Margaret Bessie Harkness

Brief Life History of Margaret Bessie

When Margaret Bessie Harkness was born in 1644, in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, Thomas "The Fair" Harkness Sr., was 19 and her mother, Elizabeth Bessie Hewettson, was 19. She married David Smyth about 1660, in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. She died on 18 December 1685, in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 41.

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David Smyth
Margaret Bessie Harkness
Marriage: about 1660

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    Scottish (Dumfriesshire and Lanarkshire): apparently a habitational name from an unidentified place (perhaps in the area of Annandale, Dumfriesshire, with which the surname is connected in early records). The surname is also established in northern Ireland, where it was taken in the 17th century by settlers from Dumfriesshire.

    History: A descendant of the Dumfriesshire family of this name, Stephen V. Harkness (died 1888), amassed a fortune in the US oil industry and was a partner of John D. Rockefeller, Sr; his son, Edward Stephen Harkness (born 1874 in Cleveland, OH) was the president of the philanthropic Commonwealth Fund in the US and a founder of the Pilgrim Trust in Britain.

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

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