NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Thomas Harrison, father of Richard J. Harrison, a representative citizen of Greig, New York, was born in county Sligo, Ireland, 1828, died at Amsterdam, N.Y., 1897. He was educated in the common schools, and upon attaining young manhood emigrated to the United States, landing in New York City. He found employment on a North river boat plying between New York City and Albany, and followed boating for about two years. He then engaged with Captain Snyder, a tanner, of Shandakin, Ulster county, N.Y., and learned the art of tanning. After serving three years with Captain Snyder, he removed with his family to Port Leyden, Lewis county, N.Y., where he continued to follow the occupation of tanning in various parts of Lewis county during his active life. He was a devout member of the Roman Catholic church, and a Democrat in politics. Have these webpages helped you?
He married at Hudson, N.Y., 1854, Eliza Greer, born in county Sligo, Ireland, emigrated to this country when eighteen years of age, and after an active and useful life died at Utica, N.Y., 1890.
1. Fanny, born 1855; married Charles Dennis.
2. George, Aug. 27, 1856, died 1900.
3. Richard J., see forward.
4. Lillian, married James McDonald; he died 1881, leaving two children, Sadie and Katherine McDonald; Mrs. McDonald married (second) John Tiely, and resides at Amsterdam, N.Y.
5. Joseph, died in infancy.
7. James, married Rachel Gibson.
9. William, died at age of twenty-one years.
10. Delia, died in young womanhood; unmarried.
11. Nappy, twin with Joseph.
12. Joseph, married Henrietta Sweeney, of Utica, N.Y.
Richard J., son of Thomas and Eliza (Greer) Harrison, was born Jan. 1, 1858, in Port Leyden, New York. He was educated in the common schools, and later entered the employ of H. J. & G. M. Batchford, prominent tannery men of Northern New York, he having charge of their Otter Lake Tannery, which he successfully managed from 1881 to 1889, when the tannery was forced to shut down on account of the supply of bark being exhausted. At that time C. F. Partridge, of New York City, was conducting a lumber business in Greig, Lewis county, N.Y., and Mr. Harrison entered his employ as shipping clerk and manager of his lumber yards, remaining until Mr. Partridge closed out his lumber interest in Lewis county, when Mr. Harrison began a business career for himself.
At first he conducted a summer resort hotel at Partridgeville, a hamlet near Brantingham Lake, and became very popular as a host. Later he purchased the Burdick Hotel in the village of Greig, which he refurnished, remodeled and equipped with modern improvements, such as open plumbing, baths, etc. and changed the name to the Harrison House. He has built up an enviable reputation as a genial, efficient and successful hotel proprietor.
He and his family are members of the Roman Catholic church. He voted with the Democatic party until the Cleveland-Blaine campaign, when, believing in a protective tariff, he changed his allegiance to the Republican party, and has since been taking an active interest in the welfare of that organization.
Mr. Harrison married at Corghan, N.Y., Nellie, daughter of John and Mary (Clarey) Harrington.
1. Charles, born 1880; foreman in a textile mill at Utica, N.Y.
2. Earnest, 1883; serving in the U.S. Marine corps stationed at Panama Canal zone.
3. Maud, 1885.
4. Grace, 1886.
Mr. Harrison has given his children a liberal educaion, believing that such is an essential in their life.
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