WILLIAM HARRISON, Danville Mounted Riflemen


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William Harrison was born in 1821 in Alabama. In 1850, he was living in the household of a widow in Montgomery County, Frances Lagrone, and was single. His occupation was given as Ranger.

On 30 December, 1852, William was married in Walker County to Frances O'Banion by J. V. Wright, Minister of the Gospel. Frances was the sister of Cavalrymen William Hamilton O'Banion and John R. O'Banion. She was the daughter of Green Hamilton O'Banion and Hulda Teer and was born in Alabama in about 1829.

By 1860, William and Frances were living in Walker County, but their post office was in Danville, Montgomery County. Five children were in the family, as well as B. F. Cates, age 21, born in Alabama. B. Cates was also in the Riflemen.

William joined the Danville Mounted Riflemen on May 4, 1861. His name appears also on the muster roll for September 13th and for February 14th 1862. He was a private. He does not appear in the muster rolls for Co. B 24th Texas Cavalry.

It is not known whether William joined a regular CSA unit, and at the beginning of the war, he was over age. However, according to a story passed down in the James Henry Hall family, he spent time stealing horses for the Confederacy. He may have done this as a member of the militia.

The two little motherless boys of James Henry Hall, John and James Hall, were cared for by Mrs. Harrison while their father was away serving in the Texas State Troops.

The following story was related by Maxine Johnson: the men of the household were stealing horses for the Confederacy, and when they would come home from a raid, they would throw the little boys around. The children learned to hang back and hide when the men came home, so Mrs. Harrison would bring them food until the men quieted down from their excitement.

By 1870, William and Frances were living in Midway, Madison County, with their eight children ages three through sixteen. Several other former Danville residents also had moved to Midway by this time. William was a farmer. Frances is found living with her son, John F. Harrison, in Leon County, in 1880. Four of the other children were in the household, and an OíBanion relative was next door. No records have been found regarding Williamís or Francesís death or burial.

The above was compiled from county and census records, from the Danville Mounted Riflemen muster rolls at the Texas State Archives, from the O'Banion article in the 1981 Montgomery County History, from a telephone conversation with Maxine Johnson, and from information in the vertical files at the Montgomery County library.

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at fjohnson@wt.net.

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