I received this email from Sandy Kassen last week, Sandy is a descendant of Obediah Pipes and Josephine Edwards (both in Old Union). She is a skillful researcher and while working on the Minerva Harmon and John Thomas Russell family she found this 1886 Bio of John Bradford Harmon, who was a half brother to Rice and Minerva Harmon.
"Hi Trudy and Bob,
I'm attaching a biography of John Bradford Harmon, b 22 Jul 1822, Mercer/now Boyle Co., KY.
John's father, Peter Harmon, was a brother of Margaret Harmon Pipes.
In the article...part of it boils down to:
1. Michael Harmon, b Germany, md Margaret Trump, b Germany; among others, they had..
2. Margaret Harmon, b ~1801, KY, md Nathaniel Pipes, b ~ 1779, NC; among others, they had..
3. Obediah Brumfield Pipes, ~1835, KY, md Josephine Bonaparte Edwards, b ~1849, KY; among others, they had Margaret Gertrude, Daisy and Frederica Pipes.
I came across the bio while researching John Thomas Russell, b ~ 1835, son of William Cletus Russell and Nancy Hatchett, who md. Minerva Harmon, also a descendant of the Boyle Co. Harmons.
I have included the info on my Ancestry tree, for any of you who do have Ancestry, my website is
Don't know if you've seen this bio, but thought that you'd enjoy reading it.
Hope all goes well with everyone, and wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Sandy Russell Kassen"
Here is the article:
Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume V, Battle-Perrin-Kniffin, 4th edition, 1886. Boyle Co.
JOHN BRADFORD HARMON was born July 22, 1822, on the place where he now resides, in Mercer (now Boyle) County. His father, Peter HARMON, a native of Pennsylvania, was born in 1782, removed with his parents to Mercer County, Ky.; resided on this place as a farmer; was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, a Democrat, and died in 1852. He was the son of Michael HARMON, who established a tanyard on this place, and who married Margaret Trump (both born in Germany); their offspring were Barbara (Roberson), Katie (Henry), Margaret (Pipes), Michael, Jr., Jacob, John and Peter. Peter married Abigail Pipes, and from their union sprang Michael, Lucinda (Butler), Samuel, Thomas J., Nathaniel, Catherine (Montgomery), William D. and John B.; His (Peter’s) second wife was Mrs. Jane (Pipes) Gray, sister to his first wife, and their children were Rice and Minerva J. (Russell). February 18, 1847, John B. Harmon married Miss Catherine J., daughter of Isaac and Nancy (Stone) Montgomery, of Boyle County, born December 16, 1824, and to them have been born William T., Nancy A. (Williams), George D., Elias A., and John C. B. In youth Mr. Harmon enjoyed only such facilities for obtaining an education, as were afforded by the common schools of the vicinity but by improving his opportunities has become familiar with much of the current literature of the day. He is a farmer and owner of 320 acres of land, in a good state of cultivation. He is a Cumberland Presbyterian, a Granger and a Democrat. Mrs. Harmon's mother, Nancy Stone, was born in a fort on Clark's Run.