Person:William Harkness (4)

m. 6 Apr 1818
  1. William HarknessAbt 1819 - bef 1863
  2. Richard Harkness1820 -
  3. Mary C HarknessAbt 1822 -
  4. Daniel W HarknessAbt 1825 - 1850
m. bef. 11 Jun 1846
  1. Emma HarknessAbt 1854 -
  2. Philip Harkness1859 - 1900
Facts and Events
Name William Harkness
Gender Male
Birth[1] Abt. 1819 Peru, Clinton, New York, United States
Marriage bef. 11 Jun 1846 to Betsey A. Unknown
Death[2][3] bef 9 Dec 1863 Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States

Source:Encyclopedia of American Quaker genealogy (185431), p. 1364 [Adrian, MI]: 1846, 6, 11. [Harkness,] Wm. dis mou [disowned, married out of unity]

Note: This Edwin is not the same Edwin listed in 1860, see discussion under Person:Edwin Harkness (1)

1850 US Census, Rollin, Lenawee Co, MI
Harkness, William, age 29, carpenter, NY
Harkness, Betsey A., age 28, NY
Harkness, David, age 3, MI
Harkness, Edwin J (or L or Q), age 1, MI

Note: Only Emma and Phillip are his children, see obituary under Person:Betsey Unknown (35)

1860 US Census, Coldwater, Branch Co, MI
Harkness, William, age 41, carpenter, born in NY
Harkness, Betsy A., age 38, born in NY
Harkenss, Mariann, age 13, born in MI
Harkness, Edwin, age 9
Harkness, Eunice/Emma??, age 5
Harkness, Phillip, age 9 months

An database on Civil War Soldiers says William Harkness of Bethel enlisted 22 Aug 1862 as a corporal at age 43. Assigned to company M (Capt. Frederick A. Copeland) of 5th Cavalry Regiment of Michigan (Col. Joseph T. Copeland). On July 5th, battle at Monterey, MD, was taken POW. Died 02 August 1863 at Annapolis. [Probably at Camp Parole in Annapolis, where paroled Union soldiers waited to be exchanged for Confederates who had been likewise captured and paroled.]

  1. Peterson, David P. Descendants of Adam Harkness, 8.
  2. United States. Veterans Administration. Organization index to pension files of veterans who served between 1861 and 1900- [1917]. (Washington, District of Columbia: The National Archives, 1949).

    She applied for a Widow's pension on 9 December 1863 (application 40,516, certificate 61519. His unit is listed as the 5th Michigan Cavalry.

  3. From obituary of Betsey Harkness, Coldwater Republican, Tues. 5 May 1885: "Her husband, Mr. Wm Harkness, died in defence of his country at Annapolis, Md, in 1863; he was a member of the Sixth Michigan Cavalry."