William J. Harrison, farmer, stock raiser and dairyman, of Jefferson County, Mo., was born near De Soto in 1833, the son of George W. and Jemima (Null) Harrison. The father was probably born in Georgia in 1807, and when a boy was brought by an uncle to Missouri, where he spent the remainder of his days in farming and stock raising and died in 1855, while managing a provision store to supply the men employed in building the Iron Mountain Railroad. The mother was born in 1813, and died in 1859. She was a daughter of William Null, who was an early and well known citizen of Jefferson County, Mo. Wm. J. received
but few early educational advantages, and in 1859 was married to Ann C., daughter of James R. and Margaret England. Mr. England was born in Tennessee, but, when a boy, was brought by his father to Missouri.
His wife was a native of Jefferson County, and a daughter of James McCormack.
Mr. Harrison and wife became the parents of six children, three of whom are
living: James Edwin, George Franklin and Oscar Clark. Mr. Harrison first
settled near Valle's Mines where he lived until 1864. At this time he made
an extended trip through Colorado, Idaho, Washington Territory, etc., having
been absent sixteen months. After his return he settled on his present
excellent farm of 250 acres. He is a Democrat in politics and cast his first presidential vote for Buchanan. He and wife are members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church South.