I am unable yet to understand how Mary Harkey m. James Lazenby fit into the Harkeys (Solomon Harkey Hillsboro Illinois). She would have been my ggggrandmother. (Irene Manley Lazenby is my Great-grandmother.)Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou.
Mary Harkey is my Great-great-great-grandmother. She was married to James Lazenby. They married in North Carolina and moved here
From: Joshua Lazenby1759-1840With Some Account of His DescendentsByMaryElinor Lazenby
James, the second son of Joshua and Keziah Lazenby, was bornNovember 2, 1789. He died in Montgomery County, Illinois, in August 1835. In March of the same year he and his family left Iredell County, N.C. They reached Hillsboro, Illinois in May, having travelled by covered wagon over the Nolichucky River, by the Cumberland Gap, through Kentucky and into Indiana to the national Road, as shown by an account book filled with the administration papers at Hillsboro.
It appears that James Lazenby’s wife was Mary Harkey, from the administration papers. She died in September of the same year, and four orphan children were left. Letters of administration granted to Mathias Harkey September 28, 1835 (Probate Record Montgomery County Book A, p. 162 name these children as follows: Lucinda, Amanda, Carmi, and Rezin Graham. Before leaving North Carolina they had lost a daughter, Keziah, who is buried in Lewis Graveyard. The five children are briefly sketched here.
1.Keziah, whose gravestone in Lewis Graveyard, says she was the daughter of James and Polly Lazenby, and that she died November 17, 1823, aged 13 years and 28 days.
2.Lucinda, of whom little seems to be known. She may have married a Finley. The heirs of James Lazenby living in 1856 were represented in the settlement of the estate of his bachelor brother, Rezin, in Iredell County, N.C. Mention is made of Amanda S. Finley, for whom Solomon Carmi Hall Lazenby was guardian. He would have been her uncle, Carmi Lazenby.
3.Margaret Amanda Lazenby took her letter from Bethany Presbyterian Church when the family went to Illinois. She married Levi H. Thom, November 17, 1835, as shown by Hillsboro records. She and her family returned on a trip to North Carolina in 1856. A letter from Mr. Thom to his wife’s cousin, Daniel O. Lazenby dated Waveland, Il, February 12, 1857, indicates that Amanda died soon after their return to Illinois. He mentions Mary, the daughter who, as records indicate married a Wagner. Mr. Thom tells also in detail of the accident by which Carmi Lazenby, who was then staying with them, lost his hand. This letter is now in possession of Mr. George S. Lazenby, Hillsboro, IL.In the census of 1850 the Thom family appears thus:
Levi H. Thom, aged 44, born in N.C.
Margaret (Amanda), aged 34, born in N.C.
Mary, aged 13, born in Illinois.
4.Rezin Graham Lazenby, for whom letters of guardianship were granted toMathias Harkey June 28, 1837, was born March 19, 1825. He died at about the age of twelve.
5.Carmi Lazenby, referred to in legal papers as Solomon C.H. (Carmi Hall) Lazenby and Solomon C. Lazenby, was not quite four years old when the family left North Carolina for Illinois. He was born June 6, 1831. Despite the loss of an arm, described in Mr. Thom’s letter before mentioned, he won through as a farmer, and is the ancestor of a large circle of descendants, most of whom are in and around Hillsboro, IL, as of 1953. It is to Mr. George S.Lazenby of Hillsboro, that I am indebted for information about the Carmi line.
Carmi Lazenby married, on December 7, 1871, Mrs. Mary (Smith) Sitton, widow, of Litchfield, IL. There were five children, whose births are enteredin a family bible., lent to me by his granddaughter, Mrs. Elta Campbell. The handwriting is beautiful script of Carmi’s own, thought learned after the loss of his right hand, by practice with the left. He died May 4, 1896, and Mary, his wife died April 8, 1906. Their children were:
1.George Sherman Lazenby, born September 8, 1872. Married Irene Manley December 25, 1892. Raised five daughters and three sons. In 1951, they had five children living, twenty grandchildren, and twenty-two great-grandchildren.