Lincoln County West Virginia Biography of Archibald B. HARRISON


            Archibald B. HARRISON, son of Guy P. and Cleme (Harmon) Harrison, both deceased, was born in Tazewell county, Virginia, January, 1837, and came to Lincoln county in 1878. He has been twice married; his first wife, Mary Spurlock, was the mother of three children: Laura P., born August 8, 1861; Nancy C., February 1, 1863; Lem, September 18, 1865. Mr. Harrison again married, in Lincoln county, in 1865, Martha Fry, daughter of Daniel H. and Nancy P. (Bailey) Fry. She was born in Logan county, now Lincoln county, September 8, 1844. The birth record of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison's seven children is: William T, April 18, 1867; Daniel H., September 29, 1869; John M., October 18, 1871; Mary L., February 19, 1823, died August 7, 1875; George E., October 10. 1874; Guy F., June 18, 1876; Louisa J., February 1, 1879. The subject of this sketch enlisted in the civil war in 1861, serving in the 16th Virginia Cavalry, in the Confederate army. He was a participant in the battles at Scary, Lewisburg, Carnifax Ferry, and Jenkins raid to Ohio. At Monocacy Junction, Maryland, he was wounded and made prisoner, but escaped in three days after his capture, engaging in the battles at Gettysburg, Lynchburg, and the capture of Gen. Scamron. He ranked as lieutenant, and returned to his home in 1864. Archibald B. Harrison is extensively engaged in farming, in Laurel Hill district, owning 380 acres of land on Guyan river, at the mouth of Phernats creek; good improvements upon the farm,, large orchard, heavily timbered, coal and iron ore in abundance. Mr. Harrison and his wife are members of the Christian Church. Direct mail to Hamlin, Lincoln county, West Virginia.


      Extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Lincoln County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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