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Harman Greathouse of Wharton Township, Fayette County, PA
« on: April 21, 2010, 05:37:41 PM »
A Harman Greathouse first appeared in Wharton Township, Fayette County, PA, when he was named on the tax list of said county in 1785.

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Determining A Time Period of Birth for Harman Greathouse

Based upon the 1785 tax list, an upper limit for the time period of Harman's birth can be determined.

If Harman Greathouse was age 21 or over, when he was named on this tax list, then he would have been born about 1764 or before, which suggests an upper limit for the time period of his birth.

Based upon another event which occurred in 1777, prior to Harman Greathouse being named on the 1785 tax list, a lower limit for the time period of Harman's birth can be determined.

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The Pennsylvania Militia was organized under an Act of the Assembly of March 17, 1777 that required compulsory enrollment by constables of all able-bodied white males between the ages of 18 and 53 to repel invaders.

If Harman Greathouse served in the militia, then he would have been born about 1759 or before.

If Harman Greathouse did not serve in the militia, then he would have been born about 1760 or later.

At this time, no records have been discovered which would suggest that this Harman Greathouse served in the militia, therefore a reasonable time period for his birth would be between 1760 and 1764.

Determining Where Harman Greathouse Came From

An article from Penn in Hand, Vol. 21, no. 2 - - June 2000, Tax Records and their Cousins: The PA Septennial Census, online: http://www.genpa.org/research_taxrecords.html, states:

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Conversely, when someone first appears on a particular township's list, it ordinarily means the person either moved in to the township from elsewhere or that a son of a resident of the township, came of age to move out on his own, either as a resident of said township or perhaps as a resident of a township in an adjacent county.

The appearance of Harman Greathouse in said township and county in 1785 suggests that he either moved in to the township from elsewhere or that as a son of either a resident of the township or a nearby township, perhaps even in an adjacent county, he had come of age to move out on his own.

There appears to be no records for a Harman Greathouse, which suggest that he would have been residing elsewhere, prior to 1785, so until records are found which would suggest that was the case, it would be more reasonable to investigate whether or not Harman could have been a son of either a resident of the township or a nearby township, perhaps even in an adjacent county.

Determining Which Greathouse Residents Of The Area Could Have Been The Father Of Harman Greathouse

The following Greathouse ancestors were known to have been living in the stated township or in a township in an adjacent county by 1785:

1) Mary Morris Greathouse, who had married Andrew McCreary in 1780, after the death of her husband, Daniel Greathouse in late 1777 or early 1778, appears to have been residing with her husband, Andrew McCreary, who was taxed as resident of Wharton Township in 1785. Source: http://www.footnote.com/image/#3078505

The court case recorded in Bourbon County, KY, Gabriel Greathouse vs Andrew McCreary, Mary McCreary, Richard Morris and others, strongly suggests that Gabriel Greathouse was the son and soul heir of the estate of Daniel Greathouse, deceased. So Daniel Greathouse would not have been a plausible candidate to have been the father of Harman Greathouse.

2) Elizabeth Greathouse, born about 1741, probably in Philadelphia. She had married Jonathan Hill about 1779?. She appears to have been residing with her husband, Jonathan Hill, who was taxed as a resident of Wharton Township, on the same page as Harman Greathouse in 1785. Source: http://www.footnote.com/image/#3078503Determining The Migration Path of Harman Greathouse of Wharton Township, Fayette County, PA

In 1787, a Harman Greathouse was taxed in Washington County, Fayette County, which would be near present day Belle Vernon, PA.


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