Johan Michael Harman 5th Generation
Generation No. 5
21. Stephen5 Harman (Israel4, Jacob3, Jacob2, Johan Michael1 Hermann) was born April 18, 1779 in Virginia, and died February 16, 1850 in Aberdeen, Monroe County, Mississippi. He married Lucinda Joslin April 07, 1799 in Garrard Co., Ky., daughter of James Joslin and Elizabeth LNU. She was born July 11, 1779 in Amherst Co.,Virginia, and died May 10, 1854 in Aberdeen, Monroe Co. Mississippi.
Notes for Stephen Harman:
The link with Israel Harman as Stephen's father is unverified at this time. On November 1, 1802, the following entry was made into the Livingston County Kentucky Court Records "Israel Harmon made oath that Stephen Harmon, Samuel Harmon and Sally Harmon are children and legal offspring of Jenny Harmon, late Jenny Gibson daughter of Isaac Gibson, deceased." No marriage between Israel Harman and Jane (Jennie) Gibson has been found. There is verified evidence of a (second?) marriage for Israel Harman and Keziah Thompson in Lincoln County, Kentucky, in1788. In 1788 Israel Harman would have been about 34 years old - plenty of time for an earlier marriage and three children. If this link proves accurate it is still unknown whether Henry Harmon, born 1786, is the child of Keziah or Jennie. Some researchers suggest that Israel's brother William was Stephen's father. This appears unlikely as neither Stephen nor his sister, Sarah Harmon Taylor named a child William. Stephen did name a son Israel. He also named a daughter Jane (Jenny).
Stephen Harman is found on the 1820 Census for Monroe County, Mississippi:
1 male under ten
1 male 10 to 16
1 male 16 to 18
3 males 16 to 26
1 male 26 to45
2 females under 10
2 females 10 to 16
1 female 26 to 45
Valentine Harman is listed on the line under Stephen as between 16 and 26. Following his name are the words "occassionally (sic.) absent." Possibly a nephew, possibly a half-brother,, whose father was Israel Harman and whose mother was Keziah Thompson.
John Taylor is listed in the following line with 8 children and a wife, possibly Stephen's brother-in-law, husband of his sister Sarah. To be verified.
The Book Hometown Mississippi (extinct towns) says the following: 'Buttahatchie (Monroe County), An Indian name meaning 'river which comes from the hills', Buttahatchie was founded in the early 1800's on land purchased by Stephen Harman of Tennessee." When the post office was discontinued in 1905, the place became extinct."
BLM documents Nos. 419, 420, 5800, 31227, 31938, 33665, 24280, 24279, 28276. Stephen Harman purchased 160 acres in Monroe County, in two parcels dated April 1, 1825. He purchased another 80 acres adjacent to the first on February 1, 1841, and another 80 acres there on September 10, 1844. Stephen A. Harman (his son) purchased 80 acres there on Feb. 27, 1841, 80 acres on Dec. 1, 1846, and 40 acres on Dec. 2, 1850.
Stephen Harman: 1820 Census: 5 slaves, 1830: 13 slaves, 1840: 16 slaves.
1850 Census of Monroe County shows Lucy Harman, 70, born in Virginia, living with Stephen A. Harman, 34. and family.
The following information was furnished by Flo Dickey, of Tucson, Arizona, from 'The History of Monroe County", family 427; by Naomi and Robert Patterson.
Stephen Harmon was born in the State of Virginia on 18 April, 1779. He played a leading role in the founding and establishing of Monroe County, Mississippi. According to the documentation of George W. Howell, Jr. in the Howell Scrapbook, he was among the influential of the 'Pioneers who settled in Monroe County prior to September, 1820'. Personal Papers handed down in the family confirm this.
Stephen Harman married Lucy Joslin (she may be Nancy Lucy or Lucy Nancy or just called Lucy) on April 7, 1799, probably in Kentucky. (Florence's note: Court Document assigning her uncle William Joslin as her legal guardian, Garrard County, Kentucky, 1794, names her Lucinda).
Family records indicate that Stephen moved from Kentucky to Tennessee between 1808 and 1810 and by September, 1820 was in Monroe County, approximately 1 and 1/2 miles west of the Buttahatchie River and 1 and 1/2 miles north of Grubb Springs near a place called Mormon Springs.
In the year 1820 Stephen owned three slaves. Ten years later he owned 11 slaves and had increased his land holdings substantially. In 1839, his property was appraised at $18,900.
Stephen was on a 5 member commission appointed to organize and establish the first county government for Monroe County. He served on this committee until it was replaced in 1822 with a three member Quorum Court. After leaving this committee he was recommended to be appointed as a Justice of the Peace for Monroe County. The writers state they have found no record if he served or was ever appointed.
In 1830, Stephen was appointed along with seven other men to select a site for a permanent county seat for Monroe County. The county had been reconstituted and Lowndes County was created out of Monroe. On 3 November, 1830, Stephen and his fellow commissioners purchased the site of the town of Athens as the new site of the permanent seat of justice for Monroe County. The town of Athens was laid out by these commissioners on the 21.76 acres. Some of the streets mentioned in Athens city according to old original deeds handed down throught the Harmon family (are on lots owned by Stephen Harman).
In 1831 he was appointed Overseer of the Poor." The article also mentions that Stephen Harman was known particularly for his fine riding horses. His grandson, Stephen Harman III reported that he also had a blacksmith shop.
Stephen died in his home in Monroe County, 16 February, 1850, intestate. A statement for attending to him was submitted to the Estate by Dr. Ira G. Broyles, which included 9 visits, both day and night, from December to February, 1850. The total amount was $45.50. His son, Stephen A. Harmon was appointed administrator on April 2, 1850. The appraisal included 22 slaves valued at $10,550. He owned more than 1300 acres of land when he died. See Probate Packet Number 431, Chancery Clerk of Monroe County, Mississippi.
His widow, Lucy Joslin Harman, died May 10, 1854. Neither of their grave sites is known.
Notes for Lucinda Joslin:
L.D.S. records Lucy Goslin as wife of Stephen Harman. Tennessee Census records suggest "Joslin", or "Jostlin" Marriage index for Kentucky says Nancy Joslin to Stephen Harman on April 7, 1799 in Garrard Co., Ky.
Lincoln County Court Records, Vol III', Cook page 107, dated November 18, 1794, page 11: Lucinda Joslin and James Joslin, orphans of James Joslin, dec'd, made choice of William Joslin as their guardian, and he acknowledged his bond.
George Howell, in his article for the Aberdeen, Mississippi Examiner, October 26, 1967, about the Stephen Harman family, says: One family record states that James Joslin (Lucy's father) was killed in a battle with the Indians that took place somewhere along the Kentucky frontier during the early part of the 1790's.
James Joslin was the son of John Joslin and Dinah Joslin. John Joslin was a soldier in the Continental