Biography of George Harrison
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Harrison, George, was born in the town of Palmyra November 19, 1819. His father, Lumen Harrison, was born in Cornwall, Litchfield county, Conn., in 1776, and came to Palmyra in the spring of 1797. In 1811 he was married to Phebe Culver, who was born at Southampton, L. I., August 5, 1793, and came to Palmyra in 1796 with her parents, George and Ruth Culver, and the grandfather Moses Culver and family, travel. ing by the inland water route, and landing near the east line of the town. In the spring of 1811 Luman Harrison purchased of John Swift and James Galloway the grist mill, and one acre of land on the south side of Mud Creek, together with about four acres on the north side from Stephen Post, of Southampton, L. L, and Joel Foster, of Palmyra; upon this he built a house, moving into it the same year. There they lived during their entire married life. As a farmer, miller and distiller Mr. Harrison was a successful business man. Buying land as opportunity offered, he owned, at the time of his death in 1831, a farm of about 160 acres adjoining his first purchase. George Harrison has resided from his birth on the premises purchased by his father in 1811. From 1839 to 1882 he carried on the farming and milling business with energy and success. At the latter date his sons took charge under the firm name of Harrison Brothers. On the 19th of May, 1846, he married Susan Reeves of the same town, the only daughter of Lyman and Hannah Arrilla Reeves. and to them were born three children: James L., born February 27, 1847; Jane Arrilia, now the wife of Rev. Willard K. Spencer, of Adrian, Mich., born May 4, 1854, and Charles Reeves, born September 4, 1856. At the age of twenty he received a commission from Gov. William H. Seward as aid-de-camp to the brigadier general of the 24th Brigade, N. Y. State Militia, and served as such until the disbanding of the brigade in 1844. In politics he is a Democrat. In 1875, after having filled several minor offices, he was elected supervisor of the town, and held the office for five successive terms, ranking as one of the ablest members of the board. In 1875 the old house which had been the birthplace of his father's children and his own, was removed and a commodious new house was erected on the same site in which he still lives.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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