First Generations in America

1. Edward M. Harnett, Jr. - b: ca. 1620 at Kent Co, Eng; d: aft. 1696; m1: ca. 1645-1650, Elizabeth Porter, dau. of Jonathan and Eunice Porter of Salem; m2: 11 Dec 1671, Suffolk Co, NY, Mary Marsh. He was described in Salem records as Edward Harnet, Jr. a tailor. Kent Co. Archives show him on a list for 9 Jun 1637 of "Persons who have taken passage from Sandwich, Kent to the American plantations". Shown are "Joseph Bachelor of Canterbury, tailor, and Elizabeth his wife; child Marke Bachelor; servants Thomas Graunger, Edward Harnet and Marie Call". Edward was old enough to be apprenticed about 1636 and old enough to receive a grant of land in Salem in 1639. Edward Harnet, Sr. was referred to several times in Salem records between 1638 and 1657/58, and was admitted to First Church in 1643. Edward's home lot may be seen on the Map of Salem in 1655.

Edward and his family moved to Huntington, Long Island in 1657/58 because of opposition to their Quaker beliefs. We know he quickly became established at Huntington, because on 20 Jan 1663 Edward Harnett sold to John Sammis a house and lot next to Thomas Brush on the mill pond for 210 Pounds. Huntington records last refer to him on 18 Jan 1696 when he deeded the "West Field" of 4 acres to James Chichester.

- - 2. Jonathan Harnett/Harned - bap: 17 Nov 1650 at Salem; d: 1714; m: Rebecca Jones. Jonathan appears to have been the only son of Edward, Jr. He was a Cordwainer (shoemaker), and in 1668 Huntington town records describe Thomas Powell's house lot as lying northwest of Jonathan Harnit. On 17 Apr 1672 Jonathan Harnett was identified as one of the owners of Lot 6 of the "Ten Farms" at Huntington. When boundary disputes between Huntington and Smithtown were resolved by the courts in 1675, the resulting town line divided the properties of many early families including the Harneds. On 10 Nov 1682 the spelling Harned was first used when Jonathan witnessed the deed of a farm from Joseph Bailey to Nicholas Smith. In 1683 his taxable property at Huntington was assessed at 65 Pounds.

There are several references in the public record to "Jonathan Harned's grown-up hollow", which had become a point of reference for property descriptions. On 1 Sep 1711 Jonathan Harned of Huntington made a deed selling all of his land holdings to various parties, probably indicating his intention to retire. The records of Southold, Long Island show that in December 1711 Jonathan Harned had two lots laid out between the fresh pond and the wading river at Aquebogue, at the east end of Long Island. It is possible that the graves of early members of the Harnett/Harned family were lost when the British destroyed more than 100 headstones during their desecration of the Huntington Burying Hill to build Fort Golgotha during the Revolutionary War.

Arthur Keith's work has provided us with the identity of the most likely progenitor for the Harned family on this continent, however he had no primary record on which to base his connection of Jonathan Harnett/Harned at Huntington, LI to the three Harned brothers at Woodbridge, NJ. No public or family record establishing the relationship has ever been found.

Keith based this connection on the following evidence:

  1. The appearance of the three Harned brothers at Woodbridge approximates the last records of Jonathan on Long Island.
  2. Jonathan and the Woodbridge Harned brothers shared the Quaker Religion.
  3. Jonathan (after 1682) and the three brothers all spelled their name Harned, rather than Harnet(t).
  4. The brother's names Jonathan and Edward could indicate descendancy from Jonathan of Huntington and his father Edward.
  5. Woodbridge is a relatively short distance from Huntington.

Unfortunately, although convincing to most reasonable people, such evidence is purely circumstantial.

- - - 3. Sarah Harned - b: ca. 1684; m: Elias Cornelius, b: 1683, d: 1718. Arthur Keith placed Sarah as a sister rather than daughter of Jonathan (2), however Elias, a yeoman of West Neck in Oyster Bay, Long Island, made his will on 20 Nov 1717, naming wife Sarah and son Elias, and as overseer "brother-in-law Jonathan Harnett". We have placed Sarah as a daughter of Jonathan (2) because:

  1. Sarah was b: ca. 1684 which makes her a more likely sibling for Jonathan b: 1690.
  2. Jonathan (2) died by 1714, which means that the brother-in-law reference was probably a reference to Jonathan b: 1690.
  3. Keith believed that Bunker had made an error in "Long Island Genealogies" by identifying Elias as brother-in-Law of Jonathan Harnett, Jr. of Huntington, LI, but he was probably correct.

- - - 3. Jonathan Harned - b: 17 Nov 1690 at Huntington, Suffolk Co. NY; d: 1774 (definitely bef. 16 Oct 1776); m1: Ann or Rebecca Fitz Randolph, dau. of Nathaniel Fitz Randolph of Woodbridge; m2: 24 Mar 1768, Woodbridge, Judith Bloodgood, dau of Francis Bloodgood of Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co, NJ. Jonathan was a Quaker who was at Woodbridge by 1732. In 1744 he was appointed to a committee to see that good order was preserved at certain marriage ceremonies. By 1751 he was the surveyor of highways. His will mentions his wife and several members of his extended family, but clearly shows no children. This indicates that all subsequent Harneds are descended from his brothers Nathaniel and Edward.

- - - 3. Nathaniel Harned - b: 1693 at Huntington, Suffolk Co. NY; d: 12 Jan 1774; m: 1716 at Woodbridge, Sarah Dean, b: 1694 at Woodbridge, dau of Samuel and Hannah Dean. He was a carpenter, and a Quaker like his brother Jonathan. On 5 Jan 1731 Benjamin Freeman made his will, referring to bonds of Edward Freeman and Edward Harned, and cows in the use of Nathaniel Harned and Moses Freeman.

- - - - 4. Nathaniel Harned - b: 3 Oct 1716 at Woodbridge, Middlesex Co, NJ; d: 12 Jan 1774; m1: 24 Apr 1742 at Woodbridge, Anna Clarkson dau. of John Clarkson of Woodbridge; m2: 25 May 1751 at Woodbridge, Euphemia "Eupheme" Allward, b: 21 Nov 1733 at Woodbridge, d: 14 Jul 1814 at Fredericton, NB, dau of John and Anne (Ford) Allward,. A list of British Loyalists from Middlesex Co. NJ whose estates were liable to confiscation, included John and Nathaniel Harned. A 12 Feb 1779 reference indicated that the act of confiscation had been carried out. On 6 Apr 1780 his lot on Sand Hill was sold. In 1781 Nathaniel Harnett, carpenter, was living on Staten Island. Euphemia's name appears on the 27 Jul 1783 passenger list of the ship "Tartar", carrying part of the third debarcation of Loyalists at New Brunswick, Canada. Euphemia and son Allward removed from Saint John, NB to Fredericton, NB around 1786, where they established part of the Canadian branch of the Harned family.

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- - - - 4. John Harned - b: ca. 1724 at Woodbridge, Middlesex Co, NJ. Family tradition says that John disowned his sons Jonathan and Reuben who espoused the Patriot cause. A list of loyalists from Middlesex Co. NJ whose estates were liable to confiscation, included John and Nathaniel Harned. On 15 Aug 1778 they were both subjected to an inquisition for aiding the British against the State of New Jersey. A 12 Feb 1779 reference indicates that Nathaniel's property had been confiscated, and John's property at Woodbridge was confiscated at about the same time. There is no further record of John, but it is likely that John moved to New York following this confiscation, because all of his children settled in New York City and Suffolk Co, Long Island.

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- - - - 4. Nathan Harned - b: ca. 1731/2 at Woodbridge, Middlesex Co, NJ; d: 17 Nov 1778 at Woodbridge; m: 1 May 1760, Elizabeth Van Court , b: 20 Dec 1735 prob. at Raritan, Somerset Co, NJ, d: 24 Nov 1807 at Woodbridge, dau. of Elias and Ann (Cooper) Van Court of Piscataway, Middlesex Co, NJ. He and son David left the Quaker faith and became Methodists. Nathan and Elizabeth were buried at the Quaker Burial Yard (now the Methodist Episcopal Cemetery).

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- - - - 4. Elijah Harned - b: ca. 1734 at Woodbridge, Middlesex Co, NJ. He probably shows in the 1790 census as Elijah Hornett at Mifflin Co, PA.

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- - - - 4. Daniel Harned - b: ca. 1737 at Woodbridge, Middlesex Co, NJ. He may be the Daniel Harnet who on 24 Jun 1756 was accused at Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co, NJ of attempting to murder a family of friendly indians. He may also show as Daniel Harnet of Prince William Co, VA who signed a petition with many other baptists on 11 May 1776.

- - - - 4. Samuel Harned - b: ca. 1740 at Woodbridge, Middlesex Co, NJ. He lived at New Jersey.

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- - - - 4. Josiah Harned - b: 1743 at Woodbridge, Middlesex Co, NJ; d: 1797 at VA; m: 24 Jan 1768 at Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co, PA, Jane Harmer. Family tradition says he served as a spy under Gen. Greene in the Revolution. He shows as living in Middlesex Co, NJ during 1778-1781. He later removed to Loudoun Co, VA, where he lived for the rest of his life.

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- - - 3. Mary Harned - b: ca. 1693; m: 4 Mar 1716 at Jamaica, Suffolk Co, NY, Thomas Hooper. The NJ Calendar of Wills shows on 21 May 1712 one Mary Hornet of Queens, NY indebted to estate of Mary Oakley of Monmouth Co, NJ, Mary's will dated 1 Jan 1711/12, was probated 1 Apr 1712.

- - - 3. Edward Harned - b: 1700, Huntington, Suffolk Co. NY; d: 1774; m: Rebecca -----, b: 1704, d: 1775. Edward was included in a list of townsmen to whom, on 1 Aug 1730, Arthur Tappan sold four and one half acres at Bonham Town for benefit and use of a school. About 1735 he moved to Hunterdon Co. NJ to the West Jersey Society's Great Tract, probably near Locktown. He is shown as occupying 200 acres. The list also includes the names of Jabis, Peter and Christian Jarvis, most certainly descendents of the Jarvis family which accompanied Edward Harnett, Jr. [1] and the Chichesters from Salem to Huntington, Long Island in 1658.

- - - - 4. Jonathan Harned - b: Abt 1725-30, Locktown, Sussex, NJ; d: 12 Apr 1813, Vertrees, Hardin, KY; m: 1750, Catherine Bean (or Smithers), b: 1730. He became a member of the Kingwood Baptist Church, Locktown, Hunterdon Co, NJ in 1749. Jonathan and Catherine removed to Washington Co, PA where they lived for a few years near Ten Mile Baptist Church. They subsequently moved to Kentucky in 1780 and founded the Kentucky branch of the Harned family. Between 1780 ad 1788, Jonathan came into possession of about 1000 acres of land in Nelson Co, KY. About 1800 they removed to the new settlement on Vertrees Creek, Hardin Co, KY. This indenture, dated 1791, is a transfer of land from Alexander Keith to Jonathan and Cate Harned.

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- - - - 4. Benjamin Harned - b: ca. 1726 at Locktown, Hunterdon Co, NJ; d: at Sussex, Kings Co, NB, CAN. His name appears on a 5 Sep 1778 list of those whose estates were confiscated because of Tory activities. He like other Harned loyalists embarked for Canada, landing in 1783 at Beaver Harbour, Charlotte Co, NB, CAN with his wife and one child, in the company of the New Jersey Volunteers. They later moved to Sussex, Kings Co, NB, CAN.

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- - - - 4. Rebecca Harned - b: ca. 1728, Locktown, Hunterdon Co, NJ; d: 1780 at Hunterdon Co, NJ; m: ca. 1750, William Rittenhouse, b: 1720 at NJ. They settled on a farm near Locktown. Family oral tradition indicates that three of their sons removed before the Revolution to the Redstone country in southwestern PA, where Jonathan Harned [15] went at about the same time.

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- - - - 4. Edward Harned - b: ca. 1731, Locktown, Hunterdon Co, NJ; d: ca. 1820; m1: ------ White, m2: Julia Ann (McNair) Armstrong, dau of John McNair. Theirs was one of eighteen families which removed from Woodbridge, NJ to Ursina, Turkeyfoot, Somerset Co, PA in 1770. Many references exist in the Bedford Co, PA records to Edward Harnet. He was buried at Six Poplars Graveyard.

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- - 2. Eunice Harnett - b: Aug 1654 at Salem, Essex Co, MA. She was bap. 3 Sep 1654. No additional information is known.
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