Harkness Genealogy

John R. Harkness Contract for Corner Building of Lameuse and Pass Christian Streets in Biloxi 1893

Posted on Updated on

January 14, 1893
The Daily Herald
Biloxi, Mississippi
—-

Excerpts from:
LOCAL HAPPENINGS

—-

“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.

Advertisements

Harkness Happenings – January 14, 1893

Posted on Updated on

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.”

—–

Donkey Party

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.

Enjoyable Garden Party at the Misses Harkness Residence

Posted on Updated on

PS_JanetScott_GardenParty_Fan2

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.

Miss Harkness Better

Posted on

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 1830-1903

Posted on Updated on

ddd9dfbc-a250-4be3-a731-2b35e00a789f
Capt. John Rankin Harkness 1830–1903 / Biloxi Pioneer / Architect and builder of many homes, the school and businesses in Biloxi. Harkness was street commissioner on the Biloxi City Council and was a member of the school board as evidenced in The Biloxi Herald newspaper at the time.

 

 


Capt. John Rankin Harkness

 

1830–1903

Birth 26 Mar 1830 Pelham, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA

Death 11 Jun 1903 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA

my great-great grandfather

 


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

J.R. Harkness is a descendant of two proved Mayflower passengers:
Francis Cooke and John Turner

 

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.

 

Capt. John Rankin Harkness Family Chart
Capt. John Rankin Harkness of Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi. Biloxi Pioneer.

J.R. Harkness resided in Biloxi.

90db99a2-38c9-488d-8794-10d7a4cb0f3d
25 Feb 1888 The Biloxi Daily Herald – J.R. Harkness, Biloxi, MS

 

aa97a049-4c99-44a7-9061-b6143ee67728
23 Jun 1888 The Biloxi Daily Herald / Mississippi / J.R. Harkness

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

c9cfc16c-e5f4-4f58-99b1-212c3cb01853
J.R. Harkness – Architect – Biloxi, Mississippi 1888
940a553f-c02b-493b-8a4e-1f3d5ec7fbf1
John Rankin Harkness – 23 Jun 1888 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA – Newspaper Article from the Biloxi Daily Herald-Contractor & Builder

 

d301cbdd-2fe6-4990-a6df-10bc31482866
John Rankin Harkness-President of Mechanics Steam Fire Engine Company No. 2 – 19 Sep 1891 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA Newspaper Article from the Biloxi Daily Herald, Also show W.T. Harkness as 2nd Assistant.
30106a4f-463b-400a-a942-1f092bc97cc7
Confederate Veterans-J.R. Harkness is listed as part of committee of arrangements for a barbecue for ex-Confederates, their families and friends. 8 Oct 1892

Biloxi Herald – November 19, 1892 states J.R. Harkness ran for Alderman.

368b78d1-869a-4384-857e-746f1b207719
1893 John R. Harkness & Sons Planing and Milling Co. of Biloxi, Mississippi Daily Herald Newspaper, Biloxi, MS

 

87e49b34-1c0f-4e80-a2fc-cd952c0f12dc
Capt. J. R. Harkness Contracted to Repair Damages-The Daily Herald, Biloxi, MS 24 Feb 1894
2e5af581-a7d4-4ece-93ae-d05685f6afda
The Harkness Boys Have Always Been Sailors 7 Aug 1897 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA Daily Herald Newspaper, Biloxi, MS Note: Their boat was named the May H. (May Harkness?)
8e2d6882-1ca1-4478-801e-c2e8417b8ebc
William Harkness Family in History of Pelham History of Pelham, Page 421. Mention of John Harkness in Pelham as William Harkness’ son.

J.R. Harkness was a member of the Freemasons

61398d8d-54c7-470b-8f31-4c26ad934697
Downtown Biloxi 1902-Photo from The Daily Herald Twentieth Century Coast Edition-Historical and Biographical 1902 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA The building on the right side of this photo, on the corner, is one built by J.R. Harkness and his son.
6502d68f-1114-4166-a723-73c78643feb5
J. R. Harkness – Biloxi Street Commissioner 1902 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA Twentieth century coast edition of the Biloxi Daily Herald … historical and biographical: “one of the oldest and most respected citizens”

 

dvm_LocHist008526-00017-1
List of Biloxi Pioneers – “HARKNESS” is on the list.
John R. Harkness born-Massachusetts Town and Vital Records 1620-1988
John R. Harkness born-Massachusetts Town and Vital Records 1620-1988 / Biloxi Pioneer
John R. Harkness born-Massachusetts Town and Vital Records 1620-1988  2
John R. Harkness born-Massachusetts Town and Vital Records 1620-1988 Zoom
U.S. City Directories 1822-1995 Biloxi Mississippi Listing for J.R. Harkness' Widow Irene
U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 Biloxi, Mississippi listing for John R Harkness’ widow, Irene.

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


e0e00203-552b-4b52-8d61-fa5ed72acf2b
John R. Harkness / Irene Jordan Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA Old Biloxi City Cemetery
8ce737d3-ff8e-4e5c-84ab-c738a8075b02
John Rankin Harkness Death Notice 12 Jun 1903 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA Newspaper Notice from the Daily Herald

 

Memorial on Find-A-Grave for John Rankin Harkness:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=29276167&ref=acom

 

David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS 1866-1934

Posted on Updated on

I’m still working on my great grandfather, D.E. Morris’, life-story today. My aunt told me she remembered that after D.E. died, my grandmother, whom he had been staying with in Gulfport, had found a trunk full of expired patents he’d filed. I’ll add this entry to D.E.’s post on the blog today. I call D.E. (David Edmund) “Ed” as apparently relatives referred to him by Ed. However, all the newspaper articles call him D.E. I was sad to learn Ed had battled alcoholism and in the end that is what caused his passing. His third wife, Miss Elizabeth they called her, was still living at their home in New Orleans when Ed came to live with my grandmother and grandfather in Gulfport on Wisteria St. where he actually died. His obituary in the Times-Picayune read that he died in New Orleans. It has been a bit of a mystery to unravel Ed’s life events as he accomplished much in his days despite his illness. Through his work with It would be so much easier for me to learn about him if I lived in Gulfport or Biloxi. Seems he haunts me… and I like that. He somehow became one of my favorite ancestors because I’ve spent so much time “with him”.

adf2ff71-6646-4975-b943-007810763c2e
Ed Morris was a 33rd degree Mason – Gulfport, Mississippi, Masonic Lodge.

Map


David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS

1866–1934

 my great grandfather
John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965)
son of David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS
 
Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013)
daughter of John Harkness MORRIS
 
Me
the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS

David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS was born in 1866 in Moss Point, Mississippi to Frances M. “Fanny” WRIGHT, age 21, and John Wesley MORRIS, age 27. He was married three times and had two sons and two daughters. He died on December 24, 1934, in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the age of 68, and was buried in Gulfport, Mississippi.
 

David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS married Virginia Watkins on May 9, 1890, when he was 24 years old. My aunt says she has a record of them marrying in the Presbyterian Church in Moss Point, Mississippi on March 11, 1898. I have not found that record. I found a record that stated they were married in Scranton, Jackson, Mississippi.

David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS married Edna Irene HARKNESS on December 25, 1900, in Biloxi, Mississippi, when he was 34 years old.

His son John Harkness was born on October 8, 1901, in Biloxi, Mississippi.


Tenderly and Kevin Cooper in Great Grandpa Ed Morris's Fishing Boat
cir 1957 Playing in an old fishing boat that belonged to Ed Morris, Kevin Cooper and Tenderly Rose enjoy the sand in the re-purposed john boat. The boat’s final resting place was in the backyard of Rosie and John Morris’s home at 1711 Wisteria Street in Gulfport, Mississippi (Gulf Gardens).

Read the rest of this entry »

Francis Cooke 1583–1663: Mayflower Passenger

Posted on Updated on

Francis Cooke

1583–1663

 my 11th great-grandfather

Mayflower Passenger


Jane COOKE (1616 – )
daughter of Francis COOKE
 
John Experience MITCHELL (1632 – 1719)
son of Jane COOKE
 
Elizabeth MITCHELL (1628 – 1684)
daughter of John Experience MITCHELL
 
Jane WASHBURN (1671 – 1698)
daughter of Elizabeth MITCHELL
 
Joanna ORCUTT (1690 – 1758)
daughter of Jane WASHBURN
 
William EDSON (1724 – 1800)
son of Joanna ORCUTT
 
Keziah EDSON (1755 – 1841)
daughter of William EDSON
 
William HARKNESS (1793 – 1831)
son of Keziah EDSON
 
Capt. John Rankin HARKNESS (1830 – 1903)
son of William 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

Francis Cooke was born in 1583 in Essex, the child of Richard and Alice. He married Hester Mahieu on June 30, 1603, in Netherlands. They had seven children in 18 years. He died on April 7, 1663, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, having lived a long life of 80 years.

 

Francis Cooke

Francis Cooke was born in England, around 1583.  By profession, he was a woolcomber.  He was in Leiden as early as 1603 (before the Pilgrim Separatist community emigrated to Holland) when he married Hester Mayhieu.  They were members of the Leiden Walloon Church, a congregation of French-speaking Belgian people whose beliefs were very similar to those of the English Separatists.

Francis arrived in Plymouth in 1620 on the Mayflower with his teenage son John.   Hester Mayhieu Cooke and the couple’s two other children, Jane and Jacob, arrived on the Anne in 1623.  Two more daughters, Hester and Mary, were born to Francis and Hester Cooke in Plymouth.

Francis Cooke died in 1663.

http://www.pilgrimhall.org/francis_cooke.htm