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Jason Harmon: The photo of my Great Great Grandpappy
"The only time Kier would make it to Adair County again was when he was laid to rest under an unmarked field stone at Bearwallow cemetery in 1912"
By Jason Harmon
An admirer and servant of Adair County history
I've been sharing this picture accompanying this story with everyone that I can.
It's a photo that I have always wanted. This is my Great Great Grandpappy, George Dudley Harmon.
He went usually referred to by his middle name. I had briefly mentioned him in the story I wrote about the Harmon-Burton Feud. Dudley was a blacksmith by trade. The same occupation as his father, Hezekiah "Kier" Harmon.
Two irons that Dudley Harmon made are still in the possession of his granddaughter.
The photo comes to me via cousin Mildred Harmon Sneed, who recently received a copy from yet another cousin, Dorinda Burton Streeval. Many thanks to Mildred for her love of our family history and to Dorinda for her preservation of the photograph.
Dudley was a son of Kier and Mary Harmon
Dudley was born in Adair County in 1862 to Kier and Mary Harmon. He was the second child born to the couple.
Kier and Mary had a small family for those days. The other children were Mary Susan Harmon (wife of Americus "Bud" Pendleton), Ermine Catherine Harmon (wife of Joe Denton) and Wilson Harmon was the youngest.
Kier Hamon helped preserve the Union
Kier Harmon had helped preserve the Union in the war between the states. He served in the 13th Kentucky along with many other Adair Countians. Kier Harmon seems to have not adjusted well after the war.
The family was very poor and Kier farmed a very small amount of land close to Green River. His wife Mary had been crippled with Arthritis for years.
After her death, Kier remarried to Lucinda Taylor and then married again to Lucy Breeding Farris. Lucy Farris has the distinction of being married to two of my ancestors and a distant uncle.
Besides Kier Harmon, she had married my 4th Great Grandfather, Cornelius Burton and his brother, John F. Burton. Lucy's first husband was John Farris and this was her only marriage to produce any children.
Her children were Josie Farris Cowan, Bob Lawson Farris and Dora Farris Royce.
By 1910, misfortune befell the Civil War veteran
By 1910, Kier Harmon was an inmate at the Kentucky State Penitentiary. Prison records have him being convicted of rape when he was about 75 years old.
The only time Kier would make it to Adair County again was when he was laid to rest under an unmarked field stone at Bearwallow cemetery in 1912.
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This story was posted on 2007-02-23 18:40:29
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