"Windows Into Our Past A
Genealogy of Lewis Green & Associated Families, Volume 6", compiled by
Judy Parsons Smith © 2005
, daughter of Lewis
& Abagail (Smith) Burwell
, b. 1677; d. 1734; m. Benjamin Harrison
, b. 1673; d. 1710.
& Elizabeth (Burwell) Harrison
had a son[i]:
- Benjamin Harrison
of Berkely, d. 1744; m 1722 to
, daughter of King Carter
of Corotoman, Lancaster Co., VA.
of Berkely, son of Benjamin &
Elizabeth (Burwell) Harrison,
d. 1744; m 1722 to Anna Carter
, daughter of King Carter
of Corotoman, Lancaster Co., VA
& Anna (Carter) Harrison had a
, b. 1726; d. 1791; m. Elizabeth Bassett
, b. 1730.
, son of
, b. 1726; d. 1791; m.
, b. 1730. Resided at
. Signer of Declaration of
, member of the Continental Congress and Governor of VA.
& Elizabeth (Bassett) Harrison
had a son:
Harrison, b. 1773,
; d. 1841; m. 1795 to Anna Symmes
. President of US; Defeated the
William Henry Harrison
, son of Benjamin
& Elizabeth (Bassett) Harrison,
b. 1773, Berkley, VA; d. 4 Apr 1841,
Washington, DC; m. 1795 to Anna Symmes
"Give him a barrel of hard
cider and settle a pension of two thousand a year on him, and my word for
it," a Democratic newspaper foolishly gibed, "he will sit ... by the
side of a 'sea coal' fire, and study moral
philosophy. " The Whigs, seizing on this political misstep, in 1840
presented their candidate William Henry Harrison
a simple frontier Indian fighter, living in a log cabin and drinking cider, in
sharp contrast to an aristocratic champagne-sipping Van Buren
in fact a scion of the
planter aristocracy. He was born at
in 1773. He studied classics and history at
, then began the study of medicine in
that same year, 1791,
switched interests. He obtained a commission as ensign in the First Infantry of
the Regular Army, and headed to the Northwest, where he spent much of his life.
In the campaign against the Indians,
Harrison served as aide-de-camp to General "Mad Anthony"
of Fallen Timbers, which opened most of the
area to settlement. After resigning from the Army in 1798, he became Secretary
of the Northwest Territory, was its first delegate to Congress, and helped
obtain legislation dividing the Territory into the Northwest and
. In 1801 he became Governor of the
, serving 12 years.
task as governor was to obtain title to Indian lands so settlers could press
forward into the wilderness. When the Indians retaliated,
was responsible for defending the settlements.
against settlers became serious in 1809. An eloquent and energetic chieftain,
, with his religious brother,
began to strengthen an Indian confederation to prevent further encroachment. In
received permission to attack the confederacy.
Tecumseh was away seeking more allies,
led about a thousand men toward the Prophet's town. Suddenly, before dawn on
November 7, the Indians attacked his camp on
. After heavy fighting,
repulsed them, but suffered 190 dead and wounded.
of Tippecanoe, upon which
's fame was to rest, disrupted Tecumseh's confederacy but failed to diminish
Indian raids. By the spring of 1812, they were again terrorizing the frontier.
In the War of
won more military laurels when he was given the command of the Army in the
Northwest with the rank of brigadier general. At the
of the Thames, north of
, on October 5, 1813, he defeated the combined British and Indian forces, and
killed Tecumseh. The Indians scattered, never again to offer serious resistance
in what was then called the Northwest.
returned to civilian life; the Whigs, in need of a national hero, nominated him
for President in 1840. He won by a majority of less than 150,000, but swept the
Electoral College, 234 to 60.
in February 1841,
let Daniel Webster
his Inaugural Address, ornate with classical allusions. Webster obtained some
deletions, boasting in a jolly fashion that he had killed "seventeen Roman
proconsuls as dead as smelts, every one of them."
reason to be pleased, for while Harrison was nationalistic in his outlook, he
emphasized in his Inaugural that he would be obedient to the will of the people
as expressed through Congress.
But before he
had been in office a month, he caught a cold that developed into pneumonia. On
April 4, 1841, he died--the first President to die in office--and with him died
the Whig program[ii].
& Anna (Symmes) Harrison
had a son:
John Scott Harrison
, b. 1804; d. 1878; m. 1831 to Elizabeth Irwin.
John Scott Harrison
, son of
b. 1804; d. 1878; m. 1831 to
. He was twice elected to Congress
John Scott & Elizabeth
(Irwin) Harrison had:
, b. 1833; m. Caroline L. Scott
, d. 1892, in the White House, Washington, DC.
, son of John Scott & Elizabeth (Irwin) Harrison, b. 1833, near Cincinnati,
OH; d. 1901; m 1st 1853[iii] to
Caroline Lavinia Scott
[iv], d. 1892,
in the White House, Washington, DC.; m 2nd 1896, Indianapolis, IN to
Mary (Unknown) Dimmick, widow.
He was the 23rd
President of the
for President on the eighth ballot at the 1888 Republican Convention, Benjamin
one of the first "front-porch" campaigns, delivering short speeches to
delegations that visited him in
. As he was only 5 feet, 6 inches tall, Democrats called him "Little
Ben"; Republicans replied that he was big enough to wear the hat of his
Born in 1833
on a farm by the Ohio River below
, Harrison attended
and read law in
. He moved to
, where he practiced law and campaigned for the Republican Party. He married
Caroline Lavinia Scott
1853. After the Civil War--he was Colonel of the 70th Volunteer
Infantry--Harrison became a pillar of
, enhancing his reputation as a brilliant lawyer.
The Democrats defeated him for
in 1876 by unfairly stigmatizing him as "Kid Gloves"
. In the 1880's he served in the
Senate, where he championed Indians. homesteaders, and Civil War veterans.
Presidential election, Harrison received 100,000 fewer popular votes than
, but carried the Electoral College 233 to 168. Although
had made no political bargains, his supporters had given innumerable pledges
upon his behalf.
heard that Harrison ascribed his narrow victory to
, Quay exclaimed that
would never know "how close a number of men were compelled to approach...
the penitentiary to make him President."
was proud of the vigorous foreign policy which he helped shape. The first Pan
American Congress met in
in 1889, establishing an information center which later became the Pan American
Union. At the end of his administration Harrison submitted to the Senate a
treaty to annex
; to his disappointment, President Cleveland
appropriation bills were signed by
for internal improvements, naval expansion, and subsidies for steamship lines.
For the first time except in war, Congress appropriated a billion dollars. When
critics attacked "the billion-dollar Congress," Speaker Thomas B. Reed
"This is a billion-dollar country." President Harriso
n also signed the
Anti-Trust Act "to protect trade and commerce against unlawful restraints
and monopolies," the first Federal act attempting to regulate trusts.
perplexing domestic problem
faced was the tariff issue. The high tariff rates in effect had created a
surplus of money in the Treasury. Low-tariff advocates argued that the surplus
was hurting business. Republican leaders in Congress successfully met the
challenge. Representative William McKinley
Senator Nelson W. Aldrich
a still higher tariff bill; some rates were intentionally prohibitive.
tried to make the tariff more acceptable by writing in reciprocity provisions.
To cope with the Treasury surplus, the tariff was removed from imported raw
sugar; sugar growers within the United States were given two cents a pound
bounty on their production.
the end of the
Administration, the Treasury surplus had evaporated, and prosperity seemed
about to disappear as well. Congressional elections in 1890 went stingingly
against the Republicans, and party leaders decided to abandon President Harrison
although he had cooperated with Congress on party legislation. Nevertheless, his
party renominated him in 1892, but he was defeated by
After he left
office, Harrison returned to
, and married the widowed Mrs. Mary Dimmick
1896. A dignified elder statesman, he died in 1901.[v]“
& Caroline Lavinia (Scott)
had two (2) children:
Russell Benjamin Harrison
, m. 1884 to Mary Angeline Sanders
, m. James Robert McKee
Authorities for information on the Burwell & Associated Families
Keith’s Ancestry of Benjamin Harrison
; Visitation of Bedfordshire; Visitation of Huntingdonshire; Blayde’s
Genealogical Bedfordiensis; Bishop Mead’s Old Churches and Families in VA;
Henning’s Statutes at Large; Campbell’s History of VA; Tombstones at
Carter’s Creek in Gloucester County, VA; Genealogical Column of the
Richmond Times-Dispatch; Lineage Books NSDAR; York County, VA, Court
Records; Franklin County, VA Court Records; Gloucester County, VA Court
Records; James City County, VA, Court Records; King and Queen County, VA
Court Records; Pioneer Settlers of Grayson County, VA, by Rev. B.F.
Nuckolls; Standard, published in Richmond, VA, June 18,1881; Record
of Burwell Family, by George H. Burwell published 1908; Oliver’s
Carter Pedigree; Goode’s VA Cousins; Page Genealogy, by R.C.M. Page,
1883; Paxton’s Marshall Genealogy; William & Mary Quarterly
Magazine; VA Historical Magazine; Middlesex Parish Register, VA; History of
Bruton Church, VA; Tyler’s Cradle of the Republic; Crozier’s VA County
Records, Vol. V; New England History and Gen. Register Vol. XXXIII. –
[ii] From the Biography of Benjamin Harrison at whitehouse.gov
[iii] From the Biography of Benjamin Harrison at whitehouse.gov
[iv] From the Biography of Benjamin Harrison at whitehouse.gov
[v] From the Biography of Benjamin Harrison at whitehouse.gov