Generation No. 2
2. Jacob2 Harman (Johan Michael1 Hermann) was born 1705 in Mittelgranken, Wurttemburg, Germany, and died 1756 in Neck Creek, Pulaski, Virginia. He married Mary LNU. She was born Unknown, and died 1756 in Neck Creek, Pulaski, Va..
Notes for Jacob Harman:
One Jacob is listed as a passenger on the ship "Charlotte" to Philadelphia, January, 1726. The passenger list also included brothers Heinrick Adam, George, Daniel, Valentine, John, and Mathias. If Jacob was born in 1705, then he would have been age 21 upon entry into Pennsylvania, but if he spent some time on the Isle of Mann before immigration into this country, then he might have married either in Pennsylvania or on the Isle of Mann. No records have been found for his marriage. Birth dates for Jacob's three oldest sons, who escaped the 1756 massacre on The Neck River, indicate they were born in Pennsylvania: Jacob, 1730, Peter, 1732 and Valentine, 1742. There may have been other children. The ten-year time between Peter and Valentine suggests additional children. Search of German Church records in Pennsylvania has so far proved fruitless for records of either male or female children. Some records state that three of his children were killed with him and his wife.
Jacob Harman is included on a list of landholders of Philadelphia County, 1734, submitted to Proprietor Thomas Penn, Esquire, as taxables. He owned land in the District of Colebrook Dale. (Later Berks County.) No acreage is given. His brothers Adam and Mathias each had 100 acres in Hanover Dist., and George had 50 acres in Cheltenham. See Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Dec. 1898, Misc. No. 2.
After a few years in Berks County, Pennsylvania he settled in the New River German Settlement in Southwestern Virginia, along with at least two of his brothers, Valentine and Heinrich Adam Harman. They were among the earliest settlers on the New River on the western reaches of Virginia, sometime prior to May, 1745. when the Orange County records state that a road was to be viewed from the Frederick County line to Adam Harman's. Orange County Order book 4, p 331 shows that Adam and Jacob Harman were executors of the estate of William Mack, deceased, in 1745. Chalkley's Chronicles, I, pps. 23 and 25 show brother Adam appointed to the local militia for Augusta County, and was made overseer of the road to the New River, 1746. Workers on the road included George, Valentine, Jacob, and three of his sons. The three sons of Jacob had to have been grown at that time. (Jacob Jr., Peter, and Valentine)
The Woods River Entry Book, records made by Col. John Buchanan, who was agent for the New River Company, in the possession of the Filson Club, indicates an entry made on October 13, 1746, for Jacob Hermon, Siner (sic.) for 1,000 acres on Little Pine Run for L4.5.0 per 100 acres.
On February 1, 1748/49 Adam, Vallentine and Jacob Herman signed for 400 acres each near the head of Walker's Creek, for L5 per hundred acres.
In 1750 Adam, Jacob and Valentine Harman received a grant of land for 15,000 on the Bluestone River. In that same year, 1750, Jacob obtained a survey for lands at Horseshoe Bottom, containing more than 900 acres. It was across the river from his brother Adam at the mouth of Tom's Creek.(Pulaski County).
In 1751 he took 160 acres on the Headwaters of Neck Creek. The Patton-Preston Notebook, Kegley Collection, shows an entry in 1754 for 1,150 acres, no location given. Mary B. Kegley, in Early Adventures on the Western Waters, Vol. 1, pg 222, states that Jacob Harman actually lived at Horseshoe Bottom, and that probably his place at Neck Creek had only a meager cabin when Jacob, his wife, and at least one son, met their deaths at the hands of Indians, in 1756 - Chalkleys Chronicles, Vol. I page 128, dated May 21, 1756 - Jacob Harman reported dead.
In 1749, Jacob Hermann was visited at the New River by Leonard Schnell and John Brandmueller of the Moravian Community of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on their way to the Moravian community in Georgia, founded 1735. Their diary entry for November 19, 1749 states "about noon we arrived safely at the New River. We were taken across the river to Jacob Hermann, who together with his wife received us with great joy and love." Jacob took them, on the 23rd, to the home of Jacob Goldman on Back Creek (now Pulaski County) whose wife was a relative of the missionaries. "On November 24th, we went back to the New River to Hermann's house. He told us that his grandfather was by birth a Moravian who had been driven from his country because of his religion. We were pleased to hear this." On the 27th the missionaries left the area, making note that there were no other German families in the area, except the Dunkards at Dunkards Bottom on the New River. Dairy of Schnell and Brandmueller, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, II, 124, 125.
Children of Jacob Harman and Mary LNU are:
+ 9 i. Jacob3 Harman, born Abt. 1730 in Colebrookdale Twp., Berks Co., Pa.; died Aft. 1801 in Probably Pulaski Co., Ky..
10 ii. Peter Harman, born Abt. 1732 in Probably Berks Co., Pa.; died Aft. 1800.
11 iii. Valentine Harman, born 1742 in New River, Giles Co., Va.; died 1808 in Lincoln Co., Ky..
12 iv. Son Harman, born 1750; died 1756.