Some family members have received more than their share of notoriety...and although we may dispprove of the things they did, they prove that "nothing is new under the sun".
Daniel Harnet - 1756
"Last Week one John Conolly was apprehended by a warrant from Mr. Justice Nevill, and committed to Somerset Goal, for the Murder of an Indian Woman, called Kate, the Wife of one George, a Friend Indian, who had lived many Years in the County of Somerset... It appeared by several Depositions taken by Mr. Nevill, and by the Examination and Confession of the prisoner, that there was a Combination between the said Prisoner, Joseph Chesney, Daniel Harnet, and one Muckleroy, to murder the Family of Indians..." (Perth Amboy, NJ newspaper, 24 Jun 1756)
Joseph Harned - 1777
Joseph Harned enlisted in Captain John Conway's company in the First New Jersey Battalion on 3 Feb 1777, and deserted on 4 Feb 1777. (NJ Muster Roll of 1776-77)
James and Jane Harnett - 1780
From Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette: "Whereas Jane Harnett hath eloped from me her husband, sold my effects, run me in debt, and reports that I am gone to New York, which is utterly false, as will appear from under the hand of William Potts, of Mansfield, Burlington County, as follows: 'These are to certify whom it may concern, That James Harnett came to my home on or about the 10th day of January, and continued with us until 3d of July 1780, and behaved himself as an honest industrious man; he returned to my service on the 18th day of said July, and is now with me in service. Witness by hand, this 17th day of July, 1780. William Potts.'"
"Therefore I, the said James Harnett, having received the base usage at her hands, do hereby forewarn all persons no to trust her on my account..." (The Pennsylvania Gazette, 16 August 1780)
John Harnit - 1776
"John Quain, Robert Fall and John Harnit are indicted for grand larceny." (NY City Court of Quarter Sessions, 8 Feb 1776)
Phineas Harned - 1799
"Phineas Harned, apprentice to Daniel Robertson, complains that his master has neglected to teach him the trade of stone cutter. Also his master is in the habit of drunkenness and has neglected the morals of his apprentice. His master, moreover, has not provided sufficient meat, drink, apparel, washing and lodging. Since Phineas was bound by his stepfather, which is contrary to law, he is discharged [from his apprenticeship]." (NY City Court of General Sessions, 7 Dec 1799)
Ebenezer Harned - 1850
On 1 Mar 1851, Eben Harned was assisted away from the Town House with $.75. (Records of the Overseers of the Poor,Town of Huntington, L.I., 2 Apr 1850)
James Harned - 1872
"The trial of James Harned for the murder of Henry Nolte, on the 29th of October, was concluded yesterday, in the Hudson County Court, before Judge Bedle. Mr. Winfield, counsel for Harned, submitted the case, only offering, as his theory of the killing, that Nolte had been killed by the young man whom Harned was pursuing, and who has not been seen since the night of the killing. He claimed that more than two shots had been fired, and that they came from different directions, while it had been proved that the officer fired only two shots."
"Judge Bedle charged the jury at some length, and said that the officer was not authorized to shoot a man who was escaping, except in cases of felony. The jury was absent an hour and a half, and brought in a verdict of manslaughter. The prisoner was remanded to jail." (NY Times, 15 Feb 1872)
Benjamin Harnad - 1850
b: Jan 1850 at NJ; Age: 50; Married 15 years, Father b: NJ; Mother b: England; Occupation: Engineer. (U.S. Census, Sing Sing Prison, Ossining Twp, Westchester Co, NY, 1900)
Belle P. Harned - 1932
"Mrs. Belle Powell Harned, 57 years old, and well known socially, plunged to her death from her apartment on the eleventh floor of 182 West Fifty-eighth Street yesterday morning, despite the efforts of a trained nurse and her husband, Bedell H. Harned to hold her."
"For fifteen months, the police reported, Mrs. Harned had been suffering from a neurosis..." (NY Times, 25 Dec 1932)
Benjamin Harned - 1936
"The fresh air and sunshine that he forsook when he neglected to keep up his alimony payments now are part of Benjamin Harned's official daily routine, even though he resides in the alimony jail at Long Island City."
"As a result of an affidavit signed by his physician that Harned was suffering from chronic bronchitis and 'needed three to four hours of fresh air and sunshine daily', Justice James T. Hallihan, in a special term of Supreme Court in Queens early this week, set a precedent by issuing an order granting the request."
"His first breath of free air amounted to nothing more than a short gulp, however, when, shortly before 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, he came down the steps of the jail and tried to hide his face from newspaper photographers. A crowd of 300 office workers caused such a disturbance that the prisoner promptly was marched back into jail."
"Under the ruling, Harned not only is permitted to walk about in the jail yard but may stroll anywhere in Queens - always, however, in the company of one or more guards."
"It all came about last Feb. 4, when Supreme court Justice Lewis L. Fawcett in Kings found Harned in contempt for being some $1,200 in arrears in alimony payments to his wife, Rose. The atmosphere in the "alimony club" did not agree with Harned's condition, and after nearly a month's confinement he had to be taken to St. John's Hospital, Long Island City, where he remained for ten days."
"Back in jail, Harned sent for Dr. Alfred E. Passera, whose efforts were rewarded by Justice Hallinan's decision."
"Sheriff William F. Brunner said yesterday that two deputies, whether they needed fresh air or not, would escort the prisoner on his daily walks." (NY Times, 6 May 1936)