Monday, October 14, 2013

A Correction and a Research Clue

William and Rebecca Miller left Cecil County, Maryland and moved to Fayette County, Pennsylvania around 1782 as mentioned in yesterday's  post. That post, however, contains an error. I said:

"On August 21, 1771, a Lawrence Harrison sold 293 acres to a William Miller (our William?), though the deed was not recorded till 1788 (the land was originally owned by Lawrence's father, a man named Battle Harrison, and it appears that this might have been a land grant)." 

However, Battle Harrison is Lawrence's father and it does not appear to have been a land grant. I just found the correct information online - see below (italics added). However, this contains a great new research clue:

"Lawrence Harrison, Sr., father of Benjamin, settled near- Stewart's Crossing, now Connellsville, Fayette County, Penn., prior to Mar. 30, 1768. Lawrence owned land adjoining Col. William Crawford who settled there on the west bank of the Youghiogheny River about 1767. (Veech, pp. 90-93, 118-19)

Crawford made surveys in the vicinity of Stewart's Crossing for Benjamin, William., Battle and Lawrence, Jr., sons of Lawrence Harrison. (Veech, P. 119)

This area in Pennsylvania where the Harrisons lived was claimed for awhile by Virginia. Therefore, records of Benjamin Harrison are found in Westmoreland County, Penn., as well as in Yohogania County, Va. until boundary disputes were finally settled in September 1780."(source:

I have in the past concentrated my research on Fayette County, PA, records, but indeed, it looks like a search of Westmoreland and Yohogania counties is in order.

The Youghigeny River Near Connelsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania

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