PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM
GRATIOT COUNTY, MICHIGAN
CHAPMAN BROTHERS, 1884
John Harrison, farmer, section 17, Bethany Township, is a son of Thomas and Eliza (Hunter) Harrison, and was born in Kitley Township, Leeds County, Canada, Jan 19, 1833. His parents followed the occupation of farming and Mr. Harrison was constant resident under the parental roof-tree and followed the same vocation until 16 years old.
Mr. Harrison was united in marriage, April 17, 1853, with Miss Margaret, daughter of Andrew and Mary (Thompson) Lawson. She was born in Ensley township, Leeds County, Canada, June 30, 1839. They have had five children, namely: Thomas, born June 10, 1857; Walter, born August 31, 1850; Eliza J., born September 9, 1861; James H., born December 26, 1863, died April 2, 1864; and John A., born February 10, 1865, died April 3, 1866.
In March 1866, Mr. Harrison and family came to this State and located at St. Louis, this county, and was there variously engaged for some time. In the spring of 1869, he purchased 80 acres of land on the section on which he now resides, lived on it for two or three years, and then moved to St. Louis, this county, and afterward returned to the farm.
When he first purchased the land, it was covered with timber, and through his own energetic labors 60 acres have been cleared and 50 acres placed under good cultivation. He has a good farm and commodious residence and good orchard.
Their son Thomas is a farmer by occupation, resides in the same township as the parents, and was united in marriage to Miss Angeline Quidort. Walter was married to Miss Isabel Broadhead, is a farmer, and resides with the parents. Eliza J., their only daughter, is the wife of V. B. Ludwig, at present, living in Ludington, this State, and engaged in "life-saving service".
Mr. and Mrs Harrison are members of the Congregational Church and honored and respected citizens of their township.
Mr. Harrison has held the position of Township Drain Commissioner for two years.