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Jonathan Harrison (abt. 1779 - abt. 1846)

Jonathan Harrison
Born about in Baltimore, Maryland, United Statesmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Pleasant Township, Madison County, Ohio, United Statesmap
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Note: Husband's Name
Born: Abt 1780 Place: Md.
Died: 1845 Place: Pleasant Twp., Madison Co., Oh.
Buried: 1845 Place: Mt. Sterling, Madison Co., Oh.
Married: 29 May 1800 Place: Dorchester Co., Md.
Father: Jonathan HARRISON
Wife's Name
Born: 1780 Place: , , Md
Died: Abt 1848 Place: Pleasant Twp., Madison Co., Oh.
Buried: 1848 Place: Mt. Sterling, Madison Co., Oh.
Married: 29 May 1800 Place: Dorchester Co., Md.
1. Amelia HARRISON
Born: Bef 1810 Place: Madison Co., Oh.
Died: Bef 1848 Place: Oh.?
2. Rebecca HARRISON
Born: Bef 1810 Place: Madison Co., Oh.
Died: Aft 1850
3. Mary "Polly" HARRISON
Born: 7 May 1817 Place: Pleasant Twp, Madison Co., Oh
Died: 30 Nov 1873 Place: Range Twp., Madison Co., Oh.
Buried: Place: Counts Cem., Range Twp., Madison Co., OH
Born: 2 Jun 1820 Place: Pleasant Twp., Madison Co., Oh.
Died: 16 Jun 1890 Place:
Buried: 17 Jun 1890 Place: Cut-Off Cem., Parkville, Champaign Co., IL
5. Priscilla HARRISON
Born: 18 Aug 1815 Place: Pleasant Twp., Madison Co., Oh.
Died: 7 Jul 1879 Place: Sarcoxie, Jasper Co., Mo.
Buried: 1879 Place: Sarcoxie Cem., Sarcoxie, Jasper, MO
6. Samuel HARRISON
Born: 30 Sep 1824 Place: , Madison, Ohio
Died: Abt 1844 Place: Pleasant Twp., Madison Co., Oh.
Buried: 1844 Place: Madison Co., OH
7. William Henry HARRISON
Born: 7 Nov 1812 Place: London, Madison, Mo
Died: 22 Aug 1892 Place: Sadorus Twp., Champaign Co., Il.
Buried: 1892 Place: Rice Cem., Parkville, Champaign Co., IL
8. Samuel HARRIS
Born: 22 Dec 1801 Place: , Dorcester, Md
Christened: 19 Jun 1802 Place: , Dorcester, MD
About son William Henry Harrison (not the US President.)
"William Henry Harrison
Champaign County Illinois Biographical Record - 1887
One fine spring morning in 1836 there started out from Pleasant Township, in Madison County, Ohio, two families, equipped with ox-teams for a journey overland to the prairies of Illinois. One of these was our subject, who, accompanied by his wife and child, had decided to seek his fortunes in the farther west. The thoroughfare in those days could scarcely be dignified by the name or a road, being merely a wagon track, over which at times they were compelled to wade through mud and water to the waist and to urge on the poor beasts, who had no western aspirations, and could not understand why they were leaving the more substantial soil of the Buckeye State.
The travelers finally passed the boundary line between Indiana and Illinois, and coming into Montgomery County our subject contracted to remain with his employer, Samuel Haller, the balance of the year. He was engaged in breaking prairie and hauling various commodities to and from the nearest market, a distance of sixty miles with ox-teams. Two months before his time was up, on account of his honesty and industry, his employer gave him the balance of the year to work for himself. He had in the meantime purchased eighty acres of wild land, and now set about breaking the sod on his own property. He was thus occupied in its improvement for a year following. Then, selling forty acres, he returned to Ohio, being afflicted with an attack of home-sickness, from which it took him twelve years to recover.
In the meantime our subject sold the remaining forty acres of his land in Montgomery County, IL, and his father having died in Ohio, himself and his brother attempted to buy out the other heirs of the estate. In this they failed, however, on account of ill-health, and lost much time and money. Our subject now concluded to return to Illinois, and coming into Coles County, pre-empted forty acres, for which he afterward paid $3.40 per acre. He put up a small house, as a temporary shelter for his family, rented a tract of improved land on the Elars' farm, in the meantime improving his own, as time permitted, and was finally enabled to purchase eighty acres more. In 1863 he sold out at a profit of more than $2000.
The outbreak of the Civil War now induced Mr. Harrison to lay aside his personal interests, and he volunteered as a Union soldier to assist in the sub-jection of the Confederates. Becoming a member of Co. H, 25th IL. Vol. Inf., he marched with his comrades to the scene of conflict but after six months was discharged, very much against his own wishes, on account of ill-health. He was then compelled to return to where he had left his family, and soon afterward purchased 160 acres of land on section 28, in Sadorus Township, Champaign County, IL, which constitutes a part of the present homestead. To this he afterward added forty acres, so that he has now 200 acres, all under a good state of cultivation. Being now seventy-five years of age, the farm is principally managed by his son, while Mr. Harrison has practically retired from the active labors of life.
The early years of our subject were spent in Pleasant
Township, near London, the county seat of Madison County,
Ohio, where his birth took place Nov. 7, 1812. He was the
seventh of the thirteen children of Jonathan and Amelia
(Wallace) Harrison, natives of Maryland, and born across the
Bay, in Baltimore, where they spent their childhood and
youth. Jonathan Harrison was a substantial farmer, and
emigrated from his native state to Ohio during its early
settlement, when Indians and wild animals were more
plentiful than white men. He cleared ten acres from the
forest, and for his first crop raised four acres of corn. He
never became an extensive land-owner, but was content with a
few acres, well tilled.
William Henry remained under the parental roof until after
reaching his maturity, in the meantime gaining an intimate
acquaintance with the hardships and privations of pioneer
life, which bred within him the spirit of perseverance and
self reliance which served him so well in after years. In
laying his plans for the future, he selected for his wife
Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew and Catherine (Hempleman)
Pucket, to whom he was married in the spring of 1834. The
parents of Mrs. H. were natives of Adams County, Ohio, and
spent their entire lives in that state. Soon after their
marriage, Mr. Harrison with his young wife settled upon a
tract of land in Pleasant Township, where he pursued farming
on his own account for four years, after which he began
making preparations for a change of location. The results of
this we have already indicated.
The blooming family which grew up around the hearthstone of
our subject and his wife, with the exception of two,
Benjamin E. and Elizabeth, have passed to the silent land.
Nine times there was made a place in the country churchyard,
over which the parents bowed with sorrowing tears, while a
child was hidden from their sight. Their living son,
Benjamin, married Miss Martha J, daughter of Eli and Emily
(Shupp) Cook, and with his family occupies the homestead of
his father. The parents of Mrs. Benjamin Harrison were
natives of this state and are now deceased. Elizabeth, the
only remaining daughter of our subject, is the widow of
Charles B. Monroe, and lives on a farm in the northern Part
of Douglas County, IL. Mr. Monroe departed this life on the
4th of May, 1887, leaving a family of six children, four
sons and two daughters, with means for their proper training
and education.
Mr. and Mrs. Harrison united with the Methodist Episcopal
Church many years ago, since which time they have been
consistent and active members, doing good as they have
opportunity, and working faithfully for the Master. Although
never a zealous politician, Mr. Harrison, a formerly Whig,
is now a cordial supporter of Republican principles,
believes in universal freedom and cheerfully supports every
measure calculated for the most good to the greatest number.
He has built up a record as an honest man and a good
citizen, and receives his abundant reward in the confidence
and esteem of all who know him.
It is with pleasure we present the portrait of Mr. Harrison
in this connection, and as a fitting companion picture that
of his wife. For over fifty-three years they have lived
together, and during that time have worthily fulfilled all
the duties of live, living up to the noble principles which
for so many years they have professed."


  • Hurttlewis, Jeanne. "[1]." June 02, 2016.
  • "[2]." "The Harrison." June 02, 2016.


  • WikiTree profile Harrison-2481 was started through the import of CJB001.ged on Jul 18, 2012 by Christopher Becker.

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Harrison-9513 and Harrison-2481 appear to represent the same person because: I created a new Jonathan Harrison (Harrison-9513) based on dates from this website (, and a match for Harrison-2481 didn't appear when I was creating that page; however, when I went to enter his wife Amelia Wallace, it became clear that these are likely a match. The dates are slightly off, but the location and family member names match exactly.
posted by Amanda Gorton

Rejected matches › Jonathan Harvey (1781-aft.1870)