Posted By:Jim Harmon
Subject:Harmon family in southern Brunswick Co.
Post Date:February 10, 2001 at 12:42:59
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Forum:Brunswick County, VA Genealogy Forum
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I am searching thBrunswick Co HARMON line ca. 1750-1800. George Harmon and wife Elizabeth (Langston) Harmon owned a farm in the southern end of the county about three miles north of the North Carolina border, and just west of the Clary's Corner settlement.

George first appeared in Brunswick Co. records as a witness on a 1755 deed to Mr Clary. In 1783 George is on a deed acquiring land of his own and in 1792 he deeded a portion away. The Harmon farm is adjacent to a farm owned by Thomas Bethshears.

1767 Brunswick tax rolls showed additional family members to include Micajah Harmon, William Harmon, another William Harmon, and neighbors Thomas Bethshears, and Thomas Bethshears Jr.

George Harmon died in 1797 in Brunswick Co. The will indicated he had a daughter Rebecca Edmund, two sons Lewis and George (both under 21 in 1790 when the will was written) and other children (family tradition indicates they had moved west shortly before 1790). He named a friend William James as an executor and witnesses included John Seword, Myhill Collier, John White and James Bough.

Thomas Bethshears died in 1799 leaving his wife Ruth and at least one daughter named Nancy. All his children, in order were Rachel (b. 1759, m. George Upchurch), Ruth, Tabitha (b. 1767, m. Thomas Moseley 24 Nov. 1788), Elizabeth, Patsy Jesse, William, Molly, Sally, and Nancy.

Brunswick marriage records for 1799 show George Harmon (b. before 1765, probably a nephew of the deceased George) married Nancy Bethshears (b. ca. 1783). Within a year they moved on through North Carolina to settle in Adair Co. KY by 1806. This migration included several grown males from the Harmon and even the Bethshears or Pennington families. The earlier pre-1790 Harmon migration (headed by Micajah Harmon) also contained a number of grown males and may have spent around 10 years in North Carolina (family tradition indicates in Rutherford Co. N.C.) before moving on to Warren Co. KY.

A number of Harmon family members may have remained in Brunswick Co. well into the early 1800's. A prominent member of the Adair Co. KY group was William Harmon (b. ca. 1785 in VA) who around 1815, married Sarah Pendleton (b. ca.1798 in VA). They don't show up on Adair Co. records until after the 1820 census. Additionally, all through the Brunswick Co. years, there may have been ties to folks just across the border in Warren Co. N. C.

I have lots of information about the Harmon family after 1806 and some information about the pre-1750 Harmon family in New Kent Co. VA. Any help clearing up the Brunswick Co. Harmon and Bethshears/Brashears family would be appreciated.