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  • Fall 2006, NO. 29 - Contents
  • Celebration 320 – 2007 Reunion Update

    We have had an enthusiastic response to our first reunion invitation letter. Please spread the word among your family members!

    Celebration 320 – “Discover Your Heritage,” is the fourth national reunion of The Harlan Family in America in recent years. The 2007 gathering will take place July 12-15 in Reno, Nev., and John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel will be our headquarters.

    Plans include tours to Donner Memorial Park and the silver mining town of Virginia City. You will learn about a wide variety of genealogy related topics as well as other interesting subjects.

    George Harlan (# 852) led a wagon train along the California Trail in 1846. Through stories of his adventures you will learn about the pioneers moving west on the California and Oregon Trails.

    There will be a family picnic in a nearby park on Friday, a special dinner and program on Saturday evening, and a Sunday brunch, all with lots of time for visiting and renewing friendships. A hospitality room in the hotel will be a gathering place, and there will be various displays for viewing.

    The Reno-Tahoe area has activities for people of all ages. We will let you know more about the reunion in the next newsletter. Meanwhile you can visit the web site: < www.visitrenotahoe.com > to further plan your vacation.

    If you have indicated that you are interested in receiving more information about the 2007 national reunion, we will send you more specifics after the first of the year. A reply form was included in the July reunion letter, and if you want to learn more but haven’t sent it in, please take a moment and let us know— ASAP.

    For now visit us at < www.harlanfamily.org/reunions.htm >


    Pat Harrison Fluetsch & William K. Harlan
    2007 Reunion Coordinators

    Recommended Reading for Reunion

    There are thousands of works about the Overland Trail experience, and members of the Reunion planning group found these of special interest:

    Women and Men on the Overland Trail; John Mack Faragher; Yale University Press, revised 2001; interesting accounts from contemporary records of the lives of ordinary people on the trail west.

    Unfortunate Emigrants; Kristin Johnson; Utah State University Press, 1996; the most up-to-date account of the Donner tragedy. Check out the author’s web site: http://www.utahcrossroads.org/DonnerParty/Docs.htm

    West from Fort Bridger; J. Roderic Korns, Harold Schindler, Dale Morgan; Utah State University Press; revised 1995; the most complete account of the opening of the Hastings Trail through Utah and Nevada which the Harlans traveled; map shows the Harlans’ route.

    The Oregon Trail Revisited;. Gregory Franzwa; Patrice Press; fifth edition 1997; a great guidebook if you are driving west along the route of the Harlan wagon train through Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming.

    Fearful Crossing: The Central Overland Trail through Nevada; Harold Curran; Nevada Publications; 1982; an interesting book and excellent historical account of the trails through Nevada, and a guide to find them today.

    All these books are available, new or used, on <Amazon.com>

    • Check the web site of the Oregon California Trail Association. It has a “virtual tour” of the trails:


    President: Robert R. Harlan
    1716 Clark Ave, Yuba City, CA 95991
    Vice-President: Junior F. Harlan
    6218 E. Betty Elyse Ln, Scottsdale AZ 85254
    Secretary: Ruth Harlan Lamb
    4305 S. Bryant Ct., Independence, MO  64055
    Treasurer: John R. Harlan
    422 Aumond Rd, Augusta GA 30909
    Katherine M. Harlan (PA)
    Robert A.Harlan (PA)
    William K. Harlan (CA)
    Connie J. King (VT)
    Gerry Harlan Lundgren (IA)
    Mary Harlan Murphy (PA)
    Liz Harlan Sly (NJ)
    Dan Harlan (VA)

    The Harlan Record
    is published semi-annually by

    The Harlan Family in America
    P. O. Box 1654
    Independence, MO 64055

    a permanent organization established to document the historical contributions made by Harlans in America. Submissions of articles are welcome. They are subject to editing and may be held until a future issue if space is limited.

    E-mail to: C. J. King, Editor

    or mail to the organization’s address shown above.

    Editorial Board: John L. Harlan, Diana Harlan Wells, Ed Wynn

    If you want an electronic version of The Harlan Record, e-mail your request to: harlamb@aol.com
    The e-mail newsletter will be sent close to the time that printed newsletters are mailed. The Harlan Record is also available on the Harlan Web site: www.harlanfamily.org under the link “Newsletter

    FINANCIAL REPORT- Augsust 1, 2006

    Contributions  912.50
    Harlan Genealogy Book Sales 480.00
    Interest Earned (Savings Account) 27.21
    Merchandise Sales
    Reunion Contributions
    Book Shipping Expense 22.42
    Newsletter Printing/ Mailing
    Contributions: Chester Co. Historical Society 100.00
    Contributions: Harlan-Lincoln House 500.00
    Board Meeting Expense 250.62
    Reunion printing, mailing 1,200.00
    Other Reunion expense 600.00



    Alpheus Harlan's Genealogy Book

    To order the book, History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family, compiled by Alpheus Harlan and published in 1914, contact:

    Peggy Harlan Talley
    104 Fern
    Poteau, OK 74953

    The 1,000-plus book is available for $60, postpaid. Make check payable to The Harlan Family in America.

    Contributions to the 
    Remembrance Fund
    ... in memory of

    Louis H. Harlan, Jr.,
    Richard Harlan and
    Louise Harlan McKinley

    by Katharine L. Bauman - NC

    Richard “Dick” Harlan
    by Janel A. Harlan - OR

    Ridge Latimer Harlan
    by Dorothy C. Harlan - MO
    Wm. Marion Harlan - MO

    Ridge Latimer Harlan and
    Jean McCracken Smith Parkins Hines

    by Marjory Harlan Sgroi - NY

    Flaudia Mae Harlan Shanks
    by Aretta J. Adams - OH


    • Please put “Harlan” in the subject line when e-mailing information or making an inquiry.

    • Send postal and e-mail changes of address to: The Harlan Family in America or e-mail: harlamb@aol.com

    • Send e-mail addresses for the Harlan e-mail registry to: harlanjay@cox.net

    • Deadline for next newsletter is February 15, 2007.

    • Harlan Family Web site: www.harlanfamily.org

    Contributions to the
    Harlan Family in America Fund

    from March - August, 2006

    CA - William Harlan
    Jan Winetz

    CO - Mary Sue Francis

    FL - Robert P. Harlan

    IA - Duane C. Griggs

    IL - Ellen L. Davis
    Nancy M. Harlan

    MO - James & Dorothy Harlan

    OH - Aretta J. Adams

    OR - Elizabeth M. Crow

    TX - Donald & Lou Anna Reininger

    WA - Rosa Lee Eacho
    Janet Harlan Paolini
    William K. Street

    Thank you!
    Your generosity is appreciated.


    C. J. King to Discuss Her Book

    The Friends of the Harlan-Lincoln House in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, are sponsoring two presentations on October 26 by C. J. King, Harlan Record editor and author of Four Marys and a Jessie: The Story of the Lincoln Women. She will tell about her research and the lives of these five women with an extraordinary heritage.

    The Harlan Family in America is a member of Friends of the Harlan-Lincoln House, an organization that works to preserve the historic house and teach about the families of Senator James Harlan and Robert Todd Lincoln.

    The book may be ordered through Friends of Hildene: 802-362-1788 or Iowa Wesleyan book store: 319-385-6478.

    News from Harlan Family in Texas

    The 57th Annual Harlan Family in Texas Reunion was held at The Blue Ridge Baptist Church on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1. Harlan family members were invited to stroll the church grounds and cemetery on Saturday before dinner.

    Sunday services were held in the newly renovated church, showcasing three stained-glass windows created and donated by Barbara Powers in May, 2006. A catered lunch was served under the pavilion on the church grounds, and the Harlan Family Meeting and The Blue Ridge Cemetery Association meeting followed.

    For more information, please contact:
    • Claudia Martin (214-692-0878 - CBrownMartin@aol.com); or
    • Carol Addy (817-251-4310 - capac@aol.com); or
    • Robert Powers (waltzinbob1@juno.com)

    In Memory of . . .

    New 90-Plus Member

    The newest member of the Harlan 90-Plus Club is Wilbur V. Harlan of Corvallis, Oregon. He spent his adult life traveling the world, living and working in Afghanistan, Turkey, Ecuador and Honduras.

    Harlan-Shakespeare Connection?

    Andrea Campana, whose grandmother, Ella Harlan, was descended from George Harlan, noticed on page 955 of the Harlan genealogy book, under entry #8013, that one of Elizabeth C. Woodward's children, Joseph M. Gregg, married an Ella M. Shakespeare in 1893.

    Andrea wrote to the Harlan Record inquiring if anyone knows whether there is a connection between the Harlans and William Shakespeare. “Wouldn’t it be fun to learn that a Harlan ancestor had been married to a descendant of Shakespeare?!!!” she wrote.

    She did some preliminary research but didn’t get very far. She went to the web site < www.people-data.com > and found that Ella M. Shakespeare’s closest “living” relative, Ralph S. Gregg, was listed as living in Wilmington, Del.

    So Andrea called the phone number and talked to his widow, who said Mr. Gregg had passed away two years ago at the age of 87. Mrs. Gregg said that no one in the family had ever researched whether the grandmother was related to Shakespeare. She had never heard of the Harlan family, and she didn’t think her husband or son had either, so Andrea sent her the Harlan family web address and a brief genealogy. Mr. Gregg was descended from Michael.

    If anyone has information about this or would like to pursue it, please let us know!

    A Look into the Family of Sen. James Harlan

    Thanks go to Barbara Brookhart of New York for sending an interesting insight into the life of the James Harlan family in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and Washington D.C.

    Barbara’s aunt, Florence Snow, wrote “Picture on My Wall – A Lifetime in Kansas,” and one chapter beautifully describes Florence’s extended visit to her cousin Mary, wife of Robert Todd Lincoln and daughter of Senator James & Eliza Harlan in the summer of 1884.

    If you’d like to read this wonderful glimpse of life in the Harlan-Lincoln era, go to the Harlan web site and click on “Stories.”

    They Rode With J.E.B. Stuart’s 1st Virginia Cavalry
    by Edward Harlan Wynn,
    Harlan Record Contributing Editor
    When the Confederate bugler sounded “Boots and Saddles,” four Harlan brothers answered his call. They were all members ofJ.E.B. Stuart’s 1st Virginia Cavalry.

    The 1st Virginia Cavalry was organized from prewar militia companies; the 1st Virginia consisted initially of 12 companies (sometimes called “troops”), and completed organization July 16, 1861. One of the most famous Confederate cavalry regiments, the 1st Virginia was led by such intrepid leaders as J.E.B. Stuart, “Fitz” Lee, and “Grumble” Jones.

    The 1st distinguished itself in several actions, including but not limited to, the Shenandoah Valley in 1861, at Bull Run, in Stuart’s ride around McClellan, at Catlett’s Station, Brandy Station, Kelly’s Ford, Gettysburg, the Buckland “Races,” Todd’s Tavern, Spotsylvania Court House, Yellow Tavern, Haw’s Shop, Nance’s Shop, Cold Harbor, Reams’ Station, Front Royal, Winchester, Waynesboro, Five Forks, and Appomattox Court House.

    The regiment fought in over 200 battles and skirmishes. From its ranks sprang such renowned cavalry leaders as John Singleton Mosby (nicknamed “The Gray Ghost”), Ridgely Brown and Gustavus W. Dorsey.

    Despite heavy casualties, the 1st maintained its high morale and élan to the bitter end. Escaping at Appomattox Court House, the regiment marched on to Lynchburg, Va., before disbanding April 11, 1865.

    The first Harlan brother to answer the Confederate call to arms was William Hunter Harlan (#2883). He was ninth of the 12 children of Jehu Harlan and Nancy Evans, of Berkeley County, Virginia (now West Virginia). At the time of his enlistment,
    William was 22 years of age and described as 5' 10" tall, with a fair complexion, light hair and gray eyes.

    William enlisted as a Private in Company D, 2nd Virginia Infantry on May 22, 1861. Later, (September 29, 1862) he joined his brothers in Company C, 1st Virginia Cavalry, known as “The Rockbridge Dragoons.” He was wounded in the side on November 22, 1864.

    Following the end of the war, the Union Army paroled him at Staunton, Va., on May 29, 1865. He died November 18, 1923, at the age of 84 in Berkeley County, Va. He is buried in the Falling Waters Cemetery in Spring Mills, W.Va.

    Next to join the Confederate cause were Silas Granville Harlan and George Boyd Harlan, both of whom enlisted on June 17, 1861, as privates in Company C, 1st Virginia Cavalry.

    Silas Harlan (#2875) was the oldest of the 12 children. He was a physician and had moved to Missouri in 1847, but he returned to his native state to serve in the 1st Virginia. He was married to Maria Rector from 1820 until 1861. [Ed. Note: Maria died Jan. 11, 1861, five months before Silas’ enlistment.] He married Hannah Parsons in 1863, the year after his discharge from the Confederate Army.

    The service record of Silas reveals that on December 18, 1861, his horse died and was valued at $140. The Company Muster Roll from January-February 1862 shows that he had had a horse in service since February 1, 1862. Silas was discharged from the Confederate Army on July 16, 1862, because he was overage (35 years old). He died in March 1877 at the age of 56, in Breckinridge, Stephens County, Texas, where he is buried.

    George Boyd Harlan (#2878), fourth of the 12 siblings, also served as a Private in Company C, 1st Virginia Cavalry. He enlisted with his older brother Silas. On October 26, 1861, he was given a six-day sick furlough to his home. On August 23, 1862, he was detailed as Quartermaster (Commissary) Sergeant.

    He last appeared on his unit’s Muster Roll in July-August 1864. The next record of his name is an entry on a list of prisoners of war paroled by the Union Army at Winchester, Va., on April 28, 1865. At the time of his parole, George was described as 35 years of age, 5' 10" tall, with a dark complexion, dark hair and eyes.

    In 1867, he married Margaretta Keerl, with whom he had nine children. George died on September 6, 1899, at the age 70. The last of the Harlan brothers to join the 1st Virginia was Jehu Scott Harlan (#2886), the youngest of the 12 children, who enlisted as a Private on May 23, 1862, in Company F. At the time of his enlistment he was 16 years old.

    Jehu was wounded in action on August 2, 1862, at Orange Court House. He transferred to Company E of the 1st Virginia Cavalry on February 8, 1863, at Culpepper Court House. On April 19, 1863, he joined his brothers in Company C of the 1st Virginia.

    He was wounded in action a second time on May 9, 1864, at Spotsylvania Court House. He returned to duty and was wounded a third time on August 25, 1864.

    Following the end of the war, the Union Army paroled him at Staunton, Va., on May 29, 1865. At the time of his parole he was described as being 19 years of age, 5' 10" tall, with a dark complexion, dark hair and dark eyes.

    On May 26, 1868, Jehu married Nannie Eskridge in Macon County, Mo., and died in Fairfax County, Va., on October 12, 1902, at age 56.

    In light of the combat history of their famous regiment, it is amazing that only two of the Harlan brothers were wounded and that all four survived the war and returned to civilian life.

    Genealogy Updates
    Director of Genealogy:
    Cynthia Rhoades < cr.rhoades@comcast.net >

    Send genealogy updates to:
    Esther Harlan Wells < bewell123@sbcglobal.net >

    Descendant of #6168, p. 552 Benjamin Harlan’s daughter

    #55, p. 967-WILLIAM FARR HARLAN (in the line of Thomas Harland). His son, also named WILLIAM FARR HARLAN, m. LELIA E. CLARK (The book says Celia Clark.)

    John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel Reservations

    If you wish to reserve your room before you receive the spring reunion information, call the hotel at 1-800-648-1177.

    In some instances, the Harlan code (gharlan) has not worked for Internet reservations, so place a call to the reservation desk and mention that you will be attending the Harlan Reunion.

    The hospitality room and various meetings will be held at the Nugget Hotel, but other hotels, camp grounds and RV parks are available for lodging.

    Attention: Reunion E-mail Responders

    Some e-mail responses to the Reunion reply form have not been delivered as anticipated, and we have no idea who might be affected. If we received your e-mail response, you’ll get a registration form and additional information about the 2007 Harlan Reunion in the spring, the same as those who mailed their reply forms.

    An e-mail verification will be sent to e-mail responders we have on file, so if you do not receive confirmation by November 1, please send a message to Ruth Harlan Lamb at < harlamb@aol.com > to make sure you’re on the Reunion mailing list.

    2007 Reunion Patrons as of September 1, 2006

    AR – Joseph & Martha Lowder

    AZ – E. Kergan & Jeanne Bruck

    CA – Pat & Mike Fluetsch
    Sarah & Ed Gehrke
    Joel F. Geldermann
    Yvette Hammar
    Elmer & Mandy Harlan
    Floyd Harlan
    Leola Harlan
    Betty Harrison
    Gene Harrison
    Dianne King
    Marvin & Roberta McDow
    Roma & Gerald Rhoads
    Shirley A. Suttle
    Beverly Holferty Russell
    Jan A. Winetz

    CO – Fay Harlan Brooks
    Shirley Stoner
    LeEtta Brooks Wilson
    FL – Robert P. & Dot Harlan
    Denise D. Harlan

    GA – Jay & Sarah Surratt

    IA – Harlan H. Giese

    IL – Ellen L. Davis
    IN – Judith A. Clements
    H. Eugene Harlan
    Cynthia & Randy Rhoades

    KY – Frank Corum

    LA – Betty Harlan Rockett

    MA – Charles W. & Margaret Burlin

    MD – Jane Howe

    MI – Marna Harlan Ignagni

    MO – Roberta Hess
    Virginia Harlan Hess
    Johanna & Teddy Houts
    Lois Harlan Jerome
    Ruth Harlan Lamb
    Susie & Sam Moon

    MS – T. S. & Eleanor Shuler

    NC – Katharine Baumann
    Barbara G. Haythorn

    NJ – John & Mary Ann Dekoek

    NM – Betty Boldt
    William S. & Mary Beth Harlan

    NV – Ric & Carol Winter

    NY – Marjory Harlan Sgroi

    OH – Sandra H. & Jay Donahue
    OK – Idella Brooks Maschino
    Pat McCurdy
    Peggy Harlan Talley

    OR – Bonnie Harlan Grandstaff
    James G. Harlan & Twila Coakley
    Wilbur V. Harlan

    PA – Fred & Carol Harlan
    Robert A. & Cindy Harlan
    William B. Harlan

    TN – Armando & Yolanda Guerrero
    Calvin & Barbara Harlan

    TX – Clinton Cross
    Rachel Harlan
    Raymond D. Harlan
    Robert & Jo Ann Jones
    LouAnna & Don Reininger

    UT – John & Mary Nickum

    VA – Wick R. & Joyce Harlan

    WA – Rosa Lee Eacho
    Tom & Marylee Harlan
    Mozelle & David Holloway
    Elva J. Mote
    Janet R. Paolini

    WI – Ed & Darlene Norman

    Thanks for your generous support for Celebration 320.

    Harlan Descendant Leaves Legacy of Leadership

    (Editor’s Note: The following information is culled from several stories published by tuscaloosanews.com on July 13 and 14. It is reprinted with their permission.)

    Reading the obituary of Harlan Cross Meredith, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., makes it easy to be proud of the name Harlan. According to Tuscaloosa News Online, Harlan Meredith was “known and appreciated as a man of high intelligence, great character, impeccable integrity, calm consistency and complete credibility.”

    Born in Tuscaloosa in 1921, he was the son of Owen and Kate (Cross) Meredith. He graduated from Tuscaloosa High School in 1937 and from the University of Alabama’s School of Commerce and Business Administration in 1941.

    After graduation, he went to work for his father’s insurance company. But when World War II came, he applied for a direct commission with the Navy and was assigned to the Navy’s hydrographic office in Chicago. While in Chicago, he lived in a local YMCA, an experience that planted the seed for future community service.

    Meredith eventually transferred to the Pacific, where he participated in five major naval campaigns, including the Battle of Samar, where his task force helped defend Gen. MacArthur’s beachhead on the Philippines from Japanese naval attack.

    After the war, Meredith was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He returned to Tuscaloosa, married Mary Anne Norton, and resumed work at his father’s business.

    He remained in the insurance business for next 53 years, first as a partner with his father’s firm, and later with another agency. “He earned a reputation for integrity that would follow him for the rest of his life,” according to tuscaloosanews.com.

    Meredith remained in the U.S. Naval Reserve, organized the first Naval Reserve unit in Tuscaloosa, and served as its commanding officer for three years.

    He was also active in business and civic organizations, president of the Insurance Agents of Tuscaloosa, the Alabama Association of Insurance Agents, and the Alabama Chapter of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters, and on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Insurance Agents.

    He was instrumental in the development of the Tuscaloosa YMCA and was president of the Tuscaloosa County YMCA. He served on the boards of the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce, the United Fund of Tuscaloosa County, and the Southern Area Council of the National YMCA.

    Meredith also played a key role in the creation of the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Alabama in 1965. One year later, the National Association of Social Work honored him with the Ethel H. Wise award for this work, one of many awards he would receive during his life.

    He was honored as Tuscaloosa County Citizen of the Year in 1966. In 2005, the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama inducted Meredith into the Tuscaloosa Civic Hall of Fame and gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of exceptional business leadership. The Community Foundation of West Alabama named him a Pillar of the Community that same year.

    “Few of his honors were more aptly named. This community was built on the strong shoulders of leaders like Harlan Meredith,” according to tuscaloosa-news.com.

    “He was always an example of what it means to be a leader,” said the Rev. Charles Durham of First Presbyterian Church, where Harlan was a lifelong member and leader for many years. “He was the most honest and upright ethical business person you’ve ever seen.”

    Harlan Meredith died on July 11 at the age of 85. A memorial service was held July 13, at the First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa.

    He is survived by his wife; daughter Anne Meredith Meador and her husband Murray of Mobile; four grandchildren, Meredith Foster Horton of Daphne, J. Harlan Foster of Dallas, Caroline M. Meador of Birmingham and Kate Meador of Mobile; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Kate Meredith Foster, and his brother, Owen Meredith, Jr.

    Harlan Meredith’s Harlan ancestry is as follows: Harlan Cross Meredith; son of Owen and Kate (Cross) Meredith; Kate was the daughter of James Fleming Cross and his second wife, Mary Elizabeth Goodloe; J. F. Cross was the son of Joseph Oliver Cross and Eliza Harlan (#2871—featured on page one of the Fall 2005 Harlan Record); daughter of Elijah Harlan (#824), son of Jehu (#212), son of George (#45), son of James (#11), son of George (#3).

    Harlan Biker Seeks Motor-Interested Cousins

    Dave Harlan of Yorba Linda, Calif., wrote to the Harlan Record recently, seeking some guidance from cousins in the automotive or motorcycle industry.

    Dave is president of the Orange County Dualies Club, a motorcycle club formed in 1994 as an adventure club for sport enthusiasts in Southern California. Besides riding, the club gives back to the community, helping with trail work and raising money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. They incorporated last year and received 501(c)(3) status.

    They have adopted trails in the San Bernardino Forest, located near Lake Arrowhead. And on May 20, 2006, they held the 2nd Annual Dualie Charity Ride, with all proceeds going to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

    The club web site explains the connection: “One year, the club decided to adopt a young boy with a brain tumor whose name was Michael Hoeflin. Sadly, Michael is not with us today and his subsequent loss to cancer had a profound impact on the Dualies. Since that time, the club has become more involved in charitable fundraising efforts for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Over the years, the Dualies have hosted multiple fundraisers and donated over $100,000 for charity.”

    Contact information for the Orange County Dualies, Inc., is as follows: 5607 Avenida Antigua,Yorba Linda, CA 92887; phone 714-693-1401; fax 714-701-0629; e-mail ocdualie@aol.com; web address
    < www.dualies.com >.

    Dave would like to own a motorcycle dealership or business. “I’m looking for a little guidance and thought I might find some here,” he wrote.

    Kohl Named “Superstar”

    Nina Harlan Kohl got involved in an effort to save trees in her neighborhood last fall, and in the process, she won the title of “2005 Greenfield Superstar” from the Greenfield (WI) Observer as a representative of her entire neighborhood and its involvement in a successful grassroots campaign.

    It started when she attended a neighborhood meeting to learn about proposed sewer, street and curbing improvements. Initially, the project didn’t bother her. But a neighbor urged her to learn more, so she started attending city meetings and public hearings about the proposed changes.

    “On Oct. 25, she heard that 123 trees were endangered as a result of the proposed widening of streets and from other road construction aspects, a figure that prompted a strong response,” according to Greenfield Observer Staff Writer Stefanie Scott.

    Kohl went home and immediately developed a web site called www.saveour123trees.org. It became “the main communication tool for people looking for updates on the project and a vehicle for making their voices heard to city officials and local media,” according to Scott.

    As a result of these and other efforts, the Greenfield Common Council decided not to widen most of the streets included in the neighborhood project and to install rolled curbs rather than straight-cut ones. Most of the trees were also saved in the process.

    Kohl told Scott that she hopes other Greenfield residents will see from this success that it pays to get involved in local government. “She does not want people to view the situation as winning against City Hall,” Scott wrote.

    “Some people said, ‘You fought City Hall and you won,’” Kohl told Scott. “And that’s really not how I look at it. My reading of it is like citizens and City Hall worked together and everybody won.”

    Frank Lloyd Wright’s Lost Harlan House

    Dr. Allison W. Harlan residence, Chicago, ILL.
    Historic Architecture and Landscape Image Collection, Ryerson & Burnham Libraries,
    The Art Institute of Chicago.

    Submitted by Marjory Harlan Sgroi

    Several years ago, because of my interest in Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, I purchased a small book entitled Frank Lloyd Wright’s Lost Buildings by Carla Lind. Imagine my surprise when I found that one of the first “lost buildings” was the Harlan House, built in Chicago for Dr. Allison Harlan.

    I ran for my History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family to see if I could find Dr. Harlan – and there he was on page 882, as big as life. Recently, when visiting a local Wright site, I saw in their bookshop a larger book with the same title and found the lost Harlan House again with an even better write-up about the family and the house. I was able to reach the author through the Frank Lloyd Wright organization’s pipeline and asked her for permission to reprint her article. She was very agreeable so following is the article reprinted with her permission.

    “While working for Adler and Sullivan in 1888-93, Wright accepted commissions for seven private houses, which he designed after hours – a violation of his employment contract. Despite his efforts to conceal these ‘bootleg’ jobs by using the name of his architect friend Cecil Corwin to announce the commissions in the trade press, he was eventually discovered by Sullivan. This house for Allison Harlan, designed in 1891 and built in Sullivan’s neighborhood in 1892, led to Wright’s departure from the side of his greatest teacher.

    “During his years with Sullivan, Wright had become skilled in the geometric, nature-based ornament the master preferred and used it here in fret-sawn panels across the front of the house. The conventionalized tracery patterns on the balcony and in the entry hall were similar to the motifs Wright used on the balcony and stairhall in the Charnley house in Chicago, done the same year for a Sullivan client. This, combined with the design’s geometric freshness, could easily have given away Wright’s authorship. In 1956 Wright told Dr. Harlan’s daughter that it was the ‘first house built my own way.’

    “Wright included other features that he developed further in his later Prairie Style houses. The low, hipped roof and broad, sheltering eaves, the indirect entrance and generous verandas, the casement windows, the spindled screens in the stairhall, and the simple geometric forms – all were unusual for the time and marked Wright’s determination to break away from convention. The two-story house had six bedrooms, several of which opened onto balconies.

    “Dr. Harlan, a dentist, demanded several changes to Wright’s plan. The fireplace was moved from the central hall into the open living room, which was then divided into two parts. In about 1904, Harlan traded houses with his neighbors, the Byrneses, who sold Wright’s structure in 1912. Vacant for years, it became a neighborhood hangout. For a short time it was used as a nursing home and then fell into ruin. A fire [in 1963] caused enough damage to require its demolition.”

    The Irish Interlude Part IV: The Third Brother
    by John H. Harland

    (Editor’s Note: The last three issues of the Harlan Record have featured an edited version of a long article on the years that the “original” Harland brothers spent in Ireland. Based on extensive research done by one of our cousins, John H. Harland, of Kelowna British Columbia, this has included information about Quakerism and Irish history. Here is the final installment, which focuses on Thomas Harland, the eldest brother of George and Michael, and on later Irish history. The full, unedited version of John’s interesting account can be accessed through the link, “Irish Interlude” on the Harlan web site.)

    Thomas Harland: Thomas Harland was the elder brother of George and Michael, and had come with them to Ireland from Durham. By 1687 Thomas was a married man of about 40 years of age, with a large and growing family. He had married Katherine Bullock on 7 Feb., 1680, in the Quaker manner at the “house of Francis Robinson in the Parish of Segoe, County Armagh.” His wife died in March 1690.

    He must have approved of the decision of his brothers to go to America in 1687, and may have helped finance the venture, but he himself elected to stay in Ireland rather than go to the Delaware, and perhaps his reluctance to move was dictated by his family situation.

    There is uncertainty concerning his date of death. Quaker records at the Public Records Office in Northern Ireland [PRONI] list the burial of a Thomas Harland at Moyraverty Quaker Burial Ground (near Lurgan) in 1683, but this may have been a different Thomas Harland than our common ancestor, because other records, including Alpheus Harlan’s book, show that Thomas Harland remarried after his first wife died, to Alice Foster, of Lisnegarvy, at Richard Boyes house, Ballinderry Meeting, County of Armagh, in 1702. They were the parents of two sons, James and Thomas, and a daughter, Abigail.

    Quaker records are sometimes misleading when dealing with a marriage, etc. It is not always clear who were the prime-moves and who were just witnesses. There is also a 1723 reference to a Thomas Harland being given assistance by the Friends following a fire, “he being too old to recoup alone,” but there the trail goes cold.

    My own family believe we are descendants of Thomas, but there were other Harlands in the Lurgan area, and this claim, and hence our claim of connection to The Harlan Family in America, is beyond proof or disproof.

    Later Irish History: The Brothers left for America in 1687, and while Irish history subsequent to that date is of less significance to The Harlan Family in America, it is worth tying up some loose ends and summarizing what happened over the next years. Some of these events may have affected Thomas Harland, who stayed behind in Ireland.

    In 1688, the English Parliament lost patience with the Catholic sympathies of King James II, and in what is known as the Glorious Revolution, they invited his son-in-law William, Prince of Orange, to assume the crown as William III.

    In 1689, following the flight of James II to Ireland and his raising an army there, William III arrived with his own forces and went on to defeat the Jacobites in a series of engagements, of which the most celebrated was the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. At different times during the campaign, both opposing armies passed through Lurgan, seriously disrupting the affairs of the inhabitants, so from that point of view, the timing of the Brothers’ departure was impeccable.

    It should be underlined that although Ireland was the focus of Europe in those immediate years, the military battles there were mere skirmishes when viewed as part of a much wider conflict. The War of the League of Augsburg (1688-1697) pitted France against England and several other countries, and included many theaters of war. The fighting took place in many places around the world, including what is now Nova Scotia and New York State. It ended with the Peace of Rijswick in 1697, and a century of relative tranquility (by Irish standards) followed.

    Discontent continued to simmer, eventually resulting in the Rebellion of the United Irishmen in 1798. This was an important event in Irish history, but one beyond the scope of our study.

    Irish Interlude Summary: To summarize our story: George and Michael, who founded the Harlan dynasty in the United States, spent a few years in Ireland, and I have tried to cast some light on their reasons for leaving England, explaining their choice of location in Ireland, and then considering what drew them to America. In the process I have attempted to show how these peregrinations fitted in to the big picture and what was going on in the wider world in which they lived.

    Harlands are to be found in the Lurgan area to this day, and I know that some members of the Harlan Family Association have had the opportunity to meet Jim Harland and his charming wife Lillian, who live in Lurgan. He is of particular interest, in that he must be a descendant of Thomas Harland, brother of George and Michael, since following a tradition going back over three hundred years, the family are still members of the Lurgan Quaker Meeting.

    Harlan vs. Harland: In the matter of the presence or absence of the terminal ‘d’: I always imagined that the Brothers intentionally dropped this after going to America, perhaps after meeting Huguenots who used that spelling. However, in the 17th century, the orthography was not fixed, and reflecting the level of literacy at the time, in Irish records we find the name spelled both ways–not to mention Harlen and Harlin.

    Acknowledgments: This report could not have been put together without the kind assistance of several people. Dr. Robin Harland, my brother who lives in Belfast, drove us round the Lurgan area to get an idea of the location in which the Brothers lived. Among others who helped were Dr. John McCavitt, Dr. Eoin Magennis, Arthur G. Chapman, Prof. Gerry Stockman, and Sean McCartan.

    Besides his book on the Flight of the Earls, Dr. McCavitt wrote the article on Sir Arthur Chichester in the recently published Oxford University Press Dictionary of National Biography. He was very generous with his time and expertise, and kept me straight on several important points.

    Dr. Magennis, historian and topographer at the Centre for Cross-Border Studies, Armagh, is another contributor to the DNB, being responsible for eight articles dealing with figures important in Irish ecclesiastical history and topography.

    Arthur Chapman was a former Principal of The Friends School, Lisburn, and an expert on the history of Quakerism in Ireland. Dr. Gerard Stockman is Professor Emeritus of Celtic Languages at Queen’s University Belfast, and General Editor of the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project. Sean McCartan is a professional genealogist with a special interest in the history of Kinelarty in North Down and the story of the McCartan clan.

    (For a complete bibliography of references used for this series of articles, see the Irish Interlude on the Harlan web site.)

    Jeanne Harlan-Marriot, Award Winning Artist

    Jeanne finds oil painting to be an extension of her mind and has devoted much time to learning the science behind the medium. She uses nature in many of her paintings, creating large “portraits” of small landscapes, as well as painting people portraits and abstract subjects.

    As a child, growing up near Detroit, Mich., Jeanne was encouraged in her artistic endeavors by her parents and their artist friends, and she benefited from many visits to Cranbrook Art Academy. She is mostly self-taught though she took some formal art classes at a Boston school and Wayne State University. She had several one-woman art shows in the early 1980s. After an interval that included marriage and the birth of a son, she returned to her love of painting and has produced stunning closeup images found in gardens and forests. Her work combines both realism and impressionism which Jeanne calls “Sharp Focus Impressionism.”

    Recently she won honorable mention in oil painting for the Best of Michigan Artists and Artisans contest and has received a number of awards for her floral paintings. Professionally she uses the name “Harlan.”

    Visit Jeanne’s attractive web site at: < www.intimateforest.com > for information and to view samples of her work.

    Genealogy Corner
    You might be addicted to genealogy if...

    ... you can’t drive past a graveyard without wondering if you have any ancestors buried there.

    ... you introduce your granddaughter as your descendant.

    ... you can recite your lineage back 10 generations but can’t remember your nephew’s name.

    ... you have more photographs of dead people than living ones.

    ... you watch movie/TV credits roll by to see if any of the surnames are ones you are researching.

    Cynthia Rhoades
    Director of Genealogy

    Seeking a Volunteer

    During an Indiana Harlan Family Reunion, Esther Harlan Wells volunteered to gather updated genealogy for the Harlan family. She asked the Harlan association to help get the word out, and we have had great success with this project. The gathering of new data and documentation by Esther is a continuing tribute to Alpheus Harlan who began his genealogy task in 1881. The efforts of both will greatly benefit future generations.

    Esther has been updating the new information on a database using Family Tree Maker, and she has also provided a hard copy of the updated genealogy lines to Chester County Historical Society for safekeeping. We have also posted the updated lines and contributors’ names in the Harlan Record and on the Harlan web site.

    Due to health reasons, Esther is asking if anyone will volunteer to update the database as new genealogy information comes in.

    If you are interested in continuing this project, please contact Junior F. Harlan at: < harlanjay@cox.net > or
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