William Licken Harrison was born November 5, 1831 in Florence, Lauderdale, Alabama, attended Vanderbilt, and served as surgeon in the Civil War. He was a teacher, traveling evangelist, and minister of the Christian church in Troy. He represented both McLennan and Bell counties as state senator in Austin. His oldest son, Garvey, served as a senate page at the same time.
Dr. Harrison was master of the McGregor Masonic Lodge in 1885 and was a charter member. He helped organize the Troy Christian Church in 1883.
He was the son of Thomas Tyler Harrison and Elizabeth Wells of South Carolina.
The first wife of Dr. Harrison was Lydia Biggs who died in 1883. The couple lived in Alabama until at least 1865, then in Arkansas where their first few children were born. They moved to Coryell, Texas before 1870. Lydia's marked grave is in Comanche Springs Cemetery in McLennan County. Their children were Ella, who married W. P. Hickerson; Daniel Allen (8 Sep 1866-23 Sep 1938 TX); Lou (Lucetta), who married J. W. Evens; Dora, born 1875, the first child born in Texas, who married John G. Sims; Mollie married W. T. Connally; and Penelope, who married F. P. Moulton. Other children not in this published list were a daughter "S. S.", born 1860 and apparently died as a child and Willis Daniel, born 1865.
After the death of his first wife, Dr. Harrison married Katherine Elizabeth Wood (June 21, 1853) in Ohio. Their children were: Grovie Harrison Carter (August 15, 1884 - 1975); McGarvey (Garvey) (December 11, 1885 - 1970); Troy L. (August 15, 1888 - 1973); and Bluford Homan (April 18, 1893-April 28, 1977).
Dr. Harrison died February 14, 1915 and Katie E. Wood Harrison died August 4, 1926. Their marked graves are in Hillcrest Cemetery in Temple. (The Story of Bell County by the Bell County Historical Commission) Submitted by Mary Bynum
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