IMMIGRANT Leonard Harriman
– 1691; immigrant 1638)
m. Margaret Palmer(?). Note:
Leonard's brother John was also a Yorkshire Puritan and they both came to
America around 1640, with John choosing to establish himself in New Haven, CT.
John died in 1681, "stricken in years" per his will. John's son, also
called John, was born in 1657 and graduated from Harvard College 20 years later
to become a minister in New Haven and surrounding areas. Minister John
moved to Elizabethtown NJ in 1690 where he preached until he died in 1704.
Harriman was born 1622 in Rowley, Yorkshire, England. Before Leonard
married, he immigrated to the Rowley MA area of America where he
married Margaret PALMER around
1649. Leonard died in Rowley (America) in May
1691. Leonard's wife
Margaret died October 20, 1676.
Leonard was an orphan, just 16 years old, who along with
his brother John, were two of the devoted Puritan flock of passengers to
the new world with Rev. Ezekiel Rogers, a man of eminence who had
graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1610. Rogers left
England in 1638 because his ministry was suspended when he refused to
accursed book that allowed sports on God's holy Sabbath." In
America Rogers established an unoccupied tract of land in Massachusetts
Bay Colony area which he named Rowley, as in England.
Leonard was admitted as a freeman in 1647 (record says Leonard Hurryman).
Leonard was a farmer and a mechanic, as well as a manufacturer of looms.
In his will he left his land in Haverhill Massachusetts to his son
It is interesting
to note that Leonard and Margaret's oldest son (also named John) was massacred with 90
others in the King Philip's War
at Bloody Brook, Deerfield, MA, September 18, 1675.
IN MEMORY OF LEONARD HARRIMAN
A MEMBER OF EZEKIEL ROGERS
BORN ROWLEY, YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND 1622
DIED ROWLEY, MASSACHUSETTS MAY 1691
AND HIS WIFE MARGARET
DIED ROWLEY, MASSACHUSETTS OCT. 1676
DEDICATED A.D. 1991
THE HARRIMAN FAMILY
For his will, see:
Matthew Harriman, Sr.
(26 Jan 1652 Rowley MA to 28 Oct 1743 Haverhill)
m. (1) Elizabeth Swan (2) Mary Caller
Matthew was the third child and the second son of
Leonard and Margaret. Elizabeth was born September
30, 1653 to Robert and Elizabeth Acy Swan. Her father
in King Philip's War as a soldier.
Matthew was a member of the Rowley church at the
time of his marriage to Elizabeth, but he already owned a home
in Haverhill prior to the wedding. Three days before Christmas
Matthew Harriman married Elizabeth Swan in Haverhill, MA.
He is mentioned as living at Fishing river in a house next that
of Thomas and Hannah Dustin, which is on the east side of Little
river, near Primrose street. Children of Matthew
1. Eldest son, Mathew JR., b. 26 Jan 1673; d.
October 28, 1743 age 70:
SEE NEXT GENERATION
2. Elizabeth, born 20 Nov 1675:
Daughter of Matthew Harriman and his wife Elizabeth Swan. She
was the first wife of Thomas Gordon, and they married about
3. Hannah, born 29 Nov 1677: Hannah was the daughter of
Matthew Harriman and Elizabeth Swan. She married Thomas Haynes
in Haverhill on 22 December 1703 and they had children Lidiah,
Hannah, Mehetable, Sarah, Jonathan, Joseph, and Elizabeth.
4. Mary, born 17 Dec 1679
5. Margaret, born 6 Oct 1681
6. Abigail, born 7 Nov 1683
7. Mehitabel, born 13 Jun 1686
8. John, born 16 Jun 1688
9. Leonard, born 12 Mar 1689/90
10. Nathaniel, born 18 Jun 1692
11. Richard, born 9 Feb 1694/5
12. Abner, born 23 Aug 1699
Matthew Harriman, JR. (26 Jan 1673
MA - 28 Oct 1743 Haverhill MA) m. Martha Page on December
He died at the age of sixty October 28, 1743
at Haverhill and is buried in Haverhill, cemetery unknown.
Matthew was the eldest son of Matthew and Elizabeth Swan
Harriman. Matthew Jr. was named in his grandfather Leonard
Harriman's will. Jr. was 18 at the time his
grandfather died and gave to Jr. all his guns and
ammunition. This had to have been a thrill for the 18
year old young man.
"To my eldest son, MATHEW HERRIMAN, I give
and bequeath all my lands and meadows in ye bounds of
Haverill . . . and to his son MATTHEW my grand child I give
my Armes & Amunition."
Matthew Jr. served with Lt. Col. Saltonstall's command which was
constantly arms, equipped and exercised for battle. The
general court in January of 1710 equipped all the soldiers with
Martha and Matthew Harriman, Jr., had the following children:
(SEE NEXT GENERATION)
Stephen Harriman was born after the turn of the 1700s -
on April 25, 1703. He would live but 57 years, dying in
1760. That does not mean his life was quiet! The 20
year old Steve married the 20 year old Patience Roberts
on, of all days, Christmas Day in 1723 at Plaistow, MA.
They then filled their home with children, eight in all;
Hannah Margaret, Mehitable, Stephen, Jr., Edmund,
Susanna, Ebenezer, James and Asa. Asa was born in 1737
and would become part of Roger's Rangers as an adult.
When the Harrimans had been married about 4 years, Stephen
decided to pledge himself to follow his church, by
"owning the covenant." He was admitted to his church on
the very last day of 1727. The Congregationalist Church
believes strongly in Jesus Christ. Members are those who
publicly accept "ownership of the Covenant" of the
church. Members covenant with God and each other to
study the scriptures and to follow the ways of God and
Jesus. They commit to proclaim the gospel of Jesus to
others. Each member attends a membership class and are
voted into the church. No one can keep another member
Mom Patience died in Haverhill on August 26, 1742 at 39 years of
age. Dad Stephen and the children laid her to rest and
in 1743, just 20 years after his first marriage, Stephen
wed Elizabeth Griffin who no doubt was a great help with
the family. Elizabeth died in 1746, brief years after
her marriage to Stephen.
Asa Harriman (5 Mar 1737 in Haverhill
- 29 Nov 1823 Prospect ME) m. Elizabeth
Todd (1730 Plaistow NH - 1799); marriage
Sept 4, 1760.
Asa and Elizabeth had one
son born in Haverhill (Joshua Jewitt
Harriman born 5/20/1762). They had
two sons born in Plaistow NH (Asa and
James Harriman, born 1763 and 1765
respectively. Note: James
died young.) Then mom and dad and
the three boys moved to Bucksport Maine
where they have 5 more children
(Benjamin Buck born 1768
SEE NEXT GENERATION,
Joseph Kimball born 1770, Susannah
born 1773, Elizabeth born 1775; Stephen
born 1777). Asa married (second)
Widow Abiah (Goodell) Perkins, of
Kittery. I have read that Stephen
was their son; but have not researched
this. Abiah and Asa had John,
Edward, Thomas and Samuel.
1775 in Bucksport Maine, Asa's family
was one of 21 in the entire town and
nearby Orland Maine had 12 families.
The Harriman family, and all the other
residents, were living in very stressful
conditions. Google Books: The
Maine Historical Magazine, Volume 1.
Asa served in the militia as follows
Crown Point Expedition May-Dec. 1756
William Henry in New York State but
escaped. (reenlisted 1757)
of that famous band of Indian
fighters called "Roger's Rangers."
moved to Bucksport ME between 1763
and 1767 and then he served as First
Lieutenant of the First Continental
Regiment raised on the Penobscot
Volunteered twice to serve with
soldiers from NH with Gile’ s
Company Volunteers, to fight with
the Northern Continental Army, once
in October 1777 in Saratoga. The 2nd
Battle of Saratoga Oct. 1777 was
a turning point with the surrender
of General Burgoyne, which
encouraged the French to join the
Americans in the fight.
term of service for Asa was August
19, 1778, where he again joined
volunteers from NH to join the
Northern Continental Army to fight
this time in the
Battle of Rhode Island known as
the Battle of Quaker Hill. Units of
command of John
Sullivan attempted to recapture the
island of Rhode Island (now known as Aquidneck
distinguish it from the state of
Rhode Island in which it is
located), from British forces. The
battle ended inconclusively but the
Continental Army had to give up its
goal of capturing the island and
securing Narragansett Bay for
American and French ship traffic."
stated to Otis
Harriman, when an
old man, that he was
a member of that
famous band of
Rangers." In Jan.,
1762, a petition was
signed by about three
hundred and fifty
persons, one of whom
was Asa Harriman,
asking the general
court of Mass. that
six townships be
laid out on the
Penobscot river for
approved March 2,
1762. In June, 1764,
Asa Harriman and his
family were "warned
out" of Plaistow,
New Hampshire, after
having resided there
about eight weeks.
In Dec. 1767, Asa
Harriman was one of
the signers of a
petition to annex
the north parish
Plaistow. In the
spring of 1768,
probably, he moved
to Bucksport, Maine,
where in 1775 he is
mentioned as one of
the twenty families
of the town. In the
covered the attack
and defeat at
Harriman was a
lieutenant in Capt.
Lovell's brigade. He
entered service July
30, 1779, and was
discharged Aug. 14,
1779; also enlisted
Sept., 1779, as a
private in Capt.
company, Col. Josiah
These companies must
have been stationed
at Camden. In 1781
Ezekiel, Peter and
Asa Harriman moved
from Bucksport to
Orland. There Asa
He died in
Prospect, Nov. 29,
1823. Otis Harriman
describes him as in
his age a tall,
straight as an arrow
and of pleasing
anecdotes of his
French and Indian
war experiences were
many and his coming
a delight to the
Harriman (04 Nov 1768 in Bucksport,
ME-_______________) m. Mary ___
Chaney (18 Mar 1767 Plaistow NH - 04 Apr
1841 Maine); marriage 17 Feb 1791
The first child born in Bucksport was
Benjamin Buck Harriman. According
to Google Books' The Maine Historical
Magazine, Volume 1, he was born to Asa
Harriman and his wife Elizabeth Todd
Benjamin Buck Harriman, son of Asa Harriman,
married Mary Chaney, daughter of Duston and
Sarah Mount Chaney Harriman. Buck and Mary
Harriman had the following children:
on 21 Apr 1797 in Tunbridge, VT. He married
Susanna "Susan" Partridge on 03 May 1821 in
Prospect, ME. He died on 04 Jan 1848 in
Prospect, Waldo County, ME; buried
Batcheldor Cemetery, Prospect, ME.
was born in Nov
1794 in Plaistow, NH.. He died 28 Feb 1863
in N. Searsport ME.
A son Joseph Harriman was born 2 Nov 1794
and died in infancy on Jan 15, 1795.
Capt. Lyman Harriman
(21 Apr 1797 in Tunbridge, VT -04
Jan 1848 in Prospect, Waldo County,
ME) m. Susanna "Susan" Partridge (12
Jan 1801 Prospect ME - 7 June 1868
Prospect, Maine); marriage 03 May
1821 in Prospect, ME.
Benjamin Buck Harriman, son of Asa
Harriman, married Mary Chaney (Marey
Cheney), daughter of Duston
and Sarah Mount Chaney Harriman.
(THE CHENEY LINE DESCENDS FROM HANNAH
CHILD AMANDA S. HARRIMAN IS MY ANCESTOR
SEE NEXT GENERATION
CHILD Alvara Harriman is actually "Alvra".
(Alvra, same name as my great
grandmother Alvra Cunningham Southworth),
NEWS ITEM: On
January 26, 1825 a Norfolk VA news item
relayed that the
schooner Mary and Margaret, of Prospect, Maine, Master
and Owner Capt. Herriman, from Baltimore
[Prospect Maine], bound to Boston, laden
with Flour, Corn and Iron, parted both
cables in the snow storm on Sunday
evening last, and went ashore in
Lynnhaven Bay, within about forty yards
of the inlet. The sch. has bilged, the
crew are all safe, and the principal
part of the cargo will probably be
saved, though in a damaged state."
Research of Bob Brooks,
May 2006, indicates that the schooner
Mary and Margaret was owned by Lyman
Harriman of Prospect, and was lost in
NEWS ITEM: (8 Feb 1825):
"The sch. [schooner] Mary-&-Margaret,
Herriman [owner], of Prospect, from Balt.
[Baltimore] to Boston, went ashore, in
Lynnhaven Bay, within about 40 yards of
the inlet, on the evening of 23rd ult.
(having parted both cables) and bilged.
Principal part of the cargo would be
NOTES ON SCHOONER:
Capt. Lyman Harriman owned the ship and
was master from at least 1821-1825.
Research of Bob Brooks and John Arrison
in May 2006 on the Mary & Margaret
reveals that it was a vessel 97 x 73 x
22 x 7, built in 1821 in Winterport,
Maine (Wasson & Colcord, pg. 432] and at
that time Lyman Harriman was listed as
its master. No other master is listed
for this vessel in Applebee's and other
books consulted. Applebee's records that
it was registered in 1823 in the port of
New York, which meant that it was in
overseas trade. As Bob Brooks explains,
"the term 'registered vessel' has a very
specific meaning because a ship in
coastal trade was required to be
documented with an 'enrollment' whereas
a ship clearing for a foreign port was
required to be documented with a
'register.' " It was recorded as lost in
1833 in Wasson & Colcord.
Census (1830): Lyman Herriman: 2
males under 5, 1 male 30-40; 2 females
under 5, 1 female 5-10, 2 females 20-30
Census (1840): Lyman Harriman: 1
male 5-10, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 40-50; 2
females 10-15, 1 female 15-20, 1 female
Census (1850): Susanna Partridge
Harriman living with her married
daughter's family. Susannah is 45.
Daughter is Sarah J. Glidden, age 23;
son-in-law is Alonzo Glidden, age
27, a stone cutter. Living with
them are children
Alvora (Alvra, same name as my
great grandmother Alvra Cunningham
3; Lyman W. Glidden, age 4; John D.
Glidden age 1. All children born
Lyman buried at Ferry Cemetery in Prospect,
Maine; Susan buried at Prospect Ferry Cemetery
in Prospect Maine.
Amanda S. Harriman (23 Sep 1828 -18 Apr 1916) m.
(1) Richard M. Sargent 14 Jun 1846
James Cunningham (18 Oct 1823 - 1900) in Maine.
James was a Ship's Carpenter. http://catorfamily.com/genealogy/cunningham.html
Amanda and James Cunningham had three children:
George "Melvin" Cunningham (b. 1851 Maine);
at the time of his birth his mom Amanda was
23 and his dad James was 28.
Melvin married Delia Maria
Colcord. During the Civil
War, he lived in Searsport when the 1863
battle of Portland Harbor was fought.
He and Delia had a daughter, Georgia G.
Cunningham who was born around 1886 in Maine
(likely Searsport). Georgie would grow
up to marry Ross Elmer Beckwith. By
1920 Melvin and Delia were living in
Belmont, Waldo County, Maine. In 1921
Melvin lost his brother, Dustin who passed
away in Natick MA. Melvin though
the oldest had outlived his two younger
siblings. By November 18, 1922 he
outlived his wife who died on that date in
Belmont. She was 60.
Harriman Cunningham (b. July 21, 1853 in
Searsport when Melvin was 2 years old).
Dustin was a member of the Meridian Lodge.
He never married.
Henry Bright Cunningham, Sr. (born Oct. 21
1855 in Belfast, ME; Melvin was 4 and Dustin 2).
Henry Bright Sr. died July 18, 1907 when
Melvin was age 56. Henry was 52. Henry
is buried at Grove Cemetery and he was a
member of the IOOF.
married Vandalia "Vannie" Harriman
Crocker on September 22, 1877 when he
was 21 years old. My father told me
that Vannie used an expression of "Don't do
so", which he occasionally heard from
her..."Don't do so, Bobby!" Vannie died
sometime after 1920 when she came down with
pneumonia and died within three days! For
the full biography snippet, see http://snippetbiographies.blogspot.com/2012/12/vannie-cunningham-her-way-of-no.html
After the death of Henry, Vannie married
Samuel Nichols Rackliffe.
Henry's death certificate stating that he
died at 52 of arterial disease. He had
been a shoe trimmer (factory type job likely
as there were many shoe factories in Maine
during that period of time.) His home
was on Union Street in Belfast.
(1900): Mother, Amanda (age 71; widow) living
with her son Henry Bright Cunningham's family at
Union St., In Belfast, Maine.
Amanda died of breast cancer in Belfast Maine on
April 18, 1916. Death Cert:
findagrave.org Amanda died in
Belmont, but this conflicts with the Death
Certificate. She is buried at Grove
Cemetery in Belfast along with many Cunningham
and Southworth family members. Her grave
is located in Grove Cemetery range 23, lot 22
FOR MORE ON AMANDA HARRIMAN AND HER HUSBAND JAMES
Asa Harriman m.
NOTE regarding John Harriman, brother of Leonard Harriman: "John
Harriman settled in what is now New Haven, Ct. and died in 1681. He took
the "oath of fidelity," July, 1644, and received the "charge of
freeman," April, 1646. In his will he calls himself "stricken in years,"
and names only one son. His son's name was John, born 1647, graduated at
Harvard College, 1667. He was a minister, and preached twenty years in
New Haven and vicinity. In 1690, he removed to Elizabethtown, N. J., and
was settled over the church there, until his death in 1704. Some of his
descendants, it is believed, are now found in New England; but are
somewhat numerous in the Middle States."
From Stephen Gauss, Harriman Family Association:
Harriman Family Association research now shows that
Leonard Harriman was born in Uldale, Cumbria, England.