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The Harlan Family In America

The Harlan Family in America is a non-profit association formed in 1987 to perpetuate and promote the Harlan family heritage and genealogy. Most Harlans/ Harlands/ Harlins alive today are direct descendants of George or Michael Harland who emigrated from England and Ireland or from Thomas Harland who remained in Ireland. The family genealogy is documented in "The History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family" by Alpheus Harlan originally published in 1914.

These original Harlans were Quakers and came to the new world seeking religious freedom. They arrived at William Penn's Colony at New Castle, Delaware in 1687. Since that time their descendants have multiplied, diversified and spread across the United States. For more than 310 years, they have managed to stay together as a family by maintaining a family organization, publishing a newsletter, The Harlan Record, and holding national family reunions. Further information on these subjects is available on this site.

Other Harlans have immigrated to the United States in later years from England, Ireland, and Germany. We welcome the addition of their descendants to our extended family.

We assume no responsibility for the authenticity or accuracy of any material referred to in this web site or any other material that might be made available by the association. The following sites are made available to those interested in learning more about our family; those interested in doing research in genealogy; and those in our family interested in contacting others through e-mail.

Contributions to the association are not tax-deductible.

Harlan Family Web Site Staff Members

This site was established by The Harlan Family in America in October, 1997. Our staff members are:

Fred Harlan, Site Coordinator
Kurt Harlan, Website Technical Advisor
Ken Harlan, Webmaster
Cynthia Rhoades, Genealogy Director

The staff continually strives to improve and expand its contents and invites you to voice your comments and opinions. Please address your views to Fred Harlan.

Seeking Newsletter Input

Many members of the Harlan Family have been  (or could be) featured in human interest stories. Please send accounts of Harlans involved in good deeds, adventures, service, etc. to: C.J. King

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John Robert Harlan

1928 - 2014

The Harlan Family in America lost a family member when John Robert Harlan passed away on January 3. John was an active member of the Board of Directors and former officer. He served as the associationís treasurer for 25 years.
            John Robert Harlan
He was born in Hagerstown, IN, the son of George and Mary Hilts Harlan. He received a B.A. degree from Wabash College, Class of 1950, and became project manager for Bullock Construction Company until 1952. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1952, was commissioned a 2nd Lt. Corps of Engineers in 1953. He retired a Lieutenant Colonel in 1972. His decorations include Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Army Commendation medal, the Meritorious Service medal and others.

John married Annette Duggan in 1960 and has lived in Augusta, Ga since 1970. He was a member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church and an Eagle Scout.

John is survived by his wife Annette, daughters Nancy Harlan Gooding (Bill) of Evans, Ga and Jane Harlan Beson of Summerville, S.C. He was preceded in death by his son Matthew Duggan Harlan.

Johnís full obituary is published in the Augusta Chronicle.