Harlin (Harlan, Harlen) Absher b. 21 Aug, 1821/22 in Allen Co, KY or Sumner Co, TN.The KY/TN border was in dispute until 1859 (ref. Walker's Line).Residents listed both TN & KY as where they lived, depending on year and which state was taking census.Harlan d. 2 Jan, 1887, Williamson Co, IL
He married Paulina (Palina) Travelstead, 11 Aug, 1840.Paulina was b. 5 May, 1823, KY; d. 2 Sept, 1902, Williamson Co. IL.fn. William Travelstreet, Sr. mn. Hannah Miers.Their children:William, bc. 1842, Allen Co, KY, d. Sept, 1864, Jonesboro, GA (during the Civil War); John Wesley b. 14 Feb, 1843, White Co, IL, d. 15 Dec, 1931, Williamson Co, IL, m. 12 Nov 1865, Mary Hester Stockdale, Johnson Co, IL; James H., bc. 1845, IL; Sarilda, bc. 1846, IL; Rebecca, bc. 1847, IL; Louisa, bc. 1848, IL; Sarah J., b. May, 1850, IL; Washington, bc. 1852, IL; Steven M., b. 1 May, 1853, Williamson Co, IL; d. aft Feb, 1940, Williamson Co, IL, m. 14 Sept, 1876, Tennessee Crosson, Crab Orchard, IL; Samantha, bc. 1856, IL; Susan R., bc. 1857, IL; Albert R., b. 5 Dec, 1858, d. 7 Feb, 1940, Williamson Co, IL, m. 10 March, 1880, Sarah Ann Gold; Martha Alice, b. 17 July, 1861, IL; m. 18 Nov, 1880, William Lafayette Jordon.
Mahala T. Durham was the wife of Lytle Absher, brother of Harlan. They were married 13 Aug, 1846, Sumner Co, TN where they lived until about 1858.They migrated to Illinois and lived near Marion Town, Williamson Co.