Descendants of John L. Harmon
His great granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Harmon, was born there - she was my great grandmother.
Numerous databases online have placed this man as a son of Jacob Harmon & Sarah Lorton of the New River Harmons of German descent. Y-DNA of various Harmon/Harman descendants has shown conclusively that he is not the son of Jacob Harmon & Sarah Lorton. He is apparently not related at all to the various German families found in western Virginia - the Peaked Mountain or the New River Harmons. Instead, John L. Harmon's descendant is a Y-DNA match to descendants of a Patrick Harmon who married Polly Melton, 26 Dec 1822, Grayson Co VA. It is speculated that Patrick was the son of a Joseph Harmon, taxed in Grayson Co beginning 1798 and still there for the 1820 census. A widow, Sarah Harmon, died in Grayson Co - her inventory reported in 1818. Her relationship unknown, but speculated as perhaps Joseph's mother. Administrator for the estate of Joseph Harmon was named 24 Jan 1826 - he was William Evans, a son-in-law. William Evans had married Elizabeth Harmon, 5 Oct 1806, Grayson Co. Patrick Harmon is in the 1850 census, Carroll Co VA, age 60, born Maryland. Patrick is buried Melton Cemetery, Carroll Co, with the dates 1790-1857 on his grave marker.
A William Harmon was also present in this western Virginia area - it's possible he was father or older brother to John L. Harmon as the tax records suggest John L. was living with William just before turning age 21.
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