Harned Kids Korner

Did you know that...

There is still a Harned Road on Long Island near where Harneds settled in the 1600's, and there are towns named Harned, Kentucky and Harnedsville, Pennsylvania where other families settled.

  In the American Colonies, when Edward Harnett, a tailor, arrived from England in 1637, there were fewer than 20,000 European settlers in New England.
In 1658 the Harnett family was forced to leave the village of Salem and move to Long Island because the Puritans disagreed with their Quaker religion.  
  After Jonathan Harnett, a shoemaker, moved to Long Island, he helped the town of Huntington buy land from the Montauk Indians. The new settlers and the Montauks often supported each other during hard times when the crops were poor or the wild game was scarce.
The name Harned was probably a mistake. In the 1680's, Jonathan Harnett's last name was changed to Harned, maybe because someone spelled it in the town records the way people were saying it. There probably hasn't been a single Harned since then who hasn't taken some ribbing from their classmates about their last name.  
  During the Revolutionary War, in the 1770's, there were many disagreements between Harned family members because some wanted independence from Britain and others wanted to remain loyal British subjects. Also, some Harneds were Quakers, who believed that any form of violence was wrong. Others supported the troops of one side or the other.
After the Revolutionary War, those Harneds who remained loyal to Britain had their farms taken away by the new government. Some of those Harneds moved to New Brunswick, Canada, where their descendants still live today.  
  A stong Quaker belief was the equality of all people, and as early as 1837, William Anthony Harned and other family members were fighting to end slavery. During the Civil War, some Harneds were involved in the "Underground Railway" which helped slaves escape to freedom. At least one Harned helped protect the slaves in the Amistad Case, which was depicted in a recent movie.
In 1849, when they heard about the Gold Rush, several Harneds from different parts of the country went to California to try to find their fortune in the gold fields. Some became rich while others disappeared, never to return home.  
  Clemence Sophia Harned, who was orphaned at age 11, became a medical doctor in 1853, started a women's medical college in New York City, and fought for equal rights for women as President of The National Women's Suffrage Association.
During the American Civil War, from 1860 to 1865, more than 50 Harneds fought on both sides...possibly against each other in the same battles. Each family member, whether fighting or not, felt they had very good reasons for supporting their side of the conflict.  

In 1814 William Harned, his wife Margaret, and their children removed from Virginia to the the wilderness of Indiana to homestead. On May 30th 1817, William received a Wolf Scalp Certificate for presenting three wolf scalps to a local Justice of the Peace in order to collect a bounty.

It says "This day came before me Alexander Barnett one of the justices appointed to keep the peace for Harrison County William Harned of Sd [said] County and sollemly affirm,d that the scalps he produced were taken from three old wild wolves in Sd county & within six miles of the settlement. Alex Barnett, JPHC (Seal)

Virginia Hicks, who was related to the Harned family, changed her name to Virginia Harned and became a well known stage actress of the late 1800's and early 1900's. We still don't know exactly how she was related to the family.
In 1886 Jonathan Harned started Harned Academy, a Quaker school for boys at Plainfield, New Jersey. Since then many Harned descendants have been teachers and professors all over the country.  
  As a boy, Joseph Edward Harned walked 3 miles each way to his one-room schoolhouse in Maryland. He enjoyed the wildflowers so much that he later wrote a well known book "Wild Flowers of the Alleghanies".
Robert W. Harned, whose father had operated a Carousel in Tennessee, spent many evenings and weekends for 22 years carving a Miniature Circus with over 750 pieces. It was enjoyed for years by children growing up in Akron, Ohio.  
  Alfred W. Harned, who had a love for music, became the founder and Director of the National Capital Choir at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

Many Harneds have become well known scientists in the fields of medicine, chemistry, atomic energy, hydrology, entomology, biology, and bacteriology, making contributions to the well-being of many people.


Harned family members have had many occupations, some of which don't even exist today. Just remember that with enough hard work and determination you can become whatever you choose.

A few of the things Harneds have done are: butcher, baker, candlestick maker?, tailor, shoemaker, policeman, poet, educator, homemaker, oysterman, clay miner, carpenter, shipwright, cowboy, cigar maker, doctor, clerk, glove maker, steelworker, supervisor, minister, mechanic, lawyer, basket maker, cabinet maker, chemist, musician, dentist, blacksmith, clerk, sheep shearer, soldier, sailor, merchant, bookkeeper, entomologist, waggoner, watch maker, teacher, fireman, coachmaker, fisherman, ship captain, fireman, tennis pro, architect, farmer, artist, milkman, servant, laborer, coal dealer, restaurant owner, carter, prison inmate, nurse, jockey, miner, accountant, plumber, mason, paper maker, manager, typist, dress maker, salesman, printer, saloon keeper, undertaker, librarian, stone cutter, gold miner, pilot, golf pro, miller, banker, oil driller, stock broker, postmaster, pro baseball player, microbiologist, publisher, mill worker, weaver, horse trainer, financier, computer programmer, author, and lots of moms and dads (a very full time job).  

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