Deborah Harkness

Great Nine Partners, Dutchess, New York, United States

The Life of Deborah

When Deborah Harkness was born in 1763, in Great Nine Partners, Dutchess, New York, United States, her father, Adam Harkness Jr., was 13 and her mother, Thankful Sherman, was 7. She married Stephen Keese about 1812.

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Stephen Keese
Deborah Harkness
Marriage: about 1814

Spouse and Children

about 1814
Peru, Clinton, New York, United States

Parents and Siblings




    Asa Harkness


    Daniel Harkness





+8 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 13

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 13

New York is the 11th state.
1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

Age 31

The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.

Name Meaning

Scottish: apparently a habitational name from an unidentified place (perhaps in the area of Annandale, with which the surname is connected in early records), probably so called from the Old English personal name Hereca (a derivative of the various compound names with the first element here ‘army’) + Old English næss ‘headland’, ‘cape’. The surname is also established in northern Ireland, where it was taken in the 17th century by settlers from Dumfriesshire.

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

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