Tuesday, November 10, 2009
William Anderson and Nancy Elizabeth (Vaughn) Harrison
William Anderson Harrison was born July 23, 1850, near Jonesboro, Washington county, Tennessee. On September 15, 1870, he married Nancy Elizabeth Vaughn, who was born in Cherokee county, North Carolina.
William's parents were Henderson (1823-1874) and Elzabeth (Cox) (1822-1897) Harrison, both born and died in Tennessee.
Nancy's parents were Dr. John (1821-1890) and Fannie (1820-1890) (Wheeler) Vaughn, borth born in North Carolina, both died in Bledsoe county, Tennessee.
William and Nancy's children were:
Afred Henry 1871 (stillborn)
Thomas Franklin 1874
Rachel Matilda 1876
Ida Francis 1878
John Henry 1880
James Anderson 1882
Flora Jerusha 1884
William Carpenter 1889 (stillborn)
Joseph Benjamin 1889
Minnie May Elizabeth 1891
Claude Columbus 1893
Mayme Eulemma 1895
In 1880 they were living in Rhea county, Tennessee, next door to Nancy's parents. By 1900 they had moved to a farm in Bledsoe county.
Nancy's health was frail and about 1905 they moved from Tennessee to a drier climate, Jackson county in southwestern Oklahoma. We know they made a trip back to Tennessee in 1825 for there was a photograph of William seated in the audience of the Scopes trial held July 10 to 21 in 1925.
Both William and Nancy were members of a Baptist church in Bledsoe county and moved their membership to the First Baptist Church of Olustee.
William died of cancer May 11, 1933 at their farm near Olustee in Jackson county. Nancy died May 11, 1939, also of cancer. Both are buried in the Olustee Cemetery in Olustee, Jackson, Oklahoma.