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Sheridan Township Biographies from rootsweb

HARMAN, JACOB—Sheridan Twp—pg 945. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 23, P.O. Malcom. Was born near Columbus, Ohio, February 16, 1812. His father (Jonas) was a farmer in that State. The Harmans are of German lineage. The family removed to Virginia when Jacob was quite young, where he was raised and educated. In 1830 they moved to Ohio, where they resided for a number of years, then moved to Missouri, and after a short stay there moved to Illinois in the fall of 1854, and, after a short residence there, the subject of this sketch came to Poweshiek county, locating in Sheridan township, being among the first settlers. He was married August 18, 1836, to Miss F. Powers, of Ohio, a lady of refined tastes, who devotes her time to making home attractive and inviting. They have had ten children: Jonas F., Susan, Henry, Elizabeth (deceased), Mary (deceased), Barbra Ellen (deceased), John E., Simeon M. (deceased), Jacob W. and Noah S. (deceased). Jonas F. and Henry were in the late war, being honorably discharged at the expiration of their respective terms. Mr. Harman’s farm consists of 130 acres. He is one of the pioneers of Sheridan township, and is identified as one of its substantial farmers and respected citizens. During his residence in the county he has held various offices of responsibility, the duties of which he discharged creditably to himself and to the satisfaction of the public. Himself and family are members of the M.E. Church.

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