HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
AND

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.

Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia 1879



Page 164

E. HARLAN was born in Christian County, Kentucky, December 22d, 1810. His father was John Harlan. He was born in Virginia. He died in Kentucky, October 27th, 1834. The family were originally from Wales, and came over in the Mayflower in the seventeenth century. John Harlan was married to Frances Rench. She was a native of Maryland. She was of German descent. The subject of our sketch remained at home until November, 1834, when he left Kentucky and came to Illinois. His father had come here and entered land on what is now known as Spanish needle prairie. The father returned to Kentucky and died soon after. Then Mr. Harlan and his brother came here and put in a crop, and then sold out the land. The subject of this sketch then went up to Galena and followed mining. In 1839 he came back to Sangamon county and worked for his uncle until 1848. He continued working on a farm until the 23d of February, 1866, when he married Emily Wooten. She was born in Jefferson county, Tennessee. She came to Jasper county, Missouri where she remained until the war broke out, when she removed to Macoupin county where she resided at the time of her marriage.. One child, a girl, has been born to them. Her name is Frances Illinois. In September, 1867, Mr. Harlan removed to Missouri, and in March of the next year returned to Illinois and on the 9th of April came to the place where he now resides and purchased land. He is republican in politics, and cast his first vote for John Q. Adams in 1832.




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