52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #23 – Patrick Harmon

Patrick Harmon was my great-grandmother’s grandfather or my third great-grandfather. The further back in time I go the less documentation is available and what I know and am likely to learn grows scant.

It is believed that Patrick, who was born in Maryland in about 1790, was the son of Joseph Harmon; the name of his mother is not known. In my blog about his son, Thomas Benjamin Harmon, I postulated he married sometime before 1818 to a woman who died sometime before 1822. He was listed in 1813, when he was about 23, on the Grayson County, Virginia tax lists as having 1 horse on which he paid a tax of $.16 in addition to his tithe [tax]. The other Harmons who were listed on the tax list [meaning they were over 21] were Joseph and John, Sr. John had 3 horses and paid $.48 cents in addition to his tithe while Joseph had no horses and paid no tax, which likely meant he was beyond the age where he was required to pay taxes.

There is an 1820 census for Joseph Harmon that appears to have two families living together: an older couple [over 45] and a younger couple [26 to 44] and a male child under 5. I suspect these were Joseph and his wife and Patrick, his first wife, and Thomas Benjamin.

Patrick married Mary “Polly” Melton in Grayson County sometime between September 16, 1822 when a marriage bond was posted and December 26, 1822 when the marriage certificate was returned. Patrick’s 1822 marriage is an indication his first wife died, perhaps in childbirth at the birth of Joseph in 1821 or 1822.

The 1830 census for Grayson County for Patrick’s household suggests a family of a husband and wife, four sons and one daughter. Because it is a tic mark census, the only information is the age and gender of the people living together. Patrick’s oldest son Thomas married in 1838 so for the 1840 census,the tic marks reflected a family of a husband, wife, five sons and three daughters.

Dates on a fairly recent headstone indicate Patrick was widowed a second time when Polly died in 1849. Her death is supported by the 1850 Carroll County census that has no mature female adult in the household. The change of county from Grayson to Carroll County reflects the creation of Carroll County out of a part of Grayson County in 1842. Patrick (60) was listed as a farmer with property valued at $500; six of his children still living at home were enumerated: Elizabeth (25), William (21), Rebecca (14), Nancy (10), Wilson (7) and Polly (5). Thomas, Joseph and James had married and established homes of their own.1850Patrick died in 1857 and is buried in the Melton Cemetery in the Mount Zion Community of Carroll County. Someone in recent times has placed a double headstone there for Patrick and Mary; a photo of the headstone was uploaded to their FindAGrave memorials by Donna Sutphin Armentrout. HARMON Patrick & Mary Polly MELTON FAG HS


This blog was prepared as a part of Amy Johnson Crow’s  No Story Too Small 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.


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