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Henry de Hede (b. 1325, d. date unknown)Henry de Hede was born 1325 in Northumberland, England, and died date unknown.
Notes for Henry de Hede:
The Harrisons are said to have come into England with the Norse VikingSea Kings, who finally under Canute (1016-1035) conquered andpossessed the whole of the country. They were among the "free Danes"and were the last to withstand William the Conquerer, himself of NorseViking origin. Thus they were in England a generation or more beforethe time of the Battle of Hastings, Oct 14, 1066, and the period ofthe Doomesday Book (1085-1086), from which many old English familiesdate their origin.
Harrison means "son of Harry", or Henry, and early references (withseveral different spellings) show a Henry Hennersone in Chester in1354; a Robert Harriesone in 1355, and a John Herryson in 1372
Northumberland, the Danish section of England, is said to be filledwith Harrisons now, and the name there is variously spelled, sometimeswithout an H. The name being of Danish patronymic origin. Arysen,Aertzen, which is common to this day in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.(Richmond, Virginia Standard, No. 41, June 12, 1880).
That Daniel and Robert were favorite early given names among theHarrisons of Northumberland is shown by a record of the baptism ofDaniell, son of Robert Harrison in the parish of Berwick-on-Tweed,under date of December 26, 1610.
Northumberland, is the northernmost shire of England. To the east itborders on the North Sea, and to the north on the River Tweed, whichseparates it from Scotland. Berwick, Northumberland is the farthestnorth of any city of England. From the old kingdom of the north, theHarrisons drifted south among the various other shires and some movedinto Scotland.
Directly South of Northumberland, and bordering also on the North Sea,lies the county of Durham. The county was one of the CountiesPalatine; the other two being Lancashire and Cheshire. The city ofDurham is the seat of the catherdral of St. Cuthbert, begun in 1095,the view of which from the river is said be surpassed by no otherEnglish cathedral. The town grew up from the early church.
South of Durham and skirting the North Sea to the Humber, liesYorkshire, and to the west borders Cumberland, and Westmoreland. Ineach of these counties were found Harrison families in 1575, whenrecords, as collected by the College of Arms, dated back to the daysof the old Chronicles.
The College of Arms, London, the famous depository of Englishpedigrees was incorporated in 1483. The Visitations of the Nobilityand Gentry began in 1528. The last commission under the great sealfor registering descents, was issued in 1686. Some pedigrees wereregistered as late as 1704, but since then it has been left to theindividual to continue or not, their pedigrees with the College.
The oldest Harrison pedigree of record is that styled simply"Harrison", tracing the descent of a London family of Tower Ward,1633, from the year 1374. 67 223 224
Granted in 1613, the Arms are - Harrison of London - descended fromDurham: -
Arms: "Or, on a fesse sable, three eagles displayed of the field, a crescent for difference."
Crest: "On a chapeau Sable turned up and indented Azure an eagle's head Or charged with acrescent."
(Originally may have been three eagles turned loose - however,pedigree of equal, or earlier, age is found represented by only oneeagle. Burke's General Armoury - 1851)
The colors being "Azure" or blue, for the shield, "Or" (Aurum) orgold, for the figure and "Argent" or silver, for the decoration, showthat the chief motif of the Arms is a golden eagle. The bird isdepicted on the shield with its wings expanded as specified by theword "displayed" and is emblished by a ducal coronet encircling itsneck. The shield is surrounded with a border decoration similiar to awreath, the same being joined together at the top by a small figure inplace of the usual knot, resembling a cap, as follows:
Arms: "Azure an eagle displayed Or ducally gorged Ar."
Crest: "On a Chapeau Azure turned up and indented ermine a bird with wings endorsed Sable."
Ten generations are embraced in these arms and are the same asdisplayed by DANIEL HARRISON, son of Isaiah Harrison and RobertHarrison, grandson of Isaiah, in Rockingham County, Virginia, in the1700's. The golden eagle displayed was the
heraldic emblem of Isaiah Harrison's family. 224
The ancient motto for this family was VINCIT QUI PATITUR - meaning "Heconquers
Children of Henry de Hede are:
- +Adam Harrison, b. Bet. 1318 - 1367, England, d. May 01, 1391, England.