Jared M. Harrison was born in 1832, probably in New York, the son of Allen (d. 1850) and Polly (b. 1796).
Allen and Polly were married in March of 1819 in Oneida County, County. Allen died in Litchfield, Herkimer County, New York in September of 1850. Jared left New York State and moved westward, eventually settling in western Michigan. It is possible that his mother was the same Polly Harrison living in Adrian’s Fourth Ward, Lenawee County in 1860 and who was in the building stone business with one J. H. Wood in Adrian by 1863.
In any case, in 1860 Jared was probably working as a farmer and living alone in Paris, Kent County; next door lived the family of Orleans Spaulding -- Orlean’s son Samuel and a farm laboer by the name of John Laraway who worked for Orleans would both enlist in Company A, as would Minor Spaulding who also living in Paris.
In any case, Jared was 29 years old and may have been working as a farmer in Cascade, Kent County when he enlisted at the age of 29 in Company A on May 13, 1861.
Jared was killed in action on May 31, 1862, at Fair Oaks, Virginia, and presumably among the unknown soldiers buried at Seven Pines National Cemetery.
In 1862 his mother was apparently living in Paris, Kent County when she applied for and received a pension (no. 9189).
In 1870 there was a Polly Harrison, age 74 (b. in New York) living with the Huntley family in Wayland village, Allegan County.