Harrison Heritage Vol. V No. 1 March 1985

December 1985 Page 660


HARRISON, Philip Washington, of Bellefonte, Ark., was born April 4, 1842 at Jackson, Madison Co., Tenn. the son of Thomas Harrison of VA who lived at Madison Co., Tenn. and was the son of John P. Harrison, and his wife Virginia Harrison who lived at Jackson, Tenn. Maiden name of subject’s mother was Tennessee Reeves, dau. of Billy Reeves of Boliver Tenn. Subject was educated at Beebe, White Co., Ark., was a farmer, a Democrat, Cumberland Presbyterian, Mason and Odd Fellow. Entered service July 4, 1861, 7th ARK. Regt. CA, John McCauley Capt., Shavers Regt. R D Brigade, surrendered last of 1864. Married Margaret Ann Norvell, dau. of Dave and Martha Ann Norvell, at Shellville (Shelbyville?) Tenn.


  1. Bib Harrison m. Nanny Edwards
  2. Jim Dony Harrison, David, Tenny, Enoch and two twins, Garland Harrison, all dead (??)

Certified by D. A. Tomlison, Assessor of Boone Co., Ark. Undated.

(from ARKANSAS 1911 census of Confederate Veterans, Vol. II, transcribed and edited by Bobbie J. McLane and Capitola Glazner)

TENNESSEE 1850 CENSUS (Bedford Co.) 112/572


Submitted by: Betty Jo Hulse, 281 Aborla Lane, Walnut, CA 91789

December 1985 Page 661


Vol. II page 136

Exum Lewis II was born Sept. 15, 1771, Edgecombe, N.C., died Jan 18, 1839, Edgecombe, N.C.; married Dec. 31, 1795, Ann HARRISON. Her brother was Richard HARRISON. He married "the widow Bell (Smith)"and they had three children, James Briscoe, Martha and Richard. Tombstone at Tarboro, NC: "James B., son of Richard and Martha Harrison, died October 16, 1826, aged 25 years". Martha HARISON, his mother, died Oct. 21, 1833, aged 69 years. Ann HARRISON was born Aug. 10, 1775, St. Mary’s, Maryland; died Dec. 16, 1843, Edgecombe, NC, daughter of Kenelm and Elizabeth (Edlin) HARRISON. Exum Lewis II was a planter and resided at "Mr. Prospect", Edgecombe Co., NC. He was a member of the Methodist Church.
Children of Exum Lewis II and Ann HARRISON:

Submitted by: Betty Jo Hulse, 281 Aborla Lane, Walnut, CA 91789



Where’s that old Bible, brittle and torn
Leaves all yellow and edges all worn.
Where is it hidden, where did it go?
Oh, how I need it, I’d cherish it so
Did someone steal it, or throw it away?
If they did, they had better return it today.

That there was no Bible, can it be?
If so, theres no pages to prove the family tree.
Nathaniel, Nathaniel, just who was he?
Where, oh where, can a record be?

All ancestors owned a Bible, kept in a safe place
Bound in leather, or in velvet and lace.
Each marriage was recorded, with blessings and love
Each birth was entered with hope and pride
Each death was written, with tears held inside.
That Nathaniel or his father didn’t have one
Is hard to believe.

Nathaniel, Nathaniel, just who were you?
I know you had a father, but I don’t know who!

Betty Jo Hulse, 1982

December 1985 Page 662





5.4 - 171  Benjamin Harrison married Lydia Cran 24 April 1796 at the Presbyterian Church in Caldwell, Essex co., NJ. Benjamin was born 10 March 1776 and died 23 May 1858. Lydia was born 7 August 1776 and Died 28 October 1847. Both are buried at the Grave Yard in Hanover, Morris Co., NJ; although they probably resided in nearby Livingston, Essex Co., NJ. They had children: Aseneth 1797-1822, Nima 1801-?, William 1812-1862, Betsy 1814-?, Lydia Louise 1817-?. Were there other children? Who are the Parents of Benjamin Harrison and Lydia Crane?


Gisela Stuehrk Mead, 1324 Jones Street, Reno, NV 89503



5.4 - 172 My Harrison line is from Mecklenburg Co., NC. Joseph Harrison, born NC, 1805-08. He is recorded in the 1880 census, stating that His parents were born in Maryland. My great grandfather, Clarence Walker Harrison is member of that household, age 4 years. I would like to share Information with anyone having Harrison connection in Maryland or Mecklenburg County, NC.

  Clarence W.

Kennth H. Thomas, Jr., 226 Lansdowne Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030



5.4 - 173 Edward H. Harrison b. 5/3/1839 in England. Died 7/7/1921, Ponca, Nebr. . He married Lavina R. Drake, 1884 in Galina, Ill. Lavina was Born 8/22/1847 in Holland and died 5/18/1927 at Ponca, Nebr. Their children Were: Charles William Henry, b 9/7/1864 in Galina, Ill; Sherman b 1885; Neil; Mary; Chlae, Sam, Dewitt, Jim and Jae. My great grandfather is Charles William Henry. He married Edith (Comstock) Bishop 1/3/1887/88 in Nebraska. I need help with locating this family from the time they came from England until their residency in Galina, Illinois.

  Chas Wm Henry

Kathy Harrison Branson, 9189 Jayler, Temple City, CA 91780



5.4 - 174 Seeking the parents of Abigail, second wife of Isaiah Harrison (Isaiah 1666-1738) of Oysterbay, NY, Long Island and Smithtown. Was she the daughter of Jonathan Smith and Sarah Brewster? Who was the Catherine Who married Jeremiah Harrison ca 1732? Jeremiah was a son of Isaiah and. Abigail Harrison. Jeremiah and Catherine had a son, Isaiah b. 1762. Did he Marry a Mary Reagan?


Mrs. Olivia Patch, 83 Cedar Swamp Road, Tolland, Conn. 06084

December 1985 Page 663



5.4 - 175 I am interested in exchanging family information with anyone researching John Gaines Harrison who was born in England, John 1832; died Minn. 1908. He married ___________Pierce. 1851 in WS.



Dorothy Adams, 285 South 17th Street, San Jose, CA 95112



5.4 - 176 My ancestor is Nancy Harrison who married Michael Houk (Honk) in Barren jCo., KY, 1838, as his second wife. Can anyone provide more Information?



Jackie Towner, Rt. 2, Box 4924, Nyssa, OR 97913



5.4 - 177 My great ----- great grandmother was Mary Harrison who married Major John Handley in 1768. He was from Augusta County, Virginia. Where Mary was from and who her parents were I do not know. After marriage they moved to Greenbrier or Monroe County, West Virginia.



Linda J. Francois, 46 Round Table Drive, Riverside, CA 91507



5.4 - 178 I seek information on the Harrison line of Sumner Co., TN in the Early 1800’s. The lineage is as follows: Charles Wade Harrison (1), Jesse Horace Harrison (2), Thomas Franklin Harrison (3), Granville Harrison (4), Henry Harrison (5). Henry was born in TN ca 1823. He married twice, Each wife being named Sarah. The mother of my line was Sarah Graves. Known sons of Henry were Granville, James E., Alfred Douglas, Thomas Mitchell and William Henry. James must have died in his teens or stayed in Sumner as the rest of the sons came to Weakley and Obion Co., TN with Henry and his second wife, Sarah ca 1871.I wish to establish the parentage of Henry, b. 1823, probably in Sumner Co.


Alfred D.
Charles Wade
James E.
Jesse Horace
Thomas F
Thomas M.

Carol White Harrison, Rt. 1 Box 194, Kirksey, KY 42054

December 1985 Page 664



By Ruth Harrison Jones

Buying and selling land seems to have been a past-time with my ancestors. It that were not so, I doubt that I could ever complete this genealogy.

From the Office of the Register in Paterson, NJ, I recently received copies of deeds that are very helpful. I now know that my Great, Great Grandfather, Joel Harrison returned to West Milford, Passaic County in 1864. He purchased 10 acres of land with house and barn for $150.00 on 14 December 1864. On 3 January 1865 (about 3 weeks later) he purchased 38 acres for $150.00 (no buildings on adjoining land). A year later on 7 April 1866, he acquired for $100.00 and additional 44 acres and on 13 July 1867, for $25.00 he purchased 3 acres of adjoining land.

West Milford had originally been Pompton, Bergen County and this is where Joel was born; where his father and grandfather had lived. Joel had left his homeland in 1853 to live at Thurston, Steuben County, New York. In 1859, his wife Alameda Wright Harrison had died. She is buried at Babcock Hollow Cemetery near Bath, NY. This writer visited her grave in 1982. The 1860 census shows that Joel, his son Henry G. and Henry’s wife, Lucinda were occupants of the same house. This is no doubt the "Joel Harrison Homestead" in Thurston…Henry and Lucinda were newly weds, living there and taking care of DAD.

In the Spring of 1864, Jacob Harrison, son of Joel and Great Grandfoather of this writer, made the journey from Iowa to Steuben County. He took his wife, Ardelia Look (a native of Steuben Co.) and his four small children; Almeda, William Henry, Mary and Jacob John. Jacob left his wife and children in the care of mother and father-in-law, Benjamin Franklin Look and Rachel Dobbs Look. Jacob went west to Idaho Falls, Colorado to ‘dig for gold’. It was the Colorado Territory at that time, and family lore states that "Grandpa went to Idaho, to strike it rich".

While in New York, Jacob did several things. One was to pay his brother, Thomas $500.00 to serve in the Civil War for him…This was legal in 1864. The chances are that he talked his father into returning to New Jersey, as New York had sad memories for him. One or two of his daughters had died there and his son-in-law Samuel Smith was killed in the Civil War. Joel’s sons John and Abraham were still living in New Jersey. West Milford is a beautiful community today and must have been very special in the late 1800’s.

I find no more land purchases after 1867. What became of the land or the man, I have yet to determine. It is important to remember that in 1867, Joel Harrison was 69 years old; but this is hardy stock of Harrison men. His son, Jacob at age 65, packed up and left the Iowa farm to reside permanently in Long Beach, California.

Copies of earlier deeds show that Joel was the probable son of Thomas born 1760 and the grandson of William Harrison, Jr. and his wife Alice Starkey. Quaker records document that William, Jr. is the son of William Harrison and Sarah Bullock and that William is the son of Richard Harrison and Ruth Buckman as stated in the March 1985 issue of HARRISON HERITAGE.

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HARRISON HERITAGE (ISSN 0740-9001) was a family genealogical quarterly.
Published in March, June, September and December 1981-1986.
RUTH HARRISON JONES, Editor and Publisher.
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