Posted By:Bronwyn Castillo
Subject:Mary Harkey (Polly?) m. James Lazenby
Post Date:April 22, 2010 at 01:40:57
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Forum:Cabarrus County, NC Genealogy Forum
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am trying to find out how Mary Harkey m. James Lazenby fit into the Harkey family. (Solomon Harkey Hillsboro Illinois). She would have been my ggggrandmother. (Irene Manley Lazenby is my Great-grandmother.)

There is a Polly Harkey daughter of Henry Harkey and Mary Melchor b. 1798.

Mary Harkey married James Lazenby in Iredell, North Carolina and moved to Montgomery County, Illinois.

From: Joshua Lazenby 1759-1840 With Some Account of His Descendents By Mary Elinor Lazenby James, the second son of Joshua and Keziah Lazenby, was born November 2, 1789. He died in Montgomery County, Illinois, in August 1835. In March of the same year he and his family left Iredell County, N.C. They reached Hillsboro, Illinois in May, having travelled by covered wagon over the Nolichucky River, by the Cumberland Gap, through Kentucky and into Indiana to the national Road, as shown by an account book filled with the administration papers at Hillsboro. It appears that James Lazenbyís wife was Mary Harkey, from the administration papers. She died in September of the same year, and four orphan children were left. Letters of administration granted to Mathias Harkey September 28, 1835 (Probate Record Montgomery County Book A, p. 162 name these children as follows: Lucinda, Amanda, Carmi, and Rezin Graham. Before leaving North Carolina they had lost a daughter, Keziah, who is buried in Lewis Graveyard. The five children are briefly sketched here.

1. Keziah, whose gravestone in Lewis Graveyard, says she was the daughter of James and Polly Lazenby, and that she died November 17, 1823, aged 13 years and 28 days.

2. Lucinda, of whom little seems to be known. She may have married a Finley. The heirs of James Lazenby living in 1856 were represented in the settlement of the estate of his bachelor brother, Rezin, in Iredell County, N.C. Mention is made of Amanda S. Finley, for whom Solomon Carmi Hall Lazenby was guardian. He would have been her uncle, Carmi Lazenby.

3. Margaret Amanda Lazenby took her letter from Bethany Presbyterian Church when the family went to Illinois. She married Levi H. Thom, November 17, 1835, as shown by Hillsboro records. She and her family returned on a trip to North Carolina in 1856. A letter from Mr. Thom to his wifeís cousin, Daniel O. Lazenby dated Waveland, Il, February 12, 1857, indicates that Amanda died soon after their return to Illinois. He mentions Mary, the daughter who, as records indicate married a Wagner. Mr. Thom tells also in detail of the accident by which Carmi Lazenby, who was then staying with them, lost his hand. This letter is now in possession of Mr. George S. Lazenby, Hillsboro, IL. In the census of 1850 the Thom family appears thus: Levi H. Thom, aged 44, born in N.C.
Margaret (Amanda), aged 34, born in N.C. Mary, aged 13, born in Illinois.

4. Rezin Graham Lazenby, for whom letters of guardianship were granted to Mathias Harkey June 28, 1837, was born March 19, 1825. He died at about the age of twelve.

5. Carmi Lazenby, referred to in legal papers as Solomon C.H. (Carmi Hall) Lazenby and Solomon C. Lazenby, was not quite four years old when the family left North Carolina for Illinois. He was born June 6, 1831. Despite the loss of an arm, described in Mr. Thomís letter before mentioned, he won through as a farmer, and is the ancestor of a large circle of descendants, most of whom are in and around Hillsboro, IL, as of 1953. It is to Mr. George S. Lazenby of Hillsboro, that I am indebted for information about the Carmi line. Carmi Lazenby married, on December 7, 1871, Mrs. Mary (Smith) Sitton, widow, of Litchfield, IL. There were five children, whose births are entered in a family bible., lent to me by his granddaughter, Mrs. Elta Campbell. The handwriting is beautiful script of Carmiís own, thought learned after the loss of his right hand, by practice with the left. He died May 4, 1896, and Mary, his wife died April 8, 1906. Their children were:

1.George Sherman Lazenby, born September 8, 1872. Married Irene Manley December 25, 1892. Raised five daughters and three sons. In 1951, they had five children living, twenty grandchildren, and twenty-two great-grandchildren.

Do you think that Polly Harkey, daughter of Martin Harkey could be the same Mary/Polly mentioned above? I would like to know more about my ggggrandmother!

Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.