Harmon H. Hartman

Male 1758 - 1811  (53 years)


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  • Name Harmon H. Hartman 
    Nickname Herman 
    Born 1758  Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 8 May 1781  Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    American Revolution (US)
    1781 Private Capt Peter Kooken's Co.
    1784, 3rd Battalion Northampton Co.
    commanded by Col. Peter Trexler. 
    Military Service 1798  Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Fries's Rebellion
    (aka Direct House Tax of 1798) 
    • "Fries's Rebellion: The Enduring Struggle for the American Revolution" By Paul Douglas Newman.
      “The Fries Rebellion 1798-1799” By W.W.H.Davis, pp.51-66
      "John Fries Rebellion" By James R. Mann http://www.jamesmannartfarm.com/friesreb1.html

      Newman, p.105
      In January 1799 when two assessors came to his home of Revolutionary War veteran, wheat farmer, and successful miller, Herman Hartman. Hartman gave the two a similar welcome, explaining that "he had his gun ready," that he and his Macungie neighbors were prepared, and that if "forced" they would "cut off the heads of those Stampers." The two men then jotted Hartman's name down under Heverly's and determined to try one more house down the road.

      Newman, p.106
      Like tavernkeepers, millers such as Engelman and Herman Hartman assisted in coordinating resistance, as did families, preachers, militia captains, and associates. Farmers came to millers regularly to process their wheat and rye and Engelman and Hartman stored it for them and likely traded it at Allentown just a few miles away, where it began a journey down the Lehigh River past Easton, and down the Delaware to Philadelphia, and then on out to the national and international markets. Engelman and Hartman would have credited the farmers' deposits and then traded back to them flour for their bread, lumber for their homes, and barns, and some cash to purchase manufactured farm implements, leather goods, glass, clothing, and the like from local producers and the international markets. Millers were the center of the farmers' world. Who better to coordinate the opposition?

      Davis, pp.51-66
      Herman Hartman was arrested in Macungie on March 6 along with a few others and led them to Bethlehem. While there, John Fries heard of the arrests in Millerstown (Macungie) and with others made their way to Bethlehem to join Capt. Jarrett for a fight for the release of their neighbors. It was a very tense situation in Bethlehem and after some serious threats, the Judge and Marshall agreed that the prisoners be released to spare any bloodshed. Herman and the other went back to Northampton County. However, it was apparently short lived.

      Newman, p.154
      On March 20, two days after the meeting at Conrad Mark's tavern, "some of the most violent opposers of the law" from Millerstown, Macungie Township in (then) Northampton County - the center of the resistance- voluntarily surrendered themselves to authorities in Philadelphia. Herman Hartman, Adam Stephan, and Henry Shankweiler all delivered themselves peacefully to Judge Peters.

      The trial of John Fries and the others involved in the rebellion (including Herman Hartman) began April 11, 1799. However, after evidence was introduced of a juror guilty of prejudice a mistrial was declared in May 1799. Herman Hartman was asked to testify against the juror Rhodes, having heard after the juror was summoned saying that Fries should be hung. Rhodes of course denied this in court. The judge ended up calling for a new trail. The new trial began in October, after a yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia that summer. By May 1800 all trails had concluded with all but one of the 41 men in trial found guilty. Harman Hartman of Macungie was sentenced, May 2nd, to 6 months in prison and fine $150 ($3,000 today, 2018) for conspiracy, rescue and unlawful assembly. John Fries and two others were sentenced to be executed on May 23rd. However, two days before the execution President Adams pardoned the three and all other men who had been sentenced (including Herman Hartman).

      “Fries was the scapegoat of the times. Someone had to pay the price for this insurrection, and Fries was the man. This tax was unwarranted and there never was a war with France. The tax money was never returned to the people and it is not surprising that this whole area voted against Adams and for Jefferson.”- James R. Mann
    Trials of John Fries 1799-1800
    Trials of John Fries 1799-1800
    See Page 252 for Harmon's testimony regarding the allegations that led to the mistrial (John Fries' first trial)
    Died 01 Jun 1811  North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Greenmount Cemetery, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Harmon and Susannah(Dippy) Hartman
    Harmon and Susannah(Dippy) Hartman
    Harmon's marker is laying down on the right, the marker in the background (H.H.H.) is his foot stone. His marke was one of those moved from the old cemetery to Greenmount in the mid-late 1800's. Unknown if his remains were also moved.
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    Harmon Hartman (1758-1811)
    Harmon Hartman (1758-1811)
    marker is to the right of Susannah
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    Harmon Hartman Lot
    Harmon Hartman Lot
    (to the left of the Zerfass Lot)
    I only linked a few that are buried here
    Plot: Hartman
    Notes 
    • Harmon is said to have come to the Dansville area in 1807 from Pennsylvania. In 1810 he built the house just north of the Elementary School, across the road from Shay's Service(Main Street, Rte 63). The house which "still" stands, was operated as a tavern for many years by his son John Hartman. Harmon's occupation was that of a taylor, farmer and operator of a distillery in Sparta. Harmon bequeathed the distillery to his son Henry. The following is a chronological list of records regarding Harmon Hartman. (not including his childrens birth and baptismal records in PA)


      • 1772, petition to the Orphans Court of Northampton Co.,PA, by Herman Hartman, calling himself the son of George Hartman, of Lowhill,Northampton Co.,PA - no other children of George petition the Orphans court... it is assumed then that Herman is the son of George's first wife and his brother Christian being older than 16 would not need to petition the courts...

      • Private Hermon Hartman enlisted May 8th 1781 in Capt Peter Kooken's Company of the First Class Northampton Militia in the Service of the United States commanded by Lt. Col. Nicholas Kern.

      • 27 Dec 1781, tax list for Macungie,Northampton Co.,PA

      • 1784, Private Harmon Hartman, Fifth Class in Captain Jacob Grims Company, in the Third Battalion in the Militia of Northampton County commanded by Col. Peter Trexler.

      • 1785 tax list for Macungie,Northampton Co.,PA- 11 acres, one horse, one cattle, taxed 3.6. (Also listed is a Christian Hartman, possible cousin of Harmon. Christian Hartman(1753-1841) of Northampton Co.,PA, served in Revolution(DAR #287215), son of John Hartman, an Innkeeper and Gristmill owner(d.1777) and Eva Mary Hartman).

      • 1786 tax list Macungie,Northampton Co.,PA- 141 acres, 2 horses, 2 cattle, taxed 16.0 (in this tax list his trade is listed as a taylor. (Also listed is Christian Hartman, occupation--Hatter., NOTE: There may be two Christian Hartman in this area of Northamton County, one a brother of Harmon and the other a cousin)

      • 1788 tax list Macungie,Northampton Co.,PA- 141 acres, 3 horses, 2 cattle, taxed 1.3.0

      • 1798 US direct house tax, Macungie,Lehigh Co.,PA-24x22 stone building and another small building(no dimensions).

      • 1798-1800 sentenced to six months in prison and fined $150 for taking part in Fries's Rebellion (Direct House Tax Rebellion). Other participants include; Philip Ruth, Jacob Klein, Valentine Kuder and others including the leader John Fries. Most went on trail for treason, were convicted and sentenced to death. President Adams pardoned all and the law was soon after repealed.

      • 1800 US Census(Macungie,PA) - Herman Hartman - 1 male under 10, 1 male 10-16, 2 males 16-26, 1 male 45+, 2 females under 10, 2 females 10-16, 1 female 45+.

      • 18 Jul 1807, Harmon Hartman, of Steuben Co.,NY, purchased for the sum of ninety dollars, from Robert Troup, attorney of Sir James Pulteney, of Middlesex Co.,UK; 30 acres of land situated in the southwest boundary of then Sparta,Ontario Co.,NY(township number seven in the sixth range,later known as lot number 52) in the southeast corner of a lot formerly surveyed for John Vanderventer.

      • 12 Sep 1808, Harmon Hartman, of Dansville,Steuben Co.,NY, purchased for the sum of $82.50, from Robert Troup, attorney of Sir James Pulteney, of Middlesex Co.,UK; 33 acres of land situated on the southwest quarter of then Sparta,Ontario Co.,NY(township number seven in the sixth range, south part of lot number fifty). This land is northwest of the land he purchased in 1807.

      • 31 Jan 1809, Harmon Hartman, of Dansville,Steuben Co.,NY, purchased for the sum of $1,248.00, from Gawen and Rachel Wilkinson, of Sparta,Ontario Co.,NY; 78 acres of land situated in the northwest quarter of Dansville, Steuben Co., NY(township number sic in the sixth range, lot number eight). Bordered on the south and east by John Titsworth and southwest by J. Stouts, A. Hammond, and George McClure.

      • 24 Jul 1809, Harmon Hartman, of Sparta,Ontario Co.,NY, purchased for the sum of $527.87, from Robert Troup, attorney of Sir John Sowther Johnstone, of Dumfries Co.,UK; 175.8 total acres of land situated west of the Canaseraga Creek of then Sparta,Ontario Co.,NY(township number seven in the seventh range, lot number thirty containing 82.5 acres, also another tract of land lying west of lot thirty, containing 92.3 acres).

      • 1810 US Census(Dansville,Steuben Co.,NY) - Harman Hartman - 2 males under 10, 4 males 10-15, 1 male 16-25, 1 male +45, 2 females under 10, 2 females 10-15, 1 females 16-25, 1 female +45

      • 19 Jan 1811, Harmon Hartman signs his last will and testament in Dansville,Steuben Co.,NY

      • 26 Feb 1811, Harmon Hartman, Dansville,Steuben Co.,NY, purchased for the sum of $567.90, from Lazarus and Julia Hammond, of Bath,Steuben Co.,NY; 31.25 acres of land situated in northwest quarter of Dansville,Steuben Co.,NY(township number six in the sixth range) This land bordered the southwest corner of Harmon's other property in Dansville and southeast corner of Isaac Vandeventer.

      • 01 Jun 1811, tombstone inscription of Herman H. Hartman, Dansville,NY Greenmount Cemetery, Section O, died age 53.

      • 31 Jan 1812, Harmon Hartman, late of Dansville, Steuben Co., NY, inventory of his estate taken in the presence of Amariah Hammand and John Metcalfe. Valued at $6,306.53 (not including over 830 acres of land throughout what was then Allegany, Ontario and Steuben Counties and three lots on Main Street in Dansville, total land valued over $15,000.00, in 1811). Filed 15 Jul 1812, signed George McClure, Surrogate.

      • 15 Jun 1812, Letter of Attorney from John Hartman for Harmon Hartman, deceased, to Peter Anawalt, of Allen, Northampton Co., PA for the purpose of settling Harmon's estate in Northampton Co.,PA, "more particularly money now in suit against Abraham Horn, Sr. of Easton"

      • 2 Dec 1818, Jonathan Rowley of Dansville appointed guardian for Hugh Hartman, age 13yrs 2 mos 23days; Ann Hartman, age 11yrs; and Peter, age 8yrs, minor children of Harmon Hartman, late of Dansville.

      • 2 Dec 1818, Abraham Zerfass appointed guardian for Lydia Hartman, age 19yrs 5 mos 12 days; Catharine, age 16 yrs 4 mos 3 days; and Eden, age 14 yrs 9 mos 9days, minor children of Harmon Hartman, late of Dansville, deceased.

      • 20 Dec 1819, Susannah Hartman, widow of Harmon, of Dansville, Steuben Co., NY purchased three lots of land totaling 69.6 acres of land for $1,150.00, from John and Polly Hartman, son of Harmon, of Dansville,Steuben Co.,NY; This land was willed to John and his wife by his father Harmon. The land is situated in the northwest quarter of Dansville,Steuben Co.,NY(township six in the sixth range). Portion of the land is bordered by Abraham Zerfass.
    Person ID I215  OurNorthernRoots | Andrew Burdett Ancestry
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2018 

    Father George Hartman,   b. Abt 1735, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1772, Lowville, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years) 
    Mother Anna Maria Ruth,   b. Abt 1738 
    Married Abt 1755 
    Family ID F6791  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Maria Catherina Weaver,   c. 14 Oct 1759, Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1800, Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years) 
    Married Abt 1781  Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. John Hartman,   b. 1782, Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1845, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    +2. George Hartman,   b. 12 Feb 1784, Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1869, West Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     3. Eva Elizabeth Hartman,   b. 27 Jul 1786, Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Jacob Hartman,   b. 1787, Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1831, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
    +5. Sarah Elizabeth Hartman,   b. 19 Jun 1790, Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1869, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     6. Catherina Hartman,   b. 18 May 1792, Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1800, Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 7 years)
    +7. Henry Hartman,   b. 29 Sep 1794, Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1885, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    +8. Polly Hartman,   b. Feb 1796, Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1888, Woodville, West Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years)
    +9. Lydia Hartman,   b. 22 Jul 1799, Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1885, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F803  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Susannah Anawalt,   b. Abt 1767, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Oct 1846, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Married ca 1801  Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Note of marriage of 1801 taken from Susannah Hartman's Surrogate Office File, seen by Richard Eades, 14 Jul 1989.
    Children 
    +1. Catharine Hartman,   b. 30 Aug 1802, Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1840, Otto, Cattaraugus Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
    +2. Eaton Hartman,   b. 23 Feb 1804, Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1875  (Age < 70 years)
    +3. Hugh Hartman,   b. 9 Sep 1805, Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1859, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    +4. Anna Hartman,   b. 1808, Dansville, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1897, Beloit, Rock Co., Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     5. Peter Hartman,   b. Abt 1810, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1849  (Age ~ 38 years)
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F804  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1758 - Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1781 - Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - American Revolution (US) 1781 Private Capt Peter Kooken's Co. 1784, 3rd Battalion Northampton Co. commanded by Col. Peter Trexler. - 8 May 1781 - Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Fries's Rebellion (aka Direct House Tax of 1798) - 1798 - Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - ca 1801 - Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 01 Jun 1811 - North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Greenmount Cemetery, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Link to Google Earth
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