Notes from the White County Historical Society

By Charlene Shields

Notes from the White County Historical Society as they appear in "The Carmi Times."

Copyright ©1998 by "The Carmi Times" Permission to reprint granted to Laurel Crook and the ILGenWeb by Tammy Knox, editor, "The Carmi Times."


July 21, 1998

Seeking information on Yorks, Smiths, Harmons

Here are some people needing help:

YORK: Seeking information about g-g-grandfather, Barnibus Bennington "Barney" York, born in 1835 in Mt. Vernon, Ind., son of Shubel and Hannah York. He had children Azor, Sallie, Wesley and Martha York. When did Barney York die and where is he buried? Would appreciate any info about him. We descend from his son, Azor. Contact Susan York, 295 S. 19th St. Court, Marion, IA 52302. E-mail: [email protected]

SMITH: I'm seeking information on the following Smiths: Lurana, Wiley W., Nancy (wife of Elijah Smith, who died during the Civil War), and Joseph and Martha Smith. Contact Kathie Hitt, 1443 Shiloh Way, Kennesaw, GA 30144. E-mail: [email protected]

HARMON: Searching for information on Wilson Harmon in hopes of publishing a 2nd edition of "The History and Genealogy of the Will Harmon Family."

Will Harmon was born about 1828 in Indiana (Posey or Gibson?), Illinois or Kentucky, most likely in Indiana. He was located in the 1850 federal census in Wabash Township, Gibson County, Ind., age 22, living with a John Cantrell. Living next to them was a John L. Harmon, 22, married to a Jeniza Frazier. Is it possible that Wilson and John L. were closely related? Info on John L. would also be greatly appreciated.

On April 20, 1851, Wilson married Elizabeth "Lucy" Endicott in Posey County, Ind. She was the daughter of Joseph Nation Endicott and Elizabeth Varner. We have been able to trace this Endicott brother back to the 1560s and John Endicott of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Wilson and Elizabeth "Lucy" had ten children: Joseph, born in 1852 in Indiana; Amy, born in 1854 in Indiana; James Louis, born in 1856 in Indiana; Arvus, born in 1856; JoAnna; Andrew Jackson, born in 1865 in Indiana; Pinkney, born about 1867; Flora Belle, bron in 1870 in Illinois; Martha, born in 1872 in Ridgway, Ill.; and Ida, born in 1874 in South Bend, Ind.

It is believed Wilson and Elizabeth migrated west in the late 1870s, where they settled in Sebastian County, Ark., and then Oklahoma, where Will died about 1894 and is buried in Pittsburg County, Okla. (Indian Territory).

Any info on Will Harmon, Elizabeth Endicott Harmon or John L. Harmon would be greatly appreciated and proper credit given. We would love to hear from anyone with Harmon connections that can be traced to White County, Ill., Posey County, Ind. or Gibson County, Ind. We would be happy to share family group records, pedigree charts and info that we have on Harmons, Endicotts and the Hughes families. Gordon S. Harmon, 1300 E. 33rd St. #712, Hutchinson, KS 67502. (1-316-728-0653) And or Kathryn McClure, 102 Brown St., Plumerville, AR 72127 (1-501-354-8671).


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