Harkness Family Tree
January 14, 1893
The Daily Herald
“If the gentleman who lost his upper teeth under the Herald office stairway, during the holidays, will pay for this notice he can recover the lost property by calling on Pete DeJean, at Little Gem saloon, who has the aforesaid teeth in his possession.”
“John R. Harkness, the old reliable builder has the contract fort he erection of a two story building on the corner of Lameuse and Pass Christian streets, which, when completed, will be occupied by Mr. Herbelin, who has recently moved here with his family from Covington, La.”
John R. Harkness was my maternal great great grandfather.
Biloxi Daily Herald
January 14, 1893
LOCAL HAPPENINGS (excerpt)
“John R. Harkness, the old reliable builder has the contract for the erection of a two story building on the corner of Lameuse and Pass Christian streets, which, when completed, will be occupied by Mr. Herbelin, who has recently moved here with his family from Covington, La.”
THE OLD AND THE NEW
Proceedings of the Retiring City Council and Inauguration of the New Officers (excerpt)
“J. C. Bradford, alderman 4th ward, gave bond of $500 with John R. Harkness and J. W. Maybin as sureties.”
The first Donkey party of the season was given Thursday evening at the residence of Mr. T. P Dulion, in honor of Miss M. Hannon’s birthday. After a great deal of amusement furnished by those trying to replace the donkey’s tail in the proper place, Miss C. Schumann captured the first prize, Miss S. Harkness, the second prize and Mrs. A. Dulion, the booby prize. The fun being over dancing was indulged in till the wee hours of morning. The following enjoyed the pleasures of the evening: Mr. and Mrs. T. P. Dulion, Mr. and Mrs. A. Dulion, Mesdames Arndt and Park, Misses Lizana, M. Hannon, T. Wachenfeld, C. Schumann, M. Ohr, S. Harkness, E. Shields, I. Park M. Murray, M. and O. Barthes, R. Henley, U. Harvey A. Bourdon, M. Ramon, T. Nielsen, M. Schumacher, E. Matthews and Messrs. C. W. Wachenfeld, P. Gillen, U. Desporte, O. Thompson, P. Wachenfeld, E. Barra, H. Champlin, W. Cousans, F. and L. Harvey, F. and A. J. Bourdon, W., G. and L. Harkness, W. Balthrope, W. Collins, W. Suter, Ramon, Lang, F. Shields, Lizana, A. Church, J. Bannon and H. M. Clark, Jr.
Ladies Aid Society
The Ladies Aid of M. E. church held their annual business meeting Tuesday afternoon. The meeting proved both pleasant and profitable. Mrs. Stilphen, having served as president for two years, resigned, giving this plea—“The interest of the work demands a change.”
Newly elected officers: President, Mrs. Chas Patten; first vice-president, Mrs. Peacock; treasurer, Mrs. Scott; secretary, Miss Sadie Stilphen; assistant secretary, Miss Estelle Harkness.
Several committees were arranged viz [sic]:
Committee on visiting the sick—Mesdames Peacock, Harkness and Scott.
Committee on visiting strangers—Mesdames Balfour and Horu, and Miss Estelle Harkness.
Committee on looking up Sunday-school scholars—Mesdames Robertson and Park, and Miss Annie Cousans.
The next meeting will be held with Mrs. Scott on Tuesday, the 17th, at 2 o’clock.
Biloxi Daily Herald
July 24, 1928
ENJOYABLE GARDEN PARTY
Miss Stella Harkness and Miss May Harkness entertained with a garden party on Monday night at their home on West Howard avenue, for all the Harkness “kin”. Many of this large family, who live away from Biloxi, are here on visits, and furnished inspiration for this gathering which included 54 members of the family, in-laws and children, with a very few friends. Stunts, games, music and happy reminiscing made the evening pass all too quickly. Japeneze [sic] lanterns illuminated the garden where a number of seats had been arranged and punch was served throughout the evening. Delicious ice cream and cake also were served. Among those attending were Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Harkness and children from Texas, Mrs. Holston and daughter Peggy from Lynchburg, Va., Mr. and Mrs. Roy Roberts of D’lo, Miss Sadie Harkness from Jacksonville, Fla., Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Chaffee and little daughter. Miss John Harkness, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Gilligan, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Peresich and children, Dr. and Mrs. B. Z. Welch and children, Rev. J. L. Jordan, Mrs. Earl Rohrer and children from Gulfport, Miss Abbie May Harkness, Beulah Harkness, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Wilkes, Rev. and Mrs. W. M. Sullivan and Miss Katherine Sullivan, Mrs. D. E. Morris, Miss Irene Morris and Miss Martha Morris from Mobile and Misses Stella and May Harkness.
Biloxi Daily Herald
November 3 1928
MISS HARKNESS BETTER
Miss John Harkness, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Harkness, who was seriously injured about two weeks ago when thrown from a horse, is considered on the road to recovery. Physicians consider that the crisis was passed last Sunday, that any danger of infection is absent and that she will get well. Miss Harkness has been visiting her Brother, Willie Newell Harkness at his ranch near New Boston, Texas, and accompanied by the family dog and riding a very fine, intelligent horse, was on her way to New Boston for medicine for a sick negro woman. She had perhaps been going a right good pace on an asphalt road and just as they reached a cement road, the horse slipped, fell, throwing Miss Harkness in such manner that her forehead struck the cement pavement, the horse rolled into the ditch. When passersby found Miss Harkness unconscious, the horse all covered with mud and with his knees all skinned and cut had climbed out of the ditch and with the faithfull [sic] dog were standing by her. She was carried to New Boston where she was identified by the hardware man from whom she had bought her spurs and was then carried to Texarkana to the hospital and did not regain consciousness for three days. Slivers of bone and blood clots over the left eye nd [sic] the greatest danger was from infection. Mrs. W. T. Harkness is now with her daughter.
“Miss John Harkness” was actually
Kathleen John Harkness (1907 – 1988)
My 1st cousin 2x removed
William Turner “Willie” Harkness (1869 – 1941) / father of Kathleen John Harkness
Capt. John Rankin HARKNESS (1830 – 1903) / father of William Turner “Willie” Harkness
Edna Irene HARKNESS (1880 – 1952) / daughter of Capt. John Rankin HARKNESS
John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965) / son of Edna Irene HARKNESS
Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013) / daughter of John Harkness MORRIS
Me, the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS
Capt. John Rankin Harkness
Birth 26 Mar 1830 • Pelham, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
Death 11 Jun 1903 • Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA
my great-great grandfather
daughter of Capt. John Rankin HARKNESS
son of Edna Irene HARKNESS
daughter of John Harkness MORRIS
the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS
When Capt. John Rankin Harkness was born on March 26, 1830, in Pelham, Massachusetts, his father, William, was 37 and his mother, Abigail, was 36. He married Irene Jordan on November 19, 1868, in Harrison County, Mississippi. They had seven children in 14 years. He died on June 11, 1903, in Biloxi, Mississippi, at the age of 73, and was buried there.
J.R. Harkness resided in Biloxi.
In 1888 the state of Mississippi began providing pensions to former Confederate soldiers and sailors, as well as their widows and wartime servants residing in the state.
1888 JR Harkness designed this building. Howard Memorial School-Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi
Biloxi Herald – November 19, 1892 states J.R. Harkness ran for Alderman.
J.R. Harkness was a member of the Freemasons
The Carson edifice at Belle Fontaine, was designed and built by John R. Harkness & Sons of Biloxi. John .Rankin Harkness (1827-1903), a native of Amherst, Massachusetts, had commenced his contracting business at Biloxi in 1868. The two-story residence cost $5000 and was shingled from the ground to the cone. Mr. Harkness and his family and friends occasionally sailed to the construction site, often referred to as “New Chicago”, for a days outing. J.R. Harkness & Sons completed the Carson home in October 1892.(Dyer, 1895, “Biloxi”, The Biloxi Herald, April 9, 1892, p. 4, July 30, 1892, p. 4, and September 28, 1892, p. 4)
http://www.oceanspringsarchives.com/osfamilies.htm taken from several issues of the Biloxi Daily Herald 1892
Memorial on Find-A-Grave for John Rankin Harkness: