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Harrison - James H.

Source: H. W. Beckwith History of Montgomery County, Indiana.  (Chicago: HH Hill, 1881) p 380

Honorab1e James H. HARRISON, farmer and stock-raiser, Ladoga,  was born December 7, 1807, in Shelby County, Kentucky, and is a  son of Joshua and Sarah PARIS) Harrison. Sarah Paris was a native  of Green County, Tennessee. Her father, Robert Paris, emigrated  to Kentucky with the first white family in those regions. Before  he died he declared history to be wrong concerning the settlement  of Kentucky, asserting that the Boone family were taken sick in  East Tennessee when on their way to Kentucky, and that the Kenton  family moved on and were the first family to winter in that  state, the Boones following in the succeeding spring. Robert  Paris was very exact and truthful, and became aroused whenever he  read or heard contrary history. He was a soldier in the  revolution, and also fought the Indians. He killed at least four  Indians, whose scalps he wore to his shot pouch. Joshua Harrison  was a native of Mary1and, and early accompanied his parents to  Kentucky, where he lived in the fort known as Burnt Station, at  Beardstown. There he grew to manhood, married, and had a family.  In 1829 he and son Robert made a trip to Montgomery County,  Indiana, and entered 240 acres of land two miles west of Ladoga.  He returned to Kentucky, and in January 1830 James H. joined his  brother Robert in the wilds of Montgomery, and put in a crop. In  the following fall he made two trips to his native state, and  aided in moving the family to their new home. There were eleven  children. They lived on that farm until 1854, when the mother of  the family was thrown from a buggy and killed. This sad event  made a change. Joshua Harrison made his home with his daughter,  Mrs. Senator Harney, of Ladoga, where he died August 8, 1870,  aged ninety years, two months and two days. He had fought in the  War of 1812-15, and represented the County in1840 in the  legislature. He was whig and republican, never having voted for  but one democrat, Thomas Jefferson. He professed Christianity but  never united with the Church. His wife was a Methodist. Nine of  their children are living.

James H. Harrison, the principal  subject of this sketch, was married July 26, 1833, to Elizabeth,  daughter of George and Rebecca KELLEY) WATKINS, early settlers of  Scott township. She was a native of Montgomery County, Ohio.  After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Harrison settled four miles east of  Ladoga, where he worked at $8 per month, and bought the first  eighty acres. In three years he sold it, and in 1836 bought the  S.E. 1/4 of Sec. 31, Walnut township, of John POTTENGER, where he  still lives. He has 360 acres in the home farm, seventy-five  acres in Vermilion County, Illinois, 240 acres of well- improved  land in Kansas, and has given to five children one and one-  fourth sections, and to another $1,000 in cash. Mr. Harrison has  dealt very extensively in stock, especially in mules, during the  last thirty years. He has paid out as high as $50,000 a year for  stock. He at one time owned a flat-boat, which he ran down to New  Orleans, and met Abraham Lincoln in the same business, his first  acquaintance with the then future president. He was a whig, and  cast his first vote for J. Q. Adams. He has traveled extensively  through the south. In 1843- 44 he represented Montgomery County  in the state legislature. He was a member of the session in which  Hon. G. S. Orth and Gov. Williams received their first  experience. He has attended all the political conventions held in  the district, except two, and takes an active part in the  campaigns, never tiring till the victory is won or lost. Like his  father, he has aided all measures of a progressive nature. His  wife, for so many years his helpmate, and a member of the  Methodist Episcopal Church, died March 2, 1879, at the age of  seventy years, five months and twenty-seven days. They had eleven  children: Robert W., Charles B. (dead), John K. (dead), Wm. C.  (dead), Joshua P., James H. Jr. (dead), Thomas H., Sarah R.,  Louisa J. (dead), Mary E. (dead), and Carrie S.

Four sons, Robert W., John K., Joshua P. and Thomas H. served  in the civil war, Joshua P. having been eight months in  Andersonville prison, and at Savannah, Charleston, and Florence.  Mr. Harrison was a home-guard. Eight of his children he has  graduated at school. His second marriage took place August 26,  1880, to Mrs. Sarah ZIRKLE) ROBINSON - typed by kbz
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