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JAMES & MARIAH SON & WILLIAM'S BROTHER   JOHN. TREE-5/3

 IN THE YEAR 1851 THE YOUNGEST SON JOHN HAD ALREADY MARRIED  RHODA MARTIN.

 

JOHN HARMAN WAS THE YOUNGEST SON OF JAMES AND MARIAH, BORN ON JANUARY 14TH 1829 AND WAS BAPTISED AT ST. DENY'S  ROTHERFIELD ON MARCH 1ST 1829.

RESEARCH HAS FAILED TO ESTABLISH TO DATE, WHEN JOHN MARRIED RHODA.

IT WAS HOWEVER  RECORDED IN A FAMILY BIBLE AND LAST IN THE HANDS OF KATHLEEN EDITH HARMAN KNOWN AS KIT, A GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER OF JOHN AND RHODA WHO MARRIED EDGAR EATON.  SEE FAMILY TREE 5/3B

 

UNFORTUNATELY, IT IS ONLY BY MEMORY OF YVONNE STAMMERS NEE HARMAN WHO REMEMBERED THAT HER GREAT GRANDMOTHER RHODA WIFE OF JOHN, MAIDEN NAME WAS MARTIN AND HER PARENT'S WERE SAMUEL AND SARAH MARTIN.

THIS NOW VERIFYING THAT ANN MARTIN WHO MARRIED THOMAS HARMAN WHO WAS JOHN'S OLDER BROTHER WERE INDEED TWO SISTER'S WHO MARRIED TWO HARMAN BROTHERS.

 

JOHN WAS BORN IN ROTHERFIELD AND IN THE 1841 CENSUS, IS LIVING AT HOME AT THE AGE OF  ELEVEN  ON THE DAY OF THE CENSUS, ALSO LIVING AT HOME ALSO WITH HIM WAS A FAMILY OF EIGHT.

 

MY GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER WILLIAM AT THE AGE OF 22 AND A BRICKLAYER JOURNEYMAN, AND JOHN'S BROTHER. THOMAS  AT THE AGE OF 19 ALSO BEING A BRICKLAYER JOURNEYMAN, CHARLES AGED 14 AND WORKING AS AGRICULTURE LABOURER.  LASTLY THEIR NIECE, ELIZA HARMAN BASE BORN CHILD. OF THEIR SISTER CAROLINE.

 

JAMES THE ELDEST BROTHER WAS NOT AT HOME AND  WAS ALREADY MARRIED TO MARY ANN BOERDON.

JOHN HAD PREVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED THE HARSHNESS OF THE LIFE AND TIMES. AT THE AGE OF8, HE HAD LOST HIS OLDER SISTER LEAH AND HIS NIECE, HER CHILD SARAH-ANN IN 1837.

 

BUT BACK TO JOHN, IN 1850 AT THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE, JOHN  MARRIED RHODA MARTIN AND IN THE CENSUS JOHN & RHODA LIVING IN ROTHERFIELD VILLAGE  BOTH AGED 22 NEXT TO VICARAGE. AFTER THE CENSUS 1851 THEIR FIRST CHILD WAS BORN.  THIS WAS TO BE A SON. FIRST TO BE NAMED OUTSIDE OF NORMAL FOR NAMING CHILDREN AFTER FAMILY.

THE NAMES OF THEIR  FIRST BORN WAS FRANK ROBERT BORN MAY 11TH 1851 AND BAPTISED JULY 6TH 1851, BORN IN ROTHERFIELD.

JOHN WAS THE NEXT SON FOLLOWED TRADITION, HE BEING NAMED JOHN, BORN JANUARY 16TH 1853 AND BAPTISED MARCH 6TH 1853, BORN COTTAGE HILL.

 

JOHN & RHODA THEN HAD THEIR FIRST DAUGHTER, SARAH-ANN BORN SEPTEMBER 9TH 1854, BAPTISED NOVEMBER 5TH 1854 BORN AT FROGS HOLE. THIS GIRL NAMED AFTER RHODA’S MOTHER SARAH AND HER SISTER ANN HENCE SARAH-ANN.

SAMUEL WAS BORN SEPTEMBER 8TH 1856, BAPTISED OCTOBER 12TH 1856 BORN AT PINE HURST.

PRIOR TO BIRTH OF SAMUEL, JOHN & RHODA WERE LIVING AT FROGS HOLE WITH HIS BROTHER'S JAMES (YOUNGER) WILLIAM, THOMAS AND THEIR FAMILIES. FROM PINE HURST JOHN & RHODA MOVED TO MAYFIELD AND AT MAYFIELD THE NEXT CHILD AND ANOTHER BOY WALTER-WILLIAM BORN 15TH NOVEMBER 1858, BAPTISED DECEMBER 12TH 1858.

 

THE FAMILY THEN MOVED TO JARVIS BROOK WHERE SOME DESCENDANTS OF JOHN & RHODA LIVE TO THIS POINT IN TIME. 1985.

 

THE NEXT CHILD AGAIN WAS NOT NAMED TRADITIONALLY BUT WAS A POPULAR NAME GENERALLY.  AMOS BORN 24TH OCTOBER 1860, BAPTISED 29TH OCTOBER 1860 BORN JARVIS BROOK.  IT WILL BE NOTICED HOW SOON THE CHILD WAS BAPTISED, OBVIOUSLY BORN WEAKLY, FOR ON 4TH NOVEMBER 1860 THIS CHILD WAS BURIED TEN DAYS OLD.  THIS CHILD THE SIXTH, WAS THE FIRST CHILD LOST TO JOHN & RHODA

 

ON THE 'MOVE FROM MAYFIELD TO JARVIS BROOK, JOHN & RHODA WERE NOW AGED THIRTY-TWO. THEY REMAINED IN JARVIS BROOK FOR APPROXIMATELY 4 YEARS AND IN THIS TIME WAS BORN GEORGE BAPTISED 8TH DECEMBER 1861 AT JARVIS BROOK.

 

WITH AGAIN AN OUT OF CHARACTER NAME WAS GIVEN TO A BOY OBEDIAH BORN TO JOHN & RHODA EXCEPT THAT OBEDIAH WAS THE NAME JAMES AND MARIAH HAD GIVEN THEIR CHILD THAT DIED IN 1833 WHEN JOHN  THEIR SON WAS TWO YEAR'S OLD.

 

LIKE HIS BROTHER WHO DIED IN 1833, HIS OWN CHILD OBEDIAH BORN 16TH JANUARY 1864, BAPTISED 24TH JANUARY 1864 AND DIED SIX DAYS AFTER BAPTISM AND WAS BURIED ON 30TH JANUARY 1864.  AFTER THE BURIAL, JOHN & RHODA  WERE TO MOVE TO COTTAGE HILL THIS POSSIBLY IN THE YEAR 1865 AND THERE THEY REMAIN AT NO.2 PRIMROSE VILLA, COTTAGE HILL FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. HERE THE FOLLOWING CHILDREN WERE BORN.

RHODA HARRIET BORN BAPTIZED 10TH FEBRUARY 1867

ANN MARIA BORN 18TH AUGUST 1870             BAPTIZED 11TH SEPTEMBER 1870

ALFRED JAMES BORN APRIL 17TH 1873           BAPTIZED 1873.

AT THIS POINT IN TIME, JOHN & RHODA AGED FORTY-FOUR. AT COTTAGE HILL WERE JOINED BY ANN HARMAN WIDOW OF THOMAS WHO DIED IN 1866, AND SO BOTH SISTER'S WERE LIVING PRACTICALLY NEXT DOOR WITH ANN LIVING AT NO.5.

 

IN THE CENSUS OF 1871:

JOHN WAS 42 RHODA WAS 41 FRANK WAS 20 BRICKLAYER JOURNEYMAN JOHN 18 BRICKLAYER JOURNEYMAN SARAH ANN 16  SAMUEL 14 WALTER 12GEORGE 10 MARIA 7 MONTHS.

JOHN A BUILDER EMPLOYING 8 MEN AND 3 BOYS.

 

 

SO OUT OF TEN CHILDREN IN THE YEAR 1871 EIGHT WERE ALIVE.  HOWEVER, IN 1872 PRIOR TO THE BIRTH OF ALFRED-JAMES, BORN APRIL 17TH 1873 TRAGEDY STRUCK IN THE DEADLY FORM OF DIPHTHERIA.

 

BOTH YOUNGEST DAUGHTER'S RHODA & MARIA WERE STRUCK DOWN WITH THIS DISEASE,.  RHODA BEING AGED 5 AND MARIA 2, THEIR MOTHER BEING PREGNANT BY ABOUT THREE MONTHS WITH ALFRED-JAMES.  THIS AS WE KNOW BY THE HISTORY OF THOMAS & ANN HARMAN AND THIS WHERE ANN ASSISTED JOHN & RHODA AND RHODA IMMENSELY.

 

THE FIRST TO SUCCUMB WAS RHODA-HARRIET, THE DEATH CERTIFICATE STATES DIED NINTH AUGUST 1872 OF DIPHTHERIA AND EXHAUSTION.

WITHIN TWELVE DAYS THE YOUNGEST ANN-MARIA WAS THEN TO SUCCUMB.  DEATH CERTIFICATE STATES DIED AUGUST 7TH 1872 OF DIPHTHERIA AND DOUBLE PNEUMONIA.  WHAT A TERRIBLE TIME FOR THE FAMILY WITH TWO CHILDREN AND THEY BEING THE BABIES OF THE FAMILY.

 

FOUR MONTHS PRIOR TO THE BABIES DYING THE ELDEST SON FRANK ROBERT MARRIED DORIS MOON ON APRIL 4TH 1872.  DORIS WAS SIX MONTHS PREGNANT (ANOTHER SHOT-GUN WEDDING).  LIFE DOESN'T ALTER THROUGH THE AGES.  FOR IN THE JULY ON JULY 2ND 1872 OWEN-THOMAS 1ST GRANDSON OF JOHN & RHODA WAS BORN.

 

THIS CHILD WAS TO MARRY AND LIVE NEXT DOOR TO HIS COUSIN MY GRANDFATHER WILLIAM EDWARD HARMAN AT NO.1 FERNDALE COTTAGE, WESTERN ROAD, JARVIS BROOK.  MY GRANDFATHER AND MOTHER LIVING AT NO.2 WHERE MY FATHER FREDERICK JOSEPH WAS BORN.

 

BUT WE ARE DEVIATING SO BACK TO JOHN & RHODA  SO IN 1873 WE HAVE ALFRED JAMES WHO WAS BORN IN THAT YEAR WITH A NEPHEW OWEN-THOMAS SON OF FRANK & DORIS OLDER THAN HIS UNCLE ALFRED.  I WONDER IF HE EVER CALLED HIM UNCLE ?, ONLY 'IN JEST I SUSPECT.

THE FOLLOWING CHILDREN AROUND THE BIRTH OF ALFRED JAMES COMMENCE TO MARRY

 

SARAH ANN WAS ALREADY MARRIED BEING THE FIRST MARRYING CHARLES WALTER IN 1871 AT THE AGE OF 17

JOHN. JUNIOR  THE YOUNGER WAS NEXT MARRYING MARY BENSON IN 1874.

 

SAMUEL MARRIED SARAH EDITH KENT IN 1877.

 

IN THE CENSUS TAKEN IN 1881 WE HAVE:

 

JOHN SNR: AT THE AGE OF 52  EMPLOYING 3MEN

RHODA WIFE "  57

WALTER WILLIAM STILL AT HOME AGE 22 GENERAL LABOURER.

 

GEORGE AGE 19 GENERAL LABOURER.

ALFRED J. AGE 7

ADELAIDE E. MOGGOFORD AGE 35 WIDOW & VISITOR

 

NEXT DOOR AT NO.2. PRIMROSE JOHN (THE YOUNGER)  AGE 28 BRICKLAYER JOURNEY MANMARY WIFE AGE 26

LOUISA DAUGHTER AGE 4

JOHN FRANCIS SON AGE 2

 

IN THIS YEAR 1887 JOHN & RHODA CONTINUED TO PROSPER.

IT WILL BE NOTICED THAT THE ELDEST SON'S SEEMED TO BE BRICKLAYER BUT WALTER AND GEORGE LABOURER'S, AND THOUGH JOHN SNR: ONLY EMPLOYED THREE MEN I BELIEVE ALL HIS SON'S WORKED FOR HIM.

 

HARD TIMES AND LIVING IN THIS ENVIRONMENT, MEANT WHEN YOU GROW TO MANHOOD 12 - 14 YOU STAND OR FALL BY YOUR OWN ENDEAVOURS. AS ALREADY STATED JOHN'S SON JOHN THE YOUNGER, WITH HIS WIFE MARY LIVED NEXT DOOR TO HIS FATHER BUT IN ELLA-MARY'S BIOGRAPHY OF HER LIFE, SHE RECALLS HER GRANDFATHER JOHN THE ELDER SELLING FAGGOTS OF WOOD TO NEIGHBOURS, BUT NOT ONLY DID HE SELL THEM TO NEIGHBOURS BUT ALSO TO HIS SON JOHN, HER FATHER.

 

TODAY WE WOULD GIVE THEM TO OUR CHILDREN BUT THEN TIMES AND CONDITIONS OF LIFE, WITH SOCIAL SECURITY ETC, BREED A DIFFERENT MAN AND OUTLOOK.

 

IN ALL MY RESEARCH I HAVE YET TO COME ACROSS A HARMAN ACROSS THE SPECTRUM OF THE FAMILY, WHO IS NOT HARDWORKING AND INDUSTRIOUS, AND IS A FAMILY MAN.  HOWEVER WE HAVE HAD BLACK SHEEP.

 BUT DUE MOSTLY TO BEING, HARD DRINKERS.

 

AGAIN I DEVIATE, SO BACK TO JOHN & RHODA.  IN 1906 JOHN & RHODA'S FAMILY HAD GROWN TO HAVING APPROXIMATELY THIRTY GRAND-CHILDREN, FROM JOHN & RHODA THEIR EIGHT CHILDREN WHO SURVIVED TO ADULTS. SO THE FAMILY GREW AND PROSPERED.

JOHN & RHODA HOUSE ROTHERFIELD DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS IN THE BIOGRAPHY OF HIS GRANDDAUGHTER ELLA HARMAN  DAUGHTER OF JOHN & MARY HARMAN WHO LIVED NEXT DOOR TO HER GRANDFATHER.

 

COTTAGE HILL WAS SITUATED ALMOST A MILE FROM THE VILLAGE ON A HILL, APTLY CALLED COTTAGE HILL, WITH A FEW COTTAGES BUILT CLOSELY TOGETHER AND A PUBLIC HOUSE CALLED THE BREWER'S ARMS WHICH HAS LONG DISAPPEARED .IN ONE OF THE BEST HOUSES LIVED  JOHN & RHODA.  

THREE BEDROOMS, PARLOUR KITCHEN AND SCULLERY.  THE TWO LATTER HAVING UNEVEN BRICK FLOORS.  SHE ALSO DESCRIBES LATER THAT ATTACHED TO JOHN & RHODA'S COTTAGE WAS A LARGE BAKE-HOUSE WITH A BRICK BUILT OVEN AND A LARGE COPPER FOR WASHING.  THIS HER MOTHER MARY USED FOR BAKING ONCE A WEEK AND WASHING.

 

SO IN 1881 JOHN & RHODA WAS FAIRLY COMFORTABLY OFF, JOHN ALSO OWNED MOST OF THE ADJACENT FARMLAND AND IN ADDITION HIRED OTHER LOCAL FARMS FOR HIS SONS.

 

JOHN ALSO HIRED A STRETCH OF WOODLAND EACH YEAR FOR CUTTING FAGGOTS OF WOOD WHICH WAS THE MAIN SOURCE OF FUEL.

HE ALSO PAID MEN TO CUT THE WOOD AND MAKE UP FAGGOTS WITH THE THINNER WOOD AND THE THICKER WOOD TO BE SOLD AS BATS.

THE FAGGOTS AND BATS JOHN SOLD TO MANY OF THE VILLAGERS AND THE FAMLIY  INCLUDED.

 

ON THE FARM THAT JOHN OWNED WAS ALSO A HOP GARDEN BUT IN LATER YEARS THIS WAS SCRUBBED.

WATER WAS OBTAINED FROM A WELL IN JOHN & RHODA'S EARLY YEARS AT COTTAGE HILL BUT IN LATER YEARS PIPED WATER WAS AVAILABLE BUT NOT ABOVE A SINK, DUE TO INSUFFICIENT WATER PRESSURE AT THAT POINT IN TIME.

 

SAMUEL MARRIED EDITH KENT 2 APRIL 1877

WALTER WILLIAM MARRIED EMMA WINTERS IN 1881.

GEORGE MARRIED ELLEN PHILADELPHIA BROWN 1880.

ALFRED-JAMES WAS BY THIS TIME AGED 12 AND WAS NOT TO MARRY FOR A FURTHER TWELVE YEARS, TO KATE AKHURST IN 1897.

HIS PARENTS JOHN & RHODA’S WERE NOW AT THE AGE OF 55 WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ALFRED-JAMES ALL CHILDREN THAT SURVIVED TO ADULTHOOD HAD MARRIED.

SARAH ANN MARRIED TO CHARLES WALTERS WAS AT MOUNTFIELD, ROBERTS BRIDGE

FRANK MARRIED TO DORIS MOON BRICKLAYER AT PACKAMS HILL

JOHN MARRIED TO MARY BENSON BRICKLAYER AT COTTAGE HILL

SAMUEL MARRIED TO EDITH KENT CARPENTER AT COTTAGE HILL

WALTER WILLIAM MARRIED TO EMMA WINTERS AC/LABOURER AT PACKAMS HILL

GEORGE MARRIED TO ELLEN BROWN  AC/LABOURER AT CASTLE HILL

 

SO FROM 1885 JOHN & RHODA' CONTINUED WITH THEIR LIVES AT COTTAGE HILL.

 

IN THE YEAR 1895 SAMUEL THEIR SON AND HUSBAND OF SARAH EDITH KENT, DIED AT THE AGE OF THIRTY-NINE AT CANTERBURY HAVING MOVED THERE IN 1853 AND LEAVING EDITH AT 37 A WIDOW WITH NINE CHILDREN.

 

JOHN & RHODA'S WERE NOW AGED SIXTY-FIVE AND MUST HAVE BEEN BROKEN-HEARTED BY THE LOSS OF A SON AT THE AGE OF THIRTY-NINE.

TO DATE, RESEARCH HAS NOT YET ESTABLISHED HOW SAMUEL DIED. THE DEATH OF SAMUEL WAS PROBABLY JUST BEING ADJUSTED TO, WHEN JOHN & RHODA'S  SISTER-IN-LAW ANN HARMAN WIDOW OF BROTHER, THOMAS HARMAN, DIED AT THE AGE OF SEVENTY-EIGHT.

 

THIS MUST HAVE BEEN A TRAGIC LOSS TO JOHN & RHODA , AS ANN HAD BEEN A GOOD FRIEND AS WELL A LOVING 'SISTER TO RHODA AND HER BROTHER-IN-LAW JOHN. HARMAN.

 

ELLA MARY WAS AGED TWO WHEN SAMUEL DIED AND AGED FIVE WHEN HER GRANDMOTHER'S SISTER ANN HARMAN DIED.  THEREFORE NO REFERENCE IS MADE OF SAMUEL OR ANN IN HER BIOGRAPHY.

ELLA MARY HARMAN WAS TO MARRY SAMUEL AND EDITH KENT'S SON GEORGE HARMAN HER COUSIN IN 1916 AT THE AGE OF TWENTY-THREE.

 

GEORGE HER COUSIN AND FUTURE HUSBAND WAS AT THE TIME OF HIS FATHER SAMUEL'S DEATH AGED SIX.

 

ALSO ELLA MARY'S BROTHER ERNEST EDWARD WHO WAS BORN THE YEAR AFTER SAMUEL'S DEATH WAS TO MARRY HIS COUSIN KATE-RHODA HARMAN AGAIN THE DAUGHTER OF SAMUEL AND EDITH, SHE BEING APPROXIMATELY 2 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME OF HER FATHER SAMUEL'S DEATH.

 

AT THESE TIMES, THIS IS WHERE FAMILIES CLING TOGETHER FOR SUCCOUR AND SUPPORT.  TWO YEARS AFTER THE DEATH OF ANN HARMAN , MY GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER WILLIAM HARMAN, BROTHER AND MY GREAT GREAT UNCLE JOHN DIED AT THE AGE OF EIGHTY-TWO AT STONE-CROSS, NEAR ROTHERFIELD.

 

JOHN HARMAN BEING THE YOUNGEST SURVIVING SON OF JAMES AND MARIAH 1808 AND GRANDSON OF THOMAS AND HANNAH 1786 WAS PROBABLY THE LAST SURVIVOR AT THIS POINT IN TIME OF JAMES AND MARIAH'S CHILDREN, BUT IN NO WAY THE LAST OF THE HARMAN'S OF ROTHERFIELD WHICH WAS CONTINUING TO EXPAND, GROW AND PROSPER, REGARDLESS TO WHAT FATE OF LIFE'S CHALLENGES PROVIDED, IN THE PATTERN OF SURVIVAL.

 

IN 1907, AT THE AGE OF APPROXIMATELY SEVENTY-SEVEN RHODA, JOHN'S WIFE AND SISTER OF ANN HARMAN DIED.

 

IT IS NOW BELIEVED THAT THIS IS WHERE KATE-RHODA COMES BACK INTO THE STORY.  KATE, DAUGHTER OF SAMUEL, IT IS BELIEVED THEN KEPT HOUSE FOR HER GRANDFATHER. JOHN LIVING AT NO.1. COTTAGE HILL.

 

KATE NOW BEING AGED TWENTY-THREE APPROX. PREVIOUS TO RETURNING TO ROTHERFIELD; KATE HAD BEEN LIVING AT CANTERBURY WHERE HER FATHER & MOTHER SAMUEL AND EDITH HAD MOVED THREE YEARS PRIOR TO HIS DEATH.

 

OBVIOUSLY SAMUEL'S WIDOW EDITH AND HER CHILDREN MAINTAINED CONTACT WITH THE FAMILY AND KATE MAY WELL HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH JOHN AND RHODA PRIOR TO RHODA'S DEATH. IN THOSE DAY'S THE OLD WERE NOT PUT INTO THE WORKHOUSE UNLESS THE FAMILY WERE DESTITUTE OR NO SURVIVING CHILDREN WHO COULD AFFORD TO LOOK AFTER THEM.

 

JOHN WAS FAR FROM DESTITUTE AND COULD AFFORD TO PAY FOR BOARD AND LODGING IN HIS HOUSE FOR KATE AND POSSIBLY PAY HER A SMALL STIPEND.  WHAT WE KNOW IS JOHN CONTINUED TO LIVE FOR A FURTHER TEN YEARS AFTER THE DEATH OF HIS WIFE RHODA, WITH KATE LOOKING AFTER HIM.

 

THIS WAS NOT THE END OF FATE STRIKING AT THE HEART OF THE FAMILY, JOHN'S SNR: SON JOHN WHO HAD MARRIED MARY BENSON WAS TO SUFFER THE LOSS OF HIS WIFE MARY ON FEBRUARY 1ST 1910.

ELLA-MARY IN HER BIOGRAPHY DOES NOT SAY OF WHAT HER MOTHER DIED OF BUT MEMORIAL CARD STATES SHE FELL ASLEEP.

THIS MAY INDICATE SHE HAD BEEN ILL AND EVENTUALLY SUCCUMBED IN HER SLEEP.  KATE IN ALL PROBABILITY ASSISTED IN '(JOHN THE YOUNGER) HOUSE ALSO, ON THE DEATH OF MARY.

 

HENCE THE CLOSENESS OF KATE AND COUSIN ERNEST EDWARD, FOR IT WAS JOHN AND MARY'S SON GEORGE WHO SHE WAS TO MARRY.

 

JOHN HARMAN SNR: WAS NOW REACHING THE LAST YEARS OF HIS LIFE, BUT WAS STILL SEEING THE FAMILY GROW WITH THE MARRIAGES OF HIS GRANDCHILDREN AND HAVING GREAT GRANDCHILDREN.

 

WHILST LIVING WITH HER GRANDFATHER KATE MARRIED HER COUSIN ERNEST EDWARD IN 1912, SON OF JOHN AND MARY LIVING NEXT DOOR TO HER AND HER GRANDFATHER JOHN.

TWO YEARS AFTER THE MARRIAGE OF KATE TO ERNEST, WORLD WAR 1 COMMENCED WITH ALL THE HARMAN'S JOINING THE FORCES IN THE WAR WITH GERMANY.

 

JOHN SNR LIKE MANY OTHERS AT THIS TIME WAS SEEING SONS, GRANDSON AND GREAT GRANDSONS GOING OFF TO WAR.

PROBABLY LIKE MANY AT THAT TIME WITH PRIDE, NOT AWARE OF THE HORROR AND CARNAGE THAT WAS TO FOLLOW.

 

RESEARCH HAS HOWEVER ESTABLISHED THAT HARMAN'S KILLED IN THIS WAR WAS NEARLY NON-EXISTENT EXCEPT FOR WALTER WHICH IS ANOTHER STORY .BUT ONE LOST LIMBS AND SUFFERED FOR YEARS.

 

IN 1916 JOHN HARMAN SENIOR COMMENCED TO DECLINE AND AT THE AGE OF EIGHTY-EIGHT AND ON JULY 6TH 1917 JOHN HARMAN THE LAST OF JAMES AND MARIAH'S FAMILY AND GRANDSON OF THOMAS AND HANNAH DIED, PRIOR TO THE END OF WORLD WAR 1.

 

IN JOHN'S WILL HE NAMED THE FOLLOWING TRUSTEE'S.

SON'S JOHN THE YOUNGER, ALFRED JAMES YOUNGEST SON, DAUGHTER SARAH-ANN WIFE OF CHARLES WALTERS AND STATING THAT THEY LIVED AT MOUNTFIELD, ROBERTS BRIDGE AND GRANDDAUGHTER KATE HARMAN THE DAUGHTER OF MY DECEASED SON SAMUEL.

 

BASICALLY THE WILL DIVIDED BETWEEN SEVEN AND STATES THIS IN THE TERM ONE SEVENTH PART.  THE EXCEPTION BEING ALFRED-JAMES WHO WAS TO RECEIVE ONE SEVENTH PART LESS 25.00.

 

THIS A TYPICAL HARMAN JUDGEMENT AND FAIRNESS, THAT NO CHILD WITHIN A FAMILY SHOULD RECEIVE MORE THAN JUSTLY DUE, REGARDLESS TO FAVOURITISM.

 

MY OWN FATHER FREDERICK; JOSEPH HARMAN, INDICATED THE SAME IN HIS WILL ON MONIES GIVEN TO MY BROTHER'S DURING HIS LIFETIME  WHICH I HAD FORGOTTEN.

 

.JOHN ALSO INDICATES THAT HE HAS PROPERTY, RENTS, AS INCOME AND FARMLAND.

 

THE WILL WAS READ OUT TO BY THE SOLICITORS FOR JOHN WHO COULD NEITHER READ OR WRITE, BUT BEFORE SIGNING JOHN WAS ASTUTE ENOUGH TO INDICATED THAT DOCUMENT WAS NOT QUITE RIGHT.

 

 BUT THE YEAR FOURTEEN SHOULD BE FIFTEEN. I.E. 1915 NOT 1914 ON ALTERATION OF THE WORD FOURTEEN TO FIFTEEN, JOHN THEN MADE HIS MARK.

WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT FOR A MAN HE COULD NOT READ OR WRITE AND AGAIN SHOWED THE FORTUNE OF HAVING A TRADE PASSED DOWN FROM HIS GRANDFATHER THOMAS. & ALSO THE FORESIGHT OF HIS GREAT-GRANDFATHER GEORGE HARMAN

 

GEORGE HARMAN THE FARMER RECOGNISED THAT THE GENERAL SITUATION WITH REGARDS TO EARNING A LIVING FROM THE LAND FARMING WAS DETERIORATING.

 

HOWEVER HE ALSO RECOGNISED THE POTENTIAL OF THE BUILDING INDUSTRY, AND TO THIS END HE PUT THE TWIN BOYS JAMES, AND THOMAS TOO APPRENTICESHIPS.

 

CONSIDERING THAT WILLS IN THE 19TH CENTURY AND BEFORE WERE ONLY MADE BY FIVE PEOPLE IN A HUNDRED, WE HAVE BEEN VERY LUCKY IN OUR RESEARCH, MAINLY THROUGH THE EFFORT OF MY COUSIN PHILLIP JOHN HAMMOND, SON OF KATE HARMAN AND JOHN HAMMOND WHO HAS SPENT TIME AND EFFORT LOCATING AND OBTAINING WILLS OF HARMAN'S WHICH HAS SHOWN TO BE HIGHER THAN AVERAGE I.E. 75% OF 100%


 

FOLLOWING IS A NEWSPAPER REPORT IN THE SUSSEX AND KENT COURIER ON THE FUNERAL OF JOHN HARMAN YOUNGEST GRANDSON OF THOMAS HARMAN AND HANNAH AND YOUNGEST SON OF JAMES HARMAN AND MARIAH.

 

EXTRACT FROM THE KENT AND SUSSEX COURIER

DATED JULY 5TH, 1917

 

FUNERAL OF MR. JOHN HARMAN

 

THE FUNERAL TOOK PLACE ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE PARISH CHURCH. OF MR JOHN HARMAN WHO PASSED AWAY IN HIS EIGHTY-NINTH YEAR ON WEDNESDAY 27TH JUNE) AT 2, COTTAGE HILL, ROTHERFIELD

 

 MR. HARMAN HAD BEEN IN POOR HEALTH FOR THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS AND HIS DEATH WAS NOT UNEXPECTED.

 

HE WAS ONE OF THE OLDEST INHABITANTS OF THE VILLAGE IN WHICH HE WAS BORN AND WHERE FOR MANY YEARS HE CONDUCTED THE BUSINESS OF A FARMER AND BUILDER.

HIS WIFE DIED IN 1907 AND HE WAS BURIED IN THE SAME GRAVE. HE LEAVES SIX SONS AND ONE DAUGHTER AND TWENTY OF HIS GRANDSONS ARE SERVING IN THE ARMY OR NAVY. THE RECTOR (THE REVD. AH. THORNHILL) OFFICIATED AT THE FUNERAL AND THE FIRST PART OF THE SERVICE WAS HELD IN THE PARISH CHURCH.

 

THE CHIEF MOURNERS WERE: MR AND MRS FRANK HARMAN (SON AND DAUGHTER-IN-LAW),  MR JOHN HARMAN (SON) AND MISS S.  HARMAN (GRAND-DAUGHTER), MR AND MRS C. WALTERS OF MOUNTFIELD  ROBERTSBRIDGE (SON AND DAUGHTER-IN-LAW), MRS V. HARMAN (DAUGHTER-IN-LAW), MR AND MRS GEORGE HARMAN (SON AND DAUGHTER-IN-LAW), PRIVATE WALTER HARMAN (ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT), MR E. HARMAN, CADET 6. H. HARMAN, FLIGHT SGT. ARTHUR HARMAN, CPL. LEONARD HARMAN (ROYAL FLYING CORPS) AND MASTER A. HARMAN (GRANDSONS), MRS PAVY, MR W. LADE, MRS A.J. HOLMEWOOD. MRS E. HARMAN. MRS 6. H. HARMAN, HISS C. HARMAN, MRS LADE THE MISSES M AND N HARMAN (GRAND-DAUGHTERS)1 MR W. LADE AND MR A. AKEHURST (CROSS IN HAND). THE WREATHS ETC. WERE SENT BY ALF AND KATE, WALTER WIFE AND FAMILY, JOHN AND FAMILY, EM KATE AND BABS, GEORGE AND ELLEN, FRANK EDDIE AND MILLIE WITH DEEPEST SYMPATHY FROM HIS GRANDCHILDREN AT MARK CROSS, FRANK DORIS AND FAMILY, SALLY CHARLES  AND FAMILY,  ARTHUR HAROLD ERNEST LOUIE AND HARRY (GRANDCHILDREN) AND MRS SHIPTON, MR F. W. MOON. MESSRS MOON AND SON, ROTHERFIELD CARRIED OUT THE FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS.

 

IN THIS YEAR 1992 AND 77  YEARS AFTER THE DEATH AND BURIAL OF JOHN HARMAN, MY GREAT GREAT UNCLE, MANY CONTACT'S  HAS BEEN MADE WITH MANY OF HIS DESCENDANTS. FROM GRANDDAUGHTER ELLA-MARY STILL ALIVE TODAY AT THE AGE OF 94 WHO WILL BE 95 ON 18TH MARCH.

 TO FREDERICK JOSEPH GREAT GRANDSON IN ZEALAND.

MANY OTHERS WHOM I HAVE MET AND STILL LIVE IN ROTHERFIELD THE VILLAGE IN EAST SUSSEX WHERE THOMAS HARMAN AND HANNAH COMMENCED THE STORY OF THE HARMAN'S OF ROTHERFIELD.

 

I HAVE  INSERTED  THE BIOGRAPHY OF ELLEN MARY  DAUGHTER OF JOHN & MARY BENSON. HER MARRIAGE TO GEORGE HER COUSIN SON OF SAMUUEL  AND SARAH EDITH KENT.

 

THEIR DAUGHTER WHO I MET YVONNE STAMMERS .(NEE HARMAN)

IT WAS YVONNE THAT GAVE ME A COPY OF THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY. COMENCING WITH JOHN & MARY BENSON. SHEET & TREE 5/3B

 

RHODA MARTIN. Born 25 DEC 1829 ROTHERFIELD. Died 26 APR 1907 2, COTTAGE HILL ROTHERFIELD AGE 77. She was the

daughter of SAMUEL MARTIN and SARAH MARTIN ? .

 

She married JOHN HARMAN. Born 14 JAN 1829 ROTHERFIELD. Died 27 JUN 1917 2, COTTAGE HILL AGE 88. Children of

RHODA MARTIN and JOHN HARMAN are:

 

1. FRANK HARMAN. Born 6 JUL 1851 ROTHERFIELD. Died 2 FEB 1926 ROTHERFIELD  AGE 75.

2. JOHN HARMAN. Born 16 JAN 1853 ROTHERFIELD. Died 1 JAN 1931 No 2 COTTAGE HILL ROTHERFIELD AGE 78.

3. SARAH ANN HARMAN. Born 9 SEP 1854 ROTHERFIELD.

4. SAMUEL HARMAN. Born 8 SEP 1856 ROTHERFIELD. Died 3 OCT 1895 CANTERBURY AGE 39.

5. WALTER WILLIAM HARMAN. Born 15 NOV 1858 ROTHERFIELD. Died 6 AUG 1917 HIGH PARK COTTAGES ROTHERFIELD

AGE 58.

6. AMOS HARMAN. Born 24 OCT 1861 ROTHERFIELD. Died 4 NOV 1861 ROTHERFIELD.

7. OBEDIAH HARMAN. Born 6 JAN 1864 ROTHERFIELD. Died 31 JAN 1864 ROTHERFIELD.

8. RHODA HARRIET HARMAN. Born 29 JAN 1867 ROTHERFIELD. Died 9 AUG 1872 ROTHERFIELD AGE 5 DIPTHERIA.

9. ANN MARIA HARMAN. Born 18 AUG 1870 ROTHERFIELD. Died 12 AUG 1872 ROTHERFIELD AGE 2 DIPTHERIA.

10. GEORGE HARMAN. Born 30 OCT 1861 MAYFIELD. Died 2 SEP 1921 ROTHERFIELD AGE 59.

11. ALFRED JAMES HARMAN. Born 17 APR 1873 ST: DENYS ROTHERFIELD. Died 4 DEC 1957 ROTHERFIELD AGE 84.

 

Siblings of RHODA MARTIN

 

1. WILLIAM MARTIN. Born 1813 .

2. ANN MARTIN. Born 1820 ROTHERFIELD. Died 20 JAN 1898 ROTHERFIELD AGE 78.

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