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Date: 23 Dec 2004
From: Robin Harland
Re: Sir Edward Harland

Cheryl, I do not know if you have had a reply to your enquiry of 26 November on the Harlan message board. But I can tell you I cannot find any trace of your grandfather on that family tree. Although Edward Harland did marry, the couple died without issue. But he was one of a family of nine or ten and a younger brother had 17 children. There is a man with a great deal of knowledge about that sept of the Harland clan, and he lives in Australia. He is Dave Massheder - so try:

But of course there were many other Harlands living in Ireland long before the arrival of Sir Edward in 1854. Many more details of these Irish Harlands, going as far back as 1635 AD, (but sadly again without any mention of your grandfather) will be found on a new web site: Try in Internet Explorer for:

Robin Harland
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Date: 21 Dec 2004
From: Bethanie Sue Gordon<whyrobin1031@aol.com>

My name is Bethanie Sue Gordon, do you know Neal Edward Gordon? He is my birthfather, I would like to know if you know him or if you know where I might be able to get in touch with him. I also wanted to know if you know Mabel Gordon, they both are in the Harlan Family. Please let me know, this is URGENT

Bethanie Sue Gordon

From: George Gowdy <gowdysguns@charter.net>
Date: 20 Dec 2004
Subject: Marriage certificate

I have a marriage certificate found in an old book-- the parties are Levi Harlan and Hannah Sheldon, daughter of William Sheldon, early 1800s on heavy parchment about 24x24 inches the whereas etc followed by 50 or so signatures any interest ??? gowdysguns@charter.net tnx gg (phone is 518-524-5805)

Date: 16 Dec 2004
From: Junior Harlan <harlanjay@cox.net>

Dear Sue:

Thank you for the following correction to Alpheus Harlan's book.

I am forwarding your message to Esther Harlan Wells. Whenever we recieve a correction to the book, Esther will add it to genealogy data and the correction will be posted in the newsletter and will also appear on the web site, showing the correction and the contributor.

Alpheus Harlan's book will not be changed as this book is his original work and we will not make any changes to it. The method of posting the correction will help others in their genealogy research.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Junior F. Harlan
Site Coordinator/Vice President

Date: 12 Dec 2004
From: Texas1933@aol.com

I am seeking to have a contact email addy for the persons from the Harlan family who are descendants of Hannah Boone Stewart & Richard Pennington of Tompkinsville, Monroe County, KY. I am also a descendant and would like to share genealogy.

Thank you for any help you may give.

J. Nell Beck Truitt
1105 Riflecrest Avenue
Valrico, Florida 33594-5836

Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004

Visit the Historical Sites page to learn more about The Barton House—
Centerpiece of the National Ranching Heritage Center, Lubbock, Texas

Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 20:37:52 -0500
From: Ray Ryan <hersocenva@earthlink.net>
Subject: correction to message posted August 1998

Benjamin Franklin W. Harlan died 13 Nov 1865, not 13 Nov 1965. Thought you might like to correct the posting which I found on your site.
He is my 1st cousin, 3 times removed.

Ray Ryan
Powhatan, Va.

HAYS, Elizabeth Dettor b 22 Jul 1809 Albemarle Co, VA d May 1899 Richmond, Henrico, VA m 11 Feb 1837 [Albemarle Co, VA] Benjamin Franklin W. HARLAN b 5 Mar 1810 Richmond, Henrico, VA
d 13 Nov 1965 Albemarle Co, VA [His parents: John HARLAN 1770-1823 & Elizabeth LIGGAN 1780-1823] [Her parents: William HAYS 1785-1857 & Mary 'Polly' DETTOR 1789-1870]
They had issue:

Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004
From: "Cheryl Stallwood" <cstallwood@optusnet.com.au>


As I am new to looking up family history I would hope that I might be able to gain some help...and some truths....

Re: Sir Edward Harland...

I dont have very much, meaning very, very little to go on to locate any history of my children...this however is what I do have...


My daughter was born STEPHANIE VIOLET HARLAND MARCH 23RD 1989

Both born in Frankston Victoria Australia

Their father is John Harland and mother is myself Cheryl Stallwood

Their grandfather is SAMUEL BARKLEY (may be spelt BARKLY) HARLAND
Their Grandmother is Violet......I do not know the maiden name....

The Harland side are all of Irish origin, from time to time through family conversation, I have been told that their great grand father is infact related back to the HARLAND of Harland and Wolfe...

I would appreciate any help at all and/or any direction to be pointed in would also be appreciated....and of course in the mean time I will continue my search of the history of my children...

Many thanks
Ms. Cheryl Stallwood

Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2004
From: John Harland <jharland@smartt.com>
Subject: Irish Interlude article

The founders of the Harlan Family in America arrived in the American Colonies in 1687. Although born in England, George and Michael Harlan did not in fact come here directly, but spent several years near Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland. An account of the background to this Irish Interlude has been posted on the Harlan Family Web Site, and can be accessed directly at http://www.harlanfamily.org/IrishInterlude.htm. The article attempts to explain why they went to Ireland; why specifically to Lurgan; why they decided to go to William Penn's American colony; and how their peregrinations fitted into the larger picture of what was going on in Ireland and the world at large, at the time.

John H Harland
Kelowna B C

From: PSGuerra@aol.com
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004
Subject: Harland/Barnes genealogy

The book, The Harlan Family, written by Alpheus H. Harlan is a very good book, but it has a mistake in it that I would like to correct. My gggrandmother, Lydia Harland (dau. of Jonathan Harlan and Jane Hogue) was b. Feb. 22, 1822. (The book says about 1826.) She DID NOT marry Aaron Brown---his last name was Barnes! In 1850 they came to CA via covered wagon and eventually settled in Analy Twp (now Sebastopol), Sonoma Co, CA, where they are buried.

Sincerely, Sue Guerra psguerra@aol.com

From: TCH6535@aol.com
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2004
Subject: Moses Hays Book - Harlan Descendants of

The First Edition of the "Descendants of Moses Hays of Augusta County, Virginia" is now available. The book is about Moses Hays and Sophia Wood, and his second wife, Sarah Petty, and his descendants from Augusta County, Virginia.

This genealogy covers the descendants of Elizabeth Dettor Hays b. 22 Jul 1809 Albemarle Co, VA d. 30 May 1899 Richmond, Henrico, VA m. 15 Feb 1837 [Albemarle Co, VA] Benjamin Franklin Washington HARLAN b. 5 Mar 1810 Richmond, Henrico, VA d. 13 Nov 1875 Spring Valley Farm nr Esmont, Albemarle, VA.

Researching the Descendants of Moses Hays

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of this book, please contact me.

Sincerely, Terris 'Terry' C. Howard (Seattle, WA)
Email: TCH6535@aol.com

Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2004
From: "Charlie Tull" <klot@journey.com>
Subject: James Pendelton Harlan

My GGgrandmother was Elizabeth Harlan born 9-1-1848 died 6-19-1923 married to George W. Finney
Her father was James Pendelton Harlan marrried to Lucinda maybe buried in the Halleck Cemetery in Buchanan County Missouri.
Can help find more info if I am related to other Harlans. Thanks Charlie Tull klot@journey.com

Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004
From: "Joan Blanch" <joan.blanch@ed.ac.uk>

I notice on your website you have details of a William Harland MD and his son who was also a surgeon.

My gt gt grandfather and gt grandfather were also both surgeons - their names though were William Davidson Harland. They were from Jarrow which is near Scarborough where your William Harland is listed. I wonder are they the same people or from the same family. My William Davidson Harland (first one) his father was John Harland and a minister. All the dates match in with mine. I wonder if there is a mistake somewhere or if they are different families. Quite a coincidence though.

Joan Blanch

I have written to you before - my tree is:

Joan Blanch

Father Theodore George Blanch born 1919

Grandmother Elizabeth Harland born 1880 she married William John Blance (Shetlander)

Great Grandfather William Davidson Harland (surgeon -died around 1881/82 young about 30 years) wife was Elizabeth Manson (she was also a Shetlander)- she later married Charles Dunn When William died my grandmother Elizabeth was sent to Shetland to live with a great aunt. Elizabeth (mother) took a job as a cook for a man Charles Dunn- when his wife died she married him.

Great Great Grandfather William Davidson Harland (surgeon - lived around early 1800's) wife was Mary Ann Heslop

Great Great Great Grandfather John Harland (minister) his wife was Ellen England

Great Great Great Great Grandfather John Harland (he was a flax dresser) and was married to Barbara Davidson (hence where William got his middle name).

Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004
From: "Rose Ellen Evans" <revans0711@comcast.net>
Subject: search for Carolyn and Jeanette Evans

We are searching for Carolyn Evans (born 1938) and Jeanette Evans (born 1936 at Jefferson Hosp, Philadelphia). Their mother would be Katherine Harlan Evans, daughter of Earle Harlan and Katie Perrine Harlan of Philadelphia. Father of Carolyn and Jeanette possibly Vincent Evans.

If there is a family member out there please respond by email to revans0711@comcast.net.

Thank you,
Bill and Rose-Ellen Evan

Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004
From: "Michael Shaffer" <shaffer2@msn.com>
Subject: picture identification help

click for larger images

I don't know who the first two gentlemen are, but I believe that one of them might be George Harlan born in Monroe Co, KY on May 25, 1804. The lady on the lower left might be the wife of the two gentlemen. I believe that the fourth picture is a brother of one of the other two.

Mike Shaffer
Rineyville, KY

Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2004
From: "vwj" <vwj@frontiernet.net>
Subject: nathan harlin

Hello. I'm searching for a Nathan Harlin who married Jane Kirkland (the widow of George Washington Kirkland). Nathan and Jane were married on July 18, 1872 in Ozark County Missouri. I am trying to find out his birthdate and date of death and also Jane's maiden name if possible. Would appreciate any help.

Thanks, Beverly

From: "Jane Harlan" <janeah47@msn.com>
Subject: Justice John Marshall Harlan featured in fall edition, 2004, of Brandeis Brief, University of Louisville School of Law newsletter

Justice John Marshall Harlan is featured in the fall edition, 2004, of the Brandeis Brief, the newsletter of the University of Louisville School of Law. His picture is on the front cover with a title of "The Harlan Legacy." The publication may not be on the Internet yet because the Website still has the fall edition from 2003 featuring women lawyers and a history of the school. It can be found at www.louisville.edu/brandeislaw/brandeis_brief/
Keep watching for the issue with our cousin on the front!

From: "Jane Harlan" <janeah47@msn.com>
Subject: John Marshall Harlan Lecture & Dinner, Louisville, Kentucky, Oct. 25, 2004

The University of Louisville will be sponsoring the John Marshall Harlan Lecture and Alumni/ae Dinner on Monday, October 25, 2004, at 6:30 PM at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel. Tickets are $60 per person and reservations will be accepted until October 15 or until seating capacity is reached. The keynote speaker will be Kurt Schmoke, dean of the Howard School of Law. The lecture will conclude the law school's year-long series of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. John Marshall Harlan's famous dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson laid the foundation for the Supreme Court's position in the Brown case and other decisions supporting the civil rights of citizens. Tickets can be obtained by contacting Simone Beach, Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky 40292. Reservation line: (502) 852-4601, Phone (502) 852-6366, Fax (502) 852-0862 sbeach@louisville.edu

From: "Jo Harlan" <Jo.Harlan@decal.state.ga.us>
Subject: Harlans of African descent

My name is Jo Anne Harlan, an African American born in Macon, Mississippi, Noxubee County in 1962 to Fedosha Ivy Harlan and Joe L.Harlan. I have one brother James C. Harlan. I am interested in tracing our connection to the original Harlan, Harlin or Harland families.

Please reply with any information you have to share.


From: Curtis W. Long
Date: 09/28/04
Subject: New Web Site for Harlan genealogy research

I've created a web site with pictures of Harlan headstones at Bethel cemetery in Wayne County, Indiana. The web site also has a link to another site I've created listing the descendents of John Valentine Harlan #6249. Please visit the following web site if you have an interest: http://www.pceaze.com/genealogy/. This web site is a work-in-progress, so check back regularly. If you have any questions, please drop me an e-mail.

Curtis W. Long, clong80@yahoo.com
Great Grandson of Russel #6249-7 and Goldie (McFarland) Harlan.

Subject: Aaron Harlan's will (1752-1806) (#194 in the green book)
From: Mary Ann Bumgarner, his 7th great grand-daughter

In the name of God Amen. I Aaron Harlan of the District of Laurens and the State of South Carolina. Being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory for which I thank God, and calling to mind the Immortality of my Body, do make and ordain this my last will and testament.

And first, I give and recommend my Soul to Almighty God, and my body I recommend to the Earth, nothing doubting but that I shall receive the same again by the mighty powers of God. And touching such Worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I Give Devise & Dispose of the same in the following manner & form.

First I Give & bequeath to my eldest son Samuel Harlan five Shillings. I Give to my daughter Sarah five shillings, I Give to my son George five shillings. I Give to my daughter Jane five shillings. N.B. These children when they married and left me I gave them what I think is their shares at this time.

I Give & Bequeath to my son Joshua Three Hundred and twenty-five Dollars, one hundred Dollars to be paid in a Horse. I Give to my son James, a certain tract of land, (the same I formerly gave to my son George); son sow and pigs, one horse saddle and bridle, one cow & Calf; two Sheep, one Bed & Bedstead. I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Mary on Horse, Beast, Saddle & Bridle, one Cow & Calf, two Sheep, one Bed & Furniture, some pewter & Other Household Furniture at her Mother’s Discretion. I Give & Bequeath o my sons Aaron, Joseph, and Isaiah, each a Horse Saddle & Bridle valued at One hundred dollars, and one Cow & Calf each, two sheep each, One Bed & Bedstead each, and a Sow & Pigs each. To the said youngest of my sons I Give & Bequeath the tract of Land whereon I now live and also part of a tract which I purchased from Robert Swain, bounded on land of Samuel Harlan, Archibald Smith, and the tract that I gave James, and joining this said tract where I live. To be divided as follows viz, to my son Aaron I give all the land lying on the South side of Duncan’s Creek. I give to my son Joseph part of the same tract on the North side of said Creek, on a line running from where the line crosses the Meeting house road, through the apple orchard to the Creek, from thence down the Creek to Hunters old tract. To my son Isaiah I Give & Bequeath the house & rest of the land. The Mills to be divided so as to make the Shares equal. The tract of land called the White place I leave in the power of my Executors to Dispose of if they shall see the necessity of so doing to pay my legacies. To my Daughter Rebecca I leave an equal share with my Daughter Mary, besides her raising and schooling. In case the mother should die before Rebecca and Isaiah is able to provide for themselves my salve Harriet is to go with them to work for to maintain them. To my beloved wife Elizabeth, I Give & Bequeath all the rest of my property with the whole of my plantation & mills her life time, to raise my children and pay my legacies. In case my wife should see cause to marry again then and in that case she shall have but to the value of one hundred & thirty seven dollars. At the decease or marriage of my said wife I desire that all my remaining property shall be equally divided between my four youngest children, and in case any of them shall die without issue in that case the survivors shall have their share.
I constitute my beloved wife & my eldest son the sole Executors of this my last Will & Testament and I do hereby utterly Revoke and Disannul all other Wills and Executors by me in any wise before named, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and six.

Signed, Sealed, published pronounced, and Declared by the said Aaron Harlan as his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and presence of each other have hereunto Subscribed our names.

Aaron Harlan (SEAL)

Joshua Galmer
Test Bennet Langston
William Sparks
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The above was filed for Probating 11 mo.7th.1806
Last return and settlement made March 7, 1838

From Hinshaw’s History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family, p. 93
Transcribed by Mary Ann Bumgarner on 7/14/2004

From: "John Harlin" <jlharlin@centurytel.net>

We appreciate the link to our special project, the renovation of an ancestral home that we call the Old Harlin House in Gainesville, MO. The project is nearing completion and should be ready for tours during our local folk festival, Hootin an Hollarin, on September 16, 17 & 18. My son, Chris Harlin, who has taken the lead on this effort will also be updating the website soon.

Regarding the spelling of the name, we have a document that was signed by my ggg grandfather Samuel (#688) in 1809 and his spelling was Harling. His son James H. (#2319), my gg grandfather, also used Harling. My great grandfather John William dropped the g.

I appreciate all that you and the other family members do maintain the website.

John L. Harlin


Learn about the early Harlan settlers in Texas.
Visist historic sites in Central Texas.
Share your family stories with other Harlan descendants.

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, October 2nd & 3rd, 2004
WHERE: Blue Ridge Baptist Church, on FM-1771 About 10 miles east-southeast of Marlin, TX.

More information can be found on the Reunions page.

From: J Hinds <jhinds@wirelessfrontier.net>
Date: 09/6/04
Subject: Harlan Family Question

I am looking for info on Mahala Jane Harlan, b. abt. 1848, IN. She in in 1880 census, married to James Cornelius Sapp, KY

From: Maryharlin@aol.com
Date: 09/6/04
Subject: looking for info on Thomas Harlin

I am trying to find info. on my GGF, Thomas Harlin, born 1805 in Ireland. He came to the U.S. about 1830. The first clue I find is an 1840 census abstract, showing a Thomas Harlin {Harlen} living in Saugerties, Ulster Co., N.Y. His death certificate shows him coming to Brooklyn, N.Y.in 1846 and dying in 1874 in Williamsburgh,Brooklyn. He married his wife Catherine, and had a son John J. about 1848. His wife and both her parents were born in the U.S. I don't know if I am related to Alpheus or not but I would appreciate any help in finding Thomas's parents. There are a number of Harlins in both N.Y.C. and Suffolk Co., N.Y.

Patrick Harlin pharlin999@hotmail.com

Date: 08/26/04
From: karen fields <kfields139@comcast.net>
Subject: Josiah Harlan- is he yours?

Hello, I am a Chester County resident and have recently finished the book by Ben Macintyre "The Man Who Would Be King", The first American in Afghanistan. The Kipling story is based on a true story of a Chester County resident named Josiah Harlan. He was born in 1799, the son of Joshua and Sarah Harlan, in Newlin Township, Chester County. His family descended from Michael Harlan, of Durham, England and were devout Quakers.

I live in Coatesville, and took a drive on Stargazer Road tonight, because I had never been and wanted to see the "Stone". It was gettin dark and we never did find it, so I thought I'd look it up on the computer, and came across your site in the search. I believe this "infamous" American is probably in your family line, but not in your records. I truly believe you should pick up a copy of this book, even if he isn't related, it's an excellent story of a intelligent adventurer. I would love to think he would be an exciting link in your family tree.

Please let me know if he "belongs" to you.

Sincerely, Karen of Coatesville, PA

From: Pat Watson
Date: 09/5/04 09:47 pm
Subject: Harlan-Lincoln Events in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

On October 28-29, 2004, some educational and cultural experiences relating to Harlan-Lincoln history will be presented on the Iowa Wesleyan College campus in Mt. Pleasant. The events are planned to raise awareness, as well as funds for the Harlan-Lincoln House project. Donna McCreary, an educator who has extensively researched the Lincoln and Todd families, will present four programs. She uses information from original documents to bring history alive to her audiences. The presentations are:

1. Thursday, October 28, 11:00 am at the Forum in Chapel, "Love is Eternal, Mrs. Lincoln" This is a 45-50 minute session, followed by a question and answer period. The one-woman show depicts Mary Lincoln as the First Lady. With the Civil War nearly over, Mrs. Lincoln defends herself and her husband's political views and discusses the devastation the war has brought to her family. She also describes her family life and the Lincolns' interest in theater, poetry, and politics. She shares the turmoil war inflicted on their family as many of her siblings supported the Confederacy, and she fell victim to criticism by politicians and reporters as a result.

2. Thursday, October 28, 2:00 pm in the International Room "A portrait of the Robert Todd Lincolns through their letters with the Helm Family" Ms. McCreary has access to letters written between Robert Todd Lincoln, Mary Harlan Lincoln, and their children to Robert's cousins, the Helms, over a long period of time. She will research and write a program specifically for us on these people about whom we really know very little.

3. Thursday, October 28, 7:00 pm in the Chapel "Mary, the Widow of Lincoln" Public performance with ticket sales to support the Harlan-Lincoln House project. This 90 minute one-act play tells the story of Mary Lincoln after Lincoln's assassination. Through memories sparked by letters, pictures, and sounds, Mary remembers her life and family. The audience is taken back on the memorable journey and allowed to see the complexity of one of America's most controversial women. Ticket sales for Thursday evening performance are $10, adults; $5, children.

4. Friday, October 29, morning or afternoon, International Room "Mourning: It's a Way of Life" Ms. McCreary explains the complicated and strict rules of mourning during the time of Mary Todd Lincoln. This topic complements items in the Harlan-Lincoln House collection (mourning veils that belonged to Mary Todd Lincoln and Mary Harlan Lincoln.)

From: Mitch.Kamon@saabusa.com
Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004

I am looking for Mary Josephine Harlan. We dated in college (1966 -1967) when she was attending Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA. She was in Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. We lost track of each other when I moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. I am not certain if she graduated. I remember she was from Radnor, PA. and her mother remarried a man by the name of Stewart Hooker. Hooker was a publisher in New York City, NY. I think Mary Jo was born around 1947 or 1948 and went by JODY in college. I would appreciate it if you could give me any information on how to locate her or if you would rather ask her to contact me either by phone or e-mail. 30 years ago I named my daughter after her and was never able to tell her. Thanks for your help.

Mitch Kamon
Saab Cars USA, Inc
4405 A International Blvd.
Norcross, GA 30093

Phone (770) 279-6892
Fax (770) 279-6419
Mobile (770) 335-0441
Notes: Mitch.Kamon@saabusa.com
Home (770) 772-7125
Home e-mail mhkamon@comcast.net

Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004
From: John Harland <jharland@smartt.com>
Subject: The Family in the 17th Century

Can anyone put a date on the arrival of the Harland brothers in Lurgan, County Armagh? It is recorded that George and Michael, progenitors of the Harlan family, sailed for the New World early in 1687, but when did they leave Durham for Ireland? I would welcome confirmation of my guess is that it woud have been about 1670, when Thomas (who remained in Ireland) and George would have been in early adulthood, Michael in his teens.

Kindest regards

Date: Fri, 16 July 2004
Subject: Bob Harlan To Become 131st Member Of Packers Hall Of Fame

For 34 years, Bob Harlan has given his heart and soul to the Green Bay Packers. On Saturday, July 17, Bob Harlan will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame. Read more about it at http://www.packers.com/news/stories/2004/07/16/1/

Congratulations Bob !!

Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2004
From: "Michael Shaffer" <shaffer2@msn.com>
Subject: James & Sarah Turner Harlan family photo's

In researching my wife's Harlan family history I came across about 40 photo's that I need help in identifying. The photo's date back to about the 1850's or 60's. I'm looking for someone who is a descendant of George & Ruth Springer Harlan and James & Sarah Turner Harlan, of Monroe Co, KY who might be able to help me in identifying them.

Some of the photo's that I have been able to Identify is of James and Sarah Turner Harlan, who is the son of George & Ruth Springer Harlan. The other's are children of James and Sarah which are; Nevada (Harlan) Hamilton, Priscilla (Harlan) Akers, Jane R. (Harlan) Reeves, Sarah (Harlan) Comer, Cora Belle (Harlan) Denton, Elizabeth (Harlan) Appollos, Avery Harlan with his wife Laura Walton, and John Jefferson Harlan. John Jefferson Harlan married Zula Carter in Monroe Co, KY. One other child of James and Sarah was Franklin Pedigo Harlan who married Carrie Hume and located to Carter Co, Oklahoma in the around 1900.

Mike Shaffer
Rineyville, KY

Date: Mon, 10 May 2004
From: "Debi Medovic" <drmed@bellsouth.net>
Subject: Jerry Harlan- formerly of South Carolina

Hello to all Harlans-

I am searching for the following Harlan and this is all the information that I have.

Name: Jerry Harlan, lived in SC, possibly Columbia, (approx. 1955-1965)
Ex-wife's name: Sandra Jean Way Harlan(Gibson) from Denmark, SC
Children: Randall Romain Harlan(Gibson), DOB 12-11-1959 and
Stephanie Lorainne Harlan, stillborn, September 10, approx 1963.

He allowed his son, Randy, then 15 year old, to be adopted by the current husband, around 1974. The last information that I can find is that "he went back up North". He is my 18 year old daughter's grandfather and she has recently started to ask questions about her heritage. A relationship is possible if he would care for there to be one, but we are mainly interested in his medical history. We are trying other avenues since this is not a subject we feel we can ask her father or any of his family about. Any light that can be shed on this is greatly appreciated.

Debi Medovic
M-F 9AM - 5PM
800-845-2524 x 3070

Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004
From: Peachysew@aol.com
Subject: Harlan family history

I'm a novice at family history but found your web site and hope I can get some help tracing my grandmother's lineage. She was born Bertha Harlan June 30, 1900 in Ottumwa, Iowa. Her mother was Martha Harlan. Her grandfather, we were always told, was Senator James Harlan from Iowa. According to my research, only the oldest child, Mary Eunice Harlan survived to adulthood, married and had children.

(She married Robert Todd Lincoln.) Could anyone provide me with information on who Martha Harlan could have been related to, if not James. In the family bible, it says she was born April 9, 1871 probably in Iowa and died February 3, 1952.

Many thanks for any help or guidance.

Patricia Redfield Stone
e-mail address: Peachysew@aol.com

Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004
From: "V. L. Helmer" <vlouise_@hotmail.com>
Subject: To Pat Fluetsch on Josiah Harlan

Pat, you are probably referring to Doctor and General Josiah Harlan. He was spoken about in a message on the Harlan Family Message Center in May 2003. That message can be read in the archives for the date May 26, 2003 "[S]earch for General Harlan". He is a very interesting read.

Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004
From: Wendy Thompson <wendleduckfuzz@yahoo.com>
Subject: Charity Harlan's Children...etc.

My name is Wendy. I am trying to find information confirming or denying a possible marriage of Charity Harland (Hackney)'s daughter Sarah Hackney to Thomas Province. I have seen information that mentions Morris Rees as her husband, and I have seen other information mentioning Thomas Province as her husband. If anyone has any additional information on this subject it would be an immense help in my research.

Thank you,
Wendy Thompson

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2004
From: Esther Wells
Subject: Indiana State Reunion

I was just informed that I inadvertantly put June 9th & 10th as the date for the Reunion instead of July 9th & 10th. I am so sorry about this, I hope it has not fouled any one up. Two sisters are planning on going and they were concerned that we were having it in June which would be in the middle of the week. I'm glad they brought it to my attention.


Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2004
From: "Jim Peoples" <jimpeoples@comcast.net>
Subject: Wallace Donald Harlan

My name is Jody Brace and I am searching for my biological grandfather. My father, Joseph Orville Brace, was adopted as an infant. His birth name was Wallace Donald Harlan. He was born to Florence Mae Stanford on 12/28/36. She married Joseph Doneson (not the biological father) two weeks prior to my father's birth. I am not sure what my biological grandfather's first or middle name is, but it may have been Wallace Donald. We are certain that his last name is Harlan. My father was born in Los Angeles county. I would appreciate any information that anyone may be able to provide.

Jody Brace
Sacramento, CA
(916) 928-8277

Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2004
From: Pat Fluetsch <pfluetsch@comcast.net>
Subject: Josiah Harlan

A new book by Ben Macintyre, titled "The Man Who Would be King: The First
American in Afghanistan is about Joshia Harlan. He was from Chester County,
Pennsylvania and was in Afghanistan during the 1830's. Does anyone know his
connection with the Harlan family?

Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004
From: WillieD4453@aol.com

Greetings to all the Harlans!
I am trying to find a connection to my most distant known Harlan relative, and the published
Harlan history (if there is one). My family came from the New Castle, Pennsylvania area (my Dad's family) and his grandfather owned a livery stable and then a service station. I have his name as William (called Billy) Harlan who married Isabella (Baker) Harlan. They had three sons: Frank, Earl, and Louis (my grandfather). I also remember hearing about a William David Harlan (same name as mine) who had a St. Cloud Hotel in New Castle.

If anyone has any information they could pass along to me on this it would be greatly appreciated.

William D. Harlan
Sandusky, Ohio

Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004
From: gameshow@comcast.net
Subject: Looking for a contact for a famous John Harlan

I see that you are listed at the bottom of the Harlan Family Website as contacts: I would like to get contact information for the John Harlan that has the following film and television resume:

John Harlan
Actor - filmography
(1980s) (1970s) (1960s)

"Jackpot" (1989) TV Series .... Announcer
UHF (1989) (voice) .... Promo Announcer
... aka Vidiot From UHF, The (1989)
"Wipeout" (1988) TV Series .... Announcer
"Catch Phrase" (1985) TV Series .... Announcer
"Your Number's Up" (1985) TV Series .... Announcer
"All Star Blitz" (1985) TV Series .... Announcer
"Name That Tune" (1984) TV Series .... Announcer
"Press Your Luck" (1983) TV Series .... Sub-Announcer (1983-1984)
"Krypton Factor, The" (1981) TV Series .... Announcer
"All American Ultra Quiz" (1981) (mini) TV Series .... Assistant
"Password Plus" (1979) TV Series .... Substitute announcer (1979)
"All New Jeopardy!, The" (1978) TV Series .... Announcer (1978-1979)
"Truth or Consequences" (1950) TV Series .... Announcer (1977-1978)
... aka "All New Truth and Consequences, The" (1987) (USA: new title)
... aka "New Truth and Consequences, The" (1977) (USA: new title)
"Name That Tune" (1977) TV Series .... Announcer
"50 Grand Slam" (1976) TV Series .... Announcer
"Wheel of Fortune" (1975) TV Series .... Sub-announcer (1975)
"Cross-Wits, The" (1975) TV Series .... Announcer
"Celebrity Sweepstakes" (1974) TV Series .... Announcer
"Name That Tune" (1974/I) TV Series .... Announcer
"Name That Tune" (1974/II) TV Series .... Announcer
... aka "$100,000 Name That Tune, The" (1976) (new title)
"Girl In My Life" (1973) TV Series .... Announcer
"Password" (1961) TV Series .... Announcer (1971-1975)
... aka "Password All-Stars" (1974) (USA: new title)
"It's Your Bet" (1969) TV Series .... Announcer (1969-1973)
"It Takes Two" (1969) TV Series .... Announcer (1969-1970)
"You Don't Say" (1963) TV Series .... Announcer (1964-1979)
"Queen for a Day" (1956) TV Series .... Announcer (1960-1964)

We have an event in August 2004 in Burbank California we would like to contact him about.

Paul Bailey
Game Show Congress, PO Box 3993, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico,
87901-7993 USA
303 520 0200 tel 1
505 400 0829 tel 2
630 566 3774 fax

Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004
From: "Junior Harlan" <harlanjay@cox.net>
Subject: William Willis


I looked in Alpheus Harlan's book and found that there is no further information on his son John in the book.

As for a son Robert, it does show him in the book, however states that after Betty's death, he married 10/23/1770, Hannah, the widow of Samuel Richardson, late of Frederick Co. Md.

Junior F. Harlan
Site Coordinator/Vice President

Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004
From: "Junior Harlan" <harlanjay@cox.net>
Subject: William Dale Harlan


I suggest you contact Esther Harlan Wells, who has been in the process of updating Harlan Family information. You can find her e-mail address on the site.

Junior F. Harlan
Site Coordinator/Vice President

Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004
From: Junior Harlan<harlanjay@cox.net>
Subject: Reply to Harlan web site message

Dear Lou: The book that you had heard about is "Unfortunate Emigrants" Narratives of the Donner Party, edited by Kristin Johnson. Copyright 1996 Utah State University Press, Logan, Utah 84322-7800. I have a copy of the book and I found it on the internet. If I remember I looked for the title and found it and ordered it from the internet. I think you will enjoy it, as I have read it and must say I learned a lot. If you have trouble finding the book, let me know and I will try to help you.

---Junior F. Harlan Site Coordinator/Vice President

Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2004
From: MARY JO <MJS12771@ptdprolog.net>
Subject: John R Harlan, PA


Looking for info on a John R Harlan, b. abt 1800. He had a brother, David, who was killed at the battle of Gettysburg ( Co I 88th Pa ). I know he was married twice, second time to a Martha Snyder. I belive his first wife was also a Snyder. His two sons, David and Ellis were also Civil War Vets ( 7th Pa Cav). I have alot of info on these soldiers, pension files, letters, obits etc, that I will share with whoever is interested. I am mostly looking for John's parents and first wife. I posted this querry afew years ago and someone from your organization did reply, but I lost the e-mail. I live in a Lancaster Co. PA log house that was built for/by this John R Harlan around 1860.

Jim Van Lenten

Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2004

Visit the reunions page for more information about the upcoming Ryan Family Reunion.

Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2004
From: Pam Ellingson
Subject: Harlan Record

For those people interested in looking at past issues of the "Harlan Record" go to the current issue. At the end of the contents portion follow the link to Past Issues of the Harlan Record.

Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004
From: Don Reininger <loudontx@cox-internet.com>
Subject: Harlan Family connection to the Donner Party

I am writing to you thinking maybe you could help me with finding a particular book that was mentioned in the Harlan Record a couple of months ago. It was suggested to purchase this book and read it before the next reunion that will be held in Reno. It is a history of the Harlan Family and their trek with the Donner Party. Last night, my husband and I watched a documentary about the Donner Party, and it reminded me that I should order this book since we plan to attend the next Reunion. I can't find my Harlan Record that told about this book. Can you give me the name and where I might purchase it. I really would appreciate that.

We are looking forward to the next Reunion and want to be prepared about the Harland's trek.

Thank you for any information you could give me.

---Lou Reininger

Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2004
From: John Harland <jharland@smartt.com>
Subject: Marc Crisp question Jan 3

On Jan 3, Marc Crisp asked a question about his ancestress Matilda White. I passed this along to Sir R E W Harland in England, and he answered as follows: This is a reply to e-mails from Fred Harlan of gosteelers@prodigy.net, Mark Crisp of crispm@yol.net.au and John Harland of jharland@smartt.com.

Harland Castle. I know of no Lord Harland nor of any Harland Castle. However, there is, about 20 miles West of John O'Groats (the North Eastern tip of Scotland) a town called Castletown, within which is an area called Harland. It may be seen on http://www.streetmap.co.uk/, then select 'Place', type in 'Harland' and select 'Harland (Highlands). However, I know of no connection with my family.

Harland Moor. Whilst on that site, try selecting 'Harland Beck Fm'. That area of the North Yorkshire Moors, about 25 miles West of Scarborough, is where my family came from. You may need to select an appropriate scale for the map by clicking on one of the seven 'house' shaped ikons at the bottom right hand corner of the screen. By moving about (clicking on the arrows at the sides of the map), you could see Harland Moor, Harland Beck (stream) and Harland (Farm). I have commissioned some watercolour paintings of that area, of one of which John D Harlan has an e-copy.

Ancestors. My great great grandfather, William Harland (born 1755, died 7 Dec 1842, buried at Filey, Yorks, close to the church's South window) came from Hartoft (five miles East of Harland Moor) where he was a Dalesman and Freeholder. His son, Dr. William Harland, (born 12 Feb 1787, died 6 Apr 1866) moved to Scarborough where he became Mayor. He had ten children, two of whom died soon after birth. Of the other eight, three were daughters, all of whom married and had children (the Hudsons Metcalfes and Halleys) and five sons. The sons were Dr. William Aurelius who died, unmarried, in Hong Kong aged 35; John Sawdon (born 9 Feb 1828) who died in Napier, New Zealand, on 7 May 1862, aged 34, having married Louisa Roe (I have no record of their children); Sir Edward James, born 15 May 1831, married Rosa Matilda Wann in Belfast on 26 Jan 1860 (but with no child), and died on 25 Dec 1895; Rev, Albert Augustus, my grandfather, born 15 Nov 1839, married Louise Ellen Wilson (and they had 17 children, of whom only one died young) and died on 12 Dec 1921; and Henry Seaton, born 27 May 1843, married Jane Stephenson Merry (but with no child) and died on 31 Jul 1921.

Sir Edward. I did hear, but have no written evidence, that Sir Edward and Rosa brought up one or more children of a brother (possibly John Sawdon) or sister whose parents had died overseas or returning from there (as a widow ?). I have no record of any Matilda Harland, nor of a James White. However, if Matilda was one of John Sawdon's children, she might well have gone back to New Zealand in about 1870. It might have been her uncle Edward, not her father, who objected to her marriage, though ! Dr. William was an inventor (of a steam carriage, among other things). He knew George and Robert Stephenson, to the latter of whom his son, Edward, was 'apprenticed' . That story is given in the attached paper 'The Story of Sir Edward Harland', paper ERAS-03A.doc. That might account for his youngest brother, Henry Seaton, marrying a girl, Jane Stephenson Merry, whose mother might have been a Stephenson. I have the portraits of Sir Edward and his wife in my hall here.

Harland and Wolff. The story of the first 125 years of Harland and Wolff is told in a book 'Shipbuilders to the World', published to celebrate that period. I had been invited to the celebrations, but the letter was sent to me here, in Bury St. Edmunds. Alas, I was working then as a consultant to Short Brothers (next door to Harland and Wolff in Belfast; they had been founded as 'Short and Harland' in about 1935) and I did not get the invitation until I returned here, too late for the party ! I had the honour of unveiling on 4 December 2001 a plaque dedicated to Sir Edward at his birthplace, Dr William's home, at 10 Newborough, Scarborough. It is now a branch of Marks and Spencer.

Titanic. You may all know that the Titanic was not the first ship of that design to be launched, nor the last. The Titanic was the second of a batch of three nearly identical ships, the first being the Olympic and the third the Britannic. The real lesson to be learnt from it relates to car driving - do not drive too fast in conditions of fog and ice, especially if you cannot stop quickly !


Further to the Marc Crisp question, and the reply from Reginal Harland:

Harland & Wolff built their first ship in 1859, and when John Sawdon Harland died in New Zealand in 1862, Edward James Harland would have been living in Belfast. The dates don't rule out the connection that Marc Crisp wondered about, but the reference to Crayford, Kent rather than Belfast, renders it a little suspect. I came across an intriguing entry for the year 1862 at


HARLAND, John Sawdon born Ahuriri 133
HARLAND, John Sawdon died Ahuriri 93

It is possible that the entries refer to the birth and death of a child who succumbed as in infant, but if the reference numbers (whatever their significance) are sequential this seems unlikely. The year of death matches that of John Sawdon Harland, b. 1828, as given above, and rather suggests that a child was born posthumously and named for him. There is no mention of a Matilda, but it is possible that there were older children.

---John H Harland, Kelowna B C

Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004
From: "KITEUK" <kiteuk@eileandonan.freeserve.co.uk>


Saw your site.

My name is Andrew Peter Harland

Just a little more to add to your super site. Great to read.

You mention the North East of England and Scotland

Well I went to the folk museum in Oslo after running into some Norwegians we came up with this Harland.. the people who lived on hard land... difficult land.. just like you describe but the name Har.. comes from the river Hara on the Oslo Fjord. These Viking came to North East Scotland and then moved south to the north east. Many of my ancestors were miners in Durham. Later some moved south and west and on to the States. Some thoughts on Hartland Point in the West Country has always bugged me? So much of what other people have said fits the origin..my daughter is called Freya, Goddess of Love, in the true Scandinavian way!

best wishes
Andrew Harland

Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2004
From: "legot" <legot@sbcglobal.net> Barbara Harlan

I've traced my Husbands roots back to George Harland and Elizabeth Duck while actually I'm looking for something a bit more contemporary. I'm looking for information on the children of Sherman Grant Harlan (Sullivan/Grundy countyMissouri). In particular I'm looking for a first marriage of his son William Grant Harlan sometime before 1911. Census records here in California show his wife as much to young to be the mother of his first daughter. Her name is Lola Harlan and she was 18 at the 1930 census living with her Step-mother and husband and her half brother (Frederick William Harlan). William passed away in 1924 and Frederick in 1958. I'm assuming that William Grant Harlan met and married Antoinette Patron (Petron) after discharge from the service following WWI. Any information you can share would be appreciated. If you would like to see the GED file I have of the family i would be happy to forward it on to you.

Thank you,
Barbara Harlan

Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004

There is a new article about the Harlan-Lincoln House on the Historical Sites page.

From: AtlasPC12@aol.com
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004

Would you have a William Dale Harlan, born 19 Feb, 1931 in Warren Co, Iowa in your data? He is now living in Amarillo, Texas. Bill is in ill health right now & would enjoy a family surprise get well E-mail from your group.

E-mail peggyandbill@msn.com

His Father; Pearl Issac Harlaan, Born about 1905 in Missouri
Grandfather William Nathan Harlan

Is there a search engine on the site?

Richard L. Rice

Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004
From: <djlee@mail.qconline.com>
Subject: Three older children of Eli Bentley

I am the g-g-g-g-granddaughter of Joel Harlan and Ruth Bonham, married in 1764 in Chester Co., PA. Their daughter, Sarah, married Levi Bentley, b. Nov., 1765, in Chester Co., in 1790 in Maryland. I am related through the Bentley side. Levi and Sarah's son, Eli, one of 10 children and b. in 1809 in Kentucky, married a Mary Hall on 5 September, 1830, in Hancock
Co., IN, and they had five cildren. I am searching for the names and birthdates of the three oldest children. The two youngest were Martha A., born in 1839 in Rush Co., IN, and Festus, b. 5 February, 1841, near Knightstown, IN. Would any of you Bentleys related to the same line be able to help me in ending my search of about ten years. Thank you for any help that I may receive.

Donna Lee

Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2004
From: REDSSHED@aol.com


Harold E. Lightbody
In Illinois

Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004
From: "Junior Harlan" <harlanjay@cox.net>
Subject: Martha Minerva

Dear Janice:

I've looked in Alpheus Harlan's book on the History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family in America, but did not find anything on Martha Minerva.

I did find the following information but don't know if it will be of any help or not.

Eliza Mendenhall, b in Randolph Co. Ind. 3.6,1838; m. 11,19,862, John Hutchinson. No further record.

Sarah L. Harlan, b. 10,21,1845, in Schuyler Co. MO; m. r,14,1867, in Schuyler Co. IL, Henry C. Hutchison (farmer, Methodist), b. 7,22,1844, in Vanderburg Co. IN; a son of Daniel and Eliza J. (Hooker) Hutchison, farmers in Schuyler Co. IL. Children: Daniel H. b. 2,5,1868 in Henry Co. MO; m. Jessie Fulford, 12,25,1891. Edward F., b. 12,2,1869. Arthur F., b. 5,29,1872. Amos B., b. 5,21,1874. All b. in Henry Co. MO. Earnest E. b. 8,2,1877, in Sullivan Co, MO. William H. b. 6,24,1880, in Henry Co.

Junior F. Harlan

Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004

Some additional notes from Steve Harrison have been added to the Harlan Wagon Train (to California) story.

Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2004
From: "Carole Lang" <wildoaks62@hotmail.com>

My blood-line comes down from Willam Willis and Betty Harlan Willis,William Willis was b.-abt.1740 in Newberry , York, Pennsylvania,they had a son John Willis-b-26-7-1754, in York,Pa. and from John, I'm trying to find if he had a son Robert Willis, and anything about John's marriage and death.


on Sunday, May 2, 2004. The annual singing has been held for over 115 years.

The church was founded by a descendant of Aaron Harlan on land bought from Mexico before the Texas revolution. The church was founded in 1857 by the early Harlan settlers in the young state of Texas.

The singing begins about 10 am. A short sermonette will be delivered before 12 am. Lunch will be served at noon. Singing will begin again about 1:30 pm until all have left.

The curch is located about 10 miles east-southeast of Marlin, TX.

Contact Harlan descendant Robert Powers at 254-399-9564.

Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2004
From: "janice truitt" <ddredjlt@hotmail.com>
Subject: martha melvina (manda)hutchinson, hutcheson, etc....

hello....my husband and i are trying to find any/all information about his mother, martha melvina (manda) hutchinson, hutcheson, hutchison ....(it seems the family never had a uniform way of spelling it) she is from the harlan family...there seems to be a genealogy gap between the two....if anybody out there has information about martha hutchinson truitt....she was married to joseph leonard truitt, and they lived in evansville, indiana.

...thank you for your help....janice truitt

Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2004


PHONE # 765-362-8700

Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2004
From: "Mark Crisp" <crispm@yol.net.au>
Subject: Matilda Harland


I'm a descendant of Matilda White(nee Harland) . I am trying to determine her fathers name. I know she married James White on the 21st June 1870 at Brighton England and immigrated to Gisbourne New Zealand. the pair eloped after her father had not agreed to her marring the Estate gardner!!. She had mentioned something about her father being involved in the ship building of Belfast area. This has lead to Sir Edward Harland of Harland And Wolffe. To date have found no information of offspring nor wife of Sir Edward. I fear if the story is true, and Matilda has eloped, she may have been stuck off the families records.

Any guidance would be appreciated in locating a list of childern Sir Edward may have had. Matilda is listed as as coming from Crayford, Kent borne 1851, and talked of a Harland Castle.

Mark Crisp

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