Harrison Family


Amos Harrison

     Henry David Harrison

          John Wesley Harrison

               Coy Winnifred Harrison Nowell

                    Carrie Frances Nowell Battle

                         Jerry W. Battle, Sr.


John Wesley Harrison, a prominent planter and miller of Bluffton, Clay County, Georgia, was born in July, 1855. He came with his parents to Clay County men a young lad l-1/2 years old, .which trip took three weeks in covered wagons.. He received his education in the near by country schools. When eighteen years of age, he commenced doing business for his mother. In November, 1876 he married Miss Mary Exa Jones, a native of Calhoun County, Georgia. To this union were born seven children: Henry Bridger, John Calvin, Mattie Estelle, William Elijah, Luther Ll.oyd, Coy Winnifred and Caroline Elizabeth.

Mr. Harrison is Justice of the Peace of the Fifth District, Clay County, and in politics, is a staunch democrat. His home is on the old family place and is what is so familiarly known as the "Harrison Mills", two and one half miles from Bluffton. Mr. Harrison is extensively engaged in farming and is one of the progressive planters of the state. He is a Mason in high standing. Possessing literary tastes, he takes an active part in the education of his children, who show a just appreciation of the opportunities given them by their studious habits.

The subject of this sketch was born July 9, 1855, in Beaufort, Hampton County, South Carolina, and was the son of Henry David Harrison, a native of that state. The Harrison family of Irish descent, came to America at an early day locat­ing in South Carolina. Amos, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a boy during the revolutionary times, and remembered those stirring times distinctly. He followed farming, and his sons were big rice planters in lower Beaufort. He afterward moved to the upper part of the district where he died, aged 86 years. He was a democrat and a member of the Primitive Baptist Church.

He was married to Sarah Ann Hamilton October 4, 1804. She lived to a good old age. To them six children were born; Henry David, George, Hamilton, Mary, Elizabeth and Sarah, all deceased. Henry David the father of John Wesley, lived in South Carolina on a farm adjoining his father's until 1857, when he came to Georgia, settling in Clay County, having purchased the McElvy mills and farm, which place is now owned by John Wesley Harrison, the subject of this sketch.

Mr. Harrison was prominent in politics, but would accept no office. He was successful in business affairs and died in 1864, lamented by all who knew him. His wife was Caroline Ulmer, a native of the old state of South Carolina, and of Dutch descent. She was born in 1814, and died in 1890. They both belonged to the Primitive Baptist Church. To this union were born twelve children; Mary E. married John A. Cordray in South Carolina, where she lived before her people came to Georgia. Amos J., who came to Georgia with his family, but returned to South Carolina and became a Minister of the Primitive Baptist faith. Willian R. married Miss Victoria J. Tinsley, daughter of Judge Philip Tinsley. Sarah H., who first married James H. Killingsworth and then James B. McCord, now lives near Bluffton, Clay County, Georgia.

Ursula married Moses Fain; Martha Ann married John Killingsworth, now deceased. Henry Ulmer, who lives in Clay County, Caroline, deceased; Irene, who married E. S. Jones, deceased. Emily died in childhood; John Wesley, who lives in the old home place.