ANY info about Benjamin Harrison abt 1842 -? Father of my grandfather Ferdinand Harrison 1884-1948 Lousiana ?

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For responses to a similar question asked about a month ago, see https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1092473/benjamin-harrison-lousiana-1842

As the responses indicated, Ferdinand Harrison's father is found in the 1900 census in New Orleans, where he is described as a day laborer, age 58 (born January 1842), black, married 35 years to Mary (also age 58), both parents born in Louisiana. The couple had had 12 children, of whom 5 were still living; of those, 3 were still living at home: daughter Laurence (age 30), son Gabriel (age 19), and son Ferdinand (age 16). See https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MS5K-VX3. This same person was found in the 1880 census in New Orleans, where he was described as a plasterer, age 38 (born 1842), mulatto, married to Marie (age 40), father from Virginia [contradicts what the 1900 census says] and mother from Louisiana, with three children living at home: Lawrence (age 10), Martha (age 4), and Bertha (age 1). Also living in the household was his mother Martha Shelby, described as a widowed mulatto, age 65 (thus born about 1815), native of Louisiana, with both parents born in Louisiana. See https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDX7-3MW.

by Anonymous Geschwind G2G6 Mach 8 (81.9k points)
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Benjamin's wife Marie had maiden name Glapeoir, according to a transcription of Ferdinand's 1883 Orleans Parish birth record at https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:43P8-RSN2 as well as Gabriel's 1880 birth record at https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:43P8-RST2. This may well be a transcription error for "Glapion", about whom you had asked in another question.

However, according to a transcription of the 1876 birth record for daughter Martha, Marie's maiden name was Clesmonta. See https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WBM1-9PW2. Another site (ancestry.com, behind pay wall) transcribed this as Clermont. According to the 1900 census this was the same woman, so it is unclear why she used different maiden names.

It is possible that your Benjamin Harrison in the 1870 census is the Benjamin Harrisson, age 30, mulatto, native of Louisiana, living in New Orleans Ward 9 with a wife Maria, age 28. In this census Maria is reported as being white; as she is listed in 1880 as mulatto and in 1900 as Black, this would imply that she was passing as white in 1870. See https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M87D-9M1

There is a death certificate for a Benjamin F. Harrison who died 26 December 1912 in New Orleans. However, that person was born in 1834 (age 78 at death) in Tennessee, and per the 1910 census he was white and married to a Medora - so not your Benjamin Harrison.

Given that your Benjamin was classed as either mulatto or Black, you may want to tag your question "Black Heritage" so that members of the Black Heritage Project see this question and give you additional guidance on how to find further information on him (especially if he was enslaved prior to 1865).

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