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Erie County (PA) Genealogy

Military - Revolutionary War
Martin Harmon and Randall Wheeler

Contributed by Cheryl Harmon Bean Bills

The information below was extracted from a document prepared by the contributor in April 1997.

Cheryl has provided the following background information:
"The book, Revolutionary Patriots in Erie County, PA published by the Sons of the American Revolution, Erie Chapter, Pennsylvania Society in June 1995 has been so helpful to me in my Erie County genealogical research.

One of my ancestors listed in this book did not have a picture of his tombstone. Since I have been to the Girard Cemetery where Martin Harmon is buried and have in my possession pictures taken of his grave, I wanted to see that he was represented as a Revolutionary Patriot and given the recognition he deserves as a patriot.

Another ancestor, Randall Wheeler, lies buried in an unmarked grave in Springfield."

Cheryl Bills

Correction to page 36 Revolutionary Patriots in Erie County, PA


b. 20 May 1758 at New Marlborough, Berkshire, MA.

d. 20 Nov 1845 Girard, PA

bur: Girard Cemetery, Girard, PA

Family Information: Martin is the son of Nehemiah Harmon and Abigail Norton. He married: 1. Tryphena b. 1760 probably dau of Sarah Grainger. ((Possible surname Poole; Perce; or Grainger) Md. 22 Nov 1785 at Suffield, Hartford, CT. They had seven children: (1) Sarah b. 21 Oct 1786/87 md. Oliver Harmon (first cousin) and Elijah Cheney; (2) Diantha b. 23 Feb 1789 md. Jonathan Hanchett; (3) Orilla b. 23 Apr 1791 md. Nehemiah Harmon (first cousin); (4) Martin Norton b. 1793 --died in War of 1812; (5) Jesse Perce b. 11 Aug 1795 md. Anna Barnes, Margaret Allen and Nancy Howe Calkins; (6) Alpheus Harmon b. 2 Jul 1798 md. Hulda Vaughn; (7) Lucina Harmon b. 6 Jun 1800 md. Joshua Mecham and Joseph Mecham.

Tryphena died 1810 at Rupert, VT; Martin md. (2) a Mrs. Dunbar at Jay, Essex, NY 30 Mar 1814. No children. Do not know what became of her or if she and his supposed third wife are one and the same. Martin md. Hannah Dunton Braddish, widow of Samuel Braddish, probably after 3 Feb 1823 when his pension papers stated that he "had no wife now." No children. Hannah is dau of Ebenezer Dunton and Lydia Bellows. She died 21 May 1838 at Girard and is buried in the Girard Cemetery.

Addition to Information of:Randall Wheeler

b. 8 Apr 1758 Greenwich, Hampshire, MA

d. 1837 Springfield Twp., Erie, PA

Randall is the son of Ephriam Wheeler and Hannah. He md. Experience Alden and had the following children: (1) Howard b. 14 Oct 1783; (2) Polly b. 13 Sep 1785; (3) Abigail b. 9 Mar 1788 md. Benjamin Franklin Spencer; (4) Betsy Elizabeth b. 16 Oct 1789 md. Gideon Brownell; (5) Experience b. 20 Jun 1792 md. (Edmund?) Hobart; Erastus Harper Rudd; then Joseph Hancock; (6) Randall b. Jan 1793; (7) Sally b. 21 Mar 1794; (8) Fanny b. abt 1797 md. Rev. Horace Simmons.

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