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Re: Robert (b. 1860s) of Smithville / Greene then North Hemstead, Nassau Co, NY
Posted by: Pauline Lynn (ID *****2152) Date: September 03, 2012 at 03:39:58
In Reply to: Re: Robert (b. 1860s) of Smithville / Greene then North Hemstead, Nassau Co, NY by Carolyn M of 16226

Dear Carolyn,

Thank you for writing. So that is where the name Larue comes into the family. A child in another branch was named that. I might know who Ruth was named for, but I do not know for whom that Ruth was named. Who does your Mom say she was named for? Thank you for telling me where and who Bessie was once she got married. It is hard to find follow a girl from childhood through to a married name. Happy birthday to your Mom. My grandfather would have been 100 last week.

Do you have the names of your Harrison ancestors in the 1700s and early 1800s? I have been researching all the descendants of James Harrison of Churchill, County Monaghan, Ireland. About 8 of his sons had a child or grandchild living or dying in Smithville, Chenango County, New York. A copy of my Harrison book on these 8 is in the Norwich, Chenango County, New York public library in the genealogical room. For you though, I'll try to answer any questions you might have.

I am interested in learning more about your family too. Who was the most recent Presbyterian in this Harrison, Mitchell family? Do you know anything about Bessie's siblings, William, Robert, John, Mary Jane, Joseph, and Nellie? Did they have children? Did Nellie marry and to whom?

On your Bessie's family. Where? I have probably County Armagh, Ireland, where her father's Mitchell family was from or at least where her father's father had had a home. Was the mother Agnes or Agness? Agness Harrison was of Drumleek, County Monaghan, Ireland. I have seen a marriage record for Agnes or Agness Harrison of Drumleek and William Mitchell of Aughnamullen, County Armagh. According to it she was the daughter of John Harrison. Your elderly and now deceased cousin had said it was William, but the marriage record had Agnes's father as John. Plus wills and family links have John, not William.

Agnes's parents, John Harrison married Letitia Mitchell. I have wondered if or how Letitia was related to Agnes's husband, William. A Mitchell of County Monaghan (so not County Armagh) was very active in Irish politics. He may have been an editor for a newspaper. Really well-known. John and Letitia stayed in Drumleek [South] in Ireland, though his parents and siblings moved to the U.S. in 1828 som eof them and about that time the rest of them On sister was in Ireland for a while, but 20 years later moved to Ireland. Your great great great grandmother Letitia wrote a letter that is still in the family to her brother-in-law, a year of so after her husband John had died. John Harrison died on on 19 June 1841 there in Ireland. Letita wrote about maintaining the farm, which had belonged to John's brother [George] maybe and or the father of them both, James. Letitia was also proud of how her children were doing in school.

John was the son of James Harrison and Elizabeth Kinnier of Smithville, Chenango County, New York. They farmed. Their is an obelisk to them in the Smithville [Flats Cemetery, the older cemetery]. Headstones for their children.

James of Smithville was the son of james Harrison of Churchill (born about 1737, my guess, could be off by up to a decade)and his first or second wife. The first wife was __ Dunn. of the second, third, and possibly fourth wives we know nothing.

James Harrison of Churchill, as I said, had 12 sons and two daughters. I have found 10 of the sons and one of the daughters.

James was probably the son of William Harrison of County Monaghan, maybe born 1710s.

William's parents came in from Ballynahinch, County Down I think it was in the year 1700. After they left his brothers and relatives had children who had children who in the 1800s were teh Harrisons who were baptized in the Presbyterian church in Ballynahinch. I do not know when the first Harrison entered Ireland.

The first Harrison to enter Ireland was from England, around Chester or York, the area that includes Northumberland or a little south of that. A DNA test taken last [December] and results came in February say that male Harrisons carry the DNA haplogroup I1 (pronounced eye one). That group is from around Finland mostly, but can include Great Britain and Germany. I think that in the 800s our Harry left Finland for Denmark, got on a boat, went a Viking and attacked York. A Harrison genealogist says that the Harrison family is said to be in Northumberland in the 1000s, a generation before the Doomesday book (which we are not in because it did not cover our area) and the next book or survey that covered our geographical area and did name Harrisons. So we Harrisons were in England one generation before the Norman (French) Invasion of England in 1066.

So there you go, your Harrison family tree. I had to post it here rather than writ you at your e-mail because on your e-mail address is hidden, so if you wish you could e-mail me My address is In front of that write pkLjdL, but the Ls are lowercase. So it is pkljdl I am trying to avoid spam.

Thank you for telling me about your family. I look forward to hearing from you again, I hope. :)

Polly Lynn

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