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The information below was transcribed from a family manuscript titled "Joseph Harrison: A Brief Sketch of His Ancestors and Descendants", written in 1975 by Milton L. Wagy, for his brother-in-law, Jerry Harrison.  Jerry Harrison is a descendant of Bazel and Martha (Stillwell) Harrison, by his son Ephraim (both spellings of Ephraim/Ephriam are found in several documents).  I have added the numbering system used throughout the website.  Listed below are the descendants of Joseph Harrison:
 
 

"Family Genealogy

Joseph Harrison.

(First Family)"

"Joseph returned to farming in Wabasha County, Minnesota after the war.  On July 3, 1866 he married Margaret Jordan Curtis at Red Wing, Minnesota.  The marriage ceremony was performed by Justice of the Peace Frank Ives and witnessed by John Thomas and John Jordan.

    Margaret Jordan, Maggie as she was called, was born on November 18, 1845, in Manchester, Lancaster, England.  She was the daughter of John and Ellen Miller Jordan who lived at 24 Davis Street, Salford District.  He was a calico printer in a textile mill.  John and Ellen Jordan were born in Cork County, Ireland.  Sometime before 1858 the family came to America.  The trip took seven weeks to cross the Atlantic Ocean.  It is not known if the Jordan family moved directly to Minnesota or stopped elsewhere."  Their children were:

13.4.7.1 Alice Harrison, was born on 14 October 1868 in Minnesota.  Alice married Tom Miley.  In the 1900 Federal Census of Akeley Township, Hubbard County, Minnesota, ED# 79, sheet 8B, enumerated on 12 June, their household listed (Thomas and Alice both stated that they had been married for 14 years; Alice also stated that she had given birth to 3 living children; Grace stated that she had been married for 7 years and had given birth to 1 living child--her husband was not listed in the household):

#103 106  Miley, Thomas J.  Head  Dec 1856 43 Ohio  Ireland  Ireland  Day Laborer
                           Alice M.   Wife  Oct  1868 31 Minnesota  Michigan England
                            Francis   Son   May  1890 10 Ohio          Ohio      Minnesota
                               Earl    Son   May   1893  7 Minnesota   Ohio      Minnesota
                      Thomas L.    Son   Jan    1900 6/12    Minnesota Ohio Minnesota
        Moore, Grace  Sister in Law  July    1875  24     Minnesota Michigan   England
        Moore, Jay           Boarder    Aug    1895   4     Wisconsin  Wisconsin Ohio

In the 1910 Federal Census of 1st Ward, Stanley, Mountrail County, North Dakota, ED# 111, sheet 1A, their household listed (Thomas and Alice both stated that they had been married for 24 years; Alice also stated that she had given birth to 3 living children):

#10 10    Miley, Thomas    Head    54    Ohio                laborer    nightwatch
                           Alice    Wife     41    Minnesota        none
                          Frank    Son      19    South Dakota    laborer    odd jobs
                            Earl    Son      16    Minnesota         none
                       Thomas    Son      10    Minnesota         none

Tom and Alice were again enumerated living in Mountrail County, North Dakota in the 1920 Federal Census.  His age was listed as 62 and his occupation was listed as a "car cleaner" for the railroad.  Alice gave her age as 52.  Their three sons were all living on their own.  In the 1930 Federal Census of Idaho Township, Mountrail County, North Dakota, ED# 51, sheet 10B, Thomas J. gave his age as 72 and listed his occupation as a "farmer".  Alice was now age 61.  Thomas stated that he was married at age 28, Alice stated that she was 17 at the time of their marriage.  The Miley family eventually made it to California--

Thomas John Miley is listed in the California Death Index, his date of birth is listed as 21 December 1856, place of birth listed as Ohio, date of death 16 November 1940 in Butte County, California at age 83 years.  Alice May Miley is also listed in the California Death Index, her date of birth is listed as 14 October 1868, place of birth listed as Minnesota, father's last name listed as Harrison, date of death listed as 7 November 1952 in Butte County, California at age 84 years.  Their three sons were:

13.4.7.1.1 Francis Miley, was born in May 1890 in South Dakota.  Frank is listed in the 1920 and 1930 Federal Censuses of Westwood, Lassen County, California.  I have listed the 1930 census from ED# 15, sheet 1B, address 517 Birch St.:

#17 17    Miley, Frank H.    Head    39        S. Dakota    Saw Filer    Saw Mill
                  Florence W.    Wife     37        N. Dakota    none
                  Francis           Son      15        N. Dakota    none
                  Richard           Son      14       California     none
                  Florence      Daughter  12       California     none
                  Thomas          Son      10       California     none
                  Lorraine      Daughter    8       California     none
                  Donald            Son      2 5/12  California     none

"Frank" Miley is listed in the California Death Index, his date of birth is listed as 27 May 1889 in South Dakota, mother's maiden name is listed as Harrison, date of death listed as 30 March 1944 in Lassen County, California at age 54 years.

13.4.7.1.2 Earl Miley, was born in May 1893 in Minnesota.  Earl is listed in the 1930 Federal Census of Westwood, Lassen County, California, ED# 15, sheet 1A, address 405 Birch St.:

#1 1    Miley, Earl E.    Head        37    Minnesota    Saw Filer    Saw Mill
                   Emma     Wife         37    N. Dakota    none
               Earl E. Jr.     Son         15    California     none
              Maragrette  Daughter     8     California    none

Earl Edwin Miley is listed in the California Death Index, his date of birth is listed as 30 May 1893 in Minnesota, mother's maiden name is listed as Harrison, date of death listed as 30 December 1947 in Stanislaus, California at age 54 years.

13.4.7.1.3 Thomas L. Miley, was born in January 1900 in Minnesota.  Thomas is also listed in the 1930 Federal Census of Westwood, Lassen County, California, ED# 19, sheet 3B, address 309 Elm Street:

#77 79    Miley, Thomas L.    Head    30    Minnesota        Sawyer    Saw Mill
                          Celia L.     Wife    30    North Dakota    none

Thomas Lorace Miley is listed in the California Death Index, his date of birth is listed as 23 January 1901 in Minnesota, mother's maiden name is listed as Harrison, date of death listed as 18 June 1952 in Butte County, California at age 52.


13.4.7.2 Sharlotte Ellen Harrison, born on 3 August 1870 in Minnesota and died in about 1877-1878.

13.4.7.3 Henry Jordan Harrison, was born on 26 February 1872 in Wisconsin and died 0n 26 April 1925 in Leavenworth, Washington.  Henry married Mary Ellen Eddins on 19 January 1895 in Green Prairie, Minnesota.  Their children were:
13.4.7.3.1 Eland May "Blanche" Harrison.
13.4.7.3.2 Henry George Harrison.
13.4.7.3.3 Joseph G. Harrison.
13.4.7.3.4 Maggie M. Harrison.
13.4.7.3.5 Francis Harrison.
13.4.7.3.6 Cleo Harrison.


13.4.7.4 Myrtle Jane Harrison, born on 8 April 1874 in Red Wing, Minnesota.  Myrtle died in 1963.  She married Robert Clement "Bob" Masters (they later divorced after moving to Los Angles, California).  Myrtle remarried and had a son.  Their four children were:
13.4.7.4.1 Lillian May Masters was born on 23 March 1894 in Lincoln, Nebraska and died on 23 April 1969 in Santa Ana, Orange County, California.  Lillian married Ellsworth Harrison Warhurst in 1914 in Long Beach, California.  Their son was:
13.4.7.4.1.1 Donald Ellsworth Warhurst  born on 29 July 1920 and died in 2001.  Donald married Arlene Chloe Hoffman on 6 August 1938 in Yuma, Arizona.  He served in the Navy during WW II.  His biography was contributed by his son-in-law, Michael Crofts.
13.4.7.4.2 Grace Masters.

13.4.7.4.3 Ethel Masters.

13.4.7.4.4 Howard Masters.
 

Lillian May Masters and Donald Ellsworth Warhurst data compiled by Michael Crofts.

13.4.7.5 Grace Bernice Harrison, born on 6 July 1875 in Minnesota and died 1 August 1953 in Los Angeles, California (California Death Index, father's surname listed as Harrison, mother's maiden name listed as Jordan, birthplace listed as Minnesota).  Grace married Eugene "Gene" Moore in about 1983.  Eugene Leslie Moore is listed in the California Death Index, date of birth listed as 3 September 1871 in Wisconsin, date of death listed as 23 December 1946 in Los Angeles, his mother's maiden name was listed as Otis.

Grace was listed in the household of her sister and brother-in-law, Tom and Alice Miley (see above) in the 1900 census.  In the 1910 Federal Census they were enumerated in Ward 5 of of Keokuk City, Jackson Township, Lee County, Iowa ED# 74, sheet 9A (both Eugene and Grace stated that they had been married for 17 Years and this was their first marriage; Grace stated that she had given birth to 2 living children, the household address was 1315 Fulton St.):

#192  207  Moore, Eugene S.  Head  38  Wisconsin  Ohio  Pennsylvania  Engineer  U.S. Dredge
                             Grace B.  Wife  34  Minnesota  Michigan  England    none
                                Jay A.   Son   14  Wisconsin  Wisconsin  Minnesota  none
                        Grace S.  Daughter   8  Wisconsin  Wisconsin  Minnesota  none
                   Masters, Lillian  Niece  16  Nebraska   Minnesota  Minnesota  none

In 1920 they were again recorded on Keokuk City, Lee County, ED# 73, sheet 5A.  Eugene was 48 and listed his occupation as a "Lock Master" at "U.S. Locks".  Grace was 44 and working as a bookkeeper in a bank, their daughter, Grace L., was age 18.

In 1930 Grace and Eugene were living in Tustin City, Orange County, California ED# 87, sheet 8A.  Grace was age 54 and Eugene was age 58.  From census records their two children were:

13.4.7.5.1 Jay Moore, was born in August 1895 in Wisconsin.
13.4.7.5.2 Grace Moore, was born in about 1902 in Wisconsin.

13.4.7.6 Francis M. Harrison, born on 10 March 1877 in Minnesota and died in 1956 in Crow Wing County, Minnesota.  Frank married Esther Jane Robinson.  Their known daughter was:
13.4.7.6.1 Charlotte Ellen Harrison, was born on about 1 January 1907 in North Dakota and died on 24 November 1987 in Aitkin, Aitkin County, Minnesota.  Her death record listed the following info:
80 years old, born June 1, 1907 [SSN Death Index lists her DOB as Jan] in ND, died in the Aitkin Community Hospital; spouse: Carl A. Oberg; father: Frank Harrison; mother Esther Robinson; burial in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Emily, arrangements by Koop Funeral Home in Crosby, Minnesota.
Her obituary from the Aitkin Independent Age:
"Charlotte E. Oberg, 80, of Little Pine Rt., formerly of Crosby, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 1987 at the Aitkin Community Hospital.  She was born June 1, 1907 in Stanley ND and had been a lifelong area resident.  She and her husband owned an antique store in Crosby and they also owned the Pine Cone Inn in Outing.

For many years she wrote the ”chit chat” column for the Crosby Courier. She was a member of the Emily Wesleyan Church.  She was a Gold Star mother and a lifetime member of the VFW Post 1647 in Brainerd.  She was active in the Cuyuna Range Historical Society [Crosby, Minnesota].

Services were held Sat. at 1:30 p.m. at the Emily Wesleyan Church with Rev. James Slye and Rev. Eunice Shirbourn officiating.  Burial was in the Pine Ridge Cemetery, Emily.

She is survived by her husband, Carl A., one foster son, Basil LeBlanc Sr. of Little Pine Rt., Aitkin, 5 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.  She was preceded in death by one son, Gordon, and an infant daughter, 2 brothers and one sister."

Note Charlotte's and Carl son, Gordon Francis Oberg  was serving as a a Radarman 3rd Class in the USN, aboard the USS Hoel in WW II and was listed as Missing in Action (MIA) on 27 October 1944.


"Family Genealogy

Joseph Harrison.

(Second Family)"

Joseph Harrison married (2nd) Jane Comstock on 27 November 1879 in Diamond Bluff, Pierce County, Wisconsin.  Jane was born on 13 September 1863 in Diamond Bluff, Wisconsin and died on 11 October 1948 in Crosby, Minnesota.  She was the daughter of Daniel and Emilina Coroner Comstock.  Their children were:

13.4.7.7 Ephriam Harrison, born on 9 February 1881 in North Field, Minnesota and died on 13 December 1950 in Crosby, Minnesota.  Ephriam married Jenny Salisbury.  In the 1920 Federal Census of Crow Wing County her name is shown as "Ada", age 32, his occupation was listed as a "restaurant" "keeper".  Their children were:

13.4.7.7.1 Albert Harrison, born in about 1905.
13.4.7.7.2 Eugene Harrison, born in about 1907.
13.4.7.7.3 Alma Harrison, born in about 1908.
13.4.7.7.4 John Harrison, born in about 1910.


13.4.7.8 Joseph Harrison, Jr., born 16 April 1883 in St. Paul Minnesota.  Joseph Jr. married Ada Robinson.  Their children were:
13.4.7.8.1 Joseph Harrison III.
13.4.7.8.2 Walter Harrison.
13.4.7.8.3 Bob Harrison.


13.4.7.9 Lamaria E. "Alma" Harrison, was born on 19 November 1885 in Diamond Bluff, Wisconsin and died on 25 May 1952 in Orange County, California.  Alma married Arthur Edward Spawn, he died on 21 March 1953 in Los Angeles, California.  In the 1920 Federal Census of Minnehaha County, Dell Rapids, South Dakota, ED# 179, the Spawn household listed:

#348  362    Spawn, Arthur  Head  m  41  Iowa  Pennsylvania   England  Painter
                             Elmira  Wife   f   34  Wisconsin   Michigan  Wisconsin    none
                   Mamie    Daughter    f     7   South Dakota
                   Alice      Daughter    f    17   Minnesota                                  none

Their children were:

13.4.7.9.1 Alice Spawn, born in about 1903 in Minnesota.  The California Death Index lists her name as Alice Jane Cox, born on 26 March 1902 in Minnesota, her mother's maiden name is listed as Harrison, father's last name as Spawn, her date of death is listed as 8 April 1988 in Los Angeles, California.

13.4.7.9.2 Mamie Spawn, born in about 1913 in South Dakota.


13.4.7.10 Gilman C. Harrison, born on 12 April 1888 in Diamond Bluff, Wisconsin and died on 16 January 1967 in Crosby, Minnesota.  Gilman married Irene Bullard.  Gilman and Irene (Bullard) Harrison are both buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby, Minnesota.  In the 1920 Federal Census, his occupation was listed as a "dealer" in "furs and hides".  Extracted information from his obituary in the 18 January 1967 "St. Paul Pioneer Press":
"Harrison, Gilman age 79 years Crosby, MN died 16 Jan survived by wife Irene, Crosby three daughters:
Marjorie, St. Paul
Mrs. O. (Eunice) Mazzitello, St. Paul
Mrs. Boyd C. (Lois) Gelpin, St. Paul
4 grandchildren 5 great grandchildren longtime resident of Cuyuna Range born in Diamond Bluff, WI 12 April 1888." Submitted by Kim Malmin Oliver.
Gilman and Irene's children were:
13.4.7.10.1 Marjorie Harrison, born in about 1914 in Minnesota.
13.4.7.10.2 Eunice Harrison, born in about 1918, she married Orlando Mazzitello.
13.4.7.10.3 Lois Harrison, married Boyd C. Gelpin.
Compiled by John R. Mazzitello.

13.4.7.11 William D. Harrison, born on 15 July in 1896 in Little Falls, Morrison County, Minnesota and died in 1962 in Crosby, Minnesota. William married Mabel (the transcription of her marker reads Mable) Bellifiealle.  William and Mabel are also buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby, Minnesota.

Special thanks to Milton L. Wagy for his assistance with this branch of the Ephraim Harrison family.


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