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Harrison, Peyton L.

Born: 1804-11-07 Rockingham County, Virginia

Died: 1885-11-15 Illinois

Flourished: Sangamon County, Illinois

In 1822 Harrison and his family moved from Kentucky to Sangamon County, Illinois. Harrison married Eliza B. Cartwright, Reverend Peter Cartwright's daughter, in 1827, and their fourth child was Peachy Quinn Harrison. In 1832 Harrison purchased farmland near Richland Creek and built a home there. Peyton Harrison was involved in Whig, Anti-Nebraska, and Republican politics; in 1858 he and Abraham Lincoln served together as delegates from Sangamon County to the state Republican convention. In 1860 Harrison, a farmer, lived with his family near Pleasant Plains, and owned real estate worth $50,000 and personal property worth $3,000.

John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 359-60; Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 17 November 1885, 8:2, 7 July 1856, 3:1, 17 June 1858, 2:2-6; History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 820-21; Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 21 March 1844, 2:5; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Sangamon County, IL, 370.