Robert Ferdinand Harrison

Brief Life History 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, and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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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

Sources (27)

  • Robt Harrison in household of W J Harrison, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Robert Ferdinand Harrison, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Robert F Harrison, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"

World Events (8)

1861 · The 14th Brooklyn is Known as The Red Legged Devils

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.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1878 · Yellow Fever Epidemic

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

English (northern): from the Middle English personal name Harry or Herry + -son. These were the common pronunciations of Henry (see Harry ).

History: Harrison is an extremely common surname in northern England. One important and influential American family of bearers are descended from Benjamin Harrison, who emigrated from England to VA in 1633 or 1634. Descendants include another Benjamin Harrison (c. 1726–91), who was an activist in the American Revolution and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. His son William Henry Harrison (1773–1841) and great-grandson Benjamin Harrison (1833–1901) both became presidents of the US.

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 …

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