William Harmon

Male 1765 - Bef 1840  (~ 74 years)

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  • Name William Harmon 
    Born ~ 1765  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Alt Birth (1760-1770)  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Died Bef 1840  (Bledsoe County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Alt Death 1840  Bledsoe County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I6705  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2018 

    Family Susan LNU,   b. 1787, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1870, Dunlap, Sequatchie County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married Bef 1812  (Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 5, 7
    Residence (Family) 1815  Bledsoe County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence (Family) 1830  Bledsoe County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
     1. Mary "Polly" Harmon,   b. 25 Jun 1812, Marion County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1897, Sequatchie County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Leonard Harmon,   b. 1822, Bledsoe County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ~ 1872, Howell County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     3. Jacob Byrd Harmon,   b. 2 Jun 1823, (Bledsoe County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1894, Sequatchie County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     4. William Bartley "Bart" Harmon,   b. 1826, Bledsoe County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1880, (Sequatchie County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F2461  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - ~ 1765 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt Birth - (1760-1770) - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Bef 1812 - (Tennessee) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 1815 - Bledsoe County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 1830 - Bledsoe County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Bef 1840 - (Bledsoe County, Tennessee) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt Death - 1840 - Bledsoe County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • I've been searching for William's antecedents for 25+ years and to no avail. I cannot connect him to any HARMON family. Read further as we have many clues...DAH

      CENSUS: 1815 Tax List for Bledsoe, Tennessee listed a William Hamon. (Probably mispelled or error in translation.

      1830 US Census William Harmon (60-70yrs) and his wife, Susan (40-50yrs) living in Bledsoe, Tennessee.

      Children in the home are: 3 females (15-20yrs), 3 males (5-10yrs), 1 male (0-5yrs) and 1 female (0-5yrs).

      BIRTH: As per 1830 US Census, William is 60-70yrs (1760-1770)

      end of note [1, 8]
    • ----- Original Message -----
      From: Classroomfurniture.com
      To: fburris1@bellsouth.net
      Sent: Sunday, May 21, 2006 6:09 PM
      Subject: HARMON

      Hello Gloria. Ran across your inquiry from 2000 on the Genforum re Hiram HARMON. Have you had any luck with his pedigree. My HARMON progenitor was William, born circa 1800. He has issue named, 'Jacob' and 'Leonard'. Figure there must be a connection. Can you help? Thanks. David Hennessee

      Tantalizing query...


      Posted by: Gloria Fay Burris Date: January 13, 2000 at 14:54:09
      of 30300

      In search of parents/siblings of HIRAM HARMON. He was born abt 1804 Randolph Co NC & died before 1890 Campbell Co TN. He married October 25, 1828 Knox Co TN to Sarah "Sallie" YORK born abt 1801 Randolph Co NC & died before 1853 Campbell Co TN. Hiram fathered [11] known children by this union. He married 2nd, December 4, 1853 Campbell Co TN to Rebecca ROACH, [4] children.

      "Vol 7, No 1, P. 15 of the Randolph Co NC Quarterly," Court of Pleas of Q Sessions Aug term 1808; ordered that Hiram [HERMAN] Harmon, 3 years old be bound to John AMICK who is to give him when he arrives to the age of 21 a horse & saddle & bridle worth $60 & a good suit of clothes for Sunday.

      William HARMON was listed in the 1803 Randolph Co NC Tax List. He was the only Harmon that may have died in Randolph Co prior to 1808.

      Listed in the 1790 Randolph Co NC Census Records.
      Leonard Harmon 03 00 03 00 00
      William Harmon 01 01 01 00 00

      Listed in the 1791-1809 Randolph Co NC Census Records.
      George Harmon 21010-30010-00
      Jacob Harmon 31010-00010-00
      Leonard Harmon 00001-20101-00
      Mathias Harmon 41101-21101-00

      Please, can anyone help?

      Gloria Fay Burris
      222 Cumberland View Estates
      Lake City, Tennessee 37769
      A-United States

      Update: September 27, 2014: I spoke to Gloria this morning and she informs me that she has not been able to connect her Hiram HARMON ... DAH

      end of note [9]
    • Several clues within this message...DAH


      Jacob Harmon of Virginia and Kenutcky

      Posted by: Richard Davis Date: March 01, 1998 at 22:50:04
      of 5775

      Does anyone have additonal information on the children of Jacob Harmon? Jacob was born about 1730, the son of Jacob Harmon (b. c 1705-d. 1756) of New River, Virginia and died after 1801 at either Pulaski County, Kentucky or Livingstone County, Kentucky. He was married to Sarah who was still alive in 1801. He was probably the father of the following children;

      1. Jacob Harmon Jr., b. c 1752. d. 1839, Garrard County, Ky.
      2. Israel Harmon, b. c 1754. d. after 1805, probably at Livingstone County, Ky. He was married Keziah Thompson in 1788 at Lincoln County, Ky.
      3. William Harmon, b. c 1758. d. bet 1794 and 1799 at either Montgomery County, Virginia or Pulaski County, Ky.
      4. Lowes/Louisa Harmon, b. c 1760. She married Jonathan Taylor of Garrard County, Ky.
      5. John Harmon, b. c 1767. d. after 1825, Marion County, Indiana. He married Elizabeth Byrd in 1787.
      6. ?Valentine Harmon, b. c 1769. he married Mary Thompson at Lincoln County, Ky in 1793.
      7. Mary Harmon, b. c1771. She married James Baxter in 1789 at Lincoln County, Ky.
      8. Rachel Harmon, b. c1774. She married Joseph Horn in 1794 at Lincoln County, Ky.

      28 Jun 2009

      I think that Jacob may be William's father given:

      a. His age
      b. William's first male child is named 'Jacob Byrd Harmon'...DAH

      Go to http://www.us-census.org/pub/usgenweb/census/ky/whitley/1820/index.txt for listing of Jacob & Valentine who are enumerated in the 1820 Whitley Co.,KY Federal census

      Males Females
      Head of Household to-10 10-15 16-18 18-25 25-44 45+ to-10 10-15 16-18 18-25 25-44 45+

      Jacob 3 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 1

      After further speculation, this Jacob appears to be a sibling of William...DAH

      Another possible antecedent for William...

      20 Sep 2009: [Not likely my William...DAH]


      This census is from Microcopy No. T-498 Roll 2

      "Harmen, Wm 1,4,4,0,0"

      1790 Census North Carolina
      Rutherford County Morgan District

      1 of 1st # free white males 16 year upwards and head of families
      4 of 2nd # free white males under 16 years
      4 of 3rd # free white females and head of families
      0 of 4th # all other free persons
      0 of 5th # slaves

      end of comment [8]
    • David

      I have a family of children who may belong to William or they may belong to his brother Israel-I am not sure at this point. William may not have had any children that we are aware of or he may be the family of these children listed by Sarah (Harmon) Crosby (1808-1888) in 1880 and 1881 in a family temple record;

      Three children at least by Jenny Gibson;

      1. Stephen Harmon (1779-1850).

      2. Samuel Harmon (1780-1845).

      3. Sarah (Sally) Harmon (b. c1782)

      These children by Jenny or another wife (order unknown);

      4. Henry Harmon (c1787-1826). This is my ancestor.

      5. Jacob Harmon.

      6. Israel Harmon.

      7. Rebecca Harmon.

      8. Lydia Harmon.

      Susan (Harmon) Crosby, only listed those children that she believed to be dead by 1881, so there may have been more. These children may not have lived to maturity but had to have reached at least the age of 8 years because they were temple records. Sarah was the daughter of the above listed Stephen Harmon and did not know the name of her grandfather.

      I know that Israel (c1753-after1805) had daughters named Rebecca and Lydia Harmon so these children may all belong to Israel. If so, then William is not the father of those eight children and may not have had any children that we are aware of born between 1782 and 1803. I only know that William lived over in Montgomery County (later Wythe County), Virginia from 1782 to 1794, then surveyed land in Puluski County, Kentucky in 1798 (but was not taxed there), then was maybe the William Harmon who witnesses a deed over in that same part of Virginia in 1802. He is then found marrying Susanna Ferguson in 1803 at Livingston County, Kentucky and disappears. In 1803 also living at Livingston County, Kentucky were Israel Harmon (c1753-after1805) and the above listed Samuel Harmon (1780-1845).

      I am in Virginia until next week but will be able to help you track down one of your distant Harmon cousin when I get back home.



      From: info@classroomfurniture.com
      To: richnlisad@comcast.net
      Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2012 5:55:09 AM
      Subject: RE: William Harmon

      Hello Richard.

      Many thanks for your thoughtful summary. Please tell me your William’s issue. Am seeking Harmon descendants for the DNA test, however, am having trouble locating a male member of the family but will keep looking… Thank you,

      David Hennessee

      800.327.3380 Voice

      866.746.3813 Fax




      From: richnlisad@comcast.net [mailto:richnlisad@comcast.net]
      Sent: Sunday, October 07, 2012 1:21 AM
      To: info@classroomfurniture.com
      Subject: William Harmon


      This is what I know about the William Harmon who belongs to our family.

      William Harmon was granted land in 1782 on Crooked Creek at Montgomery County, Virginia. He lived on that land until 1793/1794 and then moves away. He was probably the William Harmon who surveyed land on 3 Oct 1798 at Lincoln County (now Pulaski County), Kentucky. Pulaski County was created from Lincoln County in 1799 and in that year Jacob Harmon was taxed on land which was entered and surveyed by William Harmon. In Jacob's household he had one other white male taxable over age 21 and two white male taxables under 21 but above the age of 16.

      The Jacob Harmon in the 1799 tax was born about 1730 and was married to Sarah. He was taxed there again in 1800 and then left. The young men in his household in 1799 were his grandsons. Jacob had son named Israel (b. c1753) who was living in Livingston County, Kentucky in 1802 when he by oath in court stated that Stephen, Samuel and Sally Harmon were the lawfull children of Jenny Harmon, late Jenny Gibson, daughter of Isac Gibson, deceased.

      At this point it is not known if these children are the children of the William Harmon who had land in Pulaski County, Kentucky or were children of Israel Harmon by a first marriage. According to Stephen Harmon's (1779-1850) daughter Sarah (Harmon) Crosby in 1881, her grandmother was Jenny Gibson, but did not know her grandfather's name. Besides, Stephen, Samuel and Sally Harmon, she also wrote that she was the niece of Rebeca Harmon and Lydia Harmon and also Henry Harmon (my ancestor). Taylor Crosby, the son of Sarah (Harmon) Crosby also said that he was the nephew of Israel Harmon and Jacob Harmon.

      Anyway, a bunch of my Harmons went to Livingston County, Kentucky in about 1802. A William Harmon shows up also in the 1803 tax list for Livingston County with no land and one horse. He married Susanna Ferguson daughter of John Ferguson and Phyliis Alston on 1 Nov 1804 at Livingston County. He leaves Livingston County after 1804.

      I thought he may be related to my Harmons there in Livingston County, but I could not fit him in any family because I assumed that he was probably in his 20s when he married. However, after checking the Bledsoe County, Tennessee census for the year 1830, it shows that he was born between 1760 and 1770 and his wife born in the 1780s. He was apparently 15 to 25 years older than his wife. Meaning he was old enough to have been the same William who entered land in Virginia in 1782 and then in Kentucky in 1798 and the one who possibly married Susanna Ferguson as a scond wife. The Bledseo County William is your ancestor.

      I do not know where William went after 1804. Susanna Ferguson's father and brothers left for Madison County, Illinois after 1810, but I could not find this William and Susanna Harmon living there.

      He may be the William Harmon who was a chain carrier for the survey of land at Knox County for Valentine Harmon on 24 Jun 1807. I am not sure this is my William, but we do have a lot of Valentine Harmons in our family. This Valentine Harmon (1766-1845) left Knox County about 1816 and went to Whitley County, Kentucky. This Valentine was born in Virginia.

      I am not sure if your William Harmon and my William Harmon are the same one, but DNA will tell us if they are. I found one of my distant Harmon cousins who just ordered the Y-DNA test from FamilyTreeDNA.com last Thursday. So you have something to compare to if you can find someone to from your family to take the test. If you don't match us you may match the one of the other Harmons who tested. I see that there are 10 matches already for the Harmon family from Newberry County, South Carolina. That family was from Melchior Hermann (b. 1715) who had a son Leonard Harmon.

      There are other families form North Carolina and Virginia that you may be related to. There are 149 who have taken the test so far. The big thing that may indicate that your William is not the same as my William is that Jacob Byrd Harmon and his sister Mary both stated in the 1880 census at Sequatchie County that their father was born in North Carolina. Our Harmons went straight from Virginia to Kentucky. It may be possible that Jacob and Mary did not know where their father was born. Their mother was born in North Carolina

      Let me know if you find someone to take the test.

      Best regards Richard

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    • Hello Richard.

      I tracked down and interviewed James Edward Harmon. Look at his pedigree:

      Please telephone my cell number when you can and

      Thank you,
      David Hennessee
      800.327.3380 Voice
      561.352.1052 Cell
      866.746.3813 Fax
      www.classroomfurniture.com <http://www.classroomfurniture.com>
      'We make it easy...'

      From: richnlisad@comcast.net [mailto:richnlisad@comcast.net]
      Sent: Monday, April 15, 2013 2:05 PM
      To: David Hennessee
      Subject: Harmon DNA test


      I just noticed that the results came back for the DNA test for William Bryan Harmon. You can see him on the Y-DNA match page when you go to FamilyTreeDNA.com and search the Harmon project. I added his test to the Harmon/Harman Project. His kit is #262526.

      He matches very closely to two other Harmons. One is James Edward Harmon whose e-mail is eharmon@bledsoe.net . He matched 36 of 37 markers which means he is a very close relative to William Bryan Harmon. I emailed him to see how far back he has his Harmon Family. since he his e-mail had bledsoe.net in it, I wonder if he is from Bledsoe County, Tennessee. If he responds I will forward the e-mail to you.

      There is another match to a man name Harmon on 35 of 37 markers. That means that he is a fairly close match. He has his test as "private" and so I can't send him an email to ask him about his ancestors. I will send a message to the adminstrator of the Harmon Project to see if he is a member of that project and if they can forward a message.

      One thing I do know is that your DNA test does not match my Harmon family, which came out of New River, Virginia. My kit number is #257899 under Jacob Harmon and Sarah Lorton on the match page. We have too many markers that don't match.

      It is probable that your ancestor William Harmon who married Susan was born in North Carolina just as his children indicated in census records.

      I will keep you posted.

      Best regards


      end of note [10]
    • HARMON/HARMAN/HERMAN SURNAME DNA PROJECT: http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Harmonsurname/

      CathyHrmon@aol.com , Group Administrator
      MOOLOOLABA@AOL.COM , Group Co-Administrator

      Harman, Harmon, Herman, Hermann, Hermon, Herrmann, Hoerman


      This project began in 2003. We are using the y-chromosome kits to test Harmon/Harman male participants and variations of the name including the ones below.

      Definition: A patronymic surname which means "soldier, army man, or warrior" derived from the germanic elements "heri," meaning army and "mann," meaning man. HARMON and HERMON are common English variants of this surname.

      Surname Origin: British Isles and Germany

      Alternate Surname Spellings: HERRMAN, HERMANN, HERMAN

      end of note [11]
    • Welcome to the Harmon/Harman/Herman Family Tree DNA Project. Your administrators for this project are Cathy Harmon, cathyhrmon@aol.com and Carolyn Scott, Mooloolaba@aol.com

      If you wish to communicate with other participants in this project or have questions about test results, upgrades, etc., please contact either of us. We hope the results will help you uncover matches and discover new connections.

      end of note [10, 11]
    • Surname: Harmon

      This unusual and interesting surname has a very ancient history. It is one of the Norman forms of the Germanic personal name "Hermann", composed of the elements "heri, hari" meaning army, plus "man", man. The first known bearer was "Arminus", the 1st Century leader of a tribe called the "Cherusci", recorded by the Latin historian Tacitus. The popularity of the name is borne out by the large number of surnames it has generated throughout Europe; in England the inherited Norman forms existing in the modern idiom are Hearmon, Harmon, Herman, Harmon, Harmond, Harmant, and Hermon. The name development includes: Robert Hereman (1196, Norfolk), William Heremond (1296, Sussex), and John Harman (1327, Suffolk). London Church Records list the marriage of Constantine Harmon to Margaret Fenton, on October 31st 1570 at St. Mary Abchurch, and John Harmon to Alice Mason, on October 10th 1572 at St. Botolph's, Bishopsgate. A Coat of Arms granted to a Harmon family is silver, in base a red crescent issuant therefrom a green rose branch, blue flowered. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Willelmus Hermannus, which was dated 1141 - 1149, in the "Records of Holme", Norfolk, during the reign of King Stephen, known as "Count of Blois", 1135 - 1154. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

      end of note [12]

  • Sources 
    1. [S11647] "William Harmon (1765-1840)", The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Pedigree Resource File," database, Famil.

    2. [S13027] "Susan Harmon (1787-1870)", Profile, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Pedigree Resource File," database.

    3. [S1075] Thomas Alex Beavert (1924-2007) Genealogist and historian who concentrated on Sequatchie Valley families and who very h (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S46083] Richard Davis | 7 Oct 2012 email | richnlisad@comcast.net.

    5. [S8196] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.

    6. [S8605] 1840 Census Sequatchie Valley, Bledsoe-Marion Counties, abstracted by, p. 11 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S1075] Thomas Alex Beavert (1924-2007) Genealogist and historian who concentrated on Sequatchie Valley families and who very h.

    8. [S30] David A. Hennessee, HENNESSEE Researcher & Compiler, 626 Biscayne Drive,West Palm Beach,FL 33401, 561.832.6612, info@c.

    9. [S13026] David A. Hennessee, Researcher, info@classroomfurniture.com, 626 Biscayne Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 3401, 561.832.661.

    10. [S37323] David A. Hennessee| Researcher | info@classroomfurniture.com | 626 Biscayne Drive, West Palm Beach, FL | 561.832.6612.

    11. [S48921] http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Harmonsurname/.

    12. [S50830] http://www.surnamedb.com/surname.aspx?name=harmon.