William Harrison

Brief Life History of William

When William Harrison was born in January 1844, in Tyendinaga, Hastings, Ontario, Canada, his father, Thomas Harrison, was 28 and his mother, Mary Jane Hewitt, was 33. He married Margaret McCullough about 1880, in Canada. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Macdonald Rural Municipality, Manitoba, Canada for about 5 years and Manitoba, Canada in 1916. He died on 14 October 1916, in Graysville, Dufferin, Manitoba, Canada, at the age of 72, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Carman, Manitoba, Canada.

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William Harrison
Margaret McCullough
Marriage: about 1880
James Harrison
Thomas James Harrison
Mary Jane Elizabeth Harrison

Sources (9)

  • William Harrison, "Canada, Ontario Census, 1861"
  • William Harrison, "BillionGraves Index"
  • William Harrison in entry for Mary Jane Elizabeth Rogers, "British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993"

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The Irish Potato Famine. Many Irish emigrate to America. Irish population drops from 8 million to 6 million due to death from starvation or emigration.


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1867 · Ontario Founded

On July 1, 1867, the province of Ontario was founded. It is the second largest province in Canada. A third of the population of Canada live here. Before it was Ontario it was called Upper Canada and had a Governor.

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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