46. Charles HARMON9,44 was born on 25 December 1844 in Boone County, Indiana.4,69 He served in the military in 1863–1865 at Company L, 3rd IN Cavalry; Company A, 8th IN Cavalry in Civil War. He died on 13 August 1915 at the age of 70 in Brownsburg, Hendricks County, Indiana.4
Named in will but not found in 1850 Census. There is a marriage for a Charles Harmon to Mary Sargent. 4 Jun 1848 in Boone Co, but it's not this Charles.
1860 Census. Charles, age 15, was living with his brother James and family doing Farm Labor.
Addison Utterback was the brother of Minerva who married Charles' brother, Francis Marion Harmon. Addison served with Marion in the same Civil War company. Marion died of typhoid and Addison wrote the following to Marion's youngest brother Charles:
Charles enlisted in Company L of the 3rd Indiana Cavalry during the Civil War. When he enlisted he was not yet 16 and was living with Jay D. Harmon [his older brother] who got him released because of his age. As soon as he reached his 16th birthday, he again enlisted - shown as enlisting 9 Apr 1863, company A, 8th Cavalry. His brother Nelson was also in Company L, but later was transferred to Co A, the 8th Cavalry Regt. Charles may have a pension file which lists both these units. Charles was mustered out 20 Jul 1865 at Indianapolis.
Charles did indeed have a pension file #235.634 - 166 pages. His enlistment was 1 April 1863, Co L, 3rd Indiana Cavalry. Later transferred to Co A, 8th Cavalry. He first applied for his invalid pension in July of 1882 when he was age 37. He had contracted diarrhea with resulting hemorrhoids while in the line of duty. He became ill in the spring of 1864 near Knoxville and continued ill until the fall of 1864. He has never recovered. He was treated by camp doctors in the service. Since his discharge 20 Jul 1864, he has resided at Zionsville in Boone Co IN to 1868, then at Holt Co, MO until 1870, moved back to Zionsville until 1874, and has lived since at Brownsburg, Hendricks Co IN [where he lived the rest of life]. His occupation had been that of school teacher, a merchant for a short time, and a farmer. He was issued a pension of $4 as of June 1881. Over the next 30+ years he would repeatedly request for increases due to increasing disability and illness, requiring numerous testimonies from friends and neighbors, doctors, and pension board examinations. Sometimes he obtained the increase; sometimes it was refused. By 1912, he was declared totally disabled and was receiving $30 per month - at the last physical exam his weight was down to 111 lbs. - it had never been over 130 lbs and he was about 5' 9" tall. He was often described as being emaciated, having sallow complexion, being weak and stooped - he also had some heart problems and rheumatism. There doesn't seem to be any question he was a very ill man. Considering his physical condition, it seems more than a little miraculous he survived to be 70 years old. His family physician did at times state that the patient took very good care of himself, but was totally incapacitated for manual labor.
In 1870, Charles was also still living with brother James in Eagle Twp, Boone Co. Now age 25 - his occupation is listed as school teacher.
1880 Census. Lincoln, Hendricks Co IN, Hh 149
1900 Census. Lincoln, Hendricks Co IN, Hh 290
Both Charles and Jane were still living in Lincoln in 1910. No children with them.
They are buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Brownsburg, Hendricks Co IN.
Charles HARMON and Jane Victoria BROWN were married on 23 April 1873 in Hendricks County, Indiana.4,69 Jane Victoria BROWN was born in September 1848 in Indiana.69 She died on 21 May 1914 at the age of 65 in Brownsburg, Hendricks County, Indiana.9
Probably Jane's family:
1860 Census. Brown Twp, Hendricks Co, IN, Hh 296
Charles HARMON and Jane Victoria BROWN had the following children:
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