines, but there is a 99.2% chance of a common male ancestor since the year 1700. Whether that common ancestor was a Brothers or a Harrison is as yet unknown. There is a 34/37 marker match between this line from Ireland and others in lineage 46, indicating a 88% chance of a common male ancestor since the year 1600.

Lineage 47-The Abraham Harrison Line of Shropshire, England
This Harrison family came from Shropshire, England, and Scotland. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2

Lineage 48-The William Harrison Line of Westmoreland & King George Co., Virginia
There have been a number of different ancestries proposed over the years for William Harrison b. abt 1702. He is often connected to the Anthony Harrison line by Robert Harrison b. abt 1674. Others have William b. abt 1702 as the son of George Harrison. Still other researchers claim that the Burdett name connects this family to Lineage 22, since Burr Harrison married a Burdette. The results of both presumed members of this line, however, show no relationship to any of those lines and that it is another Harrison line unrelated to these other lineage groups. In addition, the two tested lines of James Harrison b. abt 1750 do not match, so there is either a mistake in these lines, or an adoption. Several more Harrisons descended from this line are needed to sort out the connections. This family is haplogroup E1b or I2b1


Lineage 49-The Thomas Harrison Line of Virginia & Illinois
This line is thought by some researchers to be descended from Ezekiel Harrison b. 1751 and Sarah Bryan of Virginia and Sangemon Co., IL, but that family is part of the "Long Grey Trail" line, and is not at all related to this Harrison family. This family is haplogroup R1a1.


Lineage 50-The Gabriel Harrison Line of Charles City Co., Virginia
There are earlier, not proven generations for this line discussed in A Harrison Genealogy, a manuscript in the DAR Library in Washington, DC, compiled by Katherine Epps Bundick (1977). Gabriel Harrison res. Charles City Co., VA 1673, may have been descended from Thomas Harrison of Clerkenwell Parish, Middlesex, England, who married Rebecca Carr in 1669. Thomas and Rebecca Harrison were executors of the will of William Harrison. Either could have been the ancestor of Gabriel Harrison.This family is haplogroup I2b1.


Lineage 51-The Robert Harrison Line of Weston and Bath, Somerset, England
These Harrisons came from the Weston, Bath, and Batheaston areas of Somerset. This family is haplogroup I2a.


Lineage 52-The John Harrison Line of Kentucky and Illinois
These Harrisons came from Kentucky, and migrated to Illinois and Iowa. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2, but is not closely related to other known Harrison lines.


Lineage 53-The Samuel Harrison Line of Staffordshire, England & Australia
This Harrison family originated in Staffordshire, England, and migrated to New South Wales, Australia. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2.

Lineage 54-The Ignatius Harrison Line of Virginia
This Harrison line is first found in Franklin Co., Virginia. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2.

Lineage 55-The Jonathan Harrison Line of Virginia
While it is not certain where Jonathan Harrison was born, this Harrison line is first found in Boutetourt Co., Virginia. The results did not indicate a haplogroup, but this family is most likely haplogroup R1b.


Lineage 56-The Thomas Harrison Line of Lancashire
The family of Thomas Harrison of Atherton Lancashire moved to Kendal, Westmorland, and part of the family emigrated to Australia. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2.
From census records, it appears that Thomas Harrison's family was possibly related to these Lancashire Harrisons. Thomas Harrison below may be the brother of William Harrison, and they be the children of William Harrison b. abt 1775 and Alice listed below:



Lineage 57-The Harrison Line of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee
This Harrison line is believed to descend from William Henry Harrison b. 1772 and wife Mary McKinley. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2.

The line of James Barkley Harrison matches the line above on 65/67 markers. This means that there is a 97% chance of a common Harrison ancestor within the last 12 generations.


Lineage 58-The Harmon Harrison Line of England, Virginia and North Carolina
This very old Harrison line came to eastern North Carolina from England and Virginia. Information on this Harrison family comes from The Rowe and Harrison Family by Ellen Harrison Rowe (1988). This family is haplogroup I1.


The line of John Harrison of Jones County, North Carolina matches the line of Harmon Harrison on 31/32 markers, meaning there is a definite connection between these lines. Family researchers believe John Harrison b. 1775 may be the son of James, or one of the other sons of William Harrison and Sarah Vines.



Lineage 59-The Robin Harrison Line of Charles City County, VA
This Harrison line comes from eastern Virginia. This family is haplogroup E1b1a.




Lineage 60-The Daniel Harrison Line of Ireland and New York
This Harrison line comes from Ireland, and settled in New York. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2.




Lineage 61-The Ignatius Harrison Line of Franklin County, Virginia
This Harrison line comes from Franklin County, Virginia. Harrison lineage groups 4 and 54 also include Ignatius Harrison; however, none of the three lines are related. It is not clear how Ignatius Harrison connects, and more Harrisons descended from his line need to be tested to clarify the relationships. This family is haplogroup E1b1b1.



Lineage 62-The Harrison Family of Indiana
This Harrison family went from Indiana to Kentucky and Kansas. There is a 34/37 match between the two branches of this lineage group, indicating a common ancestor in the last 300-400 years, but with the common naming patterns and close proximity of these families, the common ancestor was likely closer in time. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2.

This Harrison family went to Kentucky and Indiana, most likely from Virginia. There is a Thomas Jasper Harrison in Lineage Group 49, but the DNA does not match. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2.

The line of Abraham Harrison of Randolph County, North Carolina has a good 35/37 match to the line of Christopher Harrison above, indicating that there is a 79% chance of a common Harrison ancestor in the last 12 generations, and an over 92.4% likelihood in the last 16 generations, or roughly 400 years.

Lineage 63-The Harrison Line of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
This Harrison family went from Berkley, Virginia to Washington Co., Maryland. This family is haplogroup R2.
The line of Samuel Harrison has a perfect 37/37 match to the line of Caleb Harrison above so there is a common ancestor between these two families.

Lineage 64-The Joseph Harrison Line of Frederick County, Maryland
This Harrison originated in Frederick CO., MD, and migrated west to Ohio and then Iowa in the 1800s. This family is haplogroup R1a1a.



Lineage 65-The James John Harrison Line of Canada & Texas
This Harrison originated in Canada--perhaps Montreal, and migrated south to Texas in the 1800s. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2.



Lineage 66-The James Harrison of North Carolina Line
This Harrison was in North Carolina in the 1740s, and members settled in the Jones County, NC area. This family is haplogroup I1.


Lineage 67-The John Harrison of County Derry, Ireland Line
This Harrison came from Coleraine, County Derry, Ireland, and members settled in Connecticut. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2.



Lineage 68-The James Harrison of Bristol, England & Australia Line
James Harrison left England and was in Victoria, Australia by 1853. This family is haplogroup R1b1a2.



Lineage 69-The Henry Harrison of Yorkshire, England Line
The descendants of Henry Harrison b. 1656 resided in North Yorkshire until the mid-1800s, when they immigrated to Ontario, Canada. This family is haplogroup I2b1.


Lineage 70-The William Harrison of Georgia Line
The descendants of William Harrison b. 1816 in Georgia remained largely in the southeastern US. This family has the uncommon haplogroup G.




Lineage 71-The Henry Harrison of Hertfordshire Line
The descendants of Henry Harrison b. 1803 in Hertfordshire remained largely in that county. This family is haplogroup R-M269 but does not closely match any of the other identified Harrison lines.



I Haplogroup Harrison Lines






Q Haplogroup Harrison Lines


R1a Haplogroup Harrison Lines




According to family history, this William Harrison family came to Calvert County, Maryland from either St. Mary's County, Maryland, or from Virginia. In the 1910 Calvert Co., MD census, the family also had a Leslie D. Harrison, born about 1879 in Maryland, who was listed as a cousin.


Census records give James Henry Harson's last name as "Harson;" however, his marriage certificate gives it as "Harrison." Based on the census, he was either born in Michigan or Ohio, and his father was born in Pennsylvania.

R1b Haplogroup Harrison Lines







The family of John Harrison, b. abt 1902 in England, resided in Trowbridge and Devizes, Wiltshire, England in the 1930s.


This family was thought to connect to the line of Burr Harrison b. 1769, who married Lucy Pickett (lineage 22); however, the two lines are not closely related genetically. More DNA testing on lineage 22 needs to be done to determine if this line is, in fact, a separate Harrison line.






This line may connect to Nathaniel Harrison b. 1704 New Haven, CT, from lineage 16; however, the lines only match 7/12. This means there is only a 3% chance of a connection, but it is still possible. It is also possible that the early Harrison generations of one or both lines are not correct, and that the families are not connected.












English and Irish Harrison Family Lines

These lines represent English Harrison families from whom many Harrisons around the world are descended. While many of these lines are well documented, you are encouraged in the strongest possible manner to carefully document your own Harrison lines to ensure that a) these lines are correct and b) that you are really connected to them. Please e-mail John Harrison at jharrison3@nc.rr.com with any corrections. As we get more Harrisons' DNA tested, we will be able to move these lines to the top of the page where our DNA confirmed lines reside, and you will be able to see if your own DNA results match them.

Berkshire, England Harrison Families
This family is listed in the Vistations of Berkshire, p. 140. The arms of this Harrison family are as follows: "Quarterly, 1 and 4, HARRISON Or, on a chief Sable three eagles displayed of the first; 2, WARDE, Argent, on a chevron Sable three wolves' heads erased Or, on a chief Azure a cross patence between two martlets Gold; 3, GARRARD, Argent, on a fesse Seble a lion passant of the field, in the chief point a mullet Gules for difference. Crest: out of a ducal coronet Or a talbot's head Gold, gutte de poix." These arms are compared to the "Harrison of the North 1574, which differ in color... "they are Or, on a chief Gules three eagles displayed of the field. The crest is the same. The younger branches of the line are listed in The House of Harrison by C.R. Harrison (1914), and The History of Yorkshire, v. 1, by G. H. Harrison (1879) The Berkshire Harrisons are a junior branch of the Harrisons of the North, whose head is Prince Anthony, Duke of Haruson.

Harrison of Finchampstead, Berkshire




Harrison of Reading, Berkshire
This family is listed in the Visitations of Berkshire, p. 141, and refers to the Visitation of London, 1634-5. The arms for this family are "Granted to Gilbert Haryson alias Hardegson descended from a family of that surname in the Duchy of Brunswick." The arms shown have an anchor in the left field, and a standing lion facing left in the right. The crest has a ducal coronet with four feathers or leaves coming from it.


Cambridge, England Harrison Families
The Harrisons of Whittlesey, Cambridge


Cumberland, England Harrison Families
The "Harrisons of the North," as mentioned above, are an ancient line that was traced by the 16th century English heralds back to the 800s. The head of the line is Prince Anthony, Duke of Haruson.


Derby, England Harrison Families
This family is found in Longstaffe's Heraldic Visitation of the Northern Counties in 1530, published in 1863, which contains other information up into the 1600s on northern Harrison families and can be downloaded from http://books.google.com. It discusses the family and their arms. The arms are important here since they are quartered with Ninessor. The description is as follows: "Quarterly in the first, for Harrison, Gules, an eagle displayed , a chief gold; in the second for Ninessor, Sables, a cheveron between three hands silver, erased gules, and so quarterly: And to the crest upon the helm, on a wreath gold and gules, a broken pillar gold, about the same a serpent winding proper; mantled gules, doubled silver." This family is clearly part of the Stephen Harrison of Westmorland, England line.


Durham, England Harrison Families

The Harrisons of Barnard Castle, Durham
The line of Rowland Harrison is listed in the Visitations of London, 1633, 1634, 1635 as cited in J. Houston Harrison's Settlers by the Long Grey Trail (1935). While the family was also residing in London in the 1630's, its origins in Durham, make it another northern family. Harrison also notes that the arms of the Robert Harrison born about 1600 (below) are similar to the Harrisons of Gobion's Manor (see line of Stephen Harrison of Westmorland, England).


The Harrisons of Byermore and Brian's Leap, Tanfield, Durham
This lineage is from the Surtee's History of Durham as cited in J. Houston Harrison's Settlers by the Long Grey Trail (1935). Wickham Parish is just south of Hadrian's Wall.



Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, Line
The line of Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William is connected to the Harrisons. Acccording to The Ancestors of Catherine Middleton by William Addams Reitwiesner, the maternal grandmother of the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine "Kate" Middleton, was a Harrison.


Lancashire, England Harrison Families
The Visitation of London,1634 shows two Harrison families living in London with roots in Lancaster. The arms are very similar. The first family is the line of Michael Harrison p. 353. His arms include four silver downward pointing arrowheads arranged in a cross pattern on an azure cross. The crest above has a right hand holding an arrow pointing downward to the left. The founder of this line, Michael Harrison, lived in Kendal, Westmorland, which was also the home of the line of Stephen Harrison of Westmorland (whose arms were very different from the ones of this family).


The second family, that of Thomas Harrison of Adcliff, Lancashire, has almost identical arms that have been halved. On the left are the four arrowheads on a cross, on the right are three fleur de lei with a crescent moon on an angled stripe. The same crest of a right hand holding an arrow appears on these arms, too.


The George Harrison "Beatle" Line
The line of George Harrison, famous 20th century musician and one of the Beatles, comes from a pedigree in the book, Dark Horse: The Life and Art of George Harrison, by Geoffrey Giuliano, 1997, p. 217. The line was expanded by using the English censuses to find brothers and their male descendants of the Harrisons included in the line. The project does not yet have a member of this family tested, so we do not yet know which, if any, of the lines it connects to.


Nottingham, England Harrison Families
This family is found in Longstaffe's Heraldic Visitation of the Northern Counties in 1530, published in 1863, which contains other information up into the 1600s on northern families and can be downloaded from http://books.google.com. It discusses the family and their arms. The arms for this family are:"Or, a fesse gules trellessed of the first, on chief three schocheonce of the second." These arms belonged to William Harrison of Buckinghamshire, whose son William Harrison of Nottinghamshire had a new crest added:"On a wreath or and gules, a hedgehog passant or, in his mouth an apple proper; mantled argent, doubled gules with "I doe ratefie".


Westmorland, England Harrison Families
This lineage is from the Visitations of London, 1633, 1634, 1635 as cited in J. Houston Harrison's Settlers by the Long Grey Trail (1935). While the family was residing in Braintford (Brentford), London in the 1630's, its origins in Kendal, Westmorland, make it another northern Harrison family. Kendal is about 30 miles south of Greystoke, Cumberland, and is also not far from Bishop Auckland, Durham, and Yorkshire, where several English Harrison families had an ancestral home. DNA testing of descendants of these lines can confirm whether there is a relationship between these families. Part of this family also moved from Westmorland to Northamptonshire, where it became the line of Gobion's Manor, Northampton. The arms of Harrison of Gobions Manor are listed in the Visitation of Northamptonshire, 1618, p. 98 as: "Quarterly-1 and 4, Gules, an eagle displayed and a chief Or; 2 and 3, Sable, a chevron Ermine between three clenched dexter hands Argent erased Gules. Crest: a snake vertical entwined round a broken column Or."


Yorkshire, England Harrison Families

The John "Longitude" Harrison Line

Clockmaker John Harrison (1693-1776) invented the marine chronometer, which allowed sailors to accurately determine their position at sea. According to Wikipedia, he came in 39th in the BBC's 2002 poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. His line is from Humphrey Quill's John Harrison: The Man Who Found Longitude (1966).

The Harrisons of Wheldrake,Yorkshire



Charleville, County Cork, Ireland Harrison Family
The line of Richard Harrison of England was written by Charles Lynegar of Trinity College, Dublin, and gives the ancestors of William Harrison of Castle Harrison, Charleville, Co. Cork, Ireland. This information is courtesy of Ruth Andrews, whose web site is: http://castlescribe.usanethosting.com/fam/harrissongenealogy.html . She notes that the genealogy states that Richard, Lord Harrisson, came to England in 1056, and was descended from Charles, junior son of Charles, Duke of Habspruch, according to a pedigree from Sir Thomas Hawley, King at Arms, during the reign of Henry VIII. This pedigree is that of the aforementioned "Harrisons of the North," who originally arrived in Cumberland, England in 1056, but go back to Tongres, a principality in what is now northeast Belgium, in 876.



Harrison Family Lines Not Yet DNA Tested


These lines have been submitted by Harrison Family DNA Project Members. We hope that someone from each of these lines will get tested so we can connect them to their Harrison line.

The Joseph Harrison Colonial Maryland Line
Many of the descendants of Joseph Harrison and Verlinda Stone settled along the coastal areas of Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina before the Revolution. The early part of this family is discussed in J. Houston Harrison's Settlers by the Long Grey Trail (1935) and Posey-Wade-Harrison and Other Families of Maryland and Virginia, by James W. Emison (1958).


The Skimino Harrison Line
This family group is composed of the descendants of Richard Harrison of Essex, England, who settled on the Skimino Hundred in York County, Virginia. Information on this family comes from J. Houston Harrison Settlers by the Long Grey Trail, 1935 and Aris Sonis Focisque:Being a Memoir of an American Family, The Harrisons of Skimino, Fairfax Harrison, ed., 1910.









  • This Harrison family came to Stewart Co., TN from Virginia. The 1850 census of Montgomery Co., TN shows Elisha Harrison listed with his mother Mary, who was born in Virginia. Mary's husband, and Elisha's father, was not listed.





    Thomas Harrison d. 1825 and left a will in Fleming Co., KY. He may be related to the line of John & Thomas Harrison of Lewis Co., KY. The name Benoni Harrison is in the Maryland Harrison line, so it is not certain where this family connects.

    The family of Bazel Harrison is given in the American Biographical History of Eminent and Self-Made Men-Michigan vol. (1878), p. 31-32.

    Maryland Genealogies, v. II, p. 45, states that this family is likely descended from a Christopher Harrison b. c1630, and notes that a seal brought to America by this family has arms identical to William Harrison of Tower Ward, London, noted in the Visitation of London 1633-35, "who descends from a Cumberland family."




    From the biography of his son Jacob Harrison in the History of Luzerne Co., PA, 1893, William Henry Harrison served in the war of 1812. He moved to Wilkes-Barre, PA about 1831 and settled in Plymouth, Luzerne County.







    From the similarity of family names and the locations in Virginia and Tennessee, it appears that this family is connected to the line of Benjamin Harrison b. 1715 of Cumberland Co., Virginia, in Lineage Group 2.