Surnames in bio: HARKNESS-FLEMING-BEAM-BENNETT- SHOCKEY-THOMPSON
W.R. HARKNESS One of the prominent citizens and early settlers of Henry Co., he resides on Sect. 2, Scott Twp., and was born in Delaware Co., NY, Nov. 27, 1842. His parents, J. B. and Margaret (Fleming) Harkness, emigrated to Berry County MI in 1852, and two years later came to Henry County, making this their home until the time of their death. Six children blessed the union: Mary E. the wife of A. I. Beam, of Woodson Co., KS; Margaret A. married William Bennett a resident of Scott Twp.; W. R., the subject; James E., resident of Union Co., IA; Sarah J., wife of Dr. B. B. Shockey, a physician of Scotia, NE; and George T., residing in Yates Center, NE. In politics, J. B. Harkness was a Democrat, strong in his convictions and he and his wife were Presby- terians. Mr. Harkness died 1881, his wife surviving until 1886. Mr. Harkness came with his family in 1854, He was reared here, and received his education in the common schools and at Howe's Academy. He enlisted in Co. H, 45 Iowa Vol. Inf. in 1864. He was mustered into service in Keokuk, and then went to Benton Barracks, St. Louis, and then preceded to Memphis, TN. While at Moscow, TN, he did guard duty on the railroad, being in the 16th Corps. Serving until the end of the war, he was mustered out at Keokuk in 1865. In 1868 he married Mary E. Thompson, who was born in Ohio, Jan. 27, 1848. They have had five children: Mary, Eva, and William Glenn, deceased; Maggie L., Lois and Elmo. Mr. Harkness cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln, He has held the office of Trustee of his Twp. He is a member of the Mort Hobart Post, G.A.R.. He and his wife are members of the United Presbyterian Church. They reside on a fine farm of 80 acres.
(the bio says five children, but six are listed. Perhaps Mary should be Mary Eva?)