The Harlan Family in America is a non-profit association formed in 1987 to perpetuate
and promote the Harlan family heritage and genealogy. Most Harlans/ Harlands/ Harlins
alive today are direct descendants of George or Michael Harland who emigrated from England
and Ireland or from Thomas Harland who remained in Ireland. The family genealogy is
documented in "The History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family" by Alpheus Harlan
originally published in 1914.
These original Harlans were Quakers and came to the new world seeking religious
freedom. They arrived at William Penn's Colony at New Castle, Delaware in
1687. Since that time their descendants have multiplied, diversified and spread
across the United States. For more than 310 years, they have managed to stay
together as a family by maintaining a family organization, publishing a newsletter,
The Harlan Record, and holding national family reunions. Further information on these subjects is
available on this site.
Other Harlans have immigrated to the United States in later years from England,
Ireland, and Germany. We welcome the addition of their descendants to our extended
We assume no responsibility for the authenticity or accuracy of any material referred
to in this web site or any other material that might be made available by the
association. The following sites are made available to those interested in learning
more about our family; those interested in doing research in genealogy; and those in our
family interested in contacting others through e-mail.
Contributions to the association are not tax-deductible.
Harlan Family Web Site Staff Members
This site was established by The Harlan Family in America in October, 1997. Our staff
Fred Harlan, Site Coordinator
Kurt Harlan, Website Technical Advisor
Ken Harlan, Webmaster
Cynthia Rhoades, Genealogy Director
The staff continually strives to improve and expand its contents and invites you to
voice your comments and opinions. Please address your views to
Seeking Newsletter Input
Many members of the Harlan Family have been (or could be) featured in human
interest stories. Please send accounts of Harlans involved in good
deeds, adventures, service, etc. to: C.J. King
John Robert Harlan
1928 - 2014
The Harlan Family in America lost a family member when John Robert
Harlan passed away on January 3. John was an active member of the Board
of Directors and former officer. He served as the associationís
treasurer for 25 years.
He was born in Hagerstown, IN, the son of George and Mary Hilts Harlan.
He received a B.A. degree from Wabash College, Class of 1950, and became
project manager for Bullock Construction Company until 1952. He enlisted
in the U.S. Army in 1952, was commissioned a 2nd Lt. Corps of Engineers
in 1953. He retired a Lieutenant Colonel in 1972. His decorations
include Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Army Commendation medal, the
Meritorious Service medal and others.
John married Annette Duggan
in 1960 and has lived in Augusta, Ga since 1970. He was a member of the
Aldersgate United Methodist Church and an Eagle Scout.
survived by his wife Annette, daughters Nancy Harlan Gooding (Bill) of
Evans, Ga and Jane Harlan Beson of Summerville, S.C. He was preceded in
death by his son Matthew Duggan Harlan.
Johnís full obituary is
published in the