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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Jacob and Anna

Born September 16, 1826,[1] Jacob Waggoner was one of the fourth generation of descendants from a German immigrant named Adam Waggoner (#1) who had settled on the New River in Virginia in 1769.[2] Adam was a contemporary of Henry Harman, Sr. and his brothers. Although frontier struggles and Indian wars were past history by the time Jacob was born, life was not easy for Adam’s great-grandson. Jacob’s father, Elias Waggoner, died in 1832[3] when Jacob, the middle son of three, was just six years old. His mother, Arminta (Nicewander) Waggoner, married a second time in 1836 to Tillman Crockett,[4] and bore two more children. By 1840, Tillman had died and Arminta was once again left to fend for herself and her children.[5] Her home was adjacent to her father’s land in Tazewell County,[6] so she very likely had support from family members. From a young age, Jacob and his brothers, like most children in those days, helped with the farming. In 1850, Arminta and her three adult Waggoner sons, David, Jacob, and Adam E., and two younger Crockett children, Betsy and Daniel, farmed land they owned in Tazewell County, which was worth $135.00,[7] not much even then. The land in the area was, and still is. rocky and difficult to till.


A young Jacob Waggoner, c. 1850.

Despite disadvantages, Jacob seems to have developed a risk taking spirit and a sense of responsibility for his community as evidenced by records he left behind. I’ve separated his records into two time periods: those he made while married to his first wife, Anna Harman, and those he made while married to his second wife, Fanny Kirby. This week's blog covers his marriage to Anna.

1853-1871

In 1853, Jacob married Anna F. Harman, daughter of Henry and Famy (Brown) Harman.

Jacob and Anna. c. 1853. Anna’s face is barely discernible, but it’s interesting to note that her hair is done in the style of the day, rather than hanging loosely on her shoulders, as in photo in last week's blog. Most adult women of that day did not go out in public with their hair on their shoulders. Also, her hands appear to be big and work worn, though she is only 19. Is she showing off the ring on her left hand? They appear to be wearing the same clothes as in the other photo. Both pictures were likely taken at the time they were married.

In 1858, Jacob and his father-in-law, Henry Harman, were administrators of the estate of Henry’s mother, Mary Polly (Dunn) Harman and the sale of her personal property,[8] and of the estate of Henry’s father Mathias Harman regarding the sale of four slaves: two men named Pompey (father and son, perhaps?) a girl named Pauline, and woman named Bets and her child who sold as a unit; they were purchased by several of the Harman neighbors.[9]

In 1860, Jacob and Ann were living in Wythe County with four children: Elias, age 5; Eli, age 3; George, age 2; and Alice, age six months. Two additional people live in the household: Daniel Crockett, Jacob’s half-brother, age 18, laborer, and Ellen Cameron, age 13, serving. Jacob owned his farm valued at $2,300.00, and his personal property was valued at $1,000.00.[10] They seemed to be doing well enough.

The Civil War dramatically affected Jacob and Anna, as it did many of their family members  and friends. Anna’s brother George was killed, her brother-in-law, William Bates, died of disease in camp, and her brother-in-law, Andrew J. Hubble, suffered in a prison camp in Ohio for several months. Jacob served in at least three capacities during the war.  (This was detailed in a previous blog.) On 6  September 1861, Jacob received a commission from Virginia Governor John Letcher to serve as a First Lieutenant in the 198th Regiment of the 25th Brigade and Fifth Division of the Virginia Militia.[11]  He also served as a Private in the 135th Regiment, Virginia Militia.[12] Later, he joined Company F, 8th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, 1 October 1863 – 1 October 1864, signing with his brother-in-law, Captain Hezekiah Harman. He apparently deserted on 1 September 1864.[13]

The family story goes that Jacob contracted an illness during the war. As a result of ineffective treatments he received from military doctors, he began to study medicine and home remedies to treat himself. As a result of knowledge he gained through his research, he began to treat ailing friends and neighbors and became known as a “country doctor.”[14] To give some credence to that story, his name appears twice in a county business directory of Bland County, once among a list of physicians and once among a list of “Principal Farmers” at Point Pleasant.[15]

The war was devastating for Southerners. Nonetheless, after it ended, the people of Bland County worked to restore their communities and their family lives. Jacob Waggoner, Elias Repass, and Felix Buck, acting as Trustees, joined forces with Robert and Margaret Doak for the purpose of building a church and school. On 4 November 1867, Mr. and Mrs. Doak sold an acre of land to the Trustees for the price of $1.00, with stipulations that it be used for educational and spiritual edification.[16] It’s important to note that Jacob Waggoner acted as Justice of the Peace in certifying this transaction.

By 1870, Jacob and Anna had eight children: Elias H, age 16; Eli Pierce, age 14; George W., age 13; Missouri A., age 10; Hezekiah H., age 8; Ardelia Ibbie, age 7; Amanda V., age 3; and Willis Grant, age 1. A domestic servant named Fanny Kirby, age 21,[17] was also living in the home, likely helping Anna with the children and the housework.

The land for the church and school was only the beginning of several land transactions and other court records left behind by Jacob Waggoner. In February 1871, Jacob purchased approximately 197 acres of land in Bland County on Walker Mountain, property on which he already lived, from William H. and Sophia Sprinkle and Hezekiah and Polly Sprinkle. The selling price was $600.00 of which he paid half at that time and the other half was due 1 January 1872.[18] 

Just a few days after purchasing this land, Anna died on 9 March 1871[19] after giving birth to her ninth child, William. About six months later on 24 September 1871, little William also died.[20] Their burial place is unknown.




[1] Thomas C. Hatcher and Nancy Nash, The Adam Waggoner Family of Tazewell and Montgomery Counties  Virginia, 1750-1996 (np: np, 1996), 32. This book is digitized in full on FamilySearch.org. It is not well sourced, and in fact does contain several errors regarding Anna Harman Waggoner’s children, but the Appendixes includes copies of several original sources. Of special interest are a copy of Adam Waggoner’s will, which names all of his children, of George Waggoner’s will (father of Elias), and of an excerpt from Mary Kegley’s and F. B. Kegley’s well documented book Early Adventures on the Western Waters, Vol. II, about Adam Waggoner and his life in Virginia:  https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE928587&vid=FHD&vid=FHD
[2] Mary B. Kegley and F. B. Kegley, Early Adventures on the Western Waters, Vol. 1: The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1800 (Orange, Virginia: Green Publishers, Inc., 1980), 42.
[3] Hatcher and Nash, The Adam Waggoner Family, 14.
[4] U. S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, database Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 24 May 2014), Tilman Crockett and Arminta Wagner, 1836.
[5] 1840 U. S. census, Tazewell County, Virginia, no township, p. 7 (penned), line 12, Arminta Crockett household; digital image Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 May 2014); NARA microfilm publication M704, roll 579.
[6] 1840 U. S. census, Tazewell County, Virginia, no township, p. 7 (penned), line 11, David Nicewander household; digital image Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 May 2014); NARA microfilm publication M704, roll 579.
[7] 1850 U. S. census, Western District, Tazewell County, Virginia, population schedule, p. 101 (penned), dwelling 182, family 182, Armenta Crocket household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 May 2014); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication M432, roll 979.
[8] Smyth County, Virginia, Will Book 3:160-162, Mary Harmon, 1858; County Clerk’s Office, Marion.
[9] Smyth County, Virginia, Will Book 3:162, sale of slaves of Mathias Harmon: County Clerk’s Office, Marion.
[10] 1860 U. S. census, District 58, Wythe Co., Va., pop. sched., p. 52, Jacob Wagoner.
[11] “The Commonwealth of Virginia, to Jacob Waggoner,” Holston Pastfinder, 18 (March 1987): 47.
[12] U. S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865, database Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 12 May 2014), Jacob Waggoner.
[13] Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia, image database Fold3 (www.fold3.com : accessed 12 May 2014), Eighth Cavalry, Jacob Waggoner; NARA M324, roll 0086. 
[14] Heritage of Smyth County, Virginia, 1832-1997 (Waynesville, North Carolina: Don Mills, Incorporated, 1997), p. 176.
[15] Chataigne's Virginia Gazetteer and Classified Business Directory, 1888 – 1889, database New River Notes (www.newrivernotes.com : accessed 12 May 2014); Bland County: Physicians, Jacob A. Waggoner; Principal Farmers, Point Pleasant, J.A. Waggoner. Note: this is the only source found to date that includes the middle initial A. for Jacob Waggoner.
[16] Bland County, Virginia, Deed Book 1: 296-97, Robert and Margaret Doak to Elias Repass, Felix Buck, and Jacob Waggoner, Trustees, 4 November 1867; County Clerk’s Office, Bland.
[17] 1870 U. S. census, Bland County, Virginia, population schedule, Sharon post office, p. 7 (penned), dwelling 47, family 47, Jacob Wagoner household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 May 2014); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication M593, roll 1636. 
[18] Bland County, Virginia, Deed Book 2: 151-52, Wm. H. and Sophia Sprinkle and Hezekiah and Polly Sprinkle to Jacob Waggoner, 17 February 1870; County Clerk’s Office, Bland.
[19] Virginia Deaths and Burials Index, 1853-1917, Anna Waggoner, database Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 May 2014).
[20] Virginia Deaths and Burials Index, 1853-1917, Wm. J. Wagoner.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Anna F. Harman, Mystery Woman


My Grandma Mary’s paternal grandmother Anna F. Harman (daughter of  Henry J. Harman, whose father was Mathias, whose father was Henry, Sr., whose father was the German immigrant, Heinrich Adam) is somewhat of a mystery woman—like her mother Famy Brown. Famy’s unknown parentage makes Anna’s maternal ancestry a mystery, too. Some of Anna’s descendants claim she was half Cherokee. Adamantly claim.

Soon after I learned about Anna’s Harman heritage, I learned about the controversy over Anna’s alleged Cherokee ancestry. Nancy Nash, who co-edited the Adam Waggoner book, wrote me that I was one of only two ancestors of Jacob and Ann who had ordered the book. She gave me contact information for the other person, Fred Cousin (not his real name) who had complained about mistakes in the book, and told me that I might learn more about the family from him. Fred is the only grandson of Anna’s fifth child, Hezekiah Hiram Waggoner, known as HH, which makes Fred a first cousin to my dad and his siblings—or first cousin once removed to me. If fact, I remember visiting Fred’s family in Liberty, Missouri, when I was a kid on one of my family’s summer trips from Nebraska to Virginia.

Fred very graciously responded to my letter by sending me copies of family photos and telling me this about Anna: "Regarding the Indian thing: Mom said her dad (HH), Willis, & George [HH’s brothers] all said AH [Anna Harman] was ½ Cherokee. Ottie, Willis’s [sic] widow told me AH was a legend years after her death. Ottie [neè Buchanan] said she heard lots of stories of AH’s meanness, ferocious temper & Indian Blood. This is from the Buchanans, not the Wagners. Ottie lived to 101, and was alert to the very end."[1]

I’d love to hear the stories Ottie had heard about Anna. None of Anna’s siblings’ descendants have made claims about Cherokee ancestry, it seems, and there’s nothing in their records about it. Nash says there’s no evidence in the records that Anna was ½ Cherokee, and I’ve not found any, either, but my curiosity craves more information. I can’t easily dismiss the testimony of Anna’s three sons and a daughter-in-law. The key is Anna’s mother. Was Famy (neè Brown) Harman Cherokee? When Anna and her siblings were born prior to 1860, it wasn’t such a great thing for people to know you had Indian blood. Not until 1893 when the Dawes Commission formed and started officially enrolling people who could claim descent from one of the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole) and get free land did many people want to claim Native American ancestry. Then many people seemed to remember, "Didn't Grandpa say his mother was Indian--or was it Grandma?" Any time I mention Anna’s possible Cherokee ancestry to other researchers, they rather patronizingly remind me of this.

Anna F. Harman and Jacob Waggoner, possibly their marriage photo, taken about 1853.
 What I do know about Anna is that in the years following her marriage Jacob Waggoner on 6 July 1853,[2] she bore nine children:

1.     Elias Henry, born 4 October 1853[3] just three months after his parents married, likely named for Jacob’s father Elias and for Anna's father Henry;
2.     Eli Pierce, born 25 October 1854[4], father of my Grandma Mary;
3.     George W., born 27 January 1857,[5] likely named for Anna’s brother who was later killed during the Civil War;
4.     Maude Alice, born 16 August 1859[6];
5.     Hezekiah Harman “Hiram," born 27 January 1861,[7] likely named for Anna’s brother Hezekiah;
6.     Ardelia Ibbie, born June 1864[8];
7.     Amanda V., born February 1866[9];
8.     Willis Grant, born 12 January 1869[10];
9.     William Stewart, born 8 March 1871.[11]

With all those children and a husband, who was busy farming, buying and selling land, going off to war, returning in ill health and obsessed with finding a cure for his ailments (more on this next week), perhaps we can imagine why Anna might have been in a nasty mood now and then.

At least, she had a mother’s helper. In 1860, 13-year-old Ellen Cameron served in the home,[12] most likely helping Anna with her four young children. In 1870, 21-year-old Fanny Kirby[13] served as needed. Less than a year later and all too soon, Anna died on 9 March 1871[14] after giving birth to her ninth child, William. The following December, Jacob married Fanny Kirby.[15]

© 2014, Z. T. Noble


[1] Fred Cousin, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] Liberty, Missouri, to Zola Noble, letter, 28 April 2003, information on Harman/Waggoner ancestry; Jacob Waggoner binder; privately held, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] Anderson, Indiana.
[2] John Newton Harman, Sr., Harman Genealogy (Southern Branch) with Biographical Sketches and Historical Notes, 1700-1924 (Radford, Virginia: Commonwealth Press, Inc., 1925), 162.
[3] “Former Pierce Resident Dies in Missouri,” Pierce County Call, Pierce, Nebraska, May 23, 1935, p. 1.
[4] Smyth County, Virginia, Register of Births, Book 1: 71, entry for Eli P. Wagner; County Clerk’s Office, Marion.
[5] Findagrave.com, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 22 May 2014), photograph, gravestone for George W. Wagner (1857-1939), Mount Olivet Christian Church Cemetery, Clay County, Missouri.
[6] 1900 U. S. census, Olympia, Smyth County, Virginia, population schedule, enumeration district [ED] 86, p. 142 (stamped), sheet 7-A, dwelling 117, family 117, Maud A. Hubble; digital image Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 May 2014); NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 1728.
[7] Findagrave.com, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 22 May 2014), memorial for Hezekiah Hiram Wagner (1857-1939), Fairview Cemetery, Liberty, Clay County, Missouri.
[8] 1900 U. S. census, Sedden, Bland County, Virginia, population schedule, enumeration district [ED] 3, p. 93 (stamped), sheet 2-A, dwelling 24, family 24,  Tobie Gegring [Ibbie Gearing]; digital image Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 May 2014); NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 1701.
[9] 1900 U. S. census, Salem, Roanoke County, Virginia, population schedule, enumeration district [ED] 77, p. 209 (stamped), sheet 8-B, dwelling 129, family 129,  Amanda Wagoner, digital image Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 May 2014); NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 1725.
[x] Findagrave.com, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 22 May 2014), photograph, gravestone for Willis Wagner (1869-1956), Mount Olivet Christian Church Cemetery, Smithville, Clay County, Missouri.
[11] Bland County, Virginia Births: 1861-96, p. 87, William Waggoner, 8 March 1871; database Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 23 July 2013).
[12] 1860 U. S. census, District 58, Wythe County, Virginia, population schedule, p. 52 (penned), dwelling 401, family 333, Jacob Wagoner; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 May 2014); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication M653, roll 1385.
[13] 1870 U. S. census, Bland County, Virginia, population schedule, Sharon post office, p. 7 (penned), dwelling 47, family 47, Jacob Wagoner; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 May 2014); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication M593, roll 1636.
[14] Virginia Deaths and Burials Index, 1853-1917, Anna Waggoner, database Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 May 2014).
[15] Bland County, Virginia, Marriage Records, Book 1:8, entry for Jacob Waggoner and Fanie J. Kirby; County Clerk’s Office, Bland.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Henry J. Harman's Children: An Active Bunch



The children of Henry J. Harman (son of Mathias, son of Henry, Sr., son of Heinrich Adam) and Famy (Brown) Harman included my great-great-grandmother, Anna. She was number four out of seven children—smack-dab in the middle. Knowing a little about the others helps to shed some light on Anna.

First came Nancy, born 26 November 1827,[1] married in 1850[2] to William H. Bales (b. 29 Jan. 1824).[3] During the next eleven years, Nancy and William had five children: Margaret, Louisa, Eunice, Eli, and Missouri.[4] Then the Civil War started. William signed up Co. B, 21st Virginia Cavalry, Peter’s Regiment, and in July 1862, he died “at Laurel Fork . . . of fever and bloody flux contracted in service.”[5] About that same time, a sixth child was born: Hezekiah.[6] Left with children ranging in age from newborn to age 10, how did Nancy manage? Somehow, she did. She never remarried and died 16 August 1889 at age 61.[7]

W. H. Bales' tombstone, Harmon Cemetery near Nebo, Va.; photo courtesy of Find A Grave volunteer, Mike.
Second came Hezekiah (Hiram), born 9 September 1829.[8] For years, my dad carried an obituary in his wallet that said this man had four horses shot out from under him during the Civil War. In Hezekiah’s service record, I found at least one card to partially validate that story: “His horse rec’d shot in neck in Skirmish at Hawk’s Nest. August 25, 1861 and is rendered worthless. Valuation $160.”[9] He served the Confederacy as a lieutenant in Company B, 8th Virginia Cavalry, called Smyth Dragoons.[10] After the war, on 30 December 1868, at age 39, he married Serena Dorcas Cole,[11] age 19.[12] They lived near Nebo in Smyth County and had eleven known children.[13] A prominent citizen of Smyth County, Hezekiah served Smyth and Bland counties as representative to the 1879-80, House of Delegates of Virginia. He died in 1923 at the age of 94.[14]

Hezekiah (Hiram) Harman, from Harman Genealogy, p. 160.
Muster Roll from Hezekiah Harman's records; see endnote 9.

Hezakiah Harmon's tombstone, Harmon Cemetery near Nebo, Va.; photo courtesy of Find A Grave volunteer, Mike.
Henry and Famy’s third child, who carried the distinctive name, Jerome Bonaparte, was born 27 December 1831. At age 26, he married Nancy Groseclose (1834-1866) on 16 May, 1858. They had eight known children. He seems to have avoided Civil War service as no records can be found. Jerome was also a “prominent and influential” citizen of Smyth County. He died 15 July 1919, at age 87.[15]

Jerome Bonaparte Harman, from Harman Genealogy, p. 160.

Jerome B. Harmon's tombstone, Harmon Cemetery near Nebo, Va., photo courtesy of Find A Grave volunteer, Mike.

The fourth child, Anna F., born 15 February 1854, married Jacob A. Waggoner, 6 July 1853, when she was 19 years old.[16] Anna was my grandmother Mary’s paternal grandmother. More on Anna next week. Note the similar facial features between Anna and her brothers, Hezekiah and Jerome. Similar features can be seen in photos of some of Anna's children.

Anna F. Harman Waggoner.


Henry and Famy's fifth child was Louisa, born 11 November 1838, married Eli F. Groseclose, 24 February 1858, and had five known children.[17] During the Civil War, Eli served with 36th Virginia Infantry, Company B; he was “wounded twice, but not disabled.”[18] 

Child number six, George W., was born 9 May 1841. During the Civil War, George served in Company F, 8th Virginia Cavalry. He was killed in the battle of Cedar Creek near Woodstock, Virginia, in September 1864.[19]

George W. Harman, from Harman Genealogy, p. 160.

The youngest of Henry’s children, Amanda, was likely born to Henry's second wife, Catherine (Leedy) Harman.[20] Amanda was born 28 March 1849.[21] On 20 August 1866, at age 17, she married Andrew J. Hubble, who was about 26, and they had five known children.[22] During the Civil War, Andrew achieved the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the 21st Virginia Regiment. Andrew was captured on 5 June 1864 at Piedmont, Virginia,[23] and sent to Camp Morton prison in Indiana; from there he was sent to Johnson’s Island prison in Ohio on 22 June 1864,[24] from which he was released on oath of allegiance on June 14, 1865.[25] Amanda and Andrew lived out their lives in Rich Valley, Virginia. Andrew died in 1917 and Amanda died 3 January 1935. They are buried at Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery at Nebo, Smyth County, Virginia.

Amanda Harman Hubble, from Harman Genealogy, p. 160.
 
Amanda Harman Hubble's tombstone, courtesy of Find A Grave volunteer, James Archer.

Andrew J. Hubble's tombstone, courtesy of Find A Grave volunteer, James Archer.
Henry J. Harman's active and industrious family, with all its triumphs and tragedies, nourished and challenged my great-great-grandmother, Anna F. Harman Waggoner, to be the person she became. But just who was she? Next week, I’ll share as much of her story as I’ve been able to piece together.

© 2014, Z. T. Noble


[1] John Newton Harman, Sr., Harman Genealogy, p. 161.
[2] Alabama, Texas, Virginia, Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958, digital image Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 May 2014), Mrs. Nancy F. Bales, widow; collection CP-1, roll 15.
[3] Harman, Harman Genealogy, p. 161.
[4] 1870 U. S. census, Rich Valley, Smyth County, Virginia, population schedule, Chatham Hill Post Office, p. 11 (penned), dwelling 70, family 70, Nancy F. Bales; digital image, Ancesrty.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 May 2014); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication M593, roll 1636.
[5] Alabama, Texas, Virginia, Confederate Pensions, Mrs. Nancy F. Bales.
[6] 1870 U. S. census, Rich Valley, Smyth Co., Va., pop. sched., Chatham Hill P. O., Nancy F. Bales.
[7] Harman, Harman Genealogy, p. 161.
[8] Harman, Harman Genealogy, p. 161.
[9] Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia; digital image, Fold 3 (http://www.fold3.com : accessed 13 May 2014), Confederate, Virginia, Hezekiah Harman; NARA M324, roll 0083.
[10] Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Hezekiah Harman.
[11] Harman, Harman Genealogy, p. 161.
[12] 1900 U. S. census, Olympia, Smyth County, Virginia, population schedule, enumeration district [ED] 86, sheet no. 5B, dwelling 91, family 91, Hezekiah Harmon family; digital image Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 May 2014); NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 1728.
[13] Harman, Harman Genealogy, p. 161.
[14] Harman, Harman Genealogy, p. 161.
[15] Harman, Harman Genealogy, p. 161.
[16] Harman, Harman Genealogy, p. 161.
[17] Harman, Harman Genealogy, p. 162.
[18] Alabama, Texas, Virginia, Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958, E. F. Groseclose, veteran; collection CP-1, roll 155.
[19] Harman, Harman Genealogy, p. 162.
[20] 1850 U.S. census, Smyth County, Virginia, 60th district, p. 473 (penned), dwelling 1108, family 1117, Henry Harman family; digital image, Ancesty.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 6 May 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 976. Also, Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850, database Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 6 May 2014); citing Catherine Leedy and Henry Harman, 1849.
[21] Harman, Harman Genealogy, p. 162.
[22] Harman, Harman Genealogy, p. 162.
[23] Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia; digital image, Fold 3 (http://www.fold3.com : accessed 13 May 2014), Confederate, Virginia, Andrew J. Hubble, p. 15; NARA M324, roll 067.
[24] Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers; Andrew J. Hubble, p. 13.
[25] Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers; Andrew J. Hubble, p. 14.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Heny J. Harman, a Full Life


That little five-year-old, who lost his daddy all too soon, was my grandmother, Mary Waggoner’s great-grandfather, Henry J. Harman.  He was born in Smyth County Virginia to Mathias and Mary Dunn Harman on 22 February 1797.[1]  He was the middle child of five, two older brothers to pick on him and two younger sisters to annoy him.
Other than losing his father at a young age, no more is known about his childhood. On 6 December 1826, at age 29, he married the mysterious Famy Brown.[2] Thus far, I have not been able to establish the parentage of Miss Brown. The Harman book gives her name as Famy, and the only other source I’ve found stating her name is Henry’s death record, where it was recorded as Fanny.[3] (And, incidentally, this is the only record I’ve found that includes the middle initial J. for Henry.) Was she named Famy or Fanny?  Harman historians I’ve talked to seem to favor Famy.

Henry J. Harman, photo from Harman Genealogy, p. 160.
In the Harman book, Henry and Famy are credited with seven children: Nancy, Hezekiah, Jerome B., Anna F. (my great-great-grandmother), Louisa, Amanda, and George W,[4] in that order. There’s a problem with this, however. Amanda was born in 1849,[5] but Famy had died 9 July 1846.[6] The birth dates of the other children occurred before 1846. Who was Amanda’s mother?

On 31 May 1849, Henry married a young woman named Catherine Leedy.[7] In 1850, Henry’s household included Catherine Harman, age 18, and six of his known children: Hezekiah (20), Jerome (18), Anne (16), Louisa (11), George W. (8), and Amanda (1); also included was Mary Harman (75), Henry’s mother.[8] It seems shocking today, for a 52 year old man to marry an 18 year old woman, but in those days, it was not unusual for a  widower to marry a much younger woman. It seems likely that Catherine was the mother of Amanda, who was born 28 March 1849,[9] prior to the marriage of her parents. And in fact, Amanda named Catherine and Henry as her parents on her marriage record.[10] At this time, Henry’s real estate holdings were worth $8,000.00, a fair sum in those days.

By 1860, Henry’s household does not include Catherine. The reason for this is unknown, but it’s likely that she had died. This time, his children include Nancy (32), Hezekiah (30), Anna (26), Louisa (23), George W. (19), and Amanda (11). Also included are Jerome B. (28), his wife Nancy (25), and daughter Astoria (4 months).[11] That’s a full house!

I’m curious as to why Nancy, Anna, and Louisa are listed in Henry’s household because they were married and living elsewhere with their families. Nancy was enumerated with her husband William Bales and children, with post office at 7 Mile Ford.[12] Anna was enumerated with her husband, Jacob Waggoner, and children in Bland County.[13] Louisa was enumerated with her husband, Eli Groseclose, and children in Wythe County.[14] Did Henry list  his children whether or not they were living with him? It seems so. His real estate holdings were worth $8,000.00, again, and his personal estate was worth $3,000.00. He lived in the vicinity of 7 Mile Ford, for that was his Post Office.[15]

In 1870, Henry, retired farmer, was living with his son Hezekiah and family, at Chatham Hill, Rich Valley, Smyth County, Virginia.[16] Eight years later, he died on 9 July 1878, at age 81.[17] His daughter, Anna, is the next generation of Harman descendants from which our branch of the Troutman family descend. She and her siblings seem to have all led interesting lives. Next week, I’ll fill you in on the details.


© 2014, Z. T. Noble.



[1] John Newton Harman, Sr., Harman Genealogy (Southern Branch) with Biographical Sketches and Historical Notes, 1700-1924 (Radford, Virginia: Commonwealth Press, Incorporated, 1925), p. 160.
[2] John Newton Harman, Sr., Harman Genealogy, p. 160.
[3] Virginia Deaths and Burials Index, 1853-1917, database Ancesty.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 28 April 2014); Henry J. Harmon.
[4] John Newton Harman, Sr., Harman Genealogy, p. 161.
[5] John Newton Harman, Sr., Harman Genealogy, p. 162. Also, Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery, Nebo, Smyth County, Virginia; Find A Grave (http://findagrave.com : accessed 6 May 2014); memorial for Amanda H. Hubble.
[6] John Newton Harman, Sr., Harman Genealogy, p. 161.
[7] Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850, database Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 6 May 2014); citing Catherine Leedy and Henry Harman, 1849.
[8] 1850 U.S. census, Smyth County, Virginia, population schedule, 60th district, p. 473 (penned), dwelling 1108, family 1117, Henry Harman family; digital image, Ancesty.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 6 May 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 976.
[9] Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery, Nebo, Smyth County, Virginia; Find A Grave memorial for Amanda H. Hubble.
[10] Smyth County, Virginia, Marriage Register 1, page 22, Amanda Harman and Andrew J. Hubble; County Clerk’s office, Marion.
[11] 1860 U.S. census, Smyth County, Virginia, population schedule, 60th district, p. 122 (penned), dwelling 794, family 796, Henry Harman family; digital image, Ancesty.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 6 May 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 1377.
[12] 1860 U.S. census, Smyth County, Virginia, population schedule, 68th district,post office 7 Mile Ford, p. 52 (penned), dwelling 817, family 819, William Bales family; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 6 May 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 1377.
[13] 1860 U.S. census, Bland County, Virginia, population schedule, 60th district, p. 126 (penned), dwelling 401, family 333, Jacob Wagoner family; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 6 May 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 1385.
[14] 1860 U.S. census, Wythe County, Virginia, population schedule, 68th district, p. 125 (penned), dwelling 942, family 834, Eli Groseclose family; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 6 May 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 1385.
[15] 1860 U.S. census, Smyth County, Virginia, pop. sch. 60th district, p. 122 (penned), dwell. 794, fam. 796, Henry Harman.
[16] 1870 U.S. census, Smyth County, Virginia, population schedule, post office Chatham Hill, p. 8 (penned), dwelling 46, family 46, Hezekiah Harman family; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 6 May 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 1679.
[17] Virginia Deaths and Burials Index, 1853-1917, Henry J. Harmon.