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Harlan Family Association

The Harlan Family in America Association was formed in 1987 in conjunction with a national family reunion held in Delaware, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the immigration of George and Michael Harlan. The purpose of the organization is to document and perpetuate the history and genealogy of the family.

The primary activity of the family is the semi-annual publication of a newsletter called the Harlan Record. The newsletter serves as the means for communicating information about Harlan history, Harlan family members, and Harlan family activities. The Record also publishes inquiries for those doing research on their Harlan heritage.

Membership in the family organization is free but we encourage those who can afford to do so to send a yearly contribution.  Please send your contributions to:

The Harlan Family in America
P. O. Box 333
Pleasant Unity, PA 15676

Changes of address and additions to the mailing list may also be sent to this address or may be e-mailed to harlanfamilyinamerica@gmail.com.

The official Harlan Family Association archives are kept at the Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, Pennsylvania. Here can be found historical documents related to the family and materials from all of the family reunions.


Article I
Name, Headquarters, and Declaration of the Organization

  1. The organization shall be known as the Harlan Family in America.
  2. The headquarters of the organization shall be in the state of Pennsylvania.
  3. The purpose of the organization shall be to unite in common bonds the descendants of George and Michael Harlan, and Thomas Harland for the preservation of the Harlan Family; to perpetuate the Family heritage and genealogy; to identify, preserve and restore Harlan historical sites and items; to foster communication among Harlan descendants by all available means; and to create and promote activities to enable members of the Harlan Family to be responsible and productive citizens of the United States.
  4. Every member shall make every effort to promote the purpose of the organization.


Article II

  1. Membership is open to all Harlan descendants of George and Michael Harlan who established their homes in the Province of Delaware in 1687, or from their brother Thomas Harland of England.
  2. Other individuals whose surnames or ancestors’ surnames are Harlan or variations of the Harlan name (e.g. Harland, Harlin, Harlen, or Harlon) are eligible for membership.
  3. Any wife or husband of a descendant of George, Michael or Thomas shall be eligible for membership.
  4. Any individual who is interested in the history of the Harlan family in America and increasing the knowledge of the history and genealogy of Harlans through study or publication and supporting the preservation of Harlan historical sites and items, shall be eligible for membership. 


Article III

The organization shall be supported by voluntary donations from Harlan family members and other interested parties, and from proceeds of the sales of publications and other Harlan memorabilia.

Article IV
Officers and Meetings

  1. The elected officers of this organization shall consist of president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. The slate of officers shall be presented for election at the national reunion which will be held every five years.
  2. In addition to the elected officers, a board of directors consisting of at least five members will be appointed by a majority vote of the elected officers and established board members.
  3. The president, in consultation with the officers and board of directors, shall periodically convene business meetings in the interval between national reunions, when deemed appropriate for the purpose of conducting business, filling vacancies among the board of directors, preparing a slate of officers to be presented at national reunions, and determining action and activities to further the purposes of The Harlan Family in America. The officers and directors shall set the dates and places for national business meetings. 


Article V

Upon the dissolution of this organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.


Revised March, 2016


Harlan Family In America Officers


President: Pat Fluetsch
1003 Hamlet Ct
Stockton, CA 95209

Vice-President: Mary Harlan Murphy
664 Valley View Ln
Wayne, PA 19087

Secretary: Gerry Lundgren Harlan
2517 - 190th
Stanton, IA 51573

Treasurer: Robert A. Harlan
326 Firestone Road
Greensburg, PA 15601

Board of Directors
Nancy Harlan Gooding (GA)
Joe Hannon (CA)
Fred J. Harlan (PA)
Kenneth Harlan (IN)
Kurt Harlan (OR)
Robert R. Harlan (CA)
Peggy Harlan Hewitt (OH)
Dorothy Harlan Sperry (IA)

Board Member Emeritus
Junior Harlan (AZ)
Tom Harlan (WA)
C. J. King (VT)
Ruth Harlan Lamb (MO)
Liz Harlan Sly (VA)

Board Member Eternal
Dan Harlan
John R. Harlan
Ridge Harlan

Harlan Family Association - Officers and Board Members Biographical Information

Pat Fluetsch
Robert A. Harlan
Kurt Harlan
Dorothy Harlan Sperry
Mary Harlan Murphy
Gerry Harlan Lundgren
Joe Hannon
Peggy Harlan Hewitt

Former Harlan Family Association - Officers and Board Members

Junior Harlan
Ruth Harlan Lamb



Pat Harrison Fluetsch - President

Pat Harrison Fluetsch became involved with the Harlan Family Board in 2003 when she attended a planning meeting for the 2007 Reunion in Reno, Nevada. Pat ended up co-chairing Reunion 320 and became a board member in 2007. Through the urging of other board members and with the suppport of her husband, Mike, who passed away in 2013, Pat accepted the Presidency of our Association in 2012.

Pat has been interested in her Harlan family history since fourth grade when she heard stories from her Grandfather Leroy Harlan, about his father Elisha crossing the country as a 4 year old boy in the Harlan wagon train lead by her great, great grandfather George Harlan. She is proud to be in the fifth generation of "The Harlan Family in California." Pat spent over 32 years teaching young children. She also mentored new teachers and gave presaentaions on effective teaching strategies to teachers locally, statewide and nationally. In 1993 she was named her school district's teacher of the year.

Pat enjoys spending time with her family. Her son Chris, his wife Erika and their dauighters Helen and Clara live in Davis, Ca. Her daughter Sarah, her husband Ed and their sons Edward and Keegan live in Stockton, CA. She loves to travel, spend time with friends, and volunteer in her community.

Mary Harlan Murphy - Vice President

Mary’s paternal grandparents were both descendants of George Harlan. Her grandfather gathered much of the Chester County information on the early Harlans from County and Friends Meeting records and sent them to Alpheus Harlan for inclusion in the “Green Book”. So, to her, genealogy has been a life-long interest.

Mary was born in Pennsylvania and his lived in the area where the first Harlans settled all her life. After receiving a BA from Rosemont College and an MA from Villanova University , she taught Mathematics for 11 years before changing careers, going to Medical School and then practicing Emergency Medicine until retirement. Her husband, William Murphy, died after 40 years of wonderful marriage. Besides genealogy, Mary’s interests include travel, reading, cooking and involvement with her church community.

Gerry Harlan Lundgren - Secretary

Gerry Harlan Lundgren was born in upstate New York where she lived until age 16 with her parents, a brother, and a sister. After her parents died in a car accident, her father's brother and his wife finished raising Gerry and her sister. She was fortunate to have the chance to live with such a loving and stable family at a difficult time in her life. She was also fortunate to live on the family farm in the hills of Tennessee, which is an area full of family history.

This was the beginning of Gerry's fascination with her Harlan heritage. She enjoyed working with children and families in rural Iowa for over 30 years. Gerry retired in 2013 and has enjoyed spending more time with community activities, camping, hiking, riding horses, and reading. Gerry has enjoyed her work on the Harlan Family in America board and has attended and helped with reunions beginning with the Mt. Pleasant, Iowa reunion in 1997.

Gerry and her husband Dan have a daughter Christine and son-in-law Beau who live in Pella, Iowa. Gerry and Dan live in southwest Iowa on the farm where Dan grew up. Dan raises corn and soybeans and works part time at UPS.

Robert A. Harlan - Treasurer

Bob has been a board member for The Harlan Family in America since 1999. He served as co-coordinator for the national Harlan reunion held in Brandywine Valley, , in 2002. He was born and raised in Columbus. After graduating in 1966 with a BA degree from Central Methodist College in Fayette, Mo., he taught and coached at a junior high school in Ohio. He joined the U.S. Army in 1969 and spent the next twenty years at various assignments around the world, including two tours in Germany and one in Vietnam. He and his family flew from Germany to attend the 1987 national Harlan reunion in Delaware. After retiring he worked for the U. S. Post Office for several years and has been active with the National Ski Patrol. Today he enjoys his life as a grandfather and cares for numerous animals on their farm.Bob lives with his wife, Cindy, in Greensburg Pa. They have three children: Becky Shavel of Pennsylvania, who was Hospitality Chairman at the 2002 national Harlan reunion; Scott of Wisconsin; and Elizabeth of Virginia. They have two grandchildren, Nicholas and Julia Shavel.

Joe Hannon - Board Member

Joe Hannon was born in Vancouver, WA in 1936. His family moved to Redding CA when he was 12 years old.  He graduated from Shasta High School and the Community College in Redding.  Joe went to work in construction with the California Division of Highways (now Caltrans) the following Monday after graduating from High School.  He transferred to Sacramento in 1958 and completed his college courses at SacramentoStateUniversity, receiving BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering.   Joe is a licensed Civil and Geotechnical Engineer in CA.  He retired from Caltrans in 1997 after 41 years.

Joe met his wife LaRena in Redding and they were married while completing their studies at Sacramento State University.   They have a married son in San Francisco and a daughter in Sacramento.  They have four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, including a girl adopted from China.   Joe and LaRena have worked on family genealogy for over 30 years and attended their first reunion at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and all reunions since then.  They both worked on the Reno reunion and Joe joined the association board following that reunion.  Joe is one of the few descendents of Thomas Harland that attend our reunions.

Becky Hines - Board Member

Becky Hines has been on the Board of the Harlan Family in America since 2007.  She has attended all but one Harlan Reunion and traveled on most of the Harlan trips.  She was active in planning the Indiana Harlan family reunions.  She was lucky to grow up in a family where family and family history was important. 

She graduated from Indiana University with a major in social work and then began a 30 plus year career in social work working for the State of Indiana with Family and Children’s Services and at a psychiatric hospital.  Her interests include reading, history and travel.

She has 2 daughters who have attended most of the reunions and both will soon be residing in CA.  Approximately 8 years ago, she moved from Hagerstown, In. to Sarasota, Fl. where she no longer shovels snow.

Dorothy Harlan Sperry- Board Member

Dorothy Harlan Sperry came on the Board in 2011.   Dorothy’s father, James Udell Harlan, was born near and raised in Salisbury, MO.   After WWII, he moved the family from St. Louis, MO to Clarinda, IA, where Dorothy was born and grew up.  She graduated from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, with a B.S. in Institution Management—School Food Service.  As a Registered Licensed Dietitian, she worked as a Consultant Dietitian in small hospitals and long term care centers, had a private practice with a fellow dietitian, taught at two community colleges, and was a therapeutic dietitian in a medium security men’s prison. 

Dorothy has always had a strong interest in food and cooking, and her first duty with the Harlan Family organization was to plan and coordinate the meals for the national reunion held in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa in 1997.  She has also compiled/edited both editions of the Harlan Family Favorite Recipes cookbooks.  Dorothy and her husband, Bob, live in Ames and Bob is a retired civil engineer.  They have two grown sons, a daughter, and 4 granddaughters, ranging in age from 8 months to 13 years.  In her free time, Dorothy enjoys reading, quilting, playing bridge, cooking for company, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Peggy Harlan Hewitt - Board Member

For as long as I can remember by Father cherished the Harlan family geneology papers handed down from his Mother, Mary Harlan. His father and brother were avid genealogists researching their Johnson family ties also. I was born in Philadelphia, Pa. and attended Friends Central School for High School, in that city. 

I graduated from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa. with a degree in Psychology.  My first employment as an adult was at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, and then the Camden County, NJ. Welfare board as a social worker.  My husband, Bob, and I have two grown sons, and 5 grandchildren.

My interests in addition to family history include working for several charities, quilting, reading, golf, and bocce. We live now in Lebanon, OH.

Junior Harlan - Board Member Emeritus

Junior became involved with the Harlan Family in America Association by attending the 300th national reunion in Delaware. After taking several Harlan trips, he became co-coordinator for the 315th national reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. At that event he was elected a member of the board, and later became Vice President and stepped down from that position at the San Antonio national reunion, but remained on the board until May, 2015.  He had also served as Genealogy Director and Website coordinator.

He was born July, 1936, at Peoria, Ill., a son of Harold and Mildred Hunkler Harlan. After high school, he graduated from Browns Peoria School of Business, majoring in business management. He was employed by Caterpillar Inc., retiring after 40 years of service in 1996 and moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. For most of his years at Caterpillar, he worked in Information Services. He had been active in Boy Scouts, serving as Cub Master.

"Junior married Dorothy McLaughlin in August, 1959, in Chillicothe, Ill., and they have two sons, David Harlan of Ariz. and Steven Harlan of Colo.

Kurt Harlan - Board Member

Kurt became involved with the Harlan Association after discovering the extended Harlan family through genealogical research and first attended the 2002 reunion. He became a board member in 2004. He also holds the position of Technical Adviser on the Harlan website.

Kurt was born February, 1953, at Long Beach, California, a son of Paul and Doris Harlan. After high school, he received a Liberal Arts degree and hitchhiked around the US and Canada. While pursuing an AS degree in Energy Management in Klamath Falls, Oregon, Kurt discovered a gift for helping people with computers, and began working in the field of Information Technology doing technical support.

Kurt married Susan Robbins in June, 1999, in Portland, Oregon where they currently reside with their two dogs

Ruth Harlan Lamb - Board Member Emeritus

Ruth attended one of Dan Harlan’s planning meetings prior to Celebration 300 in 1987 and has helped with national reunions in 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012. She served as secretary of the Harlan organization from 1998 to 2007. After the editors of The Harlan Record resigned in 1999, Ruth volunteered to prepare and mail the newsletter twice a year until 2013.

Born in Kansas City, Mo., she has resided in nearby Independence since she was four years old. She received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Education from Central Missouri State University, with majors in art and instructional technology. After teaching elementary art for 30 years, she retired in 1991. Hobbies include calligraphy and lettering, as well as other arts and crafts. She volunteers at community agencies and does computer work for organizations and her church.

Ruth has a daughter, Kathy Brick of Overland Park, KS; a son, Mike Lamb of Basehor, KS; and five grandchildren



For additional information not included on this website please contact Ken Harlan.