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among those with whom he had the greatest
intimacy, but was never ostentatious in any
relation. A steadfast sense of right determined
his convictions and laid the course of his action.
For this quality, together with his dignity,
sound judgment and genuine good sense, he
was much esteemed in the community." He
served several terms in the lower board of the
city council, and was for many years presi-
dent of the Holyoke Paper Company, fie
was one of the original stockholders of the
Springdale Paper Company of Westfield and
was a director at the time of his death. Much
of the early development of the southern part
of West Springfield, which had a marvelous
growth in the early seventies, was due to his
efforts and influence, and he always had large
real estate holdings there. In his boyhood he
attended the Baptist church, but during his
residence in Chicopee he became one of the
most earnest and zealous of Methodists. In
Springfield he was a prominent member of the
official board of the Pynchon Street Methodist
Episcopal Church. During the last years of
his life he was a member and trustee of Trin-
ity Methodist Church. He retired from active
practice on account of ill health in 1882. He
died May 3, 1884, at Salt Lake City, while
returning with his wife and daughter from a
visit to his brother Enoch in California. The
cause of death was heart disease.

He married, November 22, 1842, Emily
Laura Owen, born June 13, 1820, daughter of
Abijah and Laura (Eggleston) Owen (see
Owen and Eggleston). Children: 1. Dr.
Chauncey A., born November 1, 1843. married
Sarah Guyer ; two children : Philip C, mar-
ried Ora Williams, one child, Philip ; and
Arthur G. 2. Mary L., June 23, 1846, resides
at 1 135 Washington street, Springfield. 3.
Miriam, February 26, 1852, married Charles
F. Rice, of Xewton, Massachusetts ; children :
Laura O., married Rev. William Seaman, and
has Miriam; William C, Horace J., Paul N.,
Rachel C. 4. Rachel B., February 27, 1854.
5. Horace H.. January 12, i860, married Alice
Taylor ; no children.

(The Eggleston T.ine).

Begat Eggleston, immigrant ancestor, was
born in England in 1590 or earlier. He de-
posed June 5, 1645, that his age was forty-
five, but he was called "near one hundred

years old" when he died September 1, 1674.
He came to Dorchester, Massachusetts, in
1630, was admitted a freeman in 1631, and was
one of the original members of Rev. Mr. War-
ham's church which came to Windsor, Con-
necticut, in 1635. His widow contributed in
1676 to the fund for the relief of the poor of
the colonies. He married (first) in England.
His wife died December 8, 1657, and he mar-
ried (second) Mary Talcott, of Hartford.
Children: 1. Samuel, married, in 1661, Sarah
Desbrough. 2. Thomas, born August 26, 1638,
at Windsor. 3. James, mentioned below. 4.
Mary, May 29, 1641, married John Denslow.
5. Sarah, March 28, 1643, married John Petti-
bone Jr. I). Rebecca, December 8, 1644. 7.
Abigail, June 12, 1648, married, October 14,
1669, John Osborne. 8. Joseph, baptized
March 30. 1651. 9. Benjamin, born Decem-
ber 18, 1653.

(II) James, son of Begat Eggleston, was
born about 1640. A James Eggleston was
admitted freeman in 1637 and served in the
Pequot war. but was probably an uncle. James
Eggleston had a grant of land of fifty acres
at Windsor in 1671. He bought the Samuel
Allen place, south of Broad street and the road
running east of it. He died intestate Decem-
ber 1, 1679, and his widow was appointed
administratrix, May 10, 1680. She married
(second) April 29, 1680, James Eno. He
married Hester Williams, the first female born
at Hartford, a sister of Roger Williams. Chil-
dren, born at Windsor: 1. James, January 1,
1656. 2. John, March 27, 1659. 3. Thomas,
July 27, 1661. 4. Hester, December 1, 1663.
5. Nathaniel, August 15, 1666. 6. Isaac, Feb-
ruary 2-], 1668. 7. Abigail, February 27, 1668.
7. Abigail, September 1, 1671. 8. Deborah,
May 1, 1674. 9. Hannah, December 19, 1676.

(III) Nathaniel, son of James Eggleston,
was born in Windsor, August 15, 1666. He
removed from Windsor to Westfield, Massa-
chusetts, where he died. He married, Septem-
ber 13, 1694, Hannah Ashley, born December
26, 1675. Children: I. Joseph, removed
about 1743 to Sheffield, Connecticut, a weaver
by trade; married, June 9, 1730, Abigail Ash-
ley. 2. Nathaniel, mentioned below.

( IV) Nathaniel (2), son of Nathaniel (1)
Eggleston, was born in Westfield, Massachu-
setts, April 3, 1712. He married, August 13,
1741, Esther" Wait, of Northampton. He died
March 7, 1790. He lived and died in West-
field, and his gravestone is standing in the
East Farms burial ground. Children, born



in Westfield: 1. Eber, mentioned below. 2.
Simeon, soldier in the revolution. 3. Abner,
died young.

( V) Eber, son of Nathaniel (2) Eggleston,
was born about 1750-60. He was a soldier in
the revolution. He married Submit Judd, of
Southampton, who died July 4, 1821. He died
December 25, 1818. Children: 1. Eli, born
at Westfield,' 1784. 2. Eber, born 1790, soldier
in the war of 1812; lost three fingers in battle.
3. Eunice. 4. Judd. 5. Submit. 6. Laura,
married Abijah Owen ( see Owen). 7. Esther.

1 The Owen Line I.

John Owen, immigrant ancestor, was born
December 25. 1624. died February I, 1698.
He was of Welsh ancestry and came from
England or Wales to Windsor, Connecticut,
making his home at a place called Hosford's
Lane. Afterward he removed farther north
on the Farinington river to a place called
Polly's Orchard on the opposite side of the
stream. Me married, October 3, 1650, Rebecca
Wade. Children, born at Windsor: 1. Josias,
September 8, 1651, mentioned below. 2. John,
November 5, 1652. 3. John, April 23, 1654,
died January 13, 1670. 4. Nathaniel, August
9, 1656. 5. Daniel, March 28, 1658, married,
January 24. 1681, Mary Bissell. 6. Joseph,
October 23, 1660, settled in Hebron. 7. Alary,
December 5, 1662. 8. Benjamin, September
20, 1664. died May 26, 1665. 9. Rebecca,
March 28, 1666, married Nathan Gillett. 10.
Obadiah, December 12, 1667. 11. Isaac, May
2y, 1670. removed to Simsbury.

(II) Josias, son of John Owen, was born
at Windsor, September 8, 1651. He removed
to Simsbury. He married, October 22, 1674,
Mary Osborn, daughter of John Osborn. Chil-
dren, born at Simsbury: 1. Josias, June 6,
1675. mentioned below. 2. Isaac, June 4, 1678.
3. Mary, February 15, 1679. 4. John, lieu-
tenant. 5. Abigail, married Samuel Clark Jr.

(III) Josias (2), son of Josias (1) Owen,
was born at Simsbury, June 6, 1675. He set-
tled at Hebron, Connecticut. He married, De-
cember 31, 1697, Mary Hosford. Children,
born at Hebron: 1. Asahel, March 25, 1699,
mentioned below. 2. Noah, May 14, 1701. 3.
Silas, March 9, 1702. 4. Amos, March 4,
1704. 5. Mary, April 13, 1707.

(IV) Asahel, son of Josias (2) Owen, was
born in Hebron, March 25, 1699. He mar-
ried, June, 1 75 1, Deborah Drake. Children:
1. Asahel, born October 11, 1752. 2. Abijah,
April 9, 1754 (given Elijah in Windsor his-
tory, an error), mentioned below. 3. Abra-

ham. 4. Hannah, married Simon Brooks. 5.
Deborah, married Searle. 6. Sarah.

( V ) Abijah, son of Asahel Owen, was born
April 9, 1754. He married, November 25,
1784, Miriam Brooks (see Morgan family).
Children: 1. Emily, born October 1, 1785,
died October 29, 1808. 2. Matilda, April 8,
1788. married, October, 1808, Harvey Bestor.
3. Abijah, November 16, 1789, mentioned
below. 4. Miriam, November 15, 1791, mar-
ried Reuben Bement. 5. Rachel, August 14,
1794, married. May 24, 1813, Elizur Bates;
she died September, 1855. 6. Charlotte, March
11, 1796. died February 21. 1818: married,
March, 1817, Daniel Noble. 7. Hiram, March
15. 1798, married, November, 1822, Julia
Bates. 8. Linus, November 20, 1799, married,
June, 1 82 1, Orrel Webber. 9. Lydia, August
2, 1802. married, March, 1821, Eli Thorpe.

Samuel Morgan, son of Nathaniel Morgan
(see Miles Morgan I), was born in Springfield
in 1694, died December, 1799. aged about one
hundred and five years. He married Rachel

. Children: I. Samuel, died 1809, aged

eightv. 2. Miriam, born July 13. 1739, died
October 13, 1809: married, March 4, 1758,
Israel Brooks: their daughter, .Miriam Brooks,
married, November 25, 1784. Abijah Owen (see
above). 3. Rhoda. 4. Eleanor. The property of
Samuel Jr.. Rhoda and Eleanor went by will to
Lettice, daughter of their sister Miriam, adopt-
ed daughter of Samuel Morgan Jr. and wife
of Gains, who was an adopted son of Samuel
Morgan Jr.

(VI ) Abijah (2), son of Abijah (1) Owen,
was born November 16, 1789, died June 23,
1866. He married, April 30, 1818, Laura
Eggleston, died June, 1881, daughter of Eber
and Submit (Judd) Eggleston (see Eggle-
ston). Children: 1. Emily Laura, born June
13, 1820, married Horace Jacobs (see Jacobs).
2. Abijah Chauncey, February 1, 1823. 3.
Chauncey Abijah, June 29, 1824. 4. Homer,
June 3. 1826. 5. Miriam Submit, March 19,

The independent and adven-
HARMON turous spirit of the men of

this name is evidenced by the
fact of their being very early settlers in the
wilderness of New England. Francis, of
whom very little is known, came in 1635 ;
Nathaniel settled at Braintree before 1641 ;
John was of Plymouth in 1643, ar *d of Dux-
bury 1657 ; a second John was a member of
Pynchon's colony at Springfield in 1643;
James was of Saco in 1655 : and there were
others later. They have ever been men of



enterprise and courage, leaders in business and
brave soldiers in war.

(I) John Harmon, the propositus of the
Harrison family of Suffield, Connecticut, was
born in England in i6i7,and died in' Springfield,
Massachusetts, "ye "th of ye I mon. 1 660-61,"
aged forty-three years. He was settled in Spring-
field in 1643, and was granted land February 12,
[649, the record stating: "It is ordered yt Geo;
Colton and Thomas Cooper who is ye Towne
treasurer should wth yr best discretion lay
out the severall parcells of Meadow granted
ye last yeare, to Henry Burt 4 acres, Tho ;
Mirick 4 acres, Alex; Edwards 4 acres, Jno
Harman 4 acres, In ye Longe meadow over
ye Brooke." January 22, 165 1, John Harmon
was grantee of lot 6, two and a half acres "on
Pacowick." "February 8th (1654) thease
parsells of meadow commonly called by the
name of Wattchnett was granted these inhabit-
ants as followeth vid John Harman 3 acres,"
iS;c. He also received a grant of land "over
ye mill river" containing three acres, in 1655.
I le also received other grants of land. In "a
rate for ye raysinge of £30 for the purchase
of the lands of the Plantation 1646." John
Harmon is assessed 9s. 2d. on the thirty-three
acres of land. John Harmon was one of six
persons seated by the selectmen in the third
seat of the church, December 23, 1659. He
was a man of good character and was made
surveyor of highways of the lower part of the
town, November 2, 1647, and November 2,
1658; fence viewer. 1635; November 4, 1656,
he was chosen to the office of "presenter to
present breaches of the laws of the county or
of town orders and to which service he took
his oath." He married, in 1640, Elizabeth,
whose surname does not appear. She was
born in England in 1617. After the death of
John Harmon she married Anthony Dor-
chester, who died in Springfield, August 28,
1683. She died in Springfield, May 16, 1699,
aged ninety-one years. The children of John
and Elizabeth were: John. Samuel, Sarah,
Joseph, Elizabeth, Mary, Nathaniel and Ebe-
nezer. The first two were born before John's
settlement at Springfield.

(II) Joseph, third son of John and Eliza-
beth 1 [armon, was born in Springfield, Massa-
chusetts, "11 mon. 4 day, 1646," and died in
Suffield, Connecticut, October 28, 1729, aged
nearly eighty-three years. In December, 1664.
upon the request of Anthony Dorchester,
there was granted by the town of Springfield
to his own and to his wife's sons thirty acres
of land each. Joseph Harmon was one of

those who received one of these portions of
thirty acres. In 1676 Samuel and Joseph Har-
mon were two of several persons desiring
grants of land at, towards or about Stony
river on the west side of the great river toward
Windsor ; and the selectmen granted to the
Harmons "30 acres of land apiece there and
six acres of wet meadow." Joseph Harmon's
place in the church was "in ye south side at ye
upper end of the Backer seate," in 1662-63. In
1670 Samuel and Joseph Harmon were required
to furnish one load as their part of the minister's
wood. Samuel and Joseph Harmon seem to
have been successful hunters; on the town
books, among similar entries, of date January
11, 1668, are the following: "To Samuel &
Joseph Harmon for killing 6 wolves this Sum-
mer past £3." December, 1670, "To Sarnie &
J. Harman for killing 4 wolves £2." January
14, 1670. the settlement of Suffield, Connecti-
cut, was begun by the grants of land to Samuel
and Joseph Harmon, Benjamin Parsons and
others, says Hurt in his "History of Spring-
field." D. W. Norton in his "Statement at the
Bi-Centennial Celebration of the Town of Suf-
field, ( Ictober 12, 1870. states that the settle-
ment of the town was begun in 1670." John
Lewis, Esq., at the same place says, "Unfor-
tunately, no documents have yet been dis-
covered, that definitely state the time, place,
and circumstance of the first settlement of
Suffield While it is quite certain

that the Harmons were the pioneers of the
town, and that they came here in 1670, the
exact date of their settlement is not known."
"In 1669 the Selectmen of Springfield assumed
authority to form and direct the settlement of
Springfield. They made several grants of land,
and among others to Samuel and Joseph Har-
mon, who it is thought, in the following sum-
mer, took up their abode on the Northampton
road, in the vicinity of Stony Brook." This
was about one mile west of High street, on
what is now the road leading from High street
to West Suffield. Joseph Harmon married
Hannah Philley, or Fille, in Southfield, Mass-
achusetts, now Suffield, Connecticut, January
22, 1674. She was born in Windsor, Connecti-
cut, July 3. 1653, and died in Suffield, August
28, 1729, aged seventy-six. They had ten
children: Hannah, John (both born at Spring-
field). Samuel (died young), Elizabeth, Joseph,
Sarah, Samuel, Ebenezer, Mary and Nathaniel.
(Ill) Joseph (2), third son of Joseph (1)
and Hannah ( Philly) Harmon, was born Sep-
tember 6, 1682, in Suffield, where he died
August 19, 1747, aged almost sixty-five years.



He married, in Suffield, November 25, 1714,
Elizabeth Granger, born in Suffield, March
26, 1692. She survived her husband and mar-
ried ( second ) Ebenezer Harmon, born in Suf-
field, September 6, 1688, died in 1770. The
date of her death is not recorded. The chil-
dren of Joseph and Elizabeth were : Joseph,
Elizabeth, Moses and Miriam (twins), and
Ebenezer, next mentioned.

(IV) Ebenezer. youngest child of Joseph
(2) and Elizabeth (Granger) Harmon, was
born in Suffield, July 29, 1727, died January
17, 1807, in the eightieth year of his age. He
married, in Suffield. January 17, 1753,
Rachel Winchel, born in Suffield, Septem-
ber, 22, 1732, died there March 20, 1820.
They had eight children : Israel. Rachel,
Jehiel (died young), Elizabeth. Jehiel, Luther,
Olive and Asenath.

(V) Israel, eldest child of Ebenezer and
Rachel (Winchel) Harmon, was born in Suf-
field, October 29, 1753. died December 14,
183 1, in his seventy-ninth year. The town of
Suffield is believed to have furnished four hun-
dred men to the revolutionary armies, among
whom were ten Harmons. In 1776 Captain
John Harmon raised a company of men in
Suffield and Windsor, and Israel and his
brother, Jehiel Harmon, were privates in that
company. Israel Harmon married, in Suffield,
February 5, 1779, Elizabeth (Kent) Pomeroy,
born in Suffield, November 7, 1755, died May
4. 1825, in her seventieth year. Their chil-
dren were: Ebenezer, Calvin, Israel, Rachel,
Adolphus and Julius.

(VI) Israel (2), third son of Israel (1)
and Elizabeth (Kent) (Pomeroy) Harmop,
was born in Suffield, Connecticut, December
17, 1784, died at Suffield, April 20, 1844. He
started as a peddler of woodenware, and later
began business as a powdermaker, and con-
tinued in that line to within five years of his
death. He sold his product on the road and
furnished a large quantity for blasting on the
Erie Canal, taking it there in his wagon. Once
when returning from a western trip a great
snow storm compelled him to stay over night
at East Granby. The next morning, Sunday,
when he renewed his journey toward home,
three miles away, he was stopped by a con-
stable and detained as a Sabbath breaker, but
after a heated argument was allowed to go to
his home. He commenced without capital, but
by industry and good management he accumu-
lated a comfortable fortune. He owned and
operated four farms up to the time of his
death. He was a whole-hearted and loyal

supporter of church and state. He was in
early life a Democrat and later a Whig, and
took an active part in public affairs, holding
every office in the gift of the town and repre-
senting it three years in the state legislature.
He married, November 24, 1819, Paulina Har-
mon, of New Marlborough, born in New
Marlborough, June 18, 1801, died July 6, 1868,
in Fairbury, Illinois, where she had been car-
ing for the motherless children of her daugh-
ter Julia Annette. Mrs. Harmon was die
daughter of William and Betsey Harmon of
a collateral branch of the Harmon family,
descended from the first John. She possessed
superior mental and personal endowments, was
a sincere Christian (a member of the Congre-
gational church), training her children "in the
fear and admonition of the Lord." A true
helpmeet to her husband, a devoted mother, a
cordial friend, she was a model for future
generations. To Israel and Paulina Harmon
were born four sons and three daughters: 1.
George W., born January 27, 1821, died in
Suffield, Connecticut ; married Mary St. John,
of Simsbury, Connecticut, and they had one
son, George A., who married Helen Wright,
of Suffield, and one daughter, Anna, who mar-
ried Rev. J. H. Laird, of Hinsdale, Massa-
chusetts. 2. Eliza, July 23, 1822, married
Anson Warner, and died at Marshall. Wiscon-
sin. 3. Oliver, July 3, 1824, lived in Ohio;
died unmarried in Suffield, Connecticut, Janu-
ary 7, 1857. 4. Martha, December 29, 1829,
died August 7, 1857; married Charles W. Den-
slow, of Rainbow, Windsor, Connecticut; they
had one son, Harmon, who died in California
at twenty years of age ; and one daughter Katie,
who married a Mr. Morgan, and had one son,
and is now living at Mendocino, California. 5.
Israel, mentioned below. 6. Julia Annette,
April 17, 1837, died at Suffield, October 28,
1867 ; she married Horace M. Gillette and
lived at Fairbury, Illinois; they had a son,
Harmon, who died when about twenty-five
years old ; and a son Henry, who resides in
Chicago. 7. Julius Alonzo, twin to Julia
Annette, married (first) Elizabeth Morgan,
of West Springfield, by whom he had one
son, Julius A. ; they resided at North Adams,
Massachusetts: she died and he married (sec-
ond ) , and ( third ) ; he died and

was buried at West Suffield.

(VII) Israel (3), third son of Israel (2)
and Paulina ( Harmon ) Harmon, was born on
his father's farm in Suffield, Connecticut, No-
vember 19, 1834. He was educated in the
public schools and at Williston Seminary,



Easthampton, Massachusetts, and Wesleyan
Academy, Wilbraham, Massachusetts. After
leaving school he resided at West Suffield and
was a successful farmer and school teacher.
In 1807 he removed to Springfield, Massachu-
setts, and since that time has owned and car-
ried on with success the business of the Spring-
field Dye House. Mr. Harmon is proud of
his ancestry, and was to have responded at
the celebration of the bi-centennial anniversary
of the town of Suffield, to the following, to
wit: "The first settlers of Suffield, Samuel
and Joseph Harmon, and their associates;"
but, unfortunately he was not able to be pres-
ent to deliver it, and it was read by another.
Mr. Harmon's response was as follows:

"Mr. President: Americans are a proud
people, and justly so. To be able to say our
in connection with the world's only republic
that has realized the hopes of the oppressed
and the theories of Philanthropists, is a source
of pride higher than Roman orator or Athen-
ian philosopher could ever glory in. Natives
of Suffield are a proud people, and today as
they view its religious and educational insti-
tutions, its thrift and prosperity, its patriotic
record, who shall say their pride is not justi-
fiable? The Harmons are this day proud —
proud of this town, planted by their ancestors
through toil and suffering, and peril, and
which today is without superior in this our
favored land. They are proud of their descend-
ants, who have never furnished lawbreakers
for jails or prisons, but have well filled all
positions in the gift of their townsmen, in
religious, educational, Masonic and political
organizations, and furnished judges and other
officers for Ohio and other states. I, one of
the youngest of the Harmons, in the light of
legend, tradition, history, look back through
centuries to the time when Samuel and Joseph
Harmon, about one mile west from where we
now stand, first found rude habitations, laid
tribute on the virgin soil, and made a nucleus
around which, and from which, originated
Suffield, Connecticut's brightest jewel. Fellow
citizens, look at your fertile fields, your bene-
ficent institutions and your happy homes, and
be convinced that those first settlers did more
for the good of the human race than did the
first great Napoleon. Have we today a duty
to perform? Do not the prayers, toils, perils
of our forefathers, the prosperity of the past,
the result of their labors, call upon us with
earnest voice never to prove recreant to our
great privileges and responsiblities? Do they
not more thrillingly than bugle notes urge us

to high resolve and endeavor that Suffield
future history may never put to shame its past,
but grow brighter as centuries roll? May pure
religion be the sure foundation of our future
greatness ; may our fair women be educated,
industrious, pure mothers of noble patriots;
may our brave men be refined, enterprising,
guided, and guided only by the great principles
of eternal truth, and may the Harmons, wher-
ever on earth's broad surface they may be,
do credit to their brave forefathers, and ever
turn with fond recollections to the glorious old
town of Suffield which their ancestors planted."

Mr. Harmon takes pride in paying every
obligation in full, and -fulfilled every duty to
church and state through Christ in God. He
is a member of the North Congregational
Church and the national and state societies and
George Washington Chapter of the Sons of
the American Revolution.

Israel Harmon married, September 28, 1859,
Frances Maria Cooley, born in West Spring-
field, Massachusetts, August 6, 1837, died in
Springfield, January 24, 1896. Her parents
were Rev. Henry and Maria Lois (Brown)
Cooley. She was a descendant of Puritan
ancestors and was of the same blood as was
John Brown, of Kansas fame. Endowed with
superior qualities of head and heart, a devoted
Christian, honoring father and mother, gener-
ous, self-sacrificing, loving and loveable, she
was an agreeable companion, a sincere friend,
and a wise mother. All call her memory
blessed. Three daughters blessed this union,
all born in West Suffield, Connecticut, and all
removed with their parents to Springfield,
where they were educated in the city schools
and graduated from the high school: 1.
Martha Frances, born June 14, i860, married,
February 18, 1891, William Sheldon Humph-
rey. Possessing culture, natural abilities and
tact, she was eminently successful as a teacher,
exerting an influence for good among her
pupils. Equally good and faithful as a wife
and a mother she discharged one of the nobl-
est duties of womanhood in the care of her
children. She resides in Claremont, Cali-
fornia. William S. Humphrey was born in
Faribault. Minnesota. November 2.5. i860, died
at Parsons, Kansas, April 18, 1895, and was
buried at Oak Grove cemetery, Springfield,
Massachusetts. He was a graduate of the
Technological School at Worcester, Massachu-
setts, and followed his profession as civil
engineer and mathematician at Parsons, Kan-
sas. He was a christian gentleman, noble, honor-
able and true. He was a grandson of Dr.

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