William Neel Harman

Brief Life History of William Neel

When William Neel Harman was born on 11 December 1822, in Hollybrook, James City, Virginia, United States, his father, Elias Harman Sr., was 42 and his mother, Mary "Polly" Davis, was 41. He married Polly Daunt about 1853. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Giles, Virginia, United States in 1860 and Mechanicsburg, Bland, Virginia, United States for about 10 years. He died on 30 July 1905, in Bonanza, Sebastian, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in White Bluff Cemetery, White Bluff, Sebastian, Arkansas, United States.

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William Neel Harman
Orlenia Shockley
Marriage: 26 August 1879
William Horace Greely Harman
Imogene Beatrice Harman
Leila Estella Harman
Pearl Eloise Harmon
Aurora Blanch Harmon
Marvin Gladstone Harman

Sources (30)

  • William N Harmon, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Wm. N. Harman, "Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900"
  • William N. Harman, "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940"

World Events (8)

1824 · """Mary Randolph Publishes """"The Virginia Housewife"""""""

“The Virginia Housewife” was published by Mary Randolph. It was the first cookbook published in America. 

1825 · The Crimes Act

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

Name Meaning

English (mainly southeast), Dutch, and Czech: from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements heri, hari ‘army’ + man ‘man’ (see Hermann ). In England this name was introduced by the Normans.

Irish: variant of Hargadon .

Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): perhaps a nickname for someone with a copious or noticeable head of hair (see Haar ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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W.N. Harman

William was the son of Elias Harman and Polly Davis. After having daughter Willie Angelina with Polly Daunt he married Orlenia Shockley. This Virginia native was a member of the first graduating clas …

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