Person:Valley Harrison (1)

Valley Harrison
b.1855 Georgia
d.aft 1920
  • HValley Harrison1855 - Aft 1920
  • WAmay1894 - Bet 1920 & 1994
  1. Tenes Harrison1916 - Abt 2013
Facts and Events
Name Valley Harrison
Gender Male
Birth? 1855 Georgia
Death? aft 1920
  1.   United States. 1920 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T625).

    Name: Valley Harrison
    Age: 65
    Birth Year: abt 1855
    Birthplace: Georgia
    Home in 1920: Marks, Quitman, Mississippi
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Marital Status: Married
    Spouse's Name: Amay Harrison
    Father's Birthplace: Tennessee
    Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
    Able to read: Yes
    Able to Write: Yes
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Valley Harrison 65
    Amay Harrison 26
    Tenes Harrison 4

    Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Marks, Quitman, Mississippi; Roll: T625_892; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 100; Image: 182.

  2.   .

    Brenda Joyce Jerome
    A full time professional genealogist specializing in western Kentucky research.
    Evansville Journal, Tuesday, 4 Dec 1900, page 1.

    Of All the Gypsies in the United

    Isaac Harrison Killed
    Saturday at Selma, Ala.

    Well-Known in Evansville Where
    He Camped Every Summer.

    He Was Slain By His Son.
    The body Brought Here and
    Placed in a Vault.

    Elaborate Funeral Ceremonies to
    Be Held Next Spring.

    The remains of Isaac Harrison, leader of all the gypsies in the United States, and who was killed by his son, Harry Harrison, at Selma, Ala., last Saturday, arrived in Evansville yesterday and were placed in a receiving vault at Oak Hill Cemetery. The burial will be made next spring and the funeral ceremonies will be of an elaborate character.

    The body was escorted to this city by Mr. Harrison’s oldest son, Richard, Maria Harrison, daughter of the deceased, and Mrs. Will Harrison, his daughter-in-law.

    They brought the first news of the tragedy which will arouse all of the Gypsy camps. In Evansville, the announcement will cause great regret, as the murdered man was well known to a large number of citizens as an honest man.

    The murder of the old man was a most distressing affair. It seems that Harry Harrison and his oldest brother Richard had not been on speaking terms for several years, Harry believing that their father was partial to Richard.

    The sons had a quarrel in the camp at Selma about 10 o’clock Saturday morning and the father attempted to make peace. He separated the sons and Harry securing a Winchester rifle shot his father in the abdomen. The wounded man was given every attention, but he lived only a few hours. The murderer escaped, but is being [illegible] by a sheriff’s posse which started out from Selma. He is about 35 years old.

    Isaac Harrison was born at Sheffield, England, sixty-four years ago, and had been a resident of the United States since 1860. He was very successful as a breeder and seller of horses and in trading and leaves a fair-sized fortune to his children, Richard, Valley, Will and Ben Harrison, Maria Harrison and Mrs. Belle Stanley. The latter is with her camp somewhere in Florida and the burial of the remains will not be made till she can come to Evansville, which will probably be early next spring. Mr. Harrison’s wife, who was known as the queen of the gypsies, died in Ohio five years ago. Her remains were brought to this city and buried in the Harrison lot at Oak Hill after a ceremony of great pomp, according to the gypsy rites.

    The son Harry will, of course, be ruled out of all camps and the other children have offered a reward of $500 for his capture.

    The Harrisons and Stanleys intermarried and came in the spring of every year with Isaac Harrison to Evansville, where they made their headquarters at Lake Park. Their winter camp has always been in Alabama, and the party escorting the leader’s remains to this city returned to Selma last night. They were deeply affected by the tragic death of their relative.

    Mrs. Maria Harrison stated that she and her baby would make their home in future with her brother, Richard.