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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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.

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William J. Harrison, farmer, stock-raiser and dairyman, of Jefferson County, Mo., was born near De Soto in 1833, the son of George W. and Jemima (Null) Harrison. The father was probably born in Georgia in 1807, and when a boy was brought by an uncle to Missouri, where he spent the remainder of his days in farming and stock-raising and died in 1855, while managing a provision store to supply the men employed in building the Iron Mountain Railroad. The mother was born in 1813, and died in 1859. She was a daughter of William Null, who was an early and well-known citizen of Jefferson County, Mo. Wm. J. received but few early educational advantages, and in 1859 was married to Ann C., daughter of James R. and Margaret England. Mr. England was born in Tennessee, but, when a boy, was brought by his father to Missouri. His wife was a native of Jefferson County, and a daughter of James McCormack. Mr. Harrison and wife became the parents of six children, three of whom are living: James Edwin, George Franklin and Oscar Clark. Mr. Harrison first settled near Valle’s Mines where he lived until 1864. At this time he made an extended trip through Colorado, Idaho, Washington Territory, etc., having been absent sixteen months. After his return he settled on his present excellent farm of 250 acres. He is a Democrat in politics and cast his first presidential vote for Buchanan. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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