Mary Jane (Nehemiah) Harrison
Civil War Widow's Pension
Names mentioned: Nehemiah Adam Harrison, Eliza
McMillian, Mary Jane Ball, Joseph Manning, Alfred Ball, Meriman Ball,
James Layman, Sarah M. Harrison, John Harrison, Martha P. Harrison,
Rose Harrison, Asa Layman. J.W. Thornton, Daniel R. Kyker, George W.
Dennis, and Lafayette Bird. Original records may be found online
various genealogy databases, or by requesting copies of military
records in government archives.
Abstracted and submitted by Bruce Price
Nehemiah Adam Harrison enlisted in Company I, 2nd Tennessee Cavalry on
9-22-1862 and was discharged 5-31-1865. He had contracted chronic
diarrhea in New Orleans and applied for a pension, but he died
2-11-1867 before a decision was made.
He appears under different names. His service record shows him as
Nathaniel A. Harrison. He was forty when he enlisted, described as
5'10", dark complexion, black hair, black eyes, a farmer and born in
Cocke County. He is named in the widow's pension file as "Nehemiah" and
"Neamiah"; the "Nathaniel" was said to be a mistake. He appears as Adam
Harrison in the 1850 (#918) and 1860 (#1212) censuses of Cocke County.
He was first married to Eliza McMillian. He remarried to Mary Jane Ball
1-13-1855 in the 12th Civil District by Joseph Manning, M.G. She could
have been the daughter of Alfred Ball or Merriman Ball; both had
daughters named Mary in the right age range. Adam and Mary Jane had
four children under sixteen when he died. This would be all their
children, since they had been married about twelve years when he died.
(The 1900 census says that Mary Jane was the mother of five children,
four living. The father could have been either Harrison or her second
husband, James Layman.) According to Mary's pension, all four children
were born in the 12th Civil District. Those children were:
Mary Jane remarried to James Layman 1-12-1882 at Birdsville, Cocke
County. He died 4-19-1899 at the home of his son, Asa Layman. J.W.
Thornton swore an oath that Mary Jane remained married to James Layman
until his death and that James was his father-in-law. On 2-3-1883,
James and Mary Jane Layman sold land in the 9th District to John
Harrison, which required him to pay $100 each to Daniel R. Kyker and
wife Sarah M. Kyker, George W. Dennis and wife Martha P. Dennis, and
Lafayette Bird and wife Rosa Bird.
- Sarah M. Harrison, born 1-19-1857
- John Harrison, born 1-28-1858
- Martha P. Harrison, born 2-7-1861
- Rose Harrison, born 7-3-1865
Mary Jane died 11-19-1912.
There are a number of deeds in Cocke County involving the Harrisons and Laymans that provide more evidence of the family tree.