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37. Robert John HARMON8,9,43,44,45 was born on 21 February 1824 in Marion County, Indiana.4 He died on 7 January 1900 at the age of 75 in Oklahoma Territory.45

DAR #610043, Virginia Alice Buckles, gives his birth as 21 Feb 1824, as does the manuscript in Surname File at Lebanon Public Library, rather than 1825 as given to me by Harmon researchers.

Married 7 Oct 1844, at her father's residence, Boone Co, IN by Jonas L. Belotte, Minister of the Gospel. [from Widow'd pension]

1850 Census. Dist 7, Boone Co, IN, Hh 1599
Robert J. Harmon, age 25, b. IN.
Sarah, age 27, b. Ohio
Sarah M. age 2, b. Indiana

1860 Census. Robert J. Harmon and Sarah were living in Eagle Twp, Boone. Co. Most of the children were born in Iowa between 1854 and 1858 so it seems they moved there but came back to Indiana.
The manuscript from the Lebanon Library states that Robert ran a saw mill and lumber yard in Storey Co, Iowa - the author of the article thought they had died in Iowa. Testimony during Robert's attempts to get a pension does state they lived in Storey Co during this time period.

USGenWeb; Boone Co:
Harmon, Robert J. private, Co A 86th Infantry; enlisted Zionsville Aug. 1, 1862; discharged Jan. 2, 1863

I have been unable to find the family in 1870. In his pension testimony, Robert said that was that the family went back to Story Co, Iowa in the mid 1860's and that in 1870 they moved to Beatrice, Nebraska. Beatrice is the county seat of Gage Co.

1880 Census, Liberty, Osborne Co, Kansas, p.347D: R. J. Harmon, age 55, b. IN, both parents born in KY. Sarah, wife, age 56, born in Ohio; her parents born in Pennsylvania. Eliza J. Roe, daughter, age 29 and born in Iowa shown as living with them, but she was also listed with her husband.
Victor, Osborne Co, KA, p.318B: Charles Roe, age 28, b. Iowa as were both parents. Eliza Roe, wife, age 28, b. IA, father b. IN, mother b. Ohio. Daughters Emma age 8 and Nora age 4, both born in Nebraska

Robert claimed disability and drew a pension for his service in the Civil War; his widow claimed the pension after he died. He was asked to list his living children and their birthdates. The five living children were at that time, Sarah, Malissa, Eliza, James, and Isaac.

The pension file contains 210 pages - more pages than the days he served. Robert enlisted 1 Aug 1862 at Lebanon, IN for three years. His service record shows he was present in September and October but on 25 Nov he was sent the hospital at Camp Gallatin, TN. It was noted that at one time he was admitted to the regimental hospital with "sore eyes'. He was discharged at Gallatin on 27 Dec 1862 with a Certificate of Disability which is in the file. Robert applied for an invalid pension based on the fact his feet had been frozen due to exposure and the toes of his right foot amputated. However, testimony of others revealed that prior to the War he had a rather long-standing drinking problem and had his feet frozen at least twice and his toes had been amputated prior to his enlistment. He should never have been allowed in the Army as he was not fit for long marches, but friends and family thought perhaps it would help his family - probably because he would be paid as a soldier.

At the time of his application, May of 1881, Robert and family were living in Covert, Osborne Co, Kansas; he was age 54. Examination by the doctor did reveal that his right leg was much atrophied and the hip joint tender, undoubtedly from walking on the damaged foot. In one deposition, he claimed the doctor that treated him was now dead and at another time he even claimed his wife had treated him following the War and she had amputated his toes. He considered this a second amputation based on freezing his feet again while on guard duty during a snow storm - then he decided she had only removed some bone fragments. I could not help but wonder if his alcohol usage had clouded his brain and he perhaps believed since he was then living in Kansas, the government would not question his claim, or seek testimony back in Indiana.

His Lt. testified to putting Harmon to work as a teamster since he was unable to march, but apparently that hadn't worked out too well either as he lasted only a few days at that job. His neighbors in Kansas that had not known him earlier, were all convinced his disability was from his war service - so he didn't just lie to the pension board.

His case was brought to the attention of a Special Examiner in 1884 - the man broke his shoulder and was unable to continue the investigation and it was turned over to a second Special Examiner the next year. Both concluded Harmon's application should be rejected and he be prosecuted for fraud - the latter examiner also stated that Harmon himself had committed perjury and influenced others to do the same.. At one point in an interview, Harmon stated he wished to withdraw his claim. The papers indicate the case was again brought before the Pensions Board of Review for "Re-review". Another Special Examiner was appointed in 1886 and again he made an exhaustive inquiry concerning all the allegations resulting in the same conclusion - Harmon had made a fraudulent claim and should be prosecuted. But there is nothing in the file to indicate there ever was any prosecution - perhaps the changes in the pension laws, from requiring that the disability was incurred as a result of service, to simply awarding a pension for disability happened in the interim.

At any rate, Robert John Harmon continued to apply for an invalid pension. By 1890, he not only suffered from the rheumatism associated with the half-amputated foot, but also had chronic diarrhea and disease of the eyes. The usual physical examinations by a board of three doctors are included in the file. On 9 Jan 1891, he was approved for a pension of $12 per month under the Act of 27 Jun 1890.

In 1897, Robert applied for an increase in his pension; he was now age 73 and they were living in Oklahoma Territory. His physical exam states he was emaciated, much debilitated, walked half bent over with steps short and feeble. His sore eyes were diagnosed as trachoma - a leading cause of blindness in that time frame. Seems to be no question that he was certainly disabled, but he seems not to have received an increase. He was dropped from the pension rolls when he died in early 1900.

His wife Sarah applied for her widow's pension within a few days of his death - he died January 7, 1900 and she applied on the 25th. She was living in Bostick [no longer a town], Woods County, Oklahoma Territory. The file contains the certified copy of their marriage from Boone Co, Indiana. Testimony of some of her neighbors was disputed because they had not known her long enough to testify that she had lived with Robert ever since the marriage. She did receive a pension - $8 per month until her death. A letter from a granddaughter that is in the file, relates that, Sarah, too, was nearly blind in her old age. One of the doctors testified to treating their daughter for "sore eyes" when they still lived in Indiana. Trachoma is a bacterial infection - perhaps it spread through the family.


FindAGrave.com - Memorial #28080797
Robert John Harmon is buried Chester Cemetery, Chester, Major Co, OK

Robert John HARMON and Sarah "Sallie" DYE were married on 7 October 1844 in Boone County, Indiana. Sarah "Sallie" DYE, daughter of George W. DYE and Sarah Hanna CALVERT, was born on 12 January 1823 in Ohio.4 She died on 12 November 1911 at the age of 88 in Woodward County, Oklahoma.8

George Findley has:
Sarah Dye
Sex: F
ALIA: /Sallie/
Birth: 12 JAN 1823 in Morgan Co., Ohio
Birth: 12 JAN 1823
Death: 11 OCT 1911 in Chester, OK
Father: George W. Dye , Sr. b: 30 JAN 1786 in Green Co., Pa.
Mother: Sarah Calvert b: 12 DEC 1785 in Green Co., Pa.
Marriage 1 Robert John Harmon b: 21 FEB 1824 in Marion Co., In.
Married: 7 OCT 1844 in Boone Co., In.

1900 Census. Oklahoma Territory, Woods County, Bishop Twp Hh 40
Sarah Harmon, b. Jan 1823, age 77, widow, [marked as having had no children] b. Ohio, parents b. PA, owns her farm.
She was living next door to her youngest son, Lemuel.

Would appear that Sarah may have died in Alfalfa Co OK, since that was where she was living in 1910. DAR application states she died in Woodward Co - Chester OK was in Major Co.

1910 Census. Spring Twp, Alfalfa Co OK, ED 11, Hh 232
Maria Romane [daughter Sarah], age 61, widow, had 4 children, 3 are living. Born Indiana; father b. IN, mother b. Ohio
Sarah Harmon, mother, age 86, widow, had 6 children, 5 are living. Born Ohio, parents b. PA

FindAGrave.com: Memorial # 28080804.
Sarah's name seems to be inscribed on the same stone with her husband, but it's difficult to tell. Said to be Chester Cemetery, Chester, Major Co, OK. On the page in the narrative it says "buried with infant daughter in Eagle village cemetery". There is no date of death inscribed on the stone but she was born 12 Jan 1823. Obviously her body can't be in both places - likely she is buried in Oklahoma and no one bothered to have the stone inscribed.

Robert John HARMON and Sarah "Sallie" DYE had the following children:

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i.

[Daughter] HARMON was born on 16 October 1847 in Boone County, Indiana.4 She died on 17 October 1847 at the age of 0 in Boone County, Indiana.4

This baby buried in Village Cemetery, Eagle Twp, Boone Co IN.

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ii.

Sarah Maria HARMON.

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iii.

Malissa Catherine HARMON45 was born on 26 November 1853 in Iowa.43,45

Malissa married (1) Andrew King and (2) Wilson.

In 1885, when she testified for her father's attempt to get his Civil War pension, she was Melissa King, living in Burr Oak, Jewell Co, Kansas. Her husband's given name not stated.
The 1880 census does have in Burr Oak, a Joseph King, age 25, born in Canada and his wife is "Minerva", age 26 [right age for Malissa], born in Iowa, father b. KY, mother b. IN. A daughter Ina Ora was age 1 and born in Missouri - since the Harmons seem to have not lived in Missouri, this probably eliminates any possibility this is Malissa's family.

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iv.

Eliza J. HARMON44 was born on 27 February 1856 in Iowa.43,45

Eliza J. married Charles Roe as evidenced by the 1880 census. Victor, Osborne Co, Kansas, Hh 150:
Charles Roe, age 28, b. Iowa, parents b. Iowa
Eliza, age 28, wife, b. Iowa, father b. IN, mother b. Ohio
Emma, dau, age 8, b. Nebraska
Nora, dau, age 4, b. Nebraska

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v.

Robert John HARMON Jr.44 was born on 27 February 1856 in Iowa.43,45 He died before May 1898 at the age of 42.

Eliza J. and Robert F. were both aged 4 in the 1860 Census, presumably twins. Descendants of this family line give his name as Robert John Harmon, Jr.

Robert, age 28 [as was his sister Eliza Roe], on p. 318B of the Victor, Osborne Co, KA 1880 census. He was a farmer and lived alone. James Harmon, age 24 & also single, was listed next to Robert and Charles Roe & their sister Eliza, his wife, were listed in the next place.

When Robert J. Harmon filled out the information on his living children for his Civil War pension application, date 4 May 1898, Robert Jr. was not listed. He had apparently died.

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vi.

James F. HARMON44 was born on 4 February 1857 in Iowa.43,45

P. 318B of the Victor, Osborne Co, KA 1880 census. He was a farmer and lived alone. James Harmon, age 24 & single, was listed next to his brother Robert. Charles Roe & their sister Eliza, his wife, were listed in the next place.

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vii.

Isaac Lemuel HARMON45 was born on 17 December 1863 in Indiana.45

Isaac married Maggie Lavinia Clough at Osborne City, Osborne County, KS. Maggie was born 15 Feb 1870, Chicago, Cook Co, IL and died 2 May 1929. She is buried at Caldwell, Canyson Co ID. They had three sons:
Delbert Harmon, b. 24 Oct 1887, Osborne, Osborne Co, KS. Married Annie O'Connor.
Albert Charles Harmon, b. 13 Nov 1889 at Osborne. Married Cynthia Leona Clixty 11 Nov 1912
James Harmon, b. 9 Jul 1902 in Oklahoma

1900 Census. Bishop Twp, Woods Co, OK, Hh 39
Lem Harmon, b. Dec 1863, age 36, married 14 years, b. IN, father b. KY, mother b. Ohio
Sallie, wife, b. Feb 1870, age 30, has had 3 children - 2 are living, b. IL, parents b. NY
Delbert, son, b. Oct 1887, age 12
Albert, son, b. Nov 1889, age 10

Albert Charles Harmon was the grandfather of the husband of Colleen Crook who provided information on this family.