Harper Family Newsletter
Items of Interest
We hope to see you at both reunions this year. I
know that there are several other Harper reunions in Pendleton County but
I couldn’t get the dates by press time; check the website in May. If you
don’t have Internet access at home, you can go to any public library and
use their computers. For those of you going to the May reunion, the Jacob
C. Harper cemetery is reached by turning right exactly 1.4 miles after
you pass the Allegheny Mountain elevation sign if you are coming from Seneca
Countdown: Only 0 more years until our Philip Harper
the Pioneer Reunion. This is the Year!
The early Harpers probably followed this route described
in History of Frederick County [Maryland] by Thomas J.C. Williams:"Long
before there were any settlements in Frederick County (and this included
what is now Washington County), parties of Germans passed through it from
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to seek homes in Virginia. The principal
route was over a pack horse or Indian road that crossed the present Pennsylvania
counties of York and Adams to the Monocacy River where it passed into Maryland.
Once in Maryland, the road passed through Crampton’s Gap and crossed the
Potomac at several fords."
Remember the Angel Wing Begonia plant that Avonell
Painter of Morgantown, WV gave me a few years ago? It has now reached a
height of 10½ ft. tall and has leaves which are 9½" long.
From Bill Wood of Texas, "As usual, I am behind on
everything, including send in our plans to attend the reunion in August.
Dale [Fuller] said that he is as much a procrastinator as I am. My wife
has been after me for at least a month to write this and send our request
for reservations. I haven’t been to a Harper Reunion since I was about
6 or 8 years old. That is more than 60 years ago. Although I am "retired,"
I am working full-time. Actually, I retired from electrical engineering
and am working in the customer service department of a small company that
sells Point of Sale printers such as those you see in many stores to print
receipts, verify checks, etc. Any time you see a printer manufactured by
Epson, Citizen, NCR, DH Print, Seiko, or one of many other brands, we either
sold it or service it. One of our customers is Allegany Technology in Cumberland.
Another is TGI Friday’s. I receive printers for repair and ship repaired
printers back to the customers, keeping track of it all on the computer."
is the grandson of Mary Harper Lawrence (7th Child)
niece, Shirley Yokum of Seneca Rocks, and her husband, Carl, celebrated
their 61th wedding anniversary in October.
Albert J. Harper, former Treasurer of the Harper
Cemetery Association, celebrated his 91th birthday last Nov.
E. Carter, husband of Nela Harper (daughter of Minor Harper, 11th
Child), has been celebrating his triple-digit birthdays for a couple of
years now. And he’s still working!! Known as the "Grand Old Man" of the
lumber industry, Carter founded Carter-Jones Lumber in Akron, Ohio in 1932.
Anthony and Harriet McDonald, parents of Susan McDonald
Harper, are buried in the old Moses Harper Cemetery on the Hedrick farm
across from the 4-U Restaurant.
From Lewis Lockwood, grandson of Peter Harper (3rd
Child): "We have sold our house and moved into a retirement complex called
Keaney Manor. It has been good."
The Harper Family History Prior to 1900 is
a little closer to completion: I found backup copies of the files I thought
I lost (in the March computer crash). Anyone interested in ordering a copy
can mail or email me their name and address and I’ll notify you when it’s
closer to printing time.
From Bill Armstrong in Colorado: "We have moved to
a new house in Northern Colorado Springs and our daughter and family have
moved into our old house. She has a ten-year-old daughter and an eight-year-old
son and will be better for us both. Things are well with me but we are
slowing down. I walk the dog every morning, and that is all the exercise
I need. I plan to ski – only on gentle slopes – with my grandchildren in
Charlotte Harper Gibson, granddaughter of Walter
Harper (15th Child), published a wonderful book on the Harper family in
November 1995. She has kindly granted permission to reprint the memories
she gathered of Jacob C. and Susan McDonald Harper: "Millie Harrison Gardner
spent a lot of time with Great-Grandma Susan. She says her eyes were blue
and that she was a very kind person whom everyone admired, respected and
loved. Millie also says that Great-Grandma was very intelligent." Another
one of Charlotte’s stories is: "Susan baked a cake one time in a large
pan and didn’t put icing on it. A male visitor was eating with the family
and he seemed to think the cake was cornbread. Each time the regular bread
was passed around, he would say, ‘No, cornbread is good enough for me’
and he would take another piece of the cake."
PHOTOGRAPH CORRECTIONS to The Harper Family History:
219 - The couple who are listed as unidentified, standing beside Jacob
C. Harper turned out to be his sister, Sophia Harper Hedrick, and her husband
William Edmund "Ed" Hedrick. They lived not too far from the Limestone
Quarry Road near Riverton.
"The Harper Family Newsletter"
is published once a year by
The Harper Cemetery Association
HC 66 Box 10 B, Hendricks, WV 26271
Marsha L. Fuller, Editor
P.O. Box 3623, Hagerstown, MD 21742
…when you brake for libraries.
YOU KNOW YOU’RE AN ADDICTED GENEALOGIST:
…when you hyperventilate at the sight of an old
…when you think every home should have a microfilm
…when you know every Town Clerk in your state
…when you’re more interested in what happened
in 1697 than in 1997.
…when all your correspondence begins, "Dear Cousin…"
If any of you have old photographs with unidentified
people in them, send a photocopy to me and I’ll see if they’re any of our
From Muriel Hart of Hendersonville, South Carolina
comes this tip: Wal-Mart will make copies of old photographs for $2 a piece.
They do a good job.
Three Harper descendants received West Virginia History
Hero Awards this year from Governor Underwood at a ceremony at the Capitol
in Charleston: Grace Boggs Dyer and Koren Fae Rawlings of Franklin, WV,
and Marsha Fuller of Hagerstown, MD. Another Harper descendant, Greg Adamson
of Onego, WV, received an award last year. Way to go, Harpers!
Grace Boggs Dyer also received the 13th
Annual Pendleton County Farm Bureau Service Award in August. When presenting
the award to her, Steve Conrad said, "Never one to seek the spotlight,
Grace has always worked behind the scenes to help make her community and
country a better place to live."
Does anyone know the whereabouts or descendants of
the three sons, of Rose Anna (Harper) Harman Cooper, Neil J. Harman b.
1908, J. Handy Harman born 1912 or Howard Carl Harman, Jr. born 1915?
Newsletters sent to the following people were returned
with "Forwarding Order Expired" last year. Do you have current addresses
Mr. & Mrs. Kevin LaBonte
Lucille V. Currence, Elkins, WV
Kimberly Ross, Mogadore, Ohio
Mr. & Mrs. William D. Gormall, Albuquerque, New
Virginia & John C. Dilks, Sullivan, Missouri
CHANGES TO OUR FAMILY TREE
Samuel Stafford Harper, son of David and Jessica
Harper. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 7 ozs. and was born on April 10, 1999.
Proud grandparents are Buzz and Frances Harper of Parsons, WV.
Nicholas Albert Fitzgerald, son of Kevin and Clara
Fitzgerald, born January 14, 2000. Proud great-grandparents are Albert
and Gladys Harper of Dryfork, WV
Sarah Elizabeth Walter, daughter of Dale and Janet
Walter, born March 26, 1999
Susannah Caroline Carr, daughter of Jeff and Jennifer
Carr of Charlottesville, VA, born March 2, 1999.
Nicholas Paul Churchill, son of Greg Churchill, born
July 27, 1999.
Jordan Elizabeth Waters, daughter of Dean & Susan
Waters, Davisville, WV, born June 5, 1997.
Wyatt Stelman Harper, son of David & Jessica
Harper, born December 10, 1997 in Pullman, Washington.
Evelyn Painter Lund died November 25, 1998 in California
Paul J. Zofsak passed away on July 3, 1998.
FAMILY TREE of Philip Harper the Pioneer:
Philip Harper the Pioneer
2. Philip, III 2. Adam
"I, [name], do solemnly sincerely and truly acknowledge
profess testify & declare that King George the Second is lawful &
rightful King of the Realm of Great Britain & of all others his Dominions
& Countries thereunto belonging, And I do solemnly & sincerely
declare that I do believe the Person pretending to be Prince of Wales during
the Life of the late King James, and since his Decease pretending to be
& taking upon himself the Stile & Title of King of England by the
Name of James the third, or of Scotland by the Name of James the Eighth
or the Stile & Title of King of Great Britain hath not any Right or
Title whatsoever to the Crown of the Realm of Great Britain, no any other
the Dominions thereunto belonging. And I do renounce & refuse any Allegiance
or obedience to him & do solemnly promise, that I will be true and
faithful, & bear true Allegiance to King George the Second & to
him will be faithfull against all traitorous Conspiracies & attempts
whatsoever which shall be made against his Person, Crown & Dignity,
& I will doe my best Endeavours to disclose & make known to King
George the Second & his Successors all Treasons and traiterous Conspiracies
which I shall know to be made against him or any of them. And I will be
true and faithfull to the succession of the Crown against him the said
James & all other Persons whatsoever as the same is & stands settled
by An Act Entitled An Act declaring the Rights & Liberties of the Subject,
& settling the Succession of the Crown to the late Queen Anne &
the Heirs of her Body being Protestants, and as the same by one other Act
Entitled An Act for the further Limitation of the Crown & better securing
the Rights & Liberties of the Subject is & stands Settled &
Entailed after the Decease of the said late Queen & for Default of
Issue of the said late Queen to the late Princess Sophia Electoress &
Duchess Dowager at Hanover the Heirs of Her Body being Protestants and
all these things I do plainly & sincerly acknowledge promise &
declare, according to these express words by me spoken, & according
to the plain & common sense and understanding of the same Words, without
any Equivocation, mental Evasion or Secret Reservation whatsoever. And
I do make this Recognition, Acknowledgement, Renunciation & Promise
heartily willingly and truly."
During 1750, fifteen ships brought German settlers
to America. On August 11, 1750, the "Patience" delivered the Harpers to
the shores of Philadelphia. Upon arrival, they were taken to the courthouse
to swear an oath of allegiance that went like this:
and Reservation Form for Reunion 2000!
Years of Harpers in America
Harper Family Website
Sponsored by Dale B. Fuller and The Harper
Check out the new (old) photos and new information
on the website!
©2000 Marsha L. Fuller, All