I am wondering if anyone knows anything about the Garrison family listed in the following book excerpt. Does anyone know if any descendant from the James Garrison, son of Joseph Garrison, mentioned in this very old book? I am wondering because of the son named Samuel A. Garrison, and the fact that there was a James Garrison living in very early Fountain Co., Indiana, at the same time as my Paul Garrison (b. 1807 VA.) My Paul named his some Samuel Abner Garrison (b. 1840 Taney Co., MO). Here is the exerpt:
From“The History of Mecklenburg County (NC) : from 1740 to 1900” by John Brevard Alexander
Chapter: The Garrison Family, page 176, 177
Joseph Garrison was the progenitor of all of the name in the county. He came from Pennsylvania in the latter part of the Eighteenth century. He entered a large amount of land in Mallard Creek section, and divided it out among the early settlers, in order to have neighbors.
Mr. Garrison built the first bridge over Mallard creek, between Mallard Creek church and Back Creek church. The descendants show a piece of his old family Bible, probably 200 years old. His children were David, Joshua, John, James, Jane and Sarah. None of these left issue, except James, who died at 65, in the year 1854. His daughter, Viney, married George Monteeth, and then moved West. Sarah married James Robinson and died in the eastern part of the county.
William Manson Garrison married and moved to West Tennessee. I. S. Garrison died young, and left one child; B. H. Garrison married Mary Ann Hunter, daughter of Robert Hunter, and had eight children - some of whom were in the Confederate Army. He is in good health, but in his 90th year. Has been an active magistrate until recently; has always been an active supporter of good goverment, of both church and schools.
Samuel A. Garrison, his brother, has led a peaceful life, raised and excellent family, and has always patronized the best schools, and, like all the family, helped build up the interests of the county. He was twice married, both times to a Hunter, and raised eleven children, all good citizens. He is now in his 84th year.
W. G. Garrison also is still living, in his 82nd year, hale and hearty. He has four children living, all useful citizens.
David B. Garrison, the youngest of the family, lost his leg in Virginia, where so many were killed and wounded contending for our rights. Has three children now living, and do much to make his last years pleasant. The Garrisons were very good people, very much like the descendants of the county. Mecklenburg county was very fortunate indeed in the class of the early pioneers."
I am also wondering about them, because my autosomal DNA match's Garrison ancestor was born in Mecklenburg, NC., and that Garrison's husband is mentioned in the same book on Mecklenburg:
Rev. Hezekiah Balch, p. 407, 408
“He did what he could for his country and his kind; but in the summer of 1776, he was called to his reward at the early age of 30 years.”*
“He had two or more children. His widow subsequently married a man named McWhorter, a professional teacher, and moved with her and the children to Tennessee....All trace of these children has been lost. Mr. Balch had three brothers and several sisters. Two of the former were noted Presbyterian clergymen, Rev. Dr. Steven B. Balch, og Georgetown, and Rev. Jame Balch of Kentucky; the third, William Balch, a planter in Georgia.”
*[Note: Hezekiah Balch was one of the writers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independance]