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View Tree for William Grancer HarrisonWilliam Grancer Harrison (b. 1787, d. May 1860)

William Grancer Harrison (son of William Henry Harrison and Martha Louise Holley) was born 1787 in Edgefield County, 96th District, South Carolina , and died May 1860 in Coffee County, Alabama . He married Nancy Justice on 1809 in Adams County, Mississippi, daughter of Moses Justice and Sarah Elizabeth Goodson.

 Includes NotesNotes for William Grancer Harrison:
We know the names of Grancer's children by a court case filed by his daughter Elizabeth. In 1867, Coffee County, Alabama, William's daughters, Elizabeth Hall, Mary Weeks, Sarah Adams, Charlotte Harrison, Frances Fleming, and Martha Paul, sued John Paul to sell land which had belonged to William Harrison. They were also suing on behalf of William's grandchildren because William and all four of his sons were dead. All of his sons died around 1864 in the Civil War.
May 27, 1867: Elizabeth Hall, vs John Paul - This day came the said Elizabeth Hall et als and filed their application in writing, signed by them, setting forth among other matters that they reside in this county and are of full age. That they Elizabeth Hall, Charlotta Harrison, Francis Fleming, Mary Weeks, Sarah Adams, Martha Paul, William Harrison, James M. Harrison, John Harrison and Moses Harrison are the joint owners of certain real and personal property in t

Grancer is said to have had many children by several women other than his wife. One woman was supposed to have been Mary Brock or Brooks. He is also said to have had a lot of slaves, but according to the below slave reports he did not. In fact it looks like he had one black slave woman. The black slave male was probably her son. The rest are her children that she had by a white man (Grancer?). It is said that Grancer named his black slaves with the surname Lane and that the black cemetery was next to the Harrison cemetery. It is now a plowed field. 1850 Slave Report Coffee County, Alabama

William (Grancer) Harrison owned 5 slaves:
1 28 year old female (black)
1 9 year old male (black)
1 7 year old male (mulatto)
1 3 year old male (mulatto)
1 1 year old male (mulatto)

1860 Slave Report, Coffee County, Alabama
(taken after Grancer d.) his wife Nancy owned:
1 39 year old female (black)
1 20 year old male (black)
1 15 year old male (mulatto)
1 11 year old male (mulatto)
1 9 year old female (mulatto)
1 7 year old female (mulatto)

According to Anthony Harris who is descended from Grancer, some family members have, since Dec of 1996, had Grancer's remains placed in an underground vault. I'm not sure whether the grave is in the original location or not. from ancestry.com


More About William Grancer Harrison:
Burial: Unknown, Harrison Cemetery, near Kinston, Coffee County, Alabama.
Census: Bet. 1850 - 1860, Coffee, AL.
Property: 2500 acres.71
Residence: 1819, Moved to Coffee County, AL.

More About William Grancer Harrison and Nancy Justice:
Marriage: 1809, Adams County, Mississippi.

Children of William Grancer Harrison and Nancy Justice are:
  1. Henry M Harrison, b. 1815, d. date unknown.
  2. Mary Harrison, b. 1817, AL, d. 1880.
  3. +Elizabeth Harrison, b. 27 May 1813, GA, d. 06 Dec 1908, Hacoda, Geneva Co, Alabama.
  4. Charlotte Harrison, b. 20 Jan 1821, AL, d. 30 Dec 1895.
  5. +James M Harrison, b. 1822, Coffee County, Alabama, d. Jan 1864.
  6. Sarah Harrison, b. 1824, GA, d. date unknown.
  7. +Frances Fannie Harrison, b. 30 Jan 1823, AL, d. 31 Jan 1894, Clarke, AL.
  8. +John A Harrison, b. 1827, AL, d. 1864.
  9. +William Angus Harrison, b. 1828, AL, d. 16 Oct 1864.
  10. +Moses M Harrison, b. 25 Jun 1829, d. 1864.
  11. Benjamin Harrison, b. 1830, Cherokee Nation, Alabama, d. 1864.
  12. Martha Jane Harrison, b. 18 May 1831, 15 Jun 1890, d. date unknown.
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