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John HARRISON, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Mace,  was born December 10,1842, in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. His  father, Joseph Harrison, is a native of England, and when  fourteen years of age emigrated with his parents to Pennsylvania,  and three years after to Indiana. The mother of John was born in  Kentucky, and migrated with her parents to Indiana, where she was  married to Joseph Harrison. She died in 1854, and he now lives  near Evansville. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal  Church, as also is he. John Harrison was raised on a farm, and  received a common school education. August 4, 1862, he enlisted  in Co. F, 4th Ind. Cav., 77th reg., under Col. Gray. He prided  himself in being a private in the front ranks. Being in the  cavalry he was mostly engaged in skirmishing and protecting the  outskirts of the Union army. He was at Stone River, Chickamauga,  Nashville, Franklin, and many other engagements, also experienced  Wilson's raid, and aided in taking Selma and Macon. He was  discharged in July 1865. When at Dandridge, East Tennessee, he  was wounded in the right hand. Returning to the peaceful pursuits  of civil life he determined to pursue further his education. He  spent six months at Princeton Seminary, and then eighteen months  at Asbury University. He was then engaged as teacher at  Russellville. He soon quit the school- room and entered the  ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church and traveled as a  supply. His license was granted in the spring of 1868, and in  September, 1869, he was admitted to the northwestern Indiana  conference. He was ordained deacon by Bishop James in 1871, and  ordained elder by the same bishop in 1874. His ordination was  delayed each time one year on account of sickness. Mr. Harrison's  labor has been on the Harmony circuit as a supply, and since  admission to conference has spent one year on the Hanna circuit,  in La Porte County; one year at Maxinkuckee Lake, Marshall  County; two years at Lowell, Lake County; two years at Wheeler,  Porter County; two years at Winamac, Pulaski County; three years  at Pleasant Hill, Montgomery County; and is at present located at  Mace. His labors have been productive of much good. Mr. Harrison  was married September 1, 1869, to Carrie C. COZAD, daughter of  the late Rev. Jacob Cozad, of northwestern Indiana conference.  She was born in Delphi, Carroll County, Indiana, July 11, 1847.  They have four children: Ulela G., Bernice G., Cora E. and  Genevieve. Mr. Harrison has a fine library, and is an extensive  reader. He is also a republican.
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