2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 16, 2020 6:42 PM by Bonnie Terrell

    Seeking records on Isaac Harrison


      Can anyone help us find our 3rd great-grandfather's parents or other relatives?  His name was Isaac Harrison, married to Ann Colbert.  He lived from January 4, 1765 to February 20, 1827.  He died in Tredyffrin Township, West Chester, PA.  He may have moved there from NJ, but we're not sure.  We cannot link him to anyone further up the family tree.

        • Re: Seeking records on Isaac Harrison
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Terrell,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          Unfortunately the colony of Pennsylvania did not maintain colony wide registrations of births and other vital records during that time period. Any records are typically created by individual towns, churches, or families. You may wish to contact the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania for assistance. See also FamilySearch’s article on Pennsylvania, United States Genealogy.

          Also, we searched Ancestry and located a user generated “Rimmer Family Tree” that indicates his place of birth was Aylsham, Norfolk, England, citing the following listing from the data collection Norfolk, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812, which Ancestry acquired from the Norfolk Record Office; Norwich, Norfolk, England.


          Name:  Isaac Harrison

          Event Type:  Baptism

          Birth Date:  Abt 1794

          Baptism Date:  15 May 1794

          Baptism Place: Aylsham, Norfolk, England

          Father:  Thomas Harrison

          Mother: Ann Harrison.


          We also located the following:  https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/isaac-harrison-24-38tmn


          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!

            • Re: Seeking records on Isaac Harrison

              thank you for your help.  My siblings and I have run across this Isaac, but don't think it is the correct one.  We do have the location of his tombstone, in Old Eagle Cemetery, West Chester.  According to the inscription, his death was on 2/20/1827, and also inscribed was his age of 62 years, 1 month and 16 days which would make his birth date 1/4/1765. 


              During his life he lived probably as a renter on some land in that area in a log cabin.  The person who took a photo of his tombstone said she did some research and thought he was a pastor to that church. 


              The only coincidental type link we may have found was to a Dutch line of Aertsen / or other similar spelling, who pronounced their name as Harrison and hailed from New Jersey.  It shows a Matthew Aersen as being father to an Isaac Harrison, with the correct year of birth, but there is no information we could find on this Isaac, as their family tree did not have anything but the name and date of birth. 


              So he kind of rests in limbo at the moment.  Bonnie