SYMMES Anna Tuthill[1]

Female 1775 - 1864  (88 years)


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  • Name SYMMES Anna Tuthill 
    Born 25 Jul 1775  Morristown, Middlesex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Name Nancy Symmes  [2
    _UID 84A10D38EB9ED5118A0644455354000099A9 
    Died 25 Feb 1864  North Bend, Hamilton, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Anna Harrison was too ill to travel when her husband set out from Ohio in 1841 for his inauguration. It was a long trip and a difficult one even by steamboat and railroad, with February weather uncertain at best, and she at age 65 was well acquainted with the rigors of frontier journeys.

      As a girl of 19, bringing pretty clothes and dainty manners, she went out to Ohio with her father, Judge John Cleves Symmes, who had taken up land for settlement on the "north bend" of the Ohio River. She had grown up a young lady of the East, completing her education at a boarding school in New York City.

      A clandestine marriage on November 25, 1795, united Anna Symmes and Lt. William Henry Harrison, an experienced soldier at 22. Though the young man came from one of the best families of Virginia, Judge Symmes did not want his daughter to face the hard life of frontier forts; but eventualy, seeing her happiness, he accepted her choice.

      Though Harrison won fame as an Indian fighter and hero of the War of 1812, he spent much of his life in a civilian career. His service in Congress as territorial delegate from Ohio gave Anna and their two children a chance to visit his family at Berkeley, their plantation on the James River. Her third child was born on that trip, at Richmond in September 1800. Harrison's appointment as governor of Indiana Territory took them even farther into the wilderness; he built a handsome house at Vincennes that blended fortress and plantation mansion. Five more children were born to Anna.

      Facing war in 1812, the family went to the farm at North Bend. Before peace was assured, she had borne two more children. There, at news of her husband's landslide electoral victory in 1840, home-loving Anna said simply: "I wish that my husband's friends had left him where he is, happy and contented in retirement."

      When she decided not to go to Washington with him, the President-elect asked his daughter-in-law Jane Irwin Harrison, widow of his namesake son, to accompany him and act as hostess until Anna's proposed arrival in May. Half a dozen other relatives happily went with them. On April 4, exactly one month after his inauguration, he died, so Anna never made the journey. She had already begun her packing when she learned of her loss.

      Accepting grief with admirable dignity, she stayed at her home in North Bend until the house burned in 1858; she lived nearby with her last surviving child, John Scott Harrison, until she died in February 1864 at the age of 88.
    Person ID I18397  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2005 

    Father Col. SYMMES John Cleves,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother TUTHILL Anna,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Y  [3
    Family ID F7096  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family President HARRISON William Henry,   b. 9 Feb 1773, Berkeley, Albemarle, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1841, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 25 Nov 1795  North Bend, Hamilton, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Married in the home of her father, John Cleves Symmes.
    Children 
     1. HARRISON John Cleves Symmes,   b. 28 Oct 1798, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1830, Sugar Grove, Boone, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     2. HARRISON John Scott,   b. 1804,   d. 1887  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F7094  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Jul 1775 - Morristown, Middlesex, New Jersey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Nov 1795 - North Bend, Hamilton, Ohio Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Feb 1864 - North Bend, Hamilton, Ohio Link to Google Earth
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    Anna Harrison
    Anna Harrison
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1177] Internet-Online Presidents, http://unitedstates-on-line.com/ladies/ah9.html.

    2. [S68] Book-John Pike of Newbury, Mass., p.270.

    3. [S68] Book-John Pike of Newbury, Mass., p.144.