John Stewart Harrison1

#631, (1893 - 1949)
FatherJohn Stewart Harrison1,2 (1843 - 1901)
MotherHarriet Bonnycastle1,2 (1867 - 1942)
Relationship2nd great-grandson of John Bonnycastle
Charts5 Generations of Descendants of Charles Bonnycastle (1796-1840)


Louise Lemon (c 1893 - )
  • Mary Harrison7
  • John Stewart Harrison6

Life Events

BirthJohn Stewart Harrison was born on 1 Mar 1893 in Louisville, Kentucky.
He and his twin brother were born in the same home where their mother was born and raised. For a description of the Bonnycastle Estate, see the pages of their maternal grandparents, John Charles Bonnycastle & Harriet Everett.2 
(with Parents) 1900 CensusJohn S Harrison appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Two Mile House Precinct, Jefferson County, Kentucky with his parents. He was 7 years old, born in March 1893 in Kentucky, father born in Virginia, mother in Kentucky, and he attended school. Also there was a twin brother John B.1 
(Father died) DeathHe was 8 years old when his father died.3 
Note.In his memoir, Stewart described his early years.

Our house, a large two-story typical southern home, was in one corner of the Estate, about one mile from the Big House, where lived my grand-mother and several aunts and uncles.
My older sister, brother and I were raised like all southern children by a negro mammy and under the doctrine that children should be seen and not heard. Our meals were served at a side table in the main dining room under the strict eye of mammy, who had very decided notions of how white quality 'chillun' should behave.
My entire family were Episcopalians and we were taught that any other belief was just ordinary common.
When we were old enough, we entered the Enterprise school, a little one room school-house located on the Barge Town road and about eight miles from our house. A Miss German was the only teacher we ever had, in spite of the fact that we were promoted from grade to grade each year.
Transportation to and from school was by means of a Billy goat and wagon. A fourteen year old darky boy accompanied us. He would walk along side while we took turns driving down the unpaved and frequently very muddy Barge Town pike. After leaving us at the school house he would return home and come for us again in the afternoon.
My grand-mother's Estate was quite large and we had no near neighbors, consequently we had no playmates other than each other and the gardener's son who was just about our age. Of course often over week-ends some of our city cousins came out to visit us..."

After his father died, they sold their house and moved into the Big House with their grandmother.2 
(with Mother) 1905 CensusJohn L [sic] Harrison appeared on the 1905 State Census of Fort Snelling Village, Hennepin County, Minnesota with his mother and stepfather. He was 12 years old and born in Kentucky. He had a brother the same age named John B.4 
Note.The twin brothers attended Shattuck Military Academy in Faribault, Minnesota and spent their first summer vacation in Cuba where their step-father was stationed.2 
Note.He attended Virginia Military Institute for 3 years, then joined the field engineering party of Standard Oil Company of Louisiana in 1911.2 
Education John Stewart Harrison was in the Virginia Military Institute Class of 1912. He served in World War 1 as a Major with the 142 M.G. Battalion, A.E.F.5 
MarriageHe married Louise Lemon circa 1916.6
1920 CensusJohn S and Louise Harrison appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, at 532 Laurel Street. They were in the household of Louise's widowed mother Mrs S H Lemon. Also there was Louise's sister Katie, her aunt Sallie Stirling, and her grandmother Mrs K L Stirling.
John was 31, born in Virginia, parents born in Virginia, and worked for Standard Oil. Louise was 30, born in Louisiana, parents born in Louisiana. [Louise's sister was an office clerk at Standard Oil - was this how they met?]. They had one daughter, Mary (2 years 11 months).7 
1930 CensusJohn S and Louise appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, at 2707 Colchester. They rented their home for $200, owned a radio, and were both first married at the age of 22. John was 38, born in Kentucky, father born in Virginia, mother in Kentucky, a World War veteran, and Vice President of an Oil Company. Louise was 38, born in Louisiana, as were her parents. They had two children, Mary (12, Louisiana) and John S Jr (6, South Carolina). Also with them was Louise's mother Mary (57, widow) and a general maid.6 
(Mentioned) ObituaryHe was mentioned in Harriet Cooper's 1942 obituary as son Stewart Harrison Cooper.8 
DeathJohn died on 16 Apr 1949 in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.
The transcribed index noted that he was age 56, born in Louisville, Kentucky, wife Louise, and his parents were J S Harrison & Harrie T Berrycastle [sic].9,10 
BurialMajor John Stewart Harrison was buried in Lemon Family Cemetery, Laurel Hill, Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, then interred in Arlington National Cemetery 22 Dec 1965. The inscription on the gravestone in the Lemon Family Cemetery is: John Stewart Harrison / Major U.S. Army / Mar 1, 1893 / Apr 16, 1949.11,12 
Last Edited1 May 2014


  1. 1900 Federal Census for United States, Kentucky, Jefferson County, Two Mile House Precinct, Roll T623_533, ED 151, Page 28B. Digital image viewed at
  2. John Stewart Harrison, Unpublished Memoir. Typescript copy held by family.
  3. Death Records of Kentucky, 1852-1953, J S Harrison, 1901. Image viewed at Ancestry.
  4. Online image of the 1905 Census for Minnesota (Family Search Labs, "Hennepin County, Fort Snelling Village, ED 42, sheet 15."
  5. Historical Rosters Database online at Virginia Military Institute Archives. John Stewart Harrison.
  6. 1930 Federal Census for United States, Ohio, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Heights, ED 575, Page 11A. Image viewed at
  7. 1920 Federal Census for United States, Louisiana, East Baton Rouge Parish, Baton Rouge Ward 2, ED 25, Page 9A. Digital image viewed at
  8. databases, Historical Newspaper Database. Image from Washington Post, 19 Feb 1942. Harriet Bonnycastle Cooper Obituary.
  9. E-mails from Jeb Harrison to J Kolthammer.
  10. Louisiana Death Index, 1850-1875, 1894-1956. Text entry viewed at FamilySearch, John Stewart Harrison, 1949.
  11. "Inscriptions from Tombstones in Lemon Family Cemetery, West Feliciana Parish". Article from the Louisiana Genealogical Register, September 1964 copied to the LaGenWeb Archives online.
  12. U.S. Veterans Gravesites. Original data from National Cemetery Administration Nationwide Gravesite Locator. Text index viewed at Ancestry. Major John Stewart Harrison, born 1 Mar 1893, died 16 Apr 1948 [sic], interment 22 Dec 1965 in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 3 Site 4221-N.