When John Ellis Harrison was born on 27 November 1822, in Washington, Indiana, United States, his father, William Rodney Harrison, was 29 and his mother, Lucy Newman, was 26. He married Mary Elizabeth Paxson on 14 October 1858, in Johnson, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Allen Township, Warren, Iowa, United States in 1860 and Iowa, United States in 1870. He died on 29 March 1873, in Madison, Iowa, United States, at the age of 50, and was buried in Wight Cemetery, Macksburg, Madison, Iowa, United States.
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.