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Isaac Harman I (b. Abt. 1763, d. 1819)Isaac Harman I was born Abt. 1763 in rockingham,virginia, and died 1819 in pendleton co.,west virginia.He married Christina Henkel on Bef. 1785 in new market,shenandoah,virginia.
Notes for Isaac Harman I:
His birthplace is questionable. From A LETTER WRITTEN BY GEORGE HARMAN, ISAAC'S GRANDSON IN 1890:
My grandfather, Isaac, was born in Rockingham County, Virginia; died at the age of my father,  in 1819. He had 8 brothers. I do not know the names of them all. Benjamin, Joseph and Solomon are the only names I know now. Most of them moved south; some settled near the Tennessee line and there are a great many of them living in that section. It is said that half the people in Tazewell County, Virginia, are Harman or relatives of the name.
Isaac was a very large man, dark complected, and of German descent. He was maybe as much as 20 years older that Christina. He was a private with the Massachusetts army under Capt. Taylor, during the Revolutionary war. He was at the surrender of Cornwallis on Oct. 19, 1781, and saw the British cut the hamstrings of horses and let them fall back into a river rather than permit the Americans from gaining their usage.
Isaac brought Christina back to the foot of North Mountain in what has since been known as the Harman Hills. On August 6, 1794, he received a deed from Peter Shall granting him two tracts of land respectively 202 and 94 acres of the west side of North Mountain. The deed is recorded in Deed Book No. 2, Page 34, in the county clerk's office of Pendleton County. Isaac and his brother built a cabin on this land.
The brother soon moved westward and was, presumably killed by Indians. Christina became known as a woman of superior endowments, becoming a "woman doctor" and a leader in the Harman Hills. She and Isaac had 8 (maybe 9) children.
Isaac Harman the first, Information from the "Harman, Harmon" book, by John William Harman of Parsons, WV. (1928) Page 54.
The first we have any information of him is when he and his brother came from Rockingham County, VA to Pendleton County between 1775 and 1795 and built a log cabin at the foot of North Mountain in what has since been known as the Harman Hills. The brother not being satisfied with the location, decided to go further west and was never heard from afterward, it being supposed that he was killed by the Indians, as he had promised to write back when he located.
August 4, 1794, Isaac received a deed from Peter Shall and Rosanna, his wife for two tracts of land, containing respectively 202 and 94 acres, lying on the west side of North Mountain between the lands of John Hall and Joseph Roy. Deed Book No. 2, page 34, in the county clerk's office of Pendleton County.
This was for the land where he and his brother had built the log cabin.
Tradition tells of this Isaac having been at the surrender of Cornwallis and having seen the British cut the hamstrings of the horses and let them drop back into the river rather than to permit them to fall into the hands of the Americans.
It is evident that Isaac was of German descent, his descendants having an old German Bible belonging in the family and his family could speak German.
Shortly after coming to Pendleton County, perhaps about 1777, he went back to near New Market, Va. And married Christina Henkle, daughter of Jacob Henkle and aunt of Dr Solomon Henkle of New Market, Va. And brought her back to the Harman Hills on horseback as there were then no wagon roads, only paths through the wilderness. She was a woman of superior endowments and became a "woman doctor" and a leader in her neighborhood. She was a great-grand -daughter of Rev. Anthony Jacob Henkel who came to America from Frankfort-on-the-Main in Germany in the year 1717.
Isaac and Christina (Henkel) Harman had the following children, all born in the Harman Hills: SAMUEL W. who probably died in infancy; JONAS born about 1788, married Barbara Harper and moved to Missouri. REUBEN born 1789, married Christina Miller and moved to Missouri late in life; PHOEBE, born Sept. 10, 1791, married---- Harper, moved to Missouri and died May 18, 1859; JOSHUA, married Anise Harper, Susannah Dice and Eve Judy and lived in Harman Hills; MOSES, died young; NOAH, married Magdaline Mallow and lived in the Mallow Hills, Pendleton County; RACHEL, married Leonard Day and lived on North Fork in Pendleton County; CHRISTINA, born 1809, married Samuel Harman, son of George, and lived in Harman Hills, and ISAAC, married Polly Harman, daughter of George and lived in Harman Hills.
Eighty grandchildren of Isaac Harman the first, grew up, married and settled in the Harman Hills until they owned a strip of land at the foot of North Mountain ten miles long and, on average, two miles wide.
All of Isaac's children first settled in the Harman Hills except Noah who located in the Mallow Hills in the same county.
My information is that Isaac Harman the first and George Harman the first were both large, tall, dark complexioned men.
Isaac died about 1819.
The old Harman homestead in Pendleton County has never been owned by any person who was not a descendant of Isaac Harman since it was first bought by him. Philip Henry Harper, a descendant of Isaac and who married Rebecca Harman, also a descendant of Isaac, now (1928) owns the farm and resides there. It is the birthplace of Rebecca (Harman) Harper.
More About Isaac Harman I:
Military service: He was a privatewith the Massachusetts army under Capt. Taylor, during the Revolutionary war..
More About Isaac Harman I and Christina Henkel:
Marriage: Bef. 1785, new market,shenandoah,virginia.
Children of Isaac Harman I and Christina Henkel are:
- +Rachel Harman, b. 24 Jun 1800, Harmon Hills, Pendleton co., WVa, d. 10 Jan 1887, Pendleton co- West Virginia.