Person:William Harrison (95)

William Henry Harrison
m. 1830?
  1. Letitia A. Harrison1831 - 1858
  2. John H. Harrison1832 -
  3. William Henry Harrison1834 - 1910
  4. Elizabeth C. Harrison1836 - 1919
  5. Mary P. Harrison1839 -
m. 1854-1860?
m. 25 Nov 1863
  1. Elizabeth Thirza Harrison1867 - 1909
  2. Laurina Bell Harrison1870 - 1939
  3. Sarah M. Harrison1874 - 1932
  4. Mary E. Harrison1877 - aft 1939
  5. Charles Wesley Harrison1881 - 1953
  6. Thelda M. Harrison1887 -
Facts and Events
Name William Henry Harrison
Gender Male
Birth? 3 May 1834 Daviess County, Kentucky
Marriage 1854-1860? Daviess County?, Kentucky(children?)
to Virginia Unknown
Military[3] 1 Jun 1861 Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky
Marriage 25 Nov 1863 Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentuckyto Martha Ann McAllister
Census[4] 1880 Lockhart Twp, Pike County, Indiana
Religion? abt 1900 Indianapolis, Marion County, IndianaVery active Methodist & Prohibitionist
Census[6] 1900 Skelton Twp, Warrick County, Indiana
Death[1] 18 Feb 1910 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana(of pneumonia)
Burial[2] 21 Feb 1910 Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana

Civil War CareerS3

William enlisted as a private in Co. G, 1st Kentucky Vet. Inf (CSA), 1 June 1861 at Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky, for a term of 1 year. This unit actually was formed by consolidation of various independently raised companies & battalions in August 1861. In October 1861, he was "sent to the rear sick" and later was reported as "sick in hospital at Richmond." He appears on the Hospital Muster Roll (General Hosp. no. 18, formerly Greaner's Hosp.): admitted 9 Oct 1861, detached to hospital as a nurse 1 November 1861 to 8 May 1862, readmitted (complaining of "debility") 8 May 1862. His regiment was mustered out 13 May 1862 by order of the Secretary of War, CSA; he was transferred to Cape Winder, 14 May 1862. No records have been located of any further service.

There is a family tradition that William was captured & spent some time in a Federal prison camp; also, that he made claim for a pension in later years (possibly from Kentucky), but was unable to document his service or imprisonment.

Actually, it looks like he was simply a reluctant soldier. Also note that his daughter married the son of George Frakes, a sergeant in the Union Army. The Harrisons and the Frakes, by all accounts, were never particularly close, and it may be that the P.O.W. tradition was an attempt to make up for having been on the wrong side in the War.

Also, William said he was living in Warrick County when he married in Daviess County in 1863. He was no longer in the Confederate Army, and it appears he was not called for (or managed to avoid) service in the Union Army. But why was he living there in Indiana?


Pike County, Indiana, 1880 census:[4]

Harrison, William H. 46 yrs b. KY (parents, b. KY) Farmer
      Martha wife 39 yrs b. KY (parents, b. KY)
      Lizzie dau 13 yrs b. IN
      Larena dau 9 yrs b. IN
      Sarah dau 6 yrs b. IN
      Mary dau 3 yrs b. IN
Dews,John M. F. "brother-in-law" [?!] 24 yrs b. KY
[I believe Dews was simply a hired hand or ordinary boarder. There is no evidence in either the Harrison or McAllister families of a daughter marrying someone by this name.]

Warrick County, Indiana, 1900 census:[6]

Harrison, William H. 66 yrs (b. May 1834) (marr. 35 yrs) b. Kentucky (parents, b. Kentucky) Farm Laborer
      Martha 58 yrs (b. Sep 1841) (6 children, 6 living) b. Kentucky (parents, b. Kentucky)
      Sarah M. 24 yrs (b. Jul 1875) (single) b. Indiana (parents, b. Kentucky) House Keeper
      Mollie E. 22 yrs (b. Jul 1877) (single) b. Indiana (parents, b. Kentucky) House Keeper
      Charles W. 18 yrs (b. Dec 1881) (single) b. Indiana (parents, b. Kentucky) Farm Laborer
      Thelda M. 12 yrs (b. Aug 1887) b. Indiana (parents, b. Kentucky) at school
Image Gallery
  1. Indiana Death Certificate.
  2. Grave marker, Crown Hill Cemetery (Indianapolis, Indiana).

    "William H. Harrison / 1834 - 1910" Masonic stone, in the Masonic charity plot, 4th row down from the main directory stone, on the driveway. He was buried with full Masonic honors.

  3. William Henry Harrison Civil War file.


  4. 4.0 4.1 Pike, Indiana, United States. 1880 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication T9), Lockhart Twp, ED 172, p. 45.
  5.   Marion, Indiana, United States. Probates, aft 18 Feb 1910.

    No estate opened.

  6. 6.0 6.1 Warrick, Indiana, United States. 1900 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication T623), ED 160, p. 5A, dwelling/family 84/84.