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History and Genealogy
and particularly of the descendants of
George and Michael Harlan
Who Settled in Chester County, Pa., 1687
The following information for the first generations of Harlan(d)s is quoted from the
"History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family" by Alpheus Harlan. The numbering
system also follows that which is in the book. The book is no longer
available but can be
Preface by Alpheus H. Harlan- "This book had its beginning in the Fall of 1881. I
made a visit in September of that year to several of my father's cousins in order to learn
from them something of the life and history of my great-grandfather Harlan. I knew little
of my ancestors at that time, but found there several old letters and records which
contained much that I had wanted to know. It became my desire, then, to trace my own line
back to an immigrant ancestor, and, later, to set down in permanent form all that could be
learned concerning the family. That desire of so long ago has culminated in the present
"No one, unless he has attempted a similar task, can have an adequate conception
of the work thus involved. There were seventeen children born to George and Micheal
Harlan. Of Deborah, the third daughter of George, we know little more than that she
married one Joshua Calvert; further trace of the family has been lost. Solomon, the fifth
son of Micheal, died unmarried. So it remained to follow the subsequent history of fifteen
families, and though some of the lines are incomplete, most or them will be found to be
"In 1887, two hundred years after George and Micheal had come to America, the
family assembled at Birmingham Park, near Philadelphia. There they effected a permanent
organization which was named " The Association of the Descendants of George and
Micheal Harlan in the United States." It has held fourteen reunions, some of the most
important of which have been at Richmond, Ind., 1888; West Chester, Pa., 1897; Mt.
Pleasant, Iowa , 1899; Union City, Ind., 1900; and again in Richmond in 1912. It has been
the means whereby members of the family have learned to know and to keep in touch with
each other, and it has been of great assistance in the preparation of the present work.
"The information herein contained has been gathered from many sources. Old wills,
marriage certificates, Friends' Meeting records, newspapers, and hundreds of letters have
been read and reread in order to obtain from them some information which would be of use.
Often one name has been the means of bringing together many families, and often one letter
has opened a field requiring months of work to fully explore.
"The compiling of this history has been to me from the first a labor of love and
of fascination and a work that I could not lay aside. I have been aided in it by countless
relatives and friends, and to all of them, though many have long since passed away, my
heartfelt gratitude must be expressed.
"After a third of a century of almost continuous endeavor, I am handing this work
to my people for their approval. I do it with the earnest prayer that the present and
future generations shall strive hard to uphold the standards as set and maintained by
James HARLAND #1 was born about 1625 in Bishoprick, Durham, England. He died in
England. He was buried in England. From "History and Genealogy of the Harlan
Family" by Alpheus Harlan- "James Harland, Yeoman and member of the Episcopal
Church, was b. about the year 1625 in the "Bishoprick, Nigh Durham, England,"
and is the earliest paternal ancestor known to the family in America bearing the name
Harlan. He lived and d. an Englishman, and was bur. upon English soil, no one to-day knows
where. Tradition says that the name of his father was William.
"That James Harland was married according to the usages of the Established Church
there is no doubt. That his children were baptized and recorded therein is fully
established by the fact that the earliest record we have of his son, George, is that he
was "Baptised at the Monastery Monkwearmouth* in Oald England." We have no
record giving the name of the wife and mother. So far as is known, James Harland was the
father of three sons:
"*Monkwearmouth Monastery was founded by Benedict Biscop in the year A.D.672. It
is situated in a town of the same name in the east division of Chester, County Durham, and
one-half mile north of Sunderland. It receives its name from its location near the mouth
of the river Wear. Burned and plundered time and again, only the tower and some detached
parts of the church remain of the once celebrated monastery. In 1790 the parish registers,
with the exception of some of the late records, were destroyed by fire, and it is probable
that information of untold value perished in the flames."
James HARLAND #1 had the following children:
i. Thomas HARLAND
ii. George HARLAN
4 iii. Michael HARLAN
2. Thomas HARLAND was born about 1648 in Bishoprick, Durham, England. He was
buried in Lurgan Parish, Armagh, Ireland. From "History and Genealogy of the Harlan
Family" by Alpheus Harlan- "Thomas Harland, Yeoman, Friend, b. "Nigh
Durham, in Bishoprick, England, where he remained until early manhood, when with his
brothers and others he crossed over into Ireland and located in the Parish of Donnahlong,
County Down. It is supposed that he remained there during life, and that he was buried in
the burying grounds at Lurgan Meeting House, County Armagh. He m. 2, 7, 1680, by ceremony
of Friends at Lurgan Meeting, held then "at the house of Francis Robson," in the
Parish of Sego, County Armagh, Katherine Bullock (Friend), b.----, d. 3 mo.1690, County
Down, a daughter of George Bullock, of the Parish of Donnahlong. They were parents of one
son Ananias, and of four daughters, Rebecca, Patience, Christian, and Katherine.
"Thomas m. second, 11, 8, 1702 Ailice ffoster, of "Lisnegarvy, at Richard
Boyes house, Ballinderry Meeting, County of Armagh. They were the parents of two sons,
James and Thomas, and one daughter, Abigail.
"We find the names of George Harland, Alphonsus Kirk, etc., among the signers to
Thomas Harland's first marriage certificate, but it seems that this brother did not
venture to cast his lot in the new world. So far as we can learn he remained in Ireland;
we find his descendants, some fifty years later, crossing into Pennsylvania, and settling
in Chester County. The further line of Thomas Harland, obtained too late to be inserted
here, will be found given in the appendix."
He was married to Katherine BULLOCK on 7 Apr 1680 in Parish Sego, Armagh, Ireland.
Thomas HARLAND #2 and Katherine BULLOCK had the following children:
i. Ananias HARLAND
ii. Rebecca HARLAND
iii. Patience HARLAND
iv. Christian HARLAND
v. Katherine HARLAND
He was married to Alice FOSTER on 8 Jan 1702/3 in Ballinderry Meet, Armagh, Ireland.
Alice FOSTER was born. Thomas HARLAND #2 and Alice FOSTER had the following children:
i. James HARLAND
ii. Thomas HARLAND
iii. Abigail HARLAND
3. George HARLAN was born in 1650. He was christened on 11 Mar 1650 in
Monkwearmouth, Durham, England. He died in Jul 1714 in Kennet, Chester, Pennsylvania. He
was buried in Jul 1714 in Center Meeting Burying Grounds, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
From "History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family" by Alpheus Harlan-
"George Harlan, Yeoman, "Ye sone of James Harland of Monkwearmouth, was Baptised
at the Monastery of Monkwearmouth in Oald England, ye 11th Day of First Month 1650."
He was b. "Nigh Durham in Bishoprick, England," and remained there until he
reached manhood, when, in company with his brother and others, he crossed into Ireland and
located in the County Down. While residing there he m. by ceremony of Friends, 9, 17,
1678, Elizabeth Duck. George Harlan* brought his family to America in 1687, and the nine
years intervening were without doubt spent in the above named-parish and county, and
there, too, in all probability, his first four children were born. He d. in "Fifth
Month" (July), 1714, and was buried beside his "deare wife in the new burying
grounds on Alphonsus Kirk's land,"which was afterwards, and is yet, Center Meeting
Burying Grounds. George and Elizabeth were parents of nine children:
"*After coming to America George and Michael Harland dropped the final
"d" and the name is almost universally spelled Harlan."
Alphaeus Harlan citing the Marriage Book of Lurgan Mo.Mtg., p.91: "George Harland,
of Parish of Donahlong, Co. Down, Ireland, and Elizabeth Duck, of Lurgan, Parish of
Shankill, Co.Armagh, were married "at the house of Marke Wright in ye Parish of
Shankill," 9 Mo. 17, 1678.
Signers to the certificate: Henry Hollingsworth, Wm.Porter, George Harland, John
Calvert, Timothy Kirk, Elizabeth Harland, Roger Kirk, Alphonsus Kirk, Robert Hoope, Elinor
Hoope, Deborah Kirk, Thomas Harland
Alphaeus Harlan citing Wm Stockdale's "A Great Cry of Oppression."-
"George Harland had taken from him for Tithe, by Daniel Mac Connell...twelve stooks
and a half of Oats, three stooks and a half of Barley, and five loads of Hey, all worth
ten shillings ten pence."
"No certificate of the membership of George Harland with Friends is upon record,
but his marriage certificate shows us that at that time he was a member, and as early as
"Tenth Month" (December), of 1687, was placed upon committees of responsibility
in Friends' affairs in his new neighborhood. At the time of his residence in Ireland,
William Penn was urging Friends of England to become settlers upon his lands, cautioning
them, however, against "leaving their own country out of idle curiosity or of a
rambling disposition." But names signed above we find later in the new world, and, as
we have seen, George was buried upon "Alphonsus Kirk's land." So they were not
without friends when they made their settlement near the Delaware.
"In the early months of the year 1687, in company with his wife and four children,
and his brother Michael, then unmarried, he took hip at Belfast for America. They had
bought lands before coming * which were within that part of the Province of Pennsylvania
now embraced in the County of New Castle. Ascending the river Delaware they landed at the
town of New Castle (now in Delaware State), and seettled near the present town of
Centreville. Here the elder brother remained for some years, and about 1698/99, having
purchased higher up the Brandywine Creek, he moved his family and settled in what is now
** Pennsbury Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
*"From the old warrants granted "within the County of New Castle, on
Delaware,: we learn that "George Harland" and "James & Thomas
Harlin" purchased lands there in the summer of 1686, and that "James
Harland" did likewise in January of 1701.
**"It was then in Kennett, but later the township was subdivided."
More information to be found on pages 4 - 7 in Alphaeus Harlan's book.
He was married to Elizabeth DUCK (daughter of Ezekeliah DUCK and Hannah HOOPE) on 17
Sep 1678 in , Down Co., Ireland. Elizabeth DUCK was born on 5 May 1660 in Shankill,
Armagh, Ireland. Lurgan Parish She died before 1714. George HARLAN #3 and Elizabeth DUCK
had the following children:
i. Ezekiel HARLAN
ii. Hannah HARLAN
iii. Moses HARLAN
iv. Aaron HARLAN
v. Rebecca HARLAN
vi. Deborah HARLAN
vii. James HARLAN
viii. Elizabeth HARLAN
ix. Joshua HARLAN
4. Michael HARLAN was born about 1660 in Bishoprick, Durham, England. He died in
Jun 1729 in London Grove, Chester Co., Pennsylvania. From "History and Genealogy of
the Harlan Family" by Alpheus Harlan- "Yeoman, Friend, was b. "Nigh Durham,
in Bishoprick, England, about the year 1660," and in early life em. with his brothers
into Ireland and settled with them in the County of Down. Here he remained until 1687,
when he accompanied his brother George to America. "And ye beginning of ye yeare
1690," Michael Harlan m. Dinah Dixon, "ye Daughter of Henry Dixon and settled
first Neer ye Senter Meeting House." They afterward removed into London Grove Twp.,
where Michael d. "Foruth Month: (June), 1729, and was bur. in Friends' Burying
Grounds. His wife was doubtless bur.there also."
More information on pages 7 - 11 in Alphaeus Harlan's book.
He was married to Dinah DIXON (daughter of Henry DIXON and Rose) in Jan 1690 in Newark
Meeting, New Castle, Delaware. Dinah DIXON was born about 1668 in Sego, Armagh, Ireland.
Michael HARLAN #4 and Dinah DIXON had the following children:
i. George HARLAND
ii. Abigail HARLAN
iii. Thomas HARLAN
iv. Stephen HARLAN
v. Michael HARLAN
vi. Solomon HARLAN
vii. James HARLAN
viii. Dinah HARLAN
5. Ezekiel HARLAN was born on 16 Jun 1679 in Down County, Northern Ireland. He
was married to Mary BEEZER in 1700 in Chichester Monthly Meeting, Delaware Co, PA. Ezekiel
HARLAN #5 and Mary BEEZER had the following children:
22 i. William HARLAN
He was married to Ruth BUFFINGTON in 1705/6 in Kennett Twp, Chester County,
Pennsylvania. Ezekiel HARLAN #5 and Ruth BUFFINGTON had the following children:
i. Ezekiel HARLAN
ii. Mary HARLAN
iii. Elizabeth HARLAN
iv. Joseph HARLAN
v. Ruth HARLAN
vi. Benjamin HARLAN was born on 7 Aug 1729. He died in Aug
1752 in at sea.
6. Hannah HARLAN was born on 4 Feb 1681 in Ireland. She was married to Samuel
HOLLINGSWORTH in 1701. Samuel HOLLINGSWORTH was born on 27 Jan 1673 in Belfast, Northern
Ireland. He died in Nov 1748 in , Chester, Pennsylvania. He was buried in Birmingham,
Chester, Pennsylvania. He was one of the 11 commissioners appointed in 1728 to run the
line between Chester Co. and newly formed Lancaster Co. In 1735, he owned land and lived
near George Harlan, on west side of Brandywine, 5 or 6 miles from Willminton. Hannah
HARLAN #6 and Samuel HOLLINGSWORTH had the following children: 29
i. Enoch HOLLINGSWORTH 30
ii. John HOLLINGSWORTH 31
iii. Samuel HOLLINGSWORTH 32
iv. George HOLLINGSWORTH died before 1748. 33 v. Betty HOLLINGSWORTH
7. Moses HARLAN was born on 20 Dec 1683 in Ireland. He died in 1747 in Lancaster
County, Pennsylvania. He was married to Margaret RAY in 1712 in Newark Meeting, New
Castle, Delaware. Moses HARLAN #7 and Margaret RAY had the following children:
34 i. Mary HARLAN
35 ii. Rebecca HARLAN
8. Aaron HARLAN was born on 24 Oct 1685 in Down County, Northern Ireland. He
died in Sep 1752. He was married to Sarah HEALD in 1713 in Newark Meeting, New Castle,
Delaware. Aaron HARLAN #8 and Sarah HEALD had the following children:
i. Charity HARLAN
ii. George HARLAN
iii. Mary HARLAN
iv. Elizabeth HARLAN
v. Samuel HARLAN
vi. Aaron HARLAN
vii. Jacob HARLAN was born in 1726. He died in Kennet, Chester,
9. Rebecca HARLAN was born on 17 Aug 1688 in Centreville, Delaware. She died on
17 Aug 1775. She was married to William WEBB on 22 Jan 1709/10 in Kennet, Chester,
Pennsylvania. William WEBB died in 1753 in Kennet, Chester, Pennsylvania. He was a Justice
of the Peace, member of the Assembly, active in public affairs. Rebecca HARLAN #9 and
William WEBB had the following children:
i. William WEBB
10. Deborah HARLAN was born on 28 Aug 1690 in Centreville, Delaware. She was
married to Joshua CALVERT in 1709 in Kennet, Chester, Pennsylvania.
11. James HARLAN was born on 19 Aug 1692 in New Castle County, Delaware. He was
buried in Hopewell Meeting Grounds, Frederick, Virginia. James Harlan, Friend, yeoman, was
born August 19th, 1692, in New Castle County, now in Delaware. James died, it is said, in
Frederick County, MD, but probably in Frederick County, VA. James is probably buried at
Hopewell Meeting House in Frederick County, VA. In the year 1715, while yet a resident of
Kennett Township, Chester County, PA., James Harlan was married by a priest, contrary to
the usages of the Society of Friends, to Elizabeth, who was also a member of that society.
James and Elizabeth settled upon a farm given him by his father, by a deed dated ≥6th day
of first month called March 1713 for 200 acres, the consideration and location being≤
Consideration of ye natural affection and paternal love, which he hath & doth bear
unto his beloved Son and also for good causes & valuable considerations given him at
this time present more especially here unto moveing. Situated within ye limits of ye Manor
of Staneing on ye south side of ye Brandywine Creek in ye County of Chester. James and
Elizabeth had ten children: (It is not known if the children after Jacob are in the
correct order.) He was married to Elizabeth in 1715 in Kennet, Chester, Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth was born on 9 Oct 1694 in New Castle County, Delaware. James HARLAN #11 and
Elizabeth had the following children:
i. John HARLAN
ii. George HARLAN
iii. James HARLAN
iv. Phillip HARLAN died in 1723/24. He was born on 21 Sep
v Jacob HARLAN
vi. Stephen HARLAN
vii. Moses HARLAN
viii. Aaron HARLAN
ix. Hannah HARLAN
x. Elizabeth HARLAN died infancy.
12. Elizabeth HARLAN was born on 9 Aug 1694 in New Castle County, Delaware. She
was buried in Old Kennet Meeting House, Chester, Pennsylvania. She was married to Joseph
ROBINSON on 12 Sep 1712. Joseph ROBINSON was born. He was buried in Old Kennet Meeting
House, Chester, Pennsylvania. Somewhere I read that Ann had a sister Catherine Elizabeth
HARLAN #12 and Joseph ROBINSON had the following children:
i. George ROBINSON
ii. Ann ROBINSON
iii. Rebecca ROBINSON
iv. Rachel ROBINSON
v. Mary ROBINSON
vi. Martha ROBINSON
vii. Ruth ROBINSON was born on 29 Nov 1727.
13. Joshua HARLAN was born on 15 Nov 1696 in Centreville, Delaware. He died in
May 1744. Settled on 200 acres on Brandwine given him by his father. Remained there durng
his life. Left estate valued at L537, 04s 8d. He was married to Mary HEALD. Mary HEALD was
born on 15 Oct 1697 in Adsworth, Cheshire, England. She was buried in Friends Burying
Grounds, Old Kennett, Chester, Pennsylvania. Joshua HARLAN #13 and Mary HEALD had the
i. Deborah HARLAN was born on 15 Nov 1720. She died
in Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware.
ii. Joseph HARLAN was born on 17 May 1723. He died on 22 Dec
iii. Joshua HARLAN was born on 17 Apr 1726. He died on 11 Sep
iv. Samuel HARLAN was born on 1 Nov 1730. He died on 26 Nov
v. Sarah HARLAN died in 1749.
vi. Rebecca HARLAN
vii. Caleb HARLAN
14. George HARLAND was born on 4 Oct 1690. He died in 1732.
George HARLAND #14 and Mary (Stewart) BAILY had the following children:
i. John HARLAND
ii. Rebecca HARLAND
iii. Dinah HARLAN
iv. Hannah HARLAND
v. Joel HARLAND
vi. Michael HARLAND
vii. George HARLAND
15. Abigail HARLAN was born on 23 Nov 1692. Abigail HARLAN #15 and Richard
FLOWER had the following children:
i. Thomas FLOWER was born on 27 Oct 1725. He died
in Aug 1755 in London Grove, Chester Co., Pennsylvania.
ii. Mary FLOWER was born on 14 Oct 1727.
iii. Richard FLOWER
iv. Dinah FLOWER was born on 27 Oct 1732. She died in Nov 1758 in
London Grove, Chester Co., Pennsylvania.
16. Thomas HARLAN was born on 24 Jun 1694. He died in Feb 1745/46. He was
married to Mary CARTER (daughter of Robert CARTER and Lydia WALLEY) in 1720. Thomas HARLAN
#16 and Mary CARTER had the following children:
i. Isaac HARLAN
ii. Abigail HARLAN
iii. Thomas HARLAN
iv. Lydia HARLAN
v. Ann HARLAN
vi. Susanna HARLAN
17. Stephen HARLAN was born on 16 Feb 1697. Stephen HARLAN #17 and Hannah CARTER
had the following children:
i. Henry HARLAN
ii. Hannah HARLAN
iii. Stephen HARLAN
18. Michael HARLAN was born on 7 Apr 1699. Hannah MARIS was born on 8 Aug 1702.
Michael HARLAN #18 and Hannah MARIS had the following children:
i. David HARLAN
ii. Caleb HARLAN
iii. Michael HARLAN died in 1814/15 in Harford County, Maryland.
iv. Stephen HARLAN
v. Sarah HARLAN
vi. Silas HARLAN
19. Solomon HARLAN was born on 7 Dec 1701. He died in Feb 1732.
20. James HARLAN was born on 19 Oct 1703 in Kennet, Chester, Pennsylvania. He
was married to Susanna OBORN on 19 Oct 1733. James HARLAN #20 and Susanna OBORN had the
i. Betty HARLAN
ii. Solomon HARLAN
iii. Ebenezer HARLAN was born in 1738. He died in 1769.
iv. Henry HARLAN
v. Ann HARLAN
vi. Susanna HARLAN was born on 31 Aug 1750. She died on 9
Jul 1822 in Baltimore, MD.
21. Dinah HARLAN was born on 23 Aug 1707 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She
died on 7 Apr 1763 in London Grove, Chester Co., Pennsylvania. She was buried in Friends
Burying Grounds, London Grove, Chester, Pennsylvania. "Born ye 23rd Day of ye 8th mo
1707 about ye 10th hour at night.; d. 4, 7, 1763" She was married to Thomas GREGG
(son of John GREGG and Elizabeth COOK(E)) on 20 Feb 1729 in New Garden Meeting House,
Chester, Pennsylvania. Thomas GREGG was born in 1701 in New Castle County, Delaware. He
died on 1 Sep 1748 in Kennet, Chester, Pennsylvania. "Thomas Gregg inherited from his
father 200 acres of land on Red Clay Creek in New Castle County, Delaware, but he chose to
settle at Kennett Square, Chester County, Pennsylvania. In the early years of the 1740's
he bought extensive acreage in Loudoun County, Virginia, which went at his death to his
eldest son Michael but which, by an exchange of deeds, was eventually divided between
Michael and his brothers John, Thomas, and Stephen, all of whom settled in Loudoun
County." Dinah HARLAN #21 and Thomas GREGG had the following children:
i. Mary GREGG
ii. Michael GREGG
iii. John GREGG
iv. Thomas GREGG
v. Lydia GREGG
vi. Dinah GREGG
vii. Amy GREGG
ix. Abigail GREGG.