My Genealogy Hound

Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

* * * *

WILLIAM HARRISON was born in McCracken County, Ky., April 19, 1850, and is the fifth of six children born to William and Isabella M. (Long) Harrison, the former a native of Louisville, and the latter of Christian County, Ky. William Harrison, Sr., was left an orphan at the tender age of two years, after which he was bound out until he was twenty-one years old to a tailor. After attaining his majority he followed his trade in connection with trading, agriculture, and other business, at Louisville, and at various other places, and also on the river, until his death, which occurred in December, 1853, in about his forty-fifth year. At that time he owned a farm of some 400 acres near Clinton, Hickman Co., Ky., which was operated by his servants, and where his family resided. His business, however, was mainly at Louisville. He was worth, at the time of his death, some $35,000. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, having attained to the degrees of Knighthood. Mrs. Isabella M. Harrison was next married to George Byassee. Her death occurred in Hickman County, Ky., December 8, 1878, in her forty-eighth year. She was a member of the Disciples Church. William Harrison, Jr., passed his early life on the home farm, and on attaining his majority he bought a farm near Columbus, Ky., his wife also owning a farm near the same place. On these farms he has since been engaged in agricultural pursuits, now owning 312 acres of well-improved land. He was married March 14, 1872, to Mrs. Martha C. (Trevathan) Taylor, a native of Henry County, Tenn. Two children, one son and one daughter, have blessed this union. Mrs. Harrison has one daughter by her former marriage. In politics Mr. Harrison is a Democrat.

* * * *

This family biography is one of 142 biographies included in the Hickman County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

View additional Hickman County, Kentucky family biographies here: Hickman County, Kentucky Biographies

Use the links at the top right of this page to search or browse thousands of other family biographies.