by Gary W. Carr

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  The Harmon family arrived in America in 1733.  They arrived on the ship, the Richard and Elizabeth, from Rotterdam.  They were from Germany.

Jacob Harmon was born in Germany in 1692.  He came first to Philadelphia, PA and later to VA where he died in 1764 in Rockingham Co.  His son, Hans Peter Harmon, married a Margaret Choulyn. Stephen Harmon, the father of Trenton, is their son.

    1.  Trenton McKenzie Harmon,  born 1802 in Tennessee, married Mary BRIGHT.  He was blacksmith as was his father, and was considered a master mind in his field.   Trent and Mary moved with others of his family to Arkansas in 1850.  There were parents of seven children:

         1.  Peter McKenzie Harmon,  married in Tennessee and did not move to Arkansas.
         2.  Martha Mary Harmon died young.
         3.  Nancy M. Harmon
         4.  James L. Harmon
         5. William A. Harmon
         6.  Sarah J. Harmon
         7.  Stephen  L. Harmon

    2.  Stephan William Harmon, JR,  died young, never married.
    3.  Moses Franklin Harmon,  born 1814, was married to Mary C. Henry , with whom he moved to Arkansas in 1850.  Their seven children were:
          1.  Nancy
          2.  Stephan
          3.  Sarah
          4.  William Henry
          5.  John Miller
          6.  Minerva
                                 twins
          7.  Martha

    4.  Peter Casper Harmon, born 1822 in Tennessee,  married Polly Caroline Kirkland on 6 August, 1842.  Caroline was the daughter of Rufus and Arzada "Zeddi" Kirkland who moved to Tennessee from North Carolina.  Pete and Caroline were among those who moved to Arkansas in 1850.  Much more will be printed about their family in the following pages. They were parents of eight:

        1.  Arzada A.
        2.  James C.
        3.  Cynthia J.  Nored.  My great-grandmother
        4.  Sarah
        5.  Matilda C.
        6.  Rufus S.
        7.  Elizabeth
        8.  Peter "Buck"

    5.   William W.  "Bill" Harmon, the youngest child of Stephen and Sarah Harmon, was born in 1826 in Tennessee.  He married Margart Mahala MARLEY and they moved with his family to Independence County, Arkansas in 1850.  Bill and Margaret were the parents of three children:

        1.  Mosses Marley Harmon, born 17 April, 1845 in Tennessee, was married to Mary Ann Ridgeway HOLLIMAN and were parents of seven:

              1.  Francis "Fannie" Harmon Carr, my great-grandmother married Joseph McCrary CARR, Born Sullivan Co, TN on July 30, 1846.
              2.  Moses E. Harmon married Ida BULLARD. Young Mose was a boyhood friend of Bill Marr.
              3.  June Etta "Junie" Harmon HARLAN
              4.  James Harmon died young, never married.
              5.  David Harmon married Etta WOOD.
              6.  Mary Ann "Nellie" Harmon BRADEN
              7.  Calvin Thomas Harmon

      2.  The second child of Bill and Margaret Harmon was Phillip, who died in 1857, at  the age of 8.
      3.  Charles Harmon was the youngest child of Bill and Margaret. He born after the family came to Arkansas.

     After Bill Harmon's death, Margaret married Mr. CAGLE  and had other children,  including Aunt Bet Ridgeway, known to all of the older children f Bill and Jim Marr.

  6.  Mary Margaret Harmon,  born in 1827 in Tennessee was the sixth child of Step and Sarah Harmon.  Mary married into the KIRKLAND family as did her brother, Peter.  She and her husband, Buchanan "Buck" KIRKLAND made their home in Mississippi.

  7.  Rebecca Ann Harmon, born 1828, married Samuel J. Gilbreath on 16 September, 1847.  They remained in Tennessee when the rest of the family moved on to Arkansas,  but late in life moved to Alabama.

  8.  Cynthia Harmon, born ca. 1830 died young, never married.

  9.  Sarah Harmon, according to some census records ws also born ca. 1830.  Some researchers believe her to have been a twin to Cynthia, while others think that Cynthia  and Sarah are the same Person.
 

Part TWO

The Harmons of Independence County grew and prospered and as they grew, they moved.  The first to leave the area they had come to from Tennessee was Peter.  Pete and his family moved to a remote area very close to the Van Buren (now Cleburne) County line.  Most of our present day generation would refer to the area as Beach Fork.  Stories have been passed down through the years about some of the happenings at the Harmon place on Beach Fork.  We were happy to find some facts to go with those stories.

Peter Casper Harmon, born 27 September, 1822, to Stephan "Step" Harmon and Sarah LUSTER Harmon was first married to Polly Caroline KIRKLAND. Caroline, the daughter of Rufus and Arzada "Zaddi" KIRKLAND, was born 23 May, 1822 in North Carolina.  Pete and Caroline were married in Monroe County, Tennessee, on 6 August, 1842.  They lived in Tennessee until late 1847 when they moved to Meridian, Mississippi.  Here Pete planned to run a lumber mill for Caroline's brother, Buchanan "Buck" KIRKLAND. After the death of three workers at the mill, Pete deemed this an unsafe position and the family returned to Tennessee just in time to make the move to Arkansas with the other Harmon relatives.  He and Caroline settled in an area just northeast of present day Prim, Arkansas.  Their family prospered on a working farm on Beach Fork Creek.  Caroline died in January, 1860, and we are not sure of her place of  burial.  Pete secondly married Nancy Jane FULKS,  an 18 year old woman from Izard County, on 17 May, 1860.  It is believed that they had at least one son but we can find no futher documented proof.

At the onset of the Civil War, Peter Harmon was among those Harmon men who served for brief periods in organized Confederate units in Arkansas.  It is said that he and his son, James were among those who harassed the occupying Union forced camped in Independence County.  On 30 March, 1864 , while serving in a unassigned status of the 7th Arkansas Infantry, Pete and James were captured on Beach Fork Creek by one of the Missouri Calvary Units in the area.  They were taken to prison camp at Little Rock where a few weeks later Peter Harman died of  pneumonia.  James was transferred to a prison camp in Rockford, Illinois where he remained until the end of the war.

Peter Harmon is buried in the National Cem. in Little Rock, Arkansas. Peter and his son James names can be found The Arkansas Civil War Page www.insolwwb.net/~egerdes/civilwar/shaverso.htm
 

This is from the Harmon Family history.  William W. "Bill" HARMON, the youngest child of Stephen and Sarah Harmon, was born in 1826 in Tennessee.  He married Margaret Mahala Marley and they moved with his family to Independence County, Arkansas in 1850.  Bill and Margaret were the parents of three children:

   1.  Moses Marley Harmon, born 17 April, 1845 in Tennessee, was married to MARY ANN RIDGEWAY HOLLIMAN and they were parents of seven:

        1.  Francis "Fannie" HARMON CARR, my great-grandmother, married JOSEPH MCCRARY CARR.
        2.  Moses F. HARMON married IDA BULLARD.  Young Mose was a boyhood friend of BILL MARR.
        3.  June Etta "JUNIE" HARMON HARLAN

        4.  James Harmon died young, never married.

        5.  David HARMON married ETTA WOOD

        6.  MARY ANN "NELLIE" HARMON BRADON

        7.  CALVIN THOMAS HARMON

  2.   The second child of Bill and Margaret Harmon was Phillip, who died in 1857, at the age of 8.

  3.   CHARLES HARMON was the youngest child of Bill and Margaret.  He was born after the family came to Arkansas.

After Bill HARMON'S death, Margaret married Mr. Cagle and had other children, including Aunt BET RIDGEWAY,  known to all of the older children of Bill and Jim MARR.

Additional information: I posted the Harmon family history yesterday.  I should explain that the first part is wrong about a few things. Stephen Harmon was the son of Peter Harmon, born 1833, and Margaret Choulyn, who was possibly Native American.  Hans Peter Harmon could have been born on ship as that is the year his father arrived from Rotterdam on the Richard & Elizabeth.  His father was German, Jacob Harmon.

After Bill Harmon

Our information about our branch of the Harmon family begins with a young couple who came from England in late 1777 to join their family in America.  John Trenton Harmon and his Scott wife, Margaret Jane "Maggie" McKenzie Harmon came to meet other relatives in Accomack county, Virginia, but found upon their arrival that John's folks would not welcome Maggie because of her Scottish background.  Unable to resolve the differences with the Virginia Harmons, John and Maggie, along with their young son, Stephen, set out to find another home.  Stephen had been born aboard ship, this his place of birth is listed as Accomack County, Virginia.

Finding a source of water in Ball Play Creek, John and Maggie settled near present day Madisonville, tennessee.  Within a year they were joined by John's two brothers, William and Peter, both of whom came from England with their families.  A family of machinists, farmers and gunsmiths, the Harmons built wheat and corn mills and some time later engineered a sawmill on Ball Play Creek.  It is here in Monroe County, Tennessee that our Harmon roots lie.

John Trenton Harmon and Margaret Jane McKenzie Harmon were the parents of four children, all of whom lived to adulthood and became prosperous in the community where they were raised.  Stephen, their eldest son, is the father of our Harmon line and we will write more abut him later.  Their second child, Peter, became a methodist Minister.  John and Maggie's other children were daughters who married into Monroe county's Brightwell and Estford families.

John Harmon died in 1822, Maggie in 1830, and they are buried in a family cemetery near Ball Play Creek.  Their son, Stephen, is of particular interest to us and we consider our genealogy quite accurate from Stephen to present day generations.

Our information about our branch of the Harmon family begins with a young couple who came from England in late 1777 to join their family in America.  John Trenton Harmon and Scottish wife, Margaret Jane "Maggie" McKenzie Harmon came to meet other relatives in Accomack County, Virginia, but found upon their arrival that John's folks would not welcome Maggie because of her Scottish background.  Unable to resolve the differences with the Virginia Harmons, John and Maggie,  along with their young son, Stephen, set out to find another home.  Stephen had been born aboard ship, thus his place of birth is listed as Accomack County, Virginia.

Finding a source of water in Ball Play Creek, John and Maggie settled near present day Madisonville, Tennessee.  Within a year they were joined by John's two brothers, William and Peter, both of whom came from England with their families.  A family of machinists, farmers, and gunsmiths, the Harmons built wheat and corn mills and sometime later engineered a sawmill on Ball Play Creek.  It is here in  Monroe County, Tennessee that our Harmon roots lie.

John Trenton Harmon and Margaret Jane McKenzie Harmon were the parents of four childen, all of whom lived to adulthood and became prosperous in the community where they were raised.  Stephen, their eldest son, is the father of our Harmon line and we will write more about him later.  Their second child, Peter, became a Methodist Minister.  John and Maggie's other children were daughters who married into Monroe County's Brightwell and Westford families.  John Harmon died in 1822, Maggie in 1830, and they are buried in a family cemetery near Ball Play Creek.  Their son, Stephen, is of particular interest to us and we consider our genealogy quite accurate from Stephen to present day generations.
 

Stephen William Harmon, born 1777, was married to Sarah Mary Luster on 23 July, 1799.  Sarah was born in 1780 to Miles and Emmline Luster. Stephen and Sarah lived form 51 years of their married life in Monroe County, Tennessee in the community of Ball Play Creek near Madisonville.  After all of their children were grown and form reasons not known to us , they, along with their four sons, made the move from Tennessee to north central Arkansas's Independence County.  Once again a source of water was the factor in their choice of places to settle.  An ever- running spring located just southwest of Bethesda, near Batesville, became the Harmon Spring and furnished water for a new community very aptly named Harmontown.  The spring is an attraction to those who may pass by still today.  A blacksmith by trade, Stephen Harmon still worked at this son's forge in his 85th year.  There is still yet sign of his iron work at the Stephen A. Harmon farm just south of Bethesda.  Stephen William Harmon died in 1864 at the of 87 years. Sarah passed away two years later and both are buried in Campground Cemetery near Batesville.

With the end of the war, young James returned home to become the head of the Harmon family.  He and brother and sisters are the ancestors of many of the natives of  present day Cleburne County Arkansas.  James was one of the eight children of Peter and Caroline Harmon:

  1.  Arzada A. Harmon, born 1844 in Tennessee was first married to Siamon CANNON on 5 July, 1868 in Independence County, Arkansas.  Zaddi and Siamon were the parents of four children:
       1.  James Siamon Cannon
       2.  Cynthia Sarah Cannon
       3.  Charles Ponley Cannon
       4.  Rufus Madison Cannon

Siamon CANNON disappeared around 1880 and Zaddi secondly married Aria "Hoot" MITCHELL.  Zaddi and Hoot were the parents of five children:
       1. Aria Harden Mitchell
       2.  Rachel Mitchell DANIELS
       3.  Matilda Mae Mitchell DAVIS
       4.  Greenberry Mitchell
       5.  Ray Buck Mitchell

Zaddi and Hoot, in later years, also assisted in the up-bringing of one of Hoot's great nephews, Morrilton Mitchell.   Arzada A. "Zaddi" Harmon Cannon Mitchell died in 1921.  Her place of burial is unknown.

  2.  James Casper Harmon, second child of Pete and Caroline Harmon, was born in Tennessee on 10 June, 1846.  He died 13 Oct, 1906, Buried Shiloh Crossroads Cem, Cleburne County, Arkansas.  Jim was first married to Adaline LANCASTER in 1868.  Addie died in childbirth in 1870.  Jim secondly married Minerva Catherine "Kate" Wright, born 11 Mar, 1855, died 1933, on 15 February, 1874, and they were the parents of five:
       1.  Sarah Ellen Harmon UNDERWOOD
       2.  Hettie A. Harmon LOVING
       3.  Lucy E. "Johnnie" Harmon HODGES, born 21 July 1886 - died 27 June 1968 Shiloh Crossroads Cem  Cleburne CO, AR
       4.  James Monroe Harmon married Maude FREEMAN
            1.  J.C. Harmon married Hazel SANDAGE
            2.  Mary Francis Harmon PEAL
            3.  Ruth Harmon GIECK
       5.  Mary Shell Harmon JOHNSON

Jim Harmon and his family came to Van Buren County (now Cleburne), Arkansas in 1878.  he was considered one of the most prominent citizens in the area, as he owned one of the two cotton gins in Shiloh.  Ever mindful of his roll as big brother and protector, he remained an advisor and often benefactor to his sisters and brother.  Jim lost an arm in an accident at the cotton gin in 1906.  He died shortly thereafter as a result of the injury.  Kate Harmon lived until her 78th year, passing away in 1933.  Both Jim and kate are buried at the Shiloh Crossroads Cemetery.

  3.  Cynthia J. Harmon, the third child of  Peter and Caroline Harmon was born in Mississippi while her family lived there in 1849.  Born 5 Nov. 1849 died 3 Apr 1916 buried Shiloh Crossroads Cem.  "Cynthy" was married to Jarrett C. NORED, born 8 Feb. 1846 in Tennessee, died 27 May 1927, Shiloh Crossroads Cem,  and they were parents of seven children:
       1.  Callie NORED and wife, Sally were parents of 2 sons:
             1. Jim Bud Nored married Etta Carr, my great-aunt, daughter of Joseph CARR and Francis HARMON
             2.  Hardy Nored
       2.  Mary Lee Nored, my grandmother, married James Gardner Parrott , born Marshell Co., Ala
            1.  Eeffie Parrott married Roy HARDESTY
            2. Jarrett Parrott married Virgie VERSER
            3.  Zora Parrott Married Floyd PETTUS
            4.  Delm Parrott Guy Bittle
            5.  Barton Parrott first married Vera BURNS, second wife was Margaret NOAH
            6.  Betty Ann Parrott, my mother,  first married Ernest ALDRIDGE,  then Lynn Carr, grandson of  Francis Harmon
            7.  Joel "Buck" Parrott married Faye PRINCE
            8.  Zaddi Parrott married Roy DUNCAN
            9.  Nettie Parrott married Jessie BITTLE
          10.  Geneva Parrott married Chester RIST

       3.  Bettie Nored was married to James Edward NAIL
            1.  Roy Nail
            2.  Callie Nail GALLOWAY
            3.  Troy Nail married Rudy JEWEL

       4.  Viola Nored married Jesse STARK
             1.  Dovie Stark GAITHER
             2.  Kathryn STARK
             3.  Hobert STARK

      5.  William Rufus "Bill" Nored married Vida MURPHREE
                  1.  Lucy Nored VERSER, BORN 18 Feb, 1909
                  2.  Etta Nored LAFFERTY, born 29 Dec 1910
                  3.  John Daulton Nored, born 7 Feb, 1913 married Pearl CARR
                  4.  Hester Nored Carr, born 27 Oct , 1914 married Lonnie CARR,  My aunt and   uncle, still living  near Shiloh even if Shiloh is under Lake Greer's Ferry,
                   5.  Jetta Nored Carr, born 27 Oct, 1916 married Floyd CARR

            6.  Lula Nored married John Bittle
                  1.  Lola Bittle ALDRIDGE
                  2.  Lucy Bittle ESTES
                  3.  Pearl Bittle
                  4.  Wendell Bittle married Ethel Carr
                  5.  Leona Bittle CRANFORD
                  6.  Thurman "Slick" Bittle
                  7.  Loreece Bittle STORY

            7.  Andrew Nored married
                  1.  Homer Nored married Edna BITTLE
                  2.  Newell Nored
                  3.  Ona Dell Nored
                  4.  Leo Nored

       Cynthia and Jarrett lived long and prosperous lives in Giles Township, Cleburne County, Arkansas.  Cynthia died in 1916, Jarrett in 1927, and both are at the Shiloh Crossroads Cemetary.

  4.  The fourth child of Pete and Caroline Harmon was a daughter, Sarah .  Sarah  is listed in only two census records and it is believed that she died at the age of  14 years.

  5.  Matilda Caroline Harmon, born 16, March, 1855 was the fifth child of Pete and Caroline.  Known from early years as "Til", she ran away from her brother, Jim's home at the age of 14 to C.B. MARR.  They traveled on a white mule to Newport in Jackson County, Arkansas where
they were on 25 November, 1869.  Most descriptions of "Aunt "Til" are straight and to the point that she was an absolute "spit-fire".  Her Grandchildren remember her as the one who always ran the show.  Matilda lived into her 68th year, passing away on 27 August, 1923.  She and C.S. are buried at the Plesant Ridge Cemetery.  Their family line is included in the Marr  pages.

  6.  Rufus Stephen Harmon, born Feb,  1856 died in 1862 at the age of six years.

  7.  Elizabeth Harmon, born 1857, died in 1862 at the age of five years

  8.  Peter Buck Harmon, the youngest child of Peter and Caroline Harmon, was born in late 1859.  Buck and Emma CAGLE were married on 29 April, 1883.

       1. James Peter Harmon
       2.  George Cleveland Harmon
       3.  John Robert Harmon
       4.  Mary F. Harmon ROGERS
       5.  Pearl Florence Harmon VERSER
       6.  Woodie Harmon

Emma died on 11 March, 1901.  Buck secondly married Mary ROBERTS, a widow with one young son.  Buck and Mary were the parents of one son who choked to death as an infant.  Mary died in 1902, Peter Buck Harmon died in 1941 and is buried at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.  We are gathering much more information on "Uncle Buck's" family and will include  it soon.



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