The American Civil War
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:
Harriet Elizabeth “Hattie” Alexander
Birth 18 Jan 1846 • Concord, Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA
Death 19 Sep 1933 • Elgin, Kane, Illinois, USA
my great great grandmother
daughter of Harriet Elizabeth “Hattie” ALEXANDER
son of Bertha Amoret SWAN
son of Dr. Wilder Morris BOSWORTH Sr., D.D.S.
the daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II
When Harriet Elizabeth “Hattie” Alexander was born on January 18, 1846, in Concord, New Hampshire, her father, John, was 43 and her mother, Harriet, was 30. She married Eugene Morris “Gene” Swan on November 23, 1865, in Bloomfield, Wisconsin. She was 19 years old. She had three children by the time she was 28. She died on September 19, 1933, in Elgin, Illinois, at the age of 87, and was buried in Richmond, Illinois.
Harriet Elizabeth “Hattie” ALEXANDER married Eugene Morris “Gene” SWAN on November 23, 1865, in Bloomfield, Wisconsin, when she was 19 years old.
Hattie’s husband, Eugene Morris “Gene” Swan. He is listed in the “Descendants of Joseph MINER-Sixth Generation” http://tmsociety.org/thomas/joseph/aqwg55.htm
Hattie Alexanders’s Signature in School Book I have a school book that belonged to Hattie when she was a child. This must be her signature at that time.
The Diary of Miss Hattie Alexander
McHenry, Illinois, USA
Written by Harriet Elizabeth “Hattie” Alexander Swan of McHenry, Illinois – my great great grandmother. Locations mentioned include Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Wisconsin. Many, many surnames from this area are included. I transcribed this from a distant cousin’s copy of the original manuscript that my grandfather, Wilder Morris Bosworth, DDS, had transcribed from Hattie’s diary. I absolutely love reading this diary.
You can download a copy to read by clicking on the link below.