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Andrew Jackson Harrison (1809-1836)

Tennessee; Texas

HARRISON, ANDREW JACKSON (1809-1836). Andrew Jackson Harrison, Alamo defender, was born in Tennessee in 1809. On October 26, 1860, Commissioner of Claims W. S. Hotchkiss rejected a land bounty claim of Harrison's heirs, claiming that there was "no law for giving donation for dying in service." They later received 320 acres of land for Harrison's "service until 6 March 1836 and having fallen at the Alamo."

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Daughters of the American Revolution, The Alamo Heroes and Their Revolutionary Ancestors (San Antonio, 1976). Bill Groneman, Alamo Defenders (Austin: Eakin, 1990). Thomas L. Miller, "Mexican-Texans at the Alamo," Journal of Mexican-American History 2 (Fall 1971).

Bill Groneman

Extracted from: Handbook of Texas ONLINE

Son of George and Catherine HARRISON

HARRISON, GEORGE (?-?). George Harrison, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, received title to a sitio of land in the western part of what is now Brazoria County on August 16, 1824; there he established a plantation. In October 1824 he signed a petition for appointment of a surveyor in the San Jacinto area. He was living in the Cedar Lake section in October 1825, when he asked Austin to come there to treat with the Karankawa Indians. The census of 1826 classified Harrison as a farmer and stock raiser, aged between twenty-five and forty. He had a wife, Catherine, and two sons, one of whom, Andrew Jackson Harrison, was killed in the battle of the Alamo.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vols., Washington: GPO, 1924-28). Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). James A. Creighton, A Narrative History of Brazoria County (Angleton, Texas: Brazoria County Historical Commission, 1975). Bill Groneman, Alamo Defenders (Austin: Eakin, 1990).

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