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Notes for Isaac L "Ike" HARNESS


Three children were attributed to Ike and Sarah from 1864-1868 but none were ever recorded with them in any census.

Residences & events:

Neighbors, the McPheeters, captured activities in the area in letters:

2/15/1863 Amid discussion of those in the war and visits by civilians, "Sarah Harness has give out going to see Ike until warm weather." From this it may be concluded that Ike also served for awhile in the war efforts.

5/30/1863, "Ike Harness is going to buy the place that Enoch Purvis lived on when he enlisted (for the Civil War). I saw Ike a few days ago he looks quite well and is very fleshy. I wish you could see what a great chane Ikes coming home has made in Sarah, she dont seem like the same person, she is so lively, gay and happy."

And again on 6/4/1863 "Ike Harness has bought of Squire Purvis the place Enoch Purvis was living on when he volunteered, and will move on it in a few days. It was rented to Mr. Philips....Ike bought out his time this morning and Mr. Philips will move into two immediately."

12/13/1863 "Miss Ellen (Miley) & I (Anna Rankin) are going up to the Harnesses to stay all night this week."

6/14/1870 City of Fulton, Calloway Co, MO. The census listed Isaac, 55, as a RR laborer without property. Sarah was 30, born VA (?). Living with the couple wre Jackson Tucker, 14, laborer, Lafayette Tucker, 12, both born IL; Mary Grisby, 20, Eliza Grisby, 22, and James H Grisby, 4 months. The Grisbys were black but not recorded as servants.

6/22/1880 Lamar Twp, Barton Co, MO. That year at census time Isaac was a 68 year old farmer. Sarah was 51 and again they had extras in the house, Richared and Samuel Loringo, 30 and 28 respectively, both laborers. Next door was Lafayett Tucker, 21, from the previous census.

His place of birth depends on which census record is being read.
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