Tombstone Tuesday: John Thomas Harrison Sr.
Greenwood Cemetery, New Bern, NC
My great grandfather John Thomas Harrison (Dec 3, 1892--June 22, 1974) died before I turned 2, so I didn't get a chance to know him. My mother recalls that he was a tall and slender and I think my grandfather's build was attributable to him. My mother met him as a child and recalled he lived in a house Brown's Alley in New Bern that had blue and white trim, and had one window on the second floor that faced out toward the street. I was able to obtain a copy of a deed that was made out to Carrie Harrison's parents Samuel Whitney and Sarah Jane Harris Whitney. Carrie was John Thomas's wife who passed away in 1939. Anyway, the deed information tells by lot where the home was located in the city grid. I have to follow up with an email to the Kellenberger Room of the New Bern Public Library to see if they have an old city map that plots property out by lots to confirm the exact location but I did happen to check out Google Maps and found this house on Brown's Ave (Brown's Alley was renamed to Brown's Ave).
I showed my mother this picture and she couldn't confirm if it was her grandfather's house because she had visited the house only once when she was a small child. I will keep you posted when I find out for sure but I think we may have a winner folks.