Dromgoole Family Genealogy Forum
JOHN HARRISON - TOBACCO FARMER IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY, VIRGINIA 1783 First Marriage: There is at present no firm documentation for the first marriage of John Harrison. The family bible pages confirm only that her name was "Lucy." I have, for some time, speculated that Lucy's maiden name was Goodrich and that she first married David Tilman. However, I have yet to find a marriage license or marriage record to document or confirm this theory. There is only circumstantial evidence to substantiate my claim that John Harrison married Lucy Goodrich Tilman, the widow of David Tilman. Also, it is unknown how old was Lucy Goodrich Tilman when she married John Harrison. Lucy Tilman appears on the 1782 Brunswick County land tax records with the 120 acres she inherited from David Tilman; John Harrison appears on the Taxable Persons Slave people Record of Brunswick County for 1783 with the following slave people: Bridge, Bob, Jim, Sall, Charlotte, Abram, Tom, Silvia, Anthony (5 tithes, 10 persons, 6 horses, 18 cattle, tax 5.16.6). All of the slave people named appeared in the will of David Tilman except for; Bridge, Bob and Anthony. We assume that these three additional slave people were brought to the marriage by John Harrison. I have yet to find the burial ground for either the Harrison Family or the slave people in Brunswick Co.
I can't tell you anything else about these people, John Harrison died in 1822 after Lucy and his second wife distributed the slave people to John's sons. Some of the people went with the Harrisons to Murfreesboro, Tn., in about 1835, I do not have information on them after that. You might look for William C. Harrison and Rebecca his wife in that county after that time and see if his will might give you information on these slave people. My g-grandfather James A. Harrison went to Yazoo Co., Ms. but in his will he does not name any of the above people. He died in 1861 at the beginning of the Confederate States War and shortly thereafter the peple were freed. You might google Brunswick Co., cemeteries, there is a good listing of both white and black cemeteries. I know that there were/are a number of black families that carry forth the Goodrich name. There is a great deal on the Goodrich family in the Va. state archives, it appears the Goodrichs appear first in Isle of Wight County, VA. You realize that the people probable took the name Harrison/Goodrich after the end of the war in 1865 so they would appear in the 1860 census for Brunswick County if they stayed put after freedom. Hope this helps.
By the way, did you ever reconcile the differences in the Billingsley-Vernon controversey - I left a message on that genforum listing for Billingsley. Can't get in touch with the guy who says Our John is not our John !!!
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