Van Buren County
Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
This gentleman was born in the town of Tyre, Seneca Co., N. Y., April 19, 1828, and was the fourth in a family
of seven children, — four sons and three daughters. His father, Jonas Harrison, was a native of New Jersey. His
mother, Hannah (Markham) Harrison, was a native of England, and came to the United States in 1812. She is still
living, aged eighty-four, but her husband is deceased. In the fail of 1847 the family came to Van Buren Co., Mich.
Albert Harrison, who had remained at home until he was twenty-one, worked for two years thereafter at monthly wages,
and in 1850 purchased land on section 36 in Paw Paw township, which he subsequently exchanged for forty acres on
section 16, where his father-in-law now lives. Sept. 7, 1856, he was married to Esther E., daughter of Hiram I.
and Elizabeth Southwell, she being the fourth in a family of seven chiidren,—four Sons and three daughters. She
was born in Caynga Co., N. Y., May 3, 1836. Her parents, who were both natives of that State, came to Michigan
in the spring of 1855. Mr. Harrison purchased one hundred and tweLve acres of land, which is all under improvement.
As they have no children of their own they adopted an orphan girl at the age of two and a half years, who is now
living with them, aged twenty-one, and could scarcely be dearer to them if she were their own daughter. Mr. and
Mrs. Harrison are consistent and influential members of the Disciples Church, with which Mrs. Harrison united when
she was seventeen years of age. Mr. Harrison is a Republican in politics, but never took an active part in the
political field, and has never sought for nor held an important office.
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.