m. 27 Aug 1801
Facts and Events
1850 US Census, Tecumseh, Lenawee Co, MI
From One Hundred Years A Country Town, The Village of Tecumseh, Michigan, 1824-1924 by Clara Waldron, published by Thomas A. Riordan, 1968, pp. 99-100: A group of men left for the California gold fields in March 1849 including David Harkness from Raisin Township. All arrived in California, but two (Lovett and Harkness) died there.
[From Lenawee County Probate Records, Reel 808, File 607]
Petition of Sarah Maria Harkness, Tecumseh, 14 June 1850 states that David Harkness died Sunday the thirteenth day of January 1850 in California and names his heirs as "David Smith Harkness, Mary Jane Harness, heirs at law, and Sarah Maria Harkness Widow, and Joseph John Harkness heir at Law who has died since the death of said David Harkness all of whom are residents of the Town of Tecumseh County and State aforesaid, and the said heirs at law are both Minors", requests that administration be granted to Smith Laing of the town of Raisin [father of Sarah and father-in-law of David.]