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20. EDITH JANE IRWIN26,27,28 was born in September 1855 in Schuyler County, Illinois.4,27,29 She died on 24 August 1932 at the age of 76 in Crawford County, Arkansas.30

1930. Edith was living with son Clarence. She was widowed.

In the 1910 Census, Edith is shown as having had 12 children, 10 of them living. 1900 she states 11 children, 10 living - perhaps counted the twins as a single birth.

Family for Edith in Illinois. 1850 Schuyler Co ILBuena Vista Twp: Ira & Eliza Irwin both age 18 & both born in Ohio; he was a Cooper. On the next page is Robert Irvin age 59, farmer born in VA; Lavina age 54 b. KY; Harvey age 17 b. Ohio; Harrison age 14 b. Ohio; Amanda age 12 b. Ohio, Eleazar D. age 30 b. Ohio. Harvey & Eleazar both listed as Coopers.

1860 Schuyler Co Census: Ira age 29 born KY, Eliza age 27 b. OH with Wm H. age 9, Edith age 4, Robert L. age 2.

Died at age 78 of pneumonia. Informant for the DC was Margret Friddle, youngest daughter. Burial at Chester on 25 Aug 1932. Birthplace given as Illinois, but no date given - her age was said to be 78. Father Ira Irwin born Illinois. Mother Liza Ann Avery, born Illinois. [Parents did live in Illinois, but both were born in Ohio.]

Her grave marker, Chester Cemetery, seems to have errors. Her name is listed as:
Edith Jane (Iriwin) Harrison
Her birth is given as Dec 18, 1858. In 1880, she was age 24, or born 1855-56. In 1900, she claimed to have been born, September of 1855, she was then 44 years old. In 1910, she gave her age as 55, or born in later 1854 or 1855. In 1920, she have her age as 64. These ages are all consistent with a birth year of 1855, not 1858.
She died 24 Aug 1932. Her stone says she was 72 years at death - her death certificate stated she was 78. I would suspect her age when she was younger to be more accurate.
Her grave was not noted in the Crawford Co cemetery book, no grave is noted for her husband Elisha in the book nor on FindAGrave, which had the photo of her grave marker. I suspect her stone was place some later; his grave perhaps never marked at all.


EDITH JANE IRWIN and ELISHA SHELTON HARRISON were married on 13 January 1876 in Schuyler County, Illinois.27,31,32 ELISHA SHELTON HARRISON26,27,33,34,35, son of NATHANIEL M. HARRISON and SARAH ANN "SALLY" GABBARD, was born on 20 October 1850 in Madison County, Kentucky.4,27,34,36,37 He died on 3 September 1929 at the age of 78 in Crawford County, Arkansas.34

License issued same date as Marriage - 13 Jan 1876. Married by Cornelius Mills, MG. Return 19 Jan 1876.

His death certificate stated he was born in 1855, and was age 73. This does not agree with information given for the census records. The death certificate has several errors.

1880 Census. Schuyler Co, IL Elisha Harrison, age 30 [b. circa 1850], b. KY; didn't know where his parents were born but maybe he didn't give the information. Edith, wife age 24, b. IL, parents b. Ohio. Clarence, son, age 3, May, age 2, and Jessie, daughter, age 1.

The family must have left for Arkansas soon after the birth of Edwin whose birth was recorded in Schuyler Co in Sep of 1886; later census information says Maudie was born in 1888 in Arkansas.

In 1900, Edith stated she had 10 living children Nine of the children are here - one of her twins had died. The child Maudie born in Feb of 1888 is the first child born in Arkansas - Edwin was born in Sep of 1886 in Illinois. There is another daughter as 3 sisters were listed in the obit of Mary Adamson: Maud Sheens, Mrs. Charles Friddle of Fayetteville (given name "Mary" but I think it should have read Margaret] and Mrs. Ned Robinson of Van Buren (1929). Further research indicates the missing daughter in 1900 was likely Nettie already married to Joe Robinson & living in Winfrey Township not far from her uncle Jacob Gabbard.
1900 Census. Crawford Co AR, Chester Twon, p.7, Hh 114
Elisha Harrison, b. Oct 1850, age 49, married 24 yrs, b. KY, parents b. KY, Farmer [Farm Sch 84]
Edith J., wife, b. Sep 1855, age 44, 11 children, 10 living, b. IL, parents b. Ohio
Clarence D., son, b. Oct 1876, age 23, b. IL, Day Labor.
William H., son, b. Sep 1880, age 19, b. IL, Day Labor
Fredrick M., son, b. Apr 1882, age 18, b. IL Farm Labor
Nelson B., son, b. Dec 1883, age 15, b. IL
Edwin L., son, b. Sep 1886, age 13, b. IL
Maudie J., dau, b. Feb 1888, age 12, b. AR, At school
Benj. S., son, b. Jul 1892, age 7, b. AR
Margaret E. and Mary M., twins, dau, b. May 1894, age 6, b. AR

The 1910 Census shows Edwin is a son, as is Frederick. Also in 1910 in Dyer Twp is W. L. Harrison age 36, born in IN with wife Annie and children Mary and Hershel - but he is not likely part of the family based on his age & place of birth. Or is he a cousin?
1910 Census. Chester, Crawford Co, AR, ED 5, Hh 70
Elisha E. Harrison, age 59, married 34 yr. b. KY, parents b. KY, fruit & vegs
Edith J., wife, age 55, 12 children, 10 are living., b. IL, father b. OH, mother b. IL
Frederick M., son, age 28, Cement Factory
Edwin L., son, age 24, Odd Jobs
Benjamin S., son, age 19, b. AR, Farm labor
Mary M. & Margaret E., dau, age 16
Enumerated in the same place but the next household, Hh 71, was Mary E. Adamson, 58, widow, and her sons Roy W. age 25 and Clair D., age 17. Roy and Mary Harrison married in 1929.

1920 Census. Chester, Crawford Co AR, ED 5, Hh 42
Elisha S. Harrison, age 69, b. KY, parents b. KY, Farm hand
Edith J., wife, age 64, b. IL, parents b. OH
Margaret G., dau, age 24
Ray W. Adamson, son-in-law, 35, b. MO, father b. IN, mother b. MO, Rig Builder, Oil field
Mary M., dau, age 24, b. AR
Berneice, gdau, age 7, b. AR
Weymouth, gson, age 4 years, 6 months, b. AR
Jack, gson, age 1 month, b. AR

Elisha's middle name is from his death certificate. Clarence gave the information and gave Elisha's parents as John Harrison & Lizzie Gabert! "Lizzie" was probably Clarence's maternal grandmother - have no clue where the "John" might have come from. Date of birth 20 Oct 1855 and date of death 3 Sep 1929. This year of birth does not agree with any of the census records which are all consistent with a year of birth as 1850. I don't believe Clarence was very well informed concerning the family statistics! Elisha died of diabetes. Buried in Chester, AR.

EDITH JANE IRWIN and ELISHA SHELTON HARRISON had the following children:

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Clarence D. HARRISON28 was born in October 1876 in Illinois.27 He died in 1961 at the age of 85 in Crawford County, Arkansas.38

Marriage record in the Historical Records on Family Search.
Clarence D. Harrison, age 29, from Frisco, Crawford Co, AR, married to Elizabeth Skeen, age 21, also from Frisco, in Sebastian Co, AR, on 29 Nov 1905, by Sam Edmondson, Justice of the Peace. License also dated 29 Nov 1905.


Is this his World War I Draft registration? Clarence Dudly Harrison, living Avant, Osage Co, OK. Born 28 Oct 1876 [no place given]. He was an Oil Pumper, working for Mountain State Oil Co, Avant. Nearest relative listed as Elizabeth Harrison. Signed: Clarence Dudley Harrison.
Medium height, medium build, brown eyes, brown hair, no physical defects. Signed 12 Sep 1918.


1930 Census: Clarence was listed as age 53, divorced. States he was 31 when first married. Born in Illinois; father b. KY, mother b. IL. Living with him was his mother Edith, age 75. Sister Margaret Friddle age 32, marked as married. Nephew Weymouth Adamson age 14 and niece Joan age 6.

1940 Census. Chester, Crawford, AR, ED 17-7, Sheet 2B, Hh 42
Clarence D. Harrison, age 65, Wd., Finished 5th grade, b. Illinois. No employment. Owns his home worth $200.
Shelton, son, age 33. Engine waterman, steam locomotive
Fred, brother, age 57, Divorced, only finished 4th grade, b. Illinois
All living in the same house in 1935.

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Nettie May HARRISON39,40 was born in November 1877 in Illinois.40

Married by W. H. Taylor, JP

Mrs. Ned Robinson of Van Buren listed as sister of Mary Adamson in her obit. Name may be incorrect. There is a marriage record in Crawford Co for 30 Jul 1898 - Nettie Harrison to Joe A. Robertson. The 1900 Census has Joseph Robison as head of household with wife Nettie born Nov 1877 and Baby Mary born May 1899. Nettie was born in Illinois; her father born in KY; mother born in IL. The family lived in Winfrey Township.

1920 Census. Van Buren, Crawford Co AR, Hh 106
Joel A Robertson, age 50, b. MO, Farmer
Nettie M., wife, 41, b. IL
Mary J., dau, 17, all children born in Arkansas
Jack, son, age 15
Acel W., son, age 13
Claude A., son, age 9

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Jessie HARRISON was born in 1879 in Schuyler County, Illinois.41

Jessie was age 1 in the 1880 census. She does not appear again and must have died as an infant or small child.

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William Harvey HARRISON39,42 was born on 7 September 1880 in Buena Vista, Schuyler County, Illinois.4,27,42,43 He died on 27 November 1961 at the age of 81.42

Birth Record #946. William H. Harrison, 7 Sep 1880, Buenavista Tp. Edith (Irvin) Harrison, Elisha Harrison.

1940 Census. Chester, Crawford, AR, ED 17-7, Sheet 2A, Hh 20
Harvey Harrison, age 59, widowed. [He must have had an earlier marriage I have not yet located.] Finished 4th grade. In 1935 he was living in Mena, Polk Co, AR. He is a laborer on WPA road construction.
Living with him is Kimbrell Harrison, nephew, age 24, finished 8th grade, born Arkansas. He was living in Crawford Co in 1935 and is also working for the WPA. Kimbrell was his brother Nelson's son.


World War II Draft Registration:
William Harvey Harrison, residence was Chester, Crawford Co, Ark. He was age 61, born 7 Sep 1880 in "Skyler" Co, Illinois. Lillie Harrison would always know his address. His employer was the WPA, District 4, out of Fort Smith, Ark. He was employed at Lake Ft. Smith, Mountainburg, Crawford Co. Description was 5'6", 160 lbs. Gray eyes, gray hair, light complexion. He had a knife scar on his left leg.
Dated 27 April 1942.

Also buried in the Conley Cemetery in Crawford Co are George W. Harrison 1915-1959 and Robert Harrison 1942-1949. Possibly son and grandson of William H. Harrison.
Called "Hardey" in obituary of sister Mary Adamson. Living in DeQueen AR in 1929.

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Frederick S. HARRISON39,44 was born on 14 April 1882 in Illinois.27,45 He died on 23 December 1945 at the age of 63 in Chester, Crawford County, Arkansas.44

Marriage records in the Historical Records on FamilySearch.org
Fred Harrison of Van Buren, Crawford County, aged 30, license to marry Delia Vandergriff of Alma, Crawford Co, aged 18, dated 28 Jun 1913. Married in Sebastian Co, AR by M. W. Clifton, on the same day.

Bryan Lowther has Frederick's name as Frederick Sylvester Harrison. Listed as Frederick M. in the 1910 Census. As this is Mr. Lowther's ancester, I would think Sylvester to be correct.
Living in Warner, OK, in 1929.

1920 Census. Van Buren Twp, Crawford Co, AR Hh 174
Frederick Harrison, 38, b. IL, farm labor. Adelia, wife, age 23, b. AR
Odell, son, age 7. Lavelle, daughter, age 5. Marietta, daughter, age 11 months.

1930 Census. Richland Twp, Crawford Co AR, Hh 209
Fred "Harris", age 43, married at age 29, b. Illinois, farm labor
Delia, wife, 33, married at 19, b. AR, father b. KY
Odell, son, 17. Lovell, dau, 15. MaryEdith, dau 11. Uneda, dau, 9. Rosy Lee, dau, age 4 years, 4 months, Una May, dau, age 1 year, 5 months.

1940 Census. Chester, Crawford, AR, ED 17-7, Sheet 2B, Hh 42
Clarence D. Harrison, age 65, Wd., Finished 5th grade, b. Illinois. No employment. Owns his home worth $200.
Shelton, son, age 33. Engine waterman, steam locomotive
Fred, brother, age 57, Divorced, only finished 4th grade, b. Illinois
All living in the same house in 1935.

World War II Draft Registration.
27 Apr 1942
#942 Fred Harrison, Residence: Chester, Crawford, Ark.
He was age 60, born 14 Apr 1882 in "Skuyler" Co, Illinois.
The person who would always know his address was C. D. Harrison of Chester.
Fred was unemployed.
He was 5'9" tall, weight 140 lbs, light complexion and had a scar on his left leg above the need.

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Nelson Brown HARRISON28 was born on 6 December 1884 in Illinois.27 He died on 1 January 1967 at the age of 82 in Crawford County, Arkansas.46

It seems possible that Nelson was one of twins and the only one to survive.

Records of Crawford Co AR Marriage Book H 1906-1911
Oma Cole & Lucille Pound
Nelson Harrison, age 21 m. Myrtle Osburn, age 17
8 Sep 1906 by W. B. Hobbs JP


Not found in the 1910 census.

1920 Census. Chester Twp, Crawford Co AR. Hh 47
Nelson Harrison, age 34, b. IL, father b. KY, mother b. IL., trackman on the Railroad
Myrtle, wife, age 30.
Vesta, dau, 12. Edith, dau, 9. Roy, son, 6. Kimbrel, son, age 4 and 6 months. Randel, son, age 1 and 11 months.

Nelson's household was the first enumerated in Chester Town in 1930. He was 44 and had married at age 21.

1940 Census. Chester, Crawford, AR, ED 17-7, Sheet 1A, Hh 4
Nelson B. Harrison, 55, b. Illinois, renting but living in the same house as in 1935. He was a section-hand for the railroad. He only went through the 2nd grade.
Myrtle, age 51, wife, b. AR
Randall, son, age 22. laborer on a farm
Virl, son, age 20, working on a CCC Reforestation project
Virginia, dau, age 17
James E., son, 15
Inez, dau, 12
Anna M., dau, age 8

He had to register for the World War II Draft [the "old man's draft] Nelson Brown Harrison, lived Chester, Arkansas. He was 57, born 6 Dec 1884 in Schuyler Co, Ill. The person who would always know his address was Mrs. Myrtle Harrison of Chester. His employer was the Frisco Rail Road Co, St. Louis, Mo., but he was employed in Chester. He was 5'9" tall and weighed about 165 lbs. Gray eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion.
Dated 27 Apr 1942, Crawford Co, Arkansas.

Nelson and Myrtle are buried in the Chester Cemetery, Chester, AR.

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[Daughter] HARRISON was born on 6 December 1884 in Woodstock, Schuyler County, Illinois.43

Birth records online at USGenWeb; extracted from LDS Microfilm#1311546. Unnamed twins born on this date. An online database suggests the daughter was Nellie. Son Nelson appears to be the male twin.

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Edwin Luther "Ed" HARRISON was born on 9 September 1886 in Woodstock, Schuyler County, Illinois.4,27,44,45 He died on 1 January 1967 at the age of 80 in Salem, Marion County, Oregon.47

Birth Record #2168. Edwin Luther Harrison 9 Sep 1886. Woodstock Tp. Edith Jane (Irwin) Harrison Elisha Harrison.

World War I Draft Registration Card. Dated 5 Jun 1917.
Edwin Luther Harrison was age 30, lived in Chester, Ark. He was born 9 Sep 1886 in Rushville, Illinois. He was a farmer, employed by John Furlow near Chester and had a wife and two children for which he sought exemption. He was stated to be short and stout with brown hair and black eyes. He signed with his mark.

1920 Census. Chester, Crawford Co AR
Edwin L. Harrison, age 33, b. IL. Susie, wife, age 27, b. AR
Roba, "female, dau", age 6. Roberta, dau, age 4 yr 5 mo. Robert, son, age 2.
[Roba was a male.]

1940 Census. Memphis, Shelby Co, TN, Hh 241
Living at 496 Walker Ave, renting. In 1935, they lived in West Fork, Washington Co, AR
Edwin Harrison, b. IL, age 52, worked at a crossing flag station for the Railroad
Susie, b. AR, age 48
Roberta, dau 23. Robert, son, 21, working as laborer in a State Park. Rex, son, 16, Donald, son, age 5 - all b. AR

It appears Edwin remarried after the death of Susie:
Oregon Death Index, 1903-98 [Ancestry.com]
Edwin L. Harrison
Marion Co
Died 22 Dec 1967
Certificate #17841
Spouse: Ora


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Maudie J. HARRISON39,48 was born on 14 February 1889 in Arkansas.27,49 She died on 6 May 1969 at the age of 80 in Los Molinos, Tehama County, California.49 She was buried at Lawncrest Memorial Park in Redding, Shasta County, California.

Married name was Skeen and she lived in Susanville, Lassen Co, CA in 1929


Records of Crawford Co AR Marriage Book G 1900-1906
Oma Cole & Lucille Pound
Maud A. Harrison, age 16 to J. G Skeen, age 23
2 Aug 1905 by W. H. Taylor

1910 Census. Porter, Crawford Co, AR, Hh 156
Jonathan G. Skeen, age 28, married 4 years, b. KY
Maud, A., wife, 21, 2 children, b. IL
Charley E., son, age 3, b. AR
Olin E., son, age 1, b. AR

1920 Census. Chester, Crawford Co, AR Hh 72
Maud Skeen, 30
Olan, son, 13. Everett 10. John A., son 8. Mildred, dau 5. Robert T., son 2 years, 2 months.

1930 Census. Lassen Co CA, Honey Lake Twp, Susanville.
Maud SKEEN, age 40, Divorced, married 25 yrs
Olan E. son age 22, Sawyer at the Lumber Mill, Everiet E., age 20, John age 18 [Everett & John were both laborers at the lumber mill], Mildred age 14, Robert 12, Rosine 8. All the children were born in Arkansas. Their father b. KY. Maud gives her birthplace as Illinois.
Find A Grave Memorial# 27121277

1940 Census. Honey Lake, Lasssen Co, CA., Hh 179
Maude Skeen, 51, Widow, b. Illinois, lived in same house in 1935. 261 Park St. Owns Boarding & Rooming House
Everett E. Skeen, son, 29, b. AR. Logger, Lumber Mill
Robert T., son, 24, b. AR. Laborer, Lumber Mill
Seven lodgers in the house - the hotel clerk, and loggers.


Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2005
Hi Kay,
I came across your family tree while looking for Maude Harrison and I thought I would send you some further info then what you had listed for her family. I don't have much info on the Harrison family but I do have alot on the Skeen family - my grandmother was Jonathan's sister.

Descendants of Maude A. Harrison
Generation No. 1
1. Maude A.2 Harrison (Elisha Shelton1) was born February 14, 1889 in Illinois, and died May 06, 1969 in Tehama, California. She married Johnathan G. Skeen, son of William Skeen and Susan Hamilton. He was born August 24, 1879 in Kentucky, and died May 07, 1962 in Humboldt, California.
Children of Maude Harrison and Johnathan Skeen are:
2 i. Charley E.3 Skeen, born 1907.
3 ii. Olin E. Skeen, born September 19, 1907 in Arkansas; died December 27, 1964 in San Francisco, California.
4 iii. Everett Erwin Skeen, born January 16, 1910 in Arkansas; died November 01, 1995 in Eugene, Lane, Oregon.
5 iv. John A. Skeen, born 1912.
6 v. Mildred Skeen, born 1915.
7 vi. Robert T Skeen, born 1917; died May 21, 2004 in Marysville, California.

Janet Sparks
ojinsfolly@aol.com

Social Security Death Index gives Maude's date of birth as 14 Feb 1889; death as May 1969 in Los Molinos, Tehama, CA.

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Benjamin S. HARRISON39 was born in July 1892 in Arkansas.27,45

Did Benjamin go back to Illinois? Seems improbable there would be two, both born in July of 1892.

World War I Draft Registration. Benjamin S. Harrison, Rushville, Ill. Born July 6th, 1892, Winslow, Arkansas. Telephone Lineman, employed by Schuyler Telephone Co., Rushville. Single, Caucasian. He claims exemption from the draft because of a a bad ankle. Description: Medium build, medium height, grey eyes, dark hair. Disabled with bad ankle.
Signed Buena Vista Precinct, Schuyler Co, ILL; June 5, 1917

Said to be living in Vicksburg, Warren Co, MS in 1929.

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MARY MAY HARRISON39 was born on 1 May 1894 in Chester, Crawford County, Arkansas.27,36,39,50 She died on 29 January 1929 at the age of 34 in Chester, Crawford County, Arkansas.39

Mary and Margaret Harrison were twins.

Mrs. Adamson Buried In Cemetery at Chester.
Mrs. Mary Adamson, 34 years 8 months and 28 days old, died at her home in Chester, Tuesday night at 8 o'clock after an illness from pneumonia. The funeral was conducted Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at Chester. Burial was in the Chester cemetery.
Mrs. Adamson is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Harrison; two daughters, Jo Ann and Bernice Adamson; a son, Wayne; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Friddle of Fayetteville, Mrs. Maud Sheens of Susanville, Calif., and Mrs. Ned Robinson of Van Buren; six brothers; Ed, Nelson, and Clarence Harrison of Chester, Fred Harrison of Warner, Okla, Hardey Harrison of DeQueen, and Ben Harrison of Vicksburg, Miss.

Chas. Friddle of Fayetteville paid for the funeral on 31 January. [He was husband of Mary's twin Margaret.] Mary was listed as separated from her husband. Father, E. Harrison born in KY; mother Edith Erwin, born Ill.
The Arkansas Death index has her date of death as 29 Jan 1928.

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Margaret Elizabeth HARRISON51 was born on 1 May 1894 in Chester, Crawford County, Arkansas.27,36,45

Still living with parents in 1920. In 1930 she stated she married at age 24, which would be this year of 1920.

Records of Crawford Co AR Marriage Book K, 1921-1925
Oma Cole & Lucille Pound
Margaret Harrison, age 28 married Chas Friddle, age 30
19 Oct 1922 by Chas. W. Pense, JP Book K, p.135


Margaret was living with her brother Clarence at the time of the 1930 Census. She did say she was married. She was age 32 and had married at age 24. Charles Friddle had paid for the funeral of Margaret's twin sister Mary in 1929.

1940 Census. Chester, Crawford, AR, Hh 36. Living next door to her nephew LeRoy Harrison and a few houses from her brothers Clarence and Fred.
Fred Cradduck was 56, b. AR - lived in Crawford Co in 1935. His occupation was pumper, Steam railroad Water Tender.
Margaret, wife, was 42.

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