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Biography of Adam Harness

--- Adam Harness, one of the pioneers of Henry County, was born in Hardiville, Virginia, on the 8th of March, 1808. He was the ninth in a family of three girls and seven boys, children of Adam and Elizabeth (Baker) Harness.
In 1836 Adam Harness, Jr., was married in St. Charles County, Missouri, to Miss Nancy Murdock. Before he had attained his majority he came to Missouri on business for his father, and subsequently engaged in teaching school, and taught in St. Charles and Gasconade Counties. He afterwards located in Jefferson County, where he lived for some time, then moving to St. Louis County, where he remained until the year of 1854, when he came to Western Missouri, settling on the place which he now occupies. He at first bought a preemption claim and then entered his farm, entering and purchasing about 1,000 acres. He commenced growing stock, which he has since continued. Mr. Harness' neighbors when he settled here, were Dr. Gates, Judge Stewart, Stephen and Henry Vickars, and a Mr. Sevier.
He has reared a family of nine children, of whom five are living: William, Joseph, Alexander, Mary Ann and Nancy. Jack, Elvira, Adam and an infant, are deceased.

Owner/Sourcesource: 1883 History of Henry Missouri , National Historical Co., pg: 722
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