John Calvin Harless

1831–1865 (Age 34)
Virginia, United States

The Life of John Calvin

When John Calvin Harless was born in 1831, in Virginia, United States, his father, Anthony Philip Harless I, was 40 and his mother, Rosanna Williams, was 33. He married Eliza Hannah LaFon on 26 September 1847, in Giles, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Giles, Virginia, United States in 1850 and Ohio Township, Monroe, Ohio, United States in 1890. He died in 1865, in Ohio, United States, at the age of 34.

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John Calvin Harless
Eliza Hannah LaFon
Marriage: 26 September 1847
Albert G. Harless
Margaret Martha Harless
Melissa Ann Harless
Elmira Agnes Harless
William M Harless
Elizabeth Jane Harless
Calvin Zacheus Harless
Adelbert Eugene Harless

Spouse and Children

26 September 1847
Giles, Virginia, United States


    Albert G. Harless


    Margaret Martha Harless



    Elmira Agnes Harless


    William M Harless


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World Events (6)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 5

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 13

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

1 German: unexplained.2 English: probably a variant spelling of (H)arliss, a nickname from Middle English earles ‘earless’, probably denoting someone who was deaf rather than one literally without ears.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Calvin Harless, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John C Harless, "United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890"
  • J C Harless in entry for Calvin Z Harless and Lorina Prettyman, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"

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