Matthew Harmer

Matthew Harmer

Male 1810 - 1897  (86 years)    Has 17 ancestors and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Matthew Harmer  [1
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 24 Dec 1810  Brightling, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 20 Jan 1811  Brightling, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 May 1897  Dodge City, Ripley Township, Dodge Co, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I103412  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2009 

    Mother Sarah Harmer,   b. 10 Aug 1777, Salehurst Parish, East Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F41829  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Skinner,   b. 24 May 1815,   d. 26 Feb 1906, Dodge City, Ripley Township, Dodge Co, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 24 Dec 1832  Brightling, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Harriet Harmer,   b. 31 Dec 1832, Brightling, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1916, Fairbanks, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. Marie Harmer,   b. 3 Aug 1834, Brightling, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Ann Harmer,   b. 28 Jan 1836, Brightling, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1888, Grove Township, Taylor Co, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     4. Matthew Harmer, II,   b. 9 Jun 1837, Brightling, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1919, Edgerton, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     5. Henry Harmer,   b. 9 Jul 1839, Brightling, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1906, Randolph, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     6. Thomas Harmer,   b. 8 May 1841, Brightling, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1928, Denver, CO? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     7. John Harmer,   b. 17 Apr 1843, Brightling, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1921, Claremont, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     8. Mary Harmer,   b. 7 Sep 1844, Brightling, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1927  (Age 83 years)
     9. William Harmer,   b. 4 May 1846, Brightling, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1934, Long Beach, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     10. James Harmer,   b. 9 Apr 1847, Brightling, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1915  (Age 67 years)
     11. Catherine Harmer,   b. 1 Mar 1850,   d. 1852, Green Lake Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     12. Herbert Harmer,   b. 4 Mar 1852, Green Lake Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1926, Cannon Falls, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     13. George Washington Harmer,   b. 20 Feb 1854, Marquette Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1926, Dodge Center, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     14. Albert Alonzo Harmer,   b. 5 Aug 1855, Fox River, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1949, Claremont, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     15. Jesse Harmer,   b. 18 Feb 1857, Staughton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1951, Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     16. Jane Harmer,   b. 3 Feb 1858, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1928, Dodge Center, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     17. Richard Harmer,   b. 28 Mar 1859, Fox River, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1932, Santa Ana, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F41844  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Emigrated to the U.S. in 1849.
      Possibly sheltered Fannie Harmer after she had her illegitimate son Charles.
      Deported from England as the church was tired of supporting him.

      Dodge Center, MN which is in Dodge Co. It is located in SE Minnesota, prob. 80 or 90 miles from the twin cities, not to far from Rochester in an area of rich farm land. Matthew's and Mary's 17 children included 11 boys so they had plenty of help on their farm and thus that helped toward success. You may know that they probably left England under duress, ie, the church parish was tired of supporting the family as in those day that kind of thing was handled by the church and not the government. We have a copy of the document where the congregation borrowed 50 pounds from the minister to pay for the family's passage to America. It is assumed that Matthew was given the choice of going - or going off the dole. They had 10 children by that time. Apparently he made a good decision.

      Anyway, Dodge Co is probably 80 or 90 miles south and east of the twin cities
      and further from Fergus Falls. Back when Fannie was having Charles Woodhouse the M & M family were on the farm near Dodge Center with perhaps a few of the children still living at home but many having married and moved on. Records show that some stayed in the Dodge Center area but several moved to other states such as Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. To our knowledge none settled in the twin city area. That came in the next generation with my uncles and aunts (early 1900's).

      John Sayers theory certainly sounds plausible however.

  • Sources 
    1. [S204] Harmers of Sussex Vol II Salehurst Roots, Gill Price, ed. HFA Newsletter, Keath Cowell, U.S. Sec. HFA, (Harmer Family Association (One Name Society), 37 Lache Park Ave, Chester CH4 8HS England, June 1990 , ISBN 0 9513794 2 9, Repository: COMMWELL@aol.com).


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