EBENEZER HARBERT, a prominent farmer of Clark Township, was born
July 1, 1837, and is the son of Oliver and Mary A. (Wheeler)
Harbert. The father was born September 21, 1806, in Pennsylvania.
He emigrated with his parents from Pennsylvania, and settled in
Dearborn County, Ind., about 1810. He came to Johnson County about
1835, and for many years he would take his reap hook in harvest
time and go to Dearborn County and harvest for 50 cents a per day.
He died September 20, 1886. The latter was born in Kentucky,
September 16, 1818, and died January 20, 1887. Our subject’s early
life was spent on the old homestead farm a part of which he now
owns. He received a good common school education, in the old
pioneer schoolhouse. At the age of twenty-one years he began life
for himself, his vocation being that of a farmer. In August, 1862,
he volunteered in the War of the Rebellion, Company I, Seventieth
Regiment Indiana Volunteers, under Capt. William Fisher. He has the
honor of serving under Gen. Benjamin Harrison. He was detailed into
the Pioneer Corps of the Army of the Cumberland. He participated in
several of the hard-fought battles; among them may be named the
battle of Stone River, and was in the brigade that supported the
famous Chicago Board of Trade Battery, commanded by Capt. Stokes.
He served three years, and received an honorable discharge, at
Nashville Tenn., in June, 1865. On May 2, 1866, he was united in
marriage with Mildred A. Johnson, a daughter of Henry and Ellen
(Harmon) Johnson. The former was born in Kentucky, April 30, 1820,
the latter was born May 20, 1826. This union was blessed with the
following children, viz.: Curtis M. born February 24, 1867; Clay
A., December 27, 1868; Minnie L. O., January 11, 1871; Ebenezer D.,
June 7, 1874; William A., September 14, 1876; Samuel B., November
26, 1878; Laura E., February 8, 1881. The mother of these children
was born May 24, 1848. Mr. Harbert is a fluent writer, and has
contributed numerous poems to the Franklin Republican; and has in
addition to this, written many songs of merit. He and wife are
members of the Christian Church. He is a member of the James Wagner
Post No. 177, at Greenwood, Ind. In politics, he is a republican,
casting his first presidential vote for Lincoln. He now owns
seventy acres of good land in Clark Township.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 487.