William was born on 27 NOV 1836 in Bedford, Tennessee, the son of unknown parents.
He died on 3 OCT 1904 in Benton County, Arkansas.
His wife was Nancy Isa Dickson, who he married on 10 MAR 1875 in Benton County, Arkansas. They had no known children.
|Birth||27 NOV 1836||
|Death||3 OCT 1904||
|Census||6 JUN 1900||
HARSTON, Wm. Alexander - This community was shocked last Monday afternoon when the news spread over the city that Mr. W.A. Harston, one of the oldest and best citizens of Benton county, had died suddenly at his home three quarters of a mile northwest of town. Mr. Harston was apparently in good health and had been at work all day. He and his brother, Tom, had been hauling and storing hay in the barn. At about three o'clock while they were engaged in the work Mr. W.A. Harston, begin up in the barn loft throwing the hay back, he was taken suddenly ill. He went to the house and Dr. J.H. Lindsey was hurriedly sent for and about twenty minutes after his arrival Mr. Harston breathed his last. It is estimated that in an hour's time after he first complained, death resulted. An affection of the heart was the cause of death. Rev. P. Carnahan, who preached the funeral sermon and who has been intimately acquainted with the deceased for many years, will have prepared for next week's issue and appropriate sketch of the life of this good man, hence we merely mention his passing this week and leave the rest for Rev. Carnahan to tell. [Benton County Democrat - Bentonville, Benton County, Arkansas - October 6, 1904]
Died, October 3rd, 1904 at his residence near Bentonville, Wm. Alexander Harston, in the 68th year of his age. The deceased was born in Bedford county, Tenn. Nov. 27th, 1836. He came with his father's family to Benton county, Ark. and was among the early settlers of the county, living for many years on Pea Ridge. From Pea Ridge he came to Bentonville where he lived until his death. He was thrice married. First to Susannah Webb, Oct. 25th, 1853. To them were born two children, both of whom together with their mother, had gone before. January 10th, 1855 he was married to Martha L. Fine. To them were born three children, all daughters, two of whom together with their mother, had gone before. March 10th, 1875 he was married to Nancy I. Dickson, which happy and mutually profitable union was broken by the death of Bro. Harston Oct. 3, 1904. Bro Harston professed religion when quite young and for years afterward there was a declension in religious duties and consequently in religious hope and enjoyment. Afterwards he repented of his wanderings and returned to the love and service of his forgiving and interceding Savior and ever afterward lived in his pleasing and profitable service. Some years ago he was ordained a ruling elder in the Bentonville congregation of the C.P. Church, which office he filled to the satisfaction and the best interest of the church. A very large, sorrowing and sympathizing audience attended the funeral service conducted by his beloved pastor, assisted by Bro. Holloway, Waldrip and the writer, after which his remains were buried by the Masonic fraternity, of whom he was an honored member, in the Odd Fellows cemetery. P. Carnahan. [Benton County Democrat - Bentonville, Benton County, Arkansas - October 13, 1904]
Spouse: Nancy Dickson Harston (1834 - 1916)
Susannah F Harston Puckett (1856 - 1884)*
Aradonna Harston Miller (1861 - 1936)*
Roxanne Harston Chastain (1861 - 1896)*