Martin Harness

about 1820–
Hancock, Illinois, United States

The Life of Martin

Martin Harness was born about 1820, in Hancock, Illinois, United States. He married Jane Bradford on 4 October 1841, in Hancock, Illinois, United States. He died in California, United States.

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Martin Harness
1820–
Jane Bradford
1824–
Marriage: 4 October 1841

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
4 October 1841
Hancock, Illinois, United States

World Events (3)

1820 · Making States Equal

Age 0

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
1820 · Making Land more affordable

Age 0

"The United States law requiring full payment at the time of purchase and registration of any land. to help encourage sales and make land more affordable, Congress reduced the minimum price of dollar per acre and the minimum size that could be purchased. Most of this land for sale was located on the frontier which was then ""The West"". This Act was good for many Americans, but it was also over used by wealthy investors."
1848 · The California Gold Rush

Age 28

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 

Name Meaning

1 English: from a Norman personal name (Old German Arn(e)gis, Old French Erneïs, (H)ernaïs).2 English: occupational name for a maker of harness or suits of mail, from Middle English harnais ‘harness’ (Old French harneis ‘equipment’, ‘accoutrements (of a soldier or horse)’).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Martin Harness, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934"
  • Martin Harness, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934"
  • Martin Harness, "Illinois Marriages, 1815-1935"

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