Eighth Generation

112. EDITH JANE IRWIN46,47,48 was born in September 1855 in Schuyler County, Illinois.11,47,49 She died on 24 August 1932 at the age of 76 in Crawford County, Arkansas.50

1930. Edith was living with son Clarence. She was widowed.

In the 1910 Census, Edith is shown as having had 12 children, 10 of them living. 1900 she states 11 children, 10 living - perhaps counted the twins as a single birth.

Family for Edith in Illinois. 1850 Schuyler Co ILBuena Vista Twp: Ira & Eliza Irwin both age 18 & both born in Ohio; he was a Cooper. On the next page is Robert Irvin age 59, farmer born in VA; Lavina age 54 b. KY; Harvey age 17 b. Ohio; Harrison age 14 b. Ohio; Amanda age 12 b. Ohio, Eleazar D. age 30 b. Ohio. Harvey & Eleazar both listed as Coopers.

1860 Schuyler Co Census: Ira age 29 born KY, Eliza age 27 b. OH with Wm H. age 9, Edith age 4, Robert L. age 2.

Died at age 78 of pneumonia. Informant for the DC was Margret Friddle, youngest daughter. Burial at Chester on 25 Aug 1932. Birthplace given as Illinois, but no date given - her age was said to be 78. Father Ira Irwin born Illinois. Mother Liza Ann Avery, born Illinois. [Parents did live in Illinois, but both were born in Ohio.]

Her grave marker, Chester Cemetery, seems to have errors. Her name is listed as:
Edith Jane (Iriwin) Harrison
Her birth is given as Dec 18, 1858. In 1880, she was age 24, or born 1855-56. In 1900, she claimed to have been born, September of 1855, she was then 44 years old. In 1910, she gave her age as 55, or born in later 1854 or 1855. In 1920, she have her age as 64. These ages are all consistent with a birth year of 1855, not 1858.
She died 24 Aug 1932. Her stone says she was 72 years at death - her death certificate stated she was 78. I would suspect her age when she was younger to be more accurate.
Her grave was not noted in the Crawford Co cemetery book, no grave is noted for her husband Elisha in the book nor on FindAGrave, which had the photo of her grave marker. I suspect her stone was placed some later; his grave perhaps never marked at all.

EDITH JANE IRWIN and ELISHA SHELTON HARRISON were married on 13 January 1876 in Schuyler County, Illinois.47,51,52 ELISHA SHELTON HARRISON46,47,53,54,55, son of NATHANIEL M. HARRISON and SARAH ANN "SALLY" GABBARD, was born on 20 October 1850 in Madison County, Kentucky.11,47,54,56,57 He died on 3 September 1929 at the age of 78 in Crawford County, Arkansas.54

License issued same date as Marriage - 13 Jan 1876. Married by Cornelius Mills, MG. Return 19 Jan 1876.

His death certificate stated he was born in 1855, and was age 73. This does not agree with information given for the census records. The death certificate has several errors.

1880 Census. Schuyler Co, IL Elisha Harrison, age 30 [b. circa 1850], b. KY; didn't know where his parents were born but maybe he didn't give the information. Edith, wife age 24, b. IL, parents b. Ohio. Clarence, son, age 3, May, age 2, and Jessie, daughter, age 1.

The family must have left for Arkansas soon after the birth of Edwin whose birth was recorded in Schuyler Co in Sep of 1886; later census information says Maudie was born in 1888 in Arkansas.

In 1900, Edith stated she had 10 living children Nine of the children are here - one of her twins had died. The child Maudie born in Feb of 1888 is the first child born in Arkansas - Edwin was born in Sep of 1886 in Illinois. There is another daughter as 3 sisters were listed in the obit of Mary Adamson: Maud Sheens, Mrs. Charles Friddle of Fayetteville (given name "Mary" but I think it should have read Margaret] and Mrs. Ned Robinson of Van Buren (1929). Further research indicates the missing daughter in 1900 was likely Nettie already married to Joe Robinson & living in Winfrey Township not far from her uncle Jacob Gabbard.
1900 Census. Crawford Co AR, Chester Twon, p.7, Hh 114
Elisha Harrison, b. Oct 1850, age 49, married 24 yrs, b. KY, parents b. KY, Farmer [Farm Sch 84]
Edith J., wife, b. Sep 1855, age 44, 11 children, 10 living, b. IL, parents b. Ohio
Clarence D., son, b. Oct 1876, age 23, b. IL, Day Labor.
William H., son, b. Sep 1880, age 19, b. IL, Day Labor
Fredrick M., son, b. Apr 1882, age 18, b. IL Farm Labor
Nelson B., son, b. Dec 1883, age 15, b. IL
Edwin L., son, b. Sep 1886, age 13, b. IL
Maudie J., dau, b. Feb 1888, age 12, b. AR, At school
Benj. S., son, b. Jul 1892, age 7, b. AR
Margaret E. and Mary M., twins, dau, b. May 1894, age 6, b. AR

The 1910 Census shows Edwin is a son, as is Frederick. Also in 1910 in Dyer Twp is W. L. Harrison age 36, born in IN with wife Annie and children Mary and Hershel - but he is not likely part of the family based on his age & place of birth. Or is he a cousin?
1910 Census. Chester, Crawford Co, AR, ED 5, Hh 70
Elisha E. Harrison, age 59, married 34 yr. b. KY, parents b. KY, fruit & vegs
Edith J., wife, age 55, 12 children, 10 are living., b. IL, father b. OH, mother b. IL
Frederick M., son, age 28, Cement Factory
Edwin L., son, age 24, Odd Jobs
Benjamin S., son, age 19, b. AR, Farm labor
Mary M. & Margaret E., dau, age 16
Enumerated in the same place but the next household, Hh 71, was Mary E. Adamson, 58, widow, and her sons Roy W. age 25 and Clair D., age 17. Roy and Mary Harrison married in 1929.

1920 Census. Chester, Crawford Co AR, ED 5, Hh 42
Elisha S. Harrison, age 69, b. KY, parents b. KY, Farm hand
Edith J., wife, age 64, b. IL, parents b. OH
Margaret G., dau, age 24
Ray W. Adamson, son-in-law, 35, b. MO, father b. IN, mother b. MO, Rig Builder, Oil field
Mary M., dau, age 24, b. AR
Berneice, gdau, age 7, b. AR
Weymouth, gson, age 4 years, 6 months, b. AR
Jack, gson, age 1 month, b. AR

Elisha's middle name is from his death certificate. Clarence gave the information and gave Elisha's parents as John Harrison & Lizzie Gabert! "Lizzie" was probably Clarence's maternal grandmother - have no clue where the "John" might have come from. Date of birth 20 Oct 1855 and date of death 3 Sep 1929. This year of birth does not agree with any of the census records which are all consistent with a year of birth as 1850. I don't believe Clarence was very well informed concerning the family statistics! Elisha died of diabetes. Buried in Chester, AR.

EDITH JANE IRWIN and ELISHA SHELTON HARRISON had the following children:



Clarence Dudley HARRISON.



Nettie May HARRISON.



Jessie HARRISON was born on 29 September 1878 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She died on 23 October 1910 at the age of 32 in Littleton, Schuyler County, Illinois.

Does not appear with the family in 1900 - she had married.

2 Oct 1895. Jessie Harrison to (Samuel) Fleming Horney, Rushville, Schuyler, IL.

Jessie died 23 Oct 1910 and is buried Littleton Cemetery, Schuyler Co.



William Harvey HARRISON.



Frederick S. HARRISON.



[Daughter] HARRISON was born on 6 December 1884 in Woodstock, Schuyler County, Illinois.58

Birth records online at USGenWeb; extracted from LDS Microfilm#1311546. Unnamed twins born on this date. An online database suggests the daughter was Nellie. Son Nelson appears to be the male twin.



Nelson Brown HARRISON.



Edwin Luther "Ed" HARRISON.






Benjamin Sherman HARRISON59 was born in July 1892 in Arkansas.47,60 He died on 13 May 1929 at the age of 36.

Did Benjamin go back to Illinois? Seems improbable there would be two, both born in July of 1892.

World War I Draft Registration. Benjamin S. Harrison, Rushville, Ill. Born July 6th, 1892, Winslow, Arkansas. Telephone Lineman, employed by Schuyler Telephone Co., Rushville. Single, Caucasian. He claims exemption from the draft because of a a bad ankle. Description: Medium build, medium height, grey eyes, dark hair. Disabled with bad ankle.
Signed Buena Vista Precinct, Schuyler Co, ILL; June 5, 1917

The bad ankle apparently did not keep him out of service:
8 Aug 1918 U.S. Army Transport
Benjamin S. Harrison left New York City on the Empress of Russia. His residence was Chester, AR. His mother, Edith J. Harrison. He was a Private in the 3rd Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Battery B.

1920 Census. Heavener, Le Flore Co, OK, Hh 3
Avenue C, East
Will H. Harrison, 40, b. IL, parents b. Illinois, Brakeman, Railway
Mary A., wife, 49, b. AR
Ben S., brother, 27, b. AR, Brakeman, Railway

Said to be living in Vicksburg, Warren Co, MS in 1929.



Margaret Elizabeth HARRISON.