Robert Ferdinand Harrison

14 June 1857–16 December 1936 (Age 79)
McMinnville, Warren, Tennessee, United States

The Life Summary of Robert Ferdinand

When Robert Ferdinand Harrison was born on 14 June 1857, in McMinnville, Warren, Tennessee, United States, his father, William Joshua Harrison, was 36 and his mother, Permelia Adelaide Ellis, was 27. He married Mary Elvira Wilkes on 17 October 1883, in Culleoka, Maury, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1910 and Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States in 1930. He died on 16 December 1936, in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 79.

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Robert Ferdinand Harrison
Mary Elvira Wilkes
Marriage: 17 October 1883
Elvira Azile Harrison
Permelia Adelaide Harrison
Robert Ferdinand Harrison
Elizabeth Sparkes Harrison
Dr. William Wilkes Harrison

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World Events (8)

1861 · The 14th Brooklyn is Known as The Red Legged Devils
Age 4
The 14th Regiment New York State Militia, or 14th Brooklyn, was constituted on May 13, 1847. The 14th Brooklyn received the nickname “The Red Legged Devils” due to their vibrant red trousers. At the time, most Union regiments wore blue. The volunteer militia, led by Colonel Alfred M. Wood, consisted primarily of abolitionists from Brooklyn. They served between the years of 1861 through 1864 and were known for their grit and determination and never stood down from a fight.
Age 6
Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1878 · Yellow Fever Epidemic
Age 21
When a man that had escaped a quarantined steamboat with yellow fever went to a restaurant he infected Kate Bionda the owner. This was the start of the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee. By the end of the epidemic 5,200 of the residence would die.

Name Meaning

Northern English: patronymic from the medieval personal name Harry .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight

Probably published in the Pasadena Star-News December 17, 1936.

Robert F. Harrison Rites Are Saturday Will Be Laid to Rest at Santa Monica Funeral services for Robert F. Harrison, active in the mining business for many years, and father of Mrs. F.G.H. Stevens, t …

Sources (16)

  • Robt Harrison in household of W J Harrison, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Robert Harrison in household of Wm Harrison, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Robert Harrison Sr. in household of Robert Harrison Jr., "United States Census, 1930"

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