Zerelda Harmon

March 1821–October 1853 (Age 32)
Chester, Randolph, Illinois, United States

The Life of Zerelda

Zerelda Harmon was born in March 1821, in Chester, Randolph, Illinois, United States as the daughter of Michael Harmon and Mary C Tilden. She married Judge Michael F. Swartzcope on 8 December 1842, in Chester, Randolph, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She died in October 1853, in Murphysboro, Jackson, Illinois, United States, at the age of 32.

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Judge Michael F. Swartzcope
Zerelda Harmon
Marriage: 8 December 1842
Julia A. Johnson
Emma Belle Swartzcope
Susan Ellen Swartzcope
Albert R Swartzcope
Walter R. Swartzcope

Spouse and Children

    Judge Michael F. Swartzcope



8 December 1842
Chester, Randolph, Illinois, United States


    Julia A. Johnson


    Emma Belle Swartzcope


    Susan Ellen Swartzcope


    Albert R Swartzcope


    Walter R. Swartzcope


Parents and Siblings

    Michael Harmon


    Mary C Tilden




World Events (7)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 4

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.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 9

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 11

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."

Name Meaning

1 Irish (mainly County Louth): generally of English origin (see 1); but sometimes also used as a variant of Harman or Hardiman , i.e. an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hArgadáin ( see Hargadon ).2 English: variant spelling of Harman 1.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Zerelda Harmon, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Zeralda Harrison, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Unknown in entry for Susan Ellen Riseling, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"

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