My name is Amanda Harrison and I have a gggrandfather named John Harrison born around 1840-60 who married an Eliza Ann Cooper. This was not his first wife. He had 3 children with Eliza: Benjaman, Pearl and John Alvin. According to the 1900 census, there were 2 older children that were not Eliza’s: a son George and a daughter Mattie and the family lived in Dyersburg which is where my ggrandfather John “Alvin” was born. John Alvin fathered 2 sons James Edward and Lee Roy. Lee Roy is my father’s father.
There is also family lore that mentions an orphanage. My father thought it was that John Alvin was in an orphanage but his cousin (James Edward’s daughter) believed that it was John Sr. that was in an orphanage.
Does this match with anything you’ve mentioned in your Harrison posts?